Sunday, 10 November 2013

NEC Weekend Off

good morning and its great to have a weekend off; my first one in what feels like ages and so far so good; I had a great day out yesterday at the was my first time there and  all a bit overwhelming... didn't  get around more than half of it ...or find all of the stands I had wanted to visit! didn't stop me spending all of the money I took with me though(thought best to have a budget and no cards with me!)...I did get some great new goodies and it was well worth the aching arms I have this morning !... next time though I will be more organised and have more of a plan. I did meet up with Shaz who is a regular weekly WOYWWer that I visit, which was great and another first ...we had a coffee, a well earned break from the halls and a chat before going on our separate ways...doesn't blogger make the world a much smaller and nicer thanks Shaz, it was great meeting up with you and I hope you had as good a day as I did.

'a few of my favourite things' 

Today I've posted a tag I made  a couple of weeks ago now when I was having my Christmas card free week. Its not  my usual style but something I've always wanted to try and would like to do more of... inking and blending isn't my thing usually but slowly I'm getting more practice and confident ... I'm pleased with how it turned out from starting life as a plain white tag I even inked the back! Next time I'd like to try mixing more vibrant colours and stamps and less flowers... and I would love to try more altered art type projects and journalling but that's for another time!...I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but hey it was fun making and it and it does incorporate some of my favourite things flowers, butterflies,birds and buttons.

close up bird ,butterflies and flowers 

another close up 

Well time for some housework and ironing now that i've had a day to myself, I hope to fit in a little bit of card making too. I hope you have had a good weekend and have a great week ahead many thanks for visiting and crafty hugs Andrea X.

I used the following-
White luggage label tag
Sentiment stamp-Teresa Collins Fabrications Linen stamp set
lace border stamp-My minds Eye -The sweetest thing -Hello  stamp set
Butterfly and flowers stamp-BoBunny -Ambrosia  stamp set
Words stamp-(sections stamped randomly)freebie set Get Stamping issue 1 
Inkadinkado multi stack sets - pigment inks reds and orange 
From Stash-  
Paper and fabric flowers- various 
Red roller ball glitter pen-used on some of the butterflies (not visible on photos !)
Wooden Heart -coloured red Promarker
Bird embellishment -inked with Rangers Tea Dye distress ink
Black ribbon 

I would like to take part in the following challenges-


  1. A truly gorgeous tag, Andrea! Veeery lovely!
    Thank you for joining us at TIOT!

    Claudia x

  2. This is beautiful Andrea, I love the background you have created and all of your beautiful embellishments, especially that adorable little bird.
    I'm so pleased you had a fab time at the NEC, very wise to have a budget - I don't think I could cope with all of those craft goodies on display!

  3. This tag is beautiful Andrea, just love the rich colours, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xxx

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog - thought I would repay the compliment. I'm really pleased I did - this tag is stunning! I would love to have a go at something along these lines or an altered art project. I seem to be stuck in the clean and simple mode at the moment! I have dipped my toe into the colouring world of marker pens and do enjoy the process just need more skill!!

  5. Absolutely magnificent! How wonderful that you chose to play along in our "Tag It" challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week. :-)
    NanaConnie DT

  6. A brilliant tag, your blending is great super colour explosion. Thank you for joking us on the TIOT challenge. Hug Bee

  7. Fantastic job you did on your tag. Love all of your embellishing. Thanks so much for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown! :) hugs, Kimberly

  8. Hi Andrea! Thanks for coming by to see me! It sounds like you had a fun time at NEC and I think it's fabulous that you got to meet Shaz IRL!! Have fun with your new goodies!

    Your tag is wonderful! I think you did an excellent job on it and you should be proud! I also think you should keep it and date it. As your art evolves into areas you want to try, one day you can look back and remember this first tag that you made going in a new direction! Have a great week!! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Thanks for entering our "Anything But a Card" Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, wonderful job! Nicely done!

    Leanne DT @4CC!

  10. Wonderful tag Andrea, all those lovely flowers and colour combo.xx

  11. very pretty tag both in layout and content. Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  12. Gorgeous tag!! Love all the flowers :) Thanks for joining us for our Anything But a Card challenge this week at 4 Crafty Chicks!

  13. Fabulous tag! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  14. Hi Andrea, this is a gorgeous tag, love the combination of inkyness, images and flowers in such lovely colours.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril x

  15. Gorgeous tag. Glad you had a good day out at the NEC. I went too, tiring day but fantastic too! Thanks for joining in Rhedd & Rosie's challenge.
    Fiona x


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