Monday 9 May 2011

Birds on a wire - Inchies

Hi there, me again. The beginning of a new week and I hope it is a good one for everyone.

I have to apologise to the girls at 'Just for Fun' cos although I joined in with their first challenge, weeks ago, I haven't been back since and there have been some fabulous themes. Well this week it is 'Inchies' and I promised Zoe I would have a go at this one. An inchie, some of you may ask? Yes, a small piece of art one inch square - and if you pop over to their blog you will see they say that size matters and there is some great inspiration and some links to tutorials.

I made a digital collage for the background of this (but you can't really see much of it now - note to self, don't make the backgrounds so light, give them some more depth of colour and tone). Inked and stamped for colour and then embossed and glued micro beads for texture. Edged with picket fence crackle paint. It's the first time 'The birds on a wire' stamp has been inked up and I love it. (I seem to be into stamping with birds at the moment).

This shows how I have used the embossing - I used glitter, mauve and white embossing powders and reheated each time I added another colour and mixed them up using a cocktail stick. The microbeads have been added when it cooled down.

Stamps used - Paper Artsy - Tops and Tails 2, TH Urban Grunge, Stampers Anonymous Honeycomb, La Blanche
DIs - Worn lipstick, tumbled glass, dusty concord, walnut stain
Kaleidoscope ink - birthstone
Adirondack ink - eggplant
Archival - jet black

Challenges to have fun with -
Just for Fun- Inchies
Creative Cowgirls - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge - Use at least 3 different stamps (I have used 4)
Marks Finest Papers - No embellishments
Paperplay Challenges - Show us your style
The Rubber Cafe - Anything but a card

Before I go, I just had to show what Roy, the Postman, bought me this morning.

These are all the amazing goodies that dear Angela has sent me, which was her recent blog candy. I just can't believe what was in the parcel - the papers, ribbons, rub-ons, brads, flowers and oh so much more to play with. It will take me ages to take in what is actually there. Thankyou so much Angela, what a lovely surprise and I am going to love playing with all these wonderful things. Angela at Pages by The Sea, creates the most wonderful pieces of art, do click the link and pop over to see her fabulous creations. Recently she has made two little books of techniques, one for resist and one for using beeswax. I have bookmarked them so that I can go back and use them as a reference myself. Have a wonderful day Angela and thanks so much for your generosity.

Thnks to all of you for taking the time to stop by. Have a wonderful week.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox



Fliss said...

Really gorgeous artwork Brenda and what a fabulous lot of candy to play with.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs, Fliss xx

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Great tag. Love the digital background you have created!

Zue said...

How beautiful Brenda and thanks for the embossing tip. Also thank you very much for your kind comment!
Sue xx

Margreet said...

Hi Brenda....congrats on winning that fab candy....enjoy playing with your new goodies....your tag is your stamp of the birds on a wire....your background is gorgeous too..........have a nice Monday!
xxx Margreet

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous tag Brenda it has depth with all the layers and colour you have built up looks wonderful. Love the texture and the birds they are adorable. Great treat from Angela as well lucky lady.

Thank you very much for joining us again this week at Just for fun, hope we tempt you again soon. XOXO Zoe

Lisa Jane said...

Fab tag Brenda.. love the micro beads .. i used them at the sir stampalot day the other week.
Lisa x

Netty said...

Beautiful tag Brenda and loving those birds. Congratulations on your fab win. Have fun, Annette x

Von said...

Love this Tag brenda and how you have done the embossing ( never try it that way before )and such lovel inchies :)
Thanks for joining us at Just For Fun

Dolly Daydreams said...

Great inchies and such fab techniques on this, I have to admit am a bit of a bird fancier myself.


Unknown said...

Well done on the blog candy win Brenda. Mine ends tomorrow. What a beautiful tag, love those birds. Did you enjoy Cyprus? x

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh how gorgeous, Brenda!!! And what a fantastic package your received from Angela...that was sooo nice of her!!!

Mummylade said...

This is a wonderful creation with great texture. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Allsorts challenge this week and good luck!

Lori said...

Such a pretty tag and cool techniques!

Unknown said...

Wow this is fantastic, I really admire your artwork, you make amazing things with ink and stamping and congrats on your win, your goodies look fabulous. Have fun :))

Ang C said...

Beautifully done inchies made into a fabulous tag

coldwaters2 said...

Oh Brenda I love this to bits the images and colours look fabulous.
Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

Lovely tag. Really creative and unique.
Regards Florence.

Winnie and Patty said...

Brenda--what a GREAT tag!!! I love all the little birds and the soft colors! Thanks for playing along with Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge this week!

xxxtglxxx said...

This looks brilliant! I love this style, and anything with ripped text on it :)

I have microbeads, but have never used them - tut!

Love how you have the main stamp of the birds, and then just cut them up as a feature too.



redwasher1 said...

Fantastic inches!!
Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card at Speedy's Friends.

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous tag Brenda and what a lovely collection of goodies.

chrissie said...

Really lovely tag with some things I have never heard of before


chris said...

wow Brenda, I am a inchie girl I adore them as I do this Tag.
hope you are well hugs chris xx

Juls said...

gorgeous!!! Love the colours and the little inchies! Hugs Juls

sam21ski said...

What a fab tag, love how you've off set the inchies in the torn squares.

Thanks for joining us over on JFF

Sam xxx

Joanne (jojot) said...

beautifully done....thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends

cheryl said...

oh hun this is just brilliant one,gorgeous tag,love the inchies on this hun hugs cherylx

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Brenda- what a fabulous tag! I like all the details you included! Thanks for playing along with Speedy's Friends!

Unknown said...

Congrats on winning all that wonderful candy! Your little project is beautiful! Thanks for joining us @ Creative Cowgirls Challenge!

Jaqi said...

Great tag and super inchies

Neet said...

Love how you built up the texture and the embossing is great. Nice inchies - and they work so well with the birds on a wire at the base.
Thanks for joining us at JF this week - Hugs, Neet x

Mandy said...

Gorgeous tag Brenda.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our "show us your style" challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Unknown said...

WOW!! the technique on this Tag is beautiful Brenda, I love everything about this make stunning!!!
well done on your gorgeous candy win enjoy every bit of it you so deserve it chum,
Hugs Sarah x

Kleeblatt said...

This is a wonderful tag. I like your coƶours.
Thanks for playing by Creative Cowgirl. Good luck.
Hugs Monika