Monday 19 August 2013

Finding Mr Mojo

Well it looks like the weather here may warm up a bit more before the end of the summer.  It was over 40 degrees round the pool last Thursday, the hottest I have ever known it in Lanzarote, I love it, I’m a real sun seeker lol. So now I am trying to get back into the swing of creating and making – but I think Mr Mojo didn't pack his bag and come back home with me. I really don't seem to have any ideas in my head so I took inspiration from my friend Astrid who back in April/May did a tag a day to get herself going again. I have decided to go back to Tim’s tags of 2012 as I didn't manage to get them all made last year, and I am going to make another version of each one. I know this will give me the stimulus I need.
P1130920 copy
Tim started his monthly tags in February of 2012 and this one was focused on Valentine. I have taken some of the techniques he used to create mine.
Resist stamping using distress paint and blending with distress inks. Check out Tim’s blog for the full details.
I seem to still be hooked on ‘hot’ colours after my holiday.
This is the first time I have used honeycomb paper. It has been in my cupboard for years and years and I shall definitely be using it again.
I also used the letters from one of Tim’s paper stashes to make up this sentiment. I realised I didn't take a separate photo of the bird on the branch which was also cut from a paper stash and coloured with distress stains and a little stickles on the bird itself.

Distress Inks – ripe persimmon, dried marigold, mustard seed, festive berries and walnut stain.
Distress Stains - rusty hinge, peeled paint, mustard seed and wild honey.
Distress Paint – picket fence, tarnished brass and walnut stain.
Onyxite Treasure Gold
Stamp from Tim’s Way with Words set
Dies – Bird Branch, vintage lace and sizzix butterfly #12
Other – honeycomb paper, lost and found paper stash.

So I am on my way to enticing Mr Mojo home, you will see more of these tags in the coming days peppered with my DT pieces and anything else I make for myself. Just got to get him home quick though.
Have a great week, I have a workshop tomorrow, seeing a friend for lunch on Wednesday and visiting Chris, my sister, on Thursday, so busy for me.
Take care.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Challenges to have fun with -
Stamping Sensations - Wings and things and a touch of vintage
Sunday Stamper - Waterloo Sunset
Our Creative Corner - Words, words, words


Redanne said...

Hi Brenda, this is gorgeous, I was drawn in by the honeycomb butterfly (not used it for ages either) and the glorious summer colours. Great techniques too. I don't think Mr Mojo has strayed too far.... Thanks too for joining in at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Anne x

Sophie said...

Oh, wie schööön...
Brenda, das ist so toll geworden :-)

Hier gießt es in Strömen, wie ein Monsun, und es ist richtig dunkel.

Liebe Grüße aus dem Regen
Sophie xx

Junibears said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday Brenda.
What a gorgeous tag this is. I love that honeycomb butterfly. Superb work as always! Hugs xx

Rita said...

Fabulous tag Brenda. The butterfly looks so beautiful with the honeycomb paper. Need to look mine out too. Hugs Rita xxx

Anneke said...

Love this, your butterfly is so pretty this way.And love your colour use. Thank you, Anneke.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A gorgeous tag in wonderful warm colors.

Gio said...

I love it! It still reminds of the hot Lanzarote.

I understand when you speak about no mojo....and when you have the dt deadlines is so frustrating...:-(

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely gorgeous, no lack of Mr Mojo there.

Lucy x

brenda said...

We came back from the Med last week Brenda and it was pretty warm there as well with similar temps. And think my mojo is still there was well.

Your tag as lovely and great resist stamping.

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations this month.

B x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous tag and a great take on the original. Mr Mojo well and truly back I would think! but I know what you mean as I am struggling too. Jennie x

Gram's Treasures said...

Lovely tag, Brenda, and I'm sure Mr Mojo will be back soon. I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday with that intense heat....that's not for me. I prefer spring and fall, both at home and away.
Joyce xx

Sam & Poppy said...

This is gorgeous, I love the colours, glad you had a good time on your hols. My mojo has gone awol too Brenda!! Big hugs from Poppy and me xxx

Kathyk said...

Fandabbylicious tag - loving your use of honeycomb paper, maybe I'll just have to try some soon too!

As to Mr Mojo ... reckon it's cocktails by the pool for him .... along with my own! And, apparently Samantha Read's too!


Candy C said...

Brenda...your tag is so pretty. Love the paint resist on the sentiment in the background. Love your background color and the branch and bird, too. Really pretty. I know how you feel about Mr. Mojo. Ever since we got home from vacation; Mr. Mojo seems to only pop his head in every now and then. haha <3 Candy

craftytrog said...

Your tag is stunning Brenda!
My Mr Mojo went away for his hols, but seems to be back again, thank goodness! As you say, you just have to make something, to spark things off again :D This is a fab start!
Alison xxx

Vicky said...

Fabulous as always hun...and I'm so pleased you had a super holiday too...:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Karin said...

gorgeous tag!
have a great week!
Groetjes karin

Paper Profusion said...

Don't you worry at all Brenda - Mr. Mojo is definitely there with you! You've made a fabulously warmhearted songbird beckoning oodles of gorgeous thoughts. Enjoy all your week. Nicola x

Anonymous said...

I believe Mr Mojo has flown home :)
I never like when Ms Mojo decides to take a holiday, I had that recently, any time I did venture to my supplies I felt like a beginner.
The colours on your tag are so warm, I believe that holiday sun has inspired you!

Fliss said...

Really gorgeous Brenda. Love the warm colours and texture and the honeycomb butterfly is stunning.
Glad to hear you had a good holiday too (trying to book mine at the moment!)
Hugs, Fliss xx

Deborah said...

My mojo takes a break every couple of weeks LOL. You've obviously lured yours back, Brendam with this tag. The honeycomb butterfly is a great touch and I love the warm yellows.

Meggymay said...

Fabulous tag, love the butterfly wings. Awesome colours.
Yvonne x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous tag Brenda, lovely warm tones and I love your backdrop. The butterfly adds wonderful dimension and I love the butterfly . Glad you had a fabulous break . Tracy x

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda...I love the hot colours (bring on summer!) and the resist technique looks great on this tag. It gives a really nice balance to the colours. So glad that you caught some rays and l'm looking forward to seeing your tags...this idea sounds like fun.
Dot x

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda
It appears to be a common complaint that when one goes on vacation so does the inspiration to create.
We all know it will return but it is hard going through it, so I sympathise.... I love the Tag and you will continue to make gorgeous ones even though you believe the motivation is not there, you create because you have talent, and that never disappears.
I shall enjoy the coming days and seeing your Tags.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What an awesome idea for lassoing in Mr. Mojo! I need to do that! Loved the tags, so seeing your take will be so cool! Love this background!!!

Inkypinkycraft said...

This looks great , yummy colours and love the honeycomb paper , may have to add that to my wishlist! Funny...I was thinking it would be great to re visit the tags from a few years agin and do a take on them to revisit different techniques but unlike you I haven't found time yet! Have.a great week hugs trace x

Annie said...

Fabulous make Brenda x I love the colours and layers you have created. Truly stunning

Crafty hugs Annie x

sallysbitz2 said...

Gorgeous tag x
Love the colours & how you have used the honeycomb paper, (I have some of this too & had it ages & has not come out the packet, lol). Talk about buy things coz you want it & need it, lol.

hugs sally x

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

trisha too said...

Well it looks to me as if you didn't need that fickle Mr. Mojo's help at all, Brenda!


Von said...

Hot and sunny tag Brenda :)
Von ♥

Jenny Marples said...

Such a great way to get your mojo back up and running Brenda. Love the sunset colours and the resist words. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Jenny x

Terry said...

Summer fun tag! Love the white sentiment. Burst of Mojo if you ask me! Hugs!

Words and Pictures said...

Glorious, Brenda - I love the Distress Paint stamping of those wonderful words, and the hot colours are fabulous, as is that musical bird and branch - brilliant tag. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
Alison x

Francesca said...

A very Pretty card , thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations

Francesca x

Lynn Stevens said...

You know Brenda its never to late to create a tag from Tim's tags. I ADORE how you did your butterfly and Gorgeous colors!
Hugs Lynn

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Marjie Kemper said...

Welcome home! Love that butterfly. Can't wait to see all your tag inspriations!

Rossella said...

I love your hot colours and great butterfly
Rosie x

Sally H said...

What a gorgeous tag, Brenda! Thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations for our Wings and Things and a Touch of Vintage theme. Good Luck!

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous tag Brenda... sorry I am so late visiting... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x