Sunday, 20 May 2012


...let us be grateful to the people who make us happy for they are the gardeners who make our souls blossom...
-Marcel Proust-

...hello everyone...after finishing day 5 of Tim Holtz on line Chemistry class I thought I'd have a play with the Stained Kraft Resist technique...

...I loVe this Kraft Resist paper of Tim's...the inks I've used are Barn Door & Black Soot, the splodges are white emulsion dabbed onto bubblewrap...

...the sentiment is one of Andy Skinners the letter styling has a grungy/underground vibe...

...I took inspiration for this Tag from Ronda Palazzari (Sizzix DT) she had cut out a 2nd umbrella & embossed it then added to the origional, I tentertively put the whole thing in the folder fully expecting it to tear but it didn't yay!...

...I had to give this guy a heart...

...just torn Mulberry Paper... was cool making an inky mess :) ...

...but I couldn't of made this Tag at all without the kindness of my darling friend May  when she cuts out from her Die's she does extra for me whilst I'm slowly building my crafting stash of ingredients, thank you my beautiful friend...

...thanks for dropping by today...


  1. WOW Mel, love it, great technique too. Love those words stamps as well, can feel a spend coming on!!!

    Sam xxx

  2. Love your gorgeous Tag

  3. Hi Mel, your tag is wonderful and I love the way the umbrella is embossed, it gives it so much dimension. Loving the bubble wrap technique and the heart is perfect. You do have a wonderful friend in May, she is such a lovely person. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  4. Gorgeous and a very clever way to change the umbrella. Your art makes me smile, even though I don't follow the Tim stuff because it's way too expensive for my blood (grin).

  5. I just LOVE this Mel! Everything about it just gives me a woW! I have Pinned it.
    What a rEAlly nice thing for May to do for you - bless her heart :0))
    Hope you're having a lovely Sunday :0)

  6. Hello Mel I have just been showing a f riend the lovely things you sent. I keep wrapping them back up so that I can open them again. It's all so lovely.
    I love your stamped words. I have a box of letters but they are not as nice as yours, can you tell me the make and where from.
    Lynn x x x

  7. This tag is wonderful, I love everything about it!! Just stunning! Lovely to have such a kind friend
    Hugs trace x

  8. Fabulous tag looks wonderful.
    Debbie x

  9. Bless you my dear Mel... It brought a wee tear to my eye those kind words..You to me are also a dear friend and friends and crafters share!!! you have made me some of the most beautiful makes I have ever seen.. and today's creation is right up there with them! This is fantastic Mel.. I love the textures and his umbrella has turned out fab..the finishing touch of a little mulberry paper heart is just Brillant... Hugs May x x x

  10. Oh WOW, this is a fabulous creation and I love all the textures and that precious heart!!! You are such a dear and SO talented!!!

  11. Ooo it looks great! Fab result! Kim

  12. Hi Mel, I love your tag with the beautiful red heart
    love from Rebecca xx

  13. Stunning tag Mel!! fab textures and techniques...LOVE the heart!
    Jan x

  14. Love the tag, especially like the way the umbrella is embossed. Lucky you to have such a lovely kind friend. X

  15. What a nice friend you have to give you extra die cuts. Mel this tag is pretty awesome ya know. So much going on on it, and they all work so well together. Michelle x

  16. Hi Mel, Thanks for popping over to my Blog. It's been a busy couple of weeks for me. Looking forward to getting back in to my craft room now.
    Love the tag and the techniques look fantastic. I really like the effect with the bubble wrap. Tim's Creative Chemistry is next on my list - as if I haven't got enough to do xx

  17. Great tag. Is the course good? I have been thinking of doing it as well. The colors and composition are fab.

  18. I just love this guy...he always reminds me of Charlie Chaplin!

  19. Oh wondrous! I thought it was Charlie Chaplin too ;)
    Hope you're doing well.

  20. Good Morning sweetie this is gorgeous, I love the colours that you have chosen gorgeous hugs pops x

  21. Mel, I love your tag! You have quite a knack for this Tim thing! All your grunge is fabulous and this technique is wonderful! Well done!

  22. I shall try again...typed 2 long comments that have both disappeared into cyberspace! Arggghhh!!!
    Love love love your tag Mel! xox

  23. WOW loveley tag have you made!!!!
    Love it!!!! all the details are perfect.
    I have ASPECIALY for you translate on my blog now (lol).
    Greetz Patricia

  24. That is a great tag, love the colors. I've got to take that class, everyone has made some great projects.

  25. Mel, it's the heart that finishes your amazing tag, it makes the tag pop!! You've gotten yourself a Very Kind friend too.

  26. Wondwrful tag, Mel, womderful colors and textures!


  27. Wow!! What a gorgeous tag and I love all the textures and details that you've used!! FAB~U~LOUS!!
    Hope you had a good weekend...
    Love Emma xx

  28. noooooooooooooooooooooooo I am not going to buy anymore TH that stained resist paper is pretty cool, huh? ::sigh:: waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  29. Fabulous tag you have made! I love the mulberry paper heart! What a great idea! I had a look back at the previous tags too and they are wonderful as well! You are really enjoying the TH class!
    xoxo Karen

  30. Hi Mel

    This is stunning. Love all the different techniques and your colour combo.

    What a fab sentiment too.

    Love it!!!

    Love Jules xx

  31. Hi Mel - Love your blog - this is my first visit here. Will definately pop back.

    Best Wishes


  32. Oh Mel - This tag is out of this world - love these tags and hopefully I will get better at doing them!!


...thankyou so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...I hope you like what you see...warm wishes...Mel :)