Wednesday 26 March 2014


This is my desk on a wet, dull Tuesday afternoon, and  from the other side with the light, what there is of it, behind me showing off my new green wipe-clean table cover from The Range (a bargain at £4 as it was the end of the roll and I got enough to cover the table and the small one in the conservatory).

Not an awful lot to show today but quite a bit of work went into making the bee tag.  It was intended as a swap piece for Vicky Stampers, our monthly craft group but I like it so much that I don't want to part with it and am busy making another one on a different theme (same letter though as it is an alphabet swap).  See lower down for a better photo and more details.

The butterfly stamps are for my second tag and rooting through my stash I found two sheets of Duralay film, a heatable, mouldable plastic that I bought a few years ago and have never used.  So guess what I'm doing this afternoon?  A few more bits there including some Ranger pens, Urban Stamps butterflies, too many butterfly stamps?  Impossible!  The cards at the top left are ones I made with the Urban Stamps cute bird stamp on my desk last week - see previous post for a closer look at these.

Huge thanks to Julia of The Stamping Ground for hosting this massive swap every week, you are a star.

So, a closer look at the Bee tag.

 Tag cut to size and inked with Honey and similar shade Distress Inks.  The main bee (Stampotique Jo Capper-Sandon) was stamped on the tag, coloured with DI markers, stamped again on acetate and affixed with Glossy Accents plus a liberal sprinkling of fairy dust...well Gold ultra fine glitter.  The circle stamp is a beautiful caligraphy stamp by Quietfire Design, part of a set that also includes the mini bees I used on the background and 'The hum of the bees' to the right.  I only used the top half of that stamp, masking the bottom bit off before inking.  Bits of old music paper, Glossy Accents dots with more gold glitter and a border of gold pearl dots complete the tag.

Now it's off to my craft stash with a notepad as it's the twice yearly Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight and obviously I need to make lots of lists of stuff I 'need' so that I can totally ignore it and come back with  more unplanned purchases to show you next week.


Lynn Holland said...

Enjoy yourself at Port Sunlight Ann, hope it doesn't break the bank.
Lynn 43 x

Neet said...

Ooh, poor Vicky Stampers missing out on that glorious tag - it really is beautiful Ann.
Guss I will see you around the PPA stand on Saturday then. Don't buy up, leave some for the rest of us please. LOL
Hugs, Neet 40 xxx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That tag is fantastic, Ann - I love it! I've seen some Quietfire stamps at Julia's...they are amazing but that circular calligraphy one is just gorgeous. I like the gold dots around the edges too! Clever you :-)
Hugs, LLJ 27 xx

VonnyK said...

That bee tag is absolutely gorgeous, I can see why you would want to keep it. Love the calligraphy and that beautiful bee.
Have a great week.
Von #23

Annie said...

Wow...that bee tag is gorgeous...can see why you'd want to keep it.
Annie x # 41

okienurse said...

Great looking tag and I can understand why you want to keep it. It looks like a lot of work went into it! Have fun at the stamp show. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a crafty week! Vickie #49

Anonymous said...

That tag is GORGEOUS. Really really pretty, and such detail in a small space.

Happy WOYWW!

Mary Anne (22)

Sandy said...

I love the bee tag it is beautiful with the honeycomb.. So cute..
Sandy #25

Krisha said...

Fabulous tag Ann!
Happy WOYWW and thanks for the visit earlier.
Krihsa #12

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

The bee tag is beautiful, I can see why you don't want to part with it! Maybe the children were all at home studyong!! My girl was still up at 6am despite her day off, but it's not really park weather here so we've stayed cosy at home doing home work and revision. Thanks for stopping by.

Fiona #47

Unknown said...

I absolutely LOVE your tag!!! That would be hard to give up! Have fun at the show! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #71

Robyn said...

Can I shamelessly say I love! the bee tag!
thanks so much for using Quietfire design stamps.
Do post your creations on our FB page!
Thanks for visiting, your kind words and the snoop around your place.
Robyn 6

Claire Grantham said...

Hi Ann, thanks for swinging by earlier. I like your new table cover..I love and miss the Range. The Bee tag is amazing, not surprised you don't want to give it up! Cx #21

Caro said...

That bee tag is stunning, a true work of art. I love the green wipe clean table cover as well...I could do with something like that for my crafting desk! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#55)

glitterandglue said...

A lovely tag, Anne. Have a great time at Port Sunlight - trust you will indeed manage to lose your list in the bottom of your bag, and come back with some really exciting goodies.
Margaret #85

cockney blonde said...

Love the tag. Can't believe I'm going to miss another VS meeting, so much for my NY resolution. Unfortunately following next week's procedure I'm not allowed to drive for a week :(((

Daniella said...

LOVE your bee tag! I can see why you don't want to part with it! I love your green table cover too!

Quietfire said...

This is just so gorgeous Ann! Thanks so much for using the Quietfire stamps! <3

MommaRock said...

That tag is awesome!!!!
Happy WOYWW... Love your desk full of craftyness. I was just telling my hubby about getting a wipe-clean table cover, I want one so bad. See you next week.
Kimmer #91... last , but not least AGAIN.. LOL

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow Ann no wonder you dont want to part with that masterpiece .. really is it s 20/10 as far as I am concerned well done, girl!
I love the stamps you have used too very clever shading and layout.. the film sound interesting, too!
Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #15 thanks for popping over.

Twiglet said...

So much thought has gone into that little tag Ann - it's gorgeous. x Jo

Helen Campbell said...

I love you bee tag. It's perfectly acceptable to keep the art you love. Thanks for stopping by to see my workdesk! Helen #17

Julia Dunnit said...

I love your list making idea!!!
So realistic, and so knowing it.
The tag is just sublime Ann....just wonder you had to come up with another one!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Don't worry about a list for Port Sunny. When you see all the lovely new things on offer, you will throw the list away anyway. The new ones will not be on your list. That show is another that is just too far for a day trip, so I have to make the most of the NEC. Hope you have a great time. xx Maggie #8

fairy thoughts said...

i wouldnt give the tag away either. all the buys are the ones NOT on the list
janet back from the seaside

my cup of tea said...

So pretty! Love your bee tag!

Tertia said...

That is a beautiful tag! No wonder you do not want to part with it.
Happy very belated WOYWW!
Tertia #67

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Ann, a late week visit from me as promised and thank you for your visit and lovely comments. Your bee tag looks amazing no wonder you don't want to give it away. Cheer and hope you enjoyed your weekend RobynO

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Ann, a late week visit from me as promised and thank you for your visit and lovely comments. Your bee tag looks amazing no wonder you don't want to give it away. Cheer and hope you enjoyed your weekend RobynO

Art By Wanda said...

LOVE this tag!!!!!!!!!!!!!