Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Carmen saved me....

Now, you may or may not know this about me - I'm hopeless at inky, time consuming stuff. I don't have a craft sheet (I use a piece of cling film spread over my glass mat!) and I gave away my Melt Pot, about a year after I realised I'd used it twice and hated it!

So then Jennie sends me a bunch of stuff that can be altered and I have a teeny panic attack at the enormity of the expectation. I even bought another Distress Inkpad to help. It didn't. But then Carmen left a comment. And it was all OK and so I took five minutes to play a bit.

This is as close as it gets for me - four (FOUR!) ink pads and some cut and dry foam and a couple of stamped images later, and I quite like it. It's bright and quite cheery. But that's the point isn't it - I like it. Again, thanks to Jenny for the erm, push, and definite thanks to Carmen who says it doesn't have to be grungy to be altered. I have a workshop to propose to shopkeeper gal, born out of Carmen's wisdom. We're going to call it 'Grungy, but Bright'. I think it will interest the people who know me well enough to know that it's kinda my colours but out of my 'zone'. I don't think we can go as far as Jul!a Holtz as a nickname, but hey - I like the brighter colours, and Carmen says it's OK. Good enough.

34 comments:

DoubleClick Connections said...

I love this! And the sentiment is awesome! ( And so true!)

Jan said...

You did a splendid job :)

Helen said...

I love the colours you chose (well,ok I love the colours you have, lol) and I think the tag looks fab. Go Julia!!

June said...

Ohhh you must do more !!! this is fab and you know its all about just having fun with a piece and just building and inking til you like the look. Nothing is written in stone,just enjoy. i love your colour use here and it would be sad for you not to pursue it further
hugs June xxxx

Hazel (Didos) said...

the colours look brilliant and The sentiment is bang on. Thanks for sharing. Its fabby, Hazelxox

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I want to know how you made the background. Were those gears a rubber stamp? What is cut and dry foam and what is it used for? Yep, I may be an altered artist, but apparently I don't have the tools and I definitely don't have the Holtz gene. I much prefer the Dunnit influence.

I really, really LOVE that sentiment, especially the part that involves COFFEE. Love this tag.

Sandra said...

ooohhh I'm with you ... I like it, I like it very much :)

Wipso said...

I love what you've done with this and the sentiment made me smile :-)
A x

Kaz said...

Oooo lovely stuff there Julia - I do bbright altery bits so you do what you like - especially if you get fabby results like that xxx

Mummylade said...

of course it's ok, it doesn't even have to be brown =)

That tag is gorgeous!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Ooh fab Julia, love the colours and love the sentiment ;-) You don't NEED a non-stick mat the glass cutting board without the clingfilm is good, so long as it's got a smooth and not a bumpy surface - you just need something the cut'n'dry foam will glide over :-)
Anne xx

Pam said...

Fan hon xx Pam

Lyn said...

And of course there are the small flat square silicon (flat, cos some come with bumps) "heat" mats from good old Poundland instead of a craft mat - dead handy for those smaller distress ink jobies.

LURVE the tag and the cogs - very "in" at the moment. Go on, go on, you know you are smug with the results ..... here's to the next 4 ink pads, Mrs Dunnit-Holtz (hyphenated, of course .....)

Sue said...

Hi Julia
im like you i dont alter things n struggly with distressin, you have done a brill job, luv it, great sentiment, sue,x

Vixx handmade cards said...

Hi Julia!!
Well done you!, such a fab job and the sentiment is great!!
Take care, Vicky xx

scrapcat 1 said...

Fabulous work Julia, I don't do distressing as I never feel I get it quite right but having seen your work I might give it another go.

Hels Sheridan said...

This is FAb hun, congrats on getting inky fingers...now, are you sold on it yet??? Hope so cos you made a brill job of the tag x

secret scrapbooker said...

That is a great tag Julia. I love the colour the cups and the sentiment totally fab. Well done :0)
Kate x

Carmen said...

LOL! Wot are you like? I love your tag, it's definitely much more than OK! :P And that workshop - now you've got my interest piqued!

P.s I wont tell you how chuffed I am to have a post with my name in the title *g*

Esther said...

This is great..I love to distress and get inky..but I'm a girly girl too so don't really go for the dark/brown grungy look either. I've a bright/pretty tag coming up on my WOYWW in the morning (if my scehduling works)..I like to think of it as girly grunge!!..and great idea for a workshop..x

Julie said...

More than good enough Mrs D - I love it!! And more importantly, you do too!! Juliexx

Linby said...

Ah I see you have adopted the "Steampunk style" (I didn't make it up, just been reading about it!) Love the tag, the sentiment and those mugs are fab.
Linbyx

Angie said...

Love the background ...and the cups ...and the sentiment.
Altered art has me confused and I am sure that there have been debates as to the definition ...altered means changed I thought so whether it is a naked tag or box in to a pretty piece of art work ...or a bean can into a practical yet beautiful pen pot, no one states how they should look as far as I know ...grungy,distressed, vintage, pastel or bright etc etc... its the creaters choice I feel ...or am I totally mistaken xx

Cheryl said...

oh really love this tag hun and the sentiment is great too brilliant distressing too hun hugs cheryl xxxxxxxx

Gez said...

Oooh you can tell you had fun hunni. Tis gorgeous. :)
Love the colours you have chosen & what a FAB sentiment!
I haven't a non stick craft mat either ~blushes~ not sure I should be telling you this!! ;)
I use a non stick sheet from Poundland!

Jennie said...

Grungy and bright! yea! love bright, and who said it has to be grungy? I am sure that the colour influence makes us make it grungy.. check out the frame I did, started off white and black ended up very dark reds and balck!! lol
Love what you have done.... more please
Hugs x

Ikki said...

Oh Julia, I'm really worried about you now! I'm pleased you like it, I like it too ..... but I remember being here myself and look at me now - distress inked up to my eyeballs and displaying fingers of various shades...I think you too are going the inky way! There's a good thing about this type of crafting....messy desks are in order (lol)ikki x

Toucan Scraps said...

looks fantastic

Dawn said...

Love the sentiment/qote so true! ha ha and lovely tag as well nice texture!

Love Dawn xx

Doone said...

Good Lord Julia I didn't even know there were rules - I have had my work described as grungy and do not really know what is meant by the term!!! to me 'altered' means take something and make it something else- usually I'd expect to take something on its last legs and make it beautiful again... I love your tag, especially the legend, please don't feel you can't alter - you clearly can.....you have your own style - better than adopting someone elses in my book....

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I think it looks great!!!!

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