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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

WOYWW #146 - Tim, Tag and Treasure

Morning and happy WOYWW - AGAIN!!! Now come on you out there, who stole my week?? I suspect it's the same someone who drinks my cuppa tea when I set it down for a moment, or who steals my Tim rule or Martha Stewart craft knife when I am not looking!!!! I know you are out there and I am going to catch you one day - that's it then, folks, she really HAS flipped this time!!! Poor soul, I think the mother thing must be contageous!!!

So what, my ickle poppets, can I delight you with today?.. it being snoopy-desk-marathon-time over at Stamping Ground with Julia... Well, I am currently - perhaps even as you read this dear friend - getting the Distress King, Tim Holtz into bed with me each morning - now before you get hot under the collar, or turn off the blog with disgust, it's not what you think, of course!!! I am watching that delectable and hightly talented artist, expalin stuff to me and show me his techniques!!! On tags, you understand!!! I am doing his first ever online course and it's fab... so that's what's on my desk just now...

 I have done 3 annotated tags already, and I shall make a file for them, so I can keep them for future reference, as he suggests. One of the great things about the course, though, is that you get lifetime access to go back and look whenever you want. It's REALLY interesting.

 As it's also come round to TIO fortnight, I decided to use a couple of the techniques on a tag for our theme this time, which is the book title, "The Thorn Birds"... I went with the legend itself, which is about a mythical bird that searches for thorn trees from the day it is hatched. When it finds the perfect thorn, it impales itself, and sings the most beautiful song ever heard, as it dies... aww...

 I used a TH birdie for the mythical one. He looked forlorn when I took him out of the drawer. I didn't have any thorns but used a stamp from a set by The Stampman, and added more spikey bits with my black soot marker, The blossoms are coloured with distress markers too... yum

 I made him fly down on to the page - yes, I knew she had lost it folks... - and look as if he were hovering over a thorn. If you look carefully at his breast, you can see he is already pierced and bleeding, hence the music on his tag and mounting sheet... aww poor thing... the background colours are meant to echo the Australian outback red earth..

The words are from the same TH sheet, and the heart is from the wonderful packaging from Art From the Heart... impressive that...

So that's it for this time, I think. Nowt much to report, otherwise. I just did not have the heart to tell you, last week, that I fell AGAIN a fortnight ago... on my landing AGAIN... REALLY banged myself up that time, but healing now... landed on both knees, actually, and hung my TH scissors on the door handle, quite involuntarily I can assure you!!! Mum's physio wondered if she should not be seeing me instead of mum!!! Tee hee.

Horses are going well, boys riding superbly, the Fragrant Freddie is off just now with a nasty chest infection, and the dishwasher has been on the blink!!! Getting mended as you read this, I hope 'cos I HATES washing up more than most things!!!!
Love and Light
Frankie
xx
PS We have a DT call out for DragonsDream Tag It On, if you are interested in applying... email me and enter a piece for the current challenge, and the team and I will consider you... Go on, you KNOW you want to!!!

PPS Many of you have spotted a cat in my window... that is my first one called Mephistopheles -Mephie for short 'cos he can't spell it!!! He is always with me when I craft, if he is around... many others come there too, to help with my muse
xx

43 comments:

May said...

Love your cat at the window he/she is cute, Love your Tags fabulous, sorry to hear you had a fall I hope you are on the mend soon, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x x No9

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love your helper hiding in the back of your desk. Too funny. I'm having a terrible time leaving comments. They don't want to post. Hope this goes through. Happy WOYWW from # 7.

505whimsygirl said...

I'm so glad you explained yourself! I was ready to light up a cigarette - oh, but I don't smoke and don't have any. hee hee

The tag looks great. I've decided that e-courses are very cool. I'm on my third one and love that I can go back and look at the videos all year long!

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay
#15

Joynana said...

Love your tags and wish I had signed up for the class. Maybe next time. Stop falling, don't want you to hurt yourself any more. #18

butlersabroad said...

Getting Tim in bed sounds like a great way to start each day, lol! Absolutely stunning tag Frankie and I loved reading about your thoughts behind it.

Hugs
Brenda 2

Danielle said...

Sounds like you are enjoying the class. I wanted to take it, but I have a bad habit of not finishing my online classes, so I decided to pass. Dani32

Shoshi said...

Gorgeous tag! Really beautiful. Sorry to hear you had a fall and hurt yourself, and hope you'll soon be on the mend!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #14

RosC said...

I do like your formally attired supervisor, much like my own really. Far from turning off, I thought I was in for some raunchy excitement! Eyes like dinner plates! ...and the tags are great.
Ros. #40

Neesie said...

You gave me such a giggle because whomever is visiting you, stealing your time, cuppa and equipment is visiting me too.
That tag is amazingly beautiful.
I'm a newie too and can see I've such a lot to learn :D

Enjoyed my peek at your desk and your little hidden helper ~ thanks Neesie #37

VonnyK said...

Your tag is really beautiful, sad story but beautiful at the same time.
Have fun with Tim.
Von :)

Sara S. said...

So, so jealous! The class sounds like so much fun! Your tag is gorgeous.

Sara S. (#27)

okienurse said...

great post this week. I am enjoying TH class online also. I Love your tag Frankie it is gorgeoous. Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #48

kay said...

your tag is stunning,have fun with timmie :)
#51

Helen said...

Sounds like you are (still) having a time of it!! Take CARE... Love your tag for Thorn Birds - what a beauty.
I decided with working full time I wouldn't have time to follow Tim's class.... perhaps that was a big mistake, make join in and play catch up!!
Helen, 21

Ann B said...

It may be a very sad legend but it inspired you to make a truly beautiful tag - Love it.
Enjoy the rest of the Tim course - wish I was doing it now.

Ann B
#56

Redanne said...

Your tag is gorgeous and love that cat at the window, hope they help you craft! Sorry now that I have not signed up for Tim. Regards, Anne #66

SophieNewton said...

Gorgeous tag, love that bird stamp. The music on your blog is fab, took me a while to work out where it was coming from...thought I had left the radio on somewhere!!
Sophie no.88

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

the person who steals your tea also steals mine.... and your tags re really beautiful... I love seeing such intricate work performed so beautifully...happy woyww... Trace #50

Doone said...

So your desk is supervised by a cat eh?

dx @ 74

CraftygasheadZo said...

Love the cat watching over you, fab tag, and you sound like me falling again! Go steady. Thanks for sharing this WOYWW, let the snooping commence! Take care Zo xx 22

Wanda H said...

Gorgeous tag!!

ElizabethR said...

Gorgeous tag Frankie, boy your desk is tidy lol. Was there only me thinking of Richard Chamberlain on horseback lol. Hugs Elizabeth xxx

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Lovely tag! I'm so behind on Creative Chemistry - have to get some boring tax stuff done before I can play. Love your inspiration, though!

Cheers,
Susan #128

Rita said...

Wonderful Tags. My daughter is doing the course ,so hopefully I'll get a few tips. Love your workdesk too. Hugs Rita xxx

Sophia said...

I'm with you on the weeks flying by lately. I have so much to do and feel like it's POOFING away - way too fast! lol

Anyway, your tag is amazing. Very beautiful. Love the intricate details. :)

Julia Dunnit said...

Is this the first time Ive actually seen your desk? I think it is. And its disturbingly gull of scissor handled, damaging objects!! Seriously, I could do with a rummage on there, please, when you've finished your course. Tag is sublime. Perhaps it's time to check the landing carpet..?

Minxy said...

Awesome taggage, love the bird, the class is real fun isn't it.
Like that your kitty keeps a watchful eye on proceedings lol
Happy Woyww'ing
Minxy #23

Fuchsia said...

Fabulous tag !
have a happy week xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I remember the Thorn Bird legend, it made me cry. Just like the Swan Song and The Snowman film where he melts at the end. And don't even get me started on Toy Story 3!! I'm such a stupid, weepy Welsh woman, always been the same...
Hugs, LLJ ]#68 xx

Caz said...

Love the tag....I thought I recognised the heart - I have one from my last order!
Happy Crafting
Caz
#160
x

Jeremy and Samantha said...

Your tag is fantabulous. I am so envious of anyone with an eye for this kind of paper crafting. Enjoy your TH time ;)Happy Woyww!!
#47

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karen said...

Your tag is very beautiful! I didn't know the ThornBirds legend, it is so very sad :(
But seeing your cat in the window peeking in made me smile!
xoxo Karen #169

fairyrocks said...

Well you are certainly passing the class...and on your talent alone, not because you've got the teacher in the sack...which sometimes ends up with the teach in the slammer..but I digress.
Fun post, thanks for sharing.
Keep smiling and creating

Elizabeth said...

Now who wouldn't want to spend time with Tim in the morning - seems like everyone is talking about his course at the moment. Love your tag - I hadn't heard the legend of the Thorn Bird but love your interpretation of it. Take care and try to keep upright :) Elizabeth x #73

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Um.... Psst... you're being stalked by a black and white cat. Be very, very careful. They can't be trusted. You aren't falling, you are pushed by Mephie using special cat mind tricks. I'm telling ya! Great tags and great story behind the bird one. I had no idea about the Thorn Birds legend. Lots of folks doing Tim's workshop. I'm not sure anyone else takes him to bed with them though.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Frankie, your tag looks fantastic, great use of all these techniques. Love the fresh colors.
I enjoy the CC 101, too :)

Faye said...

Such beautiful colors on your Thorn Bird tag, Frankie. The course with Tim sounds fantastic.

Li'l Pidge said...

ooh lovely tag.
thanks for sharing your desk, I am off to take Tim to bed tonight as I have 1 video left of Day 4 to watch!!!! LOL!

Kyla #58

trisha too said...

Me again, Frankie! Your tag is GORGEOUS, and your kitty is adorable, he looks a little irked at being photographed . . . classic cat reaction there.

Love his name, it seems to fit!

:)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

the tag is gorgeous! love all the colors you used. and the cat is so cute! happy WOYWW and thank you for sharing,
hugs, #26 peggy aplSEEDS

Sue said...

This is a beautiful tag Frankie, I'm loving the look of those Distress Markers. Give my love to Sir Tim lol x

Lisa Richards said...

Love your beautiful tag and your messy desk! Looks like a fun place!
#175