Monday, 9 April 2012

MOJO returns !!

Hurrah - I have my crafting mojo back! After a fair few weeks of struggling to have any ideas or motivation, other than my DT piece last weekend I haven't made anything for absolutely ages  - but today I have spent a lovely afternoon at my desk getting inky and messy...and what's more I tried something completely out of my comfort zone and made a male themed tag !
Now I have only dipped my toe into the realm of Steampunk once but I was inspired to try this as I recently acquired some new stamps by Andy Skinner and Indigo Blu.
I started with a Tim H tag, and used ‘wrinkle free distress’ technique to add several colours over which I added piece of notebook paper stamped and coloured with aged mahogany DI.   The dashing gentleman is then stamped and embossed over the top.
I don’t have lots of shop bought embellishments and trinkets, so used a gear stamp from The Artistic Stamper on acetate and embossed with copper kettle and again in opaque pewter EP. I  left the copper as a larger piece, cutting round the edges and sticking in the corner, then cut some individual gears and added them on top. I had  few bits from an old watch and added these and some eyelets and brads in various metal finishes. A few patches of opaque pewter EP on the tag edges was the finishing touch.
I’m sharing this over at the following challenges -
I’m so pleased to be back in my crafty zone – shame I’ve got it just as I have to go back to work tomorrow !! Thanks for stopping by…Esther xx


  1. Fabulous tag Esther, loads of dimension and great colour, love the steampunk theme too, shame about going back to work, never mind :0) Gay xxx

  2. Great tag Esther, so much great detail to admire! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

  3. great tag, and great that your mojo is back :-) Debi x

  4. It looks like your mojo is back with a vengence, fab project, love the distressing. Thanks for playing along this month at LIIU, good luck. Hugz Suzanne. (Wish my mjo would return, it has vanished)

  5. Brilliant steampunk tag and the indigo blu dapper chap is just the ticket :)
    Thank you for joining our first challenge at Artful Times
    Von x☻x

  6. Hi Esther :)

    Your tag looks brilliant hun, great colours and inking and the cogs and eyelets give it a really great finish! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge. :)



  7. A great tag, love the steampunk theme.

  8. Thanks for joining us at Artful Times with your first male tag (and first since mojo got back). It is a lovely tag and I do like all of the additional embellishments at the bottom.
    Hugs, neet xx

  9. Oooh fab steampunky tag Esther. So glad you found your mojo and joined in with our very first challenge over at Artful Times.

    Sam xxx

  10. Great tag! Love the steampunk look!

    Thanks for playing the Last Century Challenge at Gingersnap Creations! Don't forget to come back and vote for your favorite entry once the challenge closes!

  11. This is a fabulous tag! Mojo abounds. Best wishes, Yvonne

  12. Hi glad you found your mojo! Your tag is a stunner. You have used some of my favourite Indigo Blu stamps too. Amazing texture going on. Thank you for sharing with us at Make My Monday! Suzanne x

  13. My mojo is on a bit of a holiday at the moment, having been pushed aside by packing and sorting :-(. I love your tag Esther, those watch parts look fabulous on there.

    Maria x

  14. Hi Ester, Nice to see you back in the crafting zone and what a comeback. your tag is stunning, I love all the elements and textures. Thanks for sharing with us at MMM. Caz

  15. This is just fabulous!!! LOVE all the bits and pieces--they add amazing texture! Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

  16. Awesome masculine tag. Job well done. I would have never guessed it's not your forte. Thank you for sharing and joining in at LIIU. Hugs, Velma

  17. Absolutely fabulous Esther, I love everything about it.
    xxx Hazel.

  18. Fabulous Steampunk tag Esther...glad to hear your mojos back!
    thank you for join ig in at MMM
    suzi b :)

  19. Love yur steampunk, lovely feelk of history

  20. Wow - this is fabulous - love all the elements and texture. Thank you so much for joining us at MMM this week.

  21. Hi Esther, hope you're well and that's a fabulous tag you've made. just love the vintage steampunk look, a real favourite of mine.
    Thanks for sharing with us at MMM this week and wishing you good luck.
    Fliss xx

  22. Brilliant male tag. Just love it. Thanks for joining us at LIIU.


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