Wednesday, 27 June 2012


Here's my desk for this week's WOYWW - if you want to know more pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and visit a huge number of other peoples work spaces - it's great fun!
I have just started this week's Summer of Colour challenge - to create art based on the colours pink and lemon for Strawberry Lemonade Punch ice cream.  I have found a few bits and pieces for inspiration and my sketchbook page is in the middle of drying.  On the left are some packets of decorative pins that I recently purchased and haven't found space for yet, and I haven't got round to putting away the hot plate and wax yet - how lazy!

I came across this lovely stamp while desperately searching for some glimmer of inspiration for this weeks Tag Tuesday theme Tales of the River Bank.  As soon as I found it I knew it had to be used!

I carefully picked out the colours in the stamp and made some colour bars as a background, using embroidery silks wound around strips of card.  I painted and splashed a tag to give a watery feel and attached the colour bars.  I then attached the stamp onto the bars with Sticky Fixers and added a fishing fly that I hooked through the stamp.


  1. Stunning! Genius use of fibers- adds such depth and texture!!

  2. I totally agree with Carolyn, genius on the whole fibre thing. You know you're going to be seeing that all over the blogosphere soon!

    thank you for the inspiration,
    cheers, rachel #68

  3. I love the background tag colours and how you have picked up the colours of the fish in both the background and the fibres. It is wonderful, the stamp itself is gorgeous. Thank you for visiting me and for your lovely comments. Anne x #57

  4. Fantastic tag, a brilliant design and adore the fishing fly.

    Happy WOYWW x

  5. What an inovative idea using the embroidery thread and fishing fly with the stamp and the colours are perfect. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy crafting

  6. Utterly stunning tag. The colours are perfect.

    Happy WOYWW

    Zoe #54

  7. Your tag is very beautiful and sooo clever!!! Happy WOYWW!!

  8. your tag is awesome,love it :)
    happy blogging
    kay #69

  9. Your colours are beautiful and serene and your use of fibres is very clever. I think that would make an awesome men's card too!

    HUgs, LLJ #3 xx

  10. Love what you've done with your tag & i never would have thought of using the treads that way & a fly hook, happy crafting jill #73

  11. I LOVE the effect of the threads wrapped around the pieces of card - what a great idea. And did you just happen to have a fishing fly hanging around? It couldn't be more perfect...

  12. Wonderful! I love the way you used the thread to bring all the elements together! Patsy from

  13. Very pretty tag and I think the colours are beautiful.

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog Diana :) LOVE this tag! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the wrapped silk thread and the the "watermarked" tag!

  15. Great tag, really nice on a special pressy for a fishing guy! HaPpY wOyWw!!
    Sorry very late, builders are here putting in new windows. Happy Crafting!!
    ((Lyn)) #32

    agh!! three times I've got the code wrong!

  16. Wow. That’s pretty neat.

  17. Exciting challenge for the Summer of Colour! And wow, I love that tag. So clever to use the thread for color bars to put behind the stamp. Very understated and elegant. Fabulous!

  18. Perfect! Really.... everything about it :)


  19. Awesome tag, love the attention to detail with the fishing fly and the colors are just perfect! waving hi from the hot hills of North Carolina :)

  20. Oh Diana, I just love your work! Your subtle colours are just divine... I saw your tag on the Tag Tues. blog and thought how lovely it was. Your new art challenge sounds fun, too, with an interesting summery colour combo!

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. At last I'm starting to feel better thank goodness, after a pretty awful week, and I'm starting to pick up the threads again, hence getting to grips with my massive backlog of blog comments! It was certainly worth it, depsite the payback - the craft show was such fun and I really enjoyed demonstrating all day, even though I didn't sell much. Could have been worse though.

    I love using heat embossing as a resist. Although I've done it loads of times, I never cease to get a thrill a) from watching embossing powder melt (beats watching paint drying any day!!) or b) watching it appear as you ink over it! As someone at the craft show said, it's a bit like magic painting that we used to do as children. I had so many more techniques I wanted to do at the show but no time for everything!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #15

    PS I'd love to know what you do with the wax!

  21. Hi Diana, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  22. what a great tag! Seems like this beautiful fish could escape ;)

  23. happy WOYWW! great concept for your tag!
    thanks for sharing!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  24. Love your colour choices, really subtle and pretty, the fish stamp would look amazing as an actual rubber stamp, its lovely! so late at visiting this week as I have had no internet for days :( bloomin sky! Thank you for the birthday wishes!!