Apologies for my complete disappearance - it's such a relief to be back.
My laptop collapsed on me and had to go away for repairs... I'm afraid I missed a Calico date, but hope to fit that in some time soon - and now I'm back just in time for the new challenge at A Vintage Journey.
The fabulous Astrid is our host this fortnight and she's looking for The Colours of Autumn in your projects - with, of course, the usual requirement for a strong Tim influence.
You can find lots of beautiful inspiration from my team-mates over at A Vintage Journey, as well as all the challenge details and rules.
Here's my offering for you - a crackly tag full of glowing autumnal colours and the crunch of leaves underfoot.
I started with repeated stampings of one of Tim's Falling Leaves stamps in lots of different colours of Archival ink - Sepia, Sienna and Orange Blossom - as well as some clear embossed stampings.
I inked over and around the leaves with Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain - before coating the whole thing with Rock Candy Crackle Paint.
The clear embossed leaves are still nice and present, but the colour versions have almost disappeared - shadowy echoes remain, like layers of leaf mulch under the surface.
For my background tag, I used some of the same Distress Ink colours and the fabulous Shatter stencil - here playing the role of cobwebs.
I layered the two together and added some metal accents. I love the effect of the cobwebs peeking out around the edges of the crackle.
The clock measures those days ticking away, revealing your true colours as you head towards the autumn of your life.
Both the Idea-ology pieces and the metal skeleton leaves had a slight burnishing of Copper Treasure Gold for an added glow.
I found the quote online, and it seemed perfect! I stamped the words onto one of my tea/coffee dyed tags, then cut them out and arranged them amongst the leaves.
There's no attribution - it seems to be by the very prolific Anonymous.
I'm already finding it hard to hide my true colours, and I think I could probably still claim high summer... it doesn't bode well!
The topping is some dyed crinkle ribbon, the same Distress colours again, and tied with some rustic raffia.
So those are my autumn colours. I hope you like them... Do hop over to A Vintage Journey for more inspiration, and I hope we'll see your Colours of Autumn this fortnight.
I am having a great time in New York. There's not much time for anything outside of work, but luckily I love my work too!! If you're dying of curiosity, how about a taster of where I'm working: Theatre for a New Audience. Tamburlaine is my show... We rehearsed at the theatre for the first couple of weeks, but we're now in a rehearsal space right on Washington Square - lots of literary associations, and a fabulous Blick Art Supplies store right around the corner!
Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.