Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Make Today Count
Hello all and welcome to September... I know, the year seems to be flying, doesn't it? Well, there's nothing wrong with that as long as you make each day count. And this month at Country View Challenges we're definitely trying to do that as the theme this month is Numbers, chosen by the wonderful Nikki.
There are lots of fabulous numerical projects from my team-mates over at the blog, and as usual there will be more creations to inspire you throughout the month there, so do pop in every now and then.
My first offering this month is a tag which continues my obsession with a particular trio of the new Distress colours - Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Hickory Smoke. (It was made before the arrival of the Ground Espresso - my new top favourite!) I used them on my August Tim tag, and for Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey, and now they're back again...
I'd smeared some leftover crackle paint randomly onto a tag, so I applied my three colours over that - just blending and smooshing them on - and did a bit of number stamping with a Tim stamp and the Mermaid Lagoon too.
I added more crackle paste through the numbers of the Cargo layering stencil and let it dry.
And then it was just a question of gathering lots of highly numerical ephemera to collage together.
The odds and snippets are mainly from the Idea-ology Pocket Cards (I was singing their praises recently, and I've not changed my tune yet).
I tried to find as many number-related pieces as I could, including the clock (with added metal hands)...
... ticket stubs and calendars and price lists...
... and there's also some of the tape measure tissue tape underneath it all.
I'm sure the young woman here is doing her very best to make every day count, determined to meet each new challenge with a smile on her face.
There are some little spritzed Calico Craft Parts butterflies - not sure why, but then why not?! I think there was a little echo in my brain of that wonderful Rabindranath Tagore quote: The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
The topping is another current favourite - crinkle ribbon, linen ribbon and some wired thread to finish it off.
With all the calendar references, times and dates, I think the 31 is probably signifying the longest months of the year, of which August certainly seemed to be one for me - horrid weather and heavy work schedules.
I was certainly counting the hours by the end of it, whilst still trying to make each of them count. I have to say I'm delighted finally to be kicking off a new month now - and one where I should have a bit more time to myself.
I hope you'll find time to check out what my team-mates have been up to, and to come and count Numbers along with us at Country View Challenges. You'll be in with a chance at the prize voucher from our generous sponsor, Country View Crafts.
My Steampipe Glampunk Plaque over at Calico Crafts didn't get much of a look-in time-wise, so I just wanted to put in a quick shout out for it again here… and now I'll leave you in peace, I promise - except for hopefully managing to do some visiting this week once all the crafty deadlines are met!
I'll see you out there....
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
With my obsessive trio of Hickory Smoke, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon, I'd like to enter this into the Trio of Colours at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.