Wednesday 6 April 2011

Tartan Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to my very first blog hop for Tartan Day on this the 6th April 2011 hosted by the very talented Gill McCall

I hope you enjoy browsing my projects as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
If you have just come across this posting while browsing around in blog land then feel free to hop along but if you have arrived here from
Haidee  then you are on the right track, if not then you need to go and start at the beginning with 

The theme of this hop as I’ve mentioned is Tartan Day – Gill has brought together a select few crafty people from all over the world to take part and for them to create a project, or projects, with an element of tartan on it.

This is a hop with a difference, as along the hop there are letters to find in the postings - not all blogs have the letters, but if you gather all the letters, then at the end of the hop you can assemble them to create a Scottish themed word. If you then return to Gill’s blog and enter the Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post (do not reveal the secret word yet). After the hop Gill will contact someone at random and ask them to email her with the word - if correct they will win some lovely candy.

Now on to my projects - I have created 6 projects for this hop. I know, I went a bit mad, it must be because it’s my first time! 

My first 4 projects are cards:             Click on pictures for a larger image                                                 

  1. My twisted easel card has a tartan base with an image of a thistle and the word Scotland as the stopper. The main image is an artist’s watercolour image of Edinburgh castle. The embellishment is heather and pearls.  A twisted easel is simply a square card with the front of the card folded diagonally and then a piece of card the same size as the front attached , see diagram, and the stopper is attached with foam pads so the card will stand up.

1. Twisted easel



2. My anniversary card has a square deckle edge base card wrapped with red ribbon. The centre square is tartan, framed with gold mirri card on a black background and topped with a Scottie dog. These are available from Mei

2.Anniversary card

3My birthday card is again a square deckle edge card and I made use of my cuttlebug (this is an embossing and die cutting machine) to cut out some shapes with Spellbinders  for the centerpiece. The swirl and the flower are also cut in the cuttlebug using Marianne dies. I’ve had my cuttlebug for 3 years and rarely used it but I’m now hooked and there is a great site for hints and tips here. I finished with a rose and a sentiment printed using my Xyron digital printer. Apologies for the shadow!

3. Birthday

4. My Christmas card has a stamped background of firs that I glittered to look as if it had been snowing. The little girl I coloured with promarkers( Letraset alcohol double ended pens that allow colouring without streaking) and paper pieced her skirt with some tartan paper. I glittered the lace on her cuffs and the jabot (ruffled necktie) as well. Her Scottie dog has also been glittered and some glossy accents used for his eyes and nose. I stamped the sentiment and added a tartan knot at the top.

4. Christmas card

5.My 5th project is a scrap layout to go into a family history journal that I am making. The background is a piece of tartan paper with torn edges that I brushed with ink for a distressed effect.
The map shows the Shetland Isles where my maternal ancestors originated from, (Lerwick) and I have used an acrylic bubble to highlight the town on the map. On  the luggage label I printed some info from the 1891 census with my family names written on it and used some string as a bow. The tartan oval hanging from the yellow ribbon is my maternal family tartan and name which I covered in glossy accents for shine.

5. Family history page.

  6My 6th project is a bookmark with memories of our trips to Nova Scotia. As that translates to New Scotland I thought it was appropriate!!
I used a digital programme to create this called Craft artist by Serif. I used tartan as the base and using frames from the kit I was able to insert 2 photos from our holiday in Nova Scotia. The top one is Prince Edward Island and the bottom one is Peggy’s Cove not far from Halifax NS. I mounted it onto dark green card and have attached an acetate cover and added a tassel for decoration.

6. Bookmark

So there we have it – my first blog hop ever and I hope you have enjoyed  it and I’d appreciate it if you could leave me a comment. If you do like what you see please explore the rest of my blog and I’d love you to become one of my followers.

There are a lot of talented crafty women on this hop and I hope you enjoy looking through their hop entries.  So now please hop on over to
Margaret for the next tartan creative project.

Here is the line up in case you get lost along the hop. 

8.  Amanda   
13.  Becky  --  
17.  Beckie  -- 
21.  Alethea  --  

Good luck everyone and thank you for hopping along – don’t forget to come back to Gill once you’ve gathered all the letters, and enter the Mr. Linky for a chance to win some candy.


alethea said...

Wow you were very busy!!! I was lucky to get two thing made:) Love evrything you have made!! Awesome jb!! Hugs xx

Gill McCall said...

OMG WOW i love them all. You have excelled yourself! The yellow tartan on your SB layout is very striking and gosh a christmas card in april!!! you might wanna now come on board in my scrapbook challenges on the other blog as going to run tutorial challenges very soon. Thanks for being in the line up today - enjoy the hop

Anonymous said...

Love your projects!!!!

Debbie T said...

Wow Wow amazing, just amazing projects, you are so talanted. Love them.

Misty said...

W0W! You are one busy lady! i love all your projects, but Christmas in April cracked me up!
I am hosting my 1st blog hop & would love for you
to join & be part of it to share your talent!

Hummer Hugs,
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

holy cow! 6 projects, insane! Love them all though, great job and congrats on your first blog hop!

Thanks for hopping with us, I am number 13 on the hop =)


Becky.mayhewlear AT gmail DOT com

Ann said...

Valerie your projects are just amazing, I love them all!! Thanks for sharing with us!! Hugs Ann xxx

Shazza said...

wow 6 projects, you have been busy. Love the twisted easel, it's my fave!

Anonymous said...

You made some beautiful cards! They are all great! I'm a new follower and stop #8 on the blog hop.

Canonbury creations said...

Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments and WOW now I've got 21 followers!! It's been a great week and Gill has also invited me onto her DT, I'm so happy :))

Beckie said...

Wow you have been busy!! Love that book mark

Lillian Child said...

Your projects are fabulous, Valerie. I especially like the Christmas card!

I just found your blog on this hop and am now a follower. So very nice to meet you. Stop by my blog sometime and say hi.

Jae said...

Wow, six projects and they are all just amazing! TFS, I am now a follower :)

Jenni said...

Simply beautiful cards! That first one is just gorgeous!

joydee1963 said...

Love all your projects,so great.

Anita said...

What a fantastic job you did---everything is beautiful.Thanks for letting me participate.

Becky Dunham said...

Oh Valerie - i love everything!!!! I can't quit looking at them - they are all so beautiful! I am on Gill's RAK card swap with you and the others so i checked out your blog yesterday and became a follower - i just love your creative style. When you get my name, you could send me one of those fabulous cards if you really want to lol.

Jessica Buffa said...

Your creations are splendid and your accent to detail is amazing. You can tell you love your Scottish heritage. I especially love the luggage tag with the census info.
Glad to follow you!

Jessica Buffa said...

I just recently learned that one of my ancestors was imprisoned at Halifax. Just thought I would share...LOL!

Jacki Daniels said...

Hi Valerie thanks for comments on my blog apparently it was worse (benidorm) rows and fallings out they said never again lol do what I do with pretty papers scan them ssshhhhhn don't tell any one
Jacki xx

LisaG said...

My gosh Valerie! You've been so busy! All the progects are so creative, but my favourite has got to be the Christmas card, it reminds me of my wee dog Jack who we lost just 4 weeks ago.

Well done on all your talented projects.

Keep up the good work, have a breather now though!

Lisa xx

Jacki Daniels said...

Lovely project valerie well done
Jacki xx

Anniebee said...

Wow! These are all wonderful! I especially love the first card (fantastic coloring job) and the layout with all the interesting little details. They are all beautiful though. I'm your newest follower and will be back to see more of your work after the hop.


Tambo said...

wow so many projects, but I really love the one you did with the census paper. Vet creative.

Cherry Cherry said...

What an amazing array of projects. Loved them all. Well done. Margaret.xx

Anonymous said...

Everything is so Beautiful and love the HIghland Feel to the projects!

Hugs June


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