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Wednesday 20 June 2012

Introducing Sammy

hi there, hope you're having a good week. We're having a really busy week at work as we've got an inspection all day Thursday and Friday eeeeeeeek! How scary! But as a bit of diversional therapy from all the stress at work I decided to get inky in my craft room and make a project for the FRilly and Funkie challenge which this week is a photo inspiration challenge featuring a pic of the most gorgeous parrot. I racked my brains for a day or two and then had a bit of a lightbulb moment and decided to use a photo of my very own parrot Sammy and enter Tim's June 'Tags of 2012' too :-)

Of course I didn't have half the right stuff but I managed to cobble together an assortment of ideology bits and bobs for the embellies, made a flower using tattered florals and crinoline fabric, and Sammy kindly donated one of his gorgeous feathers lol. I had loads of fun making the marbled background. I used peeled paint and fired brick distress stains along with the picket fence stamped with stamps from Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry. In real life the colours are much more zingy. I loved the idea of tinting a photo with distress inks, its so effective and easy too :-)

Anyway I hope you like Sammy, he's such a character, he hates men and loves to eat toast and yorkshire pudding. He loves to 'help out' while I'm crafting, his idea of helping is chewing up paper and running away with pens. He's a real chatter box and apart from the usual 'Hello' 'What are you doing' kind of thing he says 'Tickle Tickle Tickle' with his head on one side and his wing up  for you to tickle him lol. How cute is that? 

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


  1. This is brilliant Claire and such a personal piece of artwork. Did Sammy say what he thought it it?lol
    Beryl xx

  2. How fabulous! Love the feather on top and your gorgeous crinoline flower. So glad you could join us this week at Frilly and Funkie!

  3. I am very impressed with your light bulb moment expecially when you are feeling stressed with work. Absolutely love Sammy, he does look like a bit of a character. Your tag is fabulous - I won't be too surprised if you win. Great job. Anne x

  4. Claire, love your tag and Sammy! What a gorgeous tag! I was first going to use a picture of my bird in his younger days, but decided to go with our Portland, OR trip! This is one amazing tag and thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

  5. F A B U L O U S, your tag looks wonderful, love all the details.

  6. Wow! What a great tribute to your little friend, whose true colors embellished your tag. Blessings!

  7. Wow...such a cool design piece, and so much gorgeous texture!!! Thank you for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!!!

  8. Wow, you knocked my socks off with this one, Claire. Absolutely brilliant! Your background and crinoline flower are GORGEOUS and the pic of Sammy is sensational - love, love, love that feather! Your Sammy sounds like a riot and lots of fun. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us this fortnight at Frilly and Funkie!



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