Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Ice Cream PLease!!

Hi Everyone

Sorry I have not posted for a week but I have been busy crafting...just nothing you can
see as yet !!  You will have observed a few changes on my blog and there is more to come!!!

I was absolutely thrilled to be in the Top 3 over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge recently...still taking it in!!

As you can see my  crafty style is a bit different today. Although I love distress/steampunk/grunge...I  have a love of  vintage and  enjoy dabbling in other styles/techniques. I am frequently inspired by Lynne Moncrieff of ADORN, whose  vintage creations and stories are lovingly put together. You can view Lynne's blog HERE

The background of the tag was inspired by Anita Houston's  tutorial on Tim Holtz's Faux Leather  Technique. You can find the tutorial  on Anita's blog, The Artful Maven Haven, by clicking HERE.   The end result is amazing and I love the shine of the  perfect pearls.








The stamped image is from Oxford Impressions, April In Paris collection. I am amazed how this image stamps like a real old photograph. I used glossy card and archival ink in Sepia, tearing the edges  of the card towards me. I then distressed  the torn edges with Tea Dye DI.  The lace had previously been stained in a mix of tea and coffee.  The two layers of lace were adhered with cosmic glue. The ribbon, which you can barely see under the flowers, was adhered with Ranger Inkessentials Wonder Tape.  The flowers at the bottom of the tag  and ribbon at the top of the tag were in my stash.  The lace flowers were cut from a border of lace that I purchased from Crafty Individuals. I felt that the lace cut flower required a little something so adhered a little pearl to complete the look.

The Challenge over at Fashionable Stamping is Summer Ice Cream Colours. The little girl in the main stamped image would love an ice cream and the colours around her are summery and shimmery. so I shall enter this challenge.

Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper this week is SHINY...... and the perfect pearls are certainly that.

Over at Simon Says Stamp and Show the challenge is Your favourite technique. The faux leather technique is certainly a favourite right now.

Please pop over and view these challenges and the creative projects by the Design Team's, whose makes are always so inspirational.

As always thank you for visiting my blog. I love to read your comments and  enjoy meeting new crafty friends.

Annie xx




34 comments:

  1. Annie this is beautiful , what a stunning tag and beautifully made I love all things vintage but I just cannot put things together that look right , this is fantastic well done hugs Elaine

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  2. Hi Annie, congratulations on your win!! It is such a lovely feeling isn't it? I really love the changes to your blog, you are so clever, wish I could do mine - have not got a clue! This background is so much easier to read than the black (for my old eyes anyway). Your tag is gorgeous, lovely soft colours and that is a wonderful stamp. I saw Anita's video, she is such an inspiration. Have not done my Sunday Stampers yet but have done my Tim Tag at last......Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  3. Fabulous technique, lovely background. The flowers are gorgeous set against the lovely vintage image. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  4. Lovely, lovely vintage tag! Congratulations on being in the top three at Fashionable Stamping Challenge!

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  5. Oh, I just love this Annie! Such a great way of using an Anita background and really feminine. LOVING the new blog layout (gotta do something with mine too) and HUGE congrats on your win at FSC! Kudos to you! Hugs, Buttons x

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  6. Fabulous vintage tag Annie, I like the image, the lace and the flowers.
    Kevin xx

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  7. Stunning tag Annie, love the shimmer and shine and the vintageness (new word???) of it... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  8. This is gorgeous, i know what you mean about lynne and anita both so fabulously creative, this is a lovely piece of work x

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  9. Stunning tag Annie! What a great vintage feel! The faux leather technique looks awesome. I've to give it a try too! I'm loving what you're done with you blog make-over! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  10. oh wow this is one stunning tag the detail,is amazing,hugs Cherylxxxxx

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  11. Annie, this tag is absolutely gorgeous. I love your leathery looking background. The colors are delicious. That Oxford Impressions is beautiful. I love the detail of their stamps and you're right...it really does look like an old photograph. I also love the shabby chic feeling of your tag due to those beautiful pink roses with little touch of teal behind them and that gorgeous lace edging at the bottom. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog about my school days ATCs. <3 Candy

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  12. Beautiful vintage tag and loving the background, awesome, x

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  13. Lovely tag, Annie! I definitely see the hint of Lynne and I'm sure she'll be flattered. I love how you've created such a fantastic background for the flowers and lace. Your blog is looking great, too... love the watches and ruler down the borders.

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  14. Lovely tag Annie, love your vintage style, thanks for becoming my follower, I really appreciate it, you now have a new follower also :) and I'm so glad you found me. Hugs, Marion

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  15. What a wonderful Tag Anni. The colours are really pretty and the faux leather looks super. I've got to agree with Anne R though and your work is much easier on the eye x. A really lovely blog with all those lovely extras too. Hugs Mum xxxx

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  16. This is stunning Annie and must check out your links to the other blogs. they certainly seemed to have inspired you. the blog is looking absolutely fantastic
    x catherine

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  17. First, the blog looks fantastic. I could use some help on mine!
    Second, your tag is gorgeous!!!! That background is so rich and full of texture. All your trimmings and lace is a wonderful addition! Gorgeous work!!!
    Third, thank you for the shout out!!!!

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  18. Wonderful tag, love everything about it! I am a grunge fan, too, but I must admit to also liking vintage, shabby and lace, and a combination of them all! Congrats on your placing in fashionable stamping, good for you! Hugs, Valerie
    PS Love your blog look!

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  19. Hi Annie - Here I am finally catching up on friends' blogs and you are my first visit of today.
    Oh Annie I adore your tag, the colours, the lace flower and Oxford Impressions - a match made in arty heaven as far as I'm concerned.
    For the shout out - well it means everything when someone whose own art I love to view says such words.
    We don't see an awful lot of O.I. stamps being represented so it is fabulous to see one of Suzanne's stamps being used and stamped so beautifully.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  20. Hi Annie
    Congratulations on being Top 3 - you deserved it.
    Me again, this time returning with my FSC hat on :)
    You certainly did rise to the challenge of using Ice Cream colours and so beautifully. You enhanced the theme with your choice of embellishments. So positively dreamy.
    Thank you for once again joining us at FSC this fortnight.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    P.S. Your blog is amazing, so you. I would love to change mine but wordpress is so limiting with its possibilities.

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  21. Hi Annie, this is a fabulous tag, and the background looks wonderful, such beautiful colours.
    Congrats on the Top 3 and thanks for joining us again at FSC
    Avril x

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  22. Congrats on the Top 3 :) You've created a wonderful tag, love all the details and elements. Thanks for joining us at FSC.

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  23. This is beautiful! LOVE the shimmer and your elements are amazing! Congrats on the win! :)

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  24. Congratulations on the top 3 at FSC Annie.
    The tag is really really beautiful

    Greetings Janny

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  25. Hi Annie, the softness and texture and really beautiful colours make this outstanding. its a beautiful creation
    Hugs June x

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  26. The blog looks great! I need to update mine, but worry!! Love this tag from the background to all the amazing details! Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for joing us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!

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  27. LOVE this card of yours, nice shimmery colors!

    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    xxx Ellie xxx

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  28. WOW! This is amazing! Fabulous vintage tag and I love the close up - bet it's even better in person.

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  29. Congratulations on the Top 3 win!!! Your tag is just beautiful and well deserved!!! :)

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  30. oh hun congratulations on your win,so so well deserved as this is one,brilliant tag,and the detail is as always first class hugs Cherylxxxxx

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  31. A really gorgeous creation and thanks for sharing this with us at the FSC summer challenge.
    Fliss x

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  32. Well done for being in the spotlight at FSC today hun. You really are a superstar. Hugs, Buttons x

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  33. So ein süßes Tag...
    Ich bin begeistert, und auch von deinem ganzen schönen Blog.
    Und nun dein neuer Fan :-)

    Ganz liebe Grüße

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  34. Love this, so beautiful! I appreciate all your grungy holtzy style! I have become a follower and look forward to more of your fab creations!

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Annie x