Wednesday 14 November 2012


Surprise !!!..............  You can tell that I was totally selfish at the weekend and after catching up with friends/family on the phone I hid away in my craft room on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Stopping  only to watch Strictly Come Dancing in the evening.

The tag book below was made for the Fashionable Stamping Challenge, whose challenge is 'Musical' and Frilly & Funkie whose challenge is Chipboard and Metal. 
(You can tell by my heading that I also had F&F's last challenge in my mind when I made this project.  I was gutted  when I went to post it  today and realised it closed yesterday !!!....but I am  now smiling again )

I took three of Tim's size 10 tags and embossed them with his sizzix embossing folders ( timepieces and musical notes ) I then used the wrinkle free distress technique, smooshing  distress stains in vintage photo and walnut stain. I also smooshed metallic DS on the craft sheet too, drying a couple of layers on the tag, before inking the edges with various DI's. To make the binder for my tag book I cut some Grunge paper and some paper from TH's Crowded Attic, adhering it with paper fasteners, which I enhanced with some Sizzix diecut crackle glazed Gadget Gears.

The weathered clock die was cut from a piece of card, which I covered in Ranger Foil and coloured with Alcohol Inks.

The letters were die cuts from Sizzix TH Word Play, which I covered in acrylic wax, rusting powder
( Crafty Notions) and vinegar.
The metal clip was coloured with alcohol ink and attached to the back with string.

On the inside I hid the paper fastener used to attach the clock with some more rusty letters.

The middle page was embossed with  Sizzix TH musical notes folder. After inking with DI's I embossed the whole page with clear embossing powder, making the notes/colours stand out. Musical edging  and an embossed happy birthday were inked with DI's  and  then adhered. Finally, I added 'to you' in more rusty letters.

The second pack page has been left blank at present , enabling me to add a personalised verse for the recipient.

I would also like to enter this project in to the following  fun challenges

Off to get ready for a few days in London. We were  so lucky to get tickets to see Andrea Bocelli and I just cannot wait !!!!!  Catch up with you all soon.

Crafty Hugs xx

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  1. Gorgeous tag book, Annie - love all the embossing, the crackled gears, and that fantastic rusty lettering!
    Alison x

  2. I'm speechless - this is such an amazing birthday card/project. Whoever gets this should keep this work of art permanently displayed.

  3. What a creative way to wish someone a happy birthday! I love the "sing to you" on the inside. That's so perfect! Your grunge work here is exceptional as always and you've mentioned some nifty techniques and supplies that I'm now going to go and google!
    Hope you have the best time at your show in London.
    Hugs to you,
    Lisa xx

  4. FAb project, think Tim wil like this also, hugs, marion

  5. What a wonderful tag book Annie. Someones going to be very happy with that Birthday surprise!! Hope you have a great time in London!!!
    hugs Lynn

  6. Terrific tag book Annie and am totally jealous you are getting to see Bocelli, x

  7. Fab-U-Lous, all in one word Annie. The techniques you have used on this are just so brilliant. Another great work of art. Hugs Mum xxxx

  8. Hi again Annie... thanks for your note. Yes, my sister-in-law's been struggling with getting the Comments feature to behave. It seems to be there on individual posts, but not on the main page... I think she may have to change the template - aagh! But thank you so much for letting me know, and I've passed on the message about you enjoying it to her. Have a lovely evening.
    Alison x

  9. oh my, this is awesome, luvin the tag book so many fabulous details!

    enjoy *~*

  10. What a gorgeous inky creation Annie - right up my street! I love the crackled cogs and rusty letters - two of my favourite techniques.
    Lucky you going to the Andreas concert - I think he has a voice to die for.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card and please come back again soon!

  11. It's fabulous!!! I love the extra grungy feel and the clock is awesome! What a special card...a real keepsake! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!

  12. Hi Annie, I love your tag book, the rusty letters are fabulous and those cracked cogs are brilliant. Love the idea of a folded tag with a special message inside. You do this kind of work so beautifully, I love it. Hugs, Anne x

  13. Gorgeous tag book! So pretty and love the grungy feel of it! Pretty embellished as well! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Hi Annie, such a creative tag book! I love the rusty letters and the way each tag flows, very cleverly put together. Rustic, grungey and downright beautiful.
    Thanks for joining in our musical challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  15. That's a wonderful project with so many details. Love the grungy look. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  16. Beautiful and amazing tag book Annie.
    love every detail on it.
    greta work.
    Greetings Janny

  17. Hi Annie,A fabulous tag book, love all the different techniques you've used,and so many details.
    Thanks for joining our musical challenge at FSC
    Enjoy the concert.
    Avril x

  18. well that was a weekend well spent wasn't it... fab grungy steampunk make

  19. Anonymous11/16/2012

    Hi Annie
    Gorgeous textures and that wonderful grungy appearance that you positively excel at.
    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.
    Have a great time in London.

  20. Pretty tags, I love all things Tim. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  21. How fabulous is this?!?!? I love the different textures, Annie, and the gears are absolutely gorgeous! So glad you joined us again at Frilly & Funkie!

  22. What a fantastic tag book! Love that you had such a great 'me time' weekend creating it too. Such fantastic texture and I adore the lettering. Hope you have the best time in London. Hugs, Buttons x

  23. Awesome! I love the techniques and the colors you chose are fab! So glad you joined us for our Anything Goes challenge at Cards for Men, good luck!

  24. Great project love the textures

    Thanks for joining us at gingerloft.


  25. Such a cool masculine project! Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!

  26. Anonymous11/18/2012

    Gorgeous book Annie, love all the texture you've created and the grungey feel ! So glad you could still join in with us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  27. Annie...I LOVE your HAPPY BIRTHDAY tag book! What a clever idea! I love how you've done it with a steampunkish cute! I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment about the matchbook notepad. They are fun and simple to do. Please DO make some! I'd be thrilled that I've inspired you to give it a go. <3 Candy

  28. What a lot of detail and texture on your fab project. Hope the concert was good you lucky thing!

  29. Annie...thank you SO MUCH for the very sweet comment you left on my blog about the Just Steampunk Magazine! I'm so glad you got that magazine. They have some awesome pictures of beautiful work in there! So inspiring! I'm so glad that you liked my work. I appreciate your comments so much...more than you know! <3 Candy

  30. This is wonderful Annie and aren't you the lucky one with a trip to London?
    Thanks for leaving lovely comments on my blog, especially as it meant I came to see your lovely tag book! Need some size 10 tags now! Teehee!
    Enjoy London!

  31. Gosh, this is such a wonderful creation, Annie!

    Love every detail, which you have put in there with so much thought! Awesome!

    die amelie xx

  32. Oh, so inspiring and just perfect! Thank you for sharing this with us at ABAC :)

    I invite you to join me at this ANYTHING GOES challenge here:

    Lots of crafty joy,

  33. Wow so much detail and work in this fab project! I love it! I hope you had a fab time in London. xx

  34. A beautiful book great textures and colours too x

  35. Wow, I love it-- texture, style, and colors; it's a fabulous creation! Am also really liking the echoes of Alice in Wonderland and touches of steampunk on your blog as a whole (this is my first visit). Will definitely be back. :)

  36. What a fabulous way to present a birthday wish! I love this idea!


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