Saturday 15 June 2013

Travel Tag

Hi Everyone...........I am so happy to be joining in a couple of challenges - namely Fashionable Stamping Challenge and Our Creative Corner.

As many of you know I have been in Hamburg for several weeks, returning home last Sunday. My husband is doing really well in his recovery, particularly since we returned home. This week we have been attending the doctor and hospital so I was delighted to find some crafty time this afternoon.

Hamburg is a beautiful city and I have been fortunate to have been there on numerous occasions to visit family and friends. My Tag is reminiscent of our journey in Hamburg, which is a huge Port, where they continue with their ship building industry. There are also some fabulous buildings and many  stunning towers.

 For this project I recycled some CC cans, which I then die cut using TH Artful Dwellings Bigz Die. Once cut I ran them through the Bigshot again, using  TH embossing folders, then dabbed alcohol inks over the embossed aluminium.  
Using the wrinkle free distress technique I applied Gathered Twigs, Salty Ocean and Rusty Hinge DI to my craft mat, spritzing with water before swiping my large tag through twice. ( drying the layers before re-inking) I then picked up some of the blotches that were left and again dried them with my heat gun before edging with Walnut stain DI

Below you can see a close up of the aluminium. As I mentioned, Hamburg is a large Port, so I placed some fabric netting, a piece of bark and an anchor over the metal dwellings. These embellishments were picked up in a fabulous store  in Hamburg called Depot. ( think this shop is also available online ) The netting was in fact  a table runner and the anchor was part of some long twine ribbon used to decorate parcels or home decor. The bark was also for home decor but when I  happened upon this store I had some crafting in mind and knew I could use them differently. 

The stamped images are from TH Stampers Anonymous range and I used some twine to finish.

Over at Fashionable Stamping the Challenge is  TAG  TIME and at Our Creative Corner the challenge is to use the  RECIPE provided by DTM Jenny ( aka Buttons, whose blog you can find HERE)

For this project/challenge I have used Fabric ( A), Metal ( B) and Inks ( C)

Thank You so much for dropping by  and taking time to leave a comment. They  really are truly appreciated and I would also like  to say thanks once again for all the messages of support and best wishes received over the last month. 

Whilst I was in Hamburg I was thrilled to find that my Cabinet Die Card made the Top 3 at Stampotique Challenges.............Woohoo !!! 

Crafty Hugs
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  1. Welcome back Annie!!! This tag is stunning and so wonderful the way it expresses your time in Hamburg! Totally love the colours too! Great to hear Ronnie is doing so much better!!

  2. Delighted to hear that your DH is progressing well Annie. Your tag is a gorgeous and clever interpretation / illustration of Hamburg. Nicola x

  3. Welcome home, Annie - lovely to have you back at the craft desk and posting one of your lovely creations. The tag is fabulous - love all those textures and materials, and the embossed aluminium looks great. Glad to hear the recovery is going well, and thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison xx

  4. Hello Annie,
    I am pleased you had some YOU time and created a Tag that holds thoughts of your journey, not only to Hamburg but obviously with your Hubby's recovery.
    The Tag has a spark juxtaposing muted elements that are representative of your trip.
    It is special.

  5. Welcome back :) Your tag looks wonderful.

  6. How fantastic to see you crafting again. This tag looks stunning with all those elements and the colours are divine. Good Luck with the challenges too. Hugs Mum xxxxx

  7. Welcome home Annie & Ronnie, Love your tag It's Gorgeous.. great news to hear your DH is recovering well...Hugs May x x x

  8. Hi Annie, it is wonderful to have you back in blogland and your tag is gorgeous. I love the background colours and design. The buildings are fabulous and I love the addition of the net and anchor. A really wonderful make. Thanks too, for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Anne x

  9. What a wonderful way to celebrate your homecoming (and DH's too) and what a wonderful creation you have made. Love the progression from plain tag to completed artwork.
    Glad to hear DH is doing well.
    Take carte
    Hugs, Neet xx

  10. Welcome home Annie, there is no place like home,especially your own bed....
    Loving your tag and all the fab details. Hugs Annette x

  11. So glad to hear you're home and that your husband is doing so much better. Love your tag with all it's wonderful details. Love how you repurposed the items too.

  12. Hi Annie
    so good to know that you are both home and that your DH is doing well. Lets hope all the stress and worry is behind your now.
    That's a great tag I love your use of metal that really adds a great texture to it

  13. Hi Annie, so glad to see you back and finding time to craft. So pleased your husband is recovering well.
    Love this tag and all the wonderful details and the die cut metal looks fabulous.
    Thanks for joining our Tag Challenge at FSC
    Avril xx

  14. Wonderful tag annie and i'm so glad thhat your dh is recovering well now that you're both home xx

  15. So pleased to know you arrived home safe and sound so that your DH can recover completely in familiar surroundings. It's always so much better to sleep in your own bed. And what a wonderful tag to create! Love your recycling on this and the colours you've used. Thanks for entering it for the challenge at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Jenny x

  16. Congrats on your top 3 and I am so pleased you have been able to do some crafting and create this wonderful tag,
    Rosie x

  17. Welcome home Annie..great that your husband's recovery goes well!
    And good to see your craftwork again :-) A great tag, with interesting details!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  18. Anonymous6/16/2013

    Annie, it is so good to have you back and that you are finding some creative time.
    This is completely fabulous. All those textures come together in the most amazing manner. The bark, well I want to reach out and touch it (hmmm, note to self - source bark).
    The colours are always wonderful and you have definitely told a story.

  19. Wow looks like you've been storing up your creativeness! This tag is so beautiful! I love the colors and the design. That recycled can never looked so good! haha Loving the netting and the bark, too. Glad you are finally HOME and hopefully things will get back to normal very soon. Thanks for the very nice comment you left on my blog as well! <3 Candy

  20. I have stated this several times to various people that I have the utmost respect for crafters that make tags. Those little bitty buggers are my demise and I have no patience for them as they test my sanity, so when I see one as wonderful as yours I am truly impressed. Not only is it a textural beauty, but the fact that you have told a story so amazingly on here is amazing. You have both certainly been on a journey as of late and how you've turned a scary situation into an amazing and memorable journey on this fabulous tag is just wonderful!!! I'm so happy you're both at home now and the healing progresses in comfort and seeing you post from home again is so nice. :)
    hugs to you and thank you so much for sharing this.
    Lisa x

  21. Absolutely fabulous tag Annie and just love the beautiful background and metallic detail.
    Thanks for joining in with out FSC tag challenge.
    Fliss x

  22. Fabulous tag. Beautiful use of the soda can. Love the colors.

  23. Fantastic tag Annie and it's so lovely to see your creative mind working again. So glad to hear Ronnie is making good progress, that's such wonderful news.
    Take care of yourselves and welcome back.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  24. Oh I'm so glad you had time to be creative! Sending you positive thoughts as everything progresses. Love this tag with all the gorgeous stamping, and the texture on the cans is fantastic!

  25. Annie, This is just beautiful. I absolutely love the area with all the embossing. So glad to hear you are having at least a little time for crafting and also that you Hubby is doing a bit better. I hope he will continue to improve and have a full recovery soon.
    Take care my friend, :) Chris / CS Designs

  26. Hi Annie. Love this tag with the metal elements and the use of the distress colours. The embossing on the metal really brings everything alive and great choice of stamps. I'm sorry to hear about your problems but glad to hear that there is an improvement. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner for this challenge. Juliax

  27. Fantastic tag! This is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner this month - Love from Laura xxx


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