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Friday, 31 August 2012

I Love Paris in the Springtime and Summer distress

Hello lovely blog friends

I know, I know, it is the end of Summer (what little we have had that is), not Springtime but I am still in Summer mood because I have been using my Summer Distress Inks - these, in my opinion, are the best yet from the fabulous Lord Tim of Holtz (I have upgraded him from Sir Tim).  The colours are lush, bright, gorgeous........

Over at Simon Says the challenge is - Inspired by Summer Distress so I just felt the need to enter because I love these colours so much.  This is my entry, much more simple than lots of others, but that's exactly what I was aiming for as I wanted the colours to speak for themselves:


I stamped with a Stampendous, I Love Paris stamp onto manila cardstock first with black archival ink and then dried with my heat tool, masked the flowers off and then used my blender tool to add Salty Ocean for the sky and Mowed Lawn for the ground.  I then applied the Picked Raspberry to the flowers using my water brush.  I tried to create a little light through the middle of the Eiffel Tower so that it would not look too flat. The edges of the tag were distressed with a TH distress tool and then covered in Vintage Photo DI.

The ribbon is vintage seam binding dyed with Picked Rasberry (you should see my fingers!), scrunched it up and dried it with a heat tool.  The Paris and Eiffel Tower charms are from my stash.  I added the butterfly to balance the piece.  The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punched one, which I overstamped and I added ocean coloured pearls for the body.

I am entering this into the Simons Says Challenge (http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.co.uk) - Inspired by Summer Distress.

If you do visit I hope you will leave me a comment, I love to read them and I will always try to return the compliment.  Crafty hugs, Anne xx

26 comments:

  1. This is stunning Anne,love the image and gorgeous colours.xxx

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  2. and speak for themselves they certainly do Anne this is a stunning tag! I absolutely love your style and your design here is superb. Have a good weekend. Chris x

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  3. What a fantastic tag Anne, like you I love the Summer inks. Good Luck with the challenge. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. Gorgeous, Anne! This is my favourite entry I've seen so far, I think... I love that you've used the raspberry as accents rather than blended - it's so zingy like that! And your flowery Eiffel Tower is delicious! Love the brights when I see others using them, but I can't quite get the hang of it myself... guess I'm a shabby girl at heart!
    Alison x

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  5. Keep summer going for as long as you can, that's what I think. We've actually had sunshine 2 days running over here so I'm enjoying it while I can.
    This tag is stunning, I love the summer distress and you've done a fab job with them here. The colours are so vibrant, perfect for a little Ooh La La!
    Have a great weekend. Love Linda x

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  6. The colours have really taken centre stage here Anne and as a result it is superb. It's the attention to detail that makes something 'simple' actually work so well. You are a star. Wishing you luck with this challenge. Hugs, Buttons x

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  7. That's gorgeous Anne you've used those colours to great effect. I like the simplicity of good old stamp and colour! the distress metallic stains are fabulous much more 'metallic' than I thought they would be. thanks for your lovely comments x

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  8. Hi Anne it seems ages since I was at your blog last. Your tag is fabulous. Love the colours they're beautiful. The stamp you have used is gorgeous. A stunning tag. Enjoy your day.

    Sarah x

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  9. Gorgeous tag! I adore these inks, they are my favourites too xx

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  10. Absolutely stunning and gorgeous!!! Your colors are fabulous! I love this tag!

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  11. Gorgeous Anne. The colours are stunning..ooh la lla. Waving from Hamburg as I write this x x

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  12. Anne, this tag is absolutely stunning...your colouring is amazing! Carole Z X

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  13. This sings a vibrant and beautiful song!!! Love that ribbon and I can only imagine hw beautiful your fingers were too!, a beautiful make Anne, trace. X

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  14. It's a gorgeous tag Anne, wonderful use of colour. Saw your comment on Vicky's blog about not being on Pinterest so you couldn't get to the denim flower tutorial. You can see the tutorial here:
    http://tearosehome.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/tutorial-jean-corsage-got-old-jeans.html
    Just thought you might like to see it in detail hugs Karen

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  15. cool butterfly, great tag Anne,simple clean and elegant, beautiful.

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  16. I love your beautiful Paris tag Anne, those bright colours are just what we need to cheer away the rain and thunder storms (I hope!) and now you match your pretty ribbon too, lovely lol.

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  17. C'est tres jolie Anne!! I love how you've used these inks here - you've blended the blue and green so well - you should have seen my original effort! I went with a 'just' green background in the end!
    Love your Paris stamp too.
    Have a great weekend Anne.
    Juliaxx

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  18. Oh heck Anne, just start calling him the king, lol Lovely tag, just beautiful! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  19. Your tag is lush, bright, and gorgeous, Annie! I love them together. Of course, your tag is not "simple" to me. I think it's perfect!!

    (So cute you've made Timmy a Lord! Does that make you a Queen, now that you're going around dubbing?!)

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  20. Absolutely stunning tag Anne. Just love the colour combination - gorgeous! :)xx

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  21. This is gorgeous Anne , those scrunched up flowers are just fabulous and I love the Eiffel tower stamp well done , thank you so much for your super comments on my blog . Have a super weekend
    Big Hugs Elaine

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  22. Hi
    Anne this pretty but also so full of life. I like the way you added light through the tower.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  23. fabulous - great colour intensity and a gorgeous blast of flowers. A lovely tag! Thanks for sharing with Simon Says Stamp & Show! Sarah.

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  24. I love the brilliant colors on this Anne -- you do make good tags --- you must really like them!
    Sandy

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  25. Oooh lah lah, Anne! Who wouldn't want to go here? It's fantastic. You sure can go the gamut on colors and still have it looking fabulous, no matter which palette you choose.

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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