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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sunday Stampers Week 223 - Ribbon

Hello lovely blog friends

I would like to say a big welcome to my new followers and to my blog friends who take the time to look at my blog and leave me such lovely comments, you will never know how much it means to me - thank you!

This week Hels at http://pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk has set us the challenge based on 'Tie a yellow ribbon' and as ever, I have taken her quite literally with my entry.  I have tried really hard to do a bit of grunge but I don't think I have quite achieved it yet but I still keep practising.........

I have used my new stamp from Inkylicious, called Memoirs of a Lady.  When I saw this stamp I just had to have it.  It is one of the largest stamps I own and it is not easy to stamp and get a clear image with my dodgy wrists but here she is in all her glory:


Apologies for the shadows, it is bucketing down with rain at the moment and it has gone very dark outside.

I started with a No. 10 Manila Tag by Ranger and cut off a piece about 2 inches from the bottom.  Hels and her good friend Ellen did some tags a few weeks ago with a hinged bottom and in order to accommodate the whole stamp I did the same.  The holes are covered with eyelets from my Crop-o-dile set and I coloured them with gold mixative alcohol ink.  The pieces are linked with TH jump rings.

The image was stamped with Black Archival ink,  the face is coloured with spun sugar DI, the eyes with broken china and the lips with festive berries.  I masked off the face and coloured the rest of the tag with spun sugar and squeezed lemonade DI and a touch of wild honey and did all around the edges with vintage photo.  I then heavily distressed the edges of both pieces with a distressing tool and put a couple of rips in and then distressed again with black soot.

Her head looked a little bare, hence the butterfly.  The butterfly was coloured with dustry concorde and then I overlaid another butterfly cut from Clearly for Art and coloured with alcohol inks in cranberry red, sailboat blue and gold mixative.  I heat set it so that the wings looked more realistic. The dusty concorde beneath still shows through and makes it look purple.  I finished off the butterfly with an old pen nib from my stash (a purchase from a well know auction site).

The word strip is a Tim Holtz Idea-ology piece and says 'dream as if you'll live forever' and I covered this with a picket fence paint dabber and then rubbed off the excess.  I coloured the rose ribbon strip at the bottom, the lace and the vintage ribbon at the top of the tag with squeezed lemonade DI mixed with a touch of wild honey.

I think it has turned out more shabby chic than grunge but as I say, I will keep trying - I think my biggest problem is that I love colour so much it just feels wrong not to use it on everything. Is there any hope for me?

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

32 comments:

  1. Stunning tag, Anne. I like the way you have positioned the butterfly and pen nib on the gorgeous lady's head. And the colour mix, purple with yellow, is very effective. I'd say it was shabby grunge :) Elizabeth xx

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  2. Hmmm, what of us who don't fancy grunge? Must you go all the way there? Will you come back? You are so talented, you can be whatever style you fancy at the moment! I like your yellow lady with the butter fly covering her appalling bare head!

    My back is much better, thank you. It is whimpering now, no longer screaming and no meds today - hurray! The proof of the pudding will be in how it wakes up tomorrow.

    Good luck with your test(s)!! Hugs and blessings!!

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  3. Anne this is a beautiful tag and I love the hinged idea! the stamp is gorgeous but I love your added butterfly...and the cleary for art is a greataddition..
    whatever you have pulled off, grunge or shabby chic, is beautiful...a really lovely make and the splashes of yellow really catch the eye! hugs trace x

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  4. Such a beautiful tag Anne. Love the hinge element and your colour choices. You are so right to pop the butterfly on her head - what an elegant hat! The lace really finishes it off too and balances the bottom.
    Hope you are doing ok hun. Hugs, Buttons x

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  5. ...this is an outstanding piece of work Anne!...I loVe what you have created, the colours the technique the layering, it is all superb and a real delight to look at...Melx :)

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  6. This is stunning Anne. I love the image and your detailing is wonderful.

    hugs Sue

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  7. Beautiful! So many great details - particularly love the butterfly. Fab.

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  8. Love this gorgeous tag Anne...fabulous details.xxx

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  9. Morning Anne,
    Wow! You've done it again, this is fabulous, as always. Love the lady's face and the use of the butterfly is so clever. The little hinged piece on the bottom adds even more interest to a stunning creation. Great job! xx

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  10. Anne, your tag is absolutely wonderful. I love the way you have extended the tag and the colours are the perfect combo. Your Queen of the Tags I think. Hugs Rita xx

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  11. Oooh totes-amazeballs tag - love that lady image, so pretty.... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  12. this is beautiful Anne - really love the colours and the stamp - perfect combination and that butterfly is just perfect! Hugs Rachel xx

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  13. Very clever and wonderfully done. Anne, I am afraid your picture shows the little devil that is beneath your smile - I love your tag and I love your smile. Thanks for telling us what you did - I do believe your tag is wonderful!
    sandy

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  14. wow, what a great tag, love that stamp and your butterflies, also the trimmings at the bottom of the tag. I have some clearly for art but haven't used it yet! Re the Dylusions I usually end up with mud colour too but somewhere I saw said never to used more that three colours so I tried that ! Thanks for your comments, always appreciated

    Joan

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  15. Gorgeous tag Anne, I love the colours, WOW!! to the stamp its beautiful love the yellow ribbons.. & the Butterfly is perfect... Hugs May x x x

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  16. Hi Anne this is a stunning tag and I can see why you love this large stamp image. Don't laugh but I stamp large stamps on the floor? I put them down and then stand on them....it really works too.

    Crafty hugs Annie xx

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  17. Glorious, Anne! I absolutely agree with you about the stamp - stunning, but you've more than done her justice here... fabulous colours and colouring, and that wonderful hinged design - wow!
    Alison x

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  18. Gorgeous tag Anne. I think you've done a beautiful job. I love it
    Alexandra x

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  19. Definitely vintage shabby to me Anne. A fabulous tag with great techniques and effects and gorgeous colours and textures. Love it.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  20. Hi Anne, another absolutely stunning creation...I love everything about it..the colours are fab and this stamp, I agree, is gorgeous! Well done on a fab job, Carole Z X

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  21. Beautiful tag Anne! Love the colours and yellow ribbons, but I really do LOVE your butterfly!
    Thank you for your nice comment at my blog and for being a follower.
    Greetings, Yvon

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  22. How clever is the pen nib on the buttefly which workd perfectly with the wistful image. Love it!

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  23. A brilliant tag Anne, I love the colours and yellow ribbon, and what a brilliant idea to use a pen nib on your butterfly.

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  24. A fabulous tag, love the whole effect.

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  25. This is lovely, I love the stamp and the hinge on the tag and I think your colour choice is fab! I agree, said lady looks lovely with a butterfly pn her head! x

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  26. So gorgeous. That is a pretty stamp and I love the butterfly on her head.
    Wishes Lynne

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  27. Swoon...a new favorite! Love the yellow with this gorgeous face! The background is gorgeous with all that script!

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  28. Oh Anne, this is STUNNING. I love everything about it. Have just pinned it to my Tag Art board. Did I mention I love it?!?!?

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  29. Sorry I'm so late Anne! This is just stunning, fab, wonderful and totally gorgeous and I first saw it on Marjie's Pinterest board so well done you! I've put it on mine too. Amazing art piece.
    Juliaxx
    Hope you are well and having a good weekend.

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  30. Wow so gorgeous! the image is amazing and what you have done with it is stunning! xx

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  31. Such a beautiful tag. Great stamping.

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  32. Hi Anne! I thought I'd come for another tour around your gorgeous blog and thank you for your sweet comment. Thank you! The little altered cards I make are actually very tiny... 1" x 2.5" to be precise and they are altered playing cards :) I'm so glad you like them. As there are 52 cards in a pack and 52 weeks I alter and post about one each week. They are just a tiny little bit of fun for me :) I also like a bit of a challenge and to create something pretty on such a tiny little card is fun. Thanks again, Anne, have a fab day! Ingrid xx

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