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Monday, 15 October 2012

Hallowe'en continues.......

Hello Blog Friends

Thank you to all my blog friends old and new for your amazing comments on my Hallowe'en graveyard piece, I am thrilled to bits that you like it!  I had so much fun doing it.

I love Hallowe'en, although here in the UK we do not really celebrate it, but with my Canadian roots, I still enjoy all things Hallowe'en and love when the neighbourhood children come round to the house all dressed up in their lovely little scary costumes.......

So, I have got a fairly new set of Tim Holtz stamps called Apothecary and in the set is an amazing skull, which I think would be good for times other than Hallowe'en too.  I have been having fun playing with it and made several items, one of them is a tag which you can see here:


If you click on the picture you will get a closer look.

I have used my new favourite style of tag with a hinge.  I got the inspiration from the fabulous Hels Sheridan who loves working with hinged tags.

The base is a No. 10 sized Ranger tag (with approx 2.1/2" cut off for the hinged piece).  I stamped all over the background with the script stamp that comes in the set and I coloured in the centre of each part with Old Paper Distress Ink and then the rest of the tag was coloured with Rusty Hinge DI.  I did Tim's spritz and flick technique to create some interest.  The edges have been coloured with Black Soot DI.  The skull has been stamped onto the tag and then I stamped and cut out another skull, cut out the eyes, nose and mouth and then decoupaged this on top of the stamped skull to make it look more realistic.  The skull was lightly coloured with Old Paper DI.

I added a few Memory Box die cut bats and two orange gems for the scary eyes (I think they look quite spooky).  The Happy Hallowe'en comes in one line on the stamp so I masked off and stamped each word separately and then used Tim's new technique (which you can find on his October tag details) to make the black glitter (very messy but fun).  I punched four holes in the tag and the hinge and used bronze coloured rings to attach the two together.

I finished off by dying some vintage seam binding with Rusty Hinge DI and put this through the top hole along with Tim's new black tinsel (which I purchased from the Funky Junkie Boutique)  If you have not tried this tinsel, it is brilliant, it is lovely and soft and not at all like the tinsel you get for the Christmas tree.  It has a slight stretch to it making it ideal to put on your tags.

There is a challenge over at Anything But A Card (ABAC) Challenge which is Fall or Halloween and I would like to enter my tag into this challenge.  The Design Team have come up with some stunning projects, it is worth a peek if you have the time.

I am also entering this into Frilly and Funky Challenge sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique where you get a coupon for 25% off products in the Boutique, great value anyway but with 25% off it makes it amazing value.

Thank you for looking, I hope you will leave me a comment, I love to read them and will try, wherever possible (if I can find you!) to return the compliment.  Have a lovely week.  Crafty hugs, Anne x





35 comments:

  1. Hi Anne I really should be in bed but one last visit You've done a great job with that tag. Us Brits are really getting Halloween fever!I love that Apothecary set and agree with you when you say it will be useful beyond Halloween.I love the way you've used the skull with the gems brilliant and beautifully done good night x

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  2. This is great, Anne, the skull has so much depth. You did a fantastic job with so many different techniques!

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  3. Hi Anne, I LOVE this tag! Those orange gems on the skulls eyes are AWESOME! They're just the perfect touch. And I love the layered skull. I'm definitely going to try that. Thanks so much for the kind words you left on my blog. I really appreciate it!!

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  4. Anne, Halloween is a great time of year when we can make these adorable tags, and you are so clever with this one. I have copied all your great inspiration, tee he:) Thanks so much for keeping us inspired! Your admiring fan, xo's Pam

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  5. Oh my goodness...this tag is spooky!!!
    This Canadian loves it!

    I did not know that you had Canadian roots!

    The hinged bit is fabuous and those eyes...WOW!

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  6. Anne ,tis is wonderful, I lve the hinged tag..must try that!!! The background is fab, love the colour and the use of script....The you have used the skull is wonderful! It looks great..I LOVE this , Hugs trace x

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  7. A totally stunning hinged tag, Anne. Love the twist in the skull with the eyes and the depths you created there. A wonderful piece.
    Best, Suzanne

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  8. Love love love!!! The extra add on is wonderful! The skull's eyes are wicked great!!! Love the dimension as well! Fab tag! You should send it to F&F as well!

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  9. Hi Anne, this is so fab and spooky! With American family and my Dad being a Canadian national, I too adore Halloween and have spent some great times in the US over this holiday - I do decorate our front porch and garden every year and get lots of lovely comments from the trick or treaters! Carole Z X

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  10. Love this so much Anne. Layering the skull and adding the gem eyes really pulls 'him' out of the tag and your bat 'placement' is perfect for giving the tag balance. Another triumph my friend. Hugs, Buttons x

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  11. This is wonderful Anne, the image is amazing and I love the coloured and the hinge design

    Hugs Sue

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  12. Wow! This is brilliant Anne. Really love the hinged tag. That Skull stamp, in fact the whole set is on my wish list . Absolutely FABULOUS x

    Hugs Annie x

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  13. loving that spooky dude anne...have to have a go at the hinged tag...all round spooktacular...hugs kath xxx

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  14. Wonderful and scary Anne. I really like your distressing it looks cool. Michelle x

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  15. Love your fabulous tag Anne.xxx

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  16. It's awesome!! Need to make some tag with a little hanging on it.

    Thanks for sharing :-)

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  17. This is fab Anne, love the skull stamp (may have to pick those up from somewhere), and the orange eyes are perfect for him. Very Spookylicious! xx

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  18. Brilliant Halloween tag Anne, especially the orange gems in the eye sockets, ooooh! scary! must go and have a play myself as I have this stamp! Hugs x

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  19. this is just amazing Anne - I really love the whole tag - but those skeleton eyes are just amazing - brilliant work! Hugs rachel xx

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  20. Love it Anne, and you are right, that skull is amazing! Super tag!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  21. Fab tag Anne! I also think the eyes look spooky, haha, good idea you had there. Wish I'd known my experiment with trying to use empty tins to make a piece of cloth rusty wouldn't work, I would have looked for Rusty Hinge DI last time I was in the craft store. Now I'll be too late for the Tag Tuesday challenge *sigh*. Oh well. Hope your week has started off well :0)

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  22. Absolutely fantastic stamping on this tag, Anne... I'm in love with this skull (in fact he'll be turning up over at mine again very shortly!)... and you've really done him proud here... those glowing eyes are a magical touch! Thank you for the tip about the glue - off to do some research...
    Alison x

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  23. This is a great halloween tag Anne. I've not tried the hinged ones myself yet. I love the gems in your skulls eye sockets. Fab make! Alexandra x

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  24. Hi Anne,

    What a wonderful tag! I saw that stamp set but I resisted...... hmm, maybe I should rethink that! Love the eyes!!

    Hugs,
    Kay


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  25. This tag is absolutely stunning!!!

    Gaby xo

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  26. A Spooktastic tag, I love it! The font on the wording is fab and I love the background, the stamping, the eyes and, well everything! xx

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  27. Wow Anne a spooktacular tag! Such a clever design, beautifully executed :)xx

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  28. Wow Anne, I can't keep up with you!! This is absolutely fantastic. The stamping is perfection and those glowing eyes are something else!
    I'm really glad you shared it at Anything But A Card - please come back again and join us!
    Juliaxx

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  29. Such a fabulous tag, Anne. I love how you have divided it and joined it with the rings. Stunning stamping and detail.

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  30. Oh wow! What an awesome tag! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card! :) :)

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  31. That's one funky and cool tag! Love the hanging extension, and how you did his eyes. Hope your weekend is going well. I think I'm all caught up!

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  32. I love Halloween too Anne. It's the one time you can go absolutely crazy and loads of fun. That skull is so spooky. I mean if anything looks like death, that skull does. You do make the very BEST tags!!
    Sandy

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  33. Such a fun Halloween project! Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card!

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  34. Holy moly, Anne, this is fabulous! Love how you have stamped and cut out the skull and your script background is really great, but what I love most are the eyes - very eerie! Sorry I am so late getting around to thanking you for sharing in Sunday Share at Frilly and Funkie. I'm so thrilled that you played along and best of luck in the drawing!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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