Friday, 2 November 2012

Missing Temporarily and Sunday Stampers Week 229

Hello Blog Friends Old and New

My apologies blog friends and to my latest followers for going missing for such a long time.  The truth is that we had a weekend break planned which turned into a nightmare.  My lovely DH was very ill so we came home again and then I caught the dreadful Gastro-enteritis bug too.  We have been laid low for five days now and I have not been able to visit many of you other than an odd moment here and there when I could muster up the energy.  Feeling a little better today so I was able to make a tag.

The theme at Sunday Stampers this week is Autumn/Fall and the challenge is run by our wonderful hostess Hels Sheridan.  I admit I didn't feel up to making lots of leaves and I have posted a few Autumnal leaf offerings recently so I decided to use my new stamps, purchased whilst Hels was on TV a few weeks ago and use Autumnal colours instead.

The base is a No. 8 Manila tag by Ranger which I have coloured using Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks.  I smooshed them onto my craft sheet, spritzed with Perfect Pearls and dragged the tag through, drying off and repeating until I got the colour I wanted. 

The stamped background was made using Tim Holtz Classic Favourites #3 set (really love this one).  I stamped onto a separate piece of card, coloured this randomly with DI's, cut some pieces out and decoupaged them.  I then stamped the tag and pieced the decoupaged strip over the top.  The words are taken from Tim's Good Thoughts set of stamps. 

I edged the word strip and the bottom of the tag with Spellbinders Fancy Lattice Expandable die, trimmed to fit.  The edges of the tag and word strip were distressed with Black Soot and the vintage ribbon has been coloured with Rusty Hinge and Festive Berries DIs.  The leaf set is Tim's Idealology coloured with Sunset Orange and Red Pepper Alcohol inks.

Last week's Sunday Stampers turned out to be a bit of a lovely surprise for me as Wendy Vecchi herself commented on my blog and also pinned my tag on Pinterest too!!    I was not well enough to do a full happy dance but it really cheered me up no end........

I will do my best to get round and visit as many of you as I can over the weekend and try and catch up on things I have missed - like your wonderful creations.  Thank you for your visit.  Crafty hugs, Anne x


  1. Oh Anne, so sorry to hear you've not been well. Hope both you and hubby are feeling better now. I have missed you and your fab creations.
    This tag is up to your usual high standard. Love the colours, and that stamp set is on my list of things to buy, possibly next week at the NEC!
    Great to hear that Wendy Vecchi has found your blog, well done you. You'll have to save your happy dance until you're feeling 100% again.
    Have a lovely weekend, stay nice and warm and look after yourself - and hubby too. xx

  2. So sorry to hear you've not been well, Anne... do hope your recovery continues. It's lovely to have you back! This is a fantastic tag full of rich, glowing colours - glorious! And WOW on the Wendy Vecchi visit - congratulations, you!! Take it easy over the weekend, and give yourself a proper chance to get better - we'll all still be here when you're ready!
    Alison xx

  3. Oh wow, so eye catching,Im so jealous you have that stamp ;)
    fantastic colours.
    really hope your feeling better x

  4. GORGEOUS!!! Beautiful warm colors and I love the use of those fab stamps! The black checked trim pieces are fabulous...I never would think to do this. You are so creative!!!

  5. Hi Anne, Glad you're feeling better a bit, stay warm and dry and take things nice and easy - wish I could send you some of our lovely warm weather from Aus.
    Love the tag, you've really inspired me to have a go with these.
    Look after hubby too btw lol.
    Cheers for now

  6. Sorry to hear you've been poorly. I should thank my lucky stars as the 3+week cough is better than a moment of a tummy bug. Glad you are feeling better now. HUGS BJ

  7. aw .. big hugs, you must have caught that thing that I had, you have my every sympathy, tis only just now I am beginnin to feel normal again! LOVE your tag, made me smile to see the things on the show are now living with you x THanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  8. I do hope that you and your dear husband are feeling better soon. That but sounds like a nasty one!

    Your tag is stunning!You have done a wonderful job. Congrats on Wendy Vacchi visit...Your tag is imortalized on Pinterest nwoo!!

  9. I'm sad to hear you weren't well, I hope you'll be improving quickly and well again very soon.
    The tag is fabulous, love the rich and warm colors and how you arranged the stamps. Congrats for being pinned by Madame herself :-) well deserved, I'm sure.
    Hugs, Suzanne xx

  10. Oh dear, sorry to hear you and hubby have been so poorly. I hope you're both starting to feel better and will be well enough for that happy dance before too long. Gorgeous tag too Anne
    Claire xx

  11. ...this is a beautiful tag Anne, gorgeously rich and warm and very tactile too...Melxx :)
    So sorry to hear you & Hubby have caught that dreadful bug, it knocks you for six, the best thing you can do is keep hydrated...big hug...X

  12. I love the rich colours and the way you have used the stamps
    A wonderful make .
    Poor you I am so sorry you and hubby have been so poorly , hope you feel much better really soon love trace x

  13. Hi Anne love the tag the design and colours are gorgeous. I'm so sorry you and hubby have both been poorly hope you both feel better soon. Big hugs Caroline xxx

  14. sorry to hear that you and hubby have been unwell...hope you are both recovering...your tag is stunning the gorgeous autumn colours..gorgeous hugs kath xxx

  15. I am so sorry to hear you and your husband have been ill Anne,but you are getting this tag the colours are

  16. so sorry that your weekend turned into such a nightmare Anne and that you've both been so poorly - you poor things - how awful! Glad that your getting back to health now - and have managed to make such a wonderful tag! Its stunning - please take care of yourselves though! Big Hugs Rachel xx

  17. Hi Anne, I'm sorry to hear that you and hubby have been unwell, hopefully you are now on the mend.
    Your tag is gorgeous. I love the design and the colours are wonderful.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  18. Hi Anne, sorry to hear you were both ill...there seems to be an awful bug going around blogland, fortunately as yet I've not come across anyone in the 'physical' world who has had it and passed it on! Your tag is stunning, beautiful colours and love the stamped background, take care, Carole Z X

  19. Hope you are feeling better Anne. So sorry to hear you and your DH have been ill. Love your tag. A very beautiful make.

    Annie x

  20. A beautiful and stunning Tag with gorgeous Autumnal colours. I hope you and your husband are feeling much better.

  21. Anne, your tag is a glorious demonstration of blending and you have treated each of the elements on it with your usual panache and attention to detail. And what an honour to be picked up by Wendy Vecchi herself! Now hopefully you realise how good you are.
    So sorry to hear how poorly you've both been. I wish you the speediest of recoveries. Huge crafty hugs, Buttons x

  22. Wow Anne, how great that Wendy repined your tag, that's awesome! I'm not surprised though your work is amazing and a love it lots. I've had a crazy busy week, I have not been able to get into the craft room all. But I have something in mind to make you and send over for my lovely stamp you sent me. This tag is great, I love those colours and the stamps. Michelle x

  23. Lovely to have you back among us again Anne. Your tag is stunning. I particulary like the colourway and the great description of how you achieved it. I was so thrilled to hear that you got that accolade from Wendy Vecchi too. Take time to rest as well. Hugs Rita xxx

  24. Fabulous tag Anne, love the sentiment - how true! Hope you're both feeling better now. Vicky :)xx

  25. Anne, you poor thing. Glad to read that both of you are feeling better but what a pity it spoilt your breakaway.
    Gorgeous tag, the colours are so rich and that lattice effect is just so pretty.
    Take Care

  26. Wow!the colours in this should have helped your recovery! Hope you are ok now! Chrisx

  27. Oh No Anne, I'm so sorry to hear you and your DH have been ill. I do hope that nasty bug is gone for good.
    and look at you still creating, Such a beautiful Autumn tag. Love all those rich colors.
    Be well my friend.
    hugs Lynn

  28. Hope you are feeling better, and glad to see you crafting. I had to smile at the sentiment vrs. you're not wanting to make leaves, yet, with the right perspective, the colors you chose scream fall leaves! Love it! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  29. Hi Anne. Sorry you and David didn't get the break you both deserved. Hope you are both feeling better now.
    Love your tag Anne. It captures Autumn.

    Susan (Lynne's friend)

  30. Hello Anne. Glad those nasty bugs seem to be leaving you both now. This Timmy stamp is my favourite of his newest ones. Lovely colours, and like the original way you have used the expandable lattice die. Hugs Mo x

  31. So sorry to hear you're under the weather Anne, I do hope you're feeling a little better this evening. Your tag is simply beautiful. I adore Autumnal colours :0) Mo x

  32. Hi Anne - welcome back to blogland. Sorry to hear you and hubby poorly - wishing you both back to full health v soon. Your tag is gorgeous- such rich colours. I love the way you have decoupaged the top strip that marries perfectly with botton stamping. Like the edging of the text too to match tag base. You are so co-ordinated girl! Its a fab creation! Nicola x

  33. So sorry you have been so poorly dear, I do hope you are well on the mend. Splendid news about THE Wendy V! You clever person!! Have been an absent blogger myself, but for different reason. Take care and look after yourself. Hugs xx

  34. I have missed your cheeriness Anne! I hope that both of you are well and truly on the mend. That is fabulous that Wendy V recognised your fabulous crafting talents. Rest up, be well so you can be back soon to delight us all with your wonderful.

  35. I hope you are feeling better.

    Love your tag - gorgeous colours.

    Congrats on being noticed by Wendy Vecchi - how exciting!!!

  36. Your tag looks gorgeous. I love the autumn colors!

    Hope you are feeling better!

    Gaby xo

  37. I did miss you Anne but I thought you were on holiday.. so sorry to hear the both of you have been so ill.... don't overdo things take it easy my friend... your tag is Gorgeous as always.. Fabulous news regarding being recognised by Wendy for your amazing talents... so deserved... Hugs May x x x

  38. Oh my goodness Anne - I am so sorry to hear that you and your husband have been sick. I know that was no fun whatsoever and no way at all to spend a Holiday. I hope you both continue to get well - Your tag is gorgeous and you are so right - it is all perspective and your perspective is great!!

  39. Sure hope you are loads better today, Anne. This tag is fantabulous... such wonderful coloring and placement. Those are two of my favorite stamps and I know you'll love their versatility. So clever how you colored them and rearranged the pieces on the top one!

  40. Hi Annie,

    First, I'm so happy to read on my blog that your bug has moved on and you guys are feeling better. Round of applause for that!

    Second, check you out being noted and pinned by Ms. Wendy! A standing O for that!!!

    Third, love this new autumnal tag of yours. You really truly fully rock the autumn colors!!

    Take care of your wee self now! Darnell

  41. Whatever you make Annie is absolutely fabulous.

    So sorry to hear you have been ill and hubby. I do hope you are both on the mend.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  42. Anne, this tag has such rich, warm colours... gorgeous. Hope you are feeling less under the weather. Thank you for your lovely comments. Take care and have a great week, cheers, Di.

  43. So pleased you are on the mend but do take it easy for a while.
    Your tag is superb and has wonderful colours and detail.
    Is the top stamp one of your new ones? I mean the little squares across the top half. It's a stamp I love but have never owned as someone told me it is discontinued. If you bought it recently let me know if I can also buy it. What is it called and who makes it please? I could look on ebay if I know.
    Jo x

  44. I have been so behind with my crafting & blog hops & haven't popped over for a while so am sorry to hear that you and your hubby have been so unwell. My best wishes go to you both. This tag is wonderful with lovely rich colours & those new stamps look amazing. I'm surprised you have still been able to craft - your work is always lovely. Take care, Sx

  45. This one is a total stunner Anne. I know I keep gushing about your things but seriously, I'm not sure you know how good you really are! Perhaps being pinned by you know who will convince you?
    Clearly I'm working backwards through your posts and I'm so sorry to hear about your DH being ill too. Hopefully you will both have recovered by the time you read this.
    Big hugs,


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