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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Sunday Stampers Week 230 - Blue Velvet

Hello to my blog friends old and new.  Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comments recently, they have cheered me up no end! 

Sadly I am not doing WOYWW again this week as I have appointments on Thursday and Friday which will prevent me from commenting on many blogs until the weekend, so apologies for that.  I will hopefully catch up with you all next week.

This week our Hostess at Sunday Stampers, Hels Sheridan's theme is BLUE VELVET with the requirement that we use blue in our creation.  I have not done much crafting lately, other than Sunday Stampers entries and also a few Christmas cards so I thought I would combine the two.  My very talented and good blog friend Buttons is making tags to put on her Christmas cards this year so I thought I would 'borrow' the idea and put this tag on a Christmas card too.

My tag uses the Tim Holtz Blueprint Christmas stamps and I have used the snowflake as you can see here:



For some unknown reason I have had a devil of a job photographing this tag and getting the beautiful colours to show through, but I can assure you it is very blue.

I took a plain tag and backed it with some fine corrugated card to give it some substance.  I stamped the snowflakes in Versamark and embossed them with white detail embossing powder.  Broken China and Tumbled Glass distress inks were squigged onto my craft mat, spritzed with Glimmer Mist (Abominable Snowman) and a little water and the tag was smooshed through several times, drying after each smoosh. 

I then spritz and flicked water over the tag to give some random water marks. I then went around the edge of the tag with Salty Ocean DI.  Whilst the DI was still wet I covered around the edges of the tag with Frantage Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel (oh I love this stuff) and dried slowly from a great height and once it started to melt I moved closer.  This method allows some of the Frantage to stay raised.  I have tried to take a close-up to show the effect a little better.


I think you can see where some of the Frantage in the gold and white has remained raised.  It also gives a lovely texture which you can feel. 

To finish off I did go a bit mad.  I coloured some vintage seam binding with Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Glimmer Mist, scrunched it up and dried it with my heat tool.  I took some of Tim Holtz's gorgeous tinsel in blue and I tied a double bow at the top.  I added some little jingle bells and pearls to finish off.  I don't usually like anything I make but I quite like this tag and after some initial misgivings I think this is one of my favourite sets of Christmas stamps ever!!

I hope you will leave me a comment, I love to read them all and will always do my best to return the compliment, if I can find you.  Have a lovely rest of the week.  Crafty hugs, Anne x

46 comments:

  1. Hi Anne, Your tag is really gorgeous! Love the hues and the frantage looks beautiful. Thanks for tip about getting it raised - I only bought my first pot last weekend and havn't tried it yet. Whole design fab. Think the dropping pearl is the perfect finish. Nicola x

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  2. Hi there Anne, this is another truly inspiring tag. I've never heard of the Frantage stuff but it looks interesting.........altogether a beautiful tag.

    Question: What do you do with all the tags you make say, for challenges etc? Do you keep them in a binder or on a ring - or what please?

    Sorry to hear you're not joining in with the WOYWW today, my desk is unusually full today and also showing the easel and ATC you made me.
    Still, I can still show them next week too lol.
    Take care,
    Elaine

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous Anne. Such pretty colours & the blueprint snowflake looks so delicate. I love frantage & you have used it to great effect giving your tag a lovely vintage feel. Beautiful. Sx

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  4. Gorgeous tag, love that shine and sparkle! Great idea to add it to the front of a card! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  5. Beautiful tag - really very pretty. I don't know what Frantage is but I better find out. The bow - the baubles - the sentiment it is all a dance of beauty!!
    Sandy

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  6. Anne,this is beautiful..I love the colours, the corrugated edge and the frantage looks fab....the embellishments on the top finish this off to perfection...simply yummy! Hugs Trace x

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  7. The is beautiful the colours are gorgeous and I love the frantage. Caroline xxx

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  8. This is beautiful Anne, I love the shades of blue, they give a nice frosty feel. Fran-tage is one of my favourite things at the moment I love it! You have done a great job with it round the edges, looks fab. All the ribbon and trinkets on the top just finish everything off nicely. xx

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  9. This is stunning Anne. I love the colour and the gorgeous texutures.

    hugs Sue

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  10. Oh Anne this is beautiful. Stunning shades with glittery texture. Keep well.

    CRafty Hugs

    Annie x

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  11. Lovely tag Anne, especially the edge with the corrugated card and frantage. BJ

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  12. This is truly beautiful Anne! I love the descriptions of your processes and will hopefully try them out one day soon. I love the sound of Frantage and the effect it gives. Have a wonderful Wednesday :0) Mo x
    ps - thank you very much for your super kind comments, *hugs* xx

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  13. Gorgeous tag Anne. Its so rich in the lovely techniques you have used, and the colours are stunning. Hugs Rita xx

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  14. stunning tag Anne and such detail in how you made it - I just adore that tinsel and what a fabulous idea to back with corrugated paper - love the colours and everything - need to make my effort later - looking forward to playing! Hope you are well my friend! Hugs rachel xx

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  15. ooh gorgeousness, love that Frantage around the tag, I still haven't got any of that!! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  16. Oh Anne this is lovely. The textured background and fab Frantage make it really special. So glad you'll be putting it on a card as it really deserves to be seen - bet that Christmas card will be treasured.
    Good luck with your appointments Thursday/Friday. I hope it all goes according to plan. Huge crafty hugs to a special friend, Buttons x

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  17. Are we psychic??? Love love love your tag...and guess what? I did a snowflake tag for Sunday Stampers this week too! LOL Carole Z X

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  18. So lovely and with such a texture! Brava!

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  19. LOVE!!!! Pinning! The edges of the tag embossed like that so splatteringly is fabulous! Just gorgeous!

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  20. All that sparkles!
    Beautiful texture and the colours make it such an elegant tag.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  21. Hello Anne simply gorgeous this tag. I love the texture the frantage gives and such a fresh icy blue colour. Crafty Hugs Mo x

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  22. This is stunning. Thanks for your 'how-to' also. Appreciate you taking the extra time. Some of the products are new to me, so will have to look about for them. The name Blue Velvet is perfect for your lovely creation. It just says "cold & frosty" to me. The corrugated backing on the tag is a super idea to give it body. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful creation. Hugs

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  23. So sorry your still feeling rough, hope you start feeling better soon, beautiful tag, the blue colours look so cold with the white on top. x

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  24. Your tag is gorgeous! I love the blues and edged frantag with the embossed snowflakes, very dreamy. I was just looking at this stamp set 2 days ago, now I wish I would have purchased it. Darn!
    Great tag, Kelly

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  25. Gorgeous tag Anne, love the frantage and the lovely icy colours. Hope you are feeling better soon

    Joan

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  26. Another stunning creation, Annie! The perfect colors of blue for icy winter beauty. I can't believe you don't usually like your creations. I'll hear none of that talk from now on!

    So, about WOYWW. I remember the first time I played, I entered on a Thursday. Well? I didn't know you could ONLY show your desk on a WED, for goodness sake, being very populated in the Dense Department.

    Okay, so I figured that out, but you have me wondering if I'm unclear on the concept of when you can leave comments. 'Cause, child, I spread the love out all week long and have been known to leave a comment or two on the Tuesday week. Is that not allowed? Seems a silly rule to me, if that's true, not that anyone asked me, and not that I'll prolly follow it. I mean, I think you shouldn't post your desk if you can't visit AT ALL, don't get me wrong, but if you need to take a few days, well . . .

    Hope you and DH are completely bugless! xxoo, Darnell #42

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  27. Anne your tag is so delicate and pretty. It will make a stunning card I have no doubt. I hope you are well and truly on the mend.
    And I will check out what ever you care to show us whatever day or time you choose. on this side of the world it is now Thursday evening :)

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  28. ooh your tag is gorgeous! The delicate colours are fab and I love the seam binding, tinsel and Frantage. I hope your are feeling better now. Take good care of yourself! xx

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  29. Hello Anne , wow this is amazing , I love the shade of blue too , wonderful work as always Hugs Elaine

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  30. You've created a beautiful tag Anne. Great stamp of course but the colours make it look very icy and I love all your seam binding, tinsel and bells at the top!!

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  31. What a gorgeous tag Anne... I love it all.. the fabulous background, the ice blue colours... & fabulous embossed snowflakes & the use of the fran-tage...Brilliant work Anne... Hugs May x x

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  32. This is so elegant, love the shades and effects. xx Flora

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  33. Absolutely lovely, Anne - the blue is so delicately pretty, perfect with the fragile snowflake blueprints, and wonderfully enhanced with the gorgeous Frantage! I'm missing WOYWW for the second week in a row, but like you I can't manage the visiting just now - hope they'll forgive us!
    Alison x

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  34. Gorgeous chilly tag, Anne, with those embossed snowflakes and the fab background. Love the frantage stuff and the embellishments.
    Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  35. This is beautiful Anne, the colour is perfect. I really love that snowflake stamp and you have used it perfectly. Hope you are feeling much better now, hugs x

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  36. Beautiful Anne, so delicate and pretty. The colour is bang on trend - just been Christmas shopping. ;)x

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  37. A stunning tag Anne, I love your cool blues and embellishments.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  38. I love colours of this tag and how lovely to receive so many wonderful comments.
    You deserve it Anne. Thank you for a wonderful day today and for your generosity.
    Lynn xx

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  39. What a gorgeous tag. I love the shade of blue and the sparkle! Beautifully done!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Gaby xo

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  40. Thank you so much for a lovely day yesterday and for the gorgeous cards you made for our day care centre.
    I've made 3 boxes this afternoon. Hope we weren't too much for you and your lovely husband!
    Love Susan

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  41. A stellar tag Anne, beautiful in the blues and white!
    Hope your feeling better!
    hugs Lynn

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  42. Anne this is totally stunning! I love the sparkle and the stamp is gorgeous. Sorry to be a bit late commenting but I usually get there in the end so you know I'm thinking of you!
    Hope you are recovering well and taking things easy.
    Have a great week.
    Juliaxxxx

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  43. Oh Anne, your tag is so beautiful! I just love these colours for Christmas and I've just finished doing a tag with them for the Funkie Junkie challenge. Every aspect is a delight and the embossing powder looks fantastic, I just remembered that I have the shabby blue, totally forgot about it.

    Hope you're doing OK and have had a good weekend. Hugs, Chris xx

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  44. This is so beautiful Anne, I love the white on blue. It looks so frosty and Christmassy. Michelle x

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

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