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Monday, 26 November 2012

Sunday Stampers Week 233 - All Those Years Ago

Hello Everyone

A special welcome to my latest followers, I love the fact that you are interested in my little blog and thank you to all of you who visit regularly or when you can, I really do appreciate your support.

This week our Hostess, Hels Sheridan over at http://pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk has set our Sunday Stampers Challenge as 'All Those Years Ago' - and we are to create something Vintage.  Yikes, I don't really know much about vintage and never seem to be able to create anything that looks old or vintagey. 

But, it has been a week since I did anything crafty (terrible I know and I have no real excuse other than tiredness) so I thought I would have a go.  I still had lots of Christmas things on my desk so I set about creating this:


I used my faithful Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint stamp of the toy soldier in the main image, coloured with Distress Inks, the edges of the piece were grunged up and inked with Vintage Photo DI. 

The base tag was embossed using a Darice embossing folder together with a Tim Holtz  Embossing  Diffuser to create an area at the top for stamping my Merry Christmas.  Again, I grunged up (and ripped in places) the edges of the tag and then went over the whole tag with Gathered Twigs DI and then finished the edges with Vintage Photo DI.

The pine cones and leaves are cut from the TH Tattered Pinecone die set and I added a little Rock Candy glitter and some twisted rusty wire (if you have not used this stuff yet, please do, it is amazing).  The edge of the tag, at the bottom is cut from a TH Alterations On the Edge die (Brackets). 

The tag was finished off with some burgundy silk ribbon and a rusted bell.  I hope it is Vintage enough Hels!!

My lovely blog friend Buttons, who is the Queen of Vintage, has been adding tags to her Christmas cards and I may just do that with this one rather than stick it in a drawer.

If you do visit, I hope you will leave me a comment, I love to read them and will always do my best to return the compliment (so long as I can find you).  Thank you so much for looking.   Hugs, Anne x

52 comments:

  1. Anne
    This tag would look sensational on a card. I just love the pine cones, what wonderful additions they make.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    P.S. Hope you are not feeling quite so tired.

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  2. I'm not sure what vintagey is either, Annie, but I am sure I like what you've done! That is such a fun toy soldier image and it sits perfectly with your background and pine cone bling!! I hope you have more pep in your step soon!! Hearts, Darnell

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  3. Hi Anne,

    This tag is so cute! I love the little toy soldier. He fits into my definition of "vintage." I've been MIA as far as crafting goes (except knitting when I'm watching t.v.). I'm going to get some craft on tonight though!!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  4. Hi Anne, hope you are back to 100% soon. Your tag is gorgeous and that image and colouring is perfect for vintage. Love your embossing work too. Nicola x

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  5. Beautiful Anne, very vintage, I love this image and you have coloured him so well. I love the rusty bell! x

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  6. Being tired sounds like a perfectly good reason for taking a rest to me! But I'm certainly happy you had enough time and energy for this tag - it's absolutely lovely. I love how the Gathered Twigs in the embossing is picked up by the colour of the pine cones (which are yummy in themselves), and your soldier is fabulous!
    Alison xx

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  7. Fabulous, love the tin soldier and the pine cones are a wonderful addition - just perfectly vintage.

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  8. This is wonderful Anne. I love the design and detailing. I'm no expert but I'd say it fits the theme perfectly.

    Sue

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  9. Wonderful Christamas tag, Anne!

    :-)

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  10. I think this looks very vintage! You did a fabulous job...Love the rusty bell! I had not hear of the Tim Holty embossing diffuser...what a great idea. I like the look of it on your card.
    EVerything is so nice and subtle with a bit of a edgy, vintage feel!

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  11. G'day Anne,
    Well I'm certainly no expert on vintage having just started getting interested in it but this looks absolutely super to me - the little soldier definitely fits this so well I think and all the colours compliment each other...well done you.
    Gongrats on your latest challenge win too.
    Cheers,
    Elaine

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  12. Anne...I love your vintage Christmas tag! It's darling. I just bought the blueprint Christmas stamps and can't wait to give them a go. I had to "warm up" to them. You've done a beautiful job with the soldier. Love it! Love your embossed background and the pinecones. They look real! I also wanted to thank you for your kind comment on my blog. If this is the vintage piece you're talking about that you didn't think you did so well on....you are WRONG! This is beautiful! <3 Candy

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  13. Anne your tag is wonderful with all the bits adding to the sum of super. Love the pinecaones they look like they have just been gathered.

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  14. I love this Anne I love the soldier stamp and the design is fabulous. I think it fits the theme too. Caroline xxx

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  15. What a gorgeous tag Anne, the background is fab and I love that stamp. I've been trying to resist those stamps but I can feel myself weakening lol
    Claire xx

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  16. Anne this is beautiful, lovethepine cones they are so fab and that rusty wire is rightnup. Street!!! A beautiful make trace x

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  17. Thank you for the title Anne! Gotta live up to that one:) I LOVE this tag, and don't you dare put it in a drawer. It must be seen. Way to go with the diffusers!! The background is a triumph and helps your toy soldier to stand out beautifully. Hope you feel less tired soon. Thinking of you, hugs Buttons xxx

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  18. I'm still struggling with vintage but yours is gorgeous. Love the toy soldier image and your background. Add it to the front of a card - it's too nice not to use!!

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  19. This is gorgeous Anne very vintage.xxx

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  20. Beautiful vintage yes Vintage tag Anne, please put it onto a card not locked away, it's far to beautiful to not be seen.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  21. hi anne your tag is absolutely gorgeous...love that little tin soldier and your background is beautiful...all in all a fabulous vintage feast for the eyes...hugs kath xxx

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  22. Anne, what a beautiful Vintage tag. I love those little pine cones, I must add them to my ever growing wish list. Hope you feel better soon. Hugs Rita xx

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  23. Gorgeous Anne I love it! He looks so good too. I like the embossing of the tag and the lovely shaded out area of the distress for the sentiment. Very nice. Michelle dx

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  24. Oh Anne, this is just so very beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. Love everything about it, the embossing, the colors and the image and the way you colored it in, the pine cones. I don't know much about vintage either, but this is so lovely. It will make a great addition on a Christmas card.
    Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  25. Deffo vintage enough, I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  26. Hi Anne,
    This certainly looks vintage to me, I love it!! I love the little tin soldier, and he looks fab on your tag. The embossed background is gorgeous and I love all the rusty trinkets. This would definitely make a stunning Christmas card for someone special. xx

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  27. Brilliant Anne! I have definitely got to get me these stamps for next Christmas! I love the embossing on the base tag and the foliage in the corner...in fact I love the whole tag :) ! Carole Z X

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  28. It's fabulous! Love the vintage feel, and the toy soldier is one of my favs! Beautiful!

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  29. Beautiful vintage tag Anne. I think your TH pine cone die is brilliant and looks so effective here.
    Thank you for your lovely comments on my Flickr Anne :0) Mo x

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  30. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! Love the ribbon and the rusty bell and I really do like the rusty wire. Beautifully done as usual Anne - really grand. Now if you still need something vintage, I will send you my picture!!!
    Sandy

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  31. You did vintage perfectly here. I love the background and pinecones especially. The toy soldier is adorable and is all you needed. I love it, your tags are alot of fun and creative.

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  32. Perfectly vintage. It is interesting to read the definition of vintage. I guess as I get older vintage moves up with me LOL. Maybe I am vintage now.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely tag with us, I love the way you have used your inks and the embellishment is perfection.
    Hugs, neet xx

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  33. Hi Anne, the embossing looks fab, love that stamp plate, perfectly vintage. Hope you start feeling better soon.

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  34. Loving this tag Anne. Stunning background and the tin soldier or nutcracker is fab.

    HUgs

    Annie x

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  35. Hi Anne, Glad to see you are feeling a little better and found the energy to do a little crafting. Beautiful tag, I have not tried the rusty wire yet, it goes really well with the pine cone. Take care Mo xx

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  36. You have certainly achieved vintage with this fabulous tag. It will look amazing on a card. Take care and don't tire yourself out too much! xx

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  37. It's fabulous, Anne. Love those blueprint stamps and the texture is so wonderful as a base.

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  38. Fabulous vintage tag Anne, Love those blueprint stamps..Beautiful background!! Take care Anne don't overdo things.... Brilliant job! Hugs May x x x x

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  39. Fabulous tag Anne, so well put together. Absolutely love it! :)xx

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  40. Hi Anne, a beautiful tag, love all of it, the stamping, embossing and the die cuts! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.x

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  41. So glad you enjoyed the textiles over the past few days Anne.
    Hugs, neet xx

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  42. Glad you had the energy to make this lovely tag Anne. The embossed background is beautiful and I love how your stamping looks. Wonderful pine cones - so jealous as my attempts so far have been pitiful!! A beautiful tag.
    Hugs to you, Juliaxxx

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  43. Hello my friend! I am just giving you a head's up that on my blog on the Dec. 3rd you are getting a shout out for your Christmas tags for the Handmaking the Holidays blog hop I am participating in ) waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  44. The more I see the soldier the more I think I NEED him lol. Love your tag, the embossing is gorgeous. Tracy x

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  45. I absolutely love your work, according to this tag you definitely don't have a problem with vintage.

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  46. Hi Anne and WOW to your tag, I'd say you have the perfect vintage look and everything is so beautiful!

    The colours are gorgeous and definitely vintage and the solder stamp too, there couldn't be one more perfect. You've set the scene of Christmas for me Anne and I think your idea to put the tag on a card is a lovely one so that someone will have the pleasure of seeing it this Christmas.

    My stamps arrived......am going to a wine assisted crafting session with a friend this afternoon and am taking them with me for my Christmas cards.....mmm how many will get done :D. Also my book is underway!

    Talk to you soon Anne and have a good weekend.

    Chris xx

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  47. Gorgeous. Love all the little finishing touches and the colours work well. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

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  48. ...loving your tag Anne, the little soldier stands proud all inked to perfection, your textured background is awesome (I so love what an embossing folder brings to a piece) the fur boughs and cones are the perfect festive finishing touch too...you tag makes me smile and I wish i'd bought the mini stamps too now...Melxx :)

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  49. What a lovely tag! Love the pine cones.
    So good to see you today. I am missing my WOYWW friends. I am thinking about returning at least for the occasional Wednesday after the new year.:)

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  50. Fab Christmas tag Anne, love how you used the toy soldier stamp.
    Hugs Lynn

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  51. Beautiful tag Anne! You have the perfect touch with the distress ink on the embossed background! I just love it!

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  52. Absolutely gorgeous. I found you via Sandee (from the hills of North Carolina). :)

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