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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Friendship

Hello Everyone

Firstly,  a huge welcome to my latest Followers, it is a pleasure to have your company.  I have made the most wonderful friends through my blog and I count my blessings every day.  Tomorrow, I will have been blogging for one whole year!  I cannot believe how much has happened in that short space of time......

Well, it was very exciting the other day when I got my new Tim Holtz Distress Paints, only a few to start with and I also got my set of bunny and duck stamps from Crafty Individuals that I have been drooling over since my lovely blog friend Carole started using them a few weeks ago.

There are two challenges that I wanted to enter.  One is Fun with ATCs where the challenge is 'Something Red' and the other is Crafty Individuals where the challenge is 'For My Friend'.  At CI if you enter the challenge you can get a code which entitles you to 25% off their products for the current month, just for entering the challenge!

Also, over at Anything But a Card the challenge No. 12  is to 'Share the Love' and as I am sharing one of these with my own love, who is also my best friend, then I am entering it there as well.




I thought I would combine the two challenges with my rather bright entry.  It is certainly red!  I intended that one half should be kept by me and one half given to a friend and I think the CI stamps work perfectly for this.

 I made two ATCs using 480 gsm card for stability.  The backing is coloured with my new Fired Brick Distress Paint.  This paint is wonderful to use, it goes on a bit streaky but when it dries (very quickly) it dries  to a lovely smooth finish.  It has the added bonus of smelling very nice too.  Genius idea Tim!  I stamped the bunnies onto some dotty paper, cut them out, coloured their crowns with Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker and then glued them in place.  The words are from the duck set of stamps, I stamped these, cut them out, edged them with Black Soot DI and glued them to the ATCs.

I covered the whole of the ATCs in clear embossing powder and heat set it.  This really brought out the rich red colour of the background.  This was an idea I picked from another blog friend Mark - thanks Mark.

I thought the cards would be a bit of fun, I have given one to my lovely DH already and although he would have preferred powder blue (his football team's colour) rather than red (the opposition's colour) he loved the sentiment.

Thank you for looking, hope you all have a lovely weekend and get some time to get messy and crafty.  Hugs, Anne xx



51 comments:

  1. These are so cute Anne, I love them. Great idea to make matching ATC's.
    The paints look fab - haven't got my hands on any yet!
    Have a lovely weekend xx

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  2. Love your tags Anne, lovely sentiment and great colours too. Do you use a particular glue for the paper bunnies? hate it when papers buckle or you get a bit of shiny glue that shouldn't be there. Have to agree crafty bloggers are lovely friendly people. Good luck with the challenge and have a lovely weekend..Gill x

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  3. Fantastic Anne! Love the depth and opacity of colour from these paints as they really make those bunnies pop (or should that be hop!! LOL) Hugs, Jenny x

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  4. Such a cute idea and pretty cards!
    Have a great weekend :)

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  5. Redanne, that looks absolutely fabulous. What to see more :-)

    Thank you for your warm welcome on your Blog. I have been enjoining it a lot being part of your Blog world.

    XOXO
    SanDee

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  6. Very bright and cute cards, Anne. Paint treatment looks great with the clear embossing over it. Haven't used or seen any of the new paints, but it would be an added bonus if the smell was nice. have a great weekend, cheers, Di

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  7. Love the ATCs Anne and that hare stamp is a great one to have (reminder to self - get one).

    Won't be able to pop by tomorrow as we are taking the campervan out for a spin (Chirk for an overnight) so I'll say congratulations and happy blogaversery for tomorrow.
    Ann B
    x

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  8. This is such a cool idea to keep one and give one of the pair. Love it. The red is such a wonderful contrast to these fabulous dotty bunnies. I haven't tried the Distress paint yet but you are tempting me. I also think I'll be checking out the stamp set. Awesome atcs, Anne. Always a treat to visit.

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  9. this is fantastic Anne - I just purchased these myself - and the ducks/geese. Love them to bits ans can't wait to have a play - love what you've done with the words too - fabulous! Hugs Rachel xx

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  10. Such wonderful ATCs Anne, so creative. The images are fabulous and look great on the red background. I love the sentiment too.
    Hugs Sue

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  11. Really gorgeous, I love the sentiment
    Lindsay xx

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  12. Super ideas shared there Anne with a lovely subject. Happy Bloggaversary for tomorrow. I am off to Stitches trade show at the NEC so I'll have fun for you!
    Jo x

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  13. Hi Anne
    Wonderful use of the CI stamps, I am sure we will be seeing many more creations in the future. I so like the idea of creating two ATCs.
    Thank You for joining us at the CI Challenge.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    P.S. Congratulations - one year blogging is certainly something to celebrate.

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  14. Hi Anne, glad to see you got your bunnies, love the sentiment you have used. Tell DH the colour is fine:)Hugs Mo x

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  15. Happy anniversary Anne and a very deserved congratulations on having so many blog followers. I enjoyed today's page and I hope David loved his valentines card.
    I know how much you enjoy blogging and creating so long may you reign.
    Love Lynn x x x

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  16. Oooooh, I love this bunny pair! Now that's a token of love right up my street!! Love the bright colours, - great ATCs!!

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  17. Yay Anne I saw your comment on my blog, the stamps arrived!!! I love what you have done with them..fabulous. For a little stamp, they have so many uses! Don't worry, I won't ever stop using them! :) Carole Z XX

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  18. Fabulous cards Anne and I love the idea of covering the whole in clear embossing powder. Thank you for all your lovely, kind comments on my flickr things. Re the PB stamp Anne, your comment does make sense thank you and I have been 'seasoning' my newer stamps with my versamark pad. But how do we know when they've run out? Haha, sounds funny, but I'm seriously asking :0) Mo xx

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  19. Wowee Anne, what fabulous ATC's. The colours are certainly vibrant and definately brings out the hares to perfection. Will speak to you soon. Enjoy your Week-End. Happy Blogaversary too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  20. These are gorgeous Anne! I love that red - will remember your (and Mark's) tip. Happy Blogaversary tomorrow - I realise these blogs are not so easy to maintain. I hope your building work is all going to plan too and not too inconvenient. Nicola x

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  21. Fabulous ATC's Anne, Love the vibrant red & those stamps are so cute... Love the sentiment... Brilliant work as always... Hugs May x x x

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  22. Gabby blogiversary Anne x so glad we met through mum and blogging. I love to visit and view your makes. You have also gave me great encouragement too, which is so appreciated. I look forward to following you on the rest of your crafting journey.

    Good luck in the challenges. I love these ATC's

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x x

    Ps my dies arrived so look forward to playing x

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  23. I really have got to get me some of those Distress Paints, I really wanna have a go of them. But I splashed out on a rather nice leather book and now I'm a skint! These ATC's are really gorgeous. Love that stamp too. Michelle x

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  24. What a darling idea, Annie! I'm sure David adores his half of this delightful RED (love it!!) pair of hares!!

    Congratulations on your one-year bloggoversary and many more! You have made a ton of friends in a short time and it's no wonder because you are a wonderful friend in return!! Mwah! Darnell

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  25. ooooh Anne, my favourite colour - red!!!!!
    these bunnies are great and a lovely idea to split them one for you and friend.
    My new car is red also, had it one week.
    Elaine

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  26. Wow Anne!! love the bunnies and the red is awesome huggles hun Sue J xxx

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  27. A BIG HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY, Anne. It has been a fast year, and haven't we met so many wonderful & creative new friends? I'm sure glad you were one that I got to meet & enjoy all the lovely creations you have shared. This one today is so beautiful, and how clever you were to have it to be 'halved'. I really love that sentiment. So perfect for your DH. Will have to check this out. Inspired idea to stamp your cute bunnies on the dotted paper. Such an attention to detail, and it really sparked with your gorgeous "look at me" Red! Will have to check out that paint also. That is a new supply for me, been reading about it. Have a wonderful Sunday, see you in Blogland. Hugs.

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  28. Congratulations on your first blogaversary Anne, and many happy returns of the day. You have quite a following here now too, lots of blog friends. I enjoy visiting you here and seeing what you've been up to. Your ATC's are sweet, I love the wording and the idea of sharing half of the set with your DH too. Alexandra x

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  29. About time you had an award - so I've nominated you for a Liebster! Deails on my blog (http://ailego.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-liebster.html) xxx Keren

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  30. Oh, gorgeous! Love your enchanting pair of hares, and what a delightful thought to give one half to your other half!!
    Congratulations on your blogaversary which, since I'm visiting a day late, must be today, so Happy Blogaversary!!
    So great to have you play along with us at Fun With ATCs.
    Alison x

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  31. The blogging world is a much nicer place with you in it! Happy #1 and there will be so many more! Love these ATC's and that sentiment is so true in so many ways! Beautiful art and can't wait to see what you share in year two! Hugs!

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  32. Well Happy Blog Birthday Anne. my how time flies.
    Such sweet ATC's to. love those Bunnys.
    hugs Lynn

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  33. I love those grungy bunnies, they are so cute, and love how the 2 ATC's go together but you only keep one! That red is gorgeous, I can't wait to get my paints, they are being shipped so I'm gonna' be stalking the mailman! waving hi from the snow's already melted hills of North Carolina ♥

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  34. These are lovely Anne! I can see why you had to have those stamps, how lovely for you to get your hands on some of the new paints, the red looks gorgeous and i love the way you have stamped the bunnies on the dotty paper. Great work ! X

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  35. At last, the bunnies and I love what you've done with them! The red distress looks fantastic and the bunnies work so well for the ATC size. It's such a lovely idea that you made. One for your Hubby, so,very sweet. Have a lovely evening Anne xxx

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  36. P.s. forgot to say congrats for tomorrow on a year of blogging, I look forward to many more xx

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  37. Hi Anne, Just popped on to say happy blogaversary. Hugs Mo x

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  38. Good fathers Anne!! It seems as if I have known you longer than a year. My friend, you are so creative and talented I think it is absolutely wonderful that you found Blogland and Tim Holtz!!!!! Love your rabbits - so artsy fartsy and yet so sweet. Isn't it exciting, we are embarking on another year!!!!!!!!
    sandy

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  39. Congratulations on your blogaversary! Love your atcs! The embossing certain brings out the colour! Chrisx

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  40. FUN and LOVE the red!!! I love that you did both sides...that is a twofer!!!!

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  41. They make such a cute couple, Anne! Love the intense red!!! Thank you very much for joining us again at FwATCs!

    Wishes,
    Claudia xx

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  42. Wow - The ATCs looks absolutely fabulous

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  43. Such a great idea to share the ATC's and loving the rabbits on Red. Annette x

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  44. Beautiful and lovely ATCs, Anne. Love the little rabbits and the embossing coat. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at FwATCs. Suzanne xx

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  45. Lovely sharing idea with the bunnies ATC's Anne. Nice and bright! Thanks for joining in the CI Challenge this month. Jean x

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  46. Love this idea. The bunnies are great but that red background really shows them off!!

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  47. Those images are adorable and I am loving seeing them around in blog land, they look fab against the red bg.
    Thanks for joining us at Fun With ATC's and ABAC x

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  48. Lovely ATC with these rabbits!!!bizz

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  49. what a lovely idea and so perfect for this months challenge at Crafty Individuals
    hugs

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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