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Monday, 8 April 2013

April in Paris

Hello Blog Friends

Before I start my post I just wanted to say a huge thank you to those of you who left me some wonderful comments on my last post (and previous ones).  It really warms my heart that you take the time to leave comments.  I am going to be missing for a week or so and will not be able to comment as regularly on your blogs as I normally do during that time, there are things going on that need attending to so I hope you will understand.

For any of you who have been to Paris, you will know how beautiful it is at this time of year.  It is over 30 years since my last trip but I remember it well, to this day.  Over at Frilly and Funkie the challenge theme is April in Paris and as I have a wonderful stamp which I thought would be perfect for the challenge.

I recently purchased the Tim Holtz picture wheel die but I have only used it once and could not think of any other way to use it other than for scrapbooking, but the very talented Brenda used one on a tag recently and I was so inspired I just had to give it a go too.  Here is what Brenda inspired me to make:




The base tag is a Tim Holtz Size 8 tag which I have backed with some of Linda Coughlin's (Funkie Junkie Boutique) beautiful white corrugated card.  The corrugated card is edged with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  The base tag was coloured in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Peeled Paint DIs.

The 'I love Paris in the Springtime' stamp by Stampendous was stamped in black archival ink, once onto the tag and once onto white card.  The flowers are coloured with Picked Raspberry, Pine Needles and Wild Honey DIs.  The image stamped onto white card was coloured in the same way and then cut out and decoupaged over the original. The tag was edged with Peacock Feathers DI.

The picture wheel was cut out on my Vagabond, coloured with Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass DIs and edged with Frayed Burlap DI.  I used Tim's spritz and flick technique to age the wheel more and then I added mini scenes of Paris to each of the wheel holes.  The picture wheel was mounted between the tag and the corrugated card and I added three lovely roses. To finish off I added some vintage seam binding coloured with Peacock Feathers Distress Stain and tied this to the top and added a beautiful pearl.

I am also linking this up to Linda Coughlin's Sunday Share challenge.  The corrugated card came from Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Linda sells major brands at fabulous prices.  A randomly selected winner will win a discount of 25% off their whole order.

Thank you for looking, hope to see you again soon.  Big hugs, Anne xx


54 comments:

  1. I'm ready to pack my bags and head over The Pond! This is so gorgeous, Anne. The tag alone is lovely but the viewfinder really puts it over the top. Love!

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  2. Anne this is fabulous, I love the Stampendous stamp you have used and the picture wheel looks perfect tucked behind it with those gorgeous photos in each of the spaces. Thanks for reminding me of my special visit to Paris last year and for mentioning me on your blog. I feel honoured to have played a small part in the inspiration behind your Parisian tag.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  3. Absolutely awesome piece of work Anne, very inspired and so wonderful too! Thank you for sharing with us. Hope things get sorted soon and you'll be back blogging with us Karen x

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  4. Excellent tag, Annie! I agree with how Julie put it, the tag alone is really sensational, but the picture wheel makes it such a special delight!! You'll be missed while you are taking care of things, but we'll all be right here, waiting, for when you post again! xxoo Darnell

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  5. Beautiful Anne. the colours are lovely! Sarah x

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  6. Beautiful...love the gorgeous images.xxx

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  7. ...a beautiful tag Anne full of Parisian delight, gorgeous colours and components put together with style and finesse...Melxx :)
    Sending you warm wishes Anne I hope all gets better real soon...Xx

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  8. I wish I were in Paris right now Anne. Kidding aside I love your tag and would never have the confidence to try anything like this. Absolutely Stunning. Just you return when your ready Anne, as I have been gone for over a week I think. Take Care. Hugs Rita xx

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  9. Oh, this is so beautiful Anne. I LOVE that image and the way you have coloured it is gorgeous. The picture wheel looks amazing, how lovely to add all those images of Paris.
    Take care, I hope you get things sorted soon.
    Hugs Sue xx

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  10. Gorgeous tag Anne, Love the colours & design... Great use of the viewfinder... You take care Anne we will be waiting for you when you return... Hope all gets sorted soon... Hugs May x x x

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  11. Hi Anne, This is a beautiful tag, it must have taken ages to get all those little images of paris into the wheel. Love how you have tied in the colour of the roses on the wheel into the flowers on the tag. Hugs Mo x

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  12. Gorgeous tag Anne. I love the colours you have used...perfect for spring and for this lovely image. I absolutely love the viewfinder off to the side. What a charming idea. I hope you get things all sorted out. I'll miss you but will still be here when you are able to return to blogland :)

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  13. So pretty!
    I would love to see Paris someday! :)

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  14. Oh I love this Paris in April tag! So adorable and you have inspired me to pull out my movie reel!! It has been sitting around so unloved! The added flowers really add the touch of Spring! Love it! Hugs!

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  15. wow Anne...lost for words I am...this is so gorgeous...love how you used that die and I have got to get that stamp...hope everything is OK with you and look forward to seeing you back with us soon...lots of hugs kath xxx

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  16. Morning Anne, well this really does make me wish I was heading off to this beautiful city at the weekend!I just love the whole concept of the photo wheel with images of Paris and of course the iconic tower takes centre stage! I also love the way you have positioned the flowers. A stunning tag Anne, hugs Carole Z X

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  17. This is gorgeous Anne - fantastic choice of colours and such a great use of that picture wheel. Thrilled that you have joined us at Frilly and Funkie this time. Hope all goes well over the coming week or so, hugs Jenny xxx

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  18. Anne thisis a truly gorgeous make, I lve how you have included thepicturewheel...a lovely make ..
    Hope all goes well for you whatever it is and thinking of you hugs trace x

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  19. Hi Anne this is so beautiful. I just love it. The stamps are fabulous and great use of the die.

    No worries regarding comments we all understand that it's not always possible to comment regularly

    Sending you a huge hug

    Annie x

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  20. A wonderful tag Anne, its gorgeous. Hope everything is ok. Michelle xx

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  21. This is stunning Anne - the wheel looks amazing on a tag - so very clever! Love your tag too - the eiffel tower is just so iconic - beautiful!!! Hope all is okay with you and yours! Big Crafty Hugs Rachel xx p.s. sent off for my tickets for the Port Sunlight Show - so hopefully we'll get some and be able to meet! Hugs Rachel x

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  22. Beautiful card! I remember me and my dad listening to that song " I love Paris in the springtime...."
    Thank you for sharing it brought back a nice memory!
    Hugs,
    Cardarian

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  23. This is so gorgeous - I adore the picture wheel - it brings back memories of my childhood! The layering is wonderful and of course I always LOVE seeing flowers! Lots of love from Laura xxxxxxxx

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  24. Anne this is absolutely gorgeous and I am not one bit surprised!!!! Your color selection is out of this world and your design work perfect. Beautifully created - I love it!!!!!
    Sandy

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  25. What a beauty! Love the different flowers and how you used the picture wheel die.

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  26. Very beautiful tag Anne! I particularly like the colours but the way you have it all laid out is wonderful.
    I hope whatever you're attending to is all good and I look forward to seeing you back soon :0) Mo xx

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  27. So lovely... the colour blending in your sky background is so fresh, and the Eiffel Tower is fabulous against it. Delicious positioning for the picture wheel, and all those tiny pictures are delightful - a really great make.

    Wishing you well with whatever it is you're up to this week,
    Alison xx

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  28. Beautiful-love those Spring colours! Your use of the picture wheel is what makes this so fabulous! Chrisx

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  29. Hi Anne,
    This is simply beautiful. Perfect colour choice for spring. Love how you've used the picture wheel - clever idea.
    I love Paris too, especially in the spring, but like you, haven't been for a few years.
    I hope everything goes well, whatever you're up to and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Linda xx

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  30. Always enjoy poppin' in here to see what crafty goodness you've been up to. This is a beautiful tag, and you've got so much to look at. That wheel die was so right with the Eiffel Tower (and sadly, never been to Paris!). I always forget about the Peacock color until I come here and see what wonders you perform with it, then wonder why I never use it! I did get 2 bottles of the DI paint yesterday...the white and antique linen. Now got to figure out how to use! Recently a friend showed me the Dylusions ink on w/c paper....made me think of Anne and her tags! You 2 ladies would be perfect friends I think! Good luck on whatever is going on at the moment...be glad to see you when you 'get back' again. Will miss seeing your art work. Hugs & TFS

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  31. Love it! The film wheel off set is a real eye catcher and the tower always is wonderful to see! Beautiful tag Anne!

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  32. I've never been to Paris, or France even. I have to admit there are other destinations on my wishlist first :-) but I can imagine it is an experience you'll never forget. If you ever consider Germany worth a visit, please tell me :-) Yor TAG is a total beauty, as ever. It's always a great pleasure to look at your artwork. The picture wheel is a stunning eye catcher and adds perfectly to the feel of fondly remembered holidays. Love it! Take good care of yourself, Anne, hope you'll get all sorted out well. I'm thinking of you. Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  33. Hi Anne,
    I've just received a Leibster award over on my blog. As I've always loved reading your blog posts and I'm totally inspired by your work, I'd like to include you as one of my 5 nominations to recieve this award. Details are on my blog (http://lindylou-lifeinthecraftlane.blogspot.com/2013/04/ive-got-award.html)and so is the badge if you would like to accept it. Crafty Hugs Linda xx

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  34. Amazing! Simply gorgeous and I can't believe you had a stamp that actually says "I love Paris". Your colors are glorious, especially the flowers and I'm totally in awe of your picture wheel with the tiny Paris images. You totally rocked this challenge, Anne! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Frilly and Funkie. And don't forget to share with us on Sunday Share too - you just might win a 25% off shopping spree!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  35. Anne, I absolutely love this tag! That Stampendous stamp image has always caught my eye. You've used it perfectly here. Setting off the Eiffel Tower adds to the dimension. And that photo wheel! LOVE that! Wherever did you find those tiny images of Paris!? They're perfect for it. Thanks so much for joining my challenge at Frilly and Funkie!

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  36. Gorgeous! Lovely idea with the tag and wheel! Kim

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  37. Anne your tag is wonderful. Love the little whewl contrasting with the reaching struts of the Eiffel Tower.
    I hope everything will be good for you over the coming weeks.

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  38. Absolutely stunning, Anne! The addition of the viewfinder at the side is truly original and add just the perfect touch to your beautiful tag! Love it!

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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  39. Beautiful beautiful card, Anne. I love the use of the picture wheel.
    Rosie x

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  40. Wow! Eine fantastische und wunderschöne Karte.

    Liebe Grüße von Sophie

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  41. ooh its gorgeous and I love the picture wheel - it looks perfect! I have been able to keep up with everyone's blogs or post very much recently - life just gets in the way doesn't it?!! Take care xx

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  42. I hope all is well Anne?
    What a beautiful tag, and a great use of the Tim Holtz photo disc die thing.I really love how the pink is pops with the blue. Hope to see you back in blog land soon xx

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  43. So very beautiful Anne and I'm in love with your Parisienne theme and wonderful colours and design. I love how you used the wheel too, I think that's going to be a useful die. Hope you're well and the Ouse coming along. Chris xxx

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  44. Beautiful piece Anne, I love the way you have used the picture wheel, I think it is an unusual die that will be used a lot in the future! Perhaps we could all do a challenge one day in different ways of using it! Hope that whatever is going to keep you busy goes well, hugs to you, barb x

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  45. Bee-you-ti-ful Anne! I love how you used the viewmaster die with the itty bitty pics of the city of love. I want that die in a bad way :)

    Amy*

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  46. Hope you are feeling better Anne and recovering from your nasty buy. It's taking me a while to get back to normal but I'm managing. Your tag is exquisite and has your trade mark eye for detail!! Don't do too much whilst you are off sorting! Take it easy...
    love Jo x

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  47. Beautiful tag Anne lovely crisp stamping, and a great way to use the picture wheel,i think it will be one of those dies that you'll be able to work in to quite a lot of projects even though it may not be immediately obvious if you get what I mean! X

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  48. what a beautiful creation. love how you did this
    hugs June x

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  49. The inspiration brought a fabulous tag,Redanne, love the corrugated background,
    love the cutout tower and those sweet flowers, all those little pics on the reel and then the gorgeous bow, you always inspire me my dear. Have a wonderful day...

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  50. Oh my word, how beautiful!!! I absolutely love your work! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  51. Oh, yes - I love the new look blog, Anne - very smart indeed!
    Alison xx

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  52. Hi Anne, gorgeous tag, love the Eiffel Tower image and beautiful flowers. Corrugated card always looks fabulous as a backdrop and I love your picture wheel. Tracy x

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  53. What a gorgeous tag and what a great way of using that die. Gives me ideas for others that I don't use much - additions to other things!
    Just love the Paris theme though, fabulous pale blue looks just right.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  54. Oh my goodness Anne...this is so beautiful! I love everything about it...the colours, the stamps with the decoupaged tower, the die...oh my!
    I haven't seen the white corrugated card before...that is so effective with this tag.

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

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