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Thursday, 23 May 2013

You are my type of friend

Hello Fellow Bloggers and Friends

As many of you know I have been unable to access my Craft Room due to building works but they are all finished now and I can finally get to my desk!

I was so thrilled to have win Tim's Tags again, this makes the third time (woo hoo!), I can hardly believe my luck.  I spent my winnings on some more Tim stamps - Ringmaster Blueprints and the gorgeous Vintage Things Blueprints and it is this latter set that I have used today.

There are two challenges that I wanted to enter - Simon Says Stamp and Show where the challenge is to use your favourite ink and also Sunday Stampers where Hels has challenged us to make something Vintage/Old.

This is what I have created - a concertina book/card that could go to a good friend.  Please click on the photos for a better view.


This is the front cover of the closed concertina book, all the pages have been created in the same way.  My favourite ink has to be Ranger Black Archival because I use it for almost everything I stamp.  It is such a versatile ink and does not lose anything, no matter how many times I wet it with inks, stains, paints etc.


I did want to make the book from drink mats but one of the stamps was too large so I created my own mats by cutting four pieces of heavyweight card to approximately 5 inches square (130 cm).  I covered each of the squares, front and back, with some Papermania Bookprint paper.  The paper was too bright for what I wanted so I coated each with some Antique Linen Distress paint and then inked around the edges with my current favourite Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs to give it a very aged feel.


Once aged, I needed some lightness in the middle to do my stamping and I smooshed on Picket Fence Distress Paint with my fingers and then stamped with Ranger Black Archival ink (of course!).  I stamped each of the stamps onto separate white card, coloured the pictures with Distress Ink, carefully cut them out and mounted them onto my stamped images. They seem to stand out a little better this way.


I did not want to add lots of embellishments because I wanted the words to be the focal point, after the images.  I added some ribbon to hold the book together.  The words' Friend' and 'because' are die cut using an X-Cut alphabet die.


This shows the back with the added ribbon which I have coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.


This photo shows the whole of the inside of the book. I thought it was fun to use the whole set of stamps in one project.  I hope you like it!  I had fun making it.  Thank you so much for visiting and a special thank you if you leave me a comment too.  Big hugs, Anne xx

53 comments:

  1. A beautiful little book, I love how the stamps are show cased and the theme runs through.Who are the Friend and Because stamps from?
    x

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  2. This is completely beautiful, Anne... brilliant use of the new stamps and a wonderfully warm vintage glow from the inking - I love it!
    Alison xx
    (And thank you for the nudge... would you believe I haven't even had time to go and spend my TH winnings yet?!)

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  3. What a brilliant accordeon fold booklet, Anne!!!

    Love how you used the stamps and your choice of colours is just perfect! Congrats on your Tim win!!!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  4. Brilliant book I love those stamps, well done you! Elizabeth xxx

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  5. Congratulations Anne on your third win at TH. This book is magnificent, and the colour-tones and the stamping are all so perfect.
    I'm certain you will enjoy your new goodies after being out of your craftroom for so long. Happy Days. Hugs Rita xx

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  6. Great work yet again - love those stamps!! Glad to hear your building work is now done and you can be creative again!!

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  7. Love your concertina book Anne, very striking. Your blending of colour is wonderful and I love the gathered twigs. Wonderful images too. Fabulous design. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  8. Your endless talent never ceases to amaze me Anne you just go from strength to strength. Brilliant book
    Lynn xx

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  9. Fantastic to have won three times! Congratulations. I love this book, what a lovely present for a lucky friend! X

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  10. Hi Anne, Love your concertina book, a great way to showcase all your new stamps on one project. The wording for each page are so lovely, like many of your projects, they are made with the so much love and thought. I am sure whoever receives this will treasure it. Have a lovely weekend, see you next week. Hugs Mo x

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  11. WOW!!! This absolutely stunning Anne. I love the design with those wonderful images and fabulous wording.
    Well done on your win, it's no surprise to me that you are a regular winner!!
    hugs Sue x

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  12. This is lovely Anne, & I really like those stamps. What a great idea to make a little book. Well done on another win!
    Amy x

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  13. fabulous book Anne - I love the stamps and what a clever idea to use them all in the same project - so glad you keep winning Anne - it hopefully shows you what a wonderful talent you have! Big Hugs Rachel xx

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  14. Congrats on another win Anne! so thoroughly deserved your work is brilliant huggles hun Sue xxx

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  15. A gorgeous project, fantastic details.

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  16. wow, awesome book, love all the punny sentiments too, sure to bring a smile to your friend's face! You deserve to win 3 times, I mean you are a loyal TH fan after all! Just wanted to say thank you so much for voting for me, it sure means a lot to have support! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  17. Anne..your vintage book full of Tim blueprints is so cute! I love the script in the background. I love the sentiments that you've used on each page to coincide with the stamped image. Very clever! Love the distressing! It's such a wonderful accordion book. Great job! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show and sharing your art with us!<3 Candy

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  18. Anne, you spent your winnings well! Love your altered book and the vintage colors! Tim's blueprint stamps look amazing! Love this project! Hugs!
    PS: You might be interested in linking this beauty up to FSC!

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  19. What a wonderful book Anne. Congratulations with your tags too! It is interesting seeing the blueprint stamps used as you have with such a lovely vintage feel to what you have created.

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  20. ...a super gorgeous make Anne, this booklet is a delight to the eye, great attention to detail as always...Melxx :)

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  21. wow wow wow Anne...I love your concertina book...well done on the hat trick over at Tim's blog and I love your choice of stamps...congrats on the building work being finished...I'm still in a guddle but hey onwards and upwards as they say....big hugs kath xxx

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  22. Anne, I just love your book, it's all so 'warm' and you've created a perfect vintage effect. I love these stamps (on my list lol). Congrats on your Tim win, my lucky friend...and winnings well spent I'd say! Hugs, Carole Z X

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  23. I totally adore concertina books and this one is just gorgeous! Love the vintage colour effects and the beautiful stamping! Anyone would be delighted to receive this!!

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  24. This is gorgeous Anne, the bookprint paper goes so well with your fabulous stamping. Have a great weekend xx

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  25. what a beautiful project , anyone would be delighted to receive this! a really wonderful and yummy creation! hugs x

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  26. Like it? I love it ! Fabulous stamping and colouring and a great make x

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  27. Hey Anne - congratulations on your win (for the third time!) I love your book - it truly does look vintage. I will be back in touch -- I loved the pictures and would you believe we have the same chair and bookcase!!!! You know I love your art work - you seem to be able to do all kinds of styles --
    Sandy

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  28. Hi Anne,
    This is so cool! What a fabulous little gift. Love how you've used the stamps, they work so well together. Clever words too!! Congratulations on win number 3 - it's well deserved.
    Glad you've found your craft desk again, you know I always look forward to seeing your creations. Have a great weekend. Hugs .... Linda xx

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  29. Congratulations and so well deserved.
    I love this book
    Rosie x

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  30. You've sure showcased those blueprint stamps, Anne... your booklet is fabulous! And I'm delighted you are back at your desk. Woohoo!

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  31. It didn't take you long to get busy in your craft room after all the upheaval and what a brilliant book! I just love those new stamps and what you did with them here. Many congratulations on your 3rd win with your tags too. Love, Margie xx

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  32. Now, see, THIS would be a project that I would have a hard time letting go of, Annie! It looks so fine there on display on the window ledge. It's another stunning, amazing work of art!! Congratulations, too, on your third win!! xxoo Darnell

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  33. WOW, Love this Anne, Big congrats on your win...How you have used those stamps is AmAzing... so glad your back at your desk.... Hugs May x x x

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  34. Another gorgeous project, expertly finished Anne. I'm not surprised you won Tim's Tag's - again :D Mo xx

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  35. I absolutely love tis!!! Love the vintage tones and fantastic stamping. All the images look wonderful and your whole book is beautifully crafted. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

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  36. Totes amazebobs Anne, I love how you used the Blueprints to tell the story as well... lucky friend I say! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  37. Inkalicious Anne! Hurray for your builders being finished! Hurray again for your tag wins! Finally Hurray for this STUNNING creation - the recipient will treasure this - I really LOVE all your inking. Have a lovely weekend. (Sorry for late visit) Nicola x

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  38. Absolutely stunning, love the colour and those vintage style images are brilliant
    Lindsay xx

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  39. Congrats on your winnings!! You are on a good roll. I love your book card, the images are really nice, I really love the sentiments that you put on each page, that is personal and well said. Great project!
    Hugs Kelly

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  40. First of all, congrats on your win you clever girl! Your little card/book is delightful and full of wonderful stamping and glorious inking. Soooo pleased your builders have gone too (not as pleased as you I suspect though!).
    Have a lovely weekend, Hugs, Juliaxxx

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  41. You do the most amazing things with Tim's products. Such a treat to visit here, see what you've crafted next! This is a marvelous gift to bestow. Big Congrats on your lovely win too. What a wonderful way to spend your windfall - on more fabulous stamps. So you can win again!!!! LOL. TFS & happy wkend.

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  42. Wonderful book/card design.

    regards diane

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  43. So glad to hear that you won again...Your work is always stunning and I am glad to hear that he knows it too!!!
    This friends booklet is great. I love the inking and smooshing and the carefully cut out little words

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  44. I am in AWE!!!!! This is my new favorite of yours!!! I love your accordion card! Every page is a stunner, and your sentiments just make each image even more fabulous! The neutral tones are amazing and I love the Jet Black of course! All Anne...this one is brilliant...PINNING! Thank you for getting inky with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

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  45. WOW! Anne, das ist ein großartiges Karten-Werk.
    Meine Güte, wie toll du das alles arrangiert hast...
    Es sieht super aus, und der Empfänger wird sich sehr freuen.
    Schön, dass du wieder an deinem Platz arbeiten kannst.

    Ich weiß, wie unzufrieden man wird, wenn es nicht möglich ist, man aber gute Ideen hat :-)
    Eine schöne neue Woche...
    Umarmung von Sophie xx

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  46. Love this Anne. What a way to start back in your craft room. You have lavished such care and attention to detail on each page. This would be treasured by any friend. Hugs, Jenny x

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  47. Anne this is a gorgeous make for your friend and will loooove it. Every page is stunning ,I love the broken twig and will be getting some soon. I love how you did'nt add all sorts just left the words to shine brilliant idea and make, thanks so much for sharing, I'm so glad your back at your desk creating your wonderful projects. Have a wonderful day..

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  48. What a wonderful inspiration with all my favorite stamps!, I will have to put this on my list ;)

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  49. So awesome, Anne!! Simply adorable. Love how you made this little booklet, everything about it. I'm glad the work is finished so far so you can make full use of your craftroom again :-) and last but not least: many congrats to your win! So very well deserved. Big hugs, Suzanne xx

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  50. Congratulations on your win Anne, so well deserved, you make such beautiful things. This book is no exception, a gorgeous vintage piece. I hope you enjoy your new craft space, have fun.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  51. Oh my word, Anne. This little book is fabulous. I love the format and the design of each page. What an awesome way to feature these stamps. You have aged the pages beautifully. What a wonderful gift!

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  52. I am so in love with these blueprint stamps. What a wonderful way to use them, too. It's always such a treat to see what magic you whip up with a bit of paper, ink, stamps, etc.

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  53. Hi Anne
    Congrats on your third win with the Tim Holtz tags you must be over the moon.
    This book is amazing I love how you have made it and your inking skills are fantastic.
    A really lovely piece of art that would be loved by any friend
    Ria

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