Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Tim Tag July and Birthday Indulgence

Tim's tag for July, which you can see HERE, has gone to the top of my all time favourites list, it uses my beloved seahorse, but not the stamp this time, the die!!  I got the die a week ago and  loved it so much I stayed up late making my tag, along with one for my friend Ali.  Ali has her tag now so I can show mine.

I used a mix of dies and stamps and I followed Tim's techniques pretty much as he shows HERE, so I will not repeat the method as you can see it in full on Tim's blog.  My only read difference is the colour of my seahorse.

I coloured my seahorse with a mix of Distress Paints - Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry and a touch of Gathered Twigs, before running over it with Gathered Twigs Distress Stain and a touch of gold pen using the spritzer tool.

I used the sand dollar stamp and the star fish die to create my embellishments.  Each was partially coated in Distress Embossing Powder as shown by Tim.  My favourite part was making the lovely sand, this was great fun.  As Tim says, some can become brittle and fall away but it just needs gluing back again, so no problem.

It is hard to believe that we are seven tags down for this year........where does time go.... sigh...


I hope you will not mind my slight indulgence now, but last Sunday was my birthday and I was overwhelmed by the handcrafted cards and gifts I received from friends I met through blogging and craft, so I would like to show just some of them here, all the handmade ones,  they are in no particular order but all of these ladies are hugely talented and cherished friends, I have linked each of them so you can visit them if you would like to see more of their work (if you do not know them already!).

From Mo (Almo)

From Jenny (Jenny's beautiful gift will be shown in a few days time - it is beautiful)

From Rita - yes, the bear is handmade by Rita -  really!

From Rachel and Annie

From Angela, Darnell and Lynn

From Sandy, Lottie and Susan (who does not have a blog)

I have not shown everything but I would be here for ages if I did!  Thank you so much again, for your kindness and wonderful wishes, I truly do appreciate each and every one of you.


Thanks for looking, I hope to see you soon.  Hugs, Anne x


  1. Hi Anne, you tag is wonderful, I love the colours you have chosen for your seahorse, make it really zip! Oh my goodness you are a popular lady! So many beautiful handmade gifts, all so lovely. Nikki xx

  2. Good Morning Anne. Love your gorgeous tag. I love that seahorse and the colours are perfect. You are one very special friend and deserve all those beautiful cards and gifts. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  3. Your tag is fantastic Anne! Love the depth of colour you've got into that ocean backdrop. And I'm so pleased you received so many wonderful cards and presents. I see what you mean about Rita's bear - oh my goodness! To think that's all handmade is incredible! Jenny x

  4. loving your tag Anne and the colour of your seahorse is stunning...wooohoo lots of special birthday treasures for one very special lady...hugs kath xxx

  5. Love the tag Anne and the colours are so rich, just like the sea. What a great bunch of talented friends you have, just like you x

  6. HI Anne, your tag is beautiful, love how you have really created the feel of the ocean and you are right, the sea horse is gorgeous!!! Loving all your gorgeous cards and presents too...but i am totally in awe of Rita's beautiful bear! Thanks for commenting on Sam' blog for me every week - so appreciative! Happy Hugs Carole Z X

  7. Your tag is stunning Anne. The background design looks amazing and all your detailing is so beautiful, especially the seahorse.
    WOW! You received such a wonderful selection of cards and gifts for you birthday, they must have helped make your day feel extra special.
    hugs Sue xx

  8. Another fabulous tag Anne, the seahorse is amazing and I love all the little details (as usual, not even started mine and I go away again today ... eek! This one is going to be really close to the wire!)
    Your birthday cards and gifts are beautiful ..... love the handmade bear! Special treasures for a special lady. Enjoy your day ...... hugs Linda xx

  9. Lovely tag Anne.
    What a super collection of goodies for your birthday - how wonderful.
    Toni xx

  10. Loving you Tim Tag and that seahorse is such a beautiful colour. I lost the plot 2 months ago and I'm not sure I'll catch up. It looks like you need a nice glass fronted bookcase so you can display all those wonderful gifts. Elaine x

  11. Another gorgeous tag Anne. I do love that seahorse too, I have always had a bit of a thing about seahorses. Probably because of spending all my summer holidays by the coast.
    What lovely handmade cards & gifts you received for your birthday from some very talented friends.
    Amy x

  12. Your seahorse Timmy tag is lovely Anne, love the colour. You are a lucky girl recieving such beautiful cards and gifts, and I know the fact they are all hand made make them even more special. I too love Ritas amazing bear, such a lovely sweet face on her. Mo x

  13. Anne, your tag is stunning and I just love the colouring of your sea horse! The sand looks so real too!
    I still can't believe I missed your birthday, (slaps hand), so I'll say it again, a very happy belated one and all the gifts shown so far just look amazing! I saw that Tim pinned the one Mo made, if she has not noticed, please tell her....

  14. I love your beautiful red seahorse Anne! with her little tail tip wrapped around the fauna! and what wonderful creative gifts and cards you received for your b'day! How very thoughtful of your friends and what a great way to celebrate your day!

  15. I am loving the tag Anne, I have the stamps and the dies but have been so busy this month I haven't had time to use them but must get on with it, no further excuses allowed.
    Such gorgeous cards and gifts, well deserved Anne, such a surpportive friend.
    Hope you had a lovely day.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  16. Another stunning tag for Mr Holtz to feast his eyes on Anne. Also what beautiful gifts you have been given from so many talented friends and what keepsakes.
    Hope your enjoying some sunshine.
    Julie x

  17. Your scarlet red seahorse is awe-mazing, Annie!!! It seems like it might be magical and only exists in the darkest recesses of the ocean where eyes have never been! And that sand just blows my mind!!

    Thank you for sharing all your sensational birthday cards/gifts! You hit the jackpot, sweetie! You need to get David busy adding an addition somewhere to your house so you have a gallery room for showcasing!! You deserve every beautiful gift and card and all the love enclosed therein!! Big hugs, Darnell

  18. Gorgeous tag Anne , love the colour of your seahorse and the texture. You lucky lady, gorgeous gifts. Tracy x

  19. I really love your seahorse with this raspberry colour, so deep. Great tag! And what beautiful birthday presents sent by your friends! How your friendship inspire them: lovely!

  20. Annie your tag is gorgeous with that deep red seahorse (which is amazing) popping against the blue background and I also have to say the stamped embellishments provide another element of interest on what is already a stunning tag.
    Belated Birthday Wishes Anne! The gifts are so beautiful and shows the depth and breadth of the friendships you have forged with other creative friends. I am naughty to single this out but Rita's teddy bear is so adorable (I always favoured a teddy over dolls and to this day have a teddy given to me when I was born.)

  21. Hi Anne! Belated birthday wishes from me too!!! I hope you had the most wonderful day celebrating it! You certainly received some amazing gifts from the ladies mentioned in your post. So sweet!
    I LOVE your seahorse and the whole tag. The colour of the seahorse was the first thing that caught my eye and I thought how gorgeous! Beautifully designed!
    Also, I must thank you for your sweet comments, I love reading them. Much appreciated!
    Ingrid xx

  22. Sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday Anne!!! lots of belated birthday huggles from me to you..totally gorgeous tag you have created and those amazing gifts oh my word so sweet..huggles Sue xx

  23. Your tag is wonderful! Love the vivid blue! AND WOW...what a score! The frame, the cards, and the bear are just exceptional! Lucky girl!

  24. Firstly a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Anne ..... a bit late but I wish you many more Happy Birthdays to come.
    A stunning "tag" love, love, love, that brilliant Seahorse.
    Ooooo!! what a fantastic selection of goodies ...... my sister won a Bear from Rita and it is so beautiful and so treasured. A shawl from Rita is a gorgeous treat as well. Your cards and gifts are all treasures.
    Have a great day

    Patricia xx

  25. What beautiful gifts and cards you got - you are so loved. Fab tag - I am always behind with what is going on and now I NEED that die. Fantastic work as always.
    Hugs, & Belated Birthday Wishes (wish I had known it was your birthday)

  26. Hello Miss Anne, Happy belated Birthday, all your presents are gorgeous, so well deserved to you sweet woman you are.. I knew Tim's tag would be a favorite for you, but you have out done yourself,your glorious red seahorse is MAGNIFICENT, It makes your tag SO UNIQUE, you never fail to amaze me . Have a wonderful weekend, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

  27. Gorgeous gifts Anne! Your tag is rich in color and texture, love the bubbles in the background. I really love the red sea horse, the color and texture is gorgeous and vibrant. You are so talented with tags and getting the textures and composition perfect. Hugs, Kelly

  28. Oh what a lovely grouping of birthday gifts, Anne. So sweet! Now on the subject of sweet, your tag is amazing! I love your take on Tim's tag and that Seahorse is incredible. I love this tag! Hugs!

  29. Firstly, happy belated birthday! Looks like your friends know you well and have spoilt you accordinly! Your tag came out fantastically and I love the red colour of your seahorse, his crackle really worked well. Thanks for visiting my Steampunk dressform post already and for the lovely comment. It really means a lot to me.

  30. Your Timmy tag is stunning Anne and like everyone I love your seahorse.
    Your cards and gifts are beautiful, it's lovely to see that you were spoiled as you are such a sweet friend to many of us crafters.

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

  31. I am so loving this scarlet hued seahorse. He looks so dimensional, and I'm going to read Tim's link that you provided. I've seen several of the seahorse tags and each has been so intriguing, but I think this one is my favorite. The red against the blue(water) was so eye-catching. Love the way you do Tim! Again belated Happy Birthday, and it was a real treat to see all the goodness that came your way. Loved all the wonderful things, but Rita's bear would be on my pillow at night. He looks so soft & cuddly. TFS your happy mail with us. Hugs

  32. Oh no... how did I not know that?! Belated birthday greetings to you - I hope you had the most wonderful day. How could you not, surrounded by all those gorgeous gifts and cards and creations! Definitely envious of you owning that wonderful shadow box of Mo's, and can't wait to see what you got from Jenny. So, so sorry to be late to the party!
    Alison xx

  33. Oops - and I forgot to say I love your take on Tim's tag too... don't think I'm going to make it this month - sigh!

  34. A gorgeous tag - I love the seahorse and the beautiful colours you've used! You're so lucky to receive such gorgeous handmade gifts and cards!

  35. Are you getting fed up with my name popping up in your in box? lol I have been working my way backwards through the posts I didn't manage to comment on, so sorry, Love your t!m tag Anne, the blue stain background is stunning, as is your beautiful sea horse, I love the colours you chose and even the wood background of the picture looks like a piece of drift wood. So glad you liked the box card, I thoroughly enjoyed making it for you. You certainly received some stunning gifts, Katie has fallen in love with Rita's adorable teddy. Big hugs Lottie x

  36. So sorry I missed your birthday Anne, what lovely cards you had! Many happy returns belatedly anyway! I LOVE your tim tag, the colours are brilliant and especially the sea horse, I love him too!

  37. I do love your tag Anne - and your birthday goodies look fabulous - glad you liked your hankie box - it was made very much with you in mind!!! Big Hugs rachel x

  38. Sorry to be so late Anne - A Belated Very Very Happy Birthday to you!! I've been away on hols. So happy for you to have received so many truly beautiful cards and pressies (have to say too that Rita's bear is utterly adorable). Your tag is amazing too and beautifully made. Nicola x


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