21 August 2013

August in Venice

Hi everyone, and thank you to all of those who have entered the giveaway draw for the pocket watch card HERE. If you haven't entered yet you have until tomorrow night to comment and be in with a chance.

Now, yesterday I had the best of days ever visiting Anne and her lovely husband. It was the first time we have met face to face and it was every bit as fantastic as I'd expected. Anne is the most kind and generous  person you could ever wish to meet and she spoiled me rotten with some of the most beautiful gifts and a ton of die cuts using her Sizzix dies. As well as chatting away for ages, we got to play in her lovely craft room and Anne taught me how to make the most fantastic boxes (can you tell how much I enjoyed myself yet?!) Whilst there I made a start on my August Tim tag, but it wasn't working so I started again today, and...


Phew! This took some doing! Tim asked us where our dream journey would be. There's nowhere for me to hide on that subject so I couldn't have lied and said Paris to fit with my Stampers Anonymous collection!


Fear not; one of my birthday presents was the brilliant Darkroom Door Venetian Volume 1 stamp set. It took a while to work out which images to use and what else to team it with, but in the end I plumped for the gorgeous and versatile Stampers Anonymous Classics 3 set.


Using one of The Funkie Junkie Boutique's jumbo manilla tags I got to work with Scattered Straw and Weathered Wood Distress Stains. The edges then got the usual edging with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


The most prominent images were stamped first using Black and Watering Can Archival Inks. Having been masked I then stamped the large image of Venice using Cornflower Blue Archival Ink. Can't begin to tell you how much I love Wendy Vecchi's new Archival colours.


Due to the size of the tag I was left with a lot of space still to fill and it took much deliberation/testing to work out where to go with it. Finally I settled on a repeat stamping of the diamond pattern to represent carnival harlequin  patterns so prevalent in Venice. It was stamped in a mix of Wild Honey and Faded Jeans Distress using my markers and spritzing the stamp with water before applying it to the tag.


Finally the tag was finished by clear embossing the focal images and adding stained seam binding and filigree metal embellishments from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


So that's this month's Tim Holtz tag completed successfully following the most wonderful day yesterday. Don't we make the most amazing friends through this obsession of ours. I am thrilled to have finally got to see Anne and I'm looking forward to the next time immensely (if she'll have me of course!)

For now take care of yourselves, and don't forget to come back on Friday to find out who has won the pocket watch card. Hugs, Jenny xxx

ps. Thank you Terry for reminding me about the 'My Summer Vacation' challenge over at Inspiration Journal. I will be entering this tag.
pps. Just remembered Craft-room challenge are having a 'Something New' theme (my new DD Venice stamp set)  - this'll teach me to post at silly o'clock when the brain is all fuzzy and useless!

40 comments:

  1. Gosh, your late on the go tonight Jenny. I am so envious of your visit to Anne R, she is such a lovely person and I'm glad you both had a great time. Your tag is so beautiful and the colours look amazing. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. Oh my oh my! Honestly, one of the most beautifully inked tags ever! There will be no justice in the world if you don't make it to Tim's inky top 12 for August. Nicola x

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  3. GORGeous tag! I too envy your visit to the lovely Anne's house. Sounds like you had a most wonderful time :0) x

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  4. I am not sure how you made this, but "WOW." That scene you created is incredible and gorgeous! What a great take on Tim's August tag! So you know, Inspiration Journal also has a travel theme going on, if you want to check it out! Glad you had a wonderful time with Anne! I know how much fun it is to meet a blogger friend face to face! Hugs!

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  5. these are my all time fav EVER stamps :-) your tag is gorgeous- a prize winner I bet, debi x

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  6. So happy for your visit! A scrumptious tag, Jenny! Love your oloringthem choices too.

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  7. Great tag Jenny love the colours. Sounds like you had a great time visiting your friend Anne :)
    Suzi B xx

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  8. What a wonderful day for you Jennie meeting up with Anne, let me know next time you go and I'll drive up as well , I would love to meet her too.
    Love, love your tag, brilliantly designed and put together. I can imagine all the thinking time that went into this using those beautiful stamps. I've tried once to do mine and it went in the bin, got to have another go at it soon or I won't get it done at all..
    Only 6 more sleeps till we meet for our fabulous workshop opportunity. So looking forward to seeing you.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  9. This is a beautiful and accomplished tag Jenny and love the colours tones you have used , warm yet gentle ..if that makes sense! Glad you had a wonderful day and how lovely to have met up with Anne! I am not surprised the two of you love.y ladies had a wonderful time! Hugs trace x

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  10. How terrific to have met Anne and enjoyed your day together.

    Love this tag and the wonderful background shows off the images perfectly

    Love Chrissie x

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  11. Well Jenny, yet another stunning creation ...I LOVE it. Love the colours and how it flows, absolutely brilliant.
    Glad you had a wonderful day it is great to meet up with fellow Bloggers. To be able to Craft as well is a BIG bonus, lucky you.
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xxx

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  12. Wow Jenny, my jaw is on the floor, I think this must be my all time favourite project of yours ever (and I like all of them!) To my eyes this is absolute stamping perfection and the most amazing use of those DD stamps! If this doesn't make the top 12 then I don't know where Tim keeps his eyes....

    I think your visit with Anne must have been so much fun and inspirational too if this project is anything to go by! Lucky you having the new WV archival colours already, they are top of my wish list and they look fantastic here!!

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  13. Hi Jenny, you have made me blush...... it was a wonderful day, I loved every minute and yes, of course, I would love to visit you too (and meet Brenda). I did not think you could improve on this but you have, this is one of the most beautiful tags I have seen entered into Tim's tags - ever! It is divine and makes me want to go back to Venice right now........ You are one very talented lady! Big hugs, Anne xx

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  14. Sound like you had a fabulous day Jenny, (yes I can tell you enjoyed yourself lol). Your tag is a real work of art. Amazing stamping (and planning)and it's beautiful too! xx

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  15. This has to be a winner and of course it had to be Venice. Fabulous tag and the colours work so well. Sounds as if you really had a good day with Anne.

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  16. :) thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x
    and thanks for your lovely comments on my Layout :)

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  17. Gorgeous tag, Jenny! Love the colors and all the layering you did with the stamps! Really pretty scenery! And so much fun you got to meet up with Anne! Hugs, Sandra

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  18. This is absolutely stunning.I love it a lot.
    Greetings
    Felicie

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  19. Stunning! Why does my crinkle ribbon never look that good?

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  20. A dream for me as well. I've never visited, although I should have spent time in Venice but long story!
    The colours are dreamy and I know how beautiful this set is as I have it myself (along with the stunning Prague sets).
    Gorgeous.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  21. What an amazing colour and stamping collage Jenny...a gorgeous tag! :-)

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  22. It is wonderful to meet on line friends and someone who shares your passion.

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  23. WOW...What an amazing tag the background & stamping is amazing....I am so glad you & Anne got together for a fun day... she is one lovely lady.... Hugs May x x x

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  24. Oh I'm so envious Jenny - wish I could have been there with the two of you. It sounds as if you both had a wonderful time and you're so right, there are so many lovely people out there and it would be great to meet them all face to face. Anyway, your tag is beautiful, so gentle and serene, I love it. Margie x

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  25. WOW...what a take! I LOVE these Venice images!!! This is so so so gorgeous!

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  26. Gorgeous tag you made! =) My friends took a day trip to Venice when we were in Croatia this summer, they had a lovely day! =)
    I haven't made a Tim tag for a while, might get back into those after work has slowed down! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  27. Hi Jenny, Just playing catch up!
    Gorgeous tag, love how you've used these stamps, great choice of colour and additional stamps.
    Avril xx

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  28. Your tag is really lovely. Venice is one of my favourite places, we had a week there earlier this year. I also have the Darkroom Door Venice stamps and I love them!

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  29. Hi Jenny, I popped over from Anne's blog, it sounds like you two had a really fab time! I love your tag..stunning!! Venice is my choice of the dream place to be too, but luckily for me it's often a reality because I am married into a Venetian family and most of them still live over in the vicinity..aren't I lucky? Ciao! Carole Z X

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  30. Oh Jenny, I do love your take on Tim's tag. I love Venice so much and you have captured the watery feel beautifully! Hugs, barb x

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  31. Hi Jenny,
    You made such a fabulous tag! Love it!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer

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  32. I absolutely love your tag Jenny! Beautiful colours and stamping. I have a set of DD Prague collection stamps which I would like to use for a layout from my trip to Prague on this holiday and you'be just given me an idea how to tackle it lol. Greetings from Ghent! xxxx

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  33. Hi Jenny, sounds like you had a lovely crafty time with your friend. This tag is a real stunner, beautiful stamping and inking.
    Claire xx

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  34. This is beautiful, Jenny
    Rosie x

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  35. This is so beautiful and classy! Thank you so much for joining us for the August challenge at Inspiration Journal.=)

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  36. What a beautiful tag Jenny. I love the colour palette and the stamped images are perfect. What a fab day you had.

    TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x

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  37. My oh my Jenny when I first saw this I felt as if I had stepped into a dream world of Venice. It's looks so mystical.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  38. This is utterly stunning, Jenny... It may have been the second go, but it was so worth the wait. Glorious, glowing vintage look to it, and the DD stamps are simply fabulous. Love the diamonds from the Classics 3 too - the perfect Venetian complement. (Waiting on my Cornflower Blue - very excited now, having seen it in action here!).
    Alison xx

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  39. This is simply stunning Jenny, I love the colours and the scene brought back some lovely memories of this years holiday. Thanks for sharing. Linda xx

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  40. Wow, this is stunning. I love DD stamps and you've used this set beautifully. Sounds like you had a fabulous day with your friend! Thanks for sharing with us over at the Craft-Room Challenge this fortnight.

    Maria xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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