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One In A Million

 Before I start with my card I just want to say how proud I am of my granddaughter Amber.  For her exam results this week she got:

1 A* (A star is top marks) … 4 A’s  and  4 B’s

Can you guess what she got the A star in … yep her … ART    yayyyyy … How cool is that and she actually rang me to say thank you for all the help I have given her over the years … awwww!!!!

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a terrific theme of  ”A Birthday Card For Someone Special” which was picked by our wonderful DT sister Dot.

That’s a stroke of luck I managed to combine yesterdays class card with todays challenge at FSC.  When the girls arrived for the class you could hear the sighs of relief that there was no distressing or inking just lots of yummy stamping and masking.  They do love making kinetic style cards so I combined both for them.  We had a real scrummy day – well I say day it is actually only a 2 hour class but by the time we have had coffee and cake it is more like three hours.

Showed the girls how to make a tag card which was made by using the new Stampin Up tag punch and only one sheet of A4 card.  If you haven’t seen this punch already then you don’t know what you’re missing.

None of that ole malarkey of having to join four tags together, you can make the four tags from one sheet of cardstock.

Nothing was wasted from the A4 sheet.  With the left over slither I even managed to make a band to go around the card.  When shut the card folds flat for posting.

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Most of the stamps used are from Stampin Up but the little girl images are from Crafty Individuals.

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I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

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All Of A Twitter

Haven’t shown one of my class cards for ages but had a little time on my hands and decided to show what the girls made today.

They all get a bit nervous when it comes to colouring but they needn’t have because all the cards looked stunning when finished.

We used the Scribbly Birds stamps as they are such a great size to cut out and  colour.  The bird was stamped directly onto the card before being masked off.  Next we over stamped with the Ivy Wall from the Inkylicious range.   Various Distress Inks were used for the colouring in before adding the butterfly die and stamped quote.

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He Looks Too Good To Be True

Vintage Stamping Challenges has a Summer Days challenge theme this month which was our lovely teamie sister Claire’s choice.

This is my DT piece for the challenge a Summer Album.  The hunky man on the front is a stamp from Flonzcrafts which I gently coloured with distress markers.  I say gently because it was stamped onto a very flimsy cream paper lace doily which is from the Docrafts range.  Masked him off then added dimensional paste through a TH stencil called Burlap.  Added some Worn Lipstick ink then topped off with gilding wax called Rose Quartz.  It has given the paste such a polished lustre which you can only see in real life.  Papers used are from a Prima pad called Stationer’s Desk.

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My inside cover page of the album has a stamped border of roses which were inked with  Black Versafine then coloured in with Faber Castelle watercolour pencils.  The woman painter was also coloured the same way, you can find her here.  The same ink pad was used for the quote before framing and cutting out.

Six envelopes were used to make this album with the stacking binding system.  Another of Flonzcrafts stamps was used for the back of the album which is here.

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To enter this months challenge just click Mr Linky at the bottom of the VSC web page and maybe it could be you who wins the $20 from Flonz’s store. Please visit the DT’s blogs for more inspiration and also it would be nice to leave them some love.

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Door Hanger For Lauren

Firstly I want to say thanks a million for all your lovely comments on my posts whilst I have been away on holiday.  All this week will be spent hopping around to your blogs seeing what I have missed and also to leave you some hugs and love.

 Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a terrific theme of  ”Child’s Play” which was picked by our wonderful DT sister Esther.

This is my first time of making a door hanger and it will be hanging on my craft room door until my granddaughter Lauren comes over, if she likes it it’s hers.  Amber is very arty and uses lots of paints with her work but Lauren, who is eleven, loves anything to do with needlework.

Used a few stamped images but the main is from Flonzcrafts called “Girls Sewing” which you can find here.  Used my watercolour pencils from Faber Castelle for the colouring in of the image.  The other stamps are from Stamping Up called Established Elegance.

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My crafty friend has a fabulous paper pad from Prima and I used a page for the background with various inks and stencils.

I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

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Posted By Mr Box

Wouldn’t you think after not having a PC for three weeks that Mrs S would be chomping at the bit to post some of the makes she has been working on?  Mr A took the day off work yesterday to set up the new system and install what he had backed up so she would be up and running.  But what does she do … has a play day today with her crafty friend … so I have decided to write the post for her about how she has finally transformed me from being a boring ole brown box to something stunningly beautiful.

Reminds me of the ugly duckling story.

My life first started when she bought me from the MDF Man in April 2013 at the Ally Pally craft show.  How excited was I to be taken home by Shirl because I knew she would transform me into something real cool and not just leave me as a boring plain MDF Box.

Wrong …  after we got home she cast me aside without another thought with all the other stash she had acquired.  Over the coming months she started using all the other stash bought but alas things just got piled on top of me and I was alone and forgotten.

Another mega clear out has just taken place at ‘Shirl’s Den’ where she came across me lurking under piles of dust and stash.  The den clear out was forgotten for a while as she went about working her magic on me.

She is just loving the tarmac technique (see her post HERE).  I must admit I had my doubts when she first started to paint me but I should never have entertained those thoughts.

Today I sit proudly on her desk beside her precious stamps and inks.  Inside of me is a spanking new art journal book  (which her crafty friend bought for her)  just waiting to be worked on.

OK final reveal  …. tah dah!!!
I even took more pics than Shirl normally does so that you can see all the stages of my re birth of an ugly duckling into a swan.  Sorry just got carried away a bit, wrong story.

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These pics are the first stages where she covered me all over with embossed cardstock.  Then she painted me with the most hideous of colours.  You can also see where she took my cover off and started to add embellishments.  Not sure I wanted flowers on me but I wasn’t going to argue in case she threw me back on the dusty ole stash pile.

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Uh oh, now this is the scary bit when she covered me all over with some black yukky sticky stuff.  Apart from anything else it smelt foul!!!   At this stage I just wanted to be back on my comfortable stash pile all dusty rather than smelly.  But then she started to wipe me off with a stinky smelling soft rag and as the last pic shows I started to transform.

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How gorgeous do I look now and as proud as a Peacock.

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Some more before and after shots.  Aren’t you glad I did this post and not Shirl, just look at all the pics you get.

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Just had to show this one last because as it says … this is all about me and my journey.

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Love From
Mr Box
x x x 

Birds & Bees Matchbook

 Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a terrific theme of  ”Birds & Bees” which was picked by our wonderful DT sister Claire.

Wanted to tell you first what card I used for the Matchbook.  I made faux leather by using Ranger Ink Refresher on craft cardstock.  Have tried the glycerine but for me personally my results are better with the Ink Refresher.

Before you see all the matchbook just wanted to show you a close up of the stamped image which is on the front.  Sorry about the reflecting light.  How fabulous does she look, all cracked weathered and worn … bit like me really.  Added a teensy little red colour to her lips for effect.

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The matchbook is a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers L Die called Matchbook Set.  For my make I used the smaller of the two.

For the inside I made a little ticket strip album which cascades down when you open the matchbook.  Added a little tissue paper bumble bee on the front which was sent to me from my fabby SIL Irene.  It came in a beautifully decorated box with lots of other crafting goodies.  Thanks ‘I’.

Placed the ticket strip on a black frame which you can’t see very well because the ticket strip is black also.  Each ticket has a stamped and gold embossed image on it plus the quote has also been stamped onto a piece of faux leather card then torn around the edges.

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I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Before I go I am leaving you with two sneak peeks of another tarmac project that crafty friend and myself started when I stayed for my sleepover.  Can’t show it all because it isn’t finished yet!!!

 All I can say is … OMG I am just loving that tar … keep watching this space!!!!

If you missed my last project you can see it here where you can also find a link explaining about the tarmac technique.

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Bring On The Sunshine For Those Crafting Days

Off for a sleep over tomorrow with my crafty friend, feel like a teenager again when I say that.

Can anyone remember those weekend sleepovers when you were younger?  I’m sure it definitely wasn’t craft on the mind then, as far as I can remember me thinks boys were the main topic of conversation!!!

Summer for the schoolkids here starts really early (compared to the UK) because today is their last day of school until September.  Can you Adam and Eve it, nearly three months off!!  My crafty friend works full time at a school so she has all the school holidays off … wahoooo … lots of lazy crafting days ahead and a holiday to look forward to.

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One Step At A Time

Decisions, decisions about what page to show next.

My tissue paper bird (from my tissue paper bitty box) decided the colours and the format of this page.

After all the fun of layering paints, paste, die cuts, stamps and more on top of each other another page was born.

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Growing On Me

On a roll with the photo taking still not keen on it but it’s  ’growing on me’ she says tongue in cheek!!

Sun glasses time and more from my journal book.

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More journaling Pages

Hope your days weather is better than ours.  Not much that a girl can do when it’s like this apart from … ummmm let me think now …. get messy and alter something with bitumen paint!!!

Firstly I am showing two more pages from my book which I started to show here.  Everything is quite self explanatory really lots of inking, stamping and stencilling.

Filled a few of my little water brushes with Dylusions inks and used these for the colouring in of the toadstools and bird.

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