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Embrace The Next Chapter In Your Life Amber

We had the most truly amazing news about our granddaughter Amber’s ‘A’ Level results on Thursday and how proud are we????

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She got an amazing … 2 A*s and an A.  How super cool is that???  Couldn’t get any higher sweets – you are a star yourself.

One A* was in Art, no surprise there!!!!  An A* in Graphics Design, again no surprise there as she worked so hard to achieve this.

The real surprise came with an A in English which she worked her socks off for.

Grandma and Grandad are extremely delighted and happy for you sweetheart.

She’s off to Bournemouth University in September and we wish her all the luck in the world in her newest adventure in life.

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Late for the FSC challenge this month because not long back from holiday with Andrew.  Went to Turkey and crafting was not even on the horizon.  So sorry girls.

FSC is resisting this month and it was the lovely Avril who picked the theme for this challenge.

Went for a very old technique where you use wax paper for the resist.  This technique is fabulous as it gives you an embossed effect but with none of the raised area, which means you can stamp without any problems.

Wax Resist

Ran the wax paper through the embossing folder first, then placed the wax paper onto a piece of A4 white card before ironing over the top.  Please put a silicone craft sheet over the paper before you put your heated iron on top.

You could always sandwich the wax paper between two sheets of cardstock (then iron over) this means you would have a negative and a positive of the embossed image.

This is how the A4 card looked after I blended DI’s picked raspberry, peacock feathers, spiced marmalade and mowed lawn over the top.

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The embossing folder used was an 8″ x 8″ so the ends of the A4 card had no resist wax on it.

When you get to this stage you can do anything with the cardstock … cut into quarters so you have enough to make 4 cards, die cut into tags or you can get at least 10 ATC’s from it.  Watch out for some lovely tags and ATC’s in the future, all using the above cardstock.

This is my card for the challenge, decided to use a different embossing folder for the background because I wanted to make an 8″ x 8″ card.  Also used different coloured DI’s.

A little bit steam punky and if you click on the image you will be able to see that the embossing folder used is full of clock faces.

Steam Punk

All stamps and inks used are from the Tim Holtz range, the white on the card is acrylic paint and the border of the card is machine stitched with black thread .

Here is another card which I made a few weeks ago and the background is done using the exact same technique, an embossing folder and wax paper.

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.

Shirl

Cork, Crafty Friend And Crafting

Finally finished … this canvas was started whilst away in Cork the other week with Crafty Friend.

We spent a whole day crafting which was amazing and I also managed to start another canvas which just needs a bit of tweaking before showing.

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A few close ups of the collaged piece … which will soon be hanging in my craft room as I love it to bits.

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Penny For Them

Dot will be surprised, I managed to finish these makes and even post them.  Today was all about playing around with painted backgrounds, using very few colours and making one layer pieces.

Firstly this is one of my favourite stamps so she just had to have centre stage.  Paints used are TH Distress Paint – Barn Door and Mustard Seed.

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Next is this rather elegant tag.

It seems like forever that I have made a tag but this one was a joy to make.

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Last but not least is this tiger stamp which is from one of Sheena’s sets.  It was bought many moons ago in one of those mad moments of … I just have to have it.

First time of inking and now I am wondering why it took me so long as he is gorgeous and stamps like a dream.

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New Finnabair Stamps

It was craft playtime with FSC teemie Dot today and on my card I used a Finnabair stamp from the ‘Never Too Late’ collection.

It is a new addition to my stamp collection (Andrew calls it stamp obsession but there you go).  The butterfly stamp is also one of hers which I have had awhile.

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Did a bit of freehand machine stitching around the card to add an extra piece of dimension.

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Join FSC As We Go Under The Sea

FSC is delving into the underworld of the sea this month and it was the lovely Dani who picked the theme for this challenge.

As you can see the captain went down with his ship and things took a bit of a murky turn at the bottom of the ocean.
Poor Mr Terry-Turtle looks quite confused as to what happened and Miss Julie-Jellyfish can’t wait to get away.

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How sweet is that face … no, not the Captain … Terry-Turtle!!!!  You can find him along with Julie-Jellyfish in the Stampin Up catalogue in a set called ‘From Land To Sea’.

The ships wheel is from the same set but the anchor is from another set called ‘The Open Sea’.  Both were stamped and fussy cut before adding to the card.

Poor Julie-Jellyfish was also stamped upside down to give the illusion of plants on the ocean bed.

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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.

Shirl

Back Cover Of A Little ATC Book

When this is posted I’ll be heading off to the UK for a quick visit to see two of my brothers.

The fur babies are being left in the capable hands of Andrew, which they will totally love as he is the one who feeds them.

Thought I would whet your appetite and leave you a teasing look at the back cover of an ATC Book, which was made from scratch, with grey board.

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Join FSC With Beautiful Blooms

FSC is into ‘Beautiful Blooms’ for this month’s challenge which the lovely Claire picked.  My card managed to meander into a very collaged vintage piece all on it’s own.

The beautiful stamped blooms are from a Studio 490 set called ‘Wildflower Art‘.  Fussy cut them before colouring and adding glossy accents.

If you look very closely you will see some torn tea bags on either side of the card which gives it a rather nice tatty feel.

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I have Dot to thank for the reminder about tea bags.  She has just started into her tea bag phase which reminded me that I have a box full of dried out tea bags left over from my itty bitty Tea Bag Book  which was made a while back.  Gosh that was 18 months ago and it was also a DT piece for FSC.  Anyways these are now crying out to be used hence the shredded pieces added to the card.

Just one close up pic which shows some of the layered ephemera and stitching.

Sorry about the glare from the flower on the tag but that’s the camera picking up the shine from the glossy accents.

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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.

Shirl

A Look Of Haughty Disdain

In my previous post I made a canvas with a rust technique and just knew the girls would love to do this so in the class today we made a miniature version.

Lots of painty dimension was added to a 5″ x 7″ canvas plus they used a product which they have never used before … ‘Beeswax’.

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All the images were stamped onto tissue paper before adding a wash of colour onto the back.

Now as you know, tissue paper when wet becomes very tricky to use and shreds rather easily.  Everything nearly went to pot but all was rectified in the end and each went home with a rather tasty looking canvas.

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Father’s Day Wall Hanging

As I am off home soon and Father’s Day is fast approaching I have made this canvas board wall hanging for the grandchildren to give to their dad.

Before the canvas can be hung I need to source some sturdy wire but the eyelets are in place ready and waiting.

The edges have been given a makeover with the rust technique which Andy Skinner shows how to do on one of his youtube videos.  The three toffs have been stamped onto corrugated cardboard then covered with melted wax.

A wash of metallic silver paint was also added to the board which is something I very rarely use (if ever).

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I wanted to try to hide the gentlemen in the corner with the binoculars so added a few layers of black paint, then a layer of melted wax before trying to scrape some away.  Very pleased with the result and think I achieved what I set out to do.

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Collaged Journal Page

My camera was still on the table from yesterday and as my journal book was close by I took some photos of a page which I made a few weeks ago.

Just jogging your memory a little … last December I made a tag about John Doe.

Below is the picture where John Doe’s head was punched out from and as you can see I had to replace with another.  Crafters never waste anything!!!

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Hope everyone in the UK enjoys the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend and the weather behaves itself.

Shirl