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Winter Trees

Vintage Stamping Challenges is starting their last challenge of 2015 and the lovely Claire chose the theme of ‘Winter Trees’.

I have to say that I really struggled with this one as I didn’t want to make another Christmas card.  I was telling Irene and she said “You know you don’t have to make a Christmas card”.  As simple as that and the problem was solved.

Finally went for an ordinary card with snowcapped trees in the background.  Used a beautiful owl stamp which you can find here or he is also in this set of birds here. The adorable tree is an Art Impressions stamp which I think may be discontinued (bought it in 2007)!!!

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I really hope that you can join us for this month’s challenge.  To enter 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.

Shirl

Soon Be Christmas

Nearly into December so the class this week are making Christmas cards … again!!!

This time we are aiming for a really pretty grungy look with lots of messy paints and glitter.

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The alterations window die is probably one of my all time favourite dies to use, especially in conjunction with Sheena’s ‘A Little Bit Festive’ stamps.

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Life Works In Mysterious Ways

A few weeks back Andrew took to his bed with a really bad dose of the flu … so I donned my Florence Nightingale nurse’s cap and looked after him.  Dear little lamb really was poorly.  Lucky enough I didn’t get a hint of the sniffles.

Travelled back from the UK two weeks ago after spending a fabulous time with all the family and guess who woke up the next day with the most horrendous racking cough and cold.  How does that work????  Hence very little on the blogging front has been accomplished.

Whilst everyone was either at school, college or working I had three fabulous days of crafting with Irene.  We each had two projects on the go which we were trying to finish. I still have two projects to finish!!!!  Not even sure that Irene has finished hers yet either.

So the clocks have gone back and now we are into November which means a new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges where this month’s theme is  ‘Traditional Christmas’.  The lovely Brenda chose it.

Very different for me this time round, I have made an 8″ x 8″ card.  Cut a window aperture with a very old Cookie Cutter die and placed a stamped image behind.  The background was made with a brick stencil and molding paste.  Painted and inked over when it was dry  before finger dabbing with gilding wax.

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Before putting the die cut window through an embossing folder I stamped all over with a background stamp then lastly finger dabbed with gilding wax.  Used an Anna Griffin bunting stamp which also came with a little alphabet set and spelt out Merry Christmas.

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I really hope that you can join us for this month’s challenge.  To enter 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.

Shirl

Those Seasons Are A Changing

The new challenge at FSC  this month is ‘Changing Seasons’.  Our very own sweet Claire chose the new theme and wow how the design team have really made the catwalk pop with their stunning pieces.

My chosen season is Winter where I decided to bring a little festive cheer with crackers in a box.

Two to be precise, one for him and one for her – but it turned out to be two for her in the end!  To tell the truth I wanted them to look pretty and the man’s cracker I made didn’t do it for me.

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The crackers were made with a Stampin Up Envelope Board.  They had to be made first so that I could measure them for the box.  Put them side by side so that I could measure the length, width and height.  The lid also has an aperture cut in where acetate was added.

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I had a little time to take some before and after pics.

#1 pic  Just a few of the items I started with.

#2 pic  The cardstock all cut out and ready to make the box.  At this stage I did a fine misting of dylusions White Linen Ink all over.

#3 pic  Final stage before putting the box together.  Stamped a mixture of different snowflakes and a sentiment with DecoArt Titanium (Snow) White acrylic paint.  The effect looks amazing.

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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

VSC Wants To See A Christmas Song

Vintage Stamping Challenges has a Christmas Song challenge theme this month.  This means you can make anything as long as it has a Christmas song or carol.

The stamp I chose from Flonzcrafts, which you can find here, is called’ Mother Reading Book For Children’ which fitted in just nicely.  Coloured mainly with DI’s  – Peeled Paint and Barn Door but also added a white hi-lighter pen and coloured pencils.  Ripped a piece of  G45 paper from the ‘Twelve Days Of Christmas’  collection and the other paper was from my stash.

I can so remember myself sitting on the sofa, when my boys were younger, and reading to them just as this mother is doing.  What an age ago that was but how happy the memories make me feel.

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To enter this month’s 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.

Shirl

Winter Wonderland At FSC

I have had such a fabulous month that there just wasn’t enough time left for crafting and blogging.

The family have been over for a 10 day holiday (four adults and three grandkids) – wow, full house!

Remember the saying … ‘can’t see the woods for the trees’, well that’s what my craft room was like … ‘can’t see the room for the craft stuff’ …  Not Any More

Whilst my son was here he revamped my craft room.  All new work tops have been added along three walls and new shelving.  All I can say is what a transformation.  Everything was taken out and not so much was put back in.  Still having a tidy up but when finished I will bore you with photos.

The month wasn’t finished there, Andrew and I took ourselves off to the UK for a well earned break.  All refreshed and ready for my birthday this weekend then I can start thinking about Christmas.

In the meantime Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a theme of  “Winter Wonderland” which was picked by my fabby teamie sister Dani.

Loads of different techniques used but my fave has to be the over embossing in white.

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Used this stamp here, Gibson Lovers, as I thought the image on this card needed to be soft and romantic to fit in with the winter wonderland colour scheme I chose.

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

Just Go Wherever It Takes You

Vintage Stamping Challenges has a colour challenge theme this month of Orange, Purple, Black, Red and Green.  You can pick any one of these colours or all of them if you wish.  This is my DT piece for the challenge and I chose to use Orange, Black, Red and Purple as my main colours.

This definitely didn’t start out as a Christmas card but as you can see that is what it ended up being.

Way to early for me to be thinking about the little red fat man but as I was starting the background for some reason snow and Christmas popped into my head.  Well that was it everything just snowballed from there. lol!!

Here is a close up pic of the boy on his sledge …cute or what.  You can find him here and the lady is here.

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.

Shirl

Thinking Of Each & Everyone Of You This Christmas

This is what we have all been waiting for … wahoo – it’s Christmas!!!

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas

Have fun with all those pressies but lets not forget to spare a heartfelt thought to all those who won’t be with their loved ones today.

Christmas Tag #12 – Funkie Junky Style

#1 tag is here with the rules. Linda’s # 12 tag and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is here.

What better way to finish Linda’s 12 tags of Christmas than showing #12 on the actual 12th day. The inspiration for this one came from Linda’s stars and also the colour palette. Lucky me got to use another of Tim’s stencils … no prizes for guessing which one!!

That completes all of my Christmas tags and you can see everyone of them … here

This final tag has had the usual paint, crackle, embossing, frantage, tissue paper, molding paste etc…

Printed all the images onto tissue paper and the sentiment. In GIMP I cut and pasted the Santa image onto the sentiment, which is a digi from Whimsey Designs. I sent Santa to the back and overlapped the sentiment then printed onto white tissue. The boy and girl image is from a Joanna Sheen Victorian Christmas CD which I have had forever. Before printing this image onto tissue I changed it from plain to a canvas effect this gave it a more olde worlde look.

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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags Of Christmas – #10

Christmas Tag #10 – Funky Junky Style

#1 tag is here with the rules. Linda’s # 10 tag and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is here. That’s it I am up to date that is until Monday when Linda will be posting her #10 tag.

Not long now and I can put away my Christmas stash … truthfully … how many of you can’t wait to do the same?? Borrowed a friends holly punch to make this tag as I wanted to take my inspiration from Linda’s leaves and the red berries. Guess who’s hoping that she can get some Christmas crafting goodies in the New Year sales!!!

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Tissue Christmas Tree

Forgot to show what the girls made at my class on Saturday.

This centre piece for the Christmas table gave me the inspiration to make the wine glass centre piece here. I know how different could they both be!!!

To make the tree I used a retired Sizzix original die, which you have to cut out twice.
You also need to cut out 16 layers of tissue paper for the middle of the tree. On 4 of the layers I have stamped and embossed with silver E P.

Shirl