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New Year New Stash

Wishing each and every one of you a Happy New Year.

Wow January – can you believe it!!!!

Feeling so refreshed and raring to go after having such a fabulous Christmas break with all the family.  Can’t wait to hop around all your blogs to see the fabulous makes I have been missing.

Let’s go then and what better way to start this post than to show my first make of the year which is for …  Vintage Stamping Challenges

Their first challenge of 2016 is something very simple … Anything Goes With Your New Stash.

My new stash are some background stamps which I purchased real cheap over the Christmas period.
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Winter is well and truly here with us so to give myself a real feel of warmth I made this card with some very vibrant colours.

Cut a circle aperture in the front before adding a clock die.  When opened the inside of the card looks like this.

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Toyed with adding numbers around the edge but I thought it might look t0o busy.  All the inks used are from Stampin Up.

Added a stamped painter image which you can find here from Flonz’s store.

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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

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

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

Revisiting Stamping Techniques At VSC

October already which means a new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges where this month’s theme is  ‘Use A Die/Dies’.  The lovely Karen chose it.

My focus at the moment seems to be male cards, there isn’t any particular reason except that I enjoy them … mmmmm is that the cards or the males????

Also having a revisiting of a few stamping techniques that have fallen by the wayside over the years.  The stamping technique used on this particular card is like a negative and positive thingamajig, something I did five years ago (told you it had fallen off the radar).

If you want to take a looky at the older post you are more than welcome to.  When I looked there was quite a whoa moment (well it was five years ago).

No messiness with this card, had a white blouse on so left the inks alone!!! lol

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Used some Spellbinders Label dies for matting and layering the image plus a movers and shapers globe die for a bit of embellishment.

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When finished doing this technique you are left with two toppers.

As I had added glossy ascents to the outside of the globe it needed to dry before taking the photo.

Decided to make a tag envelope pocket with all the left over bits and used the second topper for the front.  The glossy ascents still weren’t dry so made two quick little tags to fill the envelope pocket.

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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

Tic Tac Toe At VSC

Below is a card I made for Vintage Stamping Challenges where the theme this month is Tic Tac Toe and the lovely Christine picked it.

Very simple rules, you must chose 3 elements in a line, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally to feature in your project.

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For my card I chose to use the top horizontal line from the grid above which is Twine, Vintage Tones and People.  Used two gorgeous stamps from Flonz’s range of stamps which are here and here.

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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

Just For Fun Class Make

My friend Maria (who has been coming to my class for a few years now) had some empty metal boxes which she wanted to know how to alter so this is what we made in the class on Saturday.

The before …

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The after …

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For the VSC Challenge which is an Anything Goes I altered another of the tins and turned it into a sewing box for Lauren.

The image, which you can find here, was stamped onto fabric with wadding placed behind so that it made a pin cushion.

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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

Time For Some Travel

Below is my make for Vintage Stamping Challenges and the theme this month was picked by the lovely Claire which is all about Travelling.

Seeings as how we are in the holiday season most of us will be travelling around on our hols so what better theme could there be.

I picked two stamps here and here to use on my card from Flonz’s range of beautiful stamps.

Molding paste was spread through a honeycomb stencil then crackle paste added over the top.

The gentleman on the old fashioned bike is tissue paper which was applied with mod podge over the paste and crackle.

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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

Hot Sunny Colours

Cor blimey two posts in one day … what does that tell you peeps … Shirley is behind throwing because of the holiday.

This post comes with a  government health warning to wear your sun glasses as it is certainly hot sunny colours.

Below is my card for the Vintage Stamping Challenges and the theme this month was picked by the lovely Brenda.  I am sure that if she had known what the weather was going to be like she would have picked another theme.  It is blowing a gale here and the rain is soooo cold.

Finally got around to using my Spectrum Noir Aquatint Inks and I think you can guess that these colours are from the Brights set.  Inked the watercolour card first with #15 from the set, stamped the image with black Versafine before adding water to bleach out her skin.  Stamped her again onto patterned paper then cut out the parts I needed to paper piece her.

I picked this stamp here to use on my card from Flonz’s range of beautiful stamps.

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

Shabby Chic At VSC

Last October the family came for a week’s holiday and whilst here my son re-vamped my craft room but I have never gotten around to taking pics of what he did.  Love him to bits as my craft room is so much nicer to work in.

My Vintage Stamping Challenges DT make is sitting on my desk but you have to look really hard to see it.  Since having the room re-vamped I have been making lots of storage bits to house some of my crafting stash.  Behind the shabby chic box you will see a rather long handmade box which is where I keep my hands on tools (glues, rulers, scissors etc) and on the window sill are two of my up-cycled toilet roll holders.

Moving in for a closer pic …

Now zooming in a bit more …

The theme this month is ‘Shabby Chic’ chosen by Karen and I am sure we are going to see some lovely shabby makes from everyone.

A friend of mine, Caroline, had a crafty day in September 2014 at her house where I started altering my G45 tag box but have only just finished it.

Definitely not that good at remembering dates but this was easy because whilst there we exchanged tags with each other and a lovely lady called Rose exchanged her tag with mine and she signed it for me.  The craft tags came with the G45 box so I made another which matches the front of the box and used a Flonz stamp.

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A few more pics of the room and you will probably be able to spot some other items I have altered or am in the process of changing.  The white glass mats are from Ikea and they are fabulous.  You can use paint, inks, just about any medium on them and they just wipe clean with a damp cloth, cool eh ???  Also the drawers underneath are from Ikea and they store all my wooden stamps, papers and so many other craft items.

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Another MDF item I bought from Ally Crafts which now houses some of my paints.

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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.

This is how my craft room used to look  HERE.

Please visit the DT’s blogs for more inspiration and also it would be nice to leave them some love.

Entering for: Hels Sunday Stamper – BOOKS – used gesso and book pages to cover the box.

Shirl

VSC Goes All Flowery

Vintage Stamping Challenges has a challenge theme this month of ‘Handmade Flowers’.  Irene chose this popular theme and I am sure we are going to see some lovely makes with handmade flowers.

When I saw the challenge theme I just knew that I only wanted one flower to be the focal point on my card and I think you will agree that it definitely is.

Used two stamps from Flonz’s range of beautiful stamps which you can find here and here, one stamped on card and the other a book page.

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