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Notecard Book

This little notecard book started life as a play around with no particular theme at all.  When completing the inside pages my inspiration came from the First World War.

It is the centenary of the Great War this year which started on 3rd August 1914 with Germany declaring war on France and Belgium.  The following day 4th August, the United Kingdom declared war on Germany.  I am not sure that I could even imagine what the next four years must have been like for all the men, women and children involved.  It finally ended on 11th November 1918

My dad wasn’t even born when the war started he was born the year it ended.

Anyways the image of the soldier used on the notecard reminded me of this photo of my dad in his uniform.  Actually the photo is a postcard so not sure if it is an official army photo which they printed.

At the back of the photo my mum has written “Shortest one is Arthur Raymond House (my dad), Royal Berkshire Regiment while at Brock Barracks, Oxford Road, England”.  I am so glad she wrote that as to be quite honest I would not have known it was him.  I only came across some photos like this when she passed away and lucky for me she had written on the back of a few of them.  How handsome he looks in his uniform.  I have some more photos of my dad whilst in the Korean war (or as sometimes known the “Forgotten War”) which are definitely going into an album which I will then give to my son.


Printed off the image of the soldier on cardstock then framed his face.  Also printed off the image of the relaxing gentleman then painted his coat with the deep red gilding wax.  Also coloured the ladies face with it as well.



FSC – Meets Alison

 Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a fabulous theme of  “3D” which was picked by our amazing guest this fortnight namely Alison from Words and Pictures.

For my 3D project I have altered two bottles.  Here are the bottles in their naked form and below you can see them all dressed in their finery.  I have also included a pic of the stamped tissue paper which was adhered to the bottle after I had coloured in the stamped images.


Here are both bottles with some flowers in … stamped flowers are from Stampin Up.  Added some pretty wooden beads for decoration.

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All the stamps used on the yellow bottle are from Stampin Up and the pink bottle I have used Inkylicious, darkroom door and Kaisercraft

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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.


Flying Visit

A quick flying visit just to show two samples of what the girls will be making at the class on Saturday.  The finished card doesn’t usually look anything like the samples but it’s fun just having a play to see where everything takes me.

Same colours but used different stamps.  Still working on the end product!!!


Ribbon & Bows Meet darkroom door

Vintage Stamping Challenges has a Ribbons & Bows challenge theme this month which was my choice

Used some new products when making this card the first being the little bow which was made from core card with the Sizzix die called Bow-Tied.

The background was made by using the Marina Mist ink pad from Stampin Up with one of my new texture stamps from darkroom door called Plaid.  Added a Stampin Up stamp from the Simply Sketched collection to make the floral border then coloured with Pro Markers.  The image from  Flonzcrafts was also coloured with the same Pro Markers.

  Whilst buying the plaid stamp I added another five background stamps to the order called – Floral, French Script, Harlequin, Dots and Star. which you can find 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.


FSC – Circle The Globe Challenge

 Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a fabulous theme of  “Circle The Globe” which was picked by … ta daaaa … me.

Bought this beautiful World Map from Stampin Up and so wanted to make something with it so I chose the theme above.  I also thought that maybe some of you didn’t have any map stamps so added that you just have to use a circle in your make.  Also wanted to use the Dina Wakley “All The Gals” stamps plus  a stamp from B Line Designs called Rebecca.

My Pro Markers finally made an appearance after being neglected for yonks and yonks.  Not sure why I don’t use them so much nowadays as colouring in is so therapeutic.  Time just floats away and you forget everything except what you are colouring.

Around The World

After making the background with Dylusions ink spray – Crushed Grape, Adirondack Colour Wash – Lettuce and various masks I added two stamped quotes just to tie everything together.

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.