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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.


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.


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.


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.


Fun In The Evening

Crafting time for me is during the day – it is extremely unusual for me to be in the craft room in the evening or at weekends for that matter.  Andrew stills works full time so my evenings and weekends are spent with him.

If there is footie on the telly then Andrew usually watches it in the craft room which leaves me free to watch whatever I want in the lounge.  He was watching Aldershot play the other night so I decided to join him (definitely not to watch the footie) but to have a play with some new stamps I had bought.

For my background I started with a large sheet of watercolour paper and three different colours of Distress Paint.  Ended up with two very different makes from the same sheet of paper.  The first being a pretty looking card made with some new Penny Black goodies.


Then a tag using a new Stampotique stamp.



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


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


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.


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.