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Monday, February 6, 2017

First post for Unstampabelles for 2017: Anything Goes

Hello all - hope your day is going well. Mine is looking up - I have just lodged my last essay with the Uni for my summer school and I hope I pass. I think I will do that but probably only just! Long time since I have written an essay for university! Now I can concentrate on home and craft for a while!

First, a Tassie photo

A stunning, perfect-timing shot of some true Tassie Wilderness. A yellow-tailed black cockatoo dances on the wind, flanked by a proud pandani tree and the vibrant splash of red of the native Richea scoparia. The Tasmanian wilderness is the only place in the world you'll find these two beautiful but ferociously prickly plants. At this time of year, many Tassie's natives have just finished their spectacular displays of colour. Fortunately, you don't have to travel far to one our nineteen national parks to experience the Tassie wilderness in all its glory.

Image: instagram.com/lukereavley
#discovertasmania #seeaustralia



The first challenge for Unstampabelles for 2017 is

Anything Goes!
The twist for this challenge is to use something new!

So I  have repurposed a small box  - the purpose of it will be to place some cards and envelopes and a few pens into it to create a gift. Really the box is just to show-off the decorations and my new bits are the stencils that I used in the new technique I employed. It is this technique that I really hope to showcase - in the making of the decoration.

I saw this technique in Craft Stamper (pg 36/37) used by Georgina Ford. 
She used different stencils to mine and Infusions while I used Colour Bursts

The outcome was pretty much the same. 

Lay the three new Memory Box stencils onto a sheet of card large enough 
for six stencils and tape into position as shown.
Sprinkle with the Colour Burst powders - I used only three - and spritze with water.



Flip the stencils over onto the bottom section of the card.
I used my brayer to effect here.
Georgina used paper towel to press the stencils down. 
I used that too but after the brayer.


Once dry she stamped her pieces randomly - I used other stencils to create a
 distressed look with TH Distress inks. 
I used dies and punches to cut out firstly hearts and then other shapes and a distress ink to outline them. Georgina used  a fine pen to outline shapes in her project. 



I used these to create an embellishment for the top of my box. 


The box itself was one that a tool came in from Stampin' Up. 
It is made of quite a flimsy cardboard. 


I used a piece of card in the base to strengthen it. 


I just used double-sided tape to attach


I decorated the top and sides with some old DP from SU


I made a button catch with velcro


Inside I added another piece of card with a divider to allow for pens to be used, and leaving enough space for up to 10 cards with envelopes. 



The flower centre was in my stash (unnamed) and the lace ribbon too.
Various Sizzix dies and others were used for the foliage.


I still have four sheets to use in the cards I make for this to tie it all together. 

No stamps were used to make this. 
My twist - the new stencils!

I did enjoy making this embellishment for 






1 comment:

Wynn Walton said...

Great project Susan. Your blog is aptly named ,Time to play, as I know you love 'playing' and getting messy too 😀 Hope we get lots of entries for this challenge 'Anything Goes' should be very popular. Hugs to you and hubby. Take care Wynn x