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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Anything But a Card Challenge - Shiny, Sparkly, Blingy!

Hello Blog Friends

Welcome to my latest Followers, it is a pleasure to have you along on my crafting adventure, I very much appreciate you and all my loyal Followers taking the time and effort to watch my journey!

This time over at Anything But a Card Challenge the theme is Shiny, Sparkly, Blingy.  I wanted so much to enter this time but was a little worried about the requirements, I tend to only use shiny, sparkly, blingy for Christmas but as I have been making Christmas cards and have all my glitters out, I thought I should have a go.  One of the DT has done some fabulous Christmas baubles so I thought it would be OK.

The wonderfully talented Christine Emberson makes gift bags out of envelopes.  I have been making these to give little treats to family and friends.  If you click on Christine's name you will be transported to a little video that Christine has made, showing how she did it - prepare to be inspired!

Since I saw Tim Holtz's rosette snowflake die I have wanted it so much (needed it!) but I could not afford this and there are many other things (mainly Tims) before it on my 'must have' list so I thought I would attempt to make something similar (although nowhere near as nice as TH's) and it is here on my little gift bag:



The backing paper is coloured with Pan Pastels (love these) and then overstamped with a snowflake stamp, covered with embossing powder and heated.  The vintage seam binding is also coloured with the same Pan Pastel.  The tag is Craftwork Cards, punched and hung with a jump ring.  The icicle strip across the top is glitter card, cut, folded and held on with a white paper clip with a bit more ribbon tied on the end.  Such a simple but effective closing.

The rosette was quite simple once I got the hang of it.  I scored a 12" x 2" strip of thin white card with my Martha Stewart score board at 1/4" intervals.  I then took the strip and drew a line along the whole length at about 1.1/4".  I then cut along the drawn line and at every 4th and 5th score line I made a point.  I then cut along the whole length to include the points.  I then concertina folded the whole length and glued the ends together, ensuring that the spacing at the end matched the rest of the point folds.  Once dried I pushed the rosetted into a circle and glued a piece of card to the back to hold the whole rosette in place.  Once the glue was dry I then sprayed the whole rosette with Crafters Companion Stick and Spray and liberally covered it with glitter.  It does take a lot of time and effort so I may think again about the die, but I am happy with the result.

The smaller snowflake is cut from glitter card using a Spellbinders snowflake die and I added a clear gem to the middle. The rosette is nowhere near as glamorous as Tims, his are quite stunning but for a gift bag I think my way is fine.

If you do visit, I hope you have enjoyed it and that you will leave me a comment.  I do love to read them and I will always do my best to return the compliment, as long as I know how to get in touch.  Crafty hugs, Anne x

30 comments:

  1. Oh Anne x how crafty are you. I love this project and your snowflake is fabulous. Thank you for sharing the 'how to' . Such a great idea. Crafty hugs Annie x

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  2. Hi Anne, Beautiful snowflake and a very pretty little bag. Pauline xx

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  3. Wow this is fabulous Anne,love the snowflake.xxx

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  4. Your little bag is Stunning Anne, I love the colours and I did visit Christines blog a while back. Off to see the how to. Hugs Rita xx

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  5. This is beautiful Anne. Love your own version of the Tim rosette and the whole way you have put it together. Off to that video now:) Glad to see you having a bit of crafting time. Hugs, Buttons x

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  6. Anne,
    The snowflake is stunning, it looks as though you actually purchased the embellishment it is so perfect.
    A beautiful way of presenting any gift.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  7. This is stunning Anne. I love the design, the gorgeous shade of blue and your amazing snowflake.

    hugs Sue

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  8. Oh Anne what a super bag and the handmade rosette snowflake is superb. Paperclip with ribbon is a great ised too. Love it all. BJ

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  9. Checked out the video on the link.
    In fact JUST HAD to have a go at making one.
    How cool is that.
    Thanks for sharing. BJ

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  10. This is lovely, and I enjoyed reading the how-tos. I have a few Pan Pastels, never used, because I don't really know HOW TO! Thanks for the video links, I'll check out. You did a fabulous job with your challenge. Hope you win!!! TFS

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  11. Hi Anne, I was inspired by Christine's envelope bags and now you have made one to share with us and it is truly lovely! Gorgeous colour you have created with the pan pastels and the rosette snowflake is amazing..good luck with the challenge, Carole Z X

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  12. Hey Anne - how marvelous is this!! I love your rosette snowflake. Wonderful idea about the paper clip holding the top down. I have some Pan Pastels but have not used them. Thank you so much for letting us all in on your secrets - can't wait to see the video!!!!!
    Cheers!!!
    sandy

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  13. Thisis a beautiful, sparkly and elegant make Anne, I love LOVE love the snowflake, it is amazing!!!!! A fab make , big hugs trace x
    Thanks for all the kind wishes!! X

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  14. Hi Anne,

    this card is just beautiful! That snowflake is amazing!!

    Thanks for visiting me. It's brr cold here in Colorado - and will be until the day I leave! Talk about timing!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  15. Gorgeous Anne... I love your frosty colour combination, and that's fabulous work on the snowflake rosette!
    Alison x

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  16. Hi Anne, Your giftbag is just gorgeous, love all the frosty blue. And how clever are you! Love, love, love the snowflake rosette - you don't need the Timmie one.
    Off now the check out Christine's tutorial. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. xx

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  17. oh Anne - this is just beautiful - a gorgeous bag! Your colours are lovely and all the glitter is amazing! Sorry you couldn't make Harrogate - it was great fun karaoke with Barb - brilliant! Lots of fun and a splodgeaway mat too! Can't be bad! Hope your well enough for shows again soon! Big crafty hugs! Rachel xx

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  18. Lovely bag Anne and thank you for the link to Christines fab video :0) xx

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  19. Thank you Anne for coming and playing at ABAC. Your sparkly tag is terrific and I think your rosette is Super.

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  20. ~It's fabulous Anne - who needs fancy dies - your snowflake is amazing. Doesn't it feel good when you create something just as special without the expensive tool. I did something similar on my latest card. Hope you're keeping well :)xx

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  21. This is fabulous Anne, you are so clever with the snowflake, it looks wonderful. xx

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  22. Gorgeous creation Anne, I have Timmie's snowflake die & let me tell you .... your snowflake is a match for it any day... I love it!!!! Hugs May x x x

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  23. Hi Anne, gorgeous! I Love you're snowlflake :) I've been early this week too and made my project for Sunday Stampers..will be uploading tomorrow and guess what? I've gone blue too! hugs Carole Z X

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  24. This is so clever Anne, great idea if your're watching the pennies too. I don't have the rosette snowflake either yet. I hope you're keeping better now.

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  25. What a gorgeous gift bag! Love the sparkly snow trim!

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  26. Such a beautiful Christmas gift bag! Your snowflake rosette is fabulous - you are sooooo clever! xx

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  27. beautiful! Love all the sparkles and the snowflake rosette too!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

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  28. Sorry it's taken me so long to get here Anne! This little gift bag is beautifully sparkly and looks fantastic. Even better is the fact that it would contain a gift! Love the snowflake too.
    Juliaxx have a great weekend.
    (Glad you shared it Anything But A Card!)

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  29. Wow...that is gorgeous! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card! :) :)

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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