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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. For exercise I play badminton and I have been Geocaching since 2009 and now and again Pokémon Go. I run UK based on-line papercraft and stitchers groups.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Alpha Challenge #25 & #26 Independence Day & Xmas

The end of the Craft Barn's year long Alpha Challenge draws to a close. Both of the last letters "X" and "I" have been given to us with a deadline of the end of the month.

I have done both pages and must get to sorting out the pages into a book before the end of the year too. Perhaps I'll get to use my "Bind-It-All" from last Christmas for the first time then - LOL.

Anyway, I asked my son what special days to do and for "I" he said Independence Day. For the "X" I had to resort to Xmas despite the word smarting with me, and having done Christmas back in January! I have however added the definition for "X" on its own and as it can stand for Christ and the Cross so it isn't really a derogatory word for Christmas after all.

For Independence Day I had a play with the American "Stars and Stripes" flag, so I flipped through my latest Radio Times and tore out some "stars" for the corner. I curved a border stamp on my acrylic block for wavy stripes. The Statue of Liberty was printed from the internet.

For Xmas I sprayed my backing with Dylusions (at the same time making my sprayed backing for my 12 months zine - well don't get my spray booth out that often so had to make the most of it!). I have been trying to use up bits and bobs I have hoarded over the years (Christmas and otherwise) so after some stenciling I stuck those on.




So there we go, a wonderful challenge has come to the end. It has been great, many thanks to the Craft Barn - next challenge starts 12th January 2014.

20 comments:

Karen Gist said...

ooo...do I spy Robbie???? :-D

Two fabulous pages to finish off what will be a fabulous book so get that BIA out of its box BJ haha!!!! Thank you for coming on this journey with us. I am so delighted that you stayed till the end my lovely and I hope that you will join in with 2014's challenge xxx

Dawn said...

Amazing pages sweetie, I LOVE your take on the stars tee hee, can't beat a bit of eye candy. I'm so annoyed I missed posting my S pg but I will scan it soon and get it blogged, onwards and upwards with the X, I, and cover hopefully.
Huge hugs x x x x

Helen said...

Looking at my dictionary I think I'll be doing Xmas too.. done the I page, just need to blog it, as I want to do both together... Have a good day.

chrissies said...

Terrific pages and I am sure you book will be brilliant

Love Chrissie x

TwinkleToes2day said...

Excellent pages BJ, as have been all your previous ones. I hope we get to see your completed book before too long. SO come on! Get that unused Xmas gift out and put it to good use ;o)
I am very proud of myself for having completed the challenge all year long - well I will be once I decide what I'm doing for these lsat two letters :o))

Pat said...

Particularly like the "stars" on the flag and the background on Xmas. I have enjoyed this challenge so mucg. Have a good Christmas.

Elaine said...

Brilliant finishing pages. I've loved visiting your blog all year and learning about special days!
Merry Christmas

JansArtyJunk said...

Hi BJ... I've enjoyed seeing all your special 'Alpha' Days each fortnight...and these last 2 are as just as fabulous and imaginative as the rest...It's also been wonderful seeing what everyone else did with the challenge...Jan x

Craftyfield said...

Love the background on both pages, clever the way the Independence one is made to look like the flag.

Maggie said...

2 gorgeous pages BJ your book I am sure will be looking fabulous, go on dust of the bind it all.....lol.

Merry Christmas

MaggieH

Lesley said...

Two great pages! It's been a wonderful challenge, can't wait to see what the next one is!

Merry Christmas!

xxx

Valerie Nolan said...

Two fab pages BJ, love your interpretation of the American flag, totally original! Looking forward to tbe next challenge, hope to see you there:)
Merry Christmas
Val x

LindaS said...

Wonderful takes on the letters.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, these are two amazing pages. Great take on both letters.

Jools Robertson said...

Fantastic word choices, love Independence Day

Claire said...

Hi BJ, two fab pages to finish off the year with! I didn't want to choose Xmas either but there isn't much to choose from with X! Claire x

Scrapmate said...

Hi! I love the way you have kept to your self-imposed theme throughout the year. Another great couple of letter choices.

Sylv said...

Two more wonderful pages to finish your Special Days Alpha Challenge.

Sylv xx

The Craft Barn said...

Beautiful last two pages BJ and congratulations on completing the challenge.
Thank you for playing with us at the Craft Barn and Happy New Year.
Izzy

carolfromkiwiland said...

Hi BJ - I love your stars on Independence Day and the overall concepts for both pages. Your book of festival days is truly amazing (I checked out your blog to see if you had used your BIA-hope you don't mind). I think the kraft pages look great too, better than black ones. See you at the new challenge.