Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Poinsettia Banner

Hello! Here is my next creation for The Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge which is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. This turned out to be a small banner decoration rather than a tag. It was also a masterclass in how not to use gold embossing paste!

My best friend and crafting partner in crime, Sam, was often told by teachers at school, "too much glue, Sam!" For forty years now, messy craft incidents are referred to as "too much glue, Sam" moments. We continue to have many of them. One blob of embossing paste on the bathroom floor didn't seem too bad. Then I found another and then another...I cleaned them up, although the lino had taken on a sort of attractive gold gleam at this point. I pottered off. Then came the sudden realisation that a huge blob was stuck down the entire length of my carpet slipper. There were gold footprints all over the bathroom and there is a dried blob on the stair carpet (good job we need a new one, hey?) A glorious, gold 'too much glue, Sam' moment!!

I think I have been quite sensible in returning to Week 1 of Linda's challenge. I was inspired by her poinsettia and the technique of stencilling with embossing paste (my bathroom felt less inspired!) My poinsettia die came free with a magazine and it is fab! The background of the banner is a mixture of Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain and SU's Mossy Meadow. 99% of the embellishments are disguising a 'too much glue, Sam' incident, but nevertheless it is looking very pretty hanging off an antique mirror in the hall. The stress of it all has led me to the Christmas tin of rum soaked sultanas...

This is my last entry of the week for Pixie's Snippets Playground. I can't believe I have managed three! I am flicking a celebratory rum soaked sultana (or three) at Parsnip :-)


  1. Well done on your third entry this week April - on a roll there girl! Beautiful banner/tag and the gold embossing is gorgeous! Tee, hee - and just think, you decorated some of your floor covering at the same time :)

    I need to know why Parsnip is lying semi-comatose under the Playground slide, emitting hiccups and the occasional dribble - his breath smells like a Caribbean bar keeper's apron!


    Di xx

    1. Thanks Di! Ha ha! That bear will sleep through the Nativity if I flick more sultanas at him! :-) Xx

  2. Your banner looks fantastic April. I love all the embossing and the poinsettia is gorgeous. It'll look lovely hanging anywhere.

  3. Oh April, you had me in stitches with your tale of the gold embossing paste dribs and dabs. I hope you were able to clean most of it up! I had a totally ruined carpet in my craft room in my last house so I completely understand. Your told stenciled harlequin background looks fabulous on your tag and I love your poinsettia. A banner is such a perfect thing for Christmas. So glad to have you participating this year!


    1. Thank you, Linda! I have loved the challenge so much. Still finding suspicious little gold blobs though! :-) Xx


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