Happy New Year

As Christmas has been celebrated for another year, we look forward to the beginning of 2018.

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I would like to thank everyone for their support during 2017, it has been fun putting together blogs that I think will inspire everyone to get their photos onto a page so that memories can be preserved in the most delightful way.

Thank you to all the wonderful Ladies out there across the world who have allowed me to use their beautiful creations to share on my blog.

I would also like to thank the Ladies that have attended my classes over the year, I always enjoy our mornings together and am so happy when each one of you leave with a page that will go into your albums for your family and friends to enjoy over years to come.

My last ‘thank you’ goes to my International Customers who have found me online.   I do hope you have enjoyed your AZZA products and have learnt something new with each blog I post.  Always remember I am available for any advice or help using the products.

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Lovely page by Janice using AZZA Marshmallow stencil

Another of Janice’s pages created after a play with chalks and inks.

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Page by Janice using AZZA Chalks, inks and stamps

Three pages created by Sue in class using the same stencil – AZZA stencil ‘Objective’ – how different they all are!!

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AZZA Objective stencil – GAB 733

Here is a video clip by Dominique Spirlet creating a page with the AZZA ‘Objective’ stencil.  She not only shows you how to use the stencil but her decorations are beautiful.  She shows us how to bring stamped images to life and create a little story with our decorations.

Clip on creating a page with AZZA Stencil Objective

Do pop along to a class near you if you haven’t been already.  They are lots of fun and you can learn so much.  Ask your Consultant about the Chalking and Inking classes where you can perfect your techniques.

Lots and lots of photos will have been taken over the past few days and even more over the next few days, it seems such a waste to leave them in your camera or computer where they cannot be enjoyed to the fullest.

Here is a page I have created using the new AZZA Fairy stencil and the new AZZA Christmas products but with my 2010 Christmas photos.  Those of you who have children that have grown up will understand why I do not have many recent photos as when the camera pops out they seem to disappear.  Especially the boy child!!!  This Christmas I have taken more of the ‘Fur Babies’ but I could not believe it, even they do not like the camera.

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My ‘Fur Baby’ Thembi

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Page by Lyn Holmes, Australia.  AZZA Fairy stencil

I have used most of the selection of Christmas products on the page, the Silhouette figurines, the Decoration stencil, the wooden frames, the stamps and cutting dies not forgetting the lovely Festive pearls and ribbon.  The figurines and wooden frame have been coloured with ink.

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Remember always to bring your stamped images to life with chalks or inks.  Here I have used the chalk pencils:

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Once you have cut your image out and stamped it then you can use your chalk pencils to add colour and your chalk stumps for the blurring.  These you can buy either individually or in a set of 10 with various sizes.  Why not share a packet between friends.

Catalogue – Chalk Stumps

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Dominique Spirlet has also created a page using the AZZA Fairy stencil.  Note how she colours her Fairy Figures before cutting them out of the sheet.  These figurines are fun to use, they come in white so it is easy for you to colour them to the tone needed for your page.  For those of you that don’t like spending time on decorating, these are the way to go.  So easy to colour, cut and place on your page.  The figurines will always match the stencil they are released with.

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AZZA Silhouette Figures Fairy

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I also created a page using the other side of the Fairy stencil:

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Page created by Lyn Holmes, Australia using the AZZA Fairy stencil

Now I know the ‘heavier’ photo is to the top of the page (we always suggest the ‘heavier’ photo be to the bottom of the page) but with this set of photos this was the best layout.   I have used a small figurine and a wooden frame for the decoration.  The paper colour I had did not quite match the photos on the page so I used TWO AZZA inks to blend the colours in the decoration to match the photos.

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With no family here in Australia Christmas it is a quiet time for us so I had time to give my chalks some loving care.

How many of you have chalks that look like this?

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To give your chalks some loving care, place the broken chalk in a small bowl and crush it to a powder.

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Add a little water – literally a drop at a time to just to get it to a paste.

Place it back in the chalk tray.

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And leave it to dry.

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It might not look as pretty, but it works perfectly.

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To prevent the chalks breaking in the first place, when you buy them place a few sheets of cardboard under them so when you are using them (pressing down) there is no ‘give’ below them.

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That is all I have for you today so it is ‘Farewell’ for the year.

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Have a wonderful celebration seeing the new year in, take lots of photos and we will meeting again in 2018.

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