As the seasons change, the world continues on in the grip of COVID without any holidays, family gatherings or overseas trips. In Australia, our borders have been closed for over a year now and compared to the rest of the world we have been very lucky in being able to move freely within our own region. Today as Perth goes into a 3 day lockdown, we are again reminded how many of our family and friends have lived for over a year with masks and strict restrictions as the norm.
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere brings out the beautiful Cherry trees in Kyoto. As you can see from the photo below, AZZA has celebrated the colours of Fuji and Sakura Blossom in the month of April.
The April release is a full release of a stencil, new colours and the Rising Sun themed products.
The AZZA Kyoto Studio can be seen above with the new shades of pink and blue. Heather Fields, an Azza consultant in Queensland, shared these beautiful layouts below using the new products.
A double page layout above and below.
Heather has used the Embossing folder from the 20th Anniversary Birthday box for her papers on the two pages above. This embossing folder goes perfectly with the Rising Sun papers.
Sue Talbot has also sent in a few pages to share with you. Sue has used the Kyoto stencil to create the page and Rising Sun texture stencil on her papers below.
Then, a little closer to home, Mount Tomaree. Don’t think these products are only for photos taken in Asia, most of them can be used with a wide range of photos. Sue has used the dies from the AZZA 20th Birthday Box Big Shot set too.
I created the page below for a friend of mine using the Kyoto stencil, framed it and gave it to her for her birthday.
I used the wonderful MAGIC Themed products released last year.
Deb has used Embossing powder on the little shapes cut out with the Rising Sun dies and used the Rising Sun texture and decoration stencil with inks on her page.
As you all know Scrap & Moi magazine ran a competition where the AZZA Texture stencil had to be used on the page. This was Christine Ronsin’s winning page using the new products.
Christine used the Rising Sun texture stencil on the ‘Stork’ from the Figures sheet and on her page she then completed the decoration with her pens.
Christine used the Rising Sun Decoration stencil for the image above, again finishing it off with pens. Note how she has varied the colour of the birds.
Both Hilary and Francine have used the AZZA Kyoto stencil, AZZA Ring dies and Resin dots on their page.
AZZA Australia has the Texture stencil that Francine used above on her page, the paper and the decorations as part of a bundle on sale at the moment. The Fishing Texture stencil can be purchased on its own.
Herewith a video on creating a page with the AZZA Kyoto stencil:
I rather liked this fun page above by Sandra using the new Rising Sun papers and Decoration stencil on her page of Disneyland. These storks would be perfect for a birth or baby page.
Sue Talbot has used the Decoration stencil on the page below beautifully. Page created with the AZZA Kyoto stencil. Sue has used the Rising Sun texture stencil to emboss her paper.
Lastly, a few detailed decorations by L’escrapade in Europe for inspiration.
Here, she combines a stamped image and images, created with the Decoration stencil beautifully.
Again, you can see how the 20th Birthday box embossing folder goes so well with the Rising Sun themed products.
The Ladies of WA had a fantastic Scrapping weekend together, but sadly I cannot show you any of the pages as they were working on ‘Pre-released’ products. The products were received very well and a great time was had by all. These products will be released in June in Australia.
Many of you will know Ros McQueen; Ros is now down in Esperance. Although Ros has been working with AZZA product for many, many years her inner Seamstress surfaces from time to time!!
Ending on a happy note, one of the highlights of the weekend were the Eccles cakes we were served for Sunday morning tea!
A four day holiday: I do hope those of you staying home find lots of time to catch up on your scrapping and those of you that are travelling or gathering together with family and friends have fun and take lots of photos to scrap later.
AZZA Australia have a snap four day AUTUMN Sale: everything Easter and in the autumn colours discounted, so pop along to the shop and check it out.
The best value for money is the Verlaine Studio kit. If you purchase the Studio kit you will receive the Focus Book, pre-cut pages and flippets as a bonus. The Focus book will give you loads of layouts you can create with the template – it focuses on the Verlaine template only, together with layouts using the pre-cut pages.
Hilary Hamilton created this set of pages with the Verlaine template and pre-cut pages with her Easter photos.
Unfortunately we have now sold out of the AZZA Easter stamp set. If you have the stamp set, there are still a few of the matching die sets greatly reduced.
Another set of Easter pages I have shown you before, with the Zurich template. No pre-cut pages with this template but you can cut your own as with any AZZA template.
And a lovely single page with the AZZA Zurich template:
Thank you Mimouscrap for sharing these pages with us.
Another lovely Easter page created by Martine in Europe using the Verlaine template.
In the autumn section we have the set below. The large stamp set also comes with a die, the stamp and die set has also been discounted in the sale.
The Autumn leaves die set is also in the sale. These dies can be used throughout the year and are lovely on the page or can be used for a card.
Ribbons, Resin dots, Sand, Velour, patterned papers and many other products in the autumn shades are also available in the sale.
If you liked the ‘Winter Song’ collection released with the Boston template, these are also in the sale: Sketch sheet, Figures, die, etc.
Having had a look at the sale, don’t forget to go along to WHAT’S NEW in the shop.
The new AZZA KYOTO template and the RISING SUN products have been released in Australia this month.
The new colours in pink and blue shades: Fuji and Sakura.
I gave you a sneak peek at my use of the LEST WE FORGET products in my last blog: here are the full pages using the new KYOTO template.
On the page above I have used the Poppy and Bugle stamp on the page, both stamped and then cut out. I completed my page with a little gold Glitter tape and Glitter paste through the new Rising Sun texture stencil to pick up the gold in the inscription on the photo.
Having lived through a Civil War, this inscription really tugged at my heart strings. I hope I have done it justice on the page.
Christine Houbrechts created these lovely pages, using the Kyoto template and the beautiful Peacock themed products released earlier.
Christine has also used a die from the 20th Anniversary box set. The Big Shot set is now available to purchase without having to buy the full box set.
The embossing folder in this set goes perfectly with the new Rising Sun papers:
As Aussies we will be able to use the papers for all our Aboriginal painting photos. I took these photos just north of Perth and the papers matched them perfectly. I could have used either side on the page with these photos.
I created my page using the A4 Mineral stencil to show how well it works on the 30 x 30 scrapping page.
I completed my page using the Rising Sun texture stencil, Figures from the Figure sheet and Resin dots.
The Figures sheet is very versatile as the strips and flowers go with any theme. The ‘Stork’ can be decorated to go with whichever similar bird you have in your photos. Don’t forget to use the Resin dots with the little flowers, they compliment them perfectly.
Enjoy your Easter weekend, I am not going away so will post the wonderful pages flooding in from our Consultants using the new products soon.
AZZA Australia have added some ‘War Memorial’ stamps and a die set to their collection. Many of us visit war memorials both at home and overseas and every year we celebrate Anzac Day where many of us visit a memorial or a march. The products are listed as ‘LEST WE FORGET’ in the shop.
Whilst in Ballarat a few years ago, we visited two memorial sites, both a poignant reminder of the past. Last year we visited the ANZAC Memorial in Albany, here are a few samples used on my pages – full page reveal only next month.
I also used part of the Poppy die:
The Australian Flag is also available but there are very limited numbers as they have been so popular.
While we are going down memory lane I would like to share with you a few lovely layouts to remind you to dig out your older templates and have a play.
Heather created this beautiful page using the AZZA Scrap Kit: Nature. This is the old Reve template that so many of you love. It is great for a quick and easy layout. Heather has used the new AZZA Ring dies on the page.
In the set of rings above you get two different size rings – 3mm and 6mm rings. You can have such fun with these on the page. Keep all the extras you cut in a box and you will soon have a selection to choose from when you are scrapping. There is also a 5mm set available to purchase.
A striking page created by Judy above using the Eclipse stencil. Judy used the Nutcracker stamp and die set and the 2020 Christmas papers on the page.
The Eclipse stencil is only available in the Studio pack, the stencil duo has now sold out in Belgium.
The layout above was created with the AZZA Marine template. Below it has been used for a double-page layout.
Anita has used the Feather themed decorations released last month for her decorations.
I also like this single photo layout using the Loire template and cutting die with the ‘Feather’ papers.
I have seen quite a few samples of the layout above created with the Boston template – all based on the original page by Chantel Rapin.
Martine has used the Minerals papers released this month and the Art and Crafts die that I use often. Below are two other pages, my Boston template is out and ready for me to give this a go.
Chantel’s original page which has inspired all the other pages:
If you would like to try this, it is using only half the template, then the template is flipped to get the same/similar image on the other side of the page. Martine tells us where to begin – Boston needs to be on the back of the template and on the bottom left. Have fun working it out.
Below a lovely page by Fiona McKay created with the AZZA Scrap Kit: Souvenir
For those of you creating pages with photos of your children, do remember that the Decoration stencil in the kit has the English words ‘Once upon a time’. I think we often forget this.
Dominique Spirlet has created a video showing you how to create a page with the Mineral stencil released this month:
And a beautiful page by Heather Fields in Queensland using the A4 Mineral template on a 30 x 30 scrapping page. Heather has used the Materials and Texture texture stencil for the decoration on her paper.
Lastly, an ‘Off the page’ project. Susan in Western Australia created this beautiful A4 page to go into a frame. Susan used the AZZA 20th Anniversary template that was included in the latest Scrap & Moi magazine. She also used the stamps in the 20th Anniversary box set.
Spring is here and in the Northern Hemisphere they can put all thoughts of winter behind them …. but before winter has gone (for a few months as our Australian winter is 3 months away) …. here are a few winter pages created with the AZZA Mineral (A4) stencil released in Australia this month. These pages show how the AZZA A4 stencils can be used to create a beautiful page on the 30 x 30 scrapping pages.
On the page above I also wanted to showcase the new iZink Glitter pastes that are now available through AZZA in Australia. I have used the Glitter paste through the stencil both left and right and also on the little fir trees from the Mineral Figure sheet and A4 Sketch sheet. I have coloured the horse with Alcohol pens to match the colour of the horses in the photos. I have also used the Mineral patterned papers.
Estelle has also used the iZink Glitter paste on her page above, she has used the silver. Three colours are available: Silver, Gold and Mother of Pearl.
On the page above Estelle has used the lovely new Mineral dies released this month too.
These look so lovely on the page and can be used for a title or decoration.
This stunning page by Jenny Finley shows the Frames on the page. Jenny has used the AZZA Vacation scrap kit to create her layout. This was Jenny’s entry into the Scrap & Moi competition.
The AZZA Micro stamp is still available, Jenny has coloured it in beautifully.
I have also used the dies on the page above. I used two sizes of the same die, I wanted to show the larger size (11cm) which is great for a bigger title. Once again, this layout shows how the Mineral Stencil can be used on a 30 x 30 page.
I created a front page for my layout:
You can see I have used the iZink Glitter paste over my inking to give the page a little texture. These Glitter pastes work beautifully through the AZZA Texture stencils. On the page below, I used it with the AZZA Texture stencil: Feathers.
Using the products released this month, Hilary created the page below. Those of you that have been an AZZA Client or Consultant for a while now will have the Decoration stencil Hilary has used on the page with the Gold Glitter paste. It makes for a stunning border.
The Basket special this month includes MDF covers and pages so that you can create a beautiful coffee table album. These would make a priceless gift for someone special.
The MDF covers can be decorated in so many ways. Anita has decorated paper and placed it on her cover, Hilary decorated the MDF cover itself. Both ladies have created a small flap with magnets to keep the album closed.
The Embossing folder is slightly thicker than the normal AZZA embossing folders so do be careful when using it. Hilary has used it together with the AZZA Large ink pad: Loft
You cannot see it above but the pre-cut pages have the holes for the Rings on BOTH sides. This way you can choose if you want them to flip out from the left or the right side of your album. It creates another dimension to your album. Hilary suggests that you number your pages so that when the album is flipped back you will know where the pages lie. The small AZZA Numbers cutting dies set is perfect for this. If you would like to make one of these albums please contact your Consultant. If you do not have a Consultant, contact AZZA and we will let you know where your closest Consultant is. We can also offer you online classes if there is not a Consultant near you.
Now for a few pages with the normal A4 pages, not the pre-cut ones.
Sue Talbot in New South Wales has been busy with her Wild Flower album. I used the Glitter paste in the lines top and bottom of the stencil. Sue shows how you can use your pens or cut some of your left over photo scraps. You could also chalk or ink these strips to create a border at the top and bottom of your page.
With the onset of COVID and clients not being able to get to classes with Consultants AZZA has created a selection of page/paper sets that can now be purchased. These are great for projects. Pop along to the shop and check out the colour combinations.
A lovely page by Deb Byrne highlighting the little ‘Plum’ Micro stamp:
With 2020 behind us and NO travel photos to scrap, Anita suggested a 2020 Mini album highlighting the events that did manage to go ahead throughout the year. I think this is a great idea. A sample of her album pages below:
Lastly, a page I just loved and wanted to share with you.
Nolwenn has used the AZZA Mineral stencil to create this 30 x 30 page. She has also used the new Cutting dies Mineral and AZZA Cutting dies: Sewing Ribbon.
These dies were highlighted in the latest newsletter. I created the page below using them both on a page of my boy, Pluto. The other cutting die I have used is from the 20th Anniversary box and of course the AZZA Alphabet cutting dies. The large Alphabet cutting dies are only available on Special order, contact your Consultant or AZZA direct if you would like to purchase a set. I used a little Gold Glitter paste on the large letter ‘P’ to match the paper from the 20th Anniversary box set.
Well, that should be enough to get you creating for now.
February in Australia and ‘The Australian Open’ begins.
To celebrate a month of Tennis in Australia all orders over $100.00 placed in the online shop during the month of February will go into a draw to win one of five Tennis stencils. (This means you have FIVE chances of winning) These are not available for purchase, they are a special edition.
These lovely layouts created with the Tennis stencil from the Ladies in Europe.
The second competition is advertised in the Scrap & Moi No 58 on page 67. The next layout competition has the theme: Texture stencils.
This competition, in keeping with the AZZA 20th Anniversary celebrations, has the prize of 150E instead of the normal 50E and every one who enters will receive a Texture stencil. Your entry needs to be sent to Azza Belgium by the 15th of February.
Please ensure you let them know you are from Australia and whether you are a Consultant or a Client. Do let your Consultant know if you send in an entry. When you scan and save your page please put your name/Australia on the scan (name/Australia.jpeg) as this makes it so much easier for the Ladies in Belgium to keep a track of which layout belongs to you!
All entries are to be sent to: email@example.com
Get out your Texture stencils and have a go. Here are a few beautiful pages to give you some ideas:
This is one of my favourite pages I created with the Loire (A4) template. I have used the Texture stencil on both paper and my page contrasting the inks I used to the paper/page colours.
For the decorations on the Dallas layout above two different Texture stencils have been used.
Another beautiful Dallas layout with the Feathers Texture stencil from Europe, I do apologise as I could not find who created this lovely set of pages.
A lovely page created by Christine Houbrechts using the AZZA Melbourne stencil and the Material and Texture Texture stencil.
The page above created by Johanna using the AZZA Cancun stencil and the Texture stencil Silhouette that was released at the same time. Below AZZA Zurich stencil using the Snowflake Texture stencil in the centre behind the decoration.
An older layout of mine using the AZZA London Special edition template and a Texture stencil. This shows how you can either use your Texture stencil along the lines of your photos on the page or pull your layout to the corner of your page by using the Texture stencil and ink or chalk in your penned corner.
Deb Byrne has done the same in her layout below using the AZZA Neptune template for the layout.
In the page above created with the AZZA Nairobi stencil Christine shows how the Texture stencil can be used with ink and can also be used to emboss the paper, keeping the decorations on the page similar but different. I have highlighted how to do this in an earlier blog.
Another lovely sample of a Texture stencil used on paper on a page created with the AZZA Nairobi stencil. If you have the AZZA Rosette stencil, the page below will give you some inspiration. The texture stencil used is beautiful – this Texture stencil is still available.
Now for a few close-up looks at the Texture stencil used on the page:
Once again a close up of using the Texture stencil to emboss paper on your page. Christine has highlighted a single feather in each section beautifully.
In the decoration above I have used the Texture stencil to emboss my paper and below Jennie Banks shows how you can use just part of your Texture stencil for decoration.
A Texture stencil has been used to create a background for this lovely decoration.
A layout with an older template Noisette, I have always liked:
Mosaic Texture stencil duo still available.
As seen in the layout above using the AZZA Scrap kit Promenade, you can lift your Texture stencil decoration with the AZZA Resin dots, now available in the normal shine or matt.
The Weather Texture stencil is still available.
Jill has used the Secret Garden Texture stencil below, I know I have shown you before but this page deserves a second showing. I love it and this stencil remains one of my favourite. Jill used the Dallas template to create the page.
To finish, a more recent layout I created using the AZZA Scrap kit Vacation and the Scrap Plus kit’s Texture stencil and stamp. I finished off the layout with the ‘Thongs’ die which can be found in the AZZA Australiana section. I used the Texture stencil to create a background for my decoration.
Christine has also used the AZZA Scrap Kit Vacation for her layout above. Note how she has highlighted the little birds she has inked onto the paper with the same Texture stencil I used on the page above (Obviously the other image)
Bring your Texture decorations to life with a little pen work.
I haven’t had time to create my own page for the competition yet, so hopefully in the next blog I will be able to show you my page plus plenty more that have been sent in.
The AZZA 20th Celebration stencil CHARLESTON has been well received and the layouts are beautiful.
I have had time to play and have created a double page:
This is the front page and the small ‘cats eye’ in the centre has been cut out to show the photo on the page inside. I have found that the patterned paper takes inking very well and the shade can be changed quite easily if your photos do not match the pink. I used the new AZZA brushes and gently applied ink, Cherry in this case, and it looks beautiful. I used one stamp from the Large stamp set and one from Diamond stamps.
Jennie Banks in Far North Queensland has also created a beautiful set of pages:
Hilary created another beautiful layout with her fashion photos.
The layouts are so different, I did like this one by Christine Ronsin in Europe. Lovely snow whilst we are having temps high in the 30’s in Australia.
And of course Christine’s exceptional work:
Note how Christine has combined two stamps into the one image and brought them to life with some pen work.
In this decoration Christine has placed her sentiment on a piece of torn paper placed on top of a stamped image.
As we know, the AZZA stencils can be used with any theme. I had to share these two striking images with you, created by AZZA Consultants in Europe.
Carole has used the AZZA spray inks on her plain paper, two colours of the Resin dots, the stickers and stamps. She has also inked her patterned paper.
The Dallas stencil has also been popular as it is just so easy to use. I created a page to show you the use of the tool stencil.
You can see that by using the tool stencil I can get smooth inking without the lines of the stencil getting in the way.
I used the AZZA Simone Alphabet stencil, the new Matt black Resin dots and a stamp from both the Large Feathers stamp set and the Feathers Diamond stamp set.
The Blending brushes are now available as singles, both Medium and Large in the AZZA online shop.
The AZZA Blending Brush set is also now available:
As you can see, the set comes with both a stand and a cleaning tool.
Two Dallas pages by Deb Byrne melted my heart:
Deb has used the AZZA Spray inks on her plain paper, Resin dots, Glitter tape and the AZZA Heritage frame dies on the page above. On the page below she has stamped her plain paper with the Material and Texture stamp and the old Box camera is from our Vintage themed products.
I found this lovely little decoration using the frames, figures and transparent Resin dots.
This stamp is on sale at the moment.
If you haven’t had a chance to look at the AZZA Sale yet, do pop in to our online shop, the sale is on until Sunday 31st January.
A vast selection of Patterned paper has been marked down by 20%.
Various Studio kits have been marked down by 15%.
Texture stencils have been marked down by 25%.
And if you like quick and easy decoration, the AZZA A4 Sketch sheets are also on sale.
This beautiful Accordion album was created in class by Susan Salvair using the kit above. A lovely momento to have in your home or to give a family member as a gift.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, don’t forget the AZZA products you could use for a card, tag or your pages of the day.
For this tag I have used the AZZA Twigs stamp and the NEW AZZA Mini words stamp.
Hilary has used these ‘Mini Words’ on the cards below. She has also used the Heritage frame dies on the 60th card.
I made a few tags for a friend:
The mini words fit perfectly on the new AZZA Feather stamp, I just need to add some cord. The AZZA Glitter is so fine it looks great on a tag. Hilary used it on the 60th card above.
Don’t forget the AZZA ‘I love you’ products:
One of my favourite as it can be used all year round.
This paper is on sale at the moment.
A page I created using the products above and the AZZA Loire (A4) stencil.
Lastly a few creations using the new AZZA cutting dies: Rings
These Rings have been cut out of the Vinyl sheets available online as seen below in Apple Green and Black.
A very pleasing page below created by Sophie using the AZZA Punta Cana stencil plus the Ring dies, Resin Dots, a Resin Pellet and a little Spray ink for decoration. The dies have been used on the Christmas paper released last year.
To end, I would like to wish you all a wonderful Australia Day tomorrow. Hope you are able to celebrate in some form or another wherever you are.
Happy New Year to you all, I am not quite sure where the last month went, but here we are half way into January!
2021 kicked off with great pomp and ceremony – the release of the AZZA 20th Anniversary Box Sets. AZZA has promised a year full of competitions and special releases to mark this major milestone.
As per previous celebration years, this Box Set is a limited release so once sold they will no longer be available. AZZA Australia has very limited numbers so if you like the look of it, do place your order without delay.
Box Set A is the basic Box Set without the products that you need a machine to use. The Box consists of a Golden stencil CHARLESTON, a linen 30 x 30 album, Large and Diamond stamp set, A4 Sketch sheet, Sheet of Figures and stickers, set of papers and a beautiful book of illustrations. The voucher in the photo is not valid in Australia.
Box Set B consists of Box Set A plus: Embossing folder, Cutting die/stamp and a beautiful set of timeless cutting dies.
Note that the Stamp/die can be used with Foil, as a cutting die and as a stamp with inks.
Hilary created this elegant page below using only products from Box Set A. I know we don’t normally use stickers, but these do look beautiful on the page.
Unfortunately, AZZA Australia were supposed to send these boxes out this week but with the hard lockdown in Brisbane they will only be sent out next week.
Anita created the lovely pages below, also with the products from Box Set A. AZZA Australia has had an issue with our delivery of the ‘Extra’ products that go into Box B and these have not yet arrived ‘down under’. They are now on their way so will follow the basic box set across Australia as soon as they arrive.
It is lovely to see how different the layouts can be, created with the same stencil.
The layouts above have been created by Deb, using the lovely AZZA Australiana products in the one and showcasing the Diamond stamp in the other.
Lastly a Heritage page by Lyn using the Stickers, the A4 Sketch sheet, the paper and a stamp from both the Large and Diamond set.
The DALLAS stencil and Feather themed products were also released in January in Australia – I thought this quote from Emily Dickinson was perfect to begin the year.
Our Consultants have been very busy and produced some beautiful layouts with the Dallas stencil. This set consists of a ‘Tool’ stencil, which is designed to give you beautiful clean inking, chalking or pen lines on your pages. If you do not know how to use the Tool stencil do get in touch with your Consultant and ask for a lesson. The page below shows the Tool stencil being used for the inking.
Sue has also used some of the lovely AZZA Australiana products on her ‘blue’ page and she has used the Feathers texture stencil on the paper in her second layout.
This is a gorgeous Texture stencil, also used by Heather and Jill in the layouts below.
Heather has been really busy with Dallas and the ‘Feather’ themed products. Both beautiful pages.
Note on the page above how the feathers have been brought to life with a little colour. On the first page, Heather has overlaid a stamped image with a stamped/3D’s image to give it texture on the page.
Rachel has brought her feathers to life with inks and pens, then overlaid them with a small feather figure.
Ruth has used the figures on her page above and created a beautiful shadow effect for them to sit upon. If you cut the figure out carefully, you can use the shape left on the sheet to ink or to chalk the same shape.
I love Carole’s decoration above using AZZA Resin dots, Glitter tape, Ribbon and a Circle sticker.
Christine has used the Feather products on her page below, created with the AZZA Stockholm stencil.
The AZZA numbers and alphabet can be such fun on a page as seen above. We all have birthday’s throughout the year, so would be using them constantly – not to mention the birthday cards too.
I used the alphabet stencil together with one of the smaller AZZA Alphabet dies on my page above. I also used the AZZA Sewing Ribbon die which again looks lovely on both cards and on the scrapping page.
This lovely page by Sophie shows the second die used on the page with the Dallas stencil and below the die used on a card by Brigitte.
Sophie has also created beautiful pages using the new AZZA Ring dies. There are two sets of these dies in different sizes:
Note the lovely ‘line’ work on the border.
The background stamp is from the set below:
Carole has created this page using the AZZA A4 stencil San Francisco, also using the Ring and Alphabet cutting dies.
Another sample from our European Ladies shows the dies being used as a Title page in an album.
And a few lovely cards by Christine Ronsin in Europe. Christine has incorporated AZZA Figures, Cutting dies, Resin dots and Glitter tape on her cards.
The new cutting dies have a matt finish and are in such soft tones. I love the page below created by Jill Attrill using these new Resin dots:
Jill has used the Secret Garden A5 Texture stencil, Floral and Little Beasts stamp, new Matt Resin dots and Glitter tape and AZZA Cord.
To end, a few more ideas with the Dallas stencil and a video from Dominique:
I like both these pages using the Dallas stencil, they are so unique. On the page above Corine has used an AZZA large circle stencil together with her Dallas stencil. This once again shows how your Tool stencil can give you smooth lines for your border.
On the page above you can see the Feathers Embossing folder used on the page together with the Texture stencil and Figures.
The Dallas stencil has perfect shapes to use together with the AZZA Cascading card die.
Thanks to Sophie for all the samples she has shared with us in this blog.
A gift for all occasions: An AZZA page in a frame as seen below. This page was created with the Dallas stencil, AZZA cutting dies, papers and stamps.
Don’t forget the Annual AZZA Sale from Monday 18th January – Sunday 31st January.
With Christmas cards done, hopefully you are well into getting the gifts sorted.
As you know, I LOVE Mini albums, they are great gifts and a good size to pop in the post. I have always requested photos, or have downloaded them from Facebook (quietly) so the album is a surprise, but Carole Pereira posted a great idea on Facebook – making an album without photos so the recipient can add their own!!
Carole’s pages can be seen below. She has used the new AZZA Noel paper block, AZZA linen self adhesive paper, AZZA Figurines, Resin dots, Ribbon and Glitter tape.
I decided to make up two Albums, one for Adults and one for kids. I was very happy with the results:
I used the AZZA Autumn leaves die, they are beautiful on the page.
The leaves cut beautifully out of patterned paper and can be cut with 3D Foam behind the paper to give texture on the page. Where the leaf is a little high, above left, I stuck one to the page and stuck a second on top, but only stuck the bottom half down so a photo can slide in between them. This will allow the one leaf to be on top of the photo.
The easy way to use the 3D Foam with these dies: Cut the paper to the size you need, then stick the 3D foam behind it and run it through the Big Shot or Cuttlebug. I used orange 3D foam to match the colours in the paper. This is great to do with the leaves with veins. As you can see in the second sample below, they look great with the AZZA Cork too.
Or cut both in different colours and place one on top of the other.
A video of Laurence’s page created with the AZZA Melbourne stencil and using the AZZA Autumn Leaves die for decoration.
My second Mini album I created using the AZZA Magic themed products and the Coast Die set.
You will have seen a lot of pages out of Europe using speckled paper, created with the AZZA Izink dyes. AZZA Australia have a few colours left in stock, these are concentrated colours, without the spray nozzle. These bottles will last you for ages, as you can decant the dye into a smaller spray bottles (dilute if you feel necessary) and as a Consultant, sell the smaller bottles to your clients OR friends can each buy a bottle and share the colours amongst yourselves. I sprayed this page with two different inks. The pattern you will get depends on how far away you hold your spray bottle and how hard you press the nozzle. Do have a few practise goes before you spray your mini album.
Again, on these two sheets I placed 3D Foam on only half the Unicorn. On the sheet to the left, I only placed it on the bottom half, so a photo can be slipped behind the image and on the right, only on the top half of the unicorn.
I also had fun with a few name place cards for a friend:
I got the idea above from Val Scrap, Europe. Do take a look at the ‘Cutting Die’ section in the shop. I used the products from the AZZA Cooking theme for the cards above.
Don’t forget the two Azza Express kits which also make great gifts, both to give or to make up for a gift.
We hope you have enjoyed the 12 days of Christmas Sale, two days still to go. Many of you have placed orders, remember you can request your orders to be held and sent as one parcel at the end of the sale. You will only be charged postage for the one parcel, excess postage paid will be refunded. You can also place your orders through your Consultant.
All online orders for AZZA need to be in by Wednesday 16th December, they will be packed and sent out on the 17th December. The shop will re-open on Monday 11th January. Although the shop will be closed, you can still get in touch with AZZA via the firstname.lastname@example.org or through your Consultant.
The end of the year is nigh and I am sure many of us cannot wait to see what 2021 brings. Sadly, there is still so much uncertainty in our lives, but hey, we still need to live each day to its fullest.
December always brings that feeling of excitement and ‘bling’ to bring the year to an end. Most of you will have started on your Christmas cards, those going far afield will certainly need to be on their way by now if they are to get there by Christmas, but you still have time to make those for the folks closer to home.
Cathy at Eclectic Images has created 2 more images for AZZA Australia and they are in our shop today.
This beautiful Wreath can be used for Christmas and throughout the year. Many of us have friends and family overseas, so ‘Greetings from Australia’ will come in handy. The Wreath can be used both on cards and on your scrapping page.
We couldn’t resist having the Flying Aussie Sleigh in our collection too!
The set of Tiny words above are a collection of words that we felt would cover card making throughout the year.
Hilary has created the following collection of AZZA cards:
Hilary also made the cards above from AZZA Christmas products still available. She has featured the Die/Stamp sets: Silent night and the Deer Head.
Hilary also used them on little Gift boxes.
Being the 1st of December and the first day of all the Advent calendars I just had to share this beautiful Advent Calendar created by Christine Caparros in Europe using AZZA products.
These small gift boxes are perfect for your Advent Calendar.
AZZA has Square, Rectangle, Cushion and Carry Bag box dies. They can also be used on your Christmas table with a few chocolates to finish off your festive meal. Hilary has been very busy with this year’s Christmas products to show you.
Anita has also been busy, she has used the Nutcracker Suite stamps/dies and the Cushion die for her little gift boxes:
I had my first Christmas celebration over the weekend and made these little gift boxes for the table. I used the Carry bag die above and the new Cushion die. All the decoration dies are available in the shop.
The Heritage die released last month is lovely, you can cut either a frame or a solid shape from the dies and even use the piece of paper you have used for the die too, as seen below.
If you are wanting the thin frame all you do is cut both the frames together as in the image above.
These can be used on Cards, Gift boxes, Name tags and on your Scrapping page.
The dies can be used on the AZZA Self-adhesive Linen sheets too.
I have used them on my page above, using both the plaque and the frame. I used a Pom Pom with Copper ink to colour the inside of my frame to make it look like a label.
I have also been using the NEW AZZA brushes used for inking. This does not mean you need to throw away your daubers, sponges and brushes. They all give a different effect on your page – but for beautiful, smooth, easy inking over a small or large area the brushes are amazing.
At the moment we have a local set of brushes available but will be ordering in the AZZA Brush set in the new year. With the COVID complications AZZA Europe had a backorder of 4000 brushes to cope with! We will also have single brushes available in the online shop shortly.
The Ladies who receive the AZZA Mail Out will be receiving a selection of brushes this month together with a lesson on how to best use them.
The one thing you will need to remember is that you need either two strips of re-positional tape to work off, or you can ensure the back side of the tape is onto your Reference mat. The brushes are worked in a circular motion, off the tape onto the page collecting the ink dabbed onto the tape, this is why you need a greater area to work off.
As you can see, the brushes give you a very smooth finish and a nice crisp edge.
The smaller brushes are good for adding a second colour, Alphabet stencil or smaller spaces.
A tip for inking Titles, place a strip of re-pos tape onto the page instead of marking your page with a pencil line you will have to rub out later, you could smudge your inking!
Once I had inked the title I used a larger brush with very little ink in light, circular movements with the Materials and Texture stencil to create a background for my Title to sit upon.
I used the small brush again for the smaller decoration either side of the numbers.
A second page using the smaller brush for the Title of the page and a very light hand inking the background.
I like to use this Azza stencil when I need a larger Title to fill a decent size space.
The brushes also give you a smooth finish when using your texture stencils with AZZA inks. The amount of ink you place on your brush and the pressure you apply will give you different results. It will pay to spend a bit of time learning the feel of the brushes in a practise session before you begin to work on a page. Contact your Consultant if you would like to attend a class to try out the new brushes.
Even used directly off the stencil, the brushes still give a nice crisp finish.
With Christmas around the corner and School holidays coming up – a few ‘Off the page’ fun ideas:
Celine has decorated her Advent candles with various AZZA dies and figures. She has used the new AZZA Number dies now available. The Alphabet dies are also available but only on Special order so do get hold of your Consultant if you are interested.
They can also be used for and Advent Calendar boxes and of course, Birthday cards.
With the Festive season upon us this is a lovely idea to dress up the ‘Gift’ you may be taking along to a party. Patricia has used the AZZA Autumn products, but the Christmas products will look just as classy! Make sure you didn’t miss this set of Autumn Leaves die released last month.
They are beautiful on the Scrapping page too. Beautiful samples from pages by our AZZA Ladies in Europe.
I loved these little table Place settings made with the AZZA Christmas Magic Theme kit, the Crown die and the new Christmas papers made by one of the very creative Ladies in Europe.
This would be a fun project to do with the family.
Lastly, a beautiful AZZA card created by Sylvie, inspired by Lavina stamps.
Plenty more to show you but I leave you with this for now,