Sunday, April 2, 2023

613 Avenue Create - April 2023 Challenge: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Stencils

 Hello, Crafty Mates!

The Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create this month is "Stencils!"

The first technique I learned when I started cardmaking was stenciling.  Of course, back then, we used mostly brass stencils and they were more for embossing than creating backgrounds. 

Stencils remain one of my favorite crafting tools.


 I was flipping through my stencils, praying for inspiration, and I came across an old pinwheel stencil. I  figured I could use it to create a background for my pinwheel embellishment.
This pop-up pinwheel has been in my stash for years.  I added double-sided foam tape to the back to add depth.
I cut a wooden skewer in half before coloring it with Distress ink and dipping it into glitter glue!
The stencil pattern was repeated on the inside.

I loved playing with pinwheels when I was a child.  It is interesting to look back and reflect on how little it took to make me happy when I was a kid.  I guess pinwheels, yo-yos, bolo bats, and jackstones are just too analog for kids born into a digital world!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Challenges Entered: (ATG= Anything Goes)

Stuff I Used:
Stamp: - Delight: Heidi Swoop
Stamp: - Life is Good, Everyday: Technique Tuesday, Ordinary Days
Pinwheel Stencil - Diane Wakley: Bendy Pinwheels
Pinwheel Popup - Basic Grey
Rainbow - Simply Gilded
Distress Oxide Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Speckled Egg, Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke, Worn Lipstick, Salvaged Patina, Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet


  1. This is gorgeous Chana! I’m glad it brought back happy childhood moments for you! Hugs, Kate

  2. Wow....your pinwheel card is just fabulous, love the colors and the memories it brings back to me, love it, hugs, Lori m

  3. Wonderful card, love the background. Anesha x

  4. Hey! I'm getting to see your lovely card again! I saw it in your FB feed and now here for Ally's Angels! Your childhood sounds as idyllic as mine--jumping into a pile of raked leaves, hide-n-seek, playing post office and school, picking dandelions, etc. are those sweet pastimes of innocence. Your card is creatively brilliant! --Becca/DT

    1. Thanks, Becca! Yes, there was nothing more fun than lying in the field flying a kite!

    2. And I'm back to comment for MTTC! Thanks for sharing for our springtime theme! --Becca

  5. Hi Chana, love the colours you've used in your stencilling and the lovely pinwheel. A fabulous creation.
    Hugs, Sandy

  6. Love it! I admire your pinwheel! I never figured out how to make one. :)

    Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.
    ~ DT Dagmara

  7. OMYGosh, Chana, had to come over and tell you how beautiful this in. And, I recognized the Heidi Swapp sentiment, I have it too! Your memories are great, analog rocks. I remember! XOX

  8. What a wonderful playful card, I should think this would bring back memories to others too Chana, I love the stencilling and colours.


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