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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Anything Goes with Stamping at FSC


What could be better than an Anything Goes with Stamping challenge to kick off the first challenge of the New Year at Fashionable Stamping.

I've used Dancing Woman stamped with Black Versafine onto a piece of Tyvek that had been used to line my spray box, I love how you still see the fibres  showing through.  When the image was dry, I used a fine paint brush with clean water, painting over the skin areas and flowers,  then dabbing with a tissue to remove the stain.

Matting and layering, but still keeping it flat for the post.

There's some fabulous inspirational makes from the rest of the DT, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find  details of our Sponsor, InkArtDesigns who is offering one lucky random winner a stamp from the shop.

I'm going to enter this at:
  Allsorts - No Patterned paper
  Addicted to Stamps - Clean and Simple
  Country View Challenges - Anything Goes

Have a great day,
Avril xx


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Favourite Things for TioT

Hello,  it's our first challenge of the year at Try it on Tuesday and to get you back into the crafting mood, we just want you to use your favourite things and tell us what they are.

Any regular visitors will know I love Vintage, inky and embossed backgrounds and I always love adding flowers, so I've combined them all on this card.

I only used Shaded Lilac Distress ink for the background, the stencilled and embossed flowers were coloured with Peeled Paint and Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick for the flowers.  I've used one of Tim's paper dolls along with some ephemera and the flowers were cut with the tiny tattered floral dies, coloured with Did and sprays.

The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, you won't be disappointed.

Avril xx

Monday, 1 January 2018

Let it Snow



Happy New Year, I hope it's Happy, Healthy and Creative.  I don't usually make resolutions but I am going to try to keep up with my little journal - as it really felt like 'playtime', so that's what we're starting the year with.

We may not have the snow at the moment, and Friday's snow has all gone but this little girl looks happy and dressed for snow, so when I found this image on the internet, well she just had to have a snowy page.  Although 'something' happened to her friend when I printed her out, this little one was intact and looked happy enough to be on her own, so out came the scissors and the cutting began. 

After deciding where she would stand I used a snowflake stencil and embossing paste and then sprinkled on some white EP and heat set when dry.  I added a light watery wash of PaperArtsy Mermaid paint to a gessoed page and blended Tumbled Glass crayon around the edges before adding die cuts and the image, along with a computer sentiment.

Although I love Christmas, once New Year's Day is over, it's down with the decorations and trying to get back to normal as quickly as possible and hopefully a bit more 'playtime'

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas


I wonder where the man in the red suit is?  He seems to have abandoned his reindeer and the contents of his sleigh!

I bought this MDF kit a couple of months ago and I've been working on it in between the 12 Tags, it's now ready and waiting, so this seemed a good time to show it.

I'd just like to Wish Everyone A Merry Christmas and  a 'Thank You'  for visiting and for all the lovely comments you've left over the last year, I really do appreciate you taking the time to visit.

Hoping you have a Wonderful and Peaceful  Christmas and I hope 2018 will be a good year for Everyone.

Avril xx



Saturday, 23 December 2017

Well I made it - Last 2

Yes, I've made it, the last 2 tags inspired by Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style which is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique

This is my take on Week 5

I didn't have the log background stamp that Linda used, but loved the idea of the logs, so I've used a TH Woodgrain stencil with Vintage Photo DI and then blended VP over the tag.  I've used a TH Santa and offset and added clear embossed holly, although I kept my berries red.  I added the label from the Correspondence set.

Last but not Least - Week 9


Week 9's inspiration came from the little winter scene Linda created and the Chipped Sapphire sky.  I had masked off the bottom of the tag and used CS ink as I don't have the paint, I used Chunky White embossing instead of splattering with paint. For my tree I added Moon Glow embossing powders Silver Moon and Midnight Teal to try and create Linda's enamelled look, the deer was lightly inked with Versamark and I lightly sprinkled the copper embossing powder, again trying to create an enamelled look.  The greeting was die cut with silver glitter card.

So pleased I made it, I know there's another few days left to link up but I know I'll not have much time for crafting, so today was really deadline day.

Thanks for calling in, and I'll do some catching up now.

Avril xx




Friday, 22 December 2017

More Funkie Junkie Tags


Another two tags completed for Linda' Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style which is Sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, all the details of this challenge can be found here.

Week 10


Apart from the snowflakes, I didn't have any of the other supplies that Linda used, but I loved the snowflake on the wreath with the berry foliage  and the embossed background, all highlighted with silver.  I've used the Holiday Script stencil with embossing paste, covered it with gesso and then inking and spritzing and dabbing and then highlighting the words with a silver wax.  The snowflake and berry sprig were cut from white glitter card and again highlighted with silver wax.

My take on  Week 11  Again I didn't have any of the supplies that Linda used on this tag, but took my inspiration from the central double layer wrapped band.


I did paint my tag background with gesso before applying Tumbled Glass through a snowflake stencil, then I brushed Perfect Pearls over the inked snowflakes and although the gesso was dry, it did seem to give the whole tag a shimmer.  My snowflake uses 3 layers of white and silver glitter paper, the top layer being shaded with the Tumbled Glass, a few crystals and a silver glittered word.  I gave the tag a bit extra body by layering it on a piece of cream pearl card, which isn't white as it looks in the photo!

Well there's only 2 more to go, so I think I might make it,
Avril xx


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Funkie Junkie Catchin Up



I'm still on my mission to complete the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style and have been trying to catch up this week as time's running out.    If you've missed my previous posts, all the details of Linda's tags are here, and this challenge is being sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there's also the chance of a prize.

This is my take on Week 3



When I first saw this tag my first thought was a Christmas Stocking, maybe it was the red/white stripes and white trim.  I downloaded a template from the internet, and although I don't have the stripes I do have a stamp.  I've used white glitter for the toe and heel and cut the Merry Christmas in both white and red and offsetting.  I also left the top open so I can fit some money in.

For my take on Week 7 I've used the Plaid background stamped in Fired Brick, my frame was heat embossed with various Moon Glow powders and I pressed a rubber stamp into it while still hot.  The sentiment is an old Anna Griffin stamp inked with Fern Green Archival.  Some Festive Greens and a shabby bow stained with Fired Brick Stain.



Way behind, but here's Week 12 


I loved the retro look to this tag and have tried to keep to similar colours and replicating the 'advert' with a  with this Tim Holtz stamp.  I coloured the stamp with Distress Markers and lots of 'huffing' and although it took a few attempts, came out great with the help of the stamp platform - what did we do without it!

Well that's another 3 - only 4 more to go!

I know I've been a hopeless visitor, but no doubt like everyone, time's short, so the only way I can get these tags completed is to be very disciplined when I do have some crafty time - and craft.

Have a great day and if you've called in, thank you.

Avril xx