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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Life's Aims



Hello,  well this little blog has been a bit quite again, not much crafting going on -  but this time I've been off enjoying a little break to Budapest, it's such a beautiful place, with lots to do and see.

I really must make a start on making some Christmas cards  - but before I do, I've another journal page to share, again using an image from Oxford Impressions April in Paris.  This little girl looks so sweet - her life before her, what will her future hold?  Random stamping with the TH Papillion background (I know it's difficult to see) embossing paste through the Doily stencil, doily die cut and cut apart stamped words, all coloured with Distress crayons.

It's time to tidy the craft desk and make a start on those Christmas cards or I'll end up buying!

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Nature at FSC

Time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and for this month the theme is Nature.
How you interpret 'Nature' is up to you as long as the stamping follow the theme.

I've used Distress Oxides Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet and Peeled Paint   for the background and then stamped the Stampendous Agapanthus Cluster and the IndigoBlu sentiment in Black Archival and heat set with clear EP.
There's a great prize for one lucky random winner from our Sponsor,  Ink Art Design.

The rest of he DT have some fabulous inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Home Sweet Home


Hello,  it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight, its Home Sweet Home, as usual it's up to you what you make as long as you follow the 'Home' theme.

I've opted for a New Home card, I had a browse on Pinterest and saw this sweet card and took inspiration from the little house.  I used embossing paste through a brick stencil, when it was dry gave it a coat of watery gesso before using Antique Linen Distress Crayon, the roof and door shapes were coloured with crayons.

The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

Thanks for calling in, hope you have a great day,
Avril xx

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Hopes and Dreams


Hello, more experimenting in my new little journal, again using the stamps from Oxford Impressions April in Paris.  I gave both pages a very watery wash with Tattered Rose distress stain and used Pumice stone for the stencilling and shading and distress crayons for colouring the stencilled roses and leaves.

Thanks for calling in, have a great day,
Avril xx


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Autumn Serenity


Hello,

I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog today with this Autumn Tag.

This is my last piece for Artistic Outpost, and I have enjoyed my time on the Design Team, but life just seems to be a bit busy lately.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Timeless


Hello, and thanks for calling in and it's something different, although still in my favourite vintage style.  I've been lacking in inspiration since coming back from holiday, so hubby suggested 'try something different'  so I've started a journal.   It's only 11 x 16cm so there's no stress to fill a large page and I thought a good opportunity to use some neglected rubber.

As the current them at TioT is Circles, and there's still have another week left to link up,  I took inspiration from that.  The image is from Oxford Impressions April in Paris plate.  I used a watery wash of Bundled Sage distress stain and Frayed Burlap distress crayon for the circles and edges, and Tarnished Brass highlights.

I must  admit I really did enjoy making this page and it did de-stress for a couple of hours - at the moment I've got a 'gremlin' in the computer who calls in frequently and opens and closes tabs while I'm busy and then locks me out for a couple of hours, and typical - my computer is just a couple of months out of guarantee.  If he sticks around  and I go missing, you'll know he's won!

Have a great day,
Avril xx


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Hocus Pocus Treats

Hello, it's  almost time for trick or treat and although I don't particularly celebrate Halloween one of hubby's friends wife is American and she decorates their house every year.  I always send a card and this year I made a little treat box, which I filled with die cuts, plastic spiders and candy.

I recycled a tea bag box, painting top and bottom with black and then covering with spider's Web paper before adding the witch and web die cut.

Just a quick fun project that I'm linking to Yvonne's give away.

Avril xx

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Serenity


Hello,  I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this Autumnal piece, for all the details, please pop over to the blog.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Going round in Circles at TioT


Hello,

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight we're Going Round in Circles

I  made a page in my colourful journal that I started after doing the Marjie Kemper Inventive Ink online course.

I stamped the circles with white Colourbox ink and embossed with  white EP, before stamping the bee from Inkylicious.  These were masked before adding colour to the background with Distress inks, then stamping the wording.  The bees were coloured and Stickles added to the wings. to the wings.

The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find the challenge details.

Thanks for calling in and have a great day.

Avril xx


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Secrets


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card and if you'd like to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Spooky Goings On at Try it on Tuesday



Hello, yes, it's that time of the year when we get in the mood for Halloween at TioT.

I've made a card using a witch die cut, cut from some shiny black card along with a cauldron image I found on the internet, which I coloured with Promarkers.  I used Distress Inks for the background and added some stars cut from Brushed Pewter stained white and black card.  A torn piece of die cut and some  'spiders web' - that stuff's got a mind of it's own - and then my plastic spider - yuk - I don't like spiders.  As my Witch is cooking up something strange, a computer sentiment.

The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the blog to see their spooky creations.

Another scheduled post, so thanks for calling in.

Have a great day,
Avril xx











Sunday, 8 October 2017

Time Waits for No Man at Fashionable Stamping







Hello,  this is a scheduled post as I couldn't miss telling you about the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and for this fortnight Shirley chose the theme of  'Time Waits for No Man'

I've used two old Crafty Individual stamps for my card.  I stamped the Gent and cogs stamp directly onto an Oxide inked background, masked the image before stamping the clocks label as a background.  I also stamped the image onto white card, fussy cut the gent and then using Versamark and Clear EP, heat embossed.  The sentiment was printed on the computer and coloured with the Oxides.

The rest of the team have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.  We have InkArt as our sponsor who are offering one lucky random winner a stamp from their online store.

Have a lovely day whatever you're doing,
Avril xx





Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Next Shot


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card, if you want to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Autumn Glory


Hello,  a couple of weeks ago I was lucky and won the challenge at Stamping Sensations and they asked if I would like to join them as a Guest Designer for their October Autumn Glory challenge

I've used a Flonzcraft stamp, stamped in Black and heat embossed with clear EP.  I started with Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Rusty Hinge DIs to colour my layers.
The base layer was  stamped with a small leaf from Artistic Outpost using Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.

The DT at Stamping Sensations have some wonderful inspiration for you, so why not pop over to the blog for all the details.

We're off  on holiday on Tuesday, so things will be a little quiet around here, but there are a couple of scheduled DT posts lined up.  I need to to start the packing now, but whatever you're doing, have a great day.

Avril xx



Thursday, 28 September 2017

Hero


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card and if you want to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Party Time





Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight the theme is 'Time/Clocks'

I've used the Tim Holtz Alarm clock coloured with Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass stains and added a  clock face from the Thrift Shop Ephemera pack. The background was made using Oxide inks and with such a pretty dress on my little paper doll, it just had to be Party Time, which was printed on the computer.

The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

Thanks for visiting,
Avril xx


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Leave a little sparkle


Hello, and thanks for calling in,  I've another card to share using my new Rubber Dance stamp.  This time I've fussy cut the lady from the background, coloured her with Distress Crayons and matted her onto a piece of Oxide coloured card and lightly stamped the Tim Holtz Papillion background adding some faux stitching.  The base card uses the first and less watered application of the inks.

The sentiment was printed on the computer, I also added Frosted Lace stickles over the word Sparkle. then added some die cut wildflowers, again, coloured with Distress Crayons.

As I'm using my Rubber Dance stamp, I'm going to enter this at Rubber Dance Forever Stamping Challenge.

I'm also entering The Artistic Stampers challenge - Take a Little Colour

Have a great day,
Avril xx






Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Papergirls


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card, and if you want to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Paperboy


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog with this quick card and if you'd like to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

You don't need Therapy




Hello,  It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight the theme is  'You've Got a Friend'  you can interpret this as you will - real/imaginary or animal, it's up to you.

I've used a photo from the internet, these friends look as if they're having such fun.  I used a few vintage layers,   some wildflowers and a computer generated sentiment.

The rest of the design team have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

Thanks for calling in, have a great day.

Avril xx

Friday, 8 September 2017

Do What you Love

Hello, I've not had much inspiration or time in the craft room lately, but as I've got four 'girly' birthdays this month, it's given me the push to get my act together and get organised.  As a little incentive to get  motivated, I bought this Dancing Woman stamp from Rubber Dance and she's been well inked this last week.

The card base had already been embossed with crackle paste through the Flourish stencil and was in the 'bits box' so I dipped it in Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Antique Linen DOX.  I used Brushed Pewter Distress paint and my trusty finger over the embossed cracks - which gave it a look of Mother of Pearl!  The stamped panel was a mop up piece, again in the bits box, that must have mopped up some Brushed Pewter stain along the way as it has a lovely sheen,  I used Worn Lipstick DI to emphasise her dress and Wilted Violet to the flowers.  The sentiment is computer.  I used a dull silver card to mat.

I am entering this at:
  Rubber Dance Forever Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes
  Rubber Dance - September colour challenge
 
 Challenge 1.-14. Sept.

Thanks for visiting and hopefully I'll get caught up on blog visiting over the weekend.

Avril xx




Tuesday, 5 September 2017

ABC Fun


Hello, just popping in to tell you that I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this  'Back to School' card.

For all the details, please pop over to the main blog.

Avril xx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Think and Wonder


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this Mixed Media tag, for all the details, please pop over.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Show us Some Stitching at TioT


Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight  it's 'Stitch It'  and as usual it's up to you what you make as long as there's some stitching - real or faux.

I haven't used my Dress form die for a long time, so this was a great opportunity.  I cut 2 from white card, stained the base and top of one with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, the other was trimmed to leave just the body, to which I glued some printed linen and trimmed to shape.

The DP was trimmed and pieced and I machine stitched the border, I used a Rose stencil with DIs and then stamped and clear embossed the G 45 and Tim Holtz words.

The rest of the DT have some fabulous inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

Have a great day,

Avril xx

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Paris


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog with this card, for all the details, please pop over.

Avril xx                                                                                                                                         

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

TioT's Garden


Hello, the current challenge at Try it on Tuesday is 'In My Garden' and I took the opportunity to ink up another flower, this time I've used Tim Holtz's Flower Garden stamps.

I stamped onto watercolour paper and fussy cut the flowers and coloured them with Distress inks, adding a few stamped and fussy cut leaves.  The sentiment is Tim Holtz and heat embossed with white EP.

You still have one more week if you join the challenge and all the details can be found here.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Lessons for Life



Hello, I don't know about you, but I'm a bit of a messy crafter.  However,  fortunately for the craft room, my friend comes over most Thursdays and I have to tidy to make room for her which means the 'box of bits' keeps getting bigger. I try to use them up from time to time and always feel good if I can make a dent - no matter how small, so here goes...

This crackle background was the 'try' when I first got DecoArt Crackle Paint, applying different thicknesses and after drying this was too good to throw, so in the box it went.  I've now used Distress Sprays Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire and just left it to dry in the cracks and added some stencilling for interest.  These sentiments  had been stamped for something else, so I cut them apart and rearranged and also cut apart my little Paper doll boy as his friend/brother looked a bit timid for what I had in mind.  He reminds me of my son, not in looks but whenever we took a picture of him and said 'smile' he always stood to attention!

I am going to enter this at Tag Tuesday as their theme is Use Your Scraps.

Have a lovely day,

Avril xx


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Don't Drive Too Fast!

Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog today with another masculine card, for all the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

In My Garden at TioT


Hello, it's time to tell you about the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight it's   'In My Garden'  

I decided to use my new Paper Artsy Kay Carley stamps.  I stamped with Black Archival and heat set with Clear EP,  I also stamped a couple of masks on post-it notes so I could layer the flowers.  Leaving the masks in place, I coloured the background with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China and then sprinkled on PA Infusions In the Navy.  Unfortunately a little of the Infusions sneaked under the mask, but after colouring the flowers, it didn't really spoil.  The sentiment is from a Jofy set.

It would be lovely to see what's in your garden, so why not join in.  The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you'll also find all the details.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Use Your Inks at Fashionable Stamping


Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this time Dot has chosen 'Use Your Inks' and you can use them anyway as long as you use them to stamp as well.
The prize for the Lucky random winner will be a stamp from our Sponsor Ink Art Designs.

For the background of my card I took inspiration from Brenda who made this tag a while ago.  I loved the background, and as I've had this stamp from Crafty Individuals for quite a while (un-inked), thought it might be something to try for my  'inky'  piece.  I used Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac  and Stormy Sky DIs and spritzed and dripped with water.   Then stamped randomly using two colours,  I used Frayed Burlap and Dusty Concord.

My butterfly was stamped with Black Archival and I watercoloured with Fossilized Amber DI, when it was dry I applied a little Frosted Lace stickles and rubbed over with my finger, which just left a feint shimmer.  I decided on the position of  the butterfly and then stamped the antennae with black so that I didn't have to fussy cut this part.  I masked off part of the sentiment and again stamped with the two inks.

The base layer was distressed with inks and then a script stamp using Frayed Burlap.

The rest of the Design Team have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.

I am entering this at:
  Penny Black and More - All Creatures Great and Small
  Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
  Emerald City Crafts - Anything Goes

And just for fun - I decided to used similar colours to Brenda's tag, love how this turned out too.





Thanks for calling in, have a great day,
Avril xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Why Fit In?


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with another masculine card and if you'd like to find out all the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A Post Card for TioT




Hello and thanks for calling in today, I've got another card to share and to remind you that you still have another week left to join in the Post Card( Mail Art) challenge at Try it on Tuesday.

I've had this image for  a couple of years - one of those just had to have stamps, but it hasn't bee inked up very often, so this was a good opportunity, I've stamped it twice, but only coloured the top rose with Aged Mahogany  Distress ink, both layers were dipped in Vintage Photo Oxide ink.  The DP was sent to me by my lovely friend Chrissie and was just perfect for this card.  The sentiment came free with a magazine.

Well I've got my fingers crossed for a better week, we had no internet last weekend and then I've had major computer problems, but with a little help from DD, which at first didn't seem to solve anything, it's now behaving,  so with some luck we'll get back to normal.

Have a great day whatever you're doing,
Avril xx


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Cocoa Labels


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with another Masculine card, and if you'd like to find out the details of what I used, please pop over.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Postcards at TioT


Hello, It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight it's  'Postcards'  and we would like you to either Make/Design or include a Postcard on your project.

I've made a little seaside scene using Crafty Individuals stamps which were fussy cut and coloured, and then arranged on a paper napkin, that was included with a birthday card from my DT friend Yvonne, which I adhered to the base card.

The rest of the DT have some wonderful designs for your inspiration, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.

I am entering this at Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting, have a great day.
Avril xx

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Flowers in the Sun




Hello and thanks for calling in, I've actually got round to inking up some new PaperArtsey stamps that I bought at Happy Stampers in May.
I need a couple of 'flat' birthday cards to go in the post, so with a little bit of colouring and a background of Yellow Brushos and Wild Honey DI stenciling,  a quick card  and that's one done.
Something a bit different for me.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Anyone for Coffee


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card and if you'd like to find out the details, please pop over.

I'm going to enter this at :
  Penny Black and More - One for the Boys

Avril xx

Monday, 24 July 2017

Learn to Pause


Hello and thanks for calling in, this poor little blogs been a bit neglected lately, but a wet weekend resulted in some productive play time for a change.

I was wondering what this little girl has could sit on and as she has such a dreamy expression I thought about her just sitting and watching with nothing to do.  So here she is sitting on the garden wall in the sunshine.

I used Crackle paint through a brick stencil and when dry,  rubbed the Distress crayons over and then highlighted the brick pattern with a white pen.  Tumbled Glass crayon for the sky, then Squeezed Lemonade crayon through a stencil for the sun rays  and some wildflowers to complete the scene.
Thought this sentiment was just right.

Lots of showers forecast for this week, so I hope this little girl made the most of her sunshine!

Avril xx



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Paris background



Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card and if you'd like to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Let it Shine





Hello, 'Let it Shine' is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight, and as usual it's up to you how you interpret this theme,  I've gone for Moonshine.

I got this quote in a bargain bin at the Crafty Individuals stall at Happy Stampers in May and have been wanting to use it, and thought it went so well with the little dancing girl from the Paper Dolls.

I used a Clarity stamp for the moon, masked it and then sprinkled PaperArtsy In the Navy infusions.
the shading on the lower half was done with Bundled Sage DI.  I die cut some black wildflowers, randomly pressed them into a Versamark pad and brushed over some Perfect Pearls.  As we had the moonlight, we had to have the stars, these were stamped and embossed with silver and gold EP.

The rest of the DT have some very varied inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog and you'll also find all the challenge details.

Thanks for visiting,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Amaze Yourself




Hello, and thanks for calling in, don't know what your weather's like, but we had a really wet day yesterday, so I had a lovely day in the craft room, caught up on a couple of DT pieces and finished a card using a Distress Oxide background made a while ago.

I've cut apart one of the Paper dolls and partially masked two stamps to create the sentiments.

I am entering this at:
   Love to Create - Challenge 14
   More Mixed Media - Anything Goes  + option pastel

Just a short post, but hopefully I be around to do some catching up later.

Avril xx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Fashionable Stampings Gone Fishing!

Hello,  I thought I'd just pop in to tell you that there's a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and for this month it's  'Gone Fishing'   The Design Team have some great inspiration for you so please pop over to see.

Unfortunately, I've not had much time to get into the craft room this past month so was unable to complete anything for this challenge, but if you like the theme, why not try your hand as there's always a random winner with a great prize from Ink Art Designs.

Have a great day, and thanks for calling in.
Avril xx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Learning to Sail


I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog today and if you'd like to find out all the details, please pop over.

I am entering this at Penny Black and More - One for the Boys

Avril xx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Tag Your It!







Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight our theme is 'Tags'

I used corrugated card for my tag and smeared on a rough coat of Gesso before applying a coat of DecoArt Crackle paint.  Next came a sprinkling of PaperArtsy Infusions in Slime and a good spritz of water.  I must admit that no matter how many times I've tried to photograph this tag the colours either look too pale or too dark - sorry.
I've layered up a some Wildflowers, greens and twine over a Frameworks die cut and finished with a twine bow.

The rest of the Design Team have some great inspirations for you, so please pop over to the main blog and you'll also find all the challenge details.

Thanks for all your best wishes for hubby, I'm pleased to say he's recovering well.

Thanks for visiting, have a great day,
Avril xx


Friday, 30 June 2017

Stormy wildflowers




Hello.....and thanks for calling in today, it's the end of June, and this is the first 'live' post of the month, I know we all call Blogger, but at least it does schedule posts.

We had a lovely holiday at the beginning of June in Icshia, a small island in the Bay of Naples, but that all seems like a distant memory now, as we were only home a few days when hubby became very poorly and ended up in hospital with Pneumonia, but after a week on ICCU I'm pleased to say, he's now recovering well and hopefully, life is returning to normal and hopefully crafting and blogging can resume.

As a start, I thought I'd share this card which was made a while ago using a background and mop up from one of my first plays with the Oxide inks,  I stamped the TH Wildflowers with Black and heat set using clear EP.  I loved the background colours, but it reminded me of a stormy sky and as the sun was shining, it didn't get blogged at the time, I wish our stormy sky outside my window looked as pretty as this instead of just grey!

Well that's it for now, I'll be catching up with you very soon.

Avril xx



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Don't Miss the Fun!


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog today with this fun tag.  If you'd like to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Feminine and Fashionable


Hello and thanks for calling in today, it was my time to pick the theme this month at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and I chose 'Feminine' and if you like the theme, you still have time to enter.

As it was my theme, I decided to add another piece using some new  Stampendous Andy Skinner Shabby Chic stamps. Again I've printed out a label I found on the internet, re sized and then stamped the corset image in the center.



The box was left over from my favorite mint tea bags, was covered with a mix of Distress paints using a dry brush. I did some second generation  stamping with some of the other labels from the set
giving a worn vintage look to the box.



A few Sizzix Tiny tattered roses and leaves  and a pretty bow to complete.

You still have time to enter the challenge and you can find all the details here.

Have a great day,
Avril xx



Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Lovely Day


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card and if you'd like to find out the details, please pop over.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx