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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Bits and pieces.

Hello, I was just beginning to think things were back to normal and was planning some time to craft when a horrible cough and cold arrived without warning and it certainly wasn't welcome, but dare I say - almost back to normal.

I keep having good intentions of using up the 'box of bits and pieces'  and this card helped a little.
The background, trellis and words were all in there,  and the photo was from from a reduced size scan of the original 'Found Relative' .

I really must make the effort to keep using up these bits before they take over!

I am entering this at Eclectic Ellapu - Shabby or Vintage

Thanks for calling in and enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Sail the Ocean





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

Avril xx

Friday, 14 April 2017

Golden Butterfly



Hello, I hope you're enjoying the start of a Lovely Easter Weekend,  but in true Bank Holiday mode, the weather has turned rather chilly compared with last weekend.    I didn't mind as I'd planned to spend the afternoon crafting, something I hadn't managed all week due to the builder being here, but we're all tidy and back to normal now.

I had another play with the Oxide inks, this time blending onto a piece of black card, the colours are very subtle but give a lovely chalky look.  I applied embossing paste through a stencil and left it to dry naturally and the paste absorbed the colours of the Oxide inks.

As I wanted to enter the challenge at Tag Tuesday where the theme is Things with Wings - but not birds, I stamped a butterfly on a Tyvek sheet that I'd used in my 'spray box'.  Next I stamped and gold embossed the just the center of the butterfly onto the tag to give me the antenna.   The sentiment was masked letting me stamp the one word, which I clear embossed.

Thanks for calling in and I hope you all have a lovely Easter.

Avril xx




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hero


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

Avril xx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Add a Quote at TioT


Hello and thanks for calling in, today sees the start of a new Challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time we would like you to Add a Quote .

For my card, I used an inky mop up piece of paper for the base, along with a scrap of woodgrain embossed card that was coloured with Weathered Wood, Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo Distress.
My die cut wildflowers and leaves were coloured with DIs.

The quote and butterfly are from a set of Sheena Douglas stamps which were a 'freebie' with a magazine.

The rest of the DT have used some fabulous quotes, so why not pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.

I am entering this at:
  That's Crafty - Foliage and Flowers

That's all from me today,
Have a lovely day,
Avril xx


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Favorite Things at FSC


Hello, today sees the start of a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and for this month Leanne has chosen 'My Favorite Things' - but it's from the Sound of Music, so anything from the first verse, for all the details please pop over to the main blog.
We have Flonzcraft as our Sponsor and they are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store.

This was a challenge for me as I don't have much in the way of Rose stamps, so this  Rose was fussy cut from a Noor Design stamp with a Postcard background.  I've used watercolour paper for the Rose and the background.  My raindrops and sentiment are Inkylicious stamps, and I've added Glossy Accents to the raindrops too.

The rest of the DT have some great inspiration so please pop over and take a look.

Have a lovely Sunday, whatever you're doing, I'm off to a local craft show as I need some extra storage for the Distress Oxide inks, well that's my excuse!

Avril xx

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Eiffel Collage



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

Avril xx

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Bird Song


Hello and thanks for popping in,  I've had a little time this afternoon and managed to finish (probably just in time)  this tag, which has been in various stages all week.  It's for Tag Tuesday which my DT friends Valerie and Chrissie  host and the theme this time is Birds and Nests.

I've used a mop up from some Oxide inks along with Tim Holtz and Artistic Outpost stamps.

Crafting and blogging has been at a minimum this week as we prepare for the builder to start on a bathroom conversion, wish it was finished.

Hopefully I'll be able to do some catching up this week,
Avril xx

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Vintage Roses


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog showcasing this card with a vintage background made using Oxide inks.  For all the details, please pop over.

Avril xx


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Botanical at Try it on Tuesday





Hello,  today sees the start of a new Challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight it's Botanical.  So anything with flowers, trees, leaves, plants - yes, you get the idea.

I've been playing with the Oxide inks again, but this time I used a blending tool with Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo onto my card to create my watery landscape.  I've used Tim Holtz die cut wildflowers and the sentiment is from a Jofy set.  There's also a little mesh and script stamping on the background.

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

I am entering this at:
  Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature
  City Crafter - In Bloom

Thanks for calling in, I do appreciate it.
Avril xx




Saturday, 25 March 2017

Oxides Ink on Black


Hello,  I've had another little play with the Oxide Inks although nothing got quite finished, as in the middle I decided to try the Oxide inks onto a scrap of black card - just to see exactly how good the colours were.
I used Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint through the mini Floral stencil and although the colours are paler - I think the Worn Lipstick looks more like Milled Lavender, I love the chalky effect.
This was just a scrap, but I thought it looked too nice, so with some Tiny Tattered floral roses, ribbon and lace spritzed with Milled Lavender, it's now a pretty gift tag.  The little label was stamped with Worn Lipstick Oxide ink.  I did try another, which I clear embossed, but the colour seemed to fade.

I am entering this at:
  Moving Along with the Times - Handmade or Die cut flowers

Thanks for calling in,
Have a lovely weekend,
Avril x


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

1818 Eau de Perfum

Hello,  I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog showcasing this card made with my first play with Oxide Inks.  For all the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Isn't She Lovely!


Well......I wondered if I needed them and when DH said he would 'treat' me.....Of course I needed them...all I can say is that I LOVE the new Oxide Inks and 'yes' I did need them.

My first play (which you will see later in the week) was a little cautious and I only used 2 colours,but this time my background used  Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Broken China and Vintage Photo with lots of water and drying between all the layers.  I also used Iced Spruce DI with the Flourish stencil.

I don't have the Paper Dolls, so after a little search, I found this image on the internet and fell in love with her expression and thought these quotes seemed just right

DH has realised  he shouldn't have  been so generous -  he thinks he will see even less of me - but maybe that's a good thing!!

Well that's all for now,  I need more practice with these inks!

I am entering this at:
  Country View Crafts - Inspired by Tim Holtz
  Simon Says Monday - Layer it Up
  Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media - Challenge  6
  More Mixed Media - Anything Goes - Option Green

Thanks for calling in today, it's always appreciated.
Avril xx


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Eau De Parfum for Artistic Outpost


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

Avril xx

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Lady in Red at TioT


Hello, and thanks for calling in, today see the start of a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and our theme this fortnight is 'Lady in Red' 

I need a few girly birthday cards next month, so a great opportunity to use this sassy lady from the Dylusions Couture set, along with some paper piecing for her outfit.  The Eiffel Tower stencil is from Shena Douglas, and few stenciled branches to complete the scene and of course some die cut flowers.

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

I am entering this at:
  Allsorts - Ladies and Girls
  Simon Says Monday Challenge - Hand Made Flowers
  Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
  Love to Create - Anything Goes  Mixed Media
  Artistic Stamper - Springtime

That's all for now, have a great day,  I'm on the last lap of the 'tidy' - nice clean drawer units and some work space, one empty drawer and some empty boxes to fill, but only with 'good stuff' - no more rubbish!

Avril xx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Modes of Transport at FSC


Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this month it's 'Modes of Transport'  so lots of choice here.

I've opted for a bicycle ride and used an old Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque) stamp, although I have cut away 2 of the boys.  The background is Artistic Outpost (Serenity) and by masking, I 'extended' the field.  I added some Inkylicious birds to the sky.  The sentiment is again Artistic Outpost from Lovely Day, which seemed to fit so well with the image.
I've used a Tim Holtz 'Burlap' stencil for the base.

We have Flonzcraft as our Sponsor and they are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store, but don't forget to qualify you must use real stamping that follows the theme.
For all the details and more inspiration from the DT, please pop over to the main blog.

I am entering this at:
  Craft Stamper - Anything Goes
  Penny Black and More - Anything Goes

Thanks for calling in today and enjoy the rest of your day.
Avril xx



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Eiffel Collage


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog featuring this card from the February New Release.  For all the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Roses in Paris


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog showcasing  the Roses in Paris collage stamp from the February Release.  Please pop over to the blog for all the details.

Also, there is a special web offer from Our Daily Bread Designs

To thank you for your continued support of Our Daily Bread DesignsNorth Coast Creations and Artistic Outpost, we are having a 3 Day FREE SHIPPING Sale on ALL US orders! Please note that our Free Shipping offer is only valid on orders placed via Our Daily Bread Designs website.

NO CODE is needed, the free shipping will automatically be applied to your cart.


Our Free Shipping special ends on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:00 PM EST. (Limited to stock on hand, US Retail Customers only).
International Customers: you will receive $6.50 off  your order (in place of free shipping).

 So why not check this offer out.

Avril xx

Time for Tea at TioT


Hello, we have a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight it's Time for Tea
We would love to see what you create with a Tea theme, and it's up to you what medium you use.

I decided on another page to go in my journal binder and found this image on the net and the rest just evolved - I think it had something to do with her looking up to the heavens!

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

That's it from me today, but I'll be back tomorrow with another post for Artistic Outpost.
Have a great day,
Avril xx

Sunday, 26 February 2017

La Divina


Hello,  Yesterday I started on a much needed tidy in my little room but I didn't get too far as I started on the   'bit's'   box first.  I came across this crackle embossed tag and a distressed frame which just seemed to be the right size for the tag,  so in true crafter's fashion, the tidy was forgotten and playtime resumed!
The image, from Hero Arts was bought from Ebay about 4 yrs ago and never been used, so, with a few embellishments and a stenciled background, another girly card for the box.

Just a short post as I always seem to be running out of time - wonder why.

Avril xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

EauDeParfum and Lace




Hello,  Just a sneak peek today as I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog showcasing a card made with one of the new Release stamps.  To find out all the details, please pop over to Artistic Outpost, hope you like it!

Avril xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Getting Messy!

Hello, and thanks for calling in,  the current challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight is  Let's Get Messy'   and you still have one more week to enter, for all the details, please pop over here

I can't take much credit for the design of this little wall plaque, which started life as an off cut from one of DH's DIY projects, as I saw this on the   Finnabair blog  here,    I just loved the colour and the design.  So with great process pictures, I decided to make one with the bits and pieces in my 'junk/treasure' box.  The background colour is a mix of PaperArtsy Snowflake/Mermaid and a little Taupe rubbed on with my finger.  Some Potting Soil Archival script stamping for some detail.
Paint and gilding wax on the metal and paper clay embellishments along with some bronze seed beads.
A little hanger on the back and it's on the wall and I love it, even though the picture doesn't really do the colour justice!

As always, Thanks for taking the time to call in, I do appreciate it.

Avril xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Artistic Outpost February New Release


Hello, I'm here with some great news, Artistic Outpost are having a February New Release of some gorgeous collaged  stamps.

                                                           Eau De Parfum


                                                             Eiffel Collage


                                                              Roses in Paris
                                                   

  I've made a couple of samples to show,  the first is using Roses in Paris,

                                                         
The second one uses the Eau De Parfum and paper from the Vagabond Treasures paper pack



I'll go into more detail later on my blog as I'm sure you're all keen to lean about the Blog Hop Prize

Prize Information:
Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Website.  You have until February 17th, 2017 at 10:00 PM CDT to leave comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! One random winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winner will be announced on the AO Blog on February 18, 2017, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!


Terry   *   Julie   *   Avril  -  you are here


Thanks for visiting and I hope you've enjoyed seeing the New Release as much as I've enjoyed using these gorgeous stamps.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sail the Ocean


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog today with this card.  For all the details, please pop over to the AO blog.

Avril xx

Let's Get Messy at Try it on Tuesday

Hello, today sees the start of a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight we would like to see you getting messy.

On a recent attempt to tidy up my craft room I unearthed a Journal I started last year,  so this challenge gave me the prompt to add another page.

The background was made with Wrinkle free distress using Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled glass.  Some stenciling with Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry.  The flower and cross hatch are from a PA Jofy set, the Runway girl and sentiment are time Holtz.

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

As always, thanks for calling in and I hope you have a great day,
Avril xx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Just a Number at FSC

Hello, it's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and for this month the theme is 'Just a Number'  You can interpret this any way you like as long as there's stamped numbers on your project.  For all the details and inspiration please pop over to the main blog where the rest of the DT have some wonderful projects to show.

For my project I've used lots of numbers on my inky background, as well as some stamped numbered ephemera.
My main image, the girls from Artistic Outpost's Paper Boys set, was stamped and masked enabling me to overstamp the background.  I coloured the image and also stamped it onto acetate and attached using vintage photo corners to hide the tiny blobs of Glossy Accents holding it in place.  I stamped the Film strip and fussy cut the girls to fit.

It would be lovely to see you join in with this challenge as we have Flonzcraft as our sponsor and they are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store.

I am entering this card at:
  Craft Stamper - Anything Goes with Stamping
  Penny Black and More - Use your Favorite stamp (Love AO's Paper girls)

That's all from me today, thanks as always for calling in.  Have a great day,
Avril xx


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Colour My World



Hello,  and as always, thanks for calling in.

I bought a couple of dies in the Country View Crafts Advent Sale in December and this is my first play with the TH Mini Globe.
I cut the globe from a textured silver card and coloured with Alcohol inks.  I also cut a base circle and coloured that with Salty Ocean DI.
For the background I used Transparent texture paste through a stencil and when dry, I used Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass and Dusty Concord inks to colour my base card.  My sentiment was computer generated, and with those words, I was able to add in a little floral spray.

I am entering this at
 Simon Says Work it Wednesday - Something new with a New Product
 Crafty Cardmakers - Love
 Love to Create - Challenge 3


Well, that's it for today, I need to get my thinking cap on and knuckle down to some DT work!

Avril xx




Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Sailor Boy


Hello, just to let you know I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog with this tag featuring products from AO's January Release.
I hope you'll pop over for all  the details.

Avril xx

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Young Dreams


Hello and thanks for calling in, well I've gone back to my love of vintage to get the creative mojo started again.   This was going to be a tag, but as I've got a few birthdays coming up, it ended up as a DL card,  I quite like this size.

The background was created with a new to me Tim Holtz Nordic background stamp, I've got the stencil, but I love this smaller pattern.
I couldn't find a suitable size picture in the Found Relatives pack so after a little internet search,  I found this lovely young girl,  resized her and printed out onto photo paper.
A few bits and pieces from my stash and some Wildflower die cuts tied with string.

I am entering this at:
  Shopping Our Stash - Days of Yore

Hopefully, there might be some more crafting tomorrow as no one's coming for lunch, easy day.
Have a great weekend,
Avril xx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Captain of the Ship

Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog with this masculine card using stamps from the AO New Release.  If you'd like to find out the details, please join me there.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Hearts and Flowers at Try it on Tuesday



Hello.....slightly late as I didn't realise I hadn't organised this post as is usual with DT work,  I've had such a horrible cold and haven't even looked at my blog for almost 2 weeks, but I'm here now to tell you about the latest challenge at Try it on Tuesday which is, yes, you've guessed... Hearts and Flowers.

Fortunately my DT piece was made a few weeks ago.
I've had these little wooden hearts for a couple of years, so as part of the 'intention' of using up stashed away items, this one got a make over.
Gesso, embossing paste through  a script stencil and then a coat of Antique Linen Distress paint. When it was dry I used my finger with PaperAtsy Fresco Finish in Taupe to distress.
My little bouquet  was made with the Tiny Tattered Florals.
The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

Thanks for visiting and I'll to catch up with you but first of all I must find Mr Mojo, haven't seen him since this cold arrived - wonder if he's gone into hibernation!!

Avril xx

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The Captain's Log


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

Avril xx

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Sailor


Hello and thanks for popping in.

 I'm over on the Artistic Outpost Blog with this tag from the January New Release.

If you want to find out the details, please pop over here.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Anything But Square

Hello, it's time to tell you about the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday which for this fortnight is Anything But Square 



I started out with an oblong wooden box, removed the lace and painted with Gesso.
and then embossing paste through a Flourish Stencil.  I also cut a piece of heavy card to cover the glass, this was also embossed.
I used Black Gesso to roughly cover the whole box before dry brushing with Adirondack Silver paint and lightly wiping with a baby wipe to remove some of the paint to allow the black to show.



The inside was also dry brushed with the silver paint and lined with a grey/mauve/cream pattered paper, (although this looks brownish in the photo, it is a grey background)


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

Thanks for your visit, I do appreciate it, especially as I've been busy with DT work - more of that to follow,

Avril xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Artistic Outpost January New Release

Hello, I'm so pleased you called in today and I can tell you some exciting news - Artistic Outpost are having a New Release  for January.

 The Captain, is such a fabulous set of nautical themed stamps.  We also have Artistic Outpost's very first  6" x 6" Paper Pad called Vagabond Treasures.  There's also a New Release of Steampunk Gears dies.                                                                                                                                         
All products are available from from Our Daily Bread Designs.                                                   

 








 I've got a couple of samples to show, the first one uses  The Captain, along with elements cut from The Vagabond Treasures paper pad.                                                                                        



My second one, again using The Captain and the Steampunk Gears.                                               


I'll go into more details later on my blog, as I'm sure you're all keen to learn about the blog hop prize.


Prize Information:
Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Website.  You have until January 13th, 2017 at 10:00 PM CDT to leave comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! One random winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winner will be announced on the AO Blog on January 14, 2017, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

             * Terry   *       Lisa     *   Julie    *    Avril - you are here

Thanks for visiting and I hope you've enjoyed seeing the January New Release as much as I've enjoyed using them,.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Angelic Hanging

Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog today with a little Christmas hanging, for all the details, please pop over here

Avril xx

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Winter or Spring at FSC

Hello and welcome to the first Challenge of 2017 at Fashionable Stamping and it's a very seasonal one 'Winter or Spring'.  For this challenge we have Flonzcraft who are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store.
We haven't seen any snow - yet - this winter, so I decided to create my own little  snowy scene.  I used the Winter Wonderland, but masked off the border before inking.  I used Inkylicious Snowy House and Tim Holtz Tree Line stamped over torn paper masks to create their destination.
Whether you're in the depths of Winter or dreaming of Spring, it's up to you what you create and if you need some inspiration, check out the DT cards here, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Don't forget, we are a stamping challenge and your stamping must follow the theme.

I am entering this at
  That's Crafty - Anything Goes
  Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
  Country View Challenges - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your day,
Avril xx




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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Angels in the Snow


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

Avril xx