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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Winter Wonderland at Try it on Tuesday


The new challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight is Winter Wonderland.   I've used the snowy cabin from Artistic Outpost Mid Winter set, along with one of my favourite Santa's to create my scene, some masking and inking and a couple of tiny trees and a freebie magazine sentiment.

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

I am entering this at Allsorts where they want to see Santa, Elves or Angels/ option Christmas, I think I've got that covered here, and at We Love Chocolate Baroque where the theme is Christmas.
I'm also entering at Christmas 24 challenge - Santa

Well that's another for the box, I'm getting there slowly.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Mid Month Inspiration at Stamping Sensations

The theme at Stamping Sensations this month is Garlands, Wreaths and Christmas Flowers, great for making a start with those Christmas cards.

I've used my neglected Thinlits Poinsettia - neglected because I was never happy with my positioning of the stamp and die, but after watching a Tim Holtz 'live' earlier in the year and he explained (in case you didn't see it) - cutting the die first, placing the 'waste' die cut in the stamp platform, lining up the stamp in the cut out, then, after closing the lid to adhere the stamp, placing the die cut back into the waste for stamping - yay! perfect placing.
I've used the TH Linen background stamp, inked up with gold pigment ink and then heat embossed with gold EP - very sparkly, the greeting was stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with WOW Red Glitz EP.  I've used a piece of gold handmade paper and mounted the Poinsettia on 3D foam pads.

The DT have some fabulous inspirations for this theme, so please pop over to the main blog and you'll also find all the challenge details there.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Traditional Christmas Colours at Try it on Tuesday


The new challenge at try it on Tuesday is Traditional Christmas Colours - a good way to make a start on the Christmas cards.

I've used one of my favourite Santa's from Tim Holtz, he looks such a happy fellow! matting and layering with some 'freebie' papers and a pine cone die cut.  Well - that's a start anyway.

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

Avril xx

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Garlands, Wreaths and Christmas Flowers at Stamping Sensations


It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we'd like to see either Garlands, Wreaths and/or Christmas Flowers, so lots of scope and a chance to get ahead with the Christmas cards.
We've got Chocolate Baroque as our sponsors this month and they are offering this fabulous stamp plate as a prize.

I've used a very old Lili of the Valley stamp for my card,  I also stamped extra baubles with gold and heat embossed before adding colour with Twinkling H2O's, adding these with 3D foam pads.  I then matted onto some red mirri card, but this proved to be a nightmare to photograph! and the grey skies we've had didn't help no matter how hard I tried!!  Getting the baubles to sparkle only resulted in a pink card!

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

Avril xx

Saturday, 31 October 2020



Beware - tonight's  the night for witches and wizards to be out and about, so take care!

This poor witch obviously didn't take care  and I'm not sure how she ended up like this!

The challenge at Tag Tuesday is Halloween and I made this tag with some die cuts, which were kindly gifted from my crafty friend, to attach to some Halloween goodies for the children next door, which means I can join in the fun at Tag Tuesday.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Embossed at Try it on Tuesday

Embossed is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday, this could be dry embossing, heat embossing or textured embossing, so lots of choice there.

I've altered a gift box and as it was already black, I decided just to add a central piece.  I used the Tim Holtz rose 3D embossing folder on a slightly marbled effect black card and then used gold rubbing wax to highlight the flower. and the edge of the cut panel.

So all I have to do now is fill it with goodies for Christmas.

The Design team have created some great projects for your inspiration, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find all the challenge details.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Autumn Glory Mid month

 Good morning, it's time for some mid inspiration for this month's Stamping Sensations challenge  - Autumn Glory.

I've used an an old favourite - an image from Artistic Outpost's Serenity set.  I made an inky background and stamped second generation leaves in autumn shades.  The sentiment is from a magazine freebie set.
Some die cut leaves and little autumn gatherings from a recent walk to complete.

There's some lovely inspiration on the challenge blog, so please pop over and as long as you use stamping as your main focal point, why not join in, as always there's some fabulous prizes to be won.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx