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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Family Memories

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight the theme is Friends and Family, so I decided to do another page in my Family Journal, and this time I've used a photo of my Mum and Dads wedding.

The background was given a coat of Gesso before using DecoArt Crackle paste through the TH Lace stencil.  I've used various watery washes of Antique Linen, Spun Sugar and edged with Tumbled Glass Distress crayon smudged with a baby wipe, before stamping with script and background stamps, using  Frayed Burlap. The words were computer generated.

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

I am entering this at Art Journal Journey where Erika has chosen the theme of Vintage or Modern, this is definitely vintage.

Thanks for calling in, have a great day and I hope to do some catching up with you as soon as the washing's done!

Avril xx

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Resisting for Christmas

It's time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and for this month the theme is 'Resist' - and we'd love to see some form of 'resist' stamping.

November gave me the wake up call to start some Christmas cards and for this one I've used  'the Gent' from Tim Holtz Deco Christmas.  He was stamped in Black Archival ink and embossed with Clear EP.  Next I stamped the greeting with VersaMark and again heat embossed with Silver EP.
The snowflakes were then stamped with VersaMark and embossed with White EP.

I masked off the bottom section and then blended Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress Inks for the sky.  I then used a soft tissue to remove the ink from the embossed areas. before creating a little background scene with masking and stamping.

The rest of the Design 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 also have Ink Art Designs as our sponsor and one lucky random winner will receive a stamp from the online store.

I am entering this at
  Stamping Sensations - Get Ready for Christmas
  Cards4Guyz - Winter Blues

This is a schedule post as we're due back from holiday tomorrow and I'll catch up with you soon.
Have a great day, Avril xx

Monday, 5 November 2018

Flower vase tag


Hello and thanks for calling in, I've had another play with the Flower Vase set to create a tag for a special gift.
For the background I used Crackle paste with the Gothic stencil and then Distress Inks, but didn't like it, so a coat of Gesso and then some Antique linen DI shading - much better.  The sentiment was stamped over the embossing, what would we do without the stamp platform!  I added some vintage lace and then the flower jar.

This is a scheduled post as we're having a short break away in one of my favourite cities, Budapest. 
Some of you asked how the hedgehogs were getting on, before we came away they were still coming, although not often together.  I'm wondering if they might have hibernated by the time we get back, I'll let you know.

Avril xx

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Definitely a Treat!

After not having any young children living in the vicinity, we now have two families with young children living on either side of our house, so I'm expecting some callers tonight and thought I would make some little Treat boxes.

I've used empty tea boxes and covered them with papers, distressing the edges and corners and then added some leftover die cuts for a bit of fun.

Halloween stuff all put away for another year now, but I must say, I did enjoy  making this year.

Stay safe tonight!!
Avril xx

Tuesday, 30 October 2018


It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight the theme is 'Thankful'
and we would love to see what you are Thankful for - a kindness/Harvest or Thanksgiving.

I've made a Thank You card and what better way to say 'thank you' than with flowers, so I've used a couple of blooms from the Glower Garden set, stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with Abandoned Coral Distress ink.  The bas layer is DP from stash, some vintage music paper and a torn piece of card embossed with 3D Botanical folder.

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

I am entering this at Crafting with Dragonflies - Be Thankful

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Friday, 26 October 2018


Another Halloween card,  this time not too scary as it's for the little girl who lives next door.  I've used Distress inks to create the background and lots of die cuts.  The 'Boo' was cut with black card and covered with DecoArt Glamour Dust for a bit of sparkle.

If you're making Halloween cards, etc. you still have a couple of days left to join in the fun at Try it on Tuesday, you can find all the details here.

I'm entering this at:
  That's Crafty - Spookalicious
  Moving Along with the Times -  Halloween

Thanks for calling in
Avril xx

Tuesday, 23 October 2018


Well, there's something in the air and I'm not just talking about the chill!  We've seen some great entries for the Trick or Treat Halloween challenge at Try it on Tuesday and you still have another week to join in our fun.

When I first started blogging I didn't have a clue about Halloween cards, and certainly didn't have anything that was remotely suitable, but now after seeing so many fabulous cards and projects I'm really starting to like this time of the year and couldn't resist making quite a few cards this year.

My 'wicked' gent is from Stamp Addicts  Skull-tastic and the set includes the Mr. S's accessories.
I've given him a top hat and bow tie and used 3d foam pads to lift him from the embossed background.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Don't forget to pop over to TioT where you will find all the challenge details to join in the fun.

I'm entering this at Simon Says - Halloween/Spooky

Take care, you never know who is lurking...
Avril xx