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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Anything Goes at FSC

Hello, it's the first challenge of 2019 over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and we've got a nice easy one for you as Shirley has chosen  Anything Goes - as long as you include stamping as a focal point.

I've used Tim Holtz Glorious Bouquet and only stamped in part of the image with Black Versafine and then coloured with Distress inks.  The sentiment is from Visible Image.  I've added some subtle stencilling in the background using the TH Nordic stencil with Frayed Burlap.

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, and details of our Sponsor Ink Art Designs who are offering one lucky random winner a stamp from the online shop.

Thanks for calling in, and as this is a scheduled post, I'll catch up with you  when I get back from my 'girly' break with DD.

Have a great week,
Avril xx




Friday, 11 January 2019

Embrace It!



Hello and thanks for calling in, I've managed a little play time to join in over at Art Journal Journey where the theme this month is Geometric Shapes chosen by Alison.

I've used a stamp and stencils that came free with a magazine,  I thought the lady looked a bit confused so I thought these Tim Holtz quotes seemed perfect.

Just a short post, I'm trying to get organised, I'm having a week away in Barcelona with DD - and leaving hubby behind!  I wonder, will he cope?

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


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Old meets New

Hello, it's the first challenge of 2019 at Try it on Tuesday and we've got a nice one for you - Something New/Something Old.  So if you were lucky to get new crafting goodies for Christmas, we would like to see what Santa brought you - or if you weren't lucky and Santa thought you had enough - well you can still play along and show us your old stash, just tell us what you're using.

I've used the TH Botanical 3D folder, which is new, I sanded the raised area and swiped Antique Linen Oxide over, then swiped Versamark and sprinkled with Gold embossing powder, although this doesn't show in the photo.  I've made a frame with the TH Stacked Postage dies which was a Christmas present, this was cut with the same navy co-ordinations card.  I originally used Aquamarine Treasure Gold, then decided to stamp over with the Nordic background and heat embossed this with gold EP.

I need a special girly card for my DIL, so I've used  a lovely old Graphic 45 Couture stamp, fussy cut and coloured with DIs with a little bit of sparkle added.

The rest of the DT have some fabulous makes, so please pop over to the main blog to see what they've been up to.

  I am entering this at Stamping Sensations - Fabulously Feminine

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Vintage Love


Hello and Happy New Year, I hope you had a lovely festive break, but if you're like me, I'm looking forward to getting back to normal.  I've now made an attempt to restore order to my craft room after  the mess I left it in before Christmas, well, enough of an attempt to give me space to make a much needed card.

I'm really going to make the effort to use neglected stamps and all the bits and pieces stored away in boxes, so for starters I found this Kaisercraft stamp 'Botanical' which has only been used once or twice.  I've coloured it with distress markers and layered with book paper and bits of ephemera. keeping the tones neutral for a vintage look.

I am entering this at
   Watercooler Challenges - Feminine Anything Goes
  Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes


Well, that's  a start to 2019, let's hope it's a creative one.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx


Sunday, 30 December 2018

Scary Snowman!






Hello,  it seems such a long time since I posted anything on here, but unorganised chaos seemed to be the norm after my holiday in December - anyhow, I had a lovely crafty day yesterday and have managed to complete a page in my little vintage journal.  The page had been given a coat of Gesso, so I applied a watery wash using Tumbled Glass Distress stain and then some smudging with the TG crayon.  I've used embossing paste through a stencil and then sprinkled with White EP which was heated when the paste was dry.  I stamped some snowflakes, part of a set that I won at Paperbabe at the end of November, in silver and punched some snowflakes from white glitter paper and added a couple of die cut trees.(They are white, although they look quite dirty in the photos)  The photo is me!  I made this scary snowman, (with what looks like grass for hair) in my Grandparents garden, I think I'm about 5.
I'm obviously enjoying myself, so I think this page fits in with Art Journal Journey, where Elizabeth has chosen the theme of 'Tis The Season'  - I did have a number of ideas for this theme, but crafting time has been non existent this month -  I have missed it.

Thanks for calling in, but before I go, I would like to wish You All a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2019.

Avril xx

Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas to You All

My Best Wishes for a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Crafty New Year

Hugs, Avril xx

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Guess Who's Coming



Time for our last challenge of the year at Try it on Tuesday and it's 'Guess Who's Coming', well, we all know who that it is, and I really need to get my skates on or this 'lovely man' will be making an appearance for real and I won't be ready, that's what I get for having a holiday in December!

My Santa is from Tim Holtz's  Christmas Classic stamps, and I've made a small batch, just varying the papers.  Santa was stamped in Potting Soil archival ink and coloured with Distress markers, I've also added some background stamping with the small elements from the set.  I've added some Festive Greens and shabby bows stained with Distress stain in Festive Berries.


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

I am entering this at
  Penny Black and More - Traditional Christmas Colours
  Country View Crafts - Christmas
  Shopping Our Stash - Tis The Season
  That's Crafty - Anything Goes

Have a great day and I'll be around to catch up with you now that I'm back and have permanent internet! but first I'm out for Christmas lunch with a group of friends and we're doing our 'Secret Santa' , so I guess he's definitely on his way.

Avril xx