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Tuesday 28 August 2012

Travel at Try it on Tuesdays

Hi Folks,

The theme this fortnight over at Try it on Tuesdays is Travel, and you can interpret this as Places or Modes of Transport or anything else Travel related - its up to you.

For my card I have used IndigoBlue Background Map, stamped 4 times and the main image is Clarity Stamps.  This was stamped twice, and I tore sections of the image and then mounted on 3d pads. All this was distressed with Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo DIs. The wings of the dragonfly were coated with Frosted Lace Stickles, and the clock faces coated with Glossy Acents..

I hope you will join us for this challenge - we would love to see your 'journey'

I am entering this in:
  Eureka Stamps - Anything Goes
  Penny's Paper Crafty - Masculine
  Anything Goes - Make Your own Background
  Everybody Art - Anything Goes

Thats it for now and thanks for looking.

Avril xx

Sunday 26 August 2012

Fashionable Handmade Flowers!

Hi Folks,

The challenge this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping  is Floral or Handmade Flowers or both - the choice is yours!
For my card I have used Stampendous Rose Corset, coloured with Distress Inks, the backing border is my new TH Embossing folder , distressed with Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans. The webbing is also coloured with Faded Jeans.  The  floral paper is Papermania Blueberry Hill.
For my flowers I used Cor'dinations and the TH Tattered Floral die. a little bit of sanding and some glossy accents.
The rest of the DT have some fabulous 'floral creations' on show, so please pop over to FSC and take a look.  Remember though, we are a stamping challenge and need to see at least one real stamp on your entry.

I hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday - its the last one until Christmas!!

This is a scheduled post as we are 'hopefully - weather permitting' enjoying a few days away. 

I am entering this i:
  Catered Crop - Distress
  Challenges4Everybody - Anything Goes
  Come and Get It - 3D flowers
  Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes
  Stampin for the Weekend - Pearls and Swirls

Thanks for looking

Avril xx

Friday 24 August 2012

Pearly Pins!

Hi Folks,

Well after bombarding you with lots of posts last week, I don't know what happened to this week!
This card has been on my desk all week in various stages waiting to be assembled and if I'm not quick I'll miss the challenges it was designed for!
The image is from Inkylicious, borrowed from crafty friend Diane.
The challenge over at Craft Room is Pins/Charms -  improvised and made my own from a broken pearl necklace. The feathers and organza ribbon were both died with a mix of Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass DI.
I stitched all layers, I love this effect - don't know why I don't do it more often !

I also am entering this in:
  That Craft Place - Vintage
  Craft your Passion - The Power of Three (3 pins)
  Created with Love - 3 of a Kind
  Crafting for All Seasons - Stitching
  Divas by Design - Anything Goes

I must tell you my news - I was a 'Perfect Pinky' over at In the Pink, if you haven't been there, pop over, its a new challenge for anyone who loves  - yes, you guessed - PINK!

That's it for now, hope you all have a good Bank Holiday weekend and fingers crossed it doesn't rain too much!

Avril xx

Saturday 18 August 2012

Glitter, Glitter - everywhere!

Hi Folks,

The challenge over at the Stamp Man this fortnight is 'Precious Medals/Metals' and while I was playing with this IndigoBlu stamp during the week, I though I would try 'Ella Bella' with some Gilding Flakes, instead of keeping them just for Christmas! I love the effect this gives, although very difficult to photograph! Yesterday I managed to complete this for my 'Precious Metal' offering at the StampMan, and set to with my 'home made Frantage' - gold ep, chunky gold glitter, and silver/blue mix glitter - there seemed to be as much glitter on me as on the card! (tell you a secret - it was even in my bra! -???)
The black base  layers are embossed with CB Textile folder.

I am also entering this in:
  Chocolate,Coffe Cards - Emboss (corners and base layers)
  Charisma Cards - Monochrome
  Shopping our Stash - New or Re-visit a technique (haven't used Gilding since Christmas)

Thats  it for now, hope you all have a great weekend.

Avril xx

Thursday 16 August 2012

Studion L3 - CCV2 - Challenge 17

Hi Folks,

I think I'm on a roll this week, have manage to complete my offering for Studio L3  Compendium of Curiosities V2,  and its not quite last minute!

This week we ae asked to follow the steps on p.61 using Cor'dinations, and the challenge is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

I bought a pack of this a while ago, and then in one of my 'tidy-ups' put it away and it hasn't been used for a while - it won;t be going back in the drawer!  I used my new TH embossing folder, love this frame, and although I wanted a very shabby look, used some Spun Sugar DI.

I am also entering this in
  Nutcrafters challenge - Embossed backgrounds

Thas it for now, but I will be back to do some catching up tonight.

Avril xx

Wednesday 15 August 2012

50 Shades of ............Pink!

Hi Folks,

Yes. that's the title of the first  challenge at 'In the Pink' . This is a new Challenge blog co-hosted by 2 lovely,  and very talented ladies -  Sylvia and Christine.  If by any chance you don't know these ladies, please  pop over to their blogs, you won't be disappointed

For my card, I used Ella Bella from IndigoBlu, stamped in black on white cardstock,, edges were distressed with Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet DI,  The swirl is IndigoBlu, the sentiment is Tim Holtz and all stamping was  in VV.   I added lots of Glamour Dust to the swirls, butterflies and torn edges. The base and embossed layers were pale pink cardstock, and although its not 50 shades of pink - I think it qualifies!

I am also entering this in:
  Loves to Create - Sparkle
  Gingerloft - Silhouettes
  That Craft Place - Things with Wings
  Sweet Stampin - Things with Wings

Thats it for today - 4 posts this week - I'm like a bus - don't see one for ages and then they all come together!

Avril xx

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Less is More - Feathers!

Two posts in one day - so I'll make it very short!

The challenge over at Less is More is Fur or Feathers - I've opted for feathers, literally!

This stamp has been very neglected -its a Clarity stamp, as is the verse. Just simply stamped in black versamark .
Told you it was short,
Avril xx

It's a Little Sketchy at TioT

Hi folks,                        
The challenge this fortnight over at Try it on Tuesdays is a Sketch, and a nice easy one which can also be flipped or rotated - it really is up to you, as long as we can see the basic sketch. 



Please pop over to TioT to see what the rest of my teamies  have made - you wont be disappointed.

For my card I have used one of the first stamps I ever bought - Pearls & Plumes from Hampton Art Stamps, and although she's had a bit of a rest recently, she's still an old favourite, and doesn't take much colouring, but loves Glamour Dust!
The papers are Laura Ashley (old again), the roses were white, but I tinted them with Victorian Velvet DI.

I am entering this in:
  Make It Monday - Anything Goes
  Dream Valley Challenges - Die Cuts & Punches
  Daring Cardmakers - Get Knotted
  The Poodles Parlour - Die Cuts
  Stamping for the Weekend - Monochromatic
  Totally Papercrafts - Frame It

Thanks for looking

Avril xx

Sunday 12 August 2012

Ice Cream Colours at FSC

Hi Folks,

Well its summer! so what better way to enjoy it than an Ice Cream and  our challenge over at Fashionable
Stamping this fortnight is to show us your favourite Ice cream colours.
There's an fabulous Ice Cream Parlour not too far from where I live that does the most amazing flavours - my favourites are Turkish Delight, Pistachio and Wild Cherry with a little bit of Bubblegum on the side! and you can see all of these colours in my card.

The image is IndigoBlu  'All Saints' stamped and then inked with DI's Bundled Sage, (Pistachio) Tumbled Glass (Bubblegum) Spun Sugar (Turkish Delight) and edged with Dusty Concord (wild cherry), the same colours were used on the base layer of the card, the flourish is Crafty Individuals.

The rest of the DT have some delicious offerings to tempt you, so please pop over to see if you can guess their favourite flavour, and then, we would like to know what yours is. Hope you can join us on this fun challenge.

I am entering this in:
  Challenge up your Life - Everything Goes
  MAWTT - Summer
  Divas by Design - For a Female
  Simon Says Stamp - Bingo (Ribbon/Free/Bloom)
  Ribbon Girls - Bingo (ribbon/pearls(in flower)/image)

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Avril xx

Monday 6 August 2012

Perfect Pearls and CC2C

Hi Folks,

I'm back with the  results of my 'play day' for the challenge over at Studio L3 which is CC2C  page 54,
 Perfect Pearls Mist.
I started off by playing with the dress form and loved how it turned out, so then tried it on the Tattered Floral daisy.  The  photographs don't do it justice, this is a fabulous technique.

The white panel is the same  embossing folder, inked with Black Soot before running through the CB. The black cardstock  was inked with Versamark and brushed with Perfect Pearls powder.

I am also entering this in:
  Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
  Love to Create - Punches & Dies
  Make It Monday - Anything Goes
  Come and Get It - Adult Birthday Card
  Corrosive Challenges - Birthday cards
  Joanna Sheen - Try Something New (new technique)

I would just like to say 'hello' to my new followers and  thank you for choosing to follow my blog, I really do appreciate it - and you.

Avril xx

Sunday 5 August 2012

Vintage - Number Seven

Hi Folks,  Hope your are all enjoying the weekend and hopefully didn't get caught in any of today's 'showers' - we had hailstones!
Just thought I would share a card I made last weekend for DD starting her new job.  I bought the image at Harrogate GNP  in March, couldn't resist it - as DD's Pharmacy job is with..............you know who!
I wanted a 'clinical' look to the card, rather than the beauty aspect, so opted for Black & white.  I stamped straight onto card that had been embossed with Graces Frame in the CB. The base layer was embossed with Swiss Dots and a computer sentiment.

That's it for now, I've had a lovely play day - now I need to make them into something!

A couple of challenges for this card:
  Totally Papercrafts - Monochrome
  PaperPlay challenges - Layer it Up
  Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
  ATC's & Cards with Attitude - Anything Goes
  Inky Impressions - Embossing

Avril xx

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Less Is More

Hi Folks,

I haven't managed to enter many of my favourite challenges lately even when LIM last weeks was sewing !

I always find when I have missed LIM the first one back is a real challenge.  This week its a sketch at Less Is More.  The sketch looked great - inspirational cards from Chrissy & Mandy looked great!  Had a little me time today to make my card, went to enter and that's when I read Chrissy's description of her card - I had done very similar, I was going to change, but hey ho, its made!  I hope you don't mind Chrissy!

I made a few pieces with Winter Pansy's in April after reading an article in Craft Stamper, I love the way the big pansy has come through.

Thats it for now, and thanks for looking

Avril xx