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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Animals at TioT

Hi and welcome to a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday, and this time it's 'Animals' wild or domesticated.

This was a bit of a challenge for me - I realised I didn't have any stamps or anything with animals, not even a Christmas reindeer until I saw this 'freebie' with a magazine last week.  So here goes Christmas card number 1.  The image was stamped with Versamark on navy cardstock and brushed with Perfect Pearls.  Matted onto pearlised card stock that had been embossed with a TH Snowflakes EF. This was a nightmare to photograph!
My teamies have some wonderful inspiration so please pop over to the main blog, you won't be disappointed.

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.

Avril xx

Sunday 28 September 2014

Born to Stand Out!

Hi Folks, just thought I'd  share another card made a few weeks ago, when I was using the masculine images from  Artistic Outpost stamps.
I have used the Deisel Punk set for the main image and background, and the sentiment is from the Think and Wonder set, torn script, a TH embossed sheet and all shading in Vintage Photo and Walnut stain.  My 'born to stand out' guy was coloured with Broken China and the shading on the image was done with the nesti die still in place to look like an old photo.
I challenged myself to use the masculine images first and now I just need is some time to use the others - and spare time is something that has been very short lately and might be for the next few weeks, as we are having major kitchen alterations starting next Monday which will also impact on another room, and I'm not the quickest at making decisions, but very good at changing my mind!  Lots more packing away to finish before Friday, as I already have my ticket for Harrogate GNP on Saturday - got to get the priorities right!!
Is anyone going - it would be lovely to meet up?
I am entering this at:
   Artistic Outpost - Show us your Art
   Red Rubber Inspirationals - Stay Focused on Stamping
   Vintage Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes
   We Dodoobadoo - Something Masculine

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it, especially as I'm not the best of visitors lately.
Have a great week,
Avril xx

Friday 26 September 2014

Q for Quadruple at Alphabet

Hi Folks, it's time for another letter in the Alphabet Challenge and this time it's 'Q'.  It was my pick and I came up with 'Quadruple' so we want to see you using 4 of the same items.
For my card I have used a Nicecrane image Floral Greetings, which was printed onto white Linen card.
I have 4 layers underneath the image including some muslin and I have used 4 flowers and 4 leaves.
Pop over to the main blog for all the details and some great inspiration from the rest of the team.
I am entering this at:
  Crafty Creations - Vintage
  Sisterhood of Crafters - Lots of Layers

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.  Have a great weekend.
Avril xx

Sunday 21 September 2014

Trees with Autumn Colour

Hi folks, it's time for another challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this time it's a seasonal one - Trees with Autumn colour.  We have Flonzcraft as our sponsor and they are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store.
My tree image is from Clarity stamps and the script is Graphic 45, these were stamped in Potting Soil Archival, before colouring with Wild honey, Seedless Preserve and Forest Moss Distress ink, I then spritzed with water and dabbed the colour from around the tree with a tissue.  I added a little home-made gold Frantage around the edges.   My background uses the same colours and script stamp.  The leaves were stamped onto vellum with Wild honey DI, fussy cut and then edged with Walnut Stain.
It would be lovely if you could join us for this challenge, but don't forget, we are a stamping challenge and need to see that your stamping follows the theme.  For all details and more inspiration from the rest of the team, please pop over  to the main blog.
I am entering this at:
  Artistic Stamper - Autumn Colours
  WeDoDodoobadoo - Something Masculine
  Simply Create Too - Fall/Autumn
  Fantasy Stampers - Autumn
  Oldie but a Goodie - Autumn (Everything is old)

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Avril xx

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Beauty in Black and White

Hi folks and thanks for visiting.
Today sees me sharing a card that I made using one of Nicecranes lovely images - Bringing Life Vintage Bathing.  Although this image is 'a bathing beauty'  I think she looks like a flapper from the 20's, so I decided not to go down the bathing/beach theme, and  have instead, framed her 'picture' ready to send off to her 'young man'.
That's it for  now,
Avril xx

Tuesday 16 September 2014


Hello and thanks for visiting. Today sees the start of a new Challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight our theme is 'Recycle'
I chose to use up some corrugated packaging card and a clothing tag to make my hanging
I peeled back the top layer of the packaging, so messy, and then  to 'glam' this up I randomly added some gold embossing powder.  My next layer was a piece of mop up card - which I stamped with the TH Papillion script, and again added the gold ep around the edges.  My tag was painted with some leftover cream emulsion paint, and rubbed with a baby wipe to take back some of the paint I then stamped with the butterflies, which were also stamped onto some leftover vellum.
I hope you will join us in this challenge to 'recycle' and should you need any inspiration, hop over to the main blog so see what the Team, including our two new members Sirkka and Pamellia have created, you won't be disappointed.
  I am entering this at:
  Stamping Sensations - Things with Wings
  Natalie and Amy's - Things with Wings
  Butterfly challenge - Ugly Bugs Ball (any insect with wings can attend)

That's it for now, Take care
Avril xx

Sunday 14 September 2014


Hi and thanks for visiting today, seems ages since I last managed to post on here!
Thought I would just show a card using another 'mop up tag' that had been lying around for ages.
After the mop ups, I sprayed some Perfect Pearls and added some embossing paste through a TH Doily stencil and then rubbed on some gilding wax.  My image is Musique from Clarity.  For the card base I used the Doily stencil with Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord and Worn Lipstick Distress inks lightly as I didn't want to detract from the finish on tag.  My flowers were made with the paperclay and lightly coloured with a dry paint brush and DIs.
I am entering this at:
  That's Crafty - Girl Power
  Vintage Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes
  A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
  SimonSaysStamp - Create your own background

Thanks again for visiting, I do appreciate it.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your Weekend.

Avril xx

Tuesday 9 September 2014

In the Garden and Mid challenge reminder for TioT

Hello and thanks for your visit.
The current challenge over at Try it on Tuesday is How Does Your Garden Grow, which made me realise I had not used my Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers for a while and, as I am really trying to 'use' my stash, gave me the perfect  opportunity to dig them out!
You still have one more week to enter this challenge, so pop over here for all the details.

I am entering this at
  Craft Hoarders - All the Pretty Flowers

Thanks for visiting, I really do appreciate it.
Avril xx

Sunday 7 September 2014

Fashion Time

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Fashionable Stamping  and for this fortnight the theme is 'Fashion'
so come on and join us on the catwalk and show your fashionable creations.
We are again sponsored by Flonzcraft who are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store.
I needed to make a Birthday card for a friend who is always so stylish, which gave me the inspiration to use this beautiful lady from one of the Graphic 45 Couture stamp sets, (I think I've only inked her up once before) stamped first on white card and then onto some red paper from the Couture papers and paper pieced, DPs are also from the same paper pad. The quote is also  from the same stamp set.
All details of the challenge are on the main blog, as well as some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the DT, so pop over here to take a look.  Just remember, we are a stamping challenge and your main image must be stamped and follow the theme.

I am entering this at:
  WeDoDoobadoo - Something Feminine
  That's  Crafty - Girl Power  (edit have just seen that I didn't do the link up last week - rectified now)

Looks like another lovely day, so enjoy your Sunday
Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.
Avril xx

Thursday 4 September 2014

Mopping up!

Hi Folks and thanks for visiting today.   Our last challenge over at Try it on Tuesday was 'Use Your Stash'
and it really got me thinking how much 'stash' we have, be it stamps, papers or whatever.  I have a box of tags and papers that have mopped up inks, stains and  paints all waiting to be used, and found these which were perfect for this 'little angel' aren't they cute!  The images are all  from Artistic Outpost's  Diesel  Punk set, (AliCraft have reduced all their AO stamps on the website if anyone's interested, I thought it would be rude not to buy!)  My little boys wings are from Nicecrane's Colourful Butterflies which were stamped on vellum, and the girl's are a freebie stamp from CS magazine.

I am entering this at:
  Craft Room challenge - something Old and Something New (old mop up tags - new stamps)
  Natalie and Amy - Things with Wings
  Divas by Design - Tags

Thanks for looking,
Avril xx

Tuesday 2 September 2014

How does your Garden Grow

Time for another challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnights theme is 'How Does your Garden Grow' so we would love to see what's in your Garden - Flowers, Fruit Trees, and it's up to you what you make as long as you follow the theme.


 This was actually a cigar box, I was given a larger cigar box and inside there were 3 boxes, they still had the wrappers and red ribbons in the boxes.
This was the original

It's now a paperweight...I started by putting some builders sand mixed with PVA in the 'bottom' before sealing along the opening.  I then painted it with Mermaid and South Pacific Fresco paints.  I stamped the Joffy Flowers and sentiments onto tissue paper and coloured the reverse, I used watered down PVA to add this to the 4 sides, and of course my 'garden' had to have a butterfly, which was added to the top.
The rest of the DT are showing some great gardening skills, so please pop over to take a look.

I am entering this at
  Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
  Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting today,
Avril xx