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Wednesday 25 November 2015


Hello and thanks for visiting today.
A few weeks ago I was lucky to win over on the Artistic Outpost blog, with my prize money I got the Paperboy stamps and this is the first inking of the beautiful young girls.  My background layer was made a while ago and was just waiting for something feminine but definitely vintage, there's embossing paste, paints and sprays with some random white script stamping that doesn't show at all in the picture.  The girls were stamped with Potting soil Archival and the background was 2nd generation stamping.  The flowers were made with the Tiny Tattered florals.
I am of course going to enter this at Artistic Outpost November challenge, well, it would be rude not to!
I am also entering this at :
  Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media chall 24
  Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

That's it for now,
Avril xx

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Gift Bags or Boxes at TioT

Hello its time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight we would like to see Gift Bags or Boxes.
I've done a bit of recycling with mine, DD gave me a gift card Box, so I gently opened up at the side, and recovered with some sparkly paper, easy peasy!  The poinsettia is cut with the TH die, along with the greenery.

It doesn't have to be anything complicated, so why not join us and make something to hold that special gift.
For all the details, and some fabulous inspiration from the DT, please pop over here 

Avril xx

Friday 20 November 2015

Letter to Santa

Hello,  I made an early start on Christmas cards this year, and I think I'm almost there, most of them have been very simple and quite flat for easy posting and if it hadn't been for the little bell, this was almost flat.
I've used the Tim Holtz 'Letter to Santa' layered with the Postcard script from Stampendous, which I stamped in red and clear embossed.  The background paper was stamped with a snowflake using Versamark and brushed with Perfect Pearls, although most of it isn't showing. The greenery is the TH Thinlits Holiday Greens.

I am entering this at:
  Vintage Stamping Challenge - Traditional Christmas
  Penny Black and More - Christmas

Hope you have a great weekend,  Take care,
Avril xx

Sunday 15 November 2015

Gift tag

Just thought I'd have a quick pop in and show a gift tag I made last week for one of the girls who has given up working behind the bar in our local pub, and as poor hubby is 'forced' to  go there every Thursday night when my friend comes over for a 'craft' night, this was what I attached to her leaving present.
I printed the words on card, then cut the tag shape.  The rose is quite large, made from the largest of the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals.
I am entering this at
  Allsorts - Anything but a Card
  Sparkles Monthly - Anything but a Card

I should have been jetting off to Sharm El Sheikh for 2 weeks sunshine tomorrow, but following the Russian plane crash 2 weeks ago, the holiday was cancelled last week - and after Friday nights horrific shootings in Paris, it makes you wonder how these terrorist's minds work to create such carnage.

That's all for now,
Take care,  Avril xx

Tuesday 10 November 2015

We're Creating a Scene at TioT

Hello, it's time  for a new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday and this time it's 'Create a Scene' which can be any kind of scene - of the crafting type of course!

I've been busy with  Christmas cards, and used the Winter Cabin from Inkylicious  for my scene. I cut an oval in some card to use as a mask and stamped through it using Potting Soil Archival, I add some hills in the background with the tip of a tree stamp, the sky was coloured with Chipped Sapphire DI.  I then used the oval to mask off the scene,  I used a Snowflake stencil with Versamark ink and White EP, heat set and then shaded the card with Tumbled Glass, Faded jeans and Chipped Sapphire DIs.
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:
  Fantasy Stampers - Winter Wonderland
  Rubber Dance - Blue and Tis the Season
  Penny Black and More - Anything Christmas

Well that's another Christmas card suitable for the post, almost finished now.
Avril xx

Sunday 8 November 2015

Winter in Paris at FSC

Hello,  it's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping  and this time it's Winter in  Paris.  We have Flonzcraft as our sponsor who are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store.
I've used a Sheena Douglas stencil for my background and coloured the background with Distress Inks.
My lady and lamppost are both Clarity stamps and the lady has an extra layer to keep her warm - I paper pieced her coat which had been clear embossed to give a bit more detail.  For the wintry look to Paris I added some  Flower soft  in Polar White and of course my Eiffel Tower had to have the night time sparkle with some fine glitter, which doesn't show in the photo.

It would be lovely if you could join us for this challenge, but remember, we are a stamping challenge so must see the stamping as your focal point and if you need some inspiration, the rest of the DT have come up with some amazing ideas, so please pop over to the main blog.

I am entering this at:
  That's Crafty - Tag You're It
  Natalie and Amy's  - WinterScenes
  Crafty Catz - Winter

That's all from me, apart from to say, if you popped in earlier for the details and found a blank page....somehow, I seen to have lost the last week - I thought the challenge was next Sunday, silly me!

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Monday 2 November 2015

Brrr.... It's Cold enough for snow!

Only kidding,  but I thought I'd share another Christmas card using the  Tim Holtz Snowman Blueprint sketch,  with a few extra silver embossed snowflakes.  I've used some very old papers, which I inked around the edges with Chipped sapphire and a piece of torn embossed greetings,letting the Merry Christmas show, this was also coloured with the C S ink.  A bit of muslin and a Tim Holtz Snowflake flurries die cut.  A  reasonably flat card, so perfect for posting.
I am entering this at:
  Country View Crafts -  The colour Blue
  Allsorts - Christmas
  Rubber Dance - Colour theme (I've picked Wintry Sky and Tis the Season)
  Penny Black and More - Anything Christmas

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.
Avril xx