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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Autumn Serenity


I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog today with this Autumn Tag.

This is my last piece for Artistic Outpost, and I have enjoyed my time on the Design Team, but life just seems to be a bit busy lately.

Have a great day,
Avril xx


Hello, and thanks for calling in and it's something different, although still in my favourite vintage style.  I've been lacking in inspiration since coming back from holiday, so hubby suggested 'try something different'  so I've started a journal.   It's only 11 x 16cm so there's no stress to fill a large page and I thought a good opportunity to use some neglected rubber.

As the current them at TioT is Circles, and there's still have another week left to link up,  I took inspiration from that.  The image is from Oxford Impressions April in Paris plate.  I used a watery wash of Bundled Sage distress stain and Frayed Burlap distress crayon for the circles and edges, and Tarnished Brass highlights.

I must  admit I really did enjoy making this page and it did de-stress for a couple of hours - at the moment I've got a 'gremlin' in the computer who calls in frequently and opens and closes tabs while I'm busy and then locks me out for a couple of hours, and typical - my computer is just a couple of months out of guarantee.  If he sticks around  and I go missing, you'll know he's won!

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Sunday 29 October 2017

Hocus Pocus Treats

Hello, it's  almost time for trick or treat and although I don't particularly celebrate Halloween one of hubby's friends wife is American and she decorates their house every year.  I always send a card and this year I made a little treat box, which I filled with die cuts, plastic spiders and candy.

I recycled a tea bag box, painting top and bottom with black and then covering with spider's Web paper before adding the witch and web die cut.

Just a quick fun project that I'm linking to Yvonne's give away.

Avril xx

Thursday 26 October 2017


Hello,  I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this Autumnal piece, for all the details, please pop over to the blog.

Avril xx

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Going round in Circles at TioT


It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight we're Going Round in Circles

I  made a page in my colourful journal that I started after doing the Marjie Kemper Inventive Ink online course.

I stamped the circles with white Colourbox ink and embossed with  white EP, before stamping the bee from Inkylicious.  These were masked before adding colour to the background with Distress inks, then stamping the wording.  The bees were coloured and Stickles added to the wings. to the wings.

The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find the challenge details.

Thanks for calling in and have a great day.

Avril xx

Wednesday 11 October 2017


Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card and if you'd like to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Spooky Goings On at Try it on Tuesday

Hello, yes, it's that time of the year when we get in the mood for Halloween at TioT.

I've made a card using a witch die cut, cut from some shiny black card along with a cauldron image I found on the internet, which I coloured with Promarkers.  I used Distress Inks for the background and added some stars cut from Brushed Pewter stained white and black card.  A torn piece of die cut and some  'spiders web' - that stuff's got a mind of it's own - and then my plastic spider - yuk - I don't like spiders.  As my Witch is cooking up something strange, a computer sentiment.

The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the blog to see their spooky creations.

Another scheduled post, so thanks for calling in.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Sunday 8 October 2017

Time Waits for No Man at Fashionable Stamping

Hello,  this is a scheduled post as I couldn't miss telling you about the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and for this fortnight Shirley chose the theme of  'Time Waits for No Man'

I've used two old Crafty Individual stamps for my card.  I stamped the Gent and cogs stamp directly onto an Oxide inked background, masked the image before stamping the clocks label as a background.  I also stamped the image onto white card, fussy cut the gent and then using Versamark and Clear EP, heat embossed.  The sentiment was printed on the computer and coloured with the Oxides.

The rest of the 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 have InkArt as our sponsor who are offering one lucky random winner a stamp from their online store.

Have a lovely day whatever you're doing,
Avril xx

Wednesday 4 October 2017

The Next Shot

Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this card, if you want to find out the details, please pop over.

Avril xx

Sunday 1 October 2017

Autumn Glory

Hello,  a couple of weeks ago I was lucky and won the challenge at Stamping Sensations and they asked if I would like to join them as a Guest Designer for their October Autumn Glory challenge

I've used a Flonzcraft stamp, stamped in Black and heat embossed with clear EP.  I started with Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Rusty Hinge DIs to colour my layers.
The base layer was  stamped with a small leaf from Artistic Outpost using Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.

The DT at Stamping Sensations have some wonderful inspiration for you, so why not pop over to the blog for all the details.

We're off  on holiday on Tuesday, so things will be a little quiet around here, but there are a couple of scheduled DT posts lined up.  I need to to start the packing now, but whatever you're doing, have a great day.

Avril xx