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Sunday 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas

I wonder where the man in the red suit is?  He seems to have abandoned his reindeer and the contents of his sleigh!

I bought this MDF kit a couple of months ago and I've been working on it in between the 12 Tags, it's now ready and waiting, so this seemed a good time to show it.

I'd just like to Wish Everyone A Merry Christmas and  a 'Thank You'  for visiting and for all the lovely comments you've left over the last year, I really do appreciate you taking the time to visit.

Hoping you have a Wonderful and Peaceful  Christmas and I hope 2018 will be a good year for Everyone.

Avril xx

Saturday 23 December 2017

Well I made it - Last 2

Yes, I've made it, the last 2 tags inspired by Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style which is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique

This is my take on Week 5

I didn't have the log background stamp that Linda used, but loved the idea of the logs, so I've used a TH Woodgrain stencil with Vintage Photo DI and then blended VP over the tag.  I've used a TH Santa and offset and added clear embossed holly, although I kept my berries red.  I added the label from the Correspondence set.

Last but not Least - Week 9

Week 9's inspiration came from the little winter scene Linda created and the Chipped Sapphire sky.  I had masked off the bottom of the tag and used CS ink as I don't have the paint, I used Chunky White embossing instead of splattering with paint. For my tree I added Moon Glow embossing powders Silver Moon and Midnight Teal to try and create Linda's enamelled look, the deer was lightly inked with Versamark and I lightly sprinkled the copper embossing powder, again trying to create an enamelled look.  The greeting was die cut with silver glitter card.

So pleased I made it, I know there's another few days left to link up but I know I'll not have much time for crafting, so today was really deadline day.

Thanks for calling in, and I'll do some catching up now.

Avril xx

Friday 22 December 2017

More Funkie Junkie Tags

Another two tags completed for Linda' Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style which is Sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, all the details of this challenge can be found here.

Week 10

Apart from the snowflakes, I didn't have any of the other supplies that Linda used, but I loved the snowflake on the wreath with the berry foliage  and the embossed background, all highlighted with silver.  I've used the Holiday Script stencil with embossing paste, covered it with gesso and then inking and spritzing and dabbing and then highlighting the words with a silver wax.  The snowflake and berry sprig were cut from white glitter card and again highlighted with silver wax.

My take on  Week 11  Again I didn't have any of the supplies that Linda used on this tag, but took my inspiration from the central double layer wrapped band.

I did paint my tag background with gesso before applying Tumbled Glass through a snowflake stencil, then I brushed Perfect Pearls over the inked snowflakes and although the gesso was dry, it did seem to give the whole tag a shimmer.  My snowflake uses 3 layers of white and silver glitter paper, the top layer being shaded with the Tumbled Glass, a few crystals and a silver glittered word.  I gave the tag a bit extra body by layering it on a piece of cream pearl card, which isn't white as it looks in the photo!

Well there's only 2 more to go, so I think I might make it,
Avril xx

Sunday 17 December 2017

Funkie Junkie Catchin Up

I'm still on my mission to complete the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style and have been trying to catch up this week as time's running out.    If you've missed my previous posts, all the details of Linda's tags are here, and this challenge is being sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there's also the chance of a prize.

This is my take on Week 3

When I first saw this tag my first thought was a Christmas Stocking, maybe it was the red/white stripes and white trim.  I downloaded a template from the internet, and although I don't have the stripes I do have a stamp.  I've used white glitter for the toe and heel and cut the Merry Christmas in both white and red and offsetting.  I also left the top open so I can fit some money in.

For my take on Week 7 I've used the Plaid background stamped in Fired Brick, my frame was heat embossed with various Moon Glow powders and I pressed a rubber stamp into it while still hot.  The sentiment is an old Anna Griffin stamp inked with Fern Green Archival.  Some Festive Greens and a shabby bow stained with Fired Brick Stain.

Way behind, but here's Week 12 

I loved the retro look to this tag and have tried to keep to similar colours and replicating the 'advert' with a  with this Tim Holtz stamp.  I coloured the stamp with Distress Markers and lots of 'huffing' and although it took a few attempts, came out great with the help of the stamp platform - what did we do without it!

Well that's another 3 - only 4 more to go!

I know I've been a hopeless visitor, but no doubt like everyone, time's short, so the only way I can get these tags completed is to be very disciplined when I do have some crafty time - and craft.

Have a great day and if you've called in, thank you.

Avril xx

Tuesday 12 December 2017


Just a little reminder that you've still got one week left to enter the last challenge of the year at Try it on Tuesday which is Twinkle Twinkle and I'm sure you all have some crafty Twinkling going on.

I've decorated a used candle globe, I saw something similar on Pinterest and as Crafty friend had just bought this little village scene die, I borrowed it and cut it in white glitter card.  I attached it on the outside of the glass with matt medium, so simple, but lovely lit

Thanks for calling in at this busy time,

Avril xx

Sunday 10 December 2017


It's time for our last challenge of the year at Fashionable Stamping and this time it was my turn to choose the theme and I chose Celebrate which gives you lots of scope - Christmas, New Year, Birthdays.  There's lots of other reasons too, it's up to you as long as the stamping fits the theme.

I've used the Tim Holtz Plaid stamp for my background and inked with Aged Mahogany.  I've used one of my favourite Santa images, stamping with Potting Soil ink and coloured with Distress inks.  I've added some festive greenery, again coloured with DIs.

The rest of the team have some great inspiration, so please pop over to the blog, where you will also find all the details, along with information about our sponsor Ink Art Designs.

Thanks for calling in, I do appreciate it especially as everyone is so busy at this time of the year.
Have a great day,
Avril xx

Friday 8 December 2017

Week 8 of 12 Tags

Hello, still playing catch up on the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style, which is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, and this is my take on Week 8

I loved the background and followed Linda's technique but used Brushed Pewter paint over the gessoed snowflakes.  I decided to keep to the blue/silver tones and cut and embossed the TH snowflake.  I painted it silver and then dabbed silver embossing ink and silver EP, heat setting to give some texture.  I did the same with the die cut sentiment.

I don't know where this week has gone, I really did intend to do a serious catch up - must try harder in future!

Have a lovely weekend,
Avril xx

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Twinkle Twinkle

Time for the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and the theme for this fortnight is 'Twinkle Twinkle'  as usual it's up to you what you make.

I've opted for another Christmas card, I started with a torn hilly mask half way down my card and added a circle mask for the moon, coloured with Stormy sky and Chipped Sapphire.  I stamped and heat embossed some 'twinkling' silver stars before layering my die cuts.  I've also added a couple of torn layers of glitter paper for 'twinkly' snow.

The rest of the DT have some great makes, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Sunday 3 December 2017

Funkie Snowflakes

Well I'm even further behind than I'd planned with my Funkie Junkie tags as we've been away for a couple of days for a friends wedding, we had a lovely time, but I really must try to catch up now.
This is my take on Linda's tag for Week 6 

I loved the look of this and thought it would make a great gift card holder.  I've cased Linda's design, even down to having some red snowflake paper and some sparkly red spot foil.  My little quote was  made on the computer and although it doesn't look like it, it was printed out in red.

You've still got time to join in with this challenge and it's a great way of getting some Christmas cards/tags made and there's even a chance of winning a $25 gift certificate from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx