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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Messy Flowers!



Hello, I've like the Tim Holtz Flower Jar sets for quite a while and last week I 'gave in' and after my first little play, so pleased I did.

This card uses a watery Oxide mop up, I've added white texture paste, which has stayed white - I sometimes find with Oxide inks they bleed into the white paste.  I scribbled distress markers over the stamped images before cutting out with the dies so there are no white edges.  The sentiment, which is from Visible Image was stamped and heat set with clear EP.  A bit 'tongue in cheek' I added a 'fallen' flower to match in with  the sentiment.

I think there will be a stamping and die cutting session soon so that I have lots of these little flowers nice and fresh for the perfect moment.

I am entering this at Penny Black and More - Make it Feminine

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx





Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Slap It On

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight we want you to Slap it On.
it's up to you what you slap on - paint, colour, texture,  just have fun.

I decided on another page in my journal, this time using a picture of my Mum as a small child.  My pages were given a coat of gesso before adding ink stains and background stamping.  I've used texture paste which was coloured with DIs when dry and then grounded the pages with smudged crayons before adding the  coloured die cuts and cut apart words.

There's plenty of inspirations from the DT, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Flora


Hello, thanks for calling in, things have been a little quiet in the craft room lately, but I did manage some play time today, and have used an image from Illustrated Garden.
I've stamped the image onto a mop up piece of card, and although it looks white in the photo, it's really is quite distressed.  I've coloured the flowers with Fossilized Amber DI.  My base was dipped in Antique Linen, Broken China and Iced Spruce Oxide inks and stamped with Iced Spruce.

I'm entering this at:
  Penny Black and More - Make it Feminine
  Stamping Sensations - Something Beginning with B - Blooms, Bow and Blue

Just a short post today, need to get ahead with some DT projects now.

Have a great day.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

It's Always Summer

A journal spread to join in with Yvonne's theme of A World of Fantasy over at Art Journal Journey.
I don't know about you, but most of my memories from childhood are of warm summer days, making daisy chains and watching butterflies.   Of course it's not true, we would have had rain, sleet, cold and miserable days, but they don't seem to feature in my little world!

So my pages features the fantasy of these days with blue skies, flowers and butterflies.

My image, butterflies and flowers were torn from napkins which came in some happy mail from Yvonne, so a good opportunity to use them on my summer sky background.

This page also fits our current challenge at Try it on Tuesday which is Childhood and you can find all the details for this here.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Quote Away


The new challenge at Fashionable Stamping is 'Quote Away'  and we would love to see you using a quote not just a sentiment.  We are sponsored by Ink Art Design who are offering one lucky random winner a stamp from their online store.

For my card, I've a mop up background using Tyvek.  My quote is from Visible Image, stamped in Black Versafine.  The peony image is from Paperbabe, it's stamped onto water colour card and coloured with Distress Inks and fussy cut, along with some of the leaves from the set.

If you need some inspirations, the Design Team have some wonderful samples, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the details.

I am entering this at
         Craft Stamper Take it Make It - Anything Goes
        Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamp on It

Thanks for calling in and have a great day,
Avril xx




Tuesday, 4 September 2018

All About Childhood

Hello,  well it's back to normal after a holiday away, which is just as well as there's a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and our theme this fortnight is Childhood.  

I've made a 'Starting School' card for DD's Goddaughter, but you could interpret this with childhood memories/nursery rhymes/fantasy stories or children's cards, it's up to you.

I stencilled an Oxide background with TH School House stencil and then used another piece to stamp my image which is from Artistic Outpost's Think and Wonder set.  I've also used an inky piece of card to die cut the TH Alphabet piece, backed with some navy paper, and added a  computer printed sentiment.

It's a good job this card was almost done before I went away, and now I just need to get Mr Mojo into gear and do some catching up!

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Take a Ride

Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight the theme is 'Take a Ride'
we would love to see how you would like to travel - bus/car/train/plane or in my case a sledge ride!

I've used the sledge from Tim Holtz Deco Christmas, stamped in Black Versafine, I tore a mask from copy paper and stamped one of the Tree Line stamps with Iced Spruce to create the scene for my 'journey'  I blended Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire for the sky and used gesso through the Speckles stencil for the falling snow.

I don't think I've ever made a Christmas card so early, but I've been dying to use this stamp since getting it in January!

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

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Mother's Love



Hello,  since using family photos in my vintage journal I realised I hadn't used one of my Mum, I have some lovely photos of her as a young girl - by the date on the back she is 21 in this one.

I gessoed the page before adding the DecoArt Crackle paste through the Doily and Rose stencils.  Next, a watered down wash of PaperArtsy Concrete, then came some ink blending with Tattered rose, Frayed burlap and Vintage photo, before edging with Distress Crayons and rubbing back with a wet finger!  There's also some background stamping in Frayed Burlap.  I reapplied the rose stencil and coloured the rose with DIs, before finally adding the cut apart words from a TH stamp.

I am going to enter this over at Art Journal Journey, where Elizabeth and Bluebeard have chosen the theme of Count Your Blessings - well, I count my blessings for my Mother's love.

We've got thick cloud and very breezy weather today, feels very Autumnal -  think I want some sunshine back!
Have a great weekend
Avril xx




Sunday, 12 August 2018

It's a Bugs Life at FSC

It's time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this time we would like to see 'Bugs'.  You can opt for creepy crawlies, butterflies, bees or dragonflies included.

I've used the Tim Holtz large butterfly from the Perspectives set, stamped fussy cut  and coloured with Distress inks.  I added Glossy Accents to the body.

I've been seeing lots of gorgeous cards using the new 3d embossing folders, which prompted me to use one of my old ones,  I've embossed black cardstock through a TH folder and then blended Shaded Lilac Oxide ink over the top.  I stamped 'Special'   from the Postal set of stamps with Shaded Lilac and clear embossed.  The layered sentiment is from Artistic Outpost.

The rest of the DT have some fabulous inspirations for you, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find all the challenge details of our sponsor Ink Art Designs.

I am entering this at:
  Penny Black and More - I Spy Something Beginning with 'B'  - butterfly and black cardstock

Thanks for calling in, have a great day.
Avril xx

Friday, 10 August 2018

Pink Peony


Hello, a month or so ago I was lucky to win the challenge at PaperBabe and this peony is from the set of stamps that I chose as my prize.

I've stamped the flower and leaves onto watercolour card, fussy cut and coloured with Distress inks.
My background is a piece of textured card, gessoed and coloured with Distress crayons and the colours blended with a baby wipe. I stamped the Crafty Individuals background with Weathered Wood and Dusty Concord.

I'm entering this at:
  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Distress it

It's quite cool here today, looks like our heatwave is over for now, so maybe normal service can resume in the craft room, my Alcohol Lift ink has just arrived, so I feel a little play is needed.

Avril xx




Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Inspired by a Song




Hello, it's time to tell you about the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday, this fortnight the theme is 'Inspired by a Song' and we'd love you to join in and tell us what song inspired your creation.

DD was needing some 'girly' birthday cards and as I'd just watched one of my favourite movies - Pretty Woman I used that song title as my inspiration.  I love this stamp and it's just a shame she hasn't got  a shopping bag as she's walking down the street.

My background is a Sheena Douglas stencil with a  TCW mini daisy, the sentiment is an old Hero Arts stamp, and the main image is from a Dyan Reaveley Couture set of stamps, paper pieced with some hand made paper.

The rest of the team have some great inspiration from songs, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find the challenge details.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Favourite Stamp for Stamping Sensations


A couple of weeks ago I won over at Stamping Sensations and was asked if I'd like to be a Guest Designer and as it's one of my favourite challenges,  and with a theme of 'Use Your Favourite Current Stamp', well of course I said YES.

This is another DL card made with the Glorious Bouquet, I did think this stamp would take time to colour, but there's so much detail in the stamp itself, it really is quite simple.  This was coloured with DIs and very little shading was needed.
I made a rough cut mask which I used before stencilling with the Nordic stencil using Frayed Burlap, and then shading with Antique Linen DIs.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with clear EP.

The DT have made some fabulous choices in their favourite stamps, so why not pop over to Stamping Sensations to have a look.

Thanks for calling in and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Avril xx




Sunday, 29 July 2018

Wonderful Life


Hello and thanks for calling in,  it's all change here - 3 days of thunder and lightening, torrential rain and strong winds and it's very cold today but I'm not complaining too much.  I spent yesterday afternoon getting messy and some of it was a mess as I think my inspiration as gone AWOL!

So something simple, an inky background that was made a couple of weeks ago, teamed up with some die cut wildflowers and stamped one of my favourite TH quotes.

I'm entering this at Country View Crafts - In the Summer Garden (the sky in my garden looks like this)

Just a short post as I've been such a neglectful blogger lately and I really need to catch up and shame my inspiration to return.

Avril xx










Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Use Bookpaper

Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight the theme is Use Bookpaper,  as usual you can make anything you want, as long as you incorporate some book paper.

I've used neutral shades and a plain white base with a piece of vintage music paper, and book paper with flowers as the focus, a very simple card with very little inking.   The flowers are IndigoBlu and came with a freebie set in a magazine.

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

I'm entering this at That's Crafty - Close to Nature

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Curiosity

I've been wanting to play along with Art Journal Journey this month as it's such a fun theme 'Art for Art's Sake chosen by Chris who say's  "it's all about having fun with techniques and supplies (especially if you have some you don't use often)"

I enrolled on Marjie Kemper's online course Inventive Ink a while ago and had so much fun playing with (bright) colours, something I don't do that often, so I thought that was a great starting point for this theme.

I've used mainly Tim Holtz stamps and stencils along with a TWC Mini Daisy stencil, all of which haven't seen ink for a while.  Something a bit different and it was good to get out of the comfort zone.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Perfect Moment




Hi and thanks for calling in, things have definitely been a bit quite around here - I blame all the sunshine we've been having, but as today has been overcast with a couple of heavy showers, I headed back to the craft desk.

I made the Distress Oxide background a while ago, my little girl, an image saved from the internet, was fussy cut before I  applied her.  I was lucky and won the last challenge at Stamping Sensations and received a voucher for Visible Image stamps and this is one of their sentiments, stamped with Black Versafine and heat embossed with clear EP.  Some die cut wildflowers to finish, a nice quick and easy card and flat for posting!

Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny again, so I'd better make the most of today's clouds!

Avril xx


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Add a Quote

The new challenge this fortnight at Try it on Tuesday is 'Add a Quote'  -  but not just a one line sentiment.

For my card I've used the lovely Dancing Woman from Rubber Dance, stamped onto tissue paper as I didn't want the line frame this time.  I coloured her dress on the reverse with Snowflake paint before adding to an Oxide inked background, that was embossed with paste through the floral stencil.  I added the music flourish using Black Archival.  The sentiment, a Tim Holtz was stamped with black and heat embossed with Clear EP.  I've also added colour to the embossed flowers using Distress inks.

The rest of the DT have used some fabulous quotes, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find all the challenge details.

Avril xx


Sunday, 8 July 2018

Use Those Inks Anyway you want



It's time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this month it's 'Use your Inks Anyway you Want', but don't forget, we are a stamping challenge and there must be stamping as your focal point.

I've used part of the Glorious Bouquet stamp from Tim Holtz and used Distress Inks to colour.  The background is a very watery Oxide ink mix and the sentiments were stamped and heat set using clear EP.

We have Ink Art Designs as our sponsor and the prize is a stamp from the online shop.

The rest of the DT have some great inspirations for you, so please pop over to the main blog here where you will find all  the details.

I am entering this at -
   Stamping Sensations - In My Garden
  That's Crafty - Close to Nature
  Allsorts - In My Garden
  Country View Crafts - In the Summer Garden

Thanks for calling in, have a great day.
Avril xx


Friday, 6 July 2018

In the Garden


I seem to be in a bit of a floral mood lately - must bee all this hot weather keeping me in the garden, but it was a bit cooler yesterday, so  I had a  play with Tim's Flower Garden stamps,   I've used 2 sizes of the poppy, stamped onto watercolour card and coloured with a mix of Wilted Violet and Dusty Concord.
Inspiration has been a little slow with all this heat so I opted for an easy option and followed a recent tutorial by Jenny using Gesso and Oxide ink for the base of the card, I also blended on Frayed Burlap to give the panel a more aged look.   I also liked how she had used the Ornate Trims, and as I'd just bought these,  used that as a guide.   I then stamped a leaf section from the Glorious Bouquet in Forest Moss before adding some die cut Garden Greens.

I'm entering this at
   That's Crafty - Close to Nature
   Stamping Sensations - In My Garden
         

Avril xx






Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Things With Wings



Things with Wings is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight.  Lots of scope there - birds, bees, insects as well as my choice of butterfly.

I've had this silver box frame lying around for ages. so I gave it a couple of coats of gesso and then used the Tim Holtz Doily stencil on the top and sides.  When it was dry, I used my finger and rubbed Autumn Bronze Gilding Wax over the entire frame.

My butterfly and sentiment are from TH Perspective set of stamps, coloured with Distress Inks.  There's also a butterfly, stamped on vellum underneath, as the butterfly is only attached by the body.  The background is one of Astrid's freebie papers, which I've added some stencilling and background stamping to.  I've taken a photo before adding the glass and the 'space' between glass and frame was 'filled' with script tissue tape.

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

I am entering this at:  Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media Goes


Avril xx

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Inspired By

Hello and thanks for calling, today I'm sharing a page in my journal that was inspired by one of my 'special' visitors - 'my' Blackbird, and I'm sharing this over at Art Journal Journey, for Gill's theme of 'Inspsired By'


I've used torn napkin and stencilled flowers and leaves and my  blackbird is actually a photocopy from a napkin with a robin, I've reduced the size and copied it in black and fussy cut, adding a larger beak.                                                                                                                                                         

 Unfortunately, I get a lot of Wood pigeons coming into my garden and they are so greedy, so I           started to feed the smaller birds just outside the patio doors, yes they sometimes make a mess, but a   quick hose over the patio when I've watered the plants each evening  is fine by me.  However this one particular blackbird is so friendly and cheeky, that he looks in the window for me to feed him and as he's feeding chicks, this happens quite a lot.  He's usually sitting on the steps waiting for me when I open the curtains first thing on a morning!                                                                                                
I've added a couple of photos of this cheeky but cute bird (sorry about the reflection)

Hubby recons he gets better fed than him - suet and mealworm coconut, dried mealworms and suet pellets, I've offered to give hubby the same, but he said he didn't want to deprive the birds so he'll just stick to normal food!

Well I better go check whether there's a little visitor waiting for food.

Avril xx


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Friends

Hi, and of you're benefiting from the 'mini heatwave' that was forecast, you're lucky, it hasn't reached my part of the country.  It's grey and there's a chilly wind blowing here, so I cheered myself up this afternoon with some crafty play (it was supposed to be a tidy up but I got side-tracked)
Anyhow, while adding to the bits box I came across this frame which was inside a card, I think it had had a photo of one of the children taken with Santa one Christmas time- and it just happened to almost fit this floral frame that I'd found on the internet, so I've fussy cut the top and bottom and just right!

To soften the grey frame I lightly blended Victorian Velvet around the edges.  I made a base card with Tattered Rose and stamped one of the Ornate Trims as a frame with Stormy Sky.  My two 'little friends' were attached with 3D tape and I triple embossed the sentiment with Clear EP.  I've cut and coloured some wildflowers and attached a stamped butterfly.

I suppose I did tidy up - that's two things used out of the bits box!

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx




Saturday, 16 June 2018

Blue and Simple

Hello,  I've just been buying Tim Holtz's  Glorious Bouquet, well it was on 'sale' so I couldn't resist, and although it's a very large stamp, it inks up beautifully and is so detailed.  I was a bit dubious because of all the colouring, but it colours up a dream - that one's to come later.

This one is so simple, I stamped in Denim Adirondack added a sentiment and heat embossed with Clear EP, there's some feint stamped crackle done with Tumbled Glass, which isn't showing much in the photo, as I wanted the look of old porcelain.  I matted onto cardstock inked with the Denim to keep the shades the same and a white base card.  I don't usually do 'clean'  (most of the time because I usually get a grubby finger mark on white) but I think this one works.

I am entering this at
  Artistic Stamper - Colour it Blue
  Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
  Penny Black and More - In the Garden

Think you might be seeing a bit more of this stamp, but probably not so clean!

Have a great weekend,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Boys Will Be Boys

Boys will be Boys is the new theme for this fortnights challenge at Try it on Tuesday and as usual it's up to you what you make for those men in your life, also with Fathers Day just around the corner, it's also a good opportunity make a card if you haven't already.  I've gone with a masculine card that could suit lots of occasions depending on the sentiment which I will add later.

I started with a Kraft base and added some script and ledger stamping and added a couple of labels  and some stamped tickets.  My 'gent' is sitting on a suitcase that was cut from a paper napkin.  As he looked as if he's about to set off on his travels, I added the Sizzix mini Globe, cut from a textured silver card and coloured with Alcohol inks.

The rest of the team have some fabulous inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog to see and you will also find all the challenge details.

I am entering this at
  Country View Challenges - The Written Word (adding Text)
  Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 10 June 2018

I do Like to be beside the Seaside!

It's time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this month the theme is  Seaside.  We have Ink Art Designs as our sponsor and the Random Winner will receive a stamp from the online shop, but remember you need to use 'real' stamping to qualify.

For my seaside piece I decided on a little 3D shadow box card.  A few weeks ago Autumn made a couple and gave a little tutorial on her blog, here.   I've adapted this to use my Bigz Cabinet card die to cut the frame.  I've used Crafty Individual stamps, attaching my sunbathing beauty on the second frame.

The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you so please pop over here.

I'm entering this at Stamping Sensations  - Anything Goes

Thanks for calling in and I hope you have a great day.

Avril xx


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Here's Looking at You!

Well, She's Certainly got the Look - which is my second piece to remind you that you still have one week left to join in our Challenge at Try it on Tuesday, pop over here for all the details.

Another journal page that started off with an Andy Skinner  Strike the Pose  stencil that I bought about 2 years ago and this is the first time I've used it.  I made a 'mask' to keep the face clean and although it looks White, I had added  Tattered Rose Distress spray stain to the page first.  Stamping and stencilling in the background topped off with flowers  from a TWC Kasia stencil and a Tim Holtz quote.

Watching folks journal from the sidelines and then taking the plunge, so to speak - I'm really enjoying this and from worrying if I was 'doing it right' I now realise it's just 'do it' and there's no 'right or wrong', so this really is a journal journey for me.  As my inspiration for this page is the current challenge at Try it on Tuesday I'm going to join in at Art Journal Journey where this month Gill is hosting the theme Inspired by.

I'm also entering at Country View Crafts - The Written Word

Thanks for calling in today,
Avril xx

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Birdsong



Hello and Happy Sunday - even though it's a damp grey day here I've brightened my day with a journal page that I'm linking to Gill's theme of  'Inspired By' over at Art Journal Journey.

On Thursday, I'd looked with interest a this months new theme before going out into the garden and the first thing I noticed was how lovely the birdsong was on such a sunny morning, and I thought "perfect" my inspiration!

A light painty wash, torn napkins and the quote from Artistic Outpost's Serenity set of stamps along with a couple of music notes stamped randomly.

Thanks for calling in and enjoy your day.
Avril xx


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Smell the flowers


As any regular visitors here will realise,  journaling is still relatively new for me, but the Flora and Fauna theme chosen by Jo over at Art Journal Journey has really inspired me to join in again.

I've used Oxide inks, applied with a blending tool, spritzed with water to activate, when dry, I've used a couple of stencils with Distress inks.  I stamped the Kay Carley flower heads onto watercolour card with Versamark and heat set with white EP and coloured with DIs, I decided where they would be placed and hand drawn the stems and leaves before attaching the flower heads and stamping the sentiments.

Avril xx






Tuesday, 29 May 2018

She's Got the Look

Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight the theme is 'She's Got the Look'.  so anything that's shows her style, face, eyes, it's up to you.

I created a  journal page using a stencil, it's quite large - this page is 6" x 8".  The page was covered with gesso and then sprayed with Tattered Rose Distress stain and dry brushed for a soft coverage.
After stencilling my Audrey, I used the Flourish stencil with Victorian Velvet DI, carefully avoiding the image.  The words are also from the same stencil.

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

I'm entering this at the Library Challenge - Breakfast at Tiffany's

It's thick fog and damp here today after a lovely sunny weekend, it just shows you really do have to make the most of the weather when the sun shines.
Have a great day, whatever you're doing.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Plant Dreams


Hello, well things have been a little quiet around here due to the fine weather making me spend too much time in the garden, I always feel we've got to make the most of it.
Just as well I did, today has been so cold and grey with rain this morning, so a page in my journal to reflect the contrast of the colourful flowers blooming and the grey sky.
Journaling is quite new to me, but I love the freedom I feel just to 'do'
I am going to join the folks over at Art Journal Journey where Jo has set this months theme of Flora and Fauna.
Thanks for calling in and I'm going to make the most of the miserable weather we have in store for the next few days and spend time in my craftroom!

Avril xx

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Destinations



Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and the theme this fortnight is Destinations

I've made a page in my new journal and wanted to use a napkin but it wasn't quite long enough to fit the page before repeating, so I copied and scaled it up slightly onto copier paper.  I've used various old Tim Holtz stamps and a couple of stencils in the background, before gluing  it into the journal.

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

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Flowers at Fashionable Stamping Chalenges


It was my turn to pick the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping this month and I chose Florals

I love this flower from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden set, but must admit I'm not so keen on the stems, so I tried a different arrangement.  I used watercolour paper and Peeled Paint for a watery wash base.
I fussy cut the flower heads after colouring with Distress Inks,  marked the base card where I was going to arrange them and then used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss to stamp some leaf sprigs.  I die cut some Sizzix Spring Greens and used a leaf stamp with Forest Moss to give some definition.  I used foam tape to attach the flowers and the die cut leaves.

There's some fabulous inspirational makes from the rest of the DT, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find  details of our Sponsor,  InkArtDesigns, who is offering one lucky random winner a stamp from the shop.

I am entering this at Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature

Thanks for calling in today and now that the weather has returned to 'normal' after the mini heatwave, I need to do some catching up in the craft room after spending so much time in the garden - well that might have been summer! you just don't know.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Stencils/ Die cuts

Stencils/Die Cuts or  Both is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight, so lots of choice there.

I've made a journal page using a torn napkin, that came in some happy mail from my friend and blog DT Yvonne.  I've used a home made trellis stencil and then a brick one to create the background.  Next came a script stencil and to fill in the bottom some stencilled leaves.  I stamped a 'vase' from a Paperbabe stamp set that I won from Tracey a short while ago, I fussy cut this for my die cut lavender.  There's nothing nicer than the smell of lavender in the garden on a summer's day, so of course I had to use this sentiment from a Jofy set.

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

I am entering this at Paperbabe challenge - Anything Goes
And a first for me, I'm linking to Art Journey Journal where the theme this month  Flora and Fauna

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Vintage Journal



Hello,  another page in my little Vintage journal, again using a family photo.  This is another of my Grandfathers Aunts.  Just look at that beautiful dress, although I'm not too sure how comfortable they were to wear.

As this photo isn't in good condition, I wanted the page to have a time worn look and started off on a gessoed page with Old Paper and tattered Rose Distress stains, before using DecoArt Crackle paste through TH Doily and Lace stencils.  When the lovely cracks had appeared I smudged Antique Linen Distress crayon over and took back slightly with a baby wipe.  Some random script and floral stamping done with Frayed Burlap and the words are cut from a TH stamp.

Alice is written on the back of this photo, so  I'm thinking she could be the mother of my Great Aunt Alice whose picture you can see here.

Thanks for calling in and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Avril xx

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Vintage Flowers


Hello,  well, the washing and ironing is done and the garden tidied up after the growing spurt while we were away, so a little play to get motivated again.
I'm still determined to keep using neglected stamps and this Stampendous Jumbo Rosehip stamp was bought after seeing an article in Craft Stamper in March 2015!  there are two stamps in the set and the smaller one had been inked up once.  Plain and simple and coloured with Wilted Violet and Evergreen bough Distress inks.  The base layer used the smaller stamp, inked with Frayed Burlap.

We had a lovely city break in Budapest, the weather was hotter than I'd imagined - 30 degrees on Friday.  It's a beautiful city and with lots of green spaces and a wonderful park with lakes at Vajdahunyad Castle on the Pest Side.


The Parliament building is fabulous
A wonderful Central Market selling fresh produce to souvenirs
Buda Castle


And most importantly, somewhere nice for coffee

Well, if you didn't get bored and are still with me, thanks for visiting,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Natures Beautuy


It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight the theme is 'Natures Beauty'
As I love to see flowers, this was my choice, but you could have trees, leaves, scenes, the choice is endless.

I've used the cone flower from Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps on a blended Oxide background of Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage and Wild Honey.  I've used embossing  paste through a Wendy Vecchi stencil, and sprinkled on White EP, which was heat set when dry.   The stems were stamped onto the card base and a few extra leaves added and highlighted with a white gel pen.  Two of the flower heads were added with foam pads.  The sentiment is from PaperArtsey (Jofy)

The rest of the team have some fabulous inspiration for you so please head over to the main blog where you will also find the challenge details.

I've scheduled this post as we're having a short break in Budapest, hopefully the internet will be good and I can catch up as I put my feet up after a days sightseeing.

Thanks for calling in.

Avril




Friday, 13 April 2018

Party Time!



Would you believe - DD actually bought a Birthday card last week because she forgot to tell me her little box was empty!

So, another little play using some freebie stamps and sentiments that came with a magazine recently,  I've used a Flonzcraft stamp, fussy cut and layered onto an Oxide background that had been made with Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron.  A quick and easy card and nice and flat for posting so I made a couple and just changed the colours, well at least her box isn't empty now.

Thanks for calling in.
Avril xx






Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Spring Flowers



A couple of days of sunshine and then rain and grey skies today, but the sunshine had me sorting out my flower stamps and I came across these IndigoBlu daisy stamps that came free with some magazine and as they hadn't been inked up, thought I better do something about it.

I made a background with Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans and some stamping with Denim Adirondack before  using embossing paste and a script stencil. I added White EP and heat set when dry.  I've got a box of empty tea bags that you add your won herbal mixes to, so I tore one open and stamped the Papillion script.  The flowers were stamped and embossed with clear EP, fussy cut and coloured and adhered with foam pads.

I've made a DL sized card which I enjoyed, feels like you're making a tag!

Thanks for calling in, Avril 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Animals






The new challenge at Fashionable Stamping this month is 'Animals'  and thanks to a crafty friend, I was able to borrow the Tim Holtz Crazy dogs.  

He was stamped, coloured and fussy cut and adhered onto my Oxide inky stencilled background with foam pads.  The sentiment is from an Art Impressions set and so are the fussy cut balloons, which were also added with foam pads.  I attached thread to two and adhered to the dogs collar and drew the 'floating' balloons string.

There's some fabulous inspirational makes from the rest of the DT, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find  details of our Sponsor,  InkArtDesigns, who is offering one lucky random winner a stamp from the shop.

I'm entering this at:
  Addicted to Stamps - Balloons/Bunting
  That's Crafty - Going Round in Circles

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Recycle Something at TioT

 Hello, it's time to do your bit and Save the Planet and 'Recycle Something'.  That's the new theme at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight.

An easy one for me as DD is always giving me boxes to decorate and as these boxes (8" x 5") have a lovely textured linen look, I don't always want to use papers or heavy paints.

The first was covered with a couple of coats of watery PaperArtsy French Roast.  I then used embossing paste through a stencil for the bow and words.  When this was dry, I reapplied the stencil and painted with Tarnish Brass.

The second one was simply stencilled with Distress ink through the Flourish stencil.  I coloured the dress of this paper doll to match the stencilling and placed her to hide the make of the perfume.  I added a coat of sealer to protect the delicate stencilling on this one.

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

I'm entering this at: Country View Crafts - Pimp it Up ( reuse or alter something)

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx




Sunday, 1 April 2018

Pink Flower

Hello and Happy Easter, and it's also April Fool's Day - I think it's fooling me - where have the last couple of weeks gone, they certainly weren't spent in my craft room, it's nearly 2 weeks since I was here.

I did manage to finish this card a couple of days ago, well really it just needed putting together as the background was made during a recent play with Distress Crayons, stencils and there's also some background stamping.  I've stamped and fussy cut a PaperArtsy flower head and teamed it with a stem from the TH Flower Garden set, again both watercoloured with crayons.

Just a short post - while I've got the time I need to catch up on some DT comments or I'll be getting the sack!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hopefully the weather won't be as bad as they're forecasting for tomorrow.
Avril xx