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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


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