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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


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