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Wednesday 31 October 2018

Definitely a Treat!

After not having any young children living in the vicinity, we now have two families with young children living on either side of our house, so I'm expecting some callers tonight and thought I would make some little Treat boxes.

I've used empty tea boxes and covered them with papers, distressing the edges and corners and then added some leftover die cuts for a bit of fun.

Halloween stuff all put away for another year now, but I must say, I did enjoy  making this year.

Stay safe tonight!!
Avril xx

Tuesday 30 October 2018


It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight the theme is 'Thankful'
and we would love to see what you are Thankful for - a kindness/Harvest or Thanksgiving.

I've made a Thank You card and what better way to say 'thank you' than with flowers, so I've used a couple of blooms from the Glower Garden set, stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with Abandoned Coral Distress ink.  The bas layer is DP from stash, some vintage music paper and a torn piece of card embossed with 3D Botanical folder.

The Design team have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the blog and you will also find all the challenge details.

I am entering this at Crafting with Dragonflies - Be Thankful

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Friday 26 October 2018


Another Halloween card,  this time not too scary as it's for the little girl who lives next door.  I've used Distress inks to create the background and lots of die cuts.  The 'Boo' was cut with black card and covered with DecoArt Glamour Dust for a bit of sparkle.

If you're making Halloween cards, etc. you still have a couple of days left to join in the fun at Try it on Tuesday, you can find all the details here.

I'm entering this at:
  That's Crafty - Spookalicious
  Moving Along with the Times -  Halloween

Thanks for calling in
Avril xx

Tuesday 23 October 2018


Well, there's something in the air and I'm not just talking about the chill!  We've seen some great entries for the Trick or Treat Halloween challenge at Try it on Tuesday and you still have another week to join in our fun.

When I first started blogging I didn't have a clue about Halloween cards, and certainly didn't have anything that was remotely suitable, but now after seeing so many fabulous cards and projects I'm really starting to like this time of the year and couldn't resist making quite a few cards this year.

My 'wicked' gent is from Stamp Addicts  Skull-tastic and the set includes the Mr. S's accessories.
I've given him a top hat and bow tie and used 3d foam pads to lift him from the embossed background.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Don't forget to pop over to TioT where you will find all the challenge details to join in the fun.

I'm entering this at Simon Says - Halloween/Spooky

Take care, you never know who is lurking...
Avril xx

Sunday 21 October 2018

Alcohol Lift

My first attempt using the Alcohol Lift, definitely need more practice!

I used the Glorious Bouquet  as my stamp and I did like the effect even though I felt the 'lifted' image was pale and this Yupo piece didn't have a lot of definition, and not wanting to waste a pretty background..…….  I die cut an oval frame and used an old Moon Glow Embossing powder in Cosmic Blue with Versamark to add detail.

I've used the Tim Holtz Flower Jar stamps and dies with purple shades of Distress inks and used Glossy Accents over the jar.  I thought about adding a sentiment, but it's Yupo, so didn't want to stamp and  heat emboss and risk it warping.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Friday 19 October 2018

Home Sweet Home

I've set myself a challenge to join in at Art  Journal Journey at least once each month and although I'm not very confident and think is this OK,  I'm  really enjoying the 'just playing' feeling.

The theme this month is Creature Comforts chosen by Linda, I  took my inspiration literally and when my friend came for a crafty night with this  hanging bat stamp, I couldn't wait to give him a cosy home.

Lots of distress inks, a brick stencil and lots of creepy spiders, perfect play time!

Thanks for calling in I do appreciate it.
Avril xx

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Something Wicked

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight, yes you've guessed now  it's the time of year for Trick or Treat/Halloween.

I've used Distress inks for the background black and black Distress crayon.  I added white gesso to age the black die cut haunted house and used inks and  distress markers to colour the lights in the windows.
The skull is from a Stamp Addicts set and I've added red glitter to the eye sockets and for the 'blood' dripping from his teeth.  It's a computer generated sentiment.

The Design Team have some Spooktacular inspiration for you, so please pop over to be scared.

I am entering this at:
  That's Crafty - Spookalicious
  Paperbabe - Anything Goes

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday 14 October 2018

Book pages

The new challenge at Fashionable Stamping is to use book pages, these can be stamped or real.

I've stamped this neglected Here Arts Poppy onto tissue paper that had been stamped with the Tim Holtz Papillion background stamp and then stamped again onto book pages with black Archival and embossed with Clear EP.  After colouring with Distress inks I fussy cut the heads and attached onto the Tissue.  The base layer is a piece of DP stamped with a script and ledger stamp.

The Design Team have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog where you will find all the challenge details, along with details of our sponsor Ink Art Designs, who are offering a lucky random winner a stamp from their online store.  Don't forget, we are a stamping challenge so we must see real stamping that follows the theme.

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

Friday 5 October 2018

Still Glorious

Hello, and thanks for calling in, and I've another card made with the Glorious Bouquet.  I love this stamp, and although I'm not one for colouring images, there's no need to worry about shading as it's such a detailed stamp.  I've used autumn shades of Distress inks to colour and used two of the stamps from the Ornate Trims, and second generation stamping with Antique Linen Oxide to create a worn wallpaper looking background.

I thought I'd share a couple of pictures, I've been feeding a hedgehog every night since August, when I first saw him he was eating the suet and insect pellets I feed the birds with, so it was a trip to the supermarket for dog food the next day.
It must be good, because he has now brought a 'friend',  but now as he/she's coming earlier (7 - 7.15  every night) I find I'm watching anxiously for him/them, hoping he hasn't been knocked down by a car on his way!

Well, that's it for now, have a great weekend, 
Avril xx

Tuesday 2 October 2018

Black & White + 1 Colour

Black and White plus ONE Colour is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight.

I've picked 'Picked Raspberry' as my colour on both of these cards.  For my first, I've used the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink through an IndigoBlu stencil on  white card.  The image, one of the ladies from Dylusions Couture set was stamped on the card with black and heat set the legs with clear EP, stamped again onto black card with Versamark and heat set using White EP, then fussy cut.  I stamped the bow on white and coloured with Picked Raspberry.

My second card used the same stencil and this time I used Picked Raspberry Oxide ink on black, using Oxide inks on black does slightly change the colour.  The lady was stamped with Versamark and I heat set the legs with White EP, stamped again with black ink onto white card and heat embossed with clear EP and fussy cut.  I used Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to colour, adding a little glitter to sparkle.  The sentiment was stamped with the P.Rasp Oxide ink and embossed with Clear.
The rest of the team have some great examples of using just one colour, so pop over to the main blog and you will find all the challenge details.

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

Thanks for calling in, have a great day,
Avril x