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Friday, 14 June 2019

Feminine and Time For Tea


Rain and more rain so what's a girl supposed to do?  Craft of course!
A productive day in the craft room  and a crafty afternoon with a friend yesterday - can't think of anything better!

I've admired this Art Journey stamp, so when she just happened to fall into the basket, well I couldn't put her back.  An inky background with Dried Marigold and Twisted Citron Oxide sprays, stencilling with Victorian Velvet DI  and some neglected Tim Holtz stamps before masking off and stamping 'Freya' with Versafine Onyx Black.  I am entering this at Stamping Sensations, where the theme this month is Show Your True Colours.

I also made a tag to join in the challenge at Tag Tuesday which is Beverages.  The image is one of those little 'freebies' that come with your order from Crafty Individuals.  I've used a stencil and Distress inks for the background.


Well, it looks like today has more rain in store, will it ever stop.

Have a great weekend whatever you're doing.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

It's a Man's World

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight 'It's a Mans World' which could be good timing for Fathers Day or a masculine birthday.

I've made another Oxide ink on glossy photo paper background.  My main image was stamped and fussy cut before applying.  I've then stamped a couple of the extra images from the stamp set with black and brown Stazon inks.  The sentiment was computer generated.

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

I am linking this to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Masculine

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Simplicity

Hello,  it's been a while - good intentions but real life just got in the way.

Anyhow, the theme at Art Journal Journey this month is Words to Live By chosen by Halle.

A simple page with torn die cuts Gessoed and then Oxide sprays in Dried Marigold and Twisted Citron.  Some stencilling in Wild Honey Oxide before stamping the large butterfly and quote from the TH Perspective set.  I do love this quote as I sometimes think we make life more complicated than it needs to be, or is that just me!

Thanks for calling in and hopefully this little blog won't be so neglected.

Edited to add - I'm prompting myself to enter a few of my favourite challenges and so I'm going to link this up to Penny Black and More where the theme this month is Blooms, Butterflies and/or Bugs.

Avril xx

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Twinkle, Twinkle

Well, the best laid plans - full of good intentions for this week, but it's only today that I've managed some crafty time.  I set myself a goal this year to join in every month at Art Journal Journey and I'm just scraping in with one day to spare with this page.  The theme this month is  In the Sky/In the Air set by Erika.

A simple page with a starry sky and the title of an early 19th century  Lullaby.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Make a Mark for Try it on Tuesday




Hello, well I'm back from holiday and just in time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday.  The theme for this fortnight is Make a Mark - abstract pagers, grids, circles, chevrons just to name a few, but I'm sure you will have lots of ideas of your own.

I've used one of my Oxide ink and photo paper backgrounds made with Picked Raspberry.  I've used a stencil with Seedless Preserve and Cracked Pistachio - (although that's not showing too well in the photo) before adding a stamped border, computer words and my 'Best Friends'.

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.

The washing and ironing is done, the family have visited, so hopefully a free day to do some blog visiting and play with some new goodies that I didn't get time to open/ink before I went off.

Have a great day,
Avril xx






Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Cellebrate! TioT is 10 years Old!



You're Invited to Celebrate 
Try it on Tuesday's 10th Birthday

Yes, it's Birthday time at Try it on Tuesday where we're Celebrating 10 years of Blog Challenges and we're all in Party Mode, so what better time to make a fun Birthday card.


I've used one of the Crazy Cats and I must admit he does look a little bewildered to be Celebrating 10 years at TioT!

I made good use of a mop up background and added stencilled stars and circles and of course he had to have balloons and a sparkly bow tie along with his top hat.

I hope you will join us this fortnight and join in the fun and  help yourself to the 'TioT Party badge.   All the details along with the rest of the Design Teams makes can be found on our main blog.

This is a schedule post, as wer'e away on holiday, but hopefully I'll still be able to catch up with you.

Avril xx

Friday, 3 May 2019

Organic and Shabby




Hello, I'm sharing a card I made recently using the Organic die as a background.  I took my inspirations from this tag,   I used Kraft card as I loved the shabby effect after sanding and it was painted with PaperArtsy Concrete.  The flower was cut with watercolour paper and coloured with Abandoned Coral DI and I distressed the edges of the base layer with Abandoned Coral, although it does look quite pale in the photo,  I haven't added a sentiment, yet.

A short post as I desperately need to do some catching up with commenting - DT and my own!
Enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Avril xx


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Things With Wings



The new challenge at Try it on Tuesdays this fortnight is Things with Wings.   I've been very predictable and chosen Butterflies as I wanted to use this butterfly that I'd inked up a couple of weeks ago.

I've used it  with a frame I'd made from the postage die with a hand cut aperture, this had been given a coat of Rock Candy Crackle.  The insert of the frame is a piece of co-ordinations, embossed with the 3D Botanical EF, sanded and distressed with Antique Linen oxide ink.  The sentiment is from an old Lost Coast stamp.

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.

I am entering this at
  Make My Monday - Wings

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 28 April 2019

I have Attitude!

A late entry for Art Journal Journey where this month Wendy has chosen the theme of Having Fun
Well I had fun making this page, a bit different for me, but as I said earlier, I'd felt in a bit of a crafting rut, so there were a few things that just fell off the shelf into my basket last month.
A computer generated sentiment cut apart which I think suits the pose!

Thanks for calling in, I'm off to make a start preparing lunch as DD is back from holiday and they're coming over.
Have a great Sunday.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The Joys of Wine!


Hello, I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend and enjoyed all that glorious sunshine, I know I certainly made the most of it, which is just as well as we've got quite a chilly breeze and cloudy skies today.

I'm sharing a couple of cards I made last week for DD, she had asked for 'more girly' than what I had in the box, so with some 'wine words' this old Flonzcraft image fit the bill.
I'd recently bought this Stampinbella on Ebay, so more 'wine words' - and some sparkly bits (one to cover a smudge - more practice required for making clean cards)


And finally, with the words that came with the image, this one was taken before I checked the uploaded image - note to self not to take a photo of white on white!

Something different, but I did enjoy using the wine words and can think of some of my older neglected stamps that would go well.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx


Friday, 19 April 2019

Brilliant Gent



Just a short post, but I wanted to join in at Tag Tuesday where the theme this fortnight is Industrial.  It's my Son's birthday soon, so this tag will have a money envelope attached to the back, much better than just putting money in a card or plain envelope.

I've been playing with  Oxide inks on glossy photo paper again for the background.  The cogs which had already been embossed, were in the bits box, left over from another project, so with some stamped images, a quick tag.

Have a lovely Easter Weekend, and for once I think we all might be enjoying some sunshine, fingers crossed.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Springtime at TioT

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight the theme is Springtime.
I decided on another page in my journal using stamps and stencils with inks and crayons to create my springtime garden.

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

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


Sunday, 14 April 2019

Flowers for.....




Hello and thanks for calling in,  like a lot of folks I just had to have the Wildflower stems when they were first released but I realised I'd only used them a couple of times, shame on me.
I've used one of my Tyvek backgrounds and over stamped the Papillion script with Potting Soil Archival.  I've coloured my flowers with Distress inks to tone in with the background colours.  A really quick card  when you have a pile of ready cut and coloured stems just sitting waiting for the flower colour.  I haven't added a sentiment, I think that will probably just go inside.
Avril xx




Thursday, 11 April 2019

Flowers are Always Beautiful

When I bought these quirky Carabelle Studio stamps, it was initially just for the  flowers  and  I've always thought they have an Art Deco look, so again I opted for a very CAS style for me.
I stamped and heat embossed with Gold EP and added a PaperArtsy sentiment.  I've coloured the main flower with Shaded Lilac Oxide ink and some Seedless Preserve on the other, along with Twisted Citron.
Now I just need to master the CAS style on white card as I always seem to get inky finger marks everywhere!

I am entering this at Allsorts where the theme this week is  Sentiment in Focus

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx








Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Bloom


Hello, I've another journal page that fits in with our current challenge at Try it on Tuesday and there's still one week left  for you to join in, you can find all the details here.

I love flowers and have been busy potting up seeds which will be planted out in the garden when the weather is warmer, so I took that as my inspiration for this page.  My stamps are all magazine freebies along with my,  not very well doodled flower stems, and because I'd added a rough coat of gesso, my pen didn't quite flow when I wrote the words either.

I am going to link this up to Art Journal Journey where Wendy has chosen Having Fun as her theme for this month  -   I enjoyed making my pages and also the thoughts of planting and watching things grow is such a joy.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx



Saturday, 6 April 2019

Exhausted Pigeon!


I came across this quote the other day and thought it was perfect for the Crazy Birds.  I don't have the stamps, but I am lucky to have a few images kindly stamped up for me by me good friend Yvonne.
I cut a tag shape around the image and masked off the bird before adding Oxide inks and then stencilling with Distress inks.  I did cover the tail with Oxide ink and wrongly decided to go over it with a pen, which I smudged - but hey  ho - it just looks like he's shaking his tail feathers!  I printed the quote and cut apart, edging with black DI before adding.

I am going to join in at Tag Tuesday where the theme this fortnight is Birds, Nests and Eggs,  I still have a few days left before the challenge closes.  I don't often make tags, so this was a nice change.

Thanks for calling in,
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Stencills at Try it on Tuesday

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight we like you to Use a Stencil or Two

I've made a page in my journal and used two new stencils in shades of Milled lavender and Worn Lipstick.  I stamped and fussy cut some PaperArtsy flowers and again coloured with the sane DIs.
The cut apart words are also from a PA set of stamps.  To add some contrast and define the flowers I stamped a swirl in Peeled Paint before attaching the flower.

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

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Friday, 29 March 2019

Spring Time

Hello, I'm just squeezing in over at Art Journal Journey with another page for Jo's Spring time theme this month.

This time I've used a pretty floral tissue which came in some lovely happy mail from my lovely  friend Yvonne.  I had given the page a light spray with Tumbled Glass stain before gluing down the torn tissue.  I've stamped the leaves with DIs and the Sentiment was a magazine freebie. and for a little bit of fun I've stencilled in some raindrops for my spring showers!

Avril xx


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Flower Friends

A very 'clean' card for me today and very different!
Another set of stamps that I couldn't resist that just happened to 'fall off the shelf' into the basket earlier this month.  I've loved these quirky flowers for a while and while dithering, this little girl said 'please put me in your basket, you will like me'  and she was right!

I had just intended to stamp the flowers but then added the girl and with the computer generated quote, so I'm using it as a reminder that you still have one more week to join in our 'Say it With Flowers' challenge at Try it on Tuesday   and you can find all the details here.

Thanks for calling in,
Have a great day, Avril xx

Friday, 22 March 2019

Don't Wait


Well, I didn't wait when I saw this Woodware stamp at the craft fair earlier in the month, but I think I was a bit surprised at how big it seemed when it was stamped up, mustn't have had my glassed on when I bought it!
I thought I'd keep the background simple and used an Oxide mop up piece.  I love this sentiment and the fact that it comes in two pieces makes filling the card 'perfect'
I've been galivanting too much this week, so I've indulged in a little play today and now I'm off to do some catching up,
Have a great weekend, Avril xx

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Say it With Flowers

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight we would like you to 'Say it With Flowers' and as Mother's Day is fast approaching for us in the U.K. it could be a way of getting an early start for that, but whatever you make, make sure it features flowers.

I've used Oxide inks on glossy cardstock, drying between colours.  I then masked off a circle where I wanted my flower head to go, and added more ink around that.  After removing the mask I then buffed the shine with a soft tissue.  I've added some stamping and stencilling in the background for interest.  My flower was stamped and then I stamped the flower head again and clear embossed with EP, coloured and fussy cut before adding with 3d foam.  The sentiment was also stamped and clear embossed.

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

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx


Monday, 18 March 2019

We all need Rainbows

Hello, I'm back as Guest Designer for Stamping Sensations to share another Rainbow card for the current challenge which is 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

I had a few ideas for this challenge and couldn't make my mind up what to do, so I made two and asked Benda to pick one, and she was kind enough to ask me to join in the Mid Month Inspiration with the other.

Again I've used the same Rainbow coloured background and spritzed with water.  This time I've used a Banksy type girl, who's just  'lost' her balloon, I've used a rainbow sentiment that seemed quite apt for her 'loss'.

Please pop over to the main blog for some fabulous inspirational pieces from the Design Team.

Thanks for calling in and I'll be back tomorrow for the start of a new challenge at TioT.
Have a great day, Avril xx


Friday, 15 March 2019

I Need CAKE!


Hello, it's Friday already, I don't know where this week has gone, I was full of good intentions to play with my new goodies from last weekend and this is the only thing I've done.

It's a background that has been lying around from an experiment with Oxide ink onto glossy photo paper.  A mop up with Picked Raspberry and some Wilted Violet, after drying you 'polish' the photo paper with a tissue and the colours 'pop'   I thought this was too bright, but as the average crafter who doesn't like to throw paper away, I though I'd give it another go, so I added some stencilling with Cracked Pistachio, buffed again, added the Crafty Individuals lady and a TH border stamp along with one of my new sentiments.  Quite happy with it now - proves I was right not to throw it in the bin!

Have a great weekend and thanks for calling in.
Avril xx


Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Friends

Our current challenge at Try it on Tuesday is 'Inspired by a Word'  so I thought I'd share this card I've just made for DD.  Again I have used the word Friends as my inspiration.  The stamping is done on an Oxide ink mop up, but I think the pale colours suit this image.  Apologies for the shading on the photo, but DD has taken the card before I checked the upload.
You still have one more week to join in the challenge and all the details can be found here.

This image is a bit different for me, but I've felt in a rut as far as crafting is concerned, so after a visit to a craft show and a little spend on some 'different' stash, this felt like a breath of fresh air, so there'll be a few more whimsical pieces appearing I'm sure.

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

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Possibilities for AJJ

Hello, the new theme at Art Journal Journey this month is  'Hello Springtime'  chosen by Jo.
Springtime to me is a time for new beginning - full of possibilities, which is what I've used as  inspiration for my journal page on.
Smudged Distress crayons over a gessoed page, some wildflower stamping and although I haven't seen any butterflies yet, I know there were a number of folks who did last week.

Thanks for calling in, and I hope you have a good weekend.

Avril xx




Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Inspired by a Word at Try it on Tuesday

Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight we would like to see your project that's Inspired by a Word  - but remember to tell us what the word is.

My card is inspired by 'Friends'  and I've used a very old Crafty Individuals stamp for my main image  and a sentiment that came with free stamps from a magazine.  The background is Distress inks with a little random stamping and stencilling.

The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspirations 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, 3 March 2019

Stamping Sensations GD

Hello - I'm thrilled to have been asked to be a Guest Designer at one of my favourite challenge blogs, Stamping Sensations for this months challenge which is  Somewhere Over the Rainbow,  you can find all the details and see the amazing DT inspiration here.

One of the options of the challenge is to use Rainbow colours, so I opted for a Rainbow background using - Candied Apple, carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock feathers, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet, yes all 7 colours!  To soften the lines I spritzed with water, letting it sit for a couple of minutes before dabbing dry.  I stamped the flowers from Tim's Flower Garden onto water colour paper and coloured using the same Rainbow colour inks with a water brush.

I am going to enter this at :
  Inkspirational Challenge - Use Your Stash (all old stash)
  Mix It Up- ATG + Inked Backgrounds
  Craft Stamper TIMI - Anything Goes

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx









Thursday, 28 February 2019

Perfect!


While trying to have a 'little' tidy I came across this sentiment in a magazine, so I 'saved' it for the bits box - as you do, but while working on something else, I saw this image (Crafty Individuals) and I think she has such a haughty look,  thought she was perfect for this sentiment.
A messy yellow background means that I can just scrape in a second entry at Art Journal Journey, where the theme this month is Yellow chosen by Rike.

Thanks for calling in, I've been such a bad blogger - just wish there was more hours in the day!
Avril xx


Sunday, 24 February 2019

Spring Flowers





I've been having another play with my new wildflower stems, how gorgeous are these dies and so easy to colour with distress inks.    I embossed some core-dinations card with the Botanical EF and sanded it to enhance the pattern before layering my flowers.  I've added the smaller of the two Tattered Butterflies and used a pen nib for the body, which I rubbed with Bronze and Gold gilding wax, which has a nice sheen, but doesn't show in the photo.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Powder Your.......

Hello, it's time for another new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time we would like you to 'Powder Your...…….     In other words Use Powders in your project, this could be Embossing Powders, Mica Powders,  Brushos etc, just tell us what you use.

I've used Brusho Powders for my background, stamped part of one of the rose images from Tim Holtz Lady Rose set and then coloured this with Rose Red  and Leaf Green Brushos mixed with the Brusho Thickening Powder.  The sentiment was stamped with Archival and then heat set using Clear EP.  I've also added a little 2nd generation crackle stamping for interest.

The rest of the Design Team have some inspiration for you using a variety of  'Powders'  so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

Have a great day,
Avril xx




Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Fresh as a Daisy


Hello, this month the theme at Art Journal Journey is Yellow chosen by Rike and although I always think it's such a happy colour, it's not one I use very often, but I do want to join in at least once a month.

My new Wildflower Stems arrived last week, so after a mammoth cutting session, I decided to use the daisy's especially as I saw Creative Stamping magazine and was tempted to buy it because of this quote, which gave me the idea for the fresh clean page.
I've got a couple of Journals on the go now, each so different, this one I'm calling my Bold Journal.

There are some fabulous entries at this challenge, well worth a look if you're into, or attempting to journal.

Thanks for calling in,
Have a great day, Avril xx


Saturday, 9 February 2019

So pretty!




Hello, the craft room has been a bit quiet this week, but I've eventually managed another play with one of my new dies.  I loved seeing the samples from Creativation  and have cased one of the cards as I need a Birthday card for and older friends 80th Birthday at the end of the month.

I painted it with Distress Inks, which didn't take much doing and layered it over an Oxide inked background.  I've stamped and distressed the Tattered Butterfly, which was cut on a play night with my crafty friend Diane, (thank you)  layered this on some seam binding that was coloured with Peeled Paint.

A short post, but thanks for calling in.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx






Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Romance

Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and as Valentine's day is approaching  we're feeling Romantic.  It's up to you - if you send Valentines we love to see them, or it could be for a Wedding or Anniversary.

I've made a Wedding Anniversary card for a friend who's celebrating their Ruby Anniversary.  I've used one of the Found Relatives framed by a stencilled Cabinet card.  I've also fussy cut the roses from a TH set Lady Rose.

I am entering this at:
  Allsorts - Love

The rest of the Design Team have some great 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


Thursday, 31 January 2019

A New Ending


Hi, I'm sharing another journal page over at Art Journal Journey where Alison's theme this month has been Geometric shapes.
I started this spread before I went to Barcelona, but wasn't happy with it, so it just sat there!  Anyhow, with just 1 day left, I decided to try again.  I quite liked my idea of the graffiti on the wall and Mr UM walking off to find his 'new ending' but that was where it ended.
So I ripped the page out, restamped Mr UM, added my geometric doorway, but this time taking him 'through' the wall without the busyness of  my original page.  Which - warts and all - I'll show!!!  gasp! horror!


As you see, I'm still learning/experimenting,  and now I'm wondering if the new page is too plain?

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Flying By

Hello, I'm sharing another card for our current challenge at Try it on Tuesday, where the theme this fortnight is 'Time Flies' and as usual, it's up to you how you interpret the theme.

My second make for this challenge is more feminine, and I've used the Tim Holtz paper dolls again.
I've just bought the new Sizzix Organic die and after cutting I glued it to a piece of textured card, painted it with a mix of blue and grey.  When dry, it was inked over with Chipped Sapphire DI and the pattern highlighted with gesso, applied with my finger.  This frame has been in my stash since forever, so I sprayed it with Chipped Sapphire stain, and the sentiment, a freebie, was heat embossed with Silver EP.
The base card was dipped in mix of Frayed Burlap, Broken China and Peacock feathers Oxide inks and then stamped with script, in Watering Can Archival.  It looked a little bare, so I added some wildflowers.
You still have another week to join in and you can find all the details here.


We're forecast snow today, so after some morning shopping I'll be staying nice and warm in the craft room.
Have a great day whatever you're doing.
Avril xx

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Let's Celebrate


Hello and thanks for calling in,  things have been a little quiet around here, I just needed time to recover after my trip to Barcelona with DD - lots and lots of walking, sightseeing and shopping.
So after a request for a 'girly' card for DD I thought I better get my act together!

I've used one of my Tyvek papers that I use in my homemade spray box, I've stamped the Dancing Lady from Rubber Dance and coloured their dresses with Seedless Preserves DI I added Frosted Lace stickles for a touch of sparkle.  The music notes and sentiment were freebie stamps with a magazine.

I am entering this at Stamping Sensations - Fabulously Feminine

While in Barcelona we visited the Sagrada Famillia, I was absolutely blown away by this, the lights from the stained glass windows just seemed to illuminate the whole place.


                                                                This is the ceiling,


The Nativity Façade, we actually went up one of the towers, there is a lift but it's a spiral staircase on the way down.

We did return at night for this spectacular view

 We also visited Casa Batllo with it's mosaic façade and a fabulous interior
 And went up on the roof of the Cathedral for some amazing views.

The weather was very mild and sunny and we had a whole day at  Park Guell with it's meandering strange walkways and Gaudi houses.
Thanks for stopping by and hopefully, normal service will resume.
Avril xx