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Friday 29 May 2020

Be Patient

Another page for Mia's theme over at Art Journal Journey which this month is Flowers.

I was quite reluctant to visit garden centres when they first re-opened after lockdown, but this week I felt they would be much quieter,  so on Wednesday we had our first venture out - I was worried I was becoming agoraphobic!  So, after a busy few days I now have pots and baskets full of plants just waiting to bloom, I just have to be patient - so my journal page  reflects my feelings.

It looks like this lovely weather is set to stay with us for a few more days, so enjoy the weekend.
Avril xx

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Cut It Out!

Our new challenge at Try it on Tuesday is Cut It Out - whether you use a die cut, pop outs or fussy cutting is up to you.

I've used another of my Tyvek sprayed and mop up backgrounds which has some lovely gold splatters, and I've stamped some script with Watering Can Archival in places.  My circle is a Die cut as well as the leaves, the Tim Holtz Flower Garden bloom was fussy cut, as was the butterfly, which had been stamped on an off-cut of the Tyvek and because the wings are 'free' I backed it with another off-cut of Tyvek.

I am joining in with the challenge at Stamping Sensations Say it With Flowers.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday 24 May 2020


Well, for a change I'm not dashing in last minute at Tag Tuesday.  The theme this fortnight is Animals,  so an opportunity to use this crazy cat.  I came across this quote recently - somewhere? and although my cat doesn't look rebellious, he certainly looks as if he's in the sulks!  After making a messy background with sprays and inks I added the fussy cut cat.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend and stay safe.
Avril xx

Friday 22 May 2020

Fragrance of Flowers

The current theme at Art Journal Journey is Flowers chosen by Mia, and who doesn't love flowers.

I stamped the Fritillary onto a roughly gessoed page and added Distress spray inks in Chipped Sapphire and Victorian Velvet and moved them round with a damp tissue, some stencilling in Faded Jeans and Vic Velvet along with some background stamping with Watering Can Archival, before adding some hand drawn doodling.  The sentiment is a favourite from PaperArtsy.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Monday 18 May 2020


I don't know about you, but I love making backgrounds - but they often sit around in the 'box' for months before I use them.  This is a shaving foam background made ages ago on a 'play day'  with my crafty friend, I think this one was Oxide sprays with the foam, quite subtle compared with some of them!

I've stamped the AALL & Create Blooming Field spray directly onto the background, we had made some A4 sheets of backgrounds - just as well as these are large stamps.  The colouring was done with Distress crayons and inks.  I don't know if it's the yellow background, but the flower colours do look more vibrant in real life.  A simple sentiment and a flat card for posting as I don't thin k I'll be seeing anyone soon.

I am entering this at Stamping Sensations - Say it With Flowers

Thanks for calling in, stay safe,
Avril xx

Saturday 16 May 2020

The Dressmaker

The current theme at Tag Tuesday is Haberdashery, and as I missed last week, I couldn't miss again!

I've used various Crafty Individuals images, including a sewing machine - and them decided to place my dressform on the other side to the original plan covering it up, but it all adds to the background.

It's a while since these stamps and die cut got an 'airing', thanks for the theme.

Have a great weekend,
Avril xx

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Lovely Ladies

We're starting a new challenge this week at Try it on Tuesday and the theme is Lovely Ladies, so as long as there is a female image on your project, please join us.

I've lots of lovely lady images and I had trouble picking which one to use, this was a 'must have' a couple of years ago, but she hasn't seen ink for a while.  I stamped onto white card and then masked the image before blending Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac and then carefully misting with water and mopping with a dry tissue before removing the mask.  The sentiment is from an old Darkroom Door set.

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

It's a while since I entered any challenges - I really must get my act together!

I've joined in with Allsorts who are Celebrating their 11th Birthday - Anything Goes (a great achievement.)
and also at Daring Cardmakers - Inky Backgrounds

Thanks for calling in,
stay safe, Avril xx

Tuesday 5 May 2020

The time to be happy

Our current challenge at Try it on Tuesday is Black and White + 1 Colour and you still have a week to join in, I've been absent from the craft room (more about that later) but did manage to complete this card.  I've used the Visible Image flower, I fussy cut the flower  head, coloured with Peacock Feathers DI and then covered it with Versamark and one coat of Clear EP which gives a lovely bumpy texture.  The sentiment is AALL & Create - very positive in these strange times.  I've added hand doodling which doesn't look too bad.

I've been on a mission last week - making face masks for DD and the staff in the pharmacy as they had almost run out of their disposable ones - it was like a production line - I made 36 - all with 3 layers of cotton that when held up to the light, you couldn't see through.  I used a link that Linda (Heartfully Inspired) had given a few weeks back, Thanks Linda, it was helpful.

I'll have to make a couple more as I didn't keep any back for me and hubby!

Well, whatever, you're doing, keep well and stay safe.
Avril xx