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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Just Playing



Hello, I feel as if it's been ages since I last posted and I've been itching to get back in the craft room, but when I did - well the motivation just seemed to disappear, I think I really wanted just to use something new,  but couldn't decide what!  So I took my inspiration from Stacy Hutchinson and cased this card which I saw a while ago.

I bought the Vines and Roses stamp a couple of months ago and this is the first time using.  I coloured the stamp with Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress markers spritzing before stamping onto an Antique Linen inked background.  I die cut an oval frame and stamped AALL&Create Heartfelt onto Antique Linen sprayed card to fit behind, and then arranged my flowers that were coloured with Vic Velvet and Aged Mahogany.  The stamped sentiment was raised using 3D foam.

Thank you for all your well wishes for Laura, fortunately her symptoms weren't too bad, but I must admit it took me a good few days to recover after having the babies here for 10 days, so enjoyable but very tiring.  A good reason for hubby and I to have a few days away next week.

Avril xx




Sunday, 18 July 2021

Mid Month at Stamping Sensations






It's mid month at Stamping Sensations for the current challenge of Feminine where we are Sponsored by Crafty Individuals and they are offering one lucky winner a £25 spend in their online store.


I did manage to get into the craft room last Monday and was able to make my card using a mono print stencil background and the ladies from CI-40, which were fussy cut and added, with a computer generated quote.

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

I won't promise to catch up with you soon as things didn't quite return to normal, daughter Laura tested positive for Covid last Tuesday, fortunately mild symptoms as she's had both vaccines, so we have the babies isolating with us probably till the end of this week.  Mummy will get a surprise when she sees them, they both have new teeth to show off!

Avril xx

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Life's a Climb

 


Good morning,  well life is slowly returning to normal and I'm pleased to say my daughter has made a great recovery and with a few adjustments, is back home since the weekend with the twins - but I must admit I'm missing them.

Anyhow, it meant that I was able to get into the craft room yesterday and finish my card for the current challenge at Try it on Tuesday which is Travel and Adventure.  I've combined stamps that were free with a magazine last year to create my scene - it's about time that some of them were inked up, and I've added a little watercolouring to the background.

Thanks for calling in,

Avril xx





Sunday, 4 July 2021

For a Lady at Stamping Sensations




The challenge this month at Stamping Sensations is For A Lady and Crafty Individuals are our sponsor and they are offering one Lucy Winner a £25 voucher to spend in their online craft store.

For my card I stamped CI 430 with a mix of colours - Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood and Peacock Feathers, each time using the Stamp Platform.  I shaded with Picked Raspberry, Speckled Egg, Kitsch Flamingo and Peacock Feathers.  The butterfly from CI 517 was stamped and fussy cut and coloured with Speckled Egg and the wings were brushed with Frosted Lace Stickles for a subtle sheen.

The rest of the DT have some fabulous samples, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will find details of our Sponsor  along with all the challenge rules.

Life has been very hectic - daughter Laura was rushed into hospital with Appendicitis, so the twins came to stay with us and also Laura for a couple of nights when she came out of hospital.  Good news is Son-in-Law was able to take time off this last week, so they all went home.  He's back at work tomorrow, so they're all coming back as she's not supposed to do any lifting for the next few weeks, so if I'm an absent visitor, you know what I'm up to.

Have a great day, I've got all the family coming for lunch, so I'd better make a start.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Here Comes Summer at Try it on Tuesday


 The theme for the challenge this fortnight at Try it on Tuesday is - yes, you guessed - Here Comes Summer.  So, it's whatever summer means to you - Holidays, Days Out, Colours, Blooms, just to name a few, we'd love to see.

I love to see summer flowers and I'm always eager to see colour in the garden, not that I've ever grown Gerber Daisy's.  I've used a shaving foam background and then stamped, coloured and fussy cut the flower head before doodling a frame and adding the birthday greeting (which looks slanting - but it's not)

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

Thanks for calling in - I'm on Grandma duty again,  Mammy is having a day off to catch up on some jobs.  The twins are just starting to be weaned, so Grandma is making Pear Puree for lunch!  I hope they like it.

Avril xx

Friday, 18 June 2021

I Love ..................at Stamping Sensations

 



It's Mid Month Inspiration Time for the current challenge of   I Love......   at Stamping Sensations and the Design Team have some wonderful projects to inspire you, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find details of our sponsor Helping Hands Craft, who are offering a £25 store voucher to one lucky winner.

My card uses a mop up background using some Tyvek, I love the texture and sheen of this and I also love stencilling, so there's some using a couple of stencils and Picked Raspberry.  I also love using 'girly' images and this one was stamped direct on to the Tyvek and then I paper pieced her dress using Picked Ras. to colour.   I've used another 'love' this quote, which again I stamped direct - thank goodness for the Stamp Platform, making sure I could get good coverage.

I am entering this at We Love Chocolate Baroque - Hand Coloured or Paper Pieced
                                  613 Avenue Create - Paper Piecing
Thanks for calling in,
Have a great weekend, Avril xx







Tuesday, 8 June 2021

For the Man in Your Life at Try it on Tuesday


 For the Man in Your Life is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and we would love to see your masculine creations for whatever age or occasion you choose.

I've used a mix of stamps and papers from Artistic Outpost and Tim Holtz with a bit of grunge thrown in!
The rest of the Design Team have some great samples to show, so why not pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the details.

I keep saying the twins and Grandma duties are taking priority these day, so I thought I'd share a couple of photos -  Teddy and Lucy yesterday - 5 months old already!




 These were taken a couple of weeks ago - Lucy wearing a dress that Grandma made.

I'm on Grandma duty today as Mammy is having  a 'grown up' lunch with her best friends, so I'll catch up with you later.  Have a great day - I know I will.
Avril xx







Sunday, 6 June 2021

I Love.......... at Stamping Sensations



I Love ........  is the new challenge at Stamping Sensations , so basically tell us What YOU Love in your crafting.    I Love  Flowers and making my own backgrounds.

I've used the flower from the Tim Holtz Dearly Departed set of stamps, I did debate on buying this set, but I just love that flower, although I'm not sure I'll used the Halloween image. My inky background has stencilling and random script stamping.
The rest of the Design Team are sharing their 'Love's' so please pop over to the main blog and pay them a visit.  You will also find details of this month's sponsor Helping Hands Craft who are offering one lucky winner a £25 Store Voucher.

Thanks for calling in and enjoy your day, I've got the family over for lunch, so I hope it stays warm and sunny.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Butterflies at Try it on Tuesday

 





It's time for a  new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time the theme is Butterflies, or in my case just one.

I used a Wendy Vecchi Stencil and embossing paste, before spraying Speckled Egg and Antique Linen Oxide inks on the background, some script stamping with Speckled Egg DI and then used the TH rose stencil with Spun Sugar and Bundled Sage inks.  My butterfly was heat embossed using Oxidised Iron Embossing Powder and also the frame, which I'd  originally embossed with copper EP, was also given a coat of the Oxidised powder.  It's backed with scrap card left over from the base, and adhered over some pink and white threads.

The rest of the team have some fabulous inspiration, so please pop over to the main blog.

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








Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Beautiful Blooms - Mid month at Stamping Sensations

 




It's mid month of our current challenge at Stamping Sensations where Chocolate Baroque are the sponsors and are offering one lucky winner an A4 stamp sheet or stamps to the equivalent.

For my second piece for this challenge I've used Chocolate Baroque Movie Strip Collage.  My focal image was stamped with Stazon ink onto a piece of  glossy photo paper that I had used with Oxide inks, mainly Picked Raspberry, (this was originally a large A4 piece of glossy paper and there's also some blue in one corner).  I added some colour to the photo strip with Distress inks.  The base piece again uses Picked Raspberry Oxide ink, but this time after applying the ink to the craft mat and spritzing with water, instead of dipping the paper directly, I used a piece of acetate to apply the ink.

The Design Team have more fabulous inspiration for you, so please pay them a visit.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Make it Feminine at Try it on Tuesday




It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight we'd like you to Make it Feminine, lots of choice there, flowers, images, in fact anything that appeals to your feminine side.

I love flowers and making flower cards and as I've recently bought the new Brushstrokes Flower dies, a good opportunity to use them, especially as I need a birthday card for a special friend.   I used some inky mop up papers to cut the flowers and layered them on a mono print background using the Doily stencil, the sentiment was heat set using clear EP.

The rest of the DT have some fabulous 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




Sunday, 2 May 2021

Beautiful blooms at Stamping Sensations


It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations, and what could be better for May than Beautiful Blooms.  This month we are sponsored by Chocolate Baroque who are offering one lucky random winner the choice of an A4 stamp or stamps to the value of £25.

I've used Freesia Blueprint on  shaving foam backgrounds, with some random stamping on the base layer.  My image was coloured with Distress inks.

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

I am joining in with the challenge at Allsorts, where the theme this week is Spring Blossoms

Enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.
Avril xx

 





Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Inspired by a Song at Try it on Tuesday

 



The new challenge at Try it on Tuesday is Inspired by a Song and I think you'll guess the song that inspired my journal page,  'Imagine'  by John Lennon.
I always think 'Freya' is such a dreamy image and I can just imagine her sitting in the garden surrounded by flowers lost in her daydream.  I've used a blend of soft colours through and ALL&Creat stencil after masking off the flowers and Freya. 

The rest of the Design Team have been very creative with their songs, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

I am also joining in over a Art Journal Journey where this months theme is Inspired By which had been picked by Eileen and is now hosted by Erika and Chris in her memory.

Thanks for calling in, I do appreciate it, especially as I must be the worst blogger, but a tiny girl and boy are such a joy to be around and I'm more than willing to be a 'hands on' Grandma helping out even if it doesn't leave much 'free' time.
Avril xx



Sunday, 18 April 2021

Mid Month Fantasy and Magical at Stamping Sensations

 



It's mid month for the Fantasy and Magical challenge at Stamping Sensations and be Creative are our sponsors this month with a £25 store voucher for one lucky random winner.

For my card I built up my background first, masking off my moon before inking my sky and distant hills.  My fairy  'Freya' was stamped with Onyx Black Versafine ink, as were the tree branches, mushrooms and grasses.  I used WOW Vintage Amethyst Embossing Glitter for the sentiment and stars.

The rest of the Design Team have as always, some fabulous inspiration for you, so please visit the main blog where you will also find all the challenge details.

Have a great day, 
Avril xx

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Make a Rainbow at Try it on Tuesday

 

We're making Rainbows at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight, don't know about you, but I love to see a Rainbow - although I'd like to find the pot of gold at the end much better!

I made a journal page and started with my rainbow using Distress inks before stamping this Inkylicious Banksy girl along with a sentiment and those 'raindrops' that now look like snails, also from Inkylicious.

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

I am going to join in a Art Journal Journey where this months theme is Inspire which was picked by Eileen from The Artful Crafter's Blog, but sadly she passed away shortly after heart surgery last month, she will be greatly missed.  My page was inspired by my love of rainbows.

A short post as I'm trying to do some catching up on my day off from 'Grandma duties'

Thanks for calling in, have a great day,

Avril xx

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Fantasy and Magical at Stamping Sensations


 The new challenge at Stamping Sensations is Fantasy and Magical and we are sponsored by Be Creative who are offering a £25 store voucher to one lucky winner

I've used a combination of stamps from Inkylicious and magazine freebies and built up a scene around my fairy images.  I must admit, I don't do many 'fairy' cards so it was nice to ink up these neglected images.  The rest of the Design Team have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please visit the main blog to see them and also find out all the challenge details.

Thanks for calling in and I wish you All a Happy Easter however you celebrate it.
Have a lovely weekend,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Hello Spring! at Try it on Tuesday


The new challenge at Try it on Tuesday is Hello Spring, and we would love to see what Spring means to you.
For me, I love to see the Spring bulbs coming through and one of my favourites is Fritillary with their checked heads, mine aren't blooming yet, but hopefully they won't be too long.

I've used the AALL&Create Fritillary stamp along with some freebie magazine sentiments.  Fresh greens, blue skies and pink blossom are also my favourite spring colours.

The rest of the DT have some fabulous pieces, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

I am also showing this at Art Journal Journey where Sheila's theme is a Single Flower.

Thanks for calling, have a great day,
Avril xx





 

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Monochromatic Mid month inspiration at Stamping Sensations.



Monochromatic - using only one colour, is the theme this month at Stamping Sensations and as I opted for Black on White initially, I decided on a slightly more colourful version this time.
I used Rose Red Brushos, sprinkled lightly before spritzing with water.  My AALL&Create poppy was stamped with Aged Mahogany Distress ink and heat set with clear EP.  I did think about using the Brushos and water to colour the petals, but quite liked the CAS look.

Not much crafting time has left me with a lack of inspiration, but "while the iron's hot" so they say - I also though about using my Visible Image flower in a very CAS style.  Stamped the flower and sentiment with Adirondack Denim and heat set with clear EP, before using  Peacock Feathers DI to colour.

The rest of the Design Team have some wonderful 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 x

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Use a Stencil or Two at Try it on Tuesday



Our new challenge at Try it on Tuesday is to Use A Stencil or Two, or more if you want, we wouldn't want to spoil your fun!
My page started with a very rough covering of Gesso before spraying Speckled Egg Oxide and rubbing in places with a tissue. On the lighter side I used Speckled Egg DI to stencil through the TH Gothic stencil. I applied Texture paste through a circle stencil then sprinkled with white EP, which was heated before drying to give a bubbly texture. (really I didn't have time to wait!)
As I planned to colour my flower and add the quote using Aged Mahogany DI, I decided to incorporate this colour into the background using a script stencil. My quote was heat set for more definition.

I hope you will get your stencils out and join us in this fun theme and for more inspiration, the Design Team have some fabulous projects to show on the main blog, so please pop over.

As there's a single flower on my page, I'm joining in the fun over at Art Journey Journal where Orange Esmeralda has chosen this months theme A Single Flower.

Well, things are definitely neglected here in the craft room and I'm sorry I don't get to visit very often, but babies take priority! They had their first injections last week and were a bit fretful from the Rotavirus vaccine, so Grandma felt like she was doing an aerobic exercise class with weights and noise!
I keep telling my daughter she needs to grow an extra pair of hands - they usually want feeding and winding at the same time, twins are lovely, but too much for one.

Today is a day off - yay! so I hope to do some catching up and hopefully some visiting.

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

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Monochromatic at Stamping Sensations

 


The new challenge at Stamping Sensations is Monochromatic,  colour wise you can use any colour you like - as long as you stick to one colour shade.  We are sponsored for this challenge by Stamp Addicts who are offering one lucky winner a £25 voucher.


I've gone very basic with this one only using black on white card.  My elegant ladies are an old Flonzcraft stamp and to fit with the quote, I drawn a wine glass!

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

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





Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Say it With Flowers at Try it on Tuesday

 


Say It With Flowers is our new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and we would love to see how you interpret this.

I need some birthday cards and what better way to say Happy Birthday than with flowers.
A mop up oxide background to start and then this AALL & Create stamp, I also stamped the flower heads again, coloured and fussy cut,  the bottles were stamped on acetate, fussy cut and attached with Glosssy Accents.

The rest of the DT 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, I know I haven't been around this week, we've had two poorly babies and they ended up in hospital on Thursday, but I'm pleased to say they're home and are so much better, although very clingy, so I've been helping out with lots of nursing and cuddles while Mummy and Daddy catch up on some much needed sleep.

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Colour my world - Mid month at Stamping Sensations


We're at the half way point of the month and that means more inspiration from the DT at Stamping Sensations where the challenge is Colour My world,  so that's anything nice and coclourful.
I've used a mono print background using Oxide sprays and a bit of mop up and stamped my Couture Lady from Dyan Reaveley in black and heat embossed with clear EP.  I stamped again on white card, fussy cut and coloured with Wilted Violet. The sentiments were again heat embossed with clear EP.
The rest of the team have some fabulous inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Oh So Cute!




The new challenge at Try it on Tuesday is Oh So Cute!  and what could be more cute than bunnies, Peter Rabbit and Friends to be precise.
I've made a batch of Thank You cards for DD and she wanted to continue with the Twins nursery theme, so these little stamps are getting well used.
I've used white linen card and cut Sizzix Stitched Rectangles to stamp the focal images which were watercoloured.  The sentiment was a magazine freebie.
The rest of the Design Team have some wonderful makes to inspsire you, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find all the challenge details.
Things have been a little quiet around here, as now that SIL is back to work, I'm helping out with the Grandma duties.
Thanks for calling in, have a great day,
Avril xx


Sunday, 7 February 2021

Colour My World at Stamping Sensations




Colour My World is the new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we have  Bee Crafty as our Sponsor for this month


Ive use CI Fly and Be Free rubber stamp on an inky background.  I've also stamped the butterfly on mauve card, same as the mat layer as I wanted a block colour for the wings, I stamped again on acetate with Stazon and attached just with the body to give some movement.

The rest of the DT have some inspirations for you, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find all the challenge rules.

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


Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Falling in Love at Try it on Tuesday

 


 Falling in Love is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and we would love to see your Love themed projects which could be Valentine, Wedding, Engagement or even Anniversary.

I've opted for an Anniversary card and used some old Papermania papers and a lace edge heart die cut, along with a stamped sentiment using two different magazine freebie stamps.

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.

A quick post as I'm on Granny duty again today and will catch up with you soon.

Avril xx
                                                          





Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Winter Blues at Try it on Tuesday


 We often associate Winter Blues with January and so that reflects the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday.

Although I certainly haven't got the 'blues' this month due to the arrival of the twins, I did enjoy using my new Pablo the Penguin to create a winter scene.  I don't normally do cutie, but this little guy just melted my heart and I couldn't resist and no doubt he will come in very handy for future Christmas cards!

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

A short post today as I'm on babysitting duties as the new parents have a couple of errands to do,
Have a great day,
Avril xx

Monday, 18 January 2021

Mid Month Reminder for Stamping Sensations


 

Hello, it's time for some mid-month inspiration at Stamping Sensations where the challenge this month is Use Your Favourite stamp.

Favourite stamp - well that was a hard one as I have so many, especially flower ones, so it was nice to add some colour to this grey day.  An inky oxide background, stamped with this ALL & Create flower and a doodled frame.

Please pop over to the main blog where there's some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for calling in
Avril xx

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Sharing




I've been a little occupied lately - as two little bundles arrived in the early hours of 6th January, Teddy and Lucy, and I'm absolutely besotted!  DD and babies are all doing well and settling into a routine and their daddy was able to take holiday and paternity leave together so there's plenty of help on hand.

Before the babies were born DD asked me to make some dividers to organise their clothes in the wardrobe.  The nursery theme is Peter Rabbit, so I bought a couple of craft magazines that had Peter Rabbit stamps as it's main feature and put them to good use.




I watercoloured the images and used the Tim Holtz Tiny Alphabet die.  Something totally different for me but such a pleasure to do.

That's it for now, lots of catching up to do,
Have a great day, Avril xx

 

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Uplifting/Positive Quote at Try it on Tuesday




 At Try it on Tuesday  we're starting the year on a very positive note with our first challenge -  Uplifting or Positive Quote.

My journaling has been very neglected over the last couple of months, so on a positive note it was a good place to start.  Ink sprays in Old paper, Antique Linen and Tattered Rose for the background with some second generation stamping in Versafine Vintage Sepia.  My main images were stamped onto tissue paper and then coloured with distress crayons.  The quote is a Tim Holtz stamp.

I am joining in with Erika's theme over at Art Journal Journey - Favourite things - new favourite flower stamp.

Thanks for calling in, and if you hear a yell - it's just me - I'm waiting for news as the new arrivals are on there way!!!
Avril xx

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Favourite Stamps at Stamping Sensations

 




Happy New Year! and it's the first challenge at Stamping Sensations - Favourite Stamps,  a great theme to get you started.

We have a fabulous prize from Penny Black this month and all the details are on the main blog  
      





Picking a favourite stamp - well I've got so many, it was a hard choice but I settled on this Visible Image stamp and quote, another favourite, on a background made with Oxide Inks on Glossy paper.  Apart from loving the image, this stamp works with so many different backgrounds.  I've also stamped 
an extra flower  on watercolour paper and fussy cut, picking out the Peacock feathers in the background to colour it.
The rest of the DT have some fabulous pieces so please pop over to the main blog.

I am entering this at Allsorts - Anything Goes

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx