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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