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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Natures Beautuy

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight the theme is 'Natures Beauty'
As I love to see flowers, this was my choice, but you could have trees, leaves, scenes, the choice is endless.

I've used the cone flower from Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps on a blended Oxide background of Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage and Wild Honey.  I've used embossing  paste through a Wendy Vecchi stencil, and sprinkled on White EP, which was heat set when dry.   The stems were stamped onto the card base and a few extra leaves added and highlighted with a white gel pen.  Two of the flower heads were added with foam pads.  The sentiment is from PaperArtsey (Jofy)

The rest of the team have some fabulous inspiration for you so please head over to the main blog where you will also find the challenge details.

I've scheduled this post as we're having a short break in Budapest, hopefully the internet will be good and I can catch up as I put my feet up after a days sightseeing.

Thanks for calling in.


Friday, 13 April 2018

Party Time!

Would you believe - DD actually bought a Birthday card last week because she forgot to tell me her little box was empty!

So, another little play using some freebie stamps and sentiments that came with a magazine recently,  I've used a Flonzcraft stamp, fussy cut and layered onto an Oxide background that had been made with Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron.  A quick and easy card and nice and flat for posting so I made a couple and just changed the colours, well at least her box isn't empty now.

Thanks for calling in.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Spring Flowers

A couple of days of sunshine and then rain and grey skies today, but the sunshine had me sorting out my flower stamps and I came across these IndigoBlu daisy stamps that came free with some magazine and as they hadn't been inked up, thought I better do something about it.

I made a background with Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans and some stamping with Denim Adirondack before  using embossing paste and a script stencil. I added White EP and heat set when dry.  I've got a box of empty tea bags that you add your won herbal mixes to, so I tore one open and stamped the Papillion script.  The flowers were stamped and embossed with clear EP, fussy cut and coloured and adhered with foam pads.

I've made a DL sized card which I enjoyed, feels like you're making a tag!

Thanks for calling in, Avril 

Sunday, 8 April 2018


The new challenge at Fashionable Stamping this month is 'Animals'  and thanks to a crafty friend, I was able to borrow the Tim Holtz Crazy dogs.  

He was stamped, coloured and fussy cut and adhered onto my Oxide inky stencilled background with foam pads.  The sentiment is from an Art Impressions set and so are the fussy cut balloons, which were also added with foam pads.  I attached thread to two and adhered to the dogs collar and drew the 'floating' balloons string.

There's some fabulous inspirational makes from the rest of the DT, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find  details of our Sponsor,  InkArtDesigns, who is offering one lucky random winner a stamp from the shop.

I'm entering this at:
  Addicted to Stamps - Balloons/Bunting
  That's Crafty - Going Round in Circles

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Recycle Something at TioT

 Hello, it's time to do your bit and Save the Planet and 'Recycle Something'.  That's the new theme at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight.

An easy one for me as DD is always giving me boxes to decorate and as these boxes (8" x 5") have a lovely textured linen look, I don't always want to use papers or heavy paints.

The first was covered with a couple of coats of watery PaperArtsy French Roast.  I then used embossing paste through a stencil for the bow and words.  When this was dry, I reapplied the stencil and painted with Tarnish Brass.

The second one was simply stencilled with Distress ink through the Flourish stencil.  I coloured the dress of this paper doll to match the stencilling and placed her to hide the make of the perfume.  I added a coat of sealer to protect the delicate stencilling on this one.

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

I'm entering this at: Country View Crafts - Pimp it Up ( reuse or alter something)

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Pink Flower

Hello and Happy Easter, and it's also April Fool's Day - I think it's fooling me - where have the last couple of weeks gone, they certainly weren't spent in my craft room, it's nearly 2 weeks since I was here.

I did manage to finish this card a couple of days ago, well really it just needed putting together as the background was made during a recent play with Distress Crayons, stencils and there's also some background stamping.  I've stamped and fussy cut a PaperArtsy flower head and teamed it with a stem from the TH Flower Garden set, again both watercoloured with crayons.

Just a short post - while I've got the time I need to catch up on some DT comments or I'll be getting the sack!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hopefully the weather won't be as bad as they're forecasting for tomorrow.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Mood Board - The Call of Spring at TioT


It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight we have a 'The Call of Spring' and there's a Mood Board' created by Valerie to give you some inspiration.  So please use this and tell us what you were inspired by.

I was inspired by the pink blossom, blue sky and white clouds, and I've made a large tag and used a technique that I saw 'somewhere' but not sure where now, or if I've done it right, but I like the background texture.

I started with a layer of embossing paste roughly spread onto the tag, then I inked my stamp with Versamark and stamped into the wet paste, and remembered to wash my stamp straight away.  When it was dry, I sprayed Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire Distress Stains to colour over the paste.When that was dry, I smudged on some Gesso and then splattered some watery gesso.  I've highlighted the edges and some of the raised areas with Aquamarine Treasure Gold.  The flower, a Tim Holtz Flower Garden image, was fussy cut and applied to the tag.  The sentiment, another TH,was stamped and embossed with Gold EP.

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

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx