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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

It's getting SPOOKY at Try it on Tuesday




Hi folks and thanks for visiting today, Witch is a very Spooktacular Tuesday  - yes it's time for another challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time it's  SPOOKY.

I don't normally do Halloween, and I think last year was the first time I made a 'proper' Halloween card! (I'm a slow starter)
I was amazed at how many images there are on the internet so decided to have a play with some, lots of fussy cutting, a stamped base and  I think this Witch looks really mean!  
The rest of the design team have some wonderful and varied makes, so please pop over to the main blog and take a look.
I am entering this at:
  Tag Along - Spooktacular
  Simply Create too - Halloween

Thanks for visiting today, I do appreciate it.

Avril xx

Friday, 10 October 2014


Hi, I'm back to show you my first attempts with Brushos and a couple of new stamps from Inkylicious.
I bought the starter set of 5 Brushos which included the Thickener and a few more colours.  I started trying out the colours on a piece of watercolour paper, just to see how they reacted with water and also how much water was needed- which wasn't as much as I first used!  So 'waste not want not' I did a mop up. Then, realising I needed to wait for the reaction with the water I got a much better result.
This tag was made with the mop up and the seam binding thrown in for good measure.  I stamped with Archival and heat embossed clear EP on the image and raindrops.

For this tag, I stamped and embossed the image first and then sprinkled the Brushos and lightly spritzed with water.  I also spritzed the ribbon with water before sprinkling on some Brusho powders.
I've mixed up some of the Thickener, but the instructions say 24 hrs before using, so I'm hoping to get in some play time between the endless stream of cups of tea that I seam to be making.
I think my weekend is going to be spent clearing up the mountain of dust that seems to have seeped into every corner of the house before it starts again next week.
Avril xx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Oh Baby

Hi folks and thanks for your visit,
It's another baby card! yes, you will have seen quite a few this year and hopefully this is the last  - until January when I will need to start again.  So, when Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs sent me Bringing Life Sweet Kids  sheet to work with,  his timing couldn't have been better, and I just had to use this gorgeous baby.
I printed the image on white linen card layered on a scalloped circle. The background is embossed with CB Swiss Dots and one of their border folders and a couple of scored lines. Simple but effective.
I am entering this at
  Fab 'n' Funky - Anything with Ribbon

Had a good time at GNP on Saturday - didn't spend too much, but did get some Brushos, so need to get them out and play and distract myself from all the dust and smell of wet plaster!

Before I go I would just like to say hello to my new followers, it's lovely that you have chosen to follow me on my crafty journey.

That's it for now - Brushos await!

Avril xx



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Anything Goes at Fashionable Stamping

Hi folks, today see the start of a new Challenge over at Fashionable Stamping and it's one you all like 'Anything Goes'  so as long as you use real stamps and your stamping is the main focal point of your project please join us as we have Flonzcraft as our sponsor and they are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store.
For my card I have used Artistic Outpost 'Paris Exposition'  for my main image, coloured with Distress inks
I've gone for a very shabby look with this card - I used Picket Fence stain on the DP before Stencilling with embossing paste.  A torn page from a french novel, lace and muslin under the layered image. My flowers are a Joy craft die and inked with Milled lavender and Dusty concord with seam binding stained to match.
  I am entering this at:
    That Craft Place -  Shabby/Chic
    Artistic Outpost - Show us Your Art - Anything Goes

Just a quick post from me,  last couple of things to pack away before I loose the kitchen tomorrow, so it's 2 weeks of no kitchen duties - hoping to get some crafting time in while the builder is busy, fingers crossed.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Animals at TioT


Hi and welcome to a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday, and this time it's 'Animals' wild or domesticated.

This was a bit of a challenge for me - I realised I didn't have any stamps or anything with animals, not even a Christmas reindeer until I saw this 'freebie' with a magazine last week.  So here goes Christmas card number 1.  The image was stamped with Versamark on navy cardstock and brushed with Perfect Pearls.  Matted onto pearlised card stock that had been embossed with a TH Snowflakes EF. This was a nightmare to photograph!
My teamies have some wonderful inspiration so please pop over to the main blog, you won't be disappointed.

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.

Avril xx

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Born to Stand Out!

Hi Folks, just thought I'd  share another card made a few weeks ago, when I was using the masculine images from  Artistic Outpost stamps.
I have used the Deisel Punk set for the main image and background, and the sentiment is from the Think and Wonder set, torn script, a TH embossed sheet and all shading in Vintage Photo and Walnut stain.  My 'born to stand out' guy was coloured with Broken China and the shading on the image was done with the nesti die still in place to look like an old photo.
I challenged myself to use the masculine images first and now I just need is some time to use the others - and spare time is something that has been very short lately and might be for the next few weeks, as we are having major kitchen alterations starting next Monday which will also impact on another room, and I'm not the quickest at making decisions, but very good at changing my mind!  Lots more packing away to finish before Friday, as I already have my ticket for Harrogate GNP on Saturday - got to get the priorities right!!
Is anyone going - it would be lovely to meet up?
I am entering this at:
   Artistic Outpost - Show us your Art
   Red Rubber Inspirationals - Stay Focused on Stamping
   Vintage Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes
   We Dodoobadoo - Something Masculine

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it, especially as I'm not the best of visitors lately.
Have a great week,
Avril xx


Friday, 26 September 2014

Q for Quadruple at Alphabet

Hi Folks, it's time for another letter in the Alphabet Challenge and this time it's 'Q'.  It was my pick and I came up with 'Quadruple' so we want to see you using 4 of the same items.
For my card I have used a Nicecrane image Floral Greetings, which was printed onto white Linen card.
I have 4 layers underneath the image including some muslin and I have used 4 flowers and 4 leaves.
Pop over to the main blog for all the details and some great inspiration from the rest of the team.
I am entering this at:
  Crafty Creations - Vintage
  Sisterhood of Crafters - Lots of Layers

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.  Have a great weekend.
Avril xx