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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Read All About It!

Hello, and thanks for your visit today,  I don't make many 'male' cards, but after inking up the 'girls' from  Artistic Outpost  Paperboy stamps, I thought it was time to ink up this cheeky little chap.  I used Potting Soil  Archival and Blueprint Sketch DI for his jumper, I've also inked the text stamp for the background, but it seems to have got lost under a scrap of vintage newspaper! that I've been hording for a while.   The sentiment was inked in Blueprint sketch and heat set before being cut apart, it's from the same set of stamps.
I am entering this at:
   Artistic Outpost's Show us your Art for Feb
   Country View Crafts - Make your own Background
   Love to Create  - Anything Goes Mixed Media challenge 3
   Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
That's it for now
Avril xx

Friday, 5 February 2016

The ' little' Album

 Hello, and thank you for visiting today - it's a rather long post from me today - very picture heavy.
I've been making a little (6 x 6) Scrapbook album for DIL.  Her father died last year and she talked about getting an album for some of his photos, but hadn't seen anything suitable, so I decided to make one for her.
The cover was made with Kraft card and Shena Douglas's technique for faux leather.
The pages were made by gluing 2 pieces together leaving openings for pockets top or sides.
I've used mainly papers  from the same pack, which lost it's label a long time ago, so I can't say who made them.  The 'hero' words are Artistic Outpost
Lots of flaps and pockets throughout
Another little flap that lifts up for extra photos or journaling                                                                         
Christmas - lots of little tags for either photos or journaling, the frame is only glued on  3 sides making it easy to slid a photo in.
For a little bit of interest, these pages fold out
and the center flap lifts up for more photos or journaling                                                                              
 Travel -space for photos and both pages have pockets full of tags and little envelopes

 Photo mats,  flaps and pockets

 A secret flap for journaling
 The film strip is just attached top and bottom, so it can hold photos, tickets etc.
and finally, if you are still here - the back cover.  I've also made a little package of extra frames, packets, photo mounts and tags and die cut die cut letters which I inked and clear embossed so she can title the album if she wants to.  I've made little albums, but not quite like this,  and I won't say I that I won't do another, but not for a while and it will be something that I won't be in a hurry for!

Have a great weekend whatever you are doing,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

A Fine Romance at TioT

The new challenge over at Try it on Tuesdays is 'A Fine Romance'  how you interpret this is up to you as usual, but as it's getting near Valentine's day you could even use that as your inspiration.
I'm continuing on with my little colourful journal using TiotT's themes for inspiration. I stamped and masked my romantic couple before using Abandoned coral, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China DIs for the background.
The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please head over to the main blog where you will also find all the details of the challenge.
I'm please to say that I've finished my 'little' scrapbook album for my lovely DIL    whew!   All I need to do now is take some photos.

Thanks for visiting, have a great week,
Avril xx

Monday, 1 February 2016

Artistic Outpost Girls

Hello - well this little blog is failing in it's aim to be more productive, but at least I've been a bit more productive in the crafting -  it's a little or should I say long project that I've been busy with for DIL.
However, I did take time out to make a quick card for a friend, and just to keep in touch, thought I'd share. I've used the 'girls' from Artistic Outpost Paper boy stamp set, the sentiment is Crafty Individuals, papers and flowers from stash.
I haven't managed any  catching up in blogland this last week, but I see I've lost a lot of followers - I'm presuming it's Bloggers 'improvements' again and not down to me be being such a bad blogger - well it's been either craft or blog and the crafting won.
Hopefully I'll catch up with you in the next couple of days.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Mid post reminder for Silhouettes at TioT

Hello and thanks for visiting, I've set myself a  challenge this year - to play at journalling, I say to 'play'  - because it feels like 'playing' and also I don't really know what I'm doing,( and they're only single pages at the moment  but  I will make a folder for them - better than spoiling a book just yet)  but the online Creative Ink course did give me the push that I needed.
I've again taken inspiration from our challenge this fortnight at Try it on Tuesday which is Silhouettes - so out came Mr Umbrella Man, and of course he had to have raindrops - but the eagle eyed amongst you will notice that they look more like bombs, I kept thinking they didn't look quite right and it wasn't until I uploaded the photo that I realised they were upside down -  silly me!!  so warts and all as they say.
You still have one more week to link up to Tiot's challenge and you will find all the details here

Thanks for popping by and any comments you leave are really appreciated.
Avril xx

Avril xx

Friday, 22 January 2016

Cherish the Moments

I can't believe we're more than halfway through January and my aim of being more productive blogwise seems to be failing, so time to take matters in hand and try again!
I've used a PaperArtsy stamp that I've had for a while and never inked, shame on me as I think she's rather pretty and I think she's a girl who likes to enjoy herself and travel, so she has been layered on to some tickets  from  her journeys.  The background was made with Re inkers in Spun sugar and Tumbled glass with random stamping using the Correspondence stamps,  The flower, and every girl has a flower to cherish,  was made with the TH Tattered florals die.

Thank you for visiting,  and I'm off now to catch up on some visiting myself,
Have a great weekend,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Silhouettes at TioT

Hello, and welcome to the new Challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight which is Silhouettes.
As usual, it's up to you what you make as long as we can see at least one Silhouette on your project.
I've used Ella Bella from IndigoBlu as she was feeling very neglected not having been inked up in quite a while! She was stamped in black and then I used Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned coral and Dusty concord for the background, and stencilled with Wilted violet. The main background used the same colours with a Flourish stencil, the flowers are the Tiny Tattered florals.
It would be lovely if you could join us and you will find all the details on the main blog, along with some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT.
I am entering this at:
  Penny Black and More - One for the Girls

Thanks for visiting, have a great week.
Avril xx