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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

How does your Garden Grow

Time for another challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnights theme is 'How Does your Garden Grow' so we would love to see what's in your Garden - Flowers, Fruit Trees, and it's up to you what you make as long as you follow the theme.


 This was actually a cigar box, I was given a larger cigar box and inside there were 3 boxes, they still had the wrappers and red ribbons in the boxes.
This was the original

It's now a paperweight...I started by putting some builders sand mixed with PVA in the 'bottom' before sealing along the opening.  I then painted it with Mermaid and South Pacific Fresco paints.  I stamped the Joffy Flowers and sentiments onto tissue paper and coloured the reverse, I used watered down PVA to add this to the 4 sides, and of course my 'garden' had to have a butterfly, which was added to the top.
The rest of the DT are showing some great gardening skills, so please pop over to take a look.

I am entering this at
  Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
  Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting today,
Avril xx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Melt Pot Art

Just thought I'd tell you what a great afternoon I had yesterday when, along with  Yvonne of Meggys Way, we attended a Hels Sheridan workshop on the Melt Pot at Crafty Corner in South Shields.
This is the canvas that I made, and apart from the base painting, all techniques involved were using the Melt Pot, using Beeswax and UTEE, and I can assure you lots of lovely mess and chatter was enjoyed by all, and Hels was a great tutor.  The only downside to the afternoon was that it all went over too quickly, but that seems to happen when you enjoy yourself so much and I don't think anyone wanted the afternoon to end.
It's such a shame that the Melt pot has been discontinued, and that was Hels last workshop teaching this great technique, I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity, which has given me more confidence to use mine.
Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.

Avril xx

Friday, 29 August 2014


Time for another challenge at Alphabet Challenge and this time it's O for Ombre - meaning a colour gradient from dark to light or vice versa.
I've gone very CAS for this tag, I first stamped my image,  Penny Black' Dreamy' and the Tim Holtz sentiment and heat embossed with white powder.  I shaded first with Chipped sapphire, on 1/3rd of the card, then Faded Jeans on the middle third and lastly Tumbled Glass which was sponged over the whole tag blending the colours.

For more inspiration head over to the main blog where the rest of the team have some great makes to show.

That's if for now, thanks for your visit and I hope you have a great weekend.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Parisienne Boys!

Hi and thanks for visiting,  last week with no internet and a couple of free days I put the time to good use and inked up some new stamps. My images are all from the Artistic Outpost 'Paris Exposition' apart from the sentiment which is from the Think and Wonder set.  The main image was stamped with Black Archival as I wanted the 'boys' to look crisp, for the rest I used Archival Watering can. I used Frayed Burlap for the distressing and distress markers for the colouring.
I usually struggle with male cards and so I challenged myself to use the masculine images first before allowing myself to go girly, so pleased I did as I see the challenge over at That's Crafty is 'This is a Mans World'  and the challenge at Lunargirl Moonbeams is 'Lets here it for the Boys'  I am also linking this up to the Artistic Outpost monthly challenge - Anything Goes.

Well that's it for now,  off to do some blog visiting now.
Avril xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Birthday card for Someone Special at FSC

Time for another challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this time it's 'A Birthday card for Someone Special'
and as long as we can see that the stamping is the main feature and that this follows the theme, then we would love you to join us.  We are sponsored by Flonzcraft who are offering on lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store.
This is the Birthday card I made for DD earlier in the month.  I used a Prima 'Texture Flourish stencil for the background  and various Distress inks, the stencil itself isn't big enough for what I wanted, but the pattern joins up perfectly for the size I wanted.  The Dylusions Couture stamp was stamped in black and heat embossed and then again on some MME embossed papers, before fussy cutting. The sentiment is Tim Holtz.
The flowers, not as white as they look in the photo,( infact everything is brighter, but those flowers just wouldn't show)  are a Joy crafts die and inked with Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick.
The rest of the team have made some 'special' cards, so please pop over here, you won't be disappointed.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend,  and the weather's not to chilly - feels like Autumn has arrived here in the NorthEast!  
I'm off to do some catching up in Blogland after having lost internet and phone connection for 3 days this week due to an external line fault - thought I might not even get this post up at one stage.

I am entering this at:
   Allsorts - Bright Summery colours  (I do promise it is brighter)
  Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting, it really appreciate it.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Use Your Stash

Use your Stash - thats the new theme at Try it on Tuesday, and we want you to use what you have, or what's lying around, and everyone has stuff that was started for one reason or another and then put in a pile to use at a later date, so why not use something from there,  I did.
The card base, a background from the 'pile', the sentiment bought from Inkylicious at GNP in March, which I had stamped and clear embossed a few on a sheet, the clock die cut from a pack I  bought on Ebay about a year ago and have only used a couple and the flowers, I have a box full of die cuts that have been scrunched and just waiting to be inked and assembled.
The rest of the team have some fabulous stash items to show, so please pop over and take a look.
As always, it's up to you what you create, so raid that stash and show us what you have.

I am entering this at:
  Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
  That's Crafty - Use Stamps

Thanks for your visit today, have a great week.
Avril xx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Summer Days

Hello,  I can't remember the last time I posted 2 days in a row, but I was determined to have one more play with this set of stamps before summer is over, although the way the weather is at the moment, I feel as if it has gone!
My background paper was quite a bright blue stripe, so to tone it down I gave it a wash with Picket Pence Distress Stain, before adding my net from some fruit packaging.  My images are Crafty Individuals, and the Tim Holtz Film strip with some cut outs behind.
There are still quite a few Summer challenges around, as well as our Wish you were Here challenge at Try it on Tuesdays (I didn't get this finished on time for mid-challenge insp .but you still have time to link up) so I am entering this at:
  Vintage Stamping Challenge - Summer Days
  Eclectic Ellapu - Nautical/Seaside (Pink Team)
  Sugar Creek Hollow - Summer Sunshine
  Crafty Catz - Lazy Days of Summer
  That's Crafty - Stamping Ground (using Stamps)

Thanks for visiting
Avril x