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Friday, 29 March 2013

D is for..

Hi Folks, its time for another letter in our Alphabet Challenge and this time its D for Daffodil.
Lesley, our wonderful leader has decided to retire and this is the last one she will be hosting, so please give her a challenge to remember and join us.  Luckily, Shaz has agreed to step in and take over the reins, so I am sure we will continue to be in safe hands.
My image was stamped last year when I attended a workshop run by Jill Tuck from the Stampman, and she kindly let us play with with various stamps that she had brought along, so thanks Jill.
I couldn't remember what inks had been used, so I played safe and coloured the image with my Karismacolor pencils, I haven't used these since buying Promarkers - but they were so nice to use again.
I used chalks to soften the image and DI Vintage Photo to distress the edges.
The sentiment is computer, as I always think of Daffodils and Easter.
We would love it if you could join us for this challenge, and if you take a look here, you will see what my creative  teamies have for your inspiration.

I am entering this at:
  4Craftychicks - Easter
  Crafty Creations - Easter
  Loves Rubberstamps - Easter
  ABC - Easter

I hope you all have a Happy Easter whatever you're doing.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Recycling at TioT

Hi Folks, This fortnights challenge at Try it on Tuesdays is - Recycle It - and we would love to see what you recycle and your finished project .

For my piece of recycling, I used 2 empty matchboxes left over from Christmas, unfortunately, I started sticking them together and then remembered to take my first photo!               

So from this to this.....

I have seen quite a few altered boxes, so that was my inspiration for this challenge, I didn't look to see if there were any tutorials on altering, I just worked it out from the size of the boxes, and so easy. I now know where my little charms are!

I hope you will join us and share your Recycling  with us, and if you need any inspiration, my fabulous teamies have come up with some wonderful ideas, so please pop over here and take a look.
I am entering this at:
  Creative Creations challenges - Letter B - for Box
  Make it Monday - Anything Goes
  Tammy's Scrapin corner - Anything but a Card
  Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
  SugarCreek Hollow - An Altered State

That's it for now, hope you're all managing to keep safe and warm, its hard to believe its  -  officially Spring!

Avril xx

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Fashionable Paper piecing

Hi Folks,
Its time for another challenge over at Fashionable Stamping and this time you can have some fun with paper piecing, something I hadn't done for quite a while.
For my DT piece, no pun intended -I decided on an easel card, something else I haven't made in a while,  I  used the Stampendous Rose Corset, stamped with Versafine, and the large Romantic Rectangle was distressed with Spun Sugar DI.  I used a pink spot paper from the Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose collection to stamp the corset,  cut out the corset shape and flowers and added to my image. The darker pink spot backing is a freebie from a magazine purchase,  I stamped the rose part of the corset for a little detail on the base..
My wonderful Teamies have some amazing inspiration for you, so do pop over here to take a look.  Don't forget, our Winner will receive a $20 prize from the lovely Leo at Flonzcraft to spend in his online store.

I am entering this at:
  Dynamic Duos - Monochromatic Pink
  CharismaCardz - Diecuts
  Addicted to Stamps - Easel cards
  Pile it On - Dots
  No Matter Which Challenges - Anything Goes

That's it for now, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, we seem to have missed the snow, but I know many of you have had more than a covering!  Stay safe, and just think - perfect crafting weather!

Avril xx

Monday, 18 March 2013

Isn't She Lovely!

Hi Folks,

Isn't she gorgeous, I bought this IndigoBlu stamp (and a couple of others) at GNP on Saturday and have been itching to have some  time to play, managed a couple of hours this afternoon and she had to have priority! I used Victorian Velvet and repeatedly stamped the Stampendous Garden Background onto pink card, my 'Elizabeth Bennet' was stamped onto Vellum and her face was tinted with Promarkers. I layered her onto a piece of torn pink card before placing over some dyed Muslin, unfortunately you need to look closely to see this layer, it just didn't photograph too well!  The little tag, which I'd forgotten I had - its good to re-organise sometimes, was stamped with Vic. Velvet. A small bouquet of roses make this card perfect for the challenge at In the Pink which is Floral/Mothers Day.  I also stamped an extra butterfly onto vellum coloured this and added using Glossy Accents - this, together with the Pearls makes the card suitable for the Heck of a Challenge - Spring/Pearls & Butterfly.
I am also entering this in:
  Joanna Sheen - Mums the Word
  Emmas Cards UK - Vintage
  The Crafting Cafe - Favourite Colour
  Vintage Stamping Challenges - Spring is in the Air

Had a great time at Harrogate on Saturday, met up for a natter with some Blogging friends and also said 'hello' to a few new ones, Oh, and while I was there,  bought some new goodies, but I was good and even came home with money!

Thats it for now,
Avril xx

Friday, 15 March 2013

Most Coverted at Alphabet Challenge

Hello and Welcome to another Alphabet challenge and it's the letter 'C' and  this week we would love you to use your most 'Coverted'.
I have used papers that were bought at least 2 years ago  - I have taken them out of the drawer lots of times and just couldn't cut into them -  just too gorgeous!  They are 12x12 and were in a box of 'reduced' items, at a Craft Fair and  there was only 5 sheets!  My vintage lace is also something that I am always very reluctant to cut into, the flowers are cut from a lace collar given to me by an old lady friend many years ago.  My Rubber Stampeed image 'Woman in Repose'  is one that I had covered for many years - I was lucky last year to see it for sale on EBay!  So.... ALL very covereted!
So go on girls - join us in our challenge and let us know what is your 'Most Coverted'

I am entering this in:
  Fab & Funky - Add a sentiment
  Cards and More - Lace & Pearls
  Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes
  Crafty Boots - Something Old, New, Borrowed or Blue (Old lace, Blue papers)
  Its All about the Vintage - Dreams of Spring with Lace

I'm off to GNP at Harrogate tomorrow, can't wait!!! - If you see me there, please say 'hello'

Whatever you're doing - enjoy!

Avril xx 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Hats and Easter Bonnets at TioT

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time we would love to see Hats and  'Easter Bonnets' on your creations.
For the month of March we have
as our Sponsor who are offering the monthly winner £10 to spend in their online store.

For my DT piece I have used an Inkylicious image, borrowed from my crafty friend Diane - its not an Easter Bonnet, but the advert does say Spring Wear!  The papers are Prima Botanical - a freebie from a magazine. The large flower is TH Tattered Floral die, this was stamped, inked and spritzed with Perfect Pearls.
The rest of the DT have some wonderful creations on show, so please pop over here and take a look.

I am entering this at:
  Cards and More - Lace & Pearls
  Celebrate the Occasion - Spring is in the Air (Spring Wear hat)
  Bunny Zoes - Girly
  Make it Monday - Anything Goes
  Simon Says Stamp & Show - Shabby/Chic
  Vintage Stamping Challenge - Spring is in the Air

A rather late post from me, but have had a very busy day with DD looking for shoes, hairbands -(diamante of course) - and bridesmaids dresses, I'm absolutely shattered.  I hope to do some blog visiting this week, although I still feel as if I am playing 'catch up' all the time as I am still trying to organise the 'craft room'  This has to be done before Saturday - I'm off to GNP at Harrogate and you never know - I might just come back with one or two new goodies to play with!!  If anyone's going, It would be great to meet up.

Avril xx

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Swirls at FSC

Hello and welcome to another Sunday challenge over at Fashionable Stamping - and.........there's lots of news to tell!
Our first piece of news is that FSC has changed – we now have our very own DOTCOM addresss!  If you have us in your bookmarks or favourites can you please make sure that you update our link to  www.fashionablestampingchallenges.com.
We also have a new sponsor - Flonzcraft who will sponsor the winner $20 from his store.        And ......We also have a wonderful Guest Designer for this Challenge - Astrid.

For my DT piece Idecided to go with pastel Spring colours and  have used IndigoBlu stamps -  'Ella'Bella' - just love these swirls and for my background I used the Vintage Flourish which was first stamped on white cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with Clear EP, I stamped again with Bundled Sage DI, coloured with DIs and then used a tissue to remove the ink from the embossing.  I used the same DIs on the Nesti Diecut (Romantic Rectangles) before stamping my image with Archival black, I added Glamour dust in her hair, but it hasn't shown. The sentiment is Inkylicious, stamped with bundled sage and again heat embossed with clear EP. The flowers, TH Tattered floral dies, were stamped with the Flourish before distressing with Spun Sugar.
I do hope you will join us this fortnight, and if your need some inspirations, my fabulous Teamies have as usual created some amazing pieces, so please pop over here to take a look.
I am entering this in:
  2 Sisters - Pastels
  4 Crafty chicks - D for Dies
  Crafty Bloggers - Spring or Pastels
  Pan Pastel - GirlyTheme

I wish all you Mothers out there a lovely relaxing day (hopefully with time to craft). I'm off to DD's for Lunch - this is a first! and I don't intend to offer to wash up afterwards!!!
Have a great Sunday

Avril xx

Friday, 1 March 2013

Bottles at Alphabet Challenge

Hi Folks,

Well, somehow among all the chaos I managed to to do my DT piece for today, just wouldn't do to dip out as I chose the theme of  B for 'Bottles' at Alphabet Challenge.
A while ago, Silvia, one of my very talented Teamies over at FSC made a bottle cover - which you can see here - more original than just buying a bottle bag don't you think and I have been meaning to give this a try ever since.
My image is  a Paper Artsey Mini Bottles, masked before stamping these two fab old ladies from River City Rubberworks  The bottles were coloured before adding Glossy Accents over them.  The image was matted onto glitter card before attaching to the bottle card. Computer sentiment. The flower is again the TH Tattered Floral die.
The rest of the DT have some gorgeous creations for your inspiration, so please pop over here to take a look.
  I am entering this at:
  MAWTT - Lovely Ladies
  Happy Campers- Favourite Stamp
  Divas By Design - Anything Goes
  Hotshot Crafts - Anything but a card

Have a great weekend whatever you're doing - I'm still trying to fit everything back into my new craft room, I'm sure I didn't take as much out as what I'm now trying to fit in!

Thanks for looking
Avril xx