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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Vintage Christmas at Sugar Creek Hollow

A couple of weeks ago I was the Designers Pick over at Sugar Creek Hollow and the lovely ladies have invited me to be a GDT for this challenge, which is 'Vintage Christmas'.  Thanks ladies for this great invitation.
I used this image a couple of weeks ago and you may remember  he was dressed in blue - this time with a pink scarf I think this little person looks more like a girl!  It's a Flonzcaftstamp, which was masked before I made the background.  I have used the Stampendous Snowy Postcard and Christmas Greetings along with LOTV Christmas Pudding Recipe for my background layers.
The DT's at Sugar Creek Hollow have some wonderful creations on show, so please pop over there and have a peek.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of the week whatever you're doing

Avril xx

Monday, 25 November 2013


I made another batch of cards, and again quite an easy design.  I decided I wasn't buying any more Christmas papers until I have used up ALL of the sheets already sitting waiting to be cut into, you know what I mean, you used the best and the rest just gets left!  This looked a little 'bright' so covered most of it up with the Stampendous Christmas Greeting which was stamped with Aged Mahogany and heat embossed with clear powder. My Santa image is Inkadinadoo,  coloured lightly with Distress inks, was cut and layered onto Nesti ovals and then lots of Glamour Dust added - which of course doesn't show in the photo.

 I am entering this at:
  Vintage Stamping Challenge - Traditional Christmas
  Make It Monday - Anything Goes

I've got a few scheduled posts over the next couple of weeks, as I'm off for a little break and some winter sun.   DD has declared as I live nearer to her work - she may as well move back and keep the house company (as well as saving on her bills) - well at least the house won't take any warming up when we get back!!

Thanks for visiting, I really do appreciate it.

Avril xx

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Altered Image!

A while ago the lovely Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs sent me some lovely Original Vintage Ladies images to play with and I made this, well this time I decided to use one of the images for Christmas.  I have really 'played' this time and have actually changed the colour of the ladies clothes!  Wasn't sure if this would work, but they coloured beautifully with Promarkers to give them a really festive look - (hope you don't mind Ignacio) but it just shows how versatile these images can be.  My background uses the Stampendous Snowy Postcard and Christmas Greetings and LOTV recipe for my layers.

I am entering this at
  Crafts-Too - Vintage Christmas - pt. 2 Polychromatic
  Southern Girls - Circles
  Die cut Divas - Holidays and Celebrations

Thanks for visiting and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

White on White at Try it on Tuesday

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time the theme is ' White on White'
I have gone for a Christmas theme and have used a Tim Holtz snowflake EF for top and bottom and a Crafts Too for the sentiment.  I added Glamour dust to the lettering and snowflakes and on the edges of the matted white layer, but unfortunately it's not showing the the photo, I love White on White, but they're so difficult to photograph.

We would love you to join us for this challenge and if you need any inspiration just hop over to the main blog where my wonderful teamies have some gorgeous creations for you.

I am entering this at:
  Ali-craft Blog - White on White
  Inkspirational - White on White
  Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great week.

Avril xxx

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Shabby chic Christmas at FSC

The weeks are just flying by - and its time for another challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this time Shirley has chosen  Shabby Chic Christmas - so a good excuse to make another Christmas card.  We are again sponsored by Flonzcraft who are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in the online store.
Although I make a lot of vintage  I don't always make them 'shabby' - so this was a bit different for me.
I have used a Flonzcraft  Gibson kids stamp for my main image, isn't he so cute!   My blue layer was embossed using a Tim Holtz Snowflake EF, which was then inked with a White Versamark and heat embossed using 'Snowflake' EP, I also embossed the edges of this and the image with it.
My shabby background was stamped with a Stampendous Christmas Greetings, then distressed with Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone.
Should you need any inspiration them my very talented teamies have some wonderful creations to show so, please pop over here for the details.

I am entering this at:
  A creative Romance - Winter's Blues
  4 Crafty Chicks - Snowflakes
  Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
  Divas by Design - Something Snowy
  Artistic Stamper - Christmas
  Addicted to Stamps - Punches and Dies

That's it for now, thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of Sunday.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Thank You

Hi - thanks for visiting, hope you're all having a good week,  I've had a play with a gorgeous stamp that I received in a parcel of stamps from a lovely blogging friend, Thank You!  She just wanted them to be used and loved - and I love this lady - her name's  Yvette (Stamp It rubber stamps) and doesn't she look lovely in Pink!
I've used the Tattered Doily die for the card base,  which I distressed with Spun Sugar and then stamped with an Inkylicious 'spot' stamp in the same colour.   I added a back, so that it can stand.
I am entering this at :
  In the Pink - Ribbon and Bows
  Make it Monday - Anything Goes   -  (I was the featured card last week)
  Creative Craft Challenge - 1 image/2 papers/3 flowers
  Bunny Zoe's - Shabby Chic/Vintage
  Ooh LaLa - Stitching

Well, after a bit of light relief, its back to some more Christmas cards!

Avril xx

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Tattered Poinsettia

Hello, its great that you've stopped by, I hope you're all having a good weekend.  I've managed to finish another batch of  Christmas Cards using the Tattered Poinsettia die I bought couple of weeks ago and  I've cut quite a lot as I've sat watching t.v.  The DP was stamped with Versamark and then brushed with Perfect Pearls Bronz,  tag is embossed with the CB script folder and I highlighted the script with a gold ink pad, and  Iced Spruce to distress the edges.  The poinsettia was coloured with Fired Brick and Peeled paint DIs. the die cut is a little Sizzix die , quite a quick card, so I made a few.

I am entering this at:
 Pile it on - Show us your tools                                
Stamping Sensations - Christmas                            

Feel the need now to do something pretty, before I start putting the next batch together, it's surprising how much double sided tape I used while watching t.v and it doesn't take that much concentration to do  either.

It's the last of Downton tonight, so I know where I will be at 9 o'colock, wonder if there will be another 'cliff-hanger' ending.

Avril xx

Friday, 8 November 2013

Twine for Alphabet Challenge

Its time for another letter in the Alphabet and this time it's 'T' and Team B's turn and Mari has chosen 'Twine'

I decided to make my own twine from 2 bits of frayed burlap, I died one piece with Aged Mahogany and then when dry, twisted them together, now what to do with them.
A short while ago the lovely Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs very kindly gave me some Mark Twain images to 'play with',  and when I saw this sentiment (Peerless Designs) at the weekend, I knew how I was going to use it.   My image is coloured with Distress Markers and inks. The corrugated cardboard gave a lovely surprise when I started to rip it and found it was double core, so apart from a light distressing with some Tumbled ~Glass DI, that was it.
I would be lovely to see you join us, and if you need any inspiration for using Twine, them please pop over to the main blog, as my very clever teamies have some lovely creations to show.

I am entering this at:
  Creative Craft Challenges - Words
  4 Crafty Chicks - Anything but a Card
  Crafts4Eternity - Anything but a Card

That's it for now, hope you all have a lovely weekend, whatever you're doing.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Colour Explosion!

Colour Explosion is the theme at Try it on Tuesdays for this fortnight, this could be Seasonal or Bright, as long as there's lots of colour.

I have used IndigoBlu's Ella Bella, stamped in black  Archival.  I used Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Seedless Preserves and Aged Mahogany  Distress Inks for the shading around the image.  I used the swirls part of  the image, stamped in Seedless Preserves, on the same mix of colours for the base card, which was a hammered white card to start with.
If you need any inspiration, then hop over to the main blog for a gorgeous array of colourful creations from the rest of the Design Team.

I am entering this at:
  Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
  Make It Monday - Anything Goes
  Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

That's it for now,  and enjoy your week.

Avril xx

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Anything but INK!

Another Christmas make and this time its for the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping which this fortnight is 'Anything but INK' - so you can use paint, bleach,  ink sprays or like me you can use glue and gilding flakes, but for full details just pop over to the main blog, where you will be enthralled with the brilliant ideas from the rest of the Design Team.  Don't forget there is a $20 prize for one lucky random winner from our very generous sponsor Flonzcraft.

For my make, I have used IndigoBlu 'Baroque Christmas Tree' with Flitter glue and  some gilding flakes, it's rather a large stamp, so decided to go with an easel card.  The border on the base is the 'Tree ' stamped upside down. The sentiment is Hero Arts and again used the  flakes.

Just a quick one as I'm off to a  Craft Fair this morning, not that I need anything, but it's just nice to go!

I am entering this at
  Allsorts - Christmas Cheer
  Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Bling it Up
  Crafty Calendar - All things Christmas

Avril xx

Saturday, 2 November 2013

GD at Crafting Musketeers

A few weeks ago I won over at Crafting Musketeers challenge and they kindly invited me to do a GD spot for this challenge which is Pretty Pastels.
I have used the Clarity La Petite Musique,  which was coloured with Promarkers and DIs for the background shading. I have also used some gorgeous old papers  (you know they type,  you stroke them and put them back for another day - can't even remember what they are now).  The music script is LOTV, and the beautiful lace was part of the fabulous goodies  I received as my prize from Crafting Musketeers.  The flower  was cut with a Joycrafts die.

I am entering this at
  Daring Card makers - colour challenge
  Vintage Stamping Challenge - Feminine Beauty
  Sugar Creek Hollow - Anything Vintage
  The Hobby House - Pearls

I hope you all have a great weekend whatever you're doing, but before I go, I would like to say 'hello' to my newest follower, it's great that you  want to join me on my crafting journey, and I hope you will continue to visit often.

Avril xx