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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Live Every Moment

A rummage into the bits box and I came out with some card that had been embossed with a TH embossing folder and the CI stamped and coloured piece.

I distressed the embossed card with Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks added a Tim Holtz paper doll along with some die cut flowers.  A really quick card - I think I should go rummaging in the box more often!

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

It's Springtime!

The new challenge at Fashionable Stamping this month is 'Springtime'  and I don't know about you, but I can't wait for warm sunny days and spring flowers! 

I started with a background of  Broken China and Twisted Citron Oxide inks sponged onto the card, spritzed with water and then sprinkled with PaperArtsy  Slime Infusions and Prussian Blue Brushos.
I stamped the PA flowers directly onto the card and coloured the stems with Distress Markers.  The flower heads were also stamped onto watercolour paper coloured and fussy cut.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed with Clear EP.

There's some fabulous inspirational makes from the rest of the DT, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find  details of our Sponsor,  InkArtDesigns, who is offering one lucky random winner a stamp from the shop.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Mum's the Word

'Mum's the Word'  is the new challenge a Try it on Tuesday for this fortnight, so there's lots of ideas for this one - Mother's Day, quotes for Mothers/Families and I'm sure you can think of a few more.

I've been going through old family photos lately and I've got some lovely photos of my Mum so I thought I'd do something using one, I think she must have been about 18 in this one.

I've used a box frame that I'd had for ages,  I used embossing paste through the TH Flourish stencil and when it was dry I painted with Brushed Pewter Distress paint, and then when that was dry I painted over with Black Soot paint and rubbed that off before it was dry.

I used embossing paste with the TH Rose stencil with paste  when dry, I used Tattered Rose and Antique Linen DIs to colour the backing piece.   I did think about a darker vintage colour but as my Mum never wore dark colours, I kept to that theme.  I reapplied the stencil and coloured the roses with Oxides.  I also stamped the TH Linen Background and some extra rose stencilling with Antique Linen.

I've used bits of ephemera underneath the photo, although some have ended up being hidden, and added a calendar for April, her birthday month.  Lots of flowers were added as my Mum and Dad were very keen gardeners.

The rest of the team have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find all the challenge details.

Well, I'm pleased to say the snow is disappearing fast, and life is getting back to normal.  It's lovely to see the Snowdrops and Spring bulbs again, all we need now is some sunshine!

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Saturday, 3 March 2018


Another page in my Vintage Journal, but this time using one of my own family photos.  I have a lot of photos from my Mum's side of the family and this one is of my Mum's Great Aunt sitting with my Grandfather on her knee (just wish I knew her name).

I started with a gessoed page which I coloured with Antique Linen Oxide ink.  I masked off where the photo would go,  (this was scanned and reduced in size from the original) and used the Gothic stencil and embossing paste.  Some stamping with Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen Distress inks then rubbed over with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap crayons before adding the photo and some die cut flowers.  The words are cut apart from a TH sentiment.

I'm entering this over at A Vintage Journey for this months 4th Birthday Celebrations challenge is Treasure.

We've had some more snow today, but I think it's a little warmer as the icicles are starting to melt. There are still a lot of minor roads closed due to drifting and this picture (from Facebook) was taken about a mile from where I live, a main road into Durham, closed due to overhanging snow!

I'm staying nice and cosy, thank goodness for the early warnings about the 'Beast from the East' and  a well stocked fridge/freezer!
Stay safe and have a good weekend.
Avril xx

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Butterfly Play

Well I've taken the weather advice 'not to venture out in this snowy weather' and it was my excuse for a play day in the craft room.

After last weeks sunny days my thoughts had been turning to Spring!  well, we can dream.

I've used Distress crayons, randomly scribbled on a piece of gessoed card, next I removed colour with a baby wipe and a couple of stencils.  Some random stamping with a grid and script stamp to add some interest and a heat embossed sentiment.  The fussy cut butterfly was colours with Distress inks.

I am entering this at Allsorts where the challenge is I Spy something beginning with B, so I think the butterfly fits and  at Country View Crafts - Anything But Cute.  Also at Make My Monday - Messy Backgrounds and this crayon scribble certainly started out very messy.
I love using the crayons, but I always end up with a sore finger - or is that just me?

Well I'm making the most of being 'snowed in' and only venturing into the garden to top up the bird feed.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Hello, today sees the start of a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time we're going Vintage

Recently I've been looking through some old photographs and came across this one of my Great Aunt, she was 94 when she died and my Mum and I visited weekly until she died,  she didn't have any other family and had given me all her photos.  I've always loved this on of her as a bridesmaid taken in 1914 at a cousins wedding.

I used an embossing folder on an aperture card, tinted with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo DIs, layered on another piece of embossed card, this time coloured with Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain.  I've added a garland of tiny tattered floral roses.

This is the group photo of the same wedding and I'm sure you can spot my Great Aunt sitting on the right.

The rest of the DT have some fabulous Vintage Inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find the challenge details.

I am entering this a Allsorts - Handmade Flowers

Avril xx

Friday, 16 February 2018


Do you ever find yourself just wanting to make something, but not knowing what or where to start, well this was one of those times, all I knew was that I wanted to use this pretty butterfly napkin that's been sitting in the box for ages.   After applying it to a tag, I then stencilled the TH Flourish with Vintage Photo........what next?

What did we do before Tim Holtz brought out the Paperdolls, doesn't she just fit well and a computer sentiment.  I've added a piece of napkin to the back of a  money envelope and attached it to the back of the tag, so it feels more like a present.

My little mess about turned into 'useful' -  it's DIL's birthday this weekend, so I know where this is going!

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx