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Monday, 26 November 2012

Autumn Lady

Hi Folks,

The last week at Make My Monday's Autumn theme is Buttons and Ribbon, so for me, a feminine Autumn card.
The image is  Kanban, not sure of the name as it was borrowed from my crafty friend Diane, coloured with Promarkers and distressed with Vintage Photo and Walnut stain ink. The base card, was coloured with Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade DIs and then randomly stamped with an old Anita's leaf stamp in the same inks, plus Vintage Photo. The seam binding ribbon was coloured with a mix of DIs. and finished with an antique button, the co'ordinations backing was embossed with a CB script folder.  The Design Team have come up with some stunning creations as usual, so please take a look here, I'm sure you wont be disappointed.

It has been a pleasure working with the ladies from Make My Monday, and I look forward to entering their challenges again in the New Year.  If you're still with me, you are probably wondering whats wrong with the December challenges!  Nothing..........its just that I'm off on holiday for 2 weeks on Wednesday, so apart from scheduled DT posts, this is it for now.  I must admit, I'm a bit stressed, we didn't organise this until a couple of weeks ago, so I have been in overdrive getting everything done before I go away, hence the poor blogging of late!

I am entering this is:
  Crazy 4 Challenges - Put a Bow on it
  Stampin for the Weekend - Texture - Embossed background
  Make it Monday - Anything Goes
  Gingerloft - Leaves (background)

Thanks for looking, see you in a couple of weeks.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Sparkly TioT

Hi Folks,

It's time for a new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday and this time we would love to see your 'Sparkly Christmas' creations, and don't forget, for our month of November, we are sponsored by Crafty-embelies
who are offering our monthly winner a £10.voucher.

I don't know about you, but I do like sparkly and bling at Christmas, so I decided this holly swirl from Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque) would look good in Gilding Flakes, and as I make all my Christmas cards, easy enough to do a small batch. Picture factory mode - CB on knee when watching TV and embossing with Swiss Dots - long strip of card repeatedly stamped with Greeting - gold EP over whole sheet, heat emboss. Flitter Glue and Flakes (everywhere) the hardest part of that bit is using the stamp too many times - but I must say the stamp cleaner is good!
If you need inspiration for your Christmas Sparkle, please pop over here and have a look at the gorgeous creations my teamies have on show.

I am entering this in :
  Gingerloft - A Touch of Gold
  Crafty Catz - Lets have Sparkle
  Christmas Card Challenges - Double Embossing
  The Paper Players - Silver/Gold
  Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thats it for now, and thanks for looking.

Avril xx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Autumn Supplies - Vellum at MMM

Hi Folks,

Its the 3rd week of the Autumn Supplies over at Make my Monday and this week the challenge is to use Vellum.

I've kep this quite simple as I didn't want to distract from this lovely Stampscape image wich was stamped onto the vellum using Stazon.  The leaves were also stamped on vellum but with Distress Inks and heat dried.

The DTs have as usual some fabulous inspiration for you, so please pop over here to take a look.

I am entering this in:
  One Stop Crafts - Monochrome Tones
  ATCs & Cards with Attitude - Autumn
  The Squirrel and the Fox - Anything Goes

Thats it for now,

Avril xx

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Christmas Home Sweet Home for Fashionable Stamping

Hi Folks,

Its time for another challenge over at Fashionable Stamping and this week it's   Home Sweet Home. My teamies have again excelled themselves and created a wonderful variety of 'Home' themes, so please do pop over here and take a look.  We are again sponsored by the lovely Marina of Cottage Crafts who will will give our winner a €7 voucher to spend in her online shop.

For my card, I  used one of the new Christmas stamps from Stampendous. I stamped  on to a shaped card, distressed the image with Vintage Photo, masked the image and used the free stamp from this months Craft Stamper  for the Snowflake border, and stamped in Iced Spruce, which was also used for the shading. I stamped again and  coloured with Promarkers and DIs added Diamond Dust, which gives a lovely crunchy sparkle, which of course, doesn't show in the photo, and attached with 3D foam.

I don't know about you, but I do try to make all my Christmas cards, so there was a little batch of this one!

I am entering this card in:
  4 Crafty Chicks - Winter
  Everybody Art - Oval shape
  Its All about the Vintage - Snow
  Joanna Sheen - Cold & Frosty
  The Crafty Pad - Christmas

That's it for now, hope to catch up with you later- had such a hectic week I haven't managed many visits, so I need to see what you've been up to!

Avril xx

Monday, 12 November 2012

Stitching for MMM

Hi Folks,

This is my second week as GDT over at  Make My Monday, where the theme this month is Autumn Supplies and this weeks challenge is Stitching - Real or Faux. This months  sponsor is Vee Cassidy who is offering  a £10 voucher to spend in Joanna Sheens online shop
Stitching and cardmaking usually means 'layers' to me, so I decided to go with Layers of Autumn colours, from misty mornings to vibrant sunsets.  The stamps, used on all layers were Tim Holtz and Inkylicious, stamped in Black Versafine and Distress inks.  The sentiment is Inkylicious.

The Design Team have, as usual, some fabulous creations, giving plenty of inspiration, to please pop over here and take a look, you won't be disappointed

I am entering this in:
  Corrosive Challenges - Flutter By
  Stampin for the Weekend - Stitching
  Make my Monday - Anything Goes
  Paper Playtime - Autumn Colours

That's it for now, apart from saying 'hello' to my new followers, its lovely of you to join me on my crafting journey.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Memories at Try It On Tuesdays and a DT Call

Hi Folks,
Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time its Memories, and for the month of November we have a fabulous new sponsor,  Crafty Embellies

who are offering our November winner a £10 voucher to spend in their on-line store.

Also, don't forget we are having a DT Call, which is open until 20th November, so if you're interested, please add DT after your name in the linky.

For my card - Memories had to be vintage, well nothing new there I here you say!
My card base I used Tim's Marbled Stains technique using Picket Fence, Old Paper,Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Stains and then stamped with Inkylicious Vintage Script Create a Collage stamps.  The main image is TH, as is the film strip, stamped onto acetate. My flower is a TH Tattered Floral die, coloured with distress inks, the gauze (bandage) was dyed with the left over inks from the card base.

  I am entering this in
  Its all about the Vintage - Make your own background
  The Pink Elephant - Favourite colouring medium - mines always inks
  Eclectic Ellapu - Its a Vintage thing
  No Matter which Challenge - Photo insp.
  Make it Monday - Anything Goes

That's it for now, and thanks for looking.

Avril xx

Monday, 5 November 2012

GDT spot at MMM

Hi Folks,
I was really thrilled when the lovely people at Make My Monday asked me to do a Guest spot for the month of November.

The theme this month is Autumn, and this weeks challenge is Kraft and String.
For my card I used a cream watermarked carkstock and used a Papermania stamp, (borrowed from my crafty friend Diane - don't know about you, but its alsways great to ge your hands on someone elses stash) .  I masked this and over stamped a script in Frayed Burlap. I stamped the same image on a Kraft tag, again masking and using the same script. I then stamped the image in spiced marmalade, used a nesti to cut the circle and added using foam pads.  Flower is made from TH Tattered floral die, stamped in Spiced marmalade and spritzed with Glimmer mist.

The team at MMM have some fabulous makes to show so please pop over here to take a look, and this week they have a wonderful sponsor who is offering a £10. voucher for Joanna Sheens on line store.

I am entering this is

  Heck of a Challenge - 50 Shades of Autumn
  Come and Get It - Monochrome
  Gingerloft - No colouring (mines all ink)
  PaperPlaytimes - Shades of Autumn
  ABC - Tic Tac Toe (Brown cardstock/Fall Theme/Twine)

Had a great day at the Papercrafts show,met up with a couple of blogging pals - and some real bargains as well!

Thanks for looking.

Avril xx

Sunday, 4 November 2012

It's Musical at Fashionable Stamping

Hi Folks,

Well another two weeks have just whizzed past,  and time for another challenge at Fashionable Sstamping Challenges.  This time we would like to see Music on your cards, and if your need any inspiration, the DT have as usual surpassed themselves with creativity, so please pop over to FSC  to take a look.     Also, our sponsor - Cottage Crafts will give the winner a €7 gift certificate to spend in their online shop.
I decided I should really start my Christmas cards - so a good opportunity to use an old favourite.  My image, Santa Collage from Rubber Stampede, was stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Ink, masked and then overstamped with a music script, Santa's face was coloured with Promarkers and I applied Glossy Accents to his glasses.  Jingle Bells is a Crafty Individuals little freebie. The background is blue cardstock stamped with a Penny Black snowflake, and heat embossed in Bright White  WOW EP. The backing is a CB Embossing Folder borrowed from my crafty friend Diane, and of course it wouldn't be Christmas without glitter, so snowflakes and Santa's beard  have a good coating of Glamour Dust.

I am entering this in:

  Delicious Doodles - Embossing
  Ladybug Crafts - Monochrome/Tonal
  Live and Love Crafts - Christmas
  WOW Embossing Powders - Christmas
  Stamping Sensations - Traditional Christmas
  Hooked on Crafts - Christmas - no red or green
  Divas by Design - Feeling Festive

That's it for me - must dash, I'm off to a Papercrafts at Nisssan, Sunderland this morning ,where I hope to catch up with a couple of blogging buddies.  Life has returned to normal now that the Save the you know whats are done, so I hope to catch up with what you've all been up to, later today.  Before I go, I would just like to say 'hello' to my new followers, and thank you all for your visits lately, especially when I have had so little time  to return the visit.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, I think I just might!

Avril xx