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Sunday, 29 December 2013

It's Colour Time at Fashionable Stamping

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and you were all good and got lots of lovely pressies - and some crafty bits too, I hope so.  I couldn't wait to use mine.

It's the last challenge of the year at Fashionable Stamping challenge and this time we would love to indulge you with Chocolate, Raspberry and Cream............mmmmmm!  sounds good to me.

For my little concoction, it had to be my new Graphic 45 Couture stamps and quote,  the background was stamped  using  an IndigoBlu Swirl in Rich Cocoa ink. My very talented teamies have some wonderful delights to tempt you using this recipe, so please pop over to the main blog, I promise you wont be disappointed.  Don't forget, there is a $20  prize for one lucky winner from Flonzcraft, our sponsor for this challenge.

I am entering this at :
  Crafts4Eternity - Something New

Avril xx

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Christmas is almost here - and I'm almost' ready, and I didn't get to do all the catching up in Blogland that I'd planned.  Anyhow, I would just like to Wish You All a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful (crafty) New Year.
Thank you to all of you who have visited over the past year and for all the lovely comments you have left.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Trees - and Mine's 'Wishing'

Hi and welcome to another challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time our theme is 'Trees'.  This could be Christmas Trees or you could create a scene with 'trees' or just a tree!

When DD got married in October she decided she didn't want  a Guest book - and would have a Wishing Tree  instead.  Fortunately, we had been chopping back the tree in the garden so I was able to select a good branch, which DH painted white.  I decorated it with lots of crystals and sparkly lights puchased from my local craft/bridal shop.  I die cut about 140 hearts for the greetings which were hung on the tree, I wish I had remembered to take a picture at the end of the night as it really did look gorgeous.  I made the box to hold the tags, decorated in the wedding colours.  Just in case people weren't familiar with Wish Trees I found some words on the internet, typed them in navy and framed it by way of explanation.

I hope you will join us for this challenge and if you need any inspiration, then my very talented teamis have some wonderful creations to tempt you, so please pop over here and don't forget, we are an any type of craft, so it would be lovely to see your interpretation!

I am entering this at:                                                                                                                           
  Stamping Sensations - Free and Easy (The tags are all stamped)                                             
     Joanna Sheen - Make it Sparkle                                                                                               
            Make it Monday - Anything Goes  (Die cut tags are all stamped)                                                                                      
Have a great week, and don't forget to be good - you know Who will be here in one week!

Avril xx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Last batch!

Hi, I'm back and with one I made earlier, in fact it was  my last batch of Christmas cards.   Again a very simple make, but when there's lots to make at this time of the year, that's what's needed.  The embossing folder and poinsettia are both Tim Holtz and the greeting is from a set of Katy Sue clear stamps, bought last year and never used.
Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last few makes, I really do appreciate them, and I hope to catch up with everyone over the next few days as I resume a 'normal' life. The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of washing, (I always think it looks strange when there's a line full of bikinis, shorts and tee shirts etc. in the winter)  the tree is up, and the house decorated, just wish I felt a bit more Christmassy!
Hope you all have a good Sunday, I'm off to Northumberland today,  a friend is having a Christmas Lunch party, should be a good day and hopefully give me that Christmas feeling.

I am entering this at:
  That Craft Place - Christmas
  Dream Valley Challenge - Christmas

Avril xx

Friday, 6 December 2013

V for Vellum at Alphabet Challenge

I do hope you like the new challenge over at Alphabet where our letter is 'V' for Vellum - as I chose this theme!
I have made a 'tag' card - my image, Crafty Individuals, was stamped onto vellum with Stazon, and on the reverse I used an embossing tool on  the flowers and swirls, I stamped again  onto white card and coloured her skin and dress.  I left a border around three sides of the vellum image, which was folded and used to attach to the card image (hope that makes sense) after fussy cutting along the swirls.  My background is a layer of muslin, over a baby wipe that had been used to mop up some 'nice colours' of distress ink - it looked too pretty to throw away - I spritzed it with water and then ran it through the CB for some texture.  The corrugated card was inked with White Versamark and sprinkled with Snowflake EP.  The flowers are a Joycraft die and coloured with Spun Sugar DI.

It would be lovely if you could join us and if you need any inspiration for using vellum, then my very talented teamies have some lovely creations, so please pop over to the main blog.

This is my last scheduled post, so hopefully I will catch up with you next week.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great weekend.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Handmade Gift or Gift Tag at Try it on Tuesday

Its time for another challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time its 'Handmade Gift or Gift Tag'
I decided on a handmade  gift bag as well as the tag.  My image is this lovely Gibson boy from Flonzcraft and I stamped him onto an oval cut from Shrink Plastic, and the size turned out just perfect to fit my little tag.

I hope you will join us and show your 'handmade' - my very talented teamies have some great projects to show so please pop over to the main blog for the details.

This is a scheduled post, so thanks again for your continued visits.

Have a great week

Avril xx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

In the Holiday Spirit at FSC

You have all month to enter the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping - which for December is ' In the Holiday Spirit' chosen by Terry.  As long as there's some stamping on your project, it's up to you as long as it's 'In the Holiday Spirit!  We again have our very generous sponsor Flonzcrafts who are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store
I love the anticipation of children in the lead up to Christmas Eve and their thoughts of Santa Clause, so I decided to use this Rubber Stampeed Santa and an Inkylicious 'Twas the Night before Christmas' verse.  I used a Christmas printed vellum over my blue base layer and then stamped a snowflake with Versamark and brushed with Perfect Pearls for the next layer, but then covered it with my main images!!  The poinsettia was cut in vellum and stamped with a music script in Versamark and then brushed with Blue Patina Perfect Pearls, I also ran a Versamark pen around the edges before I added the PP.
My lovely team mates all have very different themes, so please pop over to the main blog and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
This is another scheduled post as I am enjoying a different kind of Santa to my 'frosty' looking card, I took this photo last year, and as we are at the same hotel, I'm sure I will be seeing this little scene again this year.

Have a great Sunday.

Avril xx