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Sunday, 30 October 2016


Hello, and thanks for visiting today, I've not had a lot of time for crafting or blogging lately and I've felt as though the old mojo was a bit lethargic of late, so what better way to give it a kick start than to buy some new Christmas goodies (any excuse)!!
I really liked the look of the Tim Holtz Snowflake last year, so...... it's now in the stash, and I love it.

The base of this card is from a little play - ages ago.  The article was in a Craft Stamper mag -  (I think they used carrot tops) I used bits from one of the conifers in the garden, position them on card and use sprays over the card.  When dry you have a lovely white outline.

These have been in the  'box' just waiting to be used.

I randomly stamped music script and embossed with Gold EP and then sprayed on some Tarnished brass spray stain.  I cut two snowflakes, coloured one with Tarnished Brass stain, then stamped them both with the music script and heat embossed with Gold EP.  I ran the white one through the matching snowflake embossing folder and highlighted the raised area with gold ink and layered with foam dots.
My matching base card was coloured with stain as I didn't want different golds.

Well, at least I've made a start on the Christmas cards and used something out of the bits box!

I'm entering this at:
  Allsorts - Lets Make a Start on Christmas
  Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

Thanks for calling in, I do appreciate it.
Avril xx

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Magic in the Air!

Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this fun tag, to find out all the details, please pop over here.

I am entering this at Make My Monday - I put a Spell on You

Avril xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hand Made by You for TioT

Hello and thanks for visiting today.
There's a new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight the theme is  Hand Made by You -  so nothing digital or shop bought.

I've finally managed a play with  my new Tim Holtz crayons in the pastel colours.  I started with a piece of pearlised card that I embossed in the Cuttlebug.  I scribbled Spun sugar, Tumbled glass, Shaded Lilac and Cracked pistachio and blended with my fingers.  I used a Tim Holtz Tattered floral die for the shabby roses and the Thinlits Garden Greens.  The  'Wishes' sentiment was cut from the Thinlits Handwritten Holiday die set.

The rest of the DT have some wonderful Hand Made inspiration for you, so please pop over here, where you will also find all the challenge details.

Thanks again for popping by,
Avril xx

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Black canvas

Hello, and thanks for visiting today, I've finally finished this little 6" x 6" canvas which has been on my desk for a number of weeks in various stages - good job I didn't need it in a hurry!

It was originally given a coat of white gesso.  I added some embossing paste through a couple of stencils and stuck on bits of lace,  paper and clay roses, die cuts, a metal bird and butterfly.
Then, I decided it should be black, so it got a couple of coats of black Adirondack.  Next came the Copper and Silver gilding wax.  I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of black card and heat embossed with Copper EP, cut to fit and then some wax was brushed on the edges.

That's all for  now, hope you've had a good weekend.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Autumn Friends

Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with another Autumn card, to find out the details, please pop over here.

Avril xx

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

We Go Together

Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog with this Autumnal card and if you'd like to find out the details, please pop over here.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Halloween Time at TioT

It's that time of the year when the bewitching hour is approaching!

Yes, it's time for our annual Halloween challenge at Try it on Tuesday, so please join us with your spooky or scary makes.

I started off with a black card base and some Tim Holtz mixed media die cuts (which were white) coloured these with silver and black paints.  I also did a bit of 'atmospheric stamping' with my finger dipped in silver paint.

I printed off a couple of images from the internet, and fussy cut the witch and adding foam pads to give dimension and framed these in a TH Cabinet card frame 'stamped' with the silver finger.  The sentiment was computer generated.  A added a plastic spider and web.

The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you, please pop over here for all the details.

I am entering this at:
  Country View Crafts - All Things Spooky
  Crafty Creations - Halloween
  Mixed Media Mojo - Spookiness

Have a great week,
Avril xx

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Trees at FSC

Hello and thanks for popping in, today sees the start of a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this months theme is Trees.  We have Flonzcraft as our sponsor who are offering one lucky random winner a $20 spend in their online store, but please remember, we are a stamping challenge and stamping must follow the theme of the challenge.

I took the opportunity of making my first Christmas card!  I used Inkylicous Winter Cabin, stamped in Watering Can Archival ink  and then used Iced Spruce Distress ink with a small tree from the Tim Holtz Tree line stamps to create the woodland scene.  I used Chipped Sapphire and Stormy sky to create my stormy sky!

Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it and thanks for all the comments you leave as I know I haven't been the best of bloggers of late, but real life just kept getting in the way.
Hopefully, now that I'm up to date with DT commitments, my little blog can have some TLC, fingers crossed.
Have a great day,
Avril xx

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Bike Ride Pleasure

Hello, I'm over on the Artistic Outpost blog today with this tag using images from the Lovely Day stamp plate.  If you would like to find out more, please pop over to the AO blog for all the details.

Avril xx