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Hi, Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting. I'm Carol, married to Bill, with two children. I love to dabble in all types of crafty pursuits and enjoy nothing more than attending workshops and learning new techniques, which I then try to reproduce at home....sometimes with success!!!

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Friday, 24 January 2014

A Touch Of Vintage

Hi All,
Just a quick post today! Have made this little wall hanging sometime ago but was not quite happy with it!! A bit of tinkering with the embellishments and I am more pleased with the result.the image is a Crafty Individuals one from a pack I bought many moons ago!

Still not sure about the yellow flower, but was to highlight the colours in the image!
We'll as Iaid just a quick post today. Hope you are all enjoying your crafting and will be popping into your blogs next week. Spring cleaning almost done
Carol

Monday, 20 January 2014

A Trilogy Of Tags

Hi Everyone
Well what a time has elapsed since I last blogged!!!  Much has happened here but can I wish you all a belated Happy New Year, hoping it brings you everything you wish for.Well, my craft room is free of clutter ,at last, and today I have been busy making 3 tags.
They are all on a similar,vintage style theme and whether I am looking forward to warmer weather and the birds nesting, I'm not sure, but I so wanted to do a Birdie thing!
So....here is the first.
Book print backing on the tag, followed on top with some "worn" distressed paper. All the elements were coloured using Prismacolours and mounted using foam pads. The nest was chopped and cut to give a rough jagged feel , a bit like a real nest and again the eggs were 3D mounted onto it. The little bird sits patiently waiting for hatching! The sentiment was stamped in Vintage Photo Distress and the flowers and ribbon added.
Second tag
I so love this saying! Tag was distressed and corrugated card affixed to the top. This had been coloured with several shades of of Fresco paint and then torn in two. The dictionary definition was placed in between. All were mounted as before, but this time the heart stamp was placed on top of the bird cage.
Tag 3.
This tag mixes elements of the previous two, with the addition of some real feathers collected from the lake near by.
Having finished the tags and getting ready to photograph them, it suddenly dawned on me that each one has 2 birds and hearts!!! Could they also be a Valentines tag, where the one bird is wooing the other for her heart????
Let me know what you think. At least they are all free to fly and not in a cage.
Well, that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by and any comments that you choose to leave. They are appreciated. Just to let you all know I will be popping in to everyone's blogs as well as I know I have been neglectful.....sorry

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Birdie In The Nest..........Autumn week at SplodgeAway DT

Hi All, Autumn in all its glory is to be found on the SplodgeAway Blog this week and here is my project.
The mask was coloured with various Autumn shades of Distress Inks and then mounted onto thick card. Initially , my thoughts were to create a wreath effect  around the circular area, but whilst having a coffee and watching the birds through the window, as they munched on the Catoneaster Berries near the hedge, then swiftly popped back in, I changed my mind and instead decided to create a card depicting the little bird inside its nest. I will leave it up to you which way you see this card though.
The Joanna Sheene stamp was stamped into the cenre and coloured with Prisma Colour Pencils.
I then had great fun die cutting Leaves with a Tim  Holtz Die and colouring them with Distress Inks. Other leaves are of metal that I embossed using the Cuttlebug and coloured with Alcohol Inks.

To add some other effects and a bit more rough and ready dimension to the nest I added curls of twine and wire of varying thicknesses. A Few red berries linked the stamped image and Voila!! my take on the Birdie in its nest!!
Hope you have enjoyed seeing this and thank you for any comments you choose to leave.

Until next time enjoy your crafty moments!!!
Carol xx

I will be entering this card into the following challenges
Pan Pastels Blog...................Autumn Colours wk 42

Friday, 11 October 2013

Altered C.D. Project For SplodgeAway DT Week

Hi All
Thanks for stopping by. Today I want to show you a little keep-sake Imade using free C.d.'s and a cereal box!!!! Hoping the is really self explanatory with just a few guide lines.
I loved creating this for SplodgeAway. Pop over to the blog....it's re-use and recycle week there.
I began by cutting a small strip away from my C.D. s. If you warm them a LITTLE before hand it makes them less brittle and easier to cut. I used 5 for this project and covered the silver sides with various shades of alcohol ink. I wanted to keep the colour quite Autumnal for this project.
The cereal box was used to make 5 covers for the C.D.s, each was treated with various layers of ink through the Dot The Lot mask....this was the base for all sides. Embossed swirls and then text were added and the circles cut to fit the C.D.s.

At this stage I used a Bind It All to make the binding holes in the C.D.s. I found it best to do them individually.

The mask of many faces was used to create small framed images on 3 sides of this project. The frames for the faces again came from the cereal packaging. They were run through a script embossing folder prior to being coloured with Distress Inks and mounted on 3D tape for dimension.
 The other 2 sides were treated in a similar manner but just chosen words added to the insides of the frames.
Flowers, lace. leaves and gems were added as the final embellishments and the whole thing bound together.

And a few pics of the "pages" when they are open............

So here are the pics hope you like it .
Happy Crafting and thanks for any comments you choose to leave
Carol xx

Thoughts Of The Sea

Hi All,
Here are a few little A.T.C.s I have made. The Summer seems a long time ago now!!!! but I was really drawn to making a few little ones with a sea theme.
So, Here they are.

Used a Gesso Squelch technique for the background a shell stamp, embossed, and glitter glued,some sacking and a beautiful mermaid image. Used the glitter glue to highlight her shimmery body and was pleased with the effect I got.

                                                         MERMAID AT REST


HELLO FRIEND
 Love this mermaid stamp by Ryn and the bubbles. Filled the bubbles in with Glossy Accents for dimention and the little fish is a button I had. Cut paper strips for the sea weed and used Flower Soft for texture. Tiny shells were the last addition forrthe sea-bed.

So just a quickie for today. Hope everyone is well and will be getting to ALL your blogs very soon !!!
Apologies I haven't done so lately..life got in the way!!!
Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Friday, 4 October 2013

NEWS BULLETIN FOR CRAFTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just to let you all know...........

It's Another GiveAway!


Helloooooo Splodgers,

Where have we been? Where are the projects? I can hear you all shouting at me. Well SplodgeAway land is just so crazy at the moment....lots in the pipeline and we are so excited.

This week is 'Fantasy and Fairy' week and to celebrate we are having a giveaway sponsored by Suzicraft Crafts.




You will receive:

2 packs of pearl and gems
Silver Fairy Charms
Marianne Swirl Die
Fantasy Unicorn StenSkape
Fantasy Fairy StenSkape
A6 Fairy Mask

In order to win these goodies all you  have to do is comment on all the DT posts for the Fantasy Week and follow the blog.....that easy!

Enjoy the fabby work this week and a winner will be drawn at random on Saturday.

Susan xx

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Textural Inspiration For My Crafts

Hi All,
Sorry I have not been here for some time but I have had SO many problems with Blogger. All the experts failed but Megan managed to solve all the issues in about 1/2 hour!!!!!
Textures for my crafts has been on my mind recently having seen so much gorgeous creativity from folk on Facebook and Pinterest. They are all so talented and I have become to feel rather stale in what I am doing and thought I would go back to grass roots and start looking at how I create the base for my projects etc. So today no personal creativity but some natural textures found in my garden that I am hoping to reproduce....... (although Nature herself is the best Crafter).... in my projects in the near future.
So here is a selection I intend to work with over the next few weeks.



This is the bark from the old Twisted Willow that plays centre stage in our garden.Love the depth of the cracks and crevices and the asymmetry of the texture. I am usually so symmetrical....... a touch of O.C.D.  I sometimes feel !













This is the beautiful stone brickwork that our farmhouse is built with. Again all of the stones are different in size and shape., so another idea for me to remember when crafting.










These are two pics of the white Silver Birch we have. At the moment it is loosing it's bark but then will be pure white. It is so beautiful. Below is a close up but I hope in the other you can see the peeling of the bark better. Hopefully I will remember this when paper crafting and curl my edges,age my papers, only partly cover areas or layer more to reveal things beneath!!! thank you tree for the inspiration!!




















Living on old Farmland we are plagued by perennial weeds. In a bid to overcome this we have barked many areas. Again love all the textures here and the non-uniformity. I see this everyday but will now look at it in different light to see its inspiration in all winds and weathers.
Here is a group of tiny wee mushrooms, they are growing on the damp bark in a really shaded area of the garden, but what miniature beauties they are !!!!!!!
This fish water spout is on our wall, it's an old weathered carp. This is to inspire me to not be afraid to use textures together which are in stark contrast both in form and beauty. So love how the ivy has grown around this naturally.
This is the brick that forms part of the farmhouse we live in. Some of the old paint that was from the dairy barns is still visible. When it was built and other areas knocked down all the reclaimed bricks etc were used in the building of new areas . Loving the mix of lichen paint and soot on these. Again to remind me to really mix colour and textures!!

Humble gravel. Yes but look closely and see all the colour, shapes, and sizes, that all come together in such a random fashion and yet all  look so comfortable with each other in their difference!!!! Now that something to achieve.!!!

Last but not least the bark of the Fir tree which stands majestically in the garden and towers over all other trees shrubs and plants. This is a wonderful specimen, but as I looked at it today I saw something else!!!!!!!. It had a tear in it's eye as if to be grieving over the end of summer . Hope you too can see what I see!!??
This is to help me in my craft to not feel frightened of using things and making them appear something else or a little different from the norm.!!!! i.e. think outside the box more!!!
Well that's all for today. I do hope that you have enjoyed this post on some of the textures in my garden and how they are my inspiration for some future works.  will also be popping these onto my Pinterest board where there is a lot more inspiration for texture. Just put in carol tadden or Texture, texture and more texture.
Thanks for stopping by and any comments you chose to leave.
Carol xx

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Stenskape week with SplodgeAway....The Last Catch !!

Hi All
Stenskape Week is over on the SplodgeAway Blog. Here is a card I made using the Fishing Stenskape. Simple quick and easy, which it had to be for this week as I am a complete beginner with these, but oh they are so easy to use and you can indeed create endless scenes just from the one mask!!!

The sun is setting out on the lake and the fishing friends are determined to catch one more fish before the light fails and they return home  with their tales of the ones that got away!!! that was the scene in my mind at the start of this card.
The background was created with various distress inks blended together on Easy Ink Card which is great to work with!! The mask was then used with Black Soot Distress to make the scene. As I said  I am only just starting my journey with Stenskape Masks but am loving the! The reflections were made by turning the masks upside down BUT..... I did forget the boardwalk reflection!!!!!!Still we all learn by our mistakes. The whole was then mounted firstly onto black and then a pale green/blue card
Hope this gave you a little taster but do pop into SplodgeAway's Blog where you will see some true talent using the masks!
Thanks for popping by and any comments you choose to leave.
Happy Crafting
Carol xx