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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!!!


Monday, 27 September 2010

Shillington ATC'S

Shillington Swap A.T.C s. Sept. 2010

Here are my offerings for this months swap. The theme was nautical and to tell you the truth I didn't have a lot in my stash for sea-faring swaps, still I have had a good rummage; (and in so doing found LOADS!! of long forgotten goodies.)

This Vintage style postcard uses a crayon resist technique I learnt from Rachel Greig, of Dark Room Door fame. (She was over here earlier this year). You simply highlight areas of light with a child's white wax crayon and the n do the usual with your distress inks. The crayon resists the colour and the all you do is polish it with  a                                                      soft  cloth and the light areas are really bright.

I've called this For Those In Peril On The Sea.
I found these images in a bits and bobs box.
They are from the Masculine Artsy collage book
by HOTP. I love the varied images in it!! I really was at a loss how to put them on the ATC so that they didn't look like they were just floating there, then I spied upon some lovely hand-made paper a friend had given me. The large holes in it reminded me of how the sea swells and dips into hollows so it was perfect for the foaming sea. I hope I've managed to capture it?

Lastly this is a quickie!! Again the images were from HOTP and put together on a holographic paper background, and yes your eyes do not deceive. I have used peel off letters!!!! I can get them straight but struggle using my mini stamp set.
Now I look back I can see that I should learn to crop things...........another day, another time and another lesson from Megan!!   Hey Ho.

Sunday, 19 September 2010


After watching a tutorial by Linda Brown on her L B Crafts website, I decided to try my own version, and here it is! I have used metal, which has been hand embossed using Ten Second Studio equipment and torn, then distressed using brown acrylic paint. The right hand side was then daubed with Viva's Terra (Sahara) and then coloured using Turquoise and Blackberry Precious Metal paints. This was heated to "bubble point". To this I added some Gold Rub N Buff.
for highlights

The Fleur De Lys embellishment is yet another of the very talented Linda's ideas, where you emboss metal, cover in Utee and cut!!! It's such a crafty technique, do hop over to see Linda's tutorial.

By the way, I should mention this is all on a beer mat.....more altered mats in further postings. 

( Now that I've managed to navigate my blog a little better I can't stop. I've decided to put all my larger projects from work-shops on so will update again soon.)

Bye for now

The Key Of Life

Below is one of my favourite pieces that was made during a craft workshop at L B Crafts in Olney , which also happens to be my fav. place to buy all my crafting goodies. This workshop was taken by the witty and talented Linda Elbourne and it was her design this piece was based on.

I actually gave it to my Husband as a birthday present and although he does not possess a crafty bone in his body, was very appreciative of my efforts and made all the right noises! It has the number 13, top left, which is his birthday, and the initial B for his name.(I should have checked the angle of dangle before hand!!)

 Here are two of the sections that give the piece its title.

 It was made on canvas that we distressed.The outer squares are grunge paper, again distressed and then run through various Cuttlebug folders, allowing the patterns to be highlighted with distress inks. I'd never used glass fragments on anything before either, but I LOVE them and the way they magnify images. This was a fantastic class and I learnt sooooo much. Too much to write here, Hope it gives you some ideas though.


My Bargain Buy

Thought you may like to see a little bargain that I bought some time ago in the garden centre for just £3.00!! Its contents included some delicious jams chutneys ,biscuits etc. and was then suppose to become a small garden tool carrier. But..... like all crafters I knew it had more potential uses than being relegated to the potting shed. or worse !!  I have taken it along to several workshops, carrying my crafting tools and some members of the class have then rushed to buy their own. Alas, this was last year, but it was in the Seasonal Department Sale at the Wyvale Garden Centre, so eyes peeled for it this year!!. It's just the right size for all my bits and not at all bulky. I have been meaning to make it look a little less like a garden tool carrier for ages and so this week have sewn on some lovely flowers and brads.

These are super extra thick felted flowers and as you can see, the bag is a heavy duty hessian so should last for ages1
This shows the bag a little better, but I didn't like the side panels as they looked quite empty, so I added an extra large flower to either side!! I must learn when enough is enough.

and......here's the final article, hope you like it. Now I see the colours on the screen, I realise they're quite autumnal! I must have been getting prepared for the season. That's a thought, maybe I need to go to the sale this year and see if I can get another three and have one for each season. I'll keep you posted on that one!!

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