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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!!!


Friday, 12 November 2010

Nov. Shilington Swaps


These are my swaps this month. In fact, I've had these made for some time now and as the theme this month was freestyle I am able to send these, without having to use the little grey cells.... it's not cheating just good time management at he moment!!!

The first is entitled Time Flies and uses Paperartsy minis no.59 and 60 for the background which was then distressed and the metal clock was made using Paperartsy Clock 1 and then highlighted with a poky tool.

Gia is the name of this B line stamp, and she is a firm fav. of mine. The background stamp is also B Line called Black Mesh. The lady was masked prior to the background being stamped.

Finally Timeless. I had a great time making backing paper and then cutting to size using inks glimmer mists and perfect pearls. The little stamp is an old Limited Edition one and Hobby craft sold the beautiful chipboard dragonflies in packets of about 20......in the sale for 29p.

I took the whole stock, including butterflies cats and flowers. It's unusual for me to spot a bargain!!

Till next time happy crafting
Carol xx

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Christmas Canvas fo the Stampman Challenge

Stampman Christmas Challenge
(instructions below)
Above is my offering for The Challenge. What fun I had making this and getting into an inky distressed mess!!! but at the end I was de- stressed!!!! It's a Christmas hanging and although the colours are seasonal I wanted to get away from the usual bright red and green associated with Christmas and put a more muted feel on the project, besides the fact that I love this rich Maroon/claret/burgundy colour, but oh what a trial I had finding the colour I wanted. In the end a bespoke mix was called for!
I love canvases and so decided to put some mini canvases onto a much larger one and make a more substantial piece Hope you enjoy seeing it and if you want to replicate the idea, I've put  a little explanation below, together with the ingredients used. Hope you have a go and get as much pleasure out of it as I did.


Paper Artsy Stamps Egg & Nog 1 and 5      ........  for the mini canvases
Paper Artsy Egg & Nog4 and 10                 ........  for the flowers
Papermania Ornate Christmas Stamp Duo          ........  for the Christmas Greeting
Studio 490 Ticket To Art LCS001                      ........  for the leaves
One small square canvas
Two small rectangular canvases
Grunge Paper
Matching ribbon
Distress inks:- Aged Mahogany and Forest Moss
Adirondack colour wash :-Cranberry
Acrylic paint pure gold by eco-green crafts
Acrylic paint Green Patina by eco-green crafts
Selection of co-ordinating self adhesive gems and stars
Black StayzOn
Glossy accents

 Stamp 6 of the large flower stamps and 2 of the smaller flower stamps onto the smooth side of the grunge paper, using black StazsOn ink.
When dry colour using aged mahogany distress ink, blending it to be darker to the outer edges.
Stamp four of the sets of leaves and again colour using Forest Moss Distress ink.Cut one of the stems into smaller sections to use with the small flower.
Using the gold paint cover the wooden frame of the canvas.( I really love this paint as it covers easily and in one coat, with no streaking!) Using the green patina paint cover the large canvas and allow to dry.

The smaller canvases eventually became the colour I really wanted. Firstly I Brushed on the Cranberry wash and dried using a heat gun between the first and second coats. On top of this I built up the Aged Mahogany distress ink until I had a lovely rich colour.  Next onto some thick card  I stamped the gorgeous partridge and the three pears   and then the 3 tree images. I used the same colours of inks only this time with a little water and painted the stamped images.
When all was done I arranged everything onto the canvas ...this took some time as I was so indecisive!! The small stamped greeting canvas looked fine but the other two were missing something. I had a brainwave and found a beautiful damask type napkin pack in my stash. I tore this and placed one section short ways and the other longways on the canvases, That did the trick and gave just another dimension. Here's hoping the pictures show what I mean. ( This is optional to do).
The napkin was adhered to the canvases using dilute paste.

The flowers were attached as above and the other canvas laid out as shown.
Everything was then glued in place using glossy accents and the ribbon made to attach to the frame.             

Thanks for looking in today!
Happy Crafting Moments , till the next time
Carol xx

Other Challenges I will be entering this piece for include:-

Wild Orchid Callenges....Christmas..red green and gold
Fairy- Challenge ........Anything goes
Sir Stampalot...Christmas Traditions

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Card For A Man

Here is my first offering for the Stampman Challenge, where a card for a man was to be made. Bill loves his wine and so I thought this might fit the Bill and then could be used for his birthday too.....how organized am I ? Only problem is I now need to find out how to use the inks link, so here we go!!!!!

Boo Hoo many tears and a right royal ear bashing to myself!!!!! Should have checked the cut-off date first! So I've missed the boat so to speak, But on the upside I have plenty of time to create and enter something for November, so.....watch this space.

Bye for now
Carol xx