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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, 26 March 2012

Clean and Simple

This is a simple card I am entering into the One Stop Craft Challenge this week, which calls for a cleanand simple design. Love this stylish Debbi Moore Stamp, and decided to keep it extra simple, by stamping directly onto cream card, embossing in black and of coarse adding some bling. The sentiment stamp is a B Line favourite stamp of mine and the swirl apologies but can't quite remeber the make.

It made a change for me not to be over fussy!!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

What Beermat

Believe it or not this pretty wall hanging for my sister began life as a Guiness beermat from St. Patrick's Day. I made it a few days ago but have only now managed to put it on. She already had it on the wall so today I borrowed it to put on the blog. Hence the blu tack on the next shot.

I covered the entire front with some pale pink paper and sanded all the sides back for a better finish. The lace at the top is a B line desin called lace duo and I love it it looks almost real! The lower section was again stamped with a B Line stamp....called Black Mesh. I punched 2 holes and inserted eyelets using the cropodile, inserted jump rings and a little chain, which isn't in the picture!! The flower and butterfly were coloured with Dusky Concord Distress ink and then overstamped using Studio 490 All About Art Stamp.

I added some adhesive ribbon tape in a lacy pattern where the stamped images of the background met  and then added the TimHoltz plaque with the word play underneath. I filled this with crackle glaze.

Glossy accents was used to stick everything on and the faux gems added.
My sister loves it and hope you have enjoyed looking too.
Happy Crafting

Free Brooch!!

Here is a brooch I made yesterday. My first venture into jewellery making!! I had all sorts of little bits and bobs in a box, that have been sitting there for ages, mostly all scavenged from other people, found at charity shops or donated by friends. I so love looking at all the lovely trinkets, but thought it was time I stopped collecting and admiring and do something with them.

So this little brooch was developed. It took me an age before I decided on the positions I wanted everything and then even longer finding a suitable glue to use. ( My sister says jewellery glue is best ) but I used pinflair and it worked a treat although it did take about 24 hours to really be set hard. If anyone has a better idea for a glue would love to hear from you.

The beautiful buttons were given to me and I know they are Making Memories, given to me by Gill as they were in a Hobbycraft clearance sale!!

The backing of the piece is an old piece of filigree onto which the main features were adhered and jump rings attached the cameo, and lock, key and chains. Simple, but am pleased with the end result. ill I wear it?? Yes I probably will........sometime!
Happy crafting Carol x

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Katy's Challenge

This was the scrummy challenge for Katy at docrafts this week.

We could use the inspiration of the berries the colours, shapes etc. I decided the colour and berries were for me. Here is the card I made. Hope you like it.

The edges of the card were distressed with Dusky Concord distress inks and then some plum patterned paper from by stash added as the background. I cut an oval shape and again distressed the edges. The Joanna Sheen stamp was coloured using pro markers. Just love that little bird!!! I had no little bow in the shade I needed so Spritzed a white one with Adirondak Cranberrywash.....worked a treat!

The flowers I love making and used the simple colour, cut, soak, scrunch and leave to dry technique.
Again these were coloured with promarkersfirst.

Pretty pleased with the end result and how the berries sparked my imagination of the hedgerows, hence the flowers, suppose to be the gorgeous wild flowers seen in the countryside. Oh for warmer weather soon!!!
Carol x

I shall also be entering this for One Stop Craft Challenge 174   Handmade Flowers

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Fab N Funky Challenge 112

This is a card for some friends of mine and also for the challenge. These little images, from an A.T.C. booklet have been in my stash just waiting to be used! Cream card stock was edged with shabby shutters and forest green moss distress inks and the mats cut from spellbinders dies. The images were cut and layered and come of the four leafed clovers raised using foam pads.
I will enter this into the Fab 'N' Funky Challenge.....Luck of the Irish 112

The Shabby Tearoom Challenge. Spring Is Near

Here is a canvas I have made for theis weeks challenge at The Shabby Tearoom, It uses the pale greens pinks and magentas shown in the colour pots and a few shades in between, and the dry embossing is on the flowers after die cutting.

To colour the canvas I used shabby shutters, crushed olive and dusky concord distress inks.The wording and swirls were also stamped in Shabby Shutters and adhesive gems were added as accents, in pinks and green. (I didn't have the right shades in these, but promarkers worked wonderfully on white gems, so I was able to match the colours well.)

Heart sequin waste was used in a random fashion on the canvas, using the dusky concord distress ink.

The fun part was carefully cutting in half a polystirene ball. Every knife in the house was used, but my bread knife did the trick!! A skewer was secured in place using glossy accents as was the poly ball, and then to one of the most basic tools that I haven't used in ages. The humble punch! I used a small and medium flower punch and various shades of magenta green and patterned papers to make the flowers. Each flower is made of a small and medium section and a small pin secures each to the ball. (It took a lot more flowers than I was expecting, but sill me for choosing an allium head for my inspiration!)    

The large flower embellishment was die cut using a spellbinders machine and then dry embossed  using a swiss dots embossing folder which gave them a better crunkled up look. I don't think it is very clear even on the enlarged photo, but the effect was great after crushing the flowers in my hand. A brad secures them together and it was affixed to the canvas with glossy accents.

This will be entered into The Shabby Tearoom Challenge Spring is near

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Challenge 58 one Layer Card and script

I know, 2 blogs in one day is unheard of!!!! I was so taken with the Less Is More challenge this week that I spent the entire afternoon playing, instead of housework........Hoorah! The one layer only challenge got me back into the swing of masking and layering, which I admit I have sadly neglected for a long time.

This will be my second offering to the challenge, I did get carried away but managed before it was to late to include some script. I hope it is saying something along the lines of at the end of a summer's day. But who knows, its in french and I can't understand it, so for me it is alluding to days end.
I stamped and masked and over stamped the images from a selection of Create A Scene and masked off the lower section for the script. I then used the wax crayon technique as described in the previous post and then began to colour the card with stormy sky distress inks, spiced marmalade for the sandy beach and vintage rose for the sunset area.

I then wiped over and polished the surface with a soft cloth to expose the highlights made by the resistant wax.
Finally, I used stormy skies again to colour the lower edge and using B line French Correspodence stamped the script.

Had agreat time reminding myself of some basic techniques. One layer cards certainly are to my liking and less is more.
I shall be entering this for Less Is More Challenge 58     Script  one layer card                                                                      

Less is More Challenge....One Layer Card......Put Pen To Paper!

Hi everyone just finished this card for Less is More challenge this week, which is to make a one layered card using script. I was a little daunted by just the one layer but thought it would get the little grey cells working! Now that it's done can't wait to do a few more!!! No cutting gluing measuring what a refreshing change.

What I Used:-
Cream card stock
Vintage Photo Distress ink
Versafine Dye Ink
Stampers Anonymous Artful Artifacts
Inkadinkado 105
B Line French Correspondence

I stamped the pen and cut it out for a mask, and did the same thing with the pen nibs. Firstly, after much deliberation about positioning I stamped the pen directly onto the cream base card, I then covered it with the mask and the overstamped with the pen nibs. I then cut the individual nibs and stuck them to the pen mask, laid it back over the nibs and pen image and overstamped again with the script.

To enclose the image a little and in order to colour it I masked off a rectangle around the image with tape.

I know must acknowledge Rachel Greig from Dark Room Door who showed this next technique, which is simple to do but I think really effective. Using a white wax crayon, colour in and highlight some areas of the stamped image. Polish off with a soft cloth. The darker the ink the lighter becomes the waxed areas, which resist the ink. A bit like we use to do in school with wax and paint!!!

Using the distress ink I coloured the image , polished and added a friendship sentiment.Removed the tape and Voila.

I shall be entering this into the Less Is More Week58 One Layer Script

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Beware The Green Eyed Monster!!

Here is a tag I made for some challenges and had great fun making it. The challenges called for the colour green and the saying "green with envy" immediatly sprang to mind, but as I was designing it I then started to think of the Green Eyed Monster and further still the infamous Green Man of garden fame!! What to do? Well in the end I tried to incorporate all the ideas onto one tag and this is what I ended up with. I'm really quite pleased and a little surprised as this as you way know is not altogether my style, but hey ho!!
The stamps I used were Studio 490 and Paper artsy mini. The tag was coloured using peeled paint. scattered straw and green moss distress inks. The barbed wire mask is by Tim Holtz. which was added as the upper layer. Water was spritzed over the tag and dried to give added interest.

The stamp was stamped directly onto the tag using Stayzon Green. As were all the eyes of the monster. The image on the left shows more clearly the green eyes and all were coloured using distress inks. A few green matt gems were added for a little interst to this section, which was stamped on card and mounted seperatly
Some miniature ivy leaves that have been  left in my stash for a very long time were used to make the foliage of the monster/green man and attached withh glossy accents.
Believe it or not he does have a third eye for deeper INSIGHT! Looking at it now he does seem rather frightening!
To enhance the eyes a little  I coated them with glossy accents, although it is not really too clear with my photography!

The wording is using chipboard letters which were coloured using green moss distress ink and attached.

Please do not have nightmares after viewing, I will not be held responsible!!

I shall be entering him for the following challenges
Inspiration Journal
Gingersnap Creations
Paper Sundaes
Sugar Creek Hollow
Phindysplace challenge

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 63......A Sketch

At last I feel like my creative juices are flowing again and have decided to enter into the challenge world. There's so much wonderful work and inspiration out there to see and I am grateful to every one who lets me have a peek into their blogging world.  THANK YOU ALL.

Here is my design for Crafty Cardmakers. It was really different to do as I have never worked to a sketch before but it did set my mind thinking! Here are a few close up shots, but the lovely background paper still doesn't show well. Sorry I'm an awful photograper!!

I coloured the edges of a white 5x5 square card using Vintage Photo distress ink and chose some Papermania background paper from their Portobello Road collection. To tone this down I used Scattered Straw distress ink around the edges. Velet ribbon and striped coffee and cream ribbon were then attached as per the sketch.

I stamped the lady.. B Line Stamp twice onto cream card. One image was used as a mask over the face and then another B Line background stamp was stamped over the image and then removed.

The hat and roses were coloured using the two distress inks and water for a subtle feel.

The message was stamped in Vintage Photo and distressed with Scattered Straw, mounted on a scrap of brown card. This was added as shown.

Final touches were to add her necklace and flower embellishments. Hope you like the finished project.....really enjoyed taking up the challenge!
Carol x

Monday, 5 March 2012

Waspish waist line

Well her is my first crafty piece this year. A chunky A.T.C. type offering. In fact it is bigger than an atc and was made using a small off cut of wood found in the garage. I think I initially saw the idea in a magazine and thought I would have a go. All very simple and with the little legs I thought it could also be used just for decoration in the bedroom.
I covered all sides of the wooden block with some lovely Victoria and Albert papers that had been stashed away unloved and then sanded back all the edges and gave them a distressed look with vintage photo distress ink. The lady with the waspish waist was cut from some Graphic 45 paper and coloured using watered down peeled paint and spiced marmalade distress inks. The corset label was also cut from the same paper.To give a bit of form she was adhered to the backing papers using silicone. A snippet of lace was coloured again using vintage photo and added to the left side. Finally a few flowers ond metal leaves to embellish and hey presto!! Oops nearly forgot four pony beads were added to the bottom to serve as little feet.
The reverse shows a description of the corset and lace and flowers to add dimension. I was going to give this as a gift but decided to keep it for myself.

Perfume Bottles Wall Plaque

Have been wanting to try Studio 490 clear modelling film for a while and also a set of bottle stamps from Joanna Sheen This seemed to be a perfect combination for a small wall plaque for my bedroom. I used a 30x20cm. piece of hardboard for the base and covered it with some lovely V and A paper. I wanted to have a fresh feeling yet still vintage. The edges were all sanded back and distressed using Dusky Concord disress ink.

The Eau de Toilette stamp was stamped using Staz on Purple and distressed with Peeled Paint distress ink. This was then matted and layered onto sage and purple card. A Fleur De Lys embellishment was coloured with Currant alcohol ink and attached.

The bottle stamps were stamped onto modelling film using purple Stazon and left to dry for a while. They were then coloured using cranberry and lettuce alcohol inks on the reverse side. Each bottle was then heated with a heat gun till flexible and shaped by laying on a curved object, held for a few seconds till cool. A white pice of card was inserted behind each bottle to allow the colour and patterns to show through.

I used 3 mini canvases and edged all sides and the fronts with Mulled Lavender distress ink.

Canvas 1 was randomly stamped with Bloomin fun swirls and Damson Plum dye ink and promarker dotted accents in green. The bottle was attached with a brad through the canvas. Gems and flowers were added as further embellishments.

Canvas 2 was made using Paperartsy mini stamps gems and flowers and the bottle was attached using glossy accents.

Canvas 3 A found vintage label was distressed using Peeled Paint and mounted onto plum card. Vintage lace and gems were added.
All canvases were attached to the base using red line tape.

Silver metal was used to cut 6 flourishes using spellbinder die. These were coloured as shown with currant and lettuce alcohol inks. They were attached to the project using glossy accents and further embellished with gems and flowers.

I will be entering this into Simon Says Stamp And Show .......Bottle It
and Simon Says....Anything Goes

Friday, 2 March 2012

Long Awaited Return

Just a quick post today to say that after many months away from my crafts I am at last returning to the fold!!!  Family matters have taken all presidence since the summer and I won't  go in to details but I am now ready to continue my crafting journey again although it may be a little spasmodic to begin with! My craft room is complete .......redecorated, new lighting and in time I hope to teach some beginners in card making, at least that is my hope and any other techniques etc. that I can pass on. Although I have been out of teaching for 16 years I still miss it and now have a little time where perhaps I can introduce new people into crafting. That would be a dream come true! I am certainly lucky enough to have the space and can comfortably seat 8 people and still have a desk to myself lucky me.Pictures will follow when I can remember quite what to do but I feel like a complete beginner again as far as blogging goes so please bear with me. It's good to br back.
Till next time Happy crafting moments. Carol