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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, 21 May 2012

Behind The Screen

This is a view of the back of the screen and what is behind it................our gorgeous lady. So glad we don't have to wear all this now!!!! What  a to do getting undressed!!!

These are the two images of the screen flat, so that you can see the images a little more clearly, not brilliant photography, but think it show up well enough.

I got the idea for doing screens from a workshop I went to some years ago with Lina Elbourne. I've wanted to make a monochrome one for some time and now I have and it sits in a bathroom as that's also black and white and I thought the images suited the location too. I did say on the DC site that I would give a brief description of how to make this, so here goes, although I'm not too good at this so forgive me. Hope you can follow it, have included a few photos to help!!

1. Gather all the bits together you will need, these are shown in the picture below and include

2 A4 sheets of greyboard/ thick cardboard 
Papers of your choice in 2 contrasting patterns or colours
Embellishments, of your choice, e.g.buttons, flowers, charms, flourishes
Reel of ribbon
Adhesives, tape, glossy accents
Punches if desired
4 images
Ink pad in matching/contrasting colour
Bind it all machine,cropodial or whole puncher

2. Cut 4 pieces of greyboard, measuring10x21cms. Using a curved edge ( I used a C.D.) align at the top of the board and draw round with a pencil. Cut out. each piece the same.

3. Choose the 4 main images, I used the Dancing With Shadows Joanna Sheen C.D. for mine. Round all the corners with a punch.
Using 2 different papers, cover the greyboard on both sides, so that you have 2 of each pattern at the front and back of the screen
Glue into position and trim any overhang. Next use your ink pad to ink all the outer edges to mask the greyboard.

I used a Bind it all for the hole punching, but you could use a hole punch, cropodial or any other tool. If you are not using a Bindit all use a sheet of spare paper as a pattern for the position of the holes. This way you can be sure every piece will marry up with the next. You don't need as many as I have made, but enough to secure the pieces together so that it will stand up firmly.

5.You will need 5 pieces of ribbon. Each piece needs to be 3.5 times the height of your boards.
Starting at the bottom lace up the ribbon until you reach the top and tie firmly with a bow. Continue like this until all pieces are firmly held together........ and now the fun starts!!!!! Add you chosen images and embellish ti your hearts content!!!

Hope these instructions have been helpful and you enjoy making one, they can be made to suit any and every occasion!!
Let me know how you get on/.
Am entering this piece in the Anything goes blog Design Team call
The design team call out for
Will also be entering this for Make It Monday
Happy crafting moments
Carol x

Sunday, 20 May 2012

My New Craft Room

Actually, I've been in here  for a few months now, but it's only a few days ago that I managed to finish sorting out all my stash!!!Should I group thing in colour, themes, makers, or what....or should I subdivide into wooden stamps and clear stamps???? What about the stamps that fall into more than one category!!! The questions were endless and so I sorted, resorted and then sorted again, until I'm finally happy and organised......problem is now it;s so organised I can't find any thing!!! Guess I'll get use to it soon. This is the view as I come into the door. The room is so light but these pics don't really show it.
This is the opposite end of the room!!1 How tidy!! This is probably the only time it will ever look like this.Cailean still likes to come up her so have the desks to the side so the wheelchair gets in, but that's not often now. Mind you Megan has taken to using it too for her artwork!!     The last few picture are of the sides and my stash!! I realise now I am a self confessed craft collector!!If I buy nothing more now I should use this all up bt the age of about 237!!!!LOL:) Does that ring any bells with anyone ??

Final picture!!!! Just to the left of this you can see a smidgen of glass door this is the lift entrance area for Cailean. Also very handy when I'm carting up more goodies to play with.I know I shpuld use the stairs and keep fir, but hey ho!!

Hope you enjoyed the little peek and yes I know I;m very very lucky to have this space and willalways use it well. Some have suggested ther is room for classes, which ther is and hopefully that is what I would dearly love to do.....just need to be more confident and do it!!!
Hope evryone is well and until next time....enjoy your crafting moments
Carol x

Saturday, 19 May 2012


This frame began life as a 20p bargain.....old gold scratched and plastic !!! After a few coats of fresco finish paint, I love the chalky effect it gives , it was ready to be filled

Used Tina Higgins papers which I muted down with Spiced Marmalade and then cut the other ovals, one just distressed, the other stamped in Vintage Photo and then again spiced marmalade.

The stamp is from the new urban square range by Docrafts and is lovely. Stamped up a second image of the butterfly coloured and mounted.

Final touches was to add the flourishes and embellishments.

Had fun doing it and it does fall in line with the challenge, but now wish I had also added a more contrasting colour.....looks a bit like it's been Tangoed!! LOL

Hope all is well with everyone. Till next time
Happy Crafting Carol xx

Thursday, 17 May 2012


Hi Everyone, sorry no postings recently, life has been really hectic here with Cailean at home post op. Also, apologies for not having visited all your blogs!!!! Will soon get back in the swing of things!! This is just a little card I made for my Mum who is coming up for the Jubilee Celebrations. I couldn't resist this little Beefeater stamp!!

m off now to see if I can upload the second card for my sister, but seem to be having  trouble with it, but will attempt it again now!! Deep breath.....

Had to use this little guy again and love the London stamps I've just bought think they will prove very useful.The background is just distress inks and the images stamped and masked. After it was all put together, it seemed to me the little Beefeater looked a bit as if he was a tour guide, you know the type you see in London etc. holding up their sign for their group to follow!!! Then I thought no.....he looks like he's holding up the traffic just for me! SO..... with all that in mind I have named the card after that classic Ralph McTell song..... Let Me Take You By The Hand And Lead You Through The Streets Of London. It just seemed appropriate.

Well that's all for now folks as they say... hoping all is really well with you and yours and that you are enjoying your crafty moments. Until next time.
Carol x