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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, 12 November 2012

Recent ATC's

From Time To Time

This is the only one theat I am entering for a challenge. Over at http://anythingbutacard.blogspot.ca/ the challenge is to include a creation that has something to do with a Stitch in time. This can be taken from any angle, I decided to use the time slant on this and came up with the following.

I started with 2 blank ATC cards and covered these with varying thicknesses of Gesso, then sandwiched them together, sticky sides facing and squashed them together with my fingers. Gently these were peeled away from each other, leaving a great textured background. Left them to dry overnight and then used distress inks and water to colour them. (aged mahogany, vintage photo and spiced marmalade) I gently sanded back a few areas to allow the white of the Gesso to show through.
Stamped some cogs in dark brown ink and added faux metal die cut cogs to their centres.Finally stamped and aged the saying and cut the clock butterfly and hands from Crafty Individuals booklet and stuck everything down, using foam pads to add more dimension to the clock face.
All the other ATCs were created using the same technique for the background, which I am loving as it gives such great texture. If you haven't tried this do.....it's quick easy and great fun, as no two backgrounds are ever the same!!
Hope you enjoy these others!!
ATC Fantasy Fairy 3x3 swap with StampinKay 

 ATC .Autumn  swapped with Juliaamy
ATC .....The gull, swapped with Alzabethy
Hope all is well and you are enjoying your crafting
Carol xx

Friday, 9 November 2012

If You're Going To San Francisco .........

Here's my offering for the day. A little altered beer mat. I haven't done one of these for a while and was inspired to do this particular one by a challenge on the Art Stuio website challenge, which having a new logo wanted you to create something, anything in their new colours....so here it is.

If Your Going To San Francisco..................Covered the beer mat in pale paper and rubbed the edges back. Used Studio 45 and Bline stamps, my all time fav!!! for the background, added a little sparkle to the cross hatch. Punched the whole for the twisted wire and then stamped the girl and clear embossed.Do you all remember the song???? Well ric rac fitted the kind of hippy chick, so thought I'd add it. All that was left was to add the gems, flowers and hat pins.
Hope you like it.
Happy crafting All
Carol x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Two Posts In One Day I Hear You Cry!!!!!!!

This card was entered into the DoCrafts A-Z Challenge this week. You were asked to include weaving and watercolouring......how out of my comfort zone is this!!!!! So decided to take them up on it and this is the result. For such a simple basic card it took forever!!! mostly wondering how to adhere the woven piece onto the project and die cut without fraying everything........backto basics and trusty double sided tape with backing left on to die cut and then very gingerly removed.
Will also be entering this for the Design team call at
Here's the result       http://beyondgrey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/dt-call-2013.html

Thought I'd be a bit aesthetic and take it against the blinds!!! It sort of reminded me of the wooden style of the beach huts1 Yeah, yeah, I hear you say. If you think so!!! Tee Hee.Well having struggled with the woven sections who was I to throw out all those scraps and bits and bobs?? So what did I do.......made another card to enter the challenge.
Here it is, same techniques, just different stamp, but my watercolouring is slightly better....no Picasso me!!
Thanks for popping bye.......till tomorrow.....More to upload if the computer plays ball!!Bye for now
Carol xx

Wall Plaque .........Free to fly

                                                Wall Plaque.................Free To Fly

Am entering this into SundayStamperChallenge....Bird http://anythingbutacard.blogspot.ca/2012/12/anything-but-card-challenge-9-anything.htmls, also  and It's All About The Vintage and Beauty

Have also taken the plunge and am entering this for the Design team call at http://beyondgrey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/dt-call-2013.html
Hi All my crafting Buddies!!!! I know it's been a very long time since I've blogged, but as some of you know life has thrown a lot of curved balls at me recently and it has taken the wind out of my sails somewhat......however, I am back crafting now and learning to take control again and looking forward to the future, with all it has to offer.
To get me back on track decided to have a bit of a dabble with some canvas art board, metal and Terra paste along withwhatever else sprang to mind. This little wall art sort of evolved as I was playing and recalling long lost techniques. I knew I was thinking about life and the what nexts we often let our minds wander to and I think this is why the birds and their home played such a major role in this creation,
Perhaps somewhere in the back of my overactive mind I was considering the fact that I can still fly and spread my wings.....hence perhaps the significance of the feathers...but I still have home, my nest where I love to be.
Now.... how deep is all that for a Thursday night. Anyway have a new computer with a mind of its own and it only rarely lets me upload onto my blog. WHY???????? Poor excuse I know, but I have been trying to master this for ages and Blogger has changed too!!!! How behind the times am I???
Anyway will try to upload the close ups now.
Hope everyone is well and enjoying their crafty moments........here goes!!!!!!

The board was covered in varying thicknessesof Terra past and then heated with heat gun. This gives great texture and allows the terra to bubble up the thicker the paste the more defined the bubbles. Two corners had embossed metal added to them and here the paste was blended into the edges, you'll see this in a mo. The whole was then painted in acrylics and again dried . The raised ares were highlighted with INKAGOLD copper, which doesn't really show in these pics so well. Sorry. Stamps used were B line stamps coloured with Prisma coloured pencils. Flowers Flourishes and Tim Holtz dies were used for the birdies and cage. Last thing...................decide where to placeeverything!!!!!!Why oh why does this always tae me so long!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully you can see the embossed brickwork of metal beneath this image??

This is a bit clearer!!!! The metal was embossed with the music design and then adhered with humungo tape onto the board prior to terra and paint.....I really like the effect of the bubbled terra, great texture.

Bit of a squewy picture!!!! Love this saying and use it a lot, perhas too much!! Ah well.Kept the music theme flowing of the bird song by mounting it on a musical stamp I found whilst having a rummage!!
Lastly, but not least my birdie friends, used real feathers foe their wings ass I felt they deserved that and then they would be able to fly free!!!!

Music for the birds!!
Well I think I've managed to complete this. Hope you enjoyed seeing my latest offering and thank you for any comments you might leave. I really appreciate your taking the time to peek.
Happy crafting till next time.
Carol xx