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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!!!


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

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


  1. Hi Carol, lovely to see you back on your blog and what a fantastic piece of art to show us, love it !


  2. Hey! Welcome back :-). It's good to know that others have probs with this uploading lark too, I seem to do most of mine on the iPad now as it seems to play along more happily but does not always let me put things where I want :-(.

    Your little birdies are very cute & you have not lost your touch.

  3. wow this is absolutely stunning... sorry to hear you have had a rough time of it... hoping the crafting is helping you... LOVE this ... LOADS! Loving all those textures and little elements that make it so perfect... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  4. Oh that is absolutly Beautiful !! Thankyou for sharing with us @ Beyond Grey challenges
    Hugs PJ

  5. I LOOOOOVE the little birds cut from sheet music paper. AWESOME :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card this challenge!!!!

  6. Beautiful work! I love all your birds! Thank you for joining us at anything but a card!