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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!!!


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Birdie In The Nest..........Autumn week at SplodgeAway DT

Hi All, Autumn in all its glory is to be found on the SplodgeAway Blog this week and here is my project.
The mask was coloured with various Autumn shades of Distress Inks and then mounted onto thick card. Initially , my thoughts were to create a wreath effect  around the circular area, but whilst having a coffee and watching the birds through the window, as they munched on the Catoneaster Berries near the hedge, then swiftly popped back in, I changed my mind and instead decided to create a card depicting the little bird inside its nest. I will leave it up to you which way you see this card though.
The Joanna Sheene stamp was stamped into the cenre and coloured with Prisma Colour Pencils.
I then had great fun die cutting Leaves with a Tim  Holtz Die and colouring them with Distress Inks. Other leaves are of metal that I embossed using the Cuttlebug and coloured with Alcohol Inks.

To add some other effects and a bit more rough and ready dimension to the nest I added curls of twine and wire of varying thicknesses. A Few red berries linked the stamped image and Voila!! my take on the Birdie in its nest!!
Hope you have enjoyed seeing this and thank you for any comments you choose to leave.

Until next time enjoy your crafty moments!!!
Carol xx

I will be entering this card into the following challenges
Pan Pastels Blog...................Autumn Colours wk 42

Friday, 11 October 2013

Altered C.D. Project For SplodgeAway DT Week

Hi All
Thanks for stopping by. Today I want to show you a little keep-sake Imade using free C.d.'s and a cereal box!!!! Hoping the is really self explanatory with just a few guide lines.
I loved creating this for SplodgeAway. Pop over to the blog....it's re-use and recycle week there.
I began by cutting a small strip away from my C.D. s. If you warm them a LITTLE before hand it makes them less brittle and easier to cut. I used 5 for this project and covered the silver sides with various shades of alcohol ink. I wanted to keep the colour quite Autumnal for this project.
The cereal box was used to make 5 covers for the C.D.s, each was treated with various layers of ink through the Dot The Lot mask....this was the base for all sides. Embossed swirls and then text were added and the circles cut to fit the C.D.s.

At this stage I used a Bind It All to make the binding holes in the C.D.s. I found it best to do them individually.

The mask of many faces was used to create small framed images on 3 sides of this project. The frames for the faces again came from the cereal packaging. They were run through a script embossing folder prior to being coloured with Distress Inks and mounted on 3D tape for dimension.
 The other 2 sides were treated in a similar manner but just chosen words added to the insides of the frames.
Flowers, lace. leaves and gems were added as the final embellishments and the whole thing bound together.

And a few pics of the "pages" when they are open............

So here are the pics hope you like it .
Happy Crafting and thanks for any comments you choose to leave
Carol xx

Thoughts Of The Sea

Hi All,
Here are a few little A.T.C.s I have made. The Summer seems a long time ago now!!!! but I was really drawn to making a few little ones with a sea theme.
So, Here they are.

Used a Gesso Squelch technique for the background a shell stamp, embossed, and glitter glued,some sacking and a beautiful mermaid image. Used the glitter glue to highlight her shimmery body and was pleased with the effect I got.

                                                         MERMAID AT REST

 Love this mermaid stamp by Ryn and the bubbles. Filled the bubbles in with Glossy Accents for dimention and the little fish is a button I had. Cut paper strips for the sea weed and used Flower Soft for texture. Tiny shells were the last addition forrthe sea-bed.

So just a quickie for today. Hope everyone is well and will be getting to ALL your blogs very soon !!!
Apologies I haven't done so lately..life got in the way!!!
Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Friday, 4 October 2013


Just to let you all know...........

It's Another GiveAway!

Helloooooo Splodgers,

Where have we been? Where are the projects? I can hear you all shouting at me. Well SplodgeAway land is just so crazy at the moment....lots in the pipeline and we are so excited.

This week is 'Fantasy and Fairy' week and to celebrate we are having a giveaway sponsored by Suzicraft Crafts.

You will receive:

2 packs of pearl and gems
Silver Fairy Charms
Marianne Swirl Die
Fantasy Unicorn StenSkape
Fantasy Fairy StenSkape
A6 Fairy Mask

In order to win these goodies all you  have to do is comment on all the DT posts for the Fantasy Week and follow the blog.....that easy!

Enjoy the fabby work this week and a winner will be drawn at random on Saturday.

Susan xx

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Textural Inspiration For My Crafts

Hi All,
Sorry I have not been here for some time but I have had SO many problems with Blogger. All the experts failed but Megan managed to solve all the issues in about 1/2 hour!!!!!
Textures for my crafts has been on my mind recently having seen so much gorgeous creativity from folk on Facebook and Pinterest. They are all so talented and I have become to feel rather stale in what I am doing and thought I would go back to grass roots and start looking at how I create the base for my projects etc. So today no personal creativity but some natural textures found in my garden that I am hoping to reproduce....... (although Nature herself is the best Crafter).... in my projects in the near future.
So here is a selection I intend to work with over the next few weeks.

This is the bark from the old Twisted Willow that plays centre stage in our garden.Love the depth of the cracks and crevices and the asymmetry of the texture. I am usually so symmetrical....... a touch of O.C.D.  I sometimes feel !

This is the beautiful stone brickwork that our farmhouse is built with. Again all of the stones are different in size and shape., so another idea for me to remember when crafting.

These are two pics of the white Silver Birch we have. At the moment it is loosing it's bark but then will be pure white. It is so beautiful. Below is a close up but I hope in the other you can see the peeling of the bark better. Hopefully I will remember this when paper crafting and curl my edges,age my papers, only partly cover areas or layer more to reveal things beneath!!! thank you tree for the inspiration!!

Living on old Farmland we are plagued by perennial weeds. In a bid to overcome this we have barked many areas. Again love all the textures here and the non-uniformity. I see this everyday but will now look at it in different light to see its inspiration in all winds and weathers.
Here is a group of tiny wee mushrooms, they are growing on the damp bark in a really shaded area of the garden, but what miniature beauties they are !!!!!!!
This fish water spout is on our wall, it's an old weathered carp. This is to inspire me to not be afraid to use textures together which are in stark contrast both in form and beauty. So love how the ivy has grown around this naturally.
This is the brick that forms part of the farmhouse we live in. Some of the old paint that was from the dairy barns is still visible. When it was built and other areas knocked down all the reclaimed bricks etc were used in the building of new areas . Loving the mix of lichen paint and soot on these. Again to remind me to really mix colour and textures!!

Humble gravel. Yes but look closely and see all the colour, shapes, and sizes, that all come together in such a random fashion and yet all  look so comfortable with each other in their difference!!!! Now that something to achieve.!!!

Last but not least the bark of the Fir tree which stands majestically in the garden and towers over all other trees shrubs and plants. This is a wonderful specimen, but as I looked at it today I saw something else!!!!!!!. It had a tear in it's eye as if to be grieving over the end of summer . Hope you too can see what I see!!??
This is to help me in my craft to not feel frightened of using things and making them appear something else or a little different from the norm.!!!! i.e. think outside the box more!!!
Well that's all for today. I do hope that you have enjoyed this post on some of the textures in my garden and how they are my inspiration for some future works.  will also be popping these onto my Pinterest board where there is a lot more inspiration for texture. Just put in carol tadden or Texture, texture and more texture.
Thanks for stopping by and any comments you chose to leave.
Carol xx

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Stenskape week with SplodgeAway....The Last Catch !!

Hi All
Stenskape Week is over on the SplodgeAway Blog. Here is a card I made using the Fishing Stenskape. Simple quick and easy, which it had to be for this week as I am a complete beginner with these, but oh they are so easy to use and you can indeed create endless scenes just from the one mask!!!

The sun is setting out on the lake and the fishing friends are determined to catch one more fish before the light fails and they return home  with their tales of the ones that got away!!! that was the scene in my mind at the start of this card.
The background was created with various distress inks blended together on Easy Ink Card which is great to work with!! The mask was then used with Black Soot Distress to make the scene. As I said  I am only just starting my journey with Stenskape Masks but am loving the! The reflections were made by turning the masks upside down BUT..... I did forget the boardwalk reflection!!!!!!Still we all learn by our mistakes. The whole was then mounted firstly onto black and then a pale green/blue card
Hope this gave you a little taster but do pop into SplodgeAway's Blog where you will see some true talent using the masks!
Thanks for popping by and any comments you choose to leave.
Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

My SplodgeAway Create and Craft Samples

Hi All,
The new SplodgeAway masks are BRILLIANT to work with!!! Do pop over to their blog and shop to see all the details of them. Here are the samples I made for the Create and Craft Show. Unfortunately, they were not shown on T.V. as they were lost in the post!!!! So pleased that this time I had taken some photographs!!!!
So here is the rather picture heavy post. Do hope you like them and enjoy seeing more inspiration on the SplodgeAway Blog, from the rest of the Design Team.

For this I cut the new Splodge Board in pieces and having found a little old box was able to create a real 3D Nativity Scene. I left the board white as I wanted to get that Scandinavian Xmas feel for this. Stars and a snow effect were positioned first for the background. Below is the lid, which slides in place over the nativity and will protect it year after year!!

Here is the new Splodge Board shapes. They give such dimension and can be coloured painted inked and so much more!! A Christmas wall hanging to greet you visitors maybe, or could easily be altered to use as a countdown for Christmas!!
This is my another card using the board. Fabulous skates this time. Embossed and glittered.
This final selection uses many of the new Christmas masks but there are very many more on their blog!!! Firstly, a cheery Snowman....and snow woman mask!!!Again these can be used  in all manner of ways and there's loads of inspiration on the SplodgeAway Blog again!!!
and a little close up too.
Next up a real favourite of mine that could be used for so many people at all times of the year!!
and a second of this.....
What is Christmas without Santa and his sleigh!!!
and a little close up of all the parcels!
This is made with the same mask, but with just Rudolph pulling the sleigh!!
This more abstract mask is great for all occasions too not just Xmas!!

More cheery snowmen, this time the mask was used to create the snowy scene.

This is a great mask! Used the background leaves to create the background for the card and a section from the owls to create the border, which has a perforated edge so that the bookmark can be removed and used.
There are all sorts of ideas you could use this mask with!!

Well a long picture post, which I hope you enjoyed seeing.
Thanks for any comments that you choose to leave
Happy Crafting till next time
Carol xx

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Abstraktz With SplodgeAway

Hi Everyone,
Here are a couple of cards made with the Abstraktz Mask from SplodgeAway. I have used the same mask in both but have tries to create a very different feel to them. These masks are great for background but also as the main feature to a project.

This card was designed using the mask. distress inks and little else, but goes to show I think how you can build the card with a limited amount of work or materials!!
Card was cut to size to fit the mask and completely covered with forest moss distress ink and then highlighted in some areas with Spiced Marmalade. A second piece of card was treated in the same way but using Scattered Straw highlighted with crushed Olive. The white backgrounds of each were toned down a little with the lighter of the two colours.
The backgrounds were then cut into 6cms squares. ( I put both pieces together through the guillotine but it was a real jigsaw fitting them back in the right place!!!! LOL )
The squares were mounted as shown onto gold and green cardstock, using an alternating pattern. All that was left to do was add the flowers and gems.
Hope you like the design and will have a go at chopping about some of your masks to see what effects you can come up with!!! Have a feeling in seasonal colours that I might use this for a modern Christmas look this year.
Thanks for any comments on this one.

The second card is completely different but using the same mask.
Had such fun messing about with water and distress inks, paint brushes and sponges to create a really random background here. I was intent on introducing as much colour to contrast with the stark background for added effect.
I used the Face mask as a stencil and cut the background out, which was then masked off with the Abstraktz mask and coloured in Black Soot Distress ink, for a stark contrast. I  had no quick way for the next step so with a black fine liner and ruler set about drawing the horizontal and vertical lines as shown. I lay the face onto the lines, slightly forward of its final position and drew around it to stress the outline. ( I wish now I had done this BEFORE drawing the lines!! )
Finally used a free little stamp to stamp out the wording.. VISAGE, which I thought was appropriate.
Hope you like this one and again created with a minimum of supplies!!! Thanks for any kind comments you wish to leave
Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sunshine with SplodgeAway

Hi All,
OOPS !!!!! Heer's a post I found still sitting in draft!!! Sorry forgot to post this but it did get onto SplodgeAway Blog.!!!!!!

This week SplodgeAway are show casing the Design Teams projects that reflect summer. Do pop over and see their work and get inspired!!! Here is my card design, inspired by the scorching heat that we have had and the super colours of the setting sun too.
The original white card was treated to graduated colours of Distress inks....Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Linen. The actual design is quite simple using only 2 masks, Tread plate and Dotty The Lot. The basic shapes for the sun and rays were cut and coloured as before and then run through the embossing machine. The embossed areas were then highlighted in darker shades of the original colours. The lower rays were attached directly to the card while the tread plate ones were raised using foam pads to create a little height.
The Sunshine was stamped and mounted on pads and then.... I just HAD to add this cute little Hula Hula Penguin, as she enjoys the summer sun too. I think I have managed to achieve the feeling of warmth and heat, well I hope so any way!!!
Thanks for popping bye
Carol xx

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Through the mask with Splodge Away

 Hi All,
This week the  SplodgeAway Design Team are showcasing their creations by using the masks to ink through doodle through, paint through and many other techniques. Please pop over there for some great inspiration
I have chosen to work on with a section of a mask and use the Gesso Squelch Technique which I so love. You can create so much texture with this technique. It is the first time I have attempted it THROUGH a mask but it worked really well all bar a few small areas where I was  a little over enthusiastic with pressing the sheets together!!!!!
Well here is the bookmark and below a brief outline of how it was achieved.
I began by applying the Gesso over the mask and about a centimetre outside of my chosen area, using a spatula. The next step was to cover a similar sized are of blank card with a liberal coating of more Gesso. ( The thicker the Gesso the greater the texture). The mask was left on and the two pieces of card placed on top of each other, Gesso sides together, to sandwich the mask. A brayer was used over the top and run in all directions. The top card was then peeled away to leave a rippled effect, then the mask was removed. This area has no Gesso and is easy to highlight.
The next stage was to dry the Gesso on quite a high heat with a heat gun so that the Gesso bubbles and gives even more texture!
Hopefully you can see this texture above although the picture is a little dark sorry!!
Finally the whole was coloured using distress inks in various shades and the textured and raised areas were given a highlight of cosmic shimmer.
Loved trying this technique with the mask and hope you will have a go to. It's a very simple but I think quite an effective use of the masks.
Hope you enjoyed seeing it.
Till next time
Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Anything Goes At Anything Goes For Challenge 97

Hi All.
Hoping you are all enjoying this wonderful sunshine!!!! Hope it lasts the whole Summer.
There's a new challenge over at the Anything Goes Challenge Blog starting today and the theme is......ANYTHING GOES!!!!! This is challenge 97 and it will run for 2 weeks so there is plenty of time to get creative and show us your makes. I so love popping into your blogs and seeing what you have created and how.  You can join the challenge HERE
Here is a little wall hanging I created. The technique for the Fleur De Lys I learnt some years ago from the very talented Linda Brown....Yours Artfully.blogspot.com
This piece was made on hardboard. I began by cutting  a random section of metal and embossed it by hand using a Ten Second Studio Plate and T.S.S tools. Using red line tape I adhered this to the bottom right of the board. Using a palette  knife I thickly layered on Terra Paste in Sahara to the left hand areas and Ferro to the top right, with a little across the embossed area too,  I did do some more thinly.
I stamped into the wet Terra on the top right and also used black acrylic paint which I worked into the embossed area before swiping it almost clean, leaving the indented areas darker. This was then dried using a heat gun. Hopefully you can see the texture that is created on heating, as the Ferro and Terra bubble dramatically. The thicker the layer the bigger the bubbles. When this had cooled I used several different colours of Inka Gold all over the surface, until I was happy with the colour.
The topper was stamped in black Stazon onto gold metal. Using a foam pad the outline and all areas were outlined. This was then turned over and using a paper stump, the interior was carefully pushed down so that from the front view it was puffed out. The metal was then attached to firm card, Normally if this was left at this point the topper would easily become dented. So........A cookie cutter of the same shape was used and clear UTEE poured into the cutter onto the topper. This was left to cool. Thanks so much Lin for showing me this great technique!!!!!
All that was left to do was to attach to the background and add a little metal tag with 2 brads. Two holes at the top were used to attach the twisted wire.
Hope you get some inspiration from this and REMEMBER...........
Lynne at the Craft Den has these products in stock and..............
There's still a DT Call. So do pop over to the blog for more info and to see the great work the Design Team have created.
Till next time, Enjoy your crafting
Carol xx