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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!!!


Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Hi Everyone,
Happy Tuesday. Hope you are all well and enjoying  your crafting.Well it's that time again to announce that there's a new challenge over at ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE BLOG today and the theme is a great one.......... VERY MANLY. It's such a super theme with great scope to indulge all manner of images and techniques. You can join the challenge HERE.

I must admit, I indulged myself a lttle this time and created an altered beer mat. How I love doing these. I like the small scale and the fact that they are so readily available Tee Hee and just super for all ages, themes and occasions. So here is my Design Team entry this time.

The beer mat was first covered on both sides with some lime green paper from my stashrather too bright for the vintage feel I wanted , so used distress ink and Splodge mat  to tone it all down with sage. Gave a more heritage colour and more vintaage look. All the edges were sanded back to ensure a neat clean edge and then distressed using  Forest Moss Distress ink. The background was stamped on the top 2/3 of the beer mat using the background stamp again in distress ink.
The small cardboard frame was covered with clear Versamark and then coated with copper Metal Magic and heated. For added thickness this was repeated twice and on the final heating, whilst still hot, the script stamp was stamped onto the frame. This was left in place until cooled and the stamp removed. The image was covered with a piece of acetate and adhered to the back of the frame.A small butterfly was stamped onto grunge paper and again distressed with ink.
The pen image was stamped onto pale green card stock and then cut and mounted onto the background.

 Three nibs and an epoxy stamp sticker were added and the words Social Butterfly. To completes this project two holes were punched and eyelets inerted forr the hanging chain. He really does look a riot doesn't he!!!! I hope you enjoyed seeing this and that you will pop over to the rest of the design team and checkout their inspirations too.
Many of the items I have used are available from the Craft Den and oh so much more!!!
I will be entering this card into the following challenges
Stamps     B.Line Designs BA821G.....Black Mesh
                 B.Line designs  PR11JE.......French Correspondence
                 Studio 490         LCS021......Make Mine Mini Art
                 Inkadnkado        105.............Pens
                 PaperArtsy Mini...................Social Butterfly
Image       Crafty Individuals.................People and Places
                 Metal Magic....                      Debbi Moore
                 Grunge paper.                        Background Paper
                 Heat Gun                                Nibs
                 Stickers                                  Cropodile
                 Small chain                            Eyelets
                 Beer Mat                                Versamark ink pad
                 Splodge Mat                          Cardboard small frame

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A New Challenge at Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone,
Happy Tuesday. Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog and this time the theme is VINTAGE/SHABBY CHIC.  Now  I just know you will all have plenty of ideas for this theme and I really hope you will join us this time for this fortnightly challenge.To get ll the details you can link Here

This is my offering for the challenge...... all very vintage.
The card is an A5 size, that I covered with a collage of vintage papers from my stash, in various shades of creams and lilac. Each piece was distressed at the edges with Mulled Lavender Distress ink and then adhered to the base card. The two images are from Crafty Indviduals Booklet and the brown felt frames from my stash. These were mounted onto cardstock and then cut out. They have been sitting there unloved for so long and this card was just crying out for them!!!
Two mini white doilies were coloured and placed behind the frames, before securing to the card.. A cream lace border was positioned half way up and topped with a faux metal strip and  the timeless wording added. Buttons, bows and tassle were used to embellish and a lovely saying..
Hope you enjoyed seeing this, apologies for the camera work this time! Hope you can still capture the details.
Please pop over and see the rest of the design teams creations, they are wonderful.!!!!! and if you need to stock upon your crafty goods visit The Craft Den, run by the lovely Lynne. Many of the items used in my creation are available there.
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again on the blog!!
Carol xxxx

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Trying My Hand At Zentangle!!

Hi All,
Here's a card I have made by doodling. I have to admit I'm hooked!!! If you've not tried it before have a go it really clears your mind of everything.

The face was stamped and then I built up shapes that were the hair and a head-dress around it. I used a fine pen to do all the zentangles. It really was that simple. When it was complete I cut it out. I created the background using the Splodgeaway Mask and Soot Distress ink, using cut and dry foam, slightly darker on the layer for the image and lighter on the base background.

The background was layered onto a black card and a smaller background made for the image was also matted onto black. This was then layered up as above,after a  black strip was attached and the main section added. The image was mounted with foam tabs to give some more dimension. Finally some white flowers were coloured and attached.

I couldn't help myself, I just had to add a bit more along the base in pencil this time so as not to detract too much from the face.

Well hope you enjoy my first venture into Zentangle. I know there will be more to come!!!
Happy Crafting All
Carol xx