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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!!!


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Dark roomdoor Vintage Office .......LOVE IT!!!!!

Hi All.........A THREE PROJECT POST TODAY!!!! am I excited!!
Well have at last had a few hours to play with my new stamps from Darkroom Door...... Vintage Office.  Oh how I love these stamps and couldn't wait for them to be delivered so I could have a play with them. Had lots of ideas I wanted to try and still more in my head for some much bigger canvases and wall art. Here are the first three projects using these lush stamps and hopefully tomorrow will put the others up!!!! Time allowing.  So for now get a cuppa as this is my longest ever post!!!!!
So..... Here is my first little offering, Made from a small packaging wooden frame. I've been wanting to make something with this for ages!!!! Depicting the "Old Office."
All the stamping was done with Aged  Mahogany and Vintage Photo distress inks and all the stamps are from the set. Painted the little wooden frame black before filling! Each section is shown in close up below.
Used the script stamp here to make some old newspapers....they even open to show more inside. Wanted the ink pot and quill to really stand out on the shelf so stamped it in Black Versafine ink. Added a little postage stamp for good measure.
The little black telephone was from a redundant dolls house I had, and thought it added to the office! A mini bottle contains all the pins and tacks and the date stamp was stamped cut and mounted on pads for some dimension. The RUSH stamp was repeated for the background here...love that stamp.
Brill nib stamp created the border, again another old stamp from my stash and a TH nib and mini staples created this section and obviously the mail reminder to post First Class!!!!
The lovely script stamp was used for the background...torn and distressed and a TH nib. Aged the three little books with distress, again from the old redundant doll's house and used part os two stamps to give them their labels. Just love these cute books!
Distressed edges and water splattering added to the aged effect again. The little telephnes were stamped directly onto the background and the nib added, The larger stamp was cut and mounted on pads for height here.
A large TH ticket was used as the background here and over stamped with the script stamp. A mini domed clock was added......every office needs a clock!!!!, while the typewriter and third stamper were again added sperately on foam pads.
Corners were added to the frame and a backing to the frame was a mixture of all the stamps in the set....forgot to take a photo of this tho'.
Well hope you enjoyed seeing this as much as I enjoyed making it.
I will be entering the first two for
http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/anything goes
partytimetuesdays.blogspot 1130 anything goes

Now for the second part of my crafty day!!!!

This was made from white card stack and distressed with blue distress ink using the Splodge mat. The background was flicked with water,,,,,a fav technique of mine and dried with a paper towel to give a little interest to the background. A blue hessian type border was attached at the bottom, but this time NO water flicking in order to show off the nib stamping.

Stamped First Class on to card and then attached the matching paper clip.....I told you this card was in a hurry!!! The ink well and quill were stamped directly onto distressed card cut out and mounted on pads for dimention, and the No 36 added.
The nib stamp was stamped continually to form a border and then white crayon added inthe highlighted area of the nibs, The whole was then coloured more deeply and then polished to reveal the highlights even more. I have to say this picture doesn't really do justice to this technique which I learned from Rachel Greg of Darkroom Door, some years ago!!!!

Used a paint dabber that I had dipped in water to create a massive SLAT!!!, just to be in keeping with the ink well and quill!!! Stamped the Rush stamp in 2 different shades of blue around it and then used some tiny seed beads and glossy accent to give some sparkle to the card.
Hope this has given you a little inspiration. And....now for the last one today....it's gone midnight here, but sooooo wanted to post these!!!!
I will be enetering this for the following challenges
totallygorjuss.blog challenge 177 something blue


The base for this project was a small wooden plaque. I firstly covered it in Snowflake Fresco Paint and then very lightly covered in a mushroom type coloured ink. Slattered with water again as is my want and dried it. In 2 corners stamped the lovely script stamp and then added th nib stamps. As I wanted this piece to be quite light, wanted to highlight the nibs again, BUT NOT make the piece any darker with distress stains so..... got a teeny weeny paint brush and water and carefully went into the highlight of the nibs. Tedious work, but am pleased with the results as the water took out the stain to reveal the snowflake colour, Again hope you can see it from these shots!!??

Aded the corrugated cardboard that had been given a wash of Snowflaje and a daub of distress and stamped and cut out the typewriter.I then cut a little slit at the top where I wanted the typing paper to emerge from.Typed the script stamp onto card distressed withink and dried then covered it with a thickish layer of Modge Podge,As it dries it bends and then I was able to create the folds etc. in it and slip it into the little slit I had made. Added a TH nib too!

The final thing was to Sqush 2 bottle caps using the Cuttlebug Technique , punch 2 1 inch cicles of script stamping and overstamp with the number stamps as shown and fill with glossy accents. Really pleased with these embellishments!!
Well as I said....a long post , but hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest makes. Till tomorrow hopefully and the next installment with these great stamp sets.simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot./2013/04/april-1-very-strict-challenge.html
I will be entering this for

Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Mail It....Challenge 89 at Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone,
Well it's that time again and there is a new challenge for the next fortnight over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog. This time the theme is..... MAIL IT...... That's quite a wide choice for you to use to make you crafty creations! Think of postage stamps, postacards, airmail, letters etc. I'm sure you get my drift, but, firstly If you need some inspiration help to activate the little grey cells then pop over to the blog and see the wonderful creations the Design Team have come up with and for greater details pop into their blogs and leave a comment.....we all love comments don't we!!
You can join the challenge HERE.
Well , this is my offering this time, a vintage card with a French feel about Paris and travel. Hope you enjoy seeing it. I actually will be sending this to my Mum.

I began with a cream colour base card, which I distressed for that aged look with Vintage Photo, lightening as I came towards the centre. Two lace doilies were similarily coloured and placed one to the right and the other left, on the base card and stuck down. The blank postcards are from a Kanban set on Steampunk that I have had in my stash for a while. the one in the background was stamped with an image of the Eiffel Tower and the postcard in the foreground was stamped with a french script stamp on the left side and a french address stamp on the right. All edges of both postcards were distressed and then a lace trim added around all edges. They were secured in position with double sided tape. A little gem of the Eiffel tower was added as a stamp on the front postcard. 
 Three paper flowers were each given a gem as above and two tags added. These were created by stmping the Explore Stamp and Imagine yourself here stamps. Just love these stamps .It's not too clear here but skeleton leaves were then inserted behind the flowers. Probably easier to see in the first picture. 
A blank chipboard die piece was covered in lace, gems added and another, different Eiffel tower stamp used to add a vintage corner stamp effect. 
This is just to show a little more clearly the 2 stamps I used to create the postcard....so lucky the address stamp I had was in French!!!!
To complete the card I made the insert with a stamped large Eiffel Tower stamp and distressed all areas adding some of the French Script around all borders.
Hope you have enjoyed this card and thanks for any comments you may choose to leave. Many of the products used are available from The Craft Den. Pop in HERE to stock up on all your crafting goodies and basics.
Happy Crafting till next time
Carol xx
I will be entering this card for the following challenges
rheddandrosies.blogspot Challenge 3... Vintage

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Hi Again Everyone
What!!! 2 posts in one day I hear you cry, what next???. Well in my previous post I showed my first ever twinchie. I was really pleased how this turned out and as I enjoyed doing it so much, decided to set aside some time tonight to do a few more.......Well, the housework was left as my fingers were twitching to get back and do more, so here they are. All themed around birds for this selection.
All were made using Stampbord, various colours of Distress inks, Stazon and stamps. All edges were edged in black, for more definition, but the technique was the same as in the previous post.
This shows the selction as a group and individually below with stamp name details.
   Part of a Crafty Individuals Stamp  CI  266
Stamp was a freebie from Craft Stamper
B Line designs ...Flora twosie cube
Part of a Crafty Individuals Stamp  CI  247
Different part of Ci Stamp 266
B Line designs Flora Twinchie Cube
Crafty individuals Stamp  C179

Well that's all for now folks!! Hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed making them. Thanks for any comments you may leave they are always appreciated.Yes I have decided that I will make these into magnets as gifts or to sell!!
Till next time Happy Crafting Moments.
Carol xx

My First Twinchie

Hi All,
Well had a rummage around my crafty stuff last night and found my Stampbord!!!1 Use to use this a lot and somehow had forgotten how good it is to work with. This is a little 2x2 I used....a Twinchie.

Coloured the background with Scattered Straw and Big and Juicy Foliage Yellow. The image is part of a Happy Birthday stamp by Crafty Individuals, which I stamped in black Stazon. Then the fun bit, scratching away to give the highlights. I love how this makes areas pop out!! Went back into the etched areas with peach colour to add a little more colour. Think I might get hooked on these little beauties and have set aside some 'play' time later to do some more......watch this space as they say! Hoping to make them into some little fridge magnets as gifts......or to sell if I'm ever brave enough!
Thanks for popping by
Carol xx
Am entering this into Challenge#3 Flower/Flowers

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Altered Canvas and A.T.C's..........50p bargain buy!

Hi All,
Just wanted to show you a little creation of mine, using a water-stained canvas I bought for 50p at the Garden Centre!!!!!!! It was a brown and cream canvas with a few lines on it basically and it has been hanging about waiting for me to play with itfor ages! UnrulyPaper Arts has a challenge about adding an A.T.C. to an altered something, so this was my inspiration for doing this particular piece. Also, the theme means a lot to me at the moment as I feel I am ready to open some new doors and step into a new future, so that chose the theme of the altered work.
Apologies for the clarity of the photos but will give some brief explanations and letter the pictures talk for themselves.

Here is the completed canvas. It was firstly distressed using inks to blend all the colours together on the background and hide the water damged stains. I stamped, in brown Stazon, some of my favourite quotes and flourishes and embellished these and other areas with tiny buttins and gems and a key. Once the key was added I knew for sure what I wanted to do next.
I used some recycled packaging and tore off random areas to expose the inner layers, then coated these with a layer of Fresco Snowflake. As they were too white I smeared Vintage Photo distress ink over the top. In this A.T.C. I stamped the saying, from Darkroom Door onto card and then mounted it. The original canvas had a mock threading and beaded area so to echo this I added thread and beads. This phrase introduces the other A.T.C.'s
Here I added the key with Heart on it and some torn and distressed Latin script. A mini label was attched with the words.....TURN THE KEY STEP INTO YOUR DREAM. again, not too clear here with the photos....why do I always shake so?????
Below the stamped phrase is a 3rd A.T.C. treated in the same manner, but this time the little label reads.....OPEN ALL DOORS. Very apt for me!!!
The 4th and central A.T.C. has the wording............UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL. I think we are all aware of this as times!!
And finally the last ATC. this is metal run through a cuttlebug with a folder. Coated in Snowflake paint and distressed, then edged with lace. I found some other lovely off cuts from previous projects and added these also with a lace trim.
I really enjoyed putting this together and hope you have been inspired by it too in some small way. thanks for looking and any comments you choose to make, which are always appreciated.
until next time......Happy Crafting Moments
Carol xxxx
I would like to enter this in the following challenges
Challenge#16 Anything Goes

Friday, 15 March 2013

Splodge Away masks

Morning All,
WOW, how quickly this week has gone, can't believe it's Friday already!!!! Hope the weather with you is fine. We have been lucky here and escaped the worst of the snow.....just constant flurries, but rain today. Here is a card I made using the SplodgeAway mask I purchased recently. Love their designs and spent a bit too much!!!!!
Thought I'd use some Spring like colouring to this in the hope that it's soon round the corner!!!

These are the products I used and of course the SplodgeAway mask and mat.
I used a cream card stock for the base card and taped the mask down and used  the Scattered Straw Distress ink to colour in the mask for the background....oh so easy with the Splodge mat!! Edged a little doily in the the same colour and a strip of card to make the border edging. Die cut 2 marianne foliage dies and coloured the same. Some of the background areas looked a little pale,so highlighted certain ares in the Spiced Marmalade.
Next was the fun bit !! Used the Kenya Terra paste over the large roses on the mask and the buds, and spread it over with a lolly stick!!. N.B. If you try this make sure to continue the paste further than you need in order to give a border around the flowers later. I sprinkled over some clear embossing powder and dried with a heat gun. Then cut out the flowers as you see above. I'm pleased with these as they turned out really crisply.
Made the insert with the mask and all that was left to do was to assemble it, add a few hatpins the ribbon border anf foam pads in various depths to give height to the flowers. Hope you enjoyed seeing this, as I enjoyed making it and with so few products, worked in a really clean and neat space!!!!!! makes a change to my usual mess.
Thanks for any comments you might choose to leave, they are much appreciated.
Hope you all have a good weekend.
Caroll xx

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Seeing Double !!! New Challenge at Anything Goes.....and a Posing Question From Me!!!!

Morning All,
Wow how the time is zipping along and already it is time for a new challenge over at Anything Goes. This fortnight there's a great theme........ Seeing Double. I am sure this will have you all  putting your thinking caps on and coming up with some diverse and fantastic creations. As always the challenge will run for 2 weeks so plenty of time to get the creative juices flowing. Can't wait to see them!! You can join the challenge HERE and if your a little stuck for inspiration pop over to the blog and see what great makes the Design Team have come up with and any comments you leave are always appreciated.
So here is my Design Team Project this time...... and the posing qustion from me is...... How many doubles can you see?? There's a suprise goodie bag for the correct answer. All you have to do is follow me and leave your answer in the comments. I will reveal the answer next time, when the challenge is finished.!!!!!!

The base card was made using two overlapping pieces of chocolate card stock, from my stash. to create the double front opening. The backing paper is from the Chronology range, distressed at the edges and the toppers and cogs from Kanban Steampunk. The red flourishes are from Tim Holtz dies, onto which I stuck the tiny centres from some border peel offs. The above were all layered onto the backing paper and finally double foam pads to give more height to the toppers.
Red and brown flowers were tinted with gold Krylon pen and then attached.
So love this steam punk lady image. Basically that is how this was made.....hope you like it. Below are a few close ups. Thanks for any comments they are much appreciated...Carol  xx
                               A little peak at the inside of the card....
                                a great view of London, also by Kanban.
                                  In side panel showing London and Big Ben

                                Card half opened to show both images together.

Many of the products I have used here, can be purchased at The Craft Den along with very many more, so whether you need new products or some of the staple products pop into the store HERE I'm sure you'll find everything you need. Below is the list used to make the card above
Kanban                             Steampunk kit
Dies                                  Tim Holtz
Distress inks                     Aged Mahogany
Peel offs
Double sided tape
Foam Pads
Red and Brown Flowers
Brown Cardstock
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges
tuesdayalchemy.blogspot. Anything Goes
Till next time Happy Crafting Moments and hope to see you over at the Challenge!!!!
Carol xx