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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, 23 April 2013

Anything Goes Birthday Blog Hop !!!!

Hello all, today over on Anything Goes Challenge Blog we are celebrating a Birthday.

Craft Den Studio has been trading for 5 years this month and to celebrate the DT would like to take you on a Blog Hop. We have two prizes to giveaway to two lucky hoppers
1st Prize
£20 Voucher to spend at Craft Den Studio
2nd Prize
£10 voucher to spend at Craft Den Studio

In addition to those I also have a small prize to giveaway to one lucky commenter..
Cheery Lynn Die - Flower
Famous Male Crafter!!!
The Order of the hop is
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Start
                         Carol  ( You are here)
Anything Goes Challenge Blog

If you are here you have just come from Joanie blog if not head back to Anything Goes to start from the beginning.
Now head back to Anything Goes Challenge Blog to leave your birthday message..
Good Luck all and ENJOY!!!!
Carol xx

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Birthday Blog Hop Wth Anything Goes Challenge Blog!!!..........prizes up for grabs!!

Hi All,
Just a quickie today to give you some advanced warning of a Birthday Blog Hop being run with Anything Goes Challenge Blog.This will begin next Tuesday and there are some great prizes to be had for the lucky winners!!!!!

The Craft Den is celebrating its 5th Birthday so please ccome along and join the fun. Mark it in your diary and on Tuesday pop over to the blog, or link HERE. to see what you have to do. All very simple and fun.
Hope to see you then
Happy Crafting Carol xx

Friday, 12 April 2013


Hi All
Well, today I have some really exciting news to share with everyone!!!! I have been invited onto the design team for SplodgeAway!!! I know, I can hardly believe it myself. I am so thrilled to be working for a great team with such brilliant products.You can catch Tom on the Create and Craft Channel @10.00 tomorrow...12th April, with some great new products. I wasn't able to design for this show but next time..........YES!!!
So for now thought I would show you one of the pieces I sent in for the Design Team call. An Altered mirror. I loved using loads of the masks for this project and hope it inspires you in some small way to have a go at using the masks in a different way.
Here is how it was made.....
I measured the mirror and cut 8 pieces of chocolate brown metal sheet from t.s.s., These were cut slightly larger than needed as it allows a little "play" when butting the pieces together. Humungo tape was adhered to the back of each piece and the backing left on. I chose a mask and then ran this and the metal through a cuttlebug.
Next I swiped blending solution over the surface to carefully remove the chocolate brown coating, leaving it almost silver. Two contrasting colours of alcohol ink were then chosen. The first and darker colour pounced quite firmly into all the nooks and crannies created by the mask and then the blending solution was again swiped over the surface to remove the surface ink and allow the paler shade to be applied.. I continued like this till I was happy with the colours.
This method was used for all 8 sections, using different masks and different finishing techniques.
Here I have used the lovely flower mask. Once embossed I used T.S.S. tool and a foam mat to redefine the outlines and and for contrast added some vertical striations. The metal embellishments were from bargain jewellery bits I had bought in the charity shop!!
Very little was neede to highlight this beautiful mask, just the alcohol inks and a gorgeous butterly from my stash!!! Painted in alcohol inks and beaded.
Roses and inks. This image really shows how some of the chocolate finish has been left on the metal to give it an aged feel and how the two inks sit on the lowersectios and then on the surface....sorry for the glare here!!! LOL
This mask worked wonders in the cuttlebug and the redefining really enhanced it. Again for added texture I used the pointed tool and squiggled away in the centres. This really allowed the alcohol inks to get in to all the areas and picked up all the highlights of the scribbles.
Here after the embossing I decided to run a wheel between the squares and also redefined the centres of them, adding some little circles for some added intrest too
This is a section of the gorgeous bamboo mask, which I love!!!! Again the bamboo was defined both inside and outside of the shapes and the centres dotted with a pointed tool for texture. I used a series of mini wheels for the lines in the centre of this panel and some jewellery bits were added with glossy accents............love turquoise.
This is my fav mask of the moment. Again lots of re defining and dotted centres, to really accept the alcohol inks. Little gems were added as shown.
Finally, I left the final piece without any embossing!!1 Just used the mini wheels for texture, These metal jewellery pieces were also treated to some alcohol inks....well it would be a sin not to!!! I was so pleased with the effect of the inks on these beauties.
Once everything was done it was just a matter of assembling. I chose to do the right and left centres first , cutting the pieces to the same size as the interior section of the mirror and then progressed round from there. when I was happy all would fit I removed the backing and adhered to the frame. To merge the joins, I ran a large T.S.S. wheel over the ares. All other additions were added with glossy accents.
Hope you enjoyed seeing this as much as I did making it and that you will have a go at the masks and metal.
Thanks for popping in and any comments you leave to make, which are always so appreciated!!
Carol xx

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

HEAVY METAL New Challlenge At Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Morning everyone,
It's that time again for a new challenge, Challenge 90 over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog. This time the theme is HEAVY METAl, so get your thinking caps on for this one!!!! The design team have come up with some great inspiration for you , so do pop over to the blog and see what they have been up to and maybe then visit their blogs too. For this theme think about using some metal, adding metal embellishments as a main feature, or how about getting really creative and making something 3D out of metal.....I'm sure there's lots of things to spark your imagination in your garage and your craft space!!
Do pop over and join the fun. We love to see what a creative lot you all are.

Well here's my inspiration for you, a card and yes a lot of metal!!!!!!
Made the card from a sheet of A4 cardstock from my stash, I love the texture on this card and the dimension it gives as a background. I really felt I wanted to highlight the main metal piece, so have kept this design all quite neat and simple, just adding the silk flowers with the little metal flowers and gems and parts of TH flourish dies.
This section hopefully shows a little more clearly the metal centres to the flowers, which have been hand cut and then coloured using Stream alcohol ink, while below is the close up of the metal work which is described beneath the photo.
This centre piece was made using silver Ten Second Studio metal sheet and a Ten Second Studio embossing plate. This was one of the early ones they produced and does not have a solid back to it so does not go through an embossing maching. The only way to reproduce this is by hand!!!!! but I find doing this so therapeutic and my mind just wanders while I do it. I used masking tape to adhere the metal to the plate and gently rubbed over it all with a large paper stump, to give the general outline. Gradually, moving to smaller and smaller paper stumps and then refining tools to complete all the intricate details. I painted the entire piece with a black paint dabber, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies and then wiped some off with a paper towel to give a bit of an aged look. Next I dabbed on Stream alccohol inks onto the raised areas and dried everything. Blue stickles was added into all the indentations and the whole piece then matted onto several layers of blue and black cardstock and assembled.
Well that's my offering for the challenge, I really do hope you will join us.
Many of the items I have used are available from the Craft Den, so pop in there to stock up on what you need, there's a great selection.
Hope you enjoyed seeing this and thanks for any comments you choose to leave they are always much appreciated!!!
Bye for now
Carol xx

Friday, 5 April 2013

CRAFT STAMPER CHALLENGE....Faux Airbrushing Take It Make It

Hi all,
Couldn't resist joining in with the new Craft Stamper Challenge New Take It Make It Faux Airbrushing this time. I did leave things a little to the last minute, but hey ho, have 9 hours to spare still!!!! The challenge is new and will always relate to a technique used and shown in the previous months magazine. This challenge was asking to show Faux Airbrushing.using Distress inks.
Joanna Allison showed a step by step procedure using very few materials to achieve this result, in the March 2013 issue of the magazine. Had never done this before, so wanted to give it a try. I really hope you can see the results as the light was so low when I took these pics!!!1 So, here it is......

I used the SplodgeAway mat and the gorgeous Bamboo SplodgeAway Mask, to create the background to this card. I used the faux airbrushing technique with Scattered Straw Distress ink to give a really light base and then, continued to darken very gently with Forest Moss. It did look a little flat still so added extra depth and shadowing, with Spiced Marmalede which I felt lifted the design. As this was my first attempt I was pleased with the result.
Below is a close up of the faux airbrushing. Oh how I wish I had taken this in daylight so you could have seen more clearly!!!!!!!But do hope you get the idea.....I love this technique and will use it more often in the future I know!

I loved how it gave a really light misty look and so decided to keep all the embellishing etc. to a minimum to let the design show. The lovely Japanese lady was stamped and coloured in Prisma pencils in a few ares, but Again I wanted the "airbrushed" look to come through from below. The dragon fly was made using the same technique....stamped directly onto the card first....that was me being brave as I could have messed up big time after all that work, but thankfully all was well and then the wings restamped, cut and mounted on top for a little dimension.
The saying was stamped from the set and then all was attached to the card as shown. Hope you enjoyed seeing this first attempt and will have a go it's a great technique to have in your arsenal!!!
Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting till next time.
Carol xx