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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, 29 June 2013

Altered Jig-Saw Piece.....for SplodgeAway

 Hi All,
The DT have been given an Anything Goes this week at SplodgeAway!!!!, so wanted to share with you my piece for this. Do pop over to the blog and see some great inspiration every day, you won't be disappointed they are all  so talented!
Here is a piece I made using the Jig Saw Pieces mask. Yes it is an altered jig saw piece. Loved playing with this to create the backgrounds etc and it really lends itself to so many uses. Love too, how all the pieces will link with each other in different ways. Here I have used it for background, dress pattern and also to highlight areas.
Here is how this was made.
I began by peeling off the picture from this jumbo sized Jig Saw piece and coating it with several layers of Fresco Finish paints, in shades of green and yellow. The mask was then used with aged Mahogany Distress inks to create the background. On top of this I adhered an old paper pattern piece. As I wanted everything too look somewhat aged I went over again with a wash of white to tone down the navy blue writing of the pattern sheet,!! The stamp used is from B-Line, which I coloured in Prisma colour pencils, again adding a wash for an aged look.
I re-stamped the image and used the mask as a stencil to draw three other jig-saw pieces. These I did not colour, but left looking sepia. ( I do hope this shows in the picture). I triple embossed these three pieces and attached them over the coloured image, matching up as I needed.
I cut a dress-form from a stencil and used the same colours and the mask to make the pattern on this. All that was left to do was to add the embellishments....some lace, stamped cotton reels and cotton, buttons and pins. A small jig saw piece dangle was the last addition with a tiny thimble.
Hope you like it and will have a go at something similar, Happy crafting until the next time
Carol xx

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Quickie post.

Hi Everyone,
Just a quickie post today to show a tag I made a while ago and then forgot to post!!! It's a large tag and I created the background whilst playing with some new Fresco Finish paints.

Had never really understood the way these paints worked, but having watched Leandra on You Tube, realised how to layer on top and still show the lower layers!!!
The stamps are from Studio 490 and so love these and the dotted areas are a SplodgeaAway mask, which I 'bumped' another Leandra term to get a shadow effect. I am not usually good with being painty so was pleased with the results. Hope you enjoyed seeing it and any criticism is always greatfully received.
This little twinchie I will also include today as it needs to be entered onto a different blog post from yesterday!!?? in  order for me to enter a second time.
Well bye for now and enjoy your crafting moments!!
Carol xx

Saturday, 22 June 2013

New Twinchies.

Hi All,
Have had a little play at making some Twinchies, the first ones made with up cycled materials ......so free!!  Had kept some corrugated packaging and bits of string for ages now so thought I would make these Twinchies from it. A brilliant Martha Stewart butterfly punch went through it like a knife through butter!! so was pleased with that too as it was the first time I had used it, Hopefully these are self explanatory. The white covering is PaperArtsy Snowflake paint watered down. So here they are .....
Pink Butterfly
Lavender Butterflies.
A Natural Trio Creation.
A Natural Duo.
Lilac Creation.
The next set are not butterflies but Bees. The challenge I am entering in calls for either, so had a lovely £1 bee stamp I wanted to try and some free download background paper. Here they come......
Isn't he just the chubbiest Bee!!! ....with stitched edging.
Just BEE confident.!
Beelieve inyourself!!!!Butterflies and Bees 
Well hope you enjoyed having a peek at these. I will be entering them in
Happy Crafting till next time!!
Carol xx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

SplodgeAway...my favourite mask

Hi Everyone,
Am today posting my favourite Splodgeaway mask.....Hearts the Lot. This is such a versatile mask.
I have chosen '
Heart the Lot' as my favourite mask, this 6"x6" Mask is perfect for masking, embossing, stencilling, spraying and much more and for a bargain price of £3.45 why not buy yourself one.
Both of these makes have been created using the 'Card King' mask. I love this mask and have used it often in so many different ways. It's a great Man Mask!! Why are men so difficult to make cards for? I really like the fact that this mask lends itself not only to being used in its entirety, but also can easily be lined up and used for making corners, borders etc. in 1,2,3, or four different widths. It is also an easy mask to use with Distress inks, not too many fiddly bits and also easy to use as a stencil.....both of these have been used in these makes. It's not just for the males though as you can see from the tag, it's great for ladies too. This is a super mask which lends itself to both modern and vintage themes too.
The first make is a large tag, I coloured in three shades of Distress inks and blended with the SplodgeAway Mat. I then masked of areas and blended through the mask in Aged mahogany, other areas I used Versamark through the mask. OOHH. That Aged Mahogany was way too dark so covered the entire mask with a  water Snowflake Paint, to tone it down. Had forgotten about the Versamark but revelation!!! it highlighted it by somehow attaching itself to the underneath distress ink!! Love the effect it made. I made four tiny hearts with cookie cutters using the meltpot. In my stash of wonders found some tiny playing cards, which I also distressed. lastly my Queen of Hearts. I do have a thing about Marie Antoinette! I made this up a little smaller than an A.T.C. and used found images and plaque from Lawrence Lewellyn Bowen, which I love. All was attached as shown. Feminine and vintage.
My second is a card more modern, much brighter and for the man this time!! I used the mask as a stencil and drew around the areas to make a border, This was then coloured using Promarkers. This time I utilized a small pack of tissues for the playing cards as they needed to be small. I often collect these as I know I will need them at sometime for crafting. LOL !! I used one layer of the tissue and stuck the images on to card and then cut them out, as with the central border. Mounted these onto foam pads...higher at the top so they appear more as if they are being held. The 4 tiny charms I bought just a few days ago half price and they fitted the theme of the card.
So there is my favourite mask. Hope you enjoyed seeing what I made with it.
Carol xx
Thanks for popping by and check out the SplodgeAway blog for more inspiration!!!
Bye for now
Carol xx

Buttons Pearl and Lace....New Challenge at Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Hi All,
Thanks for popping in today. Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Anything Goes. The theme for this fortnight is Buttons Pearl and Lace. this is Challenge 95. There is great scope with this then for many projects I'm sure, so thinking caps on, stash at the ready and come along and join the fun. I so look forward to popping into your blogs and seeing all your inspirational craftiness.
Here is my project, but the wonderful Design Team have come up with some real inspirations, so pop over to see what they have created to,, I know they appreciate it! You can join the challenge HERE.
I decided this time to go for a chic monochrome design. The fan is one I have had for years and never used!!! Sound familiar??? I stamped onto off white card and then filled each section by hand with some Zentangle doodling. Am really enjoying doing this at the moment. to the back I adhered a lace trim and  punched a hole for the tassel..3  hat pins were the pearl embellishments that were needed. I mounted this all onto black card that had been corner punched with a pretty design allowing the base card to show through. A lace border finishes the project, highlighted with some more tiny black pearl gems and teeny buttons to 2 corners
Hope you like this and have a go at Zentangle. Lynne's shop the Craft Den can be visited from my side bar....she has some great goodies there, so pop in some time.
Well that's me for the day, hope to see you in the challenge!!!

I will be entering this for the following challenges
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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Secret Crafting Open Garden

Hi All,
More flowers to keep a log before the house sells!! I am crafting...but can't show anything yet!!! So just a quickie for you all today of a few more blooming marvellous blooms

I so love these bright red poppies, they have always been a favourite of mine and those striking markings are beautiful.
This is the palest of pale pinks you can imagine! This picture really doesn't do it justice though. The flowers are gigantic.....really!!!! and how gorgeous is that central section!!
Just a perfect red rose. This climbs up the front of our house.
Now this is what I call my Shabby Chic Rose. It climbs up the pergola and scrambles and blooms all summer long and the scent is heavy, like that of the really old fashioned roses. Below you see where it climbs on 4 posts, This is one of my fav places and views in the garden!

Well less of the flowers and more crafts to follow shortly!!!
Happy crafting .....and gardening All
Carol xx

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Not Crafting But Gardening Update !

Hi All,
Flowers from my garden!! So pleased how they have grown with such awful weather. Was sunny this morning so took these shots of some of my prize possessions in the garden. Hope you enjoy seeing them.
This is my glorious Tangerine Poppy The head is about the size of a dinner plate! or more across and the plant this year is enormous. Wonder whether they like the snow and cold.!!

Another Oriental Poppy. This is such a great colour and larger than the one above!!The markings on this are so striking. Again a massive bush with many flower heads to come.!

The alliums too have shot up and I so love these beautiful flower heads and the colour cannot be matched.
Lastly two shots of my Azalea, flowering like mad and struggling in a tiny pot because I forgot to pot it on when I bought it!!!!  Bad gardener that I am!. Why 2 shots, well I had a little visitor call after I took the first one!! Look see.
and here's my little visitor!
Well hope you liked seeing these as much as I do in the garden. Not a crafting blog today, so makes a change. Have been crafting, but can't show yet.!!
Till next time
Carol x

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

New Challenge at Anything Goes Challenge Blog....Father's Day

Hi All,
There is a new challenge waiting for you over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog!! Yes it's that time again. Challenge 94 is for you to create a special something for Father's Day. I know male cards can be difficult so pop over to the blog and see what has been created by the Design Team, they have made some super cards, then come and join us too and enter your makes!! You can join the fun HERE.
Here is mine for the challenge, actually I have made this for my son to give to his Dad!
I matted and layered the base card and then used the Cog Heart and Clockwork border masks from Splodge Away and aged Mahogany distress ink to make the next layer. The images I have had in my stash for a while, they are from Kanban, they were also coloured slightly with the ink, and then positioned.
Hope he likes it!!!!!!
N.B. The challenge will run for one more week for this theme...only until Monday 17th June ..I was late posting this. Have got all my weeks muddled up....what's new.
Hope you enjoyed seeing this one and remember, if you need to top up your crafty stash......then pop over to the Craft Den, which has a host of great products!!
Bye for now and Happy Crafting
Carol xx

I would like to enter this card dedicated to my Dad who passed away 18 yrs ago and whose birthday falls on Father's Day this year! Miss you Dad !
crafts4eternity.blogspot.....For The Boys
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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

SplodgeAway Easy Ink Card Review.......Tested out with various watercolour techniques

Hi Everyone,
Well here I am again and this time this I am trialling and putting through its paces the SplodgeAway Easy Ink card.  This is my review, but please pop over to their blog and read the reviews of this great card as it has also shown itself to be superb for blending inks!!! I so love water colouring so read on and see what I thought about it

Well this time it is my turn to trial and test the Easy Ink Card. I have to say I really did put it through it's paces in several ways. I guessed a lot of the other Design Team would use it to show blending, so as I love to watercolour, all of my samples are geared towards that ........and I have to say water in varying quantities!!!!!

None of these items are difficult in themselves, but that was not my aim. Here it was to see how the paper held up to different watercolour mediums, different treatments and to see how strong it would remain.
Here's my first item. A simple stamped image on an easel card, matted and layered, but the pleasure was in the colouring. I used watercolour crayons for this. They moved easily over the card and the blending was easy. The water droplets are from Designs By Ryn and they just fitted my rainy day image. The Easy Ink Card was given a wash of pale blue following the stamping. the card remained
firm and flat.
My second is a pair of bookmarks. This time I created the background, by soaking a sponge in water and colouring the Lyra watercolour crayons directly onto the sponge. I really wanted a soft effect and believe me the sponge was soaked!!! The Easy Ink Card was randomly sponged with various colours, making sure I dried between colours. Again, I was surprised how the card stood up to this treatment....but...it didn't warp or wrinkle. Great!! I added a few swirls to one and some butterflies to the other from SplodgeAway masks and stamped the " this book belongs to....." and again water
coloured the image this time with watercolour pencils.
For the third sample I decided to take things a bit further with the water!!! I soaked the paper first and then with a wide brush went in with  colours in order of the rainbow. WOW did they blend easily. Not satisfied I decided to then cut them into 1cm. strips and weave them. The card was brilliant for this too after drying. Again it didn't disintegrate, there was no horrible bobbling and it remained firm and flat. I sponged the base card as before and punched flowers from some of the card left over from weaving....a few gems were also added.
Finally, this is a photograph of a painting in my bathroom, which inspired me to create the following piece to further test the quality of the Easy Ink card.

Lastly but not least, I went all out for deep colour, lots of water, lots of colour on colour to see what would happen. I was thrilled. If you pop in to my blog you will see the inspiration for this piece. I coated the card with a thick cream water colour base and then progressed in bold blocks with other shades of blue , drying after each layer. No bobbling, no wrinkling, still smooth and flat. The vase was stamped and then gingham paper attached and the flowers stamped, by masking. A great free Craft Stamper stamp. It looked good but to really test wanted to try and get a bleached effect on the flowers but only using water to dilute the bold background of the flowers. Have to say it took a while but the colours muted as I wanted and the card....well it literally took everything I could throw at it in regards to watercolours and water. It stood up so well.
Brilliant card, loved it best of all as it didn't bobble or wrinkle and remained firm.

Hope you're all going to try it you won't be disappointed.!!!Have I tempted you to buy some Easy Ink? The Easy Ink is available from the SplodgeAway website priced at £4.99 for 25 A4 sheets.

Happy Crafting till next time
Carol xx

Monday, 3 June 2013

My SplodgeAway Samples For Create And Craft T.V.

Hi All,
Long Post Today!!....Might need a cuppa!11
These were the samples I made for the SplodgeAway show on Create and Craft recently. Apologies, for not having updated my blog it has been a manic half-term, with much activity and also viewers in to see the house, which as most of you know is on the market.
Well here they are.... I was so lucky to have the opportunity of having a play with these beautiful masks before they actually went on air, and once again Tom has come up with some brilliant designs. Do please pop over to the SplodgeAway blog where all the other design team members had different masks to use! All of their samples are an inspiration and well worth a look.

Well, I had to start with this gorgeous photo of Tom and Susan's baby daughter Holly, and yes she is being used as  a marketing ploy!!1 LOL, whilst showing off the latest in fashion accessories. The handbag was a template I had from yonks ago, which I embellished with a tag, trimmings flowers and some gems. The Girly Shoe mask was used here. Firstly inked in distress and then after removing the mask re-inked in paler blue. The shapes were then cut out and adhered to the handbag. Isn't she just a cutie!!!!

I love playing about at Zentangle and stamped this beautiful face and then just let my imagination run riot with the Zentangle. As the image had been quite fussy wanted to just keep this all neat and simple. I LOVE the Swirly Corner Frame Mask. I just used Soot Distress ink through the mask and added a few black gems. I think this is going to be one of my favourite masks for framing images.

This is a whole combination of various things here!1 The card was firstly distressed lightly all over with \scattered Straw Distress stain. The right hand corner was then further highlighted using parts of the Clockwork Border Mask. I positioned the Midnight City Border Mask along the bottom, this is really a great and detailed mask!!!!. in my stash I remembered I had some acetate sights of London from a Kanban kit I had bought some time ago and thought it would suit here. I lined up where it was to go and marked this, which enabled me to add the City Border again. When the acetate was placed on top it gave the scene even more depth, I thought. Next a couple to view the scene was needed and love this B Line stamp, which I then coloured in Distress Ink. Really pleased with this and how the sepia tones of the acetate give it a bit of a nostalgic feel. 

Well set myself a little challenge her! This is an altered bathroom sign that I picked up at Dunelm for the princely sum of 45p. In fact, I bought 12 of them, you never know when you might need these chunky pieces of wood!!1 I began by using corrugated cardboard and used Fresco finish paint to cover the entire section. Tom has created this beautiful Linked Butterfly Border Mask, which I used and mulled wine Distress ink. I lightly drew around the shapes and using a scalpel cut around the edges. When complete I carefully peeled off the top layer to leave the corrugated section showing. It was way too brown so lightly covered the butterflies again with Snowflake paint, added the little gems to the bodies and antennae and edged with some trim. it did take a while but am pleased with the result and intend to have a go at some similar techniques with this. Watch this space as they say!!!!
OOOhhhhh loving this mask. It's called Clockwork Border Mask and is oh so versatile. I covered the entire background using the mask and Scattered Straw Distress ink, layered up 3 cog die cuts that I coloured using alcohol inks. The central image is again from the Steampunk set from Kanban as are the cogs. I cut a square of metal and then embossed through the Cuttlebug, to highlight the design even more I hand embossed a squiggle design around the cog elements to make them stand out even more clearly. This was then coloured to match with Alcohol Inks.
hope you're still with me here as this is one hell of a long post!!!!!!! Just a few more to go...promise.
This is a slightly more delicate card. The mask is the Floral Framer, which I used over the entire background. I then coloured it onto stampbord in two colours of Distress and scraped away area to highlight. This pic doesn't really show it well but the higher of the two is slightly clearer, Again I used the Swirly Corner Framer, but this time adapted it to this size card, so that the joined areas created a heart shape. Now lastly, something not so me and ultra bright, again out of my comfort zone with these colours!!!!
This is the entire Floral Framer Mask, coloured in as you can see in bright turquoise and violet shades. I cut out the border of flowers after I had coloured the card and then replaced the mask on top and covered in a layer of Viva D├ęcor crackle medium. I heat dried this and it also bubbled, which gave quite a puffed effect to the crackle, which I liked. Added a stamped pansy image which was coloured with pro markers and all mounted. On reflection, this is one I am not so happy with. I really should have used much stronger colour on the stamped image to balance it all....the little pansy looks a weak specimen!!!
Well that's the end of the post. The show was a double sell out , so very few samples actually got shown, but am pleased they were all on SplodgeAways Blog. Pop over there some time the link is at the top of my sidebar. That's all for today. Happy Crafting
Carol xx