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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, 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

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Metal and Masks With SplodgeAway

Hi All,
SplodgeAway this week is show casing the DT favourite techniques using the SplodgeAway Masks. Most of you know that I love to work with metal and so that is the fav technique I have used here.
 I began with a piece of heavy weight metal and chose the masks to edge the borders with first.
Only parts of the masks were used, but in all 6 masks were added to create this project. Those in the centre were done by hand as running them through the machine would have flattened those already embossed! Hope that makes sense??
When the background was complete I doodled into certain areas to add some texture, then covered the entire piece with an Espresso paint dabber, swiping back over it to remove most of the paint, but leaving other areas darker. This way the paint sat in the crevices created by the embossed masks.
I so love this sentiment and it lead to the theme for the rest of the piece. i.e. keys and locks. Again these were stamped and added to smaller metal pieces, some raised for added dimension. The stamps used are from Darkroom Door.
Alcohol ink in meadow and pesto and espresso were also added to various areas for added highlights. Metal and alcohol inks are magic together.!!!!!!!!
Do pop over to the SplodgeAway Blog for so much more inspiration. The team have come up with some really great projects. All the masks I have used are also in their shop. If you haven't tried this technique please do!!! You can get similar effects with kitchen foil so have a go!!! Hope you enjoyed seeing thIs as much as I did making it.
Thanks for popping by and any comments you choose to leave. Till next time
Carol xxx

Friday, 5 July 2013

They Have Flown The Nest!!!......and others of my SplodgeAway Samples for the recent Create and Craft Show.

Hi All, Just thought you might like to see my samples that were made for SplodgeAway's Create and Craft Show. Hope that you were able to see it as usual most things were a sell out. I forgot to photograph before I sent these in, so thanks Susan for putting  them on the blog!!1 I have copied and pasted from you.
Well here they are and hope you enjoy seeing them. The masks were great to work woth and are so versatile.
First up a Tag using the Honeycomb Mask
Had a lovely messy time creating this one and embossed in gold the masked areas.

The Honeycomb Mask was used  to create the markings on this  monochrome cat  and party animal card. Used a really sparkly embossing powder as she is clearly ready to party!!!

Here it is the mask in its simplest form used as a background with several colours of Distress inks blended using the SplodgeAway mat. All that was needed here was to add some co-ordinating flowers.
The idea here was to create a scrapbook page to show the children had flown the nest and Mum was lamenting. Journaling could easily be written on the tree trunk
A Scrapbook page!! I know I don't do scrap booking but the sixe of the tree drew me towards this. The mask was run through the die cutting machine to give it the form, over which I distressed. The tree really popped off the page!. For the cherry blossom effect I used Flower soft in various colours. Three beautiful Japanese ladies were placed behind the tiny painted frames and another decoupaged sitting at the base of the tree. Wite ribbons tags and several birds were added.
 The scrapbook page was created using with the Tree of Life Mask from the Altered Art Kit.
Here's a few close ups

Really pleased  with this mask it worked well here and all that was need was some sickers and stamping.

I used the mask as a stencil for this and a clear embossing pen . The image was then embossed in gold and I had a play creating a flower effect with my Zendoodle!!

I used the 'Fairy Kit' to create these 2 beautiful cards.
Used the Fairy kit here. Firstly to create a background over laid with pink vellum.
This was then stamped and a felt frame attached where sits a cut out fairy, heavily embossed again!
I used the 'Heart Wreath' to create this canvas. Lots of layers of inks for the background and then the Mask was used as a stencil. Coloured this thickly with Acrylic  Eco Green paint and heated dry. It bubbled beautifully and left a stunning effect. The flowers were coloured burgundy, and little gems added to their centres. Three UTEE heart were made in the melt pot.
Well hoping you enjoyed these. There are great designs and inspiration over at the SplodgeAway blog, this week showcasing the show samples, so pop over for a peek. Till next time.
Happy Crafting.xx

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Checks Stripes and Flowers...New Challenge at Anything Goes .

Hello All.
Yes it's time for a new challenge over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog today. How quickly the weeks are passing! The theme for the challenge this fortnight is Checks Stripes and Flowers. So I am guessing you will be reaching for your paper stash for this one, I did and can you believe it out of boxes and pads and pads of paper, had no check ones!!!! No I couldn't believe it either.. You can join the challenge HERE
Here is my project, it was the striped paper that inspired the final piece as it reminded me of those colourful canopies you see at the sea-side and those striped windbreaks that are essential for the day at the beach in the U.K. So I plumbed for a bit of the seaside. Here. is the card I made.

I covered a base card with the lovely striped paper and cut 2 further strips that were to be used as borders . I attached the yellow checked ribbon to each one and adhered them as shown. I'm pleased the bottom border shows up I turned the paper so it didn't match. Coloured 6 white paper flowers using Promarkers to match the background paper and added a little gem to each. These lovely little scenes were a free gift in a magazine ages ago and I love them.....no had to tell the truth in case you thought the water colouring was my own work!! I wish..
Added a little brad to these and the Wish You Were Here sentiment. A corner brad competes the card.
Hope you like it. These colours to those that now me well are so not me...bright!!! However am pleased with it and glad I didn't add bunting to it as was my initial plan would have been way too much.
Well all come and join us and remember if you need some crafting inspiration for this theme pop on over to the blog and see what the Design Team have created....you will be inspired  I know!
Lynne's shop is open too for all your crafting needs.
Bye for now and Happy Crafting till the next time.
Carol xx