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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!!!


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Abstraktz With SplodgeAway

Hi Everyone,
Here are a couple of cards made with the Abstraktz Mask from SplodgeAway. I have used the same mask in both but have tries to create a very different feel to them. These masks are great for background but also as the main feature to a project.

This card was designed using the mask. distress inks and little else, but goes to show I think how you can build the card with a limited amount of work or materials!!
Card was cut to size to fit the mask and completely covered with forest moss distress ink and then highlighted in some areas with Spiced Marmalade. A second piece of card was treated in the same way but using Scattered Straw highlighted with crushed Olive. The white backgrounds of each were toned down a little with the lighter of the two colours.
The backgrounds were then cut into 6cms squares. ( I put both pieces together through the guillotine but it was a real jigsaw fitting them back in the right place!!!! LOL )
The squares were mounted as shown onto gold and green cardstock, using an alternating pattern. All that was left to do was add the flowers and gems.
Hope you like the design and will have a go at chopping about some of your masks to see what effects you can come up with!!! Have a feeling in seasonal colours that I might use this for a modern Christmas look this year.
Thanks for any comments on this one.

The second card is completely different but using the same mask.
Had such fun messing about with water and distress inks, paint brushes and sponges to create a really random background here. I was intent on introducing as much colour to contrast with the stark background for added effect.
I used the Face mask as a stencil and cut the background out, which was then masked off with the Abstraktz mask and coloured in Black Soot Distress ink, for a stark contrast. I  had no quick way for the next step so with a black fine liner and ruler set about drawing the horizontal and vertical lines as shown. I lay the face onto the lines, slightly forward of its final position and drew around it to stress the outline. ( I wish now I had done this BEFORE drawing the lines!! )
Finally used a free little stamp to stamp out the wording.. VISAGE, which I thought was appropriate.
Hope you like this one and again created with a minimum of supplies!!! Thanks for any kind comments you wish to leave
Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sunshine with SplodgeAway

Hi All,
OOPS !!!!! Heer's a post I found still sitting in draft!!! Sorry forgot to post this but it did get onto SplodgeAway Blog.!!!!!!

This week SplodgeAway are show casing the Design Teams projects that reflect summer. Do pop over and see their work and get inspired!!! Here is my card design, inspired by the scorching heat that we have had and the super colours of the setting sun too.
The original white card was treated to graduated colours of Distress inks....Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Linen. The actual design is quite simple using only 2 masks, Tread plate and Dotty The Lot. The basic shapes for the sun and rays were cut and coloured as before and then run through the embossing machine. The embossed areas were then highlighted in darker shades of the original colours. The lower rays were attached directly to the card while the tread plate ones were raised using foam pads to create a little height.
The Sunshine was stamped and mounted on pads and then.... I just HAD to add this cute little Hula Hula Penguin, as she enjoys the summer sun too. I think I have managed to achieve the feeling of warmth and heat, well I hope so any way!!!
Thanks for popping bye
Carol xx

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Through the mask with Splodge Away

 Hi All,
This week the  SplodgeAway Design Team are showcasing their creations by using the masks to ink through doodle through, paint through and many other techniques. Please pop over there for some great inspiration
I have chosen to work on with a section of a mask and use the Gesso Squelch Technique which I so love. You can create so much texture with this technique. It is the first time I have attempted it THROUGH a mask but it worked really well all bar a few small areas where I was  a little over enthusiastic with pressing the sheets together!!!!!
Well here is the bookmark and below a brief outline of how it was achieved.
I began by applying the Gesso over the mask and about a centimetre outside of my chosen area, using a spatula. The next step was to cover a similar sized are of blank card with a liberal coating of more Gesso. ( The thicker the Gesso the greater the texture). The mask was left on and the two pieces of card placed on top of each other, Gesso sides together, to sandwich the mask. A brayer was used over the top and run in all directions. The top card was then peeled away to leave a rippled effect, then the mask was removed. This area has no Gesso and is easy to highlight.
The next stage was to dry the Gesso on quite a high heat with a heat gun so that the Gesso bubbles and gives even more texture!
Hopefully you can see this texture above although the picture is a little dark sorry!!
Finally the whole was coloured using distress inks in various shades and the textured and raised areas were given a highlight of cosmic shimmer.
Loved trying this technique with the mask and hope you will have a go to. It's a very simple but I think quite an effective use of the masks.
Hope you enjoyed seeing it.
Till next time
Happy Crafting
Carol xx