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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!!!


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Textural Inspiration For My Crafts

Hi All,
Sorry I have not been here for some time but I have had SO many problems with Blogger. All the experts failed but Megan managed to solve all the issues in about 1/2 hour!!!!!
Textures for my crafts has been on my mind recently having seen so much gorgeous creativity from folk on Facebook and Pinterest. They are all so talented and I have become to feel rather stale in what I am doing and thought I would go back to grass roots and start looking at how I create the base for my projects etc. So today no personal creativity but some natural textures found in my garden that I am hoping to reproduce....... (although Nature herself is the best Crafter).... in my projects in the near future.
So here is a selection I intend to work with over the next few weeks.

This is the bark from the old Twisted Willow that plays centre stage in our garden.Love the depth of the cracks and crevices and the asymmetry of the texture. I am usually so symmetrical....... a touch of O.C.D.  I sometimes feel !

This is the beautiful stone brickwork that our farmhouse is built with. Again all of the stones are different in size and shape., so another idea for me to remember when crafting.

These are two pics of the white Silver Birch we have. At the moment it is loosing it's bark but then will be pure white. It is so beautiful. Below is a close up but I hope in the other you can see the peeling of the bark better. Hopefully I will remember this when paper crafting and curl my edges,age my papers, only partly cover areas or layer more to reveal things beneath!!! thank you tree for the inspiration!!

Living on old Farmland we are plagued by perennial weeds. In a bid to overcome this we have barked many areas. Again love all the textures here and the non-uniformity. I see this everyday but will now look at it in different light to see its inspiration in all winds and weathers.
Here is a group of tiny wee mushrooms, they are growing on the damp bark in a really shaded area of the garden, but what miniature beauties they are !!!!!!!
This fish water spout is on our wall, it's an old weathered carp. This is to inspire me to not be afraid to use textures together which are in stark contrast both in form and beauty. So love how the ivy has grown around this naturally.
This is the brick that forms part of the farmhouse we live in. Some of the old paint that was from the dairy barns is still visible. When it was built and other areas knocked down all the reclaimed bricks etc were used in the building of new areas . Loving the mix of lichen paint and soot on these. Again to remind me to really mix colour and textures!!

Humble gravel. Yes but look closely and see all the colour, shapes, and sizes, that all come together in such a random fashion and yet all  look so comfortable with each other in their difference!!!! Now that something to achieve.!!!

Last but not least the bark of the Fir tree which stands majestically in the garden and towers over all other trees shrubs and plants. This is a wonderful specimen, but as I looked at it today I saw something else!!!!!!!. It had a tear in it's eye as if to be grieving over the end of summer . Hope you too can see what I see!!??
This is to help me in my craft to not feel frightened of using things and making them appear something else or a little different from the norm.!!!! i.e. think outside the box more!!!
Well that's all for today. I do hope that you have enjoyed this post on some of the textures in my garden and how they are my inspiration for some future works.  will also be popping these onto my Pinterest board where there is a lot more inspiration for texture. Just put in carol tadden or Texture, texture and more texture.
Thanks for stopping by and any comments you chose to leave.
Carol xx

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Stenskape week with SplodgeAway....The Last Catch !!

Hi All
Stenskape Week is over on the SplodgeAway Blog. Here is a card I made using the Fishing Stenskape. Simple quick and easy, which it had to be for this week as I am a complete beginner with these, but oh they are so easy to use and you can indeed create endless scenes just from the one mask!!!

The sun is setting out on the lake and the fishing friends are determined to catch one more fish before the light fails and they return home  with their tales of the ones that got away!!! that was the scene in my mind at the start of this card.
The background was created with various distress inks blended together on Easy Ink Card which is great to work with!! The mask was then used with Black Soot Distress to make the scene. As I said  I am only just starting my journey with Stenskape Masks but am loving the! The reflections were made by turning the masks upside down BUT..... I did forget the boardwalk reflection!!!!!!Still we all learn by our mistakes. The whole was then mounted firstly onto black and then a pale green/blue card
Hope this gave you a little taster but do pop into SplodgeAway's Blog where you will see some true talent using the masks!
Thanks for popping by and any comments you choose to leave.
Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

My SplodgeAway Create and Craft Samples

Hi All,
The new SplodgeAway masks are BRILLIANT to work with!!! Do pop over to their blog and shop to see all the details of them. Here are the samples I made for the Create and Craft Show. Unfortunately, they were not shown on T.V. as they were lost in the post!!!! So pleased that this time I had taken some photographs!!!!
So here is the rather picture heavy post. Do hope you like them and enjoy seeing more inspiration on the SplodgeAway Blog, from the rest of the Design Team.

For this I cut the new Splodge Board in pieces and having found a little old box was able to create a real 3D Nativity Scene. I left the board white as I wanted to get that Scandinavian Xmas feel for this. Stars and a snow effect were positioned first for the background. Below is the lid, which slides in place over the nativity and will protect it year after year!!

Here is the new Splodge Board shapes. They give such dimension and can be coloured painted inked and so much more!! A Christmas wall hanging to greet you visitors maybe, or could easily be altered to use as a countdown for Christmas!!
This is my another card using the board. Fabulous skates this time. Embossed and glittered.
This final selection uses many of the new Christmas masks but there are very many more on their blog!!! Firstly, a cheery Snowman....and snow woman mask!!!Again these can be used  in all manner of ways and there's loads of inspiration on the SplodgeAway Blog again!!!
and a little close up too.
Next up a real favourite of mine that could be used for so many people at all times of the year!!
and a second of this.....
What is Christmas without Santa and his sleigh!!!
and a little close up of all the parcels!
This is made with the same mask, but with just Rudolph pulling the sleigh!!
This more abstract mask is great for all occasions too not just Xmas!!

More cheery snowmen, this time the mask was used to create the snowy scene.

This is a great mask! Used the background leaves to create the background for the card and a section from the owls to create the border, which has a perforated edge so that the bookmark can be removed and used.
There are all sorts of ideas you could use this mask with!!

Well a long picture post, which I hope you enjoyed seeing.
Thanks for any comments that you choose to leave
Happy Crafting till next time
Carol xx