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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!!!

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

New Challenge at Anything Goes Challenge Blog.......CORAL INSPIRED ME !!

Hi everyone,
Well, it's a new challenge today, over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog. This fortnight the theme for Challenge #93 is HANDMADE BACKGROUNDS. I know you will all have some fantastic ideas for this and it gives you great scope with all your creativity!!!The Challenge will run from 21st May until Monday 3rd June.
We love popping in and visiting your crafty places and seeing all your beautiful creations. So, Anything Goes fans.....set to work and join us over on the blog. You can join  the HERE
This is my card for the challenge.
I made the background using one of my favourite yet easy peasy techniques! I call it a Gesso Squelch, but am sure someone somewhere has the right name for this. I covered 2 pieces of card with a thick layer of Gesso and then laid them on top of each other and squelched them together. They were then separated and they leave you with a great textured background. A heat gun was used to dry them off, this takes quite some time according to the thickness of the Gesso.
The background was then coloured using various shades of distress inks on top of which  I painted various shades of Twinkling H2o's, to give a reflective appearance and this also reminded me of the reflective nature of water! The texture popped off the page and reminded me of the beautiful corals in the Oceans.....so there you have it....I knew just the theme I wanted to create.
I chose 2 stamps from Designs By Ryn, the swirls  and seahorse. I stamped the swirls directly onto the background and for some extra texture added several colours of Flower Soft. The seahorse was stamped and coloured using the twinkling H2O's again. and cut out and raised using foam pads.
Finally the background was layered onto turquoise and coral coloured card.

Many of the items I have used are available from The Craft Den as are all your staple supplies they have a great range so do pop by there. As usual the Design team have showcased some lovely projects on the blog for your inspiration.
Thanks for popping in today and for any comments you choose to leave......always much appreciated!
Bye for now
Carol xx
I would like to enter this for the following challenges
Craft room Challenge                Stamp your own background
Stampotique Challenge             Anything Goes
Cards in envy                            Make your own background
ABC Challenge                         Stamp your own background
Addicted to Stamps and More   #46 Anything  Goes
Eclectic Ellapu                          Anything Goes
therubberbuggychallenge          Anything Goes
bearlymine-challenges               Anything Goes
www.4craftychicks.143-critters. Critters
creativeinspirationspaint              Anything Goes

Monday, 20 May 2013

SplodgeAway High Res Elegance Card Review.....and Giveaway!!!

Hi all,
Well today sees my first project over on the SplodgeAway Blog. The remit was to give my opinion of their new High Resolution Elegance Card stock, which is ideal for stamping and colouring ........as I discovered!
Here is a card I made for this.

This card was made to using the wonderful Bamboo mask as the background, coloured in various Distress inks and using the SplodgeAway mat which is now an essential for blending inks!!!

I die cut a scalloped circle from the High Res Elegance card and stamped the beautiful B line stamp onto it using black versafine ink. This card is super smooth and the image was really crisp and clear. I then embossed it with clear embossing powder as I wanted to try out my Promarkers on the new card.
Brilliant....the card allowed the colours to blend beautifully, there was no bleeding and the colours really stayed true. Added the flowers and sentiment.

I am out of my comfort zone in colouring really, but this card did make it easier .For stamping and colouring this is what I will opt for in the future too!! Do pop over to the blog to see my whole review and that of the others in the Design Team and the wonderful projects they have created to review this card.

This is the mask I used.... Bamboo, I love this one.
Well do pop by the Blog, link above as there is also a great giveaway too!!!!!!!!!!!!
BLOG GIVEAWAY
BLOG GIVEAWAY..
To celebrate all the new followers on the blog Tom has asked me to do a giveaway on the blog. All you need to do to win these goodies is comment on this post and follow the blog.
Tom will be back on Create and Craft on Friday so a winner will be drawn at random on Saturday 25th May.



This giveaway consists of
12x12" SplodgeAway Mat
x25 Sheets of SplodgeAway Elegance High Res A4 Card
Penny Farthing Mask
Gothic StenSkape
Twit Twoo StenSkape
Nevada Desert StenSkape
3 Kings StenSkape andast
Fantasy Unicorn StenSkape.


Happy crafting
Carol xx

Monday, 13 May 2013

Cracked Clay and Egyptology....inspired.... me....... BIG TIME !!!!

Hi All,.
For the first time in a long time I have  created a card that was actually inspired by 2 things in particular, rather than just letting things happen. I found a long lost postcard bought at the Tutankhamun Exhibition in London, some years ago in an old box of memories and have just received a new Cracked Clay Mask from SplodgeAway. These were the basis for my make.. Here is my inspiration!!!!
For those of you who know me it will be no surprise to hear of my fascination with Egyptology....this has been the case since I was very young and oh did I want to travel there and join a dig and discover new mysteries!!1 In a way I still do, but mostly in my dreams as I hate flying and have never been there, but when asked, yes I can help you out with most questions about the Old Kingdom.
I wanted to create my own Relief and feature it on a card. It set my mind thinking of the craftsmanship and the sands and the dry heat and the cracked earth after the rains......I knew exactly what I wanted to do!!! and I had the PERFECT mask to help me out!!
So here is the finished result which I will run you through.
I have entitled this A Key To The Past
I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the result. This is made on a large 6x6 size white card. I began with the background and used Scattered Straw, and  Aged Mahogany Distress Inks to create the mottled background, using a SplodgeAway mat. Using the mask I added Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to create the cracking effect. I was pleased with how it looked, but wished I had given it texture, so hence the background for the  central panel. I used Terra paste in Moroccan over the mask removed the mask and washed in warm water quickly!!!!. Dried the paste off gently with the heat gun and VOILA....brill textured cracking.

Now from my postcard inspiration I wanted to think of the way to create a relief........several aborted attempts and then EUREKA!!!. Decided that white air dry clay would give the right feel and texture. Rolled some out and then Stamped it with a beautiful Egyptian Elusive Images Rubber Stamp Plate. I tore the pieces apart that I wanted, guessing if I smashed it when dry I might ruin it!!! The impression is obviously indented not in relief, but looked pleasing. The worst part was waiting overnight for it to dry!1 Patience is not one of my virtues.
Gently rubbed Scattered Straw and aged Mahogany over the clay and because it was indented it left the images white so they really were clear.

Thoughts next turned to papyrus and hieroglyphics, so whilst waiting for clay to dry, made the border......out of papyrus unfortunately, but had some woven trim I thought was in keeping and some Egyptian text paper. Coloured the paper with Scattered Straw and then crumpled the paper up. Unravelled it and swiped Aged Mahogany over it and ironed it all flat. What next still waiting!!!!!!......... clay not dry.  Mmmmmm..........MELTPOT !!! Haven't used this in a while and it has been on with Hels, so got out my moulds and of coarse had some Egyptian ones ,... that goes with out saying and that are among my favourites.
Made the Tutankhamun Head, the Mummy, key to the Kingdom and the little blocks in the melt pot....( The blocks were to signify the blocks used in the building of the Great Pyramids) Love this Mummy and have used it often, but can't remember the maker....apologies.
All that remained was to attach everything to the card. In fact I am keeping this for myself and putting it in a frame to remind myself of that wonderful exhibition and my on going love of the Old Kingdom.
Thank you to SplodgeAway for inspiring my initial thought for this and af course to Tutnkhamun.
hope you enjoyed seeing this I had so much fun creating it and will have so much pleasure in looking at it.
thanks also for any comments you choose to leave they are so appreciated.
Carol xx







Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Shaped Crads..New Challenge At Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone,
Firstly apologies for the lack of posts recently!!!! Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog. This fortnight we are looking for shaped cards...NO SQUARES!!! That leaves you all with a really vast choice of what to create and I can't wait to see what you all come up with. To join the fun click HERE.
Thanks to everyone that joined in with the Birthday Blog Hop too .....great fun as you all said.!!
My teamies have been really busy creating some inspiration for you all so please pop by their blogs and see their work, I know we all appreciate comments!
 Well, without keeping you any longer, here is my design team project/card this time. An exploding handbag. I so loved making this, but you will have to excuse the photography, it was one of the most difficult things to photograph without getting other sections in the way!!!
This was created using a template for the handbag, which allowed you to have 4 smaller handbags within it. I chose a Nature theme for this and added flowers, tags, butterflies and lots of stamping too.

This is the front view.


This picture shows the view from the back.
 Here is the one side of the inner section, which shows all the layers and which appear below individually.
 Smallest section.
 The inner sections of the opposite side if the handbag. All other sections are shown below. I won't go into great detail but hope they explain themselves.








This is one of my favourite sayings so just had to use this!! Pop along to the Craft Den and stock up on all your crafting goodies.....there is such a selection on offer. Hope you enjoyed seeing this as much as did making it. Thanks for any comments you choose to leave they are so appreciated.
Carol xx