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Hello and welcome to my blog. Here I will be showcasing all my design team work, general crafting and digital scrap booking.I hope you enjoy seeing my creations and listening to my ramblings. If you leave a comment I'll know you've been and be able to visit you in return. I read and appreciate all comments which are left - good or bad! Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Pop back soon. Carol xx

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Christmas Card Club - Sentiment as Focus

Good morning all.

Sorry I'm being such a bad blogger, life seems to be getting in the way at the moment plus the computer is in the wrong place and that can't be changed until sometime next year when we rebuild the conservatory :( I just can't seem to use my IPad for blogging, it just seems needlessly complicated!

It's time once more for our little Christmas Card Club to strut their stuff and this time it was my turn to pick the theme and I chose "Sentiment as Focus". I've missed the last four challenges (sorry ladies) but need to catch up to get my cards finished on time! I got some new stamps a few weeks ago and managed to put them to good use....and made six cards!

Sentiment stamp is from Woodware; simply stamped and fussy cut before matting and layering, then adding a bow to finish.

Two in green..and two in red!

Was going to say if you'd like to see what the other girls have produced you'll find the links in my sidebar....but blogger ate them and I haven't had time to redo them yet!!! Has anyone else had that problem??

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Stencil Sunday #66 + October Mixed Media Challenge

Good afternoon all. Sorry I'm being such a bad blogger at present, hoping to resume some sort of normality soon!!

Our old house went on the market at the end of last week and we had our first two viewings this morning, so fingers crossed we get a quick sale.

I'm sure someone has stolen a few pages off my calendar this year (perhaps the same gremlin who's stolen the blog lists off my sidebar!!)...it can't possibly be October already. As it's the first Sunday we have the start of our Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations where we invite you to participate and show us how you've used your stencils on anything mixed media but a card. I've made a canvas for my inspiration piece.

I started by painting a grungy background with several shades of acrylic paint and my brayer, once dry I used some the Mixed Media Elements stamps with Archival inks to add some detail.

Then it was time to get out one of my favourite stencils...Happy Flowers (large). I used Sparkle Medium on the stems and once dry I replaced the stencil and used Radiant Gels for the blooms. After drying thoroughly I applied some TH Distress Collage Medium over the canvas. The quote stamps comes from a brand new set called Life in Full Colour...which arrived in the post yesterday!

Do pop over to the blog to see what the other girls have made, you won't be disappointed!

Monday, 26 September 2016

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Stencilled Mood Board

Good evening all.

It's my turn to inspire you to use your stencils with my monthly tutorial at STAMPlorations. Pop over to see how I made this mood board.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Stencil Sunday #63

Good afternoon all.

It's certainly feeling more autumnal than summer now and I can't believe how quick the nights are drawing in. Spent most of this week under the influence of a migraine so haven't achieved much other than necessary crafting for several days and kept away from the computer as much as possible too.....somebody please tell me that life does get better and hormones do eventually settle down again!!

It's time once more to show you a Stencil Sunday project over at STAMPlorations and like the weather this has definite autumnal vibes.

I used part of the leftover mood board from my project earlier this week which used the newly released Trendy Leaves 2 stamps. I added additional stencilling using Leaf Bliss (Large) and Dots all Over stencils with peacock feathers DI. Words are from the Bold Sentiments Believe stamps set and I cut an extra leaf with the matching dies and attached with foam pads. Ribbon from my stash.

Here you can see how I used the Leaf Bliss (Large) stencil with water to add a ghost pattern over the inking.

 I used the Luggage Tags Nesting Dies to make the tag.

Do pop over to the blog to see what the other girls have made, you won't be disappointed!

You still have plenty time to join our mixed media challenge this month but do remember we accept non-card projects only.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Trendy Leaves 2 Blog Hop

Good afternoon all.

We have a special new stamp release over at STAMPlorations today (with matching dies!) so we're having a mini blog hop...I do hope you can join us! Commenting closes September 9, Friday, 11:55 p.m. Pacific
Winner announced Sunday, September 11

1 commenter will be randomly drawn to win the Trendy Leaves 2 stamp set.

I have a few autumn birthdays coming up so these stamps were perfect.

I started by making a mood board using the new Trendy Leaves 2 (available at 10% off until September 13th!) stamps which I stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed with white EP, colour was added with various distress inks. I then stamped and embossed two more leaves and die cut them with the corresponding dies then coloured with DI. Sentiment is from the Party Time stamp set.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Stencil Sunday #62 + September Mixed Media Challenge

Good afternoon all.

Gosh September already...where has this year gone to? Time once more to inspire you to use your stencils and come over to join in our Mixed Media challenge at STAMPlorations, please remember we accept non-card projects only though.

Today I'm sharing a canvas. I started by downloading the free Color Bloom sampler onto thin card and adhered this to my canvas with gel medium...this caused the ink to run but the effect was quite nice. I used the Flutterby stencil with Radiant Gels then once dry coloured the canvas with various Distress Inks. I then used the Bold Florals stencil with crackle paste to make my flower, once dry I inked this with DI. I then stamped and heat embossed some flowers from the Big Bloom Factory set then stamped around the edges of the canvas using my favourite stamp from Mixed Media Elements. The words came from the Art Marks set.

Do pop over to the blog to see what the other girls have made, you won't be disappointed!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Mixed Media Tutorial "Create Art"

Good evening all.

It's my turn to inspire everyone today over on the STAMPlorations blog with a mixed media tutorial....I hope you will pop over to see how I recycled the packaging from new bedlinen to make this fun folder.