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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

Saturday, 22 November 2014


Good morning all.

Had a busy day yesterday, house cleaned from top to bottom, six loads of washing done and cooked the tea. By evening I was about dead on my feet! An easy day today me thinks.

Another quick Christmas card to share today which I made on Thursday evening.

Made with a few challenges in mind...I cut the largest Spellbinders snowflake die from the white card and replaced it with a slate one, then cut all the other sizes alternating between slate, blue and white card. I used a silver brad to layer them together. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and is stamped with versamark and heat embossed with silver detail EP.
The topper is attached with foam tape to give some dimension...and all finished on the inside.

Challenges entered:
CAS(E) this sketch - sketch #101
CAS Colours and Sketches - colour challenge
Brown Sugar - use two or more colours
Polka Doodles - clean and simple
Stamplorations - stamps and layers

Friday, 21 November 2014

Artist Trading Block

Good morning all.

A week or so ago I was trawling around mixed media blogs when I saw some decorated wooden blocks, of course I forgot to bookmark it and can't for the life of me remember where I saw them. Hubby had been playing in the garage so I asked him if he had any spare bits of wood, after being told what I wanted them for he gave me one of those looks...then indulged me with a few various sized and shaped pieces. Here is my first transformation...I chose the smallest piece and a Christmas theme to start off with.

I started by coating the whole piece in gesso, then painted a panel on the front in blue acrylic. Once dry I added snowflakes with texture paste and a Joanna Sheen stencil using some diamond dust whilst it was still wet to make it sparkle. The Christmas sentiment is a Clearly Besotted die cut four times from card and layered up to make it quite chunky and sturdy, this was inked with festive berries DI. The piece was finished with ribbon, a bow, snowflake button, snowman, star, gems and a pearl all from my stash.

The finished piece is about 3" square and 1" deep and I love how it turned out!
This is how it looked originally - a lovely piece of teak, hubby thought I was mad painting over it but when I showed him the finished article he turned round and said "actually it's very good"!!

Challenges entered:
4 Crafty Chicks - make it sparkle
DL Art - Christmas
Crafter's Cafe - anything goes
Decorate to Celebrate - anything 3D
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
City Crafter - just a word
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow
Altered Eclectics - anything but a card
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything altered art goes
Allsorts - anything but a card
Not Just Cards - anything goes

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas Notebook

Good morning all and a big welcome to all my new followers.

We had a mixed batch of weather yesterday but mainly wet and cold, a good day to stay at home and craft....although shopping and housework did scupper some of my plans.

I've a recycled notebook to share today. I had a little charity book sitting on my desk and decided it would be perfect to use to keep a note of Christmas cards sent...I always manage to miss someone!

Coated first with some gesso then sprayed with distress stains and cosmic shimmer gold. The tree is from Clearly Besotted, two die cuts stuck together to give some dimension then stamped in forest pine DI and given a spray of cosmic shimmer.

This is how it started out.

Challenges entered:
Craft Room Challenge - anything 3D
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything but a card

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

We had a lovely day yesterday, some blue sky and a bit of sunshine and no lights needed in the middle of the day! I spent the day getting ahead with some DT work so I don't get bogged down in the New Year.

Another quick Christmas card to share today.

Apart from the base card everything else came from my bits box. Embossing folder is from Spellbinders...although it is a 5 x 7 folder it looks okay cut 5 x 5 to make a square card. Matted and layered onto silver mirri card, The sentiment is a die from Clearly Besotted and I've used more mirri card. Finished with gems and silver pearls from my stash.

Topper is attached with foam tape but I think it will still be flat enough to post. All finished inside too!

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Clear it Out - anything goes (stash is card snippets)
Holly Jolly Christmas - monochromatic
Just Inspirational - frame it
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Bunny Zoe's - snow
Perfectly Rustics - embossing

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Shabby Chic Paint Technique

Good morning all.

Yesterday was positively miserable weather wise...a good day to stay at home! Got two loads of washing done, whipped around the house with the hoover and made a roast dinner. I managed to finish off a couple of DT projects too but can't show you them yet.

A new technique featured in this month's edition of Craft Stamper magazine...faux shabby chic.

Circles are inked with Seedless Preserves distress ink before being stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear EP. I've used picket fence distress paint to shabby them up. Don't think the technique shows particularly well with this stamp but you live and learn!
The Visible Images Ho stamp was a freebie with the magazine. I've used a scalloped nestie to die cut the top white layer and inset the circles...first time I have tried this and not got them quite straight! Sentiment die is from Clearly Besotted.
All card used was found lurking in my bit boxes...it's quite liberating seeing it put to use instead of cluttering the place up!!

Challenges entered:
Love to Create - Christmas
Sparkle and Sprinkle - anything goes with glitter, EP or flocking
Christmas Cards all Year Round - no patterned paper
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Dies R Us - Christmas
Die Cut Divas - holiday spirit

Monday, 17 November 2014


Good morning all.

Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend whatever you've been up to. We had the big switch on of the Christmas lights here yesterday combined with a Christmas market...we walked up mid afternoon to see the market but didn't find anything we wanted so after a quick cuppa we walked home again.

Another CAS Christmas card to share today...the Lim ladies want to see more than one tree this week, so I've given them three.

Tree stamps and matching die from Clearly Besotted, stamped with Memento inks. Centre tree has been die cut and layered up with several more diecuts to make it chunky. Sentiment stamp is from Anita's Stamps which I've masked twice to stamp the words separately. Pierced rectangle die is from Spellbinders.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - one than one tree
CHNC - go green
Sweet Stampin - to die for
Muse - muse challenge (inspired by the triangle and the colour)
CASology - festive

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Christmas Card Club "Teabag Fold or Origami"

Good morning all.

I hope your weekend is going well. Another quiet one here, yesterday was pretty miserable so I spent an afternoon in the craft room...not that I accomplished very much!

Another fortnight has passed and it's time once again for our little Christmas Card Club to show what we've been up to. The theme this time was chosen by Karen and she asked to see "Teabag Fold or Origami".

I've opted for origami and made a couple of boxes, you can find the tutorial I followed here.

Papers are from Tilda Winter Birds and Christmas House 12x12 paper pads. Dies are from Spellbinders; small decorations on the sides come with the pads; ribbon, flower, button and cord are from my stash.
I've left mine fairly simple again...just my preference.

Challenges entered:
A Crafty Mess - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - pairs or two of a kind
Creative Moments - anything goes
Decorate to Celebrate - anything goes 3d
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes with patterned paper
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Allsorts - anything but a card