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Friday, 27 March 2015

A New Winter Wonderland Challenge

Hi to all my blogging friends.
Welcome to this weeks' Winter Wonderland Challenge.
Firstly, congrats to last weeks winner.
This week, it's the turn of the Snowflakes DT, at
Winter Wonderland.
The theme is:
I chose to do dry, using a Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Folder,
Rustic Wreath.
I used a piece of silver Mirror Card to emboss.
I then roughly painted black acrylic paint,
 over the main part of the image, the wreath.
I let it dry for a few minutes and then rubbed a piece of kitchen paper,
over the painted area. That left the paint, just in the debossed areas.
The sentiment die, was a free gift on a magazine last year.
Sorry about the pictures, as you can see my arms in the card!!

I used Cosmic Shimmer coloured glue for the berries.
For this weeks challenge,
our Sponsor is
Crafts U Love
The prize they are giving you, is a very generous £10 voucher. 
Their shop is about a 25 minute drive from my house!!
You can pop over to their shop HERE and you can see an amazing
selection of crafting goodies.
If you want some inspiration, my talented Snowflake teamies,
have posetd some amazing, beautiful cards for you.
So hop over there to view.
Looking forward to admiring and commenting on your
beautiful creations. Good Luck!!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Book Box - Mixed Media

Hi everyone,
More mixed media. I am really into this now and this was my second attempt!
A book box, that has had the, chuck it all on technique!!
Or as we arty peeps like to call it.........Mixed Media!!HeeHee!
Lots of pics I am afraid. So hope you have a cuppa to hand.
They look a bit blurry to me.... so apologies.
Front and Side.
Close up of front

Front from side.


This is what I used on it:
Gesso, Paper Artsy Chalk Paint,Grunge Paste, Assorted Dies,
Scrap of corrugated card, Wooden butterflies, Bud bottle top,
Assorted Mica Sprays,
Assorted flowers, some I made and some from stash.
Hope you like it.
Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a message so I know you have been.
Then I can visit you.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Crafting For All Seasons - Challenge #98

Hi all my blogging friends, a new challenge today from
Theme for the next fortnight is
For my card I chose to use Ceridwen,
an image from our Sponsor for this challenge:
The prize is 3 Digi Images.
I think you will agree, she is very pretty.
She was lovely to colour, especially with pastel shades.
I used Distress Inks on Langton watercolour card.
The backing papers and sentiment are from Lili of the Valley. 

So it's over to you now, to get those pastel shades out and get colouring!
For more inspiration, hop over to our challenge blog HERE.
You will find some beautiful pieces of art work, to get your ideas flowing.
Thanks for stopping by and I am looking forward to seeing your creations.
Thank you for all your lovely comments. You are all so very generous.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Big Egg!! Not Easter!

Hi, everyone in blogland.
Firstly, I must warn you, there is a pics overload!
As in my title, this is a very big egg.
In fact, it is a real, empty Ostrich egg.
My Daughter and Granddaughter have just been around.
I showed them what I had done to it.
My Daughter said it was the most beautiful thing I had ever made.
I told her it was going on my stall to be sold.
She said that I was not to sell it and it would go perfectly in my bedroom.
So it is now sitting on my dresser in my bedroom.
I have had it for a couple of years and didn't know what to do with it.
My Brother-in-law made the stand for me and it has just sat on a shelf
in my craft room.
I then had a euricka moment on Wednesday and this was the result.
I had great fun doing it.
I first tore up loads of papers into smallish pieces.
Then I glued them all over the egg.
A covering of Gesso and assorted paints.
Using a glue gun, I stuck bits of lace very randomly and flowers, buttons
and also a few clay butterflies I had made.

I also cut some flourish die cuts and glued them on along with
wooden flowers and more butterflies, with sequins on.
At this stage it looked a mess!!

A bit of grunge paste and stamped text.

I love this Butterfly Flourish die from Wild Rose Studio,
 which I got from The Craft Barn.
They have loads of their stamps and dies, so check them out here

And then it suddenly looked ok!! 
Are you still awake?!!
This was a little out of the box for me but I loved doing it.
I am now onto another project,
that is all gessoed and waiting for my attention.
Watch this space. If it is c..p, I will let you know and hide it somewhere!
Thanks for popping in and I hope you liked my egg.
It's surprisingly heavy, even though it's empty.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Always And Forever - Ahh!!

Hi to all my lovely blogging friends.
Can you believe it, 2 days and 2 posts!!
I had told myself, it was time to make cards for my stock
and not just for my DT posts.
At the side of where I sit at my desk, is a box of unused, new stamps!
This was the first one I chose to do.
The wedding season will be starting soon and I don't have one card made.
This is a Lili Of The Valley stamp,
called Bride And Groom. 
I have another of their wedding stamps in the box still!
In fact, quite a few LOTV stamps in there!
I really enjoyed colouring this image. Stress free, as no face to do!
I used my Distress Inks, on Langton Water colour 300gsm paper.
The backing papers are Kirstie Allsop papers, Rosemary and Thyme.

Well I just might schedule another post after this one!!
Thanks for stopping by and I do so love to read your wonderful comments.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Blue Christmas - Winter Wonderland Challenge

Hi everyone,
Another beautiful Spring least when I was writing up this post!!
I hope it is where you are.

Today we are starting a new challenge at Winter Wonderland.
I am the host for this challenge, my first one!!
Thanks to Lynsey for guiding me through.

Many thanks to all of you that entered the last challenge and
well done to the winner.

The theme this week is:


Christmas entries only please, to qualify for the prize.

This is my card. As I love blue Christmas cards, I enjoyed this challenge.

I have used Spellbinders Poinsettia dies, on denim blue pearlescent card.
A pearl in the centre and Stickles on the flowers. Simples!

An old favourite snowflake embossing folder,
on a torn piece of white paper for the background.

On the top edge, I drizzled Cosmic Shimmer glue and sprinkled
CS Iced Snow on it.

Tied a piece of ribbon around the paper, added a bow to finish.
The sentiment was one of some free stamps with a magazine last year.

Our sponsor for this challenge is:
They are very generously giving the winner 3 Digi images, of your choice.
Do pop over to their shop and have a good look around.
You will love what you see.
You can enter the challenge up to 3 times.
If you did, that's 3 Christmas cards to put away!
I am looking forward to seeing your creations.
For more inspiration, pop over to Winter Wonderland blog and you will see
my teamies wonderful creations.
Thank you for stopping by and an even bigger thank you, for all your wonderful
comments you left me, on my Beach Hut clock.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Beach Hut - Summer Is Coming!!

Hi to all my blogging friends.
What a gorgeous day here in West Sussex!!
I hope it's a lovely day where you are too.
I decided I wanted to make a Beach Hut clock.
So I sat down with a piece of paper and sketched what it should look like.
From that sketch, I made a template and then I made my Hut!!
I was quite pleased with the end result. Room for improvement though!
The little gold thing on the right side, is supposed to be a ship's bell.
It was a bell from my Dollhouse stash!
The 'Surfs Up' sign, is just a piece of wood I found in my bits box.
The shells I collected many years ago in Spain.
The life belt I made from Artista Clay.

This is a side view of the roof. I just scored it to look like planks. 
It was difficult to photo, so not very good.

This is my Sea Gull!! Ok I am not a sculptor!! I used my Artista Clay again.
I love this clay, as it's paper clay, it weighs nothing and is air drying.
I just rolled into a sausage, bent it into a sort of shape and formed the beak.
Used a knife to mark the feathers. Job done!
Took me a whole 7 minutes!!
Go on then, say it..... It looks like it too!!!!!
It dried overnight and then I used Copic pens to add a bit of colour.

When you open the doors, this is the inside.
Scraps of fabric for the bunting.
Another piece of wood for the surf board. Fish net and floats on the back wall.
Stamped and cut out Deck Chairs and more shells dotted around.
I hope my clock at least made you smile. As I said, room for improvement.
My style is Shabby Chic!!
Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a message, so I know you have been.
I then can hop over to you and see your lovely work. Then leave you a message too.
Have a lovely weekend.
Carol xxx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Girly Girls - Crafting For All Seasons Challenge #97

Hi everyone,
Here we are again, with a new challenge, with Crafting For all Seasons.
I hope you joined in with our last challenge, Dies and/or Punches.
Well done to the winner.
It could be you this time, if you would like to play along.
An easy theme for you......Girly Girl.
A great prize again and the challenge is for 2 weeks.
So you have plenty of time to enter.
I have chosen to use my own image for this challenge.
She is a, My Besties Digi, called Teen With Curly Hair.
She is so pretty and fits the theme perfectly.
I coloured her with Distress inks.
The papers were an assortment of, stash, CD and LOTV Nit Wit papers.
The sentiment die is from Memory Box.
The handbag is from Art Cuts, covered with a scrap of paper.
I added Stickles to her ribbon and her dress.
Our Sponsor for this challenge is Scrapper's Delights.
The are very generously giving the lucky winner,
3 Digi images of your choice.
Pop over here, to visit their well stocked shop.
Our brilliant, talented design team, have made some beautiful girly cards,
to inspire and amaze you.
So then you can get into your crafting zone and
add your design to the challenge. Good luck!
Before I go, I must update you on a couple of things.
Firstly, I have received my money back, for the EBosser that I returned to
Create and Craft. Reading comments on sites, many people have
had the same problem.
Similar problems with the updated version too, it seems.
This is the clock my Granddaughter made. It was for her
homework at half term.
She had to make something with a Victorian theme.
She chose all the elements and I helped with the board cutting and
putting in the clock mechanism.
She did all the painting and sticking together!
She was awarded the Head Teachers award, which she received in Assembly.
The Head Teacher also advised the full Assembly,
that they should make time to go and view the clock!!
She had a lot of visitors!!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what you have seen.
I am looking forward to seeing your entries into our challenge
and reading your lovely comments, that you take the time to leave me.
Carol xx