Friday, 27 May 2016

Paris Travel Journal for The Frilly and Funkie Challenge

My daughter went on a Hen Weekend to Paris recently and I made this little book for her to keep all her momentous and bits and pieces in.

My backgrounds were all done on the Gelli plate before being folded to form pockets to hold tags, as you can see from the photo.

I bound it together with a concertinad spine covering it with some pretty gaffa tape and a ribbon closure.

I am entering this into the Frilly and Funkie "oh The Places You'll Go" challenge, which is travel themed.

Thanks for stopping by, Carol xx

Celebrating Alice

As anyone who knows me well will know I do love to make things with an Alice In Wonderland theme.  
So to celebrate the release of Alice Through The Looking Glass I have used some of my Alice themed rubber stamps from Stampotique to make a tag.

I have also used Roc's great cups in my background and an all time favorite stamp of mine Daniel's Hearts.

I am planning to go and see the film this weekend, I am sooo looking forward to it.

Have a great day, Carol xx

Thursday, 26 May 2016

PaperArtsy Doodles

I was drawn to the Current PaperArsty challenge of Doodles, partly because the word Doodles always makes me laugh, I don't know why, maybe it's just the way the word kind of ties your tongue up a bit as you say it.

Anyway I came to the blog to have a look after following a link on Facebook and thought I am not really a doodler I can't enter this !! I doodle in fits a spurts and not a page worthy amount, but then I saw the #10 Butterfly Trails by Wanda Hentges and realised this is my type, spasmodic and not to prolific, so I decided to start a page and see if I got it finished in time.

My page has lot of elements; A paint base, collage, Gelato's, stamping using the lovely EKD02 set that I recently came into possession of and of course the doodles (snigger)

Good luck to everyone who enters the challenge.

Enjoy your day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Vintage Journey Challenge

I have has a bit of a mojo slump in recent months so I thought I would have a look around at the challenge blogs to they and get me going again.

 I found that A vintage Journey have sewing as their challenge theme this month.
There are three themes of stamps I really love, Alice, Seaside and Sewing This is one of my favourite sewing themed stamps and one I have had for absolutely ages. 

So using it I have made this  Notebook to enter into their challenge

Enjoy your day, Carol xx

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Affirmation Stones

I have been in my craft room today finishing up so projects that  I needed to get done, and browsing on facebook I saw some affirmation stones on the Mini Marvels page  done by Angie Coomber and I fancied doing some of these aswell as I just happened to have some stones on my desk (as you do)

I did not read up on them at all I just went for it and covered my stones in some text from an old book using Decoart Multi Medium.

I then stamped my heart directly onto the surface, added some dots using Americana Writers in black and white and let these dry. I gessoed my heart too.

When dry I spritzed the stones with Media sprays, sprayed with water while they were still wet and dabbed with a paper towel, this coloured the white dots in a random way which I quite liked.

I took the lid off my red media mister and used a paint brush to pick up the colour straight from the bottle and painted my hearts.

I then took them into the garden and gave them a spray of triple thick gloss spray.

I finally added my little stamped words.

All my products used are by DecoArt.

I enjoyed dong these, thank you for the inspiration Angie.

Carol xx

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Birthday Flowers

I used

Circles Cube
Carol's Flower (small)
Happy Birthday

This week at the Stampotique Designers challenge Kristen has asked us to use circles on our projects.

I have a card to share with you this week and I discovered that Carol's small flower seems to fit very nicely inside the Cubed Circles.
So I used these on my card and added a simple greeting, finishing it off with a doodled border to tie in with the flower theme.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the randomly drawn prize of a $30 gift voucher to spend on rubber at Stampotique Originals can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Carol xx

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Mono Printed Coaster

I am just about scraping in by the skin of my teeth for the PaperArtsy challenge of Mono Printing.

I do love my Gelli plate so much and it is always out on the corner of my desk just waiting to be used.

For the challenge I have made a coaster. It was a plain brown  piece of square hardboard which I gave a couple of coats of gesso

I then used Fresco paints in purple on my Gelli for my background followed by a bit of little black dress used with the PA plate EEV06, which I stamped onto my gelli and then picked up with my coaster so it was not to dense a colour on my background.

My image is stamped directly onto my coaster, painted and then using a stamp positioner re-stamped over the top of the original image to re-add all the detail back.

I ran around the edges with black paint to tidy it up a bit and give it a border.

Finished with a quote stamped onto a piece of book margin and then stuck in place.

I really liked Alison's post on the Gelli plate as she went for Substrates on her projects and I love things like this myself to stamp and paint onto.

Enjoy your day,
Carol xx

Steampunk Pocket Watch

I saw SanDee and Amelie's challenge blog the other day and it reminded me I had not done anything steampunky for ages and I fancied a bit of a change of so I dragged out my resin and some cast pocket watch's I had brought a couple of months ago and put away as they were bright silver and a bit nasty looking.

But with some DecoArt gold media paint and a couple of colours of Antiquing cream they now look old and so much better, amazing the difference a bit of paint can make to just about anything really !!.

I layered up some watch parts and a new little heart that I filled the recess on with red resin before I used it. 

Details of the challenge can be seen here.

Have a great day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Scribbles and Doodles Art Journal Page

 I used

I cannot believe another week has passed by, a friends husband gave us his thoughts on why time seems to go faster as you get older, and he reckon it is all to do with the dither factor, you dither over things as you get older for 5 minutes whereas before it was just bam you did it, so 12 dithers a day is one hour, over a week its 7 hours and in a month it all adds up to over a day, as he reckoned your brain doesn't register the dither, it just thinks it is doing things in the same time frame as before !! So there you go before you know it it's christmas again.

So Bam it's Wednesday and time for another Stampotique challenge, this week hosted by Arwen. Her theme is scribbles. I have lots of scribbles on my journal page, actual scribbly scribbles and doodled scribbles as my border.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the randomly drawn prize of a $30 gift voucher to spend on rubber at Stampotique Originals can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Big Hugs

I used

Agatha Flower
Agatha Text #1

This week Claudine is hosting the challenge at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog.

She has asked us to make something with our Mum's in mind.

My Mum died last year and I miss her so much and I would love to be able to pop round and see her for a cup of tea and a hug.
She loved her garden and when I was younger, I would get home from school and she would always be out tending the garden. So I have incorporated flowers and Hugs onto my card this week.

Using Agatha Flower as my main image, and the Big Hugs quote from the Agatha Text Stamp.

Finishing my card with a doodled Border, colouring my drawn flowers to co-ordinate with the Flower that Agatha is holding.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the randomly drawn prize of a $30 gift voucher to spend on rubber at Stampotique Originals can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Monday, 2 May 2016

On The Peg Penelope

I thought I would share the make I have in the June Issue of Craft Stamper Magazine, which is out to buy now.

I dismantled my peg and painted it using bright colours, dry brushing and a variety of stencils to build up my background. Once this was dry I directly stamped my background and used coloured pencils and a white pen to add detail to it. I reassembled my peg.

I stamped my images and quote and then coloured these with my pencils, cut out and glued them down.

I poked a hole in the bottom of the peg and wrapped wire up and around it, adding beads as I went holding them in place with a dot of glossy accents, securing it at the top of the peg.

I added the photo clip to the top of the peg and layered the flowers around it as shown, I added some coils of wire as I thought it needed a bit of balance.

I used the following stamps

I used Stencils from the Dinky Range at That's Crafty

My paints are from DecoArt 

Thanks for stopping by 
Carol xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A Happy Camper

I used

Hat Cube
Happy Camper Text

This week at the Stampotique challenge blog Corrie is hosting the challenge, She has asked us to make a card with a masculine theme this week.

When I was younger we always used to go camping for a few weeks in the summer holidays, it always seemed to rain and be very windy and my dad always used to wear this very old hat, we used to call it his holiday hat.

As Father's day is in June I thought I would get ahead (see what I did there, Hat...ahead, I am so amazing lol) and make his Father's Day card.

So poor Topher is having to wear a tatty hat with flags blowing from it. We used to have flags along the front of our tent.

The card is finished with a quote and a quick doodled border.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the randomly drawn prize of a $30 gift voucher to spend on rubber at Stampotique Originals can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Monday, 25 April 2016

Just Be Happy

I used
Ink Splats

This week for Visible image I have a card to share with you, those who know me will know I am a bit of a sucker for anything Alice in Wonderland related so I am the proud owner of the Cheshire cat and I have used him on my card today.

All my stamping is directly onto my card with a hand drawn border added round the sides.

I coloured my cat using water colour crayons and blending to achieve the look I wanted.

I then masked this and my quote off and used the ink splats stamps with similar colours of paint to add the colour to the background.

This is my last post for Visible image and I would like to thank Helen and Mark for having me on the team.

Have a lovely day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Birds on a Wire

I used the following stamps

Crow Line
Kate's Doodles Cube
Circled Circle
Barcode Text #2

Woo Hoo it's is Wednesday again and that can only mean it is time for a new challenge on the Stampotique Designers Blog.

This week Kristen has chosen the theme of a TV show or Movie inspired project.

I have a film that has a particular memory for me from when I was young and being a little bit bad.
When I was younger we lived in a house that had a large glass door on the living room and you could sit on the stairs and watch TV through the door. I used to creep downstairs when I was supposed to be in bed, sit on the stairs and watch TV.
One night Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds" was on, I was only about 8 and I remember it scared me so much that I screamed and gave the game away and I had nightmares for ages afterwards.
I have used the film as the inspiration for my Tag.

My Background is done using my Gelli Plate and DecoArt Media paints before adding details with stamping and Gesso.

My birds on a wire are stamped directly onto my tag with black archival ink, my quote was stamped onto the margin of a book page and then stuck in place. Adding some Crackle Paint through a stencil that I coloured with Media Paint.
Finishing with a couple of wiggly lines of machine stitching.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the randomly drawn prize of a $30 gift voucher to spend on rubber at Stampotique Originals can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Prompt Tags

I used

Little Friends
Kate's Doodles Cube

The latest challenge for Stampotique has been chosen by Kathi with the theme of "crack me up"
she has asked us to use crackle on our make and to give it a humorous theme.

I am in the process of making a tag book, this is intended to give me a bit of an prompt book for stamps and techniques that I love to use.

I have added a tag using the challenge this week as a prompt to use crackle on my projects. I mixed my DecoArt media Crackle paint with some fluid media acrylic to colour it before applying trough a stencil as the last step on my tag.

These are some tags that came on some clothes, they are lovely heavy grey card so I gave them a couple of coats of Gesso as a base, it is the direct stamping onto the gesso that gave my main image the worn look that it has in the photo, I was not sure about this at first as on the plain white tag it looked just badly stamped, but once I added in my colours and other stamping I liked the worn look of the image. Adding a smudge of colour to the dresses with my colouring pencils just seemed to finish it off.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Monday, 11 April 2016

My Inkognito Heart

I used

I have a journal page to share today using stamps by Invisible Image.

The basic painty base was done with my Gelli Plate.

I stamped my image and quote in black and then embossed them with clear embossing powder as I thought this would keep them nice and dense on the page but also as I wanted to be able to wipe other mediums of them easily.

I stamped the splatter in red and black on my page, I then added lots of other layers over the top of this, drips with spray paints, crackle diamonds with DecoArt Crackle paint coloured with Media paint, (one of my favorite things to do at the moment) and then splatters of gold paint to finish it all off. Wiping any splatters off the heart and image as I went.

I bordered the whole page using the border stamp from the flower set and black ink.

The washi tape is simply to hold my page in where it got so wet it fell out of my book.

The full range of stamps from Visible image can be seen on the website HERE.

Have a good day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

One Little Flower

I used

Living is not enough

This week for the Stampotique challenge  Arwen has challenged us to use only nature in our makes, no Humans or Animals.

Now I did not realise how hard this would be, I kept thinking " add a bee or a butterfly" but I couldn't !!

So I have a journal page with flowers. I used it on my Gelli plate first of all to make my background.
I then stamped it in gesso on the page, then finally stamped it onto another Gelli Plate background before cutting out the flowers and adding sticking them in place.

I added a few more dribs and drabs with paint and pencils before adding my quote because in the end all I did need for this page was one little flower.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A Foxy Tin

I used the following stamps
Word Collage
Kate's Doodles Cube
Oodles of Doodles

It's Wednesday so that means it's time for a new challenge at the Stampotique Blog. 
This week Valerie has chosen the theme of "what's old is new again" and has asked us to recycle or re-purpose and older item.

I have recycled a small tin that used to hold mints.
I went for a journal theme on my tin.
I first gave it a coat of chalk paint to cover the paint on the tin but also to give my paint a bit of tooth.
I then dry brushed  my 3 colours of paint onto the lid and sides of the tin, added my background stamping with black archival ink. Then used a Dinky stencil to add gesso to the lid.

I stamped Foxy onto white paper and coloured him with pencils before cutting him out and sticking him down.

I then dragged some lines onto the top of the tin using blue paint and an old store card. Finally adding a word from the Word Collage stamp to the top right of the tin lid.

I sealed it with a coat of DecoArt Satin Varnish.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Monday, 28 March 2016

Corners of your Mind Journal Page

I have a journal page this week for Visible Image.

I used the following stamps

I brought this stencil about 2 years ago I have never used it until now, I never felt I had the right images or quote to get the idea over that I had when I brought it. But this quote is exactly what I was thinking of when I got the stencil and the birds fit perfectly behind the image, together they give the feeling of daydream and whimsy that I was always thinking off.

My background is built up layers of washi tape and paint, applied through stencils and with bottle lids. My main stencil had simply been applied with black paint, then masked off too add the deeper purple and white dots inside the face area.

I added my quote and then stamped the border with the long stamp from the Flower Inkognito set.

I added my flying birds and a few dropped feathers using the Learn to fly again set.

enjoy your day, Carol xx