Sunday, 7 August 2016

Pink Flamingo's make great Pets

I am hosting Sunday Postcard Art this week.

I chose the theme of "Pets". I was at the time of course thinking of all things cats, but I have recently discovered a fondness for Flamingo's , I mean whats not to love those big long legs and that great shade of pink and I would love to have one as a pet, so I used theme as my pet preference on my postcard for this week, of course with a little nod towards my other furry love, Cats.

Enjoy your day and I hope you get time to join in this week.

Carol x

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

PaperArtsy 3Up

I was thrilled when I was chosen to be part of the PaperArtsy 3Up team for this July. Full details of this can be seen on the PaperArtsy Blog.

I have been a fan of their products for many years and theirs were some of the first stamps I got when I first started to rubber stamp

This is the rather lovely stash I was sent to play with, look at that  yumminess.

This is what I added from my own Stash to use.

I decided to alter the  chipboard coasters in the above photo that I brought, they came in a pack of five and I wanted to do three so that gave me two for mistakes. I do like to alter coasters as they are so adaptable, I send them instead of Birthday Cards, or turn them into bunting or little books, and these one are nice and thick so they were perfect for my Gelli Plate.

I started by doing a background using my Gelli Plate and how I did this can been seen in the following video.

Once I had my background I added my stamped images, again how I did this can be seen in the following video.

I now coloured my images using a selection of coloured pencils. This is the first time I had used my pencils directly over the top of  Fresco Paint and I must admit I was mega delighted with how the colour laid down and blended over the paint.

I added a coat of Satin Glaze and this gave the colours just a little bit more pop, finishing them off by highlighting the text and words with Glossy Accents.

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Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy the 3UP Week at Paperartsy.

Carol xx

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Icon Lolly Sticks

I made these for a swap I am joining in with on a Facebook group I belong to called Mini Marvels.

The swap this time was to alter 6 lolly pop sticks. I was recently given some lovely images by a friend and I decided to do an Icon theme for my sticks.

I started by covering both sides of the sticks with a bit of left over Gelli print before adding my image and then layering little pieces of collage over the bottom are of the stick.

I then applied Grunge paste through a stencil to the top and bottom before adding gold colour with Gelatos and Treasure gold.

I then sealed them on the front and back to make them a little bit more hardy to handle.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Black and White Affirmation Stones

I have previously done a set of these in colour, some one saw them and wanted a set in black and white so here they are. If you want to see my coloured ones they are on my original blog post here.

Carol xx

Friday, 24 June 2016

Fabric for PaperArtsy

The current challenge on PaperArtsy is to use fabric. I needed (yes need as opposed to want) a new decoration for my bag as my old one had been on it for a couple of years and was looking a bit tatty.

So I made myself a new one using stamped canvas sewn onto grunge paper adding beads, a length of beaded trim and a button in the middle to finish it off.

Hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend, Carol xx

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Alice In Wonderland Tag for Go Tag Thursday

A new Tag challenge site started last Thursday, "Go Tag Thursday"

I am sharing this Alice Tag on the site.

Have a fun day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Man Up

This is my last post as part of the Stampotique design team.

I have enjoyed my time on the team and I wish to thank Carol and Jim for having me as part of their DT, and Kim for all her help when I first started 4 years ago. I cannot believe it has been that long, how time does fly. 

I have used

Lovely Wings
There are Faries in my garden

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, 12 June 2016

PaperArtsy Challenge - Our House

The new challenge has started on the PaperArtsy Blog, The theme is "our house"

I have been working on this page on and off for the last couple of weeks and when I saw that Lauren had used doors on her challenge make I thought I would enter it into the challenge.

 I do love to do hidden spots for journalling on my pages, sometimes it's tags hidden in a slot,  but this page has a little door that opens to reveal a secret spot to write in.

I have incorporated lots of paint and stamping for my background, (most is hidden in all the layers) I used a hand carved stamp I made last year after being inspired by Kate Crane. My house collage images are also by Kate Crane and I have used some some hand cut border pieces, finishing the whole page off with some red stenciled dots and some doodles.

Thank you for visiting, Carol xx

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


This week Coby is the host of the Stampotique challenge. and she has asked us to use the word BOO.

I used

Tall Alphabet

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

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