Monday, 24 October 2016

Etsy Shop Update

I have been adding lots of new bits to my Etsy shop lately, including this Mad Hatter box

A link to my full shop is in my side bar.

Have a lovely day, Carol xx

Friday, 14 October 2016

Clean and Simple Challenge at That's Crafty

The new challenge this week at That's Crafty is Clean and Simp

I have a card for the challenge using the lovely Alice set of stamps by Carabella Studio .

I also used a dinky stencil with some of the Pebeo paints for my background.

Full details of the challenge and how to enter can be seen on the That's Crafty Blog.

Have a great day, Carol xx

Friday, 7 October 2016

Acrylic Tag and the Gelli Plate with Fresco Paints

I have a video showing how I used Fresco Paints on an Acrylic tag on YouTube.

Thank you for your visit today, Carol x

Friday, 30 September 2016

That's Crafty Challenge, All of a Sparkle

The new challenge at That's Crafty this week is "All of a Sparkle". 
Full details of the challenge and how to enter can be seen on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

I have used one the their large Acrylic tags #10 as the base for my make, using paints, Dinky stencils and my small round Gelli Plate from this set for my background on one side of the tag and then more stencils and sparkly stuff on the other side.

I will be doing a video tutorial on this next week.
 I was hoping to have it to share here on my post but time has just got away from me this week. So do please pop back next week to have a look.

Thank you for visiting today, Carol xx

Monday, 26 September 2016

Stamping with the Gelli Plate

A short video with the technique I used on this card showing how to Mirror Image stamp using the Gelli Plate is up on my YouTube channel.

The link is HERE

Do have a look it's a very clever idea and I am gutted that I did not think of it myself.

Carol x

Ally Pally

I did a couple of demo's at Ally Pally last weekend for That's Crafty. I demoed the Gelli Plate and the DecoArt  line of Media products and That's Crafty's own range of stencils and Stamps.

I also did a make and take using one of the fabulous tabbed Journals that That's Crafty are bringing out. I love these they will be in two sizes, 5 x 7 and 6 x 6 with two covers and 5 tabbed pages. Here are a couple more photos of the book.

I had an absolutely great time and I cannot thank Laura enough for having me on the That's Crafty stand.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Christmas in September

The new challenge starts today on the That's Crafty Challenge blog. This is my make for the blog. 

An upcycled coffee jar altered with Fresco Paint and a Dinky Stencil. Details can be seen on a video on my Youtube channel.

See it HERE

Thanks for your visit today, Carol x

Monday, 12 September 2016

That's Crafty New Stamp Release and a Video

That's Crafty have a release of their first stamps today, they are designed by Donna Gray and I have used the Set "Bentley" on one of That's Crafty's ATC storage boxes.

I don't actually use this for ATC's as I don't make them anymore. I use it to keep the DecoArt Media paints in that I use when I am Demoing with them, it is just big enough to hold a nice little selection of colours and keeps them nice and tidy on my Demo desk.

If you want to see the whole thing from start to finish I have a video on my YouTube channel

Hope you have a lovely day, Carol x

Sunday, 11 September 2016

A journal page

A collage page with lots and lots of layers, started with paint, went onto torn up text paper and stencils, then more paint.

Finished with a focal stencil and a collaged image, and then finished some Gelatoes and the lovely Stamps by Tracy Scott from PaperArtsy, as soon as I saw these I knew I had to have them.

Have a great day, Carol xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Being Square for That's Crafty

I am really pleased to announce that I am returning to That's Crafty this month and although I came back to late to add inspiration to the challenge blog post I altered this mirror yesterday to blog for the challenge.

I used Fresco paints and a selection of stencils for my background.

Paper flowers sprayed with DecoArt misters, dipped into UTEE and heated to melt, repeated until I was happy with the coverage, gold paint added to highlight the petal edges.

Fabulous Alice stamp and Mushrooms by "The Deep Red" company

For details of the challenge pop on over to the challenge blog and also see the massive burst of inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Carol x

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.

If you enjoyed my video's you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE

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