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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Happy Hens - Sunday Stamper wk 250 - Thursday 28th March

Sunday Stampers week 250 Challenge and a give away!

Good Morning Friends,

Thank you all for visiting and leaving comments, I really do appreciate them all! As some of you saw from my WOYWW post yesterday, I was busy with my melt pot first thing in the morning. I like to make quite a few items  at a time and keep them in a box ready to use..there was a lot of flower dipping yesterday and one of the seahorses is for my next Emergency Crafters DT post for next tuesday. The turquoise seahorse sadly met an abrupt end when it fell off my desk along with  a few heavy items and smashed :( so it's back in the box for re-melting.

Whilst on the subject of the seahorse, a few of you asked me about moulds and what they are - well the ones I am using are basically for clay modelling and are readily available in craft stores. The ones I have, I have had for a while and got from The Stamp Bug, a lovely little country stamp shop, tucked away in the village of Hatherop near Cirencester. They only open Mon-Fri and we are usually near there at weekends, so we wait of their 'open weekends' - but they have a shop online with lots of lovely moulds - visit:

And so to my Sunday Stamper project for this week! Hels set us the challenge of adding something shiny to our creations and nowadays at the mention of something shiny I reach for the melting pot. I started out to create a canvas with a Venetian feel and made two casts from a mask and Venetian mascot mould (Lion statue), but then had a complete change of mind, so they are in my box for another time!

Enjoying my morning coffee break, looking at our hens scurrying around the garden and then racing to the back door as soon as they saw I was watching them - in the hope of a grape of blueberry treat - I decided to create something whimsical and light hearted instead and came up with this little scene...

It's a wall hanger featuring our girls..well stamps coloured in their honour! I started off by die cutting the frame with two pieces of decent weight kraft card sandwiched together for extra strength. Then I die cut a slightly smaller shape with polka dot card. The top layer is kraft card, to which added a brick effect mask whilst it was still in the die and then  stained with Picket Fence distress stain. The photo below shows this slightly better.

The hen stamp is by Magnolia. I used Spellbinders Decorative Chateau Gate as the window, which I decorated with dotty paper curtains. The flowers were made using Spiral Blossom One and the little button a cookie cutter - all given the melt pot treatment.

 I hope you like my little bit of fun! There's still time to enter and this week Hels has some goodies to give away - link from above or the photo on my sidebar to the right.

I started this post this morning and am finishing after work..yay I'm on hols for a week now! But before I'm off to make tea, a few days ago I mentioned making baskets to give my two office volunteers - filled with choccie eggs and an egg from each of our 'girls. I forgot to photograph the first one, so here is the one I gave my second volunteer today...

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a lovely Good Friday - the tradition in our family is that Tom and I put on a brunch - so a busy but lovely day for us!

Carole  X


  1. Lovely wall hanging Carole. The hen images are great. The goodie basket is also great. Enjoy Easter! Christine xx

  2. The hanging is really fab, those hens are gorgeous. I shall have to show your baskets to my middle daughter as they keep hens. xx Flora

  3. Love your wall hanging Carole and the hens are fabulous ..have a lovely Easter


  4. Oh bless - I love the wall-hanging, it looks as if the girls are singing! Gorgeous colours and papers and such a lovely idea.

    As for the little presents for your volunteers, they look absolutely amazing, another really good idea, especially with the 'input' from the girls. Clucks to them!

    Hugs Sue Pxxx

  5. Like it? I love it! Your beautiful girls are looking up and waiting for their treats - how fun is that. A really beautiful make Carole. Love the basket for the Volunteer too. Hope your brunch goes well and that you have a lovely Easter weekend and your time off work too. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Good sunny morning Carol,
    LOVE!!! everything your card is stunning and those "hens" certainly look happy!!! Definitely Happy Eggs from them that`s for sure.
    Your little gifts are super and have given me an idea for the boys, thanks for that.
    Have a wonderful Easter.

    Patricia xxx

  7. Gorgeous art Carole, those hens are just so cute... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  8. Fab card Carole, always love the roosters and chicks....this is just beautiful...xx

  9. Hi Carole, how beautiful! Love how you have put this together. Lovely basket, such a kind gesture! Enjoy brunch today.xx

  10. Morning Carole, happy hens lay happy eggs, Happy Easter.

  11. Just LOVE your wall hanging, I adore how the 'girls' are looking up to the window sill and seems to be laughing and talking about the dyed eggs in the basket that sits there. Beautiful basket that you made for your volunteers, I bet they really enjoyed the gift. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  12. Your wAllhanging is just fabulous! I hope you and the hens have a very happy Easter. X

  13. Hi Carole

    I hope you are well . .. . pleased to read I am not the only one always on catch up!!

    Loving your little wall hanging. Lots of lovely little goodies to look at.

    I have been catching up on your old posts too. Love the little sea horses. They look gorgeous. Trying not to look too hard at them as I could be tempted to start making hearts LOL!!!

    Hope you have a good Easter break.

    Love Jules xx

  14. What lovely things you have done they are stunng I have jst got a melting pot so must try something with it

  15. Both these projects are gorgeous:)
    The hens are so cute.... I just love the wallhanger x

    Happy Easter
    Nikki x