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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Sunday Stampers week - Wednesday 17th July

Good Evening Friends!

I haven't blogged since Saturday and it feels as if I have been away from here ages! The truth is, I decided that a weekend off just enjoying the sunshine would do my neck good and it seems to have worked, as it is much better now. All I've done is some stamping in the garden - I've had this idea to create and art journal of sorts for our holiday road trip and have been stamping images to colour in at times of relaxation!

Thank you for all your good wishes - and Jenny - I got some lavender oil and it's great! Thank you for suggesting it.

How are you all finding the heat? It's great when I'm not in work, although even with all the windows fully open, the craft room is pretty hot and I have been doing what I can out in our little Summer House!

Up until the weekend the hens weren't very bothered, but they are finding it a bit much now I think...we have extra water in their run, where they have plenty of shade and when they are out in the garden there are lots of shady places and we have been putting water everywhere for them...but other than lazing under bushes, they seem to be carrying on much as usual!

Today I am back using the hats and bonnets stamp again, this time a different design and it is also my creation for this week's Sunday Stampers challenge. Hels has set the theme of  creating layers...

I started with a blank A6 card and inked all around the edges with Dusty Concord Distress ink.
For the next layer I used a piece of Damask patterned pink card (the pattern is very pale so can't be seen in the photo). I cut it to about 3mm smaller all around and used a decorative corner punch on the edges.

The image was stamped and then die cut using Spellbinders Labels 17 and whilst I was doing this, I made an extra die-cut to use as a mask.

I placed the mask on the pink card, where I wanted the final image to be and secured it on the back with some low tack tape; then I stamped some script and flourishes around the edge and across the mask, again using Dusty Concord. To complete this layer I inked the edges with the same colour.

The stamped image is coloured using watercolour pencils and I stamped and cut an extra model to layer her on top of the original. Once I had finished colouring I out the shape back in the die and inked with Spun Sugar to give a little contrast. I  then added this to the front of the card in place of the mask.

The flowers were cut using the medium and large Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and the leaf came from a set of leaf dies. Before adding the finished flowers I placed some lace along the card. To finish I added a bow and a little card candy script button, coloured with distress ink, plus a little pearl in each corner.

Thanks for stopping by, I really so appreciate your visits!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Good evening Carol,
    Another stunning card using that wonderful stamp.
    Glad the neck is a bit better nothing worse. You don`t realise how often you turn your head until you have a sore neck.
    I am loving this beautiful weather. Although we do not have the clear blue sky sunshine, it is there behind the veil of cloud and very warm.
    I always keep my all the blinds down and the windows open just a little bit otherwise you are letting all the hot air into the house rather than trying to keep it out. Always cool indoors here.
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xx


  2. Carol, another beautiful card, love this image. Glad your neck is feeling a it better.


  3. Hi Carole,
    I'm so glad my tip worked some magic. lol. I love this stamp every time you use it. Pity hubbies on a no buy at the moment otherwise I would be buying it now.
    I love what you have created this time with it. That labels 17 is a great addition to ones stash I think. Hmmmmmm I need an injection of cash for everything I would I have just the wonderful paper to go with these stamps.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. This really is a beauty Carole. Gorgeous image. Christine xx

  5. Hi Carole, the trouble is that we (and the chickens) are just not used to so much heat all at once. Good to hear that your neck is much improved. Your card is wonderful, I love that stamp more every time I see it but trying to save my pennies in case I get to any craft shops after this Friday when we are on our hollies - yay to a spot of chicken sitting! Hope your neck continues to improve. Hugs, Anne x

    1. OOh Fab, Anne! Have a lovely time! X