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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

... and the world's alright with me!!

Today I spent the day at Pickwell Farm on a workshop with the lovely Hels Sheridan. Driving back home afterwards, I realised that it's been quite a while since I've had a few days to do things just for myself - no school work, no DT work, no commissions, no birthdays to make stuff for. But it's kind of happened just by chance this weekend. Yesterday I had a fab day with SUP and gardening and a little sewing. And today I had all day just crafting for myself - not because I had commissions or projects to work on - but just for me!! And tomorrow I have Race for Life - and then maybe more gardening!! So - right now - the world's alright with me!! 

Anyway - here is what we were working on today. 
We started by painting the three panels (Tando Creatives Wall Art) with Docrafts Artiste paints. I used Conifer Green, Lagoon and Sea Spray. We then used paint through stencils - this one is Crafter's Workshop TCW359 - Microbial. A little flourish stamp with more paint completed the background.
This particular wall art comes with the pieces for the tree - so the next job was to paint those too. This time I used Mocha and Chocolate Brown for the tree, the same three colours as above for the flowers, and a combination of Sea Spray, Mocha and Burnt Umber for the butterflies. I did a little stamping onto the tree branches (sorry don't know what the stamp was) with the Burnt Umber to add some texture, and added a little Treasure Gold in Onyxite along the edges. I used a little more on the lighter coloured flowers.
We used a little greyboard to make the hinges - I painted mine to match the wall art, and then affixed the trees, flowers and butterflies. This allows the piece to bend slightly so that it will stand up - rather than hanging on a wall. 

There are a couple of mistakes - the panels are a bit too far apart, and the tree should sit at the bottom of the panel - but I am rather pleased with the result - and it already has a place in the living room!! A good day's work!!

Take care,


  1. Carole, How did you do that background I absolutely love it, the colour tone is just gorgeous, such a creative piece. Joey xx

  2. WOW! This is amazing! Absolutely love those colours!! keeley


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