Friday 2 August 2013

Double Trouble!

Good Morning Splodgers,

I hope you are all well today and getting ready for the weekend as its Friday!

Today we are lucky enough to be showcasing Carol and Zoe's fabolous work. They have both made bookmarks aswell!

Zoe has used the versatile 'Fantasy Fairy Stenskape' to produce this beautiful booktag.

"I have made a bookmark for me "Through the mask" sample! I used sheet music, then inked through the flower from the "Fantasy Fairy Stenskape" set using Distress inks, then once dry through the mask I used Maimeri Gloss Gel, once dry, lightly inked with black soot! I included a second more close up photo to show the sheen and dimension"

Thank you Zoe, I think this is beautiful x

Carol has also been busy creating another stunning bookmark using the 'Floral Border'.

"I have chosen to work on with a section of a mask and use the Gesso Squelch Technique which I so love. You can create so much texture with this technique. It is the first time I have attempted it THROUGH a mask but it worked really well all bar a few small areas where I was  a little over enthusiastic with pressing the sheets together!!!!!

I began by applying the Gesso over the mask and about a centimetre outside of my chosen area, using a spatula. The next step was to cover a similar sized are of blank card with a liberal coating of more Gesso. ( The thicker the Gesso the greater the texture). The mask was left on and the two pieces of card placed on top of each other, Gesso sides together, to sandwich the mask. A brayer was used over the top and run in all directions. The top card was then peeled away to leave a rippled effect, then the mask was removed. This area has no Gesso and is easy to highlight.

The next stage was to dry the Gesso on quite a high heat with a heat gun so that the Gesso bubbles and gives even more texture!
Finally the whole was coloured using distress inks in various shades and the textured and raised areas were given a highlight of cosmic shimmer. Loved trying this technique with the mask and hope you will have a go to. It's a very simple but I think quite an effective use of the masks. Hope you enjoyed seeing it."

Thank you Carol for a stunning showcase!!

Today also marks Holly turning 6 months, I honestly don't know where the time has gone. When she was born everybody told me to cherish every minute as it would fly by and I thought noooo it won' wrong was I!

To celebrate we are going to have a blog giveaway...all you need to do is follow the blog and leave a comment and a winner will be drawn on Monday. Tom is also having a facebook giveaway on SplodgeAway so get yourself over!!

Have a lovely weekend and thank you so much to Zoe and Carol for your amazing samples,

Susan x x


  1. How weird is that! Both doing bookmarks? Lol, fabulous technique Carol, love it xx

  2. Wow, she has grown up and how beautiful she still is!! Yes, time does fly with children when they are so young it doesn't get any slower either lol. I have 2 daughters, now 32 (on Sunday) & 16 (new relationship after 4 years as a single parent). Now a single parent again to the 16 yr old I wish I had paid more attention to both daughters younger life but both of their younger lives were quite different even though I lived as a single parent to both daughters. That's for another story though.
    My very warmest wishes for a very happy life for Holly & both you & Tom.
    Marg ;0

  3. Fantabulous projects ladies ....and sooo diferent from each other!
    Zoe your bookmark is gorjus. Love the pretty colours against the strong black musical notes!
    Carol your bookmark is fab- full of texture! Great technique which I have put on my list of 'to do's'
    Thanx for sharing ladies xxxx

  4. Lovely projects Zoe and Carol.
    Can't believe it's six months since Holly was born. My dad always said to enjoy every minute in a small childs life because it really is the best time in your life. My children are 42 and 40 now and yes, when I look back, their childhood was the best part of my life.
    Love Val x

  5. Two fantastic bookmarks and both so different. I love the gesso one and will be giving that technique a try so thanks for sharing.
    Holly is gorgeous and yes the time really does fly so make the most of every second, a week ago I was wondering where the last 28 years had gone as it was our eldest a birthday.
    I love your blog and although I don't comment often I am a follower and can often be found lurking

    Jackie x

    1. Hope you do have a go it's so easy, great fun and every creation is different too!!
      Carol xx

  6. Would you believe that it's the first time i have seen a picture of your beautiful daughter Holly. How time flies eh? I was in the shop this morning chatting (and buying) to Tom's mum about her. She told me about your blog so here I am. These bookmarks look gorgeous and such a good idea as I always use a torn piece of the newspaper to keep my place in my latest novel. How fantastic would one of these look. Pauline x

  7. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the masks - would luv chance to use more :)

  8. Fantastic masks make lovely bookmarks. Great projects.

  9. Great minds think alike ladies. Fabulous bookmarks and great techniques.x

  10. Wow she has grown cannot believe six months has passed by but you have a beautiful daughter Love Carole x

  11. Really lovely projects here.
    Holly is adorable, where has that time gone?!

  12. Awwww she is growing up so fast can not believe my daughter is 25 now seems like yesterday we celebrated her half a year birthday x

  13. have been off line for a week due to computer failure had to come to the blog for a craft fix. As usual great samples . Also Happy Half Birthday Holly

  14. Wow Love those projects, they have given me plenty of inspiration. Happy Half Birthday to your gorgeous cutie pie Holly, she is such a sweetie, so pretty and I bet that she is a Daddy's girl, most little girls are!.

    Hugs Jan xxx

  15. Fantastic blog ,gorgeous little girl and great comp thanks glad I found it

  16. what a cutie and fabulous samples of work.

  17. Holly is a little beauty, can't believe she's already 6months old!
    Fabulous samples from some very talented people. x

  18. she has grown so much. they dont stay small for long. make the most of the baby yaers. loving the new splodge masks. would love to win some x

  19. It doesn't seem like 2 minutes since we were all cheering you on for Holly's arrival! What a little darling she is, well worth waiting for. Loving the samples above, beautiful work. Thanks for the opportunity to win x

  20. Fab bookmarks from the girls, great work. Can't believe how quickly those 6mths have gone, Holly is a little beauty

  21. wow Holly has grown so fast and is a stunning girl such a credit to her parents xxx

    Luv Kerrie xx

  22. Wow! Great news and your little sweetie looks so cute.
    Fabulous artwork as always and thanks for the chance at the wonderful giveaway too.
    Fliss xx

  23. I can't believe that the time has flown by so fast. What a gorgeous little girl. Lovely samples and I must say that the splodgeaway mat has made such a difference to my ink blending
    Hugs from
    Chris x

  24. Happy Half Birthday Holly, you have grown so fast and you sure are a beautiful girl..... thanks for the chance to win some of your goodies..... x

  25. Brill Zoe!!! Great minds think alike super bookmark !! XX

  26. I have been following the blog for several months and just love your creations. Would love to have the chance to win the goodies and play play play. Thanks

  27. Gosh, that is a quick 6 months. All the best to you with Holly and the continued success of Splodgeaway. Shame you're not at Stoneleigh next weekend.
    Thanks for the chance to win some goodies. x

  28. love the samples lady's, very pretty.
    cant believe its been 6 months since you brought you beautiful daughter home xx

  29. Fab bookmarks are gorgeous photo's - six months already! How time flies! xx

  30. Loving the bookmarks.... cant believe you both had same ideas but sooo different. love the glossy medium , might have to buy some :)