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Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as an outreach support worker, looking after my son, daughter, foster son and hubby. Not forgetting our gorgeous springer spaniel, Suzi.

Sunday 9 August 2015

Home Alone

Good afternoon bloggers. What is a girl to do when faced with being home alone. The chores are done and it can only mean one thing! Craft o'clock.

I decided to have a go at an altered book cover. This is something I have never tried before, I haven't attended any workshops so go easy on me! I was a little apprehensive as I am a rather impatient crafter and looming in the back of my mind was the fact that this could all turn into a rather gooey mess.


For this project I used:

Diamonds mask

Tim Holtz visual artistry stamps

Tim Holtz hand written thoughts

TCW Art is stencil

Dylusions ink - Crushed grape

Paperartsy Fresco paint

Grunge paste

Bits of broken jewellery

Treasured gold guilding wax

Various die cut cogs and flourishes



I don't have a huge collection of embellishments so I raided my jewellery box to find out any broken necklaces and bracelets and took them apart to put on my project. I do have a little box which I fill up with beer caps and other little treasures thay may come in handy. It's nice to say that I have finally put them to some use.



I would like to enter this into the following challenges: The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge Diamonds and

That's Crafty Challenge Purple Passion


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Happy crafting,


Clare x x x



  1. Fabulous! I do love the colours and gorgeous design and texture.
    Linda xxx

  2. Amazing cover Claire, if this is your first attempt, then carry on as you have a talent for doing this. Beautifully decorated and love the colour. Well done Hugs Jennifer xx

  3. Absolutely fabulous,ous Clare. Gorgeous design x

  4. this is an awesome project. are you sure you are new at this? xx

    1. Thank you Theresa. I have had a go at mixed media before but the book cover is a definite first! Still have lots to learn though! Thanks for visiting x x x

  5. This is stunning and I love that sentiment!! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  6. What a gorgeous cover. Love the mask and those colours are so bautiful.

    Hugs Abbs xx

  7. Fabulous and a worthy winner of the Craft Barn challenge.


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