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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, I forgot to schedule this post so I'm a day late. I always seem to be late these days, life is just far too hectic isn't it? Today I'm sharing a shabby chic card for our 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Polkadoodles. As always we've got a lovely prize from the Polkadoodles Shop for our lucky winner and there is loads of inspiration from my teamies too. Nikky has launched a super cute new digi collection featuring Helga the adorable hippo too so if you've got a minute pop over and have a peek.


The DT were challenged to use die cuts for this weeks project and with so many gorgeous new dies available from Polkadoodles choosing my dies was the real challenge lol.  I've used papers, stamps and dies from the Belle Papillon Papercrafting Kit and added some flowers from the Bella Fleur Paper craft Kit to make this shabby chic card. I've added lace,ribbon and a little button from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Making Memories: Anything goes
Paper Shelter: ribbon and/or lace

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning folks, how's your weekend going? It's very grey, damp and cold here so apart from dog walking duties, I'll be bunkered up in my craft room playing. My project today is for our 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes' challenge over at We Love 2 Create. You don't have to use our products to play along and we've got some lovely crafty goodies lined up for our lucky winner thanks to the generous people at Premium Craft Brands!!


As I've had some time off work I decided to have a play in my art journal and followed the free lesson from Life Book 2016 'Happy Traveller' from Tam Laporte at Willowing Art. I really enjoyed it, such fun and so relaxing. I'd love to do this years Life Book but with work being so busy I don't think I'd have time. Hopefully things will be better next year and I'll have more time to play. Anyway I won't go into all the details as I just kind of followed Tam's lesson, using lots of different products including of course my beloved PanPastels. I can't add links to the colours I used as I can't remember my log in details to the thumblinky lol so here's a list: Skin: Burnt Sienna Shade, Orange Tint, Burnt Sienna Tint, Permanent Red Tint. Hair: Black Coarse Pearl Medium, White Coarse PEarl Medium, Magenta Extra Dark, Magenta Shade.


I also used Pewter, Violet, Phthalo Blue and Black fine pearl Medium for the background with some stencilling using a Dutch Doobadoo stars stencil.

I also used brushos, acrylic paints and lyra pencils.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge: v for violet
Crafty Awesomeness: Anything goes
Creates and Makes: Anything goes
Creative Artiste: Mixed Media
That's Crafty: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon

Claire xx

Friday, 6 January 2017

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Good morning folks, we've got a brand new challenge starting at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge and this time around we're sponsored by Polkadoodles! We've got lots of lovely talented new teamies and some exciting changes so pop over to the challenge blog and find out all the details. You can use any colouring medium to play along so I hope you're going to join in the fun!


I've used papers, stamps, embellishments and some of the fab new dies from Polkadoodles to make this card. I've mixed up the Bella Fleur Paper Craft Kit with the Belle Papillon Kit and coloured the images with Graph'It Markers.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Country View Crafts: anything goes
Get Creative: anything goes
Love to Scrap: anything goes
Ooh La La: feminine

I've added ribbon and pearls to finish off,
Thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, it's challenge time over at Polkadoodles and as always we've got a fabulous prize from the Polkadoodles shop for our lucky winner and lots of inspiration from my lovely teamies too!


I love all Nikky's gorgeous collections but I nearly always colour an image for my cards so my something new is using elements from the fabulous new collection Belle Papillon to make this card. It was so quick and easy as I resized one of the pretty vintage tags, cut out some bunting and embellies and added a little bling, ribbon and a paper rose.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations: Anything goes
Crafting by Designs: Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments: Something new
Inspiration Destination: Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: Something new

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Floral notes from Chocolate Baroque

Hello folks, my second post today and this one features the beautiful Floral Notes stamps from Chocolate Baroque. A lovely set of beautiful floral stamps, perfect if you need a break from Christmas cards!


I stamped the images using black archival ink, using second and third generation stamping to give some depth. I then created a background using distress inks in shades of blue and green. Once that was dry I coloured the flowers with Lyra pencils and stamped the sentiment which is also from Floral Notes. I distressed the image and layered it up over white and then blue card and added a shabby bow topped with a pretty wooden button.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks: distressing
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Crafty Catz: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesdays: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, a quick post to share my DT project for our Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles. As always our lucky winner will receive a fabulous prize from the Polkadoodles shop and Top 3 honours will be up for grabs too. The DT were challenged to create a project with a theme of traditional Christmas and I made this card using the lovely Winnie Winterland collection.


I've made a quick card using the fabulous design sheets from Winnie Winterland, just adding ribbon, lace a charm and of course some glitter! 

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons: Christmas
Creative Knockouts: Winter wonderland/festive fun
Crimbo Crackers: Animals
Inky Chicks: Christmas in traditional colours
Southern Girls: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday, 9 December 2016

All Dressed Up at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Good morning folks, we've got a new challenge over at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge and our theme  is Anything Goes. Our lucky winner will receive a prize from All Dressed Up and I was lucky enough to be able to colour this adorable image from our sponsor this week.


The image is called Little Angel and of course I coloured her with my Graph'It Markers. You can find a full list of the colours I used over on the challenge blog. I created a border around the image with some of the lovely stamps from Polkadoodles Stamp Soup collection.


I added lace and bow topped with a little wooden button to finish off. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments: Anything goes
Creative Moments: anything goes
Dream Valley: Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas: Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy: Christmas/Winter holiday

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Blue Christmas or Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks it's inspiration week over at Polkadoodles and our challenge theme is 'Anything Goes'. There is a fab prize from Polkadoodles for our lucky winner and Top 3 honours up for grabs too,  The DT have been challenged to create a project with the theme of 'Blue Christmas' and my teamies have created some stunning projects so pop over and have a peek if you've got time.


I've made this card using the adorable Winnie, this image is called Bearing Gifts and you can get it as a digi stamp here or treat yourself and buy the full collection here.  I coloured Winnie with Lyra pencils. I die cut the image using my favourite Bubblicious frames die and added some distress ink and frantage powder. The background and sentiment were made using stamps from the Red Red Robin Stamp Soup collection.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes
A Snoflake promise: Anything goes
Christmas with the cuties: anything cute and Christmassy goes
Colour Inspiration Monday: anything goes with a coloured image
Cutie Pie: cute plus no  designer paper
Lemon Shortbread: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Mica tags from Chocolate Baroque

Good morninf folks, today's project features the beautiful new stamps Floral Notes from Chocolate Baroque. I love Christmas crafting but these new stamps are perfect if, like me you fancy a change from making all those Christmas cards.


I took some black tags and used a sticky embossing powder that I've had forever, I wasn't sure if it had gone off so I put it to the test, stamping with versamark and applying the powder before heating. Once I'd heated the powder I applied mica powders with a small brush. I heat embossed the sentiments and applied some gilding wax around the edges of the tags and added some rainbow ribbon to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafting Musketeers: anything goes
Crafty Enjoyments: anything goes
Stamping Sensations: floral fancies

Well I'd better get back to those Christmas cards now lol. If you a minute do pop over to the Chocolate Baroque DT blog as my teamies have got lots of beautiful inspiration for you
Claire xx

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Anything Goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning my lovelies, well Christmas is getting nearer so for our new challenge over at We Love 2 Create I've made another Christmas card using my PanPastels. You can make whatever you like though as our theme is 'Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes'. We've got some lovely crafty stash for our lucky winners thanks to our sponsors Premium Craft Brands and you don't even have to use our products to enter!


I stamped the little scene using some of my favourite Andy Skinner stamps and then coloured the scene using my Pans (you can find links to the colours used at the end of the post.


The sentiment is a stamp from Chocolate Baroque, stamped in black. I didn't add any ribbon or embellies to this one, just lots of glitter but you can't see that in the pic.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge:  T is for trees
Fab'n'Funky: Christmas
Kitty Bee Designs:  Christmas


Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday, 2 December 2016

Anything Christmas at Eclectic Ellapu

Hello my lovelies, I'm running very late with this post as I totally forgot to publish it. After months of chaos at work we had our quality visit yesterday so this week has been a bit of a whirlwind. Everything went well though so hopefully now things will settle down and I'll finally manage to be a bit more organised lol. Anyway, it's the launch of our new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu and the pink team's theme this month is Anything Christmas so you can make a card, a home decor project or perhaps a pressie for someone! 


I've made a card using one of my favourite stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque, New England Winter. I began by stamping the little cottage and colouring it with Lyra pencils. I then stamped in the boughs using a mixture of green and brown memento ink. I masked the cottage and the moon and then inked in the sky using brushes and shades of blue distress inks. I tore a mask to ink in the hills. Once all the inking was done I removed the masks and added a little sparkle to the moon with a silver Graph'It shake pen and added some glamour dust  to the hills and house for a frost sparkle. I decorate the trees with Halo Silver glitter which is soooooo pretty and sparkly but very hard to catch with my dubious photography skills lol.


I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Craft Rocket: winter time
Moving along with the times: anything goes with Christmas
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Through the purple haze: winter/Christmas colours

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Friday, 25 November 2016

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Good morning folks, we've got an Anything Goes theme over at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge so I hope you're going to play along with us for a chance to win a prize from our lovely sponsor Oddball Art! You can use any colouring medium to enter so dig out those pens/pencils or whatever you fancy and join in the fun!


I've used one of the cute images from our sponsor for this card. I coloured her with my Graph'It markers (you can find a full list of colours used over on the challenge blog) and doodled a border around the image. I used a silver Graph'It shake pen for her specs and added a scrap of ribbon and some sequins to finish off.


I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore: Anything goes
Craft your Passion: anything goes
Lemon Shortbread: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Chocolate Baroque Robin

Good morning folks, it's my turn to share a project with the fabulous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque. This card features Mr Robin, I adore robins and mince pies so this stamp is going to be one of my all time favourites.


I stamped the image and coloured it with Lyra Polycolour Pencils. I inked around the image using distress inks (Pine Needles and Festive Berries) and then added a little distressing with Gathered Twigs. I stamped and embossed a holly border using one of the little stamps from Family Christmas with versamark ink and used a chunky embossing powder, and then added a sprinkle of gold frantage powder. I stamped the sentiment and added a bow topped with a little button and some twine to finish the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

52 Christmas Card Throwdown: Old Fashioned Christmas
Aud Sentiments: Anything goes with a sentiment
Penny Black and More: Anything Christmas
Simon Says Stamp: Christmas Critters
The Pencil Case: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes at We love 2 Create

Good morning folks, it's time for a new challenge over at We Love 2 Create and as always it's nice and easy to play along as our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes'. You don't have to use our products to enter and we've got some lovely crafty goodies waiting for our lucky winner thanks to Premium Craft Brands!!


I've made a little canvas using my PanPastels and some of the gorgeous Stamp Soup stamps from Polkadoodles. I began by applying Bright Yellow Green and shade to my canvas, I then spritzed with a little lime and turquoise dylusions ink and left it to dry. Once it was dry I splattered here and there with acrylic paint. The flowers are made using stamps from the festive Christmas collection, you can find them here. I coloured the images with PanPastels and then used glossy accents to adhere the image to a microscope slide. Once that was dry I edged it with silver embossing powder and stuck it to my canvas. I added some sparkly gems and die cut letters that I'd coloured with Pewter Metallic PanPastel.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafty Friends: flowers
Crafting with Friends: anything goes
Creative Corner: Anything goes
Moving along with the times: number/letter dies
Simply Papercraft: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx





Friday, 18 November 2016

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, it's challenge time over at Polkadoodles and our theme is 'Anything Goes'. Our lucky winner will receive a voucher to spend at Polkadoodles store and you don't even have to use our products to play along!


As always the DT were given a twist to the challenge and this time its was to make anything other than a card so I've made a little wallhanging using lots of Polkadoodles stamps and dies. I've kept the colour palette neutral using plain white card and some white glitter card. I've used lots of kraft card and used Sepia Versafine ink for the stamping.

I distressed some polkadot embossed white card  with gathered twigs distress ink and layered it up on kraft card, then I added a layer of corrugated kraft card and applied some texture paste through a brick stencil. While that was drying I stamped the Christmas tree, garland, holly sprig and sentiment using Sepia Versafine ink, I cut them out and added lots of glitter. I used a mix of stamps from Red Red Robin and O Christmas Tree. I also die cut lots of elements using Polkadoodles Dies: Door/Window, Ribbon Gift Frames/Corners, Elegant Lamplight and Gate, Cherry Blossom Branch/Tree and Bubblicious Frames. I distressed the die cuts with Gathered Twigs distress ink and added glitter, pearls and gems and then assembled my little winter scene. I used white cosmic shimmer glue and glamour dust to create some snow along the base of the tree, fence and door. 

I finished the project off with some seambinding ribbon, pompom trim and a little wooden star with a twine bow.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: S for stars
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: anything goes Christmas
CRAFT: Christmas
Live and Love Crafts: white Christmas
Winter Wonderland: poinsettias or snow is falling


Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

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