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Friday, 12 February 2016

Lucky Green at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, we've got a new challenge over at Polkadoodles and for the next two weeks our theme is 'Lucky Green' so its a great chance to start thinking about those Spring themed projects to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous Polkadoodles Prize! As always my teamies have created some gorgeous projects to inspire you so if you've got a min pop over and have a look!


I've used lots of elements from the fabulous new Polkadoodles collection 'Sticks and Bones' which you can find here as a CD or here as a download, the paper, image, sentiment flowers and leaves are all printed from the CD. I've just added some Doodle Dewdrops, some green card to mat and layer and another scrap of green card that I'd embossed with my trusty old cuttlebug. I've distressed everything with Shabby Shutters distress ink and popped some green pearls in the corners to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore: use a digi or stamp
Craft your passion: anything goes
Use your stuff: embossing folders

I'd better get my skates on or I'll be late for work so have a great day and thanks so much for visiting today. Hope to see you again soon
Claire xx



Thursday, 11 February 2016

New stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Hello my lovelies, how's your week going? As usual I'm counting down to the weekend to escape from work, goodness me we're so busy these days I don't seem to have a minute which does keep me out of mischief but also unfortunately keeps me out of my craft room lol. I have managed to have a play with some gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque and created this card using the beautiful Flora Musica


, I've coloured the image with Graph'It markers and as I didn't have an oval die to fit I went for it and cut it out. It was a wee bit wonky but I dusted on a little Black Soot distress ink and distressed with a craft knife. I drew round the image on black card and cut that out too,  I create the background with Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany distress inks applied to my craft mat, misted with water and then swooshed the card through a few times. Once that was dry I stamped with some of the stamps from Music Fanfare and again distressed the edges before mounting on black card. To finish off I've added some faux gold pearls in the corners, a shabby red seambinding bow and a brass button from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: use a love sentiment
Card Mania: add some red
Cardz 4 Galz: Fantastic Florals
Craft Rocket: Valentine/Love
Crafts and Me: use reds/ valentines
Through the Purple Haze: Share some love

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 8 February 2016

Lily Bug Love

Good morning, Monday already so I'm heading off to work but before I go I though I'd share a card made using the gorgeous Lily Bug  Love Collection (available as a download here or on CD here). The lovely Nikky Hall has outdone herself with this collection, the images are gorgeous and the papers are really lush! I couldn't decide which papers to use for this card so I just went for it and punched loads of borders with my favourite MS punch and layered them up inside the aperture I'd cut out of this card.


The image has been coloured with Lyra pencils, I think I need to work on my skin colours as she looks a wee bit tangoed lol. I cut her out and stuck her into the aperture before attaching the background. I cut the sentiment out, layered it up over a scrap of the leftover border background  and layered it up with 3d foam pads.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafting-With-Friends Anything goes
Let's Color Saturday Linky Party : Something coloured/hearts
Quick Quotes: Scraps of paper
The Pencil Case: L is for love is all around
The Stamping Boutique: Die cuts/punches
Wags 'n Whiskers: with love

Thanks so much for visiting today, 
Claire xx

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Inspiration time at We Love 2 Create

Good morning folks, my project this morning is a memory box designed for our inspiration post over at We Love 2 Create. You've still got a week to enter our latest challenge which is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes' and our lucky winner will be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous crafty goodies from Premium Craft Brands! You don't have to use our products to play along either. As always my teamies have created some really beautiful projects so if you have time pop over to the challenge blog to check them out.


I began by covering my box with old dictionary paper. I added some stamping using this beautiful 'Jane' stamp from Indigo Blu. Next came some decoupage using bits left over from one of the lovely 6x6 Indigo Paper pads. Then I stencilled the roses using Fine texture paste and once that was dry I added some colour with PanPastels. I spritzed here and there with rose and brown mica sprays and added some more PanPastel, this time in Copper applied through a small flower stencil from Indigo Blu. Next I splashed on some brown paint and diluted a little paint to create a wash to add some shadows here and there.


I stencilled the edges of the box with versamark and dusted on Rich Gold PanPastel before adding some lace and pretty pink trim.


Last but no least I stamped the words 'precious memories' using stamps from the Indigo Blu Circus Alphabet with versamark on tissue paper and embossed with gold EP. I tore them out and attached to the box with Slap it on matte medium. To finish off I added some distressing using Burnt Sienna Shade PanPastel and added a pink bow topped with a resin rose and a little clock face charm.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Country View Crafts: make your own background
Frillie and Funky: enjoy your embossing
Indigo Blu: Anything goes
Live and Love Crafts: love is in the air
Moving along with the times: things with wings
Really Reasonable Ribbon: anything goes with ribbon/trim
Stamps and Stencils: Splatter, spritz and smoosh
Through the purple haze: things with wings

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx


Friday, 5 February 2016

Pink and White at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning (again), my second post of the day and this one is my DT card for our 'pink and White' challenge over at Graph'It Colouring Challenge. This time around we're sponsored by Polkadoodles so one lucky winner will receive a fab prize from the lovely Nikky and we've also got some Graph'It goodies up for grabs from Cult Pens too.


I've used one of the supercute digistamps from the brand new Sticks and Bones collection from Polkadoodles, I love this digistamps, they are such fun to colour. You can find a full list of all the colours I've used over on the challenge blog, I've also given her lots of added sparkle using my Gold Graph'It Shake pen. I created the background with distress inks and added some pearls and a bit of frantage around the edges.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs: anything goes
Cute Card Thursday: in the pink
Just keep on crafting: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes

Thanks so  much for visiting today
Claire xx

Love and Romance Inspiration at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, my first post this morning and we've got some inspiration for our Love and Romance Challenge over at Polkadoodles today! Not long until Valentine's day so its a good chance to get those special cards made. As always our lucky winner will receive a fabulous prize and Top 3 honours are up for grabs too. I've used one of the gorgeous digistamps and soe of the fab precoloured embellies from the brand new Sticks and Bones collection (you can find it here as a CD or here as a download)


The photo is a bit dark, the joys of trying to take pics after work lol. At least its light when I leave work now even if it doesn't last long as I was starting to feel like a bat. I've printed out the the elements and coloured the image with my Lyra Pencils.


I cut all the elements out and layered them up on some cream cardstock. Next I cut that out to create a shaped card, the only slight problem being that it wouldn't stand up oooops! Necessity is the mother of invention or so they say so I had a think and added a layer of acetate under the front of the card and voila, it stands up perfectly :-)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore: use a stamp or a digi
Craft Rocket: Valentine/love
Creative Moments: Anything goes (twist Love/Romance)
Creative Knockouts: love is in the air
Simon Says Stamp: have a heart

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 1 February 2016

Love Actually at Eclectic Ellapu

Good morning folks, our theme this month at Eclectic Ellapu is 'Love Actually', my teamies have loads of inspiration for you and Valentine's Day is nearly here so I hope you're going to play along with our fun challenge.


I've made a canvas using lots of different techniques. I created lots of texture on the canvas using texture paste and stencils, once that was dry I applied matte medium and added a pretty paper napkin to create my background. The napkin had been overstamped using stamps from Chocolate Baroque 'Parfum de Paris' and Potting Soil Archival Ink. I added another layer of matte gel medium over the napkin to seal it to the textured backgroud. While it was wet I sprinkled on some Aged Gold Frantage powder and heated. Once that was all dry I dry brushed with a little cream paint and added some gilding wax to the edges. Here's another pic, the colours are a little more lifelike in this one:


I painted the chipboard letters cream and stamped with a background stamp from Parfum de Paris using Worn Lipstick distress ink. I edged the letters with gold gilding wax and applied a thick layer of rock candy crackle paint.

The butterflies are from Chocolate Baroque's Butterfly Daisy Collage, stamped on cream card with versamark and embossed with gold EP before painting with a little Worn Lipstick distress ink.


To finish off I've added pink braid around the edge of the canvas and glued a crystal drawer knob to the top. I added a seam binding bow (coloured with more Worn Lipstick) and a pretty charm and a paper flower.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: anything but a card
Allsorts: bring on the bling
Aud Sentiments: anything goes
Crafting with friends: anything goes
Fantasy Stampers: love is in the air
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Southern Girls: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Splatters and Drips at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning folks, we've got a new challenge starting at Vintage Stamping Challenges and our theme for February is 'Splatters and Drips'. We're a stamping challenge so make sure you ink up those rubber/clear stamps to play along (no digis allowed) and our lucky winner will receive a generous $20 voucher to spend at Flonzcraft!


I struggled a bit with this theme for some reason although I do love messy crafting. This was my last attempt lol. I began by stamping the focal images from the Flonzcraft stamp set 'Sweet Bird of Love' with versamark and embossing with Gold EP on cream card that I'd die cut. I then sprayed lots of glimmer mist over the embossing and let it drip down the cardstock.. Next I added some splatters of brown Tattered Angels glitter paint and left it to dry.


I used the same brown paint to give the birds a little definition and then added some stencilling with an Indigo Blu stencil and some gathered twigs distress ink. 
To finish off I've added a seambinding bow topped with a brass flower and a pretty bead and a brass bird charm.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Friends: animals/birds
Cut it up: love is in the air
My time to craft: love is all around
Sweet Stampin: Valentine
Wags'n'Whiskers: with love

Thanks so much for popping by today
Claire xx

Sunday, 31 January 2016

A new challenge at We Love 2 Create

Good morning folks, my project today is for our new challenge over at We Love 2 Create and as usual our theme is 'Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes' so lots of scope for you to play along and be in with a chance of winning some lovely crafty goodies from Premium Craft Brands!!


I've made an MDF heart using lots of my favourite goodies. I'd actually started this heart ages ago and it had gone horribly wrong so I gave it a coat of white gesso and mixed in a little Magenta Extra Dark PanPastel. This is one of my favourite PanPastel colours as its a lovely dark colour but blends to create a subtle pink. I also dusted over some White Coarse PanPastel Medium for some sparkle.


I coloured some Dutch Doobadoo Honeycomb with Pewter PanPastel and added some scraps of lace and paper flowers dusted with silver glitter. 


I made the butterfly by applying versamark to a Stampbord domino and adding more Magenta Extra Dark.. I embossed the word Fly (using Indigo Blu alphabet stamps) with silver EP and added some pearl trim to the bottom. The wings were made with Clearly for Art white film, love this stuff as you can shape it when its warm. It works beautifully with Pans too which actually surprised me as its a very smooth surface. I stamped the Indigo Blu Butterfly stamp with versamark and applied my Magenta Extra Dark PanPastel before cutting the wings our and attaching one to each side of the stampbord. I added some little gems and a ribbon for the butterflies antennae.

To finish off I popped seambinding bow and a paper flower at the top of the heart.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Bring on the bling
Brown Sugar: Anything goes
Frillie and Funky: enjoy your embossing
Through the Purple Haze: Things with wings

Thanks for popping by, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx



Friday, 29 January 2016

Lace and Pearls at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning folks, its challenge time over at Graph'It Colouring Challenge and this time around our theme is 'Lace and Pearls' so its a nice easy one to play along. We've got some great prizes up for grabs too, Graph'It goodies from Cult Pens and some gorgeous digis from Oddball Art too! I've used a fab image from Oddball Art for my DT project, she's called Bella and you can find her here, she comes with some really fun sentiments too!

I've coloured Bella with my Graph'It Markers, you can find a full list of colour used over on the challenge blog. 


I've added one of the sentiments that comes with the image and popped the image on a navy blue card blank. I've kept the card layout fairly clean and simple, punching a border along the bottom of the card and just adding some navy blue lace and some faux pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create: anything goes
Crafts and Me: Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore: anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers: punches/dies
Lemon Shortbread: Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown: anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy: new to you (new image)

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Spring Garden from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks my first post of today is a  Spring themed card using the beautiful new release stamp 'Walled Garden' and one of my old favourite sets  called Glorious Spring from Chocolate Baroque.The winter seems to have been very grey and wet so I thought it was time for a reminder that Spring isn't too far away (hopefully)



I began by stamping and masking the primroses from Glorious Spring on watercolour card. Next I stamped the Walled Garden and then the two rabbit stamps, I didn't bother to mask the Walled Garden stamp. Next I inked the sky using Tumbled Glass and Broken China distress inks applied with an ink blending tool. To create the clouds, I used a very wet paintbrush to create some cloud shapes in the sky. I left the water for a minute and then blotted with kitchen roll. I coloured the images with distress inks and inked around the edges with brown ink. The sky looked a little blank so I stamped the sentiment (again from Glorious Spring) in the cloudy sky.

I matted the image on kraft card and added a bow, paper flower and a filigree corner from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
 Creative Craft Crew: Anything goes
Inspiration Destination: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet: Anything goes
Ooh La La: In the country
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesdays: Anything goes

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning, I've been missing from blogland a wee bit lately as I had to have my beautiful fur baby Benji put to sleep so its been a very sad time here although its hard to be sad for long when you've got a bouncy labrador to keep your spirits up. My project today is for our inspiration post over at We Love 2 Create and as usual we just want to see you let your creativity run wild so our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes'. As always our lucky winner will receive a gorgeous crafty prize from our sponsors Premium Craft Brands,


My project is a little box made using Stampbord and PanPastels. I can't take the credit for this design as I've seen one somewhere in blogland although I can't remember where and been meaning to make one for ages.

The box and lid are made from 2" stampbord squares that I'd coloured with PanPastels, stamped with one of my favourite stamps from the Premium Craft Brands 'Roses' stamp set. I coloured the images with Graph'it Markers and used Stampbord tools to scratch some highlights. I also stamped the top with the leafy background stamp from the 'Stop' Stamp set using versamark ink and applied more green PanPastel over the top. I glued the box together with strong PVA glue and once it was try added some Light Modelling Paste to the corners. I used gilding wax around the edges and added some pearl trim to the lid. The lid was also decorated with moss, beads and little faux berries.


Here's another pic, I was really pleased with the way my Graph'It Markers blend on the Stampbord


The base was made using the same leafy background stamp, I used a Stampbord coaster and a 2" square and then made a column using 1" stampbord squares (rotating each one a little) and plenty of glue. I've added more moss, berries a red gingham bow and a little daisy from my stash.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons: fabulous flowers
Creative Fingers: anything goes
Inky Chicks: Anything goes
Not just cards: anything goes
Sweet Stamps: anything goes
Wags'n'Whiskers: anything goes

Thanks so much for popping by, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday, 15 January 2016

Winter Birthday at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, its challenge time over at Polkadoodles and our theme is 'Winter Birthday'! As always my lovely teamies have got loads of inspiration for you and we've got a fabby prize for our lucky winner too so pop over to the challenge blog for all the details.



I've used a cool colour palette to create this winter birthday card. I've used papers and embellies from the fabulous Octavia Frosted Winter Collection (available as a CD here or a download here) and combined them with one of the beautiful images from the Serenity Collection (you can get the full collection here or the image 'Serenity Blossom' as a digi here) The image is coloured with Lyra pencils and I've added some silver glitter for a little frosty sparkle.



All the papers have been distressed with a craft knife and Iced Spruce distress ink and I've added lace, ribbon , a button, a tiny silver charm and some gems from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: Anything goes/winter blues
Creative Fingers: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes
Southern Girls: one for the girls
Wags'n'Whiskers: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

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