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Friday, 22 May 2015

Girly but no pink at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, its time for a new challenge over at Polkadoodles and this time around our theme is 'Girly but no pink' . As ever there are some gorgeous prizes up for grabs and lots of inspiration from my lovely teamies too. I decided to go for a purple/lilac colour palette but my camera really doesn't like purple for some reason lol.


I've used this gorgeous image from the Octavia Moonfly Collection (available as a download here or as a cd here) , you can also buy her as an individual digis stamp 'Octavia Moonfly Washing Day'. I've coloured her with my Graph'It markers and just added some ribbon, gems and a pretty rose button from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore: anything goes
Digi Choosday: add a bow
Dream Valley: things with wings
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes
Sisters of Craft: anything goes
Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

All sewn up from Chocolate Baroque

Good evening folks, pesky blogger isn't playing nicely with my scheduled posts these days but hey ho such is life. This month the new release stamps at Chocolate Baroque have a sewing theme, one of my favourite! You can find all the new releases here.


I've made a tussie mussie by stamping lots of the smaller stamps on cream card and adding lots of lace, some ribbon and a pretty tassel. I've filled the tussie mussie with stuffing for soft toys and coved it with some tulle (no sewing involved lol, I just used a little glue).

I stamped the dress form, flower and lacey border on cream card using tea dye and victorian  velvet distress ink before cutting them out and popping them in my tussie mussie.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Be Crafty and Create: anything goes
Crafty Time: Anything new (new stamps)
Decorate to Celebrate: anything goes
In the pink: Stitching real or faux (on the ribbon)
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes


Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Playing with stampbord

Good morning folks, its inspiration week at Love2Create with Premium Craft Brands and as always we've got a nice easy theme for you. Its anything creative/mixed media goes and our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous goodies from Premium Craft Brands so you don't want to miss out on your chance to win!!

For my DT project, i've been playing with stampbord and made a bag charm and a keyring.

To make the butterfly bag charm I coloured a stampbord domino with PanPastels in shades of turquoise, phthalo blue, phalo green and then stamped the butterfly from the Premium Craft Brands Postcard stamp set using black archival ink. I used my stampbord tools to scratch highlights into the butterfly and then dusted over a little turquoise PanPastel. I punched a hole with my cropodile and then triple embossed the stampbord with clear UTEE. I applied a layer of maimeri glassy gel around the edges to adhere some clear microbeads although they dont show up too well in the photo.

The key ring was made with a Stampbord square, I stamped the flowers from 'Roses' Premium Craft Brands stamp set and watercoloured with my PanPastels. I added some Coarse White Pearl Medium in Black and again used my tools to scratch some highlights. I used glassy gel again to adhere red microbeads around the edge.

I'm entering these in the following challenges:
Crafting from the heart: anything goes
Dream Valley: things with wings
Not just cards: anything goes
Sparkle'n'sprinkle: anything goes with glitter.embossing powder or flock
Stempelsonnen: anything goes
Sweet stamps: anything goes
Thanks so much for visiting today
hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Old Favourites at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Good morning my lovelies, its time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and our theme this time around is 'Old Favourites' so we want you to use your old favourite stamps! We've got a fab prize up for grabs, our lucky winner will receive a $20 voucher from our lovely sponsors Flonzcraft. Don't forget though, we're a stamping challenge so you have to use rubber/clear stamps to enter, no digi stamps allowed!

For my DT project, I've altered a bottle and used some of my old favourite stamps, the stamps used are from Butterfly Poppy Collage, an a4 stamp set from Chocolate Baroque.



I began by coating my bottle with Maimeri Matte Gel Medium, once that was dry I applied Rock Candy Crackle paint and left it to dry.I coloured the crackled bottle with alcohol inks and applied silver gilding wax to the edges. I gave it all another coat of Maimeri Matte Gel and while it was wet sprinkled on some glamour dust.

I die cut loads of flowers from crinoline fabric and some white polkadot tulle. I coloured the fabric with distress reinkers and layered them up, adding buttons in the centres. I used ribbon around the top and added some pearl trim.


The butterflies were stamped on acetate with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I stuck the butterflies on double sided adhesive sheet and then glittered the back before cutting them out and attaching them with silicone glue.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Allsorts: no squares allowed
Crafty Cardmakers: make your own  background
Decorate to Celebrate: anything goes
Deep Ocean: flowers
Retro Rubber: May flowers

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

Friday, 15 May 2015

Twiggy and Toots from Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, today's card is for our new challenge at Polkadoodles where our theme is 'things with Wings'. I've used this adorable image called Hat's off, you can find her here as a digi or the full collection is available here.


I coloured the image with my Graph'It markers, distressed the edges and layered her up on some green card. I've added some of the pretty butterflies, ribbon and a sentiment from the CD, layering the sentiment on a spellbinders die cut. I've added some little gems, lace and paper flowers to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft your passion: anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner: may flowers
Deep Ocean: flowers
Dream Valley: things with wings
Southern Girls: animal crackers
Whoopsi daisy: things with wings

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 11 May 2015

Dressmakers Window from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, have you seen this month's new releases from Chocolate Baroque? As always there are some stunning new stamps, two A5 stamp sheets with a sewing theme and some gorgeous clear stamps too. I've used this lovely (and very useful) Dressmakers window stamp for this card (you can find it here)

I began by creating a background using a Crafters Workshop Brick Stencil and texture paste. Once that was dry I applied colour with PanPastels (Neutral grey tint, Burnt Sienna and a little Raw Umber). To create the window I  stamped the image onto black card with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder before cutting out the window panels. I then stamped and embossed the image onto acetate with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I created the little scene using my PanPastels and some old favourite stamps from Home Sweet Home and added a little colour to the cottages with coloured pencils. I layered the window up over the scene using 3d foam tape and then added ribbon, lace, paper flowers and a wooden button topped with a twine bow.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Challenge up your life: clear element
Chocolate Coffee and Cards: spring has sprung
Fab'n'Funky: May flowers
Fussy and Fancy: lots of flowers
Simon Says Stamp: lets get sentimental
Stamping Sensations: flower power

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

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Anything creative goes at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, todays project is for our 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes' at We love 2 Create with Premium Craft Brands. I had loads of fun creating this project

I began by applying texture paste through a Dutch Doobadoo Chicken Wire stencil to my canvas, once that was dry I distressed with Burnt Sienna Shade PanPastel. I played with my Pearlescent PanPastels, colouring up stampbord inchies and then stamping with some of the gorgeous stamps from Premium Craft Brands (you can find links to all the goodies I've used at the end of this post)

I used the inches to create a frame for a piece of a pretty floral napkin that I decoupaged with Maimeri Matte Medium. I added some pretty pearl trim around the frame.


Next I coloured up a load of die cut flowers and leaves and added them to the project, popping pearls in the centres. I stamped and embossed the butterfly stamp from Postcard several times on acetate and had a bit of a happy accident, I used White Pearl WOW EP instead of the opaque white. It looked a bit wishy washy but I found it really picked up the colour of my pearl pans beautifully.
I punched some holes with my cropodile and used seam binding ribbon to hang the project up.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Allsorts: more than two die cuts
A Vintage Journey: spring colours
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Fab'n'Funky: may flowers
Fussy and Fancy: lots of flowers
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
STAMPlorations: stamps and leaves

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 8 May 2015

Anything square at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning, its challenge time at Graph'It Colouring Challenge and this time around our theme is 'anything square' sponsored by Oddball Art and also our regular sponsors Premium Craft Brands so there are some fab prizes up for grabs!! You don't have to use Graph'It Markers to enter either, any colouring medium will do. I've used this gorgeous  image Sweet Sai the Fairy from Oddball Art for my DT card


You can find a full list of the colours i've used over on the Challenge blog. I love this image, she is adorable isn't she? I've created a dotty background using the same colours and added some stamping with some of the lovely little stamps from 'Postcard' from Premium Craft Brands and memento inks.


I've used freebie backing papers,distressed with a little tea dye distress ink and a craft knife. I've added lots of paper flowers, ribbon, lace, pearls and twine to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Creative Knockouts: distressing
Deep Ocean: flowers
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes

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





Tuesday, 5 May 2015

New stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning, I hope you're having a lovely crafty weekend. My card today features some of this months new stamps from Chocolate Baroque called Floral Mannequin which you can find here.


I've created a background by collage stamping the stamps from Parfum de Paris with Memento Tuxedo Black in on white card, using both first and second generation stamping. I then stamped the stand from the smaller dress form on this set. I stamped the floral mannequin and coloured with distress markers before cutting out and inking around the edges with Black soot Distress ink. I used 3d foam pads to attach the floral mannequin to give it some depth. I used a black fineliner pen to add faux stitching around the card. I popped some little pearls in the corners and added lace, ribbon and a crystal button to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Corrosive Challenges: hip to be square
Craft your passion: anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore: Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers: make your own background
Get Creative: for the ladies
Glitter 'n'Sparkle: anything goes
Ribbon Girls: ladies or mum

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Shabby Chic at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Hello folks, its time for a new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges and this month our theme is 'Shabby Chic'. As always our lucky winner will receive a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft so I hope you're going to play along. Remember we are a stamping challenge, no digis allowed!


I've created a little wall hanging for my DT project using a couple of my favourite Flonzcraft stamps
Ocean Cruise Ship Liner and one of the Gibson Girls. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo black on kraft cardstock and then coloured the scene with my panpastels.
I cut a frame from greyboard and crackled it with acrylic paint and then stamped the wording using stamps from Dreamees. I added a string flower topped with a button and a little twine bow and added some little union jack buttons.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics: anything goes mixed media
Country view crafts: simply scenic
Craft Stamper Take it make it: anything goes with stamping
Little Claires: use kraft
Not just cards: anything goes
Rhedd's Creative spirit: anything goes
Simply Papercraft: anything goes/lots of layers

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Anything creative goes at We Love to Create

Good morning folks, its inspiration week from the PanPastel girls over at We Love 2 Create. You've still got a week to enter our Anything Creative Goes challenge and our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous goodies from our generous sponsors Premium Craft Brands!


I've made a Christmassy wallhanging for my DT project. I began with some corrugated cardboard which I distressed and dry brushed with white gesso.  I made a little stampbord scene using my PanPastels and Stampscapes stamps. I masked the stampbord squares with fine masking tape and then set to adding colour with my Pans. I stamped in the scene and added a little extra colour with distress markers. Next I used my Stampbord Scraper tools to add highlights to my scene. One of the tools is perfect for creating little circles - great for  snow or polkadots! I added a little Black Pearl PanPastel Medium around the edges.



I popped the scene on my corrugated card with cosmic shimmer glue and added some pompom trim. Some Dutch Doobadoo laser cut snowflakes (Igave them some shimmer with my White Pearl PanPastel Medium. I also added a couple of Tattered angels glimmer chips that were coloured with PanPastels. To finish off I added some ribbon, again coloured with my Pans and added some charms and beads from my stash.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Fab'n'Funky: Christmas 
Open Minded: Shabby Chic
Retro Rubber: anything goes with old stamps 
(I've had my stampscapes stamps for years)
Stamps and Stencils: anything goes mixed media
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge: Anything goes no patterned paper

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


Things with Wings at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Good morning folks, its challenge time at Fashionable Stamping challenges and our theme for the next two weeks is Things with Wings'. Don't forget to be eligible for the prize (a generous $20 voucher from Flonzcraft!) you need to use rubber or clear stamps as digis aren't allowed!


I've altered a little wooden box, I'd started making a pair of these months ago but never finished this one so I set to with my Stampbord to finish it off.


I used stamps from Premium Art Brands and PanPastels to create my background and added some texture with a chicken wire stencil and Maimeri Glassy Gel. I added some more stamping with memento inks and then gold embossed the edges of all the pieces. The butterfly was made by stamping the butterfly on acetate and embossing with WOW white pearl EP and then applying Pearlescent Red PanPastel over the top. I added some pearls to the centre of the butterfly. The catch and feet of the box are from Crafty Individuals.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics: anything goes
Aud Sentiments: things with wings plus a sentiment
Craft for the Craic: things with wings
Crafty Calendar: things with wings
Creatalicious: embossing
Frilly and Funkie: stencil mania
Open Minded: Shabby Chic
Rhed's Creative Spirit: anything goes

If you've got a minute, pop over to the challenge blog and check out my teamies beautiful artwork!
thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday, 1 May 2015

Tussie Mussies at Eclectic Ellapu

Good morning again, my second post of the day and I'm back with a 'Tussie Mussie' to fit the Pink teams theme at Eclectic Ellapu. The purple team have a fab challenge to inspire you so do pop over and check out all the gorgeous projects from my lovely teamies!


I have to confess I'd never heard of a tussie mussie, but good old google came to the rescue and after faffing round cutting different sizes of circles, cutting bits out of circles and generally getting in a bit of  a pickle, I found the easiest way to create my tussie mussie was using an 8x8 square of paper. This brought me out in a cold sweat as I used the very last piece of one of my all time favourite Christmas papers!! Brave or what??
Anyway once I'd sussed out that all I needed to do was join my paper down one edge and I had a cone shape, all I had to do was decorate it. I got to work with die cuts, stamps, lace, ribbon and buttons to create my Christmas themed tussie mussie. I distressed everything with distress ink and used more distress inks to colour my die cuts, adding some script stamping here and there. I made up a couple of tattered pine cones,I love making these :-) to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Creative Card Crew: fancy folds
Decorate to Celebrate: anything goes
Fab'n'funky: Christmas
Loves rubber stamps: at least 2 dies
Not just cards: anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything but a square
Perfectly Rustic: new technique
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes

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

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