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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Some of my favourite things

Hello there my lovelies, I'm back at work this morning after a long weekend off work but before I go I just wanted to share a project made using lots of my favourite things. The challenge over at IndigoBlu is 'Love is all you need' so I've used some of my favourite Indigo Blu stamps to make this little canvas. I've also used lots of embellies from Craft Box too,  Anna from Craft Box has a very special box of goodies on Hochanda today so if you have time do check it out.


I began by misting my canvas with mica sprays in shades of pink, once that was dry I used IndigoBlu fine texture paste to stencil in the chicken wire and left it to dry. I added some stamping using Memento Lilac Posies ink and the dinkie script stamp from the last IndigoBlu ODS. I filled some of the little shapes on the background with deeper pink mica spray and then added sparkly mod podge to others. I added a few blobs of sparkly ModPodge here and there too. I sprayed some Foamiran Flowers made using Sizzix Tattered Florals with mica sprays, this was a bit of an experiment and they took ages to dry but have a pretty subtle effect


I glued on the flowers, some lace, ribbon and pearl trim, adding some leaves that I'd painted with gold acrylic paint and dusted with glitter. I used stamps from IndigoBlu's Mr Darcy stamps and coloured with pencils before cutting out and layering on my project. I added some gilding flackes and a little more pink mica spray/ To finish off I've added some large hat pins decorated with Craft Box beads and a little cameo, also from Craft Box.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers: add some texture
Dream Valley: add some metal
IndigoBlu: love is all you need
In the pink: Dies or punches plus pink
Lost Coast Designs: Lovers plus rubber stamps
Sweet Stampin: flowers

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

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning my lovelies, I've got a long weekend off work and for once the weather looks like it is improving so hopefully I'll be able to take the dogs for some nice long walks to tire them out so I can play in my craft room. Today's project is for our 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes' at We Love 2 Create where we've got lots of inspiration from my lovely teamies and a some fabulous crafty stash for our lucky winner thanks to our generous sponsor Premium Craft Brands.

I've made this little canvas using quite a few PanPastel colours (you can find links at the end of my post) and lots of embellishments from the lovely Anna at Craft Box. I began by blending PanPastels over the canvas and then spritzed with coordinating mica sprays made with ColourArte pigments for a little sparkle. I added some stencilling with Maimeri Glassy Gel coloured with more pigments and left it to dry for a while.

I added the flowers, leaves, little owl, a pretty seam binding bow and charm and then added the little Snip Art Frame that I coloured with PanPastel mixed with glassy gel medium. I coloured a scrap of acetate with alcohol ink and stamped Thankful with versmark and embossed with Gold EP.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Anything goes
Altered Eclectics: Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore: Anything goes
Simply Papercraft: Anything goes
My Time to Craft: Anything but a card


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


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Meadow pendant from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, today's project is a little pendant and matching tag made with some of the gorgeous stamps from Chocolate Baroque.  This one was made as a sample for the recent one day special on Hochanda and Lesley is back on tv today with lots more beautiful stamps. You can see Lesley on Hochanda at 7am, 11am and 3pm with some fabulous Spring themed goodies!


I've made a  tag and a pendant made with the leftover ink from making the card I posted yesterday. I had a tiny bit of colour left on my craft mat so I misted it with water and mopped it up with some white card. I cut out the tag and stamped with some delicate foliage and edged with silver embossing. I stamped the rest of the card with foliage and used glossy accents to glue a cabochon in place, once that was dry I cut it out and popped it in a bezel and added some green velvet ribbon to make a pendant.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart: anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge: Anything goes
Try it on Tuesday: let's get messy

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



Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge

Good morning folks, we've got a new challenge starting over at Chocolate Baroque Challenge and as always we've got a gorgeous colour palette to inspire us, a fab prize for our lucky winner and lots of inspiration from my lovely teamies too!


I've made a steampunk inspired tag using the challenge colour palette and some of my favourite Chocolate Baroque stamps.



I began with a tag and mopped up lots of  Lucky Shamrock Green Starburst Stain. This wasn't so lucky for me as I managed to spill the pot all over my craftroom lol. I stamped the sentiment from Artistic Affirmations and the lacy border which is from Lace Fragments with versamark ink and embossed with a WOW sparkly copper EP. I also swiped around the tag very roughly with Copper metallic paint and a credit card, adding a little copper EP and heating for some texture. The gorgeous butterfly is from Steampunk Butterfly, again embossed with Copper EP but this time on acetate. I cut it out and coloured the back with green and turquoise alcohol inks. I've added a little ribbon and a brad to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers: add some texture
Daring Cardmakers: mirror mirror (shiny/reflective)
My time to craft: anything but a card
Penny Black and More: use your stamps
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Favourite tool (heat gun)
Try it on Tuesday: Let's get messy

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

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Kingfisher Meadow

Good morning folks, how's your week going? Before I dash off to work I just wanted to share a card made using the beautiful new stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I just love this kingfisher, he's a real beauty!


For this card I began with a background made with ColourArte pigment powders on watercolour card, it's really shimmery in real life but sadly it doesn't show too well in the pic. I overstamped the background with lots of lovely foliage stamps ( you can find all the new stamps here). I stamped the kingfisher on white card and painted him with the same mica pigments, he looked a little flat so I had a rummage in my craft room and found some very old Sakura stardust pens which my some miracle still worked so I used them to give him lots more detail. I cut him out and layered him up on 3d foam pads A stamped sentiment in a little punched envelope were added to finish the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Animal Friends: no designer papers
Creative Fingers: Anything goes
Creative Moments: 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

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Foamiran flowers

Good morning my lovelies, I hope you're having a good weekend. The weather here is dreadful, cold wet and grey so it's perfect for staying in and crafting. I've seen lots of gorgeous Foamiran flowers around onlne and I wanted to have a go and make some myself so I had a play and made this little canvas.


Here's a pic of the flowers, the foam die cuts beautifully and I bottled out of the advice to heat in on an iron as I'm so clumsy I knew I'd end up with burnt fingers so I had a go with my heat gun and I was happy with the result. I think next time I'll try hair straighteners and see how they work. I've used ivory Foamiran from Craft Box and coloured it with Distress Inks.


The dies I used to make the flowers and leaves are all from Polkadoodles, you can find them here. The background was made with torn tissue paper and some brick stencilling. I gave it a coat of watered down gesso and then used IndigoBlu acrylic paints in pastel shades. I used highlights of gilding wax here and there, some Decoart Crackle Paint and stamping with background stamps from Polkadoodles Belle Papillon stamp set. 

I added some SnipArt heart background, a layer of cheesecloth and then arranged the flowers and the 'love' word which was embossed with Shabby Pink Frantage Powder. I added some gold microbeads and a couple of butterflies (stamped and die cut using Doublet Dies from Polkadoodles)

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey: words that are special
Allsorts: Hearts/Flowers
Artistic Stampers: Love hearts
Stamps and Stencils: Texture, crackle and paint
That's Crafty: I heart you

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

Friday, 10 February 2017

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Hello there my lovelies, I'm late on parade again with my card for our 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Polkadoodles. The DT have been challenged with the theme of 'Show a little love' but you can make anything you want to be in with the chance of winning a fabulous prize from the Polkadoodles Shop!!

I've used some of the beautiful papers from BellaFleur plus stamps and dies from Belle Papillon to make this card. I think this is my all time favourite paper, it's soooo pretty! I didn't want to cover up the pretty paper too much so I used a little heart shaped doily and layered that under a grungeboard heart that I'd covered with yet another paper from the same collection. I added a little distressing with Gathered Twig distress ink and stamped one side with the script stamp from Belle Papillon. The butterfly wings were made using the large butterfly stamp and doublet die from the same collection. I've added some pearl trim, little pearl dots,ribbon and a button to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs: love and romance
Crafty Cardmakers: love
Frilly and Funkie: Vintage/shabby chic valentine
Really Reasonable Ribbon: hearts with ribbon/trim
That's Crafty: I heart you

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

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning my lovelies, we actually had some sunshine yesterday which was a welcome change from all the grey skies we've been used to. Hopefully Spring isn't too far away now. My project today is for our new challenge over at We Love 2 Create where our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes'. You don't have to use our products to enter and of course we have a lovely prize of some crafty goodies from Premium Craft Brands for our lucky winner too!


For my DT project I've altered a little MDF Toadstool house using my Pans and stamps/dies from Polkadoodles. I gave the mdf a coat of white gesso to start off with and once that was dry I coloured the top of the toadstool and the door with shades of Permanent Red PanPastel. I used the darker shades around the edges and the brightest red in the middle. I had a bit of an experiment with the stalk as I decided to put my stencil paste on tissue paper, let it dry and colour it rather than just applying it to the mdf directly. I thought this may be useful on 3d projects as the tissue is very flexible so I'll be doing that again in the future. I coloured the bricks with a little Burnt Sienna and Burnt Sienna Tint PanPastel. The flowers, light and fence were all die cut using dies from Polkadoodles. The windows were made using stamps from Pilakdoodles. I added some faux moss and a little brad for a door handle. I used white pearl Cosmic shimmer glue to create the spots on the roof of my little fairy house. I'm really annoyed with myself as I have a gorgeous Toadstool border die from Polkadoodles which would have been perfect with this make but I totally forgot all about it until I was writing this up! I'll have to remember next time.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge: X marks the spots or dots
Fussy and Fancy: Fussy and Fancy
Simon Says Stamp: Colour of love
Star Stampz: lots of red

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

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Envelope album from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning crafty friends, it's weekend at last I'm trying to be organised and blog more regularly. Today's project is  a little album made with the envelope from my calendar, waste not want not as the saying goes lol. The envelope was folded into 3 and that gave me the idea of making a mini album with some of this months' beautiful new releases from Chocolate Baroque. They were released on Hochanda a few days ago but will be available at Chocolate Baroque very soon!!


I cut pieces of white pearlescent card to fit all the sides of the envelope and spritzed them randomly with Dylusions inks. I was quite pleased with the result as I'm quite heavy handed and usually just make a big mess with spray inks lol.

Next I added lots of stamping using versamark and white embossing powder to contrast with the vivid colours of the inks. I used a white pen to add some faux stitching around all the panels and then glued with to my envelope, sandwiching some rainbow ribbon for a closure.

I cut lots of little die cut tags and again added lots of stamping and rainbow ribbon.



I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart: anything goes
Crafty Creations: Anything goes
House that Stamps Built: Anything but a card
Kitty Bee Designs: Anything goes/something new
The Crafty Addicts: Anything goes

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

Friday, 3 February 2017

Anything Goes at Colour Crazy Challenge

Good morning folks, well my blog is like a bus stop this morning as after weeks of hardly posting I've got 3 posts one after the other lol. I made this canvas for our new challenge over at Colour Crazy Challenge where our theme is Anything Goes and you can use any medium to colour your image so I hope you're going to play along.


I love this image, she's from our sponsor Lemon Shortbread, she's called Flowers and Curls Girl and you can find her here. IO coloured her with Graph'It Markers and cut her out to layer up on my canvas.



The background was made by stencilling the sunburst and flowers using stencils from Indigo Blu with texture paste. Once that was dry I added some colour with pearlescent PanPastels. I just added some pretty iridescent sequins to finish the project.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread: Anything goes
Sunny Day Crafting: anything goes


Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Hello my lovelies, are you ready for the weekend? I certainly am after another busy week at work. I do love my job but sometimes it's like working at Fawlty Towers not a mental health charity lol. This project is my make for our 'Anything Goes' Challenge over at Polkadoodles. As always we've got a fabulous prize from the Polkadoodles shop and lots of inspiration from my lovely teamies too! The DT are all using Design Sheets for our projects, Nikky crams these with lots of gorgeous elements so you can make a project in minutes!


I've made a little wine glass charm and a tag using elements from one of the design sheets from the Winnie in Wonderland Collection. I used Sheet 2 which you can find here or you can get the whole collection here

I love the white rabbit and couldn't resist making hm the star of the show by putting him in this bezel and adding some charms and little 'Drink Me' bottle (from The Trinket Parlour)


I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs: Anything goes
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Go Tag Thursday: Anything goes

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

Kingfisher Scene from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, my first project today features this months beautiful new stamps from Chocolate Baroque which were on Hochanda on Tuesday, if you missed the shows you can still see them on the Hochanda website!!

I've used s a real mix of stamps to create this wallhanging. I had saved the packaging from a calendar and thought this corrugated card would make a perfect backing for a little scenic stamping. I began by spritzing the card with water so that I could pull off the top layer and then applied acrylic paint here and there.


Next I cut 3 squares of watercolour card and stamped all the images to create the impression of a winding stream. I spent a happy couple of hours painting the scene with distress inks before distressing the edges with a little Vintage Photo distress ink. I added some scraps of cheesecloth, a tiny brass bird charm, faux moss, paper flowers and a hessian bow topped with a button. 

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Colouring in Scrapland: Anything goes
Colour Inspiration Monday: Anything goes with a hand coloured image
Corrosive Challenges: Anything goes
Dare 2 b Artzy: Something new (new stamps)

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

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Anything goes at Eclectic Ellapu

Good morning folks, it's our first challenge of 2017 at Eclectic Ellapu and our theme is 'Anything Goes' . My teamies have lots of lovely projects to inspire you so if you have time pop over and have a look.



I began by stamping the focal images (from Winter Fairies stamp set from Chocolate Baroque) and masking them with masking fluid. I stencilled the stars using a sparkly stencil paste and then stamped the trees and foliage along the bottom with versamark. I embossed with a clear sparkle embossing powder so that I could use a resist technque for the background.

I used a turquoise and a blue mica spray to create the background, adding a little depth with a spray made using Chipped Sapphire distress reinker and water.

Once the background was dry I removed the masking fluid and coloured the images with pencils.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps: Baby it's cold outside
Artistic inspirations: Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy: Angels/Fairies/Winter
HeARTful stamping: Rubber stamping, anything goes

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

Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda!

Hello there crafty friends, I'm so excited as our lovely Lesley from Chocolate Baroque is on Hochanda launching some stunning new stamps and even better, they are the One Day Special today so they are available at a great price and are exclusive to Hochanda for 10 days! We've all been busy bees making lots of samples for the shows and I know Lesley has some stunning demos lined up so book your place on the sofa! I'll have to hide at work and watch on my phone (shhhhhh don't tell lol)


The DT will all be sharing lots of samples over on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog over the next few weeks so it's well worth a visit. This is one of my projects for the show, a little bendy card made using lots of the new stamps. Anyone who knows me will tell  you that I love to create scenic cards to these new stamps are going to be favourites with me!

I stamped the images on the card blank, coloured with Lyra Pencils and cut around the images on the two side panels so they would fold in to create the image. I just added a stamped sentiment and a little bit of ribbon to close the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Come and Get It: 3 or more layers
Get Creative: Anything goes
Love to Scrap: Anything goes
Making Memories: Anything goes
Simply Papercraft: Anything goes

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

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning my lovelies, how's your weekend going? I'm getting a bit fed up of cold weather and dull days so hopefully Spring won't be too long before it arrives. I bought a few daffodils yesterday and they always cheer me up with their lovely sunny little faces :-)
Anyway today's project is my make for our new challenge over at We Love 2 Create where our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes' so it's a nice, easy one to join in. Our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous crafty goodies from our sponsors Premium Craft Brands too!


I've made a card using an old favourite stamp from Prima. I coloured the background with pearlescent blue and green panpastels and then stencilled with Maimeri Light Modelling Paste. Once that was dry I highlighted it with pewter PanPastel and splattered over a little black ink here and there. I coloured the image using my PanPastels and Sofft tools and added some details with Lyra Pencils. 


I didn't want to add lots of embellies so I just added some black/white layers and stamped the sentiment in the corners. 
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Brown Sugar: Anything goes
Creates and Makes: anything goes
Creative Fingers: Anything goes
Creative Moments: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes

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


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