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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Happy Birthday at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, its time for some mid challenge inspiration at PanPastel UK for our 'Happy Birthday' challenge, You've still got a week to enter and you don't have to use PanPastels to play along, although we love it when you do! Our lucky winner will receive a gorgeous stencil and a PanPastel from those lovely folk at Premium Craft Brands too so its well worth joining in!


I've used my PanPastels to distress some free backing papers, adding some stamping using some of my favourite clear stamps from Premium Craft Brands with my PanPastels. The butterflies have been embossed with white EP and then I applied PanPastel, it gives a lovely shabby finish. I've used kraft card to matt and layer the images and also added some ribbon, string, twine and a button.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Crafting for all seasons: things with wings
Creative Card Crew: shabby Chic
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday: something new (papers)
Tuesday Throwdown: embossing

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx


Numbers at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Good morning  my lovelies, how's your weekend going? As always its chaotic here but I'm hoping to grab an hour in my craft room today. We've got a new challenge starting at Fashionable Stamping Challenges today and the theme is 'Numbers', chosen by my lovely teamie Amanda. Our lucky winner will receive a generous $20 voucher from our sponsors Flonzcraft so I hope you're going to play along. Don't forget we're a stamping challenge though so no digis allowed!


I've made a clock using stamps from Indigo Blu for my DT project. I bgan by painting the mdf blank with cream acrylic paint and once that was dry i applied PanPastel ink shades of blue here and there. Next I stamped my favourite English Flourish stamp with Versamark and dusted over some Blue Pearlescent PanPastel, it dosn't show up too well in the pic but it looks really pretty in real life.

I stamped and masked the roses and then stamped the cogs and the roman numerals with Flitter Glu and gilded with Gin and Tonic Gilding flakes. I coloured the roses with derwent Colorsoft pencils and added some shadow to the cogs. I've also added some little gems to mark the hours on my clock.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons: anything but a card
Red Rubber Inspirationals: stamping, anything goes
Thats Crafty: Tick tock
The Stamping Boutique: make your own background

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

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Romance from We Do Doobadoo

Good morning folks, we're in the mood for love over at We Do Doobadoo as our new challenge theme is Romance so its a great opportunity to get ahead with your Valentine cards/ projects
I've altered an MDF heart using lots of Dutch Doobadoo products (links at the end of this post)


Began with a coat of pale pink acrylic paint and then set to stencilling chicken wire with Maimeri Light Modelling Paste and some flowers  with Maimeri Iridescent paste,

I stamped the image from Flonzcraft on tissue paper and applied with Matte Gel medium.


I added paper flowers, silk flowers and some tattered lace die cuts. To finish off I've added Dutch Doobadoo laser art Ferns, butterflies, buttons and keys.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
A Vintage journey: love is in the air
Crafty Ribbons: anything but a card
Fussy and Fancy: things with wings
Really Reasonable Ribbon: hearts and ribbon

thanks for visiting today
Claire xx


Friday, 23 January 2015

Case it at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, its challenge time over at Polkadoodles and my card today is for our mid challenge inspiration. The theme is 'CASE it' and you've still got loads of time to enter to be in with a chance of winning a fabby prize! Pop over to the challenge blog for all the details. There are two gorgeous new collections out too and as we're celebrating Nikky's birthday there's a discount code to receive 15% off the digi store too!


I've  case'd my teamie Lou's gorgeous hoover card which you can find here. I've used lots of the precoloured digital embellies from the brand new Work and Play 8 - music collection for my card. Taking inspiration from Lou, I've used the speaker embellie to create my card shape. I've cut out the embellies and added a CD and some bottlecaps to embellish the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Aud Sentiments: anything goes
CRAFT: recycle
Crafty Creations: something old/ something new (old-recycled cd and new images)
Creative knockouts: lots of embellies
Penny's Paper crafty: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Happy Birthday at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, its challenge time at PanPastel UK and for the next two weeks we've got a nice easy theme for you as its a 'Happy Birtday' challenge. You don't have to use PanPastels to enter and we've got  fab prize for our lucky winner from those lovely peeps at Premium Craft Brands too so pop over to the challenge blog for all the details and you can check out the gorgeous inspiration from my teamies too.


For my card i've made a card and gift box, they were really quick and easy to make. I used a large background stamp from Chocolate Baroque (Dusty Damask) and stamped it in versamark on the card front and also twice on some white card. I used the mop brush to dust over Ultramarine Blue and the tint over the image highlighting the stamped design.

I spinkled some white frantage over the card front and heated from below before stamping the sentiment (also from Chocolate Baroque) in Paris Blue Memento Ink. To complete the box I cut the stamped card to size and stuck it on with pva glue, adding some bead trim to the top.

I stamped the butterfly from the postcard stamp set twice in versamark inkk and embossed with white EP. I stuck them onto some double sided adhesive and cut them out. I peeled off the backing from the adhesive and dusted on some Blue Pearlescent PanPastel for a lovely shimmer.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: anything goes
Brown Sugar: Birthday for a girl
Paper Creators Crafts: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
Wags'n'Whiskers: anything goes

Thanks for popping by, have a great day and hope to see you again soon
Clare xx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Crisp and white at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning, goodness me this week has flown by! Its Friday already so its challenge time over at Graph'It Colour Challenge and this time around our theme is 'Crisp and White'. Of course we've got gorgeous Graph'It goodies lined up for our lucky inner thanks to our generous sponsors at Premium Craft Brands. You don't have to use our markers to play along so I hope you're going to join in the fun! Here's my DT card


Graph'its blend so beautifully and have a fab range of greys so they are perfect for creating different shades of white, I've used quite a few different colour combinations for colour this image, there's a full list of colours used over on the challenge blog.

The image is from Aurora Wings, she's gorgeous and loads of fun to colour. I've used a flouish stamp from Indigo Blu stamped with versamark and then added blue pearlescent PanPastel. I cut an aperture around the image and layered it over a sentiment from Chocolate Baroque.

To finish off I added some blue ribbon and edged with silver embossing powder.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: flowers
Aud Sentiments: anything goes
Crafting by Designs: anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers: something old something new
 (old- sentiment and flourish stamps, new image)
Crafty Ribbons: lets get sentimental
Fab'n'Funky: something new (new image)
Whoopsi daisy: anything goes

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



Sunday, 11 January 2015

CAS inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, how's your weekend going? Its been a bit blustery here this weekend, perfect crafting weather although i've been a busy bee as I'm still decluttering the house, and omg its taking forever lol. Anyway my card today is my DT project for our CAS challenge at PanPastel UK, you've still got a week to enter and there is a fab prize up for grabs for our lucky winner thanks to those lovely folks at Premium Craft Brands


This card took just a few minutes to make, I began by applying versamark through the dotty part of the Birds and leaves stencil. Then I applied yellow, red, green and blue pearlescent PanPastels through the stencil. To finish off I just stamped the sentiment (from Chocolate Baroque) with black archival ink and I was done.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Card Mania: let's shine
Cards Galore encore: anything goes
Crafty Catz: polka dots
Paper Creators Crafts: anything goes
Simply Create too: Let's celebrate
Sister Act: anything goes
Wags'n'Whiskers: anything goes

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

Something new at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello my lovelies, its challenge time at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time around the theme is 'Something new' so its a good excuse to use your new stash or perhaps make a new home or new baby car. As always our lucky winner will receive a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft so I hope you're going to join in with us. Don't forget though, we're a stamping challenge so no digistamps are allowed!


For my card I've used one of my new Flonzcraft stamps, this one is called Pine Tree Sequoia and you can find it here. I began by creating a background using a Clarity Stamp and distress inks in shades of blue with a little black soot around the edges.

I stamped the image with versamark and clear embossing powder and inked with Chipped Sapphire and black soot distress ink before applying Ranger frosted film. I've had it ages but I don't think i've ever used it before but it gives a lovely effect in real life.


I added a Sizzix die cut bird and branch and stamped a sentiment from Chocolate Baroque to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: x for xperiment (using frosted film)
Crafts 4 Eternity: blue tones
Crafty Calendar: What's new
Die Cut Divas: anything goes
Scrapbooker phd: Masculine birthday plus die cut

If you've got time pop over and check out my DT sisters projects, as always they have created some gorgeous artwork!
Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Romantic Whites from We do Doobadoo

Good morning my lovelies. goodness me my week off work seems to have flown by and I don't seem to have got much done but sometimes thats what time off work is for lol. We've got a new challenge starting today at We Do Doobadoo and for the next two weeks our theme is Romantic Whites. As always there are some gorgeous Dutch Doobadoo goodies up for grabs so I hope you're going to play along. I've made a little wall hanging for my DT project and used lots of Dutch Doobadoo goodies, you can find links to them all at the end of this post.


I began with some recycling some card from Christmas packaging and removed the top layer to show the corrugated side which I dry brushed with maimeri White Gesso. Next I layered up burlap, ribbon roses, lace, seam binding and a white bow to frame the focal image.

The image is from Tiddly Inks, coloured with my Graph'it markers. I love my Graph'Its they blend so beautifully but they also have a fab range of greys that work perfectly with the colours to give you loads more shades, for this image I used pink greys with skin tones for the dress and the warm greys for the suit.
 I added stencilling around the image using the Dutch Doobadoo Brick stencil and Maimeri Light modelling paste.

You can see the detail a little better in this pic:


Next came lots of embellies including Dutch Doobadoo Laser Art Butterflies, button and one of the gorgeous lanters, all were embossed with Shabby White frantage powder. I die cut some hearts from kraft card and added polka dots with a White Graph'It Shake pen. to finish off I added a silver heart charm and some twine.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
CRAFT: not a card
Creatalicious: New beginnings
Creative Corner: love is in the air
Die Cut divas: anything goes
Noor Designs UK: with love
Rhedd's Creative spirit: altered art/mixed media
Simon Says Stamp: something new (image)
Tiddly Inks: New Beginnings

thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


Friday, 9 January 2015

Shiny and New from Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning, its inspiration time at Graph'It Colouring Challenge, you've still got a whole week to enter our challenge where the theme is 'Shiny and New'. You don't have to use Graph'Its to play along but of course we love it when you do. Our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous Graph'It goodies thanks to our lovely sponsors Premium Craft Brands!!


I've chosen to interpret the challenge theme by using a new image, isn't she adorable? She's from Sugar Nellie and I really enjoyed colouring her. Here's a bit better pic of the image


You can find a full list of colours used over on the challenge blog.
I added the polka dots to her top with a white Graph'It Shake pen and gave her wings some sparkle with a Silver Graph'It shake pen, love this pen for wings its sooooooo pretty!

I kept the card pretty CAS for me, just adding a stamped sentiment and a few little sparkly gems.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

If you've got a min, pop over to the challenge blog and check out my teamies gorgeous colouring!!
Aud Senitments: New (I've used a new digi)
Corrosive Challenges: shiny and new
Creative knockouts: girly Girl
Natalie and Amy's: something new
Penny's paper Crafty: anything goes
Sparkles Forum: anything goes
The Sugar Bowl: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx

Thursday, 8 January 2015

All of a Flutter from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, todays card features this month's new release stamps from  Chocolate Baroque which are perfect for getting ahead with those Valentine projects. This card uses stamps from Fluttering Hearts with one of the borders from Poppy Edges which co-ordinates beautifully with the new stamps.


I began by stamping the floral edge stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a scrap of stamping card. I took a larger piece of card and stamped both the large and small bird/heart stamps, again with Memento Ink. I used Graph'It markers to colour the images before cutting out the floral edge.

I took a cloud template that I'd cut from some scrap card and used PanPastels to create a cloudy effect in the background. PanPastels are perfect for this as if you go over the image you can use a pencil eraser to remove the colour. I layered the floral edge over the little scene with 3d foam and used a layer of white and then pink card to mat the scene. Lastly I stamped the sentiment with black ink.



I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Colours: pink.blue white, flowers plus a sentiment
My Craft Creations: anything goes
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, 
Claire xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Glitz and Glamour

Good morning my lovelies, how's your week going? Well i'm half way through my week off work and so far I don't seem to have had a minute. Why are there always  jobs to catch up with when you have days off work? My card today is my entry for the Indigo Blu Challenge where the theme is 'Glitz and Glamour'.  I haven't had time to play along for a wee while so I was pleased to grab an hour in my craft room to make this card.


I began by making the background which uses stamps from the Boadicea stamp set plus the english Flourish dinkie stamp. Istamped the flower borders using both Memento tuxedo Black and flitter glu. The words were just stamped with Memento and the flourished just with flitter glu. I then applied silver holographic glitter to the flitter glu.


I did the same with the focal image, stamping with both Flitter Glu and memento ink and adding glitter. I coloured the image and the flowers on the background with Graph'it markers.
I just matted on black card and added some red ribbon and a sparkly button to finish off.

All the time I was making this card I was dreading trying to take a photo of it. Anyone who visits regularly will know that i'm photographically challenged lol and anything silver is such a horror to photograph I was nearly having a breakdown at the thought of it. 
So I must give a special thank you to my lovely friend Flo who has kindly given me some tips to help improve my pics, pop over to her blog and check out her beautiful artwork and stunning photos too. This was my first attempt and i'm so pleased with the result

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges.
Bunny Zoe's: anything goes
Card mania: make it sparkle
Clear it out: anything goes
Crafting from the Heart: anything goes
Glitter and Sparkle: anything goes
Love to Create: anything goes
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Sparkle and sprinkle: anything goes with glitter, embossing powder or flocking
Tuesday Throwdown: Favourite embellishment (ribbon)

I'm spending this morning decluttering my wardrobes, goodness me how on earth did I end up with so many clothes?? Hopefully I'll be able to whizz through it and I'll be able to sneak off to my craft room for a little play.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

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