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Sunday, 20 July 2014

More inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, how's your weekend going? We've had lots of lovely sunshine and now we're getting the thunder storms, I got totally drenched yesterday when I went out so today I'm playing safe and going no further than my craft room lol. Today's project is my inspiration piece for our Inspired by Tim challenge at PanPastel UK


I've taken inspiration from the talented Mr Holtz for my wall hanging and used lots of distressing and texture on this project which began life as a piece of MDF.

I began with a coat of Maimeri Gesso, and dried it with heat gun to bubble it a little here and there. Next I applied Maimieri Light Modelling Paste through a Dutch Doobadoo Chicken Wire stencil. Once that was dry I set to adding some colour with gesso and mixing in PanPastels in Magenta Tint, Diarylide Yellow Tint, Yellow Green, and Turquoise. I just scrape a little PanPastel out onto the gesso and mixed it on the project. Once all that was dry I applied a little Maimeri Acrylic Paint in platinum white for some shimmer and then dabbed a little brown PanPastel to distress here and there

The next layer was cut from corrugated card which I distressed and painted with watered down gesso.

Next I added the die cut letters which I coloured with Yellow Green PanPastel and then brushed on Maimeri Glassy Gel and sprinkled with glamour dust. I stamped the rest of the words with Bamboo Leaves Memento ink and cut them out.


Next came lots of die cut flowers made using the same  PanPastel tints, stamped with distress inks in coordinating shades and die cut. I adore these flower stamps and dies, I've been very good lately but my stash diet bit the dust and I gave in as I just couldn't resist these Arianna Blooms stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.

To finish off I added pearls, laser art Butterflies from Dutch Doobadoo and some die cut leaves. Hmmmm maybe I should have added some ribbon too.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics: anything goes
A Vintage journey: dies and distress
Country View Crafts: stencil it
Fab'n'Funky: summer
Just Inspirational: Shabby Chic
Love to Create: Petals and pearls 
Stamplorations: stamps and glitter

Well I'm away to play in my craft room, I'm escaping my usual Sunday ironing as its far too hot (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it lol)
Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

ChristmasColours Inspiration at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning, my second post of the day and this card is for our Christmas Colours Challenge at Graph'It Colouring Challenge, you've still got a week to enter to be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous Graph'It goodies or a Top 3 spot and you don't have to use Graph'It markers to enter, any brand of markers will be fine (although once you've tried Graph'Its you're going to love them). For my card I've used a bp and one of the gorgeous images from the new collection from Polkadoodles, Festive Hollybobs

I've coloured this adorable little fairy with my Graph'It markers (for a full list of colours used pop over to the challenge blog) and added some glamour dust for a bit of festive sparkle. I've distressed the image and the bp with a craft knife and Aged Mahogany distress ink. To finish off I've added some pearls, lace, velvet ribbon, a little rose and one of the lovely vintage sentiments from Festive Hollybobs.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC : p is for pearls
Crafts and Me: add wings
Inky Chicks: Christmas in July
My Perfect Life: any Christmas card
Sparkles Forum: Christmas in July
The Glory of Christmas: Anything Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy: Christmas in July

 I hope you're going go join our challenge using Christmas colours (it doesn't have to be a Christmas card though), if you need some inspiration pop over the the Graph'It Colouring challenge blog as my teamies have created some stunning projects!
Claire xx


Birthday Fragment from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, today's card features the fabby new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, Tangled Fragments has a fab assortment of stamps that you can use for so many projects. You can find them (and lots of other gorgeous new stamps here), Don't forget to check out the new Chocolate Baroque Challenge too, the first challenge has gone live and as its a monthly challenge you have loads of time to enter and be in with a chance to win a voucher!!


I began this card by making a distress ink background, using marker card which gave a completely different result to my usual cardstock. I quite liked the effect so I stamped the fragment stamp in a band along the right of the centre of the card and added some colour with Graph'It Markers. I stamped the flower (from Sunny Sunflowers) and again coloured with my Graph'Its. I cut the flowers out and decoupaged them over my stamped border. 
To finish off I stamped the sentiment (from Birthday Words) in Rhubarb Stalk Memento Ink and added some gems in the corners.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes 100th celebration
Card and Scrap: bright colours
Craft your passion: citrus/tropical colours
Pumpkin Spice: anything goes
Sisters of Craft: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Exciting news!!

Good morning folks, today I'm sharing some mega exciting news, there's a brand new monthly challenge starting today!! Even more exciting is that its the Chocolate Baroque Challenge with a fabby colour challenge, a chance to win Chocolate Baroque goodies and of course lots of inspiration for you too!!

Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog
Although the challenge is monthly, there'll be a weekly post with inspiration from the DT, my project will be along in a couple of weeks but here's a little sneaky peek.


Today's project features some of the stamps from Briar Rose Butterfly  from Chocolate Baroque. I made the tag using kraft card stamping with black ink,adding some stencilling  and then gilding the top layer of foliage. 


To make the keyring I gilded a copper blank with gilding flakes, stamped the foliage and coated with a layer of Pebeo Resin and left it to dry. I adore the effect of this resin but I always seem to get in the most awful mess when I use it lol. Here's another pic of the keyring


I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes 100th celebration
Dream it up: stencils to die for
Incy Wincy: strings and things
My Craft Spot: anything but a card
That's Crafty: Stencils, masks and templates
Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Discover your passion

Good morning folks, today is the first proper day of my week off work and it looks like its going to be a lovely sunny one so hopefully I'll be able to laze around in the garden and enjoy the sunshine. My project today is my entry for this months challenge at Indigo Blu where the theme is Tag You're It

I've used lots of different Indigo Blu stamps for my tag, I began with a layer of turquoise tint and Permanent Green tint PanPastels and then stamped the border from 'Boadicea' along the left hand side in Memento Tuxedo Black and Bubbles Background along the other side using Versamark ink. I applied deeper shades of PanPastel over the versamark and coloured the border with Graph'it markers. Next I used Salty Ocean and Peacock feather distress inks through a harlequin stencil and applied  Maimeri Glassy Gel over the top. I removed the stencil and sprinkled with Glamour dust. You can see the sparkle a bit better in this pic


I stamped the sentiment from 'Discover your Passion' and embossed with silver EP. I added some little acetate flowers from my stash, die cut butterflies and a rose I'd made with Tattered pine cones die and coloured with PanPastels. I also coloured some ribbon with PanPastels for the top of my tag, it looks a bit of a weird colour on the photo but its actually the same colour as the rose.

I'm also entering this tag in the following challenges:
Everybody Art: monochrome
Glitter'n'Sparkle: anything goes
Left of Centre: add sparkle
Sisterhood of Snarkystampers: brads and or buttons
That's Crafty: Stencils, masks and templates

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Inspired by Tim at PanPastel UK

Hi there well after a rainy start is a beautiful sunny day here, I hope you're enjoying the lovely sunshine too. Fingers crossed it lasts for my week off work. We've got a fab new challenge starting today at PanPastel UK, this time around our theme is 'Inspired by Tim' so we're all taking inspiration from the one and only Mr Tim Holtz. As always you have two weeks to enter and there is a fab prize up for grabs from our generous sponsors at Premium Craft Brands so if you've got a min, pop over to find out all the details and check out the beautiful projects from my lovely teamies.


I've had a play with my PanPastels and distress inks to create my Tim inspired tag. I began by creating a background by blending Turquoise Tint, Permanent Green Tint and Ultramarine Blue tint. I decided to have a play with the Emboss Resist technique for this months theme at Craft Stamper challenge so I stamped one of the new Tangled Fragments from Chocolate Baroque with versamark and embossed with clear EP. I splodged some distress inks (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap) on my craft mat, misted with water and then dabbed my background into the inky mess


I stamped the bird and branches stamps with Vintage Photo distress ink, distressed the edges of the tag with a craft knife and a little Raw Umber PanPastel. I added a die cut bird cage, coloured with PanPastels and highlighted with a little gold PanPastel, adding some lace, seambinding and an Idea-ology fragment. To finish off I added some string, a little wooden bird that I recycled from a bouquet of flowers and an altered brad at the top of the tag. I used another Craft Stamper technique for my brad, applying embossing powder and some cheesecloth. I love this technique!!

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey: dies and distress
Deep Ocean: add a sentiment
Divas by Design: things with wings
My Heart Pieces: anything but a card
Thanks so much for popping by today
Claire xx

Dreaming of Summer at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello there, we've got a brand new challenge starting at Fashionable Stamping Challenge and this time we're 'Dreaming of Summer'.  There's a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft up for grabs for our lucky winner and of course there is lots of inspiration from my talented DT sisters over on the challenge blog so do pop over and have a look.


I've used one of my favourite Flonzcraft stamps 'Girl on Windy Hill' for my card and papers from Graphic 45. I coloured the image with Graph'It markers and paper pieced her dress with a scrap of the backing paper. I added a background with PanPastels and  die cut the image with nesties and layered it up over a little postcard and a border from the paper pad, and some lace and gingham ribbon. I added faux stitching with a marker pen and distressed everything with a craft knife and distress ink.

To finish off I added some paper daisies and poppies, a red button and some twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Creative Romance: colours of your national flag (red, white and blue)
Die Cut Divas: button or bow
Inky Impressions: summer fun
Moving along with the times: girls just want to have fun
Natalie and Amy's: Summertime
QKR Stampede: paper piecing
The Paper Girls: red white and blue
Time out: Fun in the sun

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

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Spotty and dotty at We Do Doobadoo

Good morning folks, well today is the first day of my week off work so all being well 'll have lots of time for crafting and catching up on my blog visiting which has been sadly neglected over the last few months. Today is the first day of our new challenge at We Do Doobadoo and this time we're going 'Spotty and dotty', pop over to the challenge blog for all the details of the fabby Dutch Doobadoo Prize and to check out all the gorgeous projects from my talented teamies.


I've made a Christamassy door hanger for my DT project using the lovely Dutch Doobadoo fabric stencil on the die cut bauble and adding a 'Magic key' made by gold embossing one of the super details laser art Dutch Doobadoo keys. 

I covered the door hanger with red card and added a panel of polkadot backing paper from the new Polkadoodles Festive Hollybobs collection. The Santa image is from the same cd, how cute is he?? I coloured him with Graph'It markers and added a little glamour dust to his hat and pompom
I added some white pompom trim, dotty ribbon bows topped with buttons and twine. To finish off I added some dots of white cosmic shimmer glue here and there and created some snow around Santa's feet and then sprinkled with glamour dust.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
artbymiran: anything goes
Completely Christmas: anything goes
Simply Create Too: christmas in July
Hambo Hoedown: Christmas in July
Hobbybook Designer Challenge: Christmas in July
Inky Chicks: Christmas in July
Wags'n'Whiskers: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Add some twinkle at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, sorry I haven't been around much this week, its been busy at work getting organised as I've got next week off (and I can't wait!!).Today's card is for our 'Add some Twinkle' challenge at Polkadoodles, as always there is a fab prize up for grabs and lots of inspiration from my talented teamies too so pop over and have a look if you've got time. I've made a shaker card using a bp and one of the gorgeous images from the new Polkadoodles Festive Hollybobs collection


I coloured the image with my Graph'It markers, drawing in some hills in the background and adding some glamour dust for some twinkly frost. I cut a frame from white card and lined it with acetate and layered it up with 3d foam after adding my 'snow' (a mixture of glamour dust, glass glitter, and various other frosty looking bits and bobs from my stash). I popped this on one of the lovely backing papers from the CD and added die cut icicles and snowflake borders that I'd brushed with glue and sprinkled with glamour dust. Its really sparkly in real life so sorry about the dodgy photo.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz: anything goes
Dies R Us: Christmas in July
Digi Choosday: punches/die cuts
Holly Jolly: Christmas critters
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Monday, 7 July 2014

Mermaid Fragments

Good morning, well its Monday already but I'm counting the days until my week off work next week! I can't wait :-) Today's card features the gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, Tangled Fragments. I've combined them with an old favourite, the beautiful mermaid from Underwater Kingdom
 

I began by stamping the mermaid with Memento Tuxedo Black and colouring her with Graph'It markers before masking her with some masking tissue. I stamped the lovely fragment in the background using a Waterfall Big & Juicy inkpad and then inked around the edges very lightly with distress inks (Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters). I  removed the masking tissue and added a shadow around the mermaid with my markers


The background was made with the Waterfall Big & Juicy inkpad, I swiped it over my craft mat and misted the ink with water before mopping up with a square of white card. I over stamped with the same inkpad, again using the beautiful fragment stamp. I used the excess ink on my craft mat to colour some seam binding ribbon.

I used some little pearls in the corners and added a sentiment from Loving Sentiments and popped on a little turtle charm to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Cards Galore Encore: digital/rubber stamping
Ruby's Rainbow: stamping

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Face the music and dance at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning folks, Monday morning already and its time for a new challenge at Flonzcraft Vintage Stamping Challenges and this month our theme is 'Face the music and dance' so we want to see your projects with music or dance somewhere, of course we want to see stamping as the focus of your project too (no digistamps allowed). Our lucky winner will receive a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft and you get lots of stamps for your money so I do hope you're going to join us.


I didn't have any music or dance themed stamps from Flonzcraft so I decided to improvise and stamped an Indigo Blu music stamp over my backing paper with Tea Dye distress ink. The bp is from Lili of the Valley and I used it to cover a shaped card blank, distressing the edges with some more Tea Dye distress ink. I used a spellbinders die to cut the mat for my focal image, this little girl from Flonzcraft is one of my favourites 'Girl with bird on hand'. I coloured her with pencils and fussy cut her, popping her up on 3d foam pads and adding the birds to the corner of the card. 

I've added some little pearl flowers with gems in the centres, ribbon, pearls, lace and a little bird charm to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Moving along with the times: girls just want to have fun
Sugar Creek Hollow: Its charming

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


Sunday, 6 July 2014

A Fairytale Scene

Hello folks, as its the first Sunday in July we've got a brand new challenge starting at Craft a Scene and this time our theme is 'A Fairytale Scene', another of my favourite themes this month.


I tore some masks from copier paper and die cut a circle mask and set to with my PanPastels to create the background using Permanent Red Tint, Violet Tint and Violet for the hills and sky with some Hansa Yellow and Diarylide Yellow tint for the sun.

All the stamps are by Lavinia stamps and of course I had to add some glitter to the fairies wings and the fairy dust. I stamped the foliage with Memento inks in shades of red and pink and added a sentiment to finish off.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Crafty Creations: things with wings
Make my Monday: fairies/mystical
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Stamplorations: stamps and glitter

Hope you're going to join us, pop over to the challenge blog to see my teamies fabulous projects
Thanks for popping by
Claire xx


Roses are a girls best friend at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, you've still got a week to enter our Roses are a Girls Best Friend challenge at PanPastel UK to be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous goodies from Premium Craft Brands. I had a lot of fun creating this project but its been a nightmare to try and get a decent pic of it, those metallic pans shimmer so much lol.


I created the backgrounds using Dutch Doobadoo stencils (Large Roses, Chicken Wire and Brick) and Maimeri Light Modelling Paste. I layered up an old zip and lots of paper roses (all those weird and wondeful colours that you accumulate but never use lol) and then gave everything a coat of black paint. Once it was dry I applied versamark ink with a little cut and dry foam and then dusted on Light Gold and Rich gold PanPastels using a brush. You do have to be a little careful with brushes and you PanPastels, make sure its really really soft. I added a little Magenta Extra Dark here and there too.


I stamped the butterflies, sentiment and frame on black card using Versamark and again applied gold PanPastels. I sealed everything with hairspray to finish off.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs: anything goes
Crafty Creations: things with wings

have a lovely Sunday and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Friday, 4 July 2014

Red white and blue at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, hasn't this week flown by? I can't believe its Friday already but I'm not complaining lol. Today's card is my DT project for our Red White and Blue challenge at Polkadoodles, you've got lots of time to enter and as always there's a fab prize for our lucky winner so hop on over to the challenge blog for all the details.


I've used my favourite image and some of the gorgeous backing papers from the Polkadoodles Work and Play 3 collection (you can find it here). I've coloured the image with my Graph'It markers and added a PanPastel background with some glitter on the waves.

I've used kraft card for matting and layering and added some bunting and flowers made with scraps of the polkadot backing paper. To finish off i've added some lace, gingham ribbon and pearls. 
I'm entering this in the following challenges:
City Crafter: lets go to the beach
Crafters Cafe: red white and blue
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Lexi's Creations: at the beach
Moving along with the times: girls just want to have fun
Shopping our Stash: red white and blue
Sparkles Forum: at the beach/ summer fun

As usual i'm rushing off to work so a big thank you for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wild Rose Easel Card from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, today's card is a little easel card made using the beautiful new stamps Briar Rose Butterfly from Chocolate Baroque, you can find them here

I began by folding some white card in two and die cutting with a Spellbinders die just off the fold to create the base card I then die cut two more shapes, inking the die with New Sprout Memento Ink for a letterpress effect. I inked around the edges with Summer Sky Memento Ink. The image has been coloured with pencils. I added a sentiment from Birthday Words and some paper flowers to finish off. 
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: two word sentiments
Crafty Creations: things with wings
Daring Cardmakers: no scissors
Seize the birthday: anything goes 
Through the purple haze: no right angles
Sweet Pea Stampers: shaped card

Thanks for popping by today
Claire x