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Monday, 1 September 2014

And a partridge in a pear tree from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, I'm back with another card for the Christmas box. It's September already and the way this year is whizzing by it will be Christmas before we know it. This card was made using stamps from Chocolate Baroque, this set is called 'Turtle Doves'.


All the gorgeous new Christmas stamps have really got my Christmas crafting off to a good start. This card features another distress ink background.  The image has been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Graph'It Markers. I've added some glossy accents to the pears and matted the image on some green card distressed with a craft knife. I've added the two birds (gold embossed on green card) and one of the lovely sentiments from Christmas Magic


I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Early Christmas makes
Aud Sentiments: any sentiment other than birthday
Completely Christmas: anything goes
Jingle Belles: use gold
Penny's Paper Crafty: Christmas or children
Sweet Stampin: Embossing

I'd better get my skates on and go earn some pennies, have a great day and a big thank you for visiting today.
Claire xx

Anything goes at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Hi, can you believe its September already? I think I must have blinked and missed August lol. Anyway September is here so its time for our new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges and this month its a nice easy one, 'Anything Goes'. You don't have to create a vintage project to enter but you do have to ink up those stamps, no digistamps allowed. There's a Flonzcraft voucher up for grabs for our lucky winner so pop over and find out all the details.


For my DT card I've used one of the lovely Gibson girls stamps from Flonzcraft, I've coloured her with Graph'It markers, die cut her with spellbinders labels 4 and inked around the edges with Spun Sugar distress ink before adding some faux stitching.

The bp is from Craftwork cards, distressed with a craft knife and Spun Sugar DI with some faux stitching around the edges. I've added some pink lace, black ribbon and some pretty black sequin trim. I've also added some die cut swirls and some flowers made from another bp die cut with Heartfelt Creations die. I've inked the edges with black soot distress ink and popped some card candi in the centres. To finish off i've stamped the sentiment (from Chocolate Baroque) with black ink, its always a bit scary when you stamp the sentiment on last isn't it? 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting at the weekend: anything goes
Crafty ribbons: birthday with ribbon
Creative Corner: anything goes
Paper pretties: birthday
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Treasured Times: anything goes

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

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Include a 4 Legged Animal at Craft a Scene

Hi i'm back with my second post of the day, this is my DT card for Craft a Scene where if you're really quick you can still enter our 'Include a 4 Legged Animal' challenge.


I've used a gorgeous cottage stamp from Chocolate Baroque, surrounded by trees from Clarity. The deer in the foreground are stamps from Sheena Douglass. I've coloured with Distress Markers and added some WOW 'Sparkling snow' embossing powder to give an icy sparkle here and there.

I masked the moon and inked in the sky using distress inks in Faded Jeans, Stormy Skies and Chipped Sapphire. To finish off I've stamped the sentiment (from Chocolate Baroque) and embossed with WOW Gold EP and added some snow with a White Graph'It shake pen.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges

 Allsorts: Early Christmas makes
Fussy and Fancy: pets/animals
Jingle Belles: use gold
Penny's paper crafty: Christmas or children

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

In the pink at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, its time for some inspiration for our 'Pink Pink and more Pink' challenge at PanPastel UK, you've still got a week to enter to be in with a chance to win some fab stash thanks to our generous sponsors Premium Craft Brands and of course you don't have to use PanPastels to enter. I've altered a little bird house for my inspiration project.


I began with a coat of Maimeri White Gesso and then once that was dry I coloured with base with Permanent Red Tint PanPastel. I used the lovely Spirograph stencil with Maimeri Light Modelling Paste  to add some texture, the LMP dries really quickly so it only takes 10-15 mins to dry. Next came more Permanent Red Tint and a little Light Gold PanPastel.

The stamps are all from Chocolate Baroque, some old favourites! I stamped them on tissue paper with black archival ink and added some colour with Permanent Red PanPastel and then cut them out and stuck them on with Maimeri Gel medium.

I added a little black PanPastel around the edges. I used a Sizzix die cut for the trim on the roof, cut from black card and coloured with Light Gold PanPastel and topped with some iridescent bead trim. I cut down the offcuts from the roof and used them to surround a glass cabochon for the little hole in the bird house. To finish off I've added some black lace around the bottom edge.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: something old something new (new die, old stamps)
Crafters Cafe: punches/dies
Left of Centre: alter it
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
STAMPlorations: Stamps and die cuts
Through the Purple Haze: anything goes

If you've got a minute, pop over to the challenge blog and check out my teamies gorgeous projects!

Thanks so much for visiting today, have a lovely Sunday
Claire xx


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Honeysuckle Butterfly from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, well it looks like summer is back with us with lovely blue sky and sunshine. I'm just going to take the dogs to the park and make the most of the weather but before I go I just wanted to share this card made with the beautiful image from Honeysuckle Butterfly, one of the new releases from Chocolate Baroque (you can find all the new stamps here)


card features this lovely image stamped with Memeno Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with pencils. I've die cut the bottom of the card and dusted around the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress ink.


The background was made by simply applying distress inks (Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon) to my craft mat, misting with water and swooshing my card though the ink. To finish off I've added a hot pink bow and a pretty button from my stash. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Card mania: butterflies and bows
Creative Knockouts: whimsical wings
Frilly and Funkie: summer garden
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown: anything goes

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

Friday, 29 August 2014

Christmas Cheer at Polkadoodles

Morning folks, Friday at last and the weekend is nearly here which means it's Polkadoodles Day lol. My card this morning is for our inspiration post at Polkadoodles for our theme is 'Get Organised for Christmas' so a great opportunity to get ahead with your Christmas cards.


I haven't used a Christmas cd for my DT project, I was having so much fun colouring the images from Work and Play 6 that I decided to make a fun Christmas card with the cute little barman image. Its so hard to make Christmas cards for young men, my son and his friends are a real headache to make cards for but they all looooooove beer so I thought a pint of Christmas cheer would make them smile lol.

It was a quick and easy card to make, the beer glass is one of the precoloured embellies on the Cd but they are such good quality you can print them out really big and they still look fab.  I layered the beer up on folded brown card and cut it out carefully not cutting the top to keep the fold. I added some pva glue and clear microbeads for some froth on top of the pint.

I coloured the image with Graph'It markers and layered it up on brown cardstock, added some Christmassy trim from my stash for tinsel and all that was left was to die cut some letters, colour them up with my Graph'Its and emboss them before popping them on the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas: quick and easy
Aud Sentiments: any sentiment other than birthday
Crafty Girls: anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty: Christmas or children
Top Tip Tuesday: anything goes

Well i'd better go and get ready for work, have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Monday, 25 August 2014

Madeleine

Good morning my lovelies, yippeeeee its a Bank Holiday here in the UK so I've got an extra day off work to play! This card was made using the beautiful Madeleine stencil from Clarity and a shaving foam background. I haven't used that technique for ages but saw Barbara Gray using it and was inspired to have a play, you can't beat a bit of messy fun lol


I embossed the stencil through my Grand Calibur and then set to colouring with my Graph'It markers before cutting her out.


The background is from a batch of shaving foam backgrounds I made a few weeks ago and done a wee bit more inking and then added a little bow and some paper flowers.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ArtbyMiran: anything goes
Clear it out: anything goes
Crafters Cafe: square cards
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes

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

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Include a 4 Legged animal at Craft a Scene

Hi folks, I hope you're having a lovely relaxing Sunday. There's still time to enter our challenge at Craft a Scene where the theme is 'Include a 4 legged animal', I don't have a lot of animal stamps but I recently bought these stamps from Sheena Douglass so these gorgeous reindeer are my 4 legged animals.


I began by stamping and masking the roof stamp and then stamping the background and Santa in his sleigh before masking the moon and Santa. Lots of inking with distress inks and Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot with a touch of Victorian Velvet and Wild honey above the roof lines. I removed the masks and added some colour with distress markers and then lots of snow with a White Graph'It Shake Pen.


I layered the scene up on white card and then on another layer of snowy background. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, die cut with a spellbinders die and again inked with distress ink. I've just added some glitter to the snow on the roof tops, a red bow and a little bell to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Deep Ocean: Christmas In August
Stempelsonnen: anything goes
Winter Wonderland: anything goes for Christmas

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

Pink Pink and More Pink at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, we're in the pink at PanPastel UK this week so we want to see lots of pink on your projects! As always our lucky winner will receive some fab stash from Premium Craft Brands so I hope you're going to play along with us.


I've altered an MDF heart, I began with Maimeri White Gesso and once that was dry I added some Magenta Tint PanPastel and then used the tail from the Peacock stencil to add some swirls in the background. Next I stamped the fabric texture stamp from Indigo Blu with some Victorian Velvet distress ink. The focal image (Faith the Fairy) and sentiment are both from Stamping Bella, I added some colour with my PanPastels and some definition with Graph'It Markers. I added some sparkle with glamour dust around her hem and on her wand.


Next I added some dots of Maimeri Light Modelling Paste and an icing bag, I'm sure if you're any good at icing (which I'm not lol) you could create some amazing effects with this technique. I dusted some Magenta Tint PanPastel and glamour dust over the LMP and left it to dry.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crafty Catz: Girly
Crafty Creations: use something from your stash (heart/PanPastels/Mediums)
Inky Chicks: fairies or angels
In the Pink: fairies and elves
Simply Create too: monochromatic madness

Thanks so much for visiting today

Claire xx

Birthday cards at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello there folks, time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time the theme is 'Birthday cards for someone special' as been chosen by the lovely Dot. There's a generous prize for our lucky winner from Flonzcraft, our regular sponsor so ink up those stamps and join in the inky fun! Don't forget we're a stamping challenge so no digis allowed!


I've made a masculine card as we've got a few male birthdays coming up in the family. I rummaged through my huge pile of gelli plate backgrounds for the base for my card, this one was made with a gorgeous mask from SplodgeAway using Maimeri Metallic Acrylic paints, I'd also painted over this one with some Pebeo two part resin which gives a lovely translucent effect. I stamped the reverse with one of the stamps from the Indigo Blu Voices stamp set and matted it on some black card.

The focal image is from Chocolate Baroque, stamped and embossed with gold WOW EP and painted with more Maimeri acrylics. Once the paint was dry I added a glass cabochon.


Next I used lots of die cut cogs, cut from black card painted with Maimeri Acrylics. I made the screws by painted card candi silver and using a spatula to create the lines on the centre.

The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque, layered up over some burlap.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: go masculine
Alphabet Challenge: N for natural (burlap)
Moving along with the times: Feeling a little vintage
Its all about the vintage: Ancient History
Sweet Pea Stampers: Embossing
That's Crafty: its a man's world
WOW Embossing powder: Monochrome

hope you're going to join our new challenge
have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Texture at We do Doobadoo

Good morning friends, its a bit of a grey start to the Bank holiday weekend but its bliss to have three days off work:-) We've got a new challenge starting at We Do Doobadooand this time its all about texture. We've got a lovely prize of Dutch Doobadoo goodies for our lucky winner so make sure you play along.


I've used papers, ephemera and images from the gorgeous Rose Budd Collection from Polkadoodles and added some texture with Maimeri Light Modelliing Paste and the Dutch Doobadoo Chicken Wire stencil. I've also used some of my favourite Doobadoo Softboard Honeycomb.


The images have been coloured with my Graph'It markers, fussy cut and layered up over a doily. I've added ribbon, flowers and some of the pretty Doobadoo Laser Cut Butterflies.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cards Galore Encore: anything goes
Charisma Cardz: Wedding anniversary
Dream Valley: Wedding
Love to Scrap: Anything goes 
Sister Act: Anything goes

Thanks for popping by today, have a lovely weekend
Claire xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Transparent at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning folks, ooh my goodness our Nikky has really challenged us this time as our new challenge theme at Graph'It Colouring Challenge is 'Transparent', so think water, glasses, spectacles etc. As always there's a fab prize up for grabs for our lucky winner thanks to our sponsors Premium Craft Brands and lots of inspiration from my talented teamies. I decided to colour water droplets on my card

I began by created a background with PanPastels in Turquoise, Magenta Tint and Yellow Green and then stamped the Dandelions (from the Postcard set of stamps, you can find them here) with Black Archival Ink. I added some stencilling with black distress ink and then set to colouring my water droplets, pop over to the challenge blog for all the details and full list of colours. I'd seen this technique done with watercolours and you can find a fabulous tutorial here. The butterflies are also stamps from Premium Craft Brands, I stamped and embossed them on acetate and coloured the reverse with Graph'It markers before applying glitter to the back for some extra sparkle.


To finish off I added a stamped sentiment, distressed the edges  and matted the image on some black card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: masking or stencilling
Bunny Zoe'z Crafts: Summer colours
Eclectic Paperie: embossing
Moving along with the times: Feeling a little vintage
Penny Black and more: anything goes
through the craft room door: anything goes

Well  I'm scooting off to work now but at least we've got a long bank holiday weekend coming up (and of course its going to rain lol)
have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Guest Designer at Indigo Blu

Good morning ooooooh I'm so excited to have the opportunity to be this months Guest Designer over at Indigo Blu Challenge! I love Indigo Blu stamps and this was a great opportunity to use some of the new stamps I received as winner of last months challenge along with the very first Indigo Blu stamps I bought. The theme for this month's challenge is 'Indian Summer', pop over to the challenge blog for all the details and of course lots of wonderful inspiration from the DT too!


I love those lovely warm Indian Summer days and I took inspiration from nature for my GDT project. I always think it must be so lovely for the wild animals when we get some late summer sunshine so they can enjoy the warmth and fill their tummies before winter arrives.

I used stamps from Nature 1 (my very first Indigo Blu stamps) and Nature 2 to create my Indian Summer scene, adding colour with PanPastels, Graph'It markers and Inktense pencils. I used a battery eraser to remove the PanPastel from the clouds and added some white spots to the toadstools with a white Graph'It Shake Pen. The sentiment is from another of my favourite Indigo Blu stamp sets called 'Enjoy Life', I stamped using Black Archival Ink and once the ink was dry I removed the background colour from the letters with my eraser. 

As a little reminder that Autumn is around the corner I finished off by added some die cut leaves coloured with distress inks and overstamped with a fabric texture stamp from Sarah's Choice. I coloured some seam binding ribbon to match and topped the bow with a button and some twine, the little daisies are berries are from my stash.


I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Kitty Bee: In the garden
Stamp and Create: anything goes
Our Creative Corner: in the summertime
Penny Black and More: anything goes
Stamping Sensations: Anything goes

I do hope you're going to join in the Indigo Blu challenge this month
Thanks for popping by and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge

Good morning my lovelies, how's your week going? We're half way to the weekend  and its a long weekend off work to look forward to :-)  Its an exciting day today as its the start of our second challenge at Chocolate Baroque Challenge blog, do pop over to the challenge blog and check out the colour swatch for inspiration and also have a look at the fabulous projects from my lovely talented teamies. There's a fab prize for our lucky winner too so remember you've got to be in it to win it lol.


My camera has really changed the colours on this card, I've actually used Brushed Corduroy distress ink but it looks really bright green lol. Anyway I began by making a distress ink background using Stormy Sky, Brushed Corduory and a little Wild Honey distress ink. I stamped the flourish from Decadent Brocade  with versamark and embossed with distress EP, this is my absolute favourite flourish, its so pretty its a real shame to cover it up with anything.

I just love this butterfly, its from Patchwork Butterfly . I embossed with WOW black EP and coloured with Inktense pencils before cutting out and layering up with silicone glue.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes/up up and away
Clear it out: anything goes
Sweet Stamps: Anything goes

I hope you're enjoying the new challenge as much as we are, its a fab excuse to have a play with some of the old favourite from your Chocolate Baroque collection (not that we need an excuse lol)
Thanks so much for visiting today, have a great day
Claire xx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Home for Christmas by Chocolate Baroque

Good morning, how are you getting on with those Christmas cards? This months new stamps from Chocolate Baroque are a real inspiration to get ahead and make a start on your Christmas cards. I've got a couple of samples to share today, the first features stamps from Snowy Scenes


I created the base layer by stamping the cottage and adding some colour with Derwent pencils. The top layer was stamped with the robin and the stag and again coloured with pencils. I used a spellbinders die to cut the aperture, carefully cutting round the images to slot the die behind them so they weren't die cut  - soooo fiddly but I love the effect.

 I used a zig glue pen around the edge of the aperture and on the cottage scene and sprinkled with glitter. I added one of my favourite Christmas sentiments and then mounted the top layer on 3d foam, adding a white bow to the top of the aperture.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar: anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: use your favourite things
(Chocolate Baroque stamps, colouring, spellbinders dies and glitter)
Completely Christmas: Anything goes
Winter Wonderland: anything goes for Christmas

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