My lovely blogland friends

Friday, 19 August 2016

Anything goes with Polkadoodles and Graph'It Markers

Good morning folks, I've got one project to share this morning but it's my DT offering for 2 challenges. Firsts of all Polkadoodles have an 'Anything Goes /Add Texture' theme and over at Colouring Crazy Challenge we've got an 'Anything Goes' theme sponsored by Polkadoodles ! So there are 2 chances to win a fabulous Polkadoodles Prize!! 


I've made a canvas using one of the digis from the Winnie in Wonderland Collection. I've coloured her with my Graph'It Markers (pop over to the Colour Crazy Challenge for a full list of colours) and layered her up over one of the beautiful papers and lots of embellies from the same collection (you can find it here as a CD or here as a download). I've added lots of texture with glossy accents on the embellies, black gesso around the edges, some stencilling using glassy gel medium mixed with red acrylic paint and a border made of glitter. I used red line tape to create the glittery border.


Here's a pic of the image, I just love the Winnie images, they are so cute and quirky!


I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Fab'n'Funky: Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread: Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet: Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: make for the border

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

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge

Good morning folks, we've got a gorgeous colour palette to inspire you over at Chocolate Baroque Challenge blog and today I'm sharing the project I've made for inspiration.


The colour swatch is gorgeous and I thought it was a great excuse to use one of the beautiful new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, this lovely lady is called Summer Fair and she's gorgeous some beautiful sisters too , you can get the full set here.


I've used an Oval Basewood Plaque for the base of my project. After a coat of white gesso I created a crackle effect background by applying a coat of red acrylic paint, once that was dry I brushed on PVA glue and then a layer of cream paint. Once that was dry I applied a mixture of Maimeri Iridescent Paste and Gold acrylic paint through a stencil and again left it to dry. 

I coloured the focal image with Graph'It markers and cut her out before attaching her to the base. I've added raffia, dried flowers and a gingham bow topped with a paper poppy to finish off



I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Country View Crafts: Hot summer days
Crafty Awesomeness: Anything goes with a coloured image
Pile it on: Make your own background
Really Reasonable Ribbon: anything but a card with ribbon/trim

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 15 August 2016

Resist Stamping at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello there folks, we've got a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this month our theme is 'Resist Stamping' . As always my teamies have lots of inspiration for you and we've gto a lovely prize of a voucher to spend at Flonzcraft for our lucky winner so what are you waiting for?? We're a stamping challenge so no digistamps are allowed.


The ginormous  butterfly stamp is from Chocolate Baroque, stamped with versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Next I used a paintbrush to wet the background area and then lightly sprinkled on Brusho powders in shades of blue/green. I over stamped with a text stamp from Chocolate Baroque using white gesso and then back ink and doodles around the edges to give a faux stitched effect.

I painted the butterfly with distress inks and use Black Soot Distress ink well diluted to shade around the butterfly. The sentiment is also from Chocolate Baroque, for a change I stamped it randomly here and there.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Butterflies
Artistic Stampers: anything goes
Crafting when we Can: Things with wings
Penny Black and More: anything goes with a stamp
Sweet Stamping: your favourite things

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

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning my lovelies, how's your weekend going? It's chaos here as usual with our 9 month old puppy Benji causing mayhem and destruction. He likes to help when I'm crafting too and sticks his nose in to whatever I'm making, yellow paint on paws is not a good idea lol. Anyway back to business and this morning I'm sharing a project 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 we've got some lovely crafty goodies from Premium Craft Brands waiting for our lucky winner too!


I've altered an MDF Butterfly for this project, I began with a coat of white gesso and then applied Bright Yellow Green PanPastel. I used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil and added versamark with cut'n'dry foam before applying Bright Yellow Green and Yellow Green shade Pans. I cleaned the stencil and popped it back over to  use one of my favourite techniques for the background,.  I reapplied the stencil and them added Maimeri Glassy Gel Medium before removing the stencil and sprinkling over tiny microbeads



The flower and butterfly are both stamps from Stampendous, I used a sparkly EP and coloured with shades of Turquoise PanPAstels, adding little gems to the flower centres and layering them up with 3d foam pads. The sentiment is from Indigo Blu, stamped with Teal Zeal Memento Ink.
I added some gorgeous wired beads that I got in my January Craft Box

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Allsorts: Butterflies
Stamps and Stencils: time to take flight
Stempelgarten: Flowers/plants
That's Crafty: Zesty Zing

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

Claire xx


Monday, 8 August 2016

Seashell Collage from Chocolate Baroque.

Good morning my lovelies, the weekend has whizzed by again and Monday is here but before I dash off to work, here's  a card made using one of my old favourite stamp sets, Seashell Collage from Chocolate Baroque. This month the DT are posting Summer themed projects using some of their old favourite stamps so it's well worth checking in to the Chocolate Baroque Blog when you have a minute.


I began by stamping and masking the focal image before creating the sea using a brayer that had been inked and rolled over crumpled paper. I removed the mask, coloured the images with my Graph'it markers and then inked in the sky using a mask. To create the impression of the posts through the water, just extend the colouring a little using slightly softer shades of brown.
I stamped the sentiment using archival ink and added some string and some embellishments that I d stamped and coloured.  The edges were inked with Vintage Photo distress ink and I've popped the topped on a kraft card blank.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Stamper: anything goes
Creative Artiste: Anything goes
Frilly and Funkie: By the sea
We Love Vintage: Sun/sea/beach
Worldwide Open DT Challenge: anything goes

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

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Anything Goes at Colouring Crazy Craft Challenge

Good morning folks, how's your week been? It's busy busy busy here with our manic new puppy settling in but lots of fun too. I'm very late with this post as I'm having to fight my son for my laptop at the minute lol.  It's time for a new challenge over at Colouring Crazy Craft Challenge and our theme is 'Anything Goes'! There are fabby prizes including Graph'It markers and a sponsor prize from Little Miss Muffet too.


For my DT project I've made a card using the beautiful Serana from our sponsor Little Miss Muffet, isn't she adorable! I've coloured her with my Graph'It markers, there's a list of the colours used over on the challenge blog. 
The papers and flowers are from Craftwork Cards and I've added a doily, pearls, ribbon and lace from my stash to finish off.


I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes
Paper Shelter: anything goes
Simply Papercraft: anything goes

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

Monday, 1 August 2016

Floral at Eclectic Ellapu

Good morning folks, can you believe it's the 1st August already? That means it's time for our new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu and this month the pink team have a theme of 'Floral' so there's lots of scope to play along. My teamies have got loads of inspiration for you so it's well worth a visit to the challenge blog if you have time.


I've used one of the beautiful stamps from Punky Flowers by Chocolate Baroque to make this card. I stamped the image, embossed with silver EP and painted with metallic paints. The background was made on my gelli plate, with a leftover background and a little added stencilling. I saw the lovely Lesley Wharton demonstrate this technique on the Craft Channel a few weeks ago and it's really fun, plus it cleans your gelli plate too so that's a bonus. You leave the paint until it's completely dry and then use parcel tape to life the background from the gelli plate, a genius idea and I love the effect.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts: A touch of sparkle
Creative Fingers: Anything goes
Creative Knockouts: Anything goes
Get Creative: Lots of blue
Left of Centre: Quirky/weird


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

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning folks, it's challenge time at We Love 2 Create and this time around our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes'. Our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous crafty goodies from our generous sponsor Premium Craft Brands and you don't  have to use our products to enter.

For my DT project I've made a card using some of my favourite PanPastels and some gorgeous new stamps from Polkadoodles. The stamps are called Absolute Vintage and you can find them here. You can find links to the Pans I've used at the end of this post, Magenta Extra Dark is such a gorgeous colour, one of my all time favourites!




I've used lots of the stamps, mostly with versamark which gives the Pans even more depth. The focal images have been stamped with Black Archival ink and I've used my Pans to tint the die cut frames. I've also added Pans to the flower to add a little gold highlight here and there.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Brown Sugar: Anything goes
Cards 4 Galz: No designer paper
Creative Knockouts: Anything goes
Love to Scrap: Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes
Simply Papercraft: anything goes

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



Friday, 29 July 2016

Anything but a square challenge at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, we've got a new challenge over at Polkadoodles and for the next two weeks we want to see you create projects with an 'Anything but a Square' theme. If you're stuck for ideas, my teamies have got loads of beautiful projects to inspire you and of course we've got a fabulous Polkadoodles prize up for grabs.


 I've made a door hanger for my project using the adorable Lily Bug Love, she's such a cutie and so much fun to colour! Papers are from the same collections and I've coloured the lovely Lily with my Graph'it Markers. Lily is available here as a cd or if you can't wait to start printing she's available as a download here. If you just want the digi, it's called Lily Bug Sending love and you can find her here.



I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Card and Scrap: Anything goes
Digi Choosday: Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes
Use your stuff: Floral prints

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



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Chocolate Birthday treat!!

Good evening all, I hope you're all enjoying the summery weather. I have to say it's been a bit hit and miss here with some stormy skies at times but we haven't had any rain today. I've been very quiet on the blogging front again so a big thank you to everyone who has visited and taken the time to comment ... i really appreciate your kind words. I'm finally getting a bit more organised and hopefully soon will have my craft room back! I can't wait.. I've also got a new little helper, a 9 month old Border Collie cross pup called Benji. I'm not sure what he's crossed with, perhaps a lurcher or may be a whirlwind lol. Initally he's here for a week's foster care but he's part of the family already so hopefully he'll be staying for good. Anyway back to the important stuff, crafting!! We've got an exciting celebration over at the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog as it's our 2nd birthday!! Our challenge theme is 'Chocolate' and we just want to see some kind of chocolate colour (milk, plain or white) on your project. We've got a fabulous prize for our lucky winner, Lesley is donating a £25 voucher to spend at Chocolate Baroque so I hope you're going to join in!!


One of my best friends had a birthday recently and so I thought it would be a good idea to make a chocolate themed birthday card. I've just used various different CB stamps for the background, the chocolate wrapper and also on the little 'squares of chocolate'. Stamps are from Decadent Brocade, one of my all time favourite. The 'foil' was made using some pretty gold tissue that I crumpled up and the sentiment is from Baroque Eggs
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Cards und More: Embossing
Creative Moments: Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread: Anything goes
Love to Scrap: Anything goes
Ooh La La: Texture
Paper Shelter: Anything goes

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

Monday, 25 July 2016

Winter Dawn from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, today's card features one of the beautiful four seasons stamps from Chocolate Baroque. This one is called Winter Dawn and the other 3 ladies are equally stunning. 


I've coloured the image with Graph'It Markers and added a little glitter and some gems here an there. I've distressed the edges with Tumbled Glass distress ink and layered her up on some silver card. The background was made using distress inks and i've just added more gems and some wintery die cuts to finish off .

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore: anything goes
Crafty friends: use your dies
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything goes
Penny Black and More: anything goes with a stamp
Sparkles Forum Challenge: Christmas in July
Sparkles Forum Christmas: Snowflakes

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

Friday, 22 July 2016

Summertime at Polkadoodles

Hello again, it's inspiration time over at Polkadoodles and our theme is Summertime! We've got a fabulous prize for our lucky winner and also Top 3 honours, and a special feather in your cap up for grabs too.Of course my lovelies teamies have got loads of inspiration for you so its well worth a visit to the challenge blog.


Nikky has designed lots of gorgeous new clear stamps and i've used some from Tropical Flowers 1 and Tropical Paradise Flamingo, you can find them all here. I've coloured the images with my Lrya pencils,decoupaged the bird's wing and added a little distress ink in Tumbled Glass. I've added a bow topped with a button and some bakers twine to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments: anything goes
Cardz 4 Gals: no patterned paper
Cute Card Thursday: in the round
Through the purple haze: peaceful/harmony

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


Anything Goes at Colour Crazy Challenge!

Good morning folks, we've got a nice easy challenge for you over at Colour Crazy Challenge! Our theme is Anything Goes and we've got lots of lovely goodies up for grabs too. There are prizes from 'A Day for Daisies' and you could even with some fabulous Graph'It Marker too. We've also got an amazing blog candy up for grabs too with about £150 worth of crafty goodies including pens, dies etc but don't hang around as you've only got until the end of the month!!


I've coloured this supercute image from A Day for Daisies with my Graph'It markers, you can find a list of colours used over on the challenge blog.


I've added a stamped sentiment, ribbon and gems to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs: Christmas in July
Crafty Gals Corner: Christmas in July
Deep Ocean: Christmas in July
Fairy Tale: Christmas in July

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

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes at We Love 2 Create

Good evening my lovelies, i've got laptop gremlins so i'm very late with my DT post for our new challenge at We Love 2 Create where our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes'. We've got lovely crafty stash lined up for our lucky winner thanks to Premium Craft Brands and of course Top 3 honours are up for grabs too.


For my DT project i've made a seaside themed card using some gorgeous new stamps  (Tropical Oceans and Oceana) from Polkadoodles (you can find them here) .  I began by adding the background sky, sea and beach with my Pans and then stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black. I used a battery eraser to remove colour from the images and also to create some waves. I used sofft tools to add colour and detail before distressing the edges with Burnt Sienna.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Moving along with the times:  no designer papers
Penny Black and more: anything goes with a stamp
Stempelgarten: Summer holiday
We Love vintage: Sun/sea//sand


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



Sunday, 10 July 2016

Under the Sea at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Good morning folks, it's new challenge time over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this month our theme is 'Under the Sea'. As always we've got a fab voucher to spend at Flonzcraft for our lucky winner and Top 3 honours are up for grabs too. Don't forget though, you do need to use a rubber or clear stamp to play along, no digis are allowed.


I've used stamps from Chocolate Baroque to create this shaker card, colouring with Graph'It markers on a distress ink background. Over this I've layered up some card with an acetate 'porthole'. I painted the card to create a weathered effect using acrylic paint and a technique I saw the  lovely Jenny Marples demoing on tv. I've added sequins to the shaker element of the card and then some shells (both real and resin), some netting and some raffia to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cards and More: Summer/beach/sea
Crafts Galore Encore: anything goes
Creative Corner: Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts: Anything goes

My teamies have lots of beautiful artwork to inspire you so if you have a minute grab a cuppa and pop over to the challenge blog.
Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

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