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Sunday, 30 May 2010

Cowgirl n Pony

Hi everyone, hope you are all enjoying the bank holiday weekend. I've made this card with a gorgeous freebie image from CJ at Cowgirl Up Stampen Ranch, Isn't she a cutie? Why not pop over and have a look round the shop - CJ has the most gorgeous digistamps to tempt you.

The image is printed on to pearlescent paper which is fab for promarkers, they blend really well on this stuff (I just wish I could remember where I got it lol). I usually struggle colouring animals but  I used my trusty promarkers and I'm quite pleased with the pony. I dusted the edges of the image with some fresh green versamagic ink and then ran around the edge with opera pink ink. I've followed this weeks sketch from Papertake Weekly Challenge using some papers that were free with Making Cards magazine ages ago. I've added some flowers, brads, a little butterfly charm and some spirals of green memory thread to finish off.
I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew where the challenge is 'Pink and Green'
Creative Cottage where the challenge is 'Blooming Charming'
One Stitch at a Time who are asking us to use something new (my new item is the lovely image)
Passion for Promarkers: Anything goes (its my second entry for this challenge - wow you need to see the FAB prizes they have up for grabs to celebrate their first anniversary)

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Lily, the fairy of Enchantment

I've used the beautiful Lily (from Michelle Perkett's Etsy store here) to make this card  for the challenge this week at Michelle Perkett Studio where the challenge is to use circles and ribbon, Lily was the perfect image to start with as she has that lovely circle background but I also used lots of circles of scrap paper to make the flowers and added a little ribbon and some spirals of memory thread between them

I made an 8x8 base card and distressed the edges with copper brilliance ink. The layout of the card is courtesy of the gorgeous sketch from Truly Scrumptious where the challenge this week has the optional extra of embossing. I've used a K&co bp and then embossed some peach card and some green whitewash coredinations card through my cuttlebug. I sanded the whitewash card to let the green show through and highlighted the embossing on the peach card with copper brilliance ink.
Lily is coloured with promarkers and has highlights of chantilly lace glitter on her wings and flowers. I made some more scrunched paper flowers but instead of fastening them with a brad in the centre, i added a good dollop of glue and some irridescent lime seed beads. To finish off, I used some little pastic circles (from our local scrap store) and glued more beads to them. I've had a job getting a photo as its so dull and dismal today, the colours are really bright and zingy in the flesh.
I'm also entering Lily into the following challenges:
Crafty Ann's Challenge: Lots of colour (Ann and the team have a blog hop at the min with some fab prizes so pop over and have a peep )
Quixotic Challenge: Emboss it!
My time to craft challenge: Vivid greetings card
Passion for Promarkers: Anything goes (some great prizes there too as the team are celebrating their first anniversary)
Flutter By Wednesday: An open theme but of course including an angel, fairy or butterfly

Thanks for looking, I'm just about crafted out for today
Claire xx

Something Completely Different .... Crowns

I've never made a 'twinchie' before so this weeks challenge from Something Completely Different certainly was different for me. The challenge this month is to make a 'twinchie' (2"x2") with the theme this week of 'crowns'. I used up more leftover bits from my desk to make this

I've covered a square of greyboard with  some glimmer misted paper from an old book and distressed the edges with brilliance lightening black ink. I've coloured Patty with promarkers and cut her out. Patty was a freebie I got from Cowgirl Up earlier this year, CJ has some gorgeous images and at the minute she has a fab sale with 25% off - be quick though cos the sale ends soon. Patty is in disguise today as she usually wears a top hat but I've replaced that with a crown for this challenge. The crown is a chipboard shape, coloured with opera pink ink and overstamped in black with a Tim Hotz background stamp. I then triple embossed it with clear ep and added some little black gems. I used a scrap of card, stamped with the same background stamp and punched a couple of butterflies using an Anna Griffin punch and added some more black gems. To finish off I added a little drop of glossy accents to Patty's eyes to highlight them
Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Dragons Dream Tag it on.... Surprise

As usual Frankie has set a great challenge at Dragons Dream Tag it On This week, she wants us to surprise her but we have to use whats already on our desk. I was at an advantage with this one, as usual I've got loads of things started and soooooo much stuff on my desk the challenge began with 'Where's my desk' lol. Anyway I decided to use the bits left over from the last card I made and came up with this tag

For the tag base, I spritzed my craft mat to use up the left over spray already on it, although it was mainly red ink its diluted with the water and looks pink. I cut the tag shape and stamped a butterfly out of the card and distressed with some Lightening black brilliance ink. I'd got a pile of circles cut from old book pages so I mopped some more ink up with them and crumpled them up. When they were dry I distressed them with the same brilliance ink and layered them up. For the centres I used some jewellery findings I got from the scrap store with a blob of glue and some black glitter in the middle. I had a piece of card stamped with a Tim Hotz quote that was headed for the bin as I hadnt got a very good impression so I distressed the edges with my craft knife and them some Aged Mahogony distress ink and stuck the butterfly over the blurred bit. I used my favourite (of the moment, it changes every week) Sweet Pea stamp for the fairy, coloured with promarkers and cut out. I wanted a 'watered down' version of the burgundy for her wings so I used the blender pen with  a little colour added to the chisel end to dilute it. To finish off - a couple of black gems and a scrap of bra strap elastic for the hanger.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: V is for Vintage
Crafty Creations: Use your favourite stamp
Cooking it up with Katie: the recipe is use wings, petals and pink
Cute card Thursday - No designer papers
Allsorts: Black, white + one other colour

Thanks for looking, I hope you are enjoying the bank holiday weekend
Claire xx

Friday, 28 May 2010

First card of the weekend and exciting news!

I've had a lovely crafty start to my long weekend off and finished this card for the challenge from Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge which is to use Black, White and Red. I am so excited as i've been invited to join the DT at Cowgirl Up, I love working with CJs stamps so I'm one very happy bunny. Anyway enough chat, here is my card which uses the Cowgirl Up image  'Cups_Lou', I love this image as she looks such a party animal

I've made a 8x8 card from A4 white hammered cartstock for this card and stamped the Elusive Images corner stamps directly onto the base card with black versafine. I've then added a scrap of red card and some black trim i got from the local scrap store. I think its actually bra strap elastic as its soooooo strong and stretchy you could nearly use it to bungee jump lol.
 I've stamped the Tim Holtz quote onto white card, mounted onto black card and rounded the corners of both and attached it with foam tape.Lou is coloured with promakers and attached with silicone glue
 I made some flowers from some  pages from a book I've started to alter. I saw them on my friend Janet's blog (have a look, they are really easy to make) and thought they were so gorgeous i had to have a play. I cut out 5 circles of paper for each flower and sprayed them with loads of Lava Red cosmic shimmer mist and used black button brads for the centre. I got in such a mess making these lol, here is a pic of my hands AFTER I'd washed them

I look like I've been killing a pig as my granny would have said.
I'm also entering this card in to the following challenges:
Magical Crafts: Black, White + one more colour
Sketch &Stash - I've rotated the sketch and the black trim is new stash from my trip to the scrap store, everything else is from my untidy craft room
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Black, grey + 1 other
Tanda Teaser: Xtra Large

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Born Free

Here is my entry for this weeks challenge over at Blog-a-Doodle using Lynne's gorgeous image 'Born Free'. They have a blog hop tomorrow too so why not pop over and join in the fun

I've followed the sketch from this weeks challenge at I Love Promarkers and of course the image is coloured with promarkers. I find animals really difficult to colour don't you? The bps are from my stash and I used some scraps of corrugated card to back the image and the foiled sentiment (which is from Elusive Images). I didn't want to use ribbon so I found some memory thread and tied a knot with that and added a little to a couple of wooden buttons to finish the card off.
I'm also entering this card in this weeks challenge from One Stitch at a Time which is 'Furry Friends' and also Incy Wincy Designs where the challenge is 'Button Up'

Its my last day at work this week and then I have 4 days off, so I'm a very happy bunny or I will be when I finish at 4pm. I hope it warms up though as its freezing here this morning
Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Journey Tag card

Frankie's challenge at Dragon's Dream Tag it on is 'Journey with a ticket to ride'. Frankie's challenges are always a real inspiration  but I didn't get my tag finished for last weeks challenge so I was determined to have a play this week and got seriously inky making this tag card

I've used a tag shaped card from my stash and stamped a background with lots of stamps - Non Sequitur stamps, text and ships from the Stampman and then lots of distress inks and glimmer mists in Moonlight and various brown shades to blend the inks together. I stamped the Stampman Ship stamp onto a scrap of  brown card and embossed with Antiquities EP before adding loads of Moonlight glimmer mist and Golden Dubloons Moonshadow ink. I did the same with a 'stamp' stamp from Non Sequitur and tore the images out before distressing the edges. I mopped up all the glimmer misty, inky mess with some pieces of string. I attached the main image with a brad so it can move around. It still looked a bit bare so I painted a parrot and chest (Mo Manning digistamps) with distress inks and more glimmer mists/ Moonshadow inks. I inked part of a cocktail stick for the parrots perch which stick out over the side of the card. To finish off I added an eyelet and the knotted  inky string . Apols for the dodgy photo - I can't seem to get a decent picture and the scanner is playing up.

I'm also entering this tag card in the following challenges:
Just scraps: A scrap of brown and a splash of colour
The Crafty Pad: Over the edge
Sunday Stamper: Rip it up and start again
Tuesday Taggers: Its a mans world

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Clean and simple strawberries

This weeks Corrosive Challenge is to make a 'clean and simple' card. I don't usually do this kind of card as I'm such a messy crafter and but when I found this gorgeous strawberry image ( a freebie at Beccy's Place - pop over and have a look at Beccy's gorgeous work) I didn't want to clutter it up with lots of papers or stamping.

I've used  white linen card for the base card ad coloured the image with promarkers. Once I'd cut the image out I mounted it onto a doiley with foam pads and then onto a circle of red card. It was a bit too clean and simple so I added some scraps of rbbon with silicone glue and some red gems in the corners.
I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts: A photo inspiration challenge

Well I'd better get ready for work now, I'm so looking forward to the bank holiday weekend
Have a good day everyone and thanks for looking
Claire xx

Monday, 24 May 2010

New York New York

This weeks challenge from Cynthia over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog is 'New York, New York' and as I'd missed the deadline for the challenge last week I decided to be more organised this week. I've never been to New York and I'm  not likely to as Im a real home bird but when I think of New York, i think of the skyline, parties and glamourous ladies in their finery and here is my card inspired by Cynthia's challenge:

The sky is made by brayering some glossy card with orange and yellow dye inks and overstamping with a starry sky stamp from Non Sequitur. The skyline is cut on my Cricut. The lady is actually a bride stamp from Joanna Sheen stamped and coloured her hair and skin with promarkers then the bottom part of her dress with sakura stardust in orange.  I carefully cut her out to remove her veil and paper pieced the rest of her dress with some paper from Artylicious 'Decadent Delights' CD and highlighted the butterflies with some more sakura stardust. The moon is also from Non Sequitur stamped in black versafine and coloured with yellow stampbord ink before being triple embossed. To finish off, a sentiment from Joanna Sheen embossed with Tequila Sunrise EP.

I'm also entering this card into this weeks challenge from the lovely ladies over at CD Sunday which is 'Elegant Ladies' and The Pink Elephant where the challenge is to use Orange

I'm taking some time owing after being so busy at work for the last couple of weeks and having the day off today. Its bliss to get up on a Monday and not dash off to work. especially as it looks like another lovely day. Enjoy the sunshine if you can and thanks for looking

Claire xx


Sunday, 23 May 2010

Just Breathe...

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After a couple of attempts I've finally got my card finished for this weeks challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studio where the theme is 'Flowers Galore'. It isn't quite how it should be as I dropped the card and one of the dogs trod on it and left a big paw print on the last piece of lilac card for the base of the easel lol.
I've used Michelle's gorgeous 'Serena' image and coloured her with promarkers. I've inked the background with a stipple brush and added some gems to the flowers. Serena is matted on some cuttlebugged card and then on some lilac card. I've added some flowers which I  made from acetate coloured with alcohol inks, stamped and embossed with an Elusive Images stamp and lilac EP. I've also added some more lilac flower gems and a ribbon fish.
I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Say it with Flowers
Fab'n' Funky Challenges: Make it yourself
Sew Many Challenges: anything goes

Thanks for looking, hope you are enjoying the sunshine
Claire xx

Friday, 21 May 2010

Stitching and Ribbons

Well its certainly not the weather for thinking about Christmas - its been a real scorcher today but I'm determined to be organised this year so here is my Christmas creation for this week.

I did this cross stitch ages ago (about 7/8 year ago to be honest ) but I found it with a load of other finished (and unfinished) stitching projects at the weekend and decided to finish it off. I used plain black fabric for the back and added scraps of ribbon to tie it on to the wooden hanger. I have to confess I hand stitched it as I couldn't be bothered to get my sewing machine out. I really must motivate myself and dust it off - I got a new sewing machine about 2 years ago and I can never be bothered to set it up and use it. The pic is taken on the dining table as I didn't want to risk hanging it up incase it was bad luck lol.
I'm entering this in to this weeks challenge from Bah Humbug which is 'Ribbons' and also Susie and Vikki's Christmas Club where the challenge is 'Stitching'
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for looking
Claire xx

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Punched borders

I seem to have loads of projects started and stuff all over my craft room at the minute, it looks like an explosion in a paper factory but I've been struggling to get anything finished for some reason. Anyway I've managed to get this card finshed for the Bah Humbug challenge this week which is punched borders.

It was a real challenge for me as I don't have many punches at all, I've just never really got into them. I do have some papermania punches that I got for a real bargain price ages ago and thanks to Ann on the Bah Humbug team who did a tutorial for this tecnique ages I managed to make this card. I have to say it wasn't easy and they aren't lined up perfectly but at least its punched lol. I used red glitter card for the punched border background. The image is a stamp from Joanna Sheen, coloured with inktense pencils and glittered with a little prisma glitter to highlight the snow. The image is matted on to some green mirri card and I added a scrap of green and gold ribbon to finish off.
Im also entering this card into the challenge from Winter Wonderland which is 'See amid the winter snow'

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


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I don't often make 'baby' cards but I couldn't resist this image from Karen's Doodles - she's such a cutie peeping between her chubby little knees. I've used a bp from a Joanna Sheen pad I've had for ages but never really used (why do we keep paper for stroking instead of using it?) . the image is coloured with promarkers and cut out before being matted onto a doily (again from Joanna Sheen). To finish the card off I've added some ribbon and card candy. For the layout I've followed this weeks sketch from Karen's Doodles UK Challenge but 'stretched' it a bit as I fancied a change from square cards. I'm also entering this card into this weeks challenge from ABC Challenge which is 'U is for Unused Stash'.

Thanks for looking, better go and get myself ready for work now
Claire xx

Monday, 17 May 2010

Lets get Distressed

This weeks challenge from Michelle Perkett Studio is to use distressing so I've used some of my favourite techniques in this card as I love distressing

The image is coloured with promarkers and the background watercoloured with Shabby Shutters and distress inks. I used to same colours to create a background sheet and then cut it up and altered the pieces for this weeks sketch from Sketch Saturday. The large background is overstamped with a swirls and versamagic 'eggplant'. The vertical panel is inked with lots of the darker eggplant ink, cuttlebugged and then sanded.The two smaller pieces are overtstamped with swirls using with the same two distress inks and dusted with cosmic shimmer powders. I then distressed the edges of all the pieces with my craft knife and inked them with eggplant. The image is mounted with foam pads and I added some paper rose, ribbon and a little charm which says 'Follow your Dreams' to finish off for this weeks challenge from I Love Digi which is Charming

Thanks for looking and happy Monday morning to everyone :-)
Claire xx

Sunday, 16 May 2010

A special card

I can't believe that next Sunday will be our first wedding anniversary!! A year ago we were rushing around making sure flowers, dresses, bridesmaids etc were all organised and now we are like Darby and Joan lol. I wanted to make a special card for Paul, he was really ill just a few weeks after our wedding so he can't work but he is a fantastic 'Home Hub' and has learnt to drive the hoover, the cooker, the washer  - just got to train him to use the iron now.
The theme for our wedding was 'butterflies' and our colour scheme was pale blue, gold and ivory so when I saw the fabby challenge from Sir Stampalot was Butterflies and Blossoms,  my brain started ticking over. As I was the lucky winner of last months Sir Stampalot Challenge I am the proud owner of a lovely shiny new cricut (huge THANKYOU'S again to all the team at Sir Stampalot) and I've used it to cut the base and sentiment for this card:

The inner circle is coloured with inks and cosmic shimmer powders swooshed around on my craft mat to make a pale shimmery gold colour. The sentiment is from Elusive Images, stamped and embossed with gold EP and mounted on foam pads. The blue background is satin card coloured with dye inks and a stipple brush to (hopefully) look like blue sky. The flowers are made from an assortment of stamps - some stamped on acetate and glittered, some stamped on card and painted with H2o's and some stamped on vellum (it took blooming ages to cut them all out). I mounted the blue background on foam tape and attached the flowers with silcone to give them some dimension. The butterflies are Elusive Images, stamped on acetate and glittered on the reverse - they look gorgeous but so hard to get a decent photo.
I hope Paul likes it, i've tried to capture not just our theme colours but also the flowers, sunshine and happiness of a truly wonderful day (awwww, getting a bit tearful  lol). i've just got to try and find him a pressie now.

I'm also entering this card in to the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts: Wedding/Anniversary
Your Next Stamp Challenge: Cut it out and pop it up
Quixotic Challenge: Let your garden grow

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Anything Goes

Hello everyone, I seem to have so many things started at the minute - my craft room looks like a bomb site so I'm going to try and actually finish a couple of cards today lol. The first is this one.
The challenge at Crafty Ann's Challenge blog is 'Anything Goes' so I've been inspired by Ann's fantastic shaped easel cards and made this card.

 I've cut the circles on my Cricut using papers from K&Co. I've used Crafty Ann's Easy Chair digistamp and a cute little tilda and coloured both with inktense pencils. The flower is punched using a woodware punch and has a gorgeous sparkly button for the centre. To finish the card off Ive tied a bow using some pink organza ribbon and made a pin from gold headpins and some beads from my stash.
I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Truly Scrumptious: A gorgeous sketch this week
Just Magnolia: one for the girls
Creative Card World: Easel Card
Just Scraps: Think Pink

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Santa's Treats

The Bah Humbug challenge this week is 'Christmas Food', I thought it was a brilliant challenge until i had a rummage through my stamps and realised that I didn't have any Christmas food stamps apart from a couple of little SeeD's stamps(I'll soon rectify that though lol). Anyway not to be put off I decided to use one of my favourite images from Joanna Sheen's Enchanted Christmas Cd and make a little recipe book to put all my Christmas recipes in.
I was planning on having it finished with all the recipes written in and the pages decorated but I've had one of 'those' weeks at work and only just managed to cobble it together at the last minute.

I used a little wooden book blank I've had for years and sprayed the cover and pages with moonshadow inks (golden dubloons and jolly roger red) and then inked around the edges with poinsetta red gold starbust stains. I cut the image out and stuck it on to the cover, coloured a couple of little stamped images with inktense pencils and added a little sticker from my stash. I stamped the 'Santa's Treats' title with paperartsy alphabet stamps using brilliance rocket red ink. I then tied lots of ribbon to the book rings and made a little bookmark from ribbon and a couple of bells and attached that to the book ring too. I added 4 little gold brads to the corners to finsh it off - had to take a deep breath in case my cropodile split the wood but it didn't.
I'm also entering my little recipe book in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: J is for Jingle Bells
CD Sunday Challenge: Country Charm (stretching it a bit I know ladies but the little girl makes me think of a cosy country cottage kitchen)
Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Puppy Love

I was so excited to see the challenge over at Blog-a-Doodle this week which is 'Pets' , you get to choose one of Lynne's gorgeous images to work with and one of them was a German Shepherd. As I am lucky enough to have 2 german shepherds it was an easy choice for me and here is the card I've made

The image is printed on to printable acetate, Lynne's images are wonderful to work with and all I needed to do with this one was glitter the back with chantilly lace sprinkle and sparkle glitter - a perfect GSD colour lol.  I made the background using some cream textured card and created some hills using sepia versafine ink and then sprayed them with golden dubloons moonshadow ink before distressing the edges. I made the sky using bucaneer bay blue moonshadow ink - the first time I've tried that and I'm really pleased with the effect. The sentiment is stamped again with sepia versafine using a paper artsy alphabet. As the challenge at Tuesday Taggers is Step out of your Comfort Zone, I decided to try some stitching on my card. I love to see it but can never be bothered - I can see why now as it took me ages lol, I do like the finished result though.  I attached the dog with some silicone glue and then made a 'lead' from brown ribbon, a couple of brads and a charm from my stash and attached it to some more inked/stitched card to support the easel.
I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
Sophisticat: a colour challenge, blue, brown and cream
Papertake Weekly Challenge: shiny, sparkly and special
Cards for men: The great outdoors

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A lovely blog award

Huge thanks to the lovely Doreen for this blog award

The rules of this blog award are to link to the person who gave it to you and to pass it on to 12 other people - now thats the tricky part. I've only been blogging since the new year and I've 'met' so many good friends and found so much inspiration its been hard to choose 12 but  here we go:
Kerri, her blog is fab and she makes the most gorgeous candle jars
Tess who's has a real 'knack' with colour and makes some beautiful cards
Marilyn: who has fantastic ideas and make some amazing cards
Janet: a really talented stamper, you need to see her fab backgrounds too
Ann: who makes wonderful cards but is also a gifted artist who produces gorgeous digistamps,
Jenny : who makes stunning cards and has a wonderful eye for detail and composition
Michelle: who produces fab digistamps and I'm sure must have a window to fairyland as she captures the magic in her images beautifully
Tammy: gorgeous cards and seriously clever colouring
Samantha: I've only just 'met' Samantha - her cards are amazing and she has inspired me to try and learn to crochet - try being the operative word lol
Alison: another amazingly talented crafter with a really wonderful blog (and gorgeous pets)
Adele: more fantstic cards and real whizz with her copics
 and last but not least, Christine whose work is a real treat and who also introduced me to blogging

Hope you are all having a good week and this blog award brings you a little sunshine - we certainly need it in the UK :)
Claire xx

Sunday, 9 May 2010

A pressie for MIL

We've already celebrated Mothers Day here in the UK but my MIL has her birthday this week (sssshhhhh don't tell anyone but she'll be 70). I made her birthday card ages ago but thought I'd make her a little pressie too so I've made a little beaded flower pin and a gift box using an image from Michelle Perkett

The box is recycled, it came with some beads in and was plain black so I stamped it with an elusive images background stamp using versamark and brushed cosmic shimmer golden pear over the top. I printed Rosie out onto pearlescent card and coloured her with promarkers and attached her to the card with silicone for a bit of dimension. I added red grosgrain ribbon around the box with a couple of little bows.

Here's a pic of the open box with the beaded pin.Its made using size 6 red seed beads and size 11 black seed beads and is stitched in brick stitch. I made one when I first started beading classes and MIL liked it so I thought I'd make one for her.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant: Mommy I love you
Raise the Bar: For Mom
Stamp something: Birthday somethings
Tuesday Taggers: Recycled

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Anything but a card

This weeks challenge at Karen's Doodles UK Challenge Blog is 'Anything but a card', I decided to make a desk caddy but wasn't sure which image to use until Jean at Just Scraps challenged us to make a 'yellow' project and use up some of our scraps too. I'd seen this tutorial ages ago and really wanted to have a go at making one .. here is the result:

I've used yellow bazzil bling card for the base, scraps of various yellow papermania papers to cover the square sections inside and out. I used a lovely freebie image from Karen's Doodles printed on to pearlescent paper 4 times and coloured with promarkers. I'm not usually much good at folded projects but I'm pleased with the way this has turned out.
I'm also entering it into the Alphabet Challenge which is 'B' is for butterflies

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Under lock and key....

I was really struggling with an idea for this weeks challenge from Frankie at Dragons Dream Tag it on until I noticed my fairy door and remembered how fascinated my friends little girl is by it. She has a little story about the fairy door being locked to keep humans out, they key is on the other side of the door in fairy land where only the fairies can reach it.  I decided to make my tag based on this little story so I made a green fairy door using some wood effect card from my stash and some heartwarming vintage hinges and lock. Inside I created my vision of fairyland using my brayer and dye inks
Here is the outside
I stuck the door to one side of the tag so it would open and here is the inside

The waterfall stamp is from Non Sequitur and the fairy is from elusive images. I brayered the background and then stamped the images.I removed some of the ink with water and added a little more colour with promarkers. The fairy wings and spray from the waterfall are glittered with prisma glitter but it hasnt picked that up very well in the photo. The key is another Heartwarming Vintage sticker, attached to the card with some narrow ribbon and a dragonfly brad.
I'm also entering this tag into the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar:The Great Outdoors (optional extra - insects)
Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Here comes the sun...

This weeks challenge from Pollycraft is 'Here comes the sun' and as I've had this image a while and not used it I though I'd make a 'sunny' card for this weeks challenge

My mojo has been AWOL all week so I was pleased to see this weeks challenge from Allsorts was a nice easy one. I've used a K&Co backing paper, some cuttlebugged yellow pearescent card from my stash and some glimmer misted flowers (from a huge pack of white flowers for a quid in poundland) with fb pearls in the centre. The image is printed onto pearl card and  coloured with promarkers with some sakura clear stardust on her wings. I've added some background colour with cut'n'dry foam and kaleidacolour inks. The elusive images sentiment is cut out with a nestie and mounted with foam pads.
This card is also for the following challenges:
Dare u 2 Digistamp: Anything goes
Corrosive challenge: Celebrate (happy birthday Janet)
Flutter By Wednesday: Open challenge, of course with a butterfly angel or fairy

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Stormy weather

On this card and here too this weekend. Its an awful morning - cold windy and rainy, where has spring gone? I've used lots of moonshadow inks on the background to this card and the moonlit mulberry is the most gorgeous colour. I haven't used that one much before but I love it. As usual it doesn't like its photo taken though lol. I love making my own backgrounds so I had to have a bash at Cynthia's challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog where the theme is open but is to include your own background. 

The inspiration for this card came from the lastest Gingersnaps Chestnut Theme Challenge GC53 which is 'Read' in celebration of National Crack a Book month. At the minute I'm reading The Red Wolf Conspiracy which is about the disappearance of an ancient and magical ship so this image from Digital Two for Tuesday was perfect for my project. I printed the image in sepia on some cream pearlescent card but for some reason it looks purple lol. The waves and stars are highlighted with sparkle EP. The 'scroll' is made from inked cocktail sticks and greaseproof paper stamped with text. The edges of the scroll and the background are distressed with sepia versafine, this weeks challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is distressing. I decided to follow the fab sketch from this weeks challenge at Papertake and decided I 'd use some nautical knots at the bottom of the image and along the side. I wasn't in the girl guides though so had to bodge some knots using garden string which I'd coloured with moonshadow ink.
Thanks for looking,
Have a good weekend
Claire xx

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

The Three Graces

I've made this card using another beautiful image from Michelle Perkett called 'The Three Graces'

I've had a few disasters making this card (cutting the first image totally wrong and ending up with 2.5 graces lol and having gremlins in my craft room who've run off with my box of lace!) so its not quite how it was planned but hey ho, thats crafting.

The image is coloured with promarkers and I've just added 2 shades of pink glitter card, some little paper rose and white satin ribbon. I've followed this weeks sketch from Sketch Saturday and I'm also entering this card into this weeks challenge over at Incy Wincy designs where the theme is 'Anything Goes'

Back to work for me today :( but at least its a short week
Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Monday, 3 May 2010

THE most gorgeous blog candy

Wow, have you seen this gorgeous lot of stash?

Isn't it AMAZING? Check out Lynn's blog Trash to Treasure Art for a chance to win this delicious blog candy. Lynn's work is truly inspirational so its well worth checking out her blog

Claire xx

Get well soon Herbert

Poor Herbert is feeling under the weather but his best mate Bigsby is nursing him better lol. I love this cute image from Karens Doodles but I've never made a card with it so I though it would be just the job for this weeks Karen's Doodles UK Challenge which is 'Animal Magic'

I love making easel cards but thought I'd have a go at a shaped easel card for this weeks challenge from Daring Cardmakers  and C.R.A.F.T where the challenge is to make a shaped card. The image is coloured with promarkers and i've added glossy accents to the eyes, thermometer, the tea in the cup and Bigsby's little nose. I used a 'Get well soon' clear stamp from HOTP which I curved to stamp around the oval. The easel is supported by another oval stamped with a crafters companion sentiment. A few tiny buttons finished the card off.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge : A is for animals
Papertake Challenge: Do something different (oval easel)
Tanda Teaser: Paws for thought
Paper Sundaes: Red, Yellow and Green

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Spring Thaw

As soon as I saw this lovely scene from Lynne at Stamp-n-Doodle I thought it should be framed - such a beautiful image, it hardly took any colouring at all. I made a frame using a dreamweaver embossing stencil and some magitac paste on some pale green card and then brushed over the embossing with some mica powder. The image has a little colour added using my promarkers and to finish off I embossed the puddle with clear EP

I mounted the frame with 3d foam tape to give it a bit of dimension and then the finished image has been mounted onto a small card blank.
I'm entering this card into Lynne's challenge - Share your Creation
Thanks for looking and have a good bank holiday Monday.
We are having traditional British weather for the bank hol - lots of heavy showers so the puddle is quite appropriate ;)

Claire xx

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Amazing Blog Candy up for grabs

At Karen's blog Crafty Goings On - what a yummy bundle of goodies for some lucky crafter this months

Claire xx

Distress it!

I'm usually rushing at the last minute to finish my tag for Frankie's challenge but for a change I'm a bit more organised for this weeks Dragons Dream Tag it On challenge which is 'Distress it!!' (Frankie also has some fab blog candy up for grabs )

I've covered my tag with some card from DCWV and distressed it with brown ink before adding a copper eyelet.I stamped the ladies faces (from Elusive images) onto the card base and sprayed them with Jolly Roger Red Moonshadow Mist. It looked a bit plain so I decided to have a play and made some frames. I cut the oval frames from plain cardstock and covered them with some tin foil (left over from this mornings baking) and coloured them with expresso, ginger and cranberry alcohol inks. I then put them through the cuttlebug - one embossed and one debossed just to see how they turned out. They are a lot darker IRL than they are in the pic. I'm quite pleased with the way they've turned out :)

 The little pic is a chipboard sticker also from DCWV which I've triple embossed. I made the little scroll with some greaseproof paper stamped with the text stamp from the Stampman's nautical themeplate and then rolled it up on some inked cocktail sticks. The grungeboard key has been embossed with gold ep and overheated to give an aged look.I added a couple of deep red roses to finish it off.
I'm also entering this tag into the following challenges:
My Time to Craft: Ruby, ruby ruby
Quixotic Challenge: How distressing
Sunday Stamper: Use a key
Lots to do: Faces

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Moonrose Fairy

Moonrose Fairy is another gorgeous digi from Michelle Perkett and I've made this card for this weeks challenge at the Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge Blog where the challenge is either use your favourite image or follow the sketch. Its so hard to choose a favourite so I've used the sketch :

I've coloured the fairy with promarkers and added lots of sparkly highlights with a sakura clear stardust pen. The black backgrounds are make by stamping grasses on the lower panel and stars on the top panel and embossing with silver EP. I've also added some flowers and stars stamped in versamark and brushed with mica powder but they don't show up too well on the pic. The purple oval is made using the 'Caught in Crystal Technique' which is one of my favourites as it is sooooooo messy. The acetate is painted with radiant rain daubers, sprayed with glimmer mist and firework ink. I've added silver stars, silver microbeads and glitter before adding the floor polish and tissue paper to hold it all together. I love the finished effect but it doesn't like its picture taken lol. The sentiment and moon are from the same digital image.
This card is also for the following challenges:
Crafts and Me: Sparkle
Cute Card Thursday: Make your own (i've made my own bps)
Crafty Creations: Create your own paper backgrounds

Thanks for looking, I hope the weather is kind to you today, it looks like its going to pour with rain here so I won't be venturing much further than my craft room
Claire xx

Saturday, 1 May 2010

I can't believe its May 1st

At this rate it will be Christmas before we know it. I'll be ready this year though as here is another Christmas card:

I've used 'Snow Goddess' a gorgeous digistamp from Michelle Perkett, coloured with promarkers and clear sakura stardust highlights. I've also used glossy accents on her eyes and to highlight the little holly berries on the wreath around her shoulders. She is matted onto a cirle of glossy card coloured with Big'n'Juicy hydrangea inkpad and then onto another circle of silver card. The snowflake bps are make using Tim Holtz snowflakes stamped in versamark on glossy card and brayered with the same inkpad. I've tried to fade the colour towards the centre and I'm quite pleased with the result. I've matted the bp squares onto silver card, added a couple of bows and attached a tiny bell with jump rings.

I've made this card for the following challenges:
Bah Humbug: Snowflakes
I love promarkers: A lovely sketch this week, perfect inspiration for this card
Fab's Big Christmas Challenge: Wreath and glossy accents
Corrosive Challenge: Lucky charms (does my little bell count as a charm?I hope so)

Thanks for looking
Claire xx

Alice in Wonderland

Cynthia has set us all a fab challenge over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog this week, the theme is Alice in Wonderland. When I first thought about the theme, I didn't think I had any stash that would fit the bill, then I remembered I had saved some tiny perfume bottles which would be perfect for a 'Drink me' project. I googled 'Drink me' and found a fab site with loads of free original illustrations here. I decided to make a shadow box for my bedroom wall so I used a blue and sepia colour scheme. This morning's sunshine has vanished and its a very grey day here now so I've struggled to get a pic but here is the result:

I coloured both sides of the canvas with pale blue acrylic paint and then added some shimmer with Bucanneer Bay Blue Moonshadow Mist and a couple of starburst stains. While that was drying I made a frame to cover the staples around the canvas with some hammered card, coloured it with the same spray and then stamped with some SeeD's stamps before distressing with brown ink. I used beeswax to  make a collage inside the frame, layering up the main image,some cups, bottles and looking glasses (which I'd stamped on tissue paper), blue glitter and some toadstools. I then added some silver microbeads and stars. The little bottle is filled with water and blue ink, I addeded some wax to run down the neck and attached it with silicone glue.
I'm also entering my little shadow box in to the following challenges:
One stop craft challenge: anything but a card
Digital Tuesday: also anything but a card
Raise the Bar: My Retreat
Thanks for looking, I hope you are enjoying the bank holiday weekend

Claire xx
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