My lovely blogland friends

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A new challenge at Michelle Perkett Studios!!

Its Tuesday again so that means a brand new challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studios!! This week we have a fabulous theme - 'Make Your Own Background'. I love all things inky so I had loads of fun making this card which features the beautiful 'Guinevere' available from Michelle's Etsy Store

Guinevere is coloured with promarkers and has some red stickles added for a little extra bling. I've distressed the edges and layer her on some red card. I've used a black base card and then added the background I made using cosmic shimmer sprays and glimmer mists.

I love these kind of backgrounds as they are so easy to make and looks so beautiful and shimmery. I sprayed lava red and black gold sprays on some plain white card and then rubbed them together with a plastic bag to blend them .Don't use your fingers or you'll look like you've been killing a pig lol - I know cos i've done it :-)
I dried the background with a heatgun and then stamped a HOTP swirl stamp around the edges and embossed with Firecracker red DP. I added some red/black wired ribbon from my stash and made a couple of twisted ribbon flowers to finish the card off, I wanted to keep the layout pretty simple as I didn't want to cover the background lol.
 I'm really pleased with the flowers, if you want to have a go i've used the same method as Lynne uses to make her famous grungepaper roses here. I've loved making these roses over the last few months  and thought I'd have a play with some ribbon too.

I'm entering Guinevere in the following challenges:
Fab'n'Funky: go with the flow
Charisma Cardz: One for the girls
Cute Card thursday: Blast from the Past (I've used the no designer papers challenge from 27/5)
For Fun challenge: Anything Goes
Tanda Teaser: Ladies only
Paper Pretties: Clean and Simple
Craft Your Passion: Monochrome

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you can join our challenge this week, if you don't have any of Michelle's gorgeous images yet you can pick up a freebie over at Michelle's group on SNR, PCP or CDAC

Claire xx

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sweet pea stampers sketch

Hi, wow the weather is awful here, we've had loads more snow so I've been stuck in the house doing lots of crafting!! This is a card I made last week but didn't get chance to post it. I've used a gorgeous sweet pea stamp by Ching Chou Kuik and followed the sketch at Sweet Pea Stampers

I made the background using Midnight blue and meadow lush cosmic shimmer sprays - sprayed loads on to plain white card and then laid cling film on while it dried to give a beautiful cracked ice effect. The image is stamped on pearlescent card and coloured with promarkers. i've layered everything up on blue mirri card and added some ribbon from my stash. The paper flowers are from Jazzlins designs.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Delightful challenges: Flower Power
Top Tip Tuesday: Layer on Layer
Passion for Promarkers: Old and new (the stamp is fairly old, the cosmic shimmer sprays are new and the ribbon and mirri card have been in my stash for years)

Thanks for calling by today, I hope you are keeping warm and cosy. Before i go, here's a pic i took from the back door about 10 minutes ago

Blizzard or what?? If it carries on like this I don't think I'll be able to get to work tomorrow :-(
Claire xx

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Holly, the Christmas Friendship Fairy

Hello from a very snowy corner of the UK, I thought we were going to escape the snow but it started snowing last night and we've got loads now!! I'm a big kid at heart so I love it although I won't be so happy on Monday when I have to get to work lol. Anyway today's card features the beautiful 'Holly, The Christmas Friendship fairy' from Michelle Perkett (hurry over to Michelle's store as not only is Holly on sale this week but Michelle has a fantastic 50% off sale over the weekend!!)

Holly is coloured with promarkers, she has a little flowersoft and prisma glitter on the fur trim around her dress. The background is made using a versamark resist technique - the elusive images snowflakes were stamped with versamark and then brayerd over with Waterfall big'n'juicy ink pad. The snowy hill is just glitter card torn to shape and then I added glitter to edge. I've used a Marianne die for the icicle border and Marianne flower dies to make the flowers (using the copier paper I'd used to get the excess ink from my brayer) and swirls. The beautiful blingy centres are from my friend Linda at Jazzlins Designs.

The sentiment is a stamp from Elusive images, stamped on vellum and then made into a little scroll using inked cocktail sticks.

I'm entering Holly in the following challenges:
Die cut Dreams Christmas Club: use a die cut (icicle border, flowers and swirls)
Papercutz: Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts: Untraditional Christmas
2 Sisters challenge: Non traditional Christmas
Creative Cottage: Untraditional Christmas
Simon Says: Let it snow
I love promarkers: Anything goes + sparkle
Pixie Cottage: Sketch and/or Let it Snow (I've rotated the sketch)
Crafts and Me: Dreaming of a White Christmas (snowflakes)

Thanks for visiting today, hope you are warm and cosy. This cold weather is perfect for crafting so I've got my meltpot bubbling away to have a go at making some beads before settling down to watch the TV.

Don't forget you still have time to enter this weeks 'Happy Holidays'  challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studios, if you don't have any of Michelle's images you can pick up some gorgeous freebies over at Michelle's groups at PCP, SNR and CDAC.

Claire xx

Friday, 26 November 2010

Fun at Fairy Knoll, Family challenge

Its Friday so its time for a new challenge from Fun at Fairy Knoll and this week our theme is 'Family', i've made a card for my sister using this supercute little elf from Fairy Knoll

I've used bp from Dovecraft and pale blue glitter gard  punched with an EK success punch as a border. The main image is coloured with promarkers. the sky is chalked although it doesn't show up too well in the pic. Lots of crushed glass glitter for the snow and some die cut snowflakes which have again been glittered. The sentiment is stamped 3 times. directly on to the bp using pale blue brillaince ink.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Incy Wincy: blue and white
Spoon full of Sugar: anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters: Let it snow
Fresh Brewed: winter/Christmas
Stampin B's DT: Holiday Card

Thanks for visiting, I'm sooooo pleased its Friday. Work has been manic all week so I'm really glad the weekend is here. We seem to have missed all the snow so far but its so cold and  icy. I think its perfect weather for staying at home and crafting this weekend although I suppose I need to think about doing some Christmas shopping at some point lol
Claire xx

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Let it snow

Hi, here's a card made with one of Michelle Perkett's new images 'Snow Family Singing'. Michelle has launched some new images featuring the snow family and they are adorable! You can find them in Michelle's store here. I've made a shaker card, I haven't made one of these for ages but I love making them and thought that it would be a fun card for my son.

Its an 8x8 card and the background is made by stamping a large snowflake stamp from Elusive images on white card, embossing with clear EP and then spraying with loads of cosmic shimmer mist in midnight blue and silver firework ink. I coloured the image with promarkers, painted the background with some more midnight blue shimmer spray and then cut a frame from white glitter card which I backed with acetate. I used silver and clear sparkly stars for the shaker element and attached the frame with shaker tape. I added some snowflakes and a couple of icicle borders, generously coated with crushed glass glitter. Here's a pic to try and show a little of the detail

 I added blue ribbon and clear gems to finish the card off

Jan and her team of talented mermaids at Michelle Perkett Studio's have a fab challenge this week, the theme is 'Happy Holidays' .I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Digital Tuesday: Let it Snow
One stitch at a time: Choose a season/event (Christmas for me!!)
Pollycraft: Feeling blue
Scrap it with a song: Winter Wonderland
Cards for men: Christmas
2 Sisters: Snowflakes
Paperplay: Let it snow
Papercutz: Lots of bling and Christmas
Delightful challenges: Baby its cold outside

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Katie's recipe this week...

Good morning, brrrr its really cold here at the minute and we're told that the first snow is on its way - perfect weather for thinking about Christmas (and for staying in and crafting lol) so I've made a Christmas decoration for this weeks challenge from Cooking it up with Kate. Our recipe this week is :
Paint, Angelic/holidays/rhinestones

and we are sponsored by Pixie Dust who have some gorgeous images! I've used 'Sugarplum Fairy' and although she's not just for Christmas I thought she'd look great for a christmas decoration

I've used a bell shaped decor plate from Caroline's Rubber stamps. I love these decor plates, and the big ones are a great size for making Christmas decorations. I've painted the bell with acrylic paints and then sprayed with pearl glimmer mists for lots of sparkle. More sparkle with the snowflakes which are embossed with enchanted gold EP and have little blue rhinestones in the centres. The creamy/beige papers are from my stash, stamped with the same snowflakes and embossed this time in pale blue and then I distressed the edges with vintage photo distress ink.

Sugarplum fairy is coloured with promarkers and she has clear microbeads on her underskirt, to look like layers of net. She's cut out and layered up on a couple of shapes made with MS topiary punch.

I'm entering my Sugarplum Fairy in the following challenges
Colour Create: Robin's Egg, Seafoam green, cream
Paper Romance: Favourite things (ooh lots of them here, decorplates paint, embossing and of course promarkers and I love Christmas decorations)
Winter Wonderland: Make a decoration
Ai Factory: Bring on the Bling
Tuesday Taggers: Make a decoration
Papertake challenge: cut it out
Passion for Promarkers: Old and new (new image and decorplate, old paint and embossing powder from when I first started crafting)

Thanks for visiting today. As usual I'm counting down to the weekend (or a lottery win lol) so I can have some time off work. Hope you're having a good week and get some time to join our challenge this week
Claire xx

Monday, 22 November 2010

Blog hop winner!!

Woo hoo, congratulations Sammibug hunny, I  just picked your name out of the hat to win my prize from the Fairy Knoll blog hop!! You can pick a digi of your choice from Fairy Knoll, just email Brandi at 
fairyknoll(at)rocketmail(dot)com  to claim your prize!!
Claire xx

Lizzie with Licorice

Hi, its a really wet and miserable day here today and of course Monday is never my favourite day of the week lol. I wanted to share this card I made over the weekend using a Whiff of Joy stamp 'Lizzie with Licorice' that I got from Jazzlins Designs.

I really had loads of messy fun making this card, I decided to use the sketch from the latest Whiff of Joy Challenge and a monochomatic colour scheme for a change. I thought Lizzie would look great in these sepia tones as she has such a cute vintage look.

I made the bp by using vintage photo DI and cosmic shimmer bronze blush spray ink on plain white card. It has a lovely shimmer but the camera hasn't picked it up. Once it was dry I stamped Paula Pascual snowflakes and embossed with Antique linen distress EP. I coloured the doiley and lace with antique linen and vintage photo distress inks.

The image is painted with vintage photo distress ink and the snowflakes stamped are stamped and embossed with vintage photo DI and antique linen EP. I made the snowflakes using the scraps of leftover card and Marianne snowflake dies, they are glittered with clear holographic glitter and the centres are clear gems coloured with alcohol ink. To finish off I added some coffee coloured grosgrain ribbon and a little candy cane charm (peeping from under the snowflakes)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Everybody art challenge: Monochromatic brown
Stampavie and more : Monochromatic
Whiff of Joy: sketch
Simon Says: Sparkle
FRosted Designs: Distressing
Fussy and Fancy: Christmas but no red/green
Totally Gorjuss: Christmas, not traditional colours
Allsorts: Lace, ribbon, Charm

Thanks for calling by, better get back to work now I  suppose ;-)
Claire xx

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Lovely in Lilac

Hi, my weekend seems to be going far too quickly. It'll be Monday morning before I know it but I've managed to make another couple of Christmas cards. This one is for the 'Lovely in Lilac' challenge at Bah Humbug

I had to use this gorgeous purple and gold card from Hunky Dory for this card and thought it would be a great background for some baubles made with Paula Pascaul stamps. I've just got these from the lovely Linda at Jazzlins Designs and they are FAB! I think they are going to be used again and again.

I've stamped a variety of the stamps to make the baubles, they are all embossed with gold EP and inked with Dusty Concorde DT. I just added some scraps of gold ribbon to make them into baubles for a really quick card.

I'm also entering this one in the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles: Anything goes
Daring Cardmakers: We three... baubles (lol)
Crazy 4 Challenges: Add circles
Southern Girls: Favourite Colour

Thanks for visiting. I'm going to have a lazy Sunday afternoon with a piece of homemade Rocky Road and my feet up in front of the TV
Claire xx

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Woofie's first Christmas

Hi, Woofie is back with another Christmas card, this time he's waiting to open all his presents! Woofie is one of a series of new images from Michelle Perkett, Michelle is really on a roll at the minute and has some amazing new images in her Etsy Shop, including Woofie and a supercute snowfamily.

I think this image is gorgeous, there's so much detail I decided to keep the card pretty simple. I coloured the image with promarkers, added some stickles to the baubles, a little white flowersoft  to Woofies hat and matted the image on some red card. The sentiment comes with the image, i used that for the base of the easel card, again matted on some red card and added some little buttons in the corners. I added a red organza bow to finish off.

I'm entering Woofie in the following challenges:
Fairy Fun Friday: buttons and bows
Die cut dreams Chistmas: anything Christmas
Hodge Podge Shop: anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown: buttons and bows

Thanks for visiting today. Don't forget you still have time to join in our challenge at Michelle Perkett Studios this week, where our theme is 'Lets be thankful'
Claire xx

Friday, 19 November 2010

Thankful at Fairy Knoll

Hi, Friday at last, I'm so thankful for the weekend this week lol. The theme for our new challenge over at Fun at Fairy Knoll this week is 'Thankful'
I've used this gorgeous pumpkin digistamp available at the Fairy Knoll store for this card

The image is coloured with promarkers and triple embossed. I've used kraft card for the base and recycled the packaging from some prima flowers to mat the pumpkins on. I thought the die cut tag was too pretty to throw away so I distressed the edges with vintage photo DI and stuck the bow over the writing lol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenge
Crazy Challenge: Thankyou/thanksgiving
Sisterhood of Crafters: Thankful/Thanksgiving
For Fun: Thanks or thankgiving
Raise the Bar: Grateful

Thanks for visiting today, have a good weekend
Claire xx
Claire xx

A new challenge at Crafty Ann's

Friday at last and its time for another challenge from Crafty Ann's Challenge, here's my DT card which uses Anns' beautiful image 'Bridge over stream' available in Crafty Ann's Shop

The challenge this time is a photo inspiration and we want you to take inspiration from this beautiful photo

Isn't it a gorgeous pic?  You don't have to create a scene though, you could take your ideas from the colours, the flowers ... whatever inspires you.

As soon as I saw the photo I knew which image I wanted to use, I also wanted to brayer the scene but braying card won't go through my printer so I had to get my thinking cap on. I had a bit of a breakthrough and I managed to brayer the scene in the end!! I was such a happy bunny lol

I'm planning a tutorial but the weather has been that bad it hasn't stayed light long enough to get some decent pics but I'll get it done as soon as I can. Once I'd brayered the scene, I added some shading with promarkers. The image is matted on some card stamped with a swirly stamp and to finish off I added some paper flowers and coloured some gems with alcohol ink for their centres.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Hodge Podge Shop: Anything goes
Gingerloft: The Great Outdoors

Thanks for calling by, I certainly don't feel like venturing out in the great outdoors today as the weather here is nothing like the lovely pic Ann has chosen to inspire us. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!
Claire xx

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Crafty Ann DT Winner!!

We've been celebrating Crafty Ann's Challenge blogaversary and all the DT blogs had a little prize for one lovely blogger leaving a comment for our last challenge cards. I've picked a name out of the hat and the lucky winner  from my blog is.......
Juls (The Gliltter Chick)

Congratulations Juls, you've won your choice of a digi stamp or precoloured sheet at Crafty Ann's
 Just email Ann at to claim your prize

Claire xx

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

A couple more Christmas cards

Hi there, here's a couple more Christmas cards. This first one is for this weeks challenge at Bah humbug where the theme is Rudolph- Reindeer, i've used this stamp which i've had for years and kind of forgot I had. I think its from Hampton Art Stamps and i love it so I'm really pleased I found it again

He's coloured with promarkers and has a little judikins prisma glitter added to his fur. His red nose and eyes are embossed with clear EP to give them a little shine. BPs are from Dovecraft apart from the gingham paper which is from Raspberry Road Designs. To finish off i've added some ribbon from my stash and a jingle bell. I'm entering Rudolph in the following challenges:
Fab'n'Funky: Forget me not (use an old stamp)
Ooh La La: Rudolph
Stamptacular Sunday: Sketch

Sorry about the dreadful pic of this second card, too much mica and no daylight again lol. I'm starting to feel like an owl with these days. I've used a sweet pea stamp for this card, coloured with promarkers and sakura stardust pens

I'm really pleased with the background for this card, the colours aren't showing true on the pic though. I was watching a craft demo on TV the other day and they were talking about Micaboss powder and I remembered i had some Stickums powder somewhere. I'd never used it with mica powder but if you have some in your stash give it a try and the results are goregous!! Loads more sparkly and shimmery than just using versamark.

I stamped some black card with a Tim Holtz snowflake stamp and versamark, added the Stickums powder and heating till it went shiny and then dusted the mica powders over it. I just added a little red organza ribbon and made a little tag stamped with an Elusive images greeting embossed in firecracker red EP

I'm entering this second card in the following challenges:
Sweet pea Stampers: Embossing wet or dry
Crafty Purple Frog: Time for you to sparkle (sneaking in at the last minute here lol)
Simon Says: Sparkle

Thanks for visiting, hope you are having a good week
Claire xx

Blog hop at Fairy Knoll!!

Hi there, today is the Fairy Knoll Blog Hop!! We're celebrating the lauch of some gorgeous winter images. There are prizes on all the DT girls blogs so make sure you leave them a lovely comment to be in with a chance of winning one of the new stamps . Thats not all though, one lucky winner will get this fantastic prize of all 9 new digi stamps in Brandi's Winter Collection

If you've arrived from Brandi's fab blog  then you're on the right track, if not hop along to our challenge blog 'Fun at Fairy Knoll'  where the fun starts!! You've got plenty of time to join in though as the hop runs until Sunday!!

 I've used one of Brandi's lovely digistamps 'Christmas Gift Fairy' to make this easel card

The image is coloured with promarkers and I've added white flowersoft  and prisma glitter to the trim on her Santa Dress. The bps are from my stash as are the stickers. I love that little hessian poinsettia basket!!

Your next stop on our blog hop is my  lovely teamie Georgia's blog but don't forget to leave a comment here to be in with a chance to win one of Brandi's beautiful digi stamps!!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
I did it creations: Traditional Christmas colours
Craft your days away: Christmas trees
Sarah Hurley: Easel cards

Thanks for calling by, have fun hopping!!
Claire xx

Family, gold, punches

Hi, time for a new challenge at Cooking it up with Katie, this week we are sponsored by Fairy Knoll and our challenge is to use these ingredients in your card: Gold, punches and family. I've used some gorgeous stamps from Whiff of Joy for this sidestep card.

The images are all coloured with promarkers and cut out. I made the background panels by dotting glossy card with a versamark pen for stars and brayering with blue and then black dye inks. The sentiment is also from Whiff of Joy, stamped and gold embossed on a creative acrylic tag and then attached to some brayered card with glossy accents. I added a gold punched border and a couple of gold bows to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative inspirations: Christmas/winter
Cute Card Thursday: Anything goes

Thanks for visiting today,

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Things to be thankful for

Hi there, its time for a new challenge at Michelle Perkett Studios!! Our challenge this week is 'Things to be thankful for',  I decided to make a card using and the Amore Fairy (you can find her in Michelle's Etsy Store) and a beautiful foiled sentiment I've had in my stash for ages.

The image is coloured with promarkers and I added some chalk to the background and clear sparkle EP to her wings. She is matted on some gold mirri card as is the lovely rose bp which is from Joanna Sheen. The square doiley is a stamp from Joanna Sheen, embossed in gold on pink vellum. I've added some flowers, lace ribbon and a pin made with a headpin and beads from my stash. The sentiment reads
"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy.
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom'
Its is sprayed with 'Pink Ink' glimmer mist and again matted on some gold card. I thought these words were perfect for card for one of my dear friends as she really makes my soul blossom!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes: Ribbon and Embossing
One Stitch at a time: Your favourite colour (pink)
Crafty Emma: Think Pink
Paperplay: Ribbon, lace, flowers
Digital Tuesday: Anything with Wings

Thanks for visiting, hope you can join our challenge this week
Claire xx

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Woofie's First Christmas

Hi there,  another Christmas card today, this time though I've used a gorgeous new image from Michelle Perkett, isn't Woofie adorable? Michelle has  launched 3 new images featuring our furry friend Woofie with a fantastic party at her group at CDAC. You'll be able to find Woofie in Michelle's Etsy Store

I've coloured Woofie and the background with promarkers and edged the image with a rocket red brilliance inkpad. I've added puffy paint to the snowflakes, crushed glass glitter to the snow and white flowersoft to Woofie's hat.

 The bps are from Trimcraft 'Let it Snow' pad and again I've edged them with brilliance ink. The sentiment is fab isn't it? It comes with another of Michelles gorgeous images so pop over to her shop and check them out. These fab new images are going to be perfect for cards for anyone who loves animals.

I've also made these little doggy treat bags for my two dogs for Christmas, the image is a fantastic freebie from Michelle !!

I'm entering my projects in the following challenges:
Crafts and Me: Glitter
Creative Belli: Old (i've had my puffy paint for about 5 years lol), new (Woofie), borrowed (doggy treat idea) and blue (bps and background)
Cute card Thursday: Anything goes
Sarah Hurley: Easel Card
I love Promarkers: Icy Colours
Digistamps 4 Joy: Christmas song/poem etc (White Christmas)
Digital Tuesday: Never Used stash and a digi (I never use puffy paint and now i can remember why - it came up like icing peaks when i heated it and I had to squash them flat with an acrylic block lol)
The Crafty Pad: Christmas Sparkle
Paper Sundaes: blue and ribbon

Thanks for visiting,
Claire xx

Saturday, 13 November 2010

CD Sunday, Natural World

I've made the most of my week off and managed to enter this weeks challenge over at CD Sunday , where the challenge is 'Natural World' this week. I haven't had chance to enter for a few weeks but I've had this card in my head for a while so this was a great opportunity. I've used an image and backing papers from Joanna Sheen's cd 'Enchanted Christmas', its pretty appropriate as Joanna is sponsoring the challenge this week.

The bps are al edged in gold EP. The main image is triple embossed and then cracked to distress it. I rubbed some icicle stickles into the cracks for some extra icy sparkle. I forgot to edge the image with gold until I'd stuck it to the card so I added a line of icicle stickles around the edge.

The mistletoe embellies are stamps from Joanna Sheen, coloured with sakura pens and cut out (you don't want to know how long those little blighters took to cut out lol)
I added a white organza bow and some snowflakes. I made the snowflakes using vellum and a Marianne die (from Jazzlins Designs) and sprayed them with gold firework ink which gives them a lovely crinkled effect, layered them up and added some irridescent beads.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Wags'n'Whiskers Challenge: Acetate, tissue or vellum
Paper Pretties: embossing
Delightful Challenges: Glitter it up
Creative Cottage: someone special at Christmas
Little Red Wagon: in 3's (3 snowflakes)

Thanks for visiting
Claire xx

Snow Angel Decoration

Good morning, I can't believe its Saturday already! Where has this week gone? I've had a week off work and the weather has been that bad I've hardly been out so I've actually managed to tidy my craft room.. I won't be able to find anything now but at least its tidy lol.
 I've managed to make quite a few Christmas cards too and had quite a heap of scraps left over so I decided to make some Christmas decorations. This one is using the gorgeous 'Snow Angel' from Michelle Perkett (you can find her here). Snow Angel is one of my all time favourite Christmas images, and this week she is the special featured image so you can get 20% off until November 19th!!

I used a Marianne doiley die and cut out 2 circles and sandwiched a paper doiley between them with some silicone glue. I also popped the tassel in at this stage and punched a hole in the top with my cropodile. I added an eyelet and a scrap of red velvet ribbon at the top. Snow Goddess is coloured with promarkers and attached with more silicone glue. I added a few paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts to finish off. I've made quite a few of these little Christmas decorations, they are really easy and quick to make.

I'm entering Snow Angel in the following challenges:
Wild Orchid: Classic Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges: Photo inspiration
Totally Gorjuss: Traditional Christmas colours
Craft your Passion: Double Anything (I used 2 die cut doileys)
Bunny Zoe's Challenge: Christmas, but not a card
Fab'n'Funky: Going round in circles
This weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studios is 'Anything goes', you still have time to enter to win one of Michelle's beautiful digi stamps!!

Thanks for visiting today, have a good weekend. The weather is looking a bit better here today so I'm planning on leaving my craft room tidy for a while and doing some gardening.
Claire xx

Friday, 12 November 2010

Changing Leaves at Fairy Knoll

Good morning, Friday again so its time for another great challenge at Fun at Fairy Knoll! Our challenge this week is 'changing leaves', a really appropriate theme for this time of year. Its been blowing a gale here all week so there have been plenty of falling leaves for inspiration. I've used one of Brandi's gorgeous new images 'Autumn Fairy' for this card. You can find her and lots more beautiful Fairy Knoll images here

I've coloured the image with promarkers and distressed with Vintage Photo DI. The bps are from my scrap box and they've been distressed with the same ink. I've added  some paper rose from Wild Orchid Crafts and made a litlle beaded 'dangle' with some beads from my stash. To finish off i've added some sepia flat back gems and a birthday sentiment from Elusive Images.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Sketch Saturday: I've rotated this weeks sketch
Crafty Emma's Challenge: Forever Autumn
Lollipop Crafts: birthdays

I hope you're going to join us for some Fun at Fairy Knoll this week
Claire xx

Thursday, 11 November 2010

A knew it was a mistake....

I should have known better than to make a card with starburst stains, glitter card and mirri card - a recipe for photographic disaster lol! I wanted to make something a bit different for my brother-in-law's Christmas card this year, he's a real 'blokey bloke' so cute is out of the question and i thought that by using Christmas colours of Starburst Stains on black card i'd get something suitable for a men's card. I used Sparkle and Sprinkle 'Sparkle' EP and Tim Holtz snowflakes and reindeer stamps to make a resist for the starburst stains background.

Sorry for the dodgy photo, I did my best honest :-). i'd love to be able to get a decent photo of this card as I'm really pleased with the colours and the shimmery effect in real life but this is the best pic i can get so you'll have to use your imagination ;-)

The starburst stains i used are poinsettia red gold (with a little red mica powder mixed in as the mica in this ink is gold), winter jasmine gold and cathederal pines green. I've used black/green glitter card and gold mirri card for matting and layering. The black and gold ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. As my BIL is a bit of a grumpy old man, I used a 'Tis the season to be jolly' sentiment with the same EP and starburst stains.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
The Stampman: anything goes Christmas
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Your fav Tim Holtz stamp (I love both the reindeer and the snowflakes)
Cards for Men: Animals

Thanks for calling by, hope you are keeping warm and cosy. Its terrible weather here in the UK so I'm staying in and crafting all day :-) I've been messing around with my new melting pot this morning (messing being the operative word here lol) and had a great time making some beads. You don't want to see the mess I've made  ;-)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Fab Candy at Jazzlins!!

Pop over to Jazzlins Designs and check out Linda's FAB blog candy!! Linda is a lovely lady and has some fab goodies in her shop, I wish i lived near enough to visit but as Linda does such a brilliant mail order service (and great prices too) I'm  a happy crafter!!

 Pop over to Jazzlins Designs and find out how you can win some gorgeous Sweet Pea Blog Candy!!

Claire xx

Katie's recipe this week....

Wednesday already so it's time for a new recipe at Cooking it up with Katie, we've got a fab sponsor again this week and our lucky winner will receive a prize from Robyn's Fetish! I've used this adorable image from our sponsor  to make my card this week, the ingredients for Katie's recipe are : Food/Beverage, Tag, Sentiment and I've used them to cook up a Christmas recipe.

The image is coloured with promarkers and the bowl has been triple embossed to make it look like china. I've added a die cut circle, edged with gold EP and a doily. The bp is from Raspberry Road Designs. I cuttlebugged two squares of red card and then swiped with a versamark ink pad and embossed with gold again. To finish off I added some gorgeous gingerbread man ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, some red gems and a tag stamped with an Elusive Images Christmas sentiment.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T: Dry embossing
Craft your passion: double anything (I've used 2 embossed squares)
For Fun challenge: dry embossing

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you're going to cook up something with Katie's recipe this week. It doesn't have to be a Christmas card but I seem to be on a roll making them lately
Claire xx

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Bundled up Cooper!

Hi again, my second post today, the weather has been so bad its perfect for staying indoors and crafting. A couple of weeks ago i was lucky enough to win this stamp from Paper Pretties, he's called 'Bundled up Cooper and I love him, hes sooooo cute! I've made 2 cards with him today, the first is following this weeks challenge sketch at Paper Pretties

Cooper and the background are coloured with promarkers and some sakura clear stardust for highlights, The bp is from Dovecraft. I added a circle of white card glittered with judkins prisma glitter, some die cut snowflakes (glittered with the same glitter) and some white organza ribbon with a silver edge. The border is vellum, punched with a MS punch and stamped with Tim Holtz snowflakes and white brilliance ink. To finish off I added a couple of snowflake brads and a little bow from narrow white organza ribbon. I'm also entering this one in the following challenges
For Fun: Use Metal (snowflake brads)
If the shoe fits : Feeling blue
The Crafty Pad: At least one circle and 2 ribbons
One Stitch at a time: winter wonderland

I've used my promarkers again for this card and added some pale aqua card punched with a MS punch and some white/silver ribbon. To finish off I added more die cut and glittered snowflakes. I've used this weeks sketch from Card Positioning Systems for the layout. I'm also entering this card in this weeks challenge from Paper Sundaes where the theme is 'Let it Snow'. The sentiment that comes with Cooper was perfect for this theme. I just stamped it on the cardstock, coloured over it with promarkers and added some white dots with a white gel pen. I'm also entering this card in this weeks challenge over at My Partner in Crafting Crime where the theme is 'Marker Madness'

Thanks for calling by, hope you are having a good week and keeping warm. Its freezing here in the UK at the minute so its a good job Cooper is 'Bundled up' today lol
Claire xx

Anything Goes at Michelle Perkett Studios

Hello from a very cold and windy corner of the UK, the weather is awful - perfect for staying in and crafting. I'm really in Christmas card mood at the minute, here's another for the Christmas box but i've gone for hot pink and lime green as a change from traditional Christmas colours.

I've used the gorgeous 'Nutcracker Ballerina Fairy' from Michelle Perkett (you can find her here in Michelle's store), she is coloured with promarkers and cut out (not the easiest image to cut out with huge scissors cos you've lost your decoupage snips lol) and matted onto a doily sprayed with glimmer mists. The bps are all from papermania and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. I made loads of snowflakes at the weekend with white card (cut with Marianne snowflake dies) and holographic glitter and i was really happy to find that you can colour them to match your project with glimmer mists (I'm entering this tip into Top Tip Tuesday). I added a  little candy cane charm from my stash to finish the card off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Crafty Creations: fables and Fairytales
Paperplay: Circles
Crazy 4 Challenges: square card
Bee Crafty: Christmas
There's Magic in the air: Non traditional Christmas colours
Top Tip Tuesday: Use an image/sentiment
Fairy tale challenge: everything goes

There's a new challenge starting today at Michelle Perkett Studio's, Jan and her team of talented mermaids have set an easy challenge this week - 'Anything goes' and of course use one of Michelle's beautiful images (if you don't have one you can pick up a lovely freebie at SNR, PCP or CDAC)

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx

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