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Saturday, 30 April 2011

A new challenge at Let's Ink It Up!

Just a quick post to remind you that there's a new challenge starting over at Let's Ink It Up today, and the theme is 'Embellish it'

There's a fab prize of a $20 voucher for Annabelle's Stamps for the lucky winner so don't miss out on your chance to win :-)
Thanks to everyone who took part in our stitching challenge, we're certainly going to have our work cut out choosing the winner and top 3
Claire xx

Spring at Michelle Perkett Studio

Hi there, weekend is here again although with all these bank holidays I'm totally confused and keep forgetting what day it is lol. Did you watch the Royal Wedding yesterday? I didn't intend to spend all day glued to the TV but I got totally hooked and couldn't switch off, everything was just so perfect and William and Kate looked so happy. Anyway back to crafting today and today's card features one of the beautiful new images from Michelle Perkett Studio ... Spring is available here in Michelle's Etsy Store. She's a real beauty with that gorgeous hair isn't she?

I've used a bp from K&Co and another from Artylicious 'Decadent Brocade' cd and added some sparkly lace and velvet ribbon. The image is coloured with promarkers and she has some stickles in her hair for a little added sparkle. I've distressed around the image with tumbled glass distress ink.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts 4 eternity: anything goes
Sassy Studio Designs: Monochromatic
Scrapbook Sisters: Distressing

Thanks for visiting today, don't forget you still have time to pop over and enter this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio, this week's theme is turquoise and brown. If you don't have any of Michelle's images check out the discussion boards over at Michelle's group on PCP and pick up some of the gorgeous freebies :-)
Claire xx

Friday, 29 April 2011

Challenge #24 at Digi's With Attitude!

Hi there peeps, a big day here in the UK today as Wills and Kate get married, how very exciting! In fact if blogger plays nicely when this posts I'll be sat in front of the TV with a box of tissues sniffling as I watch lol. Why do weddings always make me cry?? Anyway enough waffle, its also a big day as its time for a new challenge over at Digi's With Attitude! and our theme is
"Who is a star in your life?" so we want to see a star somewhere on your project!!

I've used one of the gorgeous new images from Digi's With Attitude for my card, isn't she a glamour puss?? She is called Movie Star Tween and she is one of the new releases available at the Digi's With Attitude store. There is another new release available from today too, she is called 'Fortune Teller Tween' and she is a stunner

We have another fab sponsor this week, our lucky winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate for Stitchy Bear Stamps and of course for every 25 entries there is prize from Digi's With Attitude! too.

Anyway I'm chattering on so I'd better get back to my card, its a ginormous card! I remembered a wardrobe template I bought years ago and decided that the gorgeous Movie Star Tween would need a lovely wardrobe so i set too with card, distress inks, little swirl stamps, faux pearls and glue and managed to put it together (the air was blue at times as I'm useless at measuring and generally being neat lol). The image is coloured with promarkers, the bp is one of Crafty Ann's mottled stone collection. The black wired ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the embellishments are from a pack of stickers from Creative Station. The little dress was perfect with a tiny beaded coat hanger from my stash. I used the blingy necklace embellie to look like it was falling out of the drawer but apart from that she didn't make too much mess getting ready lol. You don't want to see my bedroom when I've been getting ready to go out .

I'm entering Movie Star Tween in the following challenges:
A gem of a challenge: Pearls and/or swirls
My partner in crafting crime: Inspiration photo
Paper Sundaes: Sundae bar (My toppings are sparkle and pearls)
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes
Totally Gorjuss: bling it on

thanks for calling by today, I hope you're going to 'star' in our challenge
this week  at Digi's With Attitude!
Claire xx

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Take a city or a country break with the Rainbow Lady

Hi there, this week at Rainbow Lady's Challenge. Cynthia has another great theme, she wants to see your creations inspired by the theme of a Country or a City break. We have a generous sponsor again this week, our lucky winner with receive a prize from the lovely Sharon Duncan. The DT were lucky enough to have some of Sharon's gorgeous embossabilities papers to work with. Unfortunately my horrible photography skills don't do this lovely bp any justice at all  so you'll have to take my word for how nice they are.

I changed the colour of the bp in picassa, a bit of a nightmare for me as I'm a complete technophobe lol. The image is an Oliver's Orchard stamp, painted with distress inks and die cut with a nestie. I've added some raffia lace, blue ribbon, cream ribbon and lots of paper flowers with faux pearl centres. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft your passion: Show us your layers
Crafty Emma's: spring colours/image
Pile it on: Two or more ribbons
Stamping Vacation: ribbon over lace
Stamptacular Sunday: Pile it on (I've managed 6 layers)
Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

A colour challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio

Hi there, don't the weeks seem to go quickly or am I getting old?? Don't answer that lol. Its time for this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio and this week Shelly and her team of mermaids have a fab colour challenge for you, they want to see turquoise and brown projects. This is one of my favourite colour combinations and a perfect opportunity to colour Angelica as a brunette too. You can find Angelica and lots more stunning digi stamps in Michelle's Etsy Store.

As usual, i've coloured Angelica with promarkers and I've added turquoise stickles to the flowers in her hair. I've used a turquoise/teal bp and a brown bp from K&Co and punched the borders with a MP punch.I've used a beautiful chocolatey coloured ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, i've been saving it for ages but had to use it as I thought it was a perfect match for the colours in this card. The large swirly corners are a Chocolate Baroque stamp, embossed with vintage photo Distress EP. I've added some flowers from WOC which have been coloured with glimmer mists and blinged up with some more stickles.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T: flowers
Crafters Companion: Aqua and brown
Delicious Doodles: Anything goes
I love promarkers: anything goes
Simon Says: Emboss it
Sparkles Forum : Anything goes

Thanks for calling by today.  I hope you're going to join in this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio, don't forget you need to use one of Michelle's images to enter but if you don't have any you can pick up some gorgeous freebies at Michelle's group on PCP!! Just check through the discussion boards to find them
Claire xx

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Butterflies at CD Sunday

Its time for a new challenge at CD Sunday and this week the theme is 'Butterflies', its my last week as Guest Designer at CD Sunday so a big thank you to the DT for inviting me, i've really enjoyed my time with CD Sunday and its been great to explore my crafting cds again:-)

We all love butterflies and I have loads of butterfly stamps but this weeks theme was a perfect chance to use my new favourite stamp. Its absolutely ginormous and is from the 'Butterfly Dreams' themeplate from Chocolate Baroque. I'd already printed my bp out from Artylicious 'Essence of Nature' cd so I used the gorgeous pinks, lilacs and blues as my colour palette.

I brayered some glossy card with big'n'Juicy Hydrangea inkpad, masking a moon and then overstamped with the main image in versamark ink. I embossed with black detail EP and coloured the berries with Tinkabella 'Rose' ink, this dries to a lovely sheen - great for berries etc. Once the ink was dry I added white highlights with a Range inksentials white gel pen. the main image has 2 butterflies but I stamped out several on acetate and glittered the reverse. I ended up adding 5 acetate butterflies to the card with silicone glue to give the wings some dimension. I guess you can never have too many butterflies lol. You can see the detail better in this pic

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best: Glitter and glitz
Fabulous Friday: birds or butterflies
Flutter by Wednesday: Open challenge with angel fairy or butterfly
Freshly Brewed Challenges: sparkle and shine
Little Miss Muffet challenge: glitter and shine
My Mum's Craft Shop: all that glitters
The Paper Shelter: Inspired by Nature
Top Tip Tuesday: Open Challenge

thanks for visiting today, dig out your crafty cds and join us for this weeks 'Butterflies' challenge at CD Sunday. Don't forget to pop over and check out the DTs gorgeous work too
Claire xx

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Playing with Friendly plastic

I've never found friendly plastic to be very friendly before lol but when I saw the fab tutorials over at The Craft Barn I decided to give it a go and have a play. Here are a couple of pendants I made last night, apols for the truly horrible photo - the light is really weird here, I think we are in for a thunder storm!

There are 3 tutorials over at The Craft Barn and i've had a go at two of them, I wasn't up to tackling Neils gorgeous box tutorial lol. The pendant on the left uses the technique in Chris' tutorial. i've used silver black and purple FP. I joined up a load of scraps and heated them, laid a scrap of lace over the top and used a diamond shaped cutter (from The Craft Barn). Once it was cool i punched a couple of holes with a cropodile and coated it with glossy accents, adding some faux gems.. I've used  black cord to hang the pendant and a gunmetal bead from my stash dangling at the bottom.

The pendant on the right is made using the technique from Michelle's tutorial but I overheated the FP and it went a little holey lol. I quite liked the effect so I just stamped a rubber stamp into it and added a curve by shaping it with a pencil. Again holes punched with my cropodile and coat of glossy accents this time once it was dry I added a FP bead. I have quite  a few FP beads as every time i've tried to use it I've ended up with a total mess and rolled it up into a bead shape lol.

I'm really disappointed with the pics, they do look better in real life honest :-)
I did have a lot of fun making them though and I'm going to enter them in the FP challenge over at the Craft Barn

thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Hippity hoppity ....Happy Easter

Hi there and Happy Easter to you, I hope wherever you are the sun is shining and you're enjoying the Easter break. We're certainly having some gorgeous Spring weather here in the UK, perfect weather for sitting out in the garden with my promarkers :-)
I don't usually make Easter cards but this year i seem to have made a few, I couldn't let Easter pass without using Harvey, the Easter Bunny from Michelle Perkett though (he's available in Michelle's Etsy Store)

Harvey is coloured with promarkers and cut out with a nestie labels 4, I think he is the cutest little bunny!! I had a lot of inky fun making the tag for Harvey. I used yellow card and stamped with some egg stamps from Chocolate Baroque, I love these stamps as they come in 3 layers, a solid egg stamp, a layer of tiny dots and a layer of larger speckles - I used various inks to stamp them (Anna Griffin cream and duck egg pigment ink, and brown versafine). I added some little brown paw prints (Ok they are dog paws from Paper Pretties but i didn't have any rabbit paw stamps lol). I distressed the edges with brown ink added a yellow eyelet and some yellow gingham ribbon at the top of the tag. To finish off I added a yellow square 'Happy' eyelet that i've had for ages, i think it came with my cropodile.

I'm entering Harvey in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: Y is for yellow 
Creative Belli: Eggs/Bunnies
For fun: Easter
Paper Play: Easter time
Top Tip Tuesday: Open challenge

Thanks for calling by today. Don't forget you still have time to enter this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio - Anything goes using one of Michelle's images!! If you don't have any of Michelle's gorgeous digi stamps yet pop over to her group on PCP and grab a freebie - there are loads on the discussion boards :-)
Claire xx

Friday, 22 April 2011

A day for daisies

I've had a lovely start to my days off work, a little gardening and some crafting too. Here are a couple of cards I made this morning.

i've used a gorgeous freebie from 'A Day for Daisies' , coloured with promarkers and then sponged in the sky with Tumbled glass distress ink. The challenge at A Day for Daisies is dots and  stripes so i've picked out 3 bps from K&Co, one with dots, one with stripes and a floral. I've used this weeks sketch from Allsorts for the layout and added some lime ric rac, paper flowers and a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps.
I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft your passion: You've been spotted
Papertake Weekly: spots'n'stripes
Polka doodles: 3 patterned papers
Tuesday Throwdown: polka dots

I don't make many wedding cards but my neighbours daughter is getting married soon so I've made this card for her using Tilda and a bp I was lucky enough to win from Polka Doodles.

The image is coloured with promarkers and has glittery highlight and a microbead necklace and petticoat. For the layout i've used the sketch from Crafty Emma's Challenge. I've added some flowers from WOC, a couple fo Marianne die cuts, a little pink vellum and heart charm and some faux pearls. I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

A Spoon Full of Sugar: Let's Celebrate
Crafty Creations: Red, white and blue and/or a wedding card
Digi Doodle Shop's Best: glitter and glitz
Fab'n'Funky: Here comes the bride

Thanks for visiting, I hope you're having a good start to the Easter break.
Claire xx

Challenge #23 at Digi's With Attitude!

Hi, Friday at last and time for a new challenge over at Digi's With Attitude! and this week we want to see your Asian Style projects!! I've used the beautiful Geisha Tween who is one of the fab new images released in the store today!!

I've coloured the image with promarkers and added some starburst stains to the orchids for a little sparkle. The black card , gold braid and purple tassel are from my stash as is the asian coin charm. I've used a doiley lace Martha Stewart punch on the purple and black mats behind the image. The gorgeous purple and gold cardstock is from Hunky Dory, its so beautiful it nearly hurts to cut it lol. The purple and gold ribbon is actually from a reel of ribbon which I found with some clearance Christmas decorations earlier this year, what a bargain - 50p for 5m :-)

We have a fab sponsor again this week this week, our lucky winner will recieve a prize of 2 digi sets from Bearly Mine and of course for every 25 entries there will be a prize of a $10 gift certificate for the Digi's With Attitude Store!!

Make sure you call by the Digi's With Attitude store and check out the new releases! Geisha Tween is one of the new images released today but there is also a supercute Sportscar Beiber Boy so pop over and have a look!! Isn't he adorable?? 

I'm entering Geisha Tween in the following challenges:
Ambers Crafts and stuff: Ribbons and bows
Bling it on: Use a digi and bling
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Lots of layers
Digital Tuesday: Pretty punches
I love promarkers: anything goes
Incy Wincy: Bright and Bold
One Stitch at a Time: Make it Sassy
There She Goes: Monochromatic

Thanks for visiting today. 
Claire xx

Fancy Folds at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog

Woo hoo the first day of my Easter hols and a new challenge at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog too! This time Ann's challenged us to come up with some fancy folds and if you know me you'll know I really struggle with fancy folds of any description. I'm totally useless at measuring and generally being neat and accurate but I really love these little drawer easel cards to I decided to have a go at making one without measuring - look no hands or may be I should say look no rulers lol. I've used one of Crafty Ann's gorgeous mottled stone backing papers (they are really versatile papers, have a peep at them here) and one of Ann's beautiful Morning Glory images (can you believe you get 3 versions of this little beauty for 60p????) You can find it here

I coloured the image with promarkers and decoupaged the flowers to make them pop a little. I then masked around the image and inked lightly with distress inks. I stamped the sentiment (from Chocolate Baroque) in stormy skies DI and added some little gems in the corners.

To make the little drawer easel I started off my making the easel card as normal, cutting it to a 14cm square with my guilllotine. I then cut a  2 14cm strips of white card and scored the depth using the grid on my ruler, and joined them together with pva glue. I made the drawer by drawing round the square easel card and scoring just inside the lines to get the size. I covered all the elements with the mottled stone bp and added a pale blue brad to open the drawer. I die cut a white and mottled stone shape and added some flowers and gems to prop the easel open.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Ai Factory: flowers in bloom
Aud Sentiments: Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T: Flowers
I love promarkers: anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles: Spring/Easter
Southern girls: green and blue
Sweet Stamps: Frame it

Thanks so much for visiting today, I'm really looking forward to seeing your 'fancy folds' this week
Claire xx

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Sweet Treats with the Rainbow Lady

This week our challenge over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge is Sweet Treats for Easter! 
We have a really fab prize up for grabs too.... our lucky winner will receive stamps to the value of £15 from The Artistic Stamper!! Mmm I wonder if I can disguise myself and enter lol?

Now I don't normally make many Easter cards and only have a couple of Easter stamps in my stash so I didn't have a lot of choice for my DT card. I've used this gorgeous stamp - Fantasy Easter Ocean by Ching Chou Kuik from Sweet Pea Stamps for my card. The bunnies are so cute and there are some little Easter eggs there honest :-)

I've painted the image with distress inks, I love using these inks but it takes me sooooo long to do lol. This kept me out of mischief for hours. I've used a bp from Raspberry Road Designs and distressed it with a craft knife. I die cut the border with my cuttlebug and coloured it with wild honey distress ink. The leaves are stamped using Sheena Douglass stamps and made the flower by punching 6 flowers with a woodware punch using copier paper. I sprayed the punched flowers with starfish and yellow daisy glimmer mists and layered them up once the were dry.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creatalicious: Easter plus pink green yellow and blue
Daring Cardmakers: Spring or Easter
Fabulous Friday: homemade embellishment
Pile it on: Use a rubber stamp

Thanks for calling by, I hope you're going to share your sweet treats with us this week.
I'm counting down now, one more day at work and then I have 11 days off :-) I know I keep going on about it but I'm soooo looking forward to some time off! Make sure you pop over to my teamies blogs and check out their beautiful work, they have come up with some fab inspiration again this week :-)
Claire xx

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Anything goes at Michelle Perkett Studio

Hi there, this weeks challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studio is 'Anything goes' with a MPS image. Today's card used the beautiful 'Angelica' image from Michelle Perkett ( you can grab her here in Michelle's Etsy Store) . I love colouring hair and Angelica really has the most gorgeous hair so  I had loads of fun colouring her. Watch out soon for a brunette Angelica too :-)

I've used a bp from K&Co matted on some peachy pink pearl card. I've used some cuttlebug dies to cut the borders from the same card and added some sea green crushed ribbon.  Angelica is coloured with promarkers and I've added some faux pearls to her hair. The cute postage stamp sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps as is the postage stamp die used to cut it out. To finish off I've added some coral and turquoise roses and more faux pearls.

I'm entering Angelica in the following challenges:
2 Sisters: Bingo challenge (my line is ribbon, pearls, flowers)
A gem of a challenge: Pearls and/or Swirls
Aud Sentiments : Anything goes
Incy Wincy: Bright and Bold
Paper Romance: paper flowers
Stamp with Fun: Birthday

 If you don't have any of Michelle's image pop on over to Michelle's group on PCP and grab one of the freebies - there are 18 fab freebies on the discussion boards so don't miss out!!
Claire xx

Monday, 18 April 2011

This Genie has attitude!

Hi there, its a beautiful sunny morning here in my little corner of the UK and after a really stressful weekend i've booked a day off work. I'm planning a little gardening and lots of crafting but first I wanted to share this card made another fab image from Digi's With Attitude!
She is called 'Grumpy Gretchen -Genie' and you can find her here

I've coloured Gretchen with promarkers, its the first time I've really tried darker skin tones and I'm pretty pleased with the result (I used walnut, cinnamon, cocoa and tan). The corner stamps are from Chocolate Baroque  and I've matted the image on some red and black card punched with a MS doiley lace punch. The bp is from one of my favourite craft cds, its called Decadent Brocade by Artylicious and you can find it at Chocolate Baroque too.. I've edged the bp and the black mat with a gold krylon pen and added some black and gold ribbon from Crafty Ribbons to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Anita B: Anything goes
Crafty Ho's: Sketch or use a rubber stamp with a digi stamp (I've used rubber and digi stamps)
Digital Tuesday: Little Women
Kenny K: Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time: Make it Sassy
Paperplay: Photo Inspiration
Sugar Creek Hollow: Monochromatic

Thanks for calling by today, I'm going to do battle with the dandelions now as the garden is full of them at the minute. Why is it weeds seem to grow faster than plants?
Claire xx

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Happy Birthday CD Sunday

CD Sunday is celebrating its first birthday!! So of course the theme for this weeks challenge is
"Happy Birthday"
I'm really pleased to be Guest Designer for such a special challenge and in honour of the occasion decided to put my stamps away and get printing. i've used a beautiful bp and decoupage from Debbi Moore's Evergreen' cd and printed them on pearlescent paper.

The BP is matted on gold mirri card and the decoupaged lady is glittered to highlight the pattern on her dress. I've added some green ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, some gold mirri die cut swirls and made a shrink plastic 'Happy birthday' charm. I die cut the shink plastic (nestie labels 4) and stamped Happy birthday on it with ivy green brilliance ink and covered the back of the shink plastic with galaxy gold brilliance ink. I made holes with my cropodile and then heated it with my heat gun. I added a green heart shaped bead from my stash and attached it all with jump rings. To finish off I've added some pale gold dew drops from Crafty Emma's

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sugar Creek Hollow: Monochromatic
Fabulous Friday: Homemade embellishment
Inspire Me Friday: anything goes
Aud Sentiments: Anything goes

Thanks for calling by, I hope you're going to join in and wish CD Sunday a very happy first birthday :-) There are some fab prizes for the winners of this weeks challenge  too
Claire xx

Saturday, 16 April 2011

A new challenge at Let's Ink It Up!

Hi there, time for a new challenge at Let's Ink It Up and this time we want you to
'Show us your Stitching' Any kind of stitching is fine, real or faux as long as you remember to use a rubber or clear stamp on your project.

Our lucky winner will receive a fab prize from StampingScrapping who are giving the winner a set of stamps for their custom spellbinders dies!! What a great prize!!

I've made a little canvas for my DT project this time around. but i've really struggled to get a decent pic so apols for the dodgy photo lol

I created a crackle background on the canvas and the oval using silver ecogreen paint, PVA glue and a pale lilac acrylic paint and once it was dry distressed with dusty concorde and black soot distress inks. I've added a UTEE border (Cosmic shimmer arctic black) and stamped with a Lost Coast button border stamp, I added purple velvet ribbon, black lace and some lace coloured with dusty concorde distress ink. The stitch stamps are from Chocolate Baroque and the dressmakers dummy stamp is from MME. I stitched a ribbon flower and a skirt using some wide chiffon ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and added a black lace belt  I added some more stitching - a black and lilac beaded tassel made using size 11 and size 6 seed beads, it took me ages to stitch it. I used to do a lot of bead stitching but i'm very out of practice lol.
I added a cute little lady mouse from Crafter's companion, she is stamped with black stazon and coloured with inktense pencils. I cut her out and made a cut in the eye of the needle before threading through a little purple embroidery floss. I also used a needle stamp from Crafters Companion to stamp the pins, embossed them in silver and added a faux pearl for the head.
I'm entering this canvas in the following challenges:
Artistic Stamper: Build it up (layers)
Squigglefly: Fabric/Stitching
Sir Stampalot: ladies and fashion
Sweet Stamps: For the ladies
I was really pleased with this project but its very camera shy so once again apols for the awful pic. I hope you're going to join our stitching challenge at Let's Ink It Up, we're really looking forward to seeing all your beautiful creations. My teamies have come up with some gorgeous work for this challenge so if you have time stop by their blogs (links in the sidebar) and check out their work!
Thanks for calling by
Claire xx

Easter Bunny Blog Hop at MPS

Hi there, welcome to the fun Easter Bunny Blog Hop from Michelle Perkett Studio!! If you've arrived here from the lovely Theresa's blog then you're on the right track, if not you need to hop over to the start of the Blog Hop which is our very own Michelle's personal blog.

We're all really excited about the blog hop, I hope it gets you in the mood for Easter! All you have to do to be in with a chance to win a gorgeous image from Michelle is hop along, leave a comment on each of the blogs along the way and watch out for the Secret Bunnies!! Along the way you'll find some of our DT members are secret bunnies - they will have a fun Easter Trivia question for you to answer!!

I wasn't sure what to make for my Blog Hop Project and started off by colouring some of Michelle's Easter images, I got a bit carried away and ended up using Oh Happy Spring, Happy Easter Bunny and the gorgeous Easter basket and Easter eggs which you can win along the blog hop route!! I've used bps from Raspberry Road Designs, yellow gingham ribbon from my stash and some yellow chiffon again from my stash All Michelle's lovely images are coloured with my promarkers and the bunnies both have a little black enamel accents on their noses. To make the candy jar I used the little Easter Eggs from the basket set and enlarged them. Once Id coloured them I cut them out and stuck them around the sides of the jar. I also used some eggs on the ends of the ribbon.

Anway thanks for joining us for the Blog Hop, your next stop is the talented Mootseeka's blog so hop over and check out her gorgeous Easter project!!

Just in case you've got lost hopping along, here's a little reminder of the blog hop order
I'm entering my Easter creations in the following challenges:
Fab'n'Funky: All spotty and dotty
My time to craft: on the spot
Ooh La La: Happy Easter

Thanks for hopping by today!!
Claire xx

Friday, 15 April 2011

Gardening 'Tween from Digi's With Attitude!

Don't you just love Fridays? The weekend is nearly here and its time for challenge #22 from Digi's With Attitude! This week the theme for our challenge is
Spring has Sprung. For my DT card I've used this supercute Gardening Tween image, isn't she adorable? I wish I looked like that when I was gardening lol. You can find her and lots more other new releases at the Digi's With Attitude! store

The image is coloured with promarkers as usual and i've used some bps from my stash. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the flowers and lace are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I printed the sentiment using my Design runner which has been gathering dust in my craft room lol. To finish off I added some butterflies punched with an Anna Griffin punch.

Don't forget there are prizes for the winners!! There will be a prize of a $10 gift certificate for the Digi's with Attitude store for every 25 entries to the challenge and this week we have another fab prize too! Our lucky winner will receive a choice of 2 paper packs from our lovely sponsor 'Robyn's Fetish'

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
2 sisters: Spring
Crafty Ho's: Spring green and pastel pink or sketch
Digital Tuesday: Little women
Dream Valley: Things with wings
Flutter by Wednesday: Soft pastel colours
The Crafty Pad: Spring is in the air
Top Tip Tuesday: Spring has sprung
Woodware USA: Anything goes

Thanks for visiting today, we're all looking forward to seeing your fab Spring themed projects for this weeks challenge!
Claire xx

Thursday, 14 April 2011

In the Springtime with Rainbow Lady's challenge

Its time for a new challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog and this time we want to see your Spring projects. We're sponsored this week by our fab regular sponsor Chi Chi Memories, i've used this supercute image to make an Easter wall hanging using a large Decor plate from Caroline's Rubber Stamps and some paint fusion stamps from Sheena Douglass

I used gold ecogreen acrylic paint, pva glue and lemon emulsion paint to create the crackle background. I used the little rosebud border paint fusion stamp around the edges of the decor plate and embossed with Ranger Queens Gold EP. The leaves and rosebuds are painted with various acrylic paints from my stash as I still haven't got the ones Sheena uses. I coloured the cute little Easter chick  in his basket with promarkers and cut it our and matted it on a distressed doiley. I got the polystyrene eggs from The Works - 24 for 99p, what a bargain!! They are painted with acrylic paint and decorated with some sticky ribbon from my stash.

I'm entering my project in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Anything but a square
Floweret: Easter
Sugar Creek Hollow: Vintage Easter

Thanks for popping by, I hope you're enjoying some Spring weather, its really cold here again so I hope it improves for the weekend :-)
Claire xx

Catching up with some Christmas cards

I've got a little behind with my Bah Humbugging again, I've been making Christmas cards but my internet has been so slow I haven't got round to blogging them. Anyway here's my entry for this weeks challenge at Bah Humbug where the theme is Candy Canes

I've used the supercute Lizzie with Liquorice stamp from Whiff of Joy, coloured with promarkers and bits of card and paper from my scrap box. The hexagonal base card is from Joanna Sheen, I have big pack of lovely shaped cards that i hardly ever use so i decided to dust them off and use them.. I've also included a couple of circles for Hazels challenge over at the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge

This would have been my card for the Christmas Trees challenge at BaH Humbug challenge just to prove i made it lol. Its a shameless copy of a design Barbara Gray made on Create and Craft a while ago, I loved the scen she created but didn't have the right stamps so i've used some of my favourite stamps from Chocolate Baroque for this card (New England Winter plate). The cottage and trees are stamped with black soot distress ink, I masked the moon and dusted more black soot all round the image with a shaving brush and then used a make up sponge to intensify the colour round the edges. The sentiment is from Clarity Stamps.
I'm entering this one in the challenge from Christmas Inspirations where the theme is make a Christmas scene.
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx
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