My lovely blogland friends

Wednesday 29 February 2012

In England's green and pleasant land

Hi there, this is one of my DT project for Chocolate Baroque featuring some of their gorgeous new stamps (Artistic Expressions from Chocolate Baroque and Britannia from Crafty individuals). As soon as I saw the sentiment 'In Englands's green and pleasant land I thought of the gorgeous stamps from Home Sweet Home stampsheet and wanted to combine them to create a little wall hanging

I used the reverse of a 5x7 canvas and cut out some card to cover the frame, I gave it a crackle background with a layer of green emulsion, then watered down PVA glue and a top coat of cream. Once it was dry I stamped the gorgeous swirls from Artistic Expressions with versamark and embossed with a pale green embossing powder. I used the same EP for the Britannia image on cream card, cut it out and popped it up with silicone glue.

Creating the little scene was easy, I just cut some card to fit the aperture of the frame, stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo black and coloured with promarkers. I made the flowers using Crinoline fabric, die cut with Crealies dies and coloured with glimmer mists. The fabric scrunches beautifully. The leaves are also die cut with Crealies, this time embossed with pale green embossing powder.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Art Impressions Stamps: CAS or anything but 
Hiding in my craft room: bring on some spring
Stampman: colours of spring/Easter
Stempelsonnen: a flower for you

Thanks for calling by
Claire xx

Challenge 21 at Christmas Challenges {with sketches}

Hi there folks, time to start thinking about Christmas lol. Joking aside its never to early to get cracking on those Christmas cards and this week at Christmas Challenges {with sketches} we have a gorgeous sketch from my lovely teamie Marion. We've also got a twist to our latest challenge, 'Baby its cold outside' so we want to see you winter themed cards along with Marion's fab sketch! 

This time around we're sponsored by Krea Teja

For my DT card i've used a freebie stamp from a magazine, coloured with promarkers and matted on kraft card. I got a bit carried away with my white cosmic shimmer glue and glamour dust and made a bit of a snowstorm. The gingham backing papers are some of my favourites, they are from a cd (another magazine freebie). The main bp is from Polkadoodles, distressed with a craft knife. to finish off I've added some raffia lace, red organza ribbon, a little bell and some die cut snowflakes.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas: distressing
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: ribbon and/or a charm
Winter Wonderland: glitter/bling

Thanks for popping by, check out my teamies blogs to see their beautiful cards. It won't be long til Christmas now lol
Claire xx

Sunday 26 February 2012

Use Ribbon at PanPastel UK

Hi again, my second post today and this morning card is my DT project for PanPastel UK where our theme is 'Use Ribbon', I think we all love to add some ribbon to our projects so it should be a nice easy one this week. My card is very camera shy, which is a shame as I love this technique!!

Its a very quick and easy background made by applying white PanPastel to white card and then blending in Ultramarine Blue PanPastel with a large Sofft sponge. I used stamps from Chocolate Baroque 'Texture  Fragments', stamped with versamark and embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder.  I then added a little more blue PanPastel over the embossing, you'd think it would create a resist but it doesn't, the embossed images seem to initensify when you apply the PanPastel and the contrast between the velvety matt PP and the sparkly EP is so pretty. You can see it a little better in this pic

I loved the background so much I didn't want to cover it up lol so I just added some lace from my stash and coloured some seam binding with Ultramarine blue PanPastel . I used a gorgeous postage sentiment from Whimsy Stamps, I love these as they have a coordinating die to cut them out and they are soooooo cute! To finish off i've added some sparkly pins from Crafty Boots and some little AB gem flowers to pick out the flowers in the background. I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cards and more: glisten and sparkle
Crafty Catz: something beginning with B (blue and bling)
Little Miss Muffet: Fancy or Lacey
Paper Shelter: add a sentiment
Rogue Redhead Designs: Use a stamped background
Whimsy Inspiration:  monochromatic

Don't forget you don't have to use PanPastels to enter our challenge although of course we love it if you do. Our lucky winner will receive a fab prize from our generous sponsor Berni from Your Creativity Store

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

For a child at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hi there, our challenge this time at Fashionable Stamping Challenges is to make a project for a child. Make sure you pop over to the challenge blog as my teamies have created some stunning projects to inspire you and of course you'll want to check out the fab prize from Marina our lovely sponsor from Cottage Crafts. Don't forget we're a stamping challenge so no digs stamps allowed

I've made a little baby card for my DT project. I usually make large cards but i'm really enjoying making little easel cards with my nesties.  The main image is a stamp from Joanna Sheen that I've had for years, I stamped it on watercolour card and painted with distress inks before cutting out with a nestie, leaving the baby girls nightgown trailing out of the die cut shape. I added a little glamour dust for some sparkle on her nightie

I die cut 2 shapes from some whitewash coredinations card with a larger nestie and sanded around the die. I used the larger die to create the easel card base too, using cream card edged with pumice stone distress ink. To finish the card off I added some faux pearls, a little babies feet charm, seambinding ribbon, a pink rose and a little fabric teddy from my stash. The sentiment is a little sticker i've had for years but I thought it would be perfect.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's crafts: Celebrations
Clearly Inspired: Shaped card
Our Creative Corner: Over the edge

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Thursday 23 February 2012

Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day at Rainbow Lady's Challenge

Hi there folks, I'm feeling very old today, its my son's birthday and he's 22! Eeek how on earth did that happen lol. Anyway back to blogging and my card today which is my DT project for Rainbow Lady's Challenge where the theme is 'dogs' as its Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. Everyday is dog biscuit appreciation day in our house as our dogs adore dog biscuits lol :-)

I've used a cute stamp (a magazine freebie)  coloured with promarkers. The papers are from GDC Ella Blue, ribbon, buttons and twine all from my stash. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: use a sentiment with 'happy' in it
Crafty Ribbons:Paws for thought
Dream Valley: just for men
Paper Play: critters 
Wags'n'Whiskers: male birthday

This is my second post today, to see my first project with the gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque please scroll down
Thanks for calling by
Claire xx

Keep Calm and Carry On, new stamps at Chocolate Baroque

Hi there folks, my card share today features some of the  gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque:  Artistic Expressions  which i've combined with some of the new Crafty Individuals stamps. 

The backing paper is from the neutrals collection from Decadent Brocade cd, overstamped with the swirl from Artistic Expressions and embossed with beige embossing powder. The Crafty individuals Union Jack and the sentiment are stamped on printable canvas coloured with antique linen distress stain.  I was really pleased to find a use for this as I bought it ages ago and my printer just spits it out lol. I've used the wings and crown from the heart stamp on Artistic expressions,stamping the wings on vellum and the crown on beige and black card for a bit of contrast. 

I've matted the sentiment on Shapeabilities Fancy Tags 2 and attached it with some seam binding ribbon. I've added lots of faux pearls and a few gems to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crazy Challenge: die cut or punches
Simon Says Stamp and Show: London, New York or Paris
Sentimental Sunday's Lets get sentimental
Truly Madly Crafty: ribbon and bling

Keep checking out the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog as my teamies have some gorgeous projects to inspire you with all the beautiful new stamps
Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Monday 20 February 2012

Lady in hat from Scrapbook Stamp Society

Hi there, todays card share features a gorgeous image from Scrapbook Stamp Society called '1920's Hat 2' by Morgan Fitzsimons. She's got a really wistful look on her face hasn't she?

I've coloured the image with promarkers and cut her out with nesties before inking around the edge with Tumbled glass distress ink. She's matted on a faux nestie. The papers are Prima Madeline as are the paper flowers which i've topped with roses from my stash. I've added brown and pink ribbons and some cream broderie anglais lace. The gorgeous little sparkly pins are from Crafty Boots and the faux pearls were made with a viva pearl pen

I thought this lovely lady would be perfect for the latest challenge over at Scrapbook Stamp Society challenge Blog where the theme is 'Movie Starlets', I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Free and Easy February
Crafters Companion: anything goes
Crafty Purple Frog: flower power
Really Reasonable Ribbon: pink and brown with a ribbon theme
Totally Papercrafts: ribbons and/or bows

Right I'd better get myself  ready for work, Monday morning seems to have come around a bit too quickly for my liking
thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 19 February 2012

Animals at PanPastel Uk Challenge

Hi there, how's your weekend going? Mine is very lazy so far after another hectic week at work but its time to stop lazing around and tell you about this weeks challenge at PanPastel UK where our theme is Animals. 

I created the scene by applying white PanPastel over my card and then masking a sun. I added the sky with Ultramarine blue PanPastel and then used torn paper to mask the hills and added the background using Permanent green PanPastel. I added the sun  using Dairyalide yellow and Red iron oxide PanPastels. I used tree stamps from Chocolate Baroque, stamping them in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then stamped the leaves using Bamboo leaves and New Sprout memento inks. Once i'd stamped in the trees I added a little more green PanPastel for some shade. PanPastels blend so beautifully it only takes a couple of minutes to create a background, I love em!! 

I don't have many animal stamps at all so I've used a digi stamp called 'Mother Deer and fawn'that I was lucky enough to win a few weeks ago. I've coloured the image with promarkers and cut it out before attaching it to my PanPastel scene with 3d foam pads. The sentiment is a stamp from Whimsy stamps. I didn't want to add lots of embellies so I just matted and layered the scene on white card and then dark green card.

It looks a bit like a spring morning, and hopefully spring isn't too far away now. I noticed that the tree outside my craftroom window is covered with little buds so hopefully we won't have long to wait for some better weather.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: animal antics
CRAFT: No designer papers
Craftroom Challenge: Cute and cuddly
One Stop Craft: Make your own background
Rogue Redhead Designs: Use a stamped background
Simply Create Too: add sunshine to your day
Truly Scrumptious: all creatures great and small

I hope you're going to join our challenge, you don't have to use PanPastels to enter and if you're our lucky winner you'll receive a fab prize from our sponsor Berni, from Your Creativity Store .... a PanPastel trial set! 

thanks for calling by today
Claire xx

Saturday 18 February 2012

Artistic Expressions giveaway at Chocolate Baroque!

Hi there, no card from me today but I wanted to let you know that Glenda has released some fab new stamps at Chocolate Baroque called Artistic Expressions, and if you pop over to the Design Team blog you can be in with a chance to win them!

These stamps are a real inspiration from the gorgeous words and sentiments to the beautiful swirls and of course the stunning winged heart! They are perfect for so many projects from cards to mixed media artwork too. Pop over to the Chocolate Baroque Design Team blog to find out more! I'll be sharing some of my projects over the next couple of weeks and my talented teamie Judith has posted a stunning project to inspire you today
Claire xx

Friday 17 February 2012

GDT at Guylou's Inimitability

Hi there, I was chuffed to bits to be invited to be a guest designer at Guylou's Inimitablilty   this week. The challenge theme is Girly Girly  and Brenda is challenging us to use lace and pearls on our projects. Oh my goodness I was spoiled for choice with all the stunning digi's in Guylou's shop. After much ooohing and ahhhhhing though I decided to use this adorable Cupid image

The challenge runs until the first of March and the random winner will receive a $10  gift certificate for Guylou's online store and have the chance to be a guest designer too! If you use one of Guylou's gorgeous digistamps you'll get an extra entry to the draw and best of all if you don't have any there are some fab freebies in the store!! 

Anyway back to my card, the image is coloured with promarkers and glamourdusted for a bit of sparkle. I've used a backing paper from Bearly Mine and come lace and ribbon from my stash. The image is layered over some cuttlebugged pink card and embellished with some paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. I've added faux pearls to the corners of the image and the card too.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Flutter by Wednesday: anything goes with butterfly angel or fairy
Joanna Sheen: Love is in the air
My Craft Spot: Girly girl project
Victorine Originals: Love/valentine

Thanks for calling by
Claire xx

Bold and Bright for Crafty Ann

Good morning folks, Friday already thank goodness :-) I seem to spend most of my days counting down until the next weekend lol. Anyway today we have a new challenge for you at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog and this time around our theme is 'Bold and Bright' . As always there is a fab prize from Crafty Ann's Digi Shop up for grabs! I don't know about you but i'm so fed up of grey winter days, I really enjoyed making this card with the bright summery colours

I've used one of Crafty Ann's gorgeous funky backing papers and a brand new digi-stamp 'Coneflower and butterfly', both of which you can find here. The image is coloured with promarkers and matted on some hot pink card. I added lots of paper flowers, some glittery green leaves. hot pink ribbon and a little butterfly charm from my stash to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday: Use your stash
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop: anything goes with ribbon
Sparkles Forum Challenge: Things with wings

Thanks for calling by. Stop by the challenge blog and see my teamies gorgeous projects,  they have some beautiful bold and bright creations for you so make sure you pop over and have a peep
Claire xx

Thursday 16 February 2012

Die Cuts at Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog

Hi there, its time for a new challenge at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog and this time around our theme is 'Die Cuts', we have a fab sponsor too! Our lucky winner will receive a prize from Happy Hippo!

I've used backing papers and images from Sarah's gorgeous 'Oz' cd to make my project. I've used a large image and a tiny image, i triple embossed the tiny image. I've distressed all the papers with a craft knife and vintage photo distress ink and added some dew drops, die cut swirls and string. The flower is made with Tattered Florals dies available from ........, I love these dies they really make some stunning flowers. I've just cut the flowers from white card and coloured it with tea dye and vintage photo distress inks and gently curled the petals. I've added a copper button for the centre.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Emma's: lots of layers
Crafts and Me: distressed
Paper Pretties: use flowers
Penny's Paper crafty: anything goes
Stamps r us: anything goes
Top tip Tuesday: Magical, mystical, fantasy

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

The Magic of Mardi Gras

Hi there, we're celebrating Mardi Gras at Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week!

 I've struggled to get a decent pic of my project as it is seriously sparkly lol. I made the background using radiant rain paint dabbers, black crackle paint and stickles and matted it on purple glitter card. 
It looks much nicer in real life honest :-)
The image is a stamp from Debbi Moore, coloured with promarkers and die cut with a nestie. I created a faux nestie from more glitter card and then disaster struck ... i used silicone glue from Wilkinsons to attache the image as dst never seems to stick properly to glitter card and the blinking stuff showed through!!! EEEEEk, panic set in but i managed to hide the marks with some diecut swirly bits lol. I've added ribbon and lace from my stash and made a couple of hat pins from headpins and black pearls and purple  crystal beads. To finish off I made some faux black pearls with black cosmic shimmer glue for the corners

i'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Challenge up your life: tone on tone monochrome
Crafty  Cardmakers: Monochrome magic
Fab'n'Funky : try something new (my background)
Inky Impressions: punches/dies
My Mum's Craft Shop: swirls and pearls
Oldie but goodie: Lace (i've used an old stamp and embellies)
Stamptacular Sunday: Pearls and lace

thanks for calling by today
Claire xx

Wednesday 15 February 2012

Challenge 20 at CCWS

Well Valentine' s day is over and done with so put away those romantic stamps and start to get organised for Christmas, it won't be long lol. We've got a new challenge to inspire you at Christmas Challenges {with Sketches} and this time the lovely Marga had designed a fab sketch!

Our sponsor this time around is Crealies

So pop on over to the challenge blog and check out Marga's gorgeous sketch and find out more about the prize!
For my card i've used a gorgeous stamp from Chocolate Baroque's 'New England Winter' stamp sheet and bps from their Season's Greetings Cd. I . The image is coloured with promarkers and has tiny dots of stickles for the lights on the tree. I created the sky with memento inks in shades of blue and added snow with a white gel pen.  i've used polar white flowersoft and a little glamour dust to create some snow around the cottage. I've added some ribbon, a die cut snowflake and some blue fibres from my stash to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Di's digi designs: Something with snow
Paper Sundaes: Sunday bar, I've used blue and distressing

Thanks for visiting today, don't forget to check out my teamies blogs as their cards are all stunning! We have a GDT Call too so check out the challenge blog for a chance to join us as a Guest Designer!!
Claire xx

Monday 13 February 2012

Once upon a time......

Good morning folks, a very quick post from me today as i've got to start work early (yuk, as if Monday mornings aren't bad enough lol). I just wanted to share this card for the Scrapbook Stamp Society challenge where the theme is 'Once upon a time'

I adore this gorgeous image from, of course Scrapbook Stamp Society 'Whimsical Oz Lil Ragamuffin Dorothy' by Sherri Baldy. My terrible photography skills don't show her off to her full advantage  though lol. I love pale blue and red so I've kept my card pretty simple with some stamped cross stitch borders and some red gingham ribbon. The image is coloured with promarkers and I've just added a few tiny buttons to embellish the card.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Allsorts:: free and easy February
Craft your Days away: Get stitchy with it
Crafty Sentiments: Lets get girly
My time to craft: a is for adorable
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Ribbon Carousel: Anything goes 
Scrapbook sisters: anything goes

thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Sunday 12 February 2012

Love and Romance at PanPastel UK

Good morning, brrrrrr its blinking freezing here again but hopefully this will warm the cockles of your heart (whatever they are lol) as its time for  a new challenge over at PanPastel UK and this week our theme is love and romance. 

I've used red iron oxide and black PanPastels for this tag. I coloured the tag with red and then used a mask to create the background with a little black PanPastel.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed with gold EP. I used the same colours for the hearts and  stamped and embossed the red PanPastel with black EP and the black PanPastel with sparkly red EP. The gorgeous heart stamps are from Chocolate Baroque.  I added some scraps of ribbon, a lovely fluffy black feather  that I've been hoarding for ages and some red wired gems to finish off.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: anything but a card with a sentiment
Crafting for all seasons: love is in the air
Creative Belli: hearts/valentine
Forever night : unlock my heart
Tuesday Thowdown: be my Valentine

You don't need to use PanPastels to enter our challenge (although we love it if you do) and our lucky winner will receive a fabby trial set of PanPastels from our lovely Berni from Your Creativity Store

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Monochromatic +1 on the Catwalk at FSC

Hello there, i've been a bit quiet on the blogging front this week as I've not been feeling too well andI've just been collapsing on the sofa after work every night. I must be getting old lol.  Anyway  I'm back in action with my DT project for Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme is monochromatic plus 1. As always we have a fab prize up for grabs from our generous sponsor Marina from Cottage Crafts! I've gone for shades of brown with a pop of pink to brighten it up.

I've made a beeswax collage on a large manilla tag using stamps from Punky Romance from Chocolate Baroque. I'd created a crackle background on the tag ages ago using cream and brown emulsion paint with PVA glue and never got round to using it. I stamped it with the gorgeous butterfly steampunk corrner stamp and then stamped the butterflies again and painted them with distress inks. I also stamped some of the lovely Dandelion clocks and added a little colour with Victorian Velvet ditress ink. I coated the tag liberally with wax and then added the cut out butterflies, some dried flowers. I stamped into the wax with the large cogs background stamp for come texture and highlighted it with some metallic wax. The pink flowers are made with crealies dies, the brown prima roses and the brads were in the gorgeous box of goodies I received from Hels for winning the Sunday Stamper birthday blog candy the other week. I added some pink seam bindingribbon and added  glass glintz to the centres of the dandelion clocks, they aren't showing up very clearly in the pic though as in real life they magnify the little clock faces beautifully.

I'm entering my tag in the following challenges:
Craft your passion: anything goes but no patterned papers
Craft us Crazy: anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters: anything goes
The StampMan: texture

I hope you're keeping warm and cosy in this snowy weather. Its so cold here  i've been bunkered up in front of the tv since I went shopping yesterday morning -eeeeek it was -9 degrees. that was enough of an excuse for me to crank the heating up and start eating chocolate lol! Thanks for visiting today, if you get chance pop over to my teamies blogs and have a peep at their stunning projects. They've really come up with some stunning creations again this time
Claire xx

Thursday 9 February 2012

Rainbow Lady's Challenge: Have a heart

Good morning, well its Thursday again so that means the lovely Cynthia has a fab new challenge for us at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog and this week our theme is 'Have a heart'. Here's my DT card which uses some of my favourite stamps from Chocolate Baroque and I also bravely cut into a sheet of one of my favourite papers from Glenda, not only did i cut it but I inked and overstamped it too. Oh what a trauma lol.

Once I'd inked and overstamped the bp, I added strips of red pink and black velvet ribbon and some white lace. The gorgeous heart stamp is from Punky Romance by Chocolate Baroque, I stamped it on to vellum and embossed with gold for the wings, grungepaper embossed with red sparkle for the heart and white card then painted with gold acrylic for the cogs. I cut all the elements out and layered them up. The cogs were sooooo fiddly to cut out :-)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: Valentine/Love
Crafty Emma's: Give me wings or sketch
Cupcake craft: pink and red
Hiding in my craftroom: Pink red and white
Shopping our Stash: Hearts, Valentine and'or lace
Top tip Tuesday: Valentine

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Tuesday 7 February 2012

A new digi kit from Sarah Hurley

Good morning folks, brrrrrrrr again! After the mild winter we've had I'm not enjoying this cold weather at all. Love the snow just don't enjoying getting to work in it lol. Anyway I just wanted to share this little valentine card made with Sarah Hurley's fab new digi kit 'Love Letters', it had loads of gorgeous papers, embellies and digi's but I went straight for the mail ones cos I love mail art.

This was a super quick card, printed of the bp, digitally paper pieced the stamp and the heart with two more of the bps from the kit and coloured the cupid digi, adding some glitter to his wings. I cut out the stamp, the heart and cupid and layered them up with foam pads and added a scrap of ribbon. Easy peasy :-)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Boots: Valentine
Dream Valley: Valentine
Fairy Tale: love love love
Lollipop crafts: Valentine
Stamps r us: Valentine

thanks for visiting today, I'd better get my skates on and get ready for work. Skates being the operative word as its sooooo icy outside lol, 
Claire xx

Monday 6 February 2012

Dandelion Frame

Hi there folks, today's card features some of the scrumptious new stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I love dandelion stamps and these are so delicate and pretty.  There are 3 new sets of stamps this month and you can find the dandelion stamps on 'Rose Tree'

I've used a grey card blank for a change and kept it fairly simple. I inked white card with bundled sage and shabby shutters distress inks using cut'n'dry foam and stamped the dandelions across the top and bottom with Memento Bamboo Leaves and London Fog around the edge of the dandelion clock. I stamped the floating seeds in the same colours to create a loose frame and then used a quickie glue pen to add some glamour dust to the tips of the dandelions.

The sentiment is one of my all time favourites, its from Chocolate Baroque's Words of Gratitude stamp sheet. I stamped it on a scrap of card coloured with distress inks and then inked around the sentiment and the background with Iced Spruce distress ink. I attached the sentiment in the frame with 3d foam and added a couple of gingham bows.

Thanks for visiting today
Hope you're keeping snug and warm in this wintery weather. 
Claire xx

Sunday 5 February 2012

Queen of Hearts

Hi there, brrrrrrr its freezing here today with thick snow on the ground and freezing fog so I haven't ventured much further than my craft room. I'd lot loads of projects half finished so it was a great chance to get a few complete. This card features a gorgeous digi stamp from Scrapbook Stamp Society,  Her Majesty The Queen of Hearts by Heather Valentin. She really is a 'Her Majesty' with that expression on her face isn't she lol?

I've coloured the image with promarkers and matted on black card, adding some nestie embellies. The bps are made using rubber stamps from Chocolate Baroque with distress inks. Ribbon and gems from my stash. I'd started this one for last weeks Sketch Saturday challenge but didn't get in done in time, I do that all the time its soooooo annoying. I must start to be more organised lol

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles: all loved up
Dream Valley: Valentine
Forever Night: Alternative girls, plus red, black, grey, white
Polkadoodles: Show some love with hearts
Scrapbook Stamp Society : once upon a time (a fab prize up for grabs this time!!)
Truly Scrumptious: love and hearts

thanks for calling by today
Claire xx

Happy Birthday challenge at PanPastel UK Challenge

Hi there, well we've got our first snow of the year, I know its a pain but I can't help being a bit excited. Snow always brings out the big kid in me and of course the dogs love to play in the snow too so i'll be getting my luverly pink wellies on and taking a trip to the park this morning :-) Anyway down to business, its time for a new challenge over at PanPastel UK and this week we have a 'Happy Birthday' theme!  

For my DT card i've used a couple of fun images from Dilly Beans, coloured with promarkers and carefully cut out (you don't know how lucky the cheshire cat is to have hia tail in one piece Lol.

The background is of course created with PanPastels. I used a Sofft Knife with a round cover to create the sky, using Ultramarine Blue PanPastel and a mask I created by cutting a scalloped shape from a scrap of card. I used  a torn paper mask to create the hills, again with a Sofft Knife//round cover using Chromium Oxide Green. I added some grass using the edge of the Sofft knife. All done I thought but then decided it looks a bit plain so I stamped a fairy castle (from Debbi Moore) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and using a Derwent Eraser Pencil I just rubbed the PanPastel out where I'd stamped the castle. I just love the fact than you can rub PPs out, it makes them so versatile and of course its much easier than masking. I coloured the castle with white PanPastel and blended in  a little black . The flags are coloured with Red Iron Oxide PanPastel and I also added a little more green at the base of the castle. 

To finish off I matted the scene on white card then blue card, attached the images with 3d foam pads and added a computer generated sentiment and a couple of scraps of blue ribbon.

Don't forget you don't have to use PanPastels to enter our challenge, but if you want to try them don't forget our generous sponsor Berni from Your Creativity Store will be sending our lucky winner a fabulous PanPastel Trial set !!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
365 Cards: inspired by a book (Alice in Wonderland of course lol)
Allsorts: free and easy February
Craft us Crazy: anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges: Make  a  scene
Do you stack up? anything goes
Fab'n'Funky: use a digi
Simon Says Stamp: animal antics
Sparkles Forum Challenge: New Crafty Goodies (my Dilly Beans images) 

Thanks for popping by,  make sure you call in and see my teamies gorgeous projects. As always they have come up with some real stunners this week :-)
Claire xx

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