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Friday 31 May 2013

Decorative scalloped ornate framer from SplodgeAway

Hi there folks, its a beautiful sunny day here today so I'm off to sit in the garden for an hour but first here's another of my samples for the recent SplodgeAway Show on Create and Craft. This card features the beautiful Decorative Scalloped Ornate Framer mask.

I've used the mask over a patterned paper and inked with versamark before embossing with walnut stain distress EP. I've also inked the edges and around the scallop with walnut stain distress ink. The image is a digi from Sweet Pea Stamps, coloured with promarkers and layers up over a paper doiley. I've added some seambinding ribbon, lace, a paper rose and a little scissors charm to finish off. Here's another pic to show the image a little better:

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafts and Me: shabby chic
Crafty Sentiments: show us stitching
Deep Ocean: ribbon and lace
Passion for Promarkers: ribbon/lace/twine
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes

Thanks for popping by today, 
Claire xx

Thursday 30 May 2013

Celtic Framer from SplodgeAway

Good morning folks and a warm welcome to my new followers, i'm so pleased you've joined my inky messy journey! Today's project is a little wall hanging made with the beautiful Celtic Framer mask from SplodgeAway. You'll have to excuse the dreadful pics, I've had a dabble with creating a faux copper effect and its very camera shy lol.

I began by applying Maimeri Light Modelling paste through the mask and left it to dry. Then I splodged on loads of acrylic paint, in copper, green, turquoise and a little brown and blended it with a baby wipe. Once that was dry I also added some Vintaj Patinas in greens and then dabbed on some more copper paint. Once that little lot had dried, I replaced the mask and applied Flitter Glu to the celtic design and added Copper Kettle Mega Flake.

The stamp is from Indigo Blu, it always makes me giggle and is one of my favourites for male themed projects. I stamped with black archival ink and then stamped on some acetate with versamark, embossed the car with a sparkly copper EP and cut it out to give a bit of dimension.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crazy Challenge: sentiments
Fitztown challenge: anything goes
Paper Pretties: embossing

thanks for popping by, 
Claire xx

Wednesday 29 May 2013

SplodgeAway C&C Samples: Home Sweet Home

Good morning folks, well i'm having a lovely rest from work this week, there isn't a weed poking its head up in the garden so today is all mine for playing in my craft room! Before I go and get inky though, I'd like to share the first of my samples for the recent SplodgeAway shows on Create and Craft although you may not have seen them as the masks just flew out!!  I made an A4 wall hanging using Happy Street Border and Tall Trees Border.

I began by covering a piece of mountboard with a Graphic 45 designer paper and inking the edges with walnut stain DI and my trusty SplodgeAway mat. I cut a piece of grey board a little smaller and covered it with some of Tim's tissue wrap using Maimieri Matte Gel to adhere it to the board. I gave it coat of watered down Maimeri gesso and then once it was dry I began to create my scene using PanPastels and one of the hill masks from Fairy StenSkape. 

Next I used the masks to create my scene, I used the Happy Street mask as a template, drawing lightly around it to create the houses, next I added some trees using the Tall Trees mask. I used distress markers to colour the images and created a little village in the woods.

I made the bunting using more Graphic 45 papers, and wrote out the letters, attaching them with some twine. 

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Daring Cardmakers: lets plant a tree
Eureka stamps: the great outdoors
My Craft Spot: welcome to the neighbourhood
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  into the woods

If you've got a minute keep checking out the SplodgeAway blog as Susan is showcasing all the DTs gorgeous samples over the next few days!! Before I go, here's a pic of my two lovely boys relaxing after a long walk. Guess who had to sit on the dog shelf lol??

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Tuesday 28 May 2013

A lightbulb moment ....

Good morning folks, my card today feature the gorgeous new 'Punky flowers' from Chocolate Baroque, they are on special offer this month so they are a real bargain. I just love these quirky designs and this stamp is such fun and of course they are on special offer as this months new stamps too!

I've made a background using distress inks and stamped the cogs from Punky romance with water and blotted with kitchen towel. I've stamped the image and painted with twinkling H2Os, I created the glow around the lightbulbs by adding lots of water to the paint and letting it spread around the image. Once the paint was dry, I added distress ink in black soot and chipped sapphire around the image. The light bulbs have been glazed with glossy accents but it doesn't show up too well in the photo. To finish off i've added a red bow and a couple of transistors from the box of goodies I found in the shed.

i'm entering this card in the following challenges:
amusing Challenges: anything goes
Crazy 4 challenges: no patterned paper
Rogue Redhead: May flowers
Without words: floral

Its heaven to get up and not have to rush off to work, I'm soooooo going to make the most of my week off and as its been raining thats all the excuse I need to leave the weeds and play in my craft room lol. Hope you have a good day and hanks for popping by 
Claire xx

Monday 27 May 2013

A Day for Daisies

Hello folks, bank holiday Monday and the sun is shining :-) Even better I've got a week off work so I'm one very happy bunny. I'm going to spend the evening catching up on some TV and doing a little blog visiting but first I just wanted to share this easel card made with a gorgeous digi stamp from A Day for Daisies. 

The image is coloured with promarkers, the colours have come out a bit weird in the pic for some reason. I've created the shape with a MS punch and used some music score distressed with walnut stain distress ink. The image is layered up over a doiley and I've added some paper flowers made with tattered florals, feathers, little pearl sprays and a die cut sentiment. 
Here's another pic of the image, I love this stamp!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Happy Birthday
A Day for Daisies: anything goes
Crafts and Me: lots of layers
Eclectic Ellapu: handmade flowers
I love promarkers: anything goes
Inky chicks: blue and brown
Lady Anne's Challenge: easel cards
Sweet Stampin: doilies and dies

Thanks for popping by and for your kind comments. 
Claire xx

Sunday 26 May 2013

Bling it at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, Sunday morning and the sun is shining yipppeeee, and i've got a week of work so I'm one happy bunny! I've been catching up on some housey stuff so I can play all week! This morning we've got a new challenge at PanPastel UK and this time our theme is 'Bling it'. We've got a fab PanPastel starter set up for grabs thanks to our generous sponsor Berni at Your Creativity Store!

I've made a little canvas for my DT project, the colours are much more subtle in real life, I blame the weather but its probably my crap photography skills lol Anyway I began by mixing some microbeads with Maimeri Glassy gel and applying it through the dotty part of the Pronty 'Leaves and Birds' mask, the glassy gel is fab for resist techniques with PanPastels! Once it was dry I applied various shades of yellow PanPastels and then added some stamping. I used Lavinia stamps on tissue paper and applied them to the canvas with Maimeri Gloss gel Medium. While the medium was wet I added lots of rock candy glitter and again left it to dry. Next I added some tiny yellow gems and some flowers. The flowers were made with Maimieri Iridescent Paste, I coloured it with PanPastels and used a spatula to pop it into a silicone flower mould, adding glitter to some and beadazzles to others. These take a couple of days to dry but I love them so I think they're worth the wait. Here's another pic to show the 'bling' a bit better:

And another of the flowers:

To finish off i've made a little hanger from ribbon and added a bow and a little pearly button

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Crazy Amigo : templates
Southern Girls: spots and dots
Victorine Originals: buttons and bows

Well I'm going to ignore the huge pile of ironing waiting for me and make the most of the sunshine today, I hope you're enjoying some better weather too
have a good day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Friday 24 May 2013

Punky flowers in a vase

Good morning my lovelies, a very quick post from me as I've got another early start at work, we're up to our ears in workmen so its total chaos, thank goodness I've got next week off as I'm in desperate need of a crafty fix lol. My project today is a little canvas with a couple of the gorgeous new 'Punky Flowers' from Chocolate Baroque in a little vase

I've used lots of different pink and purple inks to create the background and the frame, which is also embossed with my cuttlebug. I created the 'vase' with the top of an old lipstick, covered in string and painted with gesso and purple ink. I've embossed the flowers in gold and added a dew drop to their centres and popped them on some curled wire stems. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the gold button from my stash.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Creative Belli: flowers
Incy Wincy: metal mania
Loves Rubber Stamps: anything but a card

Before I dash off to work, don't forget to watch Tom and Hazel on Create and Craft today with the new SplodgeAway masks! I'm recording it to watch after work, can't wait as the new masks are fab!!
Thanks for popping by today, 
Claire xx

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Daisies and SplodgeAway

Good morning folks, hope you're having a good week so far. Its getting nearer and nearer to my holiday, it seems ages since I had any time off work so I'm really looking forward to a lazy week next week. Today's card features a mask from Beautiful Butterflies 1 from SplodgeAway, combined with a butterfly from Butterfly Creator and a Sheena Douglas Stamp.

I stamped the daisy stamp on SplodgeAway Elegance Card and coloured with promarkers, adding a   delicate background using the Butterflies 1 mask and a little Peeled paint distress ink. The butterfly was made using more distress inks and the Butterfly Creator mask, I added some little pearls for his body. I had  a lovely inky time making the background, using the same mask with distress inks and also with gesso to create a resist.

I've added paper flowers, die cut swirls, lace, yellow gingham ribbon and a gorgeous green dotty button to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Anything goes: Handmade backgrounds
Created with Love: ribbon and lace
Eureka Crafts: white on white or no designer paper
Make My Monday: yellow and green

You've still got time to enter the fabulous giveaway over on the SplodgeAway Blog so don't miss out, there are some amazing goodies up for grabs.
Thanks for popping by and for your lovely comments
Claire xx

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Fairy Stenskape from SplodgeAway

Good morning my lovelies, my card today features the fab 'Fairy StenSkape' and Elegance Card from SplodgeAway. Do pop over to the SplodgeAway blog as there is a fabulous collection of SplodgeAway goodies to be won!

I wanted to try out the SplodgeAway Elegance card with PanPastels and its fab, the pans glide on beautifully. I used the sun mask from the Wolf on Creek StenScape to create the sun with yellow PanPastels and then added Ultramarine blue to create the sky. I used the Fairy StenSkape masks to create the hills and the foliage in the foreground. The Toadstools are also from this mask set, i used browns and reds in PanPastels then added some dots with a white gel pen. I used black PanPastel for the fairy silhouette and stamped in some folaige and tiny toadstools using Lavinia Stamps.

The sentiment is from Crafters Companion and the gorgeous red dotty button was in my pack of dt goodies from SplodgeAway, I thought it was just the job with my toadstools.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenge: sentiment on the front
Little Blue Button Stamps: create a scene

Thanks so much for calling by today
Claire xx

Monday 20 May 2013

Hand Challenge at Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, back to work for me this morning but I've got next week off work so i'm counting down. I've got the rather grand job title of 'Director' which roughly translated means 'Jill of all trades' and thats certainly going to be true today as i'm going to be spending the day taking up all the old carpets and getting ready for the decorators, sounds fun (or maybe not lol). Anyway before I dash off to work I wanted to tell you about a fun challenge over at the Chocolate Baroque Ning Group

Glenda has set a challenge to create a project based on 'Hands', this was inspired by my very talented teamie Miranda, who created a stunning 'hand' card using the latest Indian themed stamps from Chocolate Baroque

I've created a journal page for the challenge, a little bit outside my comfort zone but I really enjoyed making it. The background was made with PanPastels and stamps from Chocolate Baroque (of course) with some texture created using Maimeri Light Modelling Paste and gilding flakes. I drew round my inky paw and painted the hand with gesso, I used a  little cottage from 'Home Sweet Home' in the centre and some of the gorgeous 'edge' stamps for the ground and the sky and added colour with coloursoft pencils.
Here's another view:

I printed 'With these hands' on the pc and then added a list of crafty stuff I do using my inky mits.
Lastly I added a shadow around my hand with a Derwent Pastel pencil and did a spot of doodling around the edges of the page

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Eclectic Ellapu: anything goes
Our Creative Corner: anything goes
Whimsical Designs: Mixed media

Thanks so much for popping by, have a lovely Monday
Claire xx

Sunday 19 May 2013

Wow mega giveaway at SplodgeAway!!

Hi folks, just to give you a quick heads up that there is a fantabulous giveaway over on the SplodgeAway Blog to celebrate all the new followers!!
All these wonderful SplodgeAway goodies are up for grabs so what are you waiting for? The candy is open until Saturday 25th May so pop over to the SplodgeAway Blog and find out how you can win 

Tom will be on Create and Craft this Friday coming so make sure you grab an hour in front of the TV to see all the latest goodies from SplodgeAway!
Good luck everyone
Claire xx

New Beginnings at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, we've got a brand new challenge starting at PanPastel UK and this week our theme is 'New Beginnings'. As always there is a fabulous PanPastel Starter kit up for grabs thanks to our lovely sponsor Berni from Your Creativity Store so I do hope you're going to join us. If you've got a minute, check out my teamies gorgeous projects, they're sure to inspire you.

I've made a wedding card for my DT project using PanPastels and stamps from Indigo Blu. The background was made with Ultramarine Blue PanPastel and Tint, over stamped with a swirl stamp from Indigo Blu and embossed with white EP. The next layer is glittered card, masked with the scrummy Fancier Lattice mask from SplodgeAway and coloured with Ultramarine Blue PanPastel. I've coloured white card with the same Pans and stamped the couple with Versamark and embossed with white EP. I've used nesties to die cut the couple and layered them up over a pretty doily. I've used some pretty lace, white seam binding ribbon (from the Funkie Junkie Boutique) and a heart charm. I made the heart using Maimeri Light modelling paste, coloured with panPastel.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: true blue
Cupcake Craft: lots of layers
Daring Cardmakers: Stencil it
Frilly and Funkie: time for weddings

Well i've got a pile of ironing waiting for me this morning, its all good fun isn't it? Hopefully I'll be able to whizz through it and spend the afternoon in my craftroom. 
Thanks so much for popping by 
Claire xx

Alter it at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Helllooooo, where on earth did the last two weeks go? They've whizzed by in the blink of an eye so that means its time for our new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. This time our theme is 'Alter it' and our lucky winner will receive a $20 voucher from Leo, our lovely sponsor from Flonzcraft. So ink up those stamps and get altering :-), if you need some inspiration pop over to the challenge blog and check out the gorgeous samples from my DT sisters.

If you're anything like me, you'll have a huge heap of 'stuff' in the corner of your craft room waiting to be altered - i'm such a hoarder I don't think i'll get everything altered if i live to be 100 lol. Anyway I had a rummge in my heap of rubbish, i mean stuff and found this old gift box that Santa brought a couple of years ago.

I gave the whole thing a coat of gesso and covered the sides with tissue tape. I used a variety of masks and stencils with Maimeri light modelling paste on the front and on a sheet of card to frame the image. Once it was dry I added colour with PanPastels and Dylusions ink, finishing off with some Renaissance treasure gold. 

The focal image is 'Girl with bird on hand' from Flonzcraft, she's coloured with Graph'It and promarkers, the sky and grass were created with PanPastels. I just love this stamp, she's so sweet.

Here's a pic of the sentiment in the corner, stamp from Chocolate Baroque, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and butterfly from the Ribbon Girl. The little frame is actually a die cut fob watch with the top bit cut off to make a little circular frame.

To finish off i've added a silky ribbon bow and a paper rose.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz: no digis allowed
Craft Stamper: paper tearing and stamping
Craft your Passion: children at play
Creatalicious: for the girls
Fab'n'funky: favourite embellishment
 (Mine is ribbon but tomorrow it could be butterflies or flowers lol)
Polkadoodles: spring colours/pastels
Sweet Pea Stampers: birds of a feather
Top Tip Tuesday: box clever

Thanks for popping by, have a lovely Sunday
Claire xx

Saturday 18 May 2013

Parfum de Paris

Hi there folks, and a big warm welcome to my new followers and friends. This is a very quick post from me as I've had a bit of a yukky week at work and even had to go in this morning, not good so I'm planning an evening in front of the tv doing some colouring. Before put my paws up though,  this week's Stamp of the Week at Chocolate Baroque is the beautiful stamp plate 'Parfum de Paris'

The large background stamp from this set is one of my all time favourites, it looks amazing stamped on black card with versamark and dusted with mica powders but for change I've just stamped it with Black Versafine ink on to a white card blank. The sentiment is from Pretty Poppies, die cut with spellbinders and attached with 3d foam pads. Definitely a quick card, it only took a few minutes to make.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations: keep it simple
Wags'n'Whiskers: anything goes

I hope you're having a good weekend. I've got a nasty eye infection so I've prescribed myself some
 chocolate and perhaps a small glass of wine  to perk me up until the antibiotics make me look a bit more human lol. Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Thursday 16 May 2013

Elegance Card and butterfly wreath

Good morning my lovelies, my card today features one of my favourite SplodgeAway masks, the gorgeous butterfly wreath and also the wonderful Elegance Card also from SplodgeAway. This stuff makes blending your alcohol markers a breeze and also doesn't create problems like bleeding, if you want to know more hop over to the SplodgeAway Blog to read my review of the Elegance Card.

I began by creating a frame using the Butterfly Wreath Mask brayered with Worn Lipstick distress ink, I used SplodgeAway Easy Ink card and popped it through my Grand Calibur to emboss and transfer the ink. I've found that brayering the ink on to the mask creates a lovely soft shade and also gives much better coverage than applying direct to the mask. I pop the ink on my SplodgeMat, roll the brayer over it and then apply it to the mask, easy peasy!

I've also used the SplodgeAway Mat to ink the edges, using the ink left over from the embossing. To create the frame I just cut an aperture in the centre of the Butterfly Wreath and added some faux pearls and pink gems

The gorgeous fairy is a digi from Lavinia Stamps, I absolutely love this image and I'm so happy that some of the Lavinia Stamps are available in this format now, saves a few pennies lol. I've coloured this  with Graph'It markers and added a little glamour dust. To finish off I've added a white organza bow, a paper rose and a little lock charm.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: G is for glitter and gems
CraftDee Bowz: handmade bow
Crafts and Me: use a digi
Deep Ocean: Lets Sparkle
Whoopsi Daisy: pretty in pink

Thanks for visiting today, and for your kind comments, I really appreciate it
Claire xx

Steampunk Birdhouse

Good morning friends, today's project is a bit of recycling featuring the fabulous new 'Punky Flowers' stamps from Chocolate Baroque, combined with the beautiful Steampunk Butterfly.

I picked up the bird house from the pound shop, it was bright green and had some chipboard flowers on it so I eased them off and gave it a coat of white gesso, followed by a coat of cream acrylic paint. I painted the roof and around the base black and then added some gold highlights.

I stamped the cog trees from Punky Flowers on tissue paper using  Stazon ink (red, black and gold), cut them out and created a cog forest by attaching the 'trees' using matte medium.

I stamped the flowers on red and black card, embossed with gold and cut them out, layering them up on the bird house. I did the same with the butterfly and added some red seam binding ribbon,a button and a little twine bow to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Anything goes: shaped but not square
Country View Crafts: how does your garden grow
Craftroom Challenge: stamp your own background
Natalie and Amy's: things with wings

Thanks for popping by, if you've got a minute do pop over to the Chocolate Baroque DT blog as my teamies have come up with gorgeous projects with these beautiful new stamps
Claire xx

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Dahlia Heart

Good morning folks, in view of the fact that a certain puppy has made is his personal mission to destroy everything in my garden I don't think I'll have many flowers this year but with some stamps, ink and paint I can have some flowers indoors at least. 

My project today is an mdf heart, the background was made with acrylic paints, overstamped with text in gold stazon. I've used a large dahlia stamp from Sheena Douglass, coloured with PanPastels and promarkers. I've added some treasure gold around the edges and a scrap of pink ribbon to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles: Anything but a card
Dream Valley: No squares allowed
Lacy Sunshine: anything but a square
My Sheri Crafts: flower power

Thanks for popping in, I really do appreciate all your kind comments
have a good day
Claire xx

Monday 13 May 2013

Tall Trees

Good morning folks, Monday morning so I'm heading off to work as usual (booooo!) but before I go here's a card made with 'Tall Trees' from Chocolate Baroque.  I don't know about you but I tend to have so much fun with new crafty goodies that a lot of my old favourites get left to gather dust which is a real shame. Over at Chocolate Baroque, Glenda has a stamp set on special offer every week so I thought I'd try and dust of some of my old favourite stamps and ink them up.

I've used a shaped card blank, masked off a panel and a moon before inking in the sky with distress inks and a shaving brush. I created the reflection using the stamp from Tall Trees and my SplodgeMat and then created the watery effect with my brayer. I stamped the focal image with Memento Tuxedo Black and then inked in a bit of land around the base of the trees. I then used black and brown ink to give the impression of a the land reflecting in the sea - ok the brown was a bit of a bodge as I picked up the wrong blending tool DOH! But I quite liked the effect so I left it. The sentiment stamp is also from Chocolate Baroque.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Charisma Cardz: Black and white plus one
So Artful: Night skies
Sweet Stampin: clean and simple

Thanks for popping by, have a good day
Claire xx

Sunday 12 May 2013

In the pink at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, Sunday already and so its time for a new challenge over at PanPastel Uk and this week we're 'in the pink' so we want to see all your gorgeous pink projects to be in with a chance of winning a fabby PanPastel starter set from our lovely sponsor Berni at Your Creativity Store. 

I began by making a background using Permanent red tint PanPastel and stamped with a ruler stamp from EcoGreen with Tea Dye distress ink. My dress form die cut was embossed with a texture fade and coloured with more PanPastels, I made a little skirt from a scrap of fabric and some tulle and added a little ribbon belt with a blingy diamante buckle. 

The sentiment was a freebie stamp with Simply Homemade, layered up over a corrugated die cut heart. I've added a couple of tiny cotton reels wound with pink twine (from the lovely Linda over at the Funkie Junkie Boutique) and i've used the twine and some little pearls to add a bit of a swirl across the card. The seam binding ribbon and lace were from The Ribbon Girl

My flower is a bit of recycling, I'd got pink PanPastel everywhere and used a couple of babywipes to mop it up, the babywipes were such a pretty colour I let them dry and die cut them with tattered florals, layering them up with a pretty pearl brad.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments: use a sentiment
Happy Campers: use lace
Jellypark: girly Girl
Milk Coffee: shabby chic/vintage
Penny's Papercrafty: die cuts/punches
Perfect Sentiment: dry embossing
Pumpkin Spice: flowers
Simply Create too: anything goes

Pop over and check out my talented teamies projects if you've got a few minutes, they have really come up with some gorgeous projects again this week. Well i've got a date with a basket of ironing and a pile of paperwork for work so i'd better get to it
thanks so much for visiting
have a lovely Sunday
Claire xx

Saturday 11 May 2013

Quick and Easy SplodgeAway

Hi there friends, hope you're having a good weekend. I had all good intentions of spending the day in the garden but the weather soon put paid to that so I've had a lazy afternoon watching tv and eating chocolate (much more fun lol). My card today is a very quick and easy card made with SplodgeAway masks and some of my old favourite stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

I've used the gorgeous Vintage Birdcage masks and one of the pretty feminine border masks with dylusions spray inks. Once the background was dry I stamped the sentiment, bird and the swirly border using stamps from Fly Away with Me by Chocolate Baroque, a bit of black card for matting and layering and the card was finished. Easy peasy :-)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a challenge: things with wings
Creative Corner: things with wings
Sweet Stampin: clean and simple
Totally Papercrafts: clean and simple

I'm off back to the TV and chocolate now so enjoy the rest of your day and I'll be back in the morning with my DT project for PanPastel UK
Thanks for popping by, 
Claire xx

Friday 10 May 2013

Snowy SplodgeAway

Hi there my lovelies, well this week is whizzing past isn't it? Today I'm sharing another card made as part of my debut  with the  SplodgeAway DT, this time I've used the amazing Wolf on Creek StenSkape masks with myPanPastels.

I've used black Pastelmat for my base and began by applying white PanPastel through the mask to create the moon. I carried on with the white PanPastel using the hills, rocks and trees masks to create my scene, adding the wolf last. Once I'd got the basic shapes in the scene I added Paynes Grey, Neutral Grey and black PanPastels to create some shadows and add some depth. I added some definition with white pastel pencils and added the snow with a white gel pen. Last but not least I stamped the sentiment which is a stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A gem of a challenge: make it sentimental
Crafting for all seasons: Monochromatic
Creative Craft Challenge: all about animals
So Artful: night skies
Southern Girls: You can say that
Word Art Wednesday: anything goes

I really love the StenSkape masks, they make it so easy to make a scene (and of course I do love to make a scene lol). If you've got a few minutes, do pop over to the SplodgeAway shop and check them out, although I must warn you they are addictive :-)
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Thursday 9 May 2013

Steampunk Splodge Away

Good morning my lovelies, today's card is another SplodgeAway DT project, this time using the gorgeous 'Complex Frame' available of course from SplodgeAway. I had loads of messy fun making this project, you can imagine the colour of my paws when I'd finished lol.

The background was made simply by popping the mask on some matte gold card and spraying with black gold glimmer mist. Once that was dry I added my own 'frantage' type mix of EP,  gold and silver glitter, microbeads etc to the centre and heated it to set it all. The focal image is from Chocolate Baroque (Steampunk Travels), embossed on gold card and fussy cut with a glass cabochon over the clock face. You can see the detail a bit better in this pic.

To finish off i've added a black bow, a brass button, some screw head brads and a little key charm.
I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Deep Ocean: Lets Sparkle
Loves Rubber Stamps: anything goes
Make my Monday: something that flies
Ooh La La: Vintage/Nostalgic
Papertake Weekly: Anything goes
Stamping Sensations: embossing/texture

Thanks for popping by and for your lovely comments, they always make me smile although  I may struggle to smile today as I've got a trip to the dentist lined up and I'm having a tooth out!! How scared am I????  Eeeeeeeeek, I'm sure I'll be fine. If I tell myself that often enough I may believe it
have a good day
Claire xx

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Punky Flowers from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning, have you seen the new 'Punky Flowers' stamps from Chocolate Baroque, they are fab-u-lous! I love steampunk and these flowers have got such a beautiful quirky steampunk feel I think they are going to be a firm favourite!

As soon as I saw this little 'desk lamp' flower I thought of snowdrops and set to with my distress inks to create the background. The image has been stamped and embossed and painted with Twinkling H20s and I've stamped the beautiful steampunk lacy border from 'Steampunkery' and embossed with a sparkly white EP.

I've kept the card fairly simple, embossing around the edge and matting on some green card. I created the card blank with a Martha Stewart punch and to finish off added some white ribbon and a pretty button. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Addicted to stamps: beautiful button
Card Mania: flowers
Craft your Passion: floral delights
Paper Playtime: embossing
Ribbon Girls: add a button
Without Words: floral

Thanks for popping by 
Claire xx

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Splodge Away DT Debut!!

Good morning folks, this week I'm making my debut as part of the SplodgeAway Design Team, I can't tell you how much fun I've had playing with some of the most gorgeous masks and of course my trusty Splodge Mat. If you've got a few minutes pop over to the SplodgeAway blog and have a look at all the fab project created by my new teamies!

This card was the result of a 'happy accident' as they say lol. I'd decided to use the beautiful 'Fancier Lattice' mask for the glittered lace technique but it all went horribly wrong! I started with some white card and stuck it to some double sided adhesive sheet, applied my mask and sprinkled on lots of rock candy glitter. All seemed to be going to plan until I removed the mask and instead of a nice bright pink glitter I tipped on a load more rock candy - result a nice white glittery piece of card lol.

Not to be daunted I replaced the mask and grabbed my panpastels and applied Magenta and Magenta Extra dark with a duster brush and voila!! The background was made with one of the Splodge Away Feminine Border masks and more PanPastels. I've edged the layers with some treasure gold and added a big white bow and a gesso'd butterfly (from The Ribbon Girl) and lots of paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: make it sparkle
Allsorts: add some sparkle
Cute Card Thursday: come fly with me
Hybrid Chick: flowers
One Stop Craft: flower power

Well I'd better get organised and go to work, have a good day folks
Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Monday 6 May 2013

Lace and Pearls at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning folks, don't you just love Mondays when you don't have to go to work??  Today's card is my DT offering for Vintage Stamping Challenges where our theme is 'Lace and Pearls'. As always we've got a fab prize up for grabs from our generous sponsor Leo at Flonzcraft so ink up those stamps and play along. If you've got a few minutes, put your feet up, have a cuppa and check out at my talented teamies projects as they are fab-u-lous! 

I've used one of my favourite stamps from Flonzcraft for this card, I've paper pieced the dresses and coloured the image with Graph'it markers. I've added a die cut butterfly, corners and a nestie frame, all in kraft card. The flowers are all from my stash aapart from the rose which I made with die cuts. The gorgeous lace and ribbon are from the Ribbon Girl. To finish off I've added a seam binding bow and a pearly swirl - is it just me or does anyone else get in a real tangle with these jokers? I always struggle with them lol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Card Crafters Cirle: buds, blossoms and blooms
Crafty Calendar: Blooms and blossoms
Eclectic Ellapu: anything goes
Milk Coffee: lace and pearls
One stop craft: flower power

Thanks so much for popping by, have a lovely Monday
Claire xx

Sunday 5 May 2013

Fairyland at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, I'm planning a day in the garden, tackling those dreaded weeds, not an easy task with a labrador puppy 'helping' lol. Before I venture out in to the wilderness  garden here's my project for our new Fairyland challenge at PanPastel UK. As always there is a PanPastel starter set up for grabs from our generous sponsor Berni at Your Creativity Store.

I've made a little canvas, the background was created with PanPastels in Violet and Violet tint, with Maimeri Iridescent Paste applied through a Crafters Workshop template for some fairy shimmer. I've used a digi image from Laviniai stamps, coloured her with Graph'It Markers and adhered the image with Maimeri Matte Gel medium. To add some more texture I applied some Maimeri Light modelling paste around the image and around the edges of the canvas, coloured with PanPastel and a sprinkle of Glamour dust.. You can see the image better in this pic:

Next I've added another fairy, this time a clear stamp from Lavinia, stamped on tissue paper and applied to the canvas with Mamieri matte gel.  The butterfly is from the Ribbon Girl, painted with Maimeri gesso and highlighted with Treasure Gold. 

To finish off I've added some 'frantage' around the edges, I made my own mixture with assorted embossing powders, glitter, micro beads and some tiny iridescent stars.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Add some sparkle
Lavinia Stamps: pastel colours
Live and Love Crafts: 50 shades of lilac

Thanks for visiting today, have a lovely Sunday
Claire xx

Anything goes at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hi there, I've got another clock project to share with you, this time its my project for our new challenge, 'Anything Goes' at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Our lucky winner will receive a fabby prize from our generous sponsor Leo at Flonzcraft so don't miss out! 

I've used a circular mdf clock blank, and created a background with acrylic paint. The stamps are all from Flonzcraft, stamped with Timber Brown Stazon and then masked to stamp the numbers which have been given the gilding flake treatment.

I've added some fab fishing net to the back of the clock (love this stuff, I got it from Joanna Sheen and its great for nautical themed projects), I've also added lots of little shells:

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles: something for the boys
Inky Chicks: shabby chic
Shopping our Stash: all about numbers

Thanks so much for popping by and for your lovely comments,
Claire xx

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