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Friday 30 August 2013

Its Fairy time at Polkadoodles

Good morning my lovelies, Friday morning and as I'm on annual leave I don't have to go rushing off to work so I'm planning on a lazy day pottering around and crafting. We've got a brand new challenge starting at Polkadoodles,this week our theme is Fairy Time and as always there's a fab prize from Polkadoodles up for grabs so pop over to the challenge blog and find out all about it and while you're there you can 'meet' our talented new teamies Rebekah and Zoe! There's a freebie digi up for grabs, all you have to do is email in and a lovely image will fly into your inbox!

 I've made a little Christmassy double sided door hanger using images and papers from Angelberry Christmas cd. The images have been coloured with Graph'It markers and the cloudy background was created with PanPastels, I've added some die cut flowers, ribbon, lace and buttons. The sparkly moon doesn't show up too well in the photos but its made from Maimeri Glassy gel, if you'd like to see how to make them, have a look at my tutorial over on the Polkadoodles blog ! There is text under the moon - on one side it says 'I've been good' and on the other side it says 'Santa Please Stop Here'

I'm entering my project in the following challenges:
Bearly Mine: digi days
Creative Craft Challenge: not a square
Digistamps for Joy: anything goes
through the craft room door: anything goes
Marker POP: use blues or blue/green markers
Stamp and create: glitter
Whoopsi Daisy: use more than one image

Thanks for popping by today, pop back tomorrow if you get a min as I'll be posting my blog candy and you're going to love it (well i hope so lol)
Claire xx

Thursday 29 August 2013

Perfect Poinsettia from Premium Art Brands

Hello there, a quick post to share one of the cards I made for the recent Premium Art Brands show on Create and Craft. As well as my favourite PanPastels and Graph'It Markers they have brought us some gorgeous new clear stamps designed by the lovely Nikky Hall! Check out my new watermark too, its from Polkadoodles, isn't it cute??

For this card I've used my favourite bp from Angelberry Christmas cd. I've added a pretty doily and a sentiment from the same cd, die cut with nesties and framed with another die cut. I''ve used the Perfect Poinsettia stamps, coloured with Graph'It markers and decoupaged with dew drops in the centres. I've added some die cut gold glittery swirls for a bit of bling, a pearly flourish. To finish off I've added a seam binding bow topped with a button and some bakers twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Card Mania: ribbon
Crafty Sentiments: make it girly
Holly Jolly Christmas: Monochromatic
Little Red Wagon: polka dots
Paper Playtime: Use pearls
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes

Well thanks for popping by today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Exciting new product from SplodgeAway

Hi there folks, how's your week going? Its still lovely and warm here, perfect weather for my week off work. Did you see the fabby Splodgeaway shows on C&C yesterday?  Tom and Hazel did some stunning demos and they also launched a great new product - Splodge Board, a new substrate that takes all kinds of mediums beautifully. I was lucky enough to be able to make some samples for the show and I decided to make some quick and easy Christmas decorations,this stuff is really sturdy but very light too.

The little gingerbread man was coloured using distress inks, SplodgeBoard takes the ink beautifully. The chimney and grandfather clock were coloured with Graph'It markers, again the markers worked a treat on the shapes. I added some gold to the clock with a gold kryon pen and added some flock and glitter to the snow on the Chimney. I used my cropodile to make some holes for the gold thread and it punched through the Splodge Board really easily.

I'm entering these in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas : Q is for quick
Crimbo Crackers: Its snow business
Jingle Belles: tic tac toe (Glitter/ red or green/Santa)
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes

Thanks for popping by,hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Tuesday 27 August 2013

New Christmas stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, have you made a start on those Christmas projects yet? Glenda has some gorgeous new stamps this month at Chocolate Baroque to help you feel that festive vibe lol. This project features one of the gorgeous images from Gothic Angels, combined with some old favourite stamps from Terrific treescapes and Home Sweet Home.

I began with a little wooden  plaque coated with white gesso, I inked in the sky with distress inks, masking the moon and then splashed some water and swooshed it around a little before blotting to create the clouds. I stamped in the cottage and added some shadows with weathered wood distress ink, added the trees and then drew in the hills with a fineliner pen. The sentiment is stamped with versamark and embossed with WOW gold embossing powder. I stamped the angel on some smooth white card, coloured her with Graph'It markers and added some glitter. I popped her up on some silicone glue to give the impression of the angel watching over the little cottage.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Created with Love: anything goes
Fashionista: Christmas
Happy Campers: use a stamp
Hobby house: Christmas
Make my Monday: anything but a card

Thanks so much for calling by, have a great day and i'll see you soon
Claire xx

Monday 26 August 2013

Spooky goings on at Polkadoodles and a mischievous puppy

Hello my lovelies, ooooh I'm such a happy bunny :-) I've got a week off work, the sun is breaking through the clouds and to make me smiile even more I've passed the 400 followers mark. Thanks so much to each and everyone of my lovely followers, its such an honour to have you aboard. Anyway as a thank you I'll be back later this week with some fab blog candy so watch this space. Anyway I'm nattering on and I'm meant to be telling you about the fab new Halloween downloads at Polkadoodles, pop over here and check out the spooktacular goodies here
Witchie Witchie 2013 Download Bundle

I've made a little spooky scene with 'Witchie Skeleton' and Witchie Ghostie and coloured them with Graph'It Markers. I added distress inks around the edges, in peeled paint,  rusty hinge and seedless preserves.

The backing papers are also from the Polkadoodles downloads, I've just matted them on some black card and added a big black bow and a little idea-ology halloween charm.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a challenge: anything with a B - bow for me
ART Card Challenge: anything goes
Card Crafters Circle:bright colours
Crafty Riibbons: anything goes with ribbon
Digistamps for Joy: anything goes

I've got a few jobs to do this morning and then some new crafty goodies to play with so that should keep me out of mischief. Although I doubt if it will keep Barney out of trouble for long, here's a pic of the little scamp with a very glittery nose - I was glittering some flowers the other morning before work and he jumped up and 'huffed' the glitter everywhere lol. I went to work looking like i'd been given a sprinkle of fairy dust lol

how cute is that little face??
Thanks so much for popping by
Claire xx

A sneaky peek!!

Hellllooooo, i've been keeping a big secret for the last couple of weeks, there is an exciting new product in SplodgeAway land and if you' tune in to Create and Craft at 11am and 3pm on Tuesday 27th August you'll be able to find out all about it. There are some absolutely stunning new masks too, they are gorgeous and so easy to use they nearly make your cards for you lol. Anyway here's a little sneaky peek:

Keep checking the Splodgeaway blog and facebook page too, so much gorgeous inspiration and giveaways too so its well worth a visit!
Claire xx

Sunday 25 August 2013

Pastel Colours at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, Sunday morning already - isn't this year whizzing by? The nights are getting dark so much earlier so it won't be long until Autumn is here but we've had a lovely summer and hopefully we'll have a few more weeks of warm weather before we have to think about getting our winter woolies out. We've got a new challenge staring over at PanPastel UK this week and this time our theme is 'Pastel Colours'. You don't have to use Pans to enter but we love it when you do :-). There's a fab PanPastel Starter kit from our lovely sponsor Berni at Your Creativity store up for grabs for our UK winner so don't miss out on a chance to win

I've altered a little wooden box for my DT project, I gave it a coat of Maimeri Gesso and then added some texture with Maimeri Light Modelling Paste applied through a stencil and added some Kroma crackle. Once it was dry I added some colour with Violet Tint and Magenta Tint PanPastels and highlighted with lots of Renaissance Treasure Gold.

I've added a stamped sentiment (using just the word Friends from an Indigo Blu stamp) in an ideology Ornate Plate. The paper flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts except for the larger roses which I made with my Britannia petal die and coloured with PanPastels. I've added lots of little gems for some sparkly and a die cut butterfly.
Inside the box I've used stamps from Indigo Blu. The background was stamped in versamark and coloured with Pans and the sentiments were embossed with Gold EP

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Indigo Blu: Shabby Chic
Jellypark: things with wings
Oldie but goodie: embossing
(my oldie is the ornate plate, I soooo hoard these but had to man up and use one for this project lol)
Paper crafting Journey: anything goes

Hope you're having a good weekend. Now my craft room is all nice and tidy I think I ought to go and mess it up a bit lol. Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Sew and Sew at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello my lovelies, hope you're having a good weekend so far. We've got a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time around our theme is 'Sew and Sew'. As always there's a fab prize up for grabs from Flonzcraft our generous sponsor so do pop over and check out the challenge blog for more deets, while you're there have a look at all the beautiful inspiration from my teamies.

I've made a little pin cushion, inspired by a gorgeous project in last months Simply Homemade magazine although I didn't have the right bits and bobs so I had to rummage in my stash. I used a moutboard die cut circle for the base and an old CD at the top. Now somewhere in my craftroom I have a load of old cotton reels but  of course I couldn't find them so I decided that I'd use a full reel of cotton then i'll always be able to find it :-) The papers are from Prima 'Believe' paper pad, distressed with tea dye distress ink. For the pin cushion on the top I took an old calico bag (those you get full of leaflets at boring conferences) and stamped 'Leafy Trails' Big Bold Background stamp from Chocolate Baroque with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloured with Graph'It Markers, I cut a circle and gathered it over a smaller card circle using running stitches. It was a bit awkward to stuff it so I made a hole in the card and poked the stuffing in with my tweezers before sticking it to the top of the little stand.

i've added some seam binding ribbon and lace from the Ribbon Girl and a button and twine from my stash. I made a couple of tags to pop on a couple of the memo pins, one is a manilla tag stamped with a sewing pattern stamp from Indigo Blu. The front tag uses some of the scraps of paper from the pad, stamped with a stitching stamp from Indigo Blu, the lady is a stamp from Flonzcraft, coloured with Graph'it Markers, her dress is paper pieced using a few more scraps.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge: Somethiing new
 (new technique to make the pincushion and new papers)
Crafty Catz: real or faux stitching + material
Crafty Creations:shabby Chic
My Craft Spot: 3d items

Its been the first day of my week off work and its been grey and rainy all day but its been a good excuse to have a lazy day. Can you believe I haven't done any crafting?? I know, not like me at all but after being so busy at work and having loads of samples to make my craft room looked like a total bomb site so I've had a bit of a sort out and now I can actually see my desk so I'll be catching up on some crafty fun tomorrow :-)
Thanks so much for popping by and thanks for your lovely comments
Claire xx

Friday 23 August 2013

A new challenge at Graph'It Colour Challenge

Wooo hoooo Friday at last, I've just got to get through today and I've got a week off work so I'm a very happy bunny. Its also the start of a brand new challenge over at Graph'It Colour Challenge and this time we're colouring red hair. You don't have to use Graph'It markers to enter though, any alcohol markers will be fine although once you've tried Graph'Its you'll be hooked. There's a fab prize of goodies from Premiium Art Brands and Polkadoodles for our lucky winner, pop over to the Graph'It Colour Challenge blog to find out all about it and also to check out the gorgeous projects from my teamies!

The image is from the fab Frederika cd from Polkadoodles, I decided to stick to a traditional auburn hair colour: 

Colours used: Hair: 3160, 3140,3130, 2130,2105
Skin: 4180, 4155,4115,4110, 5125 and 5110
red: 5145
Jeans: 7180, 7150,7130,7105

The backing papers are all from my stash, I've added some metal stars from my stash, and seambinding, twiine, picket fencing from The Ribbon Girl.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: lots of layers
Cutie Pie: anything goes
MarkerPOP: use blue or blue/green markers
Shopping our Stash: old hardware

have a great day, i'd better get my skates on and go to work 
thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Thursday 22 August 2013

Butterfly heart

Good morning, I've got a quick project to share this morning before I rush off out to work. Its a little papier mache heart that I've decorated with papers from my scrap box and some Chocolate Baroque butterflies .

I've used a bp from Joanna Sheen and stamped a background stamp and embossed with gold EP. The butterfly stamps are from Chocolate Baroque, coloured with Graph'I tmarkers and then given a coat of crackle accents for some shine. I've used gold EP to edge the heart.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Come and get it: Things with wings
Glitter and Sparkle: anything but a square
LEJ designs: nature inspired
Stamping Sensations: Wings and a touch of vintage
Sweet Stamps: anything goes

Hope you're having a good week so far, its stil so busy at work I don't seem to have had a minute but two more sleeps and I've got a week off yippppppeeeeee! I haven't had much time for visiting my favourite blogs while we've been short staffed at work but I'll be catching up at the weekend so I'll see you then
thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Poinsettia from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, this year is whizzing by so if you haven't make a start on those Christmas cards yet pop over and check out the beautiful new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, as well as some gorgeous Gothic Angels there are some lovely Big Bold Background stamps which are great for quick cards. For this card I've used 'Ponsettia', you can find it (and all the other new stamps here)

I stamped the image in memento tuxedo black and coloured with Graph'It markers, adding some gold stickles in the centres. I've used a corner rounder punch and edged the image with a gold krylon pen. To finish off I've stamped the sentiment from Gothic Angels and embossed with gold embossing powder. I've matted the image on some kraft card.

I'm entering this in the following challenges
Crafty Boots: christmas
Pile it on: No designer paper
Pumpkin Spice :coloured project
Winter Wonderland: red and green

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Tuesday 20 August 2013

Bonbon Belles Balloon

Good morning my darlings, how's your week going? Its a bit blustery here so I reckon my balloon will be whizzing through the sky lol. I've used the gorgeous BonBon Belles CD from Polkadoodles for this card, I love this image its so pretty.

The image is coloured with Graph'It markers and I've created the backgorund using PanPastels and my little cloud mask. I've added some little gems in the corners to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Hobbycutz: create your own background
Sparkles Forum Challenge: up up and away
Whimsy Inspiration: clean and simple
Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday 19 August 2013

Fantasy week at SplodgeAway

Good morning folks, Monday morning again so just for a change I'm off to work but we've got a bank holiday weekend coming up and then I've got the week off work so I'm not feeling too downhearted lol. This week on the SplodgeAway Blog we've got a Fairy and Fantasy theme so keep popping over to check out the gorgeous projects from my talented teamies.


I love the Fairy Dust mask, its so pretty and this time I decided to make a shaker card. I created the background using distress inks and glimmer mists and once it was dry I embossed the mask using my Grand Calibur. I left the mask in place and inked through it with versamark and then embossed with a sparkly white EP. I used a nestie to die cut an aperture in the centre of the card. The focal image is one of my favourite stamps from Sweet Pea Stamps, its called Cheshire Cat Illusion and its coloured with Graph'It Markers. I added some glitter, microbeads and tiny shimmery stars and then popped some acetate in the aperture held in place with shaker tape.

To finish off I've added a bow and a sparkly crystal button.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Docelera creatiions: Ribbon and button
One Sweet Challenge: favourite technique
Totally Papercrafts: your favourite colour
Wags'n'Whiskers: Fairytale/fantasy

Thanks so much for popping by today,
Claire xx

Sunday 18 August 2013

Create your own background at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, we've got a new challenge over at PanPastel UK and this week our theme is 'make your own background', you don't have to use PanPastels to enter but of course we love it when you do, its great to see so many people using them. Our lucky winner will receive a fab PanPastel starter set thanks to our generous sponsor  Berni from Your Creativity Store, sadly due to the increased costs of postage this is only available for our UK winners but of course there's the fab winners badge wherever you live. 

For my card I've created a misty scene with torn paper masks using pinks, blues and violet PanPastels with a little Paynes Grey. I've also used the edge of an angle slice sofft sponge to create the grass. The fairies and willow leaves are all from Lavinia stamps. The moon is made from Maimeri Glassy gel mixed with glitter, spread on my craft mat and left to dry, once its dry I die cut with a circle die to get a lovely sparkly moon, you can see it a bit better here:

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Card Crafters Circle: winged things
Inky Impressions: things with wings
Lavinia Stamps: anything goes
Sparkles Forum: up up and away
Wags'n'Whiskers: fairytale/fantasy

I'm off to make a start on Sunday lunch, roast beef today so I expect the dogs will be lurking around for their share. I love Sundays, its so nice to have some time to potter around and relax. Hope you' have a good day and  thanks so much for popping by
Claire xx

Saturday 17 August 2013

A quick reminder ..

Hello my lovelies, just a quick post to remind you to book your spot in front of the tv for Nikky Hall and lots of fab goodies including brand new stamps from Nikky and Graph'It markers on C&C tomorrow at 2pm. I love to watch Nikky so I'm chuffed to bits the show is on at the weekend when I'm off work.

Here's a shaker card made with some of the gorgeous new stamps, Graph'It markers and a bp from Angelberry Christmas cd from Polkadoodles. I've used a mixture of rock candy glitter and clear microbeads for the shaker element. To finish off I've added a seambinding bow, a little bell and some bakers twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
CRAFT: Christmas
Delicious Doodles: Christmas in August
Left of Centre: something metal
Sister Act: Anything goes
Stampin with the dragon: Christmas in August

I hope you're having a good day, i've had a really lazy Saturday after a hectic week at work. The temperature has really dropped today, I can't believe how cold it is. Yesterday I came home from work and was so hot I put shorts on but tonight I've got my winter pjs and dressing gown on, brrrrrrrrr!
Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Friday 16 August 2013

Have a heart at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, we've got a new challenge at PolkaDoodles and the theme is 'Have a Heart'. The DT were challenged to use one of the gorgeous DigiDownload sets from Polkadoodles, I chose 'Classic Hearts' for my project and our lucky winner will be able to chose one of the kits that the DT have used! 

 I've made a card using paper and one of the toppers from 'Have a heart', it was a quick card to make, I just added a bit of distress ink and clear crackle paint to the heart and added some ribbon, lace and pearl trim. I love this kit, sooooo pretty and elegant. I added a little heart that I made by popping Maimeri Light Modelling Paste in a silicone mould, highlighted with a little treasure gold. Here's a closer pic of the crackled heart:

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs: anything goes
Digistamps for joy: make your own embellishment
Penny's Paper Crafty: Lace and ribbon

Well I'm rushing off to work as usual, thanks for popping by today and if you've got a couple of minutes to spare pop over to the PolkaDoodles blog and check out my teamies gorgeous makes, there are some fab tutorials on there too so its well worth a visit
Claire xx

Thursday 15 August 2013

Pink Angel from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, I'm having such a busy week at work I dont know if I'm on my arse or my elbow as my grannie would say lol. We only have 5 staff and 3 are off so I've been doing everything from funding bids to making the tea and cleaning the toilets this week so I haven't had much time or energy for visitng so I'll be popping round to catch up at the weekend. But enough moaning, I'm in the Christmas spirit with a  card featuring one of the beautiful stamps from Gothic Angels, one of this months new stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque. . This angel is so pretty and feminine so I decided to go for a pink and gold theme.

I made the background using distress stains in VIctorian Velvet, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar and Tarnished Brass and overstamped with one of the gorgeous background stamps from Gothic angels, firstly with Tattered Rose and then with versamark, embossed with WOW gold embossing powder. The main image has been coloured with Graph'it markers, die cut and matted on some craft card. I've added a little brass charm, come twine and a bow to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: die cuts/punches
Card mania: Favourite embellishment (ribbon for me)
Get Inky: ribbons
Paper Minutes: pastel colours
Top Tip Tuesday: embossing

If you've got a minute pop over to the Chocolate Baroque DT blog, my lovely teamies have come up with some stunning projects to showcase this months new stamps.

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Wednesday 14 August 2013

More Splodging :-)

Good morning blogland buddies, Wednesday at last so not long till the weekend. I'm always wishing my life away lol. Anyway I couldn't resist having another play with the Abstraktz masks from SplodgeAway, they are fab for so many different techniques. 

I covered a little canvas with tissue wrap and then applied Maimeri Glassy gel through the mask and sprinkled here and there with some microbeads. Glassy gel gives the best resist ever, its wonderful stuff! Anyway once it was dry I added loads and loads of black gold glimmer mist and wiped if off the glassy gel leaving the clear areas to show the pattern on the tissue paper. It looks gorgeous in real life, but very hard to get a decent pic, here's another but its not great I'm afraid

The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque, stamped on acetate and embossed with gold EP, I've used glossy accents to stick it to the canvas. The butterfly is also from Chocolate Baroque (Tangled Garden) and i've added some wire for his antennae, some little gems to his wings and painted some gold acrylic paint around the edge of the canvas

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: black and white
Creative Creations: Monochromatic
Dream Valley: Monochrome
Make My Monday: 3d elements
Our Creative Corner: words, words, words
Sweet Stamps: Bling

Thanks for visting today
Claire xx

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Abstraktz masks at SplodgeAway

Good morning, this week at SplodgeAway, the DT are showcasing the fab Abstraktz masks. Do pop over to the SplodgeAway Blog, my teamies have some gorgeous projects to share and also you don't want to miss some top secret stuff that will be coming soon!! Anyway back to business, these masks are so versatile, real 'worker' masks as you can use them for all kinds of different projects. 

For this card I made a background using one of the masks, acrylic paint and my gelli plate. The stamp is from Indigo Blue,stamped on cream card and distressed with Victorian Velvet and tea dye distress ink. I've used kraft card for matting and layering and added some lace, ribbon, a paper flower and a little heart charm with some twine. To finish off I've done some faux stitching around the edges and some little pink pearls in the corners.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Card Crafters Circle: ribbon and lace
Crafting by Design: celebrate women
One Stop crafts: pastel colours
Sweet Stampin: going krafty
Sweet Stamps:silhouettes
Tok Bobok:vintage
Thanks for visiting today and for your comments, they always brighten my day
Claire xx

Monday 12 August 2013

Spring flowers

Good morning my lovelies, I've had these gorgeous spring flower stamps by Sheena Douglass for a while now and not used them so I decided to have a play and alter this mannequin.

I have the mannequin a coat of Maimeri gesso and then a coat of cream acrylic paint. The flowers were stamped on tissue paper with black stazon and painted with twinkling h2os, cut out and then applied to the mannequin with Maimeri Matte Gel Medium. I love daffodils and bluebells, they are so pretty so I couldn't resist these stamps. 

Next I applied Maimeri light modelling paste and once that was dry, highlighted it with Treasure gold. I added a 'skirt' made from tulle and lace from the Ribbon Girl, a velvet ribbon bow with a pearl buckle and some flowers. The blue flowers are from WOC and the yellow roses were made with UTEE.

I'm entering this in the followng challenges:
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Lady Bug Crafts: something floral
Paper Craftng journey: distressed/vintage

thanks for popping by, have a great day
Claire xx

Sunday 11 August 2013

Cute and Cuddly at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies and a very warm welcome to my new followers. I can't believe that I've got nearly 400 peeps following my blog, I've got some candy up my sleeve so as soon as I get a min I'll take a pic and post it so keep an eye out. Well the last week has whizzed past and we've got a new challenge at PanPastel UK and this week our theme is 'Cute and Cuddly'. As always our lucky winner will receive a fab PanPastel Starter set from our generous sponsor Berni at Your Creativity Store. Sadly due to increasing postage costs this is only available to those with a UK address but of course there's the honour of the winners badge wherever you live.

I don't really do 'cute and cuddly' that often but I'm totally smitten by the gorgeous bunnies on the Cherry Blossom Lane CD by PolkaDoodles so I printed off this little cutie and coloured him with Graph'It markers. Isn't he adorable?

I masked him with Eclipse masking paper and used PanPastels to create the sea and the night sky, I used Black, Paynes Grey and various shades of blue. I used a pencil eraser to add some highlights here and there.  The moon was made using Maimeri Glassy Gel mixed with glitter, I spread the mixture out on my craft mat with a palette knife and left it to dry. Once it was clear and dry I die cut a circle and stuck it on the card. To finish off I added a red bow and a little boat charm.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafters Cafe: furry friends and/or friendship
Craft your Passion: Sea theme
Creative Moments: sea/shore
Jellypark: cuddly wuddly
Marker Pop: anything goes with markers
Parade your crafts: down by the sea
Shopping our stash: sun, moon, stars

Well I think its about time for another coffee and perhaps a bacon butty too and then I'm going to have a play in my craft room. Have a lovely day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

CAS on the Catwalk

Hello folks, hope you're having a good weekend so far. I'm having a lazy weekend, getting my strength up for another manic week at work unless the lottery fairy smiles on me lol. Anyway we've got a new challenge starting on the catwalk at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time our theme is totally out of my comfort zone, yep its 'Clean and Simple'. As always we've got lots of inspiration from my very talented teamies and a fab prize from Flonzcraft our generous sponsor.

I've used a background stamp from Indigo Blu, inked up with Ladybug Memento Ink and this gorgeous car stamp from Flonzcraft. The sentiment is also from Indigo Blu. It only took about 5 minutes to make and I'm not at all sure I like it but hopefully it fits the bill for our theme this week. I've got to say it was a nice change to make such a quick card although it was a challenge to keep it clean as I've always got such inky fingers lol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Card Making Mamas: black,white plus one
Eureka Stamps: clean and simple
My Craft Spot:clean and simple
Oldie but goodie: for a man/boy
(my oldie is the car stamp)
Stempelsonnen: anything goes
The Male Room: anything goes

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

Friday 9 August 2013

Summer Sunshine at Graph'It Colour Challenge

Good morning, Friday at last and its time for a brand new challenge over at Graph'It colour challenge and this week our theme is 'Summer Sunshine' so we want to see you use your yellows and oranges. You don't have to use Graph'It markers to enter, any alcohol markers will do but once you've tried Graph'Its you'll be hooked lol. As always there is a fab prize from Premium Art Brands and Polkadoodles for our lucky winner so pop over to the challenge blog and check out all the details (and of course see the gorgeous projects my teamies have created. 

I've used one of the fab images from the PolkaDoodles CD DigiStamp Heaven. I don't usually use yellows and oranges but the Graph'It range is fab so it makes a lovely change to use these zingy colours. I've used
Hair: 3210, 1270, 1130, 1210
Skin: 4180, 4155, 4115, 4125 and 4110
Dress: 1250, 1180, 1150, 1140 and 1110
Dog: 2130, 2120 and 2105
Grass: 8260, 8250, 8240

Isn't she adorable? I wish I looked as glamorous when I'm walking my dogs lol

I added a cloudy sky using PanPastels and some grass in the background. I've added a punched fence as a border, a seam binding bow. The daisy was made with Maimeri Light modelling paste using a silicone mould and coloured with Graph'It markers. I've layered the image up over a PanPastel background stamped with paw prints.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Digistamps for Joy: make your own embellies
Fitztown: make your own flowers
Paper playtime: lots of yellow
Papertake Weekly: anything goes

Well I'd better scoot off to work, have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Thursday 8 August 2013

Dresses from SplodgeAway

Good morning folks, a quick card today featuring the gorgeous Dressform Mask from SplodgeAway, you can find it here, there are loads of dresses on it :-)

I've used papers from the Prima almanac paper pad for the background and to create the dresses. I've used distress inks through the mask to create the silhouette for the topper  and given her some jewellery too lol. The other dress was cut using the mask as a template and popped up on a little beaded coat hanger from my stash. To finish off I've added seambinding, lace a little black button and some twine.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:
Get Inky: Ribbons
Inky Chicks: Lovely lace
Unstampabelles: Paper dress

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Shiver me Timbers!!

Aye aye me hearties!!! How's your week going?  My card share today is one of my samples for the gorgeous Bonbon Belles CD from PolkaDoodles, this time I've used the gorgeous pirate boy, isn't he adorable? The pics are a bit bleached out for some reason so sorry about that :-)

I'm feeling like a bit of a clever devil as I made the background with elements from the cd, layered em up on the pc and everything!! I know its not rocket science but it is to me lol! 

The image is coloured with Graph'It markers, die cut with nesties and I've used distress inks for shading around the edges. No embellies as I didn't want to cover the background up lol

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
2 Sisters: anything goes
Charisma: Up in the clouds
Digitally Sweet: anything goes
Dilly Beans: cute and creepies
Just Add Ink: just add blokes

Well as usual I'm having a really busy week at work and I'm counting down to the weekend already. 
Hope you're having a good week and thanks for stopping by today
Claire xx

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Blue Angel from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, have you made a start on those Christmas cards yet? Its August already so before we know it Christmas will be upon us. Never fear though  if you haven't even thought about making a start as Chocolate Baroque have some absolutely fabulous new Christmas stamps to tempt you. You can see them all here 

As its been so hot, I went for a cool blue colour palette for this card which uses the Snowflake Shadow Big bold background stamp and one of the beautiful angels from Gothic Angels
I created the background by applying shades of blue distress inks to Southfield pearlescent card, I really love the delicate sparkle of this cardstock for Christmas projects. I stamped the Snowflake Shadow with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder before matting on some dark blue card.

I stamped the angel on some smooth white card with versamark and again embossed with white sparkly embossing powder, die cut with a bauble die and applied distress inks around the edge. I stamped the angel again in Memento tuxedo black and coloured her with Graph'It markers, cut her out and popped her up on the bauble with silicone glue. I really love this angel, she's been a big hit with al the DT, we've nicknamed her the 'Feisty Angel' lol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC: Monochromatic
Christmas cards all year long: fussy and fancy
Crafting for all seasons: christmas
Crafty Boots: die cuts
Crafty Hazelnut: spread a little joy and love
The Hobby House: Christmas

Thanks so much for visiting today, its always lovely to see you :-)
Claire xx

Monday 5 August 2013

Free Range at SplodgeAway

Hello folks, well we've certainly been having a wonderful summer with lots of sunshine so far. I've take inspiration from all the sunshine for my project for this week's theme at SplodgeAway where the DT are making 'free range' projects. The challenge for me was which mask to choose as there are so many gorgeous masks in the land of SplodgeAway!

Anyway after a lot of dithering around, I decided to use a couple of my old favourite masks, Butterfly Creator and Floral Butterfly Wreath. It was a really quick and easy card to make, I blended hansa yellow, diarylide tint and orange tint over some linen cardstock and them embossed the Floral Butterfly Wreath mask with my GC, I then blended some deeper yellow PanPastels over the top and added lots of tiny pearls to the centre of the flowers and the butterfly bodies. I created the larger butterflies in the same way. The sentment is one of my all time favourites from Chocolate Baroque. To finish off I simply added a seam binding bow and a paper rose.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
CRAFT: Monochromatic
Delicious Doodles: anything goes
Pumpkin Spice: sunshine
Seemacrafts: Butterfly
Sweet Pea Stampers: Embossing
Totally gorjuss: anything goes with pearls

Hope you're having a good day, thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

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