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Friday 29 November 2013

Vintage and Polka Dots at Graph'It Colour Challenge

Good morning my lovelies, phew Friday already so that means a brand new challenge over at Graph'It Colour Challenge so pop over to the challenge blog to find out all about the fabby prize and check out the gorgeous colouring from my lovely teamies.

I've raided my box of Christmas papers for this card so I'm not sure where they are from, the image is from the Polkadoodles CD Angelberry Christmas and coloured her up with my Graph'Its - the list of colours is over on the Graph'It blog. I've used a blender pen to create the white polkadots on her little dress, I love this effect. To finish off I've added an assortment of die cuts, some rolled roses, raffia lace, ribbon, and a bow topped off with a button and some twine

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Crafty Little Fairies: Classic Christmas (red, green gold)
Kaboodle Doodles: buttons and twine
Lexi's Creations: Christmas
Moving along with the times: girly but no pink
Rhedd and Rosies: christmas
Shopping our stash: holiday/winter
Top Tip Tuesday: Be krafty
through the purple haze: use your stash

Well I'm off to work now so thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Fragment Mannequin

Good morning folks, I don't know about you but I'm getting a bit 'Christmassed out' so here's a mixed media project for a change. I've decorated a little mannequin with Ranger Tissue Wrap and the gorgeous 'Nature Fragments' stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

Firstly I primed the mannequin with white gesso and gave it a coat of cream acrylic paint

I stamped the leafy fragment on to the tissue wrap with red stazon ink and then adhered the tissue to the mannequin with Maimeri Matte gel Medium.

I've added red lace, ribbon, some sparkly trim for a belt and also a little faux pearl necklace, The flowers are made from UTEE and a silicone mould

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts: bring on the bling
A Creative Romance: Vintage Style
Creative Creations: make your own flowers
LEJ Designs: Buttons, bows or beads
Oldie but goodie: ribbon and or lace
(my oldies are everything except the stamps)
Thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Tuesday 26 November 2013

Fairy dust from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, todays card is  another sample created using the beautiful Winter Fairy Collection from Chocolate Baroque. As soon as I saw these stamps I pictured the fairies flying around in a circle scattering fairy dust as they went.

I began by blending distress inks on some white card (I used Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken Chine, Shaded Lilac) and then stamped  the swirls from the January stamp set around the edges. Once the background was dry I stamped the fairies (also from the January set) and the fairy dust (from February) with versamark and then embossed with a sparkly white embossing powder.

The sentiment is from Damask Reindeer, again embossed with the same embossing powder and die cut with Spellbinders, dusting a little more embossing powder around the edges. To finish off I added a bow and some little pearls in the corners.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas: Winter Wishes
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday 25 November 2013

A Day for Daisies

Good morning folks, well as always the weekend has whizzed by and its back to work again. I had a lovely time at the weekend, feet up watching tv, eating maltesers and colouring up some gorgeous images. This beauty is from A day for Daisies, isn't she adorable?

I've coloured her with Graph'It markers and stamped the sentiment in black ink. I added a little sparkle to her wings with a Gold Graph'It shake pen, omg these pens are soooooooo sparkly! I didn't want to add lots of embellies to detract from the image so I just matted her on some coordinating card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A day for Daisies: add some gold
Aud Sentiments: any sentiment
Colour me creative: anything goes
Crafting by Design: anything goes with a twist of birthday
Musically Challenged: girls just want to have fun
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes
Whimsy Inspiration: anything goes

I'd better get my act together and go earn some pennies so a big thank you for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 24 November 2013

Mixing it up at Premium Craft Brands ...

Hi there folks, hasn't the last week flown? Its time for a new challenge at PanPastel UK, there's a fab prize up for grabs from our lovely sponsor Berni at Your Creativity Store and as always my talented teamies have created some gorgeous projects to inspire you.


I've made a Christmas card, I used silver PanPastel mixed with water in a mini- mister bottle and spritzed on to some black card, and used my fingers to splatter some more of the mixture on. Then I overstamped with a Stampers Anonymous snowflake stamp and versmark and applied some gold PanPastel. 

I made the little tree from scraps of cream card, I stamped them with a music stamp and versamark and coloured some with black PanPastel and some with Permanent Red, I used cheap hairspray to seal the Pans and then rolled the scraps into little rolls, cut them to size and glued them to my background. I added a pot and a trunk and popped a little red bow on the pot. Now any Cristmas tree has to have some baubles so I added some Doodle Dewdrops and a little bark star that I'd coloured with gold PanPastel.

To finish off I stamped the 'Rockin around the Christmas Tree' sentiment (from Chocolate Baroque), snipped it up and popped it on the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: any sentiment
Crafts Too: Vintage Christmas (polychromatic)
Crafty Hands: sparkle and bling
Delicious Doodles: no designer paper

Have a good day, i'm away to tackle the ironing and make a start with cooking Sunday lunch 
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Saturday 23 November 2013

Edges and Baubles from Chocolate Baroque

Hi there folks and a warm welcome to my new followers. Well I've got all those nasty housey jobs done so I've turned the heating up and I'm going to put my feet up on the sofa and watch some tv. Before I go though, I wanted to share this little Christmas project made using the gorgeous Christmas and Winter Edges from Chocolate Baroque

I decided to make some bunting to hang across my mantelpiece at Christmas so I set to cutting out assorted bauble shapes from sturdy white card with Spellbinders dies and painted them with pebeo acrylic paints. Once the were dry I used the edge stamps with flitterglu and gold, brown and blue glitter from my stash. I love the way the flitterglu picks up all the detail. I used post its to mask areas on the baubles and again used Flitterglu and glitter to add some interest to the baubles. I used some seam binding ribbon to string them together and they're ready to go

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: anything goes
Charisma: Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity: glitter and sparkle
Happy Campers: glitter it
Sparkle and Sprinkle: anything goes with glitter/EP/flocking

Thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday 22 November 2013

Christmas Carols at PolkaDoodles

Good evening all, Friday already so its time for a fab new challenge at Polkadoodles and this week we're all feeling very Christmassy, My teamies have come up with some amazing projects so do pop over to the challenge blog and have a peek, while you're there you can find out all about the fab prize too.

I've made a little door hanger using my favourite polkadot papers from Angelberry Christmas CD and a sentiment and embellies from Here Comes Christmas CD, the images have been coated with Glossy Accents and I've added some Doodle Dewdrops and a few dots of gold stickles too. I love the little verse, Nikky always put so much thought in to the sentiments and verses on her cds

I'm entering this project in the following challenges
As you like it: Whats your favourite: spots or stripes 
(spots for me, in case you hadn't noticed I adore polkadots lol)
Aud Sentiment: any sentiment
Crimbo Crackers: anything but a card
Fab'n'funky: anything goes
Paper Shelter: Christmas
Well I've got an early start at work today so I'll see you later
have a good day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Thursday 21 November 2013

Sparkly snowflakes from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, todays card is a super quick and easy card made using the delicate snowflakes from Winter Edges by Chocolate Baroque.

My original plan was just to stamp the snowflakes with a waterfall Big'n'Juicy inkpad and keep it CAS but I couldn't resist adding some faux gems and of course some seam binding ribbon

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Creations: sparkle and shine
Paper Playtime: sparkle
Treasured Times: non traditional Christmas colours
Phew I seem to be meeting myself coming back this week, as always work is a real horror and we're extra short staffed at the minute so its worse than usual. I think if I didn't craft I'd go completely crackers lol
Thanks for popping by today, have a good day
Claire xx

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Twit twoo with Premium Craft Brands and PolkaDoodles

Good morning my lovelies, don't you just LOVE owls?? They are so cute and this stamp from Polkadoodles is adorable (you can find him here) He works a treat with this lovely Owl mask from Premium Craft Brands

The background was made with yellow green PanPastel overstamped with Lavinia leaf stamps and Memento Inks. The image was coloured with PanPastels and a paper stump. I've die cut the image and layered it up over a lattice die cut and added paper flowers, ribbon, a button and a little owl charm. 

Inside the card I've used the same background and the gorgeous Pronty mask and Metallic PanPastels with another die cut to write the greeting on. I added some white gel pen to the owls' eyes and some sparkly gems to finish off.

Here's a better look at Mr Owl

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:
Anonymous Stamps: anything goes
Card Mania: autumn colours
Sparkles forum: animals
Stamp and Create: feathers/leaves
Sweet Stamps: anything goes
Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Winter Fairies at Chocolate Baroque

Good morning, brrrrrrr winter is definitely here but its not all bad as that means the Winter Fairies have arrived at Chocolate Baroque, there are three absolutely gorgeous sets and even better a fab multibuy offer too. I've used this pretty fairy from the February set, isn't she a beauty???

I've coloured her with Graph'It markers and added some glamour dust to her wings. The background was made with PanPastels and a Chocolate Baroque snowflake stamp (from Damask Reindeer) which I embossed with WOW white EP

The sentiment is also from Damask Reindeer. I've used red card to mat and layer and added a little red bow and a snowflake charm to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Creative Romance: winter blues
Crafting Cafe: winter blues
Creatalicious: Christmas time
Crimbo Crackers: Christmas words
Designed to Colour: christmas/winter
Winter Wonderland: Fairies/angels
WOW embossing powder: christmas/winter

Thanks for visiting today, have a good day
Claire xx

Monday 18 November 2013

Bright Colours at Lavinia Stamps

Good morning folks, well actually its not a good morning as I'd booked today off work and now I have to go in aaaarrrrrgghhhh! As you can imagine I'm not a happy bunny but hey ho, it'll soon be weekend. Today's card is my entry for the challenge at Lavinia Stamps which is to use Bright Colours. 

I used some silk coated card to make this, goodness knows what sort of card it was because I made it a few days ago and when I came to take the pic, the background colours had all faded which is a bit strange but on the plus side, the fairy does pop  a bit more now lol.

I used distress inks (Wild honey, spiced Marigold and fired brick)and torn paper masks to create the masks and then stamps in the different trees and foliage in Memento Inks (Rich cocoa, bamboo leaves, tangelo, rhubarb stalk) I stamped the fairy with timber brown stazon and matted the finished scene on dark brown and then on kraft card.

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:
Craftitude: anything goes/falling leaves
Flutter by Wednesday: open challenge
Ladybug Crafts: autumn colours
My Sheri Crafts: Fall/Thanksgiving
So Artful: trees

Well I'm off to venture out and catch the bus to work, have a good day and thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Sunday 17 November 2013

A new challenge at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel UK Challenge

Good morning folks, how's your weekend going? I always  love Sundays but this one is even better than most as I don't have to go to work tomorrow :-) Its also time for a new challenge at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel UK challenge and this week we're colouring embellies! There's a fab prize up for grabs from our lovely sponsor Berni at Your Creativity Store so hop on over and find out all the deets, you don't want to miss the gorgeous artwork from my teamies either!

I've made a little 8x8 canvas, i got it from the work and I wish I'd got loads as its a lovely size to work on. I began by adding Panpastels in Magenta Shade and Extra Dark, with just a light dusting of Rich Gold PanPastel. Next I used a Pronty Mask and Maimeri Light modelling paste which I coloured with more metallic PanPastels . The main image is a Prima Doll stamp, coloured with Graph'It markers and again I added a touch of Rich Gold PanPastel to add a shimmer to her skirt and jacket. I gave her some wings, made with a PaperArtsy stamp and then got busy adding lots of die cuts. 

I added the birdcage, again coloured with gold PanPastels, the ribbon and lace was also coloured with my PanPastels. Next came lots of little die cut butterflies coloured with Magenta shade PanPastel and finally the rose. I made the rose with tattered florals die cuts embossed with a dotty folder, again I added Magenta Shade and gold pans, you can see the shimmer a little better here:

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
A Little bit crafty: sparkle and shine
Crafters Cafe: lots of embellishments
Crafty Creations: dies/punches

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Shabby Chic Christmas at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hellooooo, hope you're having a good weekend. The last two weeks have whizzed by in the blink of an eye again and its time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time our theme is Shabby Chic Christmas, there's a fab prize from our generous sponsor Flonzcraft so ink up those stamps and join us. Apols for the very dodgy pics, my card is actually pale green and white so you'll have to use your imagination lol.

The focal image is of course a stamp by Flonzcraft, stamped on kraft card with versamark and embossed with Shabby White EP. I made a frame with spellbinders dies and gave it a coat of gesso and then added some flitter glu and gin and tonic gilding flakes

The background started life as a gorgeous backing paper from the Chocolate Baroque cd set Seasons Greetings, given the gesso treatment and overstamped with CB stamps and gilding flakes - i got a bit carried away at this point and nearly obliterated the paper lol. I've added some gorgeous lace from the Ribbon girl, some pretty holly leaf edged ribbon and white seambinding. Next came lots of snowflakes cut with an assortment of Marianne dies, some Memory Box Holly Vine die cuts and some little pearls and gems

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's: shabby chic/vintage
Crafty Catz: anything but a square
Crafty Hands: vintage
Creative Corner: let it snow
Fab'n'Funky: anything goes
Papertake Weekly: snow and ice
Shopping our Stash: use something already on your desk 
(mine is flitteglu which is always on my workdesk)
Stempelsonnen: Its snowing
Lots of snowy challenges there, we're forecast to have some snow this week, how exciting!! I just love snow :-)
thanks so much for visting, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday 15 November 2013

Gorgeous new colours at Graph'It Colour challenge

Good morning and a very happy Friday to you, the weekend is nearly here :-) At Graph'It Colour Challenge we're showcasing the gorgeous new colours in the Graph'It Range this week and the DT were challenged to use them all together but we won't make it that hard for you lol. Pop over to the challenge blog and find out all the deeets and of course find out about the fab prize of Graph'It gorgeousness courtesy of our lovely sponsors Premium Art Brands too. My teamies have come up with some amazing artwork to inspire you too so its well worth a visit

I've made a centre step card using a gorgeous Sweet Pea digistamp called Autumn Trio by Ching Chou Kuik
Colours used:
Skin: 4180, 4155,4115, 4120 (blush: 5125, 5110)
Hair: 6290, 3140,3110, 1250, 1210
Eyes: 6175, 6120
Hood: 8290, 8280, 8250, 8220
Rabbit: 9305, 9303,9400
Deer: 3130, 3110, 1250

I've used a backing paper from my stash lots of flowers from WOC, some punched leaves, buttons, twine, some gorgeous red linen ribbon, lace and little green pearls to finish off .

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

One Sweet Challenge: Focus on something (flowers for me)
Whoopsi Daisy: flowers galore
Wild Orchid Crafts: ribbon and lace

Well hopefully nice Mr Blogger will post this for me while I'm hard at work but i'm counting down as I've got a days leave on Monday so its a long weekend for me :-)
Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Wednesday 13 November 2013

A SplodgeAway Christmas

Hello folks, well the week is half way through and we're getting in the Christmas spirit over at SplodgeAway, there are so many gorgeous masks in the SplodgeAway range I was totally spoiled for choice! I used the gorgeous Christmas Village Stenskape for the main scene and the Snowflake border for the background.

The background was made by blending black soot distress ink on some ivory card and then stamping with a pretty Chocolate Baroque snowflake stamp and then applied white stencil paste through the snowflake border through here and there on the background. Once it was dry I added some little red gems. 

I used distress inks to create the scene and added lots of glitter, I love this little scene its soooo pretty. I've had a few people ask about this mask as it looks very complicated but my advice is not to be too careful, just go for it. 

To finish off I've added a die cut poinsettia with pearls in the centre, some holly vines, a seambinding bow topped with a Thermomorph heart - this stuff is really versatile, I'd made quite a few little hearts and wanted to glitter one so I just heated one up a bit and the glitter stuck! 
I'm entering this in the following challenges
C is for Challenge: winter is coming
Crafty Bloggers: Christmas
Deep Ocean: winter
Papertake Weekly: Snow and ice
Sparkle 'n'Sprinkle: anything goes with glitter, ep or flock
Totally Papercrafts: glitter
Thanks for calling by today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Chocolate Orange Box

Good morning my lovelies, I've been playing with Kroma Crackle again, I think i'm addicted to this stuff lol. This months challenge at Indigo Blu is  Chocolate Orange, well I adore Chocolate Oranges but its not a colour combination I often use in my crafting but I couldn't resist having a play.

I took a little wooden box and painted it with brown acrylic paint and sealed it with Maimeri Gloss Medium, sanded it a wee bit for a distressed look and then edged with some treasure gold. I coloured some Kroma Crackle with orange acrylic paint and spread it over some brown card. Once it was dry, I sealed it and  used it to cover the box

The butterfly is an Indigo Blu Dinkie stamp, I stamped on vellum with Flitter glu and applied Autumn Blaze gilding flakes. I cut the butterfly out and then used a little ball tool to add some texture to the butterfly wings. I coloured some little pearls with my Graph'It markers and used them for the butterfly's body.

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: anything but a card
Crafting for all Seasons: Autumn colours
Crafty Creations: Autumn Colours
Docerela Creations: Brown and orange
Wags'n'Whiskers: Fall colours

Well as usual I'm scooting off to work so have a good day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Monday 11 November 2013

Icy Fragment

Good morning folks,oooh  its an exciting day in our house today as my son starts his new job!! Unfortunately I've got to go to my old job but hey ho such is life. Today's card features some of the gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, I've used one of the gorgeous images from Gothic Angels on a background made using one of the fab new stamps, Nature Fragments

I've used glossy card for the background and randomly applied tumbled glass, broken chine and a little shaded lilac distress inks and then overstamped with the icy fragment using the same colours. I've edged the background with tea dye distress ink and matted it on some kraft card. The main image was stamped on kraft card and embossed with sparkly white embossing powder. I stamped the image again on smooth white card and coloured with Graph'It Markers. Next I cut the image out and layered it up on the kraft card. I layered the image up over some cheesecloth, coloured with distress inks and added a little bow and some Marianne die cut snowflakes topped with little pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
2 Sisters: Christmas Sparkle
A Creative Romance: Winter blues
Christmas Stamping all year long: winter warmth (use fabric)
Colour me Creative: Christmas frosty and cold
Marianne Design Divas: Christmas/winter
Sugar Creek Hollow: anything vintage goes
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Sunday 10 November 2013

A fun new challenge at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, and happy Sunday to you, its a very exciting Sunday for us girlies in PanPastel Land because the lovely Nikky Hall will be on C&C at 2pm demoing all sorts of gorgeous goodies from Premium Craft Brands so don't forget to book your place on the sofa! The scrummy metallic Pans will be star of the show so you really don't want to miss it. We've also got a fab new challenge at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel UK Challenge so pop on over and find all the details as there is a fab prize from Your Creativity Store for our lucky winner and of course some amazing artwork from my talented teamies!

I've altered a little photo frame, it was a very plain boring frame so I got to work with Maimeri Bronze Acrylic paint followed by a layer of Kroma Crackle, once that was dry I added lashings of Metallic PanPastels. The image is a stamp from Stampendous, I just stamped with versarmark and then swooshed over it with a Sofft sponge that I'd been using with Copper and Bronze PanPastels. I added a little glitter to highlight the snowy areas

I layerd a die cut coloured with Light Gold PanPastel and die cut numbers were made with Thermomorph. The little cardinal was also made with Thermomorph, this time in a silicone mould and painted with Maimeri Bronze Acrylic

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Charisma: Anything goes
CRAFT: Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity: anything but a card
LEJ Designs: monochromatic
Penny's Paper Crafty: lots of layers

thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday 8 November 2013

Christmas fun with PolkaDoodles

Good morning my lovelies, sorry i've been a wee bit quiet this week - as always I've been soooo busy at work but also my DS has had a job interview .... after struggling to find regular work for years he has finally been offered a full time job so I'm over the moon for him! We had a couple of glasses of bubbly to celebrate last night so I'm feeling a little bit delicate this morning lol. Anyway its Friday again so its time for another fun challenge at Polkadoodles and this week we've got a fun tag theme going on. Make sure you pop over to the challenge blog to find out all about the fab prize and check out the amazing inspiration from my lovely teamies.

 I've used 4 tags made from red cardstock stuck together to create a luminary and added 4 images coloured with Graph'It Markers.  I would never have thought of this idea, but my lovely teamie Judith over at Chocolate Baroque created one of these a few weeks ago so I thought I'd have a bash and make one. The images are from the fab Here Comes Christmas Cd.  The backing paper is from the same cd and I've added some snowflake vellum to the die cut apertures. I've popped a battery operated tea light in side and topped it some some scraps of ribbon and lace. Here are some pics of the gorgeous images I've used

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
All Crafts: anything but a card
Allsorts: Christmas Cheer
Fab'n'Funky: traditional Christmas Colours
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: use a negative die cut
Gem of a Challenge: Christmas is coming
Little Red Wagon: Christmas tag

Have a good day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Autumn Fragments from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, well Autumn is definitely here the leaves are changing colour so quickly now but on Sunday I spotted a red admiral butterfly fluttering along when I was out walking the dogs!  Anyway back to business, todays card features the fab new stamps 'Nature Fragments' from Chocolate Baroque

I made a background using distress inks in Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold and Gathered Twigs and splashed it with a little water, blotting it to create a patchy effect, Next I stamped the 'wood' fragments with more Gathered Twigs Distress ink. The sentiment is from  Nature's Peace and is one of my all time favourites. I added some die cut shapes and a flower made by die cutting some tissue wrap that I'd coloured with distress ink. I added a little copper brad in the centre and some raffia to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Little Blue Button: fall inspiration
Perfect Sentiment: Fall or Halloween
Sister Act: anything goes
Wags'n'whiskers: Fall colours
thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

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