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Saturday 31 May 2014

Shapes at We do Doobadoo

Good morning my lovelies, the weekend is here at last and hopefully the weather is going to be a bit better and we may even see some sunshine! We've got a new challenge starting at We Do Doobadoo and this time its all about shapes, so hop on over and have a look at the challenge blog for all the details - there's a fabby prize of Dutch Doobadoo goodies up for grabs and lots of inspiration from my lovely teamies

I've made a little wall hanging and used one of the beautiful Shape Art templates to cut out layers in corrugated card (painted with Maimeri white gesso and distressed with Raw Umber PanPastel) and cream cardstock. I've added lots of stencilling using Burlap stencil from Dutch Doobadoo The stamps used are from Premium Craft Brands and Indigo Blu..

I've also added some white kraft stars and some lasercut buttons from Dutch Doobadoo, I've embossed them with Shabby White frantage and they looks sooooo pretty in real life.

I've used some copper eyelets and white seam binding to join the panels together and popped it on a pretty Melissa Frances Hanger

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge: things with wings
Inky Chicks: Metal embellishment (eyelets)
Milk Coffee: anything but a card
Shopping our Stash: stamp your background
Top Tip Tuesday: Monochrome

have a great weekend and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Friday 30 May 2014

Fancy Frills at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning folks, I don't know about making cards I think we should be building an arc as it's been raining all week. We're forecast for some better weather over the weekend though so fingers crossed. We've got a new challenge starting at Graph'It Colouring challenge and this time our theme is 'Fancy Frills' so a good excuse to make a pretty girly card to be in with a chance of winning gorgeous Graph'It goodies from Premium Craft Brands I've coloured this beautiful image which I was lucky enough to win a couple of weeks ago, she's from Delicious Doodles and is printed on Ultimate Graphic 160gsm card. Finding the perfect colouring card is a bit of a nightmare but this stuff is by far the best I've tried, love it (you can find it here)

I've used backing paper from Tim Holtz, distressed with a craft knife and a little Walnut Stain distress ink I used red line tape and cosmic shimmer glue to create my ribbon and lace frills and then added some pretty pearly trim to make sure nothing falls off lol. 

The image is coloured with my Graph'It markers, you can find a full list of colours over on the Challenge blog. I've also used my White Graph'It shake pen to create the polka dots on her top.

I've gone to town with embellishments, adding flowers, acetate butterflies, beaded pins, button and bow, faux pearls and even a little butterfly peg.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: Things with wings
Created with Love: lots of layers
In the pink: shabby chic/vintage
Try it on Tuesday: Feminine and Fancy
Whoopsi Daisy: lots of layers

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

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Summer Fairies from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning, hope you have had a lovely long weekend even if the weather was awful. Its back to work for me this morning and I just wanted to let you know that the Summer Fairies have arrived at Chocolate Baroque, this is the fourth release so now all 4 seasons are available in these beautiful stamps! Pop over and have a look at them here

I've used the gorgeous Fuchsia image from the August Fairy set as my focal image, coloured with Graph'It markers and die cut with a sizzix die and inked with Picked Raspberry distress ink. I've made a distress ink background with shades of pink and purple and added lots of lace, ribbon, pearl trim, cheesecloth fabrix, gems and a little paper flower. 
Once I'd got it all finished I decided it needed a little fairy peeping at the flower so I gritted my teeth and stamped the little fairy (also from August) with purple Memento ink, keeping my fingers crossed that it stamped ok and didn't completely bodge up the whole card lol. Fortunately it worked, phew!!!!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz: May flowers
Crafty Creations: flowers, die cut, ribbon, purple
Dream Valley: things with wings
Fab'n'Funky: ribbon, pearls/rhinestones
One Stitch at a time: anything goes

Well my darling fur baby Benji seems to be doing well on his new meds, the vet is pleased with him and all his blood results are fine so fingers crossed he'll be with us a while longer. Here he is looking a bit thoughtful, isn't he adorable? 

Our puppy is 2 today so there will be toys and treats later, where have the last two years gone? Here's the birthday boy, just about to pounce on an unsuspecting fly lol

Thanks so much for popping by, i'm off to work now and then to pick up my new specs. How exciting I'll be able to see what I'm doing now lol
Claire xx

Sunday 25 May 2014

Create a Flower Garden at Craft a Scene

Good afternoon my lovelies, we're having a very lazy Sunday and hoping that tomorrow will bring some better weather as I've got loads of plants waiting to be planted out in the garden and we've had so much rain its been to wet to get out into the garden. This card is my DT project for Craft a Scene where our theme is 'Create a Flower Garden', hopefully the sun will shine for me to plant my flowers before too long lol

I've used Chocolate Baroque stamps for this card, the scene is coloured with distress inks and I've painted the bluebells with twinkling H20s to give them a bit of a shimmer. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Stampers: In the garden
Brown Sugar: anything goes
Charisma Cardz: May flowers
Crafty Little Fairies: in the garden
Sister Act: Anything goes
Thanks for popping by today, 
Claire xx

Floral Inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, we're having some dreadful weather here this weekend but the sun came out yesterday for long enough to take the dogs for a walk, their first walk for a good few days as Benji has got the ok from the vets to have a short walk each day yippeeeee!  There's still another week to enter our Floral Challenge at PanPastel UK, our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous goodies from Premium Craft Brands!

I've made a little wall hanging using some bright sunny colours I began by using a Dutch Doobadoo stencil and light modelling paste coloured with Hansa Yellow Tint and Diarylide yellow tint I sealed the colour with Maimeri Matte Medium and sprinkled some glitter over while it was wet for a bit of extra sparkle. The MDF heart was crackled with kroma crackle coloured with the same PanPastels and the sentiment is from Indigo Blu (a freebie from a craft mag) stamped on tissue and applied with Matte medium) I've stamped some butterflies, from the new stamps by Premium Craft Brands, and layered up flowers, Dutch Doobadoo laser cut swirls and buttons, Dutch Doobadoo Honeycomb and lots of flowers. The flowers are made with crinoline fabric, Maimeri Iridescent Medium, PanPastels and more glitter. 

I've done a quick step by step tutorial if you fancy having a go at making them

1 Brush Maimeri Iridescent Paste over your fabric and apply some PanPastels, brushing the colour in until you're happy with the shade

2 While wet, sprinkle on some glitter and then leave to dry

3.  Die cut your flowers (the colours look a bit weird as I took these picks by electric light so apologies for the strange colours) I've also added some pink and blue flowers that were left over from another project (I think they may have been coloured with dylusions inks)

4. Layer your flowers up, I've added some layers that I die cut from netting too I've used my hot glue gun to layer them up

5. Using some more hot glue,pop a blob of glue in the centre of your flower and pop in some beads (or glitter/microbeads etc) Cup your hand to shape the flower and they are ready to use. In real life they have a lovely shimmer and sparkle but it hasn't show up too well at all 

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
A Little bit crafty: flower power
Alphabet Challenge: H for Handmade embellishments
Craftitude: anything goes/use a die
Dies R Us: flowers
Paper Pretties: flowers
Unruly Paper Arts: Fabric Frenzy

Thanks so much for visiting today, have a lovely bank holiday weekend
Claire xx

Saturday 24 May 2014

Pink Flapper from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, ooh dear its not the best weather for the bank holiday weekend. I hope it brightens up as I've got a million things that need doing in the garden but if not I'll have to make the best of a bad job and spend the weekend crafting Today's card features the lovely new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, Fabulous Flappers, they are gorgeous stamps!

I've coloured the image with Graph'It markers and added a stencilled background (ok it was to cover up a big pink fingerprint lol) I've used a backing paper from my stash, using scraps of the paper to stamp the butterflies on

I've added pink ribbon, black lace, a lovely little metal filigree corner and some tiny black faux pearls to the flowers on the image and the corners The sentiment is also from Chocolate Baroque, its from the Mackintosh Sentiments set, its a gorgeous font.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Crafty Bloggers Network: pink plus ribbon
Creative knockouts: colouring show off
Lexi's Creations: pink and lace
Stampin for the weekend:  for the girls

have a lovely Saturday, thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Friday 23 May 2014

Oranges and Lemons at Graph'It

Good morning folks, Friday again and we've got another long weekend here in the UK yipppeeeeeee! Summer seems to have deserted us though as after a few really hot days the rain is back but with any luck it will brighten up over the weekend. You've still got time to enter our 'oranges and lemons' challenge over at Graph'It colouring challenge, you don't have to use Graph'Its to enter but our lucky winner will receive a fab prize from Premium Craft Brands so don't miss out on your chance to win!

 I love yellow its one of my favourite colours and for this card I decided to have a play with creating a background with my markers. I just scribbled on acetate in shades of yellow and orange , spritzed with Mix it fluid and swooshed my card through, adding extra layers here and there. I also use my Graph'Its to colour the reverse of the acetate butterflies before I glittered them
Pop over to the challegne blog for a full list of the colours used.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Bastel Traum: summer
Crafting for all seasons: things with wings
Diva's by Design: anything goes
Ladybug Crafts: Favourite embellishment (ribbon)
Top Tip Tuesday: here comes summer

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

Monday 19 May 2014

Words are all you need

Good morning my lovelies, well its been a very quiet weekend here with our poorly fur baby Benji resting his leg. He's a real Mum's boy and follows me everywhere so I couldn't go in my craft room as I didn't want him fall on the stairs. I wasn't going to give up crafting though so I just ended up bringing loads of stuff downstairs and taking over the dining room lol. I managed to get a couple of DT projects finished and decided to finish this project that I'd started making for the Indigo Blu Challenge where the theme is 'Words are all you need'

I knew I wanted to use this large sentiment, you can't see it very well as the photo is awful but it says "Courage, strength and determination that's what little girls are made of'. I'd given this old MDF shape a coat of gesso to cover the old design Next I set to and added some texture with Maimeri Light Modelling Paste  and a harlequin stenciland then set too with acrylic paints in pink and brown. I stamped the images which are also from Indigo Blu (Boadicea A5 set) onto tissue paper with black archival ink and painted them with Twinkling H2os, the sentiment was stamped with versamark and embossed with gold EP before applying them with Slap it on. To finish off I've added some Treasure Gold to highlight the texture and some flowers that I'd made using silicone moulds

I'm also entering this project in the following challenges:
Natalie and Amy's: Rubber stamping
Sunflower Fields: vintage/shabby/rustic

Sunday 18 May 2014

Florals at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks I hope you're enjoying this lovely sunny weather. My plans to spend the day in the sunshine fell through yesterday and my oldest fur baby Benji is really struggling to walk so the vet advised lots of rest so we're having a very lazy weekend. Anyway enough moaning and back to business, we've got a brand new challenge starting at PanPastel UK and this time our theme is 'Florals', so a nice easy one for you. You don't have to use PanPastels to enter and of course our lucky winner will receive a fab prize of goodies from Premium Craft Brands

I've made a kraft card tag for my project using the gorgeous new Premium Craft Brands stamps designed by Nikky Hall, I just love these stamps so much that i've used some from 3 of the new sets (Postcard, Roses and Stop) I've done lots of stamping with versamark and applied colour with PanPastels. The roses have been watercoloured with PanPastels and layered up on 3d foam pads.

For some extra definition I've added some stamping using distress inks too. I've added some hessian, a brass key charm and red seam binding. I've also used lots of Dutch Doobadoo goodies too including the gorgeous honeycomb softboard, laser cut butterflies and buttons.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: No designer papers
Bunny Zoe's: Flowers and charms
Crafts and Me: make a tag
Creatalicious: buttons and bows
Creative Knockouts: lots of layers
Thats Crafty : Use kraft

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Anything 3D at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello folks, we've got a fab new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time around our theme is 'Anything 3d'. There's a fab prize of a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft for our lucky winner and of course there's the honour of a place in the Top 3 too. Don't forget though we are a stamping challenge so make sure that the focus of your project is stamping.

I've altered a little wooden box for my DT project. I've primed it with Maimeri gesso and then added very pale pink and green acrylic paint and sanded back for a distressed look. I've stamped around the edges of the box and the lid with stamps from Flonzcraft and Crafty Individauls using Gold Stazon Ink, I used the stamp without a block to create a kind of vintagey look.

The focal image is also from Flonzcraft, you can find her here. I coloured some paper with Spun Sugar and Bundled Sage distress ink, stamped the image with Potting Soil archival and then die cut with a circle die. I then applied Pebeo resin stuff and left it to dry, its ages since i've used a two part resin and I got in the most awful mess lol.

To finish off I applied Treasure Gold around all the edges and added little brass feet and a handle from Crafty Individuals.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Craftitude: anything goes/use a die
Crafts 4 Eternity: to die for
Divas by Design: anything but a card
Everybody Art : Shabby chic
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: altered art anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, if you've got time do pop over and check out the beautiful projects from my talented teamies
Claire xx

Saturday 17 May 2014

Lace at We Do Doobadoo

Helllooooo, I'm back again with my post for our brand new challenge at We Do Doobadoo where our theme is Lace, a nice easy one as I think most of us love to add some pretty lace to our projects. As always our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous Dutch Doobadoo goodies, so its a great opportunity if you fancy trying some of these lovely products (you can find them all here)

For the base I've used some mountboard, stencilled with my favourite Dutch Doobadoo mosaic stencil and Maimeri Light Modelling Paste, I've added some colour with PanPastels (Turquoise shade and Pewter) The next layers were cut using one of the lovely Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art Templates, the first layer was made using the Glittered Lace technique, an old favourite and it always amazes me that you can use lace as a stencil

The next layer features the fab DD Barbed Wire stencil and of course more Light Modelling paste, I stencilled round the image (coloured with my Graph'It Markers) and the coloured with Pewter and Black PanPastels  I've layered the lovely lady up over some black lace threaded with ribbon,, and I've added some paper flowers and bead trim from my stash The pretty corners are also from Dutch Doobadoo, they've been embossed with black EP

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics: Anything goes
A Little Bit Crafty: flower power
Crafty Ribbons: Anything goes with ribbon
Eclectic Paperie: Get Stencilled
Feeling Crafty: one for the girls
Just for fun: ribbon/lace
Simply Create Too: anything but a card

I'm planning on spending most of the day in the garden, I hope you're enjoying some sunshine too
Thanks so much for visiting today,
Claire xx

An Elegant Christmas with Chocolate Baroque

Good morning, today I've got a card featuring the gorgeous new Fabulous Flappers stamps from Chocolate Baroque. These stamps are gorgeous on their own but also will work beautifully with lots of other Chocolate Baroque stamps. My first thought when I say this lovely lady in her elegant coat was that she's look fab with one of my favourite Christmas stamps from The Gift of Christmas. I just love this lovely Christmas tree with the adorable pets silhouetted in front of it and of course its never to early to start those Christmas cards.

I began by stamping the lady and masking her with masking tissue. Next I stamped the tree stamp and masked that, if you find large silhouette stamps difficult to stamp my little trick is to go over the image with a black marker to cover any areas that I haven't stamped properly. I added a die cut circular mask to create the moon and set to work with distress inks and a blending tool to create the sky (I used faded jeans, stormy skies and chipped sapphire). Once the ink was dry I added silver PanPastel to the moon area for a little shimmer.

I removed the masks and coloured the images with Graph'It markers and added some red stickles to the lights on the tree. Once everything was dry I took a white Graph'It shake pen and added lots of snow 

I've layered the card up over some card that I'd stamped with a snowflake stamp and then covered it up with ribbon and lace. To finish off I've added a white bow and a snowflake brad.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: No designer papers
CRAFT: Christmas
Creative Corner: Going in circles
Holly Jolly: Christmas Greenery
Lexi's Creations: ribbon and lace
Loves rubber stamps: girly, glittery, glam
Sparkles Forum Christmas: Baby its cold outside

Well I think its time to grab a couple of hours in my craft room before I think about all the jobs that need doing in the garden lol. Have  a lovely day and thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday 16 May 2014

Things with wings at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, how's your week going? Its hectic as usual here, but the sun is shining and the weekend is upon us Even better there's a fab new challenge over at Polkadoodles and our theme this week is 'Things with Wings', as always there is a fab prize up for grabs and infact there are lots of goodies as we're celebrating Polkadoodles 5th Birthday so hop on over and have a peek as you really don't want to miss out! 

For my card I've used a gorgeous image from 'A Double Sprinkle of Kraft' cd, coloured with Graph'It markers. I've use a backing paper and a sentiment from Dollie Daydream Girl Talk Cd (all available here at Polkadoodles)

My things with wings are die cut butterflies, cut from scraps of the pretty backing paper I've added faux pearls, ribbon, lace and a button topped with a twine bow The sentiment has been layered up over a spellbinders diecut.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: L is for lots of layers
Crafting for all seasons: Things with Wings
Doodle Pantry: any digi goes
Flat Friends: dies or punches
Papertake Weekly: Pretty pastels
Simon Says Stamp: die cuts
Tiny Fairy Tales: Butterflies

Its time to go and earn some pennies so a big thank you for popping by today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Sunny snowdrops from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks Oh my goodness I'm struggling to get up for some reason, perhaps I'm getting old (ok I'm definitely getting old but I'm not happy about feeling old lol)  I've got a bright and sunny card to share this morning. 

The background was made with my gelli plate and a Crafters Workshop template. I've used  Chocolate Baroque stamps from one of the new releases Springtime Edges, plus some old favourites from Spring Foliage. I've stamped them with an old black archival inkpad to get a slighly faded look The sentiment is from Patchwork Landscapes. The butterflies are also from Chocolate Baroque, stamped on acetate, embossed with black ep and glittered

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Stamper: In the garden
A sprinkle of colour: anything goes
Country View Crafts: Natures glories
Fussy and Fancy: Spring colours
Hobbybook: Add a sentiment
Simon Says Stamp: Spring flowers

thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday 12 May 2014

Haberdashery lady from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, Monday morning already so its back to work for me. I've had a bit of a lazy weekend, you know the sort - you've loads of time for crafting but completely out of ideas I bet as soon as I get to work I'll be full of inspiration. Anyway today's card features the lovely new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, the set is called Fabulous Flappers and you can find them here

The background was made with distress inks in shades of green and purple and I've stamped lots of stamps from the CB Haberdashery set and embossed them with gold EP, I love these stamps but haven't used them for ages. The focal image has been coloured with Graph'It markers and the dress has been paper pieced using Prima Firefly papers. 

The dressform stamp is also from the Haberdashery set, gold embossed on kraft card with some more paper piecing I've added ribbon,lace, a button charm and some sewing themed die cuts.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Alphabet: G is for gorgeous gowns
Die cut divas: at least one embellie
Feeling Crafty: one for the girls
Natalie and Amy's: Embossing
Open Minded: use some ribbon
Penny Black and more: anything goes
Sweet Stampin: hats, heels and handbags
Sweet Stamps: anything goes/ embossing

I'd better go and get ready for work, so a big thank you for calling by today Have a great day and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Sunday 11 May 2014

Pick a Colour Palette Inspiration and PanPastel Clouds Tutorial

Good morning, how's your weekend going? We're having a very rainy weekend here, perfect crafting weather! Today's card is my project for our 'Pick a Colour Palette' challenge inspiration post at PanPastel UK. You've still got a week to enter to be in with a chance to win some gorgeous goodies from Premium Craft Brands so hop on over to the Challenge blog for all the details
Here's my card made using the same basic colour palette as last week but this time I've gone for a seaside theme.

 I've had quite a few requests for a tutorial on creating clouds with PanPastels so here's a step by step tut showing how I create clouds. Its a really easy technique and you can get different effects by using different colours too!

I always stamp my images first, for this scene I've used stamps from Crafty Individuals and Chocolate Baroque. You don't need to mask your images as you can remove PanPastels with a pencil eraser but if you've already made masks you may as well use them. 

You'll also notice that I've used kraft card for this project, you don't have to use kraft, white card will do just as well but if I'm creating a sea scene I like to work on kraft as its perfect for the beach.

1. First step is to start laying down some colour in the sky area,  I usually begin with a tint, in this case I'm using turquoise tint but you can always use white with a touch of colour too, ultramarine blue also works perfectly for this technique. 

2. Build the colour up using different shades of your chosen sky colour, I'm using turquoise  plus the tint and the shade

3. Once you've created your sky then take a pencil eraser (as you can see mine is very old and grubby but it does the trick lol) and begin to rub out the PanPastel where you want your clouds to be. Use circular movements and don't worry about being too precise as clouds are very random in shape. 

4. Keep going until you've created your cloud shapes

5. Take a sofft sponge and white PanPastel and begin to apply the colour to your clouds in a dabbing motion

6. Continue applying the white PanPastel until you've covered all your 'clouds', again don't worry about being too precise, its good to have some variation in the depth of colour

7. Now to add a bit more depth to the clouds, I usually use Paynes Grey and Neutral grey, apply the colour with a sofft knife and cover using a flicking motion, creating little curves of colour

8. Keep adding greys to the clouds, don't worry if it looks a bit untidy as we'll blend it in the next stage

9 Blend the greys by dabbing on more white PanPastel

10 If necessary add more grey here and there, I like to add more to the underside of the clouds

11. Keep adding colour until you're happy with your clouds, you can get some really good effects using dark colours too - add some pink and purple to black and grey clouds to create a really stormy sky

Here's a close up of the little scene:

I've coloured the lady image with Graph'It markers and the rest of the scene with PanPastels, adding some white highlights with a Graph'It Shake pen. The shells were made with stamps from Chocolate Baroque, stamped onto white and kraft card with versamark and then coloured with Raw Umber and Burnt sienna PanPastels. The bunting was made from scraps of paper and attached with twine. I've layered the scene up over kraft and turquoise card, distressed with a craft knife and Raw Umber PanPastel

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's: distress
Clear it out: your style, your stash 
(lots of my favourite products on here but PanPastels are my absolute favourite!)
Loves Rubber Stamps: anything goes
Sweet Pea Stampers: use kraft

I hope you're inspired to have a go at this technique, if you do please leave me a link to your project as I'd love to visit!
Claire xx

Friday 9 May 2014

Something old and something new reminder

Good morning folks, a very quick post from me today as things are a bit hectic this week but its very nearly weekend thank goodness.  I forgot to post a reminder yesterday so I'm posting this a little early, our lovely leader Nikky Hall is on C&C this morning with the new Work and Play collections from Polkadoodles so grab a coffee and put your feet up to watch cos she's on NOW lol. Nikky will be back later with loads of inspiration on the Tatty Twinkle shows which are on at 10am, 4pm and 7pm too.  Today's card is my project for our Something Old, Something new challenge at Polkadoodles - pop over to the challenge blog if you've got a minute as there is loads happening with goodies galore as part of the Polkadoodles 5th birthday celebrations!
We've also got a mega candy giveaway over at Graph'It Colouring Challenge too.

Back to my card, my something new is the adorable teacher image, blackboard and papers which are all from the fabulous Work and Play 3 collection from Polkadoodles, the cute little boy is my something old, he's from Pretty Tuff, a fab collection of goodies for male cards. You can find them both here
The images have been coloured with Graph'It Marker s and popped up on 3d foam. I've used kraft card for matting and layering and punched the border with a MS punch.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs: anything goes
Crafting from the heart: anything goes
Inklings and Yarns: anythiing goes
Penny's Paper Crafty: 2 or more dps

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

Monday 5 May 2014

Fabulous Flappers from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, its a bank holiday here in the UK today so yipppeeee Monday off work! I'm planning a nice walk with my lovely fur babies and a few hours playing in my craft room, much better than work any day. Today's card features this months new release stamps, Fabulous Flappers from Chocolate Baroque. I just love these elegant ladies, the are lovely to colour.

The first background is made with distress inks in shades of green and my ink blending mat, spritzed with water and then mopped up with white card. The next layer was made using Fancy Flourish stamps with shades of Green Memento ink.

The flapper, vase and flowers (all from the sampe set) have been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Graph'It Markers. I stamped some of the flowers around the edge and distressed with some green ink. I added some stickles to the centre of the flowers and layered up over a spellbinders border die cut. I've used Tea Dye distress ink to tone the card I used for matting with the image.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Bearly Mine: flowers
CRAFT: make your own embellishment
Crafting at the weekend: anything goes
Die Cut Divas: at least one embellishment

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

Ribbons and Bows at Flonzcraft Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning folks, we've got a brand new challenge starting at Flonzcraft Vintage Stamping Challenges and this month our theme is 'Ribbons and Bows' chosen by the lovely Shirley. As always we want to see stamping as the focus of your project but it doesn't have to be vintage. Our lucky winner will receive a fab prize, a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft.

Apologies for such a dark photo, I'll never make a photographer that is for certain lol. I've used an old technique that I'd forgotten about until my lovely CB teamie Miranda created a gorgeous card using her version of this technique (you can see it here). I've used  a sentiment from my stash die cut and embossed with spellbinders and added this cheeky little lady from Flonzcraft, she's called Laughing Baby Girl and you can find her here. I've coloured her with Graph'It markers and fussy cut her, popping her up on foam tape.

To finish off I've added lace, seam binding, a button topped with a twine bow and some little faux pearls to finish off.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
East Wind: die cuts or punches
Just for Fun: ribbon/lace
Paper Shelter: ribbon
Penny Black and More: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 4 May 2014

Create a Flower Garden at Craft a Scene

Good afternoon my lovelies, we've got a new challenge starting at Craft a Scene and this month we want you to 'Create a flower garden', perfect for this time of year. Pop over and have a look at the beautiful projects my teamies have created, they're bound to inspire you to get stamping!

I've used a mixture of stamps from Chocolate Baroque and Creative Expressions for this card, simply stamping and masking to create my scene and then colouring with distress markers and distress inks I've decoupaged the little bird and added a shabby seam binding bow and a paper rose.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Stampers: in the garden
Crafty Little Fairies: in the garden
Creative knockouts: flowers galore
Natalie and Amy's: rubber stamping
Penny's Paper Crafty: pastel colours
Stempel garten: pastel colour mix

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

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