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Friday 27 February 2015

Ribbon and Lace at Polkadoodles

Hi there my lovelies, I'm very late on parade today as I've had computer gremlins but hopefully they've been banished now lol. Today's card is my DT project for our 'Ribbon and lace' Challenge at Polkadoodles, pop over to the challenge blog for all the details - not only are there some fabby prizes up for grabs but my talented teamies have created some gorgeous projects to inspire you.

For my DT project I've coloured up the adorable Octavia Bird in Hand with my trusty Graph'It markers and added some glitter to her dress.

 I created a background using a mask and embossing it with my Grand Calibur and added some white lace, ribbon , pearls and pretty die cuts. I've used Old Paper distress ink to distress all the edges and topped the bow off with a mother of pearl button and some twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's: for the girls
Creative knockouts: lots of layers
Cuttin and Stamping: anything goes
Everybody Art: monochrome
Papertake Weekly: take your pick (die cut, button, ribbon)
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Southern Girls: get your girlie on 

thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Sketchy doodle landscapes from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, my project today is a little wall hanging made using the beautiful little scenic stamp from Sketchy Doodle Landscape from Chocolate Baroque and stampbord. I've always loved stampbord as it takes ink beautifully and I wanted to experiment with my distress markers.

I began by making a mosaic using a mixture of pieces of stampbord, I attached them to my non stick craft sheet with double sided tape so that they didn't move while I was working.
I used distress markers to colour the rubber stamp and then misted lightly with water before stamping the image onto the stampbord mosaic. Stampbord has a really absorbent surface to it takes the ink really well and worked a treat with my distress markers. I took a paint brush and a little water and blended the ink here and there before distressing with Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo distress inks. The sentiment is from Artistic Affirmations, I stamped it with potting soil archival ink. Once the piece was dry I glued it to some white card and then ran a versamark inkpad around the edges before embossing with WOW Gold embossing powder.

I mounted the mosaic on some greyboard that I'd applied texture paste through a Crafters Workshop Brick effect stencil. Once that was dry I coloured the bricks with PanPastels in Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Crafting from the heart: anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore: stamp or digi
Get Creative: embossing
Incy Wincy: distressing
Ooh La La: add something green
Through the purple haze: anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday: rubber stamps only
Tuesday throwdown: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 22 February 2015

Pink and White Inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, its inspiration time at PanPastel UK as you've still got a whole week to enter our 'Pink and White' Challenge to be in with a chance of winning some fabby stash thanks to those lovely folks at Premium Craft Brands! I've created a little scene using my PanPastels for my DT project

I used shades of Magenta PanPastel with colourless blender to create and ombre effect and then got to work stamping the grasses (from Inkylicious) with versamark and applying White Coarse Pearl Medium, you can't see the shimmer on the pic but this stuff is gorgeous in real life. I stamped the grasses again and embossed with Sparkle and Sprinkle Gilded Ivory EP and then matted on kraft card. I decided to add a moon and die cut a mask before using a pencil eraser to create the moon and  stamped the birds with Memento Grey Flannel ink. 

To finish off I added lace, pearls, a crystal heart button and a seam binding bow.I used a white Graph'It Shake pen to create faux stitching around the edge of the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations: white plus one
Fab'n'Funky: ribbon and lace
Fussy and Fancy: tic tac toe (my line is sparkle, pearls and lace)
Loves rubber stamps: let it sparkl
Moving along with the times: pink/lilac and/or butterflies
Sparkle and Sprinkle: anything goes with embossing powder, glitter or flock
Stempelsonnen: anything goes
Wags'n'Whiskers: use kraft

Well i'd better get busy in the kitchen or we won't be getting any Sunday lunch, thanks for popping by and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Colour between the lines at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hi there folks, its challenge time at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time around our theme is 'Colour between the lines' so we want to see a coloured image (and of course stamping) as the focus of your project, no digis allowed! There's a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft for our lucky winner so i hope you're going to play along.

For my card I've used a stamp from Emerald Faerie Garden called Isla, I won it recently from Stamp & Create and this was just the excuse I needed to colour her up. I stamped her with Memento tuxedo Black ink, coloured her with Graph'It markers and masked her before creating the background hills and sky with PanPastels

Next I stamped the grasses and dandelions from Chocolate Baroque with distress inks in various shades of green and got busy with my white Graph'it shake pen adding detail to the dandelions and Queen Ann's lace. The sentiment is also from Chocolate Baroque, stamped with Rhubarb Stalk Memento Ink. I layered the scene up on white and then red card.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Kitty Bee Designs: Favourite colour combinations (red and green)
Red Rubber Inspirationals: lets hear it for the girl
Simply Create too: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
Southern Girls: winged things
Top Tip Tuesday: rubber stamps
Whimsy Inspirations: use a sentiment

If you've got a minute, do pop over to the challenge blog as my talented DT sisters have some gorgeous artwork to inspire you!
Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday 20 February 2015

Spring Greens

Good morning, I'm back again with my DT card for Graph'It Colouring challenge  and We Do Doobadoo where our theme is 'Spring Greens' so you can go with Spring or green or both, there's a fab freebie too if you want to use it and of course our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous Graph'It goodies too! You don't have to use Graph'Its to play along, any markers will do.

For my card I've used one of the gorgeous new digital images available from Polkadoodles, she's called Octavia Moonfly Wistful and you can find her here or you can get the full Octavia Moonfly collection here.

I've coloured the image with my Graph'It Markers, you can find a full list of colours used over on the challenge blog.

I've used lots of Dutch Doobadoo products to create this card. I coloured the card blank with PanPastel in Bright Yellow Green and Bright Yellow Green Shade and then mixed some of the Pans with Maimeri Iridescent Paste before applying it to the card using the Dutch Doobadoo Small Circles Stencil. Once that was dry I added ribbon, lace and gingham trim and added my image. 
I also added some Dutch Doobadoo laser art Fence, fern leaves and buttons. The flowers and twine are from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Card Mania: add some red
Corrosive Challenges: things with wings
Crafts Galore Encore: Stamp or digi
Creatalicious: no square or rectangle cards
Digistamps for Joy: anything goes
Papertake Weekly: Bingo (my line is Blooms, lace and buttons)

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

All things kraft at Polkadoodles

Good morning my lovelies, this week has flown by so quickly I can't believe it's Friday already!! Not that I'm complaining lol. My card today is for our 'All things kraft' challenge over at Polkadoodles, you've still got a full week to enter the challenge to be in with a chance of winning a £10 voucher for the Polkadoodles Digi Dowload store our top 3 also get a £2 voucher too and there are some stunning digis to choose from! There's also a DT call so why not check that out too!

For my card I've used a shaped centre step card blank and covered it with one of the papers from Work and Play 8 collection, adding a decoupaged image and lots of embellies, sentiments etc from the CD.. I've also added some die cuts (letters and stars) and a bow topped with a wooden button.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: D is for die cuts
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned paper: anything goes with Patterned Paper
Creatalicious: no square or rectangle cards
Creative Card Crew: birthday with sentiment
Cutting and Stamping: anything goes
Di's Digi Designs: lots of embellies
Die Cuttin Divas: odd card
Digi Galore: Anything goes

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

Wednesday 18 February 2015

A true love story never ends .....

Good morning folks, today's project is a little wallhanging made using some of the gorgeous goodies from Work and Play 9 2XL edition Love and Kisses which is full of papers, images, digi stamps and some of the most beautiful ephemera and embellies. Nikky has been designing up a storm lately and there are some amazing new crafty goodies over at Polkadoodles

I used one of the beautiful papers from the cd to cover this MDF blank, sanded the edges and distressed with tea dye distress ink. I printed off loads of flowers, fussy cut them, distressed with Tea dye and added some Viva Gel and microbeads to the centres.

The sentiment is also from the cd, I die cut it, edged with Spun Sugar Distress ink and layered it up on a kraft die cut. I've added lace, seam binding ribbon and a little wooden button and to finish off I die cut some swirls from kraft card and popped some little pearls here and there.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Creative Knockouts: floral delight
Cut it up: Romance, flowers, lace, pearls
Fantasy Stampers  pretty in pink
Fussy and Fancy: all about love
In the pink: love is in the air
Really Reasonable Ribbon: buttons and bows
That's Crafty: be my Valentine

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday 16 February 2015

Sunny Sketchy fun from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, todays project is a quick card made using some of the stamps from Sketchy Doodle Landscapes from Chocolate Baroque. It seems  to have been a long dark winter so I felt like creating a sunny card to brighten someone's day.

I stamped  the flowers and leaves using Memento Tuxedo Black and masking with masking tissue. Next I stamped the butterfly and then got to work with my Graph'It markers and coloured using yellows. oranges and limes. I added a background by dotting in paler shades of the same colours. To add a little definition I edged the topper with the chisel end of a black Graph'It marker and popped it on a card blank.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative knockouts: floral delight
Little Claire's: bright and beautiful
Simply Create Too: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
Stempelsonnen: anything goes

Don't these Monday mornings come around quickly? I'd better get myself organised and get the bus to work, have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Sunday 15 February 2015

Pink and White at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies and a big warm welcome to my newest followers! Its great to have you along for the inky painty ride lol. This morning post is a project for our new challenge at PanPastel UK where our theme is Pink and White. We've got a fab prize for our lucky winner thanks to our generous sponsors at Premium Craft Brands and you don't have to use our products to play along so I hope you're going to join us. I've made a wall hanging using Stampbord ATCs, I love stampbord as it takes in so beautifully but it works like a dream with PanPastels too! You've got to try this stuff if you've never used it before, its a-ma-zing!!


I began by blending my PanPastels  starting with Magenta Tint at the top and working through Magenta, Magenta Shade to Magenta Extra Dark. I fixed them with a bit of hairspray and set to stamping usiing some of my favourite stamps from Premium Craft Brands (links below) and some old faithfuls from Chocolate Baroque. Some of the stamping was done with versamark and then blending Magenta Shade/Extra Dark Pans over the top, I stamped the words with Potting Soil Archival Ink.

Next I stamped and embossed the hearts using versamark and Gilded Ivory Sparkle and Sprinkle EP. The butterfly was stamped and embossed on acetate, layed on adhesive sheet and PanPastel applied to the back.

To finish off I've  edged the ATCs with versamark and rich gold PanPastel and joined them with a length of lace before adding lots of lace, pearl trim, ribbon and a little resin rose.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Fantasy Stampers: Pretty in pink
Fussy and Fancy: all about love
Inky Impressions: Valentine/love
In the Pink:  love is in the air
QKR Stampede: lovely lace
Simply Create too: anything goes
STAMPlorations: stamps and hearts
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge: anything goes with a bow
That's Crafty: Be my valentine
Wags'n'Whiskers: for someone you love

Thursday 12 February 2015

Guest designer at Indigo Blu!

Hi again, for some reason blogger didn't post this earlier today so my posts are like buses ... none for ages and then two at once lol. I was delighted to be invited to be Guest Designer over at Indigo Blu  Challenge where the challenge theme is 'A touch of red'. There is lots of inspiration from the talented DT over on the challenge blog and some gorgeous goodies for the lucky winner so its well worth a visit

This challenge was a great excuse to use some of my favourite Indigo Blu stamps too. I began by stamping the A6 Poppy Heart stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured the image with Graph'It  markers before distressing the edges with my craft knife and matting on black card. I created a background with the gorgeous English Flourish stamp, using black archival ink on white card. The next layer was made using the A6 Harlequin stamp, again with black archival ink on white card. I've used black card to mat and layer and then added some lace, ribbon and a little paper poppy. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes with twist: hearts
Craft Hoarders Anonymous: how I love thee (hoarded item: paper poppy)
Deep Ocean: love is all around
Loves rubber stamps: show us some red
Ooh La La: love
Papertake weekly: hearts and flowers

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Gorgeous free download from Chocolate Baroque

Good evening folks, I'm running late as always but I just wanted to give you a heads up as there is a gorgeous free download backing paper to pick up over at the Chocolate Baroque Challenge blog

You can't see if very well as this pic is rubbish but its a gorgeous wood effect paper, I've altered it with a Crafters Workshop stencil and used both watered down Maimeri White gesso and Maimeri Glassy Gel medium to add some texture. The focal images are some old favourites from Chocolate Baroque, the mermaid is from Mermaid Queen and the gorgeous border stamp in the foreground is from Seaside Dreams (as is the sentiment). All the images were stamped on kraft card and coloured with pencils, I didn't do much blending as I wanted a sketchy effect. I've used recycled corrugated card as a background and added some cheesecloth and a few little shells and pearls. I've also added some plaited twine to hang my little wall hanging

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: lots of layers
Craft your passion: anything goes
Crafting from the heart: anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner: anything goes
Paper Shelter: Recycle
Penny Black and more: stencils, masks etc

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday 9 February 2015

Spring colours at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morningfolks I'm a week late with my DT project for Flonzcraft Vintage Stamping Challenges but you've still got loads of time to play along with our Spring colours challenge as it lasts until the end of the month so don't miss your chance to win a fabby voucher for stamps from Flonzcraft. We are a stamping challenge though so don't forget you need to use rubber/ clear stamps to enter, digi stamps aren't allowed!

I began by making some background with distress ink, Clarity stencils and my gelli plate. I stamped the Flonzcraft Silhouette on the smaller background and then distressed them with a craft knife and tea dye (of course lol) before layering on kraft cardstock.  I stamped some gorgeous images using Crafty Individuals stamps, coloured them with distress markers and cut them out before layering them up over the image and a little frill made from a doily. I've added some ribbon, pearls, a little rose and a sentiment stamped on a scrap of backing paper. The sentiment reads 'Eat cake and be merry' and is from Chocolate Baroque, I thought it would be perfect for this little tea party scene.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps: lots of layers
Crafty Calendar: anything goes
Lisa B Designs: Inked background techniques
Pile it on: use a bow
Penny Black and more: anything goes no digis
Penny's Paper Crafty: favourite fold/technique (distress ink background)
Simon Says Stamp:  all things bright and beautiful
Stempelsonnen: anything goes

Well as its Monday morning already I'd better get my skates on and go to work
have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Sunday 8 February 2015

Love is in the air at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, you've still got a week to play along with our 'Love is in the air' challenge over at PanPastel UK to be in with a chance to win some gorgeous stash from our lovely sponsors Premium Craft Brands so I do hope you're going to play along with us. You don't have to use our products to enter either so its a great opportunity to get ahead with those Valentine projects!

I've altered a little box using lots of PanPastels and Maimieri Mediums, you can find links to all the products I've used at the bottom of this post. I began by creating texture with Maimeri Light Modelling Paste and the Dutch Doobadoo Burlap Stencil, once it was dry I added some Permanent Red Tint PanPastel and distressed with Raw Umber shade distress ink. I used stamps from the Premium Craft Brands 'Postcard' step to stamp the postcard and to create some texture on the die cut kraft hearts and cherub. 

The flowers were made with more Light Modelling Paste in silicone moulds, again coloured with Permanent Red Tint PanPastel. To fiinish off I added some pearls, lace trim and ribbon to finish off.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

ABC Challenge: C is for Cupid
Allsorts: love is all around
Cut it up: Romance, flowers lace and pearls
Dies R Us: hearts plus die cut
Fussy and Fancy: all about love
In the pink: love is in the air
Live and Love Crafts: Hearts/ pearls/lace
Natalie and Amy's: all about love
Stempelgarten: anything but a card
The Vintage Challenge: love is in the air

As its Sunday morning I'm heading to the kitchen to cook Sunday lunch (roast beef yum yum!) and tackle the ironing now so have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

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