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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Night at the Movies with the Rainbow Lady

Hi there, when I saw the new challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog, 'A Night at the Movies' my first though was Harry Potter as I just LOVE Harry Potter films although to be honest I much prefer the books (you don't what to know how many times i've read them .... I'm such a geek lol). Anyway I had to have a go at a 'Harry Potter' ish scene  although I didn't have a Harry Potter stamp so you'll have to use your imagination a little lol.
As well as a new challenge topic this week we have a fab new sponsor 'Time to Sow' so make sure you pop over the challenge blog to get your entry in to be in with a chance of a fab prize!

The background is masked and brayered using Mountain Meadow big&juicy ink pad with black brayered over the sky. The tree stamps are all from Elusive Images and I'm not sure where the castle is from, its been uninked in my stash for ages so it was  a good time to give it an airing!
I painted the dragon and unicorn with twinkling H2os and decoupaged them up a layer with foam pads. I was really stuck for a wizardy character until i remembered the fab 'Magical Alchemey' digistamp from Michelle Perkett, I love this stamp, he makes a perfect  Dumbledore but i've also used him in the past for Father Christmas coloured in red and white. This time I coloured him with promarkers and added a little bit of yellow feather to his hat.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew: For a child
Daring Cardmakers: The Book Club
Digital Tuesday: for the kids
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Let's hear it for the boys

I've really enjoyed making this card. its been a while since I played with my trusty brayer :-)

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you're going to join our challenge this week.
Claire xx

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Forest Fairy by Michelle Perkett

Hi there, its Tuesday so its time for a new challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studio and this week is the turn of Shelley and her lovely team of mermaid to host the challenge. They've chosen a theme of 'Make your Flowers Bloom'

I've made this card using Michelle's gorgeous Forest Fairy image, the sentiment is beautiful and its one of my favourite of all Michelle's images (lol, I always say that but I love all of Michelle's images). You can find her in Michelle's Etsy store here!

As usual i've coloured the image with promarkers and added a little sparkle with some glitter although its not showing up too well on the pic. The bp is from Raspberry Road Designs, distressed and matted on some pale pink card from my stash.

I've added some rafia lace, pink vintage seam binding ribbon, a little butterfly charm and a flower made from  white petals sprayed with Starfish glimmer mist, a silver bead cap and a pearl brad.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts and Me: anything goes
Digi Doodle Shops Best: ribbons and bows
Fairy Tale challenge: Pink and green
Little Claire's: Pink and Green
One Stop Craft Challenge: Angels and Fairies
Polkadoodles: Spring has sprung
Simon Says Stamp: Mothers Day/Girlie
Sparkles Forum: springtime

Thanks for calling by today,
Claire xx

Monday, 28 March 2011

Name the mermaid competition at MPS and Blog Hop News :-)

Its all happening at Michelle Perkett Studio!! Michelle has designed a gorgeous new mermaid digi stamp, she is so beautiful but the poor thing doesn't have a name! You have until Wednesday at 7pm PST to add your suggestion for a name for the lovely new mermaid this post on the Michelle Perkett Studio Blog..... the lucky winner will receive this beautiful image as their prize :-)

That's not all though, we have a fab Easter Bunny Blog Hop planned for the 16th/17th April! Michelle has created some supercute new digital stamps for you to win! All you have to do is create an Easter themed project, answer a few Easter Trivia questions and hop along the bunny trail with us!!
For more details and to sign up to take part in the blog hop check out the challenge blog here

I hope you're going to join us for our fun competition and blog hop, 
Claire xx

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Spring Willow

Hi there, we've had some beautiful spring weather this week so I decided to make a bright sunny card using the lovely Willow fairy from Michelle Perkett Studio (you can find her here in Michelle's Etsy Store)

The lovely lace edged dotty bp is from Raspberry Road Designs, doiley, lemon velvet ribbon and cotton lace are all from my stash. I coloured Willow with promarkers and added a little yellow glitter to the flower centres and embossed the sun behind her with clear holographic ep for extra sparkle and shine. You can see the effect a little better in this pic

I made the leaves using stamps from Sheena Douglass, coloured with promarkers and cut out. The flowers are made from tissue paper circles, scrunched up and layered with faux pearl centres made with a viva pearl pen. I used a viva gloss pen in yellow for the yellow faux gems in the corners.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
2 Sisters: make your own embellishment
Creative Cottage: spring has sprung
Delightful challenges: pastels and ribbon
Delicious Doodles: Floral fantasy/lots of flowers
Do you stack up: Shine on
Fairy Fun Friday: Oh so Spring
Flutter by Wednesday: Open challenge with a butterfly, angel or fairy
House of Gilli: pastel colours with bling
I did it creations: welcome spring
Lexi's Creations: ribbon but no knots or bows
One Stop Craft Challenge: Angels and Fairies
Papertake Weekly: Its a mom thing/girly
Passion for promarkers: in the garden
Sew Many Cards: Spring Fling
A Spoon full of sugar: ribbon, pearls/rhinestones/flowers 

Thanks for calling by, you still have time to enter this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio, the theme this week is Blue and Brown and if you don't have any of Michelle's images pop over to Michelle's group on PCP, pick up one of the beautiful free images and join in the fun and chat :-)
Claire xx

Friday, 25 March 2011

Inspired by an Elvis song at Crafty Ann's

Hello there,  its time for a new challenge over at Crafty Ann's challenge blog and this time around Ann wants to see creations inspired by an Elvis song! Now I don't know about you but my brain goes in to a total melt down everytime I try to use a song as the inspiration for a project. Anyway after spending hours looking at a huge list of Elvis songs (have a look here if you want some ideas) and trying to come up with an idea I decided to pick one of Ann's stamps and then find a song to go with it! I'd wanted to use this gorgoeus winged heart (available from Crafty Ann's Digi Shop) for ages so I went back to the list and thought it would be perfect for a 'Love me Tender' inspired creation


I also wanted to show how versatile digital stamps can be, I tend to get stuck in a rut of just colouring digi stamps and using my rubber stamps for other techniques but I decided to have a play and see what i could come up with.

I've used a large manilla tag for my base and covered with with one of Crafty Ann's mottled stone backing papers (available here) and painted it with diluted cream acrylic paint. I then stamped and embossed the large Elusive Images border stamp in gold EP. I cut out the heart from Crafty Ann's winged heart and applied a layer of versamark and then triple embossed it with gold UTEE and then while it was hot pressed the border stamp into the utee. I layered the heart up over another winged heart and liberally glittered the wings with Judikins prisma glitter. the finished winged heart is layered up over some fluffy white feathers.

I've distressed the edges of the tag and inked with tea dye distress ink. To finish the tag off I've added some irridescent beaded trim, lace, vintage seam binding ribbon and a concertina flower with a button and a little bow.

I'm entering my tag in the following challenges:
A gem of a challenge: anything but a square
Crafty Emma's Store: your favourite song or inspired by a song
Creative cowgirls: Monochromatic
Little Red Wagon: butterflies
Paperplay: Distressing
Some odd girl: pleat something
Squigglefly: buttons
Sugar Creek Hollow: Anything goes
The Crafty Pad: Use a digi
The Shabby Tearoom: Bingo challenge (my line is punch/embossing/ribbon)
Totally gorjuss: Button it

Thanks for calling by, I hope you're going to get inspired by an Elvis song with us this week. Pop round and check out my teamies blogs for some more ideas :-)
Claire xx

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Rainbow Lady says 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon'

Wow this week is whizzing by, in fact I seem to have blinked and missed most of March lol. Anyway as its Thursday already its time for a new challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog and this week Cynthia has set a really fun theme: Tie a Yellow Ribbon!
We have another generous sponsor this week our lucky winner will receive a prize from the fab Steph from

Here's my DT Card, don't faint .. I haven't used a stamp anywhere on this card (don't worry I'm not ill as I did manage to get inky making it lol)

My inspiration for this card came from the lovely ribbon which is from Crafty Ribbons, I thought it would be just the job for a blokey vintage card. One of our friend's was celebrating his 50th birthday and as he is a real cricket fan I had a look through my crafting cds and found this image and backing paper on Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion cd. The bp is distressed with vintage photo distress ink and matted on some gold hammered card. The sentiment is computer generated and after I'd distressed the background I mounted it behind some acetate and pocket watch die cut from Tattered Angels which I embossed with antiquities EP,
I did try to tie the ribbon like a man's tie but I made such a horrible job of it I gave up and tied it in a bow instead lol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Ambers Crafts n stuff: Use a die cut
Crafty Cardmakers: Special birthdays
Incy Wincy: embossing
One Stitch at a Time: Something for the boys
Paper Sundaes: Embossing
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Lets hear it for the boys

Thanks for calling by, check out my fab teamies lovely blogs for some more ideas but be warned you'll be singing 'Tie a yellow ribbon ......." for the rest of the day lol
Claire xx

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Something new at Let's Ink It Up!!

Some exciting news from Let's Ink It Up!!! Every 2 weeks we'll be having a 'Featured Stamper Spot' and you could be our featured stamper!! We've been totally blown away by the support for Let's Ink It Up so  we want to reward our loyal followers by giving them a chance to shine!!

If you fancy taking centre stage as our Featured Stamper all you have to do is
  • be a follower of Let's Ink It Up
  • Spread the word about our new Featured Stamper Spot on your blog
  • contact Suzanne  to express your interest
You can find more details here

Claire xx

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Blue and brown colour challenge at MPS

Hi there, its time for a new challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio and this week we have a colour challenge for you, we want to see your creations using blue and brown. This is one of my favourite colour combos and I thought Michelle's gorgeous 'Party Dress' image would be perfect! You can find it here in Michelle's Etsy Store.

The image is coloured with promarkers and I added clear micro beads to the bottom ot look like layers of petticoats and distressed the edges with vintage photo distress ink.
The gorgeous dps are all from Ella Blue by GCD and again distressed with a little distress ink and a strip punched with a ms punch for the border.
The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from my stash (inked with a little distress ink) and the brads for the flower centres are also from my stash

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft us Crazy: Cupcake or Celebration
Digi Doodle Shops Best: anything goes
Fairy Fun Fridays: Its my party
Gingerloft Challenges: Die cuts/punches
Meljens Designs: Show us your dots
One stop craft challenge: Diamonds are a girls best friend
Papercutz: Your choice
The Crafty Pad: Use a digi
The Shabby Tea Room: Bingo challenge (my line is brads, flowers, ribbon)

thanks for calling by, if you have a minute check out my lovely teamies blogs as they have some gorgeous cards to share today
Claire xx

Sunday, 20 March 2011


Hi, I've been getting carried away with my new paint fusion stamps and I thought this daisy background would be perfect for this Sweet Pea stamp, Bess by Elaine Cox.

The main image is coloured with promarkers and Bess has crystal glaze on her eyes and dots of diamond stickles on the background. I've used silver embossing around the distressed edges and a layer of diamond stickles over the top for some extra sparkle. I've layered the image on some vellum punched with a doiley lace MS punch and again edged with stickles. The sentiment is a stamp from Whimsy stamps, I love these faux postage stamps as they come with a matching die to cut them out.

The background is stamped with Sheena Douglass' daisy paint fusion stamps and then painted with a selection of acrylic paints from my stash. I've edged the background with more silver EP and diamond stickles. You can find Sheena's fabby paint fusion goodies here
To finish the card off I've added some white chiffon ribbon, some feathery bits under the white bow for some extra texture  and  a butterfly charm from my stash.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Bling it on: anything goes plus a charm
Charisma Cardz: To 'die' for
Crafts and me: photo inspiration plus texture
Crafty Cardmakers: make your own designer paper
Creative Cottage: Spring has sprung
Daring Cardmakers: Going postal
Do you stack up: Add a bow
If the Shoe Fits: Aquamarine
Sweet pea Stampers: Scallops (the vellum is punched with a scalloped edge)

Thanks for calling by today. I'm really going to have to put my paints down and start cooking Sunday lunch lol.
Claire xx

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Playing with Paint Fusion

Hi there, here I am again with another post, my third today. I just wanted to share my first attempts with Sheena Douglass' paint fusion stamps. I've used a couple of large decor plates from CaroLines rubber stamps, they are a good weight and take the paint without bending at all and they are a great size too (you can find them here)

I'm really pleased with this butterfly although it doesn't look as good close up LOL. I made a crackle background with siver acrylic paint, a layer of watered down pva glue and then a layer of very pale blue matt emulsion paint. Once that was dry I stamped the daisies randomly all over the butterfly shape with black stazon. I painted the first layer of the daisies with a shimmery blue acrylic paint (I think from Stewart Gill) and then used white eco green acrylic paint for the top layer. For the centres I used a yellow shimmerz paint and mulch eco green acrylic. The pale green paint is a docrafts acrylic paint. Once the flowers were dry I used tumbled glass distress ink around the edge of the butterfly and then embossed the edges with silver EP. I stamped an artemio bee and embossed with black EP and added some yellow acrylic paint stripes. For the butterfly's body I used some gems from my stash and some green Martha Stewart glitter.

I'm entering this butterfly in the following challenges:
Craft your days away: for mum or a special lady (this is for my MIL)
A gem of a challenge: anything but a square

I used another crackle background for this decor plate - deep purple matt emulsion, watered down pva glue and then lilac emulsion. The leaves flowers and butterfly were stamped with stazon and painted with eco green paints and then the butterfly was embossed with gold ep.

I'm entering this decor plate in the following challenges:
Sir Stampalot: Spring is in the air (fresh green blossom pink and yellow)
Scrapbook sisters: Spring flowers
Sugar Creek Hollow: anything goes
Little Claire's : pink and green

I definitely think Paint fusion could be addictive, I've really enjoyed making these, they are so quick and its such messy fun!! I'm not sure about the colours on the scalloped decor plate but I'm really pleased with the daisies especially from a distance lol.
Thanks for visiting today, hope you are having a good weekend
Claire xx

Let's see your die cuts and punches at Let's Ink It Up!!

Hi, time for our new challenge at Let's Ink It Up and today its the turn of my team to host our first challenge!! WOW my wonderfully creative teamies have really come up with some fantastic inspiration for our DIE CUTS and PUNCHES challenge!!

We have a wonderful sponsor as always and this time our lucky winner will receive  a goregous 'Tweet Hearts' stamp set (valued at $21.95) from our fab sponsor Taylored Expressions!

Now for my project, I was really struggling for inspiration until I opened a goodie bag I ordered in The Craft Barn's recent birthday celebrations and saw some gorgeous die cut flowers and chipboard alphabet from the DCWV Dollhouse Floral range. I loved the colours and even better, the box holding the die cut alphabet was shouting out to be altered for this project! I loved the scalloped edges and the shaped aperture, far to pretty to throw away :-)

The focal image is 'Katie' by Elaine Cox from Sweet Pea Stamps, she is coloured with promarkers and attached inside the box base. I coated the top of the box with gesso and once it was dry I coloured it with versacolor inks and glimmer mists. I swiped over the edges of the box and the aperture with versamark and embossed with ranger Queen's gold EP. I attached the die cut flowers and butterflies to the outside of the box . I used my cropodile to make 4 holes in the bottom edge of the box, added some eyelets and did the same to the 4 die cut letters spelling out 'LOVE', I attached them to the box with wire and jump rings. To finish off I punched a coupe of holes in the top and added some pink ribbon to act as a hanger for the little box.

I'm entering this little wall hanging in the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft challenge: Up in the air with optional green
Crafty Purple Frog: green - a little or a lot
Crazy Challenge: Brads or eyelets
The Artistic Stamper: Spring has sprung
The Stamp Man: floral for Mother's Day
Make sure you pop by my teamies blogs and check out their creations for our first challenge of the new DT term, you'll see some new faces and some old LIIU friends too!!
I'm really looking forward to seeing your die cut/punches creations but don't forget to use a clear/rubber stamp - no digi's allowed!!

Claire xx

Happy Spring!!

Hi there, Spring is definitely on the way, we've had some beautiful sunny days and it really does seem to be getting warmer at last :-) After the long winter we've had its great to see the blossom starting to appear on the trees and the spring flowers popping up in the garden.
Todays card features a gorgeous new image 'Oh Happy Spring' from Michelle Perkett, isn't this little bunny the cutest?? You can find him in Michelle's Etsy store here.

The little bunny is coloured with promarkers and I distressed the edges with pink and grey distress inks. The bp is from the Artylicious cd 'Decadent Brocade', its from the neutrals section but i've distressed with some pink ink to blend it in. The image and bp are both matted and layered on pearl grey and pastel pink card. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the gems and charm are from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
2 sisters: Furry friends
Bling it on: Anything goes + a charm
Do you stack up: Add a bow
Mamie Doodles: Celebrate spring
Some odd girl: think Spring
Woodware USA: Spring is coming

You still have time to enter this weeks challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studio, Shelley and her team have a fab St Patty's Day challenge lined up for you! If you don't have any of Michelle's lovely images you can grab a freebie from her groups on PCP, SNR or CDAC and join in the fun to be in with a chance of winning one of Michelle's gorgeous images.
Thanks for calling by today. I'm sorry if I haven't visited your blog lately, things are a bit hectic here with work and also my dear FIL is in hospital at the minute. Hopefully things will settle down soon and I'll have a bit more time for my lovely blogland buddies :-)
Claire xx

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Celebrating St Patrick's Day with Rainbow Lady

Hello, lovely to see you visiting today. I've got a couple of days annual leave which means a long weekend off work so I'm really looking forward to some 'me time' in my craft room although I should really tackle some spring cleaning. This weeks theme over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge is 'St Patrick's Day', we are also celebrating the birthday of none other than Cynthia, our Rainbow Lady herself!! This week we are lucky enough to be sponsored by
CRAFTY NOTIONS ... our lucky winner will recieve a fab mixture of goodies! I'm really jealous and the Crafty Notions shop is a real Aladdins Cave of crafty loveliness :-)

Anyway my card this week features a gorgeous shamrock image which is a freebie from Waltzing Mouse (as is the sentiment, you can find them here). The image is coloured with promarkers and cut out with one of my favourite nesties and distressed with antique linen distress ink. The image and sentiment are both matted on green mirri card edged with a gold krylon pen.

I made the background with starburst stains, I love using these inks they are so shimmery! I had to use 'Lucky Shamrock Green' and Golden dubloons for the background on a St Patrick's Day card lol. After a layer of lucky shamrock green I added random splodges of golden dubloons and sprinkled it with lots of sea salt. When you dust the salt off the dry background it give a really lovely mottled effect. Its hard to see on a photo but hopefully this shows it a little better

The swirly corner stamps are from Elusive Images and the green and gold  stripy ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the gold gems are from my stash.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Luck of the Irish
Alota Rubber Stamps: St Patrick's Day green
Crafty Cardmakers spotlight: Make your own designer paper
Crafty Ho's Challenge: gold, green and white
Delicious Doodles: green for St Patrick's Day
If the shoe fits: St Patrick's day
Inspiration Avenue: St Patrick's Day
Mamie Doodles: Monochomatic green with a bit of the Irish
Sentimental Sunday: Let's go green
Sisterhood of Crafters: St Patrick's Day
Stamp something: something cream and green
Tellen's Place: St Patrick's Day celebration

Thanks for visiting, I'm really looking forward to seeing your
St Patrick's Day inspired cards this week.
Claire xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Princess Oceana

Tuesday again and that means it time for my DT card for Michelle Perkett Studios. Princess Oceana is Michelle's signature image and she is the most beautiful mermaid! You can find her in Michelle's Etsy store. I decided to give her blonde hair for this card and to keep the card pretty simple to make the image stand out.

Princess Oceana is coloured with promarkers and i've added pearls and blue gems to her hair with viva pearl and gloss pens. I've also added some teeny tiny little shells from my stash although they don't show up too well in the pic, you can see them a little better here

The image is edged with gold krylon pen as is the pale blue mat. I got the idea for the background from the one of the Clarity Stamp project sheets. Its quite simple and give a beautiful 'watery' effect. I've brayered big &juicy waterfall inkpad over glossy card, spritzed generously with water and the covered with crumpled cling film. and left to dry. To finish off i've added some white ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, some shells and some faux pearls with a viva pearl pen.

I'm entering Princess Oceana in the following challenges:
Crafts and Me: Under the sea
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight: Make your own designer paper
Crafty Creations: Baby blue
Our daily bread: Leather or pearls

Today there is another challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studios, this week its Shelley's team's challenge and they have a fab theme lined up - use green/ St Patty's Day so pop over and check out the fabulous work from Shelley and the rest of her team of talented mermaids!!
Claire xx

Monday, 14 March 2011


Here's another card from my inky playtime at the weekend. I couldn't resist the 'Never land' themeplate from Artistic Outpost and thought it would be perfect for my friends birthday. He's getting on for 60 but is a big kid at heart lol

The background is made using a freebie stamp from Craft Stamper masked and stamped with vintage photo. tea dye and stormy skies distress inks and spritzing with water.

I stamped the row of buildings and John and Michael on some glossy card, masked the images and masked the moon and then inked the background with various shades of blue and black ink and a shaving brush. I added some stars with a white inkssentials pen and coloured the stamped images with promarkers.

The main image and background are mounted on some copper card. I stamped the sentiment (also from the Never Land themeplate) on vellum and embossed with antiquities EP and added a brass button from my stash to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aly's Sunday challenge: anything goes
Creative Card Crew: No flowers
I love promarkers: Babies (not a baby card but it does have a baby on it so I hope it counts)
Ooh La La: Its a man thing
Sweet stampin challenge: Favourite movie (Peter Pan, I  must have watched it a million times when my son was small but it never loses its magic)

Thanks for popping by, i'd better get my skates on and get ready for work. My Monday blues aren't as bad as usual as I've got a day out of the office as I'm going to an all day meeting with some lovely people AND last time we had the most yummy buffet lunch. I'm totally addicted to buffet food, so for once I'm quite looking forward to work
Claire xx

Sunday, 13 March 2011

An aperture card for Bah Humbug

I'm back on a roll with my weekly Christmas cards for the challenge over at Bah Humbug after my bad start to the year. I love making christmas cards so its great to make them through the year and save that last minute panic. Anyway the lovely ladies of Bah Humbug Hall have challenged us to use an aperture in our creations this week. For my card i've used a circular aperture for the moon on this little scene I created

I've just got the 'New England Winter' stamp plate from Elusive Images or perhaps I should say Chocolate Baroque now and I was itching to use the beautiful cottage stamp. I stamped and masked the large cottage on some glossy card and stamped the smaller house and trees (also from Elusive images) and then inked the background with a shaving brush. I bravely splattered water all over my carefully created background to create the effect of snow.

The image is coloured with promarkers, now I love promarkers but colouring on glossy card is a totally different ball game to ordinary card. I've seen Barbara Gray recommend letting each colour dry but I haven't the patience for that lol. I've found it best to lay down a layer of a really pale colour like ivory and then add the other colours over it. I've added some white gel pen snow and lots of snowflake white glitter although its a bit camera shy :-)

Now the aperture was a bit of a headache as I suddenly decided I wanted to use this beautiful sentiment by Clarity stamps in side the moon but my card was too small to fit the circle in. I'd planned on using my cricut but after a lot of head scratching I went for it with my Lighthouse shape cutter and cut the circle part way round until I got to the trees and housetop and then carefully cut round them. Talk about crafting by the seat of your pants lol! I'd have been really miffed if I'd snipped off the top of one of the trees. Anyway all went smoothly and I managed not to lop the trees. The sentiment is stamped on vellum and the main image is layered up with 3d foam and edged with gold krylon pen.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges : Include a tree on your project
Paper Romance: Use as many colours as possible
Pollycraft: Fly me to the moon
Sweet Stamps: Parchment/Vellum
Lawnscaping: Use a stamp in an unusual way (stamping the sentiment on the moon)

Thanks for visiting today. i've had a lovely day messing around with ink and stuff. I'm going to grab my place on the sofa now ready for Dancing on Ice. I love Sunday evenings, its such a shame Monday mornings follow so quickly lol
Claire xx

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Arianna in green

Hellloooooo, don't you just love the weekends?? I'm planning a day in my craft room today as hubby is going to watch the football but before I go and get inky I wanted to share this card. Arianna is one of Michelle Perkett's gorgeous digi stamps, and I thought she'd be perfect for all the 'green' challenges around at the minute. You can find her in Michelle's Etsy Store here

Arianna is coloured with promarkers and cut out. I've layered her up over a doiley and some white ribbon and lace. I added some white flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and as I'd coloured the flowers in her hair red I added a few little red rose buds for some extra colour. The beautiful bp is a from the mottled stone collection at  Crafty Ann's and I've stamped a swirly border with a HOTP border stamp and embossed it with white EP. The green gems are from my stash

I'm entering Arianna in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Luck of the Irish
Crafty Purple Frog: Thinigs with wings
Corrosive Challenge: green
Delicious Doodles: Use green for St Patricks Day
Little REd Wagon: St Patty's day - green
Meljen's Designs: Green
House of Gilli: Green
Paperplay: green/good luck
Patties Creations: go green
Penny's Paper Crafty: going for the green
Scrap Creations: Going green
The Shabby Tea Room: Luck of the Irish

Thanks for calling by. You still have time to enter our fab Ribbon and Lace challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studio this week so if you haven't got any of Michelle's gorgeous images grab a freebie from Michelle's groups on PCP, SNR and CDAC and join in for the chance to win one of Michelle's images :-)

Right I'm going to go and potter around in my craft room before I'm tempted to start some housework lol. Hope you are having a good weekend
Claire xx

Friday, 11 March 2011

A little reminder ....

There's still time to enter the latest challenge over at Let's Ink It Up

There's a fab prize from Inky Impressions up for grabs so don't miss out!!
The theme is 'Show us your embossing' so get out those heat guns, embossing folders etc and have a play!!

Claire xx

Spring or a sketch this week at Crafty Ann's

This week there is a choice at Crafty Ann's Challenge blog, you can follow the sketch, use the theme of 'Spring' or do both. I've done both but rotated the sketch

I've used a pastel pink mottled stone BP and a pastel green polished stone bp. The Morning Glory image is one of Crafty Ann's new stamps, you can find it and the beautiful bps at Crafty Ann's Digi Store. Pop over and have a peep as Ann has some gorgeous new images, including some fab oriental designs.

The image is coloured with promarkers and dusted around the edges with spun sugar Distress ink. The flowers are decoupaged to give a bit of depth. I've punched the borders with a MS punch and used a nestie to cut an aperture in the green panel. The sentiment stamp is from Paperartsy. The flower is from my stash and the green and white button is made from shrink plastic stamped with an Elusive images heart stamp. I've added some faux pearls with a viva pearl pen to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Incy Wincy: Pastel Colours
Paper Playtime: anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you're going to play along with Crafty Ann's fab spring and/or sketch challenge this time :-) I'm going to get myself ready for work now, ah well its nearly weekend and i've got a short week at work next week :-)!!
Claire xx

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Best friends at Rainbow Lady's challenge

Good morning, time for a new challenge at Rainbow Lady's challenge blog and this week our theme is 'Best Friends' and we the DT were lucky enough to be able to use images from our lovely sponsor Chi Chi Memories.

The image is coloured with promarkers and I inked in a cloudy sky before attaching the buttons to make the number '3'. The bps are from my scrap box. I've used a MS border punch and scraps of ribbon for the border. I hardly ever use this border punch for some reason so it was good to give it an airing.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug: Anything goes
Craft your passion: anything goes
Creative Card Crew: No flowers
Fairytale Challenge: something for a child
Floweret: Play or child birthday party
Paper Sundaes: Stripes
The Crafty Pad: Use ribbon

Thanks for calling by. Its great kite flying weather here today, we're definitely getting our fair share of March winds :-)
Claire xx
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