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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A bit of glueing and sticking...

Good morning my lovelies, my project today is a little mannequin for a change and guess what? I haven't used a single stamp! its not like me at all but I had some pretty napkins and I thought the colours would be perfect for a spring project.

I primed the mannequin with gesso and then gave it a coat of cream acrylic paint. Once that was dry I applied the flowers from the napkin with Maimeri Matte Gel Medium and left it to dry (don't ask how long it took me to cut the flowers out lol) Next I applied Maimeri Light modelling paste through a Crafters Workshop Harlequin template, once it was dry I added flitter glu and gilding flakes to highlight the pattern. 

I gave her a skirt made from tulle and some beautiful beaded lace trim. I also gave her a seam binding ribbon belt with a little pearl buckle and a necklace made with pearl string from the Ribbon Girl.  I added some utee roses to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts: anything but a card
Crafty Emblies: anything goes
Crafting for all seasons: No stamps allowed
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
In the pink: ribbons and ruffles
So Artful: green pink blue (spring colours)
That Craft Place: altered items
Totally Gorjuss: ribbon and pearls

Well I may have been doing some Spring crafting but there's nothing Springlike about the weather, its sooooo cold and windy, fingers crossed it will be better for the weekend as we get an extra day off  for the bank holiday.
Thanks for visiting today, 
Claire xx

Monday, 29 April 2013

Thank you Inspiration at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning all, and a very happy Monday to you :-) I'm heading off to work in a minute but before I get  my nose to the grindstone I just wanted to share a card made for an inspiration post for our 'Thank you' Challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges. Our lovely sponsor Leo from Flonzcraft has a $20 voucher up for grabs, so don't miss out!

I've used a bp from my stash, toned down with some watered down gesso and I've added faux stitching around the edges. The gorgeous image is from Flower Kingdom and i've used the pretty border stamp to create the border. The images have been coloured with promarkers and flexmarkers and i've used PanPastels to create a cloudy sky in the background. The sentiment is one of my favourite stamps from Chocolate Baroque. 

I've layered the image up over some cheesecloth, organza ribbon and lace. I've added lots of paper flowers, brushed with gesso and sprinkled with glamour dust.
 The beautiful vintage postcards are from the Gecko Galz and the butterfly charm is from the Ribbon Girl. To finish off i've added some faux pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Art Impressions Stamps: Layer it up
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Eclectic Ellapu: anything goes
Milk coffee: lace and pearls
Sweet Stampin: anything but birthday
Totally gorjuss: ribbon and pearls
Totally Papercrafts: flowers and lace
Word Art Wednesdays: anything goes

Have a good day, and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Bright colours at Lavinia Stamps

Hi there, how's your weekend been? I've had a lovely lazy, crafty day today (although I do feel a bit guilty as I should have been weeding lol). I decided to have a play with my Lavinia stamps for this months Lavinia challenge which is to use Bright Colours.

I printed off the little fairy houses and stamped the tree and the fairy and coloured the images using Graph'It markers and Flex markers. I created the grass with markers and then added the sky and a ray of sunshine using PanPastels. I also added some more grass with the edge of an angle slice sofft sponge. Next job with to stamp the foliage using memento ink. To finish off I just used an eraser to life off the PanPastel and create a dappled effect in the ray of sunshine and also to remove any PanPastel that had gone on to the image - thats the beautiful of Pans with this kind of project, no masking required lol!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
CRAFT: Fantasy
Crafty Calendar: Sunshine and showers
Dream Valley: things with wings
Sisterhood of Crafters: anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown: make your own background

I've spend this afternoon watching Zathura, omg I just love that film, it always make me giggle - I don't think i'll ever grow up somehow lol
Thanks for popping by and for your kind comments, they always make me smile
Claire xx

Dreams at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, hope you're having a good weekend. I'm having a lazy one as I tripped over the puppy yesterday and twisted my knee, ouch! Still its a good excuse not to tackle the weeding lol. We've got a new challenge over at PanPastel UK and this week our theme is 'Dreams'.  As usual our lucky winner will receive a fab PanPastel Starter set from our lovely sponsor Berni over at Your Creativity Store.

I've used this gorgeous digi from Sweet Pea Stamps, she's by Ching Chou Kuik and she's called 'Poppy from the Mist', I think she looks like she's day dreaming - perfect for our challenge so I've created a dream of fairyland in the background. The background was created with PanPastels, Memento inks and Lavinia Stamps. The image was coloured with Graph'It Markers and PanPastels, the flowers look a bluey shade but in real life they are much more purple. Why can't I take pictures of purple? Answers on a postcard please lol :-)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Addicted to stamps: make your mark
Alphabet Challenge: F is for Fantasy
CRAFT: Land of make believe
Crafty Catz: Purple
Just Add Ink: Fun background
Simon Says Stamp and Show: colouring mediums
Sweet Pea Stamps: your favourite charity
( I work for a mental health charity so this is an easy one for me lol)
Tuesday Throwdown: Make your own background

I've got a ginormous pile of ironing to tackle and Sunday lunch to prepare then I can put my feet up and do some colouring. 
Have a lovely day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Friday, 26 April 2013

Maimeri embellishments

Good morning my lovelies, and a big warm welcome to my new followers. One more day at work and the weekend is here yippppeeeee! Before I dash off to work, I wanted to share another sample I created for the 'Sentational Stencilling' shows on Create and Craft featuring the gorgeous new masks by Pronty which i've combined with Maimeri Mediums, PanPastels and Graph'It Markers.

I've used a real assortment of techniques for this little shadow box. The frame was made using light modelling paste applied through a Pronty Mask and coloured with permanent red tint PanPastel. I lined the inside of the box with a scrap of card stamped with a harlequin stamp by Indigo Blue, The lady is one of my favourite stamps from Crafty Individuals, coloured with Graph'It markers and liberally glamour dusted. At the top of the frame I tied a large bow and in the centre I've added a little cameo - I got a few of these from fleabay but they were all black and white so this one got a coat of Maimeri gesso and a dusting of Permanent red tint PanPastel. 

The heart embellie was made using Maimeri Iridescent paste and a Chocolate Baroque stamp, I'm going to do a tutorial for this technique on the PanPastel DT blog so once its live i'll add a link.

Here's a pic of the little frame in the bottom right, I got a few of these from the pound shop, its had the Gesso and PanPastel treatment. I popped a little stamped image inside and then added some flowers and beady trim, again liberally gesso'd and glamour dusted

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations: pink plus one (black for me, I love pink and black together)
Crafty Individuals: Spring in fashion
Oldie but goodie: make it girly
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes

well work is calling so i'd better scoot off and earn some pennies
have a lovely day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Stamping on fabric

Good morning folks, hope you're having a good week so far. My card this morning features the beautiful new  'Indian Elephant' stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I just love these stamps, they shout out for lots of rich vibrant colours!

I began by creating a frame from black card with a border punch. I stamped the flower with versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder. Inside the frame I used a piece of card covered with layers of chiffon, I used a pokey tool to fray the layers to add a little interest. I used the same stamp but this time I used gold stazon, I stamped the smaller motif with black stazon. I wasn't sure if the stazon would work but I didn't have any fabric ink pads so I just had a play and I was really pleased with the effect.

The topper is a stampboard ATC, I created the background with clayboard inks and embossed the delicate image with black embossing powder.

To finish off I added a little ribbon and a gold metal corner from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Get Inky: Bling
Sweet Stamps: use 3 of any item (3 pieces of chiffon)
Tuesday Throwdown: make your own backgrounds

Well its time to go to work again, don't you feel like a little hamster in a wheel sometimes? 
Have a good day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Fairy caught in crystal

Good morning folks, I've got another sample from the C&C shows today, this one features the fab new Pronty Masks, PanPastels and Maimeri mediums., you can find all this crafty gorgeousness here at Your Creativity Store

I've had a couple of people ask how I created the effect behind the fairy, its the 'Caught in Crystal' technique but without all the mess that you get using floor polish! I began by adding some color to copier paper using PanPastels, I sprinkled on some glitter and some tiny stars and set it to one side while I stamped the acetate. The gorgeous fairy is from Lavinia Stamps, she's stamped on the acetate using black stazon ink, once the ink was dry I turned it over and and brushed on plenty of Maimeri Glassy Gel. I then laid the acetate over the paper and glitter etc and smoothed it down so the gel was in contact with the paper and left it to dry. you can see the effect better in this pic:

While the background was drying, I die cut a circle from a shaped card blank and then coloured the  frame using PanPastels applied through a Pronty Mask. The unicorn and mushrooms are Chocolate Baroque stamps, coloured with Graph'it markers and cut out before being layered up over the aperture.

To finish off i've added some little paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, a bow and a little 'ticket to fairyland' sentiment, this was a free stamp from Craft Stamper a couple of years ago and I thought it was perfect with this card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: passion for flowers
Crafty Ribbons: green and pink
Creative Corner: Unusual shapes
Dream Valley: things with wings
Eclectic Ellapu: It's in the stars
Flutter by Wednesday: sentiment (with butterfly or fairy)
Milk coffee challenge: welcome spring
Moving Along with the Times: Fantasy or Fairies
Penny Black and More: blossoms and bows
Wags'n'Whiskers: May flowers

As usual I'm rushing off to work, don't forget to tune in to watch Nikky Hall demonstrating these gorgeous crafty goodies and lots more on the 'Sentational Stencilling' show on C&C at 11am.
Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Monday, 22 April 2013

I'm not sure if life is passing me by.....

Good morning folks and a big warm welcome to my new followers, its lovely to 'meet' you and it really means a lot that you've joined my merry band of followers. My card this morning is one of my samples from the C&C show last week featuring the scrummy new Pronty Masks, if you missed the show do check out the masks at Your Creativity Store or watch the next show which is on C&C at 2pm today! Nikky Hall will be demoing the new masks, Maimeri mediums and PanPastels so its definitely one to watch. Unfortunately i'll be at work so fingers crossed the sky box will play nicely and record it for me :-)

I've used all sorts of gorgeous goodies on this card, i've used the new masks, PanPastels, Maimeri Light modelling Paste and Iridescent Paste with, of course, PanPastels. The focal image is a stamp from Indigo Blu, I love the sentiment, it really makes me chuckle :-)

I've die cut the image with nesties and layererd up the car with a nice sparkly red embossed one! Here's a better pic of the image, its stamped over a background made with the 'Spirograph' mask

To finish off I've added a little red bow and a black button
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: for a guy
Crafty Catz: one for the boys
Happy Campers: mask or stencil
Jellypark: make me laugh
Totally Gorjuss: embossing

Well I'd better scoot off and get the bus to work, its all good fun isn't it?
Have a good day and thanks for popping by 
Claire xx

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Red, White and Blue at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, we've got a new challenge starting at PanPastel UK and this week we've gone all patriotic with a 'Red, White and Blue' theme. As always there's a fabby PanPastel starter kit up for grabs thanks to Berni, our generous sponsor from Your Creativity Store! 

It was a great excuse to have a play as i'd been wanting to mess around with tartan style background with my PanPastels. I used Permanent Red and Ultramarine Blue pans, applied with a Sofft flat sponge bar. I used my ruler to keep the lines straight and then used my ruler again to create the white lines, this time i used my dinky little battery operated pencil eraser to remove the colour and complete the pattern.

I used an assortment of stamps from Crafty individual and the Artistic Stamper along with a gorgeous image from the Gecko Galz and layered everything up, adding some pearls here and there and a little rose.

To finish off I've added a little threepenny bit charm at the top of the tag and some lace, seambinding ribbon and a button with a little twine bow at the bottom of my tag.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: lovely lace
Crafty Creations: no patterned paper
Crafty Sentiments: Lace and pearls
Charisma cardz: Flag colours (UK)
Creative Craft Challenge: red white and blue
Just add ink: new technique
One Stop Craft: not square

My teamies have got some fab project to inspire you so if you've got a few minutes, pop over to have a look. Have a lovely Sunday
thanks for visiting today 
Claire xx

Sentimental at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello there my lovelies, I hope you're having a good weekend so far. We've got a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and our theme, chosen by the lovely Esther  is 'Sentimental'. We're sponsored by the generous Leo, from Flonzcraft who has a $20 voucher to offer our lucky winner so ink up those stamps and get sentimental with us!

Having watched Hels on C&C a couple of weeks ago making such beautiful artwork with beeswax,  I had to have  a rummage around my craftroom for my beeswax, dust off my melting pot and have a go.  I also found my art parts and decided to make a little frame. I began by covering all the elements with some gorgeous 7 Gypsies paper and then giving it a coat of beeswax. While the beeswax was warm I stamped an Indigo Blu harlequin stamp in to it for some texture. Once it was cool i added some treasure gold to highlight the patter.

I stamped the sentiment (from Paper Artsy) on tissue with red brilliance ink and also stamped the rooftop silhouette (from Urban Landscapes Borders 1 from Flonzcraft) with black stazon. I applied them to the base with more beeswax and then set too making the flowers from 7 Gypsies paper. The flowers and some die cut leaves also got the beeswax and treasure gold treatment before I put it all together. I addded some smokey grey gems, a black seambinding bow and a seambinding ribbon topped off with a mother of pearl button and some twine.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge: so sentimental
Creative Card Crew: handmade flowers
One Crazy Stamper: black white plus one
Papercrafting Journey: use a sentiment
Tuesday Throwdown: focus on the sentiment

Have a happy Sunday folks and thanks for popping by. If you've got a few minutes, do have a peek at my teamies gorgeous creations, they are such a talented bunch :-)
Claire xx

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Gilded lace from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, I've gone a bit crazy with the good old gilding flakes for this card which features the fabby new stamps Indian Textiles from Chocolate Baroque

I've simpley stamped the large Taj Mahal Silhouette and the lace border stamp with Flitter glu and then applied gilding flakes. The background was made using the large ornate flower from the same set, again with gilding flakes. To finish off i created a border using red line tape and more gilding flakes.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Anything goes : Heavy metal
Sweet Stamps: Stamped background paper

If you've got a minute pop over to the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog as my lovely team mates have come up with some beautiful samples with all the gorgeous new stamps.
Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Bluebird singing on Ideal World

Hi folks, well Mr Blogger didn't post this for me this morning boooooo! I wanted to give you a heads up about the 'Sensational Stencilling' show on Ideal World at 5pm so I hope you managed to catch the show with the lovely Nikky Hall demoing all my favourite products and some gorgeous new masks too(you can find them at Your Creativity Store if you didn't catch them on Ideal World)

I had a wonderful time designing some of the samples for the show and I'll be sharing some of them over the next few days. I made this canvas by using PanPastels and two of the gorgeous new masks (Birds and leaves and bird cage). I also used Maimeri Light modelling paste mixed with yellow pans through the Birds and leaves to create the dotty areas. The duster brush is fabulous for applying the Pans through the stencils, its a really gorgeous fluffy brush :-)

Once I'd created the background I added lots of die cut leaves that I had a bit of a happy accident with, I'd started colouring them with Pans and I'd got sticky paws from sealing the Maimeri Matte Medium and found that the medium gives a lovely delicate texture effect so I set to with a little sponge and did all the leaves. I also stamped some text here and there and then used PanPastels to give some shadow around the leaves. Its hard to see on the pic but here's more of a closer view:

The flowers were made with Maimeri Light Modelling paste in a silicone mould, coloured with PanPastels and (if you have a go at this make sure you leave them a few days to dry. To finish off I gave them a coat of iridescent medium,

To finish off I've added some more die cuts, silver embossed bird cages and birds coloured with more PanPastels.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
A Little Bit Crafty : Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations: anything but a card
Creative Card Crew: Handmade flowers
Creative Creations: photo inspiration
Great Impressions: pastel colours and polka dots
Incy Wincy: Fur or feathers

Well thanks so much for popping by
Claire xx

Monday, 15 April 2013

Indigo Blu Hearts

Good morning my lovelies, Monday morning so its back to work for me but before I go here's my entry for this month's challenge at Indigo Blu where the theme is 'Words and Phrases'

I've used a set of 3 folk art hearts which i've painted with gesso and coloured with PanPastels before adding Kroma Crackle around the edges. This was the first time i've used Kroma Crackle I just love this stuff, I even got up in the night to see how it was drying lol (I know, how sad am I??)
Anyway once it was dry I highlighted all the crackle with some Renaissancce Treasure gold.

I added some Maimeri Light Modelling Paste through a Crafters Workshop Harlequin template and added colour with PanPastels.

 I've used the sentiment from 'Music Hall' and all the other images are from 'Mr Darcy'. I've used Graph'it markers to colour the images. I've  added some roses made with watercolour paper, victorian velvet distress ink and liberally sprinkled with rock candy glitter. The leaves are also die cut, coloured with PanPastels and stamped with a music stamp from 'Music hall' and gilded with Morris Dance gilding flakes. The little flowers are some prima ones I've been hoarding but they were the perfect colour for this project so they got a sprinkle of glitter too. The little butterfly is from the Ribbon Girl, given a coat of gesso and some treasure gold. To finish off i've added some pale pink  bows with ribbon recycled from the packaging from The Funkie Junkie Boutique (Linda always packages everything beautifully so its like opening a lovely present when my order arrives)

i'm also entering this project in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations: no squares
Hotshot crafts: anything but a card
Penny Black and more: blossoms and bows
One Stop Craft: pastels
Sweet Stampin: pastels
Sweet Stamps: more than one stamped image
the Shabby Tearoom: pretty shabby

Well i'd better tootle off  and earn some pennies, hope your week gets off to a good start
thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Brads, buttons and bows at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks and Happy Sunday to you. We're enjoying some lovely weather this weekend,  it seems that spring has arrived at last! We've got a new challenge starting at PanPastel UK and this week our theme is 'Brads, Buttons and Bows', with a fabulous PanPastel Starter kit up for grabs thanks to our generous sponsor Berni from Your Creativity Store.

My DT card started with a PanPastel background made by blending Raw Umber and Permanent red tint PanPastels. I've used a digi stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps, coloured her with Graph'It markers and added some die cut cogs (embossed with gold EP), some ideology cogs, little brass buttons with pink twine bows. To finish off i've added a bow using pink seam binding ribbon.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Anything goes: Heavy Metal
DigiStamps 4 Joy: anything goes
Lexi's Creations: punches or dies
Paper Pretties: buttons

Well i'm off to make another coffee and spend a couple of hours in my craft room
thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Proud as a peacock

Good morning folks, weekend is here at last and before I go and get inky in my craft room here's a card featuring the gorgeous Indian Textiles stamps, one of this month's new releases from Chocolate Baroque.  

I began by making an inky background using distress inks (peacock feathers, picked raspberry and mowed lawn) and a spritz of water on my SplodgeAway mat and once the inks were dry I over stamped with the large ornate flower using gold stazon, it doesn't show up too well in the photo unfortunately. I then stamped the Taj Mahal silhouette with versamark and embossed with WOW gold EP. 

The peacock image was coloured with Graph'It markers and promarkers and die cut with spellbinders .I've added a gold die cut to frame the peacock and some ribbon and a peacock charm from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: pink, green and blue
Card Crafters Circle: die cuts and/or dry embossing
Creative moments: things with wings
Inky chicks: use a background image
Make My Monday: create your own background

Thanks for popping by,
have a good weekend
Claire xx

Friday, 12 April 2013

Some exciting news!!

Hi there folks, just a quick post to share my exciting news. I've been keeping it under my hat for a little while, which has been no easy task as I'm such a chatterbox lol. I've been bursting to tell everyone that I've been invited to join the SplodgeAway DT! Of course I said yes and I'm really looking forward to being part of such a talented team and working with such exciting products!!

Did you see the SplodgeAway show on C&C today? i've recorded it so i'm just going to put my feet up and watch it now. If you've got a min do pop over to the SplodgeAway blog and meet all my lovely new teamies and check out all the gorgeous projects
Have a lovely weekend

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Use a stamped image at PanPastel UK

Good morning, oooh I do love Sunday mornings, a nice walk with the dogs a scrummy roast in the oven  and of course a new challenge at PanPastel UK and this week our theme is to use a stamped image.  As always our lucky winner with get their sticky paws on a fabby PanPastel Starter set thanks to our lovely sponsor Berni from Your Creativity Store.

For my card, I took inspiration from a project in Craft Stamper, I love the clean and simple layout so here's my version. I've used stamps from Crafty Individuals and began by masking the shaped card blank to create the sea in the circle aperture. I used PanPastels to create the sea and before I removed the mask I stamped the text. Once I'd removed the mask, I stamped the gorgeous vintage lady and coloured her with Graph'It markers and added some glamour dust for a little sparkle to the waves around her feet.

Here's another pic, this one shows the colours a bit better:

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Emergency Crafts: Nautical with some blue
Milk Coffee Challenge: anything but a square
Totally Gorjuss: anythng goes with sparkle

Well its certainly not the weather for paddling here in the UK but at least the weather is improving a little now, well its not snowing for a pleasant change
Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Journalling on the catwalk at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello there, I'm back again with my DT offering for Fashionable Stamping Challenges where our theme this fortnight is 'Journalling' chosen by my lovely teamie Ellie. You don't have to do a journal page, you  create something inspired by journalling, but of course you do need to include rubber stamping as we don't allow digi stamps. Our lucky winner will receive a generous prize from our lovely new sponsor Leo from Flonzcraft.

For my project, I bravely made a start on my brand spanking new art journal that I bought recently from Chocolate Baroque. I created the background using shades of turquoise and magenta PanPastel and Winter Dawn gilding flakes over flitter glu applied through a crafters' workshop template.  The background was the easy bit, I didn't have a clue what to do then, but after I'd been chatting to a group at work about the fact that even when life is pretty crap, there are usually some things that bring a smile to your face - I came up with the idea of 'bubbles of happiness'. I stamped some rings with the bottom of a paint pot and then decided to add some flowers using more Maimeri Iridescent medium, magenta PanPastel and another Crafters' Workshop template.

I added some stamping with gorgoeus silhouette stamps from Flonzcraft, stamped on tissue paper and applied with Maimeri Matte medium to represent some of my bubbles of happiness:

I also stamped some dandelions and bees using Chocolate Baroque stamps. Now my little garden scene was finished I used a stampotique stamp to represent me and used derwent pastel pencils to add some shading the the 'bubbles'

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge: In the library
Creative Moments: things with wings
In the pink: Lets fly away
Visible Image: get stamping

Do pop over to the challenge blog as we've got a very special guest designer joining us for this challenge and of course lots of inspiration from my talented teamies.
thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Saturday, 6 April 2013

A colour challege at No Matter Which challenges

Good afternoon, I'm back with my second project of the day, this time my DT project for No Matter Which Challenges. This month we've got a colour challenge: Beige, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink. 

We've got a fab prize up for grabs again this month: 

So do pop over to the challenge blog to find out more, and to check out my lovely teamies'  gorgeous creations .

Anyway back to my project, i've used a cute Bildmalarna (so hard to spell but such adorable stamps lol) stamp from Live and Love Crafts coloured with promarkers and cut with sizzix dies. 

I've made a door hanger using an MDF blank from Joanna Sheen, I created a brick effect background using a Crafters Workshop Template, Maimeri Light Modelling paste and my PanPastels. I painted the centre panel with acrylic paint and added the letters (cut with my Cricut). 

I've added some pretty pink braid, lace and some die cut leaves and little paper roses. Last but not least, I've used pink gingham ribbon to hang the project up.

I'm entering this project in the following challenge:
Happy Campers: flower power
Crafts and Me: Spring flowers
I love promarkers: favourite colour (pink at the minute)
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Sweet Stamps: spring pastels

I hope you're having a good weekend, I'm planning on an evening in front of the TV, Dr Who and The Voice, you don't get much better than that lol. I'm such a party animal :-)
Thanks so much for popping by
Claire xx

Indian Sunset

Good morning darlings, I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front this week as work has been even more hectic than usual so I've been counting down to the weekend for an inky fix. This morning my card features one of the gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, this fab silhouette is from Indian Textiles

Memento inks are perfect for brayering and the colours are beautiful and clear, they blend beautifully too. For this project I used Dandelion, Canteloupe, Tangelo  and Ladybug for the sky. I tore some copy paper to create a mask for the hills and used Lilac Posies, Sweet Plum and Paris Dusk. I then brayered a little Paris Dusk all around the edges. I stamped the large Taj Mahal Silhouette with Memento Tuxedo Black and added some white highlights with an inksentials pen. The little trees on top of the hill are from the clear stamp set, Terrific Treescapes.

I've used a backing paper from the Leafy Brocade downloads and added some black organza ribbon and a little paper flower.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
A little bit crafty: anything goes
Crafty Bloggers Network: anything goes
Crafty Ribbons: Anything goes with ribbon
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Vickie's Challenges: anything goes

Well I'm heading off to my craft room for a few hours now
Have a happy Saturday
Thanks for popping by,
Claire xx

Monday, 1 April 2013

Thank you at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning folks, have you eaten all those Easter Eggs yet? Well March has come and gone and its time for our new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges and this month our theme is 'Thank You'. As always our lucky challenge winner will receive a fab prize from Leo our lovely sponsor from Flonzcraft so I do hope you're going to join us.

This stamp, is one of my absolute favourites, she is sooooo pretty! I know I used her for my project for last months challenge but i couldn't resist inking her up again. She is from 'Flower Kingdom' and i've coloured her with Graphi'It Markers and flexmarkers, addiing some tiny pearls to the flower centres. I distressed the edges with tea dye, victorian velvet and old paper distress inks and the used an Indigo Blu swirl stamp and gilding flakes around the edges.
I made the background with the same inks and used one of the new background stamp from Chocolate Baroque and more gilding flakes. The sentiment is also from Chocolate Baroque. I added some gorgeous lace and ribbon(coloured with distress ink) from the Ribbon Girl and some paper flowers made with Tattered Florals and some die cut swirls. I've used kraft card for matting and layering. Here's another pic:

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:
Allsorts: vintage
Crafty Catz: Swirls and pearls
Dream Valley: Pearls and lace
Joanna Sheen: come rain or shine
Sweet Stampin: Oh so girly

Have a lovely day, isn't it bliss to have an extra day off work??
Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

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