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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Love 2 Create challenge and giveaway winner!

Good morning my lovelies, I hope you're having a good weekend. Its inspiration time at We Love 2 Create, unfortunately I haven't got an inspiration piece this week as i've been soooo busy at work but do pop over to the challenge blog and see what my teamies have been up to.

Premium Art Brands

Its time to announce my winner from our postcard giveaway and thanks to, my lucky winner is:

14. Lucy Edmondson!!

Congratulations Lucy, email me (details in sidebar) with your snail mail details and i'll get your postcard and Stampbord in the post as soon as possible

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

Friday, 26 June 2015

Pink and Pretty at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good mornin folks, a very quick post from me today as i'm a busy bee this weekend! Its inspiration week at Graph'it colouring challenge and our theme is 'Pink and Pretty'. We've got gorgeous Graph'it goodies up for grabs plus some amazing digis from East Wind! She's called Lucy Loo star Struck, isn't she a beauty?

We're adding a twist to the challenge for DT members and to spice things up we're all working from a colour palette, here's mine for this card:

ceramic tones

And here's a close up of Lucy Loo, for a full list of the colours i've used pop over to the challenge blog.

i've added some pretty papers from Craftwork cards, lots of die cuts, ribbon, lace ad pearls.
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge

Good morning folks, its time for new challenge over at Chocolate Baroque Challenge and also some new and exciting changes too. The lovely Lesley Wharton who has been running Chocolate Baroque for the last year has taken over as owner! Lesley is a wonderful lady and I'd like to wish her every success in the future, Chocolate Baroque is definitely in very good hands. We'll miss Glenda of course, but Glenda has her own very exciting plans too so pop over to the shop blog and find out all the details!

Well back to crafting and as always we've got a colour challenge for you, this month the colour palette is based on a card by yours truly

As always our challenge winner will receive a £15 voucher to spend at Chocolate Baroque and there are Top 3 honours up for grabs too.

I've created a much simpler card this time around, time is against me at the minute so i've just gone for some simple stamping and colouring.

The stamps are from one of my favourite sets, Honeysuckle Butterfly, stamped with Memento Inks. I've coloured the image with Graph'it markers and distressed with Weathered Wood distress ink.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: use a stamp not a digi
Crafting from the Heart: anything goes
Incy Wincy : anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
Wags'n'Whiskers: CAS or one layer card

If you have a min, pop over to the challenge blog as my teamies have some beautiful cards to inspire you. Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Monday, 22 June 2015

PanPastels on C&C!!

Hi folks, just a quick heads up .... the very talented Nikky Hall is on Create and Craft tomorrow at 11am demonstrating PanPastels and lots of other goodies too!! It was a sell out last time and Nikky always has some amazing demonstrations too so it'll be well worth a watch.

here's one of the samples I made for the show. Unfortunately i'll be at work but i'll be recording it and rushing home to watch!
Don't forget to book your place on the sofa lol
Claire xx

Sunday, 21 June 2015

We love 2 Create Challenge!

Good morning folks, its time for a new challenge at We Love 2 Create and we've got a nice easy theme for you, Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes! As always our lucky winner will receive a fabby prize from those lovely peeps at Premium Craft Brands

I've made a Christmassy shadow box. I began by creating  a little scene on a stampbord collage using Sheena Douglass stamps. I coloured the scene with my PanPastels and added some sparkle with my Black and White Pearl Mediums. The next bit was the fun bit, what a nighmare trying to get the collage into the canvas lol. Fortunately because the stampbord pieces had a bit of give at the joins I managed to manoevre it into position (after a wee bit of swearing lol)

I painted the edges of the canvas grey and once the paint was dry set to with Maimeri Light Modelling paste my my favourite Dutch Doobadoo a5 Brick stencil. I added some colour with my PanPastels in Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber to create a brick colour.

Next I coloured up lots of sizzix die cuts and then applied Rock Candy Crackle paint over the Pans. As always I was in a bit of a rush so I used my heat gun and ended up with a bit of a bubble effect. I added some buttons to the centre of the poinsettia die cuts to finish off. 

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas: L is for lyrics
(Santa Claus is coming to town)
Allsorts: use a stamp not a digi
Everybody Art: snowflake in summer
Jingle Belles: no patterned paper
Simply Papercraft: anything goes
That's Crafty: housey housey
Winter Wonderland: anything but a card

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

Friday, 19 June 2015

Frame it at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, its time for a new challenge at Polkadoodles and our theme is 'Frame it' so I hope you're going to play along for your chance to win a fabby prize!

 I've used this adorable image from the Serenity Collection, you can get the whole collection here as a download or here as a CD. The collection is full of beautiful images, papers, embellies and other goodies but if you prefer 'Serenity Resting' is available as a digi stamp here. I've coloured her with my Graph'It markers and used some of the lovely papers from Work and Play 5 Festive Hollybobs too.

I've created my frame using spellbinders dies.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
ABC: L is for lace
Card Mania: metal embellishments
Crafty Time: Girls girls girls
Digi Choosday: buttons
Fab'n'Funky: gorgeous girls
Live and Love crafts: in the garden
Paper Shelter: Make it digital
Papertake Weekly: oh so pretty
Penny's Paper Crafty: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 15 June 2015

Rustic Fragments from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, today's project features Rustic Fragments, one of this month's new releases from Chocolate Baroque, they are really useful stamps like all the others in the range. For this project I've combined them with stamps from the Sewing Multibuy.

I began with a canvas board, primed with gesso before applying texture paste roughly with a palette knife. I let the texture paste set for a few minutes so it wasn't too 'squidgy' before stamping into it with the open weave fragment. Then I left it to dry thoroughly before applying acrylic paint in pinks and creams. Once the paint was dry I added some stamping using the other fabric fragment using potting soil archival ink. Next I highlighted the texture with gold gilding wax.

I stamped some of the sewing themed stamps onto cream card using Potting Soil Archival ink and cut them out. I added a little colour to the lacy border with my Graph'It Markers and then set to with glue and foam pads layering them all up.

I added lace, a flower made from scraps of fabric and tulle and then popped in a tag stamped again with the fabric fragments and overstamped with 'Imagine' from Artistic Expressions. I also stamped 'Enjoy the little things ....' onto some tissue and applied that to the corner of my canvas using matte medium.
To finish off I've added some faux pearls and a little button topped with a twine bow.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Frosted Designs Friday Challenge: felt, fabric, burlap, lace
Paper Shelter: anything but a card
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: anything goes mixed media
Scrappers Delights: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning folks, its inspiration time at We love 2 Create as you've still got time to enter our Anything Creative/Mixed media Goes challenge. Not only could you be in with a chance of winning a fabby prize from our generous sponsors Premium Craft Brands but each DT member is also giving away a postcard (pop over and check out everyone's artwork here, OMG I wish I could enter as my teamies have created some stunning projects!). Some of us are also giving away some extra goodies, I've got some Stampbord up for grabs so if you fancy having a play with stampbord, click here, leave a comment and you could be my lucky winner!!

For my DT project this week, I've used a stampbord ATC and a couple of stampbord dominos which i've joined with little metal hinges from my stash to create a little tryptich (never sure how to spell that lol). I got to work with lots of PanPastels, some of the gorgeous Premium Craft Brands Stamps and a versamark inkpad to create lots of depth then used my scratch tools to add highlights. I stamped and embossed the clock faces with gold embossing powder then applied PanPastel White Coarse Medium followed by a thick layer of rock candy crackle paint. I gold embossed around the edges of the stampbord and also embossed the sentiment near the top of the ATC. I gold embossed the frame on some white card coloured with my Pans and cut out the flourish to pop on the top of the center panel. To finish off I added some dots here and there with my Graph'It Gold Shake pen, this stuff is gorgeously glittery but it doesn't show up in the pic.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics: Anything goes (mixed media)
Let's Craft and create: add some sparkle
Paper Shelter: Anything but a card
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: anything mixed media
Simply Papercraft: anything goes
Stempelsonne: anything goes
Try it on Tuesday: Watches and Clocks

Glitz and Glamour and a celebration at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hi there folks and welcome Everyone To FSC's 100th Posting
To celebrate our success and to say a huge thanks to each and everyone of you fashionable crafters for joining us each fortnight (many from the very first challenge) we are starting this auspicious occasion with a 'Blog Hop'.  There will be prizes on offer to go along with this weeks theme which could only be ...

'Glitz & Glamour'

Even though this will be our first Blog Hop lots of you will already be familiar with the concept.  If not here's how it works, click on the the name below and Hop to the next blog and leave them a comment.  You keep hopping until you have left all the Design Team a comment.
Leaving them a comment is important as each DT member will be doing a draw from comments on their blog's for the chance for you to win their fabulous inspirational make.  As well as one lucky winner receiving the €20 voucher to spend at our sponsor's store. As always our regular sponsor is Flonzcraft 

and you get a lot of stamps for $20 so why not hop over and have a peep! 
Below is the name of the DT member where you will Hop to and leave your comment (don't forget to leave one for me lol). Keep scrolling down to the end of the post for your next stop but if you get lost you can always pop back to FSC and start over.

Here's my DT card which I'll be posting to one lucky commenter!!

I've used a backing paper from Craftwork Cards and one of my favourite stamps from Indigo Blu called 'Elizabeth Bennet' for this card. I've coloured the image with Graph'It markers. Everything has been distressed with Victorian Velvet Distress ink and liberally frantaged with Vintage Gold for some Glitz and Glamour lol.
The image has been layered up over some lovely pink lace and black velvet ribbon andI've added pearls, gems, paper flowers, and die cuts to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: flower power
A Vintage Journey: Celebrations
Frilly and Funkie: Monochromatic
Fussy and Fancy: distressed
Inky Chicks: Butterflies
In the pink: summer in pink
Penny's Paper Crafty: favourite embellishment (ribbon and lace for me)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: for the love of plants

Your next stop along is my lovely teamie Esther's blog, just click her name below to see her gorgeous project!!

We have more news for you.
Starting from today FSC is changing to monthly.  Each challenge will now be starting the second Sunday of the month.

Thanks so much for visiting today
don't forget to leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning this card!
Claire xx

Friday, 12 June 2015

Gone fishing from Polkadoodles

Good morning my lovelies, its inspiration time at Polkadoodles as you've still got loads of time to enter our Father's Day or Anything Male challenge to be in with a chance of winning a fabby prize!

I had a lovely evening colouring one of the gorgeous images from Twiggy and Toots with my Graph'It Markers. I adore this collection, you can find it here on CD or here as a download or if you prefer you can get the digi on its own too, its called Gone Fishing. I've added lots of lovely papers and embellies from the collection and as always Nikky has come up with a fabulous selection of sentiments too. The sentiment is layered up on a kraft shape die cut with a spellbinders die. I've distressed everything with a craft knife and lots of tea dye distress ink.

I had a good rummage through my stash and added some burlap, green gingham ribbon topped with a wooden button and some twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC: K is for kritters
Aud Sentiments: bingo plus sentiment
 (my line is markers, digi stamp, die cut)
Crafting for all seasons: its a boy thing
Crafty Gals Corner: the great outdoors
Digi Choosday: fathers day or male
Papertake Weekly: something for the boys
Scrapbooker PhD: summer fun
Shopping our Stash: cute critter alert

Thanks so much for visiting today, pop over and check out my lovely teamies gorgeous makes if you have time :-)
Claire xx

Sunday, 7 June 2015

A new challenge and a giveaway at We love 2 Create

Good morning folks, its challenge time at We Love 2 Create and as always our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed media goes. We'll have lots of lucky winners though cos as well as the fabby prize from Premium Craft Brands all the DT are giving away a postcard that they've created for this weeks challenge! I've got a few spare pieces of stampbord too for my lucky winner.

As a new twist on Love to Create Challenges, the DT thought it would be nice to share our pan pastels love with you all, so for this challenge each DT member is giving away their project; a postcard. The DT are taking this opportunity to say thank you for following both the challenges and us, so have created this RAK (random act of kindness) giveaway. One lucky commentator will receive my postcard at the end of this challenge (Sunday 28th June) so that gives you 2 weeks to enter both the challenge and also comment on my blog. The winner of my postcard will be both announced on the Love to Create challenge blog and here on my own blog.
I have made my postcard by ..... your blurb ....
Remember to be in with a chance to win my postcard, leave me a comment on this post and I will pick a random winner on Saturday 27th June with the winner being announced the following day. Don't forget to visit the other DT because if you do not win my postcard, you might win one of their fabulous postcards instead.

My post card is kind of tag shaped but t really is a postcard honest, I've been hoarding it for ages but thought it would be perfect for this weeks project

I began by applying my PanPastels to the postcard, blues at the top and greens at the bottom, blending them in with my sofft applicator. I cut a circle in a scrap of copier paper to add the sun and then set too stamping. I used some free Sheena Douglass stamps from a craft mag and Memento Inks to stap the images. 

I used a pencil eraser to remove the PanPastel from the butterfly and then added some White Fine Pearl PanPastel Medium to give it some shimmer. I used a white Graph'It Shake pen to add highlights to the flowers.Then I added some eyelash fibres, pearl trim, a purple bow topped with a pretty button to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Artistic Stamper: summer is on its way
Crafting Musketeers: shades of summer
Crafty Creations: all creatures great and small
Creatalicious: butterflies 
Creative Knockouts: ribbons and bows
Simply Papercraft: anything goes
Through the purple haze: bright colours

Thanks so much for visiting today, don't forget to leave a comment if you'd like to win my postcard and some stampbord!!
Claire xx

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