My lovely blogland friends

Monday, 31 March 2014

A garden is a friend you can visit anytime ...

Good morning my lovelies, eeeek where did the weekend go?  I guess I blinked and missed it again as I'm about to get ready for work.  Before I go though, I just wanted to let you know that the lovely Nikky Hall is on C&C this morning at 9am with lots of fabulous tips and techniques not to mention a mega bargain or two!

This card is one of the samples I've made for the show. the image and papers are from the fabulous new Polkadoodles CD 'Work and Play collection 1 which you can find here. The image was coloured with my Graph'Its and die cut before a little distressing around the edges with antique linen distress ink.

The papers have been layered up over kraft card, I used my favourite MS punch along one of the edges. I've also added a die cut shape that I embossed in my trusty old cuttlebug. I dyed some seam binding ribbon with my distress inks and created a shabby bow and topped it off with a button and some twine. To finish off I've added a little metal snail that came with a plant I was given a while ago (I knew it would come in for something lol)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Come and get it: in the garden
Inklings and Yarns: anything goes
Paper Shelter: spring

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

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Let it be Spring at Craft a Scene

Good afternoon, how's your Sunday going? I'm a very lucky girlie today as my lovely son has given me a day off from housey stuff and done all the jobs that need doing and even cooked a scrummy Sunday lunch. Now can I push my luck and see if I get get him to do some gardening too lol?? Spring has definitely arrived in my garden, lots of Spring flowers and all the plants are getting their new leaves and talking of Spring, this is the last week of our 'Let is be Spring' challenge at Craft a Scene and for my DT project I've made this card.

The stamps are all from Stamp It Australia, I adore these stamps but haven't inked them up for ages. I stamped the scene on Cotman hotpressed water colour card using black archival ink and then painted the scene with distress inks, adding some more depth here and there with distress markers.

The background was also made using distress inks and a Cherry Blossom stamp from Sheena Douglass. I've used black card for matting and layering and then added some  blossom die cuts (this was where my idea for this card started as I have a lovely plum tree outside my craft room window, it always come into blossom really early  and is sooo pretty). I've also added a black bow and a die cut butterfly.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Creative Romance: spring flowers
Allsorts: use those dies
Crafting for all seasons: No designer paper
Left of Centre: anything goes anniversary challenge
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes
Paper Shelter: spring

If you've got a minute pop over to the challenge blog and check out the inspiration from my talented teamies. Thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Metallic Inspiration at PanPastel Challenge

Good morning my lovlies, and Happy Mothers Day to all the mums out there. I'm hoping to be spoiled and pampered today although as my boy is usually in bed nursing a hangover until middle of the afternoon I think breakfast in bed is a bit unlikely lol. Today's project is an inspiration project for our Metallic challenge at PanPastel UK, you've still got a week to enter and there's a fab prize from goodies for our lucky winner too!! As always my teamies have created some amazing artwork so if you've got a min do pop over and have a look.

I've used stamps from Artistic Outpost and Chocolate Baroque, stamped with Potting Soil Archival ink. I've used Raw Umber, Gold and Ultramarine PanPastels to distress the layers and then mixed Gold PanPastel with Maimeri Light modelling Paste and applied it through a Dutch Doobadoo stencil. I've also coloured the ribbon with PanPastels and to finish off I've added a button and  a little birdie charm

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Allsorts: use those dies
A Vintage Journey: say it with words
Crafty Ribbons: ribbon and button
Fussy and Fancy: shabby chic
My Sheri Crafts: anything but a card
Sugar Creek Hollow: make your own background

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, weekend at last and the weather is forecast to be warm and sunny so with any luck I'll be able to get out in the garden and plant some seeds. I get such a buzz from watching the little green shoots pop up from the soil (I'm easily pleased lol) but before I go I wanted to give you a heads up that Glenda at Chocolate Baroque has released some of the most gorgeous new stamps, there are two A5 sets 'Springtime Edges' and 'Elegant Edges' and an A4 sheet called Patchwork Landscapes and oh my goodness they are gorgeous (they are all on special offer too, have a peek here)!!

This card was made using 'Springtime Edges' I adore snowdrops and these delicate little beauties are so pretty! I've stamped the snowdrop edge stamp with Memento ink and added a little colour with graph'It markers and some sparkle with a Silver Graph'It shake pen.

I've added some stencilling in the background, inky distressed edges and then added one of the beautiful Spring fairy stamps and sentiments

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: Easter/Spring sentiments
Bunny Zoe's: Monochromatic
Creative Moments: anything goes/things with wings
A Creative Romance: spring flowers
Kaboodle Doodles: dreaming of Spring
Stamp and Create: ready for Spring
Stempelsonne: Spring is here

Thanks so much for visiting today, 
Claire xx

Friday, 28 March 2014

Springing in to Spring with Polkadoodles and Graph'It

Good morning folks, phew its almost the weekend and I'll be so glad to escape from work for a couple of days, I've hardly had any time to craft so I've combined our challenges at Polkadoodles and Graph'It Colouring Challenge as they both have a Spring theme and some gorgeous prizes up for grabs too so do pop over to find out more!!

I've used the lovely new 'singer' image from the brand new 'Work and Play 1' Collection from Polkadoodles, she's coloured with my Graph'It markers (for a full list of colours, pop over to the Graph'It blog) The backing paper is from the same Cd as is the sentiment. I've added ribbon, lace, paper flowers and pearls from my stash to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Card Mania: lace and pearls
Cute Card Thursday: Floral Delights
Incy Wincy: ribbon/lace/pearls
Inky Chicks: use some lace

Well thanks for popping by, have a good day
Claire xx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Happiness with Dutch Doobadoo

Good morning my lovelies, hopefully blogger will play nicely and post this as I should be on my way to Leeds for a day training so I've got to leave home at the crack of dawn. I always look forward to training as its lovely to get away from the office and meet new peeps but you can guarantee that the train will break down or I'll get lost and spend hours wandering aimlessly around lol. Anyway enough rambling on, my project today is a little wall hanging was made with lots of Dutch Doobadoo goodies. There's still lots of time to enter the 'Sweet as Honey' challenge at We Do Doobadoo so don't miss out on a chance to win some gorgeous goodies!!

These pics are even worse than usual as this was one of some samples I made for a recent show and I took the pics at some unearthly hour using my ottlite so thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it lol. I began by painting the MDF tryptich panels with Maimeri Gesso and edging them with Treasure gold. I used the flower swirl mask with my gelli plate to create the background, I didn't use paint but just Maimeri iridescent paste and took the print one some card that I'd coloured with shades of yellow PanPastels.

I've used Dutch Doobadoo lasercuts: buttons, butterflies, corners and also added some of my favourite Softboard Honeycomb. The sentiment stamps are from Paper Artsy and the main image is from Crafty Individuals, coloured with Graph'It markers.

I've added some bakers twine to the little buttons and then used lots of yellow gingham ribbon to string the pieces on their sides to create the wall hanging.

I'm entering this in the following challenges
All crafts: anything but a card
Come and Get it: Easter or Spring
Crafts and Me: anything goes
Sentimental Sunday: flowery Spring
The Craft Garden: pastel colours
Whoopsi Daisy: welcome Spring

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Get well soon from Polkadoodles Work & Play collection

Good morning, today's card features the gorgeous new 'Work and Play' collection from PolkaDoodles and guess what, Nikky is on C&C today at 8am with this fab new CD so if you get chance book your place in front of the tv as Nikky always has lots of tips and techniques to share!

Work and Play 1 has loads of really fun characters, aren't they adorable??

The image has been coloured with Graph'It markers and I've used one of the fab Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art templates to cut around her and the little background paper too. Nikky has done a fab job of creating some really fun papers to go with all these characters. love this one!

I've added red seambinding ribbon, a little medical bag charm, some Dutch Doobadoo laser cut stars and one of the ticket sentiments from the Work and Play collection.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: h is for hair
Digi Galore: anything goes
Doodle Garden: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes

Sadly I won't be watching the show as I've got to go to work but I'll be recording it and dashing home to watch. Have a good day and thanks for visiting
Claire xx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Sprinkled with Fairydust from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, oh dear back to work for me today so I'm not a happy bunny.  today's card features the beautiful Spring Fairy stamps from Chocolate Baroque  and the Fairyland Words which complement them perfectly.

I began by brayering the scene by masking the moon and using torn paper masks and Memento Inks in Pear Tart and Elderberry. I love memento inks for brayer work, the colours are lovely (they are on offer at the minute too, you can find them here). I wanted to create a distressed look to the scene so I splashed on some water and blotted it off with kitchen roll and then set to with a Crafters Workshop Harlequin stencil and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Next I stamped the images, again with Memento Tuxedo Black and added some colour with Graph'It Markers. For a little sparkle, I stamped the images again on acetate and embossed with black EP and glittered the back. Once the wings were dry I added them with a little silicone glue for dimension.

The sentiment was stamped on white card using Memento Elderberry ink. I then brushed Matte medium over the image, sprinkled with glitter and popped the acrylic tag on the medium while it was still wet. Once it was dry I trimmed the excess card and added a little green ribbon.

To finish off I've matted on white, lilac and then black card and added some green silk ribbon and a lilac paper rose.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: anything goes
Crafting for all seasons: no designer papers
One Sweet Challenge: we all scream for green

Well, I'd better go and catch the bus to work now so thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon.
Claire xx

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Let it be Spring at Craft a Scene

Hello there, I've been bursting to share some super exciting news and todays the day lol. I was over the moon to receive an email from Nancy inviting me to join the DT at Craft a Scene, I thought about it for about a millisecond and then emailed back a big 'yes please'! Everyone who knows me will tell you that I adore to start with a plain white sheet of card and get busy with stamps and inks to create a scene so its going to be a real joy to be part of the mega talented DT over at Craft a Scene. Our theme this month is 'Let it be Spring' and having spent most of my holiday weeding the first thing that came to mind was gardening so that was the inspiration for my card.

I began by stamping and masking the scene using stamps from Katie Sue Designs, that wheelbarrow is sooo difficult to stamp properly I ended up doing it about 3 times and then struggled to cut out the mask so used masking fluid. Yep you've guessed then I rubbed the image off when I removed the masking fluid eeeeeeek! Anyway I got there in the end and once the ink was dry I added colour with my PanPastels and Derwent Inktense and Colorsoft pencils,

The sentiment is a stamp from Paper Artsy, stamped on a tag with Potting Soil Archival ink and distressed with Walnut stain distress ink, I've added a paper daisy, some twine and a tiny trowel charm to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challeges;
4 Crafty chicks: no patterned paper
Brown Sugar: anything goes
City Crafter: Spring in the garden
The Shabby Tearoom: anything goes

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

Metallics at PanPastel Premium Craft Brands Challenge

Good morning, Sunday and the last day of my week off so I'd better make the most of it. Before I go and play in my craft room here are my projects for this weeks challenge at PanPastel Challenge where out theme is 'Metallics', as ever there's a fab prize from our generous sponsor Your Creativity Store and lots of inspiration from my talented teamies so hop on over to the challenge bog and check out all the details.
 For my DT project I've had a play with my Pans and a couple of old picture frames

I began by covering the picture frames using versmark  and added lots of metallic PanPastels and a smidge of Magenta Extra Dark here and there too. I've also made a couple of pictures to pop in the frames by colouring crackle medium with Gold PanPastel and stamping around the focal images with versamark and applying more PanPastels. The stamps are from Indigo Blu, stamped with versafine and the butterflies have been stamped on acetate backed with gilding flakes

To finish off I've added some tiny pearls to the butterflies

I'm entering these projects in the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey: say it with words
Add a little dazzle: frames/anything goes
Altered Eclectics: Anything goes
Artistic Stamper: letters words and numbers
Creative Corner: a little texture
Kitty Bee Designs: things with wings
Rhedd and Rosies's: aged/distressed
Sisterhood of Crafters: sentiment as focal point

Well I'm away to play in my craft room now so have a great day and thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Silhouettes at Fashionable Stamping challenges

Hello there folks, we've got a fab new challenge starting at Fashionable Stamping challenges and this time the lovely Ellie has chosen the theme of 'Silhouettes'. As ever we've got a fab prize of a $20 voucher from our generous sponsors Flonzcraft so pop on over to the challenge blog and find out all the details, while you're there have look at all the gorgeous work from my DT sisters, amazing projects as always.

As always i'm starting with an apology as my photos have really darkened the colours but enough excuses lol. I've used dps from LOTV and distress them with Tea Dye distress ink. The roses were made with a Britannia rose dye and the leaves and butterflles were made with punches. 

The focal image is a stamp from Flonzcraft, its one of my favourites from the Vintage Fashion Ladies stamp set, stamped with Potting Soil archival ink. I love this image of the two elegant ladies sipping their tea so decided to carry on with the tea theme and while I was browsing I came across this fabulous tut from Deneen, she has a lovely teapot template too so a big thank you for the inspiration Deneen

I've added little pearls, ribbon, lace pretty button, twine and a gorgeous little teapot charm.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Creative Romance: seeing double
Cards Galore Encore: stamp or a digi
Crafty Hands: buttons and bows
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Get Inky: circles
LEJ designs: favourite die cuts (roses)

Well thanks for popping by today, have a lovely day
Claire xx

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sweet as Honey at We do Doobadoo

Good morning folks, a lovely sunny Saturday morning and we're starting a brand new challenge over at 'We Do Doobadoo' where the theme is 'Sweet as Honey' and you can interpret the theme any way you wish. You don't have to use Dutch Doobadoo products to enter but of course we love it when you do. There is a fab prize up for grabs of gorgeous Dutch Doobadoo goodies (including the fabulous Teapot Template) so do pop over to the challenge blog to check out all the details and while you're there check out the gorgeous inspiration from my talented teamies too.

I've created a background using distress inks on coated card and then stamped an Indigo Blu honeycomb stamp and embossed with Frantage Shabby White EP. Next I added faux stitching with a white Graph'It Shake pen and some yellow gingham ribbon,a  little bee charm and white lace. The focal image was made using stamps from Chocolate Baroque 'Honey Bee' set, coloured with Graph'It Markers.

Next the fun bit, adding lots of embellies, well I love the Dutch Doobadoo softboard Honeycomb so I added some of that, painted with Maimeri White Gesso, a few paper flowers from my stash, some little honey bees (made with stamps from the same set, I stamped the wings on acetate and smeared some stickles on the back for sparkly wings). I also added some of the delicate Dutch Doobadoo laser cut butterflies, love these they are so pretty but they stand up to inking really well 

Lastly I added the sentiment, also from the Honey Bee set, framed with a spellbinders die cut

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Chocolate coffee and cards: glitter and lace
City Crafter: spring in the garden
Creative Knockouts: things with wings
STAMPlorations: stamps and Spring
Thats Crafty: Inky Antics

Thanks for visiting , have a good day and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Social Butterfly

Good morning, how's your week going? My week off is going a bit too quickly for my liking but I've got loads done in the garden so I'm having a play day today! This mornings project is a tag made using the technique featured in this months Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge which is Monoprinting with an acrylic block.

I had  a lovely messy play with my acrylic paints and a large acrylic block and ended up with a heap of backgrounds, I chose this one to work with and added some stamping with black archival ink using stamps from Stampendous and also stencilled in some dots using a template and picked raspberry distress ink. I wasn't sure it would work too well as the paint was really thick but so far so good. I used some scraps of the background to paper piece the Prima Doll stamp, using one of the background stamps for her tights and finished off colouring her in with Graph'It Markers.

Her wings and the sentiment are stamps from Paper Artsy, I brushed her wings with a little pink mica powder, you've got to have a bit of sparkle on your wings lol.

I popped the image and sentiment on the tag with cosmic shimmer glue and then added some shading with a Derwent Pastel pencil, ooooh I love this effect and will definitely be using it again.

I'm also entering this tag in the following challenges:
Crafting for all seasons: no designer paper
Paper Pretties: make your own background

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

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Into every life a little rain must fall......

Good morning my lovelies, hope you're having a good week. I'm making the most of my week off and catching up on lots of jobs (and crafting too lol) so before I go and tackle today's list here's a card made using the beautiful Fantasy Castles from Chocolate Baroque. I love this castle image I combined it with the cloud stamps from Magical Landscapes to create a rainy scene.

I coloured the image with distress markers and used Walnut Stain distress ink around the edges of the image. I matted it up on some dark brown card and layered it up over square of card with a brick effect made using a Crafters Workshop Template and distress inks. Again I matted on brown card and layered up over a more muted background made with more distress inks and a brick stamp from Abstract Fragments. The sentiment is on of my all time favourites and is from Loving Sentiments. To finish of I've added a little seam binding bow and an umbrella charm from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: anything goes with a sentiment
Country View Crafts: paperchase
Crafty Hands: buttons and bows
Cards and More:  Non Cute
Pink Elephant: lots of layers, ribbon and a pinch of green

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

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

In the pink with Lavinia stamps

Good morning, how's you today? I'm planning on spending the day in my craft room but before I go and get inky here's my entry for this months challenge at Lavinia Stamps. I was lucky enough to win the challenge a couple of months ago and oh my goodness, what a treat! I adore Lavinia stamps, they are gorgeous and it was like Christmas when my parcel arrived lol.

This card was made using PanPastels in Magenta Tint, Magenta, plus the shade and extra dark. I've stamped the images with Memento inks in Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud, adding some highlights with a white Graph'It shake pen. The gorgeous toadstool houses were coloured with Graph'It Markers and I decoupaged them for a bit of extra depth. To finish off I've added a big deep pink bow, a bead cap and a beautiful sparkly button.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: buttons bows and bling
Allsorts: pretty in pink
Crafty Calendar:  Animal Antics
Stamping Sensations: Pretty in Pink

Thanks for visiting today, 
Claire xx

Monday, 17 March 2014

Going for Gold at Indigo Blu

Good morning folks, Monday morning and the first proper day of my week off work, omg its so lovely to be able to potter round in my pjs instead of dashing off to work. As always I've got a long list of jobs that need doing but hopefully I'll make time for lots of crafting too. Today's card is my entry for the 'Going for Gold' challenge at Indigo Blu, I had loads of messy fun making it.

I began by stamping and masking the focal image, she's so pretty, one of my favourite stamps. Then I got to work with acrylic paints in yellow and pink, blending them with a baby wipe. Once that was dry came some stencilling with my favourite harlequin stencil and Maimeri Light modelling paste cooured with pink here and there.

Next came the flittergluing and gilding, using the Indigo Blu honeycomb stamp, I also gilded the edges of the card and the card I'd cut to mat and layer. I got a bit carried away with the old flitter glu and gilded some of the stencilled background and the metal corner too. The cogs are Altered Egos also from Indigo Blu, I was temped to gild these too but decided to use embossing powders for more of an aged look, some using gold and some using shabby pink frantage powder.

I removed the mask and coloured the image with my Graph'It markers, adding a bit more paint to blend the image with the background. For a little more depth I decoupaged the flowers and the butterfly too.

To finish off i've added a seam binding bow, a rose made with modelling paste in a silicone mould and a little brass butterfly charm.

I'm entering thie card in the following challenges:
A&T Emerald Faeries: girly pretty in pink
Allsorts: pretty in pink
Alphabet: C is for country flowers
As you like it: favourite colouring medium 
(Graph'It Markers, love the vibrant colours and they way they blend so easily)
Sweet Stampin: mothers day or special lady

have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Scrap 365 meets Premium Craft Brand for blog hopping fun

Good morning my lovelies, its a very exciting day for me today as its not only the first day of my week of work (yippppeeeeeee) but us lucky girlies at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel DT are joining in with the talented team from Scrap365 Magazine Blog for a very colourful blog hop!

Premium Craft Brands have donated a fantastic set of Donna Downey Pan Pastels for the lucky winner of our Blog Hop prize draw :)

To take part in the blog hop you need to follow the trail of our blogs (below) to see all the amazing creations from everyone - we have some wonderful layouts and projects for you which will blow you away! Make sure you visit each blog and leave a comment so we know you've visited and you will go in the draw for that wonderful set of Donna Downey Pan Pastels which is worth £41.95!!! 
The random winner will be chosen from all the comments by Ali from Scrap365 and will be announced 20th March at 5pm on the Scrap365 blog and the Pan Pastel blog.

The challenge was to go crazy with colour and we began by picking out a colour palette from a fab site called Design Seeds, here's my pick and I began by matching up the colours with PanPastels

It was only when I actually began my project that I realised I'd picked a colour palette with red orange purple and lime green! Eeeeeeeeeeeek! Not only that but I'd never made a scrapbook layout before either, double eeeeeeeeeeeek! Anyway I can never resist a challenge so I got to work with my PanPastels and Maimeri mediums and had soooooooo much fun lol.

I printed the pics (of my gorgeous fur babies Benji and Barney) on printable canvas and cut them out with deckle edged scissors. I used Violet Tint and Paynes Grey PanPastel to create the background, stamping with a honeycomb stamp and white gesso. Next I added lots of texture with Maimeri Light Modelling paste using a Palette knife, stencil and more stamping (although it doesn't show up too well in the pic)

The flowers and leaves are all stamps from Chocolate Baroque, I coloured the cardstock with PanPastels and sealed with hairspray before stamping the images with white embossing powder and cutting them out. I curled the petals and shaped the leaves and then set to layering them all up. I added buttons and bakers twine from my stash and then came lots of pretty little laser cut butterflies from Dutch Doobadoo 

I stamped the words at the top left corner and then used some scraps of card to create the bunting with the word 'colour'. To finish off I used some Dutch Doobadoo card arrows painted with white gesso. Hope you like my very colourful layout lol!!

So, now you need to click on the link here and go to the Scrap365 blog and Ali's post HERE 
or if you've just come from there then your next stop on the blog hop is Natalie's Blog so hop on over and check out her gorgeous project!

Here is the list you need to follow just in case you get lost along the way:

Scrap365 and Ali's post - HERE! .....
Nikky Hall -
Sandra Przbylska -
Natalie Macdonald -
RETURN to Scrap365 to leave a comment for the prize draw :) -

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenge: animals
Fab'n'Funky: animals (no people)
Scrapping  for fun: flowers
Use your Stuff: animals
Have fun hopping and all the very best of luck, someone is going to be in for a real treat with all those gorgeous PanPastels!! We'll be back with a new challenge at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel Challenge next Sunday!

Claire xx

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Graph'it Whimsy Valentine challenge winner!!!

No card today but a little good news, well very good news for 

as picked you out as my lucky winner from the Graph'It/Whimsy Challenge and you've won a pack of 3 Graph'It Markers!!!!!

Congratulations hun, message me your snail mail addy and i'll pass it on so your prize can be sent out!

Claire xx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Fairy friends from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, today's card features the gorgeous new Spring Fairy stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I love the beautiful fresh colours of spring so I really enjoyed making this card, the new stamps are fab!

I stamped the fairy (from May Fairy) and the bird on the grass (from April Fairy) and coloured them with Graph'It markers, adding the grass by flicking the markers. I used PanPastels to add the sky to the little scene. 

The background was made using distress inks in shades of yellow and green. I used the acrylic block technique and then stencilled over them using the same inks with the Crafters Workshop Punchinella Template. I stamped the delicate flourish from March Fairy around the edges. I added a some lace, gingham ribbon, paper flowers and a little bee charm from my stash to finish off and popped my design on a scalloped card blank.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craftitude: anything goes or add green
Created with love: think spring
Fantasy Stampers: Spring colours
Stamp and Create: Ready for Spring
Tando Creative: brown, green and yellow

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Imagination iin bloom: Fuchsias

Good morning my lovelies, I'm rushing off to work as usual but before I go I just wanted to share this card made for the March challenge at Imagination Crafts Challenge where the theme is Imagination in Bloom

The main image is one of my favourite stamps from Imagination Crafts, fuchsias are one of my favourite flowers and I adore this stamp. I've coloured the image with my Graph'It marrkers and distressed the edges with shabby shutters Distress ink. 

I've layered it up over a shaped card front from Craftwork cards, I've used an Imagination Crafts stencil with Sparkle medium on that layer, distressing the edges again with shabby shutters. The card blank was stamped with some of the little stamps from the Fuchsia stamp set and again distressed with more shabby shutters distress ink. 
I've added some ribbon,lace, pearls and a die cut butterfly to finish off.
I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Cards Galore Encore: use a stamp or digi
Cut it up: green or Spring
Open Minded Challenges: something green
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything but square
Totally Gorjuss: pink and green

Thanks for visiting, have a great day and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Monday, 10 March 2014

Work and Play from Polkadoodles

Good morning my lovelies, how did Monday come around so quickly?? Ah well back to work this morning but if I can stagger through this week then I've got a whole week off, and believe me I can't wait lol. My card this morning features one of the supercute new images from the Work and Play collection from Polka Doodles, I love this little cutie, she's adorable!

The Work and Play collection has a really fun range of characters and some fab papers and sentiments to go with them too

I've used my Graph'It markers to colour the image and layered her up over one of the backing papers. I was a bit stuck for ideas for embellies as I didn't want to use lace or flowers anyway I had a bit of a brainwave and added some ribbon and eyelets to look like trainer laces lol. The ticket sentiment is also from the collection and I added some little buttons to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC challenge: g is for girls
Bearly Mine: one for the girls
East Wind: use a digi
Just for Fun: anything goes
Scrap it Girl: birthday

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

Sunday, 9 March 2014

3 Textures at Premium Craft Brands

Good morning and a very happy Sunday to you. We're supposed to be having lovely weather this weekend but I don't know what went wrong yesterday, no sunshine and freezing cold but at least it didn't rain I suppose. Its time for our new challenge at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel challenge and this week its all about texture! As always there is a fab prize of Premium Craft brands goodies for our lucky winner and lots of gorgeous inspiration from my lovely teamies so if you've got a minute do pop over and check out the challenge blog.

For my DT project I've altered a little book box and had loads of messy fun lol. I began by painting the box with black gesso. While that was drying I took some kraft card and smothered it with Maimeri Iridescent paste coloured with gold and copper PanPastels. I added texture with a palette knife and then spritzed a honeycomb rubber stamp from Indigo Blu with water and stamped in to the paste.

 I left it to dry and then added more paste through a Pronty Stencil to create the roses. Once that was dry I went over the textured card here and there with Graph'It markers in greens and turquoise and spritzed with Mix'It fluid

I cut the card to size and used it to cover the box. Now for some more texture, and I'm really chuffed with the way this turned out :-)
I've always wanted to create the look of pages on these little boxed but never really worked out how to do it, anyway inspiration struck and I took some Maimeri Light Modelling Paste and spread it round the edges of the box with a palette knife and then went around the edge with a Texture Tool. Again once it was dry I painted with black gesso and then ran a versmark inkpad over the sides and highlighted with metallic PanPastels. To finish off I've added a laser cut butterfly from Dutch Doobadoo, embossed with WOW verdigris EP

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Basteltraum: gifts and boxes
Delicious doodles: anything but a card
Frilly and Funkie: stencils and texture
Inky chicks: monochromatic

Thanks so much for visiting, have a good day
Claire xx

Inspired by water at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Good morning my lovelies, we've got a brand new challenge starting at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and our theme is 'Inspired by Water', chosen by my lovely teamie Amanda. As always there is a fab prize from our generous sponsor Flonzcraft too! Now I adore this theme and had sooooo much fun making my projects, but trying to take the photos was a total nightmare eeeeeeeek!

I created 4 little underwater scenes using Stampbord coasters, and stamps from Flonzcraft and  Sheena Douglass and a mixture of memento and distress inks.

I added a little glossy accents to the 'bubbles'. The backgrounds were made using my DutchDoobadoo 'Bricks' stencil with Maimeri Light Modelling Paste on a mountboard base. I coloured the bricks with distress inks.

Once everything was dry I added eyelets and grabbed some garden twine from the shed to attach the squares together using nautical knots - this knot is called the Carrick Bend and there is a fab tutorial here on animated knots.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Girlz: anything goes
All Crafts: anything but a card
Craftitude: anything goes/add a little green
Red Rubber: stamp your own background

Well thanks for visiting today, hope you're having a good weekend
Claire xx

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