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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Steamunk Funky Fish from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, have you seen this months fabby new releases from Chocolate Baroque? There's Steampunk Seaworld and Steampunk Funky Fish (you can find them here and even better they are on special offer!!). I've tried to create a rusty effect on this card, after all swimming around in salty water would make our little steampunk fishes go rusty lol.


I've used two of the stamps from Steampunk Funky Fish for this card. I began with a distress ink background (using Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood distress inks). I stencilled over the top with Mowed Lawn distress ink though a Crafters Workshop Cell Stencil. Next I used the same stencil and blotted with damp kitchen roll to remove some of the colour. I stamped some foliage (from Seadragon) with Mowed Lawn distress ink. I distressed the edges and matted the background on some copper mirri card.

I took some self adhesive foil tape (from the plumbing department of my local DIY store) that I'd attached to a scrap of white card and added some colour with alcohol inks. I stamped the fish and the seadragon with Versmark and embossed with WOW Copper embossing powder before cutting them out and popping them on my background with 3d foam pads.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenges: anything goes
Creative Card Crew: anything goes
My Craft Creations: anything goes
My time to craft: make a scene
Sentimental Sundays: anything goes

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Colour Challenge 6 from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, its challenge time over at Chocolate Baroque Challenge and this month we have a gorgeous colour palette to inspire you! There's a voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque goodies for our lucky winner and the DT will be picking their Top 3 too so I do hope you'll join us. Keep checking the Challenge blog as although the challenge is monthly there is a weekly inspiration post and our lovely Lesley creates a gorgeous free digital download every month too!



I've got into the habit of trying to match the colours up to my distress inks otherwise I tend to go off at a tangent and create something totally different lol. This time I chose Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Broken Chine and Picked Raspberry.


I started by blending Shabby Shutters over the bottom part of the card and Broken China over the top. I decided to forget winter and create a summer meadow scene and got out 'Wild Meadow' one of my all time favourite Chocolate Baroque sets. I began stamping the foliage stamps in Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters and then decided I needed some bolder colours so I added some stamping in Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss, using both first and second generation stamping. I added a little colour to the flowers with some Picked Raspberry distress ink and highlighted the Queen Anne's Lace with a white posca pen.

The butterflies are from Honeysuckle Butterfly, stamped with versamark ink and embossed with white EP and then sponged with Broken China and Picked Raspberry distress inks. I cut them out and popped them up with 3d foam tape. The sentiment is from 'Birthday Words' (another old favourite) again embossed with White EP.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Creative romance: anything goes
Love to Create: make a scene
My time to craft: make a scene
Seize the Birthday: anything goes birthday
Treasured Times: anything goes
That's Crafty: anything goes

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

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas at PanPastel UK

Good morning, Well its Sunday morning again so its challenge time at PanPastel UK and its a nice easy one this time as we want to see your Christmas projects. We've got a fab prize of some gorgeous crafty goodies from Premium Craft Brands so its a great chance to enter one of those last minute Christmas makes!


I think I'm addicted to colouring with my PanPastels now, I've coloured this cute image with my PanPastels and then created the background by masking the hills and dusting on a little PanPastel. I added the sky and then stamped the trees in versamark before applying White Pearl PanPastel Medium for some shimmer. To finish off i've added some snow with a white Graph'It Shake Pen.

Here's another pic of the image


I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Crafty Mess: anything goes/ traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Cardmakers: Christmas
Get Creative: Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas: anything goes
That's Crafty: anything goes
Wags'n'Whiskers: Merry Christmas
Thanks so much for popping by
Claire xx



Turn up the Heat at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hi there, well we're turning up the heat at Fashionable Stamping Challenges for our new challenge so we want to see you use your heat guns. Its quite an apt theme as I've certainly had to turn the heat up this weekend as its been really cold and frosty although I'm not complaining too much as we've had the most gorgeous blue sky too. As always our lucky challenge winner will receive a fab voucher from Flonzcraft, don't forget though you do need to use a stamp to enter as no digis are allowed!


For my DT card I've used one of my favourite Christmas stamps from Chocolate Baroque, stamped with versamark and embossed with white EP on a distress ink background (Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood). I added a bit more distress ink to add some depth to the little scene and layered my topper up on a shaped card blank.


I made the card blank by using a bracket die to cut the side and then running the edge through an embossing folder before inking with a little distress ink.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: white Christmas
A Creative Romance: Anything goes
Crafty Catz: last minute Christmas
Creative moments: anything goes/winter
Jingle Belles: anything goes
Papertake Weekly: paper play (die cut and embossed card edges)
Stempelsonnen: Anything goes
That's Crafty: Anything goes

If you've got a minute grab a cuppa and check out the gorgeous artwork my talented DT Sisters have created to inspire you. Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Last minute Christmas Decor at We do Doobadoo

Good morning my lovelies, eeeeek Christmas is coming a bit too quickly for my liking, We've been so busy at work I've barely thought about Christmas shopping yet but I think I'll have to go on a mission this weekend and make a start as it won't be long and the big day will be here. At We Do Doobadoo we've got a new challenge and this time around our theme is 'Last minute Christmas Decor' and I've made a little canvas for my DT project. As always our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous Dutch Doobodoo so you don't want to miss out on your chance to win!



 I've used my favourite Dutch Doobadoo 'Stars' Stencil to create the background for my canvas. I primed with black gesso and dusted on some Black PanPastel Fine Pearl Medium. Once that was dry I applied a mixture of Maimeri Iridescent Medium and Rich Gold PanPastel through the stars stencil and sprinkled on some sparkly gold glitter for some extra bling. The focal image is a stampbord coaster coloured with Black distress ink, the image is a clear stamp from Chocolate Baroque. I stamped with versamark and then embossed with a WOW Gold sparkle EP.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crafting for all seasons: anything Christmas but a card
Crafty Ribbons: Mono Christmas
Loves Rubber Stamps: winter/Christmas
Love to Create: Non traditional Christmas colours
Shopping our Stash: favourite technique (stencilling this week lol)
Sweet Stamps: sparkle

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


Friday, 12 December 2014

Festive Wishes from Secret Santa

Good morning folks, its one card two DTs this morning as we're celebrating Christmas over at Polkadoodles and Graph'It Colouring Challenge!!!  We've got a very exiting challenge with a twist over at Polkadoodles as its 'Secret Santa' time so do pop over and find out all the details as there are some fabulous goodies to be won. At Graph'It Colouring Challenge our theme is 'Festive Wishes' and of course our lucky winner will get their mits on some gorgeous Graph'It goodies too!


How exciting, we all love a surprise don't we?? For my card I've used Festive Hollybobs from Polkadoodles for my card starting with the gorgeous red polkadot backing paper and adding lots of precoloured images (liberally glittered for some Christmas sparkle lol) The main image is one of the digis from the collection, coloured with my Graph'It markers. For a full list of colours used pop over to the Graph'It Colouring challenge



So who am I sending my card to?? The plot thickens lol!!
My Secret Santa clues are:
1. has been crafting for 4 years
2. Enjoys cycling
3. Has 3 children (a girl and two boys)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments: Christmas
Fab'n'Funky: Christmas
Oh LaLa: Christmas
Through the Purple Haze: use a sentiment

Thanks so much for popping by
Claire xx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Steampunk Jellyfish from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, Monday already so its back to work for me but before I go here's a bookmark made using the fabulous jellyfish stamp from Steampunk Funky Fish from Chocolate Baroque. When I first saw this stamp, the tentacles reminded me of a tassel so I put my thinking cap on and came up with the idea of a book mark.


The background was from my pile of inky papers, made with distress inks in Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn and sprized with mica spray. I covered the wet inky background with cling film and left to dry, unfortunately you can't see the mica in the photos.

I stamped the Jellyfish with Memento Tuxedo Blank ink and added some stencilling with sequin waste and Chipped Sapphire distress ink. 


To add a bit more interest I had a rummage in my craft room and found some Fantasy Film so I dusted of my iron and created the 'umbrellas' of both Jellyfish and attached them with some glue.

To finish off I inked around the edge with more Chipped Sapphire and of course I had to add a tassel.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: animals
A Little Bit Crafty: Anything goes but not Christmas
Allsorts: animal magic
House that stamps built: anything but a card

Well its time to venture out into the cold and get the bus to work. Its all good fun lol
have a good day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Winter Scene at Craft a Scene

Good afternoon, you can't beat snuggling up on the sofa with the pooches on these cold winter afternoons can you? Its been freezing cold here over the weekend although we haven't got any of the white stuff yet, in fact everything looks a bit drab and damp. Perfect weather for staying in by the fire, especially now as I've put the Christmas decorations up this weekend and everything looks soooooo pretty. Its challenge time at Craft a Scene and this month our theme is 'Winter Scene', sadly this will be our last challenge so I hope you're going to play along and give us a good send off.


For my DT card I've used a shaped card blank from Craftwork Cards, masked the mood and tore a paper mask before inking in the sky and hills with distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China.

The stamps are all from Sheena Douglass, stamped with Grey Flannel Memento Ink, I've struggled to catch the colour on these pics as its more subtle in real life. to finish off I've simply added lots of glitter and a Christmas Sentiment from Chocolate Baroque.


I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts: animal Magic
Artistic Stamper: anything goes
Brown Sugar: Winter
Christmas Cards all year round: anything but square or rectangle
Fussy and Fancy: happy holidays
Little Claire's:  Shaped Cards

I'm still so disorganised and totally not ready for Christmas eeek! I haven't had time to write a card yet (good job I've been making them all year lol) so hopefully things will be nice and quiet at work this week and i'll be able to catch up a bit.
Thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Colouring inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, its inspiration time at PanPastel UK as we're midway through our Colouring challenge so you've still got a whole week to enter to be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous goodies from our lovely sponsors at Premium Craft Brands. The DT were challenged to colour with our PanPastels (you don't have to use PanPAstels to play along though :-)) and I'm soooo pleased as its such a quick and easy way to colour, I need a lot more practice but I'm really enjoying myself so that won't be a chore!


I've made a little wall hanging using a gorgeous digistamp from ppinkydolls and simply coloured her with PanPastels (colours below). I applied Black Fine Pearl PanPastel Medium around the edges to give a bit of a sparkly distressed effect. I mixed some Maimeri Iridescent Medium with Magenta Extra Dark PanPastel and applied that through the polka dots from the A4 Birds and Leaves Stencil. I wrote the text on scraps of white card, its a bit too scary to write on a finished project isn't it lol?

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
A Little Bit Crafty: anything goes,... but not Christmas
Left of Centre: Face your fears (writing and colouring with PanPastels)
Sister Act: anything goes

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Friday, 5 December 2014

Two colours inspiration at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning my lovelies, its inspiration time at Graph'It colouring challenge and you've still got a whole week to enter our 'Two Colours' challenge. The DT had the extra twist of using blue and green together, Nikky does like to keep us on our toes lol. Our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous Graph'It goodies courtesy of our generous sponsors 'Premium Craft Brands' so I hope you're going to play along.


I've used some freebie papers from Quick Cards Made Easy for this card, the image was also a freebie from All dressed Up, of course she's been coloured with my trusty Graph'It markers. Pop over to the challenge blog for a full list of the colours I've used, some of the pens used are from the gorgeous new range of colours developed by our very own Nikky Hall, they are really beautiful pastel shades.


I used a silver Graph'It shake pen to add some sparkle to her dress although it doesn't show up on the pic. I've matted the image on some green card and layered it up over some lace and seam binding ribbon, to add a Christmassy touch I've used a mistletoe die from Joanna Sheen and added a freebie sentiment to match the papers.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
All dressed up: anything goes
CRAFT: Christma
Divas by Design: festive
Little Miss Muffet: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, Have a good day and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas Songs at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning my lovelies, eeek can you believe its December 1st already?? I am soooooo  not ready for Christmas this year but at least I've got a few cards made and here's another one. This card is my project for our new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges where our theme is 'Christmas Songs'. and I've been inspired by 'Driving home for Christmas'. Our lucky winner will receive a fabby prize of a $20 voucher from those lovely folk at Flonzcraft. You don't have to create a vintage project to play along but don't forget to make sure the focus of your project is stamping (no digis allowed)


This was a really quick and easy card, I used a shaped and embossed card blank and cut some white card to fit the top panel. I used two stamps from Flonzcraft to create my little scene, using tape to mask of the parts of the stamps I didn't want to use. I've used Postman Carry Gifts and Children Decorating Christmas Tree. I stamped the images and used a black fineliner pen to extend the hill in the background. I masked the moon and used a stencil brush to dust on some black soot distress ink. The sentiment is from Christmas Songs, all the stamps are available from Flonzcraft.

I added some glamour dust for a snowy sparkle and a few dots of red stickles, to fnish off I've added black gingham ribbon and a bow.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: December holiday sentiment
Fussy and Fancy: Happy Holidays
Moving along with the Times: inspired by a song
My Sheri Crafts: oh Christmas Tree
Southern Girls: Celebrations
Sugar Creek Hollow: vintage Christmas in non traditional colours

have a great day and thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Vintage Christmas at Eclectic Ellapu

Good morning folks, well its an exciting day for me  today as I'm making my debut over on Eclectic Ellapu as one of the pink ladies oooh how exciting! Its been a bit of a squeeze fitting in some crafting over the past few weeks but as the pink teams theme is 'Vintage Christmas' and its one of my all time favourite themes I managed to escape to my craft room and have a play :-). We've got lots of new teamies starting today so if you've got a minute do pop over and have peek at their gorgeous artwork!


I've  used some of my favourite Christmas papers, die cuts and sentiments, all from Christmas Post by Craftwork Cards, all distressed with a little vintage photo distress ink. The focal image is a stamp by Crafty Individuals, watercoloured with distress inks. I've added some white cosmic shimmer glue and glamour dust to the focal image and red stickles to the flowers. I've added a couple of red berries and some sparkly red wired bead trim from my stash to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A crafty mess: anything goes
A Vintage journey: Birds of a feather
Deep Ocean: shabby chic
Milk Coffee: lots of embellishments
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: vintage
Treasured Times: anything goes

Well its time for me to scoot off to work, don't you hate these dark mornings. Its dark when I leave work too and I'm starting to feel like a bat lol.
Thanks so much for visiting today,
Claire ss
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