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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Magic Happens at Chocolate Baroque

 Good morning folks, I've got a sunny scene to share this morning made with the new Springtime Edges stamps from Chocolate Baroque.   I've used them with one of the beautiful Spring Fairies for this card, she is from the March set

I began by stamping the fairy with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and masked her with Masking Tissue to stamp the lovely primrose edge in the background (this time I used Memento Bamboo leaves). I left the mask in place while I created the background. Using PanPastels I added some shades of green to the foreground of the scene and then took shades of Yellow to create a sunny effect behind the image. I sealed the PanPastels with hairspray and used distress inks through the Lucious Leaves Dylusions stencil. I removed the mask and coloured the fairy and the primrose edges with Graph'It Markers. To finish off I added some tiny die cut flowers and stamped the sentiment which is from Fairyland Words and embossed with gold EP.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Created with Love: in the garden
Glitter and Sparkle: Easter or Spring colours
Hiding in my Craftroom: flowers
Ooh La La: Easter/Spring
Penny Black and More: Blossoms and blooms
Stamp and Create: Spring flowers
Whoopsi Daisy: Embossing

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Waterlily mermaid from Sweet Pea Stamps

Good morning folks, how's your long weekend going? Awful weather here, but I suppose its a bank holiday so what else can we expect? The cold winds and grey skies are a good excuse to leave the gardening and play in my craft room (not that I need much of an excuse lol). Today's card features Waterlily Mermaid , a digistamp by Elaine Cox from Sweet Pea Stamps. I couldn't resist colouring her up for the challenge over at Sweet Pea Stampers where the theme is Mermaids and there's a special prize up for grabs

The background was made with distress inks (mowed lawn, picked raspberry and broken china) and i've coloured the image with Graph'It  Markers and added some lime green stickles.

I've layered her up on a spellbinders die cut and made some little rolled roses from scraps of the inky background. I used a white Graph'It shake pen to create the faux stitching and added some little pearls to the corners. To finish off I've added ribbon, lace and one of my treasured sparkly buttons.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
As you like it: favourite stitching style
(faux stitching for me, I love to see proper stitching but haven't got the patience to dust my sewing machine off lol)
Colour me Creative: anything goes
Digi Galore: flowers
Fussy and Fancy: pearls and lace
Pumpkin Spice: Colouring
Totally Gorjuss: die cuts/punches

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

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Go Grungy at PanPastel UK

Good morning and a very happy Easter to you all. We haven't got anything exciting planned, just a scrummy lunch and then eating lots of chocolate - sounds like a good plan to me lol. Anyway back to business and we've got a new challenge starting over at PanPastel UK and this time our theme is 'Go Grungy'. You don't have to use our products to enter and our lucky winner will receive a fab prize of goodies from Premium Craft Brands!

I've altered a littel canvas using Maimeri Gesso, Light Modelling Paste with a Dutch Doobadoo stencil. I've added some colour with PanPastels in shades of brown with a little copper and gold here and there. The stamps are from Indigo Blu, coloured and distressed with PanPastels and then layered up and attached with a memo pin.

I've made a flower using a stamp from Chocolate Baroque, stamped on to card painted with Maimeri Bronze acrylic paint (my absolute favourite colours, its gorgeous). I've popped a glass cabochon in the centre. I've added paper flowers, a seam binding bow, some die cuts, pearls and a pen nib to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Artistic Stamper: embossing and texture
Craftitude: anything goes or Spring
Crafty Cardmakers: floral profusion
Everybody Art: anything goes
Love to Create: Vintage romance
Stamplorations: Stamps plus your favourite technique 
Tuesday Throwdown: vintage/shabby chic
(I think using stencils for texture is one of my all time favourite techniques)

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

Flying things at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello my lovelies and a very Happy Easter to you, I hope you're having a good weekend. We've got a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time around our theme is Flying Things, chosen by my lovely teamie Laura. Don't forget that we're a stamping challenge so make sure you follow the theme and that stamping is the focal point of your project. As always we've got a fab prize for our lucky winner -  a $20 voucher from our generous sponsor  Flonzcraft!

I've made a little wall hanging for my DT project. I began by painting some mountboard with black gesso and once that was dry I used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil with Maimeri Glassy gel to add some texture. I then brushed on some gold PanPastel and edged the board with Treasure Gold.

I made a background using a Clarity stencil and distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn and Broken China, tore it to shape and distressed with Black soot. 

The focal image is from Indigo Blu, stamped with flitter glu and gilded. I coloured the image with Graph'It markers and distressed with PanPastel before giving the birdie a coat of glossy accents.

The sentiment is also from Indigo Blu but I replaced the word fly with letters from one of the fabby Flonzcraft alphabet stamp sets, this one is Fonteroy and you can find it here. I stamped the letters on some scraps of my background and attached the Idea-ology charms with glossy accents. Once dry I cut out and embossed around the edges with gold EP. I saw this faux soldering technique in Craft Stamper and I love it!!

I assembled all my layers, adding some recycled black netting for a bit more texture and to finish off I added some AB gems, a paper flower and some die cut leaves.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
A Little Bit Crafty: birds and bees
Creative Knockouts: Furry or feathery friends
Get Inky: Die cuts
Natalie and Amy's: embossing
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: things with wings
Sweet Stamps: anything goes/embossing
Tuesday Throwdown: vintage/shabby chic
Wags'n'Whiskers: lots of layers

thanks so much for popping by, have a great Easter and eat lots of chocolate!
Claire xx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Embellish it at We do Doobadoo

Good morning folks, its time for a new challenge at We Do Doobadoo and this fortnight our theme is 'Embellish it' so you can really go to town! You don't have to use Dutch Doobadoo products to enter and our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous Dutch Doobadoo goodies so don't forget to link up your entry!! We also have some super exciting news as Nikky will be on C&C demonstrating Dutch Doobadoo products (and some fabulous other new goodies too!) on 29th April! 

I've made a bottle label  using a Dutch Doobadoo template, an envelope template and lots of other gorgeous goodies from Dutch Doobadoo including:  A5 brick stencil, Laser Art Feathers, Swirls, Butterflies, Keys and Locks, Kraftboard Arrows and Stars and Softboard Honeycomb (my absolute favourite!). Some of the embellies are coloured with Graph'It markers and others are embossed for a bit of texture.

The sentiment in the envelope is from Polkadoodles, Cherryblossom Lane Cd 

 I've added ribbon and  lace from The Ribbon Girl,  paper flowers and pearls from my stash to finish off

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: Sentiment Only
Fussy and Fancy: pearls and lace
Lexi's Creations: focus on the sentiment
Mema's Challenge: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Birthday to us!!!!

Can you believe its coming up to our first birthday at Graph'It Colouring Challenge??
We're celebrating in style with a fabulous prize for one lucky crafter, wouldn't you like to get your paws on this little lot? 

You can find out how to enter here
Good luck everyone!!
Claire xx

GDT at Scrapping for Fun

Good morning my lovelies, the sun is shining and I'm a very happy bunny today as on only is this the first of ten days off work but i'm also one of the Guest Designers over at Scrapping 4 Fun! How exciting, I was over the moon when the lovely Rachelle invited me to join them for their new challenge and as the theme is Use a stamp or a digi  was a great opportunity to have a play! The DT and guest designers have come up with some stunning projects so do pop over and have a look.

I've altered an MDF hear using Dutch Doobadoo Brick stencil, Maimeri Light Modelling Paste and a honeycomb stamp from Indigo Blu. Once all the texure was dry I painted with acrylic paint in a creamy yellow shade. The focal image is also by Indigo Blu and I coloured it with Graph'It markers and Inkense pencils.

I've used another Indigo Blu stamp for the sentiment which I've stamped in soft green ink, torn up and added to the background. Next came lots of paper flowers and die cut leaves and a butterfly charm that I painted with gesso and distressed with sandpaper before applying treasure gold. To finish off I've topped the heart with a seam binding bow and another little rose.
I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

All crafts: anything but a card
Crafting from the Heart: anything goes/use yellow
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Fab'n'Funky: flowers
Loves rubber stamps: Easter or spring
Red Rubber Inspirationals: back to nature
Rhedd and Rosie's: Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown: vintage/shabby chic

As its my first day off work I'm planning a nice lazy day pottering around in my craft room.
Thanks so much for visiting today, have a lovely day and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spring with Lavinia stamps

Good morning folks, we're having some beautiful spring weather this week I do hope it lasts for the Easter weekend as its no fun watching the sunshine from my office window lol. Today's card is my entry for this month's challenge at Lavinia Stamps where the theme is Spring Colours

I've used Garden Spirit, one of  my favourite Lavinia stamps for the focal point of my card and then created a floral wreath frame using the small Zen flower stamps.  

I began by drawing around a plate very lightly with a pencil to give me a guide for stamping the flowers. I set to stamping,  masking the flowers as I went along. Next I stamped the leaves using Bamboo Leaves and Tuxedo Black memento inks (ok I confess I picked the wrong inkpad up and panicked cos I'd stamped black leaves so I had to go all the way round adding black leaves here and there lol) Lastly I stamped in the little flowers and stars around the images using some of the lovely little mini Lavinia stamps.

I've coloured the image with Graph'It markers and added dots of cosmic shimmer glue to the flower centres, sprinkling on some yellow glitter for a little sparkle.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge: spring s in the air
Corrosive Challenges: pretty pastels
Open Minded: easter or pastel colours
Thats Crafty: you spin me round
Stamp and Create: spring flowers

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

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Journey to Paris

Good morning folks and big warm welcome to my new followers, it's always lovely to 'meet' new friends! Today's card was made for the challenge at A Vintage Journey where the theme is 'A little bit French'. This project was actually inspired by the alley way next to my work, not as glamorous as Paris, in fact its a very scruffy and rundown little street in the town centre but among all the weeds, muddy parking bays and old wooden doors with peeling paint there are pretty forget-me-nots, little wild birds looking for nesting materials and bees and butterflies. You really can find beauty everywhere.

I'd made this background a few weeks ago using a mask from Clarity, Stampers Anonymous stamps, Crafters Workshop harlequin and squares masks and distress inks (tumbled glass, broken china, old paper, vintage photo and walnut stain). Once all the ink was dry I applied Maimeri Glassy gel over the squares through the stencil and then sprinkled with micro beads, I love this effect its so pretty when the beads catch the light.

The images are two of my favourite stamps from Crafty Individuals, coloured with Graph'It markers and distressed with Old Paper and Vintage photo distress inks, I added some pretty blue lace and bead trim to the bottom of the images.

I've added some crinoline flowers, an Ideology facet layered over a sentiment from the Gecko Galz. I've stamped some butterflies, fussy cut them and layered them over the card and to finish off I've added a seam binding bow and a gorgeous mother of pearl button topped with a twine bow.

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

Crafty Individuals: Nature's Beauty 
Docerela Creations: anything goes
Fussy and Fancy: all about travel
Penny Black and More: blossoms and blooms

Well I'd better scoot off to work now so thanks for popping by today, 
Claire xx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Make it, take it

Good morning folks, I managed to grab a few hours me time at the weekend and had loads of messy fun creating this altered bottle which is my entry for the Craft Stamper Make it, Take it challenge where the theme is 'bottles'. I love to alter bottles and my son and his friends kindly make sure I've always got a good supply to alter lol. This one originally contained mango flavoured vodka but the lads made short work of that.

The pics are a little bit dark, the colours are more pastel in real life. I began by giving the bottle a coat of Maimeri gesso and once that was dry I sprayed with dylusions ink in green and turquoise and blended with a baby wipe. I usually make a real pigs ear of things with dylusions but the colours turned out really pretty this time so I'm a happy bunny. Once the ink was dry I added some texture with Maimeri Light Modelling Paste, adding some blobs with my fingers and popping some through a Crafters Workshop Harlequin template. After a bit more drying time I set to with my flitter glu and applied it to highlight the texture and the edges of the bottle. My goodness that stuff is sticky, and of course I forgot to wash my paws before I got the gilding flakes out. I used winter dawn, love this colour its so pretty.

The focal image is a stamp from Stampendous, I stamped it with memento tuxedo black and coloured with Graph'It markers. I stamped it again with flitter glu and gilded with Winter Dawn, cutting out the Eiffel tower and layering it up over the image. I also decoupaged the flowers too. I die cut the image with A spellbinders die and rubbed more flitter glu around the edge so I could gild that too. 

As I wanted to tie the image on the bottle with ribbon, I die cut a basketweave shape with a spellbinders die, gilded it and cut it in half, popping half behind each side of the image. The little holes in the die cut are perfect for threading the ribbon through. The ribbon was dyed with distress inks in tumbled glass and shabby shutters.

The flowers were made with Crinoline fabric from The Funky Junkie boutique, I coloured it with a mixture of Maimeri Iridescent Paste and pink  and blue dylusions inks, sprinkling a little glitter here and there for some sparkle. Once the fabric was dry I die cut it and layered up with white net to make flowers, the centres were made with some pearly beads from my stash.

To finish off I've made some glittered acetate butterflies.

I'm also entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts: spring blossoms
Artistic Stamper: embossing/texture
Frilly and Funkie: Flights of Fancy

Well I'd better get ready for work, at least its a short week this week and then I've got 10 days off yipppeeeeeee!! Have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Pretty Shabby Inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks,back again with my second post of the day - my inspiration  project for our Pretty Shabby challenge at PanPastel UK. There's still a week to enter so you've got plenty of time to play along and be in with a chance to win some gorgeous goodies!

I've altered an MDF heart. I've used Maimeri Gesso coloured with ultramarine Blue PanPastel, once that was dry I used Maimeri Light Modelling Paste through the gorgeous Dutch Doobadoo Mosiac Stencil. I used red line tape to create a border and once the LMP was dry added Gold PanPastel (loooove this stuff!!). I've coloured the image with Graph'It Markers and added Butterflies, Honeycomb and Feathers from Dutch Doobadoo

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Spring Blossoms
Crafty Ribbons: flower power
Fairy Tale: butterflies
Get Inky: spring/Easter
Rhedd and Rosie's: Anything goes
The Crazy Challenge: bling it up

Hope you're having a good day, thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Bendy Patchwork Landscapes from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning, my first card of the day features the gorgeous new Patchwork Landscapes stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I adore creating scenic cards to these stamps are going to be a big favourite with me, they are such fun and quirky designs. For my first sample this month I decided to try and create a 'Bendy Card' as I'd seen some on my travels and loved the effect. I'm not great at creating fancy folds but this is a really nice easy one.

I used two 6" card blanks to create this and began by stamping the hills in the background on the inside right panel of one of the cards. I closed the card and stamped the little house. Next I took the other card blank, opened it and trimmed the front section off leaving a strip about 2cm to the left of the fold. On the reverse of the right hand panel I stamped the trees and fencing and then used pva glue to stick the scenes together.

I coloured the images with Graph'It markers and then trimmed around the two front images. I worked out roughly where I wanted the 'bends' to go and used my craft knife to cut slits to pop the ends through and create the card shape.

As a finishing touch I added a punched fence and some little paper flowers.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Bearly Mine: Spring
Crafty Hands: anything goes
Creative Knockouts: Spring is in the air
Divas by Design: Easter/Spring
Paper Pretties: punches
Papertake Weekly: Spring has sprung
Penny's Paper Crafty: flower power

Well Spring seems to have disappeared again in my little corner of the UK, hopefully the sunshine will be back for the Easter break but in the mean time I'm going to spend the day catching up with some TV and crafting, aaaaahhh bliss :-) Have a good day and thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Springtime Edges from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, a quick post from me this morning as I'm training today, safeguarding adults so I expect I'll be bored to tears by lunchtime lol. My project today features one of the gorgeous new stamp from the Springtime Edges set from Chocolate Baroque. I love snowdrops and this silhouette stamp is so detailed, I love it! (there's also a pretty detailed version of this snowdrop border if you fancy colouring)

I've made a little gift box using a template from the Dreamee's CD Templates and More, love this cd as its so easy to make 3d projects. It was the first time I'd made this one and although it looked a bit complicated it only took a few minutes to glue it all together. Once the  little box was assembled I stamped the snowdrop edges on cream card with versamark and embossed with black EP. I distressed the edges with black soot DI and a craft knife and popped the pieces on the box.

I made the butterflies using stamps from Butterfly Daisy collage (also from Chocolate Baroque) by stamped them on acetate with versamark, again embossing with black EP and popping the acetate on a double sided adhesive sheet. I cut them out, peeled the backing off and sprinkled on some cream glitter and attached them to my little gift box.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Craft your passion: no designer papers
Frosted Designs Friday: something clear or transparent
Just Inspirational: embossing
Through the purple haze: try a new folding technique
Whoopsi Daisy: things with wings

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

Monday, 7 April 2014

Anything goes at Flonzcraft Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning, Monday again and we've got a new challenge starting at Flonzcraft Vintage Stamping Challenges and this month we have a nice easy theme 'Anything Goes'. We are a stamping challenge though so we do need to see rubber/clear stamping on your project, it doesn't have to be vintage though. We have a fab prize up for grabs too, our lucky winner will receive a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft so don't miss out on your chance to win!

I've made a shaped easel card with a distress inky/stencilled background overstamped with a flourish from Indigo Blu. The focal image is from the 'Little Lady' set from Flonzcraft which you can find here. I've coloured the image with Graph'It markers and die cut with a spellbinders die, layered up over another die cut coloured with distress ink and I've used a Clarity corner stamp to add a bit of interest in the corners.

I've made a little tag for the bottom of the easel, again using lots of distress inks and used a sentiment from Chocolate Baroque. I've added some paper roses made with Britannia dies, some pretty lace and a green seam binding bow. The little nest was from the pound shop, I took the eggs out and coloured them with Graph'It markers. To finish off I've done some faux stitching around the edges with a white Graph'It Shake pen and added some little pearls

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

A Gem of a challenge: ribbon/lace
Crafty Calendar: things with wings
Creatalicious: Easter Wonderland
Cut it up: Easter
Get Inky: spring/Easter
Milk Coffee: Spring/Easter
Sweet Pea Stampers: distressing
Sweet Stampin: Easter
Vintage Challenge: pearls and flowers

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

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Hills and Mountains at Craft a Scene

Good afternoon, hope you're having a nice relaxing Sunday. I'm back with another post, this time for our new challenge over at Craft a Scene where our theme is 'Hills and Mountains'. I couldn't resist playing with my gelli plate acrylic paints and a palette knife to create a snowy scene, after all its never too early to start those Christmas cards lol.

I used the palette knife to apply white  paint to my gelli plate, creating the hills and mountains as I went along, I used a sponge to add some pearl acrylic paint to the sky are to create some clouds. Now if you have a go at this technique don't worry if it looks absolutely pants when you pull your print from the gelli plate lol, you just have to go with it and get inking and it will start to look better (honest). Once I'd pulled my print I masked the moon and inked in the sky using Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and a little chipped sapphire distress ink. I used the same shades to add some depth to the gelli plate scene and then got to work with some white gesso, adding a bit of texture to the hills and mountains. 

I used stamps from Sheena Douglass, Stampendous and Inkylicious and added a little colour to the stamped images with Graph'It markers.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: no flowers
Completely Christmas: anything goes
fab'n'funky: Fantasy
Jingle Belles: spirit of Christmas past
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Sparkles Forum Christmas: inspired by a Carol 
(walking in a winter wonderland)
Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx