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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

Pretty Shabby at PanPastel Challenge

Good morning folks, well we're forecast lots of rain today so thats enough of an excuse for me  to plan a day in my craft room lol. Before I go and get stamping though, we've got a new challenge over at PanPastel UK and this time our theme is 'Pretty Shabby Chic', there are two weeks to enter and we've got a fab prize of goodies from Your Creativity Store up for grabs to don't miss out on a chance to win!


 I had loads of messy fun altering the cover of a Next directory to create an art journal cover. After priming with a coat of Maimeri Gesso  I used  Maimeri Light Modelling Paste through the Fabric  and Mosaic stencils from Dutch Doobadoo for some texture. I added some colour with Turquoise Tint and Magenta Tint PanPastels and used Gold PanPastel for some shimmer. Next came lots of die cuts, again coloured up with PanPastels, I used a touch of Raw Umber to distress things here and there. The die cut flowers were made by using Maimeri Iridescent Paste on fabric, I brushed the paste on and then added a little colour by dusting over with my PanPastels and blending with a brush. I sprinkled on a little clear gitter and left it to dry for a couple of hours before die cutting the flowers and layering them up



The sentiment is a stamp from Chocolate Baroque, stamped over a Crafty Individual stamp that I'd stamped with versamark and gently brushed over with PanPastels.



Here's another view, the butterfly and corner were silver metal that I painted with white gesso and then dabbed with a little treasure gold. I added pink seam binding and some pretty lace from The Ribbon Girl


I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics: anything goes
Artistic Stamper: embossing and texture
Bloggers: stencil it
In the pink: anything but a square
Inky Chicks: use butterflies
Left of Centre: ribbon/flowers
Sugar Creek Hollow: make your own background

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

Your favourite technique at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello my lovelies, its a busy weekend of blogging for me and this post is for our new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the lovely Dot has chosen our theme which is 'Your Favourite Technique'. As always we have a fab prize for a $20 voucher up for grabs from our generous sponsor Flonzcraft! We especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme too.


Well I've combined 3 of my favourite techniques for this project, playing with stencils and mediums, colouring and altering stuff from the mountain of 'goodies' waiting to be decorated lol.

This little gift box started life as a box of maltesters (yum). I began with a coat of Maimeri Gesso and then some cream emulsion paint. Once that was dry I distressed the edges with shabby shutters distressed ink and added a touch of treasure gold too. I took a sheet of a4 ivory card and got to work with an Imaginations Crafts stencil and Maimeri Light Modelling Paste coloured with shabby shutters distress reinker.


Once that was dry I cut it up to cover the box, distressing the edges with more distress ink and my craft kniife. I stamped a corner stamp from Clarity in the corners of the box using gold stazon.


The image is one of my favourites from Flonzcraft, she's called 'Girl on a Windy Hill' and she's been coloured with Graph'It Markers and die cut with a sizzix oval die and edges with pearl trim. I've used a spellbinders die cut and seam binding ribbon to make a closure for the box and added some glittered paper flowers and a tiny die cut butterfly.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
A Creative Romance: Spring flowers
Crafty Little Fairies: vintage/shabby chic
Fairies Challenge: shabby/vintage
Get Inky: spring/Easter
Imagination Crafts: anything goes
So Artful: signs of spring
Stamplorations: Stamps and your favourite technique

If you've got a few minutes do check out all the gorgeous inspiration from my lovely teamies,
have a great Sunday and thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Buttons and Bows at We Do Doobadoo!

Good morning, time for our new challenge over at We Do Doobadoo and as always there is some gorgeous inspiration from my lovely teamies and a fabby prize of Dutch Doobadoo goodies up for grabs! Our theme this time is 'Buttons and Bows' and I had loads of fun making this card which featured the gorgeous little ballerina image from the Polkadoodles Cd 'Work and Play collection 2' (she's also available as a digi stamp too)


I've coloured her with my Graph'It Markers and used the gold Graph'it Shake pen for the overlay on her skirt, if looks really pretty and sparkly but very hard to get a decent pic. The papers are also from the same CD as is the sentiment. I've used pink card and a MS punch for matting and layering and then I went to town with lots of laser cut buttons and butterflies from Dutch Doobadoo, they are coloured with pink distress ink and then embossed with a clear sparkle EP. I added some pink seambinding ribbon and lots of little bows made from pink twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges;
Cards Galore Encore: favourite colour (pink)
Creative knockouts: for a child
East Wind: use a sentiment
Really Reasonable Ribbon: flowers or buttons and bows
Sister Act: anything goes

Have a lovely Saturday and thanks for popping by
Claire xx



Friday, 4 April 2014

Animal Magic at Polkadoodles

Good morning again goodness me I'm a busy little blogger this morning lol! This card is my project for our new challenge at Polkadoodles where our theme is 'Animal Magic', a great excuse to use one of my favourite cds (Cherryblossom Lane - on offer at the minute so have a peek here as its a real bargain!)


I've created a 'bendy card' using one of the precoloured scenes from the CD. I've printed the images off and coloured them up with Graph'It markers. I love Graph'Its for colouring fur, they are fab! I've just added some blue seam binding to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Bearly Mine: Spring
Crafting by Design: anything goes
Crafty Ribbons: Anything goes with ribbon
Divas by Design: anything goes
Oddball Art Stamps: use a digi
thanks for calling by
Claire xx


Shadow Effects at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning, we've got a fun challenge starting at Colouring Crazy with Graph'It this morning, we're playing around with shadow effects and I had so much fun making this card! My teamies have some fab projects to share so pop over and have a peep, while you're there check out the fab prize for our lucky winner!


I've used an image from the Polkadoodles CD 'Pretty Tuff', masked him to create the wall effect with a mask from Dutch Doobadoo and a little distress ink. I used my Graph'Its to add colour the bricks as well as colouring the focal image. My shadow effect was created using the tube from an old biro to blow at the brush end of my Graph'Its, it creates a really fun effect


The paper and sentiment are also from the same CD and I've added lots of Dutch Doobadoo embellies including the fabby kraft arrows and the tiny buttons. I've added a ribbon from my stash to finish off.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: colour an image
Flat Friends: use a sentiment
The Crafting Cafe: one for the boys
Little red wagon: masculine
Thanks for calling by today
Claire xx

Feeling Blue?

Good morning folks, have you seen the gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque Patchwork Landscapes is an A4 sheet of loads of fabulous stamps as its a new release its on offer this month. I've used the new stamps to create a one layer card.


I began by masking the edges of the card and then stamped the images with blue Versafine ink. I masked the moon and inked in the sky using a shaving brush and distress inks (Faded Jeans, Stormy Skies and a little Chipped Sapphire). I coloured the images with Derwent Colorsoft Pencils and added the sentiment and a couple of punched butterflies.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafting Musketeers: monochrome
Crafty Catz: anything goes
Doodle garden: anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams: up in the air
Little Claire's: monochromatic
Papertake Weekly: anything goes

Don't forget to keep checking the DT blog as my talented teamies have so much inspiration for you, we've got some lovely new DT members who are making their debut this month too so its well worth a visit to the Chocolate Baroque DT blog (one random commenter every month wins a fab prize too!!)

Thanks for visiting today, I'll be back later with my DT cards for Polkadoodles and Graph'It
Claire xx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Spring Blossoms from Indigo Blu

Good morning folks, how's your week going? Well for a nice change this week has gone well so far at work so lets hope it continues. Today's card is my entry for the Spring Blossoms challenge at Indigo Blu Challenge and was inspired by the technique Kay used where you ink your stamp up with both ink and Flitter Glu and one of Kay's cards featured in this months Simply Cards and papercrafts magazine.

I stamped the image (Blazing Poppies from Indigo Blu) with Versafine Deep Lagoon and then with Flitter Glu but only around the fowers before gilding with Winter Dawn gilding flakes. I masked the image and then made a stencil from some card to create the stripes with Ultramarine Blu Tint PanPastel. I then used a cd as a template to cut the aperture and gilded the edges of the panel and the aperture with more Winter Dawn. I coloured the image with Graph'It markers, I thought they would make the versafine ink run but they worked pretty well. Next I coloured some more white card with PanPastel and stamped the sentiment (from Indigo Blu's Music Hall) and then used the gorgeous swirl from that set to stamp around the outer edge where the aperture would go. I embossed the swirls with white EP.


I layered everything up using 3d foam tape and added some dots of pastel blue cosmic shimmer glue to create little 'pearls' around the poppies. I also added a white crinkle ribbon bow topped with a paper rose in a silver bead cap. The crown charm and the butterfly were both painted with white gesso.

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey: say it with words
Fussy and Fancy: Shabby Chic
Left of Centre: ribbon/flowers
Loves Rubber Stamps: anything goes
Pile it on: floral fantasy
Sugar Creek Hollow: make your own background

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

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