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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Colour Challenge at Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, today is my turn to share my inspiration project for our colour challenge at Chocolate Baroque Challenge and this time around we've got this gorgeous colour palette to work with


I started by picking out distress inks to match the challenge colours, I used Evergreen Bough, Gathered twigs, Picked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac. In the photo it looks quite bluey but my camera has given up the ghost so I'm having to use my phone


I began by splodging my distress inks on to my nonstick craft sheet, misted them with water and then swooshed some white card through the inky puddles. I dried the card off and repeated the process before splashing with some water and mopping up with kitchen roll. I cut a square of the inky background and stamped with the gorgeous snowflakes from A Child is Born and embossed with sparkly white WOW Embossing powder, for some extra bling I added gems to the snowflakes.

I used a scrap of the background I'd made to die cut a bauble with a spellbinders die and stamped the 'Christmas Magic' sentiment , again embossing the sentiment.  I layered the bauble up on glitter card and did the same with the background, adding a few more gems. a little charm and a seam binding bow.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers: use a charm
Crafty Sentiments: use die cuts
Everybody Art: Snowflakes
Ooh La La: Christmas
Stamping Sensations: Simply Christmas

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

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Trees at Craft a Scene

Good afternoon, I hope you're having a lovely crafty Sunday afternoon. This is my second post of the day, for our 'Trees' Challenge at Craft a Scene


I've created the scene on cream card using a copier paper mask that i'd die cut with a Spellbinders die to create an aperture. I used torn paper to mask the hills and used PanPastels in shades of blue to create the scene. I used small tree stamps and Deer stamps from Clarity Stamps, the sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque. I added the larger trees (again from Clarity) and glittered them for a bit of Christmas sparkle. I distressed the edges with a little black PanPastel and matted on some kraft card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts: no designer papers
Animal Friends: its cold
Artistic Stamper: Christmas is coming
Dies r Us: Christmas

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

Cold and Frosty Colours inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning my lovelies, its a very dull and dark morning here and life is still a bit too hectic but better late than never i'm here with my DT project for our Cold and Frosty Colours inspiration post at PanPastel UK. As always there is a fab prize up for grabs from those lovely peeps at Premium Craft Brands so I hope you're going to join us.


I've altered a picture frame from the pound shop by applying Maimeri White Gesso and then adding Silver and Antique Silver Maimeri Acrylic paints and brushing over some Black Coarse Pearl PanPastel Medium. I've added a hint of colour to the image with Pearlescent PanPastels and used Glassy Gel and Fine White Pearl Medium to give a frosty sparkle here and there. I've used a mix of water and Maimeri Gloss Gel Medium in a spritzer bottle to seal the PanPastels


The image is from Delicious Doodles. 
I'm entering this project in the following challenges

Allsorts: No designer papers
Altered Eclectics: anything altered
Delicious Doodles: Traditional Christmas

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Cold and Frosty Colours at PanPastel UK

Hi there folks, how's your weekend going? Its been really hectic here recently so I'm a very happy bunny to have a week of work, hopefully I'll be able to get ahead with some DT projects and catch up with my blog visiting too. I'm a bit late with this post which is for our new challenge at PanPastel UK as I'm really struggling to get a decent pic of this project, in the end I gave up so you'll have to use your imagination lol. Our challenge theme is 'Cold and Frosty Colours' so its a great excuse to get busy with your Christmas cards, as always you don't have to use PanPastels to enter and our lucky winner will receive some fab stash from Premium Craft Brands.


I began by creating some texture, applying some crumpled tissue paper with Maimeri Gloss Gel Medium. Once that was dry I added Blue pearl PanPastel to the top 2/3 of the jar and then Maimeri Platinum White Acrylic paint to the bottom, I applied the paint thickly with a spatula to create the effect of hills and then dusted on some of the coarse White Pearl Medium for some extra sparkle. Once that was all dry I added trees, little cottages and deer by stamping the images on tissue and applying them with more Glossy Gel Medium. The stamped images aren't showing up too well in the pic but they look really pretty in real life.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts: anything but a card
Crafting musketeers: anything but a card
Seemacrafts: Monochrome
Sisters of Craft: anything goes
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx




Friday, 14 November 2014

Monochromatic at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning my lovelies Friday at last and I'm heading up north for some training before my week off work. Did I mention I'd got a week off?? It's also time for a new challenge over at Graph'it Colouring Challenge and this time our theme is 'monochromatic '. You have two whole weeks to enter and you don't have to use graph'it markers to enter. Our lucky winner will receive some gorgeous graph'it goodies from those lovely peeps at Premium Craft Brands!!


I've gone for a monochromatic green colour palette for my DT project. The focal image is Octavian Thinking from Polkadoodles, for a full list of the colous I've used PPP over to the challenge blog. The background was made with gren pearl PanPastel. I added some stencilling with permanent green PanPastel and the fab Birds and Leaves A4 stencil. I made a frame with fretboard added colour with more green  PanPastel and again used the stencil, this time applying Maimeri Iridescent Medium. The text is computer generated. To finish off I added polka dots to the dress with a white Graph'it shake pen.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Addicted to stamps and more: anything goes
Crafty Sentiments: anything goes
Little Red Wagon: monochromatic
Love to Create: anything goes
Not Just Cards: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Add some bling inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, its inspiration time over at PanPastel UK! You've still got a week to enter our 'Add some Bling Challenge' to be in with a chance to win some gorgeous goodies from our lovely sponsors 'Premium Craft Brands'

I've made a really quick and easy card as i've been pushed for time this week. PanPastels are perfect for those quick cards! I began by applying Versamark ink and then Black Coarse Pearl Medium over a snowflake stencil from my stash. The Pearl medium has a really gorgeous sparkle, its hard to get a decent pic but you can just about see it on this one:


I'd run out of hairspray which I usually use to seal my PanPastels so I had a play around and came up with a mix of Maimeri Gloss Gel medium and water (about 1/3 gloss gel and 2/3 water) and spritzed it over the PanPastels and its sealed it beautifully! 

I cut out the centre to create a frame and layered it up over a little scene stamped with a freebie stamp from Quick Cards Made Easy. I coloured the image with Black Pearl Fine PanPastel Medium and added lots of bling! To finish off I used a white Graph'It shake pen for the snowflakes on the image.

I'm  entering this card in the following challenges:
CRAFT: Winter
Crafty Calendar: all about Christmas
Crafty Sentiments: make it sparkle
Creative Corner: christmas

If you've got a minute pop over to the challenge blog as my teamies have created some gorgeous projects to inspire you. Thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx



Friday, 7 November 2014

Waetr/Ice at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning, its inspiration time at Graph'It Colouring Challenge! You've still got loads of time to enter our challenge to be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous Graph'It goodies thanks to those lovely peeps at Premium Craft Brands. The theme is 'Water/ice' or Blue/purple.


I've used papers from LOTV, a bit of frantage and then added lots of embellies - two colours of lace, ribbon, cheesecloth, a shabby bow topped with a mother of pearl button and a twine bow and a little anchor charm.

The image is from Sweet Pea Stamps, you can find a full list of the colours I've used over on the challenge blog. I've also used my Graph'Its to colour some clear Doodle Dewdrops - I'm really pleased with them and now I can colour my dewdrops to match my project :-)

Milk Coffee: coloured image
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown: shaped cards
Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Autumn Edges card in 10 minutes

Good morning my lovelies, my first card of the day is a very quick card made using one of the gorgeous stamps from Autumn Edges, one of this months new releases from Chocolate Baroque.


I used a 5x5 white card blank and cut a square of white card and a square of dark brown card for matting the scene. I used copier paper to tear a mask for the hills and punched a circle from a post it note to mask the moon. I began by covering the land with the copier paper mask and applying ultramarine blue and white PanPastels to create the sky. I then covered the sky with the mask and created the hills using Bright Yellow Green Shade PanPastel. I added another slightly darker hill in the foreground. I stamped the tree edge image with dark brown archival ink and added the sentiment in the same colour. Lastly I layered the scene up on the dark brown card and attached it to the card blank with double sided tape.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Trees At Craft a Scene

Hi again, time for a new challenge over at Craft a Scene and this month our theme is 'Trees' so its a nice easy one.

My card was a quick and easy one, just a bit of masking , some distress inks and stamps from Stampendous. I added a little glossy accents to the baubles to finish off.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Grow with Grace

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good weekend. I'm running late with my DT project for our new challenge at We Do Doobadoo where our theme is 'Enhancing dies'. I've created a die cut flower and enhanced it with some beautiful laser cut Dutch Doobadoo Butteflies coloured with PanPastels. This is also my project for our new challenge at PanPastel UK where our theme is 'Add some bling', of course both challenges have some fabby goodies up for grabs so you won't want to miss out!!


I began with a background I'd made with my gelli plate a few weeks ago.  I mixed some Copper PanPastel with Maimeri Gloss Gel Medium and applied it through my favourite Chicken Wire stencil from Dutch Doobadoo. I blasted it with my heat gun to add more texture and create a bubbled effect and then used the remaining copper gloss gel to colour some Dutch Doobadoo Softboard honeycomb. I added some stamping using background stamps and the 'Grow with Grace' sentiment from the Premium Craft Brands 'Roses' stamp set. 

The flower and leaves were made using Sizzix die cuts coloured with PanPastels. I added some bling with some beads in the centre of the flower and then spritzed the beads with a mixture of Maimeri Gloss Gel Medium and water. I dusted Rich Gold PanPastel over the beads and left it to dry.

Next I added some stampbord squares that I coloured by applying versamark and Copper PanPastel and then stamped with background stamps to remove some of the PanPastel. To finish off I've added some string to the top of the tag.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:
Crafters Cafe: things with wings
Southern Girls: get wordy
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Try it on Tuesday: colours of Autumn

Thanks for popping by today, 
Claire xx



Sunday, 19 October 2014

Halloween colours at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, its time for a new challenge in PanPastel land and this time around our theme is Halloween colours. You don't have to use PanPastels to play along and our lucky winner will receive a fab prize of a mask and a PanPastel from our generous sponsors Premium Craft Brands



 I've made a quick and easy autumn scene using Halloween colours. This was a really quick card, I just applied the pearl PanPastel in bands across the white cardstock and then lightly applied the Black pearl medium around the edges for a misty effect. Then I stamped the images (all from Lavinia Stamps) with Memento inks in Black, Bamboo leaves, Elderberry and Tangelo and matted the scene on some black card. Easy peasy :-)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Lavinia stamps: Autumn Colours
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
Stempelsonnen: Autumn/Halloween

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


Inspired by the weather at fashionable Stamping challenges

Hi there, its challenge time at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and for the next two weeks our theme is 'inspired by the weather' chosen by little old me :-)
I do have a bit of a thing about the weather, and it means you can make anything from a snowy Christmas card to a summery scene or anything inbetween! As always our lucky winner will receive a $20 voucher from our generous sponsor Flonzcraft! Don't forget to make sure that stamping is the focus of your entry though as no digistamps are allowed!!


I've used one of my favourite stamps from Flonzcraft for this card, I love this silhouette of such an elegant lady walking her dog on a windy day (I wish I looked that elegant when i walked my dogs lol)

i've used a bp from my stash, inked around the edges with walnut stain distress ink and punched a couple of borders from scraps of some matching papers. I've stamped the image on another scrap of backing paper with Potting Soil archival ink and again inked the edges. I've layered the image up over a doily and added ribbon, a button and a bow. To finish off I've added some paper flowers, die cut swirls and some little pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar: ribbon/button
Kitty Bee: dies/punches
Milk coffee: lots of layers
Really Reasonable Ribbon: anything goes with ribbon/trim
Sisters of Craft: anything goes

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Extra FX at Graph'It Colouring challenge

Hi again, I'm playing catch up after a bit of a hectic week. Thank goodness the weekend is here at last! This card is my dt project for our Extra FX Challenge over at Graph'it Colouring Challenge.  You don't have to use Graph'It markers to play along but we do want to see some kind of special effect with your markers, maybe you could create a polkadot effect with your blender pen or perhaps you've got some fun techniques to share with us!! If you need some inspiration pop over to the challenge blog as my teamies have got some amazing techniques to show you!


I'm sooooo loving Nikky's new images over at Polkadoodles!! This one is Octavia Friendly Hugs, of course she is coloured with my beloved Graph'It markers. I used blue pearl panpastel too create the sky and then stencilled in some leaves using Maimeri iridescent paste.


Once the stencilled leaves were dry I added some autumn colours with my Graph'it markers and then spritzed with Mix'it fluid to blend the colours. Pop over to the challenge blog for a full range of colours.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges;
Creative knockouts; animal friends
Digistamps 4 joy; animals 
Pattie's Creations; Autumn colours
Sparkles forum; autumn colours

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx
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