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Monday, 28 July 2014

Fragment Flower from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, a quick card from me today made using the gorgeous Tangled Fragments from Chocolate Baroque. As soon as I saw this stamp I thought it would make a fab funky flower!


I began by stamping the fragment in versamark on some card that I'd covered with some Ranger Tissue Wrap. I embossed with Gold embossing powder and added some colour with a red Graph'It marker.


 I stamped in the stem using a stamp from Diamante Delights and added some black seam binding ribbon. To finish off I added a couple of crystal buttons topped with little twine bows

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Hobbycutz: anything goes
Left of Centre: Black, white plus one colour
Pile it on: Embossing
Treasured Times: anything goes

Well its time for me to go to work so have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Fairytale scene at Craft a Scene

Good afternoon folks, if you're quick you've still got time to enter our 'Fairytale Scene' challenge at Craft a Scene. Its one of my favourite themes and it was a great excuse to ink up some of my favourite stamps from Chocolate Baroque and create a sunny fairytale scene.


I've used stamps from Summer Fairies, Patchwork Landscapes and a sentiment from Fairyland Words. Once I'd stamped the scene i added some colour to the hills and sky with PanPAstels and then coloured the images with Graph'It markers adding a little glamour dust to the fairy's wings and some white spots to the toadstool with a White Graph'It Shake Pen

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
As you like it: Favourite sentiment and why
(love this sentiment, great for lots of occasions and such a pretty font too)
Crafty Calendar: summertime fun
Crafty Sentiments: Hand coloured image
Little Claire's: summertime
Sweet Stampin: Take flight

If you've got a minute do pop over to the Craft a Scene challenge blog, my teamies are so talented and there's loads of gorgeous inspiration
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx

Summer Fun at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, time for a new challenge at PanPastel UK and this time around our theme is Summer Fun. As always you don't have to use our products to enter but there's some fab stash from our generous sponsor Premium Craft Brands up for grabs so stop by the challenge blog to find out all the details and to check out my teamies beautiful projects too.


I made the background for my card by applying Magenta Tint PanPastel to come white cardstock. I used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil over the top and applied Maimeri Glassy Gel Medium, I carefully removed the stencil and aprinkled on glamour dust. It gives a lovely dimensional sparkley effect 


The focal image was made using free stamps that came with Creative Stamping Magazine, I'm really trying not to spend my pennies on craft mags but I really couldn't resist this one. I added colour with my PanPastels and used Pastel Pencils or definition, sealing with cheap hairspray. 


I made the flowers with Heartfelt creations stamps and dies, again adding colour with PanPastels and stamping with coordinating distress inks. I added some die cut flourishes and layered the image and flowers up over some ribbon and lace. To finish off topped the bow with a button and some twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: L for lace
Country View Crafts: stencil it
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Try it on Tuesday: things with wings
Tuesday Throwdown: handmade flowers

I'm planning on a nice lazy Sunday, its far too hot to do much so I'm going to sit and read in the garden. Have a great day and thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Childsplay at Fashionable Stamping challenges

Good morning folks, we're having the most gorgeous summer weather here. Perfect for a trip to the beach. Our new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges is Childs Play chosen by my lovely DT sister Esther.  I've created a beach themed project for my DT offering. As always there is a fab prize of a $20 Flonzcraft voucher for our lucky winner and of course there is the honour of a top 3 place up for grabs too. Don't forget you must ensure that stamping is the focal point of your project, digistamps aren't allowed.


I've used backing papers and bits and bobs from Graphic 45, love love love these papers!
The focal image was stamped with some old favourite stamps from Joanna Sheen, coloured with PanPastels and coloured pencils. I added some texture around the image using Maimeri Light Modelling Paste and a Crafters Workshop Woodgrain stencil, once the paste was dry I coloured with PanPastels and distressed the edges.


I've layered the image up over come cheesecloth, added some tiny shells and some twine to finish off.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Artistic Stamper: by the seaside
Deep Ocean: lots of layers
Fresh Brewed: seaside/summer
Frilly and Funkie: cool water

If you've got a minute, pop by and check out the gorgeous projects my teamies have created to inspire you, as always they've made some stunning artwork!
Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Celebrate at We Do Doobadoo

Good morning folks, another lovely sunny day and best of all I don't have to go to work. I do love crafting in the garden but you can guarantee my stuff blows all over the garden and I have to chase the dogs to get it back lol. We've got a fun new challenge starting at We Do Doobadoo this week and as always if you pop over to the challenge blog you can find lots of inspiration from my lovely teamies. There's a fab Dutch Doobadoo prize for our lucky winner but you don't have to use Dutch Doobadoo goodies to play along.

Our theme this week is 'Celebrate' and I've made a romantic heart themed card that would be ideal for someone celebrating their wedding or anniversary.


The background is made using the Emboss Resist technique, Clear EP, distress inks and stamps from Chocolate Baroque and Indigo Blu. I've added a heart that I cut from corrugated cardboard coated with gesso and stencilled with the Dutch Doobadoo Chicken Wire stencil. The stamped hearts were made using stamps from Chocolate Baroque and Shabby White frantage EP.

I've added some raffia lace, green seambinding ribbon and some fabric flowers from my stash. I've layered the flowers up over some Dutch Doobadoo Softboard Honeycomb and added a Dutch Doobadoo Laser Cut heart shaped lock that I embossed with gold ep. As a finishing touch I've added some little heart shaped Laser cut buttons embossed with green embossing powder in the corners.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge: green inspiration
Crafty Ribbons: anything goes with ribbon
Everybody Art: corrugated card
My heart pieces: wedding/anniversary
Simon Says Stamp: embossing
Sister Act: anything goes
Stempelsonne: anything goes

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


Friday, 25 July 2014

Airbrushing at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning folks, I don't seem to have done much blogging lately, its been soooooooo hot I've just come home from work and collapsed in a heap lol. Anyway today's project is for our new challenge at Graph'It Colouring Challenge where our theme is 'Airbrushing' but if you don't have an air brush don't worry cos neither do we lol, we've improvised - I've used the tube from an old biro to create my background. Its a really fun technique and my teamies have got loads of inspiration so I do hope you're going to play along although you don't have to use the technique to enter - the theme for challenge entrants is 'Hot colours'. There's a fab prize of Graph'It goodies for our lucky winner and you've got to be in it to win it!!


I created a stencilled background by embossing the stencil with my cuttlebug and then adding PanPastels in shades of yellow. Next I added some depth and shading with my Graph'It markers. I replaced the stencil and then added some shading using my trusty Graph'Its and my old biro tube as an airbrush. I found it works on the chisel or brush nib rather than the bullet nib and you have to play around as you get different effects depending on how hard you puff lol! I had sooooo  much fun, small things please small minds and all that . When you've finished you can clean your stencil with a little spray of Graph'It Mix'It fluid too.


I made a little frame for the image with more PanPastels and Maimeri Light Modelling Pastel through a Dutch Doobadoo chicken wire stencil 

I've added a sentiment created using a Chocolate Baroque stamp and used a Prima Doll stamp too, she's been coloured with Graph'Its and layered up on 3d foam pads


I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Crafters Cafe: anything goes
Crafty Sentiments: hand coloured image
Creative moments: anything goes/one flower
Inky Impressions: No designer paper
Ladybug Crafts: summer flowers
Little Miss Muffet: anything goes
Paper Shelter: anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes

Well as usual i'm rushing off to work, hopefully I'll be able to get home in good time and enjoy the sunshine when I get in .
Thanks so much for visiting today, have a lovely day 
Claire xx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

More inspiration at PanPastel UK

Good morning folks, how's your weekend going? We've had lots of lovely sunshine and now we're getting the thunder storms, I got totally drenched yesterday when I went out so today I'm playing safe and going no further than my craft room lol. Today's project is my inspiration piece for our Inspired by Tim challenge at PanPastel UK


I've taken inspiration from the talented Mr Holtz for my wall hanging and used lots of distressing and texture on this project which began life as a piece of MDF.

I began with a coat of Maimeri Gesso, and dried it with heat gun to bubble it a little here and there. Next I applied Maimieri Light Modelling Paste through a Dutch Doobadoo Chicken Wire stencil. Once that was dry I set to adding some colour with gesso and mixing in PanPastels in Magenta Tint, Diarylide Yellow Tint, Yellow Green, and Turquoise. I just scrape a little PanPastel out onto the gesso and mixed it on the project. Once all that was dry I applied a little Maimeri Acrylic Paint in platinum white for some shimmer and then dabbed a little brown PanPastel to distress here and there

The next layer was cut from corrugated card which I distressed and painted with watered down gesso.

Next I added the die cut letters which I coloured with Yellow Green PanPastel and then brushed on Maimeri Glassy Gel and sprinkled with glamour dust. I stamped the rest of the words with Bamboo Leaves Memento ink and cut them out.


Next came lots of die cut flowers made using the same  PanPastel tints, stamped with distress inks in coordinating shades and die cut. I adore these flower stamps and dies, I've been very good lately but my stash diet bit the dust and I gave in as I just couldn't resist these Arianna Blooms stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.

To finish off I added pearls, laser art Butterflies from Dutch Doobadoo and some die cut leaves. Hmmmm maybe I should have added some ribbon too.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics: anything goes
A Vintage journey: dies and distress
Country View Crafts: stencil it
Fab'n'Funky: summer
Just Inspirational: Shabby Chic
Love to Create: Petals and pearls 
Stamplorations: stamps and glitter

Well I'm away to play in my craft room, I'm escaping my usual Sunday ironing as its far too hot (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it lol)
Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

ChristmasColours Inspiration at Graph'It Colouring Challenge

Good morning, my second post of the day and this card is for our Christmas Colours Challenge at Graph'It Colouring Challenge, you've still got a week to enter to be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous Graph'It goodies or a Top 3 spot and you don't have to use Graph'It markers to enter, any brand of markers will be fine (although once you've tried Graph'Its you're going to love them). For my card I've used a bp and one of the gorgeous images from the new collection from Polkadoodles, Festive Hollybobs

I've coloured this adorable little fairy with my Graph'It markers (for a full list of colours used pop over to the challenge blog) and added some glamour dust for a bit of festive sparkle. I've distressed the image and the bp with a craft knife and Aged Mahogany distress ink. To finish off I've added some pearls, lace, velvet ribbon, a little rose and one of the lovely vintage sentiments from Festive Hollybobs.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC : p is for pearls
Crafts and Me: add wings
Inky Chicks: Christmas in July
My Perfect Life: any Christmas card
Sparkles Forum: Christmas in July
The Glory of Christmas: Anything Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy: Christmas in July

 I hope you're going go join our challenge using Christmas colours (it doesn't have to be a Christmas card though), if you need some inspiration pop over the the Graph'It Colouring challenge blog as my teamies have created some stunning projects!
Claire xx


Birthday Fragment from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, today's card features the fabby new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, Tangled Fragments has a fab assortment of stamps that you can use for so many projects. You can find them (and lots of other gorgeous new stamps here), Don't forget to check out the new Chocolate Baroque Challenge too, the first challenge has gone live and as its a monthly challenge you have loads of time to enter and be in with a chance to win a voucher!!


I began this card by making a distress ink background, using marker card which gave a completely different result to my usual cardstock. I quite liked the effect so I stamped the fragment stamp in a band along the right of the centre of the card and added some colour with Graph'It Markers. I stamped the flower (from Sunny Sunflowers) and again coloured with my Graph'Its. I cut the flowers out and decoupaged them over my stamped border. 
To finish off I stamped the sentiment (from Birthday Words) in Rhubarb Stalk Memento Ink and added some gems in the corners.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes 100th celebration
Card and Scrap: bright colours
Craft your passion: citrus/tropical colours
Pumpkin Spice: anything goes
Sisters of Craft: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Exciting news!!

Good morning folks, today I'm sharing some mega exciting news, there's a brand new monthly challenge starting today!! Even more exciting is that its the Chocolate Baroque Challenge with a fabby colour challenge, a chance to win Chocolate Baroque goodies and of course lots of inspiration for you too!!

Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog
Although the challenge is monthly, there'll be a weekly post with inspiration from the DT, my project will be along in a couple of weeks but here's a little sneaky peek.


Today's project features some of the stamps from Briar Rose Butterfly  from Chocolate Baroque. I made the tag using kraft card stamping with black ink,adding some stencilling  and then gilding the top layer of foliage. 


To make the keyring I gilded a copper blank with gilding flakes, stamped the foliage and coated with a layer of Pebeo Resin and left it to dry. I adore the effect of this resin but I always seem to get in the most awful mess when I use it lol. Here's another pic of the keyring


I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes 100th celebration
Dream it up: stencils to die for
Incy Wincy: strings and things
My Craft Spot: anything but a card
That's Crafty: Stencils, masks and templates
Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Discover your passion

Good morning folks, today is the first proper day of my week off work and it looks like its going to be a lovely sunny one so hopefully I'll be able to laze around in the garden and enjoy the sunshine. My project today is my entry for this months challenge at Indigo Blu where the theme is Tag You're It

I've used lots of different Indigo Blu stamps for my tag, I began with a layer of turquoise tint and Permanent Green tint PanPastels and then stamped the border from 'Boadicea' along the left hand side in Memento Tuxedo Black and Bubbles Background along the other side using Versamark ink. I applied deeper shades of PanPastel over the versamark and coloured the border with Graph'it markers. Next I used Salty Ocean and Peacock feather distress inks through a harlequin stencil and applied  Maimeri Glassy Gel over the top. I removed the stencil and sprinkled with Glamour dust. You can see the sparkle a bit better in this pic


I stamped the sentiment from 'Discover your Passion' and embossed with silver EP. I added some little acetate flowers from my stash, die cut butterflies and a rose I'd made with Tattered pine cones die and coloured with PanPastels. I also coloured some ribbon with PanPastels for the top of my tag, it looks a bit of a weird colour on the photo but its actually the same colour as the rose.

I'm also entering this tag in the following challenges:
Everybody Art: monochrome
Glitter'n'Sparkle: anything goes
Left of Centre: add sparkle
Sisterhood of Snarkystampers: brads and or buttons
That's Crafty: Stencils, masks and templates

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Inspired by Tim at PanPastel UK

Hi there well after a rainy start is a beautiful sunny day here, I hope you're enjoying the lovely sunshine too. Fingers crossed it lasts for my week off work. We've got a fab new challenge starting today at PanPastel UK, this time around our theme is 'Inspired by Tim' so we're all taking inspiration from the one and only Mr Tim Holtz. As always you have two weeks to enter and there is a fab prize up for grabs from our generous sponsors at Premium Craft Brands so if you've got a min, pop over to find out all the details and check out the beautiful projects from my lovely teamies.


I've had a play with my PanPastels and distress inks to create my Tim inspired tag. I began by creating a background by blending Turquoise Tint, Permanent Green Tint and Ultramarine Blue tint. I decided to have a play with the Emboss Resist technique for this months theme at Craft Stamper challenge so I stamped one of the new Tangled Fragments from Chocolate Baroque with versamark and embossed with clear EP. I splodged some distress inks (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap) on my craft mat, misted with water and then dabbed my background into the inky mess


I stamped the bird and branches stamps with Vintage Photo distress ink, distressed the edges of the tag with a craft knife and a little Raw Umber PanPastel. I added a die cut bird cage, coloured with PanPastels and highlighted with a little gold PanPastel, adding some lace, seambinding and an Idea-ology fragment. To finish off I added some string, a little wooden bird that I recycled from a bouquet of flowers and an altered brad at the top of the tag. I used another Craft Stamper technique for my brad, applying embossing powder and some cheesecloth. I love this technique!!

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey: dies and distress
Deep Ocean: add a sentiment
Divas by Design: things with wings
My Heart Pieces: anything but a card
Thanks so much for popping by today
Claire xx

Dreaming of Summer at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello there, we've got a brand new challenge starting at Fashionable Stamping Challenge and this time we're 'Dreaming of Summer'.  There's a $20 voucher from Flonzcraft up for grabs for our lucky winner and of course there is lots of inspiration from my talented DT sisters over on the challenge blog so do pop over and have a look.


I've used one of my favourite Flonzcraft stamps 'Girl on Windy Hill' for my card and papers from Graphic 45. I coloured the image with Graph'It markers and paper pieced her dress with a scrap of the backing paper. I added a background with PanPastels and  die cut the image with nesties and layered it up over a little postcard and a border from the paper pad, and some lace and gingham ribbon. I added faux stitching with a marker pen and distressed everything with a craft knife and distress ink.

To finish off I added some paper daisies and poppies, a red button and some twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Creative Romance: colours of your national flag (red, white and blue)
Die Cut Divas: button or bow
Inky Impressions: summer fun
Moving along with the times: girls just want to have fun
Natalie and Amy's: Summertime
QKR Stampede: paper piecing
The Paper Girls: red white and blue
Time out: Fun in the sun

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

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Spotty and dotty at We Do Doobadoo

Good morning folks, well today is the first day of my week off work so all being well 'll have lots of time for crafting and catching up on my blog visiting which has been sadly neglected over the last few months. Today is the first day of our new challenge at We Do Doobadoo and this time we're going 'Spotty and dotty', pop over to the challenge blog for all the details of the fabby Dutch Doobadoo Prize and to check out all the gorgeous projects from my talented teamies.


I've made a Christamassy door hanger for my DT project using the lovely Dutch Doobadoo fabric stencil on the die cut bauble and adding a 'Magic key' made by gold embossing one of the super details laser art Dutch Doobadoo keys. 

I covered the door hanger with red card and added a panel of polkadot backing paper from the new Polkadoodles Festive Hollybobs collection. The Santa image is from the same cd, how cute is he?? I coloured him with Graph'It markers and added a little glamour dust to his hat and pompom
I added some white pompom trim, dotty ribbon bows topped with buttons and twine. To finish off I added some dots of white cosmic shimmer glue here and there and created some snow around Santa's feet and then sprinkled with glamour dust.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
artbymiran: anything goes
Completely Christmas: anything goes
Simply Create Too: christmas in July
Hambo Hoedown: Christmas in July
Hobbybook Designer Challenge: Christmas in July
Inky Chicks: Christmas in July
Wags'n'Whiskers: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Add some twinkle at Polkadoodles

Good morning folks, sorry I haven't been around much this week, its been busy at work getting organised as I've got next week off (and I can't wait!!).Today's card is for our 'Add some Twinkle' challenge at Polkadoodles, as always there is a fab prize up for grabs and lots of inspiration from my talented teamies too so pop over and have a look if you've got time. I've made a shaker card using a bp and one of the gorgeous images from the new Polkadoodles Festive Hollybobs collection


I coloured the image with my Graph'It markers, drawing in some hills in the background and adding some glamour dust for some twinkly frost. I cut a frame from white card and lined it with acetate and layered it up with 3d foam after adding my 'snow' (a mixture of glamour dust, glass glitter, and various other frosty looking bits and bobs from my stash). I popped this on one of the lovely backing papers from the CD and added die cut icicles and snowflake borders that I'd brushed with glue and sprinkled with glamour dust. Its really sparkly in real life so sorry about the dodgy photo.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz: anything goes
Dies R Us: Christmas in July
Digi Choosday: punches/die cuts
Holly Jolly: Christmas critters
Penny's Paper Crafty: anything goes
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx