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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Rosie is in the Spotlight this week

Hi folks, just a quick post today as I'm having one of 'those' weeks again with gremlins in the house!! This time there is a mysterious leak in the kitchen, hopefully from the washer as I'd hate to think its from under the floor so we're spending the morning investigating. Before my mop and wellie duties start again though, I have a card to share

This week's spotlight image at Michelle Perkett Studio is the lovely Rosie, I adore all Michelle's digistamps but Rosie is a special favourite as she was one of the very first of Michelle's images to arrive in my collection. This week you can find her in Michelle's Etsy Store with 20% off :-)

I've coloured Rosie with promarkers and embossed her wings with some clear sparkle EP. The green gingham paper is from my stash, the  other bps are from DCWV Floral stack, punched with a MS punch and distressed. The ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and little pink buttons from the Stampman.

I'm entering Rosie in the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles: Spots and/or Stripes
Do you stack up: patterned paper 
Some odd girl: Scallops galore
Top Tip Tuesday: Fabulous Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown: Distressing

You still have a few days left to enter this weeks 'All that bling' challenge at Michelle Perkett Studios too for a chance to win one of Michelle's gorgeous stamps!
Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 28 January 2011

Digi's with Attitude!! Go Digi People!!

Where has this month gone?? Here is my last GDT card for Digi's with Attitude! but it won't be the last card you see with these gorgeous images thats for sure lol. This week the challenge at Digi's with Attitude! is 'Go Digi People' so its a nice easy one this week. I've used the stunning Disco Tween for my GDT card, isn't she a beauty?

I've coloured Disco 'Tween with promarkers and cut her out. The bp is from my stash, I think it was a magazine freebie but I thought the colours would be perfect with the pretty Disco Tween. I' ve used a MPS punch and added pink ribbon, lace and a zingy lime green floradoodle flower with a centre made from a pink button and some lime memory thread.

I'm entering Disco 'Tween in the following challenges:
Corrosive challenge: recycle (button from my button tin)
Crafty Pad: Somthing girly
Gem of a Challenge: ribbon and lace
Sisterhood of Crafters: Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday: Fabulous flowers

Thanks for visiting today, i hope you're going to join our Go Digi People challenge this week :-)
Claire xx

A colour challenge at Crafty Ann's

The new challenge at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog is a colour challenge set by my lovely teamie Kym who has chosen the colour combo of Silver, Gold and White. Well this one really taxed my poor overworked brain cell lol but I decided to start this years Christmas cards using Crafty Ann's gorgeous delicate Holly Wreath (you can find it here in Crafty Ann's store)

I made the background using gold and silver Eco green paints just splodged on to the card and brushed around randomly, when this was dry I added loads of gorgeous silver and gold firework ink for lots of shimmer. The corners and sentiments are stamps from Elusive Images.

I printed Crafty Ann's beautiful Holly Wreath on some acetate and glittered the back using my quickie glue pen and silver, gold and white ultrafine glitter. I made a frame from my old Stamp'n'around frame stamp and then layered the image on some white pearl card with shaker tape and added a bow to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations: Heat it up (heat embossing)
Die cut dreams: Use a digi stamp and rubber stamp together
Fab'n'Funky : Use a digi
My time to craft challenge: Emboss, emboss, emboss
One stitch at a Time: As you like it (+Christmas Club)
The Shabby Tea Room: Winter Wonderland

I hope you're going to join us for our colour challenge this time around, if you need some more ideas make sure you have a wander around the rest of the DTs blogs as they have some amazing ideas for you
Claire xx

Fun with flowers at Fairy Knoll

This week our challenge at Fun at Fairy Knoll is 'Flower's so its a nice easy one for you, who doesn't love flowers?? I've used Brandi's beautiful digistamp, which is actually a freebie over at Fairy Knoll so pop over and grab it and check out the gorgeous new stamps available while you're there!!

As usual the image is coloured with promarkers, I really enjoyed colouring this image as I love colouring hair and eyes! I've used some pink and gold card from my stash and for a change I've used gold mirri card to mat and layer. The paper flowers are from The Stamp Man and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Belli: the letter 'p' (Pink and my old embellies are the paper flowers, they've been lurking in my stash for years )
Fab'n'Funky: Use a digi
OOh La La: 3 of a kind
Sisterhood of Crafters: Anything goes
Truly Scrumptious: Pink, brown and green

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx

Thursday, 27 January 2011

A Beary Good challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog

Hi there, I can't believe its nearly the end of January! This month seems to be whizzing by and its already time for another challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog and this week Cynthia has chosen the theme of 'Beary Good' and the DT have all been lucky enough to use one of the supercute teddies from our sponsor Purple Panda Designs. He's called 'Bearey' and I think he is adorable. Kayla the designer is still just 16, isn't she a talented artist??

I've coloured little Bearey with promarkers and used some bps from a C&C kit that i got years ago (I knew they'd come in handy one day lol). The bps are distressed with my craft knife and vintage photo ink. The brown satin ribbon is from my stash and the buttons are from the same kit.

I'm also entering Bearey in the following challenges:
Allsorts: For a male
Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge: anything goes
I did it creations: Card for a child
Paper Sundaes: Distressing
StampsRUs: Animals
Simon Says Stamp: Animal Antics
Stamp with Fun: Blue and Brown

Thanks for calling by today.
Claire xx

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Cooking it up with Katie

Wednesday already so its time for another great recipe from Cooking it up with Katie and this weeks fabulous sponsor GingerLoft. I chose this beautiful romantic silhouette image from GingerLoft for my DT card this week and of course our recipe ingredients which are 'TEXTURE, SKETCH, PUNCHING'

I've used this weeks sketch from 'Sketch'n'Stash', I love this sketch and thought it would be perfect for the image. I've used black card and made an 8x8 base card, red bp from K&Co stamped with some HOTP swirls and embossed with black EP. The main image is coloured with promarkers and triple embossed, matted on some red glitter card. The glitter card has been in my stash for years, its gorgeous in real life as the glitter is under a layer of shimmery film but it doesn't seem to like having its photo taken lol.

I made a frame using black mirri card and and little swirl stamps embossed with firework red EP. The red and black glittery layer adds the texture and punching for this weeks recipe. I made it using the glittered lace technique - really easy and fun but pretty messy. I stuck double sided film to some card and laid a strip of broad lace over the top and then tipped a load of black glitter over the top and brayered it with an old hard rubber brayer. The lace acts as a resist so when you remove the lace you are left with the pattern in glitter. Next you cover the card with a contrasting colour glitter, I used red and when you tip off the excess the lace pattern is all sparkly and glittered!!

I punched the bottom of the glittered lace card with an EK success scallop punch. A word of warning though, I nearly broke one of my Martha Steward punches trying to use it so if you have a try make sure you use a strong punch. To finish off I added some dots of ranger black enamel accents, some black velvet ribbon and some rose from Wild Orchid Crafts

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts and me: Monochrome
Everybody Art Challenge: My favourite things (triple embossing and glitter
are two of my all time faves!!)
A Gem of a Challenge: Ribbon and Lace
Totally Papercrafts: Add a heart
Paperplay: Back to black

Thanks for visiting today, I'm off to dust the glitter off everything now lol.
Claire xx

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

All that Bling at MPS

We all love to see some bling and for this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio we want to see 'All that Bling!'. I've used Camille, one of Michelle's stunning mermaids (you can find her here in Michelle's Etsy Store) for this card. I love the way Camille's hair looks to be moving around in the water!

Camille is coloured with promarkers and has lots of stickles on her tail. I've used one of my favourite  bps from K&Co, punched with a MS border punch, aqua velvet ribbon and some sparkly organza ribbon which i've pleated for the borders. I used some very blingy gems which I got from the pound shop and lots of tumbled glass distress ink around the image.

I'm entering Camille in the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad: something girly
Our Creative Corner: Analogous colour scheme (blue, turquoise and lime) 
Mami Doodles: Mostly blues
Simon Says Stamp: Bingo (gems, glitter, ribbon)
Daring Cardmakers: A card for yourself
Woodware USA : anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles: Bling it up

Thanks for popping by today, if you want to join our challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio you can pick up a gorgeous freebie or two over at Michelle's groups on CDAC, SNR and PCP
Claire xx

Monday, 24 January 2011

Nautical but nice (can you tell I was struggling for a title for this post lol)

I don't often make cards for men but its my lovely Father in Law's birthday coming up so I thought i'd better get cracking. I've used my all time favourite stamp sheet for mens cards to make this card, its the Nautical sheet from The Stamp Man and I never get fed up of it (the men in the family probably do though as I use it again and again, lol). I thought this would be a good card for the latest challenge from the Stamp Man Challenge Blog where the theme is distressing.

I love to make a card from scratch and get inky making backgrounds so i had a lot of fun making this card. All the stamps are from the Aspects of Design Nautical stamp plate. I stamped the large ship/map image randomly on white card with stormy skies distress ink and then did the same with the ship stamp using Tumbled glass distress ink. I sprayed the background lightly with Moonshadow inks in Bucaneer Bay Blue and Golden Dubloons.  I repeated this on the back of the card and then cut an X where the background would lie over the main image. I distressed all the edges with tumbled glass and vintage photo DI and attached the folded back corners with little brads.

The main image was stamped and embossed with walnut stain distress EP on a left over scrap of the background card. I painted the image with a little Bucanner Bay blue and Golden Dubloons inks and attached the background over the image.

The sentiment is stamped and embossed with the same EP. The little brass button is from my stash and the hinges are grungeboard basics die cuts coloured with vintage photo DI and more Golden Dubloons Moonshadow Ink.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Male/boy
C.R.A.F.T challenge: Martial arts/sport - I hope sailing counts :-)
Paper Sundaes: Distressing
One Stop Crafty Challenge :More than one fold
Pixie Dust:  Buttons
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Clear as mud (Brown + 1 other colour, I chose blue)
Simon Says Stamp: Bingo challenge (my line is brads, button, die cut)

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Sleepytime Fairy

Hi there, this weeks Spotlight Image at Michelle Perkett Studio is the adorable 'Sleepytime Fairy' so you can pick her up in Michelle's Etsy Store with 20% off!!

I've kept this card pretty simple, coloured the image with promarkers and stamped the sentiment with blue ink. I've used a pretty gingham paper from one of Joanna Sheen's backing paper pads and some blue card from my stash to mat the image. I''ve used a MS punch to make the border and added some yellow gingham ribbon.

I'm entering Sleepytime Fairy in the following challenges:
Flutter by Wednesday: Open challenge plus a butterfly, angel or fairy
Fairy Fun Friday: Happy birthday
Simply Create: Use your punches
Wags'n'Whiskers: Use a Fairy
I love promarkers: Keep it sweeet and simple
Aly's Sunday Challenge: Things with wings

Thanks for visiting today, you still have time to enter this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio where Jan and her lovely mermaids have set a sketch challenge this week.

We're still having internet problems here, its soooooo sloooooow and thats when it decides to work at all. So apologies if I haven't visited your blog for a wee while, I'll catch up when i've got rid of the gremlins :-)
Claire xx

Friday, 21 January 2011

A fun challenge at Digi's with Attitude!

Time for a new challenge at Digi's with Attitude! and this week we want to see you make it rain! This week's challenge theme is to make some raindrops, so you could use a rainy day image, a raindrop shaped card or maybe you have your own ideas for making some raindrops. This week my GDT card features the gorgeous KitKat (you can find her here in the Digi's with Attitude! store)

I made the background by stamping the lampost (from Tim Holtz) on some encaustic art card and embossing with black detail EP. I then used a shaving brush to dust on the yellow inks to create a glow around the lamp post. I used the same technique and shades of blue and black ink to create the dark sky and then used a wet paintbrush to lift some ink off to create a puddle which i then triple embossed with clear EP. Next I spritzed some water on my fingers and splashed it on the card, left it for a min and then blotted it with some kitchen roll to make the raindrops on the background. I used the same technique to make the base of the easel card.

KitKat is coloured with promarkers and then i added fur by colouring with derwent inktense pencils, its the first time i've combined promarkers and pencils and I  think I need to practice lol. I decoupaged the umbrella up and added some drops of crystal laquer for raindrops, I dragged the drops with a cocktail stick  to make them raindrop shaped.

I stamped the sentiment (from Elusive Images) on the base of the easel card and made a little umbrella embellie by colouring the top of another of Kitkats umbrellas, adding some raindrops and a handle made from a cocktail stick.

I'm entering KitKat in the following challenges:
Fab'n'Funky: Animal Magic
Crafty Cardmakers: Spotlight on pencils
Die cut dreams: Use digi and rubber stamp together
Crafty Emma's Challenge: No designer papers
Top Tip Tuesday: All sentimental
I did it creations: Brrrr I'm feeling blue
Karber Monthly : Digi + movies (Singing in the Rain!)
Delicious Doodles: Get well soon ( a card to cheer somebody up)

Thanks for calling by, I can't wait to see how you are going to make some raindrops for this weeks challenge at Digi's with Attitude!
Claire xx

Chocolate challenge at Fairy Knoll

Don't you just love chocolate? I love all kinds of chocolate so I've really enjoyed making my DT card for this weeks challenge at Fun at Fairy Knoll where the theme is.... yes, you've guessed it, CHOCOLATE! As its so cold here again lately, I decided to take inspiration from hot chocolate, the perfect drink on a cold winters evening. I've used Brandi's supercute digistamp 'Cup o' Bliss' from Fairy Knoll (the sentiment is also available at Fairy Knoll)

I've used a bp from Raspberry Road Designs, distressed with Tea Dye distress ink and i've highlighted the wording on the BP (which says 'Simple Pleasures') with a couple of heart shaped pearls. The image is coloured with promarkers and i've added stickles to the little fairy's wings. The flowers, lace and ribbons are all from my stash.

I'm entering this cup o' bliss in the following challenges:

Flourishes: Large cards (this one is 8x8)
Papertake weekly: ribbons and or pearls
Top Tip Tuesday: All sentimental
Corrosive challenge: Lace and pearls
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Hearts and ribbon (little heart shaped pearls)
Do you stack up: Think Pink

Thanks for popping by, if you need another chocolate fix check out my talented teamies blogs for some more inspirations ;-)
Claire xx

Thursday, 20 January 2011

A highland fling with the Rainbow Lady

Hello there, its time for a new challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog and this week, Cynthia has chosen the theme of 'Highland Fling' in celebration of Burns Night!

I've got to admit this one had me baffled for a while but I decided to go with the 'fling' element and make a romantic card using some gorgeous tartan bp from Crafty Ann's Digi Shop. I love tartan, especially this fab colourway. I've stamped a frame from Joanna Sheen on some purple mirri card and cut out the oval centre. The sentiment is also from Joanna Sheen, stamped on some vellum. The vintage man and lady are from, you guessed it, Joanna Sheen. I stamped them both with black and coloured with promarkers, then I stamped the lady again on some purple bp and embossed with gilded ivory EP to give her a beautiful purple and cream dress. I don't often do any paper piecing but I quite like the effect on her dress. The flowers are from Jazzlins Designs and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Wags'n'Whiskers: With love
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: Anything but a square (ok a rectangle may not be the most exciting shape but at least its not a square lol)
Pile it on: anything goes
There She Goes: Wet embossing
Paper Pretties: Paper Piecing
The Stamp Fairy: Paper Piecing
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Love is in the Air

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Cute challenge at Cooking it up with Katie!

Time for another fab recipe challenge at Cooking it up with Katie, this week we want to see you use the following ingredients in your creations : Green, Brads and Cute! Our lucky winner will receive a prize from our fab sponsor, Meljen's Designs and you don't get much cuter than Meljen's images! I've used this gorgeous cupcake image for my DT card this week.

I've coloured the cupcake with promarkers, embossed the stars with sparkle EP and added some green glitter to the ribbon and the sprinkles on the cupcake. The bps are from my stash, i think they were free with a magazine. I've added some sparkly green brads, pink satin ribbon and some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment was printed with my new toy, I've just got a Xyron Design runner and so far I'm loving it! I may be brave enough to use it straight on the bp before long lol!

I'm entering this cute little cupcake in the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad: Something new (new stash - my design runner)
Gingerloft: celebrations
One Stitch at a time: New (new stash )
Paper Sundaes: Fav challenge from the last year (challenge #50 - something new)
Delicious Doodles: Use 3 colours (pink, green and yellow)
Sew Many challenges: Happy Birthday
Totally Papercrafts: Happy birthday

Thanks for calling by today, have fun with our recipe this week!
Claire xx

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Lily in Pink

Its been so grey and dismal here for ages now, I thought i'd colour Michelle Perkett's gorgeous Lily, the Fairy of Enchantment to brighten up my day. Lily is one of my favourite images from Michelle but this is the first time i've coloured her in pink. You can find Lily here in Michelle's Etsy Store

I've coloured Lily with promarkers and embossed the moon with clear sparkle EP and then cut her out and attached her to the bp. The bps i've used are all downloads from Raspberry Road Designs. I used a MP border punch on two strips of bp and then added some dark green and rose pink velvet ribbon and some prima flower and pearls.

I'm entering Lily in the following challenges:
Pollycraft: sweet pastel colours
Quirky Crafts: In the spring garden plus pink and green
2 sisters: Flowers
Our daily bread: things with wings
Daring Cardmakers: recipe challenge (I image, 2 ribbons, 3 papers)

Yesterday I noticed some signs of spring on the way. There are quite a lot of green shoots peeping through in the garden and little buds showing on branches so I hope spring will be here soon. I  had a really lovely surprise last night when a delivery man arrived with what i thought was flowers but actually was a beautiful butler's tray with lots of pots of spring bulbs! It was from one of my friends at work, things have been pretty rough at work lately and she sent them to cheer me up!! Spring has definitely arrived early here lol. What a sweetie she is :-)

Thanks for popping by today, don't forget to check out this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett Studios, Jan and her team have set a fab sketch challenge this week!!
Claire xx

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Moonrose Fairy in the spotlight at Michelle Perkett Studios!

This week's spotlight image at Michelle Perkett Studio is the adorable 'Moonrose Fairy', one of my favourite images! She's available with 20% off in Michelle's etsy store for this week only so don't miss out on a bargain!

As usual I've coloured the image with promarkers and I've added some sparkle with clear holographic embossing powder to the moon, stars and her wings. I've added a pink background with distress inks and then punched the bottom of the image with a Martha Stewart punch. It looked a bit plain so I added layers of pink and silver vellum punched with the same punch. I'm going through a bit of a vellum phase at the minute as I found a pile of gorgeous coloured vellum in my stash the other day, no idea where I got it from lol. I  also used some pink ribbon and sparkly silver ribbon (from Crafty Ribbons). The beautiful lacy bp is from Joanna Sheen and I added some faux pearls made with ranger enamel accents in the corners.

I'm entering Moonrose Fairy in the following challenges:

I did it creations: Use vellum
Top Tip Tuesday: Anything goes
Do you stack up?: Distressing
Digi Doodle Shop's Best: Pink and Green (there is some green, honest :-) Its on the leaves around the roses on the fairy)

I hope you're having a good weekend. This is a very quick post as we've been having problems with our internet again, BT are digging holes in the road around the corner so perhaps they've gone through a wire or something. Fingers crossed it stays on now though as I'm totally lost when I can't get on line
Claire xx

Friday, 14 January 2011

A new challenge at Digi's with Attitude!

Time for a new challenge at Digi's with Attitude! and my second card as Guest Designer :-)
This week the theme is to use some green and black on your card. What a fab colour combo and isn't this image amazing?? She's called 'Rockband Tween' and you can find here in the Digi's with Attitude! store

I've coloured Rockband Tween with promarkers and embossed her earring with silver EP and her eyes with clear EP. The spooky scene is a bp from Raspberry Road Designs, I thought i'd made a great backdrop for this goregous Tween!  The green bp is a dark green vellum from my stash punched with MS topiary punches. I've added some green satin ribbon from my stash and die cut flowers and flourishes. To finish off i've added lots of green pearlidoodles and Ranger black enamel accents.

I'm entering Rockband Tween in the following challenges:
The Pixie Cottage: Your favourite colouring medium/Sketch (promarkers for me!!)
Flourishes: Favourite (promarkers, Ranger enamel accents and green)
Stamp'n'doodle: Winter in the woods
Just add ink: just add monochrome
Moving along with the times: Dreams come true (this card is a bit of a spooky dream, i wouldn't want to be on my own in the woods lol)
Cute card Thursday: Monochrome
Ai Factory: anything goes

Thanks for popping by, check out the amazing work from the Digi's with Attitude! DT for some more inspiration if you have a minute, they are so talented and have made some amazing cards again this week!

Claire xx

'Thank you' Challenge at Fairy Knoll

Hi, my second post of the day and this is my DT card for this weeks challenge from Fairy Knoll where the theme is 'Thank you', I've used this beauty called 'Blowing Kisses' she's available from Brandi's store here.

The image is coloured with promarkers and I've used spun sugar distress ink around the edge of the image and sentiment. The bps are from my Raspberry Road Designs, again distressed with spun sugar and a little victorian velvet DI. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

I added some little heart shaped pearls to the corners. OMG do I struggle with little gems! I've tried everything from using tweezers, a cocktail stick, blue tack to pick the little blighters up but I always struggle with them, it took me longer to put them on the card than it did to colour the image! Anyway I got them on, and somehow one of them moved while the glue was wet. Aaarrggggggg! Panic! I managed to move the offending pearl back to its rightful place and was left with a nasty mark on the bp so I covered it up with a swirl cut on my cricut! I'd forgotten about these swirls, I cut a load in white card and they are soooooo handy for finishing a project and as they are white I can just colour them to match my card! Thats my tip for the week, cut out lots of white die cut swirls etc and they are ready to colour for you card, now how on earth do you control flat backed gems????????

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Karber Weekly Challenge: pearls + a digi
2 sisters: Getting girly
Top Tip Tuesday: Anything goes
Paperplay : cutie patootie

Thanks for visiting, after my battle with the flat back gems, I think I need to lie down now lol
Claire xx

Ring in the new at Crafty Ann's

Good morning, Friday at last and its time for a new challenge at   Crafty Ann's and this time Ann wants us to 'Ring in the New' but that doesn't mean forgetting all your old favourites, so we want to see you combine the new with the old!
 I've gone for a new technique which I've combined with one of the first stamps I used from Crafty Ann (this gorgeous 'Bird on blossom branch' and an old frame rubber stamp (I haven't used this stamp for years and had forgotten how much I love it) from Stampin Around.

I've used a pastel pink bp from Crafty Ann's 'mottled stone' collection (available in Crafty Ann's Digi shop) , stamped and embossed the frame with detail black ep. The bird is coloured with distress inks, my new technique and I have to say one I think will take a while to get the hang of. I also stamped the sentiment (from Elusive Images) on some pastel pink mottled stone paper and layered up the frame and bird with foam pads. I've added some glitter to the flowers for a bit of sparkle. The image is matted on yet another layer of pink mottled stone paper, this time with faux stitching (again stamps from Elusive Images). I wanted to keep the card pretty simple but after 4 attempts to get the stitching straight at the corners, I gave up and used some pretty pink roses from Wild Orchid crafts to cover the dodgy corners lol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays: Things with wings
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Try something different
Our Creative Corner: photo inspiration
Freshly Brewed Challenge 30: Black, white + 1
Dutch Dare: All stitched up
Sassie Studio Designs: Use something old (my frame stamp)
Meljen's: Square or round card

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you're going to play along with Crafty Ann's Challenge this week. I love these something new challenges, I'm such a nosey parker and I love to have a wander round blogland checking out everyones new stash. The only problem is my wish list gets even longer lol
Claire xx

Thursday, 13 January 2011

A wintery sketch challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog!!

Hello, its time for a new challenge over at Rainbow Lady's challenge blog, what a fantastic response to last weeks challenge! Wow we couldn't believe how many gorgeous entries we had so a big thank you to everyone who took part!! This week we have a fab sketch by my lovely teamie Audrey and a wintery theme for you. Our challenge this week is sponsored by Chi Chi Memories and the DT were lucky enough to be able to use a gorgeous wintery image for our cards!! I chose this adorable little snowman, how cute is he??


I've rotated Audrey's fabby sketch and  used a stripey bp from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD. The image is coloured with promarkers and then masked to ink in the moon, sky and hills. I've used navy blue card from my stash for matting and layering and for the border (punched with a MP punch). The snowflakes are die cut using Marianne dies, the sentiment is an old stamp from a See D's set die cut with nesties labels 10. The ribbon is a new one from Crafty Ribbons, I have a huge roll of this so you may be seeing a lot of it lol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
CD Sunday: New Year, new to you (ribbon and new image)
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Cold and Frosty Morning

Thanks for calling by, I'm looking forward to seeing your interpretation of Audrey's sketch this week
Claire xx

Cooking it up with Katie and Digital Delights!!

Our new challenge at Cooking it up with Katie is a day later than usual, bet you thought we'd forgotten lol!! No we're a day late this week because we are lucky enough to be sponsored by the fabulous Digital Delights by Louby Lou who have a new image release today!!
The DT have been lucky enough to have chance to play with some of the gorgoeus new images for this weeks challenge!! Our recipe this week is: Embossing, Love and Pink. Some great ingredients for your creations this week!

I've used a bp and some red glitter card from my stash (edged with MS punch around the page punches) and coloured the image with promarkers. The 'with love' ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Where is the embossing?? Hiding lol! I've embossed the little cutie ladybirds eyes, and antenna with a versamark pen and clear EP but as usual my dreadful photography skills haven't managed to capture the detail.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Lexi's Creations: Say it with love
Crafty Hos' Challenge: Monochromatic
One Stitch at a Time: Love/Valentine
Crafty Emma's Challenge: All creatures great and small
Fab'n'Funky: Let's Get Warm and toasty
Scrap Creations: Love is in the air

I hope you're going to play along with us at Cooking it up with Katie this week. Its a great recipe for Valentine cards!

Claire xx

A DT call at Let's Ink It Up!!

Hi, we're having a DT call over at Let's Ink It Up! If you love rubber stamping. pop over to Let's Ink It Up and find out more!!

Claire xx

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Fairytale fairies at Michelle Perkett Studios

Hi, time for a new challenge at Michelle Perkett Studios and this week our theme is 'Fairytale Fairies', now Michelle has got some of the most beautiful fairy stamps so we're spoiled for choice this time! I've chosen the gorgeous 'Juniper and Cecilia having tea in the garden' available in Michelle's Etsy Store. I love these too cuties and the sentiment with them is just perfect. 

I coloured the image with promarkers and added stickles to Juniper and Cecilia's wings for a little sparkle. I decided to ink in some clouds to make them look as though they are having tea in the sky. I usually mask the image to do this but for speed I just used a piece of scalloped card and Tumbled glass distress ink and applied it very carefully so as not to go over the fairies.

I made the background by stamping a big swirly corner stamp from Elusive Images 4 times on some white card and embossing with Broken China distress embossing powder and inkind around the edge with more tumbled glass DT. To finish off I added some sparkly white organza ribbon.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sunday: Anything with wings
Stampin for the weekend: New and Blue (I've used my new blue distress embossing powder)
Kaboodle Doodle: Use a digi
Whoopsi Daisy: No designer papers
Gingersnap Creations GC 85: Hot beverage
Flutter By Wednesday: Open challenge + butterfly angel or fairy
Aly's Sunday Challenge: Things with wings
Delicious Doodles: Try/Use something new (My new distress embossing powder)

Thanks for visiting today. I hope your week has got off to a good start. My week started with a few gremlins in the works as something fused the electricity, I missed the bus to work and forgot my pack up!!! Ah well, things can only get better (ooops I'll be singing that song all day now so its bound to rain)

Don't forget to check out our Fairytale Fairies challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studio, if you don't have any of Michelle's images yet you can grab a gorgeous freebie at her groups on PCP, SNR and CDAC

Claire xx

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Anything Goes at Let's Ink It Up!!

Well we're back from our Christmas break at Let's Ink It Up with a fab new challenge for you and this time around we've kept it easy, our theme is 'Anything Goes' . We also have a gorgeous new logo, do you like it??

Once again we have a fab sponsor and one lucky crafter will win a great prize

For my DT project this time, I decided to have a play with my trusty brayer and made this card

I've created a brayered scene with big & juicy ink pads and assorted stamps from artemio, Elusive images, Time to Stamp and Enchanted Inc.The background trees and foliage are stamped with the same blue/green inks and the ones in the foreground are stamped with black versafine. I've added some highlights with a white inkssentials pen.
The large butterfly is stamped on to fantasy film and layered up with silicone glue for a little dimension. The scene is matted and layered on to white then black card and I've added a sentiment stamped on a creative acrylic tag attached with black velvet ribbon.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
The Artistic Stamper: Things with Wings
Dutch Dare: Make a scene (use masking - I've used masking to create the hills)
Craft Your days Away: Anything goes
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Something different (using fantasy film)
Crafty Emma's Challenge: All creatures Great and Small
Aud Sentiments: Anything goes (2 word sentiment)
Flutter by Wednesday: Open challenge with butterfly, angel or fairy

Thanks for calling by, I hope you're going to get inky with us at Let's Ink It Up and join our 'Anything goes' challenge Don't forget no digistamps, we want to see you fab creations with your clear/rubber stamps!!
Check out my LIIU teamies blogs, they have come up with some amazing projects to inspire you
Claire xx
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