Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
I have received this great award from NormaJean .
The rules that go with this award are to: a) Thank the person who gave it to you. b) List 10 honest things about yourself. c) Pass the award on to 7 people.
Thank you NormaJean!
Here are 10 honest things about myself:-
1. I am blessed with a wonderful partner and son.
2. I spend a lot of time crafting (and now blogging!).
3. I am lucky enough not to have to go out to work.
4. I miss living by the sea.
5. I think I drink too much tea (I’ve just made another cup).
6. I was born in 1968.
7. I once lived and worked in Florida.
8. A gorgeous German Sheppard rescue dog shares our home.
9. I can’t dance.
10. I love to read.
There are so many lovely people I would like to pass this award on to, but the rules say I can only choose seven, and I have chosen:-
Saturday, 27 June 2009
I've bought a few more Tim Holtz Distress Inks - I just couldn't resist! I've spent a few happy hours in my craft room making lots of mess and having lots of fun too. I've used them to colour this image and also to distress around the edges of the card and paper. I stamped two images and decoupaged a second layer on his shirt and hair.
Friday, 26 June 2009
I do have a card to post, hopefully tomorrow. We've had a storm here today and try as I might I can't get a good enough photo.
Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and whatever the weather.
p.s. Here's the card I entered into the Allsorts Challenge.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
This afternoon I've made a card for the Copic Colour Challenge number 19. The colours for this week are BV00, G00 and RV02 - and for once I have them all.
I've used my gorgeous little girl again - the Duda Daze "Frog Prince" from Sugar Nellie. I love her so much! (you can get her at Funky Kits).
I stamped the image onto marker paper and cut her out and shaped her before adhering her to the heart with gel glue. She's coloured with Copic Ciaos and has some stickles glitter on her bows, necklace and shoes. The flowers are Prima and I've coloured some of them with Copics to colour co-ordinate. The stitching around the edge is done by hand. I've chalked around the hearts and the DP and I've also run around the hearts with a pink Copic. I dearly wished I had some "Worn Lipstick" Distress Ink to use on this card while I was making it - it's on my shopping list now.
Here's what I used to make the card:-
Stamps: Sugar Nellie Duda Daze "Frog Prince"; Papermania "Clare Curd" sentiments
Colour Medium: Copic Ciaos; chalks
Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View "Spring Stack"
Accessories: Stickles glitter "Diamond"; Prima flowers; Kanban pearls; embroidery thread
Tools: Spellbinders hearts; Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder.
Thank you very much for taking the time to stop by my blog. I hope you like my card.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Good afternoon. Thank you so much to everyone who visited my blog for the Sugar Nellie Blog Hop and left such lovely messages - it really made my day.
At last, I am entering a challenge. I've been crafting aplenty recently, just not for challenges. However, I couldn't resist the challenge at Allsorts Challenge Blog this week which is "Wings".
Here's my entry:-
To make this card I've used some white card to make a blank which I have embossed on the front using a score board, I've lightly inked the edges. I then took another piece of white card and ran it through the "Script" Cuttlebug embossing folder, I distressed the edges of this card with a distress tool and liberally inked it with "Antique Linen" distress in. The flower was made using Spellbinders Flower Creations 1 die, again it's been distress inked! I then cut two butterflies with an X-cut punch out of white card, I covered them with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with Heat It Up! "Enchanted Gold" embossing powder. Finally, I added some gems from my stash.
I really enjoyed making this card.
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to look. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Friday, 19 June 2009
Woo hoo!! Sugar Nellie have released a new range of fun and whimsical stamps “Duda Daze” by artist Diane Duda. They will be available exclusively at Funky Kits.
To celebrate this first release they are having a massive blog hop. I was one of the lucky people to be sent a Duda Daze pre-release stamp and invited to join the hop.
Here’s the card I made using the stamp “Frog Prince”. This stamp was a delight to colour and I have absolutely fallen in love with the little Princess.
I coloured her with Copic Ciaos and heat embossed her crown with Heat It Up “Enchanted Gold” embossing powder. I added a bit of Sakura clear glaze to her eyes and to the frog, then I cut her out and shaped her before attaching her to the card.
The designer papers I’ve used are “Tea Party” by Stampin’ Up. This is double sided paper and I’ve used both sides (floral and dotty). I cut and layered the flower from the same paper.
I used nestabilities “Mega Scalloped Rectangles” (large) to cut the rectangle mats and I embossed the white one with a “Spots and Dots” Cuttlebug folder. I then lightly inked the edges of both rectangles. I used a Scor-Pal to make the lines around the edge of the card and, finally, I added Papermania pink adhesive stones.
Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my card, your next stop on the hop is Kat's Blog. Enjoy your journey!
And, finally, a BIG THANK YOU to Karen for sending me the stamp and giving me the opportunity take part in this fabulous blog hop.
Hugs, Clare xx
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Good afternoon to you all.
I usually get to spend my Thursday mornings making cards. This morning I planned to do the same, however, I got sidetracked and ended up reorganising my craft room, all because I couldn't find any shrink plastic. In the end I found it in the place where I had first looked for it!! Well, at least I have a lovely tidy room now, so it was worth it.
I've been uhmming and ahhing for ages whether to buy some Spellbinders flower creations dies. I finally succumbed and they arrived this morning. They were quite a bit bigger than I imagined - this is why I got sidetracked into looking for shrink plastic. Luckily after the big clean up I still had some time to play. Here's my first attempt - what do you think?
Thank you for stopping by today, if you can, please drop by again tomorrow morning as I am taking part in the Sugar Nellie Duda Daze release blog hop - it should be lots of fun and Sugar Nellie will be giving away some great candy.
I hope to see you tomorrow.
Hugs, Clare x
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Good afternoon fellow bloggers. I hope you have all been enjoying your weekend. The weather has been gorgeous and I've spent most of the weekend buying bedding plants, planting them and tidying up the garden - it has been very satisfying.
Yesterday evening I started this card for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge where the theme is "In the Jungle".
I didn't have any background paper suitable for a jungle theme so I made my own using flourish stamps and three different green inks.
I'm quite pleased with this card and I hope "Daddy" likes it too.
Here's what I used:
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and looking at this card.
Monday, 8 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Thank you very much to the lovely and talented Brenda of Floral Fantasies for passing on this award to me. This award is "For those with Great Attitude and Gratitude", and I am delighted that Brenda thought of me - I really appreciate it.
I love visiting Brenda's blog and find it very inspirational.
I need to think about who to send this to - it will be so hard to narrow it down to just five people.
Yippee - how happy am I.
I was delighted to see that I was the winner of this amazing blog candy from Bev at "All the Things I Love".
I still haven't come down from my high.
Thank you so much Bev.
If you haven't visited Bev's blog yet, pop on over, she makes amazing cards.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Ooh, I'm so excited!!
If you have visited the Sugar Nellie blog recently you will be aware that they have a first release of the whimsical and fun "Duda Daze" stamps by Diane Duda this month.
To celebrate this release bloggers were invited to put their name down to be sent a stamp from the range to play with as they wished and then join in a blog hop in the near future.
I was lucky enough to be able to get my name in quickly, and this morning Mr Postie delivered my stamp - I have to say I LOVE IT. Within 5 mins of it arriving it was stamped up several times and is now sitting on my craft table waiting from some colour.
You will have to wait to see what we get up to with these images - oh suspense - I love it!
Bye for now, my fingers are itching to get crafting.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
Hello everyone. Another glorious day - yippee!!
I've made a card for my best friend's birthday next week and as it's got some gems on it I thought I would enter it in this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge which is "Bit o' Bling".
The bling is on the flower and also the dots on the i's of the sentiment.
Not a great photograph I'm afraid, as the sun hasn't quite got round to the front of the house (best time for photos) and I'm too impatient to wait!
The stamp I have used is a Sugar Nellie called "Post Box". Those of you who are familar with this stamp will see I have only used part of it, the rest of it I stamped onto the envelope.
I used the largest of the long scalloped rectangle nestabilities to make the card and cut the DP the same shape and size to stick onto the front. I used a smalled rectangle from the same set to cut the image but I ran it through the wizard twice to get the size I wanted, the smallest rectangle was used for the sentiment.
I've coloured the image with Copics, and used Brenda Pinnick DP, Prima flowers, Dovecraft gems and sentiments from Elzybells "Everyday Greetings".
Thank you for visiting my blog.