Thursday, 23 September 2010

Gift Jar

Good morning!

I've just got back from a lovely hotel stay in Stratford-Upon-Avon with my family. The weather was beautiful and we really enjoyed ourselves. We go to Stratford quite often for a day out as it is close to where we live, but it was nice to stay there and spend a bit more time enjoying the area.

Sadly, our dog couldn't come with us but she had a wonderful time staying with her "Auntie Dawn" with three other dogs.

Here is the gift she gave to Auntie Dawn to say thank you.

I used Waltzing Mouse stamps, the tag uses a stamp from the "Fancy Phrases" stamp sheet and the label is from the "Rescue Remedies" stamp sheet. I stamped them in Imperial Purple Versafine ink which I heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut a Lacey Circle nestie to sit on top of the jar and layered up a flower to finish it off. The choccies are from M&S and conveniently there were a few left over which I soon munched up!

Unfortunately the holiday didn't help my cold which is now worse than before I went away!

Thank you for visiting.

Hugs, Clare xx

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Oldie but a Goodie "Pink and Girly" DT card

Good morning!

It's time to get those old stamps out as it's our second challenge at "Oldie but a Goodie" where you need to use a stamp which is over six months old.
This week's challenge is set by Lisa and she has chosen the theme of "Pink and Girly".

My main image is from Elzybells. I am still so sad that this company is no longer producing stamps. I've paper pieced the teddies outfit with digi papers from "A Patchwork of Papers - Pink" by Cuddly Buddly.

Other ingredients & tools:-

Ribbon (not sure what make but from The range)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Circle, Nestabilites Blossom, Fancy Tags
Martha Stewart: Doily Lace border punch
Stickles glitter glue
Paper Piercer
Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View (QVC kit)
Copic Sketch and Ciao

Happy crafting to you!

Clare xx

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Snow Family

Good evening!

Here's a quick card I made to add to my Christmas collection. It was quick because I already had this cute Cuddly Buddly Snow Family image coloured up from last year.


Image: "Snow Family" from Cuddly Buddly
Sentiment from Cuddly Buddly
Digi Papers: "Doodle Dots" from Pink Peticoat
Base card from Craftwork Cards
Nestabilities: Circle and Lacey Circle
Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" border punch
Beads and silver twine from my stash
Copic Ciaos to colour

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I still have my cold and it's really slowing me down, I can't wait for it to go!

Hugs, Clare xx

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Tuesday Taggers

Good afternoon!

The current theme at Tuesday Taggers is "Diamonds are Forever". Now you're going to have to look closely at this one to see the diamonds!

Did you see them? I've double embossed the background card. Firstly I popped it onto my Scor-Pal and embossed diagonal lines across one way and then the other way to create a background of diamonds, then I embossed the card again in a Crafts Too floral embossing folder.

The image is from a Stampin' Up! set called "Bloomin' with Beauty". I stamped it with Versamark "Spanish Moss" ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder before colouring it with Copics.

It's another simple card but that's all I can manage at the moment. I've had a cold for a couple of weeks which has now stuck in my chest and doesn't want to shift.

Take care..

Clare xx

Monday, 13 September 2010

Poppy Card

Good afternoon!

Just a quick post to show my latest card.

I love flowers, who doesn't? and poppies are one of my favourites. The poppy I've used for this card is from the Stampin' Up! set "Bloomin' with Beauty". The papers are from Cuddly Buddly and the sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse. 

Hugs, Clare xx

Tuesday, 7 September 2010


Good morning,

Woo, hoo! I am so excited as today sees the launch of a brand new, fortnightly, challenge called "Oldie but a Goodie". The idea is to use stamps that are over six months old. I am sure you all have some of those longing to see ink again!

I am delighted to have been chosen as a member of the DT working with some very talented ladies. Please pop over and see their wonderful creations if you get a moment. We would also love you to take part in the challenge, you never know you could become the proud owner of one of our "Top Three" blinkies. Or perhaps you might be lucky and win the challenge prize.

The theme for the first challenge is "New Beginnings" and I have made a card for a new baby.

I love this sweet little baby bear by Forever Friends called "New Arrival".  I didn't forget to colour the bear, I thought she looks nice like this, left to look like a sketch.

Here's a list of the other ingredients:-

A Patchwork of Papers - Pink by Cuddly Buddly
Cuttlebug Victorian Corners
Sentiment from Elzybells
Base card from Craftwork Cards.

Hugs, Clare xx

Monday, 6 September 2010

New Challenge reminder

Hello there!

I hope you all had a good weekend. I didn't get a chance to craft. However, I will have a card to share with your tomorrow when the new challenge "Oldie but a Goodie" goes live at 8.00 a.m.

This challenge will give you the chance to ink up those much loved, but possibly forgotten, rubber stamps that you've had for more than 6 months. There will be a prize and a top three so it's well worth checking out.

Enjoy your day.

Hugs, Clare xx

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Vintage Vogue


I am long overdue writing a letter to a very special friend, so rather than email, I thought I would make a notelet and revert to old fashioned "snail mail".

I used the pretty "Vintage Vogue" stamp set from Stampin' Up! I had better get writing now!

Enjoy your day.

Hugs, Clare xx

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Sir Stampalot September Challenge DT Project

Good morning,

It's September! That means it's time for another challenge at Sir Stampalot and this month our theme is "ALL DISTRESSED".

As usual, our sponsors, Sir Stampalot, have donated a brilliant prize.

I decided to make a tag.

The stamps I used are all from Paper Artsy "Hot Picks 1004", one of my current fave stamp sets. I stamped the sentiment onto the tag using Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Aged Mahogany" and then heat embossed it with holographic embossing powder. Next I stamped the moth image randomly over the tag using Versamark ink and again heat embossed with holographic powder. I then sponged Tim Holtz Distress Inks "Antique Linen" and "Aged Mahogany" over the whole tag, starting in the centre with the Antique Linen. I love the colour of Aged Mahogany when it is sponged on, it's such a lovely pink and so different to the colour of the sentiment. Next, I spritzed the tag with a mixture of "Heirloom Gold" Perfect Pearl and water, using a Mini Mister, once the tag was dry I ran a "Galaxy Gold" Brilliance Ink pad around the edges.

The gorgeous flower stamp is from the same stamp set. I stamped this flower four times using Versamark, heat embossed with Heat It Up! "Enchanted Gold" and then sponged over each flower with Antique Linen and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks, before cutting them out and assembling them into a flower. (There are many videos and tutorials describing the process of making these flowers, including this one by our very own Brenda, leader of the Sir Stampalot challenge). Finally I added some leaves cut from vellum using  a Marianne die (LR0133), and a little heart brad.

I hope you feel inspired to join in with the challenge this month.

Hugs, Clare xx