Monday, 26 September 2011

Totally Gorjuss - "Birds of a Feather"

Good afternoon,

The challenge theme at Totally Gorjuss this week is "Birds of a Feather".

I've used an image by Karen Middleton called "Winter Feed" and coloured it with alcohol markers and coloured pencils. I have edged around the image with Glamour Dust - this has to be one of my all-time favourite crafting products.

I've used a Sakura "Stardust Clear" pen for the faux stitching.

I hope you have had a good weekend. Thank you for dropping by my blog.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Snow Kiss

Good morning,

Here's a card I made using my goodies from Handy Hippo (details in last post).

I stamped Penny Black Circles and Lines (40-084) onto turquoise card using "Whipped Cream" ink from Elzybells (sadly no longer in existence) and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then I inked over with "Faded Jeans" and "Pine Needles" distress inks, and blended the inks using a baby wipe. Next I coloured between some of the lines with "Powder Blue" and "Soft Green" Promarkers.

I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts "Sending Holiday Cheer" (CL464) with versamark and heat embossed with Stampendous fine white embossing powder.

The image is "Snow Kiss" by Penny Black (4099K). I coloured the image with Promarkers and cut out Mimi and the Polar bear, then I stamped the image again in black and glued on the coloured pieces. The borders and "snow" are made from Twinklets Diamond Dust adhered with tacky glue. I love the effect of the Twinklets but the bits of glass get everywhere!

The snowflake is made using a Marianne Createables snowflake (LR0124) for the base with a smaller, Martha Stewart punched snowflake, for the middle.

It makes me feel a bit cold looking at this card! Hubby said last night that snow was forecast within the next three weeks. I do hope the forecast is wrong.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Simon Says to use a SONG or FILM title as inspiration

Good afternoon,

I've made a card for the Simon Says challenge where you have to use a song or film title for inspiration.

The inspiration for the my card is the song "Hazy Shade of Winter" by Simon and Garfunkel.

The sentiment, which is hard to see in the photograph reads "May a peaceful spirit fill your heart and bless your life this season and all year long".

The only downside to this card challenge is that I can't get the song out of my head and I keep singing and whistling it as I go about my day!

Thank you for visiting.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx


Good morning,

I always shy away from the dark markers when I colour, so I decided it was about time I made myself use them.

I need a lot more practice!

The image I have used is by Whiff of Joy called "Henry Mouse with Christmas Bauble". A big thank you to Vicky for this fab image. I've used a Sakura clear glitter pen to add sparkle to the pattern on the bauble (sorry it doesn't show!).

The background stamp is by Hero Arts called "Large Canvas Stripes" (S5433). I stamped it onto white card using Versamark ink and heat embossed with fine white embossing powder (I could easily have used clear embossing powder as the cardstock was white). Then I sponged over "Peeled Paint" distress ink and ran a red marker pen around the edges.

The sentiment is also by Hero Arts from a clear stamp set called "Magic of Christmas" (CL462).

Thank you for visiting!

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Monday, 12 September 2011

Lily Pad Cards "Resist" challenge

Good evening,

Here is another Christmas card and this is my favourite one so far. I have made this for the Lily Pad Cards "Simon Says Presents a Resist Challenge".

I stamped Hero Arts Cling Snowflake Circle (CG100) in versamark onto white cardstock and heat embossed using Stampendous Fine White ebmossing powder. Next I inked over with Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Chipped Sapphire".

The snowman is by Penny Black from the "Jolly Friends" transparent stamp set (30-058). I've coloured him with alcohol markers and added Glossy Accents to his nose and the berries and Glamour Dust to his bobble. The snow at the bottom is made using Diamond dust Twinklets.

I made a frame using classic circle and lace circle nestabilities and sandwiched the image between the frame and a base card made using two lace circle nestabilities.

I can't wait to make this card again! It's not often that I want to make the same card twice.

I hope you have had a good start to your week.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Some Christmas cards

Good evening,

I've been busy making Christmas cards recently. Here are a few of them.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Some boy cards

Good morning,

Here are some cards I have made for male relatives who have birthdays this month.

I've just realised that I have used Penny Black stamps for all of them.

Enjoy your day.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Penny Black "Gossamer"

Good afternoon,

I've made a card using a stamp that I had on my wish list for a very long time. It's by Penny Black and is called "Gossamer" (3865K).

I've kept the card very simple and coloured the image with pencils.

Thank you for visiting.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Sir Stampalot "Freebie Friday"

Sir Stampalot are promoting a new weekly feature, starting tomorrow. It’ll be called ‘Freebie Friday’ and details will be sent via their email newsletter, so if you want to join in, you’ll need to sign up for the newsletter before end of day today (follow link below):-

Alternatively, you can go to the Sir Stampalot web site and sign up at the "Stay in Touch"  "Sign up to Smudges" link on the left hand side of the home page.

Ready-Teddy-Go September Challenge

Good morning to you.

Thank you for the wonderful support we had for the first Ready-Teddy-Go challenge in August. I hope you can join us again this month.

Our theme is to use "AUTUMN COLOURS" and of course a bear, of any kind.

Unfortunately I can't tell you what the stamp I have used is called, the image was a gift from a very kind blogging buddy. The papers are Kaiser Kraft "Peachy Keen" and the sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly.

This month we are sponsored by

who are kindly offering this amazing prize

I enjoyed visiting all the teddy creations last month and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this month.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Penny Black at Allsorts September Challenge - "Get Ahead for Christmas"

It's time for the September Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge.

Our theme this month is:-

I've used two Penny Black Stamps. The wreath is a wood mounted stamp called "Adornment" (3996J) and the robin is from a clear set called "Jolly Friends" (30-058).

Here's a glittery close up! Christmas Red stickles on the wreath and Glamour Dust on the robin.

I hope you are inspired to join us with your Penny Black Christmas creations.

Hugs and best wishes, Clare xx

Sir Stampalot September Challenge "It's a Frame Up"

Good morning!

It's the first of September and time for another challenge at Sir Stampalot. The theme for this month's challenge is "It's a Frame Up" and we would like to see a frame as part of your project.

I have used Spellbinders Nestabilities "Labels 10" to make the base card. I call these my LEMON nesties and love this shape for a card.

I used yellow card for the base and stamped over this with Hero Arts F5042 "Leaf Flourish" stamp using Memento "Angel Pink" Ink. The designer paper is by Brenda Pinnick from an old QVC kit and the sentiment sticker is from the same kit. The frame is from a Basic Grey "Two Scoop" Chip Stickers Kit and I've embellished it with some flat back pearls and paper flowers.

I'm quite pleased with myself as I used up some of my older stash to make this card.

Sir Stampalot have donated this fantastic prize for the winner of this month's challenge.

I do hope you can join us this month and look forward to visiting all the entries.

Best wishes, Clare xx