Friday, 28 November 2008

Bev's Blog Candy

The fantastic Bev is having some more gorgeous blog candy with a couple of bits added by Katharina. Pop over to her blog before 4th December to leave a comment xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Blog Candy Winner

I would first of all like to thank each & every one of you for supporting me over the last week xx I can't believe I had so many people take part in this & it has generated another 400 hits on my blog which is amazing xx
I used to make the draw & the winning comment was from Jezz79 xx Well done hun & if you could email me your address I will get your prize off to you asap xx

Buffy's Blog Candy

Take a trip over to Buffy's Loft, where she has a super bundle of blog candy for you to win xx Buffy has just celebrated her 12th Wedding Anniversary xx You have until Xmas Day to place your comment

Sunday, 23 November 2008

ABC Challenge

The Challenge on ABC this week is ribbons xx Well I just had to use my new stamp xxThe card is a glossy white A6 from my stash with a blue xmas background paper from Funkyfairyspaperinspirations. The cat is Meowy Christmas from Whipper Snapper Designs. I have coloured him in using various pens that are listed at the bottom of this post. His hat has been glittered using Sparkles. The ribbon is from my stash & the Christmas Wishes is from the Growler sheet by Debbie A.
Pens Used on Cat Tombow N55
Marvy Le Plume No.76 Blush Pink
Whispers Strokes Basic Set Red, Orange & Black

Cute Card Thursday & Secret Crafter Challenges

Phew I have finally got round to getting this card scanned in. I never seem to have time to think at the moment xx Anyway the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week is to Snow or Snowflakes & the challenge on Secret Crafter is Decoupage xx Well how could I resist lol!!!
The background paper is from my crafting cd. The circle of white glitter card is from Millways Stationary Suppliers. The carol singers decoupage was a free download at Funkyfairyspaperinspirations (see link right). I cut these out, layered them then glittered with Craft Planet irridescent glitter glue. The snowflakes are by Turnstyles. The ribbon was from my stash & the Christmas Wishes is from the Growler decoupage sheet by Debbie A.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Wow Blog Candy

You have until Wednesday to get over to Debbie's for the most amazing blog candy yet! While you are there take a look at some of the most stunning cards around in blogland xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Stamping With Denise

Head over to this blog to find not only blog candy but some exciting news about a new stamp company called Whimsey Stamps. It is a new stamp company in America but they will be shipping internationally too xx Good luck with it Denise xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

1000 Hits Blog Candy - Now CLOSED

Wow I can't believe it.... I have only been blogging for 2 months & have already had over 1000 hits to my blog xx Thank you all for visiting & leaving comments on my cards, it is so appreciated xx Anyway lets get to the fun part... I am giving away some blog candy to celebrate (Apologies for the quality of the photo) xx All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, & then post a link on your blog to mine.... Simple really lol!!!! I will be drawing the winner on 25th November.... Good luck everybody xx

Helena's Blog Candy

Why don't you pop over to Creating A likeness & wish Helena a belated happy birthday. And while you are there check out her fab blog candy xx Also read about the hedgehog she is looking after. Just click on the link xx

Cutting It Fine.....

Well I am really cutting the ABC Challenge a bit fine this week but just have it done xx I have combined their quick card challenge with the Sketch Saturday Challenge xx I just love this teddy & I hope the friend this card is going to will love it as much ........

A lot of the card has been made from my stash. The spotty paper & friendship sentiment were printed on the computer. The teddy decoupage is from my shop.xx

Friday, 14 November 2008

Craft Fair in Enfield Middx

This Sunday 16th November there is a Craft Fair at The Royal Chace Hotel in Enfield Middlesex. Doors open at 10.30am until 4pm. Admission is £1.50 for Adults £1.00 Concessions Children under 16 free xx Hope to see you all there xx

Sketch Saturday Challenge Card

I actually got this card made a couple of days ago but I seem to be lacking time this week for adding things to my blog. Anyway it was another sketch challenge this week & this is what I came up with...

All the papers used on this card are from Inspire Me (thanks Bev & Linda for the tip) & they are from the Inspiration Range called Boys Own. The penguin was downloaded from Funkyfairyspaperinspiration & the peel offs & ribbon were from my stash xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Mother's & Daughter's Sketch Challenge

Found a great blog the other day called Mothers and Daughters Creations. They run card & scrapbook challenges. I have created a card for this weeks card challenge which is for a lovely sketch. Here is what I did ..........

I am just so in love with this mouse that I got from Sammy Murphy at The backing paper is also from her set. The ribbon is from last year's stash & the Ho! Ho! Ho! brad is from Papermania. I have added glitter glue to the snow on the chimney xx

Chrissy's Blog Candy

Hurry on over to Chrissy's Blog for some great candy to celebrate an amazing amount of hits & her 2 year bloversary xx Just click on this link and read the instructions on how to enter xx

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Secret Crafter Challenge #5

This is the last of the challenge cards for today. This one has been a nightmare to make as the circle of snowflakes took forever to cut on the robo as it kept shutting itself down. But I got there in the end. The challenge was a sketch with a twist. You had to use the colours pink, brown & white. Here is the result.....
The card base is Papermania's silk screen card in Royal Metallic. The brown card is from my stash which I stitched stars onto using a pattern from Sam's site The snowflakes were cut out of white card stock on the robo using a template from UKScrappers. The ribbon is from my stash. Last but not least the adorable little mouse is created by Samantha Murphy at xx

Friday, 7 November 2008

4 Challenges....... 2 Cards

I could not believe my luck yesterday when I had a look at the Challenge Blogs. Cute Card Thursdays Challenge was Angels or Fairies. Well, the Fairie Poppetts had to come out of the folder.... I don't do Fairy Cards very often but when I do I go to town on them. I was able to combine it with the sketch Challenge on A Spoon Full of Sugar. It just worked perfectly, & to finish it off the ABC Challenge was Pink. Well here is the result.........The base of the card is just white cardstock from my stash. Layered onto this is Papermania's Silk Screened Paper (sorry don't know the name of this one). You can't really pick it up but the next layer is Papermania's Spring Floral glitter embossed vellum. The sticky ribbon's are again from Papermania & are from the Floral Collection. I have repeated the layers on the rectangles as well. The Fairie Poppett has been decoupaged & glittered & I have added 3 flat pearls from my stash.
The 2nd card I made last night was for the Sketch Saturday Challenge #23.

Again I have used white cardstock to form the base of this card & used some Xmas tree paper from Dovecraft. The gold & green cardstock are Bazill 12x12 cardstock from my stash. The ribbon is from Papermania. The spirelli topper I made myself from gold glitter card & red thread. The doggie is from my stash which has been decoupaged xx

My Entries for Design Team Call

Last week Funkyfairyinspirations had a DT Call. The lucky "Fairy's" who were chosen were Sarah, Lana & Lesley. Congrats Girls. So I thought I ought to show you all my creations for the Challenge. We had to create 3 items using Funkyfairy products & I chose 3 free downloads. The 1st card is using . I got hubby to adapt a craft robo template for me so I could create a door aperture card. This is my 1st attempt at one of these. I wanted the illusion that you are stood indoors & looking out into the night. The door handle, keyhole & strip across the top of the letterbox are created with leftover bits of peel off. The Poinsetta is a 3d sticker that I got in a QVC kit about 2 years ago. The back of the door is the door aperture cut again in different colourd card & I sandwiched a piece of acetate between the 2 pieces to create the glass in the window. The letterbox was a piece of gold card sandwiched between the front & back of the door. Harry the Reindeer was decoupaged onto the inside of the card.
The 2nd item I created was a box using the Little Boy & Blue Xmas downloads.The Blue Xmas paper was printed onto cardstock & scored using my UCC. I decoupaged the Little Boy & secured him to the top of the box. I glittered the pompom on his hat & used a Turn Styles snowflake in the top corner.
The last card I made was using the Little Girl download.
The card is white cardstock & I cut a snowflake circle on my robo using a template that I downloaded from UKScrappers. This was cut on Aqua Sparkle paper from Inspire Me Papers. The little girl was then decoupaged, glittered & added to the corner of the card. A simple Merry Christmas peel off was then added to the centre.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Blog Candy

Joanne at Stamps4sanity has reached 10000 hits on her blog. To celebrate she is giving away some great treats. To be in with a chance of winning head over to her site & leave a comment

Friday, 31 October 2008

Cheers Kaz_za... I've Been Tagged

Ooohh Scarey Biscuits..... Thanks to my buddy Kaz_za over at I have been tagged.... Thanks Hun .......

Here is how this one works.......Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Answer the five sets of five (this is the easy part) Tag 5 people in the last section by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Things I love -1. My hubby Rich, my boys Julian & Luc & my daughter Jade
2. my cats Miss Cassie & Mr Boots & my bunny Bomber
3. My days spent Crafting.... All day every day
4. My Friends on Craftycardscrappers
5. Football & Motor racing... What better way to spend your weekend lol!!
Things I don't love -1. Cold Wet Mornings... So depressing
2. Housework..
3. Telesales.....Especially after 6.30pm & weekends... what happened to family time
4. Feeling Tired... I always feel shattered when I have deadlines approaching
5. Friends that take advantage of my trust.. I won't name & shame lol
Music on IPOD or play list I don't have an i-pod … play list..
Have anything from Guns & Roses, Muse (they are sooooo cool) to Shania Twain Too many to list lol
Favorite Foods/drinks -1. Sunday Roast
2. choc fudge cake
3. cheeseburgers
4. Homemade Pizza .... thanks hubby
5. Whiskey & Lemonade
Here are the people I am tagging......soz dont know how to put name and link in so will just do links separate...

1. Pol at
2. Helena at
3. Marcea at
4.Natalie at
5. Nikki at comments

Fantastic Blog Candy

Elaine at My Creative Corner is approaching the big 40! To be in with a chance of getting your hands on this candy leave a comment on Elaine's blog

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

2 Cards..... 3 Challenges

Hi Everyone. Well I managed to get 3 challenges out of these 2 cards so I can play a bit of catch up this week. The 1st card is for the A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge which is anything with bling or sparkle..... well when you see my card you will definately see it sparkles lol! This card also covered the Sketch Saturday challenge which is sketch #22. The layout is as follows....

and here is my card.......
It is a white 6x6 card with snowflake backing paper from my cardmaking cd. The circle is white glitter card from my stash. Behind this is a strip of blue organza ribbon which is from my stock. The gems are from Papermania. The snowflake & sentiment are from Tracey Miller at Fred,She Said. The pale blue glitter card is from my stash.
The 2nd card I made is for the Cute Card Thursday challenge which is The Stars at Night.

This card is using a fantastic decoupage sheet designed by a lovely lady called Debbie A. The snowflake paper is again from my cardmaking cd. I have glittered the stars on the tree & added crystal lacquer to the holly berries.

Monday, 27 October 2008


The challenge on A Spoon Full of Sugar this week was to make a card for Halloween. Well, I have never done a halloween card before & wasn't even sure I was going to take part this week. Then I found a sheet that I had created 2 years ago & decided to have a go. Here is the result.....
The spot backing paper was from my favourite cd, am using this all the time at the moment, the white card & orange pearlescent paper were from my stash. The ribbon is from my stock & the decoupage sheet is the one I created from a tube by DS PSP Place.

N is for...... Nature

Wasn't too sure what I was going to do for this one but after a while of ploughing through all my decoupage sheets I finally found one that I wanted to do. So here is my card for this weeks ABC Challenge

Almost everything on the card is from my stash which is great. The decoupage of the tigers I think is just adorable. The "Happy Birthday" was cut on my robo using a template that I got from UKScrappers

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Wow!!!! Even More Blog Candy.......

Well this certainly seems to be the week for some absolutely amazing blog candy. Here are a few more giveaways.
Maxine over at Maxines-arts-and-crafts is giving away some fab blog candy for reaching 1000 hits. Congrats Maxine...... I still have a long way to go yet to catch up with that......... To be in with a chance of winning click on this link & leave a comment

Also giving away some blog candy is Olga at Saturdaysecrets. Again Olga has reached 1000 hits & this is the first blog candy she is giving away. Congrats Olga on reaching this total xx Leave a comment for a chance to win this candy at

Tracey at The Stitchinwitch's Rat Cage is giving away some blog candy for reaching 100 hits. You have until Friday to visit her blog & leave a comment

Kristin at Kreativ Kristin has a yummy stamp to give away as her blog candy for reaching a staggering 15000 hits. Wow that is absolutely amazing. To be in with a chance of winning this candy leave a comment at this blog

Friday, 24 October 2008

Sketch Saturday Challenge #21

Well its 6 minutes past 11pm & I have finally got my sketch saturday card finished & scanned in. I should have known it would take me forever as soon as I decided to do some stitching. Well here is the layout that the girls set.

This is the card I made from the layout. I used a white card base, with a blue glitter card layer on top. The diagonal layer is a xmas tree paper from a cardmaking cd that I seem to be using all the time at the moment. The blue striped paper is from a card kit by Debbie Astle. The square is stitched using a pattern from Sam's Shop, I have added gems to the stitching & na xmas tree 3d sticker from Crafty Bitz. I am really pleased the way this card has turned out xx

Blog Candy Heaven....

Well my buddy Kaz_za at Kaz_za's Crafty Corner (see link right) has been having a scout around blogland & has found some more adorable candy. You will have to be quick though as its only running for 24 hours.

Blog Candy.......

Funky Fairy is giving away not 1 but 3 lots of blog candy on her site. To be in with a chance of winning this fabby prize leave a comment on her site using the link on the right xx

If you go over to see Rach at PapercraftsbyRach, link is on the right, she has the most amazing Whiff of Joy Candy to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment on her post & you are in with a chance xx

For achieving 30,000 hits on her blog Bunny-Zoe is giving away some fab Magnolia Candy. Leave a comment on her post to have a chance of getting your hands on this wonderful prize. Click on the link on the right of my page

Thursday, 23 October 2008

1st Card this week!

I have been laid up for 2 days this week with a mega migraine so I am totally behind in my challenge cards..... Hate it when I have to play catch up. Anyway the card I have got made is for Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge which can be found using the link on the right. The challenge this week was "Blue, White & a little bit of Snowflake". Well thats half of my Xmas cards made to date!!!! But I came up with a new card after seeing this gorgeous image.......

The image is from Tracey Miller of Fred,She Said, & I just couldn't resist it. The sentiment is also from the same set but I printed it out on my Dymo instead. The blue xmas tree background paper was downloaded off a cardmaking cd & cut with decorative scissors. The snowflake & star are from a sheet of embellishments from Crafty Bitz. The mini snowflake peel offs, gems & ribbon are all from my stash. xx

Friday, 17 October 2008

Not Very Cute.......

The Cute Card Thursday challenge this week was to make a Autumnal Card. Well I managed to get that bit right but I probably would have been better off submitting this card for the Male Challenge on ABC. Never mind thats what happens when you do one challenge at a time. Anyway here is the card I made.....
All the items used on this card were found in amongst my stash. I used the sketch from another challenge I entered recently but converted it to fit onto A5. The hardest part was to find some male orientated embellishments to go in the squares, so I ended up using peel offs xx

Thursday, 16 October 2008

3 More challenges complete

Well I am really packing them in this week & loving every minute of it. I made 1 card that covered 2 challenges so I wandered off into blogland to find another one to do. So here's the 1st one I did....... the ABC Challenge was to do a card for a male, which I combined with the sketch challenge on Secret Crafter. To view their blogs clickon the links on the right.

The image was from a downloadable set that I got from a couple of years ago & was in the same set as the cat I used the other day. The rest of the things I used were all in my stash, so hubby is once again a very happy man.

The second card I made last night was using a sketch from a Spoonful of Sugar. This is the first time I have done one of their challenges & although the sketch looked quite complicated I am pleased with the way it has turned out.

The glittered vellum & gems are from Papermania, the snowflake paper is from Craft Creations. The sentiment in the corner is from a sheet from Fred,She Said. The rest of the bits I have used were from my stash.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Sketch #20

I really enjoyed using this sketch & I'm sure I will be using it again very soon. Thank you Sketch Saturday for another great challenge.
Here's my take on this sketch.

The backing paper is from a cardmaking cd that my mum has which I have glittered with irridescent glitter glue. I have then added a paper ribbon from the same cd. The church is a decoupage sheet that I had downloaded from Hobby Tool. I have then added 3 squares cut from the paper ribbon which I have glittered & added a gem in the centre.

L is for Lace......

Blimey, this one is right on the deadline. I can't believe how late I have left it. Anyway, this week on ABC Challenge, we were set L for Lace..... & here's my card

The paper , image & card are all from my stash. The bow was cut on my robo from a template on UKScrappers. The stitching pattern is from Sam at

PIF.... Free Goodies........

Big Hi to everyone, especially Marcea at Marcea's Crafting Corner who sent me these fantastic goodies at the weekend. As these are part of a PIF (Pass It Forward) it is now up to me to send 3 lucky people some goodies of there own. To get hold of some goodies from me, you have to be one of the first 3 people to comment on this post. Looking forward to hearing from you all xx

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Happy Blogversary Natalie

To celebrate her blogversary, Natalie is giving away a gorgeous amount of Blog Candy. Just visit her blog, leave a comment then post a link on your blog. Open until October 18th.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Cute Card Thursday

Hi Everyone. I wanted to get another challenge in before the weekend & when a delivery of stitching patterns from Sam at came through my door I new I had to make one. I decided to enter it into the Cute Card Thursday challenge which this week is buttons & bows.The paper, image & ribbon are all from my stash.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

On a Roll

I'm on a roll tonight. This is my second challenge card & it is for a brand new challenge blog, called Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge.Here is the card I created for this challenge. It will be given to my Mother In Law next week for her birthday.The image & green gingham backing paper is another set by Samantha Murphy. The daisy paper is a Paper Pizzaz from my stash. The celebrate is K & Co. The flowers are from my stash.

Sketch Challenge

Well I think I am at last catching up with the list of jobs I had for this week, a couple of things won't get posted on here till next week, don't want to spoil any surprises. I had a stall at a local airshow at the weekend & the Saturday was too windy to trade & Sunday was a washout so I was glad to get back home. Needless to say I haven't had much time for making cards.
However I have finally got round to doing the Sketch Saturday challenge. This has been set by Gill from the DT. The sketch looked reasonably easy until I decided to do it on A5 Landscape!Here is my interpretation of it. The backing paper & snowman are by Samantha Murphy at She has the most amazing downloads that I have seen for a while. The other bits & pieces were all in my stash, hubby will be happy that at last it is being used!!

Monday, 6 October 2008

ABC Sketch Challenge

Here is my entry for this weeks ABC challenge. It was a sketch challenge set by Katharina from Whiff of Joy Stamps. I found this one quite a hard challenge but I think I will play with this sketch again to get it a bit better. I cut the ovals on my robo & the paper is from a set that my Mum purchased last year xx

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Award from Sally

Thank you Sally for this amazing award. I hope it is the first of many You can view Sally's Blog here xx I have to nominate 7 more to send the award to these are the rules.

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link the person you received your blog award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the boys/girls you've nominated.

I am not too clever with html so I will just have to write the site addresses in xx
The blogs I nominate are

I'm afraid 5 is all I can manage but thats better than nothing xx

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Blog Candy

Michelle over at Stamps, Papers, Scissors & Donkey Smiles is giving away the most gorgeous Blog Candy. You have until 8th October to enter. See her site here

Monday, 29 September 2008

Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone I thought I would be brave & have a go at another challenge, so I toddled off into blogland & found this one on Sketch Saturday. So here's my effort. I used Black, white & red card from my stash, cream paisley scrapbook paper from Deja Views, black ribbon & silver squares from The decoupage is from my own stock on my website xx

Thursday, 25 September 2008

ABC Challenge

Hi Everyone. Well this is my entry for my very first blog challenge (totally scary). The challenge is J for Jewels which I have added to the flower centres. The whole card is made from a set called Dianthus For Beth created by Penny & you can view her site using this link

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Sketch Challenge

I made 2 cards for a sketch challenge on Craftcardscrappers for this month's challenge. Took a while to get my head round it but I did in the end. Still think there is definately plenty of room for improvement thoughThe card is a sheet of 12 x 12 Bazill Olive Green cardstock cut down to size & the paper is from Papermania's Simply Elegant collection. The "Are We There Yet" is from a K & Co TSV that I bought a year or so ago.

Here is the second card I did for the same challenge.Again I used 12 x 12 cardstock that I cut down to size, the red being the base colour. The corners of the

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Bev's Candy

A very good friend of mine is giving away some gorgeous Blog Candy this week. To view her site click on the link

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

ATC Swap

Have done my ATCs today for a swap that I am involved in. This month were the letters M,N,O & P so I did Disney. I just love doing these ATCs, sometimes they are a lot easier than cards.

The first one I did is Mickey Mouse. I used a yellow card & embossed stars on it using a stencil & light box. I then added blue glitter to the dots. A small "M" dome sticker was placed in the corner.

I just love this Nemo one. I used 4 pictures & decoupaged them up. I had some 3D stickers of morning glory that were attached to some green covered wire, so very carefully I pulled the flowers of & attached the wire to give a seaweed effect. Again a dome sticker featuring the letter "N" was added to the corner.

I used a bit of Poetic license on this ATC. It is Roly from "One Hundred & One Dalmations" I used a plain white ATC & found a dalmation spot background. This was printed onto paper & stuck down. I then decoupaged Roly. As a knitter I have quite a bit of wool lying around I used a short strand of white glitter wool & a strand of black wool, punched a hole then threaded through. An "O" is again added in the corner.

This last one I kept fairly simple. Again pluto has been decoupaged & a small bee 3D sticker was added behind him. The "P" dome sticker was again added to the corner.

Monday, 15 September 2008

I've Finally Given In

I tried to do a blog a year or so ago & didn't have a clue what I was doing so I gave up, but now I thought I would give it a go again. Who knows, it might even work this time. Well I suppose I'd better start off by telling you all a bit about myself. I'm Clare, 35 & married to a wonderful guy called Rich who supports me in all my efforts to try & get somewhere in the world of crafting. I have 3 children, 2 of which live at home with me. I have 2 gorgeous cats & a rabbit. I have always crafted I suppose even when I was small we always had colouring books & I would spend many a summer tracing pictures & then colouring them in. I started doing Cross Stitch when I was living in Lancashire in 1992. I then took up Cardmaking in 2004 after I had exhausted my Cross Stitch by doing my Wedding Invitations. Since then I haven't looked back. I now along with everything else do Knitting & Pinflair as well.