Friday, 30 July 2010

Start Your Engines

I have been busy over the last couple of days getting some cards completed for Crafts U Print. I have chosen to do a couple of cards featuring Comiccars. Here they are below
I have created both cards in the same way just changing a couple of details so they aren't both quite identical. I used HOTP papers as the borders outside the main pictures as they didn't quite fill an A5 card.

To create the inside of the cards I took a 2nd sheet & cut out the image to leave an area for the message to be written. I added the tools in the corners just to give the inside a bit of detail.

Papers : HOTP Creative Christmas Stack
3D Sheets : Tuned to Perfection Card Fronts 1 & 3 by Sharon Poore
Sentiments : White Happy Birthday from a La Pashe Flippin Men sheet, Yellow typed sentiment from stash

Changed Settings

Just a quick note to inform you all that you will now only be able to leave a comment on my blog if you are a registered user. Unfortunately I have had continuous spamming over the last month on my comments & have had to restrict the settings so Anomynous users can no longer leave me a comment. I love receiving comments off you all but I have had enough spam messages now. xx Clare x

Thursday, 29 July 2010

CraftyCat Wedding Card 4

This is the last in a series of 4 cards that I have made using the Wedding Cd from Craftycat. I hope I have given you some ideas for the cd over the last couple of months. I have a great new cd to play with in August so I have got to find some time to play.

I have this time used the paper piecing Gazebo, Bride & Groom & used the blue flowers from the flower sheet. The gazebo was printed in A5 & pieced together. I added the blue flowers whicvh I had printed in A4 size. I added some gems from a Poundland nail file in the centres of the flowers. The bride & groom were printed in "contact" size to get them small enough. I added silver gems to the tiara & star dust stickles to the dress. The stitching in the corners was done by hand using an Ann's Paper Art sheet. xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Dazzle 'Em.......Digital Tuesday
Theme.......Summertime.......Craftycatz (Can't get more summery than a wedding lol!!)
Theme........Congratulations.......Totally Gorjuss
Theme.......Paper Piecing........Lexi's Creations

Images : From Craftycat's Wedding Paper Piecing cd
Gems : From my Stash
Stickles : Star Dust
Stitching Pattern : a393 (Available from

Monday, 26 July 2010

Incy Wincy Designs#52 - A Sketch

Good Morning Everyone. We have a fabby challenge for you over at Incy Wincy Designs this week. We are being sponsored by a gorgeous company called Limited Runs. If you haven't visited this company make sure you pop over there now with a cup of coffee in hand. And to make even more worth your while Nikki has got a sale on this week too....
Nikki was also kind enough to create a gorgeous sketch for us to use this week too.We were lucky enough to choose an image each to use on our cards so I thought I would go for something slightly different for me.

I just love this image that I used. It is called Sweet Nothings & I had a bit of a play with it. I have never tried to do ginger hair before with my Promarkers & this took 3 attempts to get it to this stage but I think I have got it looking ok. At least I have something to work on now. Here is a closer lookI am hoping that I will be able to get the inside sorted today. Clare xx

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Birthday.......Pear Tree Designs
Theme......Digis.......Stamp, Scrap & Doodle

Papers : DCWV - The Linen Closet
Image : Sweet Nothings by Limited Runs Stamps
Flowers : From my Store (Please email for details)
Happy Birthday Stamp : Pink Gem Designs (Email me for details)

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Aegean, Blush, Burnt Umber, Chestnut, Cocoa, Cool Grey 1, Denim Blue, Dusky Pink, Gold, Ivory, Marsh Green, Moss, Olive Green, Orange, Pastel Blue, Satin, Sky Blue, Soft Peach, Tan

Sunday, 25 July 2010

OSAAT#23 - Some Goodbyes

Good morning from a very overcast Essex. I was meant to be out car booting this morning but the forecast wasn't very good so I decided to stay in & get some work done xx

We have a fab challenge for you over at OSAAT this week but first for some sad news. Our lovely DT leader Sam has decided to step down from the DT & leave us to give her love & attention to her fabby store. If you haven't seen you really ought to take a look as she creates the most gorgeous crocheted items xx Secondly, our lovely creator Susan (Crafty Chaos) has decided to leave the store as a creator. However she is staying on with us at the DT so it's not a total goodbye. But as a special send off all our creations were made this week using Susan's fab papers.

Right onto this week's challenge. Stitchy Bear Store is sponsoring us again this week & they are giving away 3 digital images to the lucky winner.

We want to see your cards using the colour scheme......Black, White & one other colour. This would have been a brilliant challenge but as I went to make my card on black ink cartridge run out on my printer!!!!!! So when it finally came on Friday my card ended up rushed :-( But here it is anyway.....

I used last week's sketch over at Sunday Sketch & Stamp. I won't be entering it though as the challenge changed this morning doh!!! I didn't even get to create the inside of the card this week as I just run out of time. So this is going to be a really short post & the details are at the bottom lol!!! xx Clare x

Papers: Black & White Basics by Crafty Chaos Designs
Image : Football Ali by Lexi's Creations
Embellishments : Dovecraft Football Buttons

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Blush, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Denim Blue, Dusky Pink, Moss, Pastel Blue, Satin, Shale, Tan,
Copics :R29

Friday, 23 July 2010

Birthday Moodles

This week over at Pollycraft they are celebrating Paula's birthday with a birthday challenge. The lovely Nikki at Bunny Zoe Crafts is sponsoring so its definately worth entering.

I decided to make an Easel card using the gorgeous Moodles. I don't usually use oranges & greens on my cards but thought I would give myself my own personal challenge. I followed the Sketch over at SSW. I just love their sketches as they are so easy to use. I coloured Moodles with my Promarkers. Here is a closer look at the image

I just love the Prima flowers that I have used but I have run out so I am going to have to go shopping lol!! xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch....... Sketch#59.......Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Theme.......Happy Birthday.......Pollycraft
Theme.......Easel Cards.......Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge
Theme.......Happy Birthday.......Digital Tuesday
Theme....... Double Up.......The Pixie Cottage
Theme.......Summertime....... Crafty Catz
Theme.......Summer Holidays.......Secret Crafter
Theme.......Summer Days.......Allsorts

Papers : MME Bloom & Grow
Image : Moodles by Pollycraft
Flowers, Gems & Ribbon : From my Stash
Brads : Made using plain white brads dipped in Twinklets Diamond Dust
Stamp : Happy Birthday Ticket Stamp(available from my for details)

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Aegan, Cool Grey 1,2 & 3, Gold, Marsh Green, Olive Green, Primrose, Sky Blue

Monday, 19 July 2010

Incy Wincy Designs #51 - Alter It

Good Morning peeps!!! The weather forecast for today is HOT HOT HOT!!!! My kind of weather.

Right onto this week's challenge...This week we want you to make an Altered Project. Aspire To Thrive are our sponsors again this week & have put up a $10 voucher for the store xx
I was a bit late in deciding what I was going to create this week so I am not entirely happy with what I have created but it works nonetheless.

My eldest lad gave my hubby a watch on our anniversary on Saturday so I decided to Alter it & create a Cat Treat Box. So here is the finished project.......

I used my Daisy & Dandelion papers & liked the fact that I could use the black from the box to outline the papers. I used this cute cat image from the store & found these cute chipboards in the bottom of a embellie box. The flower stickers were also found at the bottom of the box!!I lined the inside of the box with stripes & added the cat treats. I managed to do it without the cats knowing too lol!!! xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......

Theme.......Anything But A Card.......Crafty Catz

Papers : Daisy & Dandelion - Picnic Patch
Image : Cat from Aspire to Thrive
Embellies, Stickers & Chipboard : From Stash

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Gold, Cinnamon, Tan, Chestnut

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Two Cat Cards

Hi Everyone & welcome to another couple of cards from me. I know I don't normally post 2 together but I thought this time it would be easier. They are both made from a sheet of digistamps that are available over at Craft U Print.
The 1st card is using the image Kitten in Basket. Not quite sure where the basket comes into it but never mind.

I coloured the image with Promarkers & layered onto pink, green & pink gingham papers. I had a pale pink ribbon that I coloured using a Rose Pink Promarker & tied into a bow. I added the roses in the corner & coloured a diecut sentiment with a Pale Green Copic. Below is the inside of the card.I am entering this card into the following challenges.......
Sketch....... Challenge #67.......Digital Tuesday
Theme.......Animals.......Passion for Promarkers
Theme.......Triple Play.......The Pixie Cottage
Theme.......Recipe-1 image, 1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 embellishments.......Totally Papercrafts
Theme.......Summer Days.......Allsorts
Theme.......Warm Summer Days.......By The Cute & Girly

Papers : All freebies from Creative Cardmaking Summer Edition
Image : Cat in Basket & Kitten in Boot by Pamela West
Ribbon & Sentiment : From Stash
Flowers : From Store (Please email me)

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Cool Grey 1,2 & 3, Rose Pink, Olive Green, Marsh Green, Blossom
Copics : B00, YG11

Right onto the 2nd card.........

I made a 6x6 card & then sliced one corner off. I added a piece of acetate to the inside of the card.I covered the remaining corner with spotty paper. The oval was cut out using my Nellie & I added gems to every other scallop. I coloured the image with Promarkers. I then added 3 button flowers.In the inside left of the card I used the piece of card that I cut from the front of the card to sandwich the acetate & again covered with the spotty paper. I added another oval & printed a birthday verse on my computer.

On the inside right of the card I added another oval, some flower paper & a sentiment.

Tomorrow I will be back to a normal short post & this week's Incy Wincy creation xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Sketch By Hetty.......Craftycardscrappers
Theme....... Photo Inspiration....... Crafty Cardmakers
Theme.......Triple Play.......The Pixie Cottage
Theme.......Transparency & 3 buttons.......Stampin with the Dragon

Papers : Freebies from Magazine
Image : Cat in Basket & Kitten in Boot by Pamela West
Gems & Button Flowers : From Stash
Dies : Nellies Oval
Sentiment : Design House Xmas Kit

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Cool Grey 1, 2 & 3, Cinnamon, Chestnut, Cocoa, Burnt Umber, Olive Green, Coral, Marsh Green,

Thursday, 15 July 2010

New Wedding Card

Evening Everyone. Wow what a really manky day we have had today. Yucky winds & rain. I am hoping that things will improve before the weekend as I am off to Silverstone for my chrissy present.

I have been playing again with Tracy's wedding cd that you can find over at Craftycat. I made 2 cards from this cd & I enjoyed them so much I hung onto it for another month. So here is the 3rd card I have created.For the front of the card as you can see I used the bride, groom & blue birds. The frame they are layered onto is the remains of a oval I punched out using my oval nellies. I layered it onto some silver glitter paper. I have added stickles & flat back pearls to the bride & used a flower decorated in stickles as the bouquet. Here is a closer look at the image.

I tried to keep the inside of the card fairly plain as I didn't want to take too much away from the front of the card so I have used the heart & banner on the left of the inside

& on the right of the inside I have used the same paper as the front & added an oval nellie for the writing space. xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......

Theme.......Glitter/Sparkles.......Pear Tree Designs
Theme.......You & Me.......ABC Challenge
Theme.......July Love.......Allsorts

Papers : DCWV - The Linen Closet, Silver Glitter Paper
Images : All from Craftycat Wedding Cd
Flower : From my store (email me for details)
Stickles : Star Dust
Others : Oval Nellies, Gems from Stash

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Stamp Giveaway at Pixie Cottage

Oh Boy!!! Have you seen this adorable New Stamp that is being given away over at The Pixie Cottage. There are a couple of things you need to do to be in with a chance of winning so why not pop over & take a look xx Clare x

Monday, 12 July 2010

Incy Wincy Designs - Challenge 50!!!!

Wow they are celebrating over at Incy Wincy Designs this week. They have reached Challenge #50!!!!

We are being sponsored this week by a brilliant company called Instyle Stamps. They offer a range of rubber stamps as well as Digital Images. The prize they are offering this week is a choice of 4 digital images to the lucky winner!!

The challenge this week is for you to use distressing on your cards. This can be by distressing your papers or using distress inks.

I loved being down my Mum's over the weekend & took full advantage of her fab garden. I followed the sketch & technique over at The Pixie Cottage. I haven't made an aperture card for ages & it was great to do something different for a change. I just loved the image too. I coloured Ava in using my Promarkers.

Here is the view through the aperture from the inside of the card and here is the image with the distressed papers.

I am loving these pens more & more. I can't believe I was able to create cards with a basic pack of 12 though as I seem to use more & more shades as I get more lol!!!

Here is a closer look at the image. I love this mirror reflection. I couldn't help glittering her wings either lol!!!! xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch & Theme....... Make an Aperture Card....... The Pixie Cottage
Theme....... Glitter/Sparkles.......Pear Tree Designs
Theme.......Apertures.......Secret Crafter

Papers: DCWV - The Linen Closet
Image : Ava Combing Hair by In Style Stamps
Embellishments : All from my Store (contact me for details)
Sentiment : From Stash
Stickles : Star Dust
Punch : Martha Stewart

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Blue Pearl, Blush, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cool Grey 1, Denim Blue, Pastel Blue, Pastel Yellow, Primrose, Saffron, Satin, Soft Peach, Tan,

Sunday, 11 July 2010

OSAAT#21 ..........Military

Afternoon everyone

Well I have scheduled my post (again) as I should be on my way home back to Essex from my weekend in Somerset & Wales. When I blogged about the Speedway earlier I mentioned about the fact that the Navy & Marines were part of the pre-race entertainment. I totally forgot that the theme this week at OSAAT was Military!!!!

As I said our theme is Military & we want you to create a card for a member of the forces. This could be a birthday card, Xmas card, anything as long as it has the theme.

Stitchy Bear Stamps are sponsoring the challenge this week & are offering you 5 digis of your choice as the prize. Don't forget to pop over to the shop & check out their sale. You can get there from my sidebar if you need a link.

I chose a 3D sheet that I had featuring a Harrier jump of my favourite aircraft. The papers are a set from Toucan Scraps (you can find her in the store) & they are great colours for all types of men's & teenagers cards. I used 3 different papers from the set on my card. The sketch is taken from the sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday this week.

Well that was definately a short post for me lol!!!! Check back tomorrow for this week's Incy Wincy Designs challenge xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered........

Sketch.......Challenge#57.......Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Theme.......Birthday.......Ellephantastic Challenges
Theme.......3D something.......Lexi's Creations

Papers : Well Worn by Toucan Scraps
Image : Harrier Jump Jet from Stash


Fab Day in Cardiff

Wow we had an awesome day in Cardiff in yesterday when we went down for the Speedway British Grand Prix. The entertainment was amazing. We had the Royal Navy doing their cannon runs & the Marines abseiling down from the roof of the Millenium Stadium.
The Speedway itself was just amazing & so was the noise inside. Congrats to Chris Holder for winning.

Check back later to see this week's challenge over at One Stitch at a Time xx Clare x

Monday, 5 July 2010

Incy Wincy Designs - Punches

Well I am posting this on hubby's netbook again as my power supply has fallen to bits again :-( However I am meant to be receiving my new lappy this week. It is due tomorrow but I am not holding my breath lol!!!This week at Incy Wincy Designs we are asking you all to get out those punches. We are again this week being sponsored by Aspire to Thrive. If you haven't been over to their store please do as all money from purchases goes straight to children's charities xx

I decided to create an Easel card using the 3d dog sheet from the store which is available in black & white as well as colour. I downloaded the black & white version & only used the base layer which I coloured in with my Promarkers. I used my Martha Stewart punch & a diecut sentiment. Here is a closer look at the coloured image.

Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with another card but it all depends if I can get access to my laptop to transfer my files across xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Theme.......Animals.......Pear Tree Designs
Theme.......Something with a Dog.......Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge
Theme.......Birthdays.......Crafts And Me
Theme.......The Great Outdoors........DU2DS

Papers :MME Wild Asparagus, Orange Paper from The Creative Cottage Halloween Download
Image : 3D Dog from Aspire to Thrive
Punch : Martha Stewart
Sentiment : From Stash

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Chestnut, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Ivory, Shale, Tan,

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Craftycat Wedding Card

Evening everyone....another busy day here today. We bought a shed off ebay so it has been a bit busy clearing the garden & going to collect. But it will be worth it when I have a tidy house again.....

I have been playing with Tracy's wedding cd again this weekend & created this card

I used the white champagne bottle from the cd. I embossed the background, added some ribbon, pearls, flowers & sparkle. I am quite pleased with the result. Here is a closer look at the champagne bottle.

I do want to quickly say Get Well Soon to Tracy as she has been fairly poorly over the past few weeks. Don't forget to pop back tomorrow to see more latest card for Incy Wincy Designs xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......

Theme.......Flower Power.......Magical Crafts
Theme.......Wedding........Creative Craft World

Papers : White card, DCWV -The Linen Closet
Image : Champagne Bottle from The Wedding Cd
Ribbon & Flowers : From my store (email for details)
Pearls : From my stash
Stickles : Star Dust

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Dirt Track Biker

Afternoon everyone. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I have another card for you today that I have created using a sheet from Crafts U Print.

I created a slightly larger than normal easel card for this one. The width is 5 1/2 inches. I didn't do the top part as a square, I wanted to keep it rectangular. I used a sheet of HOTP Xmas paper for the base of the card.All the other elements are taken from the sheet. I won't be back tomorrow with my OSAAT card as we have a new DT that are doing this week's so make sure you pop over to see what they have created. You may spot a couple of familiar faces over there. xx Clare x

Challenges I entered:

Theme.......3D Decoupage.......Lexi's Creations

Papers : HOTP Christmas Stack
Image : Dirt Track Racer 2 by Julie Green

Friday, 2 July 2010

My Dad's Book

A couple of months ago I told you all that my Dad had been celebrating his 70th birthday. To mark the occassion I created a mini scrapbook for him with images from the decades he has lived through . This was the first one I had ever made & I used my Zutter to piece it all together.
Well I forgot to get piccies of it. So when I saw him at the weekend I nabbed it back. I hope you enjoy viewing it.
Front Cover(Sorry for the reflection off the acetate)

Page 1 - 1940's

Page 2 - 1950's Dad loves Buddy Holly

Page 3 - 1960's Need we say more!

Page 4 - 1970's

Page 5 - 1980's Dad started taking us Motor Racing

Page 6 - 1990's This is Embsay station near Skipton N.Yorks where Dad used to take my kid's on the Thomas the Tank Engine days

Page 7 - 2000's Dad is now a season ticket holder

Thanks for popping by today & seeing this xx Clare x

Thursday, 1 July 2010

MAWTT #52 - My Farewell

Good morning everyone. Well I told you last night that I had some news. Sadly, I have decided to step down from the DT at MAWTT so this is my farewell card & sketch for them. I have had a fab 12 months with them & have made some fantastic friends along the way.

This week's prize is for a 2 week GDT, so without further ado, here is this weeks sketchThis week's theme is an open theme so you can create a card for any reason. I chose to create a birthday card using a gorgeous Smookie image.

I thought I would use a bit of pink this week. If you know me you will know that I just don't do pink lol!!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed my sketches over the last year & I hope you continue to visit my blog & see the other DT challenges that I do xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered..........

Theme.......Flower Power.......Magical Crafts
Theme.......Summer Loving........Pear Tree Designs

Papers : MME Wild Asparagus, Papermania Reminiscent of a bygone era, Studiolight JBS Collection Sheet 34
Image : Smookie in a Flower Pot by Nellie Snellen
Gems & Brad: From Stash
Flowers : Prima Painterley Petals
Sentiment : Polka Doodles Freebie from magazine

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Apricot, Blossom, Cinnamon, Cool Grey 1, Gold, Marsh Green, Moss, Olive Green, Rose Pink, Saffron, Satin, Terracotta,
Copics : 0, RV04