Thursday, 30 September 2010

Candy Alert - Triple Celebration - NOW CLOSED

Hi Guys

Thank you for being sooo supportive to me & my blog over the last 2 years. Wow can you really believe it has been that long!!! On Wednesday I will be celebrating my 2nd Blogversary. I have also now got a massive 95 of you lovely peeps following my blog - Wow!!! Not only that but I am only 53 comments away from 10,000 comments!!!!!!! So to celebrate I will be putting together a candy that will run until the end of the month. Each time I hit one of these milestones I will add a piccy of the candy I am offering, so you might get to see some on Weds, but if I reach my comments or followers before then a piccy will go up earlier.......

I don't expect you to do anything on my blog except place a link to my candy on your blog & leave a comment below if you want to......

Take care everyone & again thank you for all your lovely comments & support xx Clare x

** Edited** OMG I have now reached over 10,200 comments & now have 111 lovely peeps following my blog. So here is another couple of pics of my candy xx

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Nitwit Xmas Card

Here is a new card that I have made using a fab decoupage sheet by Denise Rhodes.

It is an A4 DL card, which I have never done before & it is so easy to do. You just print off & cut round. To give it a bit more of a Christmassy feel I added Glamour Dust to the snow. xx Clare x

Image : Christmas on Nitwitty Mountain by Denise Rhodes
Glamour Dust

Monday, 27 September 2010

Incy Wincy Designs #61 & DT Call

Good Morning from a very grey Essex this morning. Unfortunately I'm not feeling too great again today but at least I can get some computer work & cardmaking done.

Before I let you all know about this week's challenge I want to let you know about the DT call over at Incy Wincy Designs. I can't believe my 6 months are almost over. I have thoroughly enjoyed being on the DT & encourage everyone to apply as its a fab team. The DT call is open until the 10th October & the DT will run from November until April so you will have all those fab Xmas images to play with.

Right onto this week's challenge. We have a nice easy one for you this week in the form of "Anything Goes". We are this week sponsored by the Aspire to Thrive charity so please, please pop over to their store. If you are new to Incy Wincy Designs, they use images from the ATT store where all the money taken goes straight to Children's Charities in Australia.

This week I have used this fab pre-coloured Holly image from Mary Helen Sims. I used some red Crystal Lacquers on the berries to give them a bit of shine. I used last week's sketch from Pear Tree Designs. The Holly embellishments were created using Holly Sequins with 3 gems as berries.

Don't forget you have until Wednesday to enter my blog candy if you haven't done so yet xx Clare x

Challenge I have entered.......
Theme.......Anything Goes.......A Spoon Full of Sugar

Papers : MME Christmas Stack
Image : MHS available at Aspire to Thrive
Gems, Sequins & Ribbon : From Stash
Sentiment : DHP Xmas Kit

Pens Used:
Promarkers : Olive Green to colour sentiment

Sunday, 26 September 2010

New Card & Apologies

Hi Everyone!! Huge apologies for being awol over the last week & a half. I have had a few issues healthwise but am hoping I am coming out the other side now. I also decided on Tuesday that working at my desk surrounded by mess was stressing me out, however I didn't expect it to take me nearly 3 days!!!! to sort it all out!!

However, although not 100% I decided I needed to get some crafting done & here is the creation.This is a gorgeous Easel card kit that I bought this week by Carol Brown. You not only get the card but also the matching envelope too. I didn't really need to do too much to this, just added some stickles to the roses to add a bit of glitz. xx Clare x

Kit : Roses Easel Card Kit by Carol Brown
Stickles : Star Dust

Friday, 17 September 2010

Warm Winter Wishes

Hi Peeps. I am absolutely shattered today but still had plenty to do. Here is a card that I made last night.I made this card using a decoupage sheet by Sharon Trommelen. I made it into a DL card. I created the trim on his hat & cuff using Flower Soft. It was the first time I had managed to get this stuff to stay on properly. The key seems to be plenty of glue!! I then added Stickles to the snowflakes & the white bits on the lettering. xx Clare x

Decoupage Sheet : Warm Winter Wishes by Sharon Trommelen
Stickles : Star Dust
Flower Soft : Ivory

Thursday, 16 September 2010

New Card for Beary Dust Stamps

I have been such a bad DTer for my friend Sue so today I decided to make amends & create a card using one of her images. This is one of the very 1st images she ever sent me & it has been sat in a drawer, already coloured & waiting to go on a card. Well today I have finished it.

I nearly forgot I had these papers & I am so glad I got them out as they are gonna come in useful over the next couple of months for my Xmas cards. I coloured the image with Aqua Promarkers. Luckily I had the sense at the time to write the colours down as I have now sold them! I used distress inks round the edge of the image xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Theme....... Christmas Colours.......Fussy & Fancy
Theme.......Flower.......Totally Gorgeous
Theme.......Girly & Glitter.......CYDA

Papers : Dovecraft Retro Vintage & MME Wild Asparagus
Image : Ballerina by Beary Dust Stamps
Flowers : Red Roses from Store, White Roses & Stamens from Stash
Stickles : Star Dust, Red
Distress Inks : Tea Dye

Pens Used :
Aqua Promarkers : Cadmium Red
MLPII : 18
Tombow : 977

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Happy 2nd Blogversary

Morning Everyone from an extremely warm & sunny Essex. Well today is officially my 2nd Blogversary woohoo!!!! So if you pop to my blog candy here you will see that I have added another couple of pics of the candy. Don't forget that this is running till the end of the month so make sure you let all your friends know xx

Clare xx

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Teddy Cards

Hope everyone is well today. I have a treat for you today, 4, yes 4 cards for you. However they are all from the same set of toppers so were great to make up. All 4 cards were made using this week's sketch challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. I just love their sketches. Simple to do but with a brilliant outcome.
All the papers I have used were from Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 70. I coloured the images with Promarkers & added 3 star shaped flowers to the paper ribbon.

This second card is the same again but I added 3 Jolee Flowers to the paper ribbon.

This was actually the first card I completed out of the set & I wasn't too sure on it to start off with. I am not a huge fan of purple but it has definately grown on me. I added 3 star brads to the paper ribbon on this one.

This is the last of the 4 cards. I added buttons threaded with ribbons to this card. xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Sketch Challenge #66.......Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Theme.......Happy Birthday.......PPCC

Papers: All from Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 70
Images : 4 Colour your own summer bear toppers by Sharon Poore
Embellies :All from my stash

Pens Used :
Promarkers: Card 1: Blush, Cocoa, Honeycomb, Rose Pink, Saffron, Satin, Soft Peach, Tan, Vanilla
Card 2: Blush, Denim Blue, Honeycomb, Ivory, Pastel Blue, Pastel Yellow, Primrose, Saffron, Satin, Soft Peach
Card 3: Aegean, Blush, Cool Grey 1, 2, 4 & 5, Cornflower, Denim Blue, Ginger, Honeycomb, Orange, Pastel Blue, Saffron, Satin, Soft Peach
Card 4: Blush, Cobalt Blue, Cool Grey 1, 2, 4 & 5, Honeycomb, Saffron, Satin, Sky Blue, Soft Peach

Monday, 13 September 2010

Incy Wincy Designs#59 - Autumn Colours

Well another week has gone by. Majority of the schools have now gone back & the College's & Uni's are now beginning to go back again. My daughter starts her new Uni course next week so she has her inductions to go to this week.

This week at Incy Wincy Designs we are challenging you to create a project using Autumn Colours. We are being sponsored by AI Factory who have the most amazing selection of digistamps & other digital images.

I thought I would combine the colours with a more masculine card this week as that really was the only way I could get my head round the colours really.

I used this gorgeous Ant which I coloured with Promarkers. The sketch was created by a friend of mine at Craftycardscrappers. I have been having a bit of a play with some distress inks which is what I used on the circular background. I think I am going to have a bit of a lookie at some tuts for these as I haven't got a clue whether I am using them right lol!!!! Here is a closer look at the image
Don't forget I have a fab candy running this month so pop up the page & enter xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch....... September Sketch Challenge.......Craftycardscrappers
Theme......Keep It simple.......Daisy Doodles Creations
Theme.......Dots & Stripes.......Digital Tuesday
Theme......Let's Go Dotty.......Totally Papercrafts
Theme....... Colours of Autumn........Allsorts

Papers : Dovecraft Abstract Prints
Image : Thinking Ant available at AI Factory
Liquid Pearls : Gold
Distress Inks : Antique Linen, Tea Dye

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Burnt Orange, Burnt Umber, Chestnut, Cool Grey 1

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Ready For Christmas Easel Card

Good Morning from a lovely sunny Essex. Unfortunately hubby is full of cold so we will be staying home today. I have been busy at my desk again creating another of these great double layer easel cards by Denise Rhodes.

I printed out 2 sheets as the previous easel card. This time however I didn't add any extra bits.

I added Star Dust Stickles to the large snow-covered tree in the centre & the bush in the righthand corner. I also added Gold Stickles to the tree behind the cart. xx Clare x

Image : Ready for Christmas by Denise Rhodes
Stickles : Star Dust, Gold

Friday, 10 September 2010

CraftyCat Halloween Cd

I have again been playing with images on Tracy's Halloween Paper Piecing CD & came up with these tags for sweetie bags.I set my printer up 2 print 2 A5 copies onto an A4 sheet. I cut out the paper piecing images out & made up. I then put them through a laminator & cut round leaving enough space at the top to punch a hole through. I took 6 A6 cello bags & filled with sweets. Then I fed some orange & black curling ribbon through & tied round the bags.

I made up sweetie bags for the kids on our estate last halloween & they went down brilliantly xx Clare x

Challenges I Have Entered.......
Theme.......Animals.......Pear Tree Designs
Theme.......Animal Crackers.......A Spoon Full of Sugar
Theme......Furry Friends........The Pixie Cottage
Theme.......Paper Piecing.......Crafty Catz
Theme.......Clean & Simple.......Secret Crafter

Images : Halloween Paper Piecing CD by Craftycat
Curling Ribbon & Cello Bags : From Stash

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Easel Card

Good Morning Everyone. It is a lovely sunny morning here in Essex although I am not quite sure how long it will last for. I have finally got 1 of my tribe back to school this week however Uni & College are still to start.

I was working hard yesterday evening making some bits & pieces the first of which I will let you see today. It is a fabby "double layer" easel card from Crafts U Print called "Cosy Cottage"

It is great for a quick card as there is no messing about with measurements, you just print & cut. I printed 1 sheet onto card & another onto paper so I could layer a bit more. I added stickles to the edge of the sentiment on the base. I also added stickles to the outside of the top of the card & to the snow on the rooftop. I then added a small ribbon & bow just to finish off. xx Clare x

Sheet designed by Denise Rhodes available here

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

My Advent Drawers

It has taken me a lot longer than I thought it would but I have finally finished my Snowman Sitting Advent Drawers. I got the kit from Crafts U Print (link in my sidebar). It gives you everything you need to make it .

I couldn't leave it alone though & had to add my extra touch to it. I added Stickles to the snowflake & round the edges of the sentiment on the Easel card. The poinsetta in the corner is a Prima one & I am fast running out of them rapidly. I added Dewdrops to the drawers as fake drawer handles & again covered these with Stickles. xx Clare x

Monday, 6 September 2010

Incy Wincy Designs#58 - Celebrate

Evening Everyone...... I hope you are all well & looking forwards to getting back in to a routine ready for the final stretch of the year. To get you in the mood we have a great challenge at Incy Wincy Designs this week with the theme "Celebrate". Now what better way to celebrate than to have the chance of winning a fab $25 credit voucher with this weeks's sponsor....
I decided to make a card for the birth of a baby. I am going to be an Auntie again in a couple of months so need a couple of cards ready to send out to my brother in Australia.

I just love this image that I have chosen & coloured it with my Promarkers. I used a mixture of papers from D&D & BG. Here is a closeup of the image

I used a Fiskars embossing corner to give the corners a bit of something, I am sure you will know what I mean lol!!! xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered......
Sketch.......Challenge#34 Sketch & Family Theme.......The Pixie Cottage
Sketch........Challenge#OCCSC31.......Our Creative Corner
Theme.......Clean & Simple........Crafty Cardmakers
Theme.......New Beginnings.......Allsorts

Papers : D&D Picnic Patch, BG Wild Asparagus
Image : Moon 1 by Aspire to Thrive
Ribbon : From Stash

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Cinnamon, Cool Grey 1 & 5, Cornflower, Denim Blue, Gold, Pastel Blue, Soft Peach, Tan

Friday, 3 September 2010


Hi Everyone

I'm getting there slowly again so I am only running a day late with this post. This week is my turn at being Guest Designer over at MAWTT again. I have to admit I miss the girlies over there & it is so nice to be able to join in with them again. This week it is Brenda's turn to host the challenge & she has chosen "In Stitches" as her theme this week.The sponsor this week is the fab Digistamp Boutique & I am so glad I got to play with another of their fab images for my card.

Make sure you have a go at this challenge as you are being offered the chance of winning 10, yes 10 images of your choice!!!!

I used my sewing machine again for this card & although my sewing is a bit wonky it is definately getting better. I am no longer making silly mistakes like trying to use the machine with the foot still up lol!!! I coloured the image with Promarkers & added Stickles to the flowers in the bouquet as well as to the larger flowers. xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Challenge #15.......Pear Tree Designs
Theme.......Glitter & Sparkles.......Crafty Cardmakers
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Daisy Doodles
Theme.......Teddy Bear's Picnic.......Passion for Promarkers
Theme.......Material Girl.......Cute Card Thursday

Papers : Basic Grey Bloom & Grow
Image : Coco & Roses by Digistamp Boutique
Flowers & Ribbon : from Stash
Stickles : Star Dust

Pens Used:
Promarkers : Blossom, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coral, Marsh Green, Olive Green, Rose Pink, Satin, Soft Peach, Tan,

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Back To School - Incy Wincy Designs

I can't believe how far behind the Bank Holiday has put me this week :-( I really don't seem to be catching up with anything. So I will make this post fairly quick.
This week over at Incy Wincy Designs we are challenging you to create a Back to School project. Our sponsor this week is Black Leaf Studio & they have donated this fabby digi paper pack as this week's prize

The DT had chance to have a play with this pack this week & I have to say it is a great pack to play with. Here is what I created

I think 1 of the biggest nightmares I have with my youngest son is not knowing his timetable so I have created a magnetic timetable so I can see when PE kits etc are needed in plenty of time!! I used 2 of the papers & printed out a timetable from the internet. I then laminated it & added some dome stickers that spell out "TIMETABLE" I then added some magnetic strips across the back. A nice easy project that saves hours of time over the school year xx Clare x

Papers : Black Leaf Studios
Timetable : Internet
Stickers & Magnets : From Stash