Monday, 28 February 2011

Daisy Doodles - A Sketch For You

Good Morning Everyone. We have been really excited this week at Daisy Doodles. Miss Daisy has created a gorgeous range of images featuring Amy. The DT have all got a soft spot for her. If you would like to enter the challenge we only have 1 rule & that is you use a DD image. If you don't own a DD image well pop over to the store & grab yourself a freebie image.

Right onto this week's challenge.... we have a lovely sketch for you. It is a simple sketch but gives you scope to tweek.

I decided to rotate the sketch to get the maximum effect. As you can see I have used the gorgeous Amy. Here is a closer look at her.

I coloured her with Promarkers. The flourishes are cut from Mirri card using a Sizzix die. I added gems. The flowers are a mixture of Prima & flowers from my store. I added Stickles. xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Something Cute.......The Pixie Cottage
Theme.......Something with Flowers.......Stamp Something

Papers : Nitwit Freebies, MME
Image : Amy by Daisy Doodles
Gems & Ribbon : Stash
Flowers : Prima Painterly Petals, Miniature Tea Roses
Flourish : Sizzix Flower Die
Stickles : Star Dust

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Antique Pink, Baby Pink, Blossom, Blush, Ivory, Lavender, Lilac, Mustard, Rose Pink, Satin,

Friday, 25 February 2011

New Freebie at Daisy Doodles

Hi All. You have to pop over to Daisy Doodles & check out the fab freebie she has created for you. I couldn't wait to have a play. Also while you are there take a peek at her fab new Amy range. This little girl is just too cute :-)

I coloured the image using my trusty Promarkers & layered it onto a piece of card that I covered with Denim Distress Ink. I added some faux stitching around the edge & layered onto some blue paper. I added blue spotty paper to the main card. I then decorated with blue organza ribbon, a couple of blue flat backed pearls & a sentiment. xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Birthday Wishes.......A Spoon Full of Sugar
Theme.......Use your Scraps.......Delightful Challenges (Blue paper is from my spring card tut)
Theme.......One Colour.......Pear Tree Designs

Papers : Water's Edge Cd, Freebie
Image : Handbag by Daisy Doodles
Ribbon, Gems & Sentiment : From Stash
Distress Ink : Faded Jeans

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Denim Blue, Grey Green, Metallic Silver, Pastel Blue,

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Card for BIL

Hi Everyone

I thought I would pop by today & show you the card I made for my BIL. I have to say I was quite happy when I had about 10 Promarkers but it is amazing how much difference it makes having a larger selection. I have never really tried to colour what I class as a "complicated" image. But I decided to take the plunge & found the easiest way is to start with a small area at a time. I hope you like the way my card has turned out.

I started by printing off 2 of the images. I coloured one of them & used the other to test colours to see which were best. I then cut out the practise image & used it to cover my finished image. I then applied the Distress Ink background. I wanted to keep the layout fairly simple with it being a male card. xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme........Old Fashioned (Antique Linen Distress Ink)........ABC Challenge
Theme........One for the Men.......Crafty Catz
Theme........Do It With Digis........Totally Papercrafts
Theme........Distress It.......Do It With Digis
Theme........Use a Square........Creative Craft World

: Nitwit Freebies
Image : Kiss The Cook by Just Inklined
Gems : From Stash
Distress Ink : Antique Linen

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Antique Pink, Blush, Cinnamon, Cool Grey 1,2,3,4 & 5, Coral, Denim Blue, Grey Green, Ivory, Mustard, Satin, Tan, Walnut,

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Ellephantastic Tutorial - Spring Fever

Hi, Clare here. Today is my turn to do the tutorial over here at Ellephantastic. I decided that I would like to show you how to create a card that is extremely versatile for any occassion & quite simple to do.

The Spring Card or Diamond Card as it is sometimes known was very popular a couple of years ago & was probably the basis for the Easel Card being created.

First you need to cut a piece of card into an arrow shape. The best way to do this is use an A4 sheet It needs to measure 14cms wide.

Then you need to mark 3 points to create your arrow. These points will be at the following places... 21cms on the left side, 21cms on the right side. To get the point you need to mark a point 28cms high & 7 cms across. Draw a line to create the point & cut.

The next stage is scoring your arrow. You need to score horizontally at 7cms & 14cms (red score lines). You then need to make 2 score lines diagonally from the 2 side points to the 2 corners of your 1st score line (blue score lines).

You now need to make your folds. The horizontal score line's are valley folds. The diagonal score lines are mountain folds. When you have made your folds your card should look like this. Now you can decorate.

I like to cut all the different sections of paper out first before I start assembling. This way you can make sure they all fit. To cut the paper to fit your diamond, I start with a 10cm square piece of paper & cut down until it fits.
When you have assembled all the pieces you need take your card & lay out flat. This makes it easier for you to decorate. Once you have decorated your card you need to stick the diamond to the base. Do this by placing tape to the lower triangle of the card.

The design team have also been making Spring Cards & have come up with some great ideas so make sure you pop over to the DT Blog & check them out.
Don't forget to make sure you enter our Love & Distressing Challenge that is still running xx Clare x

Challenges I have Entered.......

Papers : Heart & Green Gingham - Nitwits, Blue & Green -Water's Edge Cd
Image : Roger with Flowers By Ellephantastic Cards & Crafts
Flowers : Webstore (Please email for details)
Ribbon, Gems & Sentiment : Stash

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Antique Pink, Baby Pink, Blush, Cardinal Red, Cinnamon, Gold, Holly, Lipstick Red, Metallic Silver, Mustard, Satin, Soft Peach, Tan,

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Check Out This Gorg Candy

Check out this gorgeous candy that I found while checking out the Ellephantastic blog xx

Monday, 14 February 2011

Daisy Doodles - Valentines That Glisten

Good Morning from a lovely sunny Essex. I hope you have all been spoilt by your other halves today. I for one get spoilt throughout the year so its a nice meal for us tonight.

Over at Daisy Doodles this time we want to see your Valentine's cards that Glisten. So sparkles & glitters at the ready girls!!

I used some free papers from Simply Cards & Papercrafts & added a ribbon across the top. The image is coloured using Promarkers as usual!! I added chalks around the edge to soften it a little. The circle mat was cut out using my robo. I added glitter to my flowers & flat backed pearls to the corners. xx Clare x

Challenges I Have entered.......
Theme.......Colour Me Wonderful.......Incy Wincy Designs
Theme.......Love.......A Spoon Full of Sugar
Theme........Let There Be Love.......PFP
Theme.......From the Heart.......Digital Tuesday
Theme.......Ribbon........The Pixie Cottage
Theme.......Valentine's/Love.......Crafty Catz
Theme.......Love........Totally Gorgeous
Theme.......Something For Your Valentine.......Stamp Something
Theme.......Love is in the Air.......SSDS
Theme.......Valentine's.......Pear Tree Designs
Theme.......Photo Inspiration.......CYDA
Theme.......Red is all around us.......By The Cute & Girly

Papers : Freebies from Magazine
Image : Big Cheese by DD
Jewelled Brad : Webstore
Flowers : Webstore (Please email me)
Template : UKScrappers
Ribbon & Pearls : From Stash
Stickles : Star Dust

Pens Used :
Promarkers : Cool Grey 1 & 2, Pastel Pink, Primrose, Saffron, Satin, Vanilla,

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Daisy Doodles - Free Week

Hi Everyone

I have been extremely busy this week working on my new webstore but I managed to find some time to do a incy bit of crafting. I have been playing with some stuff that I have had for ages & created a fab gift in a reasonably quick amount of time.

This easel is a great way to show off your images with very little effort. I have used Sidney the Koala & coloured him in using Promarkers. I covered the board with stripey backing paper that I printed off. Make sure you keep the back as neat as possible as the board can be removed. I then made up the easel as per the instructions. To keep the image on the board I have just used a normal mini bulldog clip xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Theme........Anything Goes........Stamping with the Dragon
Theme....... Use a Digi.......Stamp Something
Theme........Free for All........Pear Tree Designs

Papers : Freebie
Image : Sidney the Koala
Easel : Pinflair Easel

Pens Used :
Promarkers :Cinnamon, Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, Grey Green, Tan
Morning Everyone....well nearly anyway lol!!! Today I am thrilled to announce that my new, improved webstore is finally open for business. We will be doing a proper launch on Monday once we have finished tweeking a few things, but please pop over & check it out :-)

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


It'sssssss Playtime :)

In the near future we will be having a game of bingo again. We have done this in the past and as it was successful, we've decided to have another game.
To be eligible to play you need to mail us before the 16th February.
After this date you will be sent your own unique numbers, and bingo ticket. and the date that the bingo will commence.
There will be 2 prizes, one being a $25 GC and the 2nd will be for $10 to spend in store.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Ellephantastic Challenge #23

Morning everyone. Well I certainly have been busy this week!! I have some exciting news to tell you too.

As many of you know I run my own little webstore. Well we are in the middle of creating a brand new webstore that is more user-friendly. Well to coincide with the launch hopefully next week we will be adding Letraset Promarkers to the list of products that we stock :-) So as a special offer if you pre-order before Midnight Mon 7th Feb you will receive free p&p on your order. If you spend £10 or more you will also be entered into a prize draw to win 2 Pink Gem Design Stamps. Just message me for details here

Right onto this month's challenge........

The lovely Jill has chosen the theme of Distressing with Love. We have a wonderful collection of sponsors again this month so make sure you pop by & enter.

I went for a pink & green theme for this card. So not my favourite choice of colours but I think I handled them pretty well!! I coloured the image using promarkers & distressed the background papers with a piece of sandpaper. The colours aren't too great on the photo as it was late at night that I took the photo. xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Challenge #55.......The Pixie Cottage
Theme.......Hearts A Flutter.......Penny's Challenge
Theme.......Banish The Blues........Cute Card Thursday
Theme........Anything Goes.......Stamping With The Dragon
Theme.........Use a Digi.......Stamp Something
Theme.......Romance.......Digi Days Challenge
Theme.......Valentine........Secret Crafter
Theme........Love love Love........Allsorts
Theme.......Love Card Challenge.......Creative Card Challenge
Theme.......Flowers.......Pear Tree Designs

Papers : Freebies from Simply Cards & Papercraft
Image : From Robyn's Fetish
Love Sticker & Flowers : From Stash
Diecuts : Diecut Dreams

Pens Used :
Promarkers :Apple,Ivory, Moss, Vanilla,
Copics : R29

Thursday, 3 February 2011


Evening Everyone. I hope you are not suffering too much with the winds today. Luckily we have had sunshine but it is definately a tad blowy tonight.

It is the first Thursday of the month again which means its time for my Guest Spot over at Moving Along with the Times. This week they are being sponsored by some great friends of mine
The theme for this week has been picked by Pami. She wants to see lots of RED on your projects to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

I have chosen again to make an ATC & have used an image kindly donated by Stitchy Bear Stamps.
I used a last week's sketch by Cute Card Thursday but as the challenge finished last night I won't be entering it :-( I coloured the image using a mixture of Copics & Promarkers. The sentiments were rub ons that I found in my stash. Even though the dp I have used is Christmas paper I think it works really well with the image xx Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Theme.......It's Red.......Crafts & Me
Theme.......Red.........By The Cute & Girly

Papers : MME Oh Christmas Tree
Image : from Stitchy Bear Stamps
Gems : Flat Backed Pearls
Flowers & Ribbon : From Stash

Pens Used :
Copics : 100, R29
Promarkers : Blush, Cardinal Red, Cool Grey 5, Gold, Satin,