Friday, 7 December 2012

Flippin Birthdays!

Well we are heading in to another weekend. Hard to believe that there are only 4 weekends of 2012 left!! It has been an amazing & tragic year for the UK & I am sure it will be talked about for a few years to come.

I have managed to get all the birthday cards I needed to do in time & this is the last of them.

I have used the Flippin DIY Man stamp & coloured with Promarkers. I used the sketch from Friday Sketch Challenge. The sentiment came with the stamp set. Here is a close up of the image.

I again took the layout through to the inside of the card.

I am now hopefully going to get chance to get on with some more Xmas Cards.x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.........
Sketch........Challenge #32.......Friday Sketch Challenge
Theme.......For The Boys.......Totally Papercrafts
Theme.......Anything Goes.......SWTD

Papers : Freebies (Again!)
Image & Sentiment : Flippin Men by La Pashe
Ribbon : From Stash

Promarkers Used :
Amber, Blush, Burnt Orange, Caramel, Cardinal Red, Cocoa, Cool Grey 1,2&5, Denim Blue, Dusky Pink, Ginger, Ice Grey 5, Ivory, Marsh Green, Olive Green, Pale Pink, Pastel Blue, Poppy, Saffron, Summer Sun, Tan, Twilight Sky, Warm Grey 4,

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Willy The Kid

Evening everyone. OMG how cold has it been today! I have been in my craft room all day which is the warmest room in the house & I have still been cold :-(

I have spent the day making a birthday card for another of Richard's work mates. I have 1 left to do now for Monday then I will be having a mad panic on Xmas Cards lol!! Here is his card.

I have coloured the image with Promarkers & distressed the edges in Forest Green. This milk chocolate backing card I found in my scrapbook folder again. Here is a close up of the image.

Once I started putting the card together I added some light grey pearls (camera makes them look white), ribbon, button & jute. I then stamped this Pink Gem ticket stamp added to the card.

 I took the layout through to the inside of the card. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Challenge#236.......Sketch Saturday
Theme.......Anything Goes.......PPCC
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Daisy Doodles

Papers : Freebies
Image : Willy the Kid by Just Inklined
Gems, Button, Ribbon & Jute : From Stash
Distress Ink : Forest Green
Sentiment : Happy Birthday Ticket by Pink Gem Designs

Promarkers Used :
Blush, Caramel, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cool Grey 1, Dusky Pink, Gold, Marsh Green, Moss, Mustard, Olive Green, Pale Pink, Saffron, Tan, Warm Grey 3&4

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Male Elegance

Afternoon everyone. I have another Man's Card for you this afternoon. This is the 2nd of the 4 that I need to get done before Friday. 

I have used the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This one I have to say tested me a bit but I do like the end result. The image is a black & white print out so no colouring needed. The colours are simple which makes it quite elegant.

I have followed through the sketch to the inside of the card minus a couple of bits x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Challenge #175.......Tuesday Morning Sketches
Theme.......Anything Goes.......PPCC
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Crafts & Me

Papers: From Stash
Image : Graphicsfairy
Sentiment : Cuddly Buddly
Gems & Ribbon : From Stash

Jamaican Gus!

This is a busy week for me for Birthdays. 4 of Hubby's work colleagues all have their birthdays between the 3rd & 11th December!! Here is the first one for you.

 This is Jamaican Gus :-) I have to say I giggled the whole time I was colouring Gus in. I have used Promarkers as usual & teamed it with a selection of bright papers that I found hidden in my scrapbook folder. I printed the "At My Age" onto Safmat & cut out.  Here is a close up of the image.

 I hadn't realised until I had finished colouring that I had done his shirt in Jamaican colours. Danny is originally from Jamaica so the card went down a treat. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Challenge #173.......Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Crafts & Me
Theme.......Clear It Out.......ABC Challenge (Papers)
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Catch the Bug

Papers : From Stash
Image : Gus by Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiments : Happy Birthday - Cuddly Buddly, At My Age - Bugaboo Stamps
Safmat : From Webstore

Promarkers Used :
Aegean, Black, Bright Orange, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cool Grey 1 & 5, Grass, Moss, Orange, Pastel Pink, Poppy, Summer Sun, Tan,

Saturday, 1 December 2012

I've been Published!

Good Morning Everyone. Life here at the moment is a bit crap & chaotic. I haven't had chance to make any cards this week as I have knitting orders to complete.

However, I have this card today that has featured in the online crafting magazine Creative Crafting. Click here if you want to check out how you want to make it & turn to page 23 x

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Messy Rabbit

Evening Everyone. I have another card for you this evening. You will have to excuse the quality of the pics as the light is horrendous this evening.

I have used this fab Messy Rabbit stamp & coloured him using Promarkers. I have then decoupaged him up. Here is a close up of the image.

I just think he is adorable. I used Pinflair Glue so I could get a bit more of an effect with the top layer especially on his ears & collar. I have taken the sketch through to the inside of the card.

I found this great printable of sheet music through Pinterest & printed it out wallet size & distressed it. Both sides of the card are actually the same colour but the light has affected this in the photo. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Challenge #133.......SS&S
Theme.......Hip to be Square.......Incy Wincy Designs
Theme.......So Cute.......SWTD
Theme.......Plain & Simple.......Totally Gorjuss

Papers : Dovecraft BTBC Vintage
Image : Messy Rabbit
Sentiment, Ribbon & Gems : From Stash

Promarkers Used :
Caramel, Cardinal Red, Morning Mist, Pastel Pink, Primrose, Wild Cranberry

Kraft Card

Good Morning Everyone from a very wet & miserable Essex. Perfect excuse to stay warm & cosy & do some crafting.
I have finally finished a card that I started a couple of weeks ago for my Hobbycraft demo. This was the 1st time I had chance to play with Kraft Card & I have to say I love it!

I used the Molly Bloom's Christmas Carnival Stamps & Papers on the front of the card. The main image has been coloured with Promarkers & decoupaged. The pompom on his hat has been stickled. I created the ticket by masking off a Pink Gem Thank You ticket stamp so I could add my own sentiment in the centre. I then threaded some Jute through the centre of a button.

On the inside of the card I have changed the papers & created a bookmark which I have slipped into the pocket. To keep the theme running I have used the Holly stamp to add decoration. Here is close up of the bookmark.

To create the bookmark I found 2 Kraft Tags that were free with a magazine. I stamped a motorbike image in the corner of it. I coloured this with a water brush, ink pad & distress ink. I then distressed the edge of the bookmark & added a ribbon. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Challenge #124.......WaltzingMouse Sketch Challenge
Theme.......Hip to be Square.......Incy Wincy Designs
Theme.......Merry Christmas.......Cards For Men
Theme.......Boy Oh Boy.......Little Red Wagon
Theme.......Circles.......Crafts & Me
Theme.......Anything Goes.......PCJ
Theme.......It's A Gift.......Allsorts

Papers : Kraft Card, Molly Bloom's Christmas Carnival, Dovecraft BTBC Vintage,
Images : Molly Bloom, Biker Stamp
Ticket Stamp : Pink Gem
Button, Ribbon & Jute : From Stash
Stickles: Turquoise

Promarkers Used :
Burnt Umber, Caramel, Cinnamon, Denim Blue, Frosted Leaf, Tan, Twilight Sky

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Thank You Card

Well where is the time going? The weekend is nearly over yet again :-( Tomorrow my cat is going for her 1st check up after having surgery on her back so I thought I would make a card for the staff at the Veterinary Hospital that treated her.

I have used this great stamp by Whipper Snapper. I really love these stamps. It has been coloured with Promarkers. I found a fab sketch at a Challenge that I haven't visited before.

I have taken most of the sketch through to the inside of the card. 

I have a few cards to get made this week so will be back to blog again soon x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch....... Challenge #123.......Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge
Theme....... In the Garden.......Passion For Promarkers
Theme....... Lots of Layers.......PPCC
Theme.......Colouring.......Little Red Wagon
Theme.......Anything Goes.......PCJ
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Crafty Catz
Theme.......A is for Appreciation.......ABC Challenge
Theme.......Thanks/Thanksgiving.......Sentimental Sundays

Papers : Picnic in the Park, Prima Botannical Collection
Image : Whipper Snapper
Flowers, Ribbon & Button : From Stash

Promarkers Used : Apricot, April Shower, Blush, Denim Blue, Dusky Pink, Ginger, Gold, Marsh Green, Pastel Pink, Satin, Spice, Twilight Sky, 

Monday, 5 November 2012

Molly Bloom's

Afternoon Everyone. I hope you are all well. I had a busy day Saturday demoing at our local Hobbycraft. I was using a gorgeous kit by Molly Bloom's. I thought I would show you the projects I made. So, go & grab yourself a coffee & put your feet up while you have a look through my piccies.

The 1st projet I made was this Holly Wreath. It is a bit time consuming but well worth it when it's finished.

 All the Holly leaves are stamped, then cut out & glued onto Kraft Card. I then added the button, ribbons, Jute & Bell. Lastly, I added the gems as berries.
The 2nd project I made was this tealight holder. It takes a LED tealight rather than the candle ones.

This is the view from one side. I probably could have done with a thicker wire but it just about holds it's shape.
The front view. I used the little boy stamp in the set & decoupaged him up a bit.

                              The other side

Lastly, I altered some red MDF hearts. I should have taken a before picture but didn't even think about it till now :-( Anyway here are the after pics.

I have used the papers from the kit along with some of the stamps & buttons & added my own bits & piees to them. Here is a closer look at each letter.
 For the N, I added the chipboard letter, some glitter snowflakes, Ribbons, Jute & a Bell.

O, I again added the chipboard letter, & I coloured the snowflakes in with my Denim Blue Promarker. The little boy stamp was again deoupaged

Apart from the chipboard, I left this one fairly plain as the paper was busy & just added some buttons threaded with Jute.

 Lastly the L. Again I added the chipboard letter, stamped & deoupaged the Angel & added 2 of the Holly Leaves stamps.

I am hoping to get chance to make some more goodies this week x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Fairies or Angels.......CCT (letter L of the Hearts)
Theme.......Ribbon or Twine.......PCJ (All 3 Projects)
Theme.......Christmas in October.......Crafty Ann's (All 3 Projects)
Theme.......Anything Goes..with a button.......Totally Gorgeous (All 3 Projects)
Theme.......Lace.......Stamp & Create (Tealight Holder)
Theme.......Christmas Decoration.......Craftycardscrappers

Project Lists
Holly Wreath :     Molly Bloom's Carnival Christmas Kit
                           Dovecraft Back to Basics Vintage Paper Stack
 Tealight Holder : Molly Bloom's Carnival Christmas Kit
                           MME O Christmas Tree Paper Stack
                           EK Success Loop Border Punch
                           Papermania Glittered Snowflake Vellum
                           LED Tealight
NOEL Hearts :    Molly Bloom's Carnival Christmas Kit
                           MDF Hearts
                           Chipboard Letters
                           Glitter Snowflakes
                           Jelly Roll Souffle Pens in Red & Green

Monday, 29 October 2012

Blog Candy

Pop over to Wickdy's Creations for an amazing Blog Candy. If you love Whimsy's Stamps then you will just be amazed at the prize. Hurry it ends of 30th November x

Friday, 26 October 2012

Autumn Wreath

Evening Everyone

I have hopefully scheduled this post to go out when I am at Craft Club. I have had to keep this secret as it is for a challenge I set for them tonight, but I wanted it on my blog asap too as I have to say I am rather pleased with it :-)

 I have cut the orange flowers on my bug & added black flower sequins to the centres. These have then been pinned onto a polystyrene wreath.  I would say it is quick & simple like the instructions suggest but you do need a bit of patience lol!! x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Ribbons and/or Buttons.......PPCC
Theme.......Ribbon or Twine.......PCJ
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Fussy & Fancy
Theme.......Anything But A Card.......SWTD
Theme.......Too Cute to Spook.......MAWTT
Theme.......Halloween.......Daisy Doodles

Papers, Sequins, Wreath, Pins & Ribbon : All tucked away in drawers waiting for a rainy day x

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Good Morning Everyone. Hope this damp weather is encouraging you all to snuggle up warm & do some crafting :-) I have finished making a card this morning using the Pinflair Serenity Cd. It is a lovely cd & great for what I call awkward cards - Sympathy, Get Well Soon, etc.

I chose this lovely flower decoupage & used only 4 of the layers of the small flower. I loosely followed a sketch over at TMS. It was a fairly simple card to put together once I had got my head round which colour papers to use.

I took the base of the sketch through to the inside of the card. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch........Sketch #169.......Tuesday Morning Sketches
Theme........Anything Goes........Fussy & Fancy
Theme.......Autumn Colours........Allsorts

Papers : K&Co, Serenity Cd
Image : Serenity Cd
Sticky Ribbons : From Stash
Punch : EK Success
Die : Spellbinders Scalloped Circle

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

ATC Distress


I have been a bit awol over the last couple of weeks again but I do have a reasonable excuse...... I now have my own Craft Room yay!! I will be adding a page to show my piccies once I have done this post. I have also been back & forth to the Vets as one of my cats had to have major surgery done on her spine. She is now home & recovering nicely.

I wanted to show you today an ATC that I have made. I generally stick to making my ATCs as miniature cards but thought I would have a go at creating something a little different.

I have used my Distress Inks & used a small Tim Holtz mask. Once I had created the background I decided to take the risk & use the frame stamp. I added a butterfly tag in the centre of the frame & an acetate sentiment over the top. The mini butterflies were peel offs that I added Distress Ink to as well. Finally I added Distress Ink to an embossed Butterfly sticker. I have to say I am pretty pleased with it. I may even have another go soon x Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Theme........Autumn Colours.......Allsorts

Distress Inks : Forest Green, Tea Dye, Antique Linen
Stamp, Stickers & Peel Offs : From Stash

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Pink & Blue Teddy

I wanted to do a softer version of the Teddy card to use as a child's christmas card. I am really pleased with the result.
I used pale pink & blue threads I coloured the bear again with Promarkers & added stickles. I added these cute flowers to finish it off.

I added another bear to the inside of the card & continued with the pastel pink & blue theme. x Clare x

Papers : Nitwit & Popcorn Bear Freebies
Image : Kanban
Stickles : Silver Ice & Blue
Flowers : From Webstore

Promarkers Used :
Caramel, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Denim Blue, Pastel Blue, Tan, Twilight Sky,  

Teddy Christmas Card

I can't believe how quickly the year is passing & we are already in to Autumn. I have made a pretty good start on my Christmas cards & it was helped along by the fact that I was asked to do a demonstration at our local Hobbycraft on Sunday. Unfortunately it has taken to today for me to get the card finished.

I used one of last years Kanban stamps & coloured with Promarkers. I added Silver Ice stickles to his hat. The stitching is an Ann's Paper Art pattern & I stitched in Green, Red & Gold thread. The flowers were given a bit of Stickles along with the sentiment. Here is a close up of the image.

I carried the theme of the papers through to the inside of the card stamping directly on to the paper & just adding some colour to the bear's hat.
I am hoping to get some more of the cards finished over the next couple of days in between getting my craft room ready for me to move in to x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Incy Wincy Designs
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Crafts & Me
Theme.......Winter Holidays.......Delightful Challenges
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Totally Gorgeous

Papers : Forever Friends - A Christmas Tale, MME - O Christmas Tree
Image : Kanban Stamps
Stitching Pattern : Ann's Paper Art
Stickles : Silver Ice, Red
Sentiment : From Stash
Flowers : From Webstore

Promarkers Used :
Berry Red, Caramel, Cardinal Red, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cool Grey 1, Red, Tan,

Friday, 21 September 2012

All I Want for Christmas

That always reminds me of that song about wanting 2 front teeth lol!! Well, I suppose it is inevitable for us crafters that thoughts are already turning to Christmas. I am already getting in the swing of getting the first cards ready to put in the box for my Christmas Fairs. I have to admit though I really enjoyed playing with this Boofle stamp that I have got in stock.

I coloured him with Promarkers & added the highlight on his nose with a white gel pen. I used these gorgeous Nitwit Papers which were magazine freebies last year. They have been teamed with this dark green K&Co Damask paper.
I added some Glamour Dust to his hat & green Stickles to the Robin. 3 Snowflake Brads with their legs removed to hold the card in place x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Sketch#172.......Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Theme.......My Sentiment Exactly.......PCJ
Theme.......For A Child....... Totally Papercrafts

Papers : Nitwit Freebies, K&CO Damask
Image : Boofle & Robin
Twine : From Webstore
Snowflakes : From Stash
Glamour Dust : Crystal
Stickles : Green
Distress Ink: Fire Brick Red

Promarkers Used : Berry Red, Caramel, Cardinal Red, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Marsh Green, Olive, Poppy, Shale

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Devil ATC

I have been asked to take part in an ATC swap this month. I need to make 2 ATCs with the theme C & D. So I decided to use a favourite image of mine - Cheeky Devil.

The image as always is coloured with Promarkers & I added this great cat & ghost confetti pieces. The ribbon is a small piece found in my stash with a couple of gems. Lastly I added the D rub on. I just love the fact that I can use up all the little bits & pieces I save to make these x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Anything But A Card.......Delightful Challenges
Theme.......Use A DD Stamp.......Daisy Doodles

Papers : MME Wild Asparagus
Image : Cheeky Devil by Daisy Doodles
Confetti, Ribbon & Gems : From Stash

Promarkers Used : Almond, Berry Red, Cardinal Red, Dusky Pink, Gold, Mustard, Poppy, Primrose, Red, Saffron, Satin

Twisted Frogs

Well it's the weekend again & we have had some lovely sunshine again. I have had chance to tidy my desk & get a card created, so I thought I would get a Xmas card made.

I love my Easel Cards, but this time I thought it was about time that I had a go at a Twisted Easel card. I used this great stamp featuring some adorable frogs. I stamped them onto pearlescent card & coloured it with Promarkers. I added stickles to their hats & edged the circle with stickles too.

Here is a closeup. The flowers are made with a die. I have to say I do have a soft spot for Poinsettias. The gold edging around the card has been made by cutting strips off holographic peel offs as I had none in my stash. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Sketch.......Sketch #163.......Tuesday Morning Sketches
Theme.......Christmas In September.......CCT
Theme.......My Sentiment Exactly.......Paper Crafting Journey

Papers : Christmas Tidings & Forever Friends A Christmas Tale
Image : Pepper & Friends Sing Along
Dies : Nesting Scalloped Circles & Poinsettia
Stickles : Crystal Ice & Gold
Peel Offs : From Stash

Promarkers Used
: Apple, Berry Red, Denim Blue, Holly, Leaf Green, Poppy, Warm Grey 1

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Racing Car

Its the Weekend & It's Sunny!! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves. I am off to a Classic Car Show tomorrow with my cards & supplies. Here is a new card that I have made to take with me.

I am just loving this new paper that I have got in. It is just fab. The image is a topper that I will be stocking in the very near future. It is printed in black & white with a black & silver Mirri edging. Here is a closer look.

I have teamed the cogs & gears paper with black glossy card & added black ribbon. The sentiment is from a Kanban set.

I used another topper on the inside of the card & used the paper & ribbon for the final side. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Theme.......Winged Things.......Crafty Cardmakers (yes I know this is a bit cheeky, but cars do have wings....)
Theme.......Autumn Gold.......CCT

: Cogs & Gears Gold
Image : Racing Car Toppers
Sentiment : Kanban
Ribbon : From Stash

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Girly Card

Hello Everyone. It has been a few weeks since I have blogged. Unfortunately I have been dealing with one of my cats over the last 4 weeks. She is only 7, but has been diagnosed with Arthritis in her right hip & Osteoporosis in her pelvis. They have also discovered that she has an extra vertebrae in her spine & are now waiting for tests to see if it has caused any nerve damage. However, I am pleased to say that the medication they have put her on seems to be working. So today I have actually been able to blog a card.

If you follow my blog, you will know that I am not one for doing a lot of pink girly cards. However, I have to admit, with the huge range of images that are now available, I do seem to be enjoying these more. I have used this great image that came free on a cd with a magazine. I have coloured with my Promarkers.

I teamed it with these great Nitwit papers. I then found these flowers hiding in one of my drawers & added gems to the centres. The sentiment is also one that I got a few years ago & hid in a drawer lol!
I have followed the theme of the papers & the sketch through to the inside of the card.

I am hoping that I will begin to get a few more cards made again as I have loads of new things to play with x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch.......Sweet September.......Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Theme.......Add a Flower.......Crafts & Me
Theme.......Happy Birthday.......SWTD
Theme.......Anything Goes.......Stamp & Create

Papers : Nitwit Never Not & Magazine Freebie
Image : Darcey's Diaries Freebie
Flowers,Ribbon & Sentiment
: From Stash
Gems : From Stock

Promarkers Used : Apple Cider, April Shower, Blush, Budding Rose, Caramel, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cool Grey 2 & 3, Daffodil Bloom, Dusky Pink, Fresh Meadow,Pink Lobster, Satin, Tan, Twilight Sky, Wild Cranberry

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Another 75th Card

Hi Everyone from a wet Essex :-( Shouldn't complain, saves me getting the watering can out :-) Today I have the 2nd of the cards I have made for my Uncle.

The sketch is from a great site I found called Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge & they keep all their past sketches for you to look at. I have used this fab stamp by Pink Gem. I coloured the image using Promarkers with a Copics thrown in & added some stickles to the stars. Here is a close up of the image.
I took part of the sketch through to the inside of the card.

Unfortunately I can't do any cardmaking until this evening as I have run out of paper & need a trip to Staples, so I will be doing some knitting or Xstitch this afternnon x Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Theme.......Happy Birthday/Celebration........PCJ
Theme.......Happy Birthday/Celebration........Papelitos Stamp Challenge

Papers : Navy & Red- The Clip Art Fairy, Striped - Magazine Freebie
Image : Beer Monster Stamp (email me for details)
Ribbon : From Stash
Stickles : Silver Ice

Promarkers : Gold, Honeycomb,Ivory, Leaf Green, Lime Twist, Pale Pink, Poppy, Summer Sun
Copics : YG03 Yellow Green