Thursday, 23 October 2014


OMG!! Where has 2014 gone? I can't believe we are heading into November next week! I'm pretty sure the days are speeding up as I get older lol!!

My card today is another December birthday card for one of hubby's colleagues. He is the most layed back bloke you can meet, so this image was just too good to miss :-)

I found a new sketch challenge called Digi Sketch Challenge & followed the sketch after I rotated it. I have used this gorgeous digistamp by La Pashewhich I coloured using my Promarkers. The edges were distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used this fab paper from Micheal's Mosaic Memories. The sentiment I created in word & printed onto Kraft Card. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Digi Sketch Challenge - Pink & Sparkly and/or Sketch
Love to Create - Anything Goes/Fall Colours
Passion for Promarkers - Let's Get Krafty
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Use a Sentiment

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Silver Machine for Ed

Hello :-) Today I have the 1st of my overlap cards between my 2 blogs. This is a birthday card I have made for one of hubby's work colleagues. His birthday isn't until December but I am trying to get ahead of myself before I get into Christmas Fair mode.

I followed this week's sketch over at Sketch Saturday as it was perfect for a man's card. I have used the Silver Machine decoupage sheet by La Pashe, which is now available in my shop. I layered it onto Crate Paper Random & Studio Calico Sundrifter papers. I stamped the sentiment using Stazon onto Kraft card & cut into a tag. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch Saturday - Challenge #332
Incy Wincy Designs - Tic Tac Toe (Happy Birthday, Free Space, Pastel Green)
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sweet Birthday

I have decided to now use this blog for any personal cards that I make & to use my blog linked to my website for any cards that I make as samples or stock. I am at a point now where I really want to keep them as seperated as possible. There may occassionally be an overlap but not very often. So here is today's card.

I have used this sweet image from Pollycraft & coloured her with Promarkers & Mirage pens. I am really beginning to like these new pens & will be adding to my collection soon. I have added some white WOS to the spots on her cossie & also to the shell in her hair.

The papers are a mix of Core'dination, Mambi, Nitwits & a freebie from Papercraft Essentials. To finish it off I added flat backed pearls, organza ribbon, & the fab sentiment from Craft Creations. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Crafty Sentiments - Things that start with a "G" (Girl)
Penny's - Polka Dots

Thursday, 18 September 2014

G'Day Mate

Been a bit busy with work so the creating stood still again over the last couple of weeks ;-( But I have finally managed to complete another Xmas card. This time this great Santa image came from Make It Crafty.

I coloured him with Promarkers & using last week's sketch from SSW2. Unfortunately I won't get to enter it into their challenge. I layered it onto AC Cardstock & Dovecraft BTB Vintage Christmas. I added red gingham ribbon, gems & this great sentiment from Craft Creations x Clare x

Challenges I have Entered.......
Passion For Promarkers - Make It Digital
ABC Christmas Challenge - S is for Something Festive
ABC Challenge - T is for Tic Tac Toe (Ribbon, Sentiment, Pearls or Gems)
Stamp & Create - Circles or Dots

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wedding Card

This is another commission for a new customer & I thought it was about time my poor Morehead stamp was allowed out of the drawer.

I coloured the image with Promarkers & added some clear WOS to the bride's veil & dress. Here is a closeup of the image.
I used these gorgeous papers from the WRMK Antique Chic collection & added some lace, organza, a heart embellishment & some Bling Flat Backed Pearls. For the inside of the card I again pulled out an item that has been neglected in my drawer.
The inside was left fairly plain as the card needed to be posted & I didn't want to add any extra weight. The die used for the centre is a Sizzix Ornate die that has sadly been unused since I bought it x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Pearls
ABC Challenge - Shabby Chic
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A bit Minor

Depending on the weather I could be doing my last car show of the year so I need to get a few cards made up ready for the weekend. This one features a Morris Minor decoupage sheet from La Pashe that has been sat in a drawer waiting to be used.
This week at Sketch Saturday you get to choose the sketch you want to use from previous weeks so I chose #225. I teamed the image with Recollections Mosaic Memories & Gorjuss Girl papers. They are backed on to Regal Blue Centura Pearl card. To finish it off I added 2 black gems.

I kept the inside pretty simple, just replicating the front using the same papers. x Clare x

Challenges I entered........
Sketch Saturday - With Bugaboo Stamps Using Sketch #225
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Dig Deep
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes

Friday, 29 August 2014

Cheeky Get Well

I was asked by a colleague of hubby's to make a card for a family member who was recovering from an operation. I was told, female card, funny rather than flowers. So why not have flowers & funny? Here is the result.

I am not one for girly colours, but I am loving this combo of purple & yellow. I used my Trim 'n' Score to emboss the edges of the flaps.  I got hubby to do the sentiment for me using a font called Harrington.

I photoshopped the image so I could create a page of flowers to colour using Lilac & Lavender Promarkers & the Blender pen. I am hoping to do a tutorial for this soon.
The image on the inside is one of my favourite images from Redonkadoodles. It always makes me smile when I print it out.

 I have coloured it with Promarkers & using 3 layers created a 3D image. Added some more flowers to the inside of the card. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Girl Power
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Warm Sunshiney Colours
Stamp & Create - Anything Goes


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Surfy Santa

Good evening everyone. Bit late with my blog post tonight. Been a busy computer day. I have been making another sunny Christmas card today using another great Bugaboo image :-) This one is Santa with his surf board.

I followed the sketch at Sketch Saturday & coloured Santa in using Promarkers. I added some Silver Ice Stickles to his hat. I then layered onto this fab snowflake paper from MME's Oh Christmas Tree from 2010. Added a sentiment, gems & twine to complete.

On the inside of the card I have tried to make Santa look like he was holding the message space in the middle, but I am not quite convinced I have it 100% right. Will have a slightly better idea when I have another go at this again x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Sketch Saturday - Challenge #322
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Christmas

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Prima Beetle

Well I am certainly on a roll this week :-) Today I have a card for you that I have made using some gorgeous Prima papers that are now in stock.

 I coloured the Beetle stamp using Promarkers & edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I layered onto chocolate brown cardstock & Prima Time Traveller papers.

 The tickets across the bottom of the card were also cut from one of the papers. I printed the sentiment onto Kraft Card & edged with Distress Ink. I then added Craft Candi & Bling Flat Backed Pearls.
I used the same papers on the inside of the card & just centralised everything. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.........
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
The Little Red Wagon - Happy Birthday
Stamp & Create - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Christmas Oasis

This is not something I have done before. In the past I have made pretty traditional Christmas cards, but this time I thought I would try something new.

 I got this great image from Bugaboo & coloured him with Promarkers. Then using the sketch from SSW2 I matted & layered the card using MME Lost & Found papers. I added gems, ribbon & this cute Christmas bells charm.
The ticket I found on a site called The Beary Scrap Papercrafting Blog. I edged the ticket, as well as Santa's hat & pom pom with Silver Ice Stickles.

I used the same papers on the inside of the card & again added some of the red stitched ribbon x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
SSW2 - SSW2~23
Incy Wincy Designs - Photo Inspiration
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Allsorts - All Sentimental
Totally Gorjuss - Flowers

Monday, 11 August 2014

Craft Room Update

Well I have been in my little craft room for a while now. There were still a few bits & pieces that weren't originally finished like the floor & windows. Last weekend the floor was finished, so I decided that last week would be the perfect time to have a bit of a sort out & update.

 We decided to move the sofa bed out of the corner to free up a bit more space. Works well where it is now, as we discovered after having to use it for 2 nights. An extra bookcase has been added in the corner to house my magazines. This freed up the large cupboard in the sideboard.

 I now have my table permanately out & have been able to get my sewing machine out of it's box. Hoping I will use it a bit more now. Another new bookcase has been added & we have removed the large brown desk that was in this corner.

I have moved all my daily use craft bits to one side of my desk which has freed up some much needed space.

I have blinds on the window!!! I can't believe how much difference these sheer blinds have made. We have added 3 so I can alter them as the sun moves across my window.

Tomorrow I will be back with another card that I have made x Clare x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Canadian Wedding

This card was made for an order & has been taken on a plane out to Canada. The wedding was yesterday so I am hoping it is safe to upload now.

I followed a previous sketch from Sketch N Stash & used this gorgeous decoupage sheet from Craft Creations called Wedding Day. I added some Clear WOS to the veil & edge of the dress.I matted it onto papers from Crate Paper & Mambi & the base card is Centura Pearl.

The die is from Impression Obsession & just cut from white card, with some more WOS added. Bling flat backed pearls have been added to the bottom corner & round the circular mat in the centre.

To finish the inside I added a layer of the bonus pyramid decoupage to the inside of the card. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Add a Sentiment
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Well Done/Congratulations
Allsorts - All Sentimental
Stamp & Create - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - Q is for Quote

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mum's Birthday

We are having a spate of birthdays at the moment & this time it was my Mum's. I decided to try something different this time & use some pastel colours. Mum was thrilled with her card when she got it :-)
I started off by using a sketch that I had seen on Pinterest & it quickly took on it's own form. The papers are a mix of Crate Paper, Core'dinations & Pebbles. The owl is by Hearty Crafts. I added peach Pearl wands to the flowers.
I kept the inside fairly simple but think I may have to use this layout as a card front some time as I really like the effect. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - For the Birds
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Stamp & Create - Birthdays

Friday, 25 July 2014

Olive's Birthday

I made this card for my niece a few weeks ago but it has only just made it to Australia this week, so I can finally blog it :-) Olive turned 1 on the 13th July. I needed to try & get a combination of pretty but not too fancy to keep the postage costs down. Here is what I came up with.....

I used this gorgeous image from Pollycraft & coloured her using a mixture of Promarkers & Mirage pens. I added Pearl Wands to her flowers & shoe buckles.

Here is a close up of the image. I think she is just great :-) The papers are K&Co & Core'dinations. I added some lace, Prima Flower, Organza Ribbon & Craft Candi. The number 1 was cut with my sizzix die x Clare x

Challenges I have entered........
Crafty Sentiments - Hand Coloured Image
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Stamp & Create - Birthdays

Friday, 18 July 2014

10 Years

Good morning from a very hot & sunny Essex. Didn't get much sleep last night because of 2 thunderstorms but I am determind it won't slow me down today.

Yesterday was my 10th Wedding Anniversary & I was not going to let it slip by without hubby getting a handmade card. I am hoping that it will kick the mojo in to gear :-)

I started off planning on using Sketch #45 at Sketch N Stash but it ended up looking fairly different lol!! I used a Sweet Pea Stamps image & coloured with Promarkers. Added some Vintage Photo Distress Inks around the edges. The bp is from Prima & the hearts were cut from Studio Calico. I added a heart brad to hold the corner of paper in place. Sentiments were from a HOTP paper pad which has been lounging in a drawer for way too long :-) x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.....
 Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Button Button
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - P is for Pearls

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Little Update

Wow, nearly 4 months have passed since I last blogged. Well I do have a bit of an excuse. I have been building a new website for my store :-) We launched on Tuesday evening & are offering a 10% discount store wide if you use the code LAUNCH at the checkout. So while you sit & have a coffee why not check us out x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Zombie 16!!

My son's best friend is 16 on Saturday & loves his Zombies. I made him a fab card last year & have struggled to find something that comes close. I then popped over to Stamps by Aurora Wings & found this amazing image!!!

She's called Zombie Kitty :-) I love colouring her in. I used the sketch over at Seems A Little Sketchy. I added some Crystal Lacquer to the blood on her bib. Here is a closeup of  her.

The papers are all Crate Paper. The base layer has been embossed with Skulls. I added these cute skeletons which were on an elastic bracelet that I strung on to Jute. Again I have kept the inside fairly simple so haven't worried about taking pics x Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Seems A Little Sketchy - Challenge #60
Cute Card Thursday - It's A Wild World

Wednesday, 19 March 2014


This card is being sent to my Uncle who has been poorly over the past week & was admitted to hospital at the weekend.

I have used the cheeky greeting by Redonkadoodles & coloured with my Promarkers. I used last week's sketch by SSW2 (yes I am running a bit late lol). The papers are WRMK Hall Pass.

I have taken the sketch through to the inside using the same papers. Tomorrow I will hopefully be back with a 16th birthday card for a family friend x Clare x

Challenges I have entered....
The Little Red Wagon - A Rainbow of Colour

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Spring is finally here

Finally the rains have stopped & the Spring weather has arrived :-) My 2014 shows have now begun & it is definitely going to be a busy year.  Today I have managed to get a Mother's Day card made for a Farmer's Market next week.

I have used the sketch from Sketch N Stash. They are always the first place I turn to when needing a sketch.  The image is a freebie I found on my computer & I have coloured with Promarkers. I edged with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

 The papers are all We R Memory Keepers. I added a daisy trim, flatback pearls & a ribbon.  The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly, stamped with Memento & layered with Spellbinders. I left the inside of the card pretty simple so didn't worry about photographing x Clare

 Challenges I have entered
Sketch n Stash - Challenge #134
Love to Create -Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Lots of Green
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Wear the Green
SWTD - Let's Go Green
Stamp & Create - Ready for Spring

Thursday, 6 February 2014

A New Challenge

I was having a look around Blogland yesterday & came across a couple of Sketch Challenge blogs that I hadn't seen before so decided to create a card for this week's challenge on one. The blog was called Seems A Little Sketchy & this is the card I created for it.
 The stamp was by Kanban & I have coloured with Promarkers. I added some Peach Pearl Wand to the flower in her hand. The edge is distressed with Vintage Photo & layered onto Core'dinations & a DP from Crate Paper.
Here is a close up of the image. I have added a tag that I found in my peel off box used brown organza ribbon. The pearl flourish is by Bo Bunny & I have added Petaloo flowers with black gem centres.

I added a part image on the inside of the card with the same papers & again distressed around the edge. x
Clare x

Challenges I have entered.......
Seems A Little Sketchy - Challenge #57
Crafty Sentiments - Love is in the Air
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Lots of Love
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy - Vintage
Allsorts - Love is in the Air
ABC Challenge - E is for Embellish
Stamp & Create - Love is in the Air

Monday, 3 February 2014

Bunny Loves

Another Valentines Card today. This one is really simple compared to the previous post. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches but I have missed the deadline :-( The image is an adorable set from The Clipart Fairy called Nesties Bunny I think. I just couldn't resist it the other day.

I added some black organza ribbon, a Love charm, black gems. The sentiment at the top was printed on to Safmat.

I took the papers through to the inside of the sketch. The papers are a mix of The ClipArt Fairy & Crate Paper. x Clare x

Challenges I have entered
The Pink Elephant - Photo Inspiration
Cute Card Thursday - Something New
 C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Love/Valentines
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Clean & Simple
Allsorts - Love is in the Air
Stamp & Create - Love is in the Air