Welcome to my blog. This is where I love to share all my cardmaking. I'm a DT Member for Lili's Little Fairies,Crafty Emma's Store (CES Challenge Blog) and Dream Valley. I have no willpower and am a hoarder of paper pads, pens and rubber stamps galore. I love visiting other crafters blogs and have gained many cyber friends threw blogland. Thankyou for taking the time to look at my blog today and I love reading each and every comment.

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Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Its My Birthday!!

I am officially 38 today and have a busy day ahead opening all of my lovely cards that you have sent. I will post a piccie of the pile later but wanted to thank all of those who have sent. Needs to get a few chores out of the way then will sit for what could take a couple of hours, I have 92 at the moment and the postman has still to come. So excited, so best be off and get hoover the out. Thankyou for the texts I recieved this morning as well, may never made it our of bed(LOL)!!!! Have a great day!!
Clairex

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Tilda & Friends Challenge


This is my weeks entry to Tilda's ATC Challenge. This weeks theme is "Dotty". I have paper pieced her Jumper, trousers and shoes and coloured the res with copic markers. I used a dotty backing paper and edges with an inkpad. The fence is from my Cricut and have used some dimensional paint on the fence and dotted some into the corner. Hope you like my entry!!!
Incase I haven't mentioned it - (LOL), tomorrow is my Birthday, 38 years younger!!! I have a pile of cards waiting to be opened and have spent all morning drooling over them. May take some time as they are so far 92, and they are all from fellow crafters!!!! So may not have time to craft tomorrow, as soon as I've dropped the kids off to school, I will be coming home, quick cuppa and then make a start. Was thinking about opening a few at midnight as I am still usually up at that time, but keep telling myself than I'm not a child any more and can wait...... We'll see............Thanks to those who have sent, you certainly made it a day to look forward to!!!!!!!!
Clairexx

Monday, 28 April 2008

ArtyGlitz and Sunday Stamper Challenge


This is one of those cards that was not planned at all but just came together, and without blowing my own trumpet, I am really chuffed with the result. Saturday night I was scribbling prisma pencils on a scrap of paper,thought it looks quite effective to blended sansodor with them to create a background and ripped one of the edges. I then used my collage stamp and coloured with H20's, something I haven't used in a very long time. I ripped some copper background paper and matted stamped image. The backing paper is from Crafty Individual. I then added an image from the Tuscan Rose CD and edged all around the papers with a dark pigment pad. To finish, I cut up a few squares of friendly plastic and heated and used various objects to create impressions in it. Added these around the card and its ready for this weeks challenges at Artyglitz which was to create your own background and Sunday Stamper which is words, there are words on the backing paper and the stamp.
Clairexx

Sunday, 27 April 2008

A Few Bits and a Thankyou!





These are a few cards and the last one a fat page that I have made recently but never got round to blogging. I like to blog most of my work, not just for showing but to use as reference. My style of cardmaking does alter on a day to day basis. I like the cute cards but do like to make altered pieces as well although I never feel as confident with these as there are so many crafters out there who do fantastic pieces. I can only try my best and I do have some work that I do feel proud to have made. When I've made my card, I usually put it on the mantel for a few days before its either sent on or put away in a box for safe keeping. My family think I'm mad but I like to look at them and say to myself "I made that", especially if I'm very happy with what I have achieved. My confidence has grown over the last few months and I have been trying new ways to colour and techniques. I"d like to thank you for choosing to view my blog, I love reading all the comments and it can really be a great motivator!! I'd also like to say that I have made some wonderful friends through the forums and my blog and am very happy and proud to be part of the crafting community!
Now I think I'd best find a hankie!!!
Clairexx

My Paper World Sketch Challenge


Made this card late last night so excuse if the photo is a bit dark. Its for My Paper World challenge which this week is a sketch. I coloured my Tilda with Copic Markers again, added 2 flowers and brads and papers from DaisyD's and Paper Adventure. I've matt and layered the image onto bazill cardstock and gone around the edge with a pink pigment ink pad, I have used green on the other 2 papers and both colours around the edge of the card. Stamped "Friend to Friend" to complete the card.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

I Won Blog Candy

Cant believe it and its a fantastic prize!! The competition was to leave a comment on Becky's Blog saying who's your favourite Disney Character was and why! I said Cinderalla as you cant beat a happy ending and with that I won!!! Thank you Becky, cant wait for it to arrive and play with it all. I will receive Two American Art Stamps-Cupcake and Presents. Twenty 6x6 sheets of Wild Asparagus DP from My Minds Eye. Three spools of ribbon from Ribbon FX and two packages of Crystal Stickers-Pearls and Elements. Wow, so much,there is photo of it all on Becky's blog. Thankyou Becky, great blog candy, looks like I've gone from rags to riches and got my Happy Ending!!!!

"Emmy"


"Emmy" (cuddly buddly stamp) has to be one of my favourite stamps at the moment. She looks great however she's used. I have again paper pieced her on this card. The image is quite simple to cut out and its nice to dress her up! I've paper pieced her outfit and coloured her with prismacolours and sansador. Her skin was coloured with a copic marker, this was the only one I had before I went and bought a whole load of them. The backing paper is Making Memories and used Bazzill Cardstock which I have punched with a empuncher. Have added a flower,brad and a gingham bow. Hopefully its going to be a sunny saturday, I really need to think about getting in the garden, shrubs are starting to grow and if I dont get out there and prune a few things, it will start to take over!! Have a lovely weekend.
Clairexx

Friday, 25 April 2008

Fairy Silhouette


I made a few of these cards last night, I like the boldness of the stamp. I stamp the Fairy and Sentiment with Black Versafine, the stamps are from Lavinia Stamps, I then added leaves (4th Dimension) around the edge of the card and watercoloured with pencils. Dont think this cards fits any challenges but I like them! Have a good weekend, its looking quite spring like out there today.......
Clairexx

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Lovely, Spendid Challenge card!




I just loved making this card and think its one of my best so far. I used my Copic Markers again, they are brilliant! I made this card for this weeks challenge at Cute Card Thursday which is "Girls Wanna Have Fun". My Tilda loves baking cakes as the quotes say, Lovely and spendid!! The papers are Daisy D's, I used my Cuttlebug which was collecting dust for the background and edged Tilda with a black galaxy marker. Hope you you like it as much as I do!

My Birthday is fast approaching and I have around 60 cards to open on the big day, thankyou every for sending, I really cant wait this year!!
Clairexx

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Magnolia Challenge Card (copic markers)























I received delivery of my Copic Markers today and was dying to try them out so made this card for Tilda and Co Challenge. This weeks them is Girls in Blue. The whole image was used with the markers and have to say I just love them and will be getting more! The papers are from fancy pants amd have used a bright blue bazzill cardstock and some gems, prima flowers and brads. The ticket (hero arts) has been stamped onto the backing paper and added with 3d foam. Think I will be using my Copic Markers alot more!!!

Clairexx

Paper Artsy ATC


I made this ATC with the new "Bricks and Mortar" Stamps from Paper Artsy. I distress the edge of the papers from Crafty Individuals and stamped the image on direct. The houses have also been stamped onto patterned paper and cut out. As "life isn't a straight line", I've placed everything a bit wonky. Thanks for looking!
Clairexx

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers - 17

Well I've done it!
I'm addicted to my blog and always blog hopping so thought I should take the plunge and become one of the sisters! I'm mainly into cardmaking but do dabble in other things too! I'm on a few forums and have make some great friends. I love new stash, you'll see alot of my posts mentioning "New Stash"-lol. I'm a SAHM with 3 children, 1 on the Autistic Spectrum. I've 1 dog, 2 cats and I'm 38 yrs old next week! (OMG)!!!! Cant wait to see what you've all made.
Clairexx

Sunday Stamper - Faces


This weeks challenge at Sunday Stamper is "Faces". I think this little girl has such an adorable face and fits the challenge perfectly! The child and wording stamps are both from StampAttack, another purchase from Ally Pally. I've added ribbon to the buttons and down the side of the card. Hope you like it!!
Clairexx

Monday, 21 April 2008

Vintage Tag


This tag has been made for a monthly swap, this months theme being vintage. I applied various colour pigment inks to the tag with a baby wipe and used Paper Artsy stamps and a quote stamp from stampattack. The bird is another Glimmer Chip which again has been coloured with a baby wipe and edged with krylon pen. I have added some fibres and ribbon to the tag, but have gone and posted it with a piccie.
Clairexx

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge-Fairy Wishes


This card is made with a new set of Fairy stamps purchased from C & C and used Stickles on the wings and crown. I've used my oval nestabilities and coloured the fairy with prima pencils and sansodor. The butterfly is a new wizard die I won off ebay along with the photo corner. Added a rub on, prima flower and just for you stamp and edged the oval with liquid pearls.It fits this weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly which is Glitter
Clairexx

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Saturday Workout Challenge


Not only is this my 1st piece for the "Saturday Workout" Challenge blog, its my 1st Skinny to! (Yeah)!!!!!This weeks theme is distressed to have used a Tim Holtz ditress ink pad to colour background and spritzed with Glimmer mists. The stamps are the new Paper Artsy range "Bricks and Mortar" To finish I have punched 3 holes with my cropodile and tied with black ribbon, then edged with gold krylon pen.
BTW thanks to those who have sent me birthday cards, I cant wait to open them all, bit like a kid in a sweetie shop!!
Have a nice weekend.
Clairexx

Friday, 18 April 2008

BIA with Friendly Plastic




Haven't made a BIA book since before christmas so thought it was about time to blow the cobwebs away and put it into use. Have made this BIA with 2 4 x 4 Coasters and cut plain paper to size for pages. They are covered with Crafty Indivdual Papers. I used my friendly plastic before starting this book which is how it all began. Tryed to make a flower, not sure of it worked very well but love the colours in it! I added some Pigment Powders, Glimmer Mists and Glossy Accents to it. The bird is from Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips and have coloured with Cosmic Shimmer and sprayed with Glimmer Mist. I've added 2 rub ons from 7 Gypsies and that is my little book!
Clairexx

Thursday, 17 April 2008

"Live in the Moment"


This square card is made from the new Crafty Individual papers and Tim Holtz stamps. I've added a bird rub on from 7 gypsies and matt and layered. Cant get enough of these papers at the moment, think they are so gorgeous!!
Clairexx

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Daring Cardmaker


This weeks challenge for Daring Cardmaker is Butterflies. I love colours on this card, these papers are my favourite at the moment. Crafty Individuals (Springtime) pad was all that was used apart from a piece of gold card for matt and layering and a butterfly from the Glimmer Chip range (nature) which I distressed with worn lipstick crackle paint and a green inkpad and the stamp is from StampAttack. If you enlarge the picture, you'll see I've added some Glossy Accents to the leaves! This is going to one of my friends whose birthday is very soon!

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Friendly Plastic Brooch


After seeing my friend Linda demonstrating how to use this product I went ahead and bought just a few bits to try out. I made this brooch using 2 colours and moulded the head seperately and then stuck on. Friendly plastic is just so much fun and although the picture is pretty rubbish the colours are great, I added some glimmer mists to it as well and edged with Gold Krylon Pen. Seeings as its my 1st effort I was quite pleased with it but hope to have a few more practices soon!

Artistic Stamper Challenge


This is my first ever Gothic Arch and am pretty pleased with how its turned out!. The background was made with ecoline ink. I wet some card, splodged some colours onto the card and moved it around then added some gold ecoline and spritzed again holding the card upside down to let the inks run and blend. I then stamped a border, added image, a button and wording. This arch fits this weeks "Artistic Stamper" Challenge which has to be based on Architecture. Jennie has some lovely stash in her shop!! Go take a look.
Clairexx

Monday, 14 April 2008

Sunday Stamper/Wednesday Stamper



This is the card for this weeks challenges at "Sunday Stamper" which is Families and "Wednesday Stamper" which is Arrows. I have used all new stash to make this card and have highlighted the piece of friendly plastic I have used. This stuff is amazing and so easy but think it looks fab! The card has come out a bit lighter than I wanted,still not got the hang of this photography lark!!!
Used paper from Crafty Individuals Background Papers Book1, Arrow Rub on from BoBunny, Together Rub on from 7 Gypsies, leaf from Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips which was coloured with Glimmer Mists and Cosmic Shimmer and the stamp is from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Gone around the edge of card to with Blue Chalk Pad.

New Stash






Went to Ally Pally yesterday with my crafting buddies and heres everything that I bought! Had a good spent as you can see and cant wait to play though I think it may take me some time to get through it all!!!
Clairexx

Saturday, 12 April 2008

My Time to Craft Challenge Card


Before I started paper crafting, I used to do cross stitch cards and still make the odd one. I finished this project a few months ago but never got to mount it, so seeing this weeks challenge at "My Time to Craft" is Stitches, I made the card up. Looks like I'm off to Alexandra Palace tomorrow, a friend has said I can jump in with her so no doubt will be back with loads of new stash. Dont need much to be honest but I just cant help myself!!!! Have a good weekend.
Clairexx

Daring Card Maker Challenge


Not sure where the idea for this card came from but think it works and fits this weeks challenge at Daring Cardmaker which is "Butterflies". Cut 6 squares with a punch then lined then up and stamped image then separated and mounted onto brown card. Adhesive ribbon was added direct onto the card and mounted on top of cardstock. I then went around the card with Distress Crackle Paint and added a gingham bow to finish.

Friday, 11 April 2008

"Emmy" - Challenge CMUTD


This is "Emmy" a new stamp from "Cuddly Buddly". I tried paper piecing for the 1st time and am really pleased with the way she turned out. I used papers from Doodlin Daisies and pink Bazzill cardstock. The backing paper and another coordinating was used to piece the stamp which is quite simply stamping design onto paper, cutting it out and using to dress. The heart tag stamp is from Magnolia and have coloured and 3D'd the smallest heart. I Have added buttons on top of adhesive ribbon and a ribbon bow which fits this weeks challenge at `'CMUTD" and added a rub on sentiment. Colouring was with Sansador and Prisma pencils.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

"Me to You" and Scrummy Stash Cafe Challenge



This is Aprils project for my "Me to You" swap I host. I used a new nightlight that was originally all grey. I covered with alcohol inks, stamped ontop and added ribbon around the edge. Dont know where the idea can from, but enjoyed the project. This also fits this weeks "ScrummyStashCafe" challenge which is "Alter It".
Clairexx

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Theme Thursday


This weeks challenge is for "Theme Thursday" is Black & Orange so I made this card which fits perfectly! The stamps are from Jennie at "The Stamp Connection". I coloured using chalk pads and stamped image on top. Edged with gold krylon pen and mounted onto black bazzill cardstock. I used distress ink pads around the edge of the card and coloured a piece of chipboard with Stazon and gently dabbed some distress crackle paint over then attaching with a large brad.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Elephant




Cant believe I didn't blog yesterday, I was on a roll. Didn't do any crafting, infact I didn't do anything as I bought my son a new PC game and we where hooked all day and all night.
Made a handful of cute cards with my cute "Elephant Stamp" and a Birthday sentiment, each stamped onto randon backing papers. Not the most detailed but have so many birthdays on the horizon, I'm sure these will be fine.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Vintage lady


I now own many CD's and these papers are example of what great images can be found on them. This was recently posted to a friend for her birthday. Very simply made, backing paper, piramage onto gold card. ribbon, peel off and sentiment.
Looking pretty black in the distance, wonder if the snow is finally on its way!!!
Clairexx

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Cute Companion


Another card using the "Cute Companion Set. Have stamped the background with tiny rosebuds from the set and coloured the in with Prismacolour pencils and sansador. The stars are from the set and have again coloured and mounted onto 3D foam. The sentiment was again from he collection. Mojo went walkies this morning, which is why I'm blogging and not crafting!! 2 of the kids start their holidays now so hoping to hoping it will return soon and I can craft through the holidays. Loads of new stash arrived today, managed to stamp an image, but haven't got any further, crafters block. have a good weekend.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Sunday Stamper/Forum Challenge Card


THis card fits 2 challenges this week. The Sunday Stamper was the colour "Green" and the challenge this week at Just Bex was to use Circles or Dots on the card, so have combined the two. The papers on the the card are DCWV "Winter Stack". The bird and flower stamp on the card are from the new Laura Ashley range and the stamp on the heart is unknown I'm afraid. Thats the only thing I do not like about clear stamps, at least with the wooden blocks, the manufacturer is printed on it. The heart was die cut with my Cricut. I went around the edge of the card with Tim Holtz Crackle paint in Frayed Burlap and rubbed over with a gold "Galaxy Marker" pen, which was also used to highlight some detail on the stamp. Usually associate green with christmas cards, so made a nice change! Food shop to do today but hoping to craft for an 1 hour if possible. 2 of my children break up today, but the other one will still be at school, which means no lay ins for me. Have a nice weekend!
Clairexx

Thursday, 3 April 2008

"Pink" ATC


Made this ATC out of scraps. The Die is from my Wizard, Bazzill Cardstock, 2 Prima Flowers, Liquid Pearls and a Pretty Pink Bow! Dont use my Wizard much ATM, But have just ordered some new dies from the states at £2.49 each, think they retail around the £12.00 mark here!


Thankyou Hels for the Award,it cheered me up just receiving it and I would like to pass it onto
Joy
Angie
Joanne
Andrea
Andrea (My paper World)
Ink & Rubba
Hels
Shaz, so many more and I know most would have already have one, but nice to receive a little something back!

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

My Paper World/Cute Card Thursday


Here is my card which is for for 2 challenges this week. My Paper World was based on a sketch and Cute Card Thursday had to be based on people so I chose one of my Tilda's. Square card used with papers, bazzill cardstock, prima flowers. Tilda was watercoloured and the backing she is on was dots of liquid pearls and sakura pens.

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have been making handmade cards for a few years. Enjoy all the new stash that comes on the market and alot end up at my place!!!!!

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