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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Sunday, 31 August 2008

Sugar Nellie Challenge


Heres my card for this weeks challenge at Spoonful of Sugar which is 3 Ribbons. The rules have changed and I thought I'd take advantage just this once and used a Pink Petticoat Design which I have again coloured with Promarkers. The backing paper is K & Co and used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background. 3 strips of different colour ribbons, a sentiment and flower and brad! I've had a chance to play with both the Promarkers and Copics this weekend as I wanted to work out if there really was any difference between the 2. IMO, they both colour the same but the Promarkers have a thinner nib compared with the Ciao Copic Markers which makes it easier when colouring detailed area's, but I do find the lids on the Promarkers can be quite difficult to get off so maybe not so good if you have a weak hand. The Copics seem to have a softer nib so all in all not alot of difference, but seem to be working more with the Promarkers mainly because of the smaller nib and the pen itself has a solid feel to it as its more chunky. Dont know if this is any help to any of you but thought I'd give my opinion. Just gonna check out this weeks challenges before going to bed, kids back at school in 3 days, cant come soon enough as mine had an extra week off as well for our holiday to Florida.
Clairexx

Friday, 29 August 2008

Magnolia Challenge Card


This weeks Magnolia Challenge is "Hands". I used my Magnolia Tilda, Rug and Birds and the tree and butterfly is from the Stitchels set available HERE. Not sure which set the watch is from. I stamped the rug and watch direct to paper and coloured the rest with Promarkers, adding someCrystal Stckles to Tilda's wings and Liquid Pearls on the tree. Added sentiment to the bottom of my card using my Dymotag.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Sketch Saturday Challenge


This is my 1st Christmas Card of the year!!! I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday. Used my new stamp from Cuddly Buddly and coloured with my new Promarkers that I got in the post yesterday. To be honest they are the same as Copic Markers so I now have quite a stash of both of them but am sure they'll get put to good use. Used some christmas papers and matching embellishments. In craft mode at the moment so lots more to come!!

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Friday Sketchers Challenge



This weeks challenge at Friday Sketchers is a great Sketch. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I looked at the Watercolouring with Distress Inks on Marlenes blog and decided to have a go. I have so many Distress Inks but rarely use them. I used watercolour paper for this as the paper seemed to fluff up on normal cardstock. Its not great but my 1st attempt so will have to give it another go. I used Basic Grey as the backing for my card and used a galaxy marker to add some dashes. 2 other papers and a chipboard piece which I coloured with distress inks and added a few flowers. Finished with a sentiment. Really pleased with this card and a fantastic sketch!!

Papertake Weekly Challenge


This weeks challenge over at Papertake Weekly is "Stitching". I have made this bag which is prcut chipboard for a swap I host called Me to You. Its for my friend Shaz who loves elephants!. The backing paper is from the Doodlecharms Cricut Pad. I stamped my new elephant from Spiral Whisper onto Joanna Sheen gingham paper. Cut "Shaz" out on my Cricut. The butterfly is from Hels Stictchels and have cololured with copics. I've gone around the edge with a chalk ink pad and finished it with stitching around the frame. Hope Shaz likes her pressie!!!

Monday, 25 August 2008

RAK ATC


Made this for a forum RAK. Made background with chalk inks and stamped the frog which was coloured with Crystal Laquers. Added a bow and "Just for you" sentiment. Having a lazy Bank Holiday, we had family down over the weekend so a few chores, a bit of TV and some crafting of course!! Have a good day.
Clairexx

Saturday, 23 August 2008

These are my children, Daniel, Zoe and Jessica inside Minnie Mouses House
This is all of us on Jessica's 13th Birthday. We hired a stretch limo to take us to a character restaurant, think it was all too much for Zoe by the end of the night.
On the last day, Zoe was madeover as "Jasmin" from Aladdin. She even boarded the plane dressed lke this!!

It seems to take forever to upload the piccies so will do a few at a time over the next few days as peeps are asking when they're gonna see some. Done a few for now and will get some more on soon. Hubby is in Paris on business for the weekend so am going to get the chores out of the way and do some crafting later. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend.
BTW, I have added more challenges that I've come across, they're on my side bar.
TTFN
Clairexx

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge


This is my card for this weeks challenge at Cute Card Thursday which is Bright Colours. I used a stamp that I was getting rid of but decided to try it out and think its quite cute now. I'm having a clear out as I have so many unused stamps and have put them on ebay, my user is 123.hamster. The image is coloured with Prisma pencils and Sansodor, some matt and layering and a few flowers to finish off. Nice to make a bright card, help egg summer on a bit!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

I'm Back!!!

Hello everyone,
Back from my holidays now. Wales was quite wet and windy and even resorted to sleeping in my clothes in the tent some nights but we had a great time and we climbed Mount Snowden. Took me 5hrs to get up but I didnt quite make it to the sumit though almost there. Another 3 hrs to get back down and am so pleased I done it. Oh, and I held a Python at Butterfly World!! We moved onto Alton Towers for 3 days and stayed in a kids themed room at the Alton Hotel. Had a fabulous time and the weather was good. So back to reality and a suitcase of washing. I'll probably still be quiet for the next few days as alot to do but hope everyone is well and hope to be back with a card as soon as I can.
TTFN

Clairexx

Lots to Do Challenge


This weeks challenge at Lots to Do is Recycling. I made this card last night and am really pleased with how it turned out, took a bit longer than usual. The template is WS deigns, I have added peel offs and tapestry stamps. The seed and pot stamp comes with the template. The flowers were punched and I made the paper for the leaves before punching these. The raffia is recycled from a bag of Pot Pourri. Hope you like my card!
Clairexx

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Penny Black Challenge


This weeks theme is Ribbon over at PB Challenge. I have used a Gloss DL card and inked with Brilliance ink pad and "Field of Sky". Again used my "Tulip Jungle" from PB and coloured with Lyra Crayons. I stamped 6 flowers from Magnolia onto patterned paper and added to card with frayed ribbon tucked in them and added 2 ribbon corners to the card. You'll get a better view if your click on the picture. Jessica has gone back to school today, she only gets 4 weeks holidays, so we all had to be up and out early today. If I'm lucky I'll it will give me a bit more time so may be able to craft again later. The weathers miserable today and looks the same for the rest of the week, oh well, you cant have everything. Have a good day!
Clairexx

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Stamp Challenge


This weeks challenge HERE is a "Summer" theme. I have used a Tilda and coloured with copics. The background birthday stamp has been coloured with chalk inks. The basket of bread is Magnolia and again coloured with copics and glazed with a sakura pen. The sun and car are from the Stitchels and coloured with copics. The lollies have been stamped direct to paper and cut out. Not reflecting the weather we have here, its dry but dont think we'll be outside with a picnic. Have a great sunday!
Clairexx

Friday, 15 August 2008

Penny Black Challenge


Made this card late last night after spending over 2 hours putting all my Magnolia Stamps into an album. This is for this weeks sketch at Penny Black. THE stamp is of course Penny Black and have coloured with Derwent Aqua Tones. The backing paper and wording are from the Basic Grey "Euphoria" set and have cut Happy Birthday with my Cricut. Used Micra Pearl paper down the side and empunched and added 3 flowers. Havent made anything else today, spent 5 hours gutting out sorting Zoes bedroom and another 2 redoing my wardrobe. Just hope Zoe keeps it tidy if only for a day! Will be crafting again this evening, thing I deserve a rest. Have a good weekend.
Clairexx

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Anyone Know Where????

You can get hold of a SU Spiral punch? I would really like to cover some notebooks that are already bound and this tool is ideal. If anyone knows where I can get one, preferably in England, I would be very grateful!

Not blogged for a few days, think I left my mojo on the plane but a few idea's in my head so may attempt something this evening. Holpe your enjoying the week and the children are all on their best behaviour!
Clairexx

Monday, 11 August 2008

In My Pocket Challenge



This weeks theme over at the In My Pocket Challenge is "Butterflies". I used two sets of stamps for this pocket, my new set from Inkadinkadoo which I purchased from Oyster Stamps when shopping with my mate Andrea and the other set which is the small butterflies on the outside is Technique Tuesday. The sentiment is from the Artistic Stamper. I've coloured with sakura pens and edged it with a gold Acrylic Dabber. Got up early this morning, window cleaner rang the bell at 8.20am, wouldn't have mminded but didn't get to bed till nearly 3am. Few things to do today but will try and get the holiday snaps on later today. Have a good week.
Clairexx

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Our Creative Corner & Scrummy Stash Challenge


This weeks challenge at Our Creative Corner is no designer paper so I made this card using just Stamps and Prisma Pencils and the challenge over at Scrummy Stash is Sparkle so have added lots of Stickles for a bit of bling!! All the stamps except the little princess are from technique tuesday. Will be adding some holiday snaps within the next day or so and am planning on making another this evening. Nice to be back in the world of crafting.
Clairexx

Friday, 8 August 2008

Back from DisneyWorld


Hi everyone,
I'm back but still jet lagged. Disney World was amazing, tiring but well worth with. We went to Magical and Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Downtown Disney, 2 water parks, Hollywood Studios and an Outlet Centre where I managed to fill another case with some bargain clothes. It was very hot with temperatures in the mid 90's. A few thunder storms but there were welcome because it was so humid out there. Jessica was 13 when we were out there and we hired a stretched limo to take us to a character restaurant where we met chip and dale and mickey and minnie. I have so many photos and will post a few over the next few days. Not back in craft mode yet, up to my eyes with washing and ironing and very tired. The kids aren't going to bed till at least midnight and I've not been going to bed much before 3am. Hoping to get back to the challenges and blogging again next week. I hope everyone is well and thanks for stopping by my blog!!
Clairexx

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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!!!!!