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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Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Crazy Amigo Challenge


Yes, another house. I did manage to make a card today but its still a bit wet. This house fits the challenge over at Crazy Amiigo's which theme is Butterflies. I Have coloured the image with Sakura pens and added a Prima flower. Background stamps are Technique Tuesday and the paper is Papermania "Simply Elegent".
Clairex

Monday, 29 September 2008

Spoonful of Sugar Challenge


This is House No5 and thought I'd play with my Shopping Sugar Nellie for this one, quite appropriate considering that was my main focus at Ally Pally Yesterday. My craft desk is a mess and I haven't a clue where I'm gonna put it all, let alone play (lol). Anyway, back to my house. Stamped on DaisyD paper & coloured with Copics. 3 flowers with liquid pearls and a sentiment. Edged with fluid chalk ink pad. This house fits this weeks Sugar Nellie Challenge which is "Charmed". She is charming and shopping can be done so gracefully! though I'm thinking of adding a bag charm to the chimney, so just imagine it in the piccie for now. Craft Day on QVC at midnight, will be staying up for the TSV so may get a chance to make something tonight!!
MUST SAY - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM!!!! I know she pops in to look at my blog at times and as I havent spoken to her today thought I mention it on here. Best not mention how many candles though (lol)..................
Clairex

Saturday, 27 September 2008

My Time to Craft/Cute Card Thursday Challenge


Got delivery of my new Elzybells Stamps so thought I would make this card to fit both challenges at My time to Craft which is Blue and over at CCT this weeks theme is Sparkle. I covered a 6 x 6 squ card with Dovecraft paper. Cut out 3 scallop tags on my Cricut and layered snow mesh in between. The image is "Juggling Eskimo" and my card has also being placed in the Elzybells Blog Gallery which is very exciting for me as I'm not exactly a headliner!!! I coloured the image with Copics and added buttons from papermania and lots of sparkle to the card. Sentiment also Elzybells. If I can get a better piccie over the weekend I will change it, this ones a bit dark!

House Swap No4 / Auntys Wild Challenge Piece


This is my 4th house in a series of 10 to make. A bit behind but will make the deadline. It also doubles as a challenge piece over at Auntys Forum, "What Makes A House A Home?". I cut the house out from my Cricut, perfect size for the swap and distressed with chalk inks.The stamp is made by my local craft store and I have used it alot as its so cute! Coloured her with copics, sprayed glimmer mists onto cardstock (dont think this shows very well). Sentiment from Stampattack and a Prima flower. The weekend is finally upon us and am due to be at Ally Pally on sunday, having a minor trauma with my health ATM, (MS sufferer) but am gonna do my best to attend even if it means a few extra sit downs. Am in craft mode, so am sure there will be lots more added very soon. Have a great weekend!
Clairex

Friday, 26 September 2008

Scrummy Stash Cafe Challenge


"Birthday" is this weeks theme over at ScrummyStashCafe, whether it be a L/O or card so have made this Pink Petticoat Birthday card sending the recipient a bunch of flowers! Coloured with Copics and papers used from DCWV Blossom & Butterflies Stack. Sentiment from Elzybells. Added assorted flowers and liquid pearls and the owl embellishment is from K & Co. Have a great Friday!!
Clairexx

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Dog House


Heres another house I have to make for the swap of 10. This is No 3. I found the backing paper 1st (Karen Foster) which is of course dog themed and that set the style of house I was going to make as at the time I really wasnt sure what to do. The stamp (Stamposaurus) was coloured with sandstone Promarker and a puffy velvet pen which you heat to set. The word "Woof" are velvet stickers and the word "Ruff" was cut out on my Cricut along with the gold leaves. Edged the house with a copper galaxy marker and stuck a spare bone in the chimney. Now I need to think what to do with house No 4!!!! BTW, the easel is something I got from Craft Central today, thought it would be good for the piccies!!
Clairexx

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Basic Grey Challenge


This weeks theme at the Basic Grey Challenge is "Distress". I have used my Sultry paper pad used Distress inks around the edges. The flowers were stamped and also coloured with the distress inks. The image is "Cuddly Buddly" and have coloured her with Promarkers. Finished with a sentiment which I gor from America so afraid dont know who its made my and then added a few stickles for a bit of sparkle. This house is also for a swap I am taking part in, only another 8 to make by the end of the week so best get cracking!!

Monday, 22 September 2008

Look What I Got Today!

This morning I decided to get ontop of the chores knowing that at least of these would arrive today, but got a double whammy as they both turned up after lunch......


This is for all my 12 x 12 paper. Ordered yesterday afternoon from ebay and arrived lunchtime today, now thats service!

The new Pastel Copic Markers from Cultpens



And this is a sneak peak on a card I was working on but had to stop to make up the storage tower. Hope to finish off tonight and blog tomorrow.

Like a kid in a sweetie shop today. Will be so nice to have all my scrummy papers orgainised. Hope you having a great day to.
TTFN

Clairexx

Sunday, 21 September 2008

ArtyGirlz & Stamp Something



This week Artygirlz are celebrating their 1st Birthday and this is this weeks theme. This weeks challenge over at Stamp Something is to use embellishments so am putting it in for this as well. I have made a wallet to hold stamp images which has been sent to a forum friend for her birthday. I used a 6x6 square card and covered the front with papers from K & Co. Used my new stamps from Art Inpressions which I coloured with stamped with Marvy Le Plumes and also used for the watercolour. Mounted onto Mirriboard and added a K & Co embellishment. The inside is again K & Co paper. I have cut 2 pieces of Bazzill just shorter than 6x6 and stuck down at the bottom and side. Stamped several images, one side general, the other christmas. 2 pieces of ribbon 2 close the folder and a few more K & Co embellishments to finish. I hope Wendy liked this, I really enjoyed making it up and will defo being doing some more soon!
Clairexx

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Lots to Do Challenge Card


This weeks challenge over at Lots to Do is "Numbers". I have made a C6 card using some spare backing paper from the previous card on my blog. This is one of those cards I didn;t really plan, just came together as I went along. I stamped T/Holtz's girl image direct onto paper and masked. I then used my leaf stamp from Art Impressions around the mask with chalk ink pads. The other stamps on the card are from Paperbag Studio and I really do love this set. Finished off by going round the edge of the card with a brown chalk ink. This isn't the best piccie but its nearly midnight and the lighting isn't very good now. Hope you like my card, makes a change to make an older style although I am still very much into my Cuties!!
Clairexx

Friday, 19 September 2008

Sketch Card


This is my card for Nikki's sketch over at her blog. I have again used my girl with flowers image which I just love ATM. Coloured with prisma pencils and sandsodor. The papers are simply elegent from PaperMania and have added Prima Flowers, gems and a rub on.
Good news about Daniel. The school have decided that he can stay so he will remain there for the remainder of the school year! He has come a long way over the past 2 weeks and is taking part in lessons and is ATM, sitting his 11+ without tandrums and the need for timeout. Just a senior school to find now but if he passes the ll+ we have somewhere closer to home in mind. Have a great weekend.
Clairexx

Monday, 15 September 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge


I know this is a canvas not a card but other items are excepted on the Cute Card Thursday Challenge. I made this to fit this weeks challenge and it wasnt till afterwards I realised it say CARD challenge but checking their blog it says it will be OK, so I can breathe a sigh of relief. I coloured the canvas with chalk ink pads and coloured Tilda and Rufus with Promarkers and Marvy Le Plume pens. The sun is Stitchels. Added flowers and leaves from Art Impressions and used a clear Sakura Pen Randomly over the the canvas. This went to my friend Hels, who's been suffering terribly with her back and I hope this helped to cheer her up.
I met up with Dan and my forum friends yesterday for his birthday. We ventured to Puffin Crafts first where they were offering 50% discount for the day so stocked up on more stash and then we all went to Frankie and Bennies for a bite to each. Being Dans Birthday Bash, we had to have our cake and eat it which I think pretty much sums up the whole day. I had a great time and was lovely to meet you all again.
Clairexx

Friday, 12 September 2008

Basic Grey & Colour Throwdown Challenges


This card fits on 2 of this weeks challenges. The 1st is Basic Grey which is "Buttons" and the 2nd is Colour Throw Down Challenge which is Red,White and Blue, I have used Basic `grey "Boxer" papers on the card and added the coloured the cute image with ProMarkers. Added a stamped swirl, some buttons ann felt flowers. Great challenges and I do like the colours on this card, not used them before!

Our Creative Corner Challenge


Here is my card for this weeks challenge at "Our Creative Corner" which is to make a "Laugh It Up". I love these 2 stamps which are both Art Impressions. I used my Rollagraph with a brilliance inkpad on the bottom of the card. Layered some green cardstock and edged with fabric ribbon. Coloured the image with Copic Markers and added a few milky gems top finish.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

ABC Challenge


This weeks challenge is "H" for Holiday, anything that fits in with a holiday theme so I chose Christmas as I really must think about making a start on my cards. The papers are Pebbelesinc, the image is from Little Claires, the snowflake was cut on my Cricut and sprayed with silver Glimmer Mist. I coloured the image with Prisma Pencils and Sansador the glittered with stickles. I used my Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder and finished with a rub on. Hope you like my card and I do love the image.
Clairex

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

For A Friend!



Made this for my friend "Angie" who has just celebrated her birthday. Its a folder made from a piece of 12 x 12 but I cant remember which blog I found the instructions, sorry. Apart from 1 cut it was all a matter of folding. As you can see there are 2 pockets so I filled them with stamped images for her to play. I decorated the front with lots of gems, prima flowers, and peel offs, it opens up like a normal card and is all patterned inside so just stamped a "Happy Birthday" sentiment. If I find the link, I will come back to you!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Sunday Stamper


This is my very 1st house I've ever made and am very pleased with the way it turned out. It was originally for a new forum swap but after making it, found out that it also fits this weeks challenge at the Sunday Stamper "Home" is this weeks theme so I am putting it in for that as well. I drew a rough sketch of my house and then made a template with a blank piece of doeflex. 1stly, I covered it with Jewel vellum then cut a circle for the window and added a frame. The butterfly and heart are from Hels Stitchels stamps (which I love) and stamped 2 corners from Technique Tuesday and coloured them in with Galaxy Markers. Finished with the wording I done on my Dymo. Only another 9 for the swap and have to say I'm looking forward to making them!!
Clairexx

Cute Card Thursday Challenge


This weeks challenge over at Cute Card Thursday is "Pink". Think this card qualifies! Used K & Co Sweet Berry Backing papers and embellishments. The sheep is Magolia which I stamped onto handmade paper and highlighted the flowers with a copic pen. Added some flowers and stickles and a sentiment which I printed on my Dymo, thanks for looking!
Clairex

Sunday, 7 September 2008

ABC and Spoonful of Sugar Challenges


This weeks challenge over at Spoonful of Sugar is "No Card" and at ABC is "G is for Gifts" so have made a notebook for the Me to You swap I host on a forum. I covered a small notebook with paper and used a Cuddly Buddly image, coloured with Promarkers. Added some grass and the name cut with my Cricut and finished by putting ribbon around the binding. Really enjoyed making this as think they make great gifts. Off to make a card now,TTFN
Clairexx

Saturday, 6 September 2008

My Time to Craft Challenge Card


Hiya to all my fellow bloggers. Heres me entry for this weeks "My Time To Craft" Challenge which is animals. Its not a very good photo but I can blame the lighting due to the bad weather were having ATM. I used my monkey stamp from Stampendous and coloured with Promarkers. Used a border punch along the bottom and threaded with pink ribbon and added a rub on sentiment and butterfly.
Daniel had his 1st full day at the new school on friday. We really wern't sure how it was going to be for him. He was picked up and returned by taxi so we waited with baited breathe for him to come through the door and was pleasantly surprised when he walked in quite cheary!!!! He said he'd had a good day and was happy to go back. The satalite children work on a reward basis, so if they do the work, they get up to 15mins reward time at the end of each day to play with or game or something and on friday, all satalite children get 30mins golden time, so that worked really well. Daniel hasn't done a maths class for many months now as he would sit there and refuse to do the work, he did intially refuse but the reward time seem to have some effect and for a first, he done all of his lessons, he even went into a mainstream classroom to join in and it was nice that a learning assistant went with him so we will always have peace if mind that he's getting 100% support there. All in all, looks like its going to benefit Daniel and hoping he will get to stay on after his trial. Wont continue to bore you but we've waited what seems a very long time for this to happen and I am very proud of my son for at least trying. Have a good weekend!
Clairexx

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge


Here is this weeks challenge card for Cute Card Thursday. This weeks theme is water. I used another new stamp which I purchased from QVC not long ago. Its a faoam stamp but the image came out really well and she is rather sweet! I coloured her in with Promarkers, matted and added to Basic grey 2 Scoops papers which I love. Couldn't find an image with water so I used the Magnolia Watering can and again coloured with Promarkers. Added a rub on sentiment to complete the card.
Daniel had his 1st trial day at the new school today, it could have gone better as something upset him and he couldnt focus for the rest of the day but we think he'll be alright once he gets used to the routine. Spent nearly 3 1/2 in travel time to and from there but as of tomorrow the LEA will be providing a taxi for him, dont think I could go through that everyday and poor Zoe had to be picked up by a friend. Anyway, not had a chance to craft today, need to check out the rest of this weeks challenges and see if I feel up to making any of them. TTFN and thanks for looking!
Clairexx

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

One Powerful Hour/Creative Corner Challenges


A cute birthday card which is fitting or 2 challenge this week. One Powerful hour has a "Children" theme and Creative Corner is to make a "Birthday Card". I have used scrap papers and edged with a chalk ind pad. The stamp is made and supplied my my local craft shop, a really sweet image I think. Coloured her with Copics. Added flowers, brad and sentiments which I think is Hero Arts. Kids back to school tomorrow. Daniel has been offered a 3 week trial at another mainstream school with a special needs unit attached. The unit only opened a few months ago and holds a max of 12 children so Daniel should be at ease there. He'll probably stay on till the end of the school year all going well, but we still need to place him in High School next September and are still trying to fight the LEA for funding for the school in Hampshire which is just for children with Aspberger's Syndrome. No doubt we'll be back to tribunal at the end of the year. Need to get the kids bits ready for tomorrow, me and hubby will be taking Daniel to school and he will then be taken and brought home by taxi everyday (which the LEA fund) as the school is 45mins away. Cant be in 3 places at once, not unless I clone myself. Have a good week, been raining here all morning, looks like summer is well and truly over.
Clairex

Monday, 1 September 2008

4 Awards and a Tag!

Wow, aren't I lucky and have some very generous friends in blogland.

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships!These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger's aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!Deliver this award to eight blogger's who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award!

I've collected this great award from 2 lovely ladies MarG & Jo. Thank you both I enjoy following both your blogs & seeing your gorgeous creations!



I've also received this award from Joey and Debs, Joey I've not known so long, it was only when posting for Daniels birthday that we became friends, Debs is a long standing blogging buddy! Thankyou both for choosing me ladies, honoured and really appreciate it.
Here are the RULES for presenting this, hopefully soon sought after award:
Pick 5 bloggers that you consider as your best blogging buddies and deserves this award for their contribution towards the blogging community, no matter what language.State the name of the author of each blog as well as a link to each one's blogs.Each blogger (upon acceptance) of this award should do a post and show the award on their blog and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award.


I've also been tagged by the lovely Hazel. Now I'm being very nawty and not going to post with my boring facts right now, its my MIL's birthday on Saturday and if I dont get her card made up tonight I'll never get it in the post tomorrow.
Also breaking the rules with the other 2 awards. Finding a handful of bloggers to pass onto is not a problem, but I want to give it to all my regulars who visit my blog. So many of you were kind enough to send a card to my son and I've managed over 35,000 hits in just over a year so pat on the back to you all and please feel proud and honoured to put these awards on your blog if you dont already own them.

BTW, I've taken the piccie of my candy and will post here at the weekend. The only clue I'm giving is the initials, BG, RAM & SN. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about!!!
Thanks again, going to bed very happy!!!!!
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!!!!!

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