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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Saturday, 30 May 2009

Secret Crafter DT Card - ICS/PTW


This weeks challenge at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge has been set by my blogging buddie Donna, She has chosen the theme of "Pink & Turquoise with a Hint of Brown". Thought this was going to be an easy combo but looking threw my realms of papers had a hard job matching the turquoise so done the best I could and this is what I came up with. The image is from my new WOJ Summer Set. Coloured her with Promarkers and Prisma/Derwent Pencils. Used my stipple brush again around the image, love using this to shade the card and mixing colours is easy. Not sure what the papers are, got a draw labelled "Bits", but there are alot of bits in there, good to use up scraps instead of wasting. Used El-M and MS punches and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. Ribbon, pearls and dragonfly from stash. 

I based this cards on the sketch from this weeks ICS. Next week I start my new DT post with the challenge blog and cant wait, some great sketches are on there way! And am also entering this into Papertake Weekly where they want you to use scraps on the card. 
Dont forget to take a look at what the other DT's have made, wonderful cards/projects as always. 
Enjoy what looks like a glorious weekend here in England and be back soon with another post
TTFN & TFL
Clairexx

Friday, 29 May 2009

Whimsy Sneak Peak and Challenge Card


Whimsy Stamps have some new releases coming out on the 1st June and this is a sneak peak of "Princess Emma", isn't she adorable!!! 
I've coloured Emma with Copic Markers and Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, blended with a Paper Stump and Sansodor. I've added Gold Smooch to her Bodice and Wand, these paints are brilliant!! The papers are K & Co and I have also used these with the Retro Flower Punch. The scrabble tiles I found amongst my stash the other day when decluttering, not all rubbish then LOL. Made the dangling charm myself and attached to the flower with a brad. Lace from stash and leaves done with L-Em Punch. Added a few pearls which meets this weeks ABC challenge which Whimsy are sponsoring and also meets challenges at Creative Card Crew (Pretty Flowers) and Spoonful Of Sugar (Lace).


Do pop over and have a look in the Whimsy Shop, the stamps are beautiful, and remember to pop back on the 1st June when you will be able to get your hands on "Princess Emma". Whimsy Stamps have been having "Sneak Peaks" all this week so have a look what the other DT's have been posting. 
Remember Whimsy Stamps also have a challenge blog and you do not have to use their stamps to take part. HERE
Back tomorrow with my Secret Crafter DT card.  Have a lovely day and enjoy your crafting.
Thanks for Looking
Clairexx

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Daring Cardmaker Challenge

Sorry its a short post, I'm multi - tasking LOL.


This weeks challenge at The Daring Cardmaker is "Wet,Wet,Wet". I have used Lili at the Beach by Pink Cat Studios and coloured her with Prisma's, Copics and Spica Pens. Dies are Nesties and the Gingham Backing Paper is Joanna Sheen. Flower and Ribbon from Stash.




Off to do a few more chores and hope to do a bit more blog hopping later
TFL
Clairexx

Monday, 25 May 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge DT Card - Crafty Creations Challenge



Wowzer, whats happened to the weather down here? Yesterday we spent the day in the garden, had a bbq and even managed to get burnt. I've got lovely strap marks (which I hate) and my Zoe has got burnt arms, poor girl. Alot hotter than predicted and supposed to be about 27oC today so the chores and decluttering will have to go on hold. I just love the sun and wont waste a single moment of it!
This is my DT card for this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge which has been set by the lovely Erin and is a recipe 2-2-2. Please pop over to the challenge blog for more details.
I have used my new Anya reading her book. All the papers are BG Blush and I have paper pieced her dress and the book. The rest has been coloured with Copic Markers. For the 1st time, I have made my own hanging charm which I've attached through a spacer available from The Hobby House. The rest of the card are bits and pieces from stash. I'm terrible for remembering where I purchase certain things.



Do go take a look at what the other DT's have made, great examples and a fab challenge.
This card also fits into this week Crafty Creations Challenge which is Metal.
Hope the weathers good for you, enjoy your day and be back again soon with another post
Thanks for looking
Clairexx

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Secret Crafter DT Card - Dutchdare


Its Saturday, Bank Holiday Weekend here in England, children off school, gorgeous weather and of course a new challenge at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge set by the lovely Gina, this weeks theme is New Beginnings. It was so lucky that I recently ordered this stamp from Pink Gem Designs as my stock of Baby stamps was non existant. Coloured with Copics and Blender Pen.
Bo Bunny Rub On, assortment of flowers, Liquid Pearls, Leaf Punch, butterfly and a bit of bling from stash. Papers are BG and Cosmo Cricket, border punch is Martha Stewart. Do pop on over and see what the rest of the DT have made, a lovely challenge for all and it would be great if you could join us.
This card also fits in with this weeks Dutchdare challenge which is Bling, I just love the new jewels I have added!

Sorry I've not been in blogland much over the last few days. We've decided to put the house on the market. I spent 5 hours in the garage on Thursday just clearing and now have the rest of the house to go threw. Children on 1/2 term for the week and I will be doing my best to declutter. Have to say the weather is looking good, pub lunch today, BBQ tomorrow and they say as high as 28 degree's here by the end of the week - YAY!!!!!
So have a lovely week, enjoy the weather and I will try and visit as many blogs as I can in the evenings, amongst my crafting as my days will be taken up.
Enjoy and Have fun!
Clairexx

Thursday, 21 May 2009

LOTV GDT Card


Hello everyone. Yesterday we had lovely weather here, so as blogger was playing up, I decided to take myself off to the garden centre and bought lots of plants for my pots and tubs. Spent 4hrs in the sunshine arranging and planting, and now the front of my house looks as pretty as a picture. I've still the back garden to do but have alot of pots out there, so am going to wait another few weeks before I do it as not all the summer blooms seem to have come out yet. Anyway, back to business,

Its Thursday and this weeks LOTV Challenge is a sketch for you to play with. This is my 3rd round as a GDT for the challenge and have loved each and everyone of them. For this challenge, I've done a card with no stamping - OMG!!!. Papers are K & CO, Bloom is Prima and sentiment I done on my Dymo Letra Tag. I found this machine in my craftroom the other day, totally forgot about but now its out, will be put to good use I'm sure. Rub Ons are Bo Bunny and I doodled round all the circles as they looked a bit plain.

A very differnt style of card for me, and I love the black/cream combo, actually one of my favourites.


The insert is another off the Designer Inserts Extreme, from Bearly Mine Designs and I found an insert that matched my card perfectly. Texted added to the page on my computer.

I do hope you can join in with this weeks LOTV Challenge, please do go see what other wonderful creations the rest of the DT have done, you wont be dissapointed!!!

TTFN and TFL!
Clairexx


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Multi Challenge Card/DT's


Hello everyone, this is one of my new stamps I recieved from the lovely Denise at Whimsy stamps. I'm working my way through them and this is the 3rd one I have now inked up. He's called "Baseball Connor" and can be purchased from The Whimsy Stamp Shop. I've coloured Connor with Copics and Prisma Pencils, then edged with Fluid Chalk ink Pads. The sketch I followed for this card is PaperTake Weekly, a great sketch Dawn. The papers are all from the Bearly Mine Extreme Vol 1 & Vol 2. The insert has been created using the new Designer Inserts Extreme. All available from Bearly Mine Designs. I've distressed all the papers and again gone around with a green ink pad. The sentiment is computer generated and this will be going to my FIL for Fathers Day. Not like me to get stuff done in advance but I am so busy with my crafting nowadays, thought I's strike while the kettles hot so to speak. My card also meets a few other challenges this week and Whimsy Stamps are sponsoring one, so if you'd like to be in with a chance, get yourselves over to Spoonful Of Sugar who are celebrating their 1st Birthday and their theme is "Celebration". The final Challenge is Simon Says Stamps and this weeks challenge is "A Boys Card". This has been sponsored by Bearly Mine Designs and you could win the Designer Extreme Vol 1 that I have used on this card. So please take a look at the challenges as there as some great prizes up for grabs. 


The inserts are all stunning and there is a great variety. You can add text to them like I have done here!



I've added an EBay link to the top of my sidebar. I have been going through my stash and would like to rehome some of it. Alot more to be added, so keep checking.  Am also putting some of my cards there as well, you never know lol.
Thanks for looking, few chores to be done then another DT card, am I obsessed???????

Monday, 18 May 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge DT Card/ BG Challenge


This is my card for this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge and has this week been set by my blogging buddie, Donna who has created a fab Sketch for you to follow. I've used one of Chris's digi downloads available HERE and coloured with Prisma Pencils, blended with Paper Stump and Sansador and added Spica Pens. The papers are BG "Porcelain" and the flowers are made from my new Martha Stewart, Laying Flower Punch I received from Stamps and Memories. Sentiment printed onto Safmat and scallop ribbon from stash.


I'm also entering this card into this weeks Basic Grey Challenge which is a them based on Ice-Cream. I love Strawberry, especially the Italian  sort and theres alot of pink on my card. Think I'll pop that on my shopping list to, hoping summer is just round the corner!!
I do hope you can play along with this weeks sketch. The other DT have come up with fab pieces for you to see, so pop on over and take a look!

Sunday, 17 May 2009

My Exciting News!!!


More exciting news to tell. I've been selected to be on the DT for Inspirational Card Sketches. Woohoo, thanks so much Dawn, I really appreciate it. This is my 1st Sketch DT post and as I just love sketches cant wait to get started in June. Cant believe how much my crafting has turned around in the last 6 months and how many DT's I am now on. Started off with the Secret Crafter at the end of last year and never in a million years thought I'd have had so many blinkies on my sidebar. Its a great feeling and I hope that I have been a source of inspiration to some and helped others fill their shopping baskets LOL.
May be back later with another card, if not its the Cupcake Craft Challenge tomorrow and I'll be back in the morning with my DT card.
Have a lovely day whatever your doing and hope the weather is a little better than ours, think our spring has got lost somewhere....
TTFN and TFL
Clairexx

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Secret Crafter DT Card - BMD


Hello everyone, another saturday and another theme over at this weeks Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. This weeks theme has been set by the lovely Jane and she would like to see Glitter on your card/project. I used papers from Sweet Shop Design again, were on my table from the other day. The image was a RAK I received (dont know what it is, sorry). Coloured with Sakura Glitter Pens and Crystal Stckles, then stamped round the border with a new set from Technique Tuesday and faux stitching. Various punches, flowers and a number and balloon rub on. My youngest's best school friend is 7 today so this will be going to Rhianna this afternoon. The insert is from a CD available HERE at Bearly Mine Designs
Rotten weather here today, and as I didn't get to craft yesterday, will spend a few hours this afternoon.



Thanks for looking and remember to pop on over to the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and see what fab pieces the other DT's have come up with!!
Thanks for looking!
Clairexx

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Spoonful of Sugar/Papertake Weekly




I have to say I was pretty excited about posting this card. Its a long time since I got my Prisma Pencils out and I've never shaded to this extreme before but have to say I've even impressed myself on this one. Now I'm as much a Prisma novice as the next but I love the way the dress has turned out. I used 5 or 6 shades of red on this and I'll tell you how I did it. Am sure there are more qualified crafters out there than me but we've all got to start somewhere and if it helps then I'm happy!. Basically I started with the lighest shade adding the most colour around around the edges then blended inwards. What I mean is I used circular motions on the cardstock but bigger circles so adding more pencil to the cardstock. Then as I worked my way down through the colours I added less and didn't blend in as much. I found the with the deepest colour which is last, I just had to work it a little. Trying to make it sound simple. Just keep going over and touching up till your happy with the results. I'm sure someone will tell me I'm doing it all wrong, LOL!!! This gorgeous stamp is from Motivet and its called "Doraline holding a ladybug". Isn't it the cutest!
I used Prima Paper and Nesties for the die. Flowers are Prima and all the other bits are from stash. I'm entering this card into this weeks Spoonful of Sugar (buttons) and Papertake Weekly (Animals). I've bought a few of these gorgeous stamps from Motivet and can highly recommend the,. she also offers a great international service. 
Need to get on with a few DT cards and will be out of the house during the day tomorrow, so please leave a comment to let me know you have visited and I'll try and get an 1hrs blog hop in later this evening!
Thanks for looking
Clairexx

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Inspirational Sketch/Whimsy/ My Time To Craft/DT Card




Another multi challenge card. My initial intention was to use my DT stamps and papers from Whimsy Stamps and Bearly Mine Designs. I took the sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches. "Rainy Day Emma" from Whimsy Stamps was paper pieced from free papers from a magazine, so is the pink strip down the side. All of the other papers on this card are from the new Designer Exreme Vol 2, paper CD from Bearly Mine Designs. The papers are stunning and I love the little extra's Donna has put on. See the little "Things To Do" list I have created, thats on the disc to, I just resized and added my own text. Coloured Emma with Promarkers and added flowers and gems from Stash. Sorry about the picture quality, its very dark here today. This also fits in with the Whimsy Stamp Challenge blog, theme being flowers. You dont have to use a Whimsy stamp to play along either, so go take a look at the current challenge and see what fab creations the DT have come up with. My Time to Craft have a "Kids Kards" theme so am also entering into that one to!
Edited this bit, weathermen have changed their minds from wind,rain and thunder to dry but very gloomy.
Garden could have done with a drop of water though.
Thanks for look......
Clairexx

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

EveryBody Art/Colour Create/Cute Card Thursday and Pink Elephant


Another blustery day here so chose to stay in and finish this card from last night. This card is for a blogging buddies daughter who has Cystic Fibrosis an has not been well recently so thought I'd do my bit to cheer her up,. She's not registered with Post Pals but is just as deserving so am sending this card to Abbie (Lyndseys Daughter) as part of Cute Cards Thursday's request "Happy Mail". Chose to use a Gorjuss and have paper pieced her using digi download paper collection from Sweet Shoppe Designs.I based the colours on this weeks Colour Create which is Green/Blue, Pink Elephant which is 2 Blue/Green/White and Everybody Art "Friends & Family". I've stippled around the image again, really enjoying this atm and added some swirls for pattern. The sentiment was computer generated and used my SU punches. Retro punch for the flower and a piece of lace from stash. Coloured with Promarkers and added stickles to the flowers on her head. I do hope Abbie likes my card, and hope it puts a smile on her face. 
Thanks for looking!
Clairexx

Monday, 11 May 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge DT Card


A new challenge over at The Cupcake Craft Challenge and this weeks theme has been chosen by the lovely Denise. "Card For A Man or Boy".   I used a selection of papers from Cosmo Cricket and the stamp is The Greeting Farm. Coloured with Promarkers and a White Inkssentials Pen. The circle sentiment is cut with SU punches and the leaf border and bird are K & Co. I stippled around the image with chalk ink pads and edged all the papers with a Gold Encore Ink Pad. Nice to make a male themed card for a change, honestly haven't done that many but the stamp is gorgeous and I will be using it again! Remember to pop on over to and see what great examples the rest of the DT have put together. Have a lovely week, its a blustery day here so don't think I'll be venturing very far.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Friday Sketcher/Spoonful of Sugar/Stamp Challenge



My mojo seems to be flowing atm and have made this card which meets 3 challenges. I couldn't resist the Friday Sketcher, a fantastic sketch designed by Carole. Spoonful of Sugar is Touchy Feely, lots of different textures on this one and Stamp Challenge theme this week is Pink, so though not intended turned out to be a multi challenge card. Papers are "The Paper Element" and have randomly added swirls to some. Image is Mermaid Anya from The Greeting Farm coloured with Copics. All the other elements on the card are from my stash.


Bearly Mine Designs have launched their new "Designer Inserts Extreme" CD this week. Donna would love me to show you some examples of these stunning inserts and I will be using them on on my cards quite alot, so keep watching. All I can say is, if you love paper CDs and dont always have the time then the "Designer Insert Extreme" disc is just for you and at only £8 is a bargain. You can see more details HERE.
Anyway, must crack on, house to myself for a few hours so am going to take advantage and have some "Me Time". I do use that word quite alot (lol) but any excuse to craft. Have a great week and thanks for looking!
Clairexx

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - DT Card



Thankyou to alll those who took part in my challenge at The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, over 100 entries, Wow. Today we move on to another challenge which has been set by the lovely Mandy, she would like to see Brads or Eyelets on your card. For my card, I have inked up my new Miss Anya and coloured with Copics, the backing papers are from BG Marrakech and the dark dottie one is from Bearly Mine Designs Extreme Vol 1. Use Martha stewart on paper and velvet brads in corners of image. Prima Flowers and ticket stubs for embellishment. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. I'll have to start think about getting the bedding plants soon, I do love my garden to be full of colour!
Thanks for looking 
Clairexx

Friday, 8 May 2009

Whimsy DT/Papertake Weekly & Crafty Muse


This is my first DT card For Whimsy Stamps. I used "Pajama Time Emma" which I think is just the sweetest image ever!
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolour Pencils. I went for an orange theme to match the gorgeous BG "Mellow" papers I have used and followed a Fab Sketch from Dawny over at Papertake Weekly. This also fits in with this weeks Crafty Muse Challenge which is "Spots.

Denise has a fantastic range of stamps, you can see them in her SHOP and more new releases out soon. I would highly recommend "Pajama Time Emma", she makes the most gorgeous card and has to be a hit with the kids.
Thanks for looking!
Clairexx

Thursday, 7 May 2009

LOTV GDT Card


This is my 2nd GDT card for Lili of the Valley and this weeks theme is Blue/Green/Pink. I loved putting this card together, just love all the extra's I've added and the flower (top right) is handmade using SU punches and Tims Distress Tool. The stamp is another new one from Kadoodle, coloured with copics and Sakura pens. Lots of different punches and flowers used to, wanted to add a real summery feel to the card.


Do drop by and take a look at what the other DT members have done, great pieces. My picture on the challenge blog is a bit dodgy for some reason but I hope you like what you've seen here.
Happy Crafting and Have a lovely day
Clairexx

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Cutie Sunday



Just a quick post. I wanted to get this finished and on my blog before it started to get dark. I've been crafting today, but a few are DT's so cant show you them atm. This card is for Cutie Sunday. I inked up my Mermaid Anya, coloured with Copics and the new Smooch's which are now on the market. The other stamps are from a set by Stampendous - Sushi Bowl Party. I used a Promarker to colour the water in the goldfish bowl with a spray adapter. Other images were coloured and then cut out by hand and stickles randomly added to images. Sentiment Technique Tuesday and yellow backing paper is from Designer Extreme Vol 1 Disc from Bearly Mine Design. Sorry its a short and sweet post, off to do the dinner but hope to be blog hopping later.
TTFN and TFL
Clairexx

Monday, 4 May 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge DT Card -My Call....



Hooray, its Monday and here in England its a bank holiday so enjoy, put your feet up and have fun whatever your doing! This weeks challenge over at the Cupcake Craft Challenge has been set by ME!!!! and I have chosen the theme this week as " Numbers". 
Could be anything you like as long as a number is included on your project or text. Easy Peasy! 



This is quite a busy card but am so pleased with the way it has turned out. Very girly I think. I've used my favourite Digi Image "Vicky" and coloured with Copics and added a Clear Sakura Glaze Pen over certain area's. The paper is BG and the calender is by Imaginisce. I coloured a piece of card with assorted Chalk Ink Pads before stamping and edged with a Gold Encore Inkpad. The flowers are an assortment from my stash and the leaves and swirls done with L-Em Punches. Butterfly and Be Happy quote are K & Co and the border around the image is Autumn Leaves inked in Gold. 



I thorougly enjoyed putting this card together and I hope you can find the time to come and play with this weeks challenge. Do pop over to the challenge blog and see what the DT's have made. There is so much you can do with a number.
Thanks for looking
Clairexx

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge-DT-My Call!


Yes, its Saturday again and Bank Holiday Weekend here in England (hooray)! and that means another challenge over at The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. This week I've the privilege of setting this weeks theme and I've gone for a very easy option "Flowers". Now spring has finally sprung I thought it was an appropriate choice. I love the image on this card, I've coloured it with Copics but it was a RAK and I haven't a clue what the stamp is. I'm thinking Penny Black?, so if anyone knows the name of the stamp or where it can be purchased, please let me know as I feel I really need this in my collection!! I've gone pink and green again, seems to have been my colour of the week put put it all away now so expect something different next time, just love this combo though, so complimentary. Used different shades of pink bazzill and my new Martha Stewart Punch (another). Paper is BG and punches from L-Em for the leaves and the Retro Punch for the flowers which I've edged with a green chalk ink pad. Spacer, velvet brad and crochet flower from stash and the stitching detail is a tape runner which I purchased at Ally Pally. I'm also entering this card into this weeks Crafty Creations which is sweet and yummy. Please do come join in with this weeks challenge, think we all have flowers in our stash somewhere. They could be made from punches, stamps or even handmade. I'd love to visit and see what you create!
Have a super duper weekend and hope the weather is kind to you!
Clairexx

Friday, 1 May 2009

New Challenge Blog and another DT!

COMING SOON



Hello everyone, exciting news for you all!
Donna over at Bearly Mine Designs has teamed up with Kimmi, to start a brand new challenge blog called Stampin for the Weekend. The first challenge will be launched on 5th June. I'm already on the DT for Bearly Mine Designs and they have been kind enough to ask if I would like to be on the DT for the new Challenge Blog and I have (of course) said Yes. Seeings as its a new challenge blog a DT call has been posted. You can see all the details HERE. We are looking for 7 more DT members, so if you feel you'd like to try out, then this is your chance.
Today, Donna has launched 2 more paper CD's from Bearly Mine Designs, Designer Extreme Vol 2 and Designer Inserts Extreme. I haven't got the discs through as yet so cant show you any examples but believe me, they are gorgeous and will be crafting as soon as they land on my doorstep.
  Stampin for the Weekend is all about having fun with your crafting with a variation of challenges. It is for any level of stamper and we do hope you can join in. All stamps welcome for this. Follow the blog and you will never miss the latest challenges.
Good luck to all and remember to check out the new challenge blog!
Clairex

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