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 June 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches -DT Card


Hello again, sorry about the late posting of this card. I've been trying on and off all day but I just couldn't get the photo's to upload. Maybe my laptop has heatwave. Its another scorcher here today but I've been stuck indoors. Done 4 1/2 nonstop housework ready for a viewing, for him to be here for all of 5mins and most of the rooms he just poked his head round. So feel like it was a total waste of time and I am knackered. At least my house is gleaming of nothing else!

Today we see a new sketch over at the ICS challenge. Another fantastic sketch from Dawn. I inked up Tilda with Cat and coloured with Prisma Pencils and Sansodor. I just love using these pencils and I think I am getting better. Practice makes perfect I suppose.
The papers are BG Marrakech, just love the blue/orange combo, they blend so well together. Because the papers are quite fussy I chose to add just the flowers and centres for this card. No fancy borders or other embellishments, a case of less is more in this case. anyway, please do take a look at this weeks challenge and it would be great if you could join in to. The other DT's have great examples.




Squiggle stamps are our sponsor this week and there is a super prize up for grabs.
Would love to see what you come up with.
Have a lovely week and TFL!
Clairex

Monday, 29 June 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge DT Card


Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and had some good weather. We've had gorgeous weather, lovely BBQ's and I've a nice tan. Looks like its here to stay for a few more days at least and what better way to celebrate than this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge. Kathrin has chosen this weeks theme "Its Summer".


I've had this gorgeous PB stamp for a while now and just couldn't wait to ink it up. I coloured it with Prisma Colour Pencils and Sansodor and am really pleased with my results. The stamp has a coloured image on the front so I tried sticking with those colours as this was more experimental but turned out so well, so just had to use it for a card. The papers are K & Co "Wild Rasberry" and I am in love with these. Such gorgeous colours and designs and they are double sided. The flowers are Prima and the flower centres are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I have a deep A4 box full to the brim with handmade flowers I have purchased from here. I just love them and want them all. I've edged all the papers with a red chalk ink pad and punched a swirl which I have edged and added flowers.


Please pop on over to the Cupcake Challenge Blog and see what other wonderful creations the rest of the DT have made. I would be great if you could join in this week, I'd love to see how you interpret "Its Summer", and please leave a comment to let me know you've been to visit.
This card also fits in with this weeks challenge at the Pink Elephant, so here it is!

TFL
Clairex

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Bearly Mine Designs - DT


I enjoyed making a Mini Pizza Box yesterday, that I decided to try another as they are so much fun and quick and easy to do. The fun part is the decorating.



This time apart from the Bazzill Box, all the papers are from Bearly MIne Designs, DESIGNER EXTREME VOLUME 1. There are just so many to choose from and Vol 2 is also a firm favourite. Donna offers free P & P within the UK. Have a look at what other great discs her SHOP has to offer including my favourite Designer Inserts Extreme. The stamps are from Simon says Stamps, flowers from stash, MS Butterfly punch, flower shaped die was cut on my MM Slice and I even gave him some googly eyes

Back tomorrow with another card
TTFN & TFL
Clairexx

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Secret Crafter DT - Pretty Packaging



Hello everyone, saturday again and looks like were in for a scorcher here in the South East of England. BBQ's all weekend hopefully. Todays new challenge over the The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge is "Pretty Packaging" chosen by the lovely Mandy.
And this is my very 1st Mini Pizza Box. The instructions are HERE and fun to make and quick and easy. The sentiment is Magnolia, Flowers are Prima and dies cut out on my slice. Added lace and pearls as wanted it to have a womans element to it.

Hope you can find the time to enter this weeks challenge, we had a fantastic number who entered my challenge last week and would be so nice if you could all play along again. Do go see what my fellow DT's cave come up with. I'm sure they will inspire you!

I just dont get the chance to enter all those lovely challenges out there but did make this box with some of these in mind, so here they are;

FUN WITH SHAPES - Not A Card
MY TIME TO CRAFT - In The Garden
ABC - Two Tone

Friday, 26 June 2009

Stampin for the Weekend DT Piece



Hello everyone. This is now our 4th challenge over at Stampin for the Weekend, any boy, its gone fast! This weeks chosen theme is "Pocket Full Of"", interpret that any way you wish but I have made a Folder for Stamped Images using 2 pockets on the inside.



The image is a stamp made by my local craft store, I have used her before as I just think she is so adorable, coloured with Promarkers. The papers are K & Co which I have torn and added lots of distressing to the card as wanted a vintage feel to it. Lace flowers, punches. Added lots of embellishments as I wanted it to really stand out.
I have kept the inside pretty simple as I thought as the front was very busy I would just coordinate the colours for the inside. Cardstock used with Cuttlebug Folder and matching backing paper.




This week Paper MakeUp are Sponsoring us and have some gorgeous stamps as this weeks prize.
The support shown at Stampin for the Weekend over the last few weeks has been amazing and we thankyou so much. Please do try and pop over to see what gorgeous creations my DT friends have come up with, and it would be lovely if you could play along to.
TTFN & TFL
Clairexx

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Whimsy Blog Hop Is Here!!!!!




Hello everyone, glorious weather here in the south of England and today is the day we start the WHIMSY BLOG HOP. There is a super candy up for grabs for one lucky person so what you waiting for, get hopping!!!
If you are joining in the hop you should have arrived here from TRUDY"S blog if not then you'll need to go back to the start which is DEB R's blog to make sure you haven't missed anything.
I am so excited to have been chosen to take part in my first BLOG HOP for WHIMSY STAMPS.




We were asked to make a card using our favourite stamps and colours. Well, mine has to be Emma and I really so enjoy using all the colours of the rainbow so have made a summer themed card. Coloured with Copic Markers, I stippled the grass and sky with Chalk Ink Pads. I then used a variety of stamps to create a scene and finished with a Butterfly made with the MS Punch and Flowers and Charm. Can you see the cow in my scene? I thought I'd follow it round so one side is the head and the other is the rear LOL.

Dont forget that WHIMSY STAMPS are on sale and we mustn't forget the recent launch of the gorgeous Animal and Kids collections. they have been a bit hit and it would be a sin if you didn't have at least one piece of rubber in your collection LOL!!!!!

WHIMSY also have a CHALLENGE BLOG with super prizes for the winner, but please dont feel you cant enter the weekly challenge. You DO NOT have to own a WHIMSY STAMP to enter, its open to all. New challenges are every Monday, so why not check out THE WHIMSY CHALLENGE BLOG and see what the latest challenge is this week!

Now its time for you to hop on over to MINDYS blog, who is our Guest Designer. Please make sure that you leave comments on all the blogs to qualify for this fantastic Prize.
Closing date is the 27th June (pm).
Good Luck and Time to HOP ON!!!!
Clairexx

Thanks for stopping by my blog
& Good Luck

Hugs
Clairexx

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

ICS DT Card



This is my card for this weeks sketch over at ICS. We were all given a digi image (Lou or Sam)to use with the sketch and this is my take. The images are from Lily-Boo's Boutique and they are sponsoring this weeks challenge. So if you would love a chance to win these gorgeous images, then why not take part. And if you are a Digi Image lover, then you really need to take a look at what other images they have available, Wow, I love them!


I have used a backing paper from We R Memory Keepers. The flower shaped window was cut on my MM Slice and have surrounded with assorted flowers and flowersoft, something I have not used for a very long time. I have used raspberry Liquid Pearls around the frame. I've coloured ...... with copic Markers and added a length of ribbon to the bottom. I will be adding a sentiment to the centre of this but couldn't decide what sentiment to add so have left it for the moment.
Dawn has a great sketch this week and the other DT's have come up with some stunning cards, so hope you can find the time to play with this weeks sketch at ICS
Have fun and Happy Crafting
Clairexx

Monday, 22 June 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge/Bearly Mine DT Card


Hello everyone, been busy this weekend with more cardmaking but cant show you yet as they are all DT pieces. My house is still spotless and we had another viewing. So its Monday again and another weeks crafting for most of us I hope. Today we have a new challenge over at the Cupcake Craft Challenge and this week we would like you to follow a sketch. The DT were given a digi image from Sandra Dry Digi Stamps to incorporate with the sketch and this is my take. I actually blew the cobwebs off my MM Slice for this card and my circles are perfect. I am a big fan of the Designer Extreme Papers from Bearly Mine Designs and after finding this paper off VOL 1, I new it would blend in perfectly with the image. I have used Sitting Rosabella and coloured her with Copic Markers and Stickles. Paper pieced her outfit, again with paper from the same CD. The backing paper itself I cut down to fit on my 6 x 6 and have highlighted with White Inksenntial Pen and Crystal Stickles. The sentiment was printed onto safmat from my computer and finished the card with a few embellishments.




I have made an insert for the card which matches the outer paper perfectly. This is also from Bearly Mine Designs and is called Designer Inserts Extreme. There are so many different styles and colours which are perfect for your card making. Add your own text and resize, its so easy to do.
I do hope you can join in with this weeks Cupcake Challenge, there is a great prize up for grabs. Sandra Dry is sponsering our challenge this week and is offering 6 digi images to one lucky person, but you need to be in it to win it. Pop on over to the Cupcake Challenge blog for more details and see what other goregous creations the rest of my DT buddies have come up with.
I am also entering this card into a few challenges, I just dont get as much time to play with them anymore but they are alot of fun.

Pile it On - Purple
Allsorts - Wings
Creative Inspirations - Paper Piecing

Back tomorrow with ICS!!
Clairexx

Saturday, 20 June 2009

SCSC- DT Card - Pink/Green


Hello everyone, another Saturday, and other Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. Thanks to all those who entered last week. This week we move onto a new theme whcih has been chosen by ME!!! I would like you to use the colour combo PINK/GREEN on your creations. You can see all about it at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge.


For my card I have used papers from LLB. The image is Kadoodle and have colours with Prisma's. The embellishments are K & Co, assorted flowers from stash and have added a pin and netting. The sentiment stamp is SU.
Please do pop on over to the challenge blog and see what gorgeous creations the rest of my DT buddies have come up with.
I'm taking it easy today, got a stomach bug and not enjoying the cramps but life goes on and chores/kids wont see to themselves.
Have a lovely weekend
TFL

Clairexx

Friday, 19 June 2009

Stampin for the Weekend DT Card



This challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend was great fun, as all that is needed is names of songs from the 60's and leave it up to the individual as to how to interpret the Title and create a card based on their own intrepretations. I chose "Time Of The Seaon" as I wanted to use my new Anya stamp and thought she would great on a summery card. The papers are BG Wisteria and coloured her with Promarkers. I've added text from the same stamp pack and added, flowers, gems and a pretty border.



The SFTW Design Team have some amazing gorgeous creations for you to see, hope that you like wha they have come up with so pop on over to Stampin' for the Weekend and join in the fun.



We've got an amazing prize on offer this week. Heidi of Simon Says Stamps has generously offered the winner of this challenge a $25 shopping spree!

So please come on over and join us this week. Cant wait to see what you come up with.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

LOTV Dt Card


Hello everyone, a warm but not so sunny day. Been up to my eyes with the chores for the last four hours but needed a break so thought I'd best post my card for this weeks LOTV. The theme this week is paper piecing and I used my new Ketto stamp and paper pieced her dress. Coloured the rest with Copic Markers and Spica Pens. Papers are from The Black Market Paper Society and I think they are gorgeous. Not done a red/black combo before but think its pretty striking. Flowers and gems from stash and the the coils I made are from the stems from when I chop the flower heads off. Seemed a waste to throw them out.


Anyway, must dash, a busy bee today and a viewing soon, so hope everyone is well. If you can spare a moment to look at what other gorgeous cards the rest of the DT have come up with, that would be great and we'd love it of you could take part in this weeks challenge. You dont even need LOTV products. I love visiting your blogs and seeing your latest creations.
TTFN & TFL
Clairexx

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

INSPIRATIONAL Card Sketches -DT Card




Hello everyone. Back to blogging and thoroughly enjoyed making this card for this weeks challenge over at ICS. A fantastic sketch for you to follow, hope you enjoy this one!
I used my new "Rain, Snow, Shine" - Anya Set from Tracy at Dies to Die For, she offers a fantastic service and her shop is well informed.


I chose to paper piece my Anya. All papers are Basic Grey "Sugared". The puddle and sentiment are both WOJ and all the detail has been coloured with Copics. Flowers are a mix from my stash and the border is a Martha Stewart punch. I coloured all the edges with a pink ind pad, just to give it some depth.


The insert is from my most used disc, "Designer Inserts Extreme". I love these inserts but I say that everytime I use it. You can see more details about this and the other discs available at the Bearly Mine Designs Shop. Hope you can play along with this weeks sketch, its a good'un and I just love sketches, especially when your mojo is on a go slow. Its great to see so many interpritations and we'd love it of you could join in to!

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Secret Crafter DT - In The Jungle



Hello everyone,
Wow I've had a busy week with the house, but its on the market now. Board went up today and now just a case of sit back and wait. Hopefully being a weekend peeps will be out looking. And as its another Saturday, its your turn to look at the new challenge today from The Secret Crafter. Wendy has come up with a fab theme, "In The Jungle". I instantly new what image to use for this challenge. Denise from Whimsy Stamps was kind enough to send me some RAK images of this cute little fella (Whimsy Monkey). I've been wanting to colour him for ages and this was just the incentive I needed. The backing paper is from the new Lawrence Lleywelyn Bowen range. I've coloured the monkey with Promarkers and and stipled round the image with Chalk Ink Pads. Added Stickles all over the card and a clear sentiment. 



The DT have come up trumps again and remember you will be entered into the Monthly Draw for goodies from Wendys Shop!!
So please stop by The Secret Crafter Challenge Blog and lets see your wonderful creations.
Hope to find a bit more crafting time next week, just never seems to be enough hours in the day right now. 
Have a lovely weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by!
Clairexx

Friday, 12 June 2009

Stampin For The Weekend DT- Challenge 2 - "Going Digital"




Hello everyone, 
As you can see the camera landed safely and is back in my hands where it belongs. And above is the photo for my DT card for this weeks challenge over at SFTW.  
My image is "Sleepy Bear" from Dustin Pike and I have coloured with a mix of Promarkers. I forgot I had a daytime lamp, dont really use it but as it was nearly midnight when I uploaded this, thought I'd give it a go, and YAY, it worked a treat. No more rushing in the mornings trying to get 1st light anymore.



This weeks theme is called "Going Digital" and we would like to see a digi image on your card. Our sponsor for this challenge is Dustin Pike.

The prize being offered is 2 or 3 digi stamps of the winner's choice from Dustin's shop

We also have a guest designer for the next two weeks, the lovely Sandie . Please do take a look at her wonderful blog and dont forget the wonderful creations the other DT's for SFTW have come up with.
I do hope you can join in with this weeks challenge. Last weeks was a roaring success and Mr Linky certainly kept us busy and we love it!!

TTFN & TFL
Clairexx



Tuesday, 9 June 2009

INSPIRATIONAL Card Sketches -DT Card



Hello everyone, another sketch over at this weeks Inspirational Card Sketches and a fab sketch it is to. This week we were given a digi image to play with from Whimsie Doodles, and you can also get a free image. Pop on over to the Challenge Blog for more details. This is what I've named"Tommy The Turtle" and he is just the cutest. I have coloured him with Prisma Pencils, Sansador and Paper Stumps. The papers are a mix of SU and BG. Various flowers from stash and my Martha Stewart Punch. I've used an insert from the "Designer Inserts Extreme" disc available at Bearly Mine designs and added my own text.
Please do come join in with us this week over at ICS, a super sketch to work with and the rest of the DT have stunning creations for you to see.





Our house went on the market yesterday so fingers crossed we got lots of viewings and sell quickly. The HIP is being done today and we have the tree surgeons in, dead wooding a large oak tree in the back of our garden.

Apologies if I've not been to visit but struggling to find any spare time at the minute.
Hope everyone is well and will try and get to visit soon!
Clairexx

Monday, 8 June 2009

Back from my hols, but no card!

Had a fantastic time camping in Devon. The weather was good, but it was due to get even better so we stayed on a few extra days. Now its back to reality with a thump. I've a "To Do List" as long as my arm (so much goin on at the moment) so I will probably still be quiet for the rest of the week. Will certainly do a spot of blog hopping if I get the chance and hopefully will be back to normal next week, once I've sorted a few things at this end.

I found I won last weeks Tellens Challenge for my card in the post below so will be adding this to my sidebar. More great digi images to play with

and

Today I was the winner over A Spoonful of Sugar and have a gift voucher coming my way. 2 very pleasant surprises. What a lucky girl I am.

And the talented Nikki from Bunny Zoe's Crafts has a New Challenge Blog starting on 14th June,
candy on offer so pop on over!

Hope all my blogging friends are well. Cant wait to get back to normal
Hugs
Clairexx

Cupcake Craft Challenge DT Piece / OSCC


Hello to all and welcome to another challenge for this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge. Ida has set the theme and she has chosen a colour combo for you to use. I really enjoyed using these colours, fresh and vibrant and again I chose not to make a card but a hanging post it holder. I coloured Tilda with a mix of Copics and Promarkers and cut her out. I covered a piece of heavyweight card with papers from BG Gypsy and added milky gems and a strip of ribbon. Attached Tilda with Silcone and added lots of pretty flowers are her. Threaded some fibres but not sure if I'm happy with the colours, think something more subtle may be better so may change that. My 1st time at creating one of these, sometimes I like to experiment and ever better if it turns out OK. Do pop on over to the Cupcake Challenge as see what other beautiful creations the DTs have come up with.

I've not been around much this weekend and next week though I thought would be back to normal will be even busier. We viewed our dream home at the weekend so getting our property on the market is more urgent now as we need to sell in order to offer on this beautiful house. Its in a stunning location, massive kitchen and immacute condition. The 2 acres garden is ideal for all of us and I really dont want to loose this house so hubby managed to paint my utility room this weekend, even put up new shelves, I been working my backside off, tidying sorting and trying to keep the house in reasonable order so next week we will be getting estate agents in for valuations and fingers crossed will be on the markdet soon. Dont like this HIP milarky though, will delay the marketing of our house but just praying we sell quickly, keep all your fingers crossed for us please!!

Anyway, will be out and about today and entering this card into the One Stop Craft Challenge which is "Not A Card".
Thanks for looking and will be about most evenings so see your beautiful creations
TTFN & TFL
Clairexx

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Secret Crafter DT Card/Charisma



Another Saturday is here again which means time for another challenge at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. This weeks theme has been brought to you by the lovely Jill and the chosen theme is "Bling". Pretty easy aye, so what you waiting for. Remember all entries get put into the monthly draw to win some goodies at the Secret Crafter Shop.
I've used a A6 card on this occassion and "Gorjuss" from set 2 which I've coloured with Promarkers. All the papers are from Bearly Mine Designs, Designer Extreme Vol's 1 & 2. Pop on over to the Shop for more details but all I can say is I cant live without my discs now, the designs are stunning! Have added the neccessary "Bling" and added a sentiment. MS punch, Hero Art Flowers and a few Milky Gems. The rest of the DT have as usual come up with wonderful creations for you to view and Mr Linky is up and running. I do hope you can join us with this challenge and would love to see your creations.



I'm also entering this into the Charisma Challenge which has a theme this week of Pink & Brown.

Hubby is having to finish off painting my utility room. He was adamant he wasn't going to paint it, so I went ahead and bought the stuff, made a start and made a total hash. Managed to get paint on the ceiling and floor and can only manage an hour at a time as it tires my body, so low and behold, he's offered to finish it off for me this weekend hopefully LOL. Will try and get to a few more blogs this weekend. We are viewing a couple of houses and mine is in reasonable order now so have a few estate agents coming in next week. Busy, busy, busy. I'll shut up now!!! Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by!!
Clairexx

Friday, 5 June 2009

STAMPIN FOR THE WEEKEND - LAUNCH DAY!!!


Woo Hoo!!! It's finally here......LAUNCH DAY for Stampin' for the Weekend. Kimmi, Donna, and the whole Design Team of Amy, Ida, Jen, Nicole, Poppet, Vicki and Vanja and of course me, have been waiting for this day for ages.....and I do mean ages! LOL
For our first challenge entitled "From Dusk to Dawn", we're asking you to make a card or some other project using the color scheme of Purple and Yellow, a color theme not normally seen, but it does look gorgeous together. For this week, with it being our first challenge, Kim and Donna have put together a lovely prize with lots of crafting goodies and even chocolates for our first winner. So if you fancy your chances.....please join us. Look forward to seeing you over at "Stampin for the Weekend".


This is my piece. I have altered a clipboard. Could take ages for me to give you a full description so wont bore you with too many details LOL. I covered the edges of the board with Gold Leaf and painted the centre with Acrylic Paint and added Pee Wee Glitter while still wet. All the stamps are Magnolia and coloured Tilda with Promarkers. Papers used are BG Wisteria. An array of flowers, spacers and brads from stash and a few extra embellishments to finish. I altered a clipboard last year, the link for it is in my sidebar and I have to say I just loved making another. It is so pretty IRL.

This is just another view so you can see in more detail.

And this is even closer!!!!

I'm also entering this piece into 2 other challenges. I wish I could find the time to play in so many more but my challenge link list keeps growing and combining is the only way sometimes.
Mangolia Down Under has a "Moving to the Country" theme and Stamp With Fun is "Not a Card", (well thats for sure) lol.

Please do come and support Kim and Donna in their new venture. I know I have lots of wonderful blogging buddies out there who would love to play along, and we'd love to have you. Don't forget the fab prizes that will be on offer and we know you will love all the challenges. Remember to add "Stampin For The Weekend" to your sidebar and heres to week 1........

Clairexx


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