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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Friday, 31 July 2009

Stampin for the Weekend DT Piece


This week at Stampin for the Weekend, we would like to see "Altering", whether this is something you have bought to alter or maybe an item from around the home.
I bought this chipboard crown from Ally Pally last year. Covered with paper, edged with Rangers Acryllic Dabber in Gold, lots of embellishments and a calender for next year which I spritzed with Glimmer Mist as was just too white.

This weeks sponsor is Die Cut Dreams.
Hope you can join in this weeks challenge, think it will be alot of fun and please do take a look at which fab creations the DT have come up with, including Suzie who is again our GD this week.
Cant wait to see what you come up with.
Take Care
Clairexx


Thursday, 30 July 2009

Lilli Of the Valley DT Card - Sketch & Challenges





Hello everyone, another fornight has past and a new challenge over at Lilli of the Valley. Thanks to all who took part in the last challenge, we had so many entries. Do remember you DO NOT have to use LOTV products, its open to anything used on your card. This week we have a fab sketch for you to follow. I do like sketches.

My card is made with Anya. I stamped onto bazzill and coloured with Copics and Prisma Pencils and Sansodor and highlighted with White Inksential pen.The oval was cut on my Cricut with the Storybook Cartridge. Papers are BG Lemonade and flowers are Prisma. The Raffia Lace is from Bunny Zoes Crafts.
I do hope you can join in again with this challenge, the rest of the DT have some gorgeous cards for you to see. This card also fits in with this weeks Creative Card Crew, Daring Cardmaker and Simon Says Stamps Challenges.
Thanks for looking!
Clairexx

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Crafty Creations and My Time To Craft Challenges





For once I have made a piece just for a challenge, no other reason. It is nice on the odd occassion to just sit and play and after finding this fab tutorial HERE I decided to give it a go. My Scor Pal does not get the use I intended so I blew off the cobwebs and this is the end result.
I am so pleased with the it. The stamp was being produced by Bearly Mine Designs. They are from the Lumas Thorne set. The shop does stock some fab backing paper CD's so your should take a peak in the shop.

I have a piece of double sided Crate Paper. Coloured the image with Copics and Prismacolour Pencils and Sansodor. Flowers and lace from Stash. To finish I have added 2 Chipboard Corners that I have covered with a Rangers Acrylic Ink Dabber in Gold. Love this little box and hope you do to.
This fits in with this weeks Crafty Creations Challenge, inspired by colours and My Time to Craft is Floral Frenzy, the paper is all floral and the added flowers.
Enjoy the rest of the day, off to Tesco's soon with the kids and I've put a few bits on Ebay, so much unused stash, a total waste, so would rather it went to a better home. The link at top of this page.
Thanks for looking.
Clairexx

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches -DT Card - Stamp With Fun



Its tuesday and another fab sketch from Dawn over at Inspirational Craft Sketches. Here is my take of the sketch. I have used Gorjuss from Set 3 and coloured with Promarkers and White Inksenntial Pen. All the papers are from Designer Extreme Vol 2 available at Bearly Mine Designs. The sentiment is from this weeks sponsor Digiments, who are offering a $20 Gift Certificate. Ms Border Punch, Swirl Punch, flowers and Pearls also used on this card.
This card also meets this weeks challenge at Stamp With Fun, the theme being Pearls.

Have a great Tuesday and looking forward to seeing your take on this weeks sketch,

Thanks for looking
Clairexx

Monday, 27 July 2009

Cupcraft Craft Challenge DT and Challenges


Hello everyone, made it threw the first week of the holidays and its gone pretty quick. Just like these challenges because today we have a new challenge for you over at the Cupcake Craft Challenge. This weeks theme is "Pink, Green, Brown, Animals and Flowers" which has been set by Stephanie. I just new I had to use my lovely new Alligator Stamp from Whimsy Designs. Denise has just launched a new range of animals and all of the DT were lucky to recieve a few of these to play with. I just love this alligator and new it would be perfect for this weeks card. He is available to buy at the Whimsy Shop.

I have coloured him and my new Hula Anya with Prisma Pencils and Sansodor. The gingham paper is Joanna Sheen, bought years ago but found a box full of here papers. I cut out loads of different shapes with My Cricut and Storybook Cartridge and used the Trellis, Owl, Leaves and Bushes on this card. Some Prima Flowers, Liquid Pearls in Gold and Stickles + a few Buttons to finish the card. This card is A5 which I rarely use.

We also have a sponsor for this weeks challenge, Soft pencils are giving the winner a $20 Gift voucher to spend in their Etsy Store.
I do hope you can join in this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge. I had alot of fun making this card and love all the colours used.

Other challenges that my card is also fits in with is;
Stamp Challenge - Bugs and Butterflies
DutchDare - DieCut/Punches
Corrosive - Take Colours From Inspirational Picture
CRAFT Challenge - Pink/Green

Thankyou for taking the time to look at my blog, please remember my candy which is open to all. Have a great week!
Clairexx

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Secret Crafter DT Card - 3,2,1


The first week of the school holidays is now behind us and it has gone really quick. The birthdays are all out of the way so should be more crafting time for me this week. Todays new challenge over at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge is a recipe of 3 Buttons, 2 Papers and 1 Ribbon. Now I have to confess to using 3 papers on this card. I misread the challenge but it does cover the 2 so hoping no slapped wrists for me this time LOL. I have used WOJ and coloured her with Copics and added lots of Crystal Stickles. Stamped a border and edged with Chalk Inks. I have added 3 buttons over the lace and added a flower to each one. Gold Ribbon and papers from Basic Grey.

I dont think I have used this colour combo before, different but its nice to play with other colours to. I hope you can join us in this weeks challenge. Remember all who take part in the challenge get put into the monthly prize draw, and do stop by and see what gorgeous cards my other DT buddies have come up with. Please do go see what lovely creations my fellow DT have come up with and hope you can play along this week.
Another viewing today, so hoping hubby is going to get the kids out of the way as I only have a few hrs before they view and I have not started the chores yet. Weathers looking good after yesterdays rain and thunder so I think BBQ is on the menu today. Have a lovely weekend and please feel free to enter my blog candy!
Clairex

Friday, 24 July 2009

Stampin For The Weekend DT Card & I Have Candy!



Challenge 8 over at this weeks Stampin For The Weekend and it has gone so quick. Thankyou to everyone who has taken part, its great to have your support. This weeks challenge is "Masking", one of my favourites. I have used PB, Pink Toes and coloured with Prismas and Sansodor. Then masked the whole image and used a Magnolia Stamp for the Background. This had been coloured with a mix of Prismas and Spica Pens. The backing paper is BG Wisteria and added lots of pretty embellishments to blend with the summery feel. The leaves I spritzed with Glimmer Mists but I dont think it shows to well. Dont do many purple cards myself but I love the feel of this card and of course the MS punches really do make a difference.

Hope to see you again over at Stampin For The Weekend, my DT buddies again have some lovely cards for you to see and our sponsor this week is Windrush Cards and Crafts, they have this gorgeous House Mouse Stamp to offer the lucky winner of this weeks challenge.

I had made an insert for this card using the Extreme Designer Inserts Disc from Bearly Mine Designs, but there is a paper jam that I just cant see so will have to take another look. I prescheduled this card and it was gone midnight. All I can say is, it must be a very small piece of paper as I cannot see anything there.

On another note, it was my daughter, Jessica's 14th Birthday yesterday. Nawty mummy forgot to put it on my blog, as I did for Zoe last week but I think I've got away with it. We all went to Pizza hut when hubby got in from work and as I type the 3 of them are on the singstar, sounds more like the cats choir - LOL.
Remember my Candy, it will be fixed at the top of the page and is open to everyone.
Clairexx

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches -DT Card / Challenges


Hello to everyone, hope the kids are enjoy their time at home. The weather isn't great but at least it is dry. Today we have another sketch for you over at ICS. I had a lot of fun playing with this sketch. I used my MM Slice to cute the shaped squares for this card.

Both of the papers are from "Designer Extreme Vol 1" available at Bearly Mine Designs. I know alot you you are fans of these papers and it is rumoured there are more papers to come. My stamp is From High Hopes and I have coloured with SU Watercolour Crayons and Spica Pens. Edged everything with a green Fluid Chalk Ink Pad. The Butterfly is an MS Punch and the buttons and gems are from stash.

My Friend Nikki, from Bunny Zoes Crafts is this weeks sponsor at ICS. Nikki is offering a great prize of Christmas Charms and Rubber Stamps to the lucky winner.

I do hope you can enter this weeks challenge, a super sketch from Dawn and a great prize. The DT have stunning pieces for you to see on our challenge blog.
My card also fits in with this weeks challenges at
Creative Card Crew - PolkaDots
PaperTake Weekly - Pick Your Own Colours.
Have a lovely week,
Happy Crafting
Clairexx

Monday, 20 July 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge DT Card - Christmas / Sketch Saturday


Good morning everyone. Had a pretty hectic week with one thing or another and am hoping to come back down to earth this week. The Cupcake Challenge theme this week is "Christmas Cards" which has been set by the lovely Pops. I really dont mind a challenge like this as I am one of those who always leaves it way too late but have managed 2 in the last few weeks (Whoopee)!! I actually used a stamp from Gorjuss Set 3. I do enjoy making more non traditional christmas cards and I thought that the crowns they are wearing were quite fitting for a christmas card. I have coloured her with SU Watercolour Crayons and Copic Markers. Stippled and inked around the frame. The papers are from Fancy Pants "Happy Holidays" and the sentiment, snowflakes and postage stamp are all from a set of Inkadinkadoo. I've had the set for years and use them every christmas. Added a piece of Gold Lace to finish and followed the sketch from this weeks Sketch Saturday. My card also fits this weeks Cute Card Thursday which also has a Christmas Theme.


I do hope you can join in this weeks challenge, the rest of the DT have some lovely creations and we'd love to have you. Thanks for looking and see you tomorrow with another post.

Clairexx

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Secret Crafter DT Card - Spots and Stripes


Hello all, children broken up for 1/2 term and alls quiet at the moment. So I have found the time to post this weeks challenge over at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. My DT Buddy "GINA" has come up with a fab them of "Spots and Stripes" and this is my card. I have used papers from BG 2 Scoops, one, is stripey and the other has spots in each centre though they may not be so obvious. The image is SN, Diane Duda, Upside Down. I have coloured her with SU Watercolour Crayons and edged with Chalk Ink Pad. Used the MS lattice Punch and Pearls down the side. Flowers from stash and Leaf punch to finish.
The rest of the DT have gorgeous cards for you to se. I do hope you can play along in this weeks challenge. Have fun everyone and hope all the kiddies enjoy their summer break!
Clairexx

Friday, 17 July 2009

Stampin For The Weekend DT Card - Challenge 7


We are now on challenge 7 at Stampin For the Weekend and each week we are getting more entries. This week we have another great challenge for you to try. Once again we have three song titles to choose from based on your own interpretation of the song title. And here they are

Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks

This week our sponsor is Fred She Said

Tracey is offering a $25 gift voucher to the lucky winner

For my card, I have used the new SK and coloured with SU Watercolour Crayons, stippled around the image and edges with a blue chalk ink pad. All the papers are from Bearly Mine Designs. Other products used are the MS Valentine Punch, MS Butterfly punch,Lace, Swirl Punch, Pearls and an assortment of flowers.



I had so much fun at making this card but please do remember to take a look at what other gorgeous creations the rest of the DT have come up with.

Thanks for looking and have a lovely day!
Clairexx

I really have had one of the busiest weeks, and I knew it was going to be like that, but just wanted to apologise if I haven't been to visit your blog recently. My computer time has been very limited but am hoping from next week with the children being on school holidays, I will be able to catch up. Thanks to all of you who leave me such lovely comments, I appreciate it and I am just putting together a small candy, will blog soon!

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Lili Of The Valley DT/Animals + Challenges

Good morning everyone, a lovely warm day here and another challenge from Lili Of The valley.

This week we would like to see animals on your cards, and please remember, you DO NOT haver to use LOTV products to enter this challenge, any image is welcome.

This image is a RAK that was kindly sent to me from Denise at Whimsy Stamps. Whimsy Stamps have a fantastic range of stamps and the animal collection is one of the best. I got delivery of my SU Watercolour Crayons the other day so thought they would be great to try out. The cardstock wasn't the best for the crayons but I done my best and think my lion looks pretty cool! The papers are The English Paper Company and the sentiment and circles are all SU. Distressed the paper edge with a chalk ink pad and added some faux stitching.

The rest of my DT friends have some lovely examples for you to see, and we do hope that you can join in this week. I also believe there is a little something for the winner for this challenge

This card also fits into 3 challenges this week;

Stamp With Fun - Shapes/Punches

Have a lovely day!
Clairexx

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Happy Birthday Zoe!!!!


Today my beautiful daugter, Zoe is 7 years old. This picture was taken on sunday. She had a party at an indoor play centre with some of her school friends. She loved being the centre of attention and they all had alot of fun. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY Zoe and may you have the bestest birthday.
She also has her school leavers concert this morning, so me and hubby are off to watch the show then back to wrap pressies.
Zoe will be going up to Junior School in September. We have just heard that there have been 2 confirmed cases of swine flu and another swine flu student at Jessica's school to, so am going to be very cautious over the next few weeks. A bit to close for comfort but what can you do?
Anyway, busy day ahead, and nearly forgot, I must pop to supermarket and buy her a birthday cake (another one lol)!!!

Clairexx

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches -DT Card



This weeks Inspirational Card Sketch is a fantastic sketch for you to work with. I looked threw a few Cricut Cartridges and cut this flourish from the Storybook cartridge. Tilda has been coloured with Copics, the papers are K & Co "Swell Noel" and have distressed both the bazzill and papers with a brown chalk in pad. Added jewels and a epoxy sentiment. Didn't want to smother this card as I felt the busy backing paper was enough for the eye.



This week Squigglefly is sponsoring the challenge and they have a prize of 3 images of the winners choice to offer one lucky person. Please do take a look at what my fellow DT's have made and I hope you can join us this week.

I have just got delivery of the SU Watercolour Crayons and Blender Pens. Wow, they work a treat and think this will be my colourng medium quite alot now. I've been experimenting with papers as I found that some will pile. I found that the Concord Record Cards work a treat. So my next post will be with this colour medium, oh, and watch out because I have BLOG CANDY coming this week!!!
TTFN & Thanks for Looking!
Clairex

Monday, 13 July 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge DT Card


Hello everyone. So sorry I have not been around for the last few days. I have had a mild infection in my stomach and have been resting when I can, but am feeling better now.
Todays Cupcake Craft Challenge has a new owner. Donna came to the rescue and has taken over the challenge after Lauren had to step down. Just want to say thanks to Lauren for all her hard work and good luck Donna, the team are right behind you!

This weeks theme is Blossoms and Butterflies. I have used a backing paper from Bearly Mine Designs. I've used stickles and a white pen to highlight. The fairy is Dovercraft and the butterflies are MS Punch.
Please do take a look at my fellow DT's have come up with and I do hope you can take part in this weeks challenge.

Yesterday we had Zoes' birthday party at an indoor play centre. She will be 7 this wednesday. I have got the most hectic week ahead of me so I wont be about much to blog hop or chat. Apart from getting the pressies sorted, Zoe also has her leavers concert on the same day as she is off to the juniors in September. My eldest is going away with the school at the end of the week, she has kindly given me a long list of what I need to buy, a pile of washing and a list of things to pack and Friday Daniel has his leavers concert as he will be starting Senior school in September. After our very lengthy and expensive battle with the LEA, Daniel will be boarding at a special needs school for mainly Aspbergers (Autistic) children in Margate from september. Its very sad that he will not be at home during the week but its a 2 hr journey each way and we felt this would be the best option for him.
Anyway, enough ranting. So much to do, I dont really know where to start. If I can find a spare slot this week, I will try and get to visit some blogs.
Hope all are well
TTFN

Clairexx

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Secret Crafter DT Card -




Hello again, another Saturday and only 1 week left before the children break up for the holidays.
This weeks Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge has been set by the lovely Jane and she has a great sketch for you this week.
I have used BG Wisteria Papers, lace and flowers, buttons from stash and sentiment from Simon Says Stamps. The beautiful WOJ stamp has been coloured with Copic Markers and Shimmerz Paint, I think you should be able to see at least some on her headband.


Do pop on over to this weeks Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and see what the rest of my DT buddies have come up with. Have a lovely weekend
Clairexx


Friday, 10 July 2009

Stampin for the Weekend DT Card - Challenge 6




First I must thank all you lovely peeps who left me lovely comments for my anniversary yesterday. We ended up going out for a meal last, very nice.

Now back to this weeks challenge over at Stampin For The Weekend and this weeks super theme is Strawberries Dipped In Chocolate. Simon Says Stamps is sponsoring this weeks prize and you could win a $25 voucher to spend in their shop.

Meet "Curtsy", my new SN stamp. She has been coloured with Copics, Red Spica Pen and White Inksenntial Pen. All the papers are from the wondeful Designer Extreme Volume 11 available from Bearly Mine Designs.

I have opted for a DL card for a change and have embellished with flowers made with the Retro Punch,the border is MS Daisy Punch and added 1 butterfly with the same papers using the MS Butterfly Punch. I have chalked around the image and added red flowers on the corners. The scrabble tiles are from stash but I really must buy some more, so if anyone knows where they can be purchased in the UK, please let me know.

The rest of the DT have made wonderful samples for you to view. I do hope you can come join us with this weeks challenge.

Thanks for looking
Clairexx

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Look What I Got!!!



Today is my 15th Wedding Anniversary and look what Hubby got me!
Ooh ,they are gorgeous, there are so many different flowers in here including red roses but the piccie doesn't pick it all up I'm afraid. I love flowers anyway but to recieve them as a surprise is even nicer!

Sorry I've not posted any cards, my mojo has well and truly gone atm but I will be back tomorrow with my SFTW card.

Hope everyone is well and will try and visit more blogs soon!

TTFN

Clairexx

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

ICS DT Card


Dawn has come up with a fantastic sketch over at this weeks Inspirational Card Sketches and I couldn't wait to have a go at this one. I rotated the sketch, which I dont normally do but it worked for me in this instance and am pretty pleased with the outcome.
Used Gorjuss from Set 2 and coloured with Copic Marker Pens and Shimmerz Paint. The papers are We R Memory "Tiffany". I have use both the Martha Stewart Lattice Border and Butterfly punches. Lace. Pearl Beads, flowers from stash and the sentiment is a strip from the same paper pack.


This is another insert from "Extreme Designer Inserts" available at Bearly Mine Designs. Choosing a colour to match just isn't a problem as there are so many colourways to choose from and they can be resized simply but dragging to your chosen dimensions.

Please do come join us at this weeks Inspirational Card Sketches, we have a great prize up for grabs and as usual the rest of the DT have come up trumps again!

Thanks for looking!
Clairexx

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Secret Crafter DT Card


Hello everyone, a little cooler now, but personally I enjoy the hot sunshine. Another weekend upon us and another challenge over at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. This weeks theme is 3 Ribbons and has been chosen by my blogging buddie Cathy. I had to open up my new pad of My Minds Eye, Bloom and Grow. These papers are gorgeous and the colours are so fresh. Dont think I've done a green/orange combo before but they work a treat. Gorjuss has been coloured with Promarkers and highlighted small area's with Smooch Paints. I had to use my new MS Border punch and all the little confetti hearts that were left over, I used my quickie glue pen and added then to either side of Gorjuss just as extra embellishment. I have hand tied a bow and the other 2 pieces are on the right hand side of the card. I used a sentiment from WOJ and have distressed all the papers with an olive green chalk ink pad. All the other bits are out of my stash.


This insert is just the most perfect match. It is again from Extreme Designer Inserts from Bearly Mine Designs. It would take me forever to create an insert as beuatiful as this by hand and to have the matching colour ready and waiting at the click of a button is most definitely a plus. It is available to purchase from Bearly Mine Designs and free P & P within the UK.

I do hope you can play along in this weeks challenge. Last weeks challenge was another great success and we love seeing what you come up with. Dont forget to see what inspiration the rest of the DT have to show.

Thanks for looking and am sure to be back with another card soon.

BTW, for those who have been asking, our house is still on the market. A few viewing and I cant believe how fussy peeps can be. We had a lovely elderly couple come look the other day. Said they loved it and was on the short list, then when speaking with the agent this afternoon, they now say they are no longer interested as the living room is in the wrong place!!! OMG. Sorry, thought most living rooms were at the front of the house, after all, all the other matching houses in the road have the same layout. It is getting frustrating though as we have lost the gorgeous house we had our eye on. But I've my eye on another and am taking hubby for a viewing today, though told myself I must not get attached as its all too stressful.
TTFN
Clairexx

Friday, 3 July 2009

Stampin for the Weekend DT Card - Challenge 5


Wow, cant believe how quick the time has gone. We are now onto week 5 over at Stampin for the Weekend and a massive thanks to all of you who are taking part in the challenge, a roaring success so far. This weeks theme is double or nothing. We have provided not 1 but 2 sketches for you to choose from.


My card is a 6 x 6 and the papers are K & Co Wild Rasberry and the image is from Pink Gem Designs who also happens to be our sponser this week. I spritzed the nestie dies with glimmer mists and then stamped the image and coloured with Promarkers. Used an MS punch for the border and lots of pretty flowers and leaves to co-ordinate. I just love the scrabble tiles, and think they blend so well with the papers.


The insert is from the Designer Extreme Inserts available from Bearly Mine Designs. You can guarantee at least 1 insert will match any of your cards and I couldn't live without it amongst my stash.



Pink Gem Designs are sponsoring us this week and Janet has a gorgeous stamp for this weeks winner + Cute Daisy May are also sponsoring this weeks challenge and are giving the lucky winner a choice of 5 digi stamps, so a double whammy!!!
Please do pop on over to the SFTW Challenge blog and take a look at what totally gorgeous cards my other DT buddies have come up with. We would love it of you could join in and we always come and visit your blog, just our way of saying thanks.

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