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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Thursday, 29 October 2009

Christmas Dove Easel Card


I get so much pleasure out of making these Easel Cards. They are so easy and so much fun!
This is my 3rd Easel Card and I used my new 12 x 12 MME Signature Christmas Glitter Pad.
These papers are the most stunning and I was relunctant to cut them up. May even treat myself to another pad, just for stroking!!!

The image is a digi download available HERE. I saw the DT cards on a challenge blog and fell in love with the Dove, think he can be very versitile.

I have coloured the Dove with Promarkers and used Glossy Accents on his nose and drops on the leaves. Then 3d'd his wing which has been edged with a chesnut inpad and painted with Shimmerz and a touch of Crystal Stickles. also used the brown inkpad on all the papers for a more destressed feel. All the other bits are from my stash.

I have followed this weeks Friday sketcher and used this weeks theme of Spots and Stripes at Papertake Weekly. Crafty Catz has a theme of Buttons or Brads and Simon Says Challenge. There theme is All That Sparkles (wings and flowers) which I am also entering this into, My Time to Craft and finally Bee Crafty which is distressing!

Would love to thank all those who have participated in my Candy so Far and the great response I have had from bloggers who have offered to send Daniel a Birthday Card!!!
Thanks for looking and have a lovely day
Clairexx

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Christmas Elf and My Poor Zoe!


Last week the local post office agreed to let me stock some of my cards in their village shop. So was planning a busy weekend of inserts and bagging up but when I picked Zoe up from school on Friday she was feeling unwell. By 5pm she was asleep on the sofa and later at night a temp of 38.4. I had a really bad night and by saturday her temp was up to 39.3. I would usually put this down to a kids virus, after 3 children you get a feel of how serious it is. But with Swine Flu around and her symptoms, of the high temp, mild cough, runny nose, headache and the amount of sleeping she has done, went on the Pandemic Website. It came up with a yes and we were given an authorisation code for Tamiflu which we have collected. She is still quite ill today but I have not given the Tamiflu as yet. Side effects are sickness but she's coping and fighting the virus herself so am holding off.

Anyway, back to this card. I watercoloured the image last week with Marvy Le Plume pens. I haven't used these in years but was looking for a different tecnique. The papers are Forever Friends (santa's on his way). Snowflakes are a punch and have coloured with Shimmerz and Glimmer Mists. MS Snowflake punch, Lace and scallop die cut out on my MM Slice. This card fits in with a few challenges today, Winter Wonderland, Forever Friends, Our Creative Corner (gone with the film ELF) & Crazy 4 Challenge.

Am hoping to find some time today to blog hop, but have a roast to cook and am backwards and forwards with Zoe. The Nurofen works well and keeps her temperature down but I still like to give her lots of TLC.
Thanks for looking!!
Clairex

My annual plea for Daniel. Daniel is 12 on the 7th November and is on the Autistic Spectrum. He doesn't socialize and loves recieving your handmade cards. As most will know, for the last 2 years I have asked if some of you could send a card for him to open and the response has been overwhelming. He recieving nearly 100 last year. I think he enjoys this more than the presents. Love watching his face light up. He started a boarding school for Autistic Children in Sept and although he misses home, is slowly settling in and we do get him back every weekend. So if you could help, I'd truly appreciate it.
(My email is on my profile at bottom of page)

Friday, 23 October 2009

Anya Easel Card


This is card I made just for fun. Just me playing with my stash although it does fit in with a challenge. I love making these Easel Cards, so simple and really stand out. I paper pieced Anya and coloured with Promarkers. The papers are BG Indian Summer and the dies and "Mum" were cut out on my MM Slice. Handmade the flower using the Retro Punches. All other bits from stash. This card fits in with the new Crafty Calendar Challenge which has an Autumn Theme.

Well the weekend is upon us and Zoe breaks up today. Jessica and Daniel have already been off a week but at least I get 1 week of no school runs.

My candy is coming together nicely. Just waiting for a few more bits to arrive. There is going to be lots of stamps, (loose tongue now, Anya, Kraftin Kimmies ) _OOPS!!! and lots of other bits and bobs for your craftroom. Hopefully get it on my blog early next week.

I haven't posted my annual plea for Daniel. Daniel is 12 on the 7th November and is on the Autistic Spectrum. he doesn't socialize and loves recieving your handmade cards. As most will know, for the last 2 years I have asked if some of you could send a card for him to open and the response has been overwhelming. He recieving nearly 100 last year. I think he enjoys this more than the presents. Love watching his face light up. He started a boarding school for Autistic Children in Sept and although he misses home, is slowly settling in and we do get him back every weekend. So if you could help, I'd truly appreciate it.
(My email is on my profile at bottom of page)

Now I need to get ontop of the chores and am hoping to make another card today.
Thats all for now, thanks for looking.
Clairexx

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Happy Mousy Halloween!!

This is my 1st Halloween card of the year and it was so much fun to make! I've had the BG Errie papers sitting in my draw for sometime now but finding this cute PB stamp amongst my stash spurred me on. I've coloured with Promarkers and the Coffin Stamp is Inkadinkadoo. Made this card with a few challenges in mind so here goes;

Penny Black - Sketch
My Time To Craft - Halloween Colours
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Things That Go Bump In The Night
Cute Card Thursday - Spook Fest
Stamp With Fun - Halloween
Pile It On - Ready For Halloween
Everybody Art - Halloween
Stampavie and More - Halloween

Wow thats 11 challenges in all. Do think Halloween is popular this week - just a tad!!!!!
Clairex

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Passion for Promarkers GDT Card



This is my final week as GDT for Passion for Promarkers and I would like to thank the team for having me on board and it was a pleasure to work with them all. My collection of Promarkers has grown since but I dont mind at all.
I've used BG Eskimo Kisses for this card. I've now got 3 pads as I just love each and every paper. It was my week to chose the theme and with christmas in mind I opted for FORREST GREEN and POPPY, though what theme you choose is up to you. I've added stickles to Anya and the flower in the card was handmade by myself. I punched white tissue paper with Retro punches, layered them up then scrunched them in my hand. Then a good spray of Glimmer Mists and more Crystal Stickles. Dont think I got the best of shots but you get the idea.

I'm sorting out my candy and now see I have hit over 500 followers so an extra item or 2 will be added as my way of saying thanks.
This card also fits in with the Die Cut Dreams - Winter Wonderland, Lots to Do - Create Any Card, PaperPlay Challenge - Favourite Embellishment.
Now a lazy day indoors and hopefully a little more crafting.
A big thanks from me for all the wonderful comments. I love reading your feedback and it helps give me that kick up the backside when I need it.
Thanks for looking
TTFN
Clairexx

Friday, 16 October 2009

My 1st Easel Card


I've seen quite a few of these on peeps blogs so I stayed up into early hours of this morning trying one of for myself. They are so easy to make and I think I may be hooked on them for sometime.

Mine is a 6 x 6 and have used BG Granola. Edwin was a Rak I was sent but after colouring him in with Copics I realised he should be sitting on something. I cant draw stick men but attempted a tree branch. I'm hoping you can make that out for yourself!!! lol. MS Lattice Punch and Tags and "Brother" cut out on my MM Slice. This is my alltime favourite Die Cutter and am slowly building up my collection of cartridges. Have added 3 gems to stop the card from sliding and it seems to hold it up fine.
This fits in with the Magnolia - Licious - Easel Card, Stamp With Fun - Sketch, Creative Inspiration - Family, Everybody Art - Shapes or Punches

Hubbys in Paris on business for the day, so guess who's driving the Porshe!!! Think it kinda suits me - LOL...........But musn't get to comfy.
Bring on the weekend
Thanks for looking!!
Clairex

sorry about picture quality, pretty grey here today



Thursday, 15 October 2009

The Sugar Bowl

Do you like my new look blog! Thought it was time for a change and with some gentle instruction from my mate Minxy (who has a great candy up for grabs) I'm now all pink and cute.

I haven't entered The Sugar Bowl for quite some time. Infact, I think I've only ever played once before and that was a very long time ago. But I loved Tiets sketch and was eager to ink up this gorgeous SN Stamp. I've coloured it with Copic Markers and the papers are all Basic grey Eskimo Kisses. The Photo Corners are a little punch I have and the other dies were cut out on my MM Slice. And for a change, I actually decorated the inside. Nothing too fancy but I did like using the matching paper. Again the die shape was cut out on the MM Slice.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and am sure to be using this fantastic sketch again.
Hope to be back with another card tomorrow
Thanks for Stopping!
Clairexx

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Passion for Promarkers GDT Card

Good morning everyone. A chilly start to the day and I've woke up feeling like I've been hit by a bus. But chores wont do themselves so will get them out the way and take it easy for the rest of the day I think.

Today is a new challenge over at Passion For Promarkers and Gina has a lovely sketch for us to work with. I'm trying to make a start on the christmas cards so heres another for the collection. I was cutting out snowflakes originally but my MM Slice decided it didnt want to work after 1 cut (and its not the battery), so had to use flowers as a last minute changeover.Used my new SN Mistletoe, all coloured with Promarkers and papers are a mix of MME and BG. I've edged all the papers with a brown chalk ink pad to give a more distressed feel. Please take a look at the other gorgeous creations from the DT.
I'm also entering this card into this weeks LOTV as the theme is 'A Christmas Card for a Child".
Hope to be catching up with some blogs and maybe a spot of crafting later. I hate it when I dont get the chance to craft or hop for a few days, keeps me on my toes and out of mischief!!!
Now for a cuppa and nurofen before I do anything.
Thanks for taking the time to pop in.
Clairexx

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Passion for Promarkers 1st GDT Card



Good morning everyone. Today will be my 1st week as a Guest Designer for Passion for Promarkers and am really looking forward to spending the next 3 weeks with them. I know I've stepped down from my all my DT's, but I had this arranged in advance and didn't want to let them downm, +and it keeps me on my toes LOL! This weeks challenge is a recipe of 3 Shapes, 2 Papers and 1 Ribbon. This weeks sponsor is Letraset and they are giving a prize of a pack of 5 Promarkers.

I am really into these Motivet Stamps right now and have chose Ballerina Hilda. I went for a blue & grey combo which is something I have never tried before but think they blend perfectly. Please come and play along with this weeks challenge, I'd love for you crafters to come and support me as a GDT. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and would love to take a look at your wonderful creations to.
Got a new 3 piece suite being delivered sometime today and looks like we are at Silverstone on Wednesday, supposedly racing - EEK!!!!! My exciting news is looking good, well, I say exciting, its more of a major purchase but unfortunately not a new house as ours is still on the market. But you will have to wait till the weekend and I just hope it doesn't go belly up.
Anyway, until the sofa turns up, I'm in for a bit of a lazy day today, sounds good to me!!!
TTFN & TFL
Clairexx

*Promarkers Used*
ice grey 1
cool grey 2
cool grey 4
grey green
blue pearl
pastel blue
cyan
pastel pink

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Now I Can Show and Tell!!!

This is our brand new Porshe Carerra 911 Sports that me and hubby picked up on Saturday. It has always been his dream car and he is so very fortunate. Its fast, definitely a head turner, and goes like a missile.




Excuse bad piccie, I do look rough!!!!

And the best bit is I am insured to drive. Took it out for 1/2hr though hubby is a little overprotective atm.

Anyway, that was me showing off our new toy. Back tomorrow with this weeks GDT Passion for Promarker card.
Bye for Now!!

Clairexxx

Monday, 5 October 2009

Truly Scrumptious/Creative Card Crew/Creative Inspiration

I started this card last week but my mojo took a bit of a break and have finished it off today. I used the sketch from Truly Scrumptious and have coloured Miss Clause with Promarkers and Stickles. I may not be christmas yet but the weather has certainly taken a turn for the worst. So dark this morning, would rather have been tucked up in bed rather than out on school runs.
My card also meets the Creative Card Crew Challenge which is Sparkle and Creative Inspiration which is Christmas In October
I've got raging toothache today so off to make a cuppa and top up on painkillers and have a busy week ahead. We are having a new 3 piece suite delivered tomorrow and looks like I may be on the track at Silverstone on Wednesday. Could have some very special news to share with you at the weekend although not craft related, but fingers crossed it all goes to plan as I'm getting very excited.
Back tomorrow with my Promarker GDT card and hope to do a little hopping later
TTFN & TFL
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!!!!!