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, 26 November 2009

Feeling a little inspired!

(Rubbish photo, poor lighting)

Thankyou for the lovely comments to help me get my mojo going again. I just love my Cyber Friends!! My mojo isn't back to full swing yet, I'm just not feeling it, but have made a start and coloured my Magnolia. Just not sure what I want to do with her next. Maybe if I sit here long enough staring at her something may spring to mind LOL. I did work my way to the bottom of the pringle tube, but my mojo wasn't there, so the hunt go on. I'll try another tube I think!!!
Hubby got the new TV up and running. The old one which is also quite big is now sitting in the middle of our dining room floor, unconnected. My dining table is now in the conservatory, which was in the dining room. Its a right old muddle. We wont agree as to where the old TV is going, so not easy to craft right now as I dont really have a space.Its a right old rigmarol so wont bore you any more but lets hope I'm in the winning corner- lol.
Think I'll do a spot of blog hopping again, see if it helps and I bet there are some great challenges right now. I've more than enough on my sidebar. Fingers crossed and Thanks for the support.
Hugs to all and hope to be back sooner rather than later with another card. Its really buggin me!
Clairexx

Saturday, 21 November 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge



Marlene has done a fab sketch for The Sugar Bowl Challenge and I couldn't wait to get started. Not done an Easel Card for a while and was itching to get another made.

I just adore this new stamp. Angel Wishes by SN. Stamped onto Neenah Solar White and coloured with Copic markers. Must say a massive thanks for the link to Rach. This paper works a dream and well worth buying. I've distressed around the image with Chalk Ink Pads and added a Clear Spica Pen to the wings. Incorporated the ZigZag with a Martha Stewart Punch and RicRac. Papers are a mix of Imaginesce and Magnolia. The flowers have been sprayed with Glimmer Mists, and Rocky Candy Stickles added but not showing so well in the picture.

If you click on it, you'll get a larger image and may see better. The sentiment is from LOTV. I love the font style on this stamp.
Alot to do today, so will big thanks for stopping by my blog and have a lovely weekend
Many Thanks

Clairexx

Friday, 20 November 2009

LOTV DT Card and a few challenges



This is my card for this weeks LOTV. A great sketch and I had so much fun with this one. Looks like the rest of the DT did as well, they've made some fabby cards!

Something I have not done for a very long time is Heat Emboss. So thats what I did with the image (HH) and then coloured with Copics. I used a Chalk Ink Pad around it and sprayed with Glimmer Mist. The papers are a mix of Basic Grey and the sentiment from Krafty Kimmies has been punched with my new Woodware Retro Word Punch. I used my Distress Tool around the paper and tinted the edges with a Brown Chalk Ink Pad. Added sparkly lace and flowers. The hinge down the side is Grungeboard that I have coloured with a Rangers Dabber and sprayed with Glimmer Mists and finished with a few Metal Brads. I've added quite a bit of the new Rock Candy Stickles and Glamour Dust to the flower but dont think the camera has picked this up very well. Do believe me, there is alot of shimmer on this card.


I do hope you can play along with this fab sketch. Remember you do not have to use LOTV products for the challenge.
Talking of challenges, mine fits in with a few;
Simon Says - Animal Antics
Basic Grey - Glitter and Bling
Lots to Do - Embossing

Well I've the grandparents shop to do today and what I'd like to know is how long does Tennis Elbow last? Just when I think its getting better, put a bit of weight on it and theres the pain again...... So much for wearing the sling, I'm pretty dependent on my right arm, eapecially when it comes to crafting!
Enjoy the rest of the week and just a reminder my candy closes tomorrow night. ALL WELCOME.
TFL
Clairexx


Monday, 16 November 2009

Unicycle Owls "Bookmark"




My friends boy has a birthday this week and I have made him this cute bookmark using a digi-image from Pink Cat Studio. I've coloured with Promarkers and done some mat and layering with Bazzill. Nothing fancy but quite colourful!
My bookmark fits in with this weeks Crafty Angels - Anything but a card, PollyCraft - No Cards Allowed and Cupcake Craft Challenge - Digi Images.
Short post, I'm trying to rest my arm as still cant put any weight on it. Done some blog hopping over the weekend and hope to catch up again in the week.
Have a good one & TFL!
Clairexx

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Madlynn Multi Challenge Card


It really is a rotten day weather wise here in Kent. Wind howling and heavy bursts of rain. Hubby just taken the kids to the cinema so I'm staying put and gonna hopefully catch up with some of your blogs.


This is my new Madlynn from the GF that I received the other day. Not had a lot of crafting time this week, my tennis elbow is easing but not back to 100% just yet.
I have coloured her with Copics and Prisma Pencils, added lots of sparkle and punched snowflakes which haved been stickled and distressed with a Chalk Ink Pad. All the papers are from the Magnolia Christmas Range.
This is one of those cards that fits into lots of challenges, not intended but hayho!
Oh, and I won this weeks Bee Crafty and the One Stop Craft Challenge, I'm on a roll!!! YAY.......
Thanks for stopping by and remember you can still join in with the LOTV Blog HERE and of course my Candy is still open to all.
Have a lovely weekend, Take Care.
Clairexx

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

LOTV Blog Hop!!!!!


Hello Friends,
"Today's the day for the LOTV BLOG HOP to celebrate the release of the New Stamps on the LOTV WEBSITE. Each DT member is offering the chance for you to win One of the new stamps of your choice, if you complete the blog hop you will also have a chance to win 6 of the new images of your choice.


To enter all you need to do is start at LOTV Challenge Blog and work your way through each of the links leaving a comment, telling us your favourite LOTV stamp, and link the blog hop on your blog, until you get back to the LOTV Valley Challenge Blog, on the way around each Dt member will give you a letter, make a note of these as they will make up a word which we will ask you for if your comment on the LOTV Challenge Blog is drawn by Random.Org as the winner of the 6 stamps. We will e-mail the winner and if you respond with the correct word the stamps of your choice will be sent off to you. Best of Luck.


This is my card, coloured with Copics and cie cut on my Nesties. Added lots of Stickles and pretty flowers. Papers are Basic Grey Wisteria.

You should have reached my blog from - JO"S BLOG
If you have missed JO'S BLOG post please go back as you need to collect all your letters for the big prize.

Thanks for visiting your next stop on the blog hop is ............ PAULA'S BLOG

The Blog hop will be open until Wednesday 18th November

MY LETTER FOR THE BLOG HOP IS "S"

My card fits in with this weeks Papertake Weekly and Allsorts and Pile It On Challenges.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Daniels Birthday Thanks!


Daniel had a wonderful birthday and thoroughly enjoyed all of his handmade cards. He had no idea and studied each one, even giving a little giggle with some! Thankyou so much ladies for helping to celebrate his 12th Birthday, I am very grateful that you took the time out for my son.
Below is a list of Birthday Thanks. Daniel went back to boarding school yesterday and more post has arrived (McKelvey, Nancy - Norway, Enrica - Italy, Randi - USA, Roxanne - USA, Lorraine A - Malta + a few UK ones). I will give these to Daniel when he returns home for the weekend on Friday.

Many Thanks To;
Clare - Littlebear
Paula Cross
Alina - And hugs from me for the beautiful card and embellishments you sent!
Debby Yates
Tara and Family - And a great big thanks for the football cards, went down a treat!
Jannie
Roswitha
Barbara - Piperdreams
Crafty Emma
Ali
Denise - Crafty Den
Angie
Fiona - Strawberry Fields
Chrissie
Daniela
Janeen, Geoff, Louis & Alex Codling
Barbara - Germany
Kim
June, Kathryn & Aimee - Mrs Spook
Trish - Diamond Doll.

You are all truly amazing and I just love how us crafters come together. You generosity mean't a great deal to Daniel. THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!

No card today. My arm is still in a sling when I not run ragged. Root canal didn't go ahead today as I have an infection so he gave me Penicillin for a week. Back next Tuesday. But do come back tomorrow and visit my blog. LOTV are having a blog hop to celebrate the launch of the new stamps on the web. Me and the rest of the DT have been working hard to showcase some of the stamps and I believe there is a pretty good prize up for grabs.
Must also thank the DT at CraftyCatz for choosing me in this weeks Top 5, thats 2 in 1 week, Woohoo!!!!
Back in the morning. Hope to see as many as possible join in with the LOTV BLOG HOP!!!!!!
Clairexx

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Daniels Card and Challenges

Hello everyone, what a great day we had yesterday for Daniels Birthday, he loved each and every card that you sent and both me and Daniel send a heart warming thanks for helping to make it so special. I will post a list of names tomorrow. I know there are a few more to arrive and I have to drive to my SIL's shortly as Daniel stayed overnight.
This is the card I made for Daniel, coloured with Promarkers. He loved this card and I have to say it is not my usual but I really enjoyed putting this together. Nice to use a DL for change to!
My card also fits into a few challenges
Quixotic - Birthday
Cute Card Thursday - Primary Colours
Crafty CardMarker - Stamp Something

I was also lucky enough to win lasts weeks Bee Crafty Challenge with my Dove Easel Card. A free Digi Image of my choice - YAY!!!!

After Daniel opened his pressies, we went to my SIL's and in the evening went down to the Historical Parade that goes threw Battle High Street,. Then onto the field for a spectacular fire work display. One of the best I have ever been to and it was a free event so anyone in the Kent/Sussex area should really try this out next year. It lashed down with rain in the later part of the evening but we all thoroughly enjoyed outselves, then back to my SIL's for Birthday Cake and Party Balloons.
Thanks again, it really helped make Daniels day more special as he doesn't have Birthday Parties and I know he was very grateful that you took the time out with your stunning cards!!

Claire and Daniel
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Friday, 6 November 2009

LOTV DT Card

Hello to you all. A sunny start to the day here and yes, I am back with the LOTV Design Team.
This weeks challenge is a theme, 3 papers, 2 stamps and 1 embellishment. Of course I had to use another one of the beauties due to be launched this weekend at the NEC. I cant go as its Daniels Birthday on Saturday but I will get there one day.

I have used papers from MME "Bloom and Grow". Coloured with Copics and die cut with my Nesties. Do you like the frame's? I got the link from Chris's blog for a free Photo Editing so had to have a little play.
I do hope you can play along with this weeks challenge and you DO NOT have to use LOTV products, anything goes!!
I took the sketch from this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge and this also fits in with the Stamp Something challenge and Flutterby Wednesday.
Of to the doctors shortly.Having trouble moving my arm and its quite painful, thinking maybe Tennis Elbow????
Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog. I have recieved more cards for Daniel and will give an update tomorrow. Am a but pushed for time right now.
Hope you enjoy Firework Night, and remember to be safe!!!
Clairexx

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Another LOTV Sneak Peak!!!

(Firstly apologise for dark photo, its pitch black here but I was too impatient to wait till morning)

Here is another sneak Peak of one of the new stamps due to be launched at LOTV. Now I have to be honest, this was supposed to be my DT card for Thursdays new LOTV Challenge, but I got so engrossed in what I was doing, the challenge went totally out of the window - LOL. So this is a card I made for fun with no challenges in mind. The papers are BG Lemonade, I followed the sketch from the Sugar Bowl the other week. Think this is a firm favourite. I've coloured her with Promarkers and added Shimmerz Paints. The dies are various cut on my Cricut and the sentiment is from Butterfly Kisses that I bought from Ally Pally last year but had yet to use.


Now I have a DT card to be getting on with this evening. Hope my mojo stays in tact! Dont want to go out anyway, the weather is rotten.
Wishing you all a cosy evening!
Clairexx

Monday, 2 November 2009

LOTV Sneak Peak Card and Challenges



Monday morning and the kids are all back at school. Dentist cancelled on me first thing. What a shame, I was so looking forward to it - NOT!!!!!!

This is my sneak peak card of the new range of stamps that are to be launched shortly from LOTV. These are just adorable and although Fairies really aren't my thing, she is a pretty little thing. I enjoyed this sweet image. Another easel card and BG Bittersweet papers. Coloured her with Promarkers and added lots of Diamond Glaze but I dont think this really shows in the piccies. The sentiment is a Rub on and the Die Frame was cut with my Nesties. 2 MS punches and buttons and punched corners for the base.

My card also meets challenges this week at Daring Cardmaker, Fun with Shapes and the sketch was taken from Crafty Catz
Thanks for looking, have a good week.
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!!!!!