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, 20 November 2010

CES Dt Piece & Challenges!!


Well its not often that I post twice in one day and today we have a new challenge for you over at the CES Challenge Blog. This weeks theme is "Lovely Lace" and has been chosen by "ME". I decided to alter a notepad for a change. Tesco do them really cheap and I think they make great little gifts. I gave in and had to order some of the new Tickled Pink Stamps. This is "Ivy" and she has been coloured with Copic Markers. The papers are a few scraps and have added lace to the the top & bottom trim. Assorted Flowers, Stickles, Punched Leaves and the Charm, Baby Rose Buds & Bead Spray are all available to buy over at Crafty Emma's Store.
There is a special offer for this weekend only
free p&p all weekend or spend over £30 and choose another £3.00 worth of stuff for free - code is OVER30.
I'm pretty pleased how this turned out and I have bought a few of the notepads so think I will make a few more in the near future.
I am entering this into the following challenge;

The Beary Scrap - Anything Goes
Hodge Podge Shop - Anything Goes

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and wrap up as they predict a cold week ahead.


Sweet Stampin 1st Birthday Blog Hop! I Am Giving Candy.

Hello Everyone, today is quite an exciting day over at Sweet Stampin!
Welcome to the Sweet Stampin First Birthday Blog Hop! If you've just come from Carries Blog then you are in the right place! While you're here, please leave me a comment to enter my Candy and then hop over to Debbie's Blog next. Don't forget you need to enter this weeks Sketch Challenge at Sweet Stampin to be eligible to win any Design Team Candy! If you think you've lost your way, head back to Sweet Stampin and start from there!

This is my prize for one lucky winner.

(Woodland Folk Paper pad & Clear Stamp Set)
For my card I used "Cuddles Christmas" from Di's Digital Downloads who are also this weeks sponsors. She's been coloured with Promarkers. The papers are October Afternoon "Good Cheer" and the sentiment is LOTV.

Do hope you can join us in our First Birthday Blog Hop. I cant wait to see your interpretation of this weeks sketch!
Remember to leave a comment here and post on the challenge blog to be eligible for my prize!

Heres a list of challenges;
Totally Papercrafts - Snow & Snowflakes
PaperCutz - Christmas with Bling
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Christmas Sparkle
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Die Cut Dreams Xmas Club - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop - Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs - Christmas Cards

Have a wonderful weekend whatever your up to

Take Care & Thanks for stopping by today;

Thursday, 18 November 2010

LOTV DT Card & My LOTV Candy Winner + Challenges!!!!

These thursdays sure to come round quickly. I either need to clone myself or extend the 24 hour clock. Did you see how many entries we had in last weeks LOTV Challenge, 363 to be precise. Thankyou to all who took part.
The winner of my candy and who wins the new release "Coffee Break stamp is";

Congratulations to you! Please e-mail me you full name and address, so I can forward it to Lisa & Laila at
LOTV, and they will pop your prize in the post.

Today we see a new challenge over at the LOTV Challenge Blog and this weeks theme is "Glitter and Glitz". A nice easy one and perfect for the christmas cards. I've been so short of time this week with Daniel being home so I used one of LOTV's Cute Squares (christmas is coming). Its not often I resort to a quick fix but these are just so cute. Did bling it up a bit by adding Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to all of her trimmings, then added lots of Cosmic Twinkles (similar to Stickles). One of the new LOTV Sentiment Circles , MS Gingerbread Punch, Red Ribbon, Buttons, a Crocheted Flower and other Flowers to finish. Please do see what my teams have made, all gorgeous as usual.

I have been a really bad blogger and thank those who continue to visit. Daniel is back as school today and I had another round of Route Canal on my front tooth yesterday.

Here are a list of challenges that my card fits into;

Simon Says - Sparkle
Paper Sundaes - Pick Your Topping (Punches & ribbon)
I Did It Creations - Traditional Christmas Colours
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas Card
PollyCraft - A Glittery Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday - Buttons Galore
Lollipop Crafts - Very Girlie
Tuesday Throwdown - Buttons & Bow (bow in her hat)
City Crafter - Children
Lexi's Creations - Traditional Christmas Colours
Creative Inspirations - Anything Christmassy/Winter
Scrappy Frogs - Christmas Cards
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Sparkle
Totally Gorjuss - Traditional Christmas Colours
Delightful Challenges - Oh, Baby its Cold Outside

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comments are always appreciated. I will try and catch up with many of you over the next few days.

Enjoy the rest of your week


Saturday, 13 November 2010

Sweet Stampin DT Card - Snowflakes & Challenges

(click photo for a better picture)

Hello Everyone, what a soggy week we've had here in England but at long last its the weekend and time for a new challenge over at the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog. This weeks theme is "Snowflakes". I decided to go vintage for a change and have used the lovely Bo Bunny stamp sent to me from the lovely Linda aka Pinklilac. Coloured with Pencils & Sansador and all the papers, image and Martha Stewart Snowflakes have been distressed with a Copper Encore Ink Pad and a Brown Chalk Ink Pad. Used the Gold Viva Pearl Pen adding lots of Pearls. Have torn all the papers though not sure what they are as they are from my scrap draw, but I do like them.

We'd love you to join in this weeks challenge and I do love taking a look at what you've created. Cant guarantee I can get to everyone but I do try when I have time to hop.

More cards for Daniel arrived and I promise now he has bought them back home I will make a list of thanks an piccies. He had a good day today but this week has basically been a nightmare and several days of missing some lessons and tears on the other end of the phone. He's taking a few days off next week, special leave they say. I'm not a happy bunny!!

Hoping my mojo is slowly resurfacing. Hard to focus when I've other things on my mind lots of you are still visiting my blog.

Thats it from me for now, here is a list of challenges my card fits into;

Crafty Catz - Paper Tearing
Paper Sundaes - Let it Snow
ABC - H for Holidays
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas card
Ellephantastic - Christmas
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
ASFOS - Snow/Snowflakes
The StampMan - Christmas
Stamps & Fun - Christmas
Marks Finest Papers - Snowflakes
Christmas Card Challenge - Photo Inspiration
Crafty Calendar - Winter Snowflakes
Stamp & Create- Tis the Season

Enjoy your weekend and back soon with more cards I hope!




Thursday, 11 November 2010

LOTV Blog Hop & Challenge!!!!

This week the Lili of the Valley Challenge is being combined with a Blog Hop to celebrate the Release of the Tea and Chat, Party Girls and Sentiments collections, full details of the Challenge and Blog Hop can be found on the Lili of the Valley Challenge Blog . If you have arrived here from LENA'S BLOG you are in the right place, if not then hop over to Lili of the Valley Challenge Blog to begin.

To Win my Candy Stamp (Coffe Break, shown above) please LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

This week the Lili of the Valley challenge has a theme ANYTHING GOES, here is my card below

I have used the new "Coffee Break" and coloured with Promarkers. The papers are by Fancy Pants. Sentiment is also from the new releases. Ribbon, Flowers, Lots of Stickles, MS Butterflies, Sparkly Gems, Pins and TH Die also.

The Next stop on the Hop is NICOLA.

Please remember you need to leave comments on all DT blogs to be eligible to win a prize. The whole DT have a piece of candy to offer and when you finish over at Idea's to Inspire there is an extra special treat!!

Heres the link to the LOTV SHOP. The new releases will be available from the 12th November!!

I'm also entering this cards into the following challenges;
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Birthdays
Ai Factory - Die Cuts or Punches
Crafts & Me - Glitter
Fab n Funky - Going Round in Circles
MAWTT - Nice & Bright
Crazy Challenge - Things with Wings

Have fun hopping and hope to catch up soon. My mojo has gone walkies which is why I've been so quiet. Lets hope its back with me soon!

Take Care,

Monday, 8 November 2010

Massive Birthday Thanks from Daniel!!

Wow, thankyou all for the gorgeous cards and gifts Daniel received for his birthday. Your generosity was overwhelming and I have to say Daniel totally loved opening all the cards and each one was given his undivided attention. He loves his ipad although he's not aloud to take it to boarding school and we had a lovely weekend away with relatives.

Daniel has taken all the cards into school with him today to put in his bedroom as they weren't going to be seen left here so I have been unable to take a display photo of them all. When he brings them back I will take photo's and a full list of thanks. More cards have arrived in the post (sharon caudal & rosie) today but he wont get these till friday now. You really did help to put a smile on his face and we are both very grateful.
Thanks to all who helped celebrate Daniels birthday and all the birthday wishes he's received.

Big Hugs
Claire & Daniel

Saturday, 6 November 2010

CES DT Piece & Challenges

Yay, its the weekend and a brand new challenge over at the CES Challenge Blog. This weeks them is "Forever Autumn". I chose to make a notebook this week. My mojo's not in full swing atm but hoping things will be a little less hectic next week and hopefully back to normal.
The papers I have used are Papermania. Image is a wooden backed stamp made from my local craft shop which has now closed down. She has been coloured with Aquamarkers which are available over at Crafty Emma's Store.
My DT buddies have made gorgeous cards, they're a talented bunch.

I'm away again this weekend. THANKYOU to all that have sent Daniel birthday cards. He is in for a real treat on Sunday and its going to take a long time to open them all. I will post thanks and names just so you know yours has been received. It means so much to know that there are people out there who do care. Autism is a horrible condition to live with and unfortunately as a parent we don't get manuals. If I could get into his head and understood how he see's things it would be so much easier. I admire any person/parent or carer who is associated with Autism.
Daniels still a little unsettled at school. They are being very patient and he is trying. Hopefully he will settle back into routine soon!

Heres a list of challenges;
Digi Doodle - Show Us Your Fall/Autumn Projects
Oldie But a Goodie - Distressing (Stamps is years old)
Lots to do - Autumnal Colours

Well, were off shortly so I will be back in blogland Monday. Dentist Tuesday and the start of my treatment. Route Canal for the first visit - lovely!!!! NOT

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy any firework displays you maybe going to. Were off to Battle for one Saturday night, then Ten Pin Bowling and A Pizza/Pasta Restaurant for Daniels Birthday.


Thursday, 4 November 2010

LOTV Goes All Girly & Challenges

This week has really flown past and today we see a new challenge over at the LOTV Challenge Blog.
This weeks theme is One for the Girls, my kinda card!!!
For my card I have used "Feather Boa" from the Party Girl range. For all you lucky enough to get to the NEC, I would highly recommend this one, a pleasure to colour.
She's been coloured with Promarkers and I've added Crystal Stickles down the centre of her Boa. Chequered paper is again Jack & Jill and the other is a piece of scrap. Used the Field of Sky Background Stamp and again added dots of Stickles & Perfect Pearls. MS Butterflies dotted with White Inkssential Pen, a mix of Flowers and Ribbon from stash.
Lots of Sparkle on this one, but when don't I add a touch of Stickles.

To everyone going to the NEC This weekend, have fun. I can never seem to get there as it always falls over Daniels Birthday but one day it will happen. Drooling over all that rubber, not fair lol.

Heres a list of challenges this card fits into;

Flutter By Wednesdays - Open Challenge
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Letter B (for Boa)
Creative Inspirations - Glitter, Glamour, Girlie
Scrap Creations - Favourite Technique (colouring and blending)
ASFOS - Relish to Embellish
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes
Creative Stamp Friends - Favourite Stamp (background stamp, used a lot over the years)
ABC - G for Glitter

Apologies for my lack of visits and posts. Seems with the kids off and being away last weekend its all catching up and my computer/craft time is very limited.
Away again this weekend so hopefully all back to normal next week. No celebrations, No Birthdays and hopefully not a lot of housework

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I do appreciate all the lovely emails I have received about Daniel. I do hope I've not missed anyone out and replied to you all.

Enjoy the rest of your week
Happy Crafting



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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!!!!!