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, 30 October 2010

Sweet Stampin DT Card


Yays its saturday and this is preposted as were away in Alton Towers with my hubbys brother and his family so wont be around this weekend. 6 kids and I think rain, but I'm sure we'll be enjoying ourselves.
This week over at the Sweet Stampin Challenge, its "Team Carrie's" turn and we have a fantastic sketch for you to play with. I have used one of the new Tilda's and coloured her with Pencils and Sansador. The backing paper is a new Mangolia one to and it was pure coincidence that these matched as I'd already coloured the image. Die cut with my Nellie Snellie Oval and added a Rose Viva Pearl Pens all around. Bazzill cardstock and the large MS Border Punch (forgotten its name now) behind the image and the MS Heart Border Punch for the Edges. Assorted flowers, all stickled, Pearl Gems, Pearl Bead Spray and a Sentiment. I've also stickler around the edges of the paper as I do like a bit of sparkle.

A slight challenge rule change. Please only enter a maximum of 2 entries from now on please.
I will be back in blogland Monday. All the kids back in school and hopefully a day to catch up.

Thats it for now.
Thankyou so much for stopping by my blog today and all the wonderful comments I've received on my last card. I love reading them all and just the boost I need when I've got brain freeze!
The rest of my teams have made beautiful cards to. I know they'd appreciate you taking a look.


Hugs
xxx

Thursday, 28 October 2010

LOTV DT Card & Challenges!!!!


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Today we see another LOTV Challenge and you may have noticed the DT have been giving sneak peaks this week with the new stamps that are to be released at the NEC, then in the LOTV Shop on the 12th November.

We have another cracking sketch this week from the talented Bev and I couldn't resist using "Hello Cupcake" from the Tea & Chat Set. She has been coloured with Copics & Prisma Pencils. The background is made using my Field of Sky Rubber Stamp then added Liquid Pearls & Stickles. The papers are Prima - Jack n Jill. Love the sentiment? This is also a one of the many new releases. MS Border Punch, Lace, SU Punch `spiral Punch, MS Leaf Punch, Pearl Gems & Wild Orchid Flowers, all stickled. The Pearl Bead Spray is available from Crafty Emma's Store.

I really do love the colours on this card, it is so summery compared to the cold we are all suffering now. I am going to send this card to Elise who was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. You can read all about her story and a card drive dedicated to her can be found HERE on Cheryl's Blog. There is even candy on offer if you take part. Please give a little love to Elise. She is such a nice lady and I hope the treatment goes well.
Talking of card drives, Daniel is receiving Birthday Cards on a daily basis. I got one threw from Australia yesterday, how quick was that! I've seen a few of them on peeps blogs & OMG, they are all gorgeous. Wish I was 13 again LOL.


Heres a few challenges that my card fits into;

Incy Wincy Designs - Lace & Pearls
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - Glitter
Paper Pretties - Square Card/Project
Creative Card Crew - Lets Punch It
Papertake Weekly - Sparkly & Bright
Marks Finest Papers - Die Cuts or Punches
ASFOS - Lets Get Punchy
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Tip Top Tuesday - Anything Goes

We are off to Alton Towers for the weekend tomorrow so I will be preposting me DT card for Saturday and will catch up with you all next week.
Thanks for dropping by. Always appreciate your lovely comments!

TTFN & Hugs
xxx

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

LOTV Sneak Peak!!!


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I actually stayed up till the early hours this morning to make this card and it was so much fun. This is a sneak peak of "Little Ballerina" who along with a load more scrummy stamps will be released at the NEC at the beginning of November.
LOTV will be launching 9 new Girly Stamps and 3 Sets of Circular Sentiments + 2 Calendar Stamps. These will go on sale from the LOTV Website on the 12th November.
I've again used the Basic Grey Koishi Papers which I just love atm. Her Skirt was paper pieced and I've used lots of flowers, sparkle, one of the new LOTV Sentiment Circles and an MS Butterfly. She was coloured with Pencils and Sansador this time round.

Heres my list of challenges;
2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes
Meljens Designs - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Tons of Shapes
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun - Girlie
Flutterby Wedneday - Open Challenge
One Stitch at a Time - All Celebrations

Another busy day ahead of me but will get on the laptop when I can. Back Thursday with a new LOTV Challenge!
Thanks for taking a look and I know again these stamps are going to be another great little seller!
xxx

Saturday, 23 October 2010

CES DT Card - Challenge 9 + Challenges


Can you believe we are already on challenge 9 over at the CES Challenge Blog. Thanks to all who took part in last weeks challenge, so many gorgeous entries. This week the lovely Sheila has set the challenge and she would like to see "Buttons & Bows". The paper on my card are Basic Grey Kioshi. The image is Rosie Posie from LOTV, coloured with Copics & added Stickles. The bows are in her hair and I have added a ribbon & bow Rubber Stamp. My Buttons are made from the MS Button Punch as I could find any suitable colours. Circle Sentiment, Rose Buds & Pin are all available at Crafty Emma's Store. MS Tag Die,MS Heart Border Punch, Floral Lace, MS Dragonnfly Die & Wild Orchid Flowers to embellish.
My teams have come up with more stunning cards. It would be lovely if you could join in with this weeks challenge and the prize up for grabs is 4 Packs of Gorjuss Girl Decoupage.

We have friends round for dinner today and I'm cooking a homemade Beef Bourguignon. Spent over 4 hours yesterday having a really good clean & sort out in my kitchen & utility room. Looks just like a showroom, but with all the kids now on school holidays, I doubt it will stay immaculate for long lol. At least I have 9 lay ins to look forward to;

Heres a list of challenges and I hope to catch up with lots of blogs over the next few days as my weekend looks pretty busy.

Tellens Place - Buttons
Meljens Designs - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes Birthday
Paper Sundaes - For Someone Little
2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - Flowers

Thankyou so much for taking the time to view my blog & just to let you know cards are arriving for Daniel on a daily basis and thanks for the lovely emails I have received to. Crafters really are a caring bunch!!

Take Care & Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs
Clairexx


Thursday, 21 October 2010

LOTV DT Card & Challenges!!!!

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Thanks to all who took part in last weeks challenge. There were some beautiful cards. But today we see a new challenge over at the LOTV Challenge Blog, and this weeks theme is "Winter Fun".
You can interpret this any way you wish and again this week Laila & Lisa are giving away a £10 voucher to be spent in the LOTV Shop.

Now this is my first attempt at a Tri Fold Shutter Card and I have to say once I worked out the folds it really is so simple to make. The image is All Wrapped Up & have coloured her with Copic Markers & Stickles. The papers are BG Dasher and have all been edges with a Brown Chalk Ink Pad. Fabric Ribbon & a few other embellishments. Sentiment from Buzzcraft. I didn't want to go OTT, as I think this looks better as a less is more card.
As usual the rest of the DT have wonderful cards for you to see. Pop on over to the LOTV Challenge Blog and you've until nest wednesday evening to get your entry in if you would like to take part.

Here is a list of challenges that fits this card;
Charisma Card - Vintage
Lollipop Crafts - Winter Play
Meljens Designs - Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge - Glitter it Up
The Ribbon Girl - Red & Green
Crafty Creations - Red/Brown/Green
Craftalicious - Anything Goes
Pear Tree Designs - Free for All
Winter Wonderland - Give it a Vintage Look

Todays weather is Cold, cold, cold and woke to a heavy frost. So a day of staying indoors, wrapping up & Crafting!!!
Thanks for taking the time to view my blog and many thanks to all those who have offered to send Daniel a card. I have received a few already & hidden them away for now

Happy Crafting
xxx

Saturday, 16 October 2010

1st Sweet Stampin DT Card......

Morning all. Before I start with my card, I'd like to say thanks for all the emails I have received for a card for Daniel. Your generosity means so much and I am truly grateful to each and every one. The post is pinned at the top of my blog for a while yet.

Now back to todays card. This is my first DT card for the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog. The girls there have been so kind and welcomed me with open arms. This weeks challenge is nice and easy "RIBBONS".
I have used my PB "The Three of Us". Coloured with Promarkers and a little bit of smooch. The papers are K & Co Wild Raspberry. The Bird is Stampers Anonymous. Stamped directly onto the paper and cut out. Other bits include, Prima Flower & Leaves, PaperMania Ribbon, MS Border Punch, Magnolia DooHickey Tag Die, Tattered Angel Glimmer Glaze, TH Bracket Die & a few Pearl Gems to finish. All the papers and image have been distressed with a Chalk Ink Pad.
I am really pleased with how my card turned out, sometime its nice to do your own thing. Could of ended up in the bin I suppose but I'm happy it didn't.
If you like to join in this weeks challenge you can find the link HERE.
The rest of my teams have gorgeous cards to show and we would love it of you could come join us or should I say Moral Support Lol.

Here are my usual list of challenges;
PaperCutz - Anything Goes
Just Inspirational - A Stamped Project
PaperPlay Challenge - Photo Inspiration
Allsorts - Bingo (pearls, stickles, ribbon)
Pennys Paper Challenge - As Long as it Flies
PaperTake Weekly - 3 of a Kind (image has 3 girls, 3 papers, 3 leaves)
City Crafter - Take Flight
OCC - Embellishments, The More the Better
Tuesdays Taggers - More Than 2 Legs
Craftalicious - Anything Goes
DutchDare - Tagalicious
Southern Girls Challenge - Layers of Patterned Paper
Pile It On - Things in 3's. (image has 3 girls, 3 papers, 3 leaves)

Have a great weekend everyone, I'm playing mums taxi today. Zoe has swimming then a birthday party so will be in and put but catching up with your blogs over the weekend.
Thanks for looking and again thanks to all of you lovely peeps who have offered to send Daniel a birthday card. It hasn't been a good end to the week but life goes on.....

TTFN
xxx




Thursday, 14 October 2010

LOTV DT Card & Challenges!


Another thursday is upon us and the weather here in the UK is certainly Autumn. Heating on and a few new additions to my wardrobe. (not that I'm complaining)!
This week at the LOTV Challenge, Bev has another cracking sketch for you. Flip it, rotate it. What ever suits.


I'm afraid my card didn't photograph very well. Its wasn't for trying thats for sure and I do have a good camera, sorry bout that.
The papers are Dovecraft and the stamp is called Christmas Robin. Coloured with Promarkers and added Stickles, Flowers and a few Gems.
This week Lisa & Laila are again giving one winner a £10 voucher to spend in the LOTV Shop. Remember, you must use a LOTV Stamp/Image to qualify for the prize. My teamies have made the most beautiful cards and it would be great if you could play along.

Heres a list of challenges I am entering this card into;
Stamp Something - Something Punchy
Crafts 4 Eternity - All That Glitters

On another note. Over the next few days I will be posting my annual "Card for Daniel". He is on a real downer at the moment and not settling in at school at all. Autism is a horrible condition to live with and I feel helpless as I'm not near my son when he needs me. So I be asking again if you could send Daniel a birthday card this year as he's loved it in the past and it really does put a smile on his face. I think anything is worth a try right now.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and hope you can join us this week over at the LOTV Challenge Blog
xxx

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Penny Johnson Green/Black & Grey...

I've managed to make a card just for challenges for a change. Used my new Penny Johnson "Looking Chic" Stamp and for the first time have coloured just with Distress Ink Pads. Papers are Magnolia and the sentiment is Crafty Individuals. I've never done this colour combo before but have to say I love it. Nice to try other combo's isn't it!
I took the sketch from this weeks Sketch Saturday and have rotated it to fit the image. I've not entered this challenge for a very long time and do so love some of their sketches. Added some Faux Stitching, Flowers (Prima/Wild Orchid), Stickles, Red Ribbon and Glitter Gems.

Heres is a list of challenges this card fits onto;
ASFOS - Winter Wonderland
Incy Wincy Designs - Faux It Up!
Craftalicious Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Change of Season
Simple Doodles - Winter Warmers
ABC - X for Xmas
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Christmas Come Early
Wild Orchid Challenge - Stitch It Up

Back soon with another card and some new to share is on the horizon!

Thanks for dropping by my blog today.

TTFN
xxx

Saturday, 9 October 2010

CES DT Piece (Tag) & Challenges

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Week 7 over at the CES Challenge Blog and this week teammate Kaylou has chosen the theme "Tags". We would like to see either a tag on your project or perhaps you'd prefer to make a tag which is what I've gone with although I think I may use this as a bookmark.
This is Mo Mannings "Bossy", what a wonderful stamp to own. She's been coloured with Aquamarkers onto Cartridge paper and a white pen for her cheeks.


The background was made with the Field of Sky Stamp. I bought this many years ago and spent a good 1/2hr looking for it as it was perfect for the delicate background I wanted to create. The postage stamp is Paper Artsy. Little Boy Charm & Gold Bead Spray are both available from Crafty Emma's Store and all the other bits from stash. Stickled as always.
Its not the best photo and is so much prettier IRL. Thought I may give this to my DD Zoe for her school book.
My DT buddies have great examples to share with you. Pop on over to the CES Challenge blog if you'd like a peek. Pollycraft are this weeks Sponsors and they are giving 5 digi images to one winner.

Her is my list of challenges. (I've nearly 200 active in my sidebar if you looking for more);

MAWTT - Anything But a Card
Ellephantastic - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodle - Celebrate the Colours of Fall
Crafty Cardmakers - Step Away From the Square
Fun with Shapes & More - Your First Stamp
Allsorts Challenge - Inspiration from Song Title (B/Street Boys-I want it that way)

Well, thats it from me today. Thought we were in for a good weekend but grey & misty atm.
Hope it improves later as I want hubby to wash my new car & mow the lawn!

TTFN & TFL

xxxx

Thursday, 7 October 2010

LOTV DT Card & other Challenges...



Not sure whats happened with the british weather but we've gone from wet & windy to sunny & warmer. Cant believe its October and were in for a warm weekend. Think hubby will be mowing the lawn, little does he know - lol.
Another new challenge over at this weeks LOTV Challenge Blog & this week we have an "Autumn" theme, so nice & easy.
For my card I have used "Baby Boy" & coloured with Copics. The papers are Cosmo Cricket "Wanted". Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, MS Border Punch, Lace and have used both Crystal & Platnium Stickles. The sentiment is by Serendipity and have cut out with a punch. The gorgeous Butterfly Stamp in the background is Tim Holtz. Not my usual colour scheme but its nice to have a change of direction sometimes. As usual the rest of the DT have made stunning cards so if you ever need any inspiration pop on over to the LOTV Challenge Blog.


I joined the gym a fortnight ago and it was only yesterday I plucked up the courage to go back. 1 hrs worth of Treadmill, Bike, CrossTrainer & some contraption that works the inner thighs.. Thought it would make me feel like a new woman. Gonna keep it up though as have paid for membership and will help to keep me in trim. (heres hoping - lol)

Heres a list of challenges my card fits into;
Paper Sundaes - Something From Your Stash
Pocket Full Of Posies - Autumn Leaves
Cowgirls Sunday Stampen - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Autumn or Fall
Timbroscrapmania - Autumn Colours
Charisma Cards - Autumn Colours
Digi Doodles - Orange Me Glad
PollyCraft - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Autumn Birthdays

So thats it from me for now My card below was featured over at Flutterby Wednesday. So thanks to Danni and the team for the blinkie. Its now on my sidebar along with the Top 3 blinkie I also received.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Am hoping to catch up with a lot of blogs as I've not had so much computer time this week!

Hugs
xxx

Monday, 4 October 2010

Yummy Cake & A Top 3!!!

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No card from me today but I thought I'd post this piccie of a cake I made the other week. I don't bake at all. Never been my thing but had a moment and thought why not!!
This is a chocolate cake with buttercream filling that I decorated all by myself.
Very rich but the cake didn't last and it looked very pretty!

I also made the Top 3 over at Lollipop Crafts last week.
Woohoo, Thankyou for choosing my card!


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You can view HERE.

Colouring an image tonight, playing with distress inks for a change. Lets hope its not a disaster lol.

XXX



Saturday, 2 October 2010

CES DT Card - Challenge 6 + Challenges


Challenge 6 over at the CES Challenge Blog. How time flies!! This week Julie has chosen the theme "Get Ahead, Get a Hat". Anything to do with hats whether it be on the image, papers etc.
For my card, I have used "Danni Dress Up" from High Hopes. First time I think I've inked this up even though I had her for yonks. Coloured with Aquamarkers and a black Glaze Pen for her Shoes & Pearls. Her Boa has been glittered with Iced Candy Cosmic Twinkles (ally pally purchase). Had to try out my new Hickery Dies from Magnolia, these are lush. Alot of the supplies on this card are available at Crafty Emma's Store and she's always receiving new stock.


If you need any inspiration, just pop on over to the CES Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

And here is this weeks prize, a"Glitterati Paper Pad by Memory Box "

Thats it for now. Thanks for all the get well wishes to Zoe. She's a little better today but these viruses certainly take it out on the kids. Jessica has now come down with it which is why my post is so late.

Heres a list of challenges that my card fits into;

Flutterby Wednedays - Sparkle & Shimmer
Stamp Something - Something to Celebrate
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Open Challenge
Crafty Catz -Birthday Card for a Child with Sparkle
Mami Doodle - Girls Birthday Card with a bit of Sparkle
OSAAT - Anything Goes
Pear Tree Designs - Celebrations

Have a lovely weekend whatever your up to, and thanks for stopping by my blog today. Always appreciate your comments!
xxx

Friday, 1 October 2010

My New car!!

Heres my brand new car. Fresh from the showroom with only 9 miles on the clock. Its a Lexus 450 Hyrbrid SEL and full of gadgets. Don't even need a key to get in, start or stop and to lock you just touch the door handle. She's my pride and joy and hubby's not got behind the wheel yet.
I LOVE MY NEW CAR!!!!

My Zoe is very poorly today. Got me up in the night with a temperature of 100f but she's got worse throughout the day and as soon as the nurofen wears off, she's up to 104f. Sleeping right now so don't know if she's going to get to bed tonight. As much as I love my crafting, I do need my beauty sleep.

Back tomorrow with my CES Dt Card.

Now off to check on my poorly little girl...

xxx

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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!!!!!