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 July 2011

CES DT & Challenges!


Good morning everyone, its saturday and looks like its going to be a nice day here. I'm in high spirits today as after 9 weeks the landscapers have finished our new garden and it looks wonderful. I will post some piccies next week but cant get on the grass yet. Its a new challenge over at the CES Challenge blog today and this week Vicky has chosen the theme 
"Feeling the Blues".
I have used my first "Molly Bloom" Stamp and coloured her with Copics and Prisma Pencils with Sansador. Prima Papers, Flowers, various Punches and Dies, Stickles, Viva Pearl Pens and the Sentiment is Wild Rose Studio. Alot of these products are available in Crafty Emmas's Store. Do check out what my lovely teamies have made this week, gorgeous cards as always.

 Heres a few challenges;
Allsorts - Free & Easy
Sew Many Challenges - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Photo Inspiration
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. A short and sweet post as a million and one things to do today.
I'm well overdue a good blog hop and hope to be visiting many of you soon
Have a lovely weekend!

Hugs
Clairexx
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Saturday, 23 July 2011

CES DT & Challenges!


Hello, I'm back today with this weeks card for a new challenge over at the CES Challenge Blog. This week Sue has chosen the theme "Humour/Funny". If I'm honest it got me stumped. Something I don't make many of, but remembered that I had some stamps from years ago (unused of course) that were humerous and I even remembered the colour box they were in.
So here is my card. The BG Papers, Promarkers, Flowers, Smooth Card and Memento Ink Pad can all be found in Crafty Emma's Store which is packed with goodies. Take a look in the pre-order section where there are tons of new paper pads all with 20% off!
I'm afaid I don't have a clue who made these stamps. Its an A5 sheet so more of them and I may one day get round to using them.
Pop on over to the challenge blog where there are more funny cards from the rest of the DT and we'd love it of you entered this weeks challenge. As usual Emma is giving a £10 voucher to be spent in her SHOP.

Heres a few Challenges;
Stamp Something - Something Embellished
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Charisma Cards - Sunshine Colours
Dutch Dare - Photo Inspiration
ASFOS - Tags (image backed onto)
2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes

On another note today our Daughter is celebrating her 16th Birthday. "Happy Birthday Jessica". Its a happy/sad day for us as she is out in Milawi right now with World Challenge living with a rucksack, a small tent and a shovel (use your imagination for that one).

Hoping to catch up with some more of your lovely blogs this weekend. Now the kids are off and most of the "To Do's" out of the way, I should have a bit more spare time. Our garden should be finished by the end of next week and I promise to post piccies. All a bit boring right now as just mud and its all so brown. Cant wait to get my shrubs planted and a bit of colour in the garden.
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog today.
Off to Southend with the kids today.
Am working on getting some more candy together so watch this space!

Hugs
xxx

Thursday, 21 July 2011

LOTV DT Card & Challenges!

Hello again, its thursday and today we see a new challenge over at the LOTV Challenge Blog.
I don't know about you but this last week has flown past. Not Fun and Games at all but it is over at LOTV as that is this weeks challenge.
I have used "Astronaut" and coloured with Copics and Pencils and Sansador. Papers are Bo Bunny Blast Off. Couldn't have been any more perfect! Sentiment LOTV, my favourite Scrabble Tiles, Stickles and a few Punches.
Most of the kids if not already break up here in England. Daniel finished yesterday and Zoe will on Friday. Hoping to get a food shop in amongst everything else before she's off. Don't know about you, but when Zoe comes with me my shopping bill always seems more LOL

Heres a list of challenges;
Ai factory - Layers
Sentimental Sundays - For the Men in your Life
Clear it Out - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - All about Boys
Southern Girls - Birthday Theme
Sweet Stampin - One for the Boys
Wags n Whiskers - Birthdays

And don't forget to check out the gorgeous cards the other DT members have made.
LOTV have a new Stamp Launch on the 25th July and are showing Sneak Peeks which can be found on the LOTV "Idea's to Inspire Blog".



Thanks for stopping by my blog and all the wonderful comments I have been receiving lately.
I appreciate each and every one and now I know why I have a hobby I love

Hugs
xxx

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Sketch Saturday, Magnolia Stamp lovers and a Few More


This card was made with both Magnolia Stamp Lovers and Sketch saturday in mind.  Its been ages since I used one of my Magnolia and I love "Tilda with Rose". 
Before I get onto my card, yesterday Daniel was in a car accident on the way to school in the taxi. He's no injures just a bit shocked. Police were on scene and the car was a bit if a mess. So my mojo was not up to much and late last night I popped in my craftroom and thought I experiment with colouring. I've not done much feathering with Copics but tried it out on her hair and a tinge on her dress. Alot of the shading was done by taking a dark colour off with the nib of the lightest Copic and shading where I wanted. Enjoy this technique and not done that for a while. Now if I had sat down and planned to make this card it would't have worked but I often find doing my own thing unplanned results in a better outcome, funny that.
Zoe had a lovely weekend with 3 of her school friends staying over, a trip to Frankie & Bennys and a lot of noise. Loves her new Ipod, but I don't think I'll be doing a "slumber party" for a few years yet lol

Heres a few challenges;
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Summer Colours
House of Gilli - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - Y for Yesterday (R fo Roses April 2011)
PollyCraft - Summer Fun
Cutie Sunday - Summer
Allsorts - Free & Easy
Papertake Weekly - Getting Cute
My Mums Craft Shop - Swirls and Pearls

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. 5 men in the garden today, cracking on finally. Onwards and upwards as they say!!!!

Copics, LOTV Floral Stamp, Papers-Creative Boutique, Magnolia Doily Die, Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish Die, Whimsey Ticket Stamp, Chalk Ink Pads, Wild Orchid Flowers, Viva Pearl Pen, Stickles, Mini Cherry Blossoms, White Gel Pen, Clear Glaze Pen, Mini Carnations

TTFN
Hugs
xxx

Saturday, 16 July 2011

CES DT & Challenges!


Today is challenge "45" over at the CES Challenge Blog, cant believe we've been running for nearly a year now and this weeks theme is "Christmas". 
I have used James Bear from LOTV and coloured with Promarkers and Polychromo Pencils with Sansador. The papers are BG Wassail and have all been distressed using my new "Distrezz It All" by Zutter. I just love this little gadget, so easy and so effective. A mix of embellishments, some of which you can buy at Crafty Emma's Store and have you seen the amount of new papers available on pre-order. Pop on over to the SHOP for more details but be warned, she also has a fabulous SALE with lots being added.

A few challenges;
2 Sisters Challenge - Christmas in July
Totally Gorjuss - All about Boys
Stamp Something - Christmas in July
Sarah Hurley - Colouring
Paper Pretties - Animals
Use It Tuesday - You are an Animal
Sweet Stampin - One for the Boys
Stampin with the Dragon - Christmas in July


Thankyou to everyone who left Birthday Wishes for Zoe. She had a lovely day and dispite the piles of presses only interested in her Ipod Touch and Great Sounding Speakers. (mums a bit jealous of them). A few of her friends staying over tonight and off for something to eat. Gonna be a noisy weekend and just hoping board games and dvd will occupy them as weather her is very wet.

Woohoo, just found out my card in the post below made the top 3 at

Will catch up with more blogs over weekend and itching to spend some time in my craftroom. Most of the patio is now down in garden and I'm getting excited!

Have a lovely weekend. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today and enjoy whatever plans you may have
Hugs
xxx

Thursday, 14 July 2011

LOTV DT Card & Challenges!


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Morning everyone. It feels so good to be blogging a card again. I so want to craft, and have tons of new stash but the garden has been taking up a lot of my time and both of my daughters have birthdays in the next week. If I could shut my craftroom door and switch off for a day I would. But a day of buying presses, cake and shop bought cards - EEK!!
Anyway, its another fab challenge for you over at the LOTV Challenge Blog and this weeks we have a colour combo of Pink/Blue. Because of time I've been nawty and used one of the LOTV Die Cards but they are gorgeous anyway and served its purpose. I've added lots of embellishments and sparkle on this. Cant do a card without Flowers and Sparkle.
Papers from Crafty Secrets. WO Flowers, Ribbon, Twine and Buttons from Crafty Emmas Store.
Punches, Dies, Stickles and a White Viva Pearl Pen to complete.
This weeks sponsor is "The Ribbon Girl". 
We'd love it if you could join in this weeks challenge and awesome DT cards for your inspiration.

Heres a few challenges;
Clear it Out - Wings
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenge - Pretty Blossoms
House of Gilli - Lots of Sparkle
 Pollycraft - The Great Ourdoors
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Butterflies
Card Makin Mama's - Summertime
Paperplay - Things with Wings
The Crazy Challenge - Summertime
Stamps R Us - Threw the Garden Gate
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Your Favourite (No32 Fairies)
Dream Valley - Summer Theme
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge - Summertime Fun
Totally Gorjuss - Summertime
Stampin for the Weekend - Wings and Things
Deep Ocean - Cards
Emerald Faerie - Sugar & Spice - All Things Girly

Jessica went off to Milawi on Sunday for the month. She will be celebrating her 16th birthday out there but no contact so cant even text her. Zoes 9 on friday and were off to the circus!
The garden is finally getting there. Completed my steps and new back fence. Decking done and started laying the main patio yesterday. As long as it stays dry hopefully be finished by the end of next week.

Thanks for looking.
xxx

Saturday, 9 July 2011

CES DT & Challenges and win some Candy!!



I cant believe its a week since I've posted a card. My camera lead now has a sticky dot on so we know who's who. Its saturday and not only do we have a new challenge for you over at the CES Challenge Blog. Its Crafty Emma's Store 1st Birthday and this week we are offering the challenge winner a £20 Voucher. It is also my 17th Wedding Anniversary. Actually been together 25yrs, met when I was 17.
Todays new theme is a Recipe from the lovely Jenny. We would like to see 1 Image, 2 Papers, Lace or Twine and 2 Ribbon. I have inked up a PB Stamp, coloured with Copics and Prisma's. Listed other ingredients below.
If you pop on over to Crafty Emma's Shop, you'll find looks of new goodies on pre-order with a massive 20% discount, and don't forget the new CES Inspirational Blog where us girls will be posting cards, projects and tutorials and if you would like to win some Candy, theres some of that to.
Our garden is starting to take shape and hopefully completed in the next week or so. Must remember to update piccies. Jessica had her Prom last night and she looked beautiful. She's off to Milawi on Sunday for a Month. Sure gonna be quiet without her but an experience of a lifetime though I bet she will hate living out of a rucksack, only with essentials for a month.

A few challenges;
Allsorts - Free & Easy
Crazy 4 Challenges - Summer Themed Car
2 Sisters - Summer Fun
Totally Gorjuss - Summertime
CardMaking Mama's - Summertime
Dream Valley - Ribbons
Card & Scrap - Punches/Dies
House of Gilli - Lots of Sparkle
Charisma Cardz - All about Flowers
Dutch Dare - SummerFun
Creative Craft - Pretty Blossoms
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Flower Power
Scrappy Frogs - Summer Flowers
One Stop Craft - Summertime

Thats it from me for now. A hectic weekend no doubt but will be finding some computer time. Need to chill after a busy few days.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for looking

* Basic Grey Sweet Thread Paper (CES)
*Prima Pearls (CES)
*Memento Ink Pad (CES)
*Smooth Cardstock (CES)
*Gardenia Flower (CES)
*Copics
*PrismaColour Pencils
*Ribbons
*Punches/Dies
*Crystal Stickles
*Lace from Stash
*Chalks

xxx

Saturday, 2 July 2011

CES DT Card & Challenges!


Hello everyone. So my mojo wasn't far away. Infact it wasn't lost at all, just strayed a little I think. So back in my comfort zone and thats cute. For this weeks new CES Challenge  the lovely Shell would like to see "Woodland Creatures" on your cards/projects. Couldn't think of a stamp suitable at first but after a good old rummage and finding 3 totes full of stamps that I had forgot about I came across my Motivet Stamps. This is "Doraline with Ladybug". I just love these cuties and always a joy to colour. Have used Promarkers and Polychromo Pencils with Sansador on this occasion. Prima Reflection Papers, Daisy and Mini Carnations, Bead Spray and Promarkers all available at Crafty Emma's Store along with the basic Memento Ink Pad and Smooth Card. More new arrivals on pre-order to all which can be seen here.


I'm running low on these scrabble tiles from Papermania. Will have to google later as I love them for a bit if dimension.
So nice to be back in the zone and I've a box load of new stash to get threw as well including the new Zutter Electric Distressing Tool. Not enough hours in the day and what with all the other unused stamps I've just found I should be in my element right now.

Heres a few challenges;
By The Cute and Girly - Things with Wings
Bling It On - Anything Goes
Fuzzy Wuzzy - Get Punchy
Charisma Cards - Ice Cream Colours (Strawberry/Chocolate)
CRAFT Challenge - Gardening
DYSU - Square
Ai Factory - Embellish It (flowers, stickles, dies and punches)
My Mums Craft Shop - Something Old - Something New(old stamp/new pencils)
Diva's By Design - Die Cuts and Punches
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Things with Wings
Stampavie and More - More Than 3 Layers
I Love Promarkers - Use Flowers
The Secret Crafter - Here Comes Summer
Oldie But a Goodie - Anything Goes
Card and Scrap - Punches/Dies
Stampin For The Weekend - favourite Things (Stickles, Flowers,Rubber Stamps, Dies,Punches)
Wags N Whiskers - Summertime
Allsorts - Free and Easy

And I got another 2 x Top 3 and a Winner Badges this week. All proudly displayed on my sidebar.

Have a lovely weekend and I should have a few more piccies of my garden soon. Slowly getting there and I am starting to see the transformation.

TTFN and Thanks for stopping by my blog today

Hugs

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!!!!!