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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Magnolia Topper - OTT!! Comment problem fixed.......,..


Hello everyone, today I'm showing my first ever topper and I think I went a bit mad, even my dining table wasn't big enough to cater for the amount of stash I got out to make this up!!!
I've used Tilda with Bow and coloured her with Copics. The paper is from the Prima Meadow Lark Pad, with Cheescloth ontop. I got the Elegant Edges Cartridge for my new Cricut yesterday and wow its fabulous, will also make wonderful shaped inserts. I've used of the it to extend my topper. Embellishment overload on this one using lots of different dies, flowers, punched butterflies and a small doily I bought the other day.
I last week decided to step down from my DT's. It wasn't an easy decision at all and I still have regrets, but crafting was being more of a chore than a hobby and I want to be able to have the time to work at my own pace hopefully with even better creations. Cant guarantee all the time but I'll try. lol  I've had a good old nose round blogland and gots lots of inspiration so hopefully my mojo will keep. Maybe because spring is looming and I feel so much perkier.
 So maybe one day I'll go back to some DT's, but for the moment I'm happy being mum first and crafter second.

Heres some challenges I'm entering this into;
Bunny Zoes - Celebrations
Clearly i Stamp - Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen - Spring is in the Air
Nadia's Challenge - Spring (3d)
Crafty Catz - Punches & Dies
Just Magnolia & Hanglar - Anything Goes with the option of Stitching
Flutterby Wednesdays - Open Challenge
The Pixie Cottage - Anything Goes
Wags n Whiskers - Spring Break
Guylous Inimitability - Things with Wings
DYSU - Things with Wings
Cute Card Thursday - Signs of Spring
PaperPlay - Something Old, Something New (old punches/dies - new papers, cricut cartridge)
CRAFT Challenge - Mothers Day
PaperCrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Spring Flowers
Crafts & Me - Pretty In Lace
My Mums Craft Shop - Throw us some Shapes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Lace & Pearls
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Sew Many Challenge - Lets Punch It
CYDA - Mothers Day
Allsorts - Spread your Wings
Sweet Stampin - Nature, Bugs & Bees
Totally Tilda - Tilda with Die Cuts & Punches

Thanks for looking, have a lovely weekend and hopefully find some time for more crafting very soon.

This has been added to my Ebay Shop.



Hi Claire
Wow stunning and beautiful ,thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz have a lovely weekend
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Lou said...

Another wonderful card - i love looking at your creations, each one gives me inspiration, your colouring is divine - (oh so jealous of your new copic holder hehe) Have a great weekend Lou xx

Sarah said...

Oh wow Claire, this is absolutely stunning. Love the layers and texture and all the details x

Tracey T said...

Oh Sweetie, this is just gorgeous! What's the new Cricut like? Is the new version that you got? Sorry to hear you've stepped down from the DTs but you've got to do what's right for you. I bet you'll be back sooner or later! Sending mahoosive hugs, Tracey x

angelwhispers said...

Sorry to hear you have stepped down from your DT's Claire I know from experiences that sometimes life gets in the way and you feel you can't give 100% I feel a lot more confident in my work at the moment as I can just craft and see what happens where as before I began to feel pressure and wasn't enjoying it!!!

I just love your topper and I just love the OTT look just superb and the colours are just so perfect!

Have a lovely weekend and hope you manage some me crafting!!!

Love & Hugs Chanelle xxxx

nnalorac said...

OTT! fab work on the embellishes and Tilda is just gorgeous,love it Claire. Enjoy a more chilled out crafting experience! Carolxx

Hanneke said...

Wow, great creation! Lovely image and details! Hugs, Hanneke

Maria Therese said...

Beautiful ♥

Ally said...

This is absolutely fantastic, dear! love all the leave dyes and stunning details. Yeah, I think it's a good decision to leave the DT's. I am thinking about it too. It's really fun being in a DT, but on the other hand I often have to craft things that I don't really like and that's not what I want.
Have a good weekend.
xxx, Alessandra

chrissy xx said...

WoW! Stunning! Fabulous colours! Awesome embellishments! LOve this cute Tilda! LOve everything lol.

Marion said...

Hi Claire,
Stunning topper and such a cute Tilda.
Enjoy your time crafting for pleasure.

Doreen said...

This is simply stunning Claire, and I think you have done the right thing stepping down from DTs at the end of the day you should be enjoying your craft.xxx

Unknown said...

A stunning card Claire, beautiful layout and colours.

Thanks for joining us for our Mother's Day challenge over at CYDA.


Joanne x

Faye said...

Claire this is super, super pretty. Love it. xxx

Linda . J said...

Beautiful topper Claire and love your colouring, superb, such a lovely image too.
Hugs Linda

Wishcraft said...

Absolutely gorgeous Claire! Love the image and all your pretty details, so lovely :o) Lisa x

Wishcraft said...

Oops, forgot to say thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin' :o)

Craftyrose said...

Hi Claire,
I was the person who relieved you of some of your stash on EBay, I'm afraid!
Glad I have found you here as I would like to stop by every now and again to see what you have been up to. Take care for now, gorgeous creation, hugs, Rosie xxx

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Claire. This is so lovely. Gorgeous colours and lots of fabulous textures, which add a lot of dimension to you creation, fabulous.
Enjoy your weekend.
Love Sandra xxx

CraftyC said...


arjette said...

Ooohhhh this is really beautiful!!! Awesome coloring!!

gr. arjette.

coops said...

yeah i can comment now ;D
love this claire.all your diecuts are really pretty and gorgeous sweet image and colours :D

xx coops xx

Krafty Hugzz Kenzi x said...

Oh gosh, this is stunning, the colouring is ace,I love it,thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Papercrafting Journey hun,
luv n hugz
Kenzie xx
Dont miss my birthday candy now open, lots of prizes to win xx

Tracy S said...

oh wow this is gorgeous! I love all the eye candy and texture. Very well done. What a super cute Maggie, too!
Thank you so much for joining us over at Guylou's!

Denise said...

Such a gorgeous topper. This is one of my favourite older Tilda's and I love how you have coloured her. Beautiful embellishments too.
Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Claire, ooh! I LOVE it! Tilda looks so sweet in lilac and so perfectly coloured. Ooh! I'm loving all the scrummy embellies especially the little birdhouse and cute sentiment.

Donna x

Little K Smith said...

Oh this is stunning Claire, such a sweet Tilda and lots of gorgeous embellies and detail and I love the MB die too! :)

Sue said...

Hi hun
wow this is totally stunning, awesome colouring, beautiful embelies, sue,x

Donna said...

Wow Claire, this is so pretty and deffo not OTT,I love the added detail and super sweet Tilda image! Hope you have a fab weekend :) Donna ♥ x

cheryl said...

oh wow Hun this is just fantastic the detail is just brilliant Hun,love love this too,bits,love hugs Cherylxxxxx

pinky said...

Glad you got that fixed, tried to comment earlier. This is absolutely heavenly, well worth all the embellishments!!

karen said...

Oh Claire I LOVE OTT and this is gorgeous, hugs,Karenxx

Nikbee said...

This is gorgeous. I love the embellishments and the die cut border is fab.
Nikki x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous Claire, beautiful topper love all the bit really makes it ping!

Know how hard it is stepping down from DTs I did that back last May, but now back in the swing of it, sometimes it's nice just to play and not have to make....

Jo xxxx

Wendy said...

WOW! Claire this is absolutely gorgeous, love everything about it.
Wendy xx

Jenny said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so so so much for sharing it with us at Sweet Stampin.

Anna said...

Super sweet card! Thank you for joining us at Flutter By Wed.

Olivia said...

Beautifully done. Love all the embellishments you have used on this card and the colors. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays. Olivia

Mary J said...

Really beautiful Claire! Lovin' the texture!

Clare said...

Hey lovey! that was a big decision to step down on the DT's but when it becomes a chore you know you need to have a break hun. Crafting should never get tedious.
Well I think your topper is awesome!!! and good on you for going mad!!!. Bet your in your element with that new cartridge, so much to experiment with.
I will look forward to seeing more of your lovely topper's. Have a great Sunday darlin. Hugs Clare xxx

paper fun said...

Sweet card. Lovely in every way.

Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Days Away.


Roxann said...

This is gorgeous! So glad you played at Guylou's!

Inkypinkydelights said...

Claire this is fabulous! I love it! I stamped this lovely image up a couple of weeks ago but she is not coloured yet! You have inspired me to get a move on! Oh no definitely not over embellished, I love all your bits and pieces! Hope your weekend is going well, Judy x

BA said...

this is gorgeous claire!!! love the colors, all the embellishemnts
xoxo BA

karen said...

Lovely card CraftyC. Thank you for entering the Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge. Hugs xx

carol said...

hi..WOW what a fantastic card, love all the embellishments, thanks for joining in with our challenge at CRAFTY CATZ, x Carol

carol said...

hi just me again, to say thanks for joining us at CRAFT x carol

Diane's Card Designs said...

Awww such a gorgeous image and beautifully coloured. Love the shape of card and the colours. Thanks for joining us at MMCS Challenge this week.
Diane xx

Vicky said...

Gorgeous card sweetie loving the sweet image & all the fabby details.

Thank you also for joining us girlies over at Crafts & Me for my Lace challenge, good luck hun.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Claire.

Hugs Riet.xx

Lynne said...

Absolutely gorgeous! so many beautiful details :)
Thanks for sharing it with us at Totally Tilda :)
Lynne xx

Heidi said...

This is so sweet, love everything about it ♥

Hugs and love

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow!
Such a beautiful card!
kim x

Loes Oorschot said...

Wow Claire, this beautiful! I love the colours and all of the pretty embellies you´ve used to dress up this wonderful topper,

xx Loes

WencheP said...

This is beautful. Love every detail. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Nicole Mullen said...

Super sweet card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays!

Pop's Cards said...

HI sweetie this is gorgeous x

Kerry said...

Hi Claire,

Sorry I have not dropped for by a while, but I kept trying to leave comments and blogger wouldn't let me. I am so sorry but I have been dropping by to look at you lovely work.

I love this topper, Tila is gorgeous and I love all the detail.

Love Kerry xxx

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow Claire, so much detail, lovely image and colouring, lovely dies and punched shapes, thanks for sharing with us at Totally Tilda, hugs Liz xx

Brittany said...

Gorgeous card.. lovely colouring and a great layout!! thank you for your comment on my blog.. I tryed to follow you but it didnt work for some reason, so i will try again in as sec as your blog is so gorgeous.. Hugs, Brittany, xoxo

Debbie said...

Thank you for joining us this week at Sweet Stammpin with your lovely card. Debbiexx

Delphine said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Claire! Stunning details, WOW! Sorry to hear you have stepped down from your DTs, it must have been a hard decision, but you were right to listen to yourself:-)! Hugs Delphine xx

alethea said...

Wow, this is gorgeous!! Love everything about it. image, colours, embellishments!! Thanks for joining us at PCJ for our anything GOes challenge!! HUgsxx

June Nelson said...

Hi Claire this is so beautiful and so detailed!! must have taken foreer to make, its lovely xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Pamela said...

Beautiful card Claire, thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Pam x

Trimgym said...

Great project, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck! Don't forget to check back with us again on Thursday for our new challenge and to check if you have won or made our Top3.
Jo and Tigerlover.

Unknown said...

Hi Claire, love this Magnolia card you made! I especially love that rose in the top right hand corner. Hugs, Frea

** Isa ** said...

Claire, this is gorgeous. Loving all the pretty details and this image is so cute. x Have a good week yourself too x

Teresa - My Crafty Heart said...

Hi Claire,
What a little cutie she is and those papers are wonderful - love that die at the top with the little roses, fab card! Hugs, Teresa x

nessy said...

super gorgeous claire ~this is my all time favourite tildas ~so very pretty ~ love it all!!
vanessa xx

Mel said...

Aww Claire its utterly stunning!
Not OTT at all, just the perfect amount and is gorjuss!
Hope your keeping well?
Hugs Melly xxx

Tameko said...

Such a beautiful project. Thanks for joining the Sentimental Sundays Challenge.

Elise said...

Wow Claire, this is just GORGEOUS! I love all the shapes and mixtures on this!!! The lace, the little birdhouse .. everything is so well put together! STUNNING!


Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Claire. Tilda looks adorable and you've coloured her so beautifully! I love all the details and textures - it's really stunning!
Hope you have a good week!
Big Hugs!
Sue xx

Shelby said...

Beautiful work!!! Love your coloring and the fence looks fantastic. Thanks for joining us at MMCS


♥Gemma♥ said...

Wow sweetie...its absolutely stunning & lovin all the detail...

hugs and xxx

P.s I have a My Memories giveaway on my blog, if you interested!!

Nannieflash said...

Wow Claire that is gorgeous I love the whole layout and your beautiful colouring. hugs Shirleyxx

Arabella said...

This is so beautiful Claire! Big decision to step down from your DT commitments, but it totally makes sense... it's no fun when your hobby starts to feel like a chore!


Unknown said...

Wow this is beautiful Claire, love all the detail on your card and really pretty colours.. well done on stepping down from the DTs if you felt that way.. must have been such a difficult decision for you. Hugs xxx

Aunty Sue said...

Brilliant card and thanks for joining Craft this week

uksharon said...

This is gorgeous - beautifully coloured and put together.
Thanks for joining us at the Pixie Cottage this week.
Best wishes, Sharon

Desire Fourie said...

This is just stunning. Loving the shabby chic feel to it.

Inkypinkydelights said...

Oh Claire I love this! I love the layout and am loving these colours and all your added extras too. Good luck with your EBay, I see we both do a bit there. Judy x

Janneke said...

What a stunning card ;o)
Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Hugs, Janneke

Julie said...

Stunning card - love it!! Hugs, Juliexx

crafty amy said...

Wow this is so beautiful sweetie :D Sorry I am late in commenting on your creation good luck with the prize draw and I hope you can join us at Crafts and Me again this week.


Amy xx

P.S.Do you fancy a crafty get away? I am arranging one for October this year and there are still spaces. Click HERE for details.

Sarahshandmadecardsx said...

A gorgeous card Claire. Love all the gorgeous embellishments you have used.

Thank you for joinning us this fortnight at Craft Your Days Away in our Mother's Day challenge.

Hugs Sarahxx

Paula said...

How lovely! - It's fabulous!

Thanks for joining us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge!!!

Paula DT :D x


xxxtglxxx said...

Love this! :) What a great shape, fabby colours, embellies and cute image :)

Hope you have a great weekend hun :)



Shelby said...

Love all of the intricate details with your design and love the use of purple!


Unknown said...

Lovely Tilda card!
Loving all the details.
Thank you for joining us at PCJ for our Anything goes challenge.
Good luck in the draw.

Jill said...

stunning card Claire it's just so pretty hugs Jill xx


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