Tuesday, 28 March 2017

I'm back!!!

Well I'm kind of back. I thought I'd pop my head in, blow off the dust and see who's about! I'm not sure if people still blog or if other social media platforms have taken over? Whilst I love the ease and speed of sharing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, I really miss the details that blog posts give. So with that in mind, I'm thinking I might give blogging another whirl. I can't promise to post on regular basis at the moment, but I'm going to do my best.

Whilst I've been away from here, I've been super busy and believe it or not a lot of it has involved crafting. As many of you know I demonstrate for docrafts and also design for Polkadoodles. That hasn't changed, but I'm pleased to be able to tell you that I'm now a member of the 2017 docrafts Professional Design Team. My term with them is about to start, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to bring you lots of inspiration for using the new goodies that they will be releasing in the coming months.

Whilst I'm here I thought I'd give you a little glimpse of some of my recent docrafts demonstration pieces. If you've not been to one of our events, I can highly recommend that you pop along as there are some super talented demonstrators and they all seem to have a never ending supply of hints and tips as well as inspiration.

I'll start with some easy makes using the new Mr & Mrs Xcut die, Vintage Border dies and Dinky Flower and Leaf dies. You'll have to excuse the fact some of the colours schemes and layouts aren't quite perfect, but these projects were made during a demo and with the products that I had to hand.

This was a simple little anniversary card. I've added Bare Basics large wooden numbers painted with Artiste Silver Paint and a sentiment from Papermania All Occasions Sentiments.

Another easy make using the above dies, Coloured Vellum, Mirror Board and of course some ribbon. (All of the flowers on the top of the project have been made using one die).

Finally, a little gift bag.

Hopefully you can see just versatile the dies I've used are? I'll be back soon with some more makes and maybe a tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and apologies again for the lack of consistency in blogging. I will be trying harder to blog regularly!

Claire x

Thursday, 19 January 2017

French Bulldog Bag

This is another bag that I did for my friend to give as a gift to a little girl who loves French Bulldogs.

The dog has been painted with acrylic paint and embellished with grosgrain ribbon and wooden stars.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

It's a show stopper.....

I was asked to make this bag as a gift for a friend's niece. The only restrictions were to use the ballerina image and the colours hot pink and black. So this is what I came up with.

I printed the image onto transfer paper and ironed it onto the bag prior to painting with acrylic paint. I then created curtains from tulle fabric and stitched them into place. To finish I added some gold chipboard stars and gold and black polka-dot ribbon. The cork heart was painted with black acrylic paint and then the name stamped and heat embossed with Docrafts Gold Embossing Powder.

The picture above doesn't show the glitter and sparkle, so I took another picture inside in an attempt to show the sparkly bits. Hopefully you can see them.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Have you seen this?

Firstly Happy new year to you all. A little late I know but better late than never huh?

Anyway, I just thought I'd pop on to let you all know that I've two projects in this month's Craft Stamper Magazine! Excited?... muchly :) My good friend and team mate Louise Sims has also got a couple of projects in there too! Sadly, I can't show the full projects, so you'll have to make do with a few sneaky peeks.

If you buy the magazine and spot my projects please let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Old turns to new.....

Well that's another year virtually done and dusted! I hope 2016 has been kind to you, I know for many it has been a really tough and testing year. For me personally, I thought it hadn't been a great year, but upon reviewing my blog, social media and a few other things I've come to the conclusion that despite a few trials and set backs, it's actually been a pretty good year. I'm grateful for the all the positive moments that 2016 has delivered.

I've decided that no matter what the incoming year holds for me I will try and focus on the good things. The stuff that makes me and those around me happy. I've also decided to focus upon a word for 2017 that will be my inspiration and motivator - that word is KINDNESS. 

Kindness costs nothing, makes both the giver and receiver of it happy and if there was more of it, the world would be a far better place. I'm determined to do something kind every single day, whether it be simply paying someone a compliment after all, who doesn't like to be told they look nice or that you love their sweater/dress/hair? To donating to a deserving cause or leaving random gift somewhere to brighten a persons day. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting my blog and taking the time read, comment and share in my creativity. I hope 2017 brings you all good health and happiness.

Claire x

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Belle Papillon the final cut!

Yep we've come to the end of my samples using this fabulous new kit. I hope you've enjoyed seeing my creations?

This card was fairly quick and easy to make. I distressed the papers with scissors and rolled and scrunched the edges.

The cage was die cut, painted with gold acrylic paint and once dry stamped with Stazon.

The elegant nest die cut has been edged with acrylic paint prior to stamping the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Shabby chic card

Just popping onto share another card made from the Belle Papillon and Bella Fleur collections.

I die cut the large Elegant Nest from the Belle Papillon Paper Pad, brushed the edges with gold paint and then heat embossed the sentiment.

The papers were distressed with scissors. I used Nikky's Stab n Stitch Tool to create the faux stitching and then ran a fine liner over the holes.

The butterflies were stamped onto shrink plastic and the larger one of them was die cut with the matching doublet die.

I then layered up the papers, lace and embellishments onto a kraft card blank.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x
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