Tuesday, 30 November 2010

CSN Giveaway Reminder

Just a flying visit from me today. Sorry I've been awol, but things have gone a little pear shaped here this week! Normal service will resume shortly, I hope!

Anyway just to remind all you lovely followers that I'm currently hosting a £35 giveway for CSN stores. Basically if you're the lucky winner, you'll get a gift voucher to spend on absolutely anything in their fabulous stores. See this post for details.

Hope you're all staying safe and warm in this lovely weather that we're currently experiencing.

Claire x

Friday, 26 November 2010

Stampin' With The Dragon Challenge #15

It's challenge time again over at Stampin' With The Dragon. This time we're sponsored by the amazing Rick St Dennis who has kindly supplied the DT with some fab images to play with. The lucky winner of this weeks challenge will win a once in a lifetime digital sheet of the 3 dragons used by the DT and several other digi's to go with this theme. In order to be in with a chance of winning, you need to make a card or project with the theme FANTASY.

Here's my card for your inspiration:

Don't forget to drop by the rest of the DT to see their amazing creations.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Red & Green
Inktegrity - Anything goes

Thursday, 25 November 2010

My Delicious Doodles Blog Hop Winner

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that joined in with the blog hop and left such lovely comments. There were 51 comments left on the post, I removed my fellow teamies comments and numbered those left sequentially, then used the random generator widget to select the winner of the gorgeous Polar Bears image. The winner is................

number 18 KraftyKoolKat. If you'd like to email me hun (click on my profile for the addy), I'll send your image straight over to you. If I haven't heard from you by 3rd December then I will redraw a winner.

Thanks again for all your support.

Claire x

Yet More Polar Bears!!

OK, OK I hear ya - change the image Claire! I promise this my last card for year using this image!!! Need a five minute make? Then this is it - from the point of printing the image out to tying the bow it literally took five minutes!

The image was printed onto white cardstock. It was then cut to size, a double sided adhesive sheet applied and then sprinkled with ultra-fine glitter. The image was then mounted onto silver mirror card and attached to the cardbase. I've stamped and heat embossed the LOTV sentiment and mounted it onto silver mirror board. A piece of silver cord was tied around the card and that was it done

Don't forget today is your final chance to win this image. All you need to do is leave me a little love on my original blog hop post. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Cowgirls - Anything goes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Anything goes

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Polar Bears Shaker Card

I told you I'd be back with some more cards that I'd made with the Polar Bears image from Delicious Doodles! Remember if you want to win this image all you need to do is comment on my blog post announcing the new challenge and blog hop. Alternatively, you can complete the blog hop and submit any project into the challenge and if you're the lucky winner you will be able choose it as part of your prize.

This card is another relatively straight forward and simple one (especially if you have square nesties - if not then you might want to use the nesties you have). It's huge card (8 x 8) and I have to say I found it a bit intimidating.

I've coloured the image with Promarkers. The white frame has been handcut (not my favourite job - three attempts to get it right hence my suggestion above) and then embossed, highlighted with Sakura glitter pen and mounted onto gold mirror board. I've used some iridescent glitter that I've had knocking around for ages and my new freebie snowflake punch for the shaker contents. The large snowflake has been stickled and I've added an embossed sentiment from my new LOTV stamp set. The "Make a Wish" sentiment is from a Dandelion & Daisy set, which I've cut down and then mounted on gold mirror board.

I'll be bringing you one more card made with this image tomorrow and I promise that will be it!!

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations - Christmas/Winter
2 Sisters - Snowflakes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Circles
Beary Scraps - Anything goes
Lexi's Creations - Traditional colours
DCD - Christmas anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Let It Snow
Passion for Promarkers - Old & New 
I ♥ ProMarkers - Anything goes

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

It's those polar bears again!!

I wanted to show you how versatile this image is and so have made a few cards using it. This card was fairly quick and easy to make and is ideal for posting as it's completely flat (so no hefty postage charges and no snagging of embellies in the sorting machines).

I stamped the cardbase with Versamark and sprinkled it with Silver Heat It Up embossing powder. The image was printed multiple times onto white cardstock (I only used the one image for this card, but have used the others to make a card I'll show you later in the week). It was then cut to size, double sided adhesive sheet applied and then sprinkled with ultra-fine glitter (note no colouring involved). The image was then mounted onto silver mirror card and attached to the cardbase. I stamped and heat embossed Merry Christmas inside the card and that was it done!

Don't forget you could win this image simply by leaving me a little love on my original blog hop post.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Cowgirls - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Winter/Snowflakes
One Stitch At A Time - Season (winter)
2 Sister's - Snowflakes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Anything goes

Monday, 22 November 2010

IMPORTANT update on my CSN giveaway.

I know some of you will have seen this post yesterday and haven't entered as it was for my UK followers only. Well I have some great news for you, CSN have agreed to allow international entries from the US, Canada and Germany. The voucher will be converted into the appropriate currency.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Christmas Is Coming!!! Fancy £35 To Spend At CSN?

NOW CLOSED Well as promised I'm bringing you yet another giveaway from those exceptionally generous folks over at CSN. As many of you are aware, CSN have a number of fabulous online stores where you can find everything from unique lighting, to modern bedroom furniture, or great cookware!

This time they're offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win a £35 CSN gift voucher (international commentators are more than welcome). I had a look around to see what sort of things the lucky winner could spend their money on and was delighted to find this Santa Claus Jigsaw Cookie Cutter for £9.99 (which would mean that you still had £25 to spend on some of the other fab items they stock).

How fab is he?? I thought the cookies given in a fancy gift bag with a nice tag with the wording "Build a Santa"  would make a great novelty gift for kids. 

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning the voucher is:

1. Become a follower of this blog

2. Post about this giveaway on your blog

3. Leave me a comment on this post telling me which item/s you'd spend the voucher on.

You have until 08/12/2010 23:59 (GMT) and I'll draw the lucky winner on 09/12/2010. Please be sure to check back to see if you are the winner. Your voucher will be sent via email as soon as I receive contact from you. Only one entry per person please. If the winner does not contact me within 7 days of winning I will select another winner.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck.
Claire x

Saturday, 20 November 2010

You Can't Eat Me I'm The Gingerbread Man!

Just to remind you that the Dragon has just released loads of new images for Christmas and to celebrate she's set a very special challenge with some fantastic prizes. If you enter the challenge using one of our images you will be eligible to enter into the draw to win one of the Grand Prizes. Pop over to the blog to check out the prizes and get some inspiration from the other DT girls.

This is another one of the new Christmas images from Dragon's Lair Designs. Isn't he just the cutest?

The image has been printed out three times, coloured with Promarkers, cut out and decoupaged. Stickles have been added to the hat, eyes, mouth and scarf. I've used some freebie digi papers which have been distressed and faux stitched. The snowflakes have been cut using Marianne Creatables. They've then been distressed, stickled and blinged up with gems. The sentiments have been stamped using my new Lily of the Valley set (one of my NEC purchases).

I do hope you can join us for this very special challenge.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings - Christmas
Creative Inspirations - Christmas/Winter
2 Sisters - Christmas
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Polly craft Monday - A Glittery Christmas
Lexi's Creations - Traditional colours
A Spoonful of Sugar - Distressing
Passion for Promarkers - Stitching & Distressing

Friday, 19 November 2010

Unregrettable Pirate Life - Altered Notebook

It's time for another challenge over at Sweet Pea Stampers and this time we have a sketch for you to follow. 
The prize this week is these three fabulous Sweet Pea Stamps. I really hope that you'll be joining us.

I decided that I'd use the sketch to alter a notebook for my daughter. My friend had picked up a pile of these horrible notebooks and her boys flatly refused to use them, so she was chucking them out! Being the horder that I am, I rescued them and have transformed this one into something slightly prettier!

I started off by prising open the wire to release the front and back cover. I then covered them with Pirate Princess papers from Rusty Pickle and inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. The panels were matted and layered onto to some silver cardstock from The Papermill.

I stamped the image Unregrettable Pirate Life from Sweet Pea Stamps with Memento ink and then coloured it with Promarkers. The image was then spritzed with Glimmer Mist and given a generous coating of Stickles and Glossy Accents. It was then matted onto the silver cardstock which was distressed with a distressing tool and inks. The sentiment was computer generated and cut out using Nesties. Again the edges were inked with Black Soot. The notebook was then reassembled, prettied up with ribbons and gems et voila the finished product!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll look forward to seeing your entries.


I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything goes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Distressing
A Crafty Little Place - Alter It
Let's Ink It Up - Recycle

It's here!!! Delicious Doodles Blog Hop & First Challenge

Well the day has come for the first ever Delicious Doodles Challenge, and what an easy one we have to start the ball rolling!! It's ANYTHING GOES so I really hope that you'll be joining us! To celebrate the launch, we're having a blog hop. 
However, it's not any old Blog Hop - oh no!! Each girl on the DT has an image to giveaway, that's right - GIVE AWAY. It will be the image used to make their creation! So, if you want to win these images, all you need do is leave a comment on the DT members blog. The image I used can be seen on my card at the bottom of this post.

If that isn't enough to get you all excited, Teri is also going to give away TEN DIGI IMAGES on the Challenge Blog. The Challenge winner will get to choose 10 digi's from the Delicious Doodles Shop!! BUT to qualify for this awesome prize there is a small catch! You must comment on ALL of the DT Blogs, AND make a project to enter.

OK, are you ready? Lets go!!! The hop starts here

If you're already part of the hop you should have arrived from Amy's Blog and your next stop is Alex's Blog.

Just in case you get lost, here's the Blog Hop order ( yes I know there are a few of us, but that way we can bring you weekly challenges with plenty of inspiration).

(Team A):

(Team B):

Teri (Store Owner) and then back to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog to enter your creation for your chance to win the fabby TEN digi-images of your choice!!

Phew! Hope you got all that peeps!

The Challenge and Blog Hop will finish on Thursday 25th November at 6pm GMT (UK time). Each winner for the individual digi's will be announced on the DT members Blogs, so be sure to follow them if you want to know who their winners are!

The Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Challenge Blog on the morning of Friday 26th November before the next Challenge goes live later that day.

So if your still with me here's my card (I'm so sorry for the pictures, but it was a complete nightmare to photograph). Remember, if you want to be in with a chance of winning this image all you need to do is leave me some love ;)

The image was coloured with Promarkers, then covered with a Hobby Craft adhesive sheet and sprinkled with iridescent ultra-fine glitter. I cut some acetate to size, scored it down the centre and then randomly stamped snowflakes over it with Stazon. Once that had dried the image was layered up and mounted onto the acetate with glue dots. Then mats of the same size were used to cover the rear of the image and the inside/back of the card. This also added some stability to the card. I then added a Marianne Creatables Snowflake die cut coated with Stardust and Gold Stickles. The sentiment is from my new LOTV set.

This photograph is the unmounted image, but it shows the sparkle and glimmer a little better.

If you've got this far, thank you so much for sticking with this epic post, and I wish you ALL the very best of luck.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings - Christmas
Creative Inspirations - Christmas/Winter
2 Sisters - Christmas
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Polly craft Monday - A Glittery Christmas
Paper Playtime - p.s. I love you
Lexi's Creations - Traditional colours
DCD - Snowflakes

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Did you guess the weight of the wreath correctly?

Thanks to all of you who left comments on my candy wreath. Nobody guessed the correct weight which was.................2.378kg. Yes it took almost three tins of Celebrations!!

So, onto the winner............... who is Marg who said "Wow Claire, that's fabulous! all that yummy chocolate. I daren't buy any but would love to know how you did it. My guess is 1.5kg. (even though I'm a lb oz sort of girl)" . So Marg if you can send me your details and I'll pop a little something in the post for you.

If you didn't win this time, be sure to check back here tomorrow as I will be giving you the chance to win a little something in exchange for some love!! Also, just a heads up that I'll be doing another CSN giveaway in the next couple of days, so you'll need to keep your eye's peeled for that. 

Also, as so many of you asked how I made the wreath I've attached a You Tube video, which I felt was the most useful (you would not believe how many videos and tutorials there are out there and yes I trawled through a fair number of them before finding this one).

I'll leave you with a few hints and tips that I've discovered, if you can't get hold of wire coat hangers your local florists should be able to help you out for a very small fee. I've also made these wreaths using polystyrene wreath frames and a hot glue gun as it greatly reduces the number of sweets you use! You can also use curling ribbon to attach the sweets as again it reduces the number required.


Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Cottage in the Snow Shaker Easel Card

I'm just popping by to quickly share a card with you and remind you that the Delicious Doodles first ever challenge starts on Friday. Please do come and join us as it's going to be a complete blast with plenty of prizes and surprises! If you've not already been to visit the challenge blog, pop over there as Teri is giving away five digi images to one lucky follower once we reach the magic 100 (at the time of writing this post there are 94, so it won't be long to wait).

The other day I made my first ever shaker card (which I'll share with you in next few days), and loved it! For some reason it took me back to being a child again and playing with a snowglobe that only came out at Christmas. It also sparked a few ideas in my head for other cards and images, this being one of them.

The image is from Delicious Doodles Shop and has been coloured with Promarkers. The wood on the doors and windows has been varnished with Glossy Accents and the snow has been given some shimmer with a combination of Picket Fence and Stardust Stickles. I've punched some snowflakes and then glittered them for the shaker contents.

The easel base and shaker frame have been created with my nesties and then embossed with a Sizzix Texturz Plate. The edges of the card have been inked with silver. The snowflake embellishment has been cut with a Marianne Creatables die. The sentiment is from Papermania.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Pear Tree Designs - Shaker Card
Alota Rubber Stamps - Lets Celebrate Christmas
Party Time Tuesdays - Easel Card
Crafty Cardmakers - Dry Embossing
Critter Challenge - Texture
Creative Inspirations - Winter Woodland
ABC Christmas Challenge - X is for Xmas
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle 
I ♥ ProMarkers - Snowman
Whimsie Doodles - Let it snow

Monday, 15 November 2010

Alcohol Inked Winter Beauty

I'm back with another of the new images from Dragons Lair Designs. This one's called Winter Beauty. As you are all probably aware by now, we are running a very special challenge over at the Stampin' With The Dragon Challenge Blog and have some truly awesome prizes up for grabs. If you haven't already entered, then please go check out the blog to see what it's all about (I promise that you will kick yourself if you miss this challenge).

It feels like ages since I've had the opportunity to experiment, so when I saw this image, I decided that I'd try something slightly different. I'm not sure that I'm that keen on the end result, but all the same I'm glad I've experimented!

The image has been printed onto glossy cardstock and then heat embossed. I've then alcohol inked around the image and coloured the image with Promarkers.

Sizzix Bigshot
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
Sizzix Holly
Nellie Snellon Punch
Spellbinder Nestabilities
Heat Gun
Tim Holtz Blender

Image - Dragons Lair Designs
Glossy Cardstock
Black Cardstock
White Cardstock
Alcohol Inks
Distress Inks
Magic Soft

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations - Christmas/Winter
2 Sisters - Christmas
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Polly craft Monday - A Glittery Christmas
Little Paper Shop - Diecuts

Sunday, 14 November 2010

OK guys I need some help urgently!!

It's my Grandparents 69th Wedding Anniversary on Friday and I'm struggling to come up with anything. I've googled my finger tips off and still can't find anything to do...... I wanted to do something really special for them, but that won't cost the earth - any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Claire x

Winner of the CSN Giveaway

Thank you to all that entered the giveaway. If you didn't win this time stay tuned as I have another one coming up really soon. Also, don't forget I have a small giveaway running for the person who leaves a comment on this post correctly guessing the weight of the wreath.

Right onto the winner! There were 18 comments (two from the same person as they forgotten to add which item they'd like), so I only counted one of their comments and then assigned the numbers 1 -17 to the commentators in the order in which they were left, put them into the Mr Random thingy widget who selected number 14 Kelsmakes.

Congratulations hun, if you'd like to drop me an email and I'll send your voucher over to you. If I don't hear anything by 21/11/2010 then I will draw a new winner on 22/11/2010.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Man are my kids gonna be sick!!! Candy Wreath

Just a quickie from me today - I've got to make a start on my Christmas projects and shopping and it's so not going to happen hanging around blogland!

Anyway, I made one these last year for my kids and they really enjoyed it, plus it made a pretty neat decoration. So whilst the tins of choccies are on offer in the supermarkets I thought I'd make another one. I've used the frame and embellishments from last year (cheap skate I know - but it saves my pennies for more stash).

The first person to guess the correct weight of the wreath before 17/11 will receive a small prize from my stash (international commentators welcome). If no one guesses correctly, I will give the prize to the nearest correct answer. Check back here on the 18/11 to see if you're a winner.

Oh and don't forget today is the last day for entering my £30 CSN giveaway.

Thanks for dropping by.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sir Stamp-a-Lot - Christmas Traditions
The Stampman - Christmas
The ABC Challenge - Christmas
Bunny Zoes - Christmas but no cards
Wild Orchid - Traditional Christmas

Friday, 12 November 2010

Stampin' With The Dragon Challenge #14

Oh wow do we have a challenge for you this time! We're doing Christmas Stampin' Dragon style, and you so won't want to miss out on all the fun! The Dragon has released some brand new images for Christmas and to celebrate she has pulled out all the stops and is not only sponsoring us, but has russled up the following prizes:

1st Prize: 4 images from Stampin Dragon Designs

2nd Prize: Magnolia Magazine and 2 Stamps

3rd Prize: Whiff of Joy Stamps (1 dragon stamp)

Now as if those fab prizes weren't enough, she's offering the following Grand Prizes for those of you who use one of our images (to be eligible to win you MUST use a Stampin' Dragon image).

1ST Grand Prize : Wacom CTH461 Bamboo Craft Pen & Touch Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: May Arts Ribbons (ribbons from May Arts) 

3rd Grand Prize: $10 gift cert. for Your Next Stamp.

So what do you have to do to win one of these fab prizes??? Simple, make a Christmas/Holiday Project related to a Christmas/ Holiday Song. You will need to mention in your blog post which song inspired your project and remember if you use one of our images, you will be entered into a the draw for the Grand Prize (there will be no exceptions to this rule). To make things a little easier for you, the Stampin' Dragon DT have whooped up a storm with their creations for your inspiration, so be sure to stop by their blogs and take a peek and leave them some lurve!

Right if you're still with me, this is one of my projects that I made for this challenge which has been inspired by the song "We are Santa's Elves" .

I've made these decorated candles in the past for family and friends, but have always used good old fashioned rubber stamps for the image. I decided that I'd try and make one using a digi stamp and have to say I'm more than happy with the result. I'll be posting my other makes throughout the week, so please be sure to check back!

Also just a reminder that my CSN giveaway finishes on 13/11 and you could be the lucky winner of a £30 gift voucher to spend on whatever you please. Just click here for details.

Heat Gun

Image - Dragon's Lair Designs
Promarkers - Green, Ruby & Gold
Candle - Tesco
Gems -Kars
Ribbon from stash
Stickles - Stardust
Tissue Paper
Baking Parchment

I'd like enter this into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's - Anything but a.......
Wild Orchid - Red, Green & Gold
Fab'n'Funky - Circles
Quixotic Paperie - No Square or Rectangle
The ABC Challenge - Holidays
Penny's Paper Crafty - Alter it
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Dotties World - Red
Crafty Cardmakers - first, latest or greatest

Thursday, 11 November 2010

I've been playing!

Just a flying visit from me tonight to show you what I managed to make with some new Papersoft products and to remind you to check back here tomorrow as I have something really exciting to tell you!

I sponged cream Papersoft onto card and then inked up a flourish stamp with pink Papersoft and randomly stamped over the paper. The edges have been distressed and lightly inked. The image was stamped using Sepia Versamark. The flower and ferns have been coloured using Papersoft.

Sizzix Bigshot
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Purple Cows Guillotine
Sizzix 3D Flower Die
Little Claire's Fern Die
Scallop Edge Punch

White Card - The Papermill
Sentiment - Ladybug Stamps
Image - Birds by Inkadinkadoo
Versamark Sepia Ink
Gold Gel Pen

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers - Stitching
Dutch Dare - CAS
Pixie Cottage - Sketch/2 Colours
Creative Cardcrew - Thanks
Sarah Hurley - Easel Card

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Mother Mary Christmas Card

It's time for me to post over at The Delicious Doodles Blog again. For my card this week I just had to use the new Mother Mary image - isn't she just beautiful? As soon as I saw her I knew that I wanted to use her on a couple of my Christmas cards.

It's a really simple and straight forward card that took less than 30 minutes to make. The image has been coloured with Promarkers and then die cut using Nestabilities. I have to say the image was a dream to colour and literally took five minutes (Teri does all the hardwork for you, so there's no need to worry about shading or having loads of different colours) and used the grand total of five Promarkers! Using a cocktail stick, I've added the slightest hint of sparkle around the edge of the card with gold Stickles and added odd dots of waterfall Stickles to the DP. The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed.

Now, just in case you haven't heard something exciting is happening on the 19th November.... that's right we're launching our first challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog. To kick of we're having a blog hop with loads of Delicious Doodles images as prizes. So, if you haven't already become a follower of the blog, be sure to hot foot it over there so you don't miss any of the fun, especially as Teri is currently offering some super blog candy once we reach 100 followers! Also, feel free to grab this banner to help us spread the word.

Oh and just a reminder my £30 CSN voucher giveaway finishes on the 13/11, so be sure to make a comment to be in with a chance of winning.
Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Texturz Plate
Heat Gun

Image - Delicious Doodles
Sentiment - Papermania
White card - The Papermill
Blue DP - Bearly Mine Designs
Gold Mirri Board - Create & Craft
Promarkers - Powder Blue, Cool Grey 1, Cinnamon, Satin, Sandstone
Heat It Up Embossing Powder
Waterfall & Gold Stickles

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Digi/Sentiment
Caardvarks - Die cuts
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp - YNS
The ABC Challenge - H for holidays 
I ♥ ProMarkers - Icy Colours
Polka Doodles - Quick & Easy Christmas Card

Monday, 8 November 2010

C'mon only another 29 followers needed..........

OK guys 'n' gals we are just 29 followers short of the next candy drawing over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog, so if you haven't become a follower already, then please do hop on over and join up.

Just in case you haven't heard, we start the weekly challenges on 19th November and are kicking off with a blog hop where there will be loads of Delicious Doodles images to be won. I really hope that you will be able to join us. Please feel free to grab a banner and help spread the word.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

Saturday, 6 November 2010

It's a Boy!

This is a quick post from me today as I've been upto the NEC and as a result am way behind schedule :(

Anyway, my friends' baby is due any day now and it's supposed to be a boy. She wanted some birth announcement cards made up, so I thought I'd better get a wriggle on! I decided that I'd have a little play with the pull tag mechanism again and this is what I came up with. I'm going to attach a picture of the baby (once he's here) to the rear of the little birth details card.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and then paper pieced. I've added some faux stitching to the bear and drawn the little bow tie around his neck. The edges of the papers have also been faux stitched. The white card pieces have been edged with Papersoft.

Make sure you mark next Friday on your calendars as you won't want to miss the new challenge over at Stampin' with the Dragon! It's gonna be huge and heaps of fun and there will be some fab prizes up for grabs.

Purple Cows Guillotine
Big Shot
Nestabilities Large Circles

Image from Stamping Dragon Designs
DP's - Sorry I haven't got a clue where they're from
Ribbon - Stash
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Letraset Fine Liner

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Delightful Challenges - Stitching
Paper Play - Circles
Totally Papercrafts - Tags
If the Shoe Fits - Blue

Want to win some Delicious Doodles Digi's?

So do ya???? Well I've just pinched this from The Delicious Doodles Blog (Teri's in a generous and giving mood at the moment, anyone would think Christmas was on it's way!!)

Hiya folks!

WOW, almost 30 followers on the challenge blog already, and we haven't started doing challenges yet!!

I am feeling in a generous mood today (ooo-er!) so to celebrate all of the lovely followers out there I am going to



to ONE lucky follower
when we have reached 50 followers!!

AND another


to ONE lucky follower
when we have reached 100 followers!!

So, you wanna win some digi's??
Get following the challenge blog folks!!

I'll do the first random draw from the challenge blog followers list as soon as we get to the 50 mark.

Good Luck peeps!!

Teri xx
So what are you waiting for? Go on get over there and sign yourself up. 
Claire x

Friday, 5 November 2010

Sweet Pea Poinsettia Fairy Tealight Christmas Card

OK if your reading this post then it means blogger's scheduling widget has worked!! I'm currently on route to the NEC to relieve my purse of some hard earned pennies! Anyway back to the matter in hand!!

It's new challenge day over at Sweet Pea Stampers and the theme this time is embossing. As always we have a fantastic prize on offer, plus, this month we have a brilliant followers candy up for grabs. The DT have produced some stunning cards for your inspiration, please be sure to stop by their blogs to leave them some lurve!

So onto my card. I've seen lots of these kicking around blogland lately and kept thinking that I'd make one, the only thing was I couldn't find a good template or tutorial and I'm not convinced that I have the skills to make one from scratch. Then the other day whilst having a little hop, I spotted that my good blog buddy Vicky from Kips Cards had made one and oh so kindly linked to a fab tutorial. Well that was all the encouragement I needed and so off I went to make my first tealight card.

I made the card base using the afore mentioned tutorial. The edges have been swiped with a gold ink pad and I cut out and distressed a panel of paper for the tealight panel. The image has been coloured with Promarkers, cut out and mounted onto a piece of pearlised cream card which has been embossed with a snowflake plate. I've then swiped a gold ink pad over the embossing and mounted it onto a piece of matt mirror board. The gold swirls have been stencilled and then heat embossed. I also added faux stitching around the edges with a gold gel pen.

The flowers have been punched from red paper using my Nellie Snellen punch. I've then used distress inks and stickles on the edges. I've added Soft Magic to the centres. The holly leaves have been distressed and stickled.

Before I go, just a quick reminder to enter my giveaway for a £30 CSN voucher.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

Big Shot
Sizzix Texturz Plate
Heat Gun
Prima Eline Swirls Template
Nellie Snellen Floral Embossing Punch

Image - Sweet Pea Stamps
Sentiment - Cat's Life Press
Cardstock - Inspire Me
Merry Christmas Paper - Bearly Mine Designs
Green Paper - Basic Grey Egg Nog
Gold Mirri - stash
Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Brilliance Gold Ink
Gold Lace - stash
Heat It Up Embossing Powder
Versamark Embossing Pen
Soft Magic

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Paper Players - Anything goes
The Crafty Pad - Stitching
One Stitch at a Time - Christmas
Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en - Bling it on
Aly's Sunday - Distressing
Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas Treat (Cranberry & Orange scented tealights)
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion- Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Shabby
Stamp With Fun - All that can fly
Crafty Cardmakers - Stitching
A Pocketful of Posies - Winter Bouquet
Wild Orchid - Classic Christmas
Lexi's Creations - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Christmas inspired
A Spoonful of Sugar - Relish to embellish
Stamp and Create - Tis the Season
Flutter By Wednesday's - Anything goes
Little Red Wagon - Red 
I ♥ ProMarkers - Snowflakes
The Crafty Purple Frog - Sparkle
C.R.A.F.T - Dry embossing (cream panel behind the image)
Charisma Cardz - With love @ Christmas
Crafty Goings On -  Blog Candy

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

I'm coming to get you!!!

It's Wednesday again which means it's my turn to post over at the Delicious Doodles Blog. If you haven't stopped by, please do, the girls post daily and there is some really inspirational work. Also don't forget to mark your calendars for the 19th November when we kick off our challenge blog with a fab blog hop which will have loads of fun stuff and prizes.

Now I know Halloween has been gone, but I just have to share this little ATC I made using the The Grim Reaper image. I actually made this for the lovely Debbie (aka Padster from Padster's Marmalade Mutterings) who was my swap partner over at The Crafty Place. I really hope she liked it.

This is something totally different for me and was my first attempt at using my new graphics programme. I used the woodland backing paper and then dropped the digi stamp of the The Grim Reaper onto to it, added some text and printed it out. I coloured the image with Promarkers and added a some stickles. Then using this tutorial (which I adapted) I made the ATC treat pouch. The chocolate bar wrapper and pull tab were also created using my graphics programme.

I'm definitely going to be doing more things like this and am in the process of making a larger pouch using "Grim" for a birthday treat for one of our friends who is going to be 50 very shortly. I can't post it on here yet as he reads my blog.

Purple Cows Guillotine

Card - The Papermill
Image - Delicious Doodles
Candy bar - Mr T
Ribbon - stash

I'd like to enter this ATC into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss - Spooky
Alice in Wonderland - Halloween
Marks Finest Papers - Holidays
Crafty Catz - Halloween
Daring Cardmakers - Halloween
Fairy Fun Fridays - Candy Wrapper
Mami Doodles - Anything but a card
AI Factory - Halloween
PaperPlay - Halloween
The Artisitic Stamper - Something hidden (the chocolate bar)
Haunted Design House - Anything goes
Lexi's Creations - Anything goes

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Just a reminder

 The lovely Trisha aka Craftygranny is trying to raise awareness and funds for the Ear Trust. You can read all about the Ear Trust and the impact they've had on her gorgeous grandaughter's life here.

Janette from Stampin' Dragon Designs has produced two fabulous digi stamps to support this very worthwhile cause and 100% of the proceeds will go to the trust. You can buy them from here.

If you can support this very worthwhile cause it would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for dropping by

Claire x

Monday, 1 November 2010

Oh yeah my blogs got the 'tude!

What this means is not only did I get a $5.00 Gift Certificate for Digi's With Attitude! Store but now I can brag that "My Blog's got the `Tude!"

All I have to do is tell you 3 things that make me different from everyone else and nominate 5 blogs. What gives me the `Tude?

1. I'm ambi-dextous
2. I'm scared silly of birds
3. I attended the Queen's Garden Party

The 5 Blogs I nominate are:

1. Vicky 
2. Dawn

Please display this badge proudly and link it to the Digi's With Attitude! Challenge Blog. To qualify for the $5.00 Digi's With Attitude! Store Gift Certificate please read the guidelines HERE
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