Sunday, 29 March 2015

More Boxes



I bought some wooden boxes in America to decorate to sell at craft fairs. Hubby has spray painted this one in a random pattern. I added ribbon and lace from Crafty Ribbons, pearl sprays and flowers.


The next 2 are really small and cute and the ribbon from Crafty Ribbons matches beautifully. Again painted by hubby. It takes him longer to paint them than it does me to decorate them! He paints them with primer and then the top coat. They are all painted inside too.



Saturday, 28 March 2015

Another vintage Pink Gem


We are looking for shaped cards this fortnight at A gem of a Challenge and I chose to make a shaped easel card. The DT have been very inventive with their shapes so do hop over and admire them.
Image - Pink Gem Mollie
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Rose Garden
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Other - flowers, button, baker's twine, distress tool

Challenges
Bunny Zoe Spring colours 
Copic Markers Europe Spring is in the air 
The Cutie Pie Fancy folds
Send a smile 4 kids pastel colours for kids
Top Tip Tuesday Buttons or bows
The Paper Shelter Blooming
As You Like It Lines or No Lines (Lines for me every time. I rarely like the no lines effect when I see it done and must be very hard to colour.)

I am selling at a craft fair today so will catch you later.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Little Claire special offer


Please scroll down for today's cute card.

Tomorrow is Steve at Little Claire's 50th Birthday 
and Little Claire have decided to give all you peeps a birthday treat as well !!  Steve says he is only 25 tomorrow (ha,ha,ha) so you can get 25% off ( club stamp members 35% )  all your Little Claire goodies online by adding the code  steve50  at check out and if you take up this offer a  FREE stamp as well !!




This is a one day only offer for tomorrow Saturday 28th so don't miss it.


Hedgie choir


Another Christmas card for the box. I really needed to be making Birthday cards but I so love making Christmas cards and making them all year round means taking some of the stress of needing to make so many nearer Christmas. Mind you I could do with having made more than I have given that it is almost quarter of the way through the year, eek!

Image - Penny Black
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny Snowfall
Dies - Sue Wilson filigree poinsettia, Joy lamppost, Spellbinders resplendent rectangle
Other - white acrylic paint, shabby blue frantage, Stickles, wooden tree from Hobbycraft

Challenges
CCAYR Cute critters 
Craftyhazelnut Christmas singing 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes
ABC Christmas F for frosty
Papertake A cut above 
Everybody Art Turquoise/brown 
Fab n Funky Christmas
Creative Inspirations Feathered friends/animals

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Walking the dog


New challenge today at The Sugar Bowl and once again it is anything goes with a Sugar Nellie image. I'm not sure if I have ever used this stamp before but I am happy that I have now. This was a card I made for a friend's Birthday. She loves Cath Kidston style fabrics so I felt these colours were just right and as the family got a little dog last year this image was perfect for her.
Image - Sugar Nellie Lead The Way
Medium - Copics
Papers - American Crafts dots and stripes
Flowers - Hobbycraft
Other - burlap, brad, wooden hearts

Challenges
Crafty Calendar add some metal 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Country View anything goes

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Upcycling


This is my second post today. Please scroll down for this morning's card.

I bought some new storage for my craft room yesterday. I have a variety of boxes and when I spotted these as a BOGOF offer in W H Smith I had to buy them as I wanted to reorganise some of my embellishments.

I spent a happy hour reorganising and ended up with several empty Prima bottles and jars which had previously held flowers. I decided to upcycle them and the picture at the top is the result. I have a few more left to do but I am hoping they will sell at craft fairs. I used burlap, string, ribbon from The Ribbon Girl and flowers. I am really pleased with the way they turned out.


Clean lines


Another card for my stock and this is a sentiment I found in one of my folders of things waiting to be used. I think it is Inkylicious but can't find it on their website. I used some lovely Carta Bella Well Travelled papers which were hiding at the bottom of one of my paper pad drawers. I had completely forgotten I had this pad. I am sure none of you have ever done that lol! I used MFT pierced rectangle dies and a couple of star punches with a crimper. 

In the paper pad there are some plain coloured sheets which I often don't use. Problem solved, use them for layering rather than card! I shall be doing that again so the papers get used. My resolution to use up things is going well.

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' sentiment as a focus 
Stamping Sensations oe for the guys

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Bunny and butterfly


A 7" square card today. I have a umber of these larger LOTV precoloured toppers which they used to sell before the art pads. This is such a cute image and I might even have it as a stamp, I have so many! I have teamed it with LOTV snow princess papers, Memory Box lavish branch die which I chopped and my retro flower punches. I have recently rediscovered these flower punches having not used them for a while. I haven't used the branch die for a while either, must be Spring coming! I don;t know about you but I use some dies and punches a lot and others get forgotten, well I am trying to use more different ones.

Challenges
The Paper Shelter Spring delights 
Bunny Zoe Spring colours

I am looking forward to a trip into Norwich today with hubby. We will be having a cooked breakfast there and then I am booked in for a facial and massage, lovely. Catch you later.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Flying plaque


I only have one large plaque left on my stall so thought I had better make some more. I do love making them and they do get a lot of comments and make my stall look very pretty. I use chipboard for this size but wooden shapes for my larger plaques. 
Paper - First Edition Floral Pavilion
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Crispy lace and pins - Live and Love Crafts
Dies - Memory box carousel birdcage and dragonflies
Frame - Crafts Too
Pther - pearls, rose cabuchons, wooden butterfly

Challenges
Live and Love Crafts Photo inspiration (inspired by the roses) 
Crafty Calendar add some metal 
Paper Creators ribbon, lace and pearls 
Scrap and Craft flowers 
Whimsy use a diecut 
Sister Act anything goes

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Motorbiking


I need to make more cards for men and I do love making them as much as cards for females. I know many of you don't enjoy making them. I bought a set of vintage transport toppers from Kraftyhands at Ally Pally last year and they are proving very popular. In fact I bought another pack at the NEC in November. They are fabulous images and hubby thought this was a fab card. The paper is Bo Bunny Weekend Market. 

I used a die I bought ages ago as I really needed it and I don't think I have ever used it, sound familiar! It is a Tim Holtz hexagon die and I really like it so expect to see it again. I used kraft core Core'dinations which I sanded, another old Craftwork Cards sentiment, baker's twine and a charm. Charms are something else I have loads of and don't use enough. No idea why as I love them. That may be the problem, I don't want to part with them!

Challenges
Deep Ocean Vinatge 
Crafting by Designs Masculine 
Creative Inspirations Let's get sporty 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
That Craft Place add a charm 
Crafty Calendar add some metal 
Papertake Happy anything

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Square elephants


I am working hard on building up stock ready for my next craft fair next Saturday. I am rather short of Birthday cards so am trying to get some of those made, along with several others I am short of too. I really want to keep ahead with Christmas cards and scrapbooking. I also have some samples and magazine work to do, still it keeps me out of mischief.

Image - Little Claire elephants in squares
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Unforgettable
Sentiment - Forever Friends
Other - flower, brads and pearls

I have so many old sentiments in a file that I am really trying to use them instead of stamping sentiments as much as usual. I used to buy lots of sentiments before I got into stamping them and as part of my quest to use up old stash they are being used along with the brads I have had for years.

Challenges
Everybody Art Great sketch
Inky Chicks Movie star (Dumbo) 
Papertake Happy anything 
Creative Moments anything goes 
Scrap and Craft flowers

We are looking forward to visiting Lynsey today and going out for lunch with her and her family. Enjoy your Saturday.

Friday, 20 March 2015

So sweet


Isn't this the sweetest image, she is called Love is Patient and is a digi from the Elisabeth Bell Simpler Times CD. She has been coloured with Copics, papers are First Edition Rose Garden and lace and ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons. I just added some pearls and felt that was enough.

Challenges
Elisabeth Bell's World Pretty in pink 
Bunny Zoe Spring colours 
Paper Creators Ribbon, lace and pearls 
Cute Card Thursday Spring fever 
Fan-tastic Tuesday Make it square 
Allsorts Flowers and pearls
Copic Marker Europe Spring is in the air
Scrap and Craft Flowers
Top Tip Tuesday Buttons or bows (My tip for Top Tip Tuesday is always attach ribbon with double sided tape on the back of the ribbon as it is easy to move if the ribbon doesn't go on straight, and always wrap the ends around the layered papers before attaching to the card blank.)

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Good Luck Lynsey


I made this 5" square card to send to Lynsey to wish her good luck for her first half marathon last Sunday. She only started running a few months ago and has done incredibly well. I can't imagine walking that far all at once never mind run.

I really enjoyed trying out a cas style for this card.
Image - Little Miss Muffet Swings and Slides good luck
Medium - Copics
Paper - old Christmas paper from my oddments pile
Sentiment - magazine freebie
Die - Spellbinders circle
Other - washi tape

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
Fan-tastic Tuesday Make it square

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Easter Chloe


There are some more gorgeous new images over at Pink Gem and this is Easter Chloe, so cute. I kept this card fairly simple as I printed her quite large and just wanted to show off the image. She has been coloured with Copics and die cut with a MFT pierced rectangle die, papers are Bo Bunny C'est la vie and I added some Easter ribbon I bought a few years ago in America and an old Forever Friends sentiment. I love these shaped cards which I bought from Samuel Taylor at Ally Pally last year. Looking forward to going there again this year but this time my good friend Lynsey is coming. She couldn't come last year as it fell on her little girl's Birthday. Email me if you will be there on the Saturday if you would like to meet up for a coffee.

Challenges
Without Words Easter 
Sister Act anything goes 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
ABC Challenge F is for festive 
Papertake Happy anything

We were out again last night with friends for a meal at Pizza Express and then a show at the theatre. Off to Tesco this morning and then I really must get some ironing done as it has built up more than I like. I prefer to do it little and often, not my favourite job, I'd rather be crafting!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Butterflies


Great sales yeaterday at the hospital so I shall be busy making more stock ready for the next craft fair. I was rather tired last night so apologies that I didn't have much time for blogging. I made this card for a friend whose Birthday was last Saturday so I know I can now share it with you. I bought the stamp in America, the make is Stampabilities which is Hobby Lobby's own make. I used a Spellbinder die and DI vintage photo and a pearl pen. The paper is Prima and I added some burlap, cherry blossoms from Wild Orchid and a butterfly also bought in America from Michaels.

Challenges
Deep Ocean vintage

Monday, 16 March 2015

Penny Black Mother's Day


I made this card for Cardmaking and Papercraft online blog which you can find here. I so love the PB hedgies, they are so cute and love colouring them too.
Image - Penny Black Country Lady
Medium - Copics
Papers - Santoro Mirabelle
Dies - Marianne border, Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment - PC generated
Other - paper flowers and brads

Challenges
Papertake Mum's the word 
Creative Inspirations anything goes 
As you like it Digi or rubber (I do love digis but rubber stamps are still my favourite. There is something about the process of stamping and also I feel more like they are mine.) 
Cute Card Thursday Celebrate 
Penny Black Spring blooms 
The Ribbon Girl Going green
Bunny Zoe Spring colours

It's my day for selling my cards at the hospital shop so a early start. I will back to link up and catch up with you this evening.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Bright and beautiful


Happy Mother's Day to all Mums. I will be visiting my Mum with her card and pressies this morning. Unfortunately her husband isn't able to get out much so we can't take her out for lunch. So our challenge at Little Claire this month is Springtime and I chose to use one of the new March flower stamps from the club set of stamps. I coloured it with Copics and went for a really bright card. The papers are MME and the flowers and butterfly are from America. I doodled around all the edges. There is a fabulous prize of a £20 voucher for the website.

Challenges
Natalie and Amy flowers

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Good Hair Day


Pretty in pink is the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I chose to use of Janet's lovely new digis Emma with hair dryer. She has been coloured with Copics, papers are Bo Bunny C'est La Vie, sentiment Craftwork Cards. I added some pearl dots and a button tied with baker's twine. Simple embellies as I felt it didn't need anything more.

As this publishes I will be at a Premier Inn in Ipswich as we stayed overnight last night as we went to a big 60's show. We went with friends and rather than drive home enjoyed a night away. Looking forward to a yummy cooked breakfast before we head back home. Catch you later.

Challenges

Friday, 13 March 2015

Baby washing line


Friday means a new project on the Little Claire blog and today is my turn to post. I would love you to hop over and leave me a comment after leaving me a comment on here of course.
Image Little Calire dinkie baby washing line which I paper pieced
Sentiment - Little Claire
Papers - MME sky's the limit
Dies - Joy birdhouse, Memory box butterflies, Spellbinders scalloped circle

Challenges

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Superwoman in Making Cards magazine


The new edition of Making Cards magazine will be out tomorrow which means I can now share the cards which were published in the current magazine. They feature the fabulous Superwoman set of stamps from Little Claire



I coloured them with Copics and diecut them with MFT pierced rectangles, added MME papers, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and Studio Calico chevrons.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Snow in March!


This is my second post today, please scroll down for my Little Claire digi DT card. We haven't had any snow this Winter apart from a few occasional flakes which haven't laid. You may remember I used this cute stamp recently as I was thrilled to buy him from somebody on Facebook. I love his enthusiasm for the snow and I love colouring PB mice and hedgies with Copics of course. The papers are from the oddments pile, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, snowflakes are Joy. I added my usual Stickles and pearl pen dots too.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland animal antics 
CCAYR Cute critters 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Lots of cats


The digi challenge this month at Little Claire is for a shaped card and I decided to join in as the regular DT can play along too if we like. I love the animals in squares stamps and as I was asked to make a card for a cat lover combined my DT card with the order.

There is a fabulous prize for the lucky winner of 5 digis and there are so many gorgeous digis to choose from you will be spoilt for choice if you win. You can use any digi image though we love to see Little Claire images if you have any.

Image - Cats in Squares digi Little Claire
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dinky tartan and 6x6 pastel tartan from Little Claire
Dies - Go Kreate frilly 10, Memory Box kittens
Other - Tim Holtz number rubons (40), ribbon bow

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl Use an image for a Birthday card 
Sister Act anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Country View anything goes

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

For my Mum


This is the Mother's Day card I have made for my Mum. She isn't on the internet so there is no danger of her seeing it. I bought this digi years ago and actually coloured her for my Mum once before. However the last thing I coloured were the knitting needles and I decided to colour them burgundy and they bled like mad. I couldn't rescue it and was so cross as I had spent ages colouring her so I used a different image and have never printed her out again until now. How many digis do we have sitting on our computers that we have never used? I am trying to remedy that this year.


A better look at the bottom layer showing the gorgeous mushroom border.

Image - Sugar Nellie web knitter
Medium - Copics
Papers - Santoro Mirabelle
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Cheery Lynn faerie mushrooms, Joy mushroom border
Sentiment - PC generated
Other - Stickles

Challenges
We Do Doobadoo Spring/greens 
That Craft Place Mother's Day 
Scrap and Craft Mother's day 
Dream Valley Mother's day 
Creative Moments Spring green 
Penny's One for the girls 
The Paper Shelter away with the fairies
In the pink for a special lady
Bunny Zoe Spring colours

Monday, 9 March 2015

Smile


This is the card I made for hubby's Birthday yesterday. I love blue and brown together and they make a great combination for either male or female cards.
Image - Little Miss Muffet Ryker
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Promises and Country Gent
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Birthday Recipe - LOTV
Die - Marianne camera
Other - enamel dots, twine, smile sticker

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet great sketch which I rotated 
Stamping Sensations one for the guys 
Crafting by Designs anything goes 
Cute Card Thursday Die cuts/punches 
Di's Digis Birthdays Simon Says Monday B is for (Blue, Brown, Boy, Bow, Birthday)
The Ribbon Girl Use an image for a Birthday card

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Leaving


I had a box of photos which I had sorted out as possibles for scrapbook layouts and the other night I got out my scrapbooks and photos to sort them out. I decided which to use and placed them in sleeves in the various scrapbooks. I used to feel rather overwhelmed by the amount of layouts to do and where to start so I now feel very organised. It means I can choose a page to do without wasting time sorting through pictures. There are more I want to print from the laptop but that's a job for another time,

So onto my layout which ha more photos than I would normally use on a page but I didn't want a double layout and I did want to use them all. They record the day I left Connexions which is the organisation which took over from the Careers Service. I had worked for those organisations for 22 years and was lucky enough to have my request for voluntary redundancy and early retirement granted. It meant going to work in HR at County Hall which is the head office of the County Council for 7 months. I hated it there but it was worth it in the end.

The photo of me with the flowers was taken in our conservatory. I had some lovely cards, a cake and presents including £75 to spend on craft supplies.

Challenges
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Country View anything goes 
Not just cards anything goes 
Papertake anything goes 
Crafting by Designs anything goes

Today is hubby's Birthday and we are going out for lunch with friends. They are then coming back to ours as they want to see our holiday photos and video.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Amelia in Pink


I absolutely love the vintage images from Pink Gem, they make such gorgeous cards and are so lovely to colour. 
Image - Pink Gem Amelia
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Rose Garden
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Marianne Designs
Other - white acrylic paint, gauze, pins, distress tool

Challenges
Papertake anything goes 
In the pink for a special lady 
Creative Inspirations something old (vintage style) 
Penny's One for the girls 
Graph'It Shabby chic/vintage

The craft fair at the hospital was very good as usual on Wednesday though I didn't sell any of my birdhouses. Several people admired them though. I am at another fair this afternoon so hoping they sell better today.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Wee Boy


I was so lucky to win Lexie's Scribble and Scrap £50 candy last week and one of the things I chose were some of the lovely Hobby House toppers featuring cute Wee images from Sylvia Zet. They are so beautifully coloured and make quicker cards which is what I need sometimes to build up my stocks. I teamed it with First Edition It's a Boy papers and tag. I used my Spellbinders curved border and MB bunting dies and added some flowers and pearl dots.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl add flowers 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes
Papertake anything goes
Crafting by Designs anything goes

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Hedgie, cupcakes and strawberries


Time for another fortnightly challenge at  Crafty Ribbons and the challenge is to use pearls, ribbon and a charm. As always there is a lovely Crafty Ribbons prize to be won,
Image - Pink Gem
Papers - First Edition It's a Boy
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - Michaels
Other - cupcake charm, baker's twine, pearl

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl add flowers 
The ABC challenge E is for exceptionally cute
Papertake anything goes 
Not just cards anything goes

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Birdhouses


If you saw the stash I brought home from America you may remember I bought some wooden birdhouses to decorate to sell. Well here they are and they will be on my stall today at the quarterly hospital craft fair. Hubby painted them cream and I decorated them. 

The ribbon and lace are from Crafty Ribbons, paper is Papermania Henbury Lane. I added some butterflies bought in America and various birds and flowers.

Challenges
Country View anything goes
Scribble and Scrap anything goes
Papertake anything goes 
Not just cards anything goes

Thanks to those of you asking if I am now better. Yes I am feeling better day by day and the cough gets less each day. Still not gone away completely but more of a niggling cough now. Thankfully I am not coughing at night so sleeping well.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Little Claire for Through The Craftroom Door magazine


The DT at Little Claire were asked if we would like to contribute to Through The Craftrroom Door magazine this month using one of 3 digis. I love this elephants in squares digi and this is the card I made. It was the perfect opportunity to use my new elephant dies from Joanna Sheen which I bought at the NEC. The sentiment is Little Claire which has been mounted onto a Spellbinder doily heart circle. I have used Copics for colouring and the papers are MME On the Sunny Side.


Challenges
Sweet Stampin' all or nothing
Deep Ocean our furry friends