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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes at We Love 2 Create!

Good morning folks, well the weather is lovely here this weekend so I'm hoping to spend the day relaxing in the garden but before I go and enjoy the sunshine I just wanted to share a tag I've made for our Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes challenge at We Love 2 Create. We've got some lovely crafty goodies for our lucky winner thanks to our sponsors Premium Craft Brands and you don't even have to use our products to play along. 


I cleaned my ledger stencil onto this tag when I was clearing up from another project, This one has glassy gel medium on and I was really pleased with the effect from the stencil, I just rubbed the gungy stencil over the tag with a baby wipe and it's created a really clear stencil effect. Unfortunately my rubbish photography skills don't show it too clearly lol. I blended Yellow Green PanPastel over the top, adding a little gold around the edges. Next I added some angel hair and some SnipArt which I coloured with gold PanPastel The leaves were die cut from kraft glassine, scrunched and then coloured with PanPastel Bright Yellow Green/Shade. The flower is made from Foamiran, I used the Blueberry colour (I think) and was quite disappointed with the colour as its quite grey in tone so it sat gathering dust in my craft room until I got out my PanPastels. I was really pleased with the way the Pans blended on the foam, I also used them to colour the stamens (I dabbed these on a versamark inkpad before applying the gold PanPastel. 

I added a shrink plastic glittery butterfly and some eyelash trim to finish off.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:

Country View Crafts: things with wings
Craft for the Craic: handmade flowers
Go tag Thursday: In the garden
That's Crafty: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Autumn Medley from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies! Just a quick post to share one of my projects for this  month's gorgeous stamps over at the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog I just love all four of the beautiful ladies in the Four Seasons collection and this project features the lovely Autumn Medley. I began by spreading a thick layer of texture paste over the stamp and leaving her for a couple of days to dry.


Once the texture paste was dry I carefully peeled it away from the stamp and triimmed the edges to neaten it up. Then I painted it with acrylic paints, I was really pleased with the effect they gave



I took an oval mdf shape and applied texture paste through a woodgrain stencil, adding a thick layer around the edge of the piece. Once that was dry I painted with acrylic paints in shades of brown and then attached the lady so that her hair wood blend into the wood. I added some flowers, leaves and raffia from my stash and used a little mdf sentiment from my stash to finish off.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs: Anything goes
Creative Artiste: Anything mixed media goes
Emerald City: anything goes
That's Crafty: anything goes
Stamps and Stencils: colour texture shape

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Seaside or Summer Colours at Eclectic Ellapu

Good morning crafty friends weekend is here at last and can you believe that it's July already? That means it's time for a new challenge at Eclectic Ellapu and our theme this month is Seaside or Summer Colours. My teamies have created some beautiful artwork to inspire you so pop over and have a look if you've got a minute to spare.


I've made another tag for my tag journal, it's filling up nicely now! I love to use kraft card for sea themed projects so I've cut a tag from kraft to make this tag. I've mainly used PanPastels for this little scene. I began by creating the sky using Ultramarine Blue PanPastel and some colourless blender. Then I sponged in the sea, using Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green amd Ultramarine blue tint. 

Next I created the waves using the same blues and greens but in the Shade/Extra Dark options. I used a pencil eraser to remove the colour where I wanted the clouds and the crests of the waves and then applied PanPastels in White, Fine Pearl Medium and added a touch of Paynes Grey to the clouds.

I stamped the sentiment (from Chocolate Baroque) in blue ink and the grasses in grey, added a little more colour with Bright Yellow Green PanPastel and some shadows with Paynes Grey. I added some details to the waves with a white posca pen and also added some tiny microbeads for the 'froth' where the waves are breaking.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps: summer/beach
Artistic inspirations: Anything goes
Ooh La La: Summertime
Shopping our stash: Lazy summer days
The Corrosive Challenge: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday, 30 June 2017

Anything goes or Red, White and Blue at Polkadoodles

Good afternoon folks, I'm having one of those days today so I'm running late with my post for our challenge over at Polkadoodles where the theme is 'Anything Goes', the DT have been challenged to use the theme of Red White and Blue so you can play along with that  theme too. As always our lucky winner will receive a fab prize from the Polkadoodles store and my teamies have some gorgeous projects to inspire you.

For My project I've made a vintage tag using the beautiful butterfly stamps from Bella Fleur and Belle Papillon sets, you can find them both here with lots of gorgeous coordinating dies and the most beautiful papers too.

I began by using Ultramarine Blue PanPastel on my tag, then somestencilling  with a script stencil and white fine texture paste. While that was drying I stamped my butterflies on watercolour card with white embossing powder and coloured them with Festive Berries distress ink.

I layered up some lace and a little red/white gingham ribbon then attached my butterflies with silicone glue. I added some faux pearls for a trail between the butterflies and applied glitter around the edge of the tag to finish off.

I'm entering my tag in the following challenges:

Artistic Stampers: winged things
CRAFT: Ribbon and sparkle
Go Tag Thursday: Butterflies
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes

Thanks for popping by today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning folks, I hope you're having a good weekend. It time for a new challenge at  We Love 2 Create and of course our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes', you don't have to use our products to enter and our lucky winner will receive some lovely crafty goodies from Premium Craft Brands!


I've made another tag for my tag journal and used some of my favourite techniques with PanPastels. I began by blending Hansa Yellow, Diarylide Yellow and Hansa Yellow Tint over my tag. I stenciled the honeycomb with texture paste and then stencilled the rose with PanPastels. Next I applied a layer of glassy gel medium over the rose and added a layer of clear microbeads. 


I added some drips of 'honey' with some yellow Viva gloss gel and while everything was drying set to making the other bits and bobs for my tag. The butterflies and bees are Chocolate Baroque stamps, I stamped them on acetate with Stazon ink and then glittered them on the reverse. The sentiment is also from Chocolate Baroque, stamped and then die cut with the smallest of the Polkadoodles Elegant Nest Dies. I coloured the centre of the diectu with more panpastel. I added some cheesecloth and  twine to finish my little tag.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:

Cards and More: anything but a card
Creates and Makes: anything goes/ yellow
Creative Artiste: anything mixed media goes
Little Miss Muffet: Anything goes
Ooh La La: Summertime

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Mica Butterflies from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, well the weekend is here at last and before I head off to play in my craft room I just wanted to share a card made for Lesley's show on Hochanda recently. I've used the beautiful Patchwork Butterfly stamp set to make this card.

To make the background I've used black cardstock and stamped the beautiful swirls with versamark before dusting with mica powders. I stamped the pretty scene and the large butterflies on to black glossy card with versamark and again dusted over with mica powders to give a rainbow effect.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Girls Creations: Anything goes
Incy Wincy: Sparkle or Shine
Simply Papercraft: Anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx



Friday, 23 June 2017

Anything goes at Colour Crazy Challenge!

Good morning folks, it's a nice easy challenge for you over at Colour Crazy Challenge as our theme is 'Anything Goes'. Our sponsor this time is Polkadoodles so our lucky winner will be in for a real treat! My teamies have some some beautiful projects so do check them out if you have a minute.


I've coloured the adorable Etty Sewing with Graph'It markers and added lots of printable elements to her sewing room. Etty is from the Winston Deluxe Collection but you can also get the image on it's own as a digi stamp here. She's so sweet isn't she?


I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Cutie Pie: Cute/all creatures great and small
Digi Choosday: Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Good morning my lovelies, have you been enjoying the hot weather? I must admit I do love the sunshine but it's been far too hot at work and my craft room has been like a greenhouse. Anyway I'm sharing a card made for our 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Polkadoodles. There's a fab prize from the Polkadoodles store for our lucky winner and some gorgeous projects from my teamies to inspire you!


The DT were challenged to use polkadots on our projects, I adore polkadots so this challenge is right up my street. I've used papers and stamps from the beautiful Belle Papillon Paper Craft Kit and added some stencilled polkadots  with gelatos to make this card. I've also used lots of Polkadoodles dies to create the flower and foliage - Flower FlourishBirdhouse Doublet SetFlowers 1



I've distressed everything with a craft knife and some gathered twigs distress ink and added some raffia, pearls and a pretty lime green doily.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Crafting when we can: Shabby Chic
Inky  Chicks: use 3 patterned papers
Simon Says Stamp: Patterned Paper
The Crafty Addicts: Anything goes/die cuts

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes at We Love 2 Create

Good morning folks, it's a bit nippy here this weekend so I'm hoping to bunker up in my craft room and have a play. I've made another tag for my journal for our new challenge at We Love 2 Create where our theme is 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes'. My teamies have lots of inspiration for you and there's a fab prize of come gorgeous crafty goodies  from Premium Craft Brands lined up for our lucky winner.


I began by blending Magenta Extra Dark and Magenta Shade PanPastels over my tag, next I stamped using a script stamp from Polkadoodles and Memento Grey Flannel  ink. I stencilled the harlequin pattern using Maimeri Glassy Gel Medium and left that to dry. While it was drying I die cut the flowers, bird cage and foliage and stamped the images using the same grey ink. I coloured the images with PanPastels and a little water. 


Once the stencilling was dry I added some die cut shapes, coloured with PanPastels and highlighted with Pewter PanPastel. I added a little aged silver frantage powder here and there. I used a little twine to attach the bird cage and charm and found a little rose in my stash to coordinate with the tag.

I'm entering my tag in the following challenges:

A Perfect time to craft: anything goes
Crafty Catz: anything goes/dies and punches
Incy Wincy: anything goes
Mix it up: anything goes plus stamping
The Crafty Addicts: Anything goes/die cuts

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


Saturday, 10 June 2017

Patchwork Butterflies from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning my lovelies, I've been chasing my tail for the last few weeks, work seems to get busier and busier! Anyway this morning I'm sharing a project made using the lovely Patchwork Butterfly stamp set. I love these stamps, they are so versatile.


To make the necklace and earrings I stamped the largest butterfly and the smaller coordinating butterfly on shrink plastic using Gold Stazon ink. I coloured the back of the butterflies with alcohol markers and cut them out. I punched holes for the jump rings using a crop-o-dile using the largest punch as the hole will shrink when heated. I heated the butterflies to shrink them, the largest one was flattened with an acrylic block but I curled the wings of the smaller butterflies while they were still warm. I added some beads from my stash to complement the colours of the butterflies.


I recycled a gift box to put the little butterflies in. I covered the box with some paper that I'd coloured with dye inks and mica sprays, crumpled and left to dry. I highlighted the texture with gilding wax and added some stencilling with gold texture paste. The butterfly was stamped on acetate and embossed with gold.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Artistic Stampers: winged things
Creative Artiste: Anything mixed media goes
Dragonfly Dreams: add sparkle
Frillie and Funkie: Something old (recycled gift box)

Thanks for visiting today, have a lovely weekend
Claire xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Hello folks, I'm running late today as usual work is getting in the way of crafting which definitely isn't good! Today's card is my project for our Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles. If you have a min pop over to the challenge blog as my teamies have got loads of inspiration for you and of course there's a fab prize from Polkadoodles for our lucky challenge winner too.


 I've made a card using one of the images from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Springtime , this one is called Sharing is Caring and you can find the digi image here or get the full collection here. I coloured Winnie with lyra pencils and added a sentiment and papers from the DaisyDays CD



I layered Winne up on the lovely muted yellow paper and took the coordinating floral sheet and cut it up to layer flowers and butterflies around Winne. The sentiment is also from Daisy Days. I just added a few little pearls for a finishing touch.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments: Summer and a sentiment
Crafty Catz: anything goes/summertime
Fussy and Fancy: flowers
Little Miss Muffet: Anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy: anything goes/ colour it

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

Not a fairy in sight

Good morning folks, today I'm sharing another sample from the Chocolate Baroque Spring Fairies Collection but there isn't a fairy in sight on this one!


I've used a little MDF heart. I gave it  a coat of white gesso and once that was dry I applied distress ink in Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass to create the background. I stamped the flowers along the left side of the heart and coloured with pencils. I stamped the clouds from Fantasy Castles in the sky with Black Stazon and added a little white gesso. This is where I should have stopped as it looked lovely but no, I had to carry on and added some grey paint which to be honest doesn't look as nice. I stamped the little scroll around the edges with Versamark and embossed with Gold. I added a little acetate butterfly, again embossed with Gold embossing powder and glittered on the back.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Creative Fingers: anything goes
Simply Papercraft: anything goes
Through the Purple Haze: anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Anything Goes at We Love 2 Create

Good moring folks, I've been having a play with my PanPastels and paints to make this journal page for our 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes' challenge over at We Love 2 Create. As usual there are some lovely crafty goodies for our lucky winner thanks to our sponsors Premium Craft Brands and of course there's Top 3 honours up for grabs too!

I wanted to create the look of weathered copper for this page so mixed lots of  beautiful PanPastels quite randomly for my base layer (you can find links to the colours I used at the bottom of this post). Next I mixed some copper acrylic paint with Glassy Gel Medium and applied through a stencil. Once that was dry I applied a bit more PanPastel and then wiped most of the colour off the stencilling. Glassy gel medium is about the only thing I've found that gives a good resist effect with PanPastels.


It kind of started to go wrong from this point as I decided to add some of the beautiful Steampunk Cogs from Stamperia. I've never used these before and they are so lovely but they are on rice paper which I thought would kind of disappear like tissue does. Unfortunately it doesn't! I carefully tore around the images and applied with matte medium and was left with a white feathery border around the image  - not the look I was after at all so I just kind of went over them with PanPastels to try and blend them in a bit. I'll have to remember to cut the images out of the rice paper next time.

I dabbed versamark ink here and there and used some WOW Verdigris EP  to create some more weathered texture, I love this stuff, it looks fab in real life.

The butterfly is from Chocolate Baroque, stamped with versamark on acetate and them embossed with WOW Copper EP. I cut the butterfly out and coloured the back with alcohol inks. I used silicone glue to give the butterfly a bit of dimension.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

A Inky Mess: Anything Mixed Media Goes
Dream Valley: things with wings
Let's craft and Create: make your own background
WOW Embossing Powders: anything goes with WOW EPs

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Friday, 26 May 2017

Anything Goes at Colour Crazy Challenge

Good morning again! My second card today and' this little cutie is for our 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Colour Crazy Challenge. Our sponsor this time around is Di's Digi Stamps so our lucky winner will be in for a treat as Di's images are adorable!


I've made a little rocker card using Top of the Cupcake World, one of Di's supercute digi stamps. I've coloured her with Graph'It markers and added a little glamour dust before layering up over a heart shaped doiley.


The pretty papers are left overs from my other card today and are from the Eden collection by the lovely Nikky Hall at Polkadoodles. I've added a pink organza bow and a sparkly dazzler to finish off.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread: Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: Furry Friends
Sparkles Forum: 4 or more legs
The Ribbon Girls: Any image plus ribbon

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

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