Friday, 31 August 2012

Wedding Day

Hello Friends! Well, last day of school holidays, back to work on Monday! It’s been a really long six weeks, but I’ve loved every minute of it! I haven’t managed to get as many cards done as I would have liked, but all the ideas are there and now I’ve just got to put them down on card!
My card today is for my cousin and his lovely fiancĂ© for their wedding. They are getting married in South Africa, so I’m hoping my brother will take the card with him when he goes, as he will be there for the wedding.
What I have used:
Image – Lili of the Valley
Coloured with Tim Holtz DMs and DIs
Paper – K&Company Speciality Wedding Paper
Nestabilities – Fleur de Lis Squares
Magnolia DooHickey – Leaf and Swirl
Shapeabilities – Foliage
Sentiment – Hobbycraft
Embossing – That Special Touch Mica Masks Flower Background
Roses – Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon from stash
I would like to enter the following challenges please:
Creative Expressions – Texture (DT Call)
Perfect Sentiments Challenge – PSC47 Anything goes with a sentiment -
Party Time Tuesdays – PTT#83 Anything Goes -
Di’s Digi Design Challenge Blog – Wedding, Anniversary, Engagement ***RANDOM.ORG WINNER***
Thank you for taking a look, hope you like what you see!
Love and light
Claire xx

Monday, 27 August 2012

Fantastic weekend!!

Hello friends! Well, I’ve had an absolutely fantastic weekend, most of it spent at Sir Stampalot! I was there on Saturday when Clare Rowlands of Molly Blooms stamps was there giving a demonstration of her new stamps. They are absolutely beautiful, and gave lots of inspiration and ideas. I was not able to attend the class yesterday, but by all accounts it was really good. I spent most of the day at Sir Stampalot again today, as there was a Christmas demonstration by Louis and Chris, two very talented ladies! I learnt lots from Lou, especially about colouring with my new Distress Markers, so hopefully my colouring endeavours will be a bit more palatable!
My card today is for my friend at work’s daughter who turns 21 on Wednesday. I spent about 5 hours on it but I am so pleased with the results, and really hope that she likes it too! I have made the roses from Tim Holtz Grunge Paper, which Chris showed me how to use the last time she did a demo at Sir Stampalot, and the technique is based on one by Sue Wilson on her blog. I had lots of fun, got very inky fingers, but it took me almost 2 hours to make five flowers!!
Sam 21st
The bow and key charm are attached to a tag which get pulled out:
Sam 21st(a)
Sam 21st(b)
The inside of the card has been given a little attention too, and I have embossed the butterfly onto the paper that I have lined the card with:
Sam 21st(c)
I have used the following:
Paper – Prima Botanical Collection
Distress inks – Frayed Burlap and Victorian Velvet
Nestabilities – Labels Four, Fleur de Lis Squares
Shapeabilities – Wings of Hope, Foliage
Spellbinders – Persian Accents, Rose Creations
XCut dies – Scalloped circles, Squares
Magnolia DooHickey – swirl
Roses – handmade with Rose Creations, Tim Holtz Grunge Paper and coloured with distress inks
Key charm – BoBunny Weekend Market
Stamp – Hobbycraft Floral Numbers
Ribbon, twine and button from stash
I would like to enter the following challenges please:
Love to Create – Challenge #30 Handmade flowers
Come and Get it Challenges – Show us your flowers -
Fashionable Stamping – Challenge #29 Anything Floral/Handmade flowers -
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge – Challenge #178 Roses and Ribbons -
Card Makin Mamas – A new challenge -
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge – Challenge #147 Ribbons and Bows -
Aud sentiments challenge blog – Numbers Up! Challenge 61 -
Well, very long post with lots of photos, thank you very much for looking!
Love and light
Claire xx

Monday, 20 August 2012

Good news again…

Hello friends! Well, first day of being alone again – my other half has gone back to work after having two weeks off, and my darling daughter is not back from her boyfriend’s yet, so I have the house to myself, so the perfect time to craft! I got some good news today – I have been chosen as a Top 3 winner in the Frosted Design challenge using Fabric, you can see my card in my post labelled ‘Butterflies and Lace! am waiting to get my blinkie for my sidebar, so will put that on as soon as I can!

My card today is for an old friend who used to be Nadine’s TA in primary school. She always loved my cards, so I hope she likes this one!


What I have used:
Paper – Papermania Signature Regency paperpack
Kraft card
Embossing – Craft concepts Budding Vine
Tim Holtz DI
Charm – Hobby House embellishments Birdcage with hearts
Spellbinder Nestabilities – Labels Four
Lace and ribbon from stash

I would like to enter the following challenges please:
CPS Card sketches – CPS 279
Catered Crop – No stress to distress
That Craft Place – Vintage
Allsorts – Heavy Metal
Just some lines – Layer it up

Thank you for taking a look, and hope everyone has a lovely day!

Love and light
Claire xx

Monday, 13 August 2012

Follow your dreams…

Hello friends! Well, this is the start of the fourth week of holidays!! I could definitely get used to this in a big  way!!

I had a lovely surprise phone call from a friend last night – it was really good to hear from her, and we had a long overdue chat! We kind of just picked up where we had left off last time! That put me in a really good mood, so quite a good way to start the week! Watched the Olympic closing ceremony too, and even had time to take a peek at the comet shower (only saw a few, but even a few shooting stars are better than none!).

Today’s card is for my cousin who turns 20 at the end of the month. He is currently in uni in South Africa, and has lots of plans for the future!


What I have used:
Image and sentiment – Lili of the Valley
Embossing – Creative Expressions That Special Touch of…Masks
XCut dies – rectangles
XCut corner punch
Woodware Craft Collection Chinese Coins
Coloured with Tim Holtz DMs and DIs
Card from stash

I would like to enter the following challenges please:
Fussy and Fancy – Challenge 69 Orange, Lime and Citrus
365 Cards – Day 162 Bright
CropStop – Challenge #84 Fruitalicious
Crafting for all Seasons – Challenge #33 Bright Colours
Die Cutting Divas – A sketch with a twist

Thank you for taking a look!

Love and light
Claire xx

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Butterflies and Lace

Hello Friends! Sunday again, doesn’t time pass quickly when you’re getting older?? I have spent a very pleasant afternoon in my craft room making birthday cards to post off to South Africa tomorrow, and also found some challenges to enter them into, so fingers crossed…

My card today is for my Aunt in South Africa – I hope she likes it (and gets it on time!!).


What I have used:
Coredinations card stock
Papers – Paper Cellar 6x6 Wedding
Embossing – Craft Concepts embossing folder Budding Vine
Nestabilities – Fleur de Lis Squares
Shapeabilities – Wings of Hope
XCut nesting dies – Circles
Tim Holtz DI – Frayed Burlap
Brass butterfly charm and lace from stash

I would like to enter the following challenges please:
Sir Stampalot Challenge – Take Flight
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards – Challenge 19 Emboss
Frosted Designs – Fabulous Friday Challenge Fabric *** Top 3 Winner ***
4 Crafty Chicks – Challenge #102 Up, up and away
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – Challenge 167 Add a Charm
Willow Sketchie Challenge – Sketchie Challenge 9th August

Well fingers crossed, and hope everyone likes the card!

Love and light
Claire xx

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Summer at last!!

Hello Friends! Well, it looks like Summer may actually have arrived! The sun is shining and apparently it’s supposed to be getting warmer for the weekend – quite a contrast to where I used to live in South Africa as it snowed there yesterday! I do hope everyone made the most of it and built lots of snowmen!!

My card today is for my sister-in-law, who loves her garden, and I found these ‘Born to Shop’ stamps in my box and realised that I had never actually used them!


What I have used:
Stamp – Born to Shop Go Green and Lili of the Valley sentiment
Spellbinders – Foliage
Magnolia DooHickey – Swirl
Xcut – Circle and scalloped circle
Papers – BoBunny
Coloured with Tim Holtz DMs and DIs

I would like to enter the following challenges please:
Anything Goes Challenge Blog – Challenge 73 Summer Days
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Anything Goes
Craft your Passion Challenges – Challenge 122 Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges – August Challenge

Hope everyone enjoys the sunshine (and the snow!!).

Love and light
Claire xx