Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Now you see me, now you don't!!!

No I'm not referring to my sporadic appearances on my blog! I am of course talking about this little card I made for Papercraft Essentials Magazine (issue 137) using the awesome Winnie in Wonderland collection from Polkadoodles.

As soon as I saw the Cheshire Cat I knew instantly that he'd look fabulous as a magic slider card.

Full instructions on making the card can be found in the magazine. To give you an idea of how it panned out I've attached a video.


I hope you like my take on a magic slider card and will pop back on Friday when I'll have another project from the magazine to share.

Claire x

Friday, 5 August 2016

Life's a beach when you're 18!!!

My baby girl is finally 18!!! I say finally, because it been really hard for her as she's the baby of her social group and has waited for what seems to be forever to be able to go out to the pubs and clubs with her friends.

We're taking her on holiday as part of her birthday celebrations, so hopefully she'll get to enjoy a few cocktails on the beach with us. In view of this I thought this card would be very fitting.

I'm not sure that my photos do this card justice but hopefully you'll be able to see all the dimension and glittery bits. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me either by email, Facebook or Instagram. I always respond and promise that I don't bite!

I inked a simple background with Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks before cutting a strip of vellum and and heat embossing the Happy Birthday sentiment. Next, I drew a cocktail glass body and traced it onto acetate. Prior to cutting it out I added some "flaps" to the sides of the glass (these are folded and tucked into slits in the inked background to make the glass 3D). Next I cut a simple stem and die cut a circle for the base. I then cut matching vellum shapes.

The vellum was coloured using Distress Inks and secured with strategically placed glue dots. Next I lightly marked where the glass was to be placed on the inked background and cut slits about 1/2cm  in towards the centre of the glass from the edges. I ran double sided tape down the acetate flaps and slotted the glass body into place. I cut a piece of vellum to create the back of the glass and then carefully ran silicone glue around the entire rim of the glass before coating generously with diamond dust. I then assembled the remaining parts of the glass and added a straw that I had cut in half.

I stamped and heat embossed the glasses from the Susan K Weckesser  and added vellum and acetate "glass" to them. Next I stamped, coloured and cut out several flowers, leaves and shells from the stamp sets listed below. and attached them to the card with silicone glue. To finish I added lots of glitter and some 3D gloss glue.

I hope you like my little creation but more importantly I hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Stamp Sets used:

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Polkadoodles Stamp Soup - Habourside Hanger

I'm just sharing a little make I made using PolkaDoodles Stamp Soup Little Kingdom set

To create the hanger I stamped out lots of houses onto shrink plastic, coloured them with my Prismacolor Pencils, shrunk them and then attached them to the piece of driftwood. To finish I added some hooks which had been given a faux rust effect and a strip of Command Hanging Tape to the reverse.

I hope you like my little project.

Thanks for stopping by.


I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Monday, 18 July 2016

Mixing things up with Docrafts Woodland Gift Tags and Creativity Magazine Free Gifts!

So I picked up this months Creativity Magazine and as always there were some amazing free gifts in the shape of a set of four double sided wooden postcards and some Wilson Wood stickers. I also happened to get my hands on the new Woodland Gift Tags dies which from the very first moment I saw them I knew that I was going to end up buying them!

I made this little card using one of the postcards and the dies. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

Paint the scene on the wooden postcard with watered down Artiste acrylic paints. Remove the sign post sticker from the free Wilson Wood stickers and cut out the text from another sticker. Mount onto cardstock and arrange the letters as desired. Using the Woodland Gift Tags Die and A4 Premium Textured Cardstock cut several leaves, toadstools and animals. If desired dry brush detail onto the animals using Artiste Acrylic Paints and Brushes. Arrange all of the elements onto the postcard and secure with Stick It Silicone Glue. To finish add 3D Clear Gloss to the mushrooms and acorns.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Creativity Magazine
Woodland Gift Tag Dies
A4 Textured Cardstock
Acrylic Paints

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Create a scene
The Corrosive Challenge - Nature/Animals
Crafty Friends Challenge - Use your dies
Animal Friends Challenge - Anything goes
Crafts & Me - Anything goes
Cut It Up - Die cuts

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Up, Up and Away.....

Yep I did a little disappearing act again! I've been busy creating but just haven't had the time to blog. A few things have changed creatively for me, not least of which is that I'm now an official Docrafts Expert and will be demonstrating in various locations in the South East.

Anyway, enough about me and lets get on with showing you a TV sample that I forgot to blog for the launch of Polkadoodles Stamp Soup collection. This was a really quick and easy make and came out heaps better than I could ever have imagined!

This project uses 5 of the stamps from the collection, Distress Inks, Fantasy Paints and a mini box frame.

To create simply stamp the curly leaf and elongated heart leaf stamp several times onto plain card, cut out and colour as desired. I've added a trunk to the tree in the foreground.

Using Stazon Ink, stamp the sentiment, balloon and basket. Add the ropes using a permanent marker pen. Paint the balloon and basket, set aside to dry.

Using glue and foam pads layer up the scene. Create a backdrop piece using a square of card and that's it you're done.

I hope you like this little box frame, I had a lot of fun making it and it was one of those projects that I didn't want to let go!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys - Up, Up and Away
Penny Black & More - Anything Goes
ABC Challenges - L for Layers
Altered Eclectics - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Create a Scene
Noor Design - Anything goes

Saturday, 7 May 2016

It's a girl!

Well I hope it is! I've been wanting to make a nappy/diaper cake forever, so when my lovely friend announced she was having a little girl it gave me the perfect opportunity to make one.

I looked at lots of tutorials on the internet to give me an idea of how best to construct the cake (you can find the ones I used here on my Pinterest board). I then adapted things to suit my needs, for example the base layer of the cake was created by gluing a strip of card around a cake board. This meant that I could create a solid base for the cake lose things like baby grows and burp clothes inside. The tulle "icing" was added to cover the nappies which had brightly coloured edges and the additional cake tiers are secured with plastic rods which makes for a very stable cake.

I have to say for a first attempt I'm not too unhappy with the finished product and I had lots of fun making it and would definitely make another one at some point.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following projects:

Friday, 29 April 2016

Stamp Soup round two - The Harbour!

Did you catch Nikky Hall on Create & Craft TV launching the fabulous new Stamp Soup collections Magic Garden and Little Kingdom? If so you may well have spotted this little canvas that I made as a sample for the launch show.

Unlike the first collection of Stamp Soup which were floral based, the new sets are designed to create whimsical houses, flowers and toadstools. That said the only limit to what you can create is your imagination! The DT discovered fairies, rockets, boats and even mice in this latest collection.

One of the first objects I visualised in the stamp collection was a boat, so I instantly knew that there would be a coastal project. After a quick rummage in my "seaside treasures" box (I have quite a collection of found objects) I pulled out a beautiful piece of driftwood, some shells and frayed out piece of rope and decided that they would sit perfectly on the reverse of a square canvas.

My only issue with the canvas was that the wood was pale, very pale and I knew that it need darkening. Unfortunately, I had already decided that I needed (wanted) to use my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi water colour paints on as many of my projects as possible and it looked like the pale frame was going to throw a spanner in the works! So.....I took a deep breath, pulled up my big girl pants and used the paints to stain the wood and knock back the white of the canvas.

To my amazement and delight it not only stained the wood but gave me faux wood effect on the canvas.

Next I added some texture paste to the bottom of the frame and once dry painted it with the Gansai Tambi paints. Incredibly the rich yellow of the sand was achieved with only one coat! The shells and starfish were a little too clean looking so again the paints were used to stain them. I then hot glued all of the embellishments in place on the frame.

I then enhanced the colour wash on the inside of the frame which creates the sky and sea before hot gluing a chunk of driftwood to the canvas to create a cliff. Once I'd glued the wood in place I decided that maybe I should've placed it at the base of the canvas to make scene building a little easier... but hey ho it was well and truly stuck! So I decided to build my layers off of the cliff face.

I used the Gansai Tambi paints to colour wash a large piece of card which was going to be the sea. Whilst the paint was still wet I chucked a load of sea salt over it and left it to dry.

In the meantime I stamped a couple of boats and a whale onto shrink plastic. The sails were decorated with floral patterns using various small stamps from the collection. I decided to experiment with the paints on the shrink plastic and guess what? It worked!

I then stamped a boat, lighthouse, whale and several clouds onto watercolour card using Stazon ink before colouring with the paints. I decided to drop sea salt onto the sail of the boat to see what would happen - the paint was much drier than the colour washed sea and so the colour didn't leach as much. However, I still think it gave a nice finish.

Watercolour Salt Background
By the time I'd finished all of the above, the colour washed sea was dry and it was time to remove the salt. I was pretty pleased with the results and thought that it looked a choppy sea, so I cut it down to fit the frame. Once it was place and secured with foam pads, I added some texture paste to create sea spray.

At this stage I felt that the project lacked something, so I decided to try a "caught in crystal" effect with the paint, tissue paper and acetate and then stamped some waves using Stazon,

The images were then placed onto the frame and secured with foam pads. To finish I added some Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue and Glossy Accents.

I hope you like my little project. I think it's kind of quirky and fun! If you decide to buy the stamps/CD's then I'd love to see what you create - feel free to email me or tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
A Beautiful Mess - Anything goes
Craft for the Craic - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends  - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Morgans Artworld - Anything goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Paper Minutes - Sea
Stamp Art - Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's - Transport
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