Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Quick Cards Made Easy - Vintage Hot Air Balloon

I did another card for Quick Cards Made Easy as part of their reader design team. Can you imagine how excited I was when I spotted that I was on the front cover? Yep it was a proper tena lady moment!

The card was made using the free designer papers that come with the magazine and I have to say this editions papers were lush. Anyway, I hope you like what I did.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Chocolate Free Easter Treat

I know it seems wrong doesn't? However there are a few people out there who either can't eat chocolate or gasp don't like chocolate. I have guests for Easter and one those doesn't eat chocolate eggs. It's been bugging me for a few weeks as to what I could do for them in place of an egg and finally I hit upon this idea. It's totally not suitable for anyone who is diabetic (although there is a really nice selection of diabetic eggs available on the high street) and is going to be a Marmite type project in as much as you'll either love it or hate it!

Anyway, I decided that I'd make an Easter "Sweetie" Breakfast complete with Sharpie embellished plate! So I scoured the supermarkets looking for suitable sweets and this is what I ended up with:

Bacon - Sour Strips
Eggs - Jelly Eggs
Baked Beans - Jelly Beans
Black Pudding - Liquorice
Mushrooms - Coconut Mushrooms and Foam Mushrooms
Tomatoes - Foam Strawberries
Ketchup - Giant Cherry Lips
Sausages - Rhubarb Cables

I'm going to hot glue an small Easter arrangement onto the cellophane - I'm just waiting for my chicks and lambs to be delivered.

That's it from me today. Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
The Creative Girl
Today's Creative Blog

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Easter Wreath

I just thought I'd pop on and show you an Easter Wreath that I made as a sample for a kids craft class that I run. The idea for this came from Pinterest when I did a search for recycling projects and came across pages and pages of wreaths using plastic bags and old wire hangers.

I wasn't expecting much from it but thought that it might be a project that the kids would enjoy, so imagine my delight when it turned out like this!

Neat huh?

This a definite Pinterest success project and what's more the kids loved making their own ones and even managed to put their own spin on them.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges/linky parties:
Craft My Life - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes/ Easter (DT Favourite)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Craftin Dessert Divas - Easter (Top 5)
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Craft-O-Maniac The Creative Collection
Made By You Monday
Tip Me Tuesday

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Mirabelle Mergirl 50th Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Just a quickie from me this evening. It was a very dear friend's 50th Birthday recently and she's a fellow crafter, so I thought I'd best make a card as a shop bought one just wouldn't do!

I decided to use the Mirabelle decoupage pad and papers to create the box. It's a lovely collection but my only criticism of it is that it focuses on the characters and then lacks things like sentiments.

I used a Spellbinders Foliage Die to create the seaweeds and found some plastic seashells which I coloured with my Graph'It Markers and then covered with Stickles Glitter Glue.

The verse on the front is from Stampotique and the fish have been taken from Terri Sherman's Marina.

Thanks for stopping by today.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (Honorable mention))
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes (Winner)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Wonderful Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Happy Anything
Tuesday Throwdown - More than one fold (Top 3)

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mother's Day - Vintage Bird Cages

It's Mother's Day here in the UK and I finally managed to make something and find five minutes to blog. I am trying to be a better blogger but life is still doing it's best to put obstacles in my way! For the time being I hope you'll forgive my sporadic posts and visits?

Anyway - Happy Mother's Day to all you Mummy's out there whether it's kids with two legs or furry four legged ones! I made these super easy vintage bird cage boxes for my Mum and Mother in Law. I hope you like them?

I did this one for my Mum.

I used a round papier mache box, acrylic paints, a selection of assorted die cuts, flowers, lace, ribbon, pearls and the new Docrafts Nature's Notes Decoupage Pack to create this project.

This was the box for my MIL.

This one was given a brass and copper blend paint effect and I used a pearl effect PVA glue to give the butterflies the look of "Mother of Pearl"

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes - x
Pile it On - Use 3 of something - x
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Pearls & Flowers - Top 5
My Time To Craft - For a special lady
That's Crafty - Wings & Things - Top 3
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes - x
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Octavia Moonfly - Unicorn Dreams Pop Up Box Card

Just a quickie from me today. I wanted show you my latest card using the new Octavia Moonfly Collection from Polka Doodles which is available not only as a CD and full digital download but also as individual digital downloads. I'm going to apologise in advance for the picture overload, but this card was so tricky to photograph and I'm still not sure that my pictures do it justice!

Anyway, I've made a little pop up box (the template for which can be found on the new Work & Play 9 Collection). I think I'm officially addicted to making these and actually can't think that I'm going to bored of making them as everyone is so completely different - I just hope you guys don't get bored of seeing them!

I coloured the image with Prisma Pencils (go gentle with me I'm still learning and experimenting with them) and used a selection of die cuts.

All of the papers were from the collection and as I needed a lemon paper and there wasn't one, I simply changed the colour in word. To finish, everything has been given a generous sprinkling of glitter to add to the magical, dreamy effect.

For those of you who have ever wondered whether or not I have any help with my projects, well I can confirm that I do! Luckily this one passed Lillie's stringent quality check!

Oh just one more thing before I go. Polka Doodles is having a DT call and we need talented people for our Challenge Blog and Facebook Team. If you're interested in applying please pop over and read our requirements ( the closing date says the 7/2/2015 but we still have a few places so please do apply)

Right that's me done for today. So thanks for dropping by.

Claire x

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I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Pile It On - Use a Bow
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Splash of Colour
A Gem of a Challenge - Lots of Layers
Little Claire's - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale Challenge - Something with a heart
Jo's Scrap Shack - Shaped Cards
That's Crafty - Animal Magic
4 Crafty Chicks - Hand Coloured Image
Moving Along With The Times - Pastels
Sassy Studio Designs - Anything Goes
Crafting By Design - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - All Things Bright & Beautiful
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Quick Cards Made Easy Valentine's Card

It's me!!! Sorry it's been so long since my last post but I've had my Grandad's funeral and few other things that have kept me pretty tied up.

Anyway, I just though I'd pop on to say I've got one of my cards in the above issue of Quick Cards Made Easy. I have to say I've really enjoyed being on the reader's design team as it has pushed me into using just papers to create a card. I hope you like what I've done with the free papers that came with this issue and I'd love to see what you make if you have them.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x
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