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29 February 2012

An Easel Calendar

Evening all!

Well guess who has come down with a cold?  Feel like pants tonight, so have my PJs on and Mark is currently cooking my tea ..... bless him, he's just fab.  So at least I have time to suffer this one out and get rid of it for the big day!!  I thought I was doing too well not catching it from Mark or the girls over half term!

A while ago I made myself a desk calendar for work and my colleagues loved it so much, they all want one ... just need to get around to making them .... 5 in total!!  



Calendar ingredients:

Penny Black Stamped Image (Free from Magazine)
Promarkers
Wild Rose Studio Lilac Twist Papers
Bazzil Basics Cardstock 
American Crafts Ribbon
Gingham Ribbon from Stash
Pearls - NEC Stash
Flower Buttons from Stash
Anita's Calendar

I am entering this into the following challenges:

MAWTT Lots of Layers
Delightful Sketches Use Patterned Paper
C4C125 2 Layered Card
The Cutie Pie Flower Power

Hope you all have a good evening, think I'm in for an early night.

Claire xx


28 February 2012

New Linky Follower

As you have probably heard over the last few days, the Google Friend Connect (GFC) is ending on 29th February for non-Google blog platforms like WordPress and it also seems that it will eventually be phased out completely by Google+.


 It has been on the National news about how Google will be phasing it out and will not be providing a service to move our followers, even saying the new Google+ will not be what the GFC was. GFC was never really so much an “I follow this blog” tool as it was an attempt at the whole Facebook “friend, like” concept.


It seems that followers won't be automatically moved over, so in preparation for the inevitable I have set up Linky Followers so you can still follow me, should you want to at the top of my blog.


Thank you for your ongoing support.

Claire x

Cupcake Anyone?

Evening everyone, hope all of you are well.

Firstly, a warm welcome to my new followers - thanks for coming on board, I hope you enjoy your visits here.  Only 2 more to go until I do my 300 followers candy!!

I managed to make some cards over the weekend, but didn't get time to post them.  

Here's my first one:



Card Ingredients:

CC Designs Cupcake Briggita Stamp
Promarkers
Dovecraft Piece of Cake Papers
Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Pearls - NEC Stash
American Crafts Ribbon
Kanban Greeting
Corner Punch
Flowers from Stash
Die Cut Label Tag (Cut in half)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Divas By Design 23 Bling It Up
Our Creative Corner Over The Edge
Allsorts 143 It's Your Choice

Thanks for popping in.

Claire xx

25 February 2012

Happy Birthday Mark!

Afternoon peeps - hope you are all well on this gorgeous Sunny Day ..... I am putting my order in now for the weather to be like this in 4 weeks time please!!!! LOL.

It was Mark's Birthday yesterday and here's the card I made:


Card Ingredients:

Digi Stamp Boutique Birthday Dexter Digi Stamp
Promarkers
Papermania Capsule Collection Blueberry Pie Papers
Buttons & Twine from Stash
Bazzil Basics Cardstock

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Dream Valley 26 Just For Men
Crafty Sentiments 2 Different Papers
Digi Stamp Boutique February Competition

Here's a piccie of the cake I made for him too - I had a baking afternoon yesterday!  It's a chocolate and vanilla marble cake:


And last but not least, we went to get measured up for the suits this morning and here are some pics - I have to say they all scrubbed up very well LOL and will all look so much better on the day with the proper button holes, etc.

Mark

Best Man Jacko (Ian)

My Son Matt


My Dad
  Getting very excited now!  Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Claire x  

23 February 2012

Willow Sketchie Challenge: 23rd February DT Card

Good Morning, it's Thursday and time for a new challenge at Willow Sketchie.

And today we don't have a sketch as it's an ANYTHING GOES challenge!  That's right, you can make anything you want ..... you have a free reign.

So here's my card:



Card Ingredients:

Willow Designs Polly Pickleberry CD & Papers
Dovecraft Cardstock
Promarkers
Gems - NEC Stash

One lucky winner will receive a voucher to spend in the on-line store HERE!


We look forward to seeing you join in with us this week and remember you don't have to use a Willow Designs image to enter, although it would be lovely if you did.

 Hop on over to the challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Delicious Doodles 13 Pink to make the boys wink

Thanks for visiting.

Claire x

21 February 2012

An Oldie But A Goodie Challenge 37 - DT Card

Morning, it's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at an Oldie But A Goodie and this week it's my turn to host the challenge and I have chosen:

"RED & WHITE WITH RIBBON"

Here's my card:


Card Ingredients:

Digi Doodles Baby Girl Digi Image
Promarkers
 Kanban Swiss Dots Cardstock
Sizzix Dots Embossing Folder
Gingham Ribbon from Stash
E-Z Rub-On Greeting
Pearls

Our Sponsor this fortnight is:


And one lucky winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate.

To take part in the challenge YOU MUST USE SOMETHING ON YOUR CARD AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OLD - this could be flowers, papers, stamps, etc, however you MUST state on your post which item/s you have used.

Hop on over to the challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CRAFT 142 No Designer Papers
Totally Papercrafts 104 Ribbons & Bows
Allsorts 142 Anything Goes
Make It Monday 77
CES 73 Spots & Dots

 Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a great day!

Claire x

17 February 2012

Something Different

Afternoon crafters! I can't believe it's Friday already!  Where has the week gone? Back to work on Monday for me :O(

So I have been working on something a little different for me and something I have wanted to do for ages, but never seem to get the time - a mini chipboard album using the product samples I received from Michelle for her website Mishelflo Creative Crafting.  My cupboard is full of these board books and scrapbook albums, so it was nice for me to finally take one out of it's wrapper and would love to know what you think of my first attempt! Beware it's picture heavy! LOL.  The album consists of 12 pages, but I haven't shown them all.






 


Ingredients:

K & Company Sera Fera All Occasion Scrapbooking Kit
K & Company Sera Fera Chipboard Letters
Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Gems & Pearls from Stash
Die Cut Swirls from Stash
Nesties & Promarkers
American Crafts Ribbon
Brenda Pinnick Photo Corners
MS Heart Punch Using Distress Ink
Doillie from Stash

I am entering this into the following challenges:

The Pixie Cottage 108 Anything But A Card
Fab 'n' Funky 108 Try Something New!

Thanks for stopping by - your comments and visits mean alot.

Claire x

16 February 2012

Willow Sketchie Challenge DT Card: 16th February

Morning, it's time for a new challenge at Willow Sketchie.

Lots of you played along with our last challenge and I hope you will join in again this week too!

This week it's the lovely Anne-Marie's turn to host the challenge and she has provided the team with this fab sketch:


You can place a sentiment wherever you wish and add ribbon too!

Here's my card, which is the Valentine's card I made for Mark:


Card Ingredients:

Willow Designs Be My Valentine Winnie Digi Image
Kanban Swiss Dots Cardstock
MS Heart Punch
Love Papers & Cardstock from Stash
Pearls - NEC Stash
Promarkers

One lucky winner will receive a voucher to spend in the on-line store HERE!



We look forward to seeing you join in with us this week and remember you don't have to use a Willow Designs image to enter, although it would be lovely if you did.

 Hop on over to the challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

And a little reminder that Sharon @ Willow Designs is having a sale here alot of her stamps are just £1.00, so take a browse and see if there is something that takes your fancy.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Totally Gorjuss 118 LURVE!
That Craft Place 6 Love Is All Around
Cards For Men Valentine's Day/Love
Digi Tuesday 147 Use Your Stash
Crafty Sentiments Love

Thanks for visiting.

Claire x

14 February 2012

Pom Pom!

Evening peeps.

Hope you've all had a lovely Valentine's Day.

I made this card yesterday and nearly forgot to post it. 


Card Ingredients:

LOTV Pom Pom Stamp
Promarkers
Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Vintage Papers
Nesties
Pearls - NEC Stash
Lace from Stash
Coffee Ice Stickles
Anita's Peeloff Greeting

I am entering this into the following challenges:

CES 72 Lots of Layers (3 or more)
The Crafty Pad 157 The Letter "B"
Stamptacular 151 Pearls & Lace

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Claire x

My Wedding Plans!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Firstly I would like to welcome all my new followers, it's lovely to have you here and I hope you find some enjoyment and inspiration from my blog.  I can't believe that I am only 5 away from 300!!! May have to offer a little candy to celebrate.

So lots of my lovely friends have been asking to see what I have been up to in relation to my wedding plans ...... so be prepared this is a long post and quite picture heavy.

Only 5 weeks to go until the big day now and I am really excited.  Just a few more things to organise, like the hiring of the suits, the rings (we are off to The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham on Saturday) and the cake to be ordered and then just the finishing touches like the table plan and name cards! Oh and last but not least the slow and long agonising process of losing weight to get into my dress!!

Here's a picture of the bridesmaid dresses I have for my girls:


As you know I have been busy of late making things for the day ..... I have already shown the invites in a previous post, so here are the favours for my guests - square ones for the ladies and rectangular for the men.


Here is the post box for the gifts and cards:

   

These are my bargain centrepieces as I had decided against fresh flowers due to the cost.  So after a visit to The Range, bought the antique cream and glass candle holders, a snip at £3.50 and just added roses for effect and then some bargain LED blue and white battery operate fairy lights for £2.99.


These are the favour bags for the children, filled with blue chocolate hearts, just need to make the personalised tags.


And here is my guest book, bought a plain one and decorated it appropriately.


And last but not least a sneaky peak at my dress ........ that's all you are getting LOL.


So that's it - would love to know what you think of my makes.

Have a lovely day!

Claire x

13 February 2012

The White Favour Box ........

......... has turned into a little gift box!

This is my second sample for Michelle's website Mishelfo Creative Crafting and with some of my leftover papers from the K & Company Sera Fera Scrap booking kit I decided to decorate a plain white favour box which are leftovers from my wedding makes.  I covered the lid in the paper and added ribbon and a brad for decoration.  The bottom of the box is coloured with a matching Promarker pen which has given it a marbled effect feel.



Ingredients:

K & Company Sera Fera All Occasion Papers
Sera Fera Brads
American Crafts Ribbon
Promarker

I am entering this into the following challenge:

Cutie Pie 11 Anything But A Card

Have a good evening.

Claire x

The Christmas Club - Sylvie's Challenge

Afternoon! I'm a little late posting my card for this one.  It was Sylvie's turn to choose a challenge this fortnight and she chose the very apt one of  "SNOWFLAKES", so I fancied doing something a little outside of the box and not at all a Christmas colour combo, so would love to know your honest opinions of what you think.


Card Ingredients:

Kaiserkraft Saint Nicholas Stamp
Promarkers
Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Martha Stewart Snowflakes
Gems - NEC Stash
Kanban Swiss Dots Cardstock
Peel Off Letters & Ribbon from Stash

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Bunny Zoe's 21 Celebrations

Thanks for popping in.

Claire x


Tilda With Teddy

Morning - well it's half term, so a week off for me with plenty of crafting planned as from Wednesday morning Megs is with her Dad and Danielle is back at her Mums until they go back to school, so will have some "me" time.

So onto today's card - it's my first sample for Michelle's website Mishelflo Creative Crafting where I got to use a range of products from K & Company - Sera Fera range.  This card was made using leftover papers and brads.


Card Ingredients:

K & Company Sera Fera All Occasions Scrapbook Kit
K & Company Sera Fera Brad
Magnolia Sitting Tilda With Teddy Bear Stamp
Promarkers
Pearls - NEC Stash
American Crafts Ribbon
Die Cuts from Stash
Stampavie Greeting Stamp

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Anything Goes 60 Bingo Board (Swirls & Pearls, Ribbon & Shaped Card)
Crafty Sentiments Let's Get Girly
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Crafty Creations 156 Swirly Whirly
Allsorts 141 Free & Easy

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

9 February 2012

Exciting News!

Evening everyone - hope you are keeping warm and snug.  We have snow forecast again overnight!

Well I have some news to share ..... I have been chosen as a Design Team Member for Michelle's On-line Website Mishelflo Creative Crafting which is really exciting as me and 5 other fabulous crafters will get to use products from her shop to creative all sorts of fabulous creations which will then be showcased against the products to give her customers inspiration and ideas of how the items can be used.


Michelle sells a wide range of crafting goodies such as Tim Holtz idea-ology range, chipboard shapes, Martha Stewart Acrylic Paints, K & Company products, rubber stamps, papers, papercraft essentials, ink pads, papers and so much more and what's more there is FREE postage and packing too on all orders!

Why not hope on over to the shop and take a look.

Each DT member will be getting a page on the website too, so you can take a look at their work.  So watch this space for the creations!

Claire xx

Willow Sketchie Challenge: 9th February DT Card

Hello lovelies, it's Thursday and time for a new challenge at Willow Sketchie.

A big thank you to all of you who played along with our last challenge, again an fab amount of entries.

This week it's my turn to host the challenge and I have come up with this sketch for you to follow:


Here's my card (which I hasten to add I don't actually like! - Not one of my better makes - hey ho!):


Card Ingredients:

Willow Designs Polly Pickleberry CD
(Papers, Greeting & Digi Image from CD)
Hobbycraft Card Stock
Gems & Pearls - NEC Stash
Promarkers
Die Cut Leaves

One lucky winner will receive a voucher to spend in the on-line store HERE!


If you want to get hold of a copy of the NEW Polly Pickleberry CD, then you can obtain your copy HERE priced at £11.99.


We look forward to seeing you join in with us this week and remember you don't have to use a Willow Designs image to enter, although it would be lovely if you did.

 Hop on over to the challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations using this brilliant new CD.

Sharon @ Willow Designs is having a sale here alot of her stamps are just £1.00, so take a browse and see if there is something you fancy.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad 156 Fresh Spring Colours
Stampalot February In The Garden 

  Thanks for stopping by.

   Claire xx

7 February 2012

An Oldie But A Goodie Challenge 36 - DT Card

Morning, it's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at an Oldie But A Goodie and this week it's the turn of the lovely Sara to host and she has chosen:

"LACE"

Here's my card:


Card Ingredients:

Bugaboo Knobby Knees Girl Sorry Digi Image
Promarkers
 Papers free in Simply Homemade Magazine
Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Card Candy
Lace from Stash

Our Sponsor this fortnight is:


To take part in the challenge YOU MUST USE SOMETHING ON YOUR CARD AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OLD - this could be flowers, papers, stamps, etc, however you MUST state on your post which item/s you have used.

Hop on over to the challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Just Tracy's February Female Project with Something Flowing
Allsorts 140 Free & Easy
Make It Monday 75

 And before I go I would like to welcome my new followers Linsey & Diane - welcome on board.  I hope you enjoy your visits here.  Thanks for popping in - hope you have a great day!

Claire x

5 February 2012

Why Thank You Mr Bear

Evening everyone - hope you are staying warm and toasty inside.  We had snow in Coventry yesterday afternoon and all of last night, luckily no more today.  Mark thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk this morning to get some milk, well I nearly went on my backside a few times, good job he was holding on to me!

So I got into my crafty space this afternoon and made this:


Card Ingredients:

The Stamp Fairy Lenny Thank You Digi Stamp
Promarkers
MME Quite Contrary Papers
Pearls - NEC Stash
Flowers - Stash
Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Faux Stitching on Image and Bear

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

My Time To Craft 172 A is for Adorable
Ready Teddy Go 7 I'm In Stitches
Simon Says Animal Antics

Right ready to watch Dancing On Ice, hope you have a good evening.

Claire x

2 February 2012

Willow Sketchie Challenge: 2nd February - DT Card & DT Call

Good morning, it's Thursday and time for a new challenge at Willow Sketchie.

A big thank you to all of you who played along with our last challenge, again an amazing amount of entries.

This week it's the lovely Lisa's turn to host the challenge and she has produced this fab sketch for us to follow:


I loved working with this one and here's my take on it:  I made this card for a friend who lives at the back of me, who two year's ago had a house fire and a few weeks back after demolition and a new build have returned back home.


Card Ingredients:

Willow Designs Polly Pickleberry CD
(Papers, Greeting & Digi Image from CD)
Card Stock from Stash
Gems & Pearls - NEC Stash
Promarkers
American Crafts Ribbon
Computer Generated Greeting
Wooden Flower - NEC Stash
Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Nesties & Punch

One lucky winner will receive a voucher to spend in the on-line store HERE!


If you want to get hold of a copy of the NEW Polly Pickleberry CD, then you can obtain your copy HERE priced at £11.99.


We look forward to seeing you join in with us this week and remember you don't have to use a Willow Designs image to enter, although it would be lovely if you did.

 Hop on over to the challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations using this brilliant new CD.

But that's not all, we at Willow Towers are having a DT call - we are a fabulous bunch of ladies and are looking for some more talent to join our team.  Read below if you are interested on how to apply:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

SOS 37 People Who Need People
Crafty Sentiments Punches & Designs
Secret Crafter 170 Ribbons
Crafty Creations 155 Home Sweet Home
Fab n Funky 106 Use A Digi Image

  Thanks for stopping by.

   Claire xx

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