Friday 19 February 2010

Baby boy box card

Another post for me tonight, they're a bit like buses nothing for ages then two come along at the same time hee.

I actually made this box card last week, it took me several nights as I had other stuff on but got there in the end. This is not my first ever box card probably my 5th but I was always finishing them off just before collection or forgetting to photograph them.

I was really pleased with this as it was my first time using my new baby sizzix dies.Only thing is Sophie my cat thought it would make a nice place to sit hence one side is up and the other is down.
Hubby actually took 61 pictures, yes 61 but thought 4 would be sufficient lol

* DP's- stash
*card stock-Flawliss designs Stirling
*punch-hearts and flowers
*embellishments- all made using baby sizzix dies
*circles- scalloped nesties
*gems-PM pale blue


hope you likey

hugs Clare x

Thursday 18 February 2010

Babies, babies and more babies

My goodness what a week, it's all been baby news whether it be babies born or mums to be. All the babies born have been boys and all the mums to be are due August, what's that all about.

Well no surprise what cards I will be posting over the next few days and just when I was beginning to get back to making my girly cards!!

There's another fabulous sketch over at Sketch and stash this week so I just had to have a go. And when allsorts announced their O for One paper well that got me thinking too!!

This is actually the second baby boy card I have made, the first one is lying flat on my desk drying so cant photograph hee hee.


image-Lili of the valley
padded flower-from Clare (thanks)
gemstones-from Mel (thanks)
bow- recycled from baby boy gift bag
DP's- Papermania sweet nothings
tools- cuttlebug swirls embossing folder, scalloped small rectangle,retro flower punch

This card fits the bill for the following challenges

abc - challenge- DT & O for One paper
papertake weekly-Check this out
Sketch & Stash Challenge- New image, stash papers
The pink elephant-ribbon
little red wagon challenge-ribbon

pop back tomorrow for my box card, woo hoo!!

hugs Clare x

I did warn you

I was at my friend Susie's the other night and I kind of stamped one or two images or three or four......and Arthur was one of them. I own one baby stamp and when you've got a few to make in the same week you don't really want to use the same stamp, perhaps that's just me!!

I can't believe how well this card turned out, after colouring Arthur blue I really thought I had made a boob. Although I loved the papers Mel sent me I wasn't entirely convinced they would work for a baby boy card.I thought that if I keep going on with what I had in mind for this card it might all come together in the end and I think it did. I would so love to hear what you think and any recommendations for baby boy/girls DP's.

I was also determined not to be running late with the Sugar bowl challenge and to my word it's well ahead of the deadline.

Finally I got round to using my clear gloss, bought it way back last year stuck it in a drawer and it's been there ever since. It doesn't really show up in my photo but in RL it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

image-Arthur by Sugar Nellie
rafia lace-paper cellar
buttons,brads & gems- Papermania
sentiment-silver peeloff
flowers-Woodware retro punch
ribbon-Mel (thanks)
tools-sizzix tag No2 die

I have managed to enter this card into quite a few challenges by chance this week

sugar bowl-Sketch & 3,2,1 recipe
simon says stamp- 3 flowers,2 brads and 1 button recipe
passion for promarkers-buttons & bows
crafty catz challenge-buttons & bows
totally papercraft-button & bows
incy wincy challenge-punch it
pile it on challenge-flowers
crafty Angel Challenge-flowers

I might be back later with a baby boy box card but I also need to get cracking on with another baby boy card!!

Hugs Clare x

Monday 15 February 2010


Hi peeps,
Just a quick post today as I have a bucket load of ironing to do, oh the joys!!!

Over at Docrafts I recently got a buddy request from a girl called Mel, yes another Mel and after several emails back and forth I convinced Mel to start blogging.

I also wanted to introduce her to all my fabby friends in blogland so would you please pop over to her blog and give her a huge warm welcome.

well that's all folks take care for now and will be back soon with a box card.

hugs Clare x

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Happy Birthday Fiona

Hello peeps just realised the last entry date for the sugarbowl challenge is midnight tonight and I have just finished my card. It's for my friend Fiona's birthday who is also my secretary at toddlers.

When I saw the sketch I was stumped hence the lateness but had to enter just couldn't miss out on the chance to win those Mangas.You would not believe the amount of stamped heads I had to do before I could find one that fitted my nestie. My desk looks like something out of a horror film lol. It's been a while since I have done a monochrome card but seemed appropriate somehow for this card. It was also was quite refreshing not doing a square card, I might just dig out the others.I used up CC papers and cardstock from my stash so pat on the back for me.

The only thing that is niggling me is the embellishments, note to myself don't forget the deadline date so you don't do a rushed job!!!

sketch- Sugarbowl
papers-CC Signature
image-Sugar Nellie Autumn kit
tools-Nesties and Friskars template
sentiment-cut from CC papers
flowers-PM red hot capsule embellishment kit and pearls

hugs Clare x

My blog awards

I have received these awards from 3 fabby friends of mine. Dawn who I have meet through the Christmas rak club, Emma who had a blog candy giveaway that I won and last but not least my long and faithful friend whom I have known for about 12 years Susie!!!

I will treasure these awards and post them proudly on my blog.
Here are the rules of the award. I have to :
1) Copy and Paste the award on my blog. {tick}
2) List who gave you the award and link to her blog. {tick}
3) List 10 things that make you happy,in no particular order. {tick}

1) My family including the cats!!
2)Crafting of course
4)My charity toddler group
5)Coming home to find surprise craft pressies on my door!!!
6)Going on holiday to centre parcs (4 weeks to go!!)
7)Making my friends and family smile
8)Reading my emails from 004 1/2
9)Having bbq's on the beach
10)Going for walks with hubby and the children

4) Pass the award onto 5 other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know! {tick!}

After much deliberation I have chosen the following people


boy that was a hard decision.Anyhoo off to the park with the boys.

hugs Clare x

Sunday 7 February 2010


I have a rak swap this week and this is the card I am sending to my wonderful swap partner Dawn. Dawn aka Crafty kitten in blogland is such a scream, she is always making me laugh whether it be her one liners or emails. So please pop over to her blog and say hello you won't be disappointed.

I am so loving these papers I can see myself buying more from the capsule collection. My manga girl and papers were a Christmas present from my friend Susie and this is my very first one!! I have seen their new stamps over at Funky kits and I have to say I rather like them all.

Anyhoo here are the challenges I will be entering

Sketch and Stash-Sketch
Crafty Calendar- Love/friendship hearts optional
Fussy and Fancy- Hearts


stamp-Manga Girl No2 Sugar Nellie
DP's-PM Capsule collection-red hot
punched- flowers and hearts
tools-nesties and friskars template


While I was tidying up my craft room I came across a distressing tool and there was me using hubby's sandpaper a few backs hee hee!!

hugs Clare xx

Saturday 6 February 2010

My first Magnolia stamp

I know what you must be thinking...what took you so long??? I have asked myself the same question and the truth is I really don't know. Magnolia just came into my head when I was thinking which stamp to use for hubby's card Valentines'. Edwin reminds me of Andrew somehow but when I compare the two there is no resemblance at all, funny that!!!I also ordered the Magnolia magazine which I would highly recommend, I had a quick browse there was no way my kiddi winkles were getting their dirty wee hands on this. Will have a better look when I know they are safe in bed lol!

My friend Kirsty asked me to make a Valentines for her boyfriend so here it is, hope she likes it!!

stamp-Magnolia Edwin with balloon
DP's- PM capsule collection 'red hot'
cardstock-The Papermill
sentiment-nestie,shimmer dots and silver peeloffs
large brads-PM capsule collection' red hot'

I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Creative card crew- Valentine
Papertake weekly- Love actually
Lili of the Valley- Valentines
Stampin for the weekend- Valentines

Hope you are all enjoying a nice relaxing Sunday morning.

Hugs Clare x

Brother in law birthday card

My stamp collection consists mainly of people but recently I have been seen a lot of animal ones. Animals have been perfect when doing my boy/men cards and as many of you know I have had my fair share of them lately.

I would like to introduce you to this ever so cute lil mouse.His name is Cheddar and he is made by Sugar Nellie from Funky kits.What can I say but I just love him to bits hee hee. Being a cat lover myself I thought the big cats book was just hilarious.

Once again Truly Scrumptious has another fab sketch this week which Cheddar seemed to fit perfectly into. The sketch was great fun to work with and certainly one I would consider again.I cut Cheddar out as I wanted to highlight his curly tail and I am really pleased with the result.

I would love to hear what you think as I am always unsure of my cards for men.

sketch-Truly Scrumptious
papers- K & Co- Roam
cardstock- The Papermill
tools-nesties,sizzix die
sentiment- CC
stash-flowers,cat charm,button,rik rak

Iam entering this card into the following challenges

Passion for promarkers- All creatures great and small
ABC- New (my papers and image)
Cupcake craft- four legged and furry
Crafty Angels- Buttons

Thankyou as always for hopping over to my blog. Please consider becoming a follower or leave a comment so I can come and see your gorgeous cards.

hugs Clare x

Friday 5 February 2010

Allsorts DT call

My friend Kirsty has asked me to make two cards, this one is for her Nan's birthday. I thought this image was perfect, it was the rollers that was the deciding factor!!

Allsorts have a DT call this week so thought I would give it a go. The sketch is fab so much so I have used it for Kirsty's second card so watch this space!!!

sketch- Allsorts
papers-K & Co Sparkly sweet
image-CC Designs- Coffee Kiki La Rue
Flowers- Hobbycraft
lace- stash
sentiment- oval scallop nestie and CC sentiments

Arran's birthday card

Arran was 3 on Tuesday and this was the card I made him. I have had quite a few wee boy cards to make recently and this little stamp is just perfect. I love colouring him and seeing the image come alive so to speak!!

The papers I used don't get out much and if my memory serves me right they were my first DP purchase which is nearly 3 years ago!!!

sketch- sketch saturday
DP's- PM kids??
colouring- promarkers
image- monster boy by squiggle stamps
flowers/star- American crafts
tools- sizzix dies,nesties, cuttlebug stars embossing folder and friskars template
brads- PM craftsuperstore

Monday 1 February 2010

My little Tiger boy

I just had to share this with you all, my little tiger!! This is the first time Arran has had his face painted no stopping him now, he wants it done everyday so better hide my make-up. Just to set the record straight I myself do not have tiger make-up just plenty of bronzing powder and eye liner LMAO!!!

hope that made you smile!!

hugs clare x

p.s Arran will be 3 tomorrow!!!