Thursday 29 July 2010


Today's the start of a new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges and because the challenges run for 10 whole days, you still have until Sunday midnight to enter Challenge 1.

This week it's Debs turn to set the theme and she has chosen ANYTHING GOES and an optional sketch. I love a good sketch and Debs one is no exception!!

and here's my take on the sketch

all the elements are taken from Woodland Whimsies 2 and you can buy it here

to make this card you will need

1 x owl topper
2 x owl collection backing papers (1 made smaller)
1 x brown/orange flower embellishments
1 x greeting strips (used the orange happy birthday)
1 x owl topper from the owl collection

my stash-googly eyes pinched from Arrans craft box lol
cards candy- craftwork cards
Cuttle bug- swiss dots embossing folder

Hope you are able to join in and remember you do not have to use any of Sarah's products but you will find a freebie here and here!!

Thanks for dropping by today and if you can please leave me a comment.

hugs Clare x

Wednesday 28 July 2010


I guess i have left you waiting long enough so after throwing the numbers into mr random org he chucked out the following winner for Woodland Whimsie CD 1

drum roll please.........


And the winner of Woodland Whimsies CD2 is......


congratulations to the both of you and hope to see you soon over at Sarah's challenge blog

To claim your prize please email your details to sarah at

I will be back tomorrow with a new card for Challenge No 2.

Take care

hugs Clare

Monday 26 July 2010

Sarah Hurley Challenges and blog hop

Hi peeps hope you all had a lovely weekend and the sun is shining your way. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you that took part in the Sarah Hurley challenges blog hop over the weekend. I used good old random org this afternoon and he splilled out the winners. They are in no particular order......ooopps sorry forgot can't tell you til Wednesday. Oh I am such a tease but what I can tell you is Sarah's first challenge has started and it's a colour combo. We want to see you using the colours steel grey,petrol blue and a lovely sagey/olive green or something equivalent.

The winner will receive a special winners blinkie and a little Sarah hurley designs gift.

Two runner ups will receive a blinkie for their blog

You have until midnight Sunday 1st August and the winners will be announced Wednesday 4th.

Here's my card

and a side view

Please be gentle with your comments and no funny remarks about my giant squirrel lol!! Think he may have had one two many nuts or it could be I need more practice. My card does look better in real life but now I'm thinking I should have swapped the colours around showing more blue than green what do you think???

Here's what I used from Sarah's cd2

pine trees digi images printed onto olive green card stock, cut out and layered
Tree trunks- coloured using cocoa promarkers
squirrel digi image- coloured using ice grey one promarkers

here's what I used in my stash

flowers-punched with gems added
star gems- Flawless design shop in Stiling
tools-cuttle bug stars embossing folder
card stock- The Papermill
ribbon- rak thanks Mel

Well off to do the mass of ironing or perhaps I might do a little more blogging!!

Take care

Clare x

P.s You still have plenty of time to enter the abc challenge this week which is Z for Z card. Sounds complicated but pop over here to see some inspiration.

Sunday 25 July 2010

Win some blog hop candy today

Just wanted to say a huge thankyou to all of you that left a comment yesterday and took part in the blog hop. Hope you all enjoyed popping over the the other dt's blog and seeing their their inspiring projects. The winner will be announced Wednesday.

Today you have another chance to win a copy of Sarah's Woodland Whimsies but this time it's CD 2.

Too win you need to....

* Put one of Sarah's challenge blog blinkie on your side bar
and secondly
*post 1 comment on each of the dt's project and the challenge blog

Of course the more comments you leave the more chance of winning you have.

here's a few project I have made using Sarah's Woodland Whimsie cd1

Todays winners will be announced Wednesday

If you would like to join in the challenge please pop over here. It's a colour combo and you don't have to have any of Sarah's products. You can buy any of Sarah's products here.

Goodluck and take care

hugs Clare x

Saturday 24 July 2010


Just a quick reminder about the blog hop candy I am giving away today and tomorrow. Please scroll down to previous post to join in the fun!!

hugs Clare x

Leave a comment today and win some Sarah Hurley candy

Woo hoo, it's Saturday and we can finally celebrate Sarah Hurley's new challenge blog by having a blog hop today and tomorrow. Hop on over to all the design team members blogs to see some inspiring products made using Sarah's cd-rom. You can find a full list of the design team members over at the challenge blog here. Today you have the chance to win on every DT's blog and the challenge blog a copy of the Woodland Whimsies CD.Tomorrow you have the chance to win Woodland Whimsies 2.

Too win you need to...

* Put one of Sarah's shiny new challenge blog badges on your sidebar
*Post 1 comment on each of the DT's work and/or the challenge blog post

The more posts you comment on the more chance you have of winning!!

The winners from each blog will be announced on Wednesday.

Goodluck with the blog hop and if you can please join in our very first challenge here

Below is my project for today's blog hop but be warned I have taken lots of pictures.

Recipe for box card

deer topper,
polka dot ribbon,
deer buttons,
rainbow backing paper,
clouds backing paper

ribbon and gems from stash
sentiment- computer generated
poem- from Cuddly Buddly
tag- sizzix
CS- co=ordinations and The Paper Mill

Sarah is also giving away some blog candy to the person who has the most comments on her blog so please join in today and please come back tomorrow if you can.

hugs Clare x

Thursday 22 July 2010

Sarah Hurley's new challenge blog hop, a card and some candy to be won.

Boy it's really happening over here this week. Before I show you my card I want to tell you about Sarah's new challenge blog and her blog hop this saturday and sunday.

The first challenge started today and it's a colour challenge. You don't have to use Sarah's products but she would be thrilled if you could. You have until midnight on Sunday 1st August to enter and the winner will be announced on wednesday the 4th.

Now for the blog hop and this is where I really need your support because not only can you win some candy but I can too!! To be in with a chance of winning you must do all of the following.

leave a comment on my blog. There will be a prize draw both days (sat & sun)
write a post on your blog spreading the word of the blog hop and Sarah's new challenge
place sarah's blinkie on your side bar with a link back to the main challenge blog

To increase your chances of winning you can also leave a comment on the main challenge blog and the other dt's.

Sarah is also giving away candy to the design team member who has the most comments left on their blog.

Hope you can join in and now onto my card for Lyn over at the rak club

dp's - MME bloom n grow
image-butterfly Nora CC Designs
tools- sizzix vine die,promarkers and small scallop rectangle nesties,stickles
flowers from rak
buttons- PM capsule collection

challenges this week are

Fridays Sketchers- Sketch
allsorts- summer days
crazy 4 challenges-buttons
by the cute and girly-summery

That's all for today and hope to see you over at Sarah's blog or here on saturday

hugs Clare x

Wednesday 21 July 2010

ABC Challenge - Z for ZIZ ZAG card

That's another fortnight gone by and that only means one thing. A new challenge over at ABC and this time it's Z for ZIG ZAG card. Like me this was way out way comfort zone but once I got started it wasn't so bad and I actually had some fun, which it's all about right?? The challenge runs for a fortnight so you have loads of time to join in and if you need some inspiration why don't you pop over to the challenge blog and see the dt's amazing cards.

This week we are very lucky to be sponsered by the fabulous Lacy at STAMP and CREATE.

and here is the prize Lacy has kindly offered.

and there's more.

Lacy has also agreed that for the term of this challenge, all ABC Challenge participants/blog readers can receive 10% of your total order!! Use discount code abcjuly (all one word and lower case) at the checkout

I found a tutorial for a tri (shutter) fold card over at split coasters, a great sourse of inspiration. It did take me a couple of hours to make but I really wanted to make a special card for my wedding anniversary. I also wanted to have a wee play with Sarah's Hurley's woodland whimsie cd1. Knowing that there are so many different elements to the cd I knew it would be perfect and how could I resist those cute little deers.

I will be back soon with news regarding Sarah's blog hop to celebrate the start of her new blog challenge. So if you are not already please become a follower of my blog so you don't miss out on the chance to win some yummy candy!!

hugs Clare x

Tuesday 20 July 2010

A busy bee

Finally I have managed to get a minute to post one of four cards I have made this past week. My time has mostly been taken up looking after my two boys who were poorly last week and this week I have spent most of my time stuck up my loft having a major clearout and then boxing it up. I now have one huge pile for the charity shop, another pile for toddlers. some for sil , another for the rubbish tip and 40+ boxes all boxed up. Thank god I don't have to do that again now just need to tackle the ever expanding washing , ironing, lack of food and not forgetting Andrew's anniversary and birthday card.

Below is a card I made for one of my friends over at the rak club. If you would like to join our wee club leave a comment in my comment box.

here's a close up of the tag, thought it looked cute

this close up shows my handmade bead embellishment

sketch-Whiff of joy
papers- PM summer bloom- thanks Susie
image- city girls-whiff of joy (cheer Mel)
tools-promarkers and friskers template


I will be entering this card into the following challenges

whiff of joy- sketch and DT call (got me fingers and toes crossed for this one)
*charisma cards-pink
etsy inspired- inspired by this product
totally papercrafts- 1x image, 1x ribbon, 2x papers, 3x embellishments
the town scrapper- anything goes
totally gorjuss-thinking of you

That's all for tonight please drop by tomorrow to see my card for the new abc challenge.

hugs Clare x

Wednesday 14 July 2010

I can't believe it's been a week since my last post!! I've been busy with card orders and DT samples for Sarah Hurley which hopefully I will be able to show you over the next few days. Lewis is also very poorly at the mo as he has caught a tummy bug fingers crossed we don't all get it!!

I had a fab monday night as I got the chance to meet up with my fabulous friend Susie. It was a great opportunity to have a wee crafty night which I have to say ended up in tears but they were the funny ones and not the sad kind.

A couple of months back I bought these two Tildas and they just so happen to be my very first ones. There are so many I would love but need to keep those reins in tow as we could be moving house so eeeeeeeeeekkk!! My mum had asked if I would make a card for my sil birthday so lets hope she likes it!!

challenges I have entered are....

aud sentiments- no sentiments
The town scrapper- monochrome
one stop crafts-monochrome

Well off to do some DT work and hope to catch up with you all soon!!

hugs Clare x

p.s Sarah will be starting her new challenge blog soon which I just so happen to be a dt member. If you would like to join in the fun too you can buy her cd roms here!!

Thursday 8 July 2010

two wee farmer browns

We are now two weeks into the summer holidays and so I thought I would show you what the broons have been up to.
This picture shows our first ever trip to our local farm enjoying strawberry and raspberry picking. Andrew and the boys spent more time eating than picking but still came away with loads of fruit. We also bought a few goodies from the farm shop which were rather yummy, another trip will def be in the pipeline and soon!!

Here's a picture of Arran and his carrots which he grew from seed in our garden. They're supposed to be small and round which is quite strange to see.After picking they were quickly washed and eaten raw, nothing beats the taste of veg straight from the garden.

Hope you are all well and enjoying the summer hols

hugs Clare x

Tuesday 6 July 2010

crafting in the afternoon??

There is a god afterall!! These last couple of days I have managed to get an hour of crafting done in the afternoon while the two boys were sleeping. No housework for me to do either as it's all been done due to viewings in my house fri/sat and sun. I have a viewer coming tomorrow afternoon so no crafting but will def be crafting at night.

Now before you read the next bit you may want to sit down because what I am about to tell you might shock you to the bones...are you sitting down??? good !! Well Andrew and I decided that although my craftroom is tidy it's not show home tidy so we decided to do a clear up. The idea was to take all my craft stuff off the display shelves and move them into the cupboards below. We were then going to put a few books, ornaments etc on the display shelves and voila show home office!!! But that's not what we ended up doing, no we moved my craft stuff up the loft, yes you read right!! It's only for one day and I can assure you it's temporary but Andrew did have a look of victory about him!! In fact he even suggested I tape the boxes up, his reason was to keep them safe. He felt so victorious he was actually going to mention it on facebook for all to hear. Well we see who will be laughing tomorrow night once kiddie winkles are safely tucked up in bed.

Anyway here is a card I made for my niece's 1st communion. I did make her one a few weeks back but Mr postie was very naughty and failed to deliver it.

a wee close up of Tilda

thought I would show you the butterfly I layered

dp's- smirk
tools-nesties,sizzix vine die,stickles
promarkers- fushia pink,orchid,almond,pale pink,tan,caramel,cocoa,icegrey 1,

These are the challenges I have entered

friday sketchers- sketch
dutch dare-flower inspiration
lexis creations- layers
creative card crew- to die for
craftalicious- cute
totally papercrafts-one for the girlies

hope you are all well and please pop by tomorrow to see abc new challenge.

hugs Clare x

Monday 5 July 2010

ABC Challenge - Y for YOU and Me

By gosh, can you believe another fortnight has passed and it's time for a new challenge over at abc. The number of entries we had for our last challenge was amazing and it was great to see so many new peeps joining in alongside our trusty regulars.

This time the letter is Y for You and Me so we want to see two images on a stamp or two separate images on your card. This weeks challenge is perfect for those wedding and anniversary cards or perhaps a card for twins or you could create a scene. So many options so def no excuse not to join us and to tempt you even more we have a fabulous sponser.

Our sponsor this challenge is WILD ORCHID CRAFTS whom I am sure you are all aware of, where else are we getting all our delicious flowers from. Here is the prize that they are offering.

If you are looking for some inspiration the DT has once again come up trumps so pop over to the abc blog or their individual blogs. You could even leave a wee comment or two, even just to say hi.

Below is my card for my brothers and sister in law Alisons wedding anniversary. Now I am super organised which is a rarity for me, as they're 1st wedding anniversary isn't til August but with my niece due to be born the end of July I want to be organised.

tools- MS butterfly punch and heart x cut punch
promarkers- sunkissed pink,cocktail pink,ice grey 1,apple for bunnies and meadow for grass
rak-LOTV image,papers and ribbon thanks Mel,flowers thanks Dawn
sentiment- stamp from old docrafts magazine

challenges I have entered are....

friday sketchers- fab sketch

I will be back soon as I have my sister in laws birthday card to share with you.

Thanks for all your comments regarding my last post you all made me laugh so much my sides hurt!!

hugs Clare x

Thursday 1 July 2010

Sarah Hurley whimsey cd

I have made this card for a lovely friend of mine called Penni.Penni makes such beautiful cards so please pop over and have a look.

I used Sarah Hurley's woodland whimsey cd which I have to say is so much fun.I used the ladybird character digi stamp and to create more dimension I layered it up with a few foam squares. The ladybird was coloured using my promarkers and I highlighted the black with sakura glaze pen.The sentiment and backing paper is also from the cd. As this is a sample card I needed to use 90% of SH products but you could easily combine it with your own stash.

What do I love about this cd??Well I it is just so much fun!!!It's easy to colour and if you want to cut your images they are no fiddly bits. Everything you need to make a card is on that disc for example, buttons,frames,ribbons and they come in all the colours of the rainbow.Also it's great for kids, Arran loved choosing his character ,printing it out and then had loads of fun colouring and creating his very own card. He used a LOT of glue so still waiting for it dry before I can take a picture.

So here's my first sample please be kind to me lol

and another sample

Sarah will also be starting up a challenge blog soon so if you want to buy the cd you can get it here and if you want to get your hands on some freebies you will find them here.

challenges I have entered are

sunday sketch and stamp-Sketch
sew many challenges-anything goes
crafts and me- birthdays

Thanks for dropping by

hugs Clare x