Thursday 5 December 2013

Sarah Hurley Challenges- Background

Evening folks!

Wow what a day! High winds, rain, snow and it's bl**dy freezing out there. That's not to mention my emergency trip to the dentist this morning after discovering some of my filling as fallen out grrrr!

So much to my annoyance it meant  a change in my routine so no swim or body pump class for me *sad face* I did however manage a wee 5k run on my treadmill or should I say dreadmill lol

So tonight I'm sharing with you a Project Life layout for our new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges.

This month it's my time to host and I have chosen the theme....

Create your own background

I created my own background using the background stamp from my 'Ronnie' Robot set. The stamped arrow is also from my 'Ronnie' stamp set. You will find my 3 different Robot sets in the 'Special Editions' section in Sarah's shop here!

All papers are from a selection of Sarah's monthly 'My Favourite Things' these! You can sign up for it here

Please pop on over here to our blog to join in our challenge and see inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for stopping by

stay safe and keep warm

Hugs Clare x

Friday 22 November 2013

My First Ever Stamps

Afternoon all!

Baltic! that's how cold it is here in Scotland but the it does look gorgeous outside. Long sleeves will most likely be worn for my afternoon run.

So today I have some wonderful news to share. Thanks to my amazing and uber talented friend Sarah Hurley, I was given the opportunity to design my own stamps. As it turns out I can in fact draw, yes I did actually say that, shocked?...well that will make both of us! 

So let me introduce you to my robot stamps sets SID,RONNIE AND BITY. My two wee boys have influenced me here and knowing they love stamping too, it just seemed the right thing to do. We are all going to have so much fun and I'm hoping you will too!

You will find my stamps available to buy in  Sarah Hurley's shop. Any projects you make I would love to see so please share!

I have also designed another 7 sets which are completely different to these so watch this space for more news.

Thankyou so much for stopping by

hugs Clare x

Thursday 31 October 2013

Sarah Hurley Challenges- Bonfire Brights

Evening all,

Did everyone have a fabby Halloween? The boys and I have had a fun packed night, pumpkin carving, a wee tea party and trick or treating.

Tonight I'm here to tell you about our amazing new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges.

Sharon is our host this month and she has chosen our theme


For inspiration and more details about our challenge please pop on over to our blog here!

I used Sarah's Doodle Home stamps which I absolutely love! The papers are from Sarah's Monthly Kit which you can subscribe through her online shop.

I will be back tomorrow to start sharing my projects I made for our LookBook so it's going to start getting pretty busy around here eeeeeeek!

Thanks for stopping by

hugs Clare

Thursday 3 October 2013

Sarah Hurley Challenges- Halloween

Evening all!
It's been a very wet and gloomy day here in Scotland but there's always a reason to smile. In my case it's an afternoon of crafting.
 Today I'm sharing a project for our new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges. My fabulous DT teamie Carol has chosen our theme which is perfect for this time of year!

I decided to make a little notebook, this is my second one, think I have another addiction, the other will be published in Sarah's next Lookbook edition which will be launched in the next couple of weeks.

I used some papers and the Star Gazer stamp from Sarah's latest 'Few of my Favourite Things' kit. The image is made up of various Doodle Doll stamps...Dream a Little Dream and 'Be Amazing'. I created the crackling effect on her dress using one of the mini background stamps. Her dress is coloured using promarkers and the dies are from memory box. The sentiment was made on my computer.

More info about the challenge can be found on the challenge blog here

Thanks for stopping by

hugs Clare x

Thursday 29 August 2013

Sarah Hurley- Autumn Glow

Evening all!
Well that's the school holidays over and my baby has started Primary 1 eeeeeek! Lump in throat moment but also very proud like any mum would be. 

This month we have a brand new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges and our theme has been chosen by the lovely Jess. There has definately been a drop in temperatures these last few days so Autumn is well on it's way which just so happens to coincide with our theme, AUTUMN GLOW.
My project this month was so messy, resulting insome very inky fingers which took a bit of explaining to the other mums when I turned up at the school to collect the children but boy was it fun. 
I'm not that brave when it comes to crafting but recently I have rather enjoyed being the new 'me' and I would highly recommend going out of your comfort zone.

First I started off with a piece of A4 acetate and created a background using Tim Holtz Aclohol Inks ( Sunshine Yellow/Sunshine Orange) and a blending tool.

 Using a Sizzix die I cut out two tags, one from the acetate and another from some smooth white cardstock. I don't have ink that is suitable for stamping onto acetate instead I used my Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (Vintage Photo) and stamped directly onto the white tag. The flowers,tree and grass are from Sarah Hurley's New Home stamp set. The circles were created using Sarah's Mini Background Stamp collection.....a must have! 

The acetate tag was then adhered to the the white tag using double sided tape which I knew would be hidden later. 

Next I stamped some text and a house image from Sarah's New Home collection (using TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink) onto smooth white cardstock. I also decided to use the super cute mini heart image and stamped it onto the roof of the house. These were then cut out and 3D pads were popped on the back then stuck on front of the acetate. Finally a fibre ribbon was added to give some texture and ta da!!!

If you would like to enter our challenge then pop on over to our blog here!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you all again soon

hugs Clare

Thursday 1 August 2013

Sarah Hurley Challenge - Texture & Dimension

Evening all!

Think I have had thee most chilled out day this year. Spend most of it in my craftroom then in my kitchen making some yummy chocolate muffins. It was great to just switch off and focus on the challenge ahead.

I'm sharing with you my first ever 12 x 12 scrapbook page which I have made for our new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges. I've made a couple of 6 x 6 pages before as I found the larger page just too daunting to start off with. The vast whiteness still scared me but I was ready to get out of my comfort zone, I mean what's the worst that could happen lol I have also entered my first ever scrapbook challenge, yikes!!

This month our challenge is set by the lovely Claire-Liz who has chosen the theme


The possibilities are endless so get creating and who knows like me you might try something a little different form the norm!

To enter and to check out the rest of the talented dt members work pop on over here!

Below is my contribution...

This is one of the many pictures I took when the boys and I went out for a wee cycle one night a couple of weeks ago. It's amazing what you can find right on your door step!

close up!

The red diagonal stripe paper, wood grain paper, wooden buttons and the documented badge are all from a selection of Sarah's 'A Few Of My Favourite Things' monthly club kit. I used 12x12 white hammered cardstock for texture and the buttons and badge for dimension. the clouds,mushroom and text are die-cuts and the random buttons are from my stash

Challenges entered

scrap 365- sketch

This is one of the many pictures I took when the boys and I went out for a wee cycle one night a couple of weeks ago. It's amazing what you can find right on your door step!

Thanks for stopping by

hugs Clare x

Thursday 4 July 2013

Sarah Hurley Challenges - Pink Sparkles

Evening all, how are we?
It's been a typical summers day here in Scotland, rain,wind and more rain boo! still out running though ha ha. 

The first week of the school summer holidays is nearly over with, hoping the next 6 are just as fast and as much fun. but not too fast as my baby is off to primary one....eeeeek!

Anyway tonight is the start of our new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges.

We have a super new challenge for you set by Ger but before we get onto that I'd just like to share some wonderful news.
 As many of you will know the lovely Tania has been our guest DT these last few months and we love her so much that Sarah has asked her to be a permanent design team member and she said yes! woo hoo! So huge congratulations to Tania x
Right, now let's talk about this months challenge, our theme this time is....
easy peasy huh! But should you require some inspiration please check out the very talented design team samples. As always I'm amazed at the diversity, go on have a look and I'm sure the DT would love it if you could leave a wee comment. You can check out our challenge blog HERE
Below is my challenge card

  This is my first attempt at trying masking and creating my own background. I have to admit it was very messy but great fun. Also it's great to try new techniques even when it's scarey lol. All stamps are for sale in Sarah's shop.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by

hugs Clare

p.s I'll try and post some magazine samples soon, completely slipped my mind :-(

Monday 10 June 2013

Sarah"s Birthday Hop

Morning all, have you been enjoying this beautiful weather? 
I know I have!

Today myself and the rest of the fabulous Sarah Hurley design team have a surprise for the best challenge blog owner who is also my best friend. It's her birthday today and to celebrate we have decided to have a blog hop but with a bit of a twist. There's no prize and the main hopper will be Sarah but please feel free to hop along too and send some birthday wishes!



Sarah if you are reading this you should have arrived from Carol's blog.

Before you hop on to Nat's blog, I just wanted to say a huge thankyou for choosing me to be a part of your wonderful design team but most of all thankyou for being such an amazing friend, especially during this last year.

Hope you get spoiled rotten by B and other family and friends today. Had we lived closer we would certainly be having a few cheeky cocktails, chocolate and shopping!!!


Hugs Clare xxxx

Friday 31 May 2013

Hobby Craft- Kids Craft

This afternoon I have something very exciting to share with you
 and this time it's all about kids craft.

The boys and I have had the opportunity to play and review Aqua Dragons from Hobby Craft. To say they were excited about this is an understatement and to be totally honest I was too.  Of course our first mission was to stalk the postman our second was a trip to our local shop to buy some bottled water. Everything else you get in the box.

Having two young children we love quick and easy and that's exactly what you get with Aqua Dragons. The instructions are real easy to follow and looking after your new dragon family is easy peasy too. Perfect when you have a busy family life!

Step 1

 Add the bottled water

Step 2

 Add the Dragon eggs

Step 3

 Pop the lid then wait for a day or two and hey presto some teeny weany Dragons, which can be viewed using the magnifying glass which is included.

Step 4

Feed your dragons (using the food sachet and spoon provided) every 2 to 3 days and take the lid off occassionaly to give them more oxygen and/also use the dopler. It really is that simple. 

First thing every morning the boys are eager to see how much their dragons have grown. If like my children they can't wait til the morning the colourful aquarium comes with a light. A great accessory for any childs bedroom. After a month our dragon family should be about 2cm in size. Pictures will be posted in due course.

You can buy these Aqua Dragons at you local Hobby Craft store or online here. Other craft items can be purchased here.

Hope you have enjoyed our post today 

Hugs Clare x

Sarah Hurley Challenges - All That Glitters is Gold

Woo Hoo it's Friday and the sun is shining. 
Is it safe to say summer is finally on it's way?

Today I'm sharing with you my DT card for  Sarah Hurley Challenges. This month my fabulous team member Candice has set our theme and she has chosen

All That Glitters Is Gold!

For more details about our challenge and some amazing inspiration from the rest of my DT girls please pop on over here

It's not a colour I have used before and I really struggled but with a good rummage through all my stash I came across some gold mirri card and some gold ink that admittedly has seen better days. My mojo def packed up it's bags and headed off for sunnier climates which was freaking me out a bit. Finally after 4 weeks!! I made a baby card below.

My elephant stamp is one that Sarah designed for PI and for those that know me well will know I have a little soft spot for elephants. The sentiment is part of Sarah's Dream A Little Dream girl journal set, both of which can be bought from Sarah's shop.

The baby rattle is from Sizzix and the flowers are made using a couple of X Cut punches with a little gem for a some sparkle.

Hope your having a wonderful day
and thanks for stopping by

Hugs Clare xx

Thursday 2 May 2013

Sarah Hurley Challenges

Evening all!

So after weeks of busily crafting away I can finally share something and that is my DT card for Sarah Hurley Challenges.

It's Nicole's theme this month and she has chosen

' Shades of Blue'

for more inspiration and challenge details pop on over here!

Admittedly this is not my usual style but I wanted to try something new and these fabulous new stamps from Sarah's shop were just the thing. I can honestly say I absolutely love them, you have no idea how fun they are. They actually remind me of when I used to dress my dolls up as a child, except now it's with paper lol. Also the girl journal stamps are mix and match so the possibilities are endless and there's a new boy and home set just released.

The design team and I have also been working our wee socks off for the latest Lookbook magazine, which we released today, it's just amazing! If you can't wait you can check it out here!

Thankyou so much
for stopping by

Clare x

Thursday 4 April 2013

Sarah Hurley Challenges

Well I'm back, I know it's only taken me two months!
 But after a year of battling cancer my mother in law sadly passed away a few weeks ago and I'm only now just getting back to blogging. So if you can, please give your loved ones an extra big hug tonight.
 However on a more positive note, I did run my first ever half marathon which I am very proud about. For those who follow me on fb you will know how much I love my running lol

Anyway today we have a brand new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges 
and this month we will be sponsored by Letraset.

Our theme is......

exact details of this months challenge can be found here

Below is my card using Sarah's All Sewn Up Kit

Thanks for popping by

hugs Clare x

Saturday 2 February 2013

Sarah Hurley Blog Hop

Good morning all!

We are having a blog hop this weekend to celebrate the launch of Sarah's new website ,where you will find all her products in one place!

You should have came from Jaine's blog, if not pop on over to Sarah's blog where the hop starts.


This is my card I made for our latest edition of Sarah's Look Book. It contains over 90 pages of crafty inspiration from myself and the rest of the girlies on the design team. The magazine also includes some sneak peeks of products which Sarah will be launching soon.

We will also be opening submissions for volume 3 shortly so please keep your eyes peeled.

 My favourite product from Sarah's shop has to be the wooden ' I Love Paris' shapes. You will find them here

To be in with a chance of winning your favourite product, all you have to do is leave a comment below then hop on over to Nicoles blog.

You also have a 3rd opportunity to win by leaving a comment on Sarah's facebook page.

Good luck!

hugs Clare