Friday, October 28, 2011

Spooky Photo

Is the theme for my card
Over at Tickled Pink Challenge 
they have asked us to create from this Photo
So here is what I came up with
I have to admit my image is a Christmas image
not spooky looking at all...
But guess what
Now I have coloured her she is
She is a tad
the image is Lil Christmas Ivy
although for this card she is now called
Lil Green Ivy
I have coloured her in pencil in grey
My base card is white I then layered with Black
then on top of that Orange
The background image I found on Google
it was bright Orange so I changed it in Photoshop
I just liked the spooky feel of the sky
with the shadow building, trees, and ghouls
I then added a handmade pumpkin
cut out with my craft knife 
to look like one I made when I was younger.
Then on went some spiders
I do hope it is Ok not to use a Halloween Image

Also entering into
Digidesignchallengeblog -  Halloween
Simon Says -  Anything Goes
That's me for tonight
thanks for stopping by
Claire xxx

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Paper take Challenge

Morning all...
Over at Papertake weekly it's sketch time
It was a really nice sketch to work with too
I often have problems with layouts
but I do like this one.
here is what I came up with
Strawberry Shortcake
Isn't she a cutie
I have been sorting out Hannah's books..
she has lots and lots of them
some too easy for her to read.
Anyway I got my hands on one..
and cut the pictures out image for this card
The papers are from Clipart Fairy
They are lovely colours.
I then just added a pink bow and some Candi
I am going to go off and colour now
ready for a Orange Card
Not made Orange before so a little nervous
take care and thanks for stopping by
Claire xx

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Standing for...
the weeks sure are flying by. 
but do hop over to Julia's and have a nose about
Oh and the weather has changed dramatically
Over here in what was sunny Portugal
it is now... dark and rainy
not the jump out of bed sunshine weather at all
that weather that makes you think
5 more minutes wont hurt.. but I am up
Paul has gone off to work Hannah is still in bed
it is just me and Tasmin. Even Kiya has gone back to bed
onto business
you came to look at my desk
I can tell you there is not a lot happening
most of it isnt even mine. I packed !!
then unpacked a few bits... (grin)
putting some of them away again
You see the little brown box, it has Allen keys in
I needed it to take Hannah's dolls house apart
Well the knife on top was also used
I know typical women
but, it was raining and I didn't want to walk to garage
so though knife will do it..It did it too
just don't tell
I spy Hannah's glasses
The rest is mine but its being taken by the removal company.
the desk will be burnt on the fire before we leave.
your wondering why.. well it is made of chip board
I just added the pics to the top 
Then Paul worked his magic with shellac
Paul is going to make me a nice new one
BIGGER and with more storage under. With proper wood
Well that's it from me  I am going to have a quick ten
maybe an hour wondering around the world looking at others
then it is craft time I have four images looking at me
thanks for stopping by 
Maybe next week I will have pictures that will interest you
Claire x

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lazy Cat Card

Just a quicky as we are going for a walk
Have spent a couple of hours taking Hannah's doll's house apart
and sorting out into a box
Wow so much more room now
anyway I made this card last night after tea
using up some more scrappy bits of paper
The Image I have had coloured for a while
isn't that cat cute..and the little mouse asleep also !!!
I think the paper is from Clipart Fairy
everything else is from stash I have
Closer view of the pussy cat... awww
One of my best friends has a cat just like this
will sleep anywhere
and its her birthday in two weeks
so we are posting this while on our walk
oh one more thing 
How on earth is Tasmin sat
Haha..she makes me laugh
Looking rather grumpy too..
Waiting on the daily walk
So I best be off
Hopefully have something more to show soon
I will get some craft time in 

I will enter this card into
Make it Monday Linky
Thanks for stopping by
Claire xx

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Quick Post

BRRRR it is cold this morning...
So cold I am thinking about lighting the fire in the living room
I popped on to post my 4th card for
It is a fairly small card... 
For me anyway
I usually stick to half A4
The Image I am using is from
Sew Many cards, and is called
here is my tiny card
He is rather cute...
I may even have another go with him 
in different colours
right I have to go..busy day today
Ironing and Packing Made cards.
Thanks for stopping by xx

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blue Christmas

Here is my third card for CDAC progressive challenge
The image used is by Just Some Lines
and is one of the freebies given to work with.
he's called "Angel Teddy Hard Day"
They are asking us to do cool colours.
here is what I have done
I coloured him with pencil in blues.. 
and tried to do shading on the cloud.. 
not sure it worked so well though
I then distressed in blue around the edges
He was then placed on top of my layered card
I used peel off's for the wording and corners.
  used blue card stock as I seem to have a lot of it !!
for some strange reason
Hope your all having a good weekend
and the weather is nice where you are
one last little thing
I have put my new ribbon away 
I am thinking the same as you
I know there are gaps that need filling lol
Thanks for stopping by xx

Christmas Wreaths and a little shopping

Yes you read that right...
I have been out shopping...
Went to Aveiro about 30km away
To the Chinese shop..The big one
And my oh my did I have fun
but before that I have been playing with Ribbon
And made a set of five cards..
I followed the tutorial on Meiflower
I liked the first one so much I made another four
All from Scraps of paper
I will just show the one single !!

Now I have to show you what fell into the basket
How naughty !!
Look a euro each.. 
three little princesses, a whole bunch of keys, 
and some anchors,
Then there is more sets of gems
some wooden numbers
white flowers and some lace
oh and ribbon
Lots of ribbon
Now I shouldn't really be buying more
because it means more to get into the car
But when it is only 1 euro to 2.50 a roll...
I just can't resist..
Right time to get tea sorted..
Will show more cards later
Thanks for stopping by x

Friday, October 21, 2011

Luca... makes an appearance

YES Lil Victorian Luca is at last showing himself
 on my blog
Poor chappie, has waited ages to appear.
But I don't think you will be disappointed
He is oh so Victorian
Isn't he lovely
I have had him since the release
But this is the first time I have used him
Over at
they would like a masculine card
So that is what I have made.
OOO last week I was in the top three
with my card here , Thank you for choosing me x
Anyway onto the card
I have made an easel card
the papers I have used are from
Summer Driggs - Boy oh Boy set
which I printed off this morning
and he is coloured with pencils
here it is
As you can see I have also made a calender
which acts as the stopper !!
probably not the correct word
I thought this would be nice to have on a work desk
and will hopefully last all year.
The ribbon on the base is woven
I got the idea from Meiflower
She does it for a wreath card
but I decided to leave it straight
A better picture of the ribbon and also the calendar
I added some square gems
Which I bought this morning from the Chinese shop
More on that later !!

So there you go..
My entry for the latest challenge
I am also going to enter him into
I have squares, circles, oblongs,
Thanks for stopping by 
and have a brilliant weekend xxx


I have a card to show..
Yes I gave in and unpacked a few things
Who was I kidding that I could last six weeks
anyway I made a sorry card
sorry for what I am unsure of yet..
I have made a gate-fold card this time
not made one in a long time
Here is the front... I kept it very simple
the papers are from the clipart fairy
the letters I found in a folder on the PC 
that just said Odds and Sodds.
So I have no Idea where they came from !!
Maybe summer driggs
here is the back.
the sentiment says
"Special Friendships are rare, 
and need to be treated with care"
I really do not know who this card is for
and made it to fit round this image
He is so cute.
The edging round him is the die that is across the top
I cut it into sections and then DS them one by one to the back
I had some blue backing paper in the scrap pile
so used that up.
I like it with the brown
Anyway I was going to leave it at that... 
why... because my machine is packed
Out came the machine
the card now looks like
So much nice...and not so nothing..!!

here is a close up...
I have used the gems I found at a local Chinese shop
in brown so they stood out a little
I am entering this into
Thanks for stopping by xx

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What did I do...

Why oh why did I pack my things....
I am bored stupid...
I coloured a couple of images yesterday
and keep looking at them thinking
they need to go onto a card...
I have also been playing with ribbon..
(I didn't pack it) 
I have followed a tutorial over at
to make the Christmas wreath
and it looks fantastic when its made..
so much so I have a few sat waiting to go onto cards
So guess what
I am going to find some card and paper
without unpacking everything 
and have a play..
I really don't have room in the car for more made cards..
but I am a crafter
and have to craft.. you lot should know how that feels
Paul suggested just taking the cards I may need
Oh and out of boredom yesterday
I now have a Linky !!!
you see... I have an idea for when I get back to the UK
just need to look into it a little more
But one thing is for sure
I will have a blog candy
to celebrate my return to the UK
I will hit a craft shop
(for me to stock up) 
but buy double of a few things..
Exciting eh..
right I am going to go off and find some card
Have a lovely day
and you may hear from me later
with a couple of new cards
Claire x

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Move

Well in my last post I showed pictures of MY craft stuff packed
with a pic of Tasmin
I have been asked a couple of questions about the move
So I thought I would do a blog post
to answer as many as possible.
and then just send said people the link
so here goes.
We will be travelling by car which is 2350 km
in miles that is 1460.
We leave Portugal on the 10th December 
and make our way to Bilbao in Spain 
taking about 10 hours
Once there we have to show passports
not just us the dogs have their own
We had to have these to bring them back into the UK
or it would have meant both dogs going into
costing us..wait for it
£1000 a month per dog !!
back onto the journey
we jump on the ferry at Bilbao which takes 24 hours
but brings us to Portsmouth and onto UK soil.
Then we just have about a 6 hour drive
in a left hand drive car 
which will be fun
(taking into account stops for the dogs)
up to Halifax to drop Kiya off
Kiya will be stopping with Paul's son Karl
until we find our new home.
we may stay over as we have not seen Karl 
for about two years now
so will be nice to catch up.
but depends on how Hector is!!
more on him in a few
We then travel from Halifax onto Caistor
which is near Brigg, to Paul's mum's house.
That is going to be our temporary home while looking for our new home.

Tasmin who usually looks like this...
A cocker spaniel not a
Will be going with us to Pauls mum.

The two dogs will be travelling in these
the reason being
We have to get so much in the car
having them loose would be a nightmare
We are using them now 
so they are used to being in them
and I can tell you it took three days
before Kiya would go inside.
Now these take up most of the boot
so we have bought a roof box
For our clothes.
bedding and whatever can be piled in there
We also have a box which will fit snuggly 
under the two dog cages in the boot
inside this we are hoping to get the
PC, PlayStation, WII, 
any other elecrical things
oh and I have permission to squeeze cards in there too.

Now Hector the sometimes friendly iguana
He wanted to sit on my knee... 
either that or he wanted to help with the card I was in the middle of doing
He is fairly big now
As you can see behind me his house
well what was a three door built in wardrobe.
He will be travelling on the back seat next to Hannah
This is his moving home already lined with fake turf
it is the biggest tub we can buy 
that will fit behind the passenger seat with the seat forward but I am sure he will be OK
We have a Hot water bottle with a snuggly cover 
that we will fill throughout the journey
to keep him warm
He will not be eating though
we have had advice on not feeding him two days before
because he will be so stressed 
he wouldn't digest the food
which will in turn go off in his stomach
and make him ill.
So he will be very hungry when we finally 
get to Paul's mum's
We have ordered his next home
so it should be installed and ready!!
so as soon as we get there, Hector can stretch his tail
and have something nice to eat.
So as you can see..we have a lot to fit into the car
and have had a lot to sort out
the number of lists we have made is unreal
what we would like to take
and what we CAN actually take
My die cutting machine vs a TV
the machine
anyway I will let you get off now
Sorry it was such a long post
but people have been asking all sorts of questions
so I hope I have answered them all
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon
have a brill week
Claire x


Yes it is Wednesday.. 
the nosy time of the week
we don't just see desk's
we also see projects in the making
how your asking !!!
Over at ms Dunnit's blog for WOYWW
hop over and have a look
Now those that follow me 
and pop over regular
will know I am moving in December
back to the UK
So I decided in my ultimate wisdom
to pack a few things..
Yes to pack you need to get everything in one place
Well I got as much as possible onto the desk..
leaving the unit drawers for later

And here is the result...
I managed to squeeze most of it into my machine box at the bottom
the other 4 are full of card, paper and printed images
ready to colour with my new pens that are waiting for me in the UK
I just have one problem now.. I have to get them 4 boxes 
into the big brown box!!
oh and not forgetting these boxes and bag

Which are stuffed full of cards that I have made !!
Am sure I will manage it somehow
So this is my desk this morning
the tubs on the shelf
are going with the removal company
the drawer unit is empty(ish)
I just need to get my ribbons in somehow
so there you have it
My messy desk and packing
Obviously I wont be making many cards 
from now until we leave in six weeks time
but then again it will unpack again!!
in Paul's words
"if it keeps you happy unpack and make cards"
Time will tell on that one
oh and not forgetting
My little Tasmin
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Wednesday

Monday, October 17, 2011

Seeing Double

Well you are, but then your not
This is my second entry for the
Using the same Image as the last
Although this time I have gone for blue
And I am a lot happier with the card I made
It is a easel card. which I enjoy making more
 I do prefare her in blue.. 
and this time I did manage to get the basket to look right
The little gingerbread men 
can I call them that or is it People !!!
I know them as men, so men it is..
If I am wrong then sorry
here is my finished card
I used the same die for the flowers/leaves
They are held together with a star brad
the papers are Clipart Fairy
the blue is a freebie
the dotty one is from the Yummy collection
I then added some gems
I am also entering this into
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Hope you like it
thanks for stopping by xx

Cool Colour wheel card

That's what they are asking for over at the 
They have given us 5 images to play with again this month
and I have to admit..I like them all
So I will be making them all
Time allowing
Here is my First entry
I have used SSBC Design Digi
It is my favorite
How cute is she...
I chose Green from the colour wheel
with a hint of blue
here is my card... 
You can't really tell but the shiny card
is no longer all green
The one piece I have left had a few scratches
so I thought I would scratch all of it !!
You can see the scratching better on this picture
and the die cut
I have had a while but never used..
I thought it finishes it off nicely
with some added gems in the middle.
So here is my first entry
Hope it OK for the Challenge
Thanks for stopping by xx