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Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as a teaching assistant, looking after my son, daughter and hubby Gary. Not forgetting our two mad springer spaniels, Suzi and Jess.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy Weekend to you all!  This is just a quick post to Celebrate World Card making Day.  I made a little something in advance of the day to be shown on Topflight Stamps.

If you head over to the Topflight Stamps Blog you can find out how to enter the World Card making Day Contest and be in with a chance of winning one of a few fabulous prizes!

Go get your craft on and celebrate World Card Making Day!

Happy Crafting,


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #41 Colour Challenge

Its the 1st of the month and there is a new challenge over at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!  This month there is a colour challenge and we have a bright zingy pallet for you to work with.

Our generous sponsors this month are Rubber Dance Stamps and they are offering a gift certificate to one lucky winner!

I decided to play along this month using Distress Oxides, owing to the fact that I had just recently received the second set of twelve and the colours fell right into this months challenge!

I created my tag by dipping my tag into spritzed Oxides before stamping on the 'Merry Magpie'

I added some shadow behind the Magpie as I wanted the colours on his body to pop through!

Along with the cute little arrows, stars and blocks, which were included in the set, I added my own doodles using a white Sharpie.  I stamped one of the sentiments onto some black card, heat embossed with white powder, distressed the edges and attached to the tag.

This is how I played along with this months challenge, now it's your turn!.  Head over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog, check out the rules and submit your entry!

Happy Crafting,


Monday, 25 September 2017

Step by step 'Bloom' canvas

Hi I'm back again and I just wanted to share with you how I made this canvas using stamps from Topflight Stamps.  Now this post is going to be very picture heavy as I took lots of different  stage photos as the canvas evolved.

I started of with a 6 x 6 canvas and covered it with tissue paper, very wrinkled, using matt medium.

Next I covered the whole canvas using black gesso.

Then I started to add colour by dry brushing onto the canvas.

 Putting paint directly onto the canvas now, I wiped back through a stencil using a wet wipe.

Stamping onto more tissue paper with black ink, I heat embossed with clear embossing powder and carefully tore around the flower and sentiment.

I applied the flower  and sentiment to the canvas with matt medium.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog today?  All comments are gratefully received.

Crafty hugs,

Clare x x x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #40 Vintage

New month, new challenge!  Over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge we have all gone a little bit vintage!  Our sponsor for this month is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, who are offering an amazing prize. Our guest designer this month is Jenny MarplesPop over to the MMMC blog, check out the rules and submit your entry.

I chose to work with Distress Oxides for this project.  I built up my layers of distress inks using stencils and stamps from  Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz, Warehouse District Set.  I applied some layers of tissue tape before layering on some die cut cogs.

Using Prima Rust paste,  I painted the cogs to give them and old rusty look.  

I really enjoyed playing along with this vintage theme.  Now it's your Turn!  Remember to check out the blog and check out the rules.

Put the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge picture onto your blog post
and link up your project to the challenge.

You could have a chance to win a prize from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Happy Crafting,


Monday, 28 August 2017

Paperartsy, Ink & Dog Vintage and Distress Oxides

Happy Monday to you all,  I'm over on the Paperartsy Blog tonight with a little experimentation!

I started off with using the Distress Oxides onto Paperartsy smoothy cardstock, perfect for taking the Oxides along with the extra water to smoosh it around!

Again, using the Oxides, I added in some stamping & stencilling using the stamps from Paperartsy Vintage Ink & The Dog set #ID04.

Through the mini masks I sponged on some Paperartsy Metallic Glaze, you obviously can't see here but wait and see what happens next!

Once the glaze has dried add another layer of  Distress oxides, this time in Walnut Stain, wipe back with a baby wipe and.......

The colours you left under the glaze come gleaming through the matt effect Distress Oxides.

I love the sheen that the glaze creates and the fact that the colours that I started with are allowed to peep through!

I can't wait to get my hands on the new set of oxides and start experimenting with the new colours!Thank you for popping over, comments are always gratefully received.

Happy Crafting,

Clare x x x 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Mid month inspiration

Hi folks,  I'm back with some mid-month inspiration for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  Our sponsors this month is Indigoblu.  Pop over to the blog to check out the rules and submit your entry to be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize.


On a tag, dipped and then stencilled with Distress Oxides, I stamped a feint image of the 'Country House' stamp onto my tag.  I also stamped some of the blooms from Victorian Garden using Vintage
Photo Distress Oxides.
With black Versafine ink pad,  I stamped an additional layer of blooms , the sentiment and the bumble bee.

Thank you for stopping by today, remember to pop over to the blog to check out the rest of the team's wonderful inspiration and enter your project.

Crafty Hugs,

Clare x x x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #39

Hi guys I'm blogging today for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  This months challenge is sponsored by Indigoblu and our Guest Designer this month is Jenny Marples.

This month we have some photo inspiration for you as well as the beautiful creations that the rest of the team come up with!  Remember to head over to the blog to check out their makes, read the challenge rules so you can pop in your entries to be in with a chance of this months prize!

I chose to work on a cardboard frame.  I layered up with paint before adding a layer of brick texture paste.

I stamped and heat embossed Country House onto some white tissue paper and adhered it to my project.  I also stamped the foliage & sentiment from Victorian Garden in the same manner and applied it with some matt medium.

I stamped the doorway onto some card, coloured in and fussy cut to add another layer to my project.

That's it from me today, remember to head over to the blog to find out how to enter your fabulous creations.

Crafty Hugs,
Clare x x x