Friday, 31 August 2012


Good Morning friends!!!. I know, I know I have been AWOL since last challenge and I'm aware that is 2 weeks ago now!!!. I have been a very busy beaver and a lot of that is down to the boss at Polka Doodles!. So excited as we have all been busy making samples for the new CD Nikky is launching on Create & Craft this Saturday. Find the details towards the end of this post.

Well it is Friday so we have a new challenge at Polka Doodles which has been set by the lovely Norine and she has chosen flowers as the theme. Here is my card!!!.

I have used the gorgeous gingerbread papers and embellishments from the Here Comes Christmas CD. The pretty poinsettia flower dies are by Marianne Designs. I have used Red Berry Doodle Dewdrops in the centre of the flowers. Spellbinders Nesties Labels One on the inside of my card. The card that I have used is Bazzill. Finally the sentiment is a peel off from my stash. 

I do hope that you will all be able to come take part in the challenge as we love seeing you there and there's a great chance to win some super prizes. 

Don't forget to tune in to Create and Craft on Saturday morning at 10am and 4pm in the afternoon where Nikky will be releasing the new Studio 12 CD Picknix 2 "Gingerbread Twist". You can pre-order it now by popping over to the shop HERE. I am absolutely loving the CD and it's not one that you will want to miss out on. 

Ok guys I promise I will be back with some cards and from Saturday will be able to show you my samples for Gingerbread Twist!!! Can't wait!!!.

Big hugs Clare xxx

Friday, 17 August 2012


Hello my lovelies. Wow what a gorgeous day it is out there today!!!. I hear the weekend is going to be glorious as well so we'd better make the most of it. So Friday means a new challenge over at Polka Doodles and this week you have to make a tag or a creation with a tag on it. Here is my project.

I have made a gift box using paper's and the sentiment from the new Here Comes Christmas CD. The gorgeous little Santa image is from the amazingly talented Emma Canning and he is called Sooty Santa!!!. I have coloured Sooty in with Promarkers. For the sentiment I have used red & white Bazzill card using a Nellie Snellen die. The ribbon, berries and jewel are from my stash.

I would love to see you guys have a go at this challenge. You do not have to use Polka Doodle products but would be a bonus if you do so that you can give us DT girls a run for our money lol!!!. 

As mentioned in the title Nikky is looking for new DT!!!. If you click HERE it will take you to the details. It is such an exciting opportunity and know how talented you all are so if you have the commitment then go for it!!!. 

Don't forget Emma Canning also has her DT call too so click HERE to apply.
Thank you for all of your beautiful get well messages for me and Simone. I'm still in quite a lot of discomfort but I managed to do some colouring yesterday and started making a card up. Simone was sick this morning (she had eaten some grass though!) but she seems pretty chirpy. Will be keeping an eye on her. 

Big hugs from me, Bert & Simone xxx

Thursday, 16 August 2012


The lovely Emma Canning has her very first design team call!!!. If you go over to her blog at Flat Friends Challenge Emma will explain all. You will get the chance to work with her amazing new images which you can also purchase over at the Polka Doodles shop

Emma is such a lovely talented lady and her digi images are a pleasure to work with and brilliant for colouring too!!!. Emma has just released her new Christmas images so go check them out too. I am busy making up samples at the moment to show you all on my blog so stay tuned.

Some of my recent creations using Emma Canning's gorgeous images below. 

Big hugs Clare xxx


Just wanting to say a big thank you to all of my friends for all of their love and kind words lately. I am so lucky to have you all and you have cheered me up no end.

Wanted to update you all on the little one. Simone is doing a lot better. I took her back to the vets on Tuesday and although she still has a temperature it has gone down to what it was. Hetty (the vet) explained that it can take some cats a long time to get through things like pancreatitus and she will need to be on a long course of antibiotics. Thankfully this week I am able to give these to her at home before we go back next Tuesday. Her eating has picked up although still not great. My poor girl has got a big bald patch now on the back of her neck where she has had so many injections in her scruff. She is sleeping a fair bit which can only be a good thing for her.

Ive had a scare this week as I have been getting a lot of pain in & under my rib cage and into my back. When I went to my GP this week he ordered x-rays and bloods fearing I may have a blood clot in my lung. I had all of the tests done on Tuesday and heard earlier today that I am all clear for that so I am mighty relieved. I am still awaiting the x-ray results to check any fractures etc but my GP thinks it is muscular but because of the Rheumatoid it has made the inflammation and pain a lot worse. I am living on oramorph at the moment as it even hurts to breathe, cough, move......I can't even think that I even did anything to bring this on which is just crazy!!!. So this week I have not been able to do much and no crafting going on. I am having a dabble in colouring today so that I can make up some cards so watch this space!!!.

Thank you all again, and sure I will be back to normal very soon.

Love and big hugs Clare xxx

Sunday, 12 August 2012


Wanted to give all of my lovely friends an update on my girl. Poor Simone has been to the vet everyday since last Saturday but finally she will get a day off tomorrow (but back on Tuesday). She still has a temperature which they cannot seem to get back to normal. It is going down ever so slightly but not to a level they are happy with. They want to give her a day off tomorrow in the hope that she can relax a little more as the daily trug to the vet is very stressful for her. She is still hardly eating so I have had to take to syringe feeding her which she hates. She has managed to eat a little on her own today which is positive. 
Their concern is that the pancreatitus is masking something else going on and that is why her temp is still high so as a precaution they have put her on an additional antibiotic injection to cover other things. Simone is also having vitamin shots too as she is not eating good atleast they can replace the lost vitamins.

So at the moment we just have to continue the way we are and hope that a day off tomorrow will help her. 

Had to get a pic in of my Bert doing his super cat impression lol!!!. He is a bit lost without playing with his Sister so I am making sure I play and give him plenty of fusses.

Please carry on praying for my girl as I know that it is helping her. I will update you on her after Tuesday.

Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments, emails and phonecalls they mean the world to us.

Big hugs Clare, Bert & Simone xxx


Finally getting caught up on some of Christmas Card Club challenges. This fortnight was Kerry's turn and she had a sketch for us. I am working backwards as I thought I would work from the latest as have two other challenges that I am working on dating later than this one. Do hope that makes sense lol. Call it worry and lack of sleep lol!.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes
FAB N FUNKY CHALLENGES - Use pearls or rhinestones
BIZZY BECS STORE - Spots & stripes

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Huge hugs Clare xxx

Thursday, 9 August 2012


Just want to say a big big thankyou to all of my lovely friends for their kind words & support yesterday with messages and emails.  I spent most of yesterday blubbing my eyes out!. 
My beautiful Simone has been really sick too and was diagnosed with pancreatitus on Tuesday after falling ill on Saturday. She had to be hospitalised yesterday which was heartbreaking leaving her. She had to be put on a drip as her temperature has been high since the weekend and they wanted to flush it out of her system and hydrate her. Me and Dad have been taking her in to the vets for the last 6 days so has been a real stressy time.
When we had to leave her both Dad and I were crying our eyes out. She just looked so frightened.

My poor Bert was wandering around the bungalow looking for her when we got back home. I had to do my treatment yesterday which I could have done without. 

Please say prayers for my girl that she will get better soon. I will update you all on her progress.

Want to say a big apology for not blogging and visiting. Life is so hectic at the moment, no excuse I know but please do not think that I do not come and visit. It's the commenting which I need to get to grips with. Not getting a whole lot of time in the craft room at the mo apart from DT stuff. Hopefully soon things will settle down soon.

Hugs Clare xxx

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


Can't believe it is a year today since you have been gone Matthew. You have left a large gaping hole in everyone's lives who knew you, especially Helen, Jacob and Braiden's. 

Love you Bro and will never forget you xxx

Friday, 3 August 2012


Good morning camper's!!!. Do hope that everyone is fine and dandy today, especially as it's Friday. Friday means that it is another challenge over at POLKA DOODLES which is to include bunting and banners on your creation. This is what I came up with;

This is the first time I have made a rocker card and I know it's not going to be a last as it is sooooo easy to create and I love the look of these too. I have used another cool image from the lovely EMMA CANNING and this week I used the TAYLOR "I'M SORRY" DOWNLOAD. Just to let you all know Emma has just released her gorgeous new Christmas images which you can purchase HERE. I am sooooo looking forward to working with them. Please go pop over and see. Would love to hear what your favourites are. I am so loving the VW Camper Van!!!.
I have used the yummy patterned paper's on my card from the STUDIO 12 PICKNIX COLLECTION 1 CD. The bunting punch is from Stampin' Up (yes I have been waiting for this baby for sometime!!!). I have used BAZZILL CARDSTOCK, coloured in PROMARKERS and the bow, ribbon and eyelets are from my crafty stash.

I would love to see all of my friends pop over and have a go at this challenge. Just remember you do not have to use the POLKA DOODLE brand to play along with the challenges, although we would love to see what you can create from Nikky's collections. You can be in with a chance of some amazing prizes too if you win!!!. 

Will be back over the weekend.

Take care and big hugs
Clare xxx


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