Friday, 28 September 2012


Hello everyone, I'm so sorry that I have not been around but have been poorly since the weekend. I am having a really bad flare up of my RA at the moment and been in so much pain. All of my glands are up and my throat has been really sore too. To top it off where I am run down I have an outbreak of dermatitis on my face. Might as well stick a paper bag on my head now!!!. 

Anyway it's Friday and that means another challenge over at Polka Doodles. It was Ashley's turn to choose the theme and she wants a creation of your favourite holiday/occasion of the year ie, Christmas, Valentine's day, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving......Ashley has also added a twist which is to use the colour teal in your creation (this is optional though). 

My favourite has to be Christmas and this is what I created;

The yummy papers and the beautiful scene is from the new Picknix 2 Collection "Gingerbread Twist" CD. The sentiment is from the Here Comes Christmas CD. I have used Red Berry Doodle Dew Drops to decorate the tree and White Pom Pom Ribbon along the image. I used circular Nesties for the sentiment. 

I you fancy having a play along just pop over to the Polka Doodles challenge blog for more details. There are some awesome prizes to be won!!!.

Just want to remind you that there will be a show tomorrow on Create & Craft channel at 12 noon with Rosemary Merry for the launch of the new Studio 12 Picknix 2 "Gingerbread Twist" CD. Click HERE for more information. 

Hopefully in the next few days I will be feeling better and will get around to everyone's blogs. I'm so sorry for my lack of commenting. I really do appreciate all of your lovely messages and comments, they really do mean so much to me, especially when i'm not feeling too great.

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend whatever you are doing.

Big hugs Clare xxx

Tuesday, 18 September 2012


It's been a pretty hard day today, but any special day marking the calendar is always hard when someone we have lost is not here to celebrate with. It was Mum's 73rd Birthday today and although it is 4 years on December 17th that we lost her it really does not get any easier. Having my blog really does help though so that I can mark these dates and share them and let my friends know just what an awesome and beautiful Mum she was.

Dad and I got Mum a dozen red and white roses to put on her memorial and I made a card like I always do.

It is such a beautiful and serene place in Mum and Dad's garden and was one of Mum's most favourite places in the world to be. Her Red Robin tree has flourished over the last 4 years it is gorgeous. This is the card that I made for Mum from the family.

Love and miss you every single day Mum

Thank you for letting me share.

Hugs Clare xxx

Friday, 14 September 2012


Mmmmm yummy icecream!!! that is the challenge over at Polka Doodles this week. It was Daniele's turn to pick the challenge this week and she chose to make a creation with icecream colours. My favourites are chocolate and strawberry!!!!. 

I have been itching to make this chocolate card since finding it on a very talented ladies blog, Mariannes Papirverden. She has included a tutorial but I had to adjust the sizing to fit my chocolate bar so just check the sizes before attempting to make it!!!. 

I have used the gorgeous papers from Papers Boutique 111 and the images and sentiment is from Picknix Collection 1. I have used a Martha Stewart punch and ribbon, gems and card are from my stash. Not forgetting the chocolate bar was from Tesco!!!. 

Hope you can go over and check out the challenge at Polka Doodles. There are some great prizes to be won and although we love to see you using Polka Doodles stash you do not have to to play along.

I have entered my chocolate card into the following challenges;

DELIGHTFUL SKETCHES - Anything but a card
DUTCH DARE CARD CHALLENGES - Sugar & spice & all things nice
IN THE PINK CHALLENGES - Pink & anything but square
MY HEART PIECES - Anything goes
SHELLY'S IMAGES - Anything goes
CRAFTS & ME - In the pink
WHIMSY INSPIRES - Anything goes

Big hugs Clare xxx

Monday, 10 September 2012


Ok I know, six days on the trot with a post, it's getting scarey now!!!. I did tell you I had been busy. I am now able to share another make which was a project for the awesome Pen & Paper Circle Club Magazine, Issue 4 which has just been released. The Pen & paper Circle is an exclusive club to Polka Doodles where you subscribe by pre-order only and to ensure you get a copy you need to hop over to the shop and click HERE to sign up to get an email when the next issue is available. The magazine is packed full of tutorials, offer's, hints & tips as well as a kit with a stamp set and CD containing papers and other exciting extra's.

I made an accordian card with the lovely kit included in this edition.

As you can see there are some gorgeous features in the Pen & Paper Circle magazines, the papers are so yummy. Make sure you go sign up for the email which will let you know when the next edition will be available and you will get to see the kit design before you order!!!.

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

BUNNY ZOE - Distressing
HOUSE OF GILLI - More than one fold
LOVE TO CREATE - Ribbon or twine
PAPER PLAY TIME - gingham & dies/punches
STAMP & CREATE - Anything goes
JOANNA SHEEN - Going dotty
NO MATTER WHICH CHALLENGES - Die cuts &/or punches
PILE IT ON - Patterned papers
ROBYNS FETISH - More than one fold
THE SQUIRREL & THE FOX - Anything goes

Thank you for stopping by today and you never know, there may be another creation tomorrow!!!.

Big huggles Clare xxx

Sunday, 9 September 2012


Well I have promised you some cards in todays post so that's what you will get!!!. Do hope everyone is having a good Sunday. 

I have two Christmas Card Club challenges to show you today. The first being one which was set by the gorgeous Debi which was to make 4 tags or 4 small cards. Here is what I came up with;

I used the gorgeous angel image by the amazingly talented Emma Canning. You can purchase the digi from the Polka Doodles online shop and it is only £1.25. The gingham paper's are from the Polka Doodles Here Come's Christmas CD Rom. I have coloured with Promarkers and stickles for the angel wings. I have used deckled oval nestibilities and ribbon, jewels and sentiments are from my stash.

My next challenge was set by our lovely Sue and she wanted us to use all of our favourite things and also to add a snowflake or two. 

Well you all know how much I love polka dots!!! that was an easy one lol. I used this gorgeous Hero Arts image too which is one of my favourite Christmas stamps. I coloured with Flexmarker's and stickles. I used a Woodware snowflake punch for the tiny flakes and the main snowflake was taken from a pretty clear peel off which I mounted onto white card. I have used a Martha Stewart border punch and layered with Kaiser blue bling. I stamped on to a deckled oval Nestie, the rub on sentiment is by Doodlebug which I have layered onto silver mirri card. Phew I think that's it!!!.

At least you all know now that I have been busy in the craft room and not just putting my feet up!!!. I have some more makes to bring you this week so hold tight. 

I am trying to get some cards made for the Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning on 28th September. It seems to have crept up really quickly this year. Our local Haine & Son Funeral Director's participate every year and it is a cause close to my heart as they were a godsend when Mum was alive and so supportive. 
My lovely friend Debbie who works at Haine sets it up each year and goes to so much effort bless her. I know it's not a lot but I feel like I am doing my bit by making and donating cards and crafty bits to sell. Finger's crossed it all goes well again this year.

Right my lovelies have a wonderful rest of Sunday, i'm heading back to the craft room!!!.

Big hugs Clare xxx

Saturday, 8 September 2012


Well today is the final day to show you my last sample for the brand new Studio 12 CD, Picknix Collection 2, Gingerbread Twist which was launched on Saturday by Nikky Hall on Create & Craft.

I made a Christmas magnet to spruce up the fridge, freezer or anything else is will stick too lol!!!.

I managed to get hold of some of the cute Anita's 2013 mini calendar's. Again they make such quick and simple gift idea's and It was made within 30 minutes. Obviously taking longer with the fussy cutting!!!.

You can purchase the new Picknix 2 CD HERE and is currently selling for only £9.99 which is an amazing price. There are so many elements to choose from including colour and black and white images, gorgeous paper's, sentiments and embellishments. I absolutely love it!!!.

I hope that you have enjoyed my samples and when I get some spare time I am planning to add some tutorials to my blog.

I will have some cards to show you tomorrow.

Thank you so much for visit and your lovely comments, they make my day.

Love & hugs Clare xxx

Friday, 7 September 2012


Hi there me lovelies, hope everyone is well and have had a good day. I bet you are all relieved it is Friday and hope we get more of this beautiful weather. Well day three is here to show you another sample to the new Studio 12 CD Picknix Collection 2, Gingerbread Twist which was launched by Nikky on Saturday on Create & Craft.

I have made a note pad holder which again just fancies up a plain and boring pad and makes a cute gift idea.

Isn't that reindeer just adorable!!!. There are some gorgeous images on the CD as well as beautiful paper's. If you would like to buy the new Gingerbread Twist CD click HERE which will take you to the Polka Doodles store. There is loads of other yummy stash there just to pre-warn you!!!.

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

INSPIRE ME FRIDAYS - Anything goes

Well that's it for now. Will be back tomorrow with the final sample.

Hugs Clare xxx

Thursday, 6 September 2012


Evening all!!!. Hope that everyone of my lovely friends have had a good day. As promised I have another sample to show you which I made for the launch of the fantastic new Studio 12, Picknix Collection 2, Gingerbread Twist CD released by Nikky last weekend on Create & Craft.

I made a yummy cookie box which makes such a quick and easy gift for someone for Christmas.

The paper's and images are so lush. You really are spoilt for choice and the hardest thing about CD crafting is deciding what to use first!!!. If you would like to buy the new Picknix 2 Gingerbread Twist CD just click HERE to visit the Polka Doodles shop. 

I would like to enter my Christmas creation into the following challenges;

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes
MY MUMS CRAFT SHOP - Anything goes
NUT CRAFTERS - Countdown to Christmas
INSPIRE ME FRIDAY'S - Anything goes

I will be back again tomorrow for another reveal.

Big hugs Clare xxx

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


Good afternoon everyone. Hope you are all enjoying this glorious weather we are having this week. I promised in my last post that I would show you some of the projects I have been busy with over the last couple of weeks. 

Over at Studio 12 Nikky Hall has just released the new Picknix 2 Gingerbread Twist CD. Us DT girls have been busy beavering away at samples and the CD made it's debut on Create and Craft this Saturday just gone. I am going to show you the first of four samples I made and promise to bring you another one tomorrow.

There are quite a few pictures to show you the different sides to the box.

I absolutely love this new CD and it is packed with wonderful images, paper's, sentiments and embellishments. It is so easy to work with and if anyone is scared of the thought of CD crafting don't be. I was the biggest phobic!!!. Through joining the Polka Doodles DT it has made me realise so many benefits and I just love it. 

I laughed so much watching the Create and Craft show as Nigel May was presenting and he started lobbing the sweets all over the set for the crew to munch on, think they went down well!!!. 

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

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes
DREAM VALLEY CHALLENGES - Something old, something new (old ribbons from stash and a new CD)
TUESDAY ALCHEMY - Anything goes
USE IT TUESDAY - Use that ribbon
MAKE IT MONDAY - Always anything goes
STAMPS & FUN - Anything but a card
THE PINK ELEPHANT CHALLENGE - Use patterned papers
TOTALLY STAMPALICIOUS - Anything but a card
LADYBUG CRAFTS - Anything goes
NATALIE & AMY - Anything goes
ANYTHING BUT A CARD - Anything goes
INSPIRE ME FRIDAYS - Anything goes

I will be back tomorrow with another creation.

Love and hugs Clare xxx

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Hello my lovelies. Do hope everyone is well. I finally have some time to have a bit of catch up. I have been doing a lot of creating I promise. I have managed to spend the afternoon catching up in blog land and made a start on visiting and commenting so bear with me if I have not got around to you yet!!!. I will get there. 

A lot of you have been asking about the animals!!!. Firstly my beautiful girl Simone is recovering well from her pancreatitus. Her fur is growing back to her neck and both paws where she had so many bloods, IV's and injections. The only thing is where she had so many needles to her scruff she developed really nasty sores, I guess where she was so run down. Simone developed a lot of stress through her ordeal and started over grooming so she has bald patches now in different area's. Poor little thing, everytime I go out or someone comes indoors she thinks she is being taken to the vets. I have invested in a Feliway diffuser/plug in which is meant to calm your animal down. I am also using Rescue Remedy in her water which is a natural medication to calm and relax. She does seem a lot more chilled. I am cringing today as Bert & Simone got their 6 monthly reminder letter to go have their flea programme injections done, aagghh!!!. Think I might let the diffuser well and truly kick in before I attempt to take Simone.



At the moment I have two baby squirrel orphans I am weaning and I also have the 4 piggy girls staying while Monica is on holiday!!!. They are not too happy with me as I have had to bath them all as one of the guinea pigs has a skin condition which she can pass onto the other three. Luckily it is only a guinea pig condition. Had to take this pic of them in the bath yesterday!!!.


It's such a shame as I have had a few baby hedgehogs which have not lived long. It has been a really bad year for hoglets and many of the rescue centre's have reported babies dying. All you can do is your best though and I have to keep telling myself that. We are the second best thing to them compared to being reared by their Mummies. Unfortunately this is not always enough. I like to think though that there are plans for them in their next life.

Meanwhile these two pictures were taken a week apart. What a difference a week makes in squirrel land!!!. One week eyes are tightly shut and the next they are wide open. They are such cute little things and they are now down to just morning and evening feeds. I have been tempting them with different foods and they definitely gave a thumbs up to Farleys Rusks!!!. 

Right my lovelies I will hopefully be sharing a few posts with you this week as I can now show you the things I have been creating the last couple of weeks. 

Love and hugs Clare xxx


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