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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.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Paperartsy NEW Jofy 2018 Stamps!

I was absolutely thrilled to be able to work with Jo Firth-Young's latest release from Paperartsy!  This time Jo has created an abundance of large stamps,  large stencils, mini stencils and mini stamps which correspond with each other beautifully!

We all selected  the stamps that we wanted to work so with baited breath, here is a show case of the projects I created for Jo's yummy new release!  Get Ready for a picture heavy post!

I'm sure you will agree that Jo's beautiful, new stamps are stunning?  The stamp sizes are big which will be exciting news for all Art Journaling fans. Head over to the Paperartsy blog to see what Jo, herself, Keren Baker & Lauren Hatwell have also created!

Happy Crafting,

Clare x x x 

Longing for Spring!

 Good morning all!  I'm sure a lot of you have been revelling in all of the glorious new products we have been glimpsing at Creativation? I'm compiling a mental list of the new products I'd like to try...too scared to write it down and figure out the cost, lol!

This week I have been using Carabelle Studio Stamps and I have chosen to work with two of their yummy sets!

I Stamped the images onto white card, heat embossed and coloured them in using Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers.  (I adore the rich, vibrant colours)

I cut the images out, attaching the scalloped border to some bakers twine to give the appearance of bunting.  Attaching Birdie to a twig from my wood basket, I assembled it all onto a mini decorative pallet.

What have you added to your shopping list from Creativation?  Time to start saving ;-)

Happy Crafting,


Monday, 15 January 2018

Paperartsy Flower Burst

 Creativation is nearly upon us and I'm sure there are a lot of excited crafters anticipating all of the wonderful new products that we will be able to use in our projects.  Whilst we are waiting for the new reveals I thought I would revisit one of my favourite stamp sets from last year.

This is a bit of a mash up of Paperartsy Stamps designed by Tracy Scott, along with some of their stencils and some from my stash.

I started off by making a masterboard with Distress Oxides, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry & Twisted Citron.  I stamped the flower from Paperatsy set #ETS07 twice so that I could layer it.  After some fussy cutting it was time to make my background.

After mopping up some of the Distress Ink colours I started to add in stamping and and stencilling in the corresponding colours and also with some smokey grey ink.  More stencilling this time with black acrylic paint.

Remember to take advantage of Topflight's  Pre-Creativation sale where you can save 15% of your entire order!  Just think of all the new products that will soon be arriving at Topflight Stamps!

I'm so excited to see what new goodies are going to be available!  I'll be google eyed on social media watching it all unfold.

Happy Crafting,


Monday, 4 December 2017

Hey Mr Snowman!

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps Blog today!.   The weather in the UK is certainly on the turn, with a light dusting of snow here and there!  So today I have brought to you my own zingy colourful snowman.

A few weeks back I pulled some prints from my gelli plate and had some clean up pages that I felt the need to keep.  Using Carabelle Studios Snowman set I stamped my snowman onto the printed page.

I masked off the snowman and stamped the houses & Christmas lights into the background.  Using distress oxide inks I used the snowflake stamp and some other stamps to build up some more layers.  I added a little shading around Mr Snowman, using a black inktense pencil, to make him pop!

I cut a clean piece of card as some white snowy ground for my snowman to sit and attached it over the printed card.  From some pink card stock I die cut the sentiment 'Celebrate' and attached.

Happy crafting,


Friday, 1 December 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #43 Believe

A new month, a new challenge...Christmas challenge, 'Believe'.  It's our Christmas challenge at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and time to get your mixed media all Christmassy!

Our sponsor this month is the lovely Glenda from Boozy Bear.  She makes a wonderful selection of chipboard shapes and textures.

I didn't use all of what Glenda sent to me but I had a good go!  

I started off by painting and brayering onto an MDF panel using a selection of Paperartsy fresco chalk paints.  With a stencil and a snowflake stamp I gradually built up my layers until I was happy.

With corresponding colours I painted the snowflakes and the chipboard punched circles.  I found the MDF heart my stash of bits and bobs, layered it up with paint using stencils and then gave it a fine coat of the chalk paint, just enough so the stencilling could show through.  I stamped on the sentiment and heat embossed with EP.

I attached all the separate painted elements using Finnabair 3D Matte Gel (Translucent).  What will you make for this months challenge?  Head over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, check out the rules and submit your entries.

Happy Christmas crafting!


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Visible Image & MMMC - Mid-Month Inspiration

Hi folks, there is still time to get your silhouette projects ready and entered into this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  Visible Image are handing over a $50 gift certificate to spend in their store.

Working on tags I put down a layer of white acrylic paint through the fibres stencil.  Once dry I continued to layer with Distress Oxides.  I stamped on The Happy Girl from the 'Tomorrow doesn't Exist' set.  I love the way the fibres stencil makes an appearance through the girl.

So 'Just be Happy' and pop your entry on the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog before the end of the month.

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Paperartsy Rust!

I'm thrilled to be over on the Paperartsy Blog  to share with you what I created for this months Topic#15...Rust!

For this Project I used Paperartsy/Tracy Scott Set #11 along with; Paperartsy Fresco acrylics, Rusting powder, Distress Inks & oxide inks and rusting paste from Prima, Finnabair Art Extravagence range.

My other little tool was a piece of textured wallpaper to help me build up my layers. I discovered this from one of Seth Apters You Tube videos where he used wall paper to print.

I started off by painting a block of MDF (rescued from hubsters garage) with slate grey Fresco acrylic paint.  I added layers by painting onto the textured wall paper and pressing it onto the block.  If I wanted to add a bigger area, like the large turquoise part in the middle, I painted onto a piece of plain card and pressed it on to break the pattern.

I got to this point and decided to stamp on some of the smaller stamps into the background but then I thought  that the pink was too bright for this project so I repeated with the wallpaper printing using Blood Orange to warm it up and give it a more autumnal feel.  I then repeated background stamping as most of the previous had been covered up.  I also stamped in various places with the wallpaper using versamark, sprinkled with rust powder and sprayed with white vinegar to activate the powder.

Here you can see where the rust powder has given an earthy, speckled effect.

I stamped the butterfly & flowers onto a sheet of card that had been prepared with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides.  I used a sepia ink pad and embossed with clear EP, I repeated with EP so that the butterfly had a little more texture.

I cut a fine metal bracket from my stash in half and fixed both of them to the block along with the butterfly, flowers and circles.

I used the rust pastes around the outside of my project, on the brackets and on selected areas of the flowers and butterfly.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed your visit?

Crafty hugs,