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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.

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

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #38 Altered Embelishments

Hi folks, It's been a while since I've visited my own blog!  I'm here today sharing with you my project for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

This months sponsor is 'UmWowStudio', They manufacture quality craft chipboard pieces and stencils.  They are offering this months lucky winner a $30 gift certificate along with free shipping.  This month we were lucky enough to work with these stunning chipboard leaves and foliage. They are really sturdy and super to work with.

It's true to say that in some respect I am a bit of hoarder, so when I came across this old picture frame it was time to revive and give it a new lease of life!

  After fixing the chipboard to the frame I gave the whole frame a coat of gesso.   I painted layer of slate chalk paint onto the frame, a coat of weathered wood and then a coat of Deco Art crackle paint.  I added some colour to the frame using Deco Art Media fluids and some stamping to the frame using the butterflies from Carabelle Studios Loving Thoughts  and one of the 'Tiny Backgrounds' from Indigoblu.

Using the Finnabair Patina Paste set,  I carefully painted the chipboard pieces with the pastes and added some darker tones in between to make them pop.

My old photo frame, up cycled, will definitely take pride of place on my mantel piece.  Now it's your turn.  Pop over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, check out the rules and pop your entries into this months 'Altered Embellishemts' challenge.

Your comments are always gratefully received.  Should you fancy seeing what I get up to next, hit the follow button.

Happy Crafting,


Monday, 19 June 2017

Jumping for Jofy Joy!

Good evening all.  As you can tell, I am more than a little excited about my post this evening!  I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Paperartsy's newest release of Jofy stamps. 

Jofy's new stamps are so delightfully, doodlicious I decided to use them all in my first project.

I started off with my gelli plate, printing a couple of masterboards for the flowers and leaves and also some deli papers for the frame.  I used Paperartsy Fresco acrylic paints:- Prawn, Tangerine twist & Butternut (from Tracy Scott's limited edition) & Egg plant along with some gold.

I stamped the flowers and leaves and patiently fussy cut them out so I could create my layered blooms.

Onto a cardboard frame I painted with Paperartsy fresco acrylic :- Nougat.  I applied some of the pieces of my printed deli paper with matt medium to the frame.  Some of the leaves were stamped directly onto the frame,  just to give me an idea of positioning.  Using all of my cut out blooms and foliage I adhered them to the frame.

Now I did seem to go from one extreme to the other for this next project but I only chose to use two stamps!  Onto a sheet that had been prepared with Sunset beach Infusions and Fresco Acrylic paint I stamped the leaf, multiple times and one of the large circle flowers to create a layered bloom.  Alert.... more fussy cutting!  I carefully arranged them onto a blank card so that the luscious petals of my bloom had plenty of layers.

Never throw anything away!  I'm sure that you don't?  I do love leftovers and I always try to be resourceful and utilise anything that gets left behind.  A piece of the Sunset Beach Infusions card was perfect for this little bookmark/tag


I added a little white doodling of my own and some pearly dots to embellish my tag.

Last but not least a few more of my crafty makes that I enjoyed experimenting with whilst playing with these gorgeous new stamps.  Remember to pop over to the Paperartsy blog for details of who will be stocking these yummy new designs.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I love to hear your thoughts and comments, please feel free to do so below or if you fancy keeping tabs on what I get up to next hit the follow button above, the more the merrier!

Crafty Hugs,

Clare x x x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #37 A year of choices

Good morning to you all!  It's the start of a new month and the start of a new challenge At Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  This month we are re-visiting the past 12 months and you have an extensive choice of themes to play with.

Our Sponsor for this June's challenge is Donna Downey Studio which comes along with a prize of $50 gift certificate to their store.  

So I chose the theme where I very first started with MMMC and opted for 'Reach for the Stars'

On a 12 x 12 canvas I glued down die cut stars which had been cut from a sheet of Dylusions sprayed card.

I painted loosely over the top with Dina Wakley acrylics using  the colours lime, turquoise and night.

Using a variety of  stencils I went over my canvas.  I love these colours!  I think I'm going to a journal spread using these.

I needed to decide where everything was going to go so using the stencils I made some marks for my stars.

Using cherry pie and white linen Dylusions paint, I blended around my stars.  I added the stencil by Donna Downey - crescent moon using more Dina Wakley acrylics - Night. Using some 3D gel I added some more stars over the top through the Dylusions star stencil.

I also added in some stamped stars using one of Seth Apters star stamps.  Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Be sure to head over to MMMC and check out the rules and pop your entry on the blog .

Happy crafting, 

Clare 😘

Monday, 15 May 2017

Put a stamp on it - Mid Month inspiration

Hi Folks,  I haven't been around for a while,  but I'm back today to share with you a little mid month inspiration for this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Working in my Dina Wakley Mixed Media journal, along with Dylusions-Cherry Pie & White Linen paint I used Tim Holtz tiles stencil to build up the layers of my tiled background.  Using a white pigment ink pad and smokey grey Versafine ink pad, I added some leaf stamps from the Carabelle 

I splattered some of the Cherry Pie and white paint onto the page, drying between each colour change.  I also did a little mark making using an old gift card and some old bottle tops.

I stamped the main leaf image on the centre of the page and heat embossed with some clear embossing powder.  I gave the leaves some shimmer using a wink of Stella pen and dotted around some pearlescent sequins.  Just a simple sentiment for a simple page 'Beautiful' from one of Tim Holtz chit chat ideology books.

Thank you for visiting today.  I always look forward to reading your comments.  You still have until the end of the month to 'Put a stamp on it'. Head over to MMMC blog, check out the rules and post your entry.

Crafty Hugs,

Clare x x x x

Monday, 1 May 2017

Mixed Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #36 Put a Stamp on it

A new month, a new challenge and this month brings along a stamping challenge over at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Our sponsors this month is Topflight Stamps.  Topflight stamps is a brand new, online, boutique stamp store offering you a world wide selection of delightful stamps.  There is a $25 gift certificate for the lucky winner of this months challenge.

For this months challenge I decided to get inky on a tag!  Using Distress Oxides along with Visible Image stamps I created my musical tag.

Using Fired brick and Spiced marmalade Distress Oxides I worked on the tag, spritzing with water and drying in between.  I die cut the tag using one of  Tim Holtz thinlets.

The singing diva was stamped with versafine black ink.  I continued to add some stencilling to the tag first with some Distress ink and then with some gold paint. 

Onto some glossy paper, previously prepared with alcohol ink, I stamped the girl once more and cut out her fingerprint dress to layer onto the tag.  I added some detail so the diva using a gold pen.  

I stamped "Sing" onto some black card with a versamark watermark ink pad.  I used Stampendous gold embossing power along with some of the frantage glitter to give it some bling! 

Now it's your turn to bring out the stamps and you could be selecting  some new ones  to add to to your collection if rustle up an entry for this months challenge.  Head over to Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog, check out the rules and submit your entry to be in with a chance to win.

Crafty hugs,



Saturday, 1 April 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #35 What's your Superpower?

A new challenge from Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!  What is your Superpower or what would you like it to be?  Well I know that speaking for myself, I would quite happily love the power to make time stand still to make way for some guilt free crafting.  I am one of those people, like many of you, that puts my family's needs before my own and this often leaves me with little time for myself to indulge in my crafty pursuits.

Our sponsor this month is Stampers Anonymous and up for grabs are some Brett Weldele products, which leads into our guest designer who is, you've got it, Brett Weldele!  With a view to trying something a little different myself I made time stand still for a couple of hours, using Brett's Jenny Sparrow stamps to bring to you my crafty make for this months challenge.

I started off with three tags.  Using gesso, I sponged through a stencil and dried off with a heat tool.

Using Distress Oxides on a craft mat I spritzed with water and mopped up the colour.  I love how the gesso stars begin to appear as you add the colour.

Once I'd achieved my desired colours I  stamped the images onto the tags in versafine ink.  Using some bleach mixed with water I bleached  out my chosen  parts of the image where I wanted the colour to disappear.

I blended some normal Distress inks in the corresponding colours around the outsides of the tags.

I added some black stamping using some stamps from Carabelle Studio to the edges and also created a background for my montage of of tags to sit. 

Whilst I was shooting the photo's for my blog my daughter declared her love for my creation  and claimed it for her room!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have enjoyed your visit?  So come on, what's your Superpower?  Pop over to the MMMC blog, check out the rules and show us your Super creations! 

Crafty hugs,