Thursday, 30 July 2015

Well I think it's time... give this blog a little resuscitation and revival! It's been far too long.

Far too long since I properly crafted, made anything, blogged, had a life...the lot!

So a quick whizz around my life to bring you up to date...

I got divorced in February 2013, more about that here. David and I are still good friends, we lend each other things {well actually, I borrow a lot and he lends!}, and talk about our current relationships, which I must admit is a bit weird but I can handle it :)

Joe is now 10 years old, and we are best friends I hope that doesn't change. I hope forever and a day that he feels able to tell me everything. Well, almost everything!

I am with Peter, it's been a bumpy old ride, I've been with his for about 3 years now. We did split in October 2014 but of course he realised he couldn't give me up {ha ha} and I moved in with him in May of this year. Now believe me, moving two houses into one has been no mean feat, and I think we will be topsy turvy for quite a while, but we'll get there.

I was working as the Assistant Manager of a Brewers Fayre in Cleethorpes, which kept me busy, very busy! So busy that I never got to do any crafting, socialist, see Joe very much or have a life! So Tuesday was my last shift where I hung up my Manager's apron {Hypothetically, I didn't actually wear an apron}, said a tearful goodbye to my colleagues to start a new job in a couple of weeks which is 9-5 Monday to Friday. Yes I'm doing a Dolly Parton!

Which brings me to present day. I'm having a craft room constructed at the end of the garden {and believe me it's a pretty long garden, about 100 meters}. We decided that there wasn't a room big enough to hold all my craft stuff, even though I had had a good clear out before I moved! My online craft shop is on holiday at the moment whilst everything is inaccessible at the back of our garage, and  I need room for that too. So a dream was born. To be able to build my own craft haven really is a dream come true for me.

And so it began. We visited Kirton Sectional Buildings and created a bespoke Craft Studio you might say, from two of their summer houses combined to make the most ideal space. We added a window and turned from from portrait to landscape giving 1 window to the front aspect and one at each end. We moved the double door to the left from the centre and added a veranda too. It's made from heavy duty timber with a Onduline roof that's virtually maintenance free, and has double glazed windows, door, and also gutters and downpipes. It really is gorgeous!

We had to have a concrete base laid for the foundations of the studio and we also decided to add a small path to the front of the studio too. Then about a week later they came to build the studio, which is included in the cost.

It has a lovely wooden floor too which will help to keep the studio warm and cosy in the winter months. This was the craft studio that evening with the building all finished but still lots to do.

Then we started painting and it had to be my favourite colour of all time - sea grass/turquoise in two different shades. I used the Valspar range for exterior wood available from B & Q as I had used this in Joe's new room and it was so lovely to use. I used the colours Zen on the main panels and blown glass on the balustrades and around the windows and doors. Here's Mr. P helping me paint...

and here he is posing with his electrics!

and this is it so far. I still have to paint one side and the ballustrades of the veranda but the weather has been very rainy. There is still yellow masking tape around the windows as I have to do another coat around them too.  

Today Peter is in the process of putting internet up there so I can use my computer etc. And then we wait for the plasterer who is coming to insulate, plasterboard, plaster and paint the interior before I can work my magic. I can't wait. I have so much planned that I would like to do. 

That's all for now. I'll never leave so long next time. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Daily Inspiration...iAppreciate You!

Good Morning All!

Thanks for joining me today. I wonder what kind of weather today will bring, it just doesn't seem to be able decide what to do with itself at the moment. Whatever it brings I have been given strict orders from my GP to relax and take things easy as I'm still not eating at all well after my bowel op and have the energy of a sloth!

This was a card I was asked to make for someone at work. I usually ask people what the recipients hobbies and likes are, and the answer I got was 'Do you have anything showing a lady on the sofa with an iPad, as that's all my mum seems to do!'

With this in mind I looked everywhere and could find nothing that even resembled this request (which frankly I was surprised about!), but then I remembered that there is a very talented guy at work who is amazing at art and drawing. I asked him if he could draw 'a lady on a sofa with an iPad' and he did just that! I scanned this into my computer, fiddled with it, got it the right size, and printed out onto Aspire Crafts Crafting Card and voila! The lad who ordered it from me for Mother's Day was really chuffed with it!

Because this was essentially a digi stamp, I printed the image onto the craft Card, then onto patterned paper from My Mind's Eye Then & Now 'Dorothy' Paper Pad and paper pieced the image. I then printed out the image yet again onto crafting card, coloured the lady with Distress markers, then decupaged. The iPad itself is coloured with a souflee grey sakura pen. 

I printed the greeting using 'Teletype' font.

Supplies used from Clare Curd Crafts!: Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Markers; MME Then & Now Dorothy 6 x 6 paper pad; CCC Ravishing Ribbon in Burgundy - 25mm and 10mm

I really hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for visiting me today! xx

Monday, 7 April 2014

Daily Inspiration...Distressed Panel

Good Afternoon everyone!

Thanks for joining me today for some 'Daily Inspiration!' 

This is a card I made for my mum. She was having a cataract operation and being an hour and a half away from where they live, and working too I couldn't visit. So I decided I would make her a card to show I was thinking of her. 

I saw this card on Pinterest, and couldn't resist making my own version. I loved it so much, and I must admit that it came out pretty much like the original! 

I think this card design is perfect for lots of different occasions, just changing the sentiment, and maybe color scheme will suffice!

I created the panel by stamping the agapanthus head with white ink and embossed with white powder. Then I added Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks to the panel using my blending tool. I then spritzed the panel with Docrafts Artiste gold spritzing ink. Pearls from my stash and burnt gold sequins purchased from The Range were added. 

If Pinterest is anything to go by, I have really noticed that vellum is on a comeback with a vengeance, and I think it works great when used as a panel for greetings! 
I used a greeting stamp from my stash (I think it's Hero Arts), and stamped with Versamark. Then I dusted with gold lustre powder from the Mica Powder Set 1 from CleverCut. I secured this to the card by cutting into the spine of the card and folding around, then adding a piece of card to cover the workings!

Ranger Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick

I hope you enjoyed visiting today... I'll be back tomorrow with another card! x

Thursday, 3 April 2014

New Teresa Collins 2014 Collections added to Clare Curd Crafts!

Good Evening All!

I'm so excited about the NEW Teresa Collins Collections, that I wanted to take a few minutes from watching a movie with Joe to show you why! The reason is they're simply stunning and they're now in stock at Clare Curd Crafts!

First up is...

A fresh and clean collection that's great for cards, scrapbooks, journalling, ATC's, project fact for all types of crafting! I think that's why I love it so much. In stock I have the 6 x 6 paper pack, 12 x 12 chipboard elements (2 sheets of 6 x 12), decorative and word stickers, chipboard buttons and brads, stamps, decorative enamel dots and shapes, ephemera pack, gems, file folders and layered butterflies. There's something to love for all in this collection!

Next is...

Initially, you (or rather I, for I can only speak for myself!) think about wedding scrapbooks and the like, but there's much more life than just nuptials in this collection! Simply stunning colours are put together to celebrate life and love of all kinds! 
 In stock are 6 x 6 paper packs, 12 x 12 chipboard elements (2 sheets of 6 x 12), decorative and word stickers, chipboard buttons and brads, stamps, decorative enamel dots and shapes, ephemera pack, gems, and file folders.

Finally we have...

I've been really hard pushed to choose a favourite from this release of TC, but I think winning by a nat's hair is 'Hello my name is'. I think it's the combination of kraft colours together with burgundy and black. Again, the versatility of this collection shines through as it's suitable for all occasions and projects! 

Unless I have already claimed them as mine, in stock are 6 x 6 paper packs, 12 x 12 chipboard elements   (2 sheets of 6 x 12), decorative and word stickers, chipboard buttons and brads, stamps, decorative enamel dots and shapes, ephemera pack, gems, and file folders.

I hope you're as stunned with the collections as I am, I can't wait to use them to see what they can do! I'll be sharing my results on here of course! 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Watch This Space...!

Good Evening One and All!

A you might notice, there has been a few changes to my blog. A little revamp, a little tweaking... a change is as good as a rest so they say.

There has been a few additions to my sidebar, and soon, starting April 1st...... Whoops! I meant May 1st - I have to get myself organized! will find little gems of inspiration, techniques, news and videos hidden behind these images. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I am looking forward to making and producing them.

So it's time to rip off those dust sheets from a long neglected blog, give it a good ol' spring clean and start a-fresh.

And I can't wait! x

Friday, 3 January 2014

40% Off Sale now on at Clare Curd Crafts!

40% Off sale NOW ON at Clare Curd Crafts. Click on the picture to go straight to where it's happening. Goodies selling out fast!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Some of my Recent Crafty Makes...

Hi there!

Clare here with some of my cards that I've meant to post for ages and haven't got around to! I'm going to make this post a quick one as I'm getting the website ready for the 


Starts 10am on 1st January, so don't miss out to get some great bargains. Postage and Packaging will be free on orders over £25.00.

Here is the christmas card I made for my Mum and Dad. I absolutely adored making this card. It took ages but it was worth it! 

Products Used from Clare Curd Crafts:

This is just a fun card I fancied making. Usually the best type of cards! 

Products Used from Clare Curd Crafts:

A nice, easy quick card. The papers do all the work for you. 

Products Used from Clare Curd Crafts:

BasicGrey Carte Postale 6 x 6 paper pack 

And this is just a random card that I made for my friend's wedding anniversary. I cut the typography out with my cameo, and added the heart embellishment stickers to finish. Lovely. xx

Hope you like. Watch out for the sale starting if you want to grab a bargain!

love, Clare x

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Happy Birthday Green and Pink Stylee!

Hi there!

Clare here with a card for you.

I was asked to make this card for Peter's Mum for her Birthday. I don't know why but I always stress when making a card for someone else. Will they like what I've done, will the colours be right...especially when your brief is "Well I don't know what she likes, just make anything!"Well, thanks, that's really helpful!

In the end after much deliberation and three hours from a card blank here it is...

I am really happy with it and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process! However it does weight a lot with all those layers! I love a weighty card, it shows time and quality, although I don't like the price tag at the post office!

I used Best Creations A Walk in the Garden 6 x 6 paper pad, and these have to be seen to appreciate the beauty of this bundle of loveliness! Each of the 24 papers have iridescent glitter encapsulated within a gloss finish, accentuating areas for increased gorgeousness. 

The dashed squared paper in the background is from the new DCWV 6 x 12 stacks- this one is the ledger paper stack. 

I love ledger paper, and these stacks are fantastic as they are shaped at the bottom which you can wither include in your design or trim off for use as a border or something! There are 36 sheets of double sided paper.  Here I've inked the edges with tea dye distress ink pad. 

I cut the circles using my trusty Martha Stewart Circle cutter, I can't remember exactly what size sorry, but the grey mat was 2/16th of a inch larger than the white circle. The flowers were made using the Brand New Clare Curd Crafts die cut - pom pom flowers. These come as a flat spiral, which you coil together and glue to the circle in the centre using silicone or hot glue (I love hot glue because it's so instant!), so you still get the joy of creating something beautiful but with ease! In the pack you get three medium and one small flowers (there's one of each pictured here). I added a pearl to the centre of each flower.

The tickets are also new to Clare Curd Crafts! Called...can you guess....Clare Curd Crafts Die Cuts - Ticket, and are invaluable for adding a greeting on an extra embellishment to a card. They measure 1 x 2.26 inches and there are 15 per pack cut from white core'dinations cardstock.

I stamped the ticket with a greeting from the Big Sentiments Stamp set from Paula Pascual. I LOVE all of her stamp sets as they are so well thought out, made by a crafter, for crafters.

I stamped with back ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  A few clear gems and seam binding (I must get some of this for the shop!) finishes the card.

Hope you like it!

love and crafty hugs, Clare x

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

BasicGrey Hey Girl and Bo Bunny Family is Cards...

Howdy Everyone!

I truly hope you have enjoyed visiting our little party today. I know I've enjoyed seeing all the wonderful projects that the Clare Curd Crafts Design Team have come up with! A true inspiration! 

Firstly, before I get onto my projects, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the design team members for putting all the hard graft in, for coming up with the projects, for taking the photographs and for writing the instructions. And a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU goes to Melanie Marshall, our design team leader, for answering questions, staying up till stoopid o'clock to sort out stuff, helping the design team, keeping me informed and keeping me in line! I couldn't have done it without you Mel. xx

So, here are my projects. I have 9 to share with you. I know....I don't post a card for like 18 months, then 9 come along at once! My post won't be as super detailed as the other DT members, but I hope the pictures will speak louder than words. 

If you would like to win these 9 cards, all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post. The winner will be randomly chosen from these comments on Tuesday 27th August. Good luck!

Firstly, onto The cards made with mainly the BasicGrey Hey Girl Collection, a great new range which is so fun to use...

I had such fun putting this one together! This card features some interesting matting and layering, and even though this was the first card I made, it would be great for using up your scraps of patterned papers. This card features BasicGrey Hey Girl Paper 6 x 6 paper pad. Oh no! I've just spotted that the 'Thanks' is skewif! Arrgghh! Anyhoo, I used the BasicGrey Sticker pack alphabets for this. You get 6 sheets of alphabets in 6 colours and they're great value!

I love these cute element stickers from BasicGrey 'Hey Girl' Collection. They're a veritable bargain at just £1.34 (with your 10% off) for a whole sheet of yumminess! Check them out here!

Supplies: BasicGrey Hey Girl 6 x 6 Patterned PaperHey Girl Element StickersBasicGrey Capture Sticker Pack - AlphasCraftwork cards Elegant square card pack; Circle cut from an old sheet of embossed paper, but you could die cut a circle then emboss. 

Here's a fun card using the BG Hey Girl Chipboard Embellishments. You get oodles of these in the pack and they're self adhesive so you can stick down easily or use with 3D foam pads for more dimension. Again I've used the BG Hey Girl papers but I've introduced the BG Hey Girl Micro alphabet stickers (which come in an awesome font) along with BG Hey You Canvas Adhesive Alphabet stickers. These are real canvas letters in a neutral colour for both card making and scrapbooking. 

I've also added a flower from the Clare Curd Crafts Perfect paper Flowers Collection, and some black checked ribbon. 

Please excuse me for saying but I LOVE this card. I just love the colours and the little touches. I've used a Darice Honeycomb embossing folder on kraft cardstock for the background, then I added vintage photo distress ink to the edges. In fact I added distress ink to most of the paper edges. BG also do a great  6.5 x 9.5 paper pack in the Capture Collection which has all different kinds of ledger paper, old book papers, I LOVE it and I used it as the base for my greeting. 

 I've also used some of the Chipboard embellishments again (they're SO useful) along with a couple of buttons, ribbon and epoxy hearts. 

I really do LOVE this paper pack. Again this card uses the BG Hey Girl 6 x 6 paper pack, and this time I've covered the card base with one of the amazing patterned papers. Then I took another patterned paper, added one of the Clare Curd Crafts delectable doilies to the top left corner, then used a ticket corner punch on the....yes, you guessed it, punched the corners and added vintage photo distress ink to the edges. 

A little ribbonchipboard embellishment (oo they get everywhere!) Paper rose and a few drew drops finish the card perfectly. 

I made this card really with the idea in mind to show you a few of the different patterned papers in the BG Hey Girl paper pack. I inked the edges of each square with Distress ink in Vintage photo before sticking down to the base card. I then simply added ribbon in two widths, and topped this off with a BG Hey Girl chipboard embellishment an a Cherry blossom flower in ivory.

I finished the card with an acetate butterfly from the BG Hey Girl die cut and transparency pack which is literally FULL of fun!

Have you guessed? Yes, another card made with BG Hey Girl papers...I just couldn't stop myself! This is very simple but I think that's where the beauty comes from. I also used the BG Hey Girl Element StickersChipboard Embellishment, and the BG Hey Girl Garlands which are amazing! These are double sided and have fine thread stitched through each one so that they hang like a genuine garland. I also used the BG Capture ledger paper pack again with a circle punch. 

Supplies: BasicGrey Hey Girl 6 x 6 Patterned Paper; BG Hey Girl Chipboard Embellishments; BG Hey Girl GarlandsBG Hey girl element Stickers BG Capture 6.5 x 9.5 paper pack, Red self adhesive gems. 

And now for something completely different! You'll be pleased to know that I've moved on now from BG Hey Girl (but I'll never give her up!) On this collection of cards I've used a new Brand to Clare Curd Crafts...Bo Bunny! In particular I've used the Bo Bunny Family is 6 x 6 paper pack I just love this collection and it scream "Use me and abuse me!" as soon as I unpacked it from the the box! Again another great layout for using up scraps. As you can see I also added some of those gorg Heidi Grace Epoxy hearts again. 

I used one of the Hero Arts Frame Cuts Die sets  to create the scalloped oval panel. These dies are used to die cut Hero Arts stamp designs, but of course you can use them on their own, which makes them very versatile. The stamp is from the Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages Stamp set which is absolutely fantastic and I can see me using this one again and again.

Supplies: Bo Bunny Family is 6 x 6 paper pad; core'dinations cardstock in grey; Hero Arts in the Frame die Scalloped Frame,Hero Arts Clear Stamps Many Birthday Messages; Green and red pigment ink; Heidi Grace Printed Epoxy Hearts;

If you like a card with pattern, then this one's for you! Here I've used a Darice embossing folder to create the background on kraft cardstock, then I used a white inkssentials pen to add definition to the raised edges.

 I used the Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages stamp set again (LOVE this!) onto a panel cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 25. I drew around this with a black fine line pen whilst the die was still in place. When I stuck it down onto the card I raised the middle section more than the outer edges with 3D foam pads. I finished the design with Bo Bunny 'Family is' Chipboard stickers. ribbon and a few well placed gems. 

And last but not least is this pretty little number, which nearly ended up on the cutting room...or should I say craft room floor! Again, great for scraps! You'll be pleased to know that this doesn't need so much explaining!

Again I used Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages (snap these up as I don't think they will last long!), and a little seam binding I had left over from another project. I've also added a heart from the Bo Bunny Family is Chipboard stickers.And that's it!

Anyhoo, on to the giveaway. If you would like to win these 9 cards, all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post. The winner will be randomly chosen from these comments on Tuesday 27th August. Good luck