Wednesday, 29 October 2008


Have you seen what's aroun the corner? It's Daisy and Dandelion Illustrated by Erica Martyn, who is one of the fantastic designers from Do Crafts. I know she has been working on these two cheeky chappies for ages now, and it's nearly time to unveil them to the world. I've been lucky enough to see have a sneek preview of these characters, and I know you are going to love them! Check out Erica's Daisy and Dandelion Blog, and watch this space for more information and the launch of a new Design Team!

love, Clare x

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

On Our way Home!

Well, a lot has changed since I last posted. We set sail from Gibraltar after popping into one of the local craft shops and meeting up with some friends that I had met a few times before at shows and exhibitions. It was lovely to see them, and to see craft products again! David left in dispair, and went to look around with Joseph whilst we talked craft. Then we went back to the ship for the Great British Sail Away, basking in ther glorious sunshine which was fantastic. Everyone was furiously waving their Union Flags and having a jolly good time, whilst singing Land of Hope and Glory.

Then after a fantastic show amd a couple of good comedians, we retired to bed only to be woken up at 2am with the balcony door creaking like it was about to break! The sea was pretty rough and it's still like it now - the Captain has closed the decks and slowed down - and the ship is still making loads of creaking noises. It's quite fun I must say, watching everyone walking around like Norman Wisdom!

I so can't wait to get back just to do some crafting - I have not done any for the last two weeks and its absence is killing me! I have a demonstration for Do Crafts on Sunday at Stephen H. Smith's in Scunthorpe so I should be okay craft wise after that! Do come along if you can - it would be great to see you!

Speak soon,

Lots of Love,
Clare x

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Hola, Ciao,and Hi from the Ventura!

I'm just wanted to let you know I'm still on holiday, but couldn't resist checking in on the old internet to leave a post on my beloved blog. I've really missed my sad, although normally I do go on here every day I suppose.

Can you really believe that I am sat on a cruise ship somewhere in the Med typing this to you right now? The wonders of technology - what ever will they come up with next!
Well, our holiday has been wonderful so far. We've visited Barcelona, Florence, Pisa, Elba, Rome and tomorrow there is still Alicante and Gibraltar to see, before a three day cruise home on this floating 5 star hotel.

The ship is absolutely gorgeous, the staff so attentive and cannot do enough for you, and the entertainment mindblowing. And the food.... what can I say about the food. Simply the best. Cakes 24/7 that's all I'm saying for now.

I have also taken 250 photographs so far, so I can't wait to share some of those with you when I get back onto dry land for good. That's if I can tear myself away from the ship.

Can't wait to tell you all about my escapades and some funny incidents too. Sending you all lots of love,

Clare x

Monday, 6 October 2008


I Just wanted to tell you about the way that I'm laying out my photographs on my posts, as I think it's important to recognise other peoples ideas. I got the idea from a fantastic blog by Kristina Werner. She has a fantastic blog, and as well as featuring make a card monday, where she produces a video of the process and also a colour challenge. Go and have a look, it;s sure to get your mojo wet!

I have also started a slideshow on the side of my blog, which is one of Bloggers new gadgets, amongst others!

Have a wonderful day!

Clare x

Arrrgh! Happy Birthday Joseph!

Good Morning Everyone!

Well, I know that since my last post it has been a long time since I';ve been on here, but as you well know, time seems to fly so quickly when you're having fun! If you want to find out what I've been up to since then, click here.

As I said before, there has been some exciting International developments with my card designing, so I'd better explain myself. I was contacted by Marie, the owner and designer of Pink Poison rubber stamps which is based in the USA, and asked whether I would like to be part of her Design Team. I decided that I would love to do this, as I design exclusively in the UK for Do Crafts, and I can do this in my own time in the evenings. Woo Hoo! I'm so excited to be working with Marie, she's a lovely lady and my first new friend from over the pond. I can't wait to show you the gorgeous stamps and my designs, which I will do very soon, although I am going on holiday soon, so it may be longer than I would like.

Any hoo, I remembered yeaterday that I haven't had the card back that I made for Joseph's Birthday that was in the last issue of creativity magazine (the ladybird Card). Oh No, but my fault as I forgot to ask for it to bo posted back. So, I got my stamps and papers out and made this card for his 4th Birthday. We will be on a cruise on his birthday, so I thought the Pirate was very fitting!

I made the seal by melting embossing powder with a candle/gas hob lighter (don't know the real name for it), and when it had turned to liquid, I continued with heat tool. When the liquified powder was the right size I stamped a Happy Birthday circle stamp into it. Hey presto, your own faux wax seal! It was fun watching all the powder form little balls and run around my teflon sheet! Obviously you need to be careful, and melt the embossing powder on a teflon sheet so that it peels off when you have stamped into it. The stamp is fron High Hopes stamps, and I have coloured him in with Letraset promarkers.

I absolutely can't wait to go on holiday now. I was thinking just this morning that we haven't had a holiday since Disney World last year, so I'm more than ready for it. I have gathered all our clothes together on the guest bed, and oh dear! I think I have gone way overboard ('xcuse the pun). I just geet everything out that i think I might wear, and before you an say too much, but wardrobe is empty and my case is bursting!

This is the fantastic ship that we will be setting sail on. The Ventura, a new cruise line in the P and O fleet which first sailed in April! I'm sooo excited! It's going to be fantastic. I'm going to try and blog whilst I'm on the ship, so keep checking back.

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great day!
love, Clare x