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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, 12 February 2018

Divine Paperartsy Flowers

 Happy Monday all! Clare here with you today sharing with you a tag made using another of Paperartsy's fabulous new release stamps!

Using Jofy set #59 & Jofy mini stamp JM58 I stamped onto card painted with Paperartsy Fresco acrylic coral paint using a mixture of inks and embossing powders.  I doodled on the flower & leaves using a mixture of gelli roll pens and a white Sharpie.  After fussy cutting I set to one side.

I stamped the sentiment onto some painted card and added some stitching to the outside edge, unpicking a few of the stitches.

I die cut a tag out of some cardboard packaging and distressed it by pulling off the top layer of paper in random areas.  With a dry brush and some chalk Paperartsy paint I brushed over the card, dried and was able to assemble the layers of my tag.

I truly hope you have enjoyed your visit to the today?  I'll be back next week with some more inspiration.

Happy crafting,


Monday, 5 February 2018

Visible Image -Dream

Happy Monday folks! Just a quick post from me sharing a little tag using some of Visible Images stamps & stencils.

Using Time Tunnel Stencil, Live in the moment, & Imagine, Dream Inspire I used the stamps and stencils on a tag prepared with Distress Oxides.  Through the stencil I went over the oxide layer with white acrylic paint.

I used a small amount of black acrylic paint on, a brayer, I edged the card to give it more depth.

I added a few sparkly sequins and gems for a little twinkle and mounted onto black card.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, 29 January 2018

More From Paperartsy!

Good morning all!  I hope all is well with you today?  I've been playing with some yummy new stamps from Paperartsy, designed by Jo-Firth Young.  They are truly delightful!


For this Project I used Jofy set #64 #59Stencil PS081 along with Paperartsy Fresco paints Prawn, Butternut, Coral & Cheesecake.

I brayered a piece of card with the Prawn & butternut paint and stencilled on the leaves with the Cheesecake paint.

On another piece of card, painted with prawn & cheesecake, I stamped the bloom from set #64 and added some doodles and dots with white pen. I fussy cut out and set aside.  On a piece of textured cardstock I stamped the daisy doodle from set #59 to one side.  I mat and layered my card and assembled along with some dies, and added a little bit of string.

Thank you for stopping by today, if you are in the U.S. and you want to purchase these stamps they are available from Topflight Stamps!

Happy Crafting,


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,