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Hi I'm Clare, and as you can probably tell by my blog name I love to craft. It is a hobby of mine which I fit in my hectic life whilst working as a teaching assistant in a primary school, looking after my son, daughter and hubby Gary. Not forgetting our two mad springer spaniels, Suzi and Jess.

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,

Clare 

      

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,

Clare
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Topflight stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop

Topflight Stamps, LLC Grand Opening!!!  We can't wait to share with you our fun and different art stamps from all around the world. What makes us different? You can shop for hard to find, international stamps all in one place. And, we offer free shipping for US addresses for orders over $50!!

We also have an amazing Grand Opening Special Discount - 20% off ALL orders - use code TFS-GO20



Today we have an AWESOME blog hop (read through the end of this post for details) with some of the best paper crafters in the industry. They are each featuring some of our favourite stamps, many you probably have not seen before. Be sure to comment on this blog and all the blogs on the hop to be eligible for the Grand PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!  PLUS  - each of the designers in this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 3.  The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog on the same day. Good luck!!


I’m sharing a project made with Papillions 02 stamps by Katzelkraft (France).





I started off by taking an MDF heart, applying a coat of gesso and some printed tissue paper.



Using Paperartsy fresco satin glaze, I applied a coat and added some  Paperartsy Infusions 
with Golden  sands and Are you cerise. 





I knocked back with some nougat fresco acrylics before  stamping on some second generation stamping with the butterflies.




 I added some more of my chosen shades of Infusions, dried and then stamped and heat embossed, with white ep, the Katzelcraft Waterfall stamp.  



I stamped the butterflies onto smooth white card, coloured with Fabre Castell  polychromos and glued them to my MDF heart.  


I applied a coat of glossy accents to the butterflies to give them a durable sheen, they look as though they are fluttering around the heart.


Now, be sure to check out all these blogs and comment for your chance to win the grand prize!!
• Clare Messenger -You are here!


Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! I hope you enjoy your blog hopping experience and good luck.

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Altered book dragonfly

Good day to you all.  A quick blog post from me today with a little mid month inspiration for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  Challenge #34 Buttons.  As you were very well informed  in my previous post for this Challenge, you will already know that I am rather fond of the use of buttons in my crafting.  This time I decided to have a go at an altered book.


I love Dragonflys too!  They appear in abundance all around my home,  they have  even become a symbol of our christian distinctiveness at the school where I work!  So I crafted an altered book to put up on a display for school.



I started off by sticking down my pages with Matt medium and giving the pages a coat of gesso.  As the book had coloured pages a gave it a couple of coats as I did it want any of the bright colours poking through.  Once the gesso had dried, I scrunched up some printed tissue paper and glued it down with more Matt medium.  Through a TCW chicken wire stencil, I applied some grunge paste to add some texture.



  I sprayed the pages  with tattered angels glimmer mists.  The buttons were glued down, to form the dragonfly, with finnabair 3D gel.  More drying time,  then time to apply some Finnabair rust paste.  I sanded back the grunge paste and then applied some treasured gold gilding wax to the wire fence stencilling and dragonfly.



Thank you for stopping by today, remember to submit your entries over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog.  


Happy crafting,
Clare x x x