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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 an outreach support worker, looking after my son, daughter, foster son and hubby. Not forgetting our gorgeous springer spaniel, Suzi.

Sunday 20 December 2015

A little bit of time for my journal

Just a quick post from me today.  I managed to snatch a little bit of time here and there today to put something into my journal. 

I have been looking at Donna Downeys amazing art work and thought I would like to have a go, so off I went to dig out my journal which has been a little neglected lately.

I used Dina Wakely mixed media paints along with Neocolour II crayons.

So there is my creation for today.  Now I have had a little me time I really must get the christmas preparations underway.  I've got lots  of wrapping to do before Santa collects the parcels!

Happy crafting,

Clare X X X 

Saturday 19 December 2015

Clare DT - Star Flowers

Good morning bloggers and festive greetings to you all. Well if you were fortunate enough to be watching Hochanda this week you would have seen the release of Bee Crafty's new floral range of stamps. All of us girlies on the DT worked our socks off to make some samples for Bev to take with her on tv. Here are a couple of the samples I made for Bee Crafty using the fabulous Star Flowers stamp.


For this project I used:

Star flowers stamps

It's nice to be important sentiment

Distress inks

Embossing powders



I applied my salty ocean and mowed lawn distress inks. In the background stamped some flowers using bleach. In the foreground I stamped the star flowers in green and heat emossed. Onto some white card I stamped the flowers in black ink and heat set with clear embossing powder. I coloured in the flowers using distress inks, cut out and applied them to the card.


I absoloutely love these new stamps. Check out all of the latest stamps released from Bee Crafty by clicking here.


Happy crafting,

Clare x x x

Saturday 12 December 2015

Clare DT- Ghetto Blaster Bling

Good morning all. It's been a busy old week and I'm probably very much in need of a lie in but despite that I am up bright and early with a whole host of tasks ahead of me.


This is my Bee Crafty blog for this week, I have been extremely busy working on some new samples for Bee Crafty so this is one I made a while ago but hasn't yet been on the blog.

For this project I used:

Inspired by Banksy : Ghetto Blaster

Wordage : Shoot for the moon

Inkables : Star template

Distress inks


To make this card I brushed my various shades of blue distress inks over my star template. Banksy boy was stamped and heat embossed with clear ep. I glittered some star die cuts to add a bit of bling and also used the die cut out to add some stars directly onto the card. The shoot for the moon sentiment was stamped in black ink directly onto the card.

That's it from me for this week. I will be back next week to share with you some more of Bee Crafty's beautiful stamps.

Until then, happy crafting,

Clare x xx x

Sunday 6 December 2015

Let it snow!

Hello all, it's Clare here today bringing you a bit of christmas bling! Now some of you may curse me asking for snow but it seems that ever since my mum embellished us with sledges one christmas, we have had none. Living on the South West coast of England the white fluffy stuff just flows over us and we are left with a mere smattering.

So to encourage a seasonal flurry here is a litle wintery project I put together.

For this project I used:

Finnabair modeling paste

Dina Wakely Black Gesso

Dina Wakely media line paints

Micro beads

Prima wood icons in a box

Distress crackle paint rock candy

Finnabair art ingredients mica powders


With this project I added the texture with a stencil after that was dry I assembled the Prima wood icons in a box and chosen artifacts with a hot glue gun. Then I gave everything a coat of black gesso. Once dried I dry brushed over my blackened project using Dina Wakely paints. I gave my wintery project a coat of distress crackle paint and once again waited for it to dry.

Out with the glue gun again but this time to add in some dots which will soon become beautiful pearls once I dust over with Finnibair art ingedients mica powders.


Thank you for stopping by today.


With lots of christmas crafty hugs,

Clare x x x


Saturday 5 December 2015

Clare Dt - Inspire

Good morning to you bloggers. I expect lots of you are busy preparing for this months festivities? Don't forget to take a little time out and for yourselves and visit Bee Crafty to make a christmas list of your own. There have been a number of new stamps released over the past month so if you are after a crafty gift of your own pop over to the online shop.


Today I would like to share with you some of the new stamps that have been released used in conjuntion with some of the old ones.


Stamps used in this project:

Splat 1, 2 & 3

Splatter swirl rectangle


Backdrop bubble wrap negative & positive

Backdrop music fur elise

Inspired by Da Vinci script

Ranger liquid pearls

Ranger stickles


First of all I inked the splats and stamped in various places. Then using the splats again I kiss stamped onto music, bubblewrap and script stamps, some with black ink and some without.


I inked the splatter swirl frame with black ink and masked an area so that when I stamped 'inspire' it would just venture outside the frame.

Finally I added some pearly dots and some stickles for a bit of bling.

Thank you for popping over today. I love to hear you comments so feel free to leave one in the box below.


Happy crafting,

Clare x x x


Friday 4 December 2015

The 12 Brands and Designers of Christmas

Hello fellow bloggers. There is lots of excitement over at A Sprinkle of Imagination this month. Everyday there is a new blog post being posted. There are the 12 Brands of Christmas where we all share with you our favourite crafty products also there areThe 12 Designers of of christmas, now this is important for all of you mixed media fans. If you leave a comment for all of the 12 Designers of Christmas you could be in with a chance of winning yourself a fabulous prize of a mixed media kit. You can check out A Sprinkle of Imagination blog by clicking here.

This year I discovered Tim Holtz Layering stencils and I have managed to acumlate a small selection. These stencils are so versatile. There is a growing collection available with lots of designs for a variety of occasions and oodles of techniques and mediums to use alongside.

Here are a few projects using these delicious stencils in a variety of different ways.

For this card I spritzed my Tim Holtz Distress spray through the Burlap and Cargo stencil. I blended some Distress inks around the edge and then sprayed water with my mini mister through the Measured layering stencil. To create a border I blended black soot distress ink through the Splotches stencil. The stamp set used for this project is Warehouse District.

This card has seen my fingers pink for a number of days now. A messy technique but lots of fun. I applied various shades of Distress inks to the Lace layering stencil, spritzed with water and brayered onto some watercolour paper. To keep the theme, on the background I dabbed my versamark pad through the same stencil and heat embossed with embossing powder. I used the Finnabair Dont forget to fly stamp over my inky background.


I love adding texture to cards and canvases and these stencils really do the job. The Woodgrain layering stencil made a fabulous bough for Robin to perch. In the background I used the Splotches stencil once again but this time for a bauble effect. I used one of Dina Wakelys Scribbly birds for the robin.

Remember to check out the remaining Brands of Christmas for this month. Also running is the 12 Designers of Christmas, if you comment on all 12 of these blog posts you could be in with a chance of a fabulous mixed media prize!


Crafty christmas hugs to you all,

Clare x x x