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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.

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Crafting is my happy!

Good morning all, it's all go go go! The new year has started and one of my resolutions is to make sure get plenty of guilt free crafting. I guess you could say I am adjusting to the fact that my children are growing up and need me a little less than before. Of course I am always on hand when they need me but I always seem to make myself feel a little guilty when I've had a couple of hours in the craft room. When I do rejoin my brood in the house it seems that they were all quite happy in the first place and are quite happlily engaged in their pursuits and probably didn't notice that I wasn't around! I guess I shouldn't give myself such a hard time sending myself on a guilt trip after an enjoyable crafting session.

Over christmas I managed to grab myself some crafty moments. One particular session I really wasnt sure what to to so I decided to have a play with some Dylusion paints and make some collage papers. This excercise really wasn't planned for anything imparticular so it was really quite random. I used Finnabair dot grunge stamp along with some of my favourite Dina Wakely stencils. Whilst I was painting a little light pinged in my head and I knew this would be my DT make for A Sprinkle of Imagination.

I decided that I would stamp one of Julie Nutting's mixed media dolls onto my jazzy background to make an interesting frock for my doll, I cut out the dress and set aside. I stamped the doll onto white card, coloured with pencils and applied her jazzy dress using Claudine Hellmuth matte medium.

I thought that my doll would great on a tag. I sprayed my background with ink and stamped the tall quote from Tim Holtz stuff to say stamp set. I applied some Finnabair art basics modeling paste through Tim Holtz splotches stencil and then added some embossing powder to random splotches. I gave my doll a coordinating hairband and balloon and gave it a shiny appearence by applying glossy accents.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today.
Crafty hugs,
Clare x


  1. Love the collage paper Clare and the tag is gorgeous.

    Sylv xx

  2. Love, love, love the colours and background textures you've achieved on this

  3. Wow Claire what a fantastic tag, love the background you have created and it lends itself perfectly to the image. Hugs Jennifer xx


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