Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sunday Inspiration ....

Its been a few weeks since I last posted a Sunday Inspiration post, sometimes things tend to get in the way and make your plans impossible to follow..

So, here are some things that have been inspiring me lately...

Hope that you find something inspiring too, maybe spending sometime outside or crafting ???

For the rest of the day, I am spending the day crafting at my local class :), the girls will enjoy some quality time with there aunty !!

Have a great day !!

~ C x  

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Chipboard Wall Hanger

I love chipboard die cuts, they make the perfect embellishments for so many projects, I recently purchased, these Crate Paper die cuts ..

Crate Paper - Story Teller

My inspiration for this wall hanging, came from the girl holding the bag (above) I love the contrasting navy blue and red colours together .

I also had a play with Versa mark, Clear embossing powder and glitter. To make the tiny stars above the alphabet washi tape... didn't come out as I planned but its looks kinda cute anyway ..

i finished this little project last Friday evening, it took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete.

it now hangs on my wall in my craft room, i think that these would make the perfect little gift ..

Loving how this wall is coming together :)

I winner of this giveaway is .........

*** Helen **** Comment number 4 :)

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I will be hosting another giveaway next month, if you didn't win this time around !!!

Happy Crafting

- C xo 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Enjoying the moment

This past week was a tough emotional one for me :(.

So a day of  fun and surprisingly warm weather yesterday, was just what i needed to remind myself to enjoy the moments.

It was also a great opportunity to take my camera and take some photos, I miss carrying  my camera round and just snapping away, I must remember to take it with me more often..

Here are some photos from yesterday ..

We took the girls on a canal boat.. So relaxing !!!! They even had a go a steering so much fun !!!

Enjoying a go a graffiti art !!

I spent some time this weekend making "Autumn" inspired embellishments... I have to say that these Yo-Yo's are rather addictive. But they are the perfect quick project to make when you haven't got a lot of time..

The rest of my day will be spent tidying and a quick trip to the shops and maybe some more Yo-Yo making.

Happy Monday...

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Handmade gifts ...

Happy Saturday :)

I am so ready for the weekend, this week has been emotionally tough.. I am looking forward to a day hibernating at home .

I have lots of projects in the works to keep me busy, not to mention 4 girls at home :)

I thought I would share with you this quick notebook I made for one of the ladies that goes to the same craft class as me, she celebrated a special birthday yesterday ..

She loves floral papers , so that was the focal point for both the card and mini notebook..

This notebook was really simple to make, I just gathered a mixture of patterned, plain and even a music sheet to make the pages inside, used a paper piecer to make 2 holes and embroidery thread to tie everything together ..

The fun part is embellishing the cover,  using up your paper scraps is ideal for this project. I also included a mini glassine bag (underneath the crochet trim) and a blue tag..

What plans do you have this weekend ???

Any crafting ??

Claire x 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Midweek ....

Just thought i would pop in and say a quick "hello" :)

As i wait for my much needed (strong ) morning cup of tea to cool down, children's programs play in the back ground and my baby girl is sat/layed colouring .... a typical morning for us..

I thought I would share a quick photo, some Midweek Inspiration.

There is something about hot air balloons that i find so inspiring. Maybe its the colours or the feeling of being free..

Or the dream that one day I may get to go on  hot air balloon ride, whatever the reason i find them fascinating..

I have seen a few stamps, paper and embellishments with the balloons too, I think they would make a great mixed media project, layout or canvas .....

I have a few errands to run today and a holiday mini album to complete !!! I am half way through and looking forward to taking some pictures to share with you ..

Oh and a little nose that needs to be wiped :)

What's inspiring you lately ???

p.s. don't forget to enter the little mini kit give-away i have going on at the moment 

Claire x 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Confession ......

Happy Monday, How was your weekend ???

Mine was a mixture of crafting with the girls, watching movies and a huge clean up and sort out ....

Mondays for me, is the day when i try to get organised, meal planning, shopping and tackling the huge washing pile, that has mounted from the weekend..

Which leads me onto my confession ....

I spend way too much time on Pinterest. In my defence is does help me plan my meals and helps to keep my creative mind in overdrive ...

Take this week for instance, I have 2 new meals planned and a few desserts, as well as a few projects on the "to do" list  ...

Here is fun menu/shopping planner I found.

The rest of my day will be spent, washing, drying, writing out and ordering food for the new meal ideas, maybe a little time working on my holiday mini album, something that has been on my "to do" list for far too long ...

Will be back with photos soon ..

Claire x 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Mixed Media Tag

Sometimes I wish I had more time to create, 4 girls and a house to look after certainly takes up a lot of my time, leaving very little time to create, especially in daylight hours ;)

Which got me thinking of "quicker" projects that I could create that are equally as rewarding.. One of the ideas i thought of was Mdf tags ( I made this one for the Kiwi Lane Guest Post ) .

I made this one, during nap time (which doesn't happen as much any more) .

I kinda like that there is a limited amount of space to work with, but the possibilities are endless..

You all know by now how much i love layering, in this case the layers are more subtle, paper, gesso, paint, stamping and then embellishments.

I love that the lace just adds a touch of "shabby chic" feel ..

So, what projects to you make when time is limited ???

Don't forget i am having a mini kit giveaway here ......

Happy Crafting, Claire x 

Friday, 13 September 2013

Happy Friday !!

Since this month is about new beginnings I thought is was good timing to add something new to my blog !!! My first ever giveaway :) I am hoping to make this a monthly feature !!!

Each month I will be giving away a mini kit filled with embellishments, paper and pretty things ! Perfect for those mini albums, scrapbook layouts and cards!!

So to enter !! Leave me a comment below sharing which is your favourite season and why ?

That's it :) If you would like to share via social media please use the buttons below and leave a comment letting me know :) a little bonus entry!!

Open to international readers, giveaway will close on the 25th September and a winner will drawn at random.

Good Luck and Happy Crafting x 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Midweek ....

Whilst I sit on my couch enjoying some snuggles with my sleepy 2 year old, I thought I'd share a quick photo while i wait for her eyes to give in and close ....

Later today I have a Doctors appointment for my daughters injections, my aunty is coming for dinner and I have a few projects to finish off for a Design Team Call..

Now that the girls are back at school, I am still trying to figure out a Schedule that works, after the long summer holidays I haven't quite got back into the swing of things..

But Yay!!! half way through the week {already}

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The last days of summer ......

Its hard to believe that summer is over and that we are already into the first few days of autumn. Which is my favourite season, the crisp air, the colours, the clothes and i am looking forward to Movie nights snuggled in a blanket with hot chocolate :)

These are my girls on the last day of the summer holidays enjoying a yummy ice cream ( i think this photo will make a great scrapbooking page ). I have to admit i do miss them being at home and look forward to the weekend coming, just to enjoy being in their company.

September is almost like the start of a new year for me, especially this year. My eldest is in her first year of high school, my 6 year old is in her last year in the infants and this is the last year i will have at home with my baby before she starts school part time..

I know how important it is to enjoy the moment with them ...

Friday, 6 September 2013

September Blog Hop ~ Kiwi Lane Designs

I am really excited to be part of the September Blog hop, hosted by Kiwi Lane Designs !!!

I was sent these awesome templates to work with ..

These templates are called brackets and there are 4 in a pack and come with a ring, which makes them great for storing..

This is my first time using templates and at first i was a little unsure of how i would use them in my projects, but once i started using them on my paper the ideas started coming..

A couple of things i like about Kiwi Lane templates, firstly the shapes are detailed enough, without being too detailed that makes cutting out impossible, secondly the templates are see through, so if you would like to "fussy cut" you can easy do that and lastly they are great for layering!!

I made 2 projects with the Bracket templates, here they are ...

I love to layer, and working with the templates makes achieving that look so easy, i think they look great together.

For this tag, I stuck with the idea of layering the templates to make some fun accents, by fussy cutting my paper. 

I will definatley be using the templates on my future projects..

Here is the line up for the Blog Hop!!!

  1. Kiwi Lane
  2. Staci Jones
  3. Tammy Smith
  4. Erin Colby:
  5. Deborah Johnson
  6. Kristy Mackeen:
  7. Scrappin' Madge-
  8. Claire Hartburn
  9. Leslie Prinkki
  10. Melissa Dehne
  11. Charissa Miller
  12. Roselyn Riley

A lucky winner from one of the participating blogs will win this awesome prize .....

please note : paper will only be awarded to US or Canadian resident and if a winner outside of those areas wins a $25.00 gift code to the Kiwi Lane shop will be issued in replacement.

give-away closes : Thursday 12th September

To enter, Stop by the blogs participating in the hop and leave a comment , one winner will be drawn at random !!

Good Luck 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

I am featured !!! ......

Today I am featured on two awesome blogs :)

Remember this mini album i made for Craft  Blogging Central  design Team challenge ??

I am showing you how you can make your own mini album here :) 

And also .......

This Mini Chipboard album is going to be featured on Melissa Frances blog later today (some one pinch me, as i am so honoured and excited !!!) 

I hope you can stop by these blogs and check out my features ..

Happy Crafting 

Monday, 2 September 2013

New Challenge @ Craft Blogging Central

As you know I am a design Team member over at Craft Blogging Central , each month we host a "themed" challenge for you to get creative and join in with us!!

This months Theme is "Back to School" , the possibilities are endless layouts, mini albums , cards, banners just to name a few ...

You can enter any craft you like as long as it is related to the theme.

Here is a sneak peek at what i created for the challenge ..

Hop on over to the challenge, to see my finish project and the other great DTs projects too !!!!

Look forward to seeing your projects !!

Happy Monday x 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Sunday Inspiration .....

This is the last weekend, of the long summer holidays. Its kinda bitter sweet as part of me is eager to get back into a routine and enjoy some quality time creating, whilst I know i will miss the girls and the constant flow of noise and laughter..

Today is a day for relaxing with tidying up thrown into the mix , comfy clothes and no make up ;)

So here is some Inspiration for the week ahead ...

Still very much inspired by mixed media and Art Journalling, I am working on my own journal and can't wait to share with you soon !!

How pretty are these bracelets ??? The colour, the style. In my eyes perfect :) 

Yellow, is my all-time favourite colour ( hence why lemon is part of my blog title). It makes a lovely complimentary colour. It look gorgeous with this smokey grey colour.Not to mention that Vase is to die for !! 

I recently found where to purchase this Tim Holtz clock and lets just say it is on my wish list... I think the possibilities are endless and could be switched to go with each season ..

And a little note, for you to remember ........ 

Have a great week :) 

Will be back tomorrow with details of a new challenge over @ Craft Blogging Central