Friday, 30 March 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #38

We are very lucky to have any cards at all to show you this week as we have had a bit of a major accident at the towers, now when I say major accident I don’t mean many serious injuries, I just mean the amount of people who were injured.

It all started when Debbie decided that we should have a Teddy Bo Towers show choir and forced us all to join (she said if we didn’t join she would make us spring clean the whole place every day!!!) .

Gayle had gone out for the day, to find lots of new goodies for the Teddy Bo store and Debbie thought it would be nice for her to return home to a lovely welcoming song, so she ordered us all into the great hall and told us we had to do some vocal exercises to warm up our voices.

She gave us each a sheet of paper with some tongue twisters on, which we had to work our way through, we started off with – Rubber baby buggy bumpers,  after a few goes it began to sound like Rugged baby bugger bunkers, then we moved on to the next one which turned out to sound even worse after a couple of fast repeats – give it a go and you’ll see what I mean – I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon a slitted sheet I sit (please don’t repeat it around young children!).

Eventually she decided it was time to do some singing, she had downloaded some lyrics from the computer, so at least we were singing the right words LOL! and we practised until tea time.

We decided to have wine with our evening meal to lubricate our throats, it was the perfect opportunity to try out Helle and Jill’s new brew – Baked Bean Beaujolais – a sparkling wine with a luscious bouquet of tomato sauce, didn’t taste so good but boy was it strong, a couple of glasses and we were all singing anyway.

Gayle telephoned us to say she would be home in about 20 minutes and to have the kettle on, so that she could have a cup of tea when she got in, this was the signal for us all to take our places on the grand staircase as Debbie had decided it would look very professional if we all stood on a stair each down the curve of the grand staircase. Claire was at the top, then, Kirsty-Anne, Liz, Nela, Nicole, Me, Tammy Louise, Renee, Maritha, Jill, Hazel and Helle .

Debbie decided we would have a quick rehearsal before Gayle turned up, so she started waving her arms about like Andre Previn, conducting an orchestra and we began to sing the song she had chosen for us which was -  I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in, I hear you knocking, Go back where you’ve been (which seemed totally inappropriate as a welcome home song, but typical Debbie, never gets anything right).

The wine had loosened our inhibitions and instead of singing timidly or just opening and closing our mouths and pretending to sing, we all got really stuck into it, there was even a bit of dancing going on (well shuffling around on our steps and flinging our arms about) we all started getting into the groove, until Claire started doing the Can Can, she did a particularly high kick, which caught Kirsty-Anne in the back, Kirsty-Anne plunged forward onto Liz, bounced off  to the left of Liz and landed on her front on the stairs, which Debbie had polished to a high gloss half an hour earlier, she bounced all the way down to the bottom. Meanwhile Liz had fallen onto Nela and then like a row of dominoes we all fell one by one. Kirsty-Anne arrived at the bottom of the stairs so quickly that Debbie was taken unawares, and was knocked off her feet as Kirsty-Anne slid into her, one by one the rest of us toppled down and landed on top of them, all except for Claire who was still Can Canning away at the top of the stairs oblivious to all the mayhem she had caused.

At that precise moment Gayle walked through the door to find us all lying in a big heap in the middle of the hall, with Claire still doing the Can can at the top of the stairs and screeching - ‘Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged’. What a welcome home!!!

We were very lucky that we had no injuries more serious, than cuts, bruises and sprains, except for Kirsty-Anne, who slid most of the way down the stairs on her chest, it took half a dozen of us a couple of hours with the tweezers to get all the splinters out!  Ouch!

A few of us still managed to put cards together, even though we are still suffering a little from our injuries.

Clairebears x
(strained muscles in thighs from the high kicks and a hangover)

Here's a card I have made with this times releases. Its my favourite Jolly! I love his expression on his face and the cute owl hiding in the tree too. I have coloured it in with Promarkers and used a cloud like backing paper. I have punched 3 little butterflies out to tie it all together and hand written "Hello There"

Here's a card I have made using Teddy Bea, she's been coloured with pencils and I have layered her up onto some Whitewashed Co-Ordination paper that I have embossed. Now the flowers look really dark but they are infact the same paper!

(Bruises from head to toe and a broken toe nail)
 Image: TEDDY BEA_196
Paper: My Minds Eye - Signature Suite
Sentiment: Imagine That Stamps
X Cut border die
Image:  TEDDYBEA_056
Paper: My Minds Eye - Bohemia
Sentiment: Craftwork Cards

(A black eye, sprained ankle and splinter in top of finger, the one I use for sprinkling glitter)

Image cropped - TBB_116 - Coloured in Photoshop
Papers - Clipart Fairy - Nature boy and Forgotten Birthday
Charm, buttons, ribbon - MeiFlower

(chipped nail polish, she didn't fall as far as some of us)
Coloured with Copic markers
My papers are scrap leftovers from here and there...
Wooden buttons, ribbon from stash and the rub on comes from MF

(Lots of grazes to arms and legs, very tender chest area (due to splinters and removal of splinters) bruised shins) 

Prismacolour pencils & Liquid Pearls
Kaisercraft Tigerlily Paperpad
Birdhouse & Buttons cut from Cricut
Memory Box Dies
 Kaisercraft Chipboard Pieces
Ribbon from Local Sewing Shop 
Martha Stewart Punch
Key from Costume Jewellery

(no major injuries to report)
TeddyBea_169 and you finr her HERE!
Papers from Panduro
Flowers from PyHobby and WOC

You still have a couple of days to enter our Easter and/or Buttons and Bows challenge, your entries must reach us by Midnight GMT Sunday 1st April.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Wordy Wednesday

Hi  with the clocks  changing  I thought it would be great to look at “Time” itself ! 

 Daylight saving time also summer time in several countries, is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.
Though mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, the modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson  and it was first implemented during the First World War. Many countries have used it at various times since then .

William Shakespeare
Better three hours too soon, than one minute too late.
Thomas Jefferson
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.
You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
Charles Bruxton

The laws of science do not distinguish between the past and the future.
Steven W. Hawking
Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo Da Vinci
Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time T. S. Elliot
"I've been on a calendar but I have never been on time"
Marilyn Monroe

"Time is on my side, yes it is."
Mick Jaggar

Time is valuable, and when it is gone, it is gone. Time is wealth, and unlike money, when it is gone, you cannot replace it - Napoleon Hill.
Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
Jane Austen

 If time flies when you're having fun, it hits the afterburners when you don't think you're having enough.
Jef Mallet

 Time definately flies when we are crafting !! ;0) 

I hope I have inspired you today thanks for visiting ! x

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday Mid-challenge reminder

Good Morning to you all......are you having the same beautiful weather we're having at Teddy Bo Towers?!?!?  It's absolutely stunning here...this is our 4th day of sunshine.....yeeeeh!!!!

This is also our first Tuesday without a new release.  We decided to start releasing the bears fortnightly, like D'Arcy but we will still be here on a Tuesday to say...hello!!!

We've got some new things in the store this week.....I'll pop a little photo up later of them.  Some Tim Holtz, some Cheery Lynn and remember our gorgeous Die-Versions dies.

As we don't have a new release this week (don't worry, we'll be back next week with 6 new releases) the DT girls have been hunting through their collections for some newer ones and some's been just lovely seeing them all and I'm sure you will agree they're just gorgeous...x


TeddyBoBea 117
Prisma Pencils
Echo Parl papers 'Yours Truly'
Ribbon, heart stickers and card candi

TeddyBoBea 118
Dies from Nellie Snellen and Joy Crafts
Paper: First Edition, Bird Song


I´ve played with the adorable image *Bunny Bo Bea*
colouring with Prismas
paperbag in brown
cardstock from Bazzill and Panduro
design paper by First Edition Papers
die-cut swirl by Magnolia
embellies flower, buttons, ribbon


TEDDYBOBEA_028 Wishy washy day
Coloured with copics
Clouds done with tumbled glass distress ink
Cute hanger charm for Teddy Bo Store
Magnolia flower with button centre (button cut from hubby's old work shirt)
Green ribbon from stash.


Image is Teddy BoBea119
Shape EZ swirl flower
Maya Road Mix It Up Album
Grand Big Scalloped Ovals and Scalloped Square
DP is The Paper Studios Blue & Brown Plaid and Creative Papers Online
Martha Steward 3 in 1 butterfly punch, Printer Ink and Ranger Distress Ink
Kaiser Craft mini paper blooms "Olive", Basic Grey Wooden button
Blue rose Ribbon, The Paper Studios Gemstones, WOC flowers
Whimsy flowers, Ribbon from Offray, Jolee's Parisian Flowers
Recollections Gemstones Stickers

TEDDYBEA_010 coloured with copic's and prisma's
Spellbinder Picot edge circles
Mats below the circles are cut on my black cat from a file I've made
PP is from the Teddy Bo paper pack
Crotchet lace from stash
Butterfly cut using me super duper new Marianne butterfly dies
Sentiment computer generated

I opened up the blank love coupon's that the ever so clever Colette made and added various offer's.  I then trimmed them, added a perforated strip so they can be ripped out of the book and stapled them together.
I printed out TEDDYBEA_ 020 and coloured her with prisma's and copic's.
I added a strip of knotted ribbon and some letter beads to spell out I love u.
Finally I mounted it onto a piece of red glitter paper.


You still have until Midnight GMT Sunday 3rd April to enter our current challenge
Easter and/or buttons and bows.

Catch you later...Gayle and the

Monday, 26 March 2012

Mojo Monday

Welcome to another Mojo Monday with Easter round the corner and my LOVE of chocolate I thought I would share some Easter Eggs with you today.


Easter eggs are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime.
The oldest tradition is to use dyed or painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans. These eggs can be hidden for children to find on Easter morning, who may be told they were left by the Easter Bunny. They also may be put in a basket filled with real or artificial straw to resemble a bird's nest.

 Pictures from Pinterest.

Easter Sentiments 

Hop over here for Easter...

Another Eggscuse For Chocolate

Easter Egg-citement

Eggs'tra Cute

Hippity Hoppity Easters On Its Way
Love Clairebears x

Friday, 23 March 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #37

Yesterday morning whilst reading the local paper Edna got all excited about an advertisement she had found for a new shop on the High Street called Tarty Togs and insisted we all go into town with her and help her choose a new outfit.

As we had all been working hard we thought a couple of hours break might do us good, so we got the mini-bus out and prepared for a trip into town. Jill and Helle climbed aboard dragging a barrel of Potato Chip Vodka behind them, Maritha had her iPhone loaded up with Abba tracks, and Claire had brought her knitting to do on the journey ( I wouldn’t mind but it only takes ten minutes to get into town).

To save the bother of carrying glasses around the girls all had a long piece of plastic tubing each, with one end in the barrel and the other in their mouths, they could sip away on the Vodka quite easily without having to refill glasses, by the time we arrived at the shopping centre they were all a little tipsy.

We parked up and walked the short distance to the new shop, and realised straight away that it was the perfect clothes shop for Edna as the window was full of skin tight sequinned tops, skirts that were no bigger than a belt, lots of leopard print items and very high heeled stiletto shoes.

Edna picked up a few things and went into the changing room to try them on, but she kept poking her head out and staring intently through the window then scurrying back into the changing room again. After she'd done it a couple of times we glanced out of the window to see what she was looking at, but all we could see was a pole with a No Parking sign on top of it and lots of people walking past.

Once again Edna popped her head out and stared out of the window, but this time a big smile spread across her face, before she ducked back into the changing room.
We all looked round again but everything looked the same as before, except for a white van that had parked underneath the No Parking sign.

A couple of minutes later Edna’s head appeared again, and suddenly she came dashing out of the changing room, wearing nothing but a black fishnet body stocking, a leopard print G-string and white six inch stiletto heels, she ran through the shop and threw herself at the pole outside, where she immediately started gyrating, grinding her body against the pole, and swinging around it whilst singing Rod Stewarts ‘If you want my body and you think I’m sexy, come on sugar let me know’. Everyone in the road stopped and watched her with a look of horror and disgust on their faces, including the traffic warden who was just about to start writing out a ticket for the white van.

It was at this point that we realised Edna fancied the traffic warden, it seems he had helped her across the road the last time she had come into town and she had become quite smitten with him, she was gazing straight into his eyes as she ran her hands up and down her body and then winking at him suggestively, he looked terrified, but things got worse when she jumped from the pole, ran over to him, licked his face and then jumped back on the pole with her legs wrapped around the top and her head and arms hanging down towards the floor, still singing.

At that moment the van driver returned, and realising that the traffic warden was about to give him a ticket, he flung the van door open and jumped in ready to make a quick getaway, unfortunately the door smashed straight into Edna’s head and knocked her out, she slid down the pole and landed on the floor in a heap. By this time the Traffic Warden was running off in the opposite direction, screaming and trying to rub Edna’s saliva off his face.

An ambulance turned up a couple of minutes later and Edna was taken off to hospital, we followed behind in the mini-bus.

After about an hour a nice lady doctor came out, apologising for the wait, it seems Edna had needed some X-rays done. She told us we could go in and sit with Edna while they were waiting for her X-rays to come through.
Edna seemed fine apart from two black eyes and a couple of missing teeth, but all she was interested in was whether or not we thought the Traffic Warden had been impressed by her Pole Dancing moves.

The doctor returned shortly with Edna’s X-rays, turned on the light box, fixed the X-rays into place and studied them intently for a few minutes, we all did the same, then she turned to us and could see that we were all quite taken aback by what the X-rays were showing us.

This is what we all saw; 

Typical Edna, she even keeps her stiletto's on and poses provocatively for her X-rays!!!

Now let's take a look at some fabulous creations from the design team.


Image is: TEDDYBEA_197
Coloured with Copics, added Atyou spica pen for shimmer on hat
Papers from Pion
Paper doily from a friend
Flowers from WOC, Prima and Maritha :)
Magnolia swirl and poststamp from Whimsy Stamps
saying: Tomorrow is a fresh start, make the best of it
-perfect sentiment I think!!
I made a "vinebottle hide away"
Papers from Panduro
text says: Happy easter!
Image coloured with Promakers
Clairebears x

 Heres my card for this week using the gorgeous Olifant. I so love his little expression! I have teamed him up with papers from my Sundae of Season CD. The fence, flower and leaves were all cut using my Silhouette. I have coloured it all in with Promarkers.
 This has got to be one of my favourite Teddy Bea. I have used Co-Ordination paper and embossed the lighter one to create a frame. The yellow flowers and leaves have been cut on my silhouette.


I've used a really old one TEDDYBEA_064
Paper: Dovecraft Tea Party
Tools: Nellie Snellen doily and edge dies, Leaves and Vine embossing folder

Prismacolor Pencils & Distress Inks
Kaisercraft Tigerlily Papers
Memory Box Die
Gems / Brads WOC & Stampin Up
Tammy Louise

Images are Teddy Bo Bea Tabs 5 and 6 
Design Paper is Teddy Bo 
Bazzill Basics paper
Pentel Sunburst Med gel pen
Gelly Roll Clear Star
Just the Edge Cardstock strips JTE"white"
The Paper Studios Pearls Sticker
Canson Photo Corners
Ribbon is Celebrate it
Mark Richards fabric flower

There is still plenty of time to join our challenge - this time around it is Easter and/or Buttons and Bows and you have until Sunday 3rd April Midnight GMT to get your entries in and be in with the chance of winning the fantastic Teddy Bo 10

Thursday, 22 March 2012



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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Wordy Wednesday

Claire told us all about daffodils when she gave us her Mojo Monday for St David’s Day so I thought I would pick some more for you to be inspired by !!

“It is daffodil time, so the robins all cry, For the sun's a big daffodil up in the sky, And when down the midnight the owl call "to-whoo"! Why, then the round moon is a daffodil too; Now sheer to the bough-tops the sap starts to climb, So, merry my masters, it's daffodil time.”
Clinton Scollard 

Then the face of night is fair in the dewy downs And the shining daffodil dies.”
Lord Alfred Tennyson

“There is a tiny yellow daffodil, The butterfly can see it from afar, Although one summer evening's dew could fill Its little cup twice over, ere the star Had called the lazy shepherd to his fold, And be no prodigal.”
Oscar Wilde


William Wordsworth

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Easter - Team B

Goood Morning Happy Campers....are you all having a good time on this roller-coaster ride called 'life'!??!?!  :O)  I got a new book at the weekend, it's called "The Magic" and it's the follow up to the "The Secret" and it reminds us all to be thankful for everything....for the seat you're sitting on to the computer you're reading this on to the electricity that powers the internet for you......nothing is too small for you not to be grateful for it's existence in your life and the power and independence it gives today I want to say a MIGHTY BIG thank you to you all......for listening to our little tales, for taking the time to look at and visit the Desgin Team's blogs and cards, for taking my little doodles to your heart and for making the most wonderful creations......THANK YOU....x  Please find the time today to remember what you're grateful for....don't just leave it to one day in the year for you to

SO......what's this week's news...well....we have some new Dies going into the store today....our delivery of Die-Versions arrived yesterday and I'm busy in the background getting them on the site.  They are fabulous, sturdy metal dies that will cut cardstock, patterned paper, craft foil, fun foam, think chipboard, wool blend felt, tissue paper cotton fabric, adhesive backed papers, cork sheets, thin transparency sheets and handmade's quite a lot!!!

Beautiful designs, ALPHABETS, GORGEOUS, bunting and LOTS of beautiful shapes.....pop along later today for a wee look...x

We're also making the Teddy Bo Tuesday releases every TWO weeks.
You will still see wonderful inspiration from the DT and I'll be here with all the news but we just want to try this new format to see how it goes...we hope you'll still visit us every Tuesday though....x

Sunday ended our most recent challenge and once again we were blessed with fantastic entries...thank you so much for taking the time to enter....x  But we can only have 3 winners and they are:

Overall winnerWilly

with our runners up being:



Ladies, congratulations and please contact me via the website....x


Our challenge theme this fortnight is 
EASTER and/or
Buttons and Bows

our normal prizes are up for grabs,
with a graphic for our runners, what are you waiting for?!?!
The challenge will run until Sunday 1st April Midnight GMT and as usual the winner will receive the Fabulous Teddy Bo 10, with two runner up prizes of a graphic each.

Let's take a look at what's new in store today

and now, the best bit, the inspiration from the Design Team


Card with matching Egg Basket

A simple layout to use all those scraps.
I have used ME TO YOU - Papers - Spring Chic - LUSH!
I printed Bo & Bea on to linen textured canvas glossy card, which is for photo's.
This was an experiment - just wanted to see how the pro-markers colour on it.
I'm actually pleased with the end results.
Ribbon from my stash.
Sentiment - Scrap-a-licious



I´ve used:
Teddy Bo 188
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Ivy tendrils from memory box



I´ve played with TEDDYBOBEA_117
cardstock in two different green tones
design paper by First Edition Paper
flower punch by EK Success
butterfly punch by Mart ha Stewart
embellies: Buttons

Teddy Bo 188
Prisma Pencils
BoBunny Papers
Twine and buttons



TEDDYBOBEA_118 (pre-coloured)
Papers are DCWV Latte stack
Corner punch by woodware
Wired glittery ribbon off my Mum


sort of hidden hand made see pouch behind the graphic

Image is Precolored Teddy Bo Bea 118
Shading w/Copic
Maya Road Mix It Up Album (altered w/ Ranger distress crackle paint Picket Fence White then with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and sponged
Dp is Color Bok - Pastels
Picket Fence Die,Pedestal Tag Die "Easter Egg" (designed by TLC) ,Celebrations Circle Pennants die are Shapeology at Whimsy
Celebration Circle Pennants Sentiment by Raindrop Echo w/Whimsy
WOC pearl brads, The Paper Studios pearls
Hampton Art letter stamps (mini's)
Recollections Handmade flower "Plaster of Paris" collection

I've made a card with one of our new images today.
"Happy Easter Celebrations"
I've used Distress Markers
Flowers from Kort&Godt
The leaves is by a diese from Crea lies..
Feather is from Panduro

Have a furry hugging day...x

Catch you later.....Gayle and the Gang...x