Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Wordy Wednesday

Pearls & Gemstones 

The current challenge has pearls so I thought I would share some quotes and sayings ...........

 Jewellery takes people's minds off your wrinkles.  ~Sonja Henie

Let us not be too particular.  It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.  ~Mark Twain

Two older women, who were rivals in a social circle, met at a party.
"My dear," said the first woman "Are those real pearls?"
"They are," replied the second woman.
"Of course the only way I could tell would be for me to bite them." Smiled the first.
The second responded "Yes, but for that you would need real teeth.

Midsummer Night's Dream
Puck: How now, spirit! Whither wander you?
Fairy: Over hill, over dale,
     Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
     Trorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moone's sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
William  Shakespeare

Men grow cold,
As girls grow old,
And we all lose our charms in the end.
But square-cut or pear-shaped,
These rocks don't loose their shape.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend.
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
The leading line from the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

I have always felt a gift diamond shines so much better than one you buy for yourself.  ~Mae West

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage.  They've experienced pain and bought jewellery.  ~Rita Rudner

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels:  it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.  ~Salvador Dalí

There are three things extremely hard:  steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.  ~Benjamin Franklin

The most precious jewels are not made of stone, but of flesh.  ~Robert Ludlum

It might just make you think when your sticking that pearl or gem onto your card or project ;0) 


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday Mid-challenge reminder

Welcome Ladies and Gents to another Teddy Bo Tuesday....aren't the weeks just flying by!?!?  Isn't it amazing to think that it'll soon be March...but before then we have the one day that women can ask their partners to marry them....I wonder...are any of you thinking of proposing/!?!??!


Marianne Designs Creatables Stencil - Tags
Another great stencil die from Marianne Designs for use with all popular cutting and embossing machines.
Size 5.9cm x 11cm

With the UK Mother's Day in March all our graphics this week have a 'MUM' theme....x

and just wait till you see what the wonderul Design Team have made with them...x


I´ve played with the gorgeous image TEDDYBEA_192
colouring as always with my Primas
cardstock in green and light pink by Bazzill
design paper by Kaisercraft
cutting dies from Spellbinder and Magnolia
I´ve decorated with punched butterflies and pearls


Coloured with Pro-markers.
Papers are FIRST EDITION - Sweet Owl.
DIE - Fanciful Flourish - By Cherry Lynn Designs
Punched flowers with beads in the centre.
RIBBON - Ribbon Girl


TEDDYBO_182 coloured with copic's and prisma's
Papers are First Edition Daydream
Clear sakura stardust pen on the letter to make them sparkle
Swirl cut on my black cat cutter.

I´ve used:
Teddy Bea "Dove Love"
Papers from Nitwit
Spellbinder label fourteen
Swirls from Marianne Design



Paper from my stash pile not sure on the brand!
Stampin up rub ons
star dust stickles
clear star gellyroll pen
colored with promarkers
tim holtz vintage paper ink for aging edges


Teddy Bea 192
Prisma pencils
Papers, flowers and wooden buttons from Almanac Collection by Prima
Pearls and ribbon

I love this image,used my Prismacolor pencils today .
Dieses are from Magnolia for the flowers and swirls.
For the card I've used a Spellbinders diese
In the basket I've put chocolade for my mother.

Remember that our challenge is still on and it closes on Sunday 4th March....our theme this time round is

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

Monday, 27 February 2012

Mojo Monday - St Davids Day

Happy St David's Day or should I say 

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

Saint David's Day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi) is the feast of Saint David, the patron Saint of Wales  and falls on 1 March each year. The date of 1 March was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David. Tradition holds that he died on that day in 589. The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.


St. David (Welsh: Dewi Sant) was born towards the end of the fifth century. He was a scion of the royal house of Ceredigion, and founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosin (The Vale of Roses) on the western headland of Sir Benfro, at the spot where St David's Cathedral stands today. David's fame as a teacher and ascetic spread throughout the Celtic world. His foundation at Glyn Rhosin became an important Christian shrine, and the most important centre in Wales. The date of Dewi Sant's death is recorded as 1 March, but the year is uncertain – possibly 588. As his tearful monks prepared for his death St David uttered these words: 'Brothers be ye constant. The yoke which with single mind ye have taken, bear ye to the end; and whatsoever ye have seen with me and heard, keep and fulfil'.
For centuries the first of March has been a national festival. St David was recognised as a national patron saint at the height of Welsh resistance to the Normans. St David's day was celebrated by the diaspora from an early period: the 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys noted how Welsh celebrations in London for St David's day would spark wider countercelebrations amongst their English neighbours: life-sized effigies of Welshmen were symbolically lynched, and by the 18th century the custom had arisen of confectioners producing 'Taffies' – gingerbread figures baked in the shape of a Welshman riding a goat - on St David's Day[5].
In 2003 in the United States, St. David's Day was recognised officially as the national day of the Welsh, and on 1 March the Empire State Building was floodlit in the national colours, red, green and white. It is invariably celebrated by Welsh societies throughout the world with dinners, parties, recitals and concerts.
To celebrate this day, people wear a symbol of either a leek, or daffodil. The leek arises from an occasion when a troop of Welsh were able to distinguish each other from a troop of English enemy dressed in similar fashion by wearing leeks. An alternative emblem developed in recent years is the daffodil.[6]
 In the poem Armes Prydain, composed in the early to mid-tenth century AD, the anonymous author prophesises that the Cymry (the Welsh people) will unite and join an alliance of fellow-Celts to repel the Anglo-Saxons, under the banner of St David: A lluman glân Dewi a ddyrchafant (And they will raise the pure banner of Dewi).[7]

All pictures are from Pinterest.

"Daffodils" (1804)
I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
Love Clairebears x 

Friday, 24 February 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #33

A few days ago Gayle gathered us all up in the great hall and announced that it was time for the Annual spring cleaning of the towers. A big groan went up around the room, apart from Debbie who was jumping up and down with glee.  Knowing how much Debbie enjoys to clean and how fastidious she is about it Gayle put her in charge of organising us for the big clean-up while she went out to hunt Haggis.

Debbie decided she would issue each of us with a different job to do and went off to make a list of what needed doing and who would do it. She told us to meet back in the great hall in one hour’s time and she would allocate us all our tasks.

We headed to the kitchen for a cuppa and a good old moan while we waited, and said how lucky Jill was to be sunning herself on a beach in Thailand while we all had to scrub floors and wash windows. An hour later we were all back in the great hall awaiting our instructions.

Debbie had paired us all up and was about to tell us what our jobs would be.

Claire and Colette will dust all surfaces, particularly making sure to get the dust bunnies from under the furniture.

Now hang on just a minute! says I, if disturbed, Dust Bunnies cannot evolve into Dust Rhinos, so we cannot sweep them up as they have an ecological exemption and we refuse to be responsible for the extinction of the Dust Rhino, also, says Claire, I like the dust bunnies, they are very good company, I have named most of them, and they are the only things that agree with everything I say!
For the Health and Safety of the Dust bunnies and their eventual evolutionary development into Dust Rhinos we just cannot do it!

The other girls are giggling in the background.

Debbie glares at us and moves onto Maritha and Helle, whose job she says, is to wash all the windows.

Now hang on just a minute!, says Helle, I don’t do windows because I love birds and don’t want one to fly into a clean window and get hurt, then Maritha pipes in, and I won’t do the windows because layers of dirt on windows provide a helpful filter against the harmful and aging rays of the sun, it’s like an SPF factor of 5, so for the health and safety of people and birds we cannot clean the windows.

Debbie doesn’t know how to react to this so she tries again with the next pair.

Nela and Nicole, you will take a couple of feather dusters and go into each room and clear the cobwebs from the lightshades and corners of the rooms, she says.

Now hang on just a minute! says Nicole, I don’t disturb cobwebs because I want every creature to have a home of their own and I would be encroaching on their civil liberties by demolishing the very home that they have worked hard to build for themselves and their families! Plus, says Nela the cobwebs that are artfully draped over the lightshades reduce the glare from the bulbs, thereby creating a comfortable level of lighting for working in, once again for health and safety reasons we cannot remove the cobwebs as we could all end up with bad eyes from squinting against the bright lights.

Debbie swiftly moves on.

She announces that Tammy and Hazel’s jobs will be to vacuum the carpets and wax the wooden floors.

Now hang on just a minute! says Tammy with a very serious face, you shouldn’t vacuum too often, it weakens the carpet fibres and Gayle would be very angry indeed if all her antique carpets and rugs fell apart, and can you imagine how much dust that would make?  also, says Hazel, there is no way in the world I am going to be waxing the floors, ….I would be terrified of a guest slipping and getting hurt and then possibly suing us for millions of pounds of compensation, so for Health and safety reasons I am afraid floor waxing is a definite no-no!

Debbie can’t argue with the Health and Safety rules, so she moves on to the next couple on her list Renee and Tammy Louise. They are given the job of clearing up the mounds of pet hair (cats, camels and Haggis) that have been brushed into the corners of the rooms.

Now hang on just a doggone minute! they call out in unison, we can’t clear out the mounds of pet hairs, we let them build up purposefully as we use it for stuffing the  hand-sewn play animals we make for underprivileged children. If you make us clear them up, then you will be the one who visits the children and watches their excited little faces drop, and tears fill their big puppy dog eyes, as they wring their hands together with sadness when they realise there are no more stuffed animals for them to play with, and with nothing to play with they will slowly start going mad, so for the health and safety of the underprivileged children it is not possible for us to clear up the pet hairs!

Debbie is getting quite frustrated with us all by now, but she keeps on trying, next approaching Kirsty-Anne and Liz. Now, you two ladies will be responsible for putting everything that’s laying around back in its correct place and clearing up the haphazard towers of craft magazines from around everyone’s chairs.

Now just hang on a wee minute! says Liz -  If we tidy everything away, nobody will know where to find anything, they will end up rooting through all the cupboards and drawers, pulling everything out and putting them around the floor, which could be very dangerous as someone could trip over one of these objects and hurt themselves. As for the magazines, says Kirsty-Anne, piled up the way they are around the chairs, they provide the valuable Feng-Shui aspect of a tiger, thereby reducing our vulnerability, at this point she rolls her eyes and continues on with..... so for Health and Safety reasons, we can’t possible tidy anything away!

Debbie turns to Edna and pleads with her to help with the Spring Cleaning.

Now just hold your horses a minute! replies Edna, I don’t do Spring Cleaning because I love all the seasons equally and I don’t want Summer, Winter and Autumn to get jealous!

But the place is so messy, says Debbie, what would happen if visitors turned up unexpectedly and saw it like this. Oh that’s easily solved says Edna, we’ll just keep several get well cards on the mantelpiece… they will just think we have been too ill to clean up, and won’t think any the worse of us.

And on that note we all strolled up to the craft room to do some card making, except for Debbie, who decided that for Health and Safety reasons she needed to clean the bathrooms once again!


Here are the cards we managed to make that day, although Jill was very organised and had hers ready before she set off for Thailand.


Image from Teddy Bo called "computer daze" found HERE
DP fromPion and from the package of the Prima buttons.
TH filmstrip, cheesecloth, Prima button.
Ribbon and string
LOTV calendar stamp


PAPERS - First Edition - Sweet Owl.
Fanciful Flourish - Cherry Lynn Designs.
Flowers and gems - Wild Orchid Crafts.
Sentiment - Craft Work Cards.
Coloured with Pro-markers.



Prismacolor p encils
MME Love Me Paper Pad
Cricut - Mini Pinwheels & Corners
Cropodile & Eyelets
Doohickey Die /Cuttlebug
Blossoms & Pearls from WOC
Assorted ribbons from ebay

Panduro papers
magnolia fence die
Magnolia roseleaf die
Memoryboxes flower die
text is saying "Happy Easter"
QK alphabet "sugar sweet"

I´ve used:
Paper Raspberry Road
Buttons and Ribbon from my stash

Teddy Bea 188
Copics and Promarker pens
Kaisercraft paper 'timeless collection'
TH Alterations die 'sewing room'
Snap fasteners


Paper: My Minds Eye
Tools: Nellie Snellen Heart Die, Cart Us Trendy Flower Embossing Folder


Coloured with copic's.
Papers are from MME Lost & Found stack
Flower brads are from Papermania I think.
Ribbon and bakers twine from stash.


Tim Holtz distress Ink
Vintage Paper
doodlebug designs crushed velvet
bon bon flock
colored with promarkers
lavender ribbon
gellyroll clear star pen
heart rhinestones

colored with promarkers
flat backed pearls
scrap paper from my stash...
clear sparkle gelly pen
basic grey stickers


I coloured her with flexmarkers and Promarkers, I've used my embossing folder and matted her onto scrapbook paper. I've added my favourite ribbon. I've been playing with my Silhouette and made the roses and leaves.


Digi Kraft papers - Pink Paislee Kraft Capers Paper Pack
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Self Adhesive Pearls and ribbon - MeiFlower
Pearl Swirl shapes made using Bazzill Jewel Templates 


Don't forget our challenge for this week is Swirls and Pearls and you have until Sunday 4th March Midnight GMT to get your entries in.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Wordy Wednesday

It's Kirsty-Anne here with some quotes and sayings that our lovely Edna had created and which had inspired me weekly that I  thought I would continue and hopefully inspire you too.

I thought we could take a look today at Teddy Bears.

"Please don't feed the bears, they're stuffed already." Anonymous

Teddy bears don't need hearts as they are already stuffed with love." Anonymous

 “ Teddy Bears are like keys . . .
They're always in the first place you think they'd be,
 and the last place you look." Anonymous

“Baby let me be,
Your lovin teddy bear
Put a chain around my neck,
And lead me anywhere
Oh let me be
Your teddy bear”

“If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic “

“The world of the teddy bear is an innocent one;
a world that gives delight and hurts not,
 a world that appeals to all generations and all nationalities.”
           Brandreth, Gyles

In our childhood, teddy bears are warm companions - good listeners, never critical, always reassuring.
They are bear-shaped security blankets,
 huggable enough to fold in our arms, a perfect fit for our laps
Bialosky, Peggy and Alan

I have a collection of handmade Teddybears and I have always had Teddies in my bedroom !! Not to mention millions of Gayle's cute images on my hard drive lol maybe next week we should talk about addiction lol 
Do you have lots of Teddy bears too ;0)


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Swirls and Pearls

Good Afternoon to you all......well...the anticipation of better weather for us here at Teddy Bo Towers didn't last very long as it's cold and wet again!!!!  Oh well...I suppose that's what we get living in Scotland!!

Our poor postman is feeling his age this week as he delivers more and more goodies for the store.....slowly but surely we'll start getting everything loaded on...but we have some really exciting things coming on board!!

We had yet another wonderful collection of cards for our challenge....I hope that your efforts in your 'LOVE IS IN THE AIR' cards was replicated in the cards and gifts that you received?!?! 
So......our overall winner who receives 10 Teddy Bo & Co graphics is:


with our two runners up being:



Please contact me at support to claim your prize.


Now onto our challenge for this week!!
Swirls and Pearls

The overall winner will of course win the


with each runner up receiving a free graphic.

and of course...with new graphics come new inspiration from the DT...x

I´ve used:
Flowers and Lace from WildOrchidCrafts
Leaves - Joy Crafts
Swirls - Marianne Design
Frame - Spellbinder


Close up of pearls and swirls

TEDDYBOBEA_108SEPIA edged with tea dye distress inks.
Kraft patterned paper MME kraft funday everyday fun
Magnolia Doo Hickey flower die
Memory box elegant scrollwork swirls
Pearls and webbing ribbon from stash.


TeddyBea 189
Prisma Pencils
Kaisercraft Papers 'bubblegum hills collection'
Die cut scrolls and leaves
Ribbon and flowers
Tiny white pearls I coloured with copic pens to match


Papers - DCWV The luxury Pack - Pearlized Metallic Effects - LUSH!
SWIRLS - Cherry Lynn Designs - Fanciful Flourish & Tropical Flourish
Flowers, pearl gems and butterfly metal embellishment from WILD ORCHID CRAFTS.
Sentiment - Craft Work Cards
Stamps use are -  
Teapot from very first release TEDDYBEA_002 Suits you down to a tea.
Stamped flowers on the teapot are a digital stamp from PCCrafters NOT from Teddy Bo


Oliphant is colored with my Prisma pencils.
Pattern paper is from Magnolia and Maja design.
Flowers from Kort & Godt and Prima.
Since the challenge for us this time is "Pearls and swirl's"
I've decorated my card with the swirl's from Storyteller and small pearls from Kort & Godt



I´ve colored the adorable image TeddyBo_181 as always with Prismas
I´ve used cardstock in brown and light blue
the design paper is by DCWV
Magnolia cutting die heartswirl
border punch by Martha Stewart
embellies pearls



colored with promarkers
flat backed pearls
scrap paper from my stash...
clear sparkle gelly pen
basic grey stickers


TeddyBoBea 108
Flock from Martha Stewart
WOC Venice Applique
Fluerettes by Mark Richards
Kaiser Craft Black and White Timeless DP
Prima "Say It in Pearls" stickers
Sentiment is from DP
NB classic Circles
Copic colored the roses

Catch you all soon....Gayle and the Gang...x

Monday, 20 February 2012

Mojo Monday

Its Monday again and where does the weeks go to?
This weeks inspiration is Shabby Chic, something I'm not very good at but I really love the style.
One day I will master it lol!


Shabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their age and signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, minimalistic, and feminine feel is emphasized to differentiate it from regular vintage decor; hence the "chic" in the name, 
Shabby chic items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn areas. The style is imitated in faux painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats. Fabrics tend to be cottons and linens, with linen being particularly popular, inspired by old French linens. Whites and worn or bleached out pastels are favorite colours. Fabric is often stained with tea to give it the look of old fabric. Bleached and faded are terms often applied to the style. It is not meant for old chipped furniture.
The essence of today's shabby chic style is vintage and antique furniture with the original aged paint, or painted white (or another soft pastel color) and distressed at the corners by sanding. Antique pieces such as pie safes and jelly cupboards are popular in shabby chic décor.[2]
Popular decor items are pillows made of vintage barkcloth fabric, vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses on it. It is a soft, relaxed feminine romantic way of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting. Also called cottage style.

Pictures are from Pinterst.

I love the beautiful soft colours and the textures.

I hope I have inspired you even if its only a little.

Love Clairebears x