Monday, 30 April 2012

Mojo Monday

Ok with the summer approaching - cough cough (in my dreams!)
It made me think about all those holidays I had as a child, in a caravan and tent. How everything always seemed such fun. The day's spent on the beach, and playing in rockpools. Swimming in the sea and just off exploring!  Also those days where it rained so much you were stuck in the caravan for the whole day or holiday sometimes lol!

Then I came across these photo's on Pinterest and wished if I could I'd love to have a little caravan (not a tent thats pushing it too far!) but it would have to be really different and quirky.
What do you think?

Doesn't it make you remember your child hood holidays and wish you could go back and do all those things once again?

Love Clairebears x 

Friday, 27 April 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #42

"Mmmmm. I’d like to make an official complaint about the staff at Teddy Bo Towers. My name is Arthur the Mole, I’m 5 years old which is very old for a mole, and I live in my tunnels below the Towers. I am getting very angry at the young whipersnappers upstairs who seem to do nothing but make noise all day long while I’m trying to finish my jigsaw. It’s very nice, a big Spanish Galleon in the seas, though I seem to have lost a couple of pieces.

In fact my first problem happened just last week when Tammy went for a stroll on the grounds in what can only be described as a leather bikini and high heels. I was with my grandmoles and if it wasn’t for the fact moles have very poor eyesight, I could have been fielding very awkward questions.

And then I had the problem with the more mature lady ! Edna I think her name is. A steady procession of Eastern European men that she’s been ordering over the internet. I think she keeps them in the shed at the bottom of the garden. I hope she remembers to feed them.

Now as an animal, an intelligent, handsome one of course, I look out for other animals. Now that the team upstairs have started a regular haggis hunt every Wednesday, I’ve felt compelled to help the little critters. Unfortunately, I now have a queue of them outside my door every Wednesday morning, and by the time they leave, it takes me hours to clean out my tunnels.

Again, there are the girls who have come over from Europe. Now I was brought up to believe it was okay go to the pub on a Friday after working in the tunnels. That was an acceptable think for young men or animals to do. However, every night these girls stagger back from the Inn down the road singing Abba songs, and drinking bottles of cheap cider. It’s no way for young women to act.

Now I just need to go an find a stamp and I’ll send my complaint to the Council. We’ll see how long it takes to fix this nonsense."
Mr Arthur Mole -
Current resident of the (much) lower portion of Teddy Bo Towers


3 Little notebooks using 3 Little Piggies and my pawprint embossing folder.
Echo Park papers
Panduro papers
Cheery Lynn swirl
Coloured with Promakers

Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings paperpad & Wooden Butterfly
Prismacolor & Derwent Pencils
Magnolia Doohickey Dragonfly Die
Tim Holtz Gem Clip (These are super gorgeous)
Stampin Up Neutrals Brown Card, Ribbon & Button

Prismacolor & Derwent Pencils
Kaisercraft TigerLilly Paperpad & letter Stickers
Sewing Machine
Button frim Stash
Ribbon from Stampin Up





Coloured with Copic
Papers from Bo Bunny
Flowers from WOC
My new magnolia swirl again
Magnolia cloud, again...
Rub ons and pearls from MF, Letters from Bo Bunny


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Wordy Wednesday


Gayle has drawn a great character, a cat available in the FairyD section at ! So here are some quotes for you today about them !

A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats.
Mason Cooley

As long as I'm around the cats in the hip hop scene, they'll throw me a track and I'll write a rap over it.
Ice T

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
James Herriot
Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.
W. L. George

The cat has too much spirit to have no heart”  Ernest Menaul

Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning. He won't attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling.
Helen Powers

When your cat rubs the side of its face along your leg, it's affectionately marking you with its scent, identifying you as its private property, saying, in effect, 'You belong to me'
 Susan McDonough

Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back
Eugene O'Neill

Who among us hasn't envied a cat's ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?
 Karen Brademeyer

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
Ernest Hemingway 

If only cats grew into kittens.
Robert A. M. Stern

Cats always seem so very wise, when staring with their half-closed eyes. Can they be thinking, "I'll be nice, and maybe she will feed me twice?"
Bette Midler 

What's new pussycat? Woah, Woah
What's new pussycat? Woah, Woah
Pussycat, Pussycat
I've got flowers
And lots of hours
To spend with you.
So go and powder your cute little pussycat nose!
Pussycat, Pussycat
I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat nose!
What's new pussycat? Woah, Woah
What's new pussycat? Woah, Woah
Pussycat, Pussycat
You're so thrilling
And I'm so willing
To care for you.
So go and make up your cute little pussycat face!
Pussycat, Pussycat
I love you
Yes, I do!
Tom Jones Lyrics

Hope you will join Colette on Fairytale Friday for all the latest gossip at Teddybo Towers ;0)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Pink and Brown mid challenge reminder

Good Morning and welcome to another day here on Planet Teddy Bo!!!

The sun has graced us with it's presence here at Teddy Bo Towers...always makes a good start to the day!!  I hope that the sun finds some time to pop round to your house today...!
We are half way through our current challenge which is

 we do hope that you can find the time to join us in this challenge as this colour combination seems to be very popular right now in Blogland..!

SO...what's NEW this week!! we no longer have a weekly Teddy Bo release I thought it might be interesting to draw some new FairyD images......and I know how hard it can be for people to make male cards, so I thought I'd try and help out a wee bit by drawing some boys for a change....we have so many beautiful girl characters out in Blogland but we don't always have so many this week we have 4 NEW ones....oh and a cat!!! ;O)


...and because we're half way through a challenge some of the girls have used some Teddy Bo from last week and some of them have used some new ones from this week!!!  Either way they're all stunning!!!!  Thank you ladies...x

I´ve used:
Teddy Bo 192
Tree: Liliyboo Designs
Paper: Clipart Fairy
Copics, Glossy Accents
Butterfly dies: Marianne D.

Coloured with Copic
Papers from Glitz, Pretty in Pink
Flowers from WOC and from a friend :)
My new magnolia swirl, love it!!!
Magnolia cloud
Rub ons from MF, Letters from Bo Bunny

Clairebears x 

Oh I love Jolly and this image is just so cute - he's called Huffy McGuffy (Gayle used to be called this when she was young!!)- TEDDYBOBEA-123
I have teamed it with Papers and sentiment from Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD.  Jolly has been coloured with Promarkers and added a little bow on his bottom (I borrowed that idea from Colette)



FAIRYD_TB_CAT - isn't he just the cutest?
PAPERS - First Edition - Summer Breeze & New Leaf
Cuttle Bug - Celebration Die - Postage Stamp
Coloured with Pro-markers.
Flowers / gems are Wild Orchid Crafts.
Sentiment - Crafts Work Cards.
 Cheery Lynne - Fanciful Flourish - can't be without this die at the moment.
Clean and Simple from me this Tuesday
Follows the challenge that we have currently
"Pink and Brown"
Sure is hard when I chose a male stamp.
The image is coloured with Touch Markers.
Pattern paper is from Maja Design
"Life by the Sea"
Tickets from Tim Holtz
Dog and the pink buttons are of unknown origin.

Tammy Louise

Teddy Bo 191
Clean and Simple practise again for me
x-acto corner punch
The paper Studios Bag O Buttons
Sentiment is Friendship Ticket by Raindrop Echo w//Whimsy
Studio G card
DP is Cloud Nine Baby Card stripe
Catch you soon...Gayle and her wonderful girls...x

Monday, 23 April 2012

Mojo Monday

Welcome to Mojo Monday this week.
And in England we are celebrating is St Georges Day today.


St George's Day is celebrated by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. St George's Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George's death in AD 303. For Eastern Orthodox Churches who use the Julian calendar, 23 April corresponds to 6 May on the Gregorian calendar.
As Easter often falls close to St George's Day, the church celebration of the feast may be moved from 23 April. In 2011 and 2014, the Anglican and Catholic calendars celebrate St George's Day on the first Monday after Easter Week (2 May and 28 April, respectively).[1][2][3] Similarly, the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the feast moves accordingly to the first Monday after Easter or, as it is else called, to the Monday of Bright Week.

The earliest documented mention of St George in England comes from the venerable Bede (c. 673–735).[5] He is also mentioned in ninth-century liturgy used at Durham Cathedral[6] The will of Alfred the Great is said to refer to the saint, in a reference to the church of Fordington, Dorset.[6] Certainly at Fordington a stone over the south door records the miraculous appearance of St George to lead crusaders into battle.[5] Early (c 10th century) dedications of churches to St George are noted in England, for example at Fordingham, Dorset, at Thetford, Southwark and Doncaster.[6] In 1222 The Synod of Oxford declared St. George's Day a feast day in the kingdom of England.[6] Edward III (1327–1377) put his Order of the Garter (founded c. 1348) under the banner of St. George.[5] This order is still the foremost order of knighthood in England and St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle was built by Edward IV and Henry VII in honour of the order.[5] The badge of the Order shows Saint George on horseback slaying the dragon.[5] Froissart observed the English invoking St. George as a battle cry on several occasions during the Hundred Years' War (1337–1453).[6] Certain English soldiers displayed the pennon of St George[7] In his play Henry V, William Shakespeare famously invokes the Saint at Harfleur prior to the battle of Agincourt (1415): "Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'" At Agincourt many believed they saw him fighting on the English side.[5]
[1552] wher as it hathe bene of ane olde costome that sent Gorge shulde be kepte holy day thorrow alle Englond, the byshoppe of London commandyd that it shulde not be kepte, and no more it was not.
St George's Day was a major feast and national holiday in England on a par with Christmas from the early 15th century.[8] The Cross of St George was flown in 1497 by John Cabot on his voyage to discover Newfoundland and later by Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.[9] In 1620 it was the flag that was flown by the Mayflower when the Pilgrim Fathers arrived in Plymouth Massachusetts[10]
The tradition of celebration St George's day had waned by the end of the 18th century after the union of England and Scotland.[11] Nevertheless this timeless link with St George continues today, for example Salisbury holds an annual St George’s Day pageant, the origins of which are believed to go back to the thirteenth century[6] In recent years the popularity of St George's Day appears to be increasing gradually. BBC Radio 3 had a full programme of St George's Day events in 2006, and Andrew Rosindell, Conservative MP for Romford, has been putting the argument forward in the House of Commons to make St George's Day a public holiday. In early 2009 Mayor of London Boris Johnson spearheaded a campaign to encourage the celebration of St George's Day. Today St George's day may be celebrated with anything English from morris dancing to a Punch and Judy show[12] Additional celebrations may involve the commemoration of the 23 April as Shakespeare's birthday/death.
A traditional custom on St George's day is to wear a red rose in one's lapel, though this is no longer widely practised. Another custom is to fly or adorn the St George's Cross flag in some way: pubs in particular can be seen on 23 April festooned with garlands of St George's crosses. It is customary for the hymn "Jerusalem" to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels on St George's Day, or on the Sunday closest to it. Traditional English foods and drink (e.g. afternoon tea) may be consumed.
There is a growing reaction to the recent indifference to St George's Day. Organizations such as English Heritage, and the Royal Society of Saint George (a non-political English national society founded in 1894) have been encouraging celebrations. There have also been calls to replace St George as patron saint of England, on the grounds that he was an obscure figure who had no direct connection with the country.[13] However there is no obvious consensus as to whom to replace him with, though names suggested include Edmund the Martyr,[14] Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, or Saint Alban, with the last having topped a BBC Radio 4 poll on the subject.[15]
The date of St George's day changes when it is too close to Easter. According to the Church of England's calendar, when St George's Day falls between Palm Sunday and the Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, it is moved to the Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter.[16][17] In 2011, for example, 23 April is Holy Saturday so St George's Day is moved to Monday 2 May. The Catholic Church in England and Wales has a similar practice.[3]

St George was out walking
He met a dragon on a hill,
It was wise and wonderful
Too glorious to kill
It slept amongst the wild thyme
Where the oxlips and violets grow
Its skin was a luminous fire
That made the English landscape glow
Its tears were England’s crystal rivers
Its breath the mist on England’s moors
Its larder was England’s orchards,
Its house was without doors
St George was in awe of it
It was a thing apart
He hid the sleeping dragon
Inside every English heart
So on this day let’s celebrate
England’s valleys full of light,
The green fire of the landscape
Lakes shivering with delight
Let’s celebrate St George’s Day,
The dragon in repose;
The brilliant lark ascending,
The yew, the oak, the rose
Brian Patten
Love Clairebears x 

Friday, 20 April 2012

Fairy Tale Friday #41 AND SPRING SALE


Things have been a bit weird at the towers this week, it all started last weekend when Claire found Edna carrying a very full bin bag down the stairs. Being nosy, Claire asked Edna what was in the bag and Edna replied – just a load of old clothes that I don’t want any more, I’m just popping them by the door for the bin men to take away when they do their rounds later.

After Edna had gone back to her room, Claire decided she would have a quick rummage through the bag, not that she would wear any of Edna’s old clothes of course, nobody in the towers had the same taste in clothing that Edna did, but she thought that she could possibly remove any buttons, ribbons and lace, and maybe find some leopard print garments she could cut up and use on her cards.

Imagine Claire’s surprise and dismay when she started looking through the bag only to find that it was completely full of all the knitted and crocheted (Claire's latest wool related addiction) items that she had made for Edna over the years, for birthdays, Christmases  and often for no reason except that Claire had knitted (or crocheted) it.

There was the lovely pink roll neck jumper with the Christmas stocking on it that she had made for her one Christmas, the lime green and red legwarmers, the navy blue and black bobble hat, the orange and pink fingerless mittens, the brown toilet roll cover, the forest green and purple waistcoat, the grey and yellow scarf, the brown and yellow twinset, the purple, yellow and cerise bed jacket, in fact every single item that Claire had ever made her and not one thing looked like it had ever been worn or used.

Claire was deeply upset by what she regarded as a huge betrayal, she had spent hundreds of hours making all these gifts for Edna and each and every item had been stitched with love.
At this point Claire decided that she needed to get Edna back for her callousness and ingratitude and she knew exactly how to do it, she went off to find a crochet hook and some wool!

Now Edna suffers from Melissophobia, (no that doesn’t mean she’s scared of people called Melissa) it's a fear of bears, you may remember me telling you that she came back from Las Vegas with it and we still haven’t managed to find out what happened to cause it. Of course, it makes things very difficult around the towers as we have to keep Bo and Bea well away from her, she is so scared of bears that she can’t even be in the craft room if any of us are colouring in an image of Bo or Bea. If she so much as sees anything bear related she turns a sickly green colour and starts shaking all over, turns on her heels and runs a mile, shouting something about bearskin rugs, cucumbers and whipped cream!!!  because she is so scared we make every effort to keep anything of an ursine nature away from her.

Over the last couple of days Edna seems to have lost her mind and has started seeing a bear or something resembling a bear a couple of times a day. We often hear a huge scream followed by the sound of running feet and the words bear, cucumber and whipped cream reverberating around the tower, but apart from Bo and Bea who were nowhere near her we couldn’t find sight nor sound of another bear, she claimed it would jump out of doorways at her shouting whipped cream, whipped cream repeatedly, or she would see it’s disembodied head floating around her room in the dead of night waving a cucumber about.

We were really starting to worry about her state of mind and Gayle was thinking of contacting a psychiatrist, until unbeknownst to us all Kirsty-Anne came up with a plan to see if Edna was really going doolally or if there was something else going on.

Last night she hid in Edna’s bedroom clasping her camera tightly to her bosom, and waited.....and waited..... and waited .....then in the early hours of the morning when the night was at its darkest she saw something moving about, so she grabbed her camera and took a quick photo.

We all gathered around the computer this morning to see what she had snapped and this is what we saw…………..

Claire - wearing a hat she had crocheted, had been jumping out of doorways and from behind cupboards as Edna went past and then going into her bedroom in the dead of night and waving a cucumber in her face, as revenge for Edna throwing all her hand knitted gifts away.

Of course as soon as Edna saw the photograph she went running up to Claire’s room ready for some fisticuffs, she threw open Claire’s door but Claire just grabbed the hat and started waving it and Edna went running off screaming yet again.


Embossing plate with stars
QK Hearts
Text stamp says: Loving congrats
Coloured with Promakers
Little post-mark-stamp is from Wimsy


Image is TEDDYBEA_200
Coloured with Copics
Papers from Websters Pages
Flowers is a wonderful mix from my stash!
Swirl from Magnolia and the glittery swirl is from Prima
Crown charm from Kort og Godt


Prismacolor pencils
Cricut with Cindy Loo Cartridge & Essentials
Mini Brads & Rose from Making Memories
Glitz Pretty In Pink Paper pad 
Liquid Pearls
LOTV sentiment stamp
Memory Box Die

Clairebears x

I love this Tatty Bo, I think his just so sweet. I have made a gate fold card using Echo Parks - This and That Graceful paper pack. Bo is painted with watercolours and I have added card candi and little butterflies. The Sentiment stamp is from Pink Gem Designs (someone asked last time I used it and I forgot to look!) I know its not all Pink and Brown but as its my week off I though I might get away with the blue and green too lol!


Image - TBB_123 - coloured in Photoshop
Digital Kraft card - Pink Petticoat
Patterned papers - Clipart Fairy - Yummy 6 and More Yummy 6
EK Success border punch - Arch Scalloped 
Word art made by myself
Ribbon and metallic cord - MeiFlower

I made Jolly a little tail with metallic cord (all I could find in brown) and tied a little bow around it.


There is still plenty of time to play along with the Pink and Brown challenge, you have until Sunday 29th April, Midnight (GMT) for your entry to reach us.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Wordy Wednesday


No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. - William Blake

Birds of a feather will gather together. - Robert Burton

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird? - Edward Hersey Richards

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. - Alexander Pope

The early bird gets the worm. -American Proverb

A bird is three things:
Feathers, flight and song,
And feathers are the least of these. - Aesop's Fables

You have to believe in happiness,
Or happiness never comes ...
Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing -
On his darkest day he believes in Spring.
Douglas Malloch

Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers - a living prismatic gem.... it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.
W.H. Hudson

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
Nat Burton
From song, The White Cliffs of Dover

Twist it! Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it baby!
Here we go loop di loo!
Shake it out baby!
Here we go loop di lie!

Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather
Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather
Come on, let me see you shake your tail feather
Come on, let me see you shake your tail feather
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  Blues Brothers Lyrics 

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free 
Beatles Lyrics

Hope you will pop by on Friday to read the latest gossip from Colette on what's been going on at Teddybo Towers ;0)

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Teddy Bo New Release Tuesday

Goooooood Morning everyone....welcome to our Teddy Bo Tuesday!! Whether this is your 1st or 51st Teddy Bo Tuesday we are so grateful that you decided to visit us today.  We hope that this day is a wonderful one for you.

As this is a release day it's also the end of our current challenge.
Once again we had wonderful entries and while the number of entries wasn't as high as some other weeks, it doesn't make the decisions any easier to make when choosing the winners....however, we did and our Overall Winner is:


 with our runners up being:




Congratulations ladies...please get in touch with Gayle via the
This time around Team B are hosting the challenge and the theme is....

Pink and Brown

what a gorgeous combination these colours are....and I have seen some of my favourite cards ever with this combination. 

As always our top prize is

for our overall winner, with a free graphic for our runners up...x
Please remember, a Teddy Bo & Co graphic must be used.  You may enter more than once and the closing date is Sunday 29th April at midnight UK time....and GOOD LUCK...x


SO...what's NEW this week?!!?

and what wonderful things have Team B made with them!?!?

I´ve used:
Teddy Bo 191
Spellbinder Label 14
Marianne Design LR0131
Paper from First Edition and Nitwit


I have used TEDDYBEA_033 " Baby you're a Star " pre-coloured stamp.
Marianne Designs Butterfly Die
Cheery Lynne - Fanciful Flourish
Ribbon from my stash.
Gems and flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Papers - First Edition - Sweet Owl
Martha Stewart - Round the Edge Punch


The choice of image was not as difficult this time as before.
Bea is soo adorable as she sits with her own Prisma pencils and warm slippers on her feet.
Today I used my pencils too.
On her hat Bea has a micro button with a tiny pink diamond
Paper is from the box with leftovers
Text Stamp from Kort & Godt and North Star Stamps
"To you from me because I love you"

TeddyBea 201
Prisma Pencils
MM Papers - Cosmopolitan Collection
Memory Box Die
Prima Flowers
Craftwork Cards Sentiment




I´ve played with TEDDYBEA_201
colouring with Prismas
cardstock from Panduro and Bazzill
design paper by Kaisercraft
sentiment by Magnolia
cutting-dies by Spellbinder
embellies: buttons, ribbon and pearls


Gorgeous creations I'm sure you will agree.

Thank you again for visiting us and I hope you will join us again tomorrow for Kirsty-Anne's Wordy Wednesday.....x

Catch you soon.....Gayle and the Girls....xxxx