Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Wordy Wednesday

Keep Calm and Carry On 
was a poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion.


 A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.
Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
David Malle

After a storm comes a calm.
Matthew Henry

Am I calm all the time? That is a question to ask my mother. I am very happy in my home. I have a good family, that gives me something extra.
Jean Alesi


Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
Michael Caine

But when I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself. I feel I've failed. I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly. I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me.
Emma Thompson

Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for - sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quiet and calm.
Andre Kostelanetz

Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.
Queen Victoria

He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.
 Mark Overby

I never felt settled or calm. You can't really commit to life when you feel that.
 Angelina Jolie

 Thanks for visiting ;0)

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday

Good Morning to you all.  We've had the most beautiful weekend here at Teddy Bo Towers...and by the sounds of it so did lots of other people!!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend and it set you up for the rest of the week.

Thank you so much for all the entries to our challenge/DT call.  The decision  is SOOO hard that we've not got the final winners please check back later for that announcement!!!

Ladies and Gents, I don't normally 'share' an awful lot of myself on the blog.....can I take this time please to ask for your prayers this week.  We discovered some weeks ago that my Dad has cancer and he goes in to hospital today to have an operation (tomorrow) to have his Oesophagus cut away and part of his lungs too.  You would never know that he's not well....infact, if it wasn't for a wee bit of indigestion we would never have known!!! wee daddy is very precious to me and I would be eternally grateful if you could give a wee prayer up for him and my mum that everything goes okay tomorrow and that his recovery (up to one year) is a simple process.....thank you....xxxx

Tammy (Kizzy Designs) also went through her second operation (this year) yesterday...please keep her in your thoughts too.....xxxxxxx

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ it's Teddy Bo Tuesday we have some new graphics..x
This week's new releases


Our new challenge will start today.

As we will be celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee here in the UK over the weekend we thought that
Red, White, Blue and lots of bling!
would be the perfect theme for our challenge.
We would love for you to play along with us, so add your entries to Mr Linky in the sidebar by
Sunday 10th June Midnight (GMT)

our prize this week is

Five digi graphics of your choice for the overall winner.
One digi for the runners up.



I made an easel card.
Image - TB_207
All papers and circle - Little Sir Nitwit - Nitwit collections
Crown - Sizzix Sizzlets Tiara #2
Fanciful flourish - memory Box
Scalloped rolled flowers - Memory Box
Martha Stewart Border punch - Garden Trellis
Ribbon, pearls, gems and charm - Meiflower


Image is TEDDYBEA_206
Coloured with Copic
Papers are again Maja design
Flowers from WOC
Prima bling swirl
Whimsy mini postage stamps



Prsimacolor pencils , Liquid Pearls & Glamour Dust
Nitwits London Too Digi Papers , Flags & Heart
Bling - Gem Button , charm & flourishes from The Ribbon Girl
Flower - Woodware Circle punch , Cut Slits & Added Faux Stitching with White Jellyroll Pen
Ribbon & Pearls - ebay



pixie press London paper royaty blue diamonds papr
Echo park little boy in the clouds red stripe paper
colored with promarkers
Star Dust stickles
gellyroll pen clear star
clear rhinestones



Maja design papers
Flowers from WOC ,Jill and K-A! =)
Memorybox swirl
The text says: King for a day



Over the Jubilee weekend a few of us girls are getting together with our families at a big park we have near us, to have a picnic. To mark the occasion I thought I'd use Teddy Bo and Bea on a scrapbook page. All I need to do is add a photo of us all together at the bottom and add a little journalling.
Image TB_131
Papers - Portabello Road

Back later with the winners.....Gayle and the Girls...x


Monday, 28 May 2012

Mojo Monday

Welcome back to my little part of blog land where I've been given the task to inspire you a little.
This coming weekend in the UK we will be celebrating the Queens 60th Anniversary of her taking to the throne. Can you imagine doing hte same job for 60 years! The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.
Here in the UK we have been given a long weekend off to help celebrate this occasion. Lots of events are taking place including 
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla.
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace 
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth.

Now I've decided to have a picnic along with a few of my friends and their families too, this is what I'm hoping my picnic will look like
 But knowing my luck it will end up with us all sat under umbrella's - Union Jack ones of cause!

Do you have any plans? Will you be spending it with family and friends at all?

What ever you do this weekend I hope you have a lovely time and you all really enjoy yourselves.

Love Clairebears x

Friday, 25 May 2012

Fairytale Friday

After the antics of last week, the girls are let out from prison for good behaviour. Apparently they spent their time redecorating the interior of their jail cells when they got bored.

The whole area was covered in home made paper chains. The police chief was extremely happy with all of the work he saw until he saw what Tammy had done to her cell. Unfortunately Tammy couldn't get her hands on any paper, but she did had a long leather coat and a number of interesting implements. When Tammy was released, she had to be dragged out of her cell as she appeared to have turned it into an illicit dungeon.

The Police Chief has agreed to allow the cells to remain decorated. There is another girls night out on Saturday night, and it's expected the girls will be back in jail. They might as well keep the cells looking homely.

Meanwhile back at Teddy Bo Towers, Gayle decided to get some decorating done while the girls were locked up. She employed some decorators to renovate the girls rooms. Unfortunately no matter how much Gayle begged them to stay, the decorators ran off.  Apparently the tales of Edna's 'kidnappings' earlier in the year have spread further than juts the local village!!

Gayle was left with no option but to shut down the rooms until the girls can get a chance to redecorate. So Gayle has brought a caravan onto Teddy Bo Towers grounds. It's only a 4 berth caravan, so space will be tight, but I'm sure the girls will survive though I'm not too sure about the caravan.

Tune in next week to see if the caravan's still in one piece, and if the girls can manage to stay out of jail.
Thankfully some of the girls managed to make some cards this week!!!

Image: TEDDYBO_196
Preprinted striped card blank
Alphabet cut with Sizzix Girls are Weird Alphabet
Star Xmas table decoration



For my nephew Miles Birthday ;0)
Nitwits Off to the park papers 
prismacolor pencils
Cricut essentials & alphabet die cuts


Image - FariyD_Glamour Puss 003 Coloured in Photoshop
Papers - Black polka dot - Shery K - Love in Paris
Red Polka dot - Shery K - Red
Sentiment - computer generated
Scalloped circle dies - Spellbinders and Go Kreate
Polka dot ribbon, pearls and charm - Meiflower


Image is: TEDDYBO_182

Coloured with Copics

Papers from Maja design

Wonderful swirl from MB i think (thanks Maritha!!)

Flowers from WOC

Mini postage stamps from Whimsy stamps


Image Used: FAIRYD_TB_017

Image Used: TEDDYBEA_204





Magnoila swirl/leaf?

Tim Holtz clock(finally MINE....loooove it)

The middle flower is from K-A

Pyntebär(can´t translate that),is from JillBill


Thank you for visiting us today and we hope you can join us tomorrow for some "Right Royal" Sneak Peeks!!!!!

Gayle and the Girls....xxxx

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Wordy Wednesday


A cloud is made of billows upon billows upon billows that look like clouds. As you come closer to a cloud you don't get something smooth, but irregularities at a smaller scale.
Benoit Mandelbrot

Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.
Susanna Moodie

Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment.
Simon Newcomb

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
Lord Byron

Before we had airplanes and astronauts, we really thought that there was an actual place beyond the clouds, somewhere over the rainbow. There was an actual place, and we could go above the clouds and find it.there.
Barbara Walters

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rabindranath Tagore

I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.
William Butler Yeats


I remember just lying in the grass, staring at the clouds, wondering where they drifted off to after they floated over Texas. I never would have imagined that one day I would follow one of those clouds and find myself in Hollywood.
Renee Zellweger

I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.
Mike Tyson

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.
Henry David Thoreau

A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed... It feels an impulsion... this is the place to go now.  But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.  
Richard Bach

Far clouds of feathery gold,
Shaded with deepest purple, gleam
Like islands on a dark blue sea.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Clouds are like boogers hanging on the nostrils of the moon.  
Robin Williams

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday...mid challenge reminder

Good Morning to you all and welcome to another Teddy Bo Tuesday.  As we're 'mid-challenge' we'd like to remind you that not only is this a fantastic challenge with a brilliant sketch by Tammy, but we also have a DT call on at the let us see your cards!!!

As it's not a 'Teddy Bo' release day I've let my pen try out a few new things.....and as the CAT was so popular amongst the DT girlies and some of you lovely people we've also got a new one of him!!

And of course, as you know, when we have new releases our DT get to play!!!


Image used: FAIRYD_TB_CAT_02 ~ Coloured with Pro-Markers.

Printed on to Letraset Cartridge Paper.

Papers used DOVECRAFT - Princess Fairytale.

Sentiment - Docrafts - Hot Diggity Dog.

Ribbon from stash.

Gems and Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts.

Small Butterfly Punch - Tonic Studio.



Image used: TEDDYBEA_205

I´ve colored *Dance with me* with Prismas

cardstock by Bazzill

design paper by Laura Ashley

I´ve decorated with punched hearts and rhinestones in heart shape

Wishing you all a sunny day :0)))




Flowers, Wild Orchid Craft

Printed sentiment

Coloured with Pro-markers


Image used: FAIRY_TB_FAIRY_04
prismacolor pencils, liquid pearls,glamour dust,Distress Inks
Kaisercraft Charlotte's Dream paperpad , Pearls & Lace
Kaisercraft Bonjour butterfly stamps & Ranger embossing powder
Cricut flower shop & Cindy Loo Cartridge cuts
WOC brads



Image used: TeddyBea204
BoBunny Papers 'Alora'
Flower & Tag Punches


So ladies......and gents too....let's see your wonderful creations and Good Luck....xx

Catch you soon...Gayle and the

Monday, 21 May 2012

Mojo Monday

Its Monday again and for my little bit of inspiration for you I thought I'd share some of my favouite flowers - 

I love these flowers as I love how hardy they are, they grow everywhere and they always look so bright and cheerful. But my most favourite part ever is when they turn into seed heads and the wind catches them, they float through the sky as if they are fairys floating on the wind. So silent and light, and just so dainty.


Dandelions/Taraxacum (play /təˈræksəkʉm/) is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Eurasia and North America, and two species, T. officinale and T. erythrospermum, are found as weeds worldwide.[1] Both species are edible in their entirety.[2] The common name dandelion (/ˈdændɨl.ən/ DAN-di-ly-ən, from French dent-de-lion, meaning lion's tooth) is given to members of the genus, and like other members of the Asteraceae family, they have very small flowers collected together into a composite flower head. Each single flower in a head is called a floret. Many Taraxacum species produce seeds asexually by apomixis, where the seeds are produced without pollination, resulting in offspring that are genetically identical to the parent plant.

All the pictures are from Pinterest.


It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.
Henry Ward Beecher

Spotting a dandelion in the grass always meant to me as a child, that summer had arrived! And they make great little bouquets to take into Mom. At least she displayed them happily on the kitchen table in a little tea cup full of water!

You cannot forget if you would those golden kisses all over the cheeks of the meadow, queerly called dandelions.
Henry Ward Beecher

I hope this has inspired you a little.

Love Clairebears x 

Friday, 18 May 2012

Fairytale Friday

This week was the village fair, and they organised a ladies versus men's hockey match on the village green to raise money for the local hospital.

The game started well, the men went 2-0 up in the first 5 minutes before Tammy took her hockey stick to a young male player and had to be held back by her team. The young man had to be taken to hospital and received 15 stitches in his head. He later apologised and said he should never have scored a goal in the first place.

The game got to half time before it was abandoned. The girls went 3-2 up after demanding they get 3 goals because they were clearly better than the men. The men decided they couldn't win and went to the pub.

The girls victory celebration got out of hand when Colette, bottle of blue label vodka in hand danced half naked through the Women's Institute coffee stall. There were a lot of upset older women demanding that she leave their stall, but with a sudden surge of male customers waiting to be served, they promptly changed their mind and set up a banner stating "Strip Show". The ladies were ecstatic when it was announced that their stall made the most money that day. It may be due to the fact that Doris Brown of Maple Terrace increased the prices of coffee from £1.00 up to £4.50 because of the entertainment on show.

Then Tammy decided to have a shot at throwing a wet sponge the local minister which cost 50 pence per throw. Unfortunately, this minister was the one that married her and her husband so instead of throwing a sponge, she used half a brick. The damage on the ministers forehead was significant, and his service on Sunday will be performed by Edna. It should prove to be an interesting sermon.

The day was brought to a close when the ladies were lured into a small tent by the offer of free vodka. While helping themselves to fresh glasses, the guy ropes for the tent were cut, and the men dragged the ladies inside the tent to the local police station where they were locked up overnight in a cell.

Hopefully they will be better behaved next week, though highly unlikely.

Goodness only knows how they managed to make ANY cards this week!!!


I've kind of cannibalised the sketch but it's just about there - Boo is my tall child's nickname so expect she'll snaffle this.
Image: TEDDYBO_191
Paper: DCVW not sure which one
Kraft Card: Little Claire.


Image TB_204 - Coloured in Photoshop
Patterned paper - Kay Miller Designs - Light of my life
Plate stand die 2 - Joy Crafts
Grand Circles - Spellbinders
Rolled roses and foliage and Butterfly Dies - Marianne Designs
Sentiment - Create with TLC freebie - Coloured in Photoshop to match the ladybird.
Ribbon, pearls, diamante buckle - Meiflower


Image is an old, but very gorgeous one :)
Coloured with Copics
Papers from Maja design and some leftover from papirdesign
Cheery Lynn swirl die found here
Flowers from WOC
Fantastic crystals from Prima


Prismacolor pencils & Glamour Dust
My Minds Eye Love Me Paperpad
Cricut Pennants.
Raffia & Blossoms from WOC
Ribbon & Lace from ebay
I've had another play this afternoon and cheated a little and used the pre coloured Jolly for this card - I soooo love Jolly lol!
I've tried to use the sketch but I think it doesnt really look to much like it!
Papers fr PyHobby(Wellington)
CheeryLynn swirl
Coloured with Promakers
text from Magnolia



colored with prima markers
gelly roll star dust pen
inkadinkado sentiment and flourish stamps
Catch you soon....Gayle and the

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wordy Wednesday


"I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin."
Coco Chanel

"Lace - the invention of a goddess and the occupation of a queen"      Vinciolo

"It is difficult to see why lace should be so expensive; it is mostly holes"
     Mary Wilson Litle

The real good of a piece of lace, then, you will find, is that it should show, first, that the designer of it had a pretty fancy; next, that the maker of it had fine fingers; lastly, that the wearer of it has worthiness or dignity enough to obtain what is difficult to obtain, and common sense enough not to wear it on all occasions.  John Ruskin

Will you buy any tape,
Or lace for your cape,
My dainty duck, my dear-a?
Any silk, any thread,
Any toys for your head,
Of the new'st and fin'st, fin'st wear-a?
Come to the pedlar;
Money's a meddler
That doth utter all men's ware-a 
 Winter's Tale Shakespeare

I think I've still got a bit of a sado-masochistic streak in me, because if I'm not going to be restricted by corsets and covered in lace, then I still wind up wearing an ape-mask over my face. I do wonder how I get myself in these situations!
Helena Bonham Carter

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a pony tail hangin' down
A wiggle in the walk and a giggle in the talk
Make the world go 'round  -  Bopper Big
Lovers forever... face to face
My city or mountains
Stay with me stay
I need you to love me
I need you today
Give to me your leather...
Take from me... my lace – Stevie Nicks