Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Mid challenge reminder

Let's take a look at what the design team have come up with this week for our
Masculine (use buttons and string) challenge.


prismacolor pencils
Paper - CD free in Complete Cardmaking( Darcy's Diaries)
Spellbinders Dies
Parpermania Stamp & Buttons
Lace & Twine from stash


Image is TEDDYBO_148 found here
Coloured in a monocromatic way with my Copics
Christmas swirl from Cheery Lynn (I love this one!)
Button and string from stash
Text from NSS


A jokey birthday card for my friends hubby
Image TB_042 - Coloured in Photoshop
Papers - Bad Sass - Sassy Designs
Silver Card Candy
Satin ribbon, Grosgrain ribbon, buttons, black cord and Fleur de lys charm - Meiflower


Image: TEDDYBO_021
Sailboat: Freebie from Spyder
Sails Digitally Paperpieced with Sassy Designs Anna Paper
Clouds digitally paperpieced with clouds freebie from Bearlymine designs
Boat, flag and water coloured in Gimp
Sentiments: Craftwork cards & Boofle
Button: Sew Sweet


Image: TeddyBo_199
Fur Fleximarkers Auburn & Cappucino
Bow Promarkers Crimson & Lipstick Red
Jumper & Hat Promarker Bright Green


Wellington papers
QK alphabet
Coloured with Promakers
You still have until Sunday 5th August to get your entries in and be in with the chance of winning the Fantastic Five Teddy Bo Images.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Mojo Monday - Sandcastles

Welcome to another Mojo Monday, today I thought we could all think back to our childhood where when we were on holiday at the beach. I don't know about you but I used to love making sandcastles. Collecting all the shells and the drift wood and decorating the castle, building a moat around the bottom and racing to the sea and back trying to fill it with water - and not understanding why it never stayed there and kept disappearing! Then just as your about finished your little brother would come and jump all over it!


Sand art is the practice of modelling sand into an artistic form, such as a sand brushing, sand sculpture, sandpainting, or sand bottles. A sand castle is a type of sand sculpture resembling a miniature building, often a castle.
The two basic building ingredients, sand and water, are available in abundance on a sandy beach, so most sand play takes place there, or in a sandpit. Tidal beaches generally have sand that limits height and structure because of the shape of the sand grains. Good sand sculpture sand is somewhat dirty, having silt and clay that helps lock the irregular shaped sand grains together.
Sand castles are typically made by children, simply for the fun of it, but there are also sand sculpture contests for adults that involve large, complex constructions. The largest Sandcastle made in a contest was 18 ft. tall, the owner, Ronald Malcnujio, a 5 ft. high man, had to use several ladders, each the height of the sand castle. His sculpture consisted of 1 ton of sand and 10 litres of water, to sculpt.
Ukrainian talent contest winner, Kseniya Simonova, gained worldwide fame and became an online phenomenon with her sand painting which depicted World War II and how her family had been separated by the war.


Author Unknown
From the beach its sandy walls rise,
Its turrents reach up to touch the skies.
A tiny moat dissolves the keep.
Its pavers are strong, though only two inches deep.
Tiny footprints embedded in the sand,
Where once a child there did stand.
Its grace and beauty a short time will last,
Before the sea washes it into the past.

I hope that has brought back a few memories for you today :0)

Love Clairebears x 

Friday, 27 July 2012

Fairy Tale Friday

Welcome to another Fairytale Friday, as Team A are hosting the new challenge this week which is a MASCULINE card which must include a button and string,  
it means that Team B get to play today and share some of their creations for you to see today.

Clairebears x 

I have used TeddyBo _134  Soldier Baby Bear,
He has been coloured Promarkers.
The papers are from MCS Men-y Happy Returns.
I added a few buttons and string too along with brown tape.

I have used TeddyBo_108 School Time Bo
He has been coloured with Promarkers
The papers are from Sassy Design and are called School Yard
The sentiment is from Wilma4Ever and is from Back to School kit.
I have added balloon buttons and string too!


 Image TEDDYBO_167
colored with Prismas
kraft cardstock by Bazzill
patterned paper by BasicGrey
embellies: nails and screw brads 


TeddyBea Rubber Stamp
Distress Markers
Letter Dies
Echo Park Papers ' Sweet Day'
Small Punches - Butterflies and Flowers
Twine and Gems


I used Fairy Bea_116  ( Your Wish Will Come True )
Copics for bringing her to life.  :0)
Neenah Card for printing onto and colouring.
Bearly Mine Papers.

TEDDYBO_199 coloured with Promarkers
Patterned paper, ribbon and glazed brad from Papermania
Dark grey card from The Papeterie
Crystals from stash


Image ~ TeddyBo Stamp 003 'Just For You'
Medium ~ Prisma Pencils
Papers ~ Pink Petticoat
Tools ~ Marianne Creatables, MS Doily punch
Greeting ~ CB Barbara Anne Williams Ticket stamp


TEDDYBOBEA115_BEA coloured with copci's and prisma's
Lovely papers by First Edition Up up and away stack.
Memory Box butterfly with liquid pearl body.
Pearls from stash.

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully you will join in with our challenge this time :0)

Love Clairebears x

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wordy Wednesday - MEN !!!

Hi Our current Challenge is to make a masculine card so I thought Quotes & Sayings about men might inspire us though the picture might make you lose your concentration lol !!!

Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot.
- Oscar Wilde

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.
- Galileo Galilei

If a girl ever steals your man, there’s no better revenge than letting her keep him. Real men…can’t be stolen.

One of the things I like best about men is they’re a little vulnerable.
- Marilyn Monroe

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Men are easy to get but hard to keep.
- Mae West

Men are what their mothers made them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men play the game; women know the score.
- Roger Woddis

If it can't be fixed by duct tape or WD-40, it's a female problem. ~Jason Love

The first time you buy a house you see how pretty the paint is and buy it. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It's the same with men. ~Lupe Velez

I want a man who's kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire? ~Zsa Zsa Gabor

A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth - and endures all the rest. ~Helen Rowland

Thanks for visiting ;0)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday

Masculine - use buttons and string

Hi Colette here, welcome to another Teddy Bo Challenge, Gayle has returned from her holidays with a kidney infection and is out of action at the moment, so we are going to start our fortnightly challenge using some oldies but goodies, and hopefully we will have some new images to play with next week for the midway reminder.

We will announce the winners of the last challenge in the next few days as the DT are still trying to make their minds up.

The Masculine Challenge closes on Sunday 5th August and the prize is

FIVE  digital graphics for the winner with one free graphic for the runners up!!

It's Team A's turn to host the Masculine challenge so let's take a look at their fabulous creations.


Prismacolor pencils
Magnolia Lazy days Paper
Tutorial for Backpack box here
Spellbinders standard circles
Cropadile & Eyelets
Papermania capsule buttons
Ribbon Girl Twine
Ribbon from eBay 

Maritha our Swedish songbird is so busy singing Abba songs and shopping in Ikea that she got totally confused with this weeks challenge and missed out the buttons and string, Renee jumped in to rescue her by suggesting that the fishing rod has string on it and Bo has a Belly Button, what do you think?, shall we let her have that one LOL!

Magnolia papers
Big clock,lace,leafes and roses from PyHobby
Coloured with Distress colours


Image is TEDDYBO_186
Coloured with Copics
Papers from Making Memories
Button from Bo Bunny, twine from WOC
Text from MFT


Image: Teddy Bo Clear Stamp of Scratchy Bo Baby
Paper: Cosmo cricket
Sentiment: Imagine That Stamps
Woodware Postage Stamp Punch Boofle Embossing folder


kraft cards
crate paper-restoration collection, refresh
wooden buttons
craft string
MMF -Thinking of Hoo stamp set


Image TB_042 
Papers - Musical - Sassy Designs
Sizzix circle die
String, Buttons and guitar charm - Meiflower

Image TeddyBo_152
Fur coloured with Copics E53/51/50
Top & Crash Lid Promarkers Gold, Tulip Yellow
Feet - Fleximarker Watermelon & Promarker Pale Pink
Paper - Fancy Pants


A big thank you to team A for all their hard work, fabulous creations ladies!

Don't forget you have until Sunday 5th August Midnight GMT to get your Masculine creations linked up.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette and the gang.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Mojo Monday - Oylmpics

Welcome to another Mojo Monday. Now its not to long until the Olympics starts and I don't know about you but I'm a little excited. My brother was lucky enough to actually work at the Olympic Village so I guess seeing it on the TV makes me feel really proud. But its seeing the dedication that the athlete's, the support staff and all the people who are helping to make this such a once in a lifetime experience that really feels me with pride.

Are you all looking forward to it? Which events will you be watching? Do you know the history of the Olympics?


Olympic Games
Olympic Rings.svg
Charter • IOC • NOCs • Symbols
Sports • Competitors
Medal tables • Medalists • Ceremonies
Ancient Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
Winter Olympic Games
Paralympic Games
Youth Olympic Games
The Olympic Games (French: les Jeux olympiques, JO),[1] is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate.[2] The Games are currently held biennially, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games alternating, meaning they occur every four years within their respective seasonal games. Originally, the ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The IOC has since become the governing body of the Olympic Movement, whose structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter.
The evolution of the Olympic Movement during the 20th and 21st centuries has resulted in several changes to the Olympic Games. Some of these adjustments include the creation of the Winter Games for ice and winter sports, the Paralympic Games for athletes with a physical disability, and the Youth Olympic Games for teenage athletes. The IOC has had to adapt to the varying economic, political, and technological realities of the 20th century. As a result, the Olympics shifted away from pure amateurism, as envisioned by Coubertin, to allow participation of professional athletes. The growing importance of the mass media created the issue of corporate sponsorship and commercialization of the Games. World Wars led to the cancellation of the 1916, 1940, and 1944 Games. Large boycotts during the Cold War limited participation in the 1980 and 1984 Games.
The Olympic Movement consists of international sports federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and organizing committees for each specific Olympic Games. As the decision-making body, the IOC is responsible for choosing the host city for each Olympic Games. The host city is responsible for organizing and funding a celebration of the Games consistent with the Olympic Charter. The Olympic program, consisting of the sports to be contested at the Games, is also determined by the IOC. The celebration of the Games encompasses many rituals and symbols, such as the Olympic flag and torch, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Over 13,000 athletes compete at the Summer and Winter Olympics in 33 different sports and nearly 400 events. The first, second, and third place finishers in each event receive Olympic medals: gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.
The Games have grown in scale to the point that nearly every nation is represented. Such growth has created numerous challenges, including boycotts, doping, bribery, and terrorism. Every two years, the Olympics and its media exposure provide unknown athletes with the chance to attain national, and in some cases, international fame. The Games also constitute a major opportunity for the host city and country to showcase themselves to the world.


“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
- Pierre de Coubertin (primarily responsible for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1894)
"All I've done is run fast. I don't see why people should make much fuss about that."
- Fanny Blankers-Koen (Dutch sprinter who won four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics)
"The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete."
- Pierre de Coubertin

I hope this has inspired you a little :0)

Love Clairebears x 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Fairy Tale Friday

We have been so busy stuffing our faces with delectably tasty food all week, (before Gayle came back off her holidays today and put us all back on the Haggis diet again), that we have all gained a bit of weight.
Tammy can still just about slip into her rubber dresses, but has so many bulges that she looks like a balloon that's been filled with a sack of potatoes. Claire is adamant that whoever did the washing last, had the washing machine on too high a temperature setting and has shrunk all her twin sets, as she can no longer squeeze herself into them!
Jill and Maritha have taken up Zabbaha, (which is a zumba like exercise, but done to Abba and A-ha tunes), to try and burn some calories, Kirsty-Anne, Hazel, Wendy, Vicky, Louise and Trine have been busily wrapping each other up in Clingfilm (plastic wrap) and then running up and down the stairs a million times a day to try and sweat out the fat, and Debbie, Karen, Nicole, Renee and Sonia, decided to go on a liquid only diet for a few days, unfortunately the liquid just happened to be Turnip Tequila, so they have spent most of their time passed out in a drunken stupor (which has certainly stopped them from eating LOL!).

Luckily, some of us decided the best way to stop thinking about food was to take our minds off it by doing some card making instead, so at least we have a few creations to show you.


Bea Coloured using Pro-markders
Fur Tan & Caramel
Hat & Scarf Pale Pink, Baby Pink, Mint Green
Bo Coloured using Pro-markers & Copics
Fur Copics E50/51/53
Hat Pro-Markers Lipstick Red, Ruby, Bright Green
all topped off with Pink, Pale Green, Red, Dark Green & Gold Glitter
Fillable Baubles bought from Hobbycraft.


Maja design papers
Rose die
The big flower is a Spellbinder die
CherryLynn swirl
Coloured Bo with Promakers
MS branch punch


Teddybea_213- Christmas & Teddybo_205
Swedish Mini Mailbox Template here
Prismacolor pencils , Glamour Dust & White Gel Pen
Raspberry Road Naughty Or Nice Digi Papers & Pion Grandma's Schoolbook
LOTV Christmas postmarks
Magnolia Mulberry flowers & Melissa Francis Pearls
Spellbinders Dies

Image - TBea_213 Christmas - Coloured in Photoshop
Papers - Chilly Milly Digital Scrapbooking Kit - Liella Designs
Square die - Marianne Square Frames LR0234
Snowflakes - Spellbinders create a flake 1 and
Whimsy designs - Winters Jewel 1
Gems - Meiflower



Image: TEDDYBEA_114
Paper: DCWV
Sentiment: Stamps Away
Buttons: Sew Sweet

Image TEDDYBO-167
Paper: Maja design
Sentiment: Kort&Godt 
 Colored with: Copics


Thanks for stopping by,
Gayle and the Gang xx

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Wordy Wednesday


“For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art.” Avery Brundage

“It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication.” Herb Elliott

“The six colours, including the white background, represent the colours of all the world's flags... this is a true international emblem.” Pierre de Coubertin

Jesse Owens(African-American athlete, 1936 Summer Olympics) Olympics -- A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.

Charles Barkley (American basket ball player)
Curling is not a sport. I called my grandmother and told her she could win a gold medal because they have dusting in the Olympics now.

Peggy Fleming (American figure skater, 1968 Winter Olympics)
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.

Mark Spitz (American swimmer, 1972 Summer Olympics, on winning seven gold medals Inspirational)
I swam my brains out.

Sebastian Coe (2-time winner at the Olympics, after losing the 800m final in 1980)
To anyone who has started out on a long campaign believing that the gold medal was destined for him, the feeling when, all of a sudden, the medal has gone somewhere else is quite indescribable.

Away from the sport an Olympics offers the host nation the chance
to see themselves as other countries see them.
To stage an Olympics is to pay billions of pounds for the world to laugh at you
- the test is how you react. MARINA HYDE

I reckon they should rename snickers back to marathon for the duration of the olympics.
Weird Old Hattie

Olympics: The one time every four years when people remember badminton exists.
Tyler Stanton

I like England and I am from there. But when it involves organisation it is going to be a right balls up. Things will catch fire and people will be tripping over things, then it'll start raining and the Queen will do a fart.

Shakespeare described England as a “fortress built by Nature for herself against infection” - but that was before the Olympics were held there.

These distant viewers will see athletes skipping untroubled through a deserted and well-staffed Heathrow. They will see reports of trains running smoothly, of red buses speeding along unclogged roads, and of restaurants, bars, parks and museums with plenty of room to spare. For a month or so London will actually work. Only those of us who actually live here will know that it is all a fraud. That’s what I call genius.

Unless you're the Olympic flame, no smoking on board.
British Airlines pilot of the plane flying the Olympic Torch from Athens to the UK

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Mid challenge reminder

Welcome to another Teddy Bo Tuesday! Where does the time go to? Oh and if your in the UK where's our summer gone too!

If your feeling all cold and fed up with being stuck indoors why not give our challenge a go its -

we have all been feeling in a VERY Christmassy mood in the Towers again this week and have made some more cards to hopefully inspire you to join in the fun too! We have all used the new releases that you can find HERE 

You have until Midnight on the 22 July to play along with us as well.

We all look forward to seeing your beautiful Christmas In July creations using a stamp from the Teddy Bo Shop as well as the FairyD shop too!

Here's the DT cards this week to hopefully get your creative juices flowing


TeddyBea 213
BoBunny Papers
Doily Die
Small Snowflake Punch



I´ve colored the image TEDDYBEA_213 with Prismas
cardstock in grey and white by Bazzill
patterned papers by Maja Design
doily cutting die by Cheery Lynn Design
I´ve decorated with pearls 


TEDDYBOBEA_136 coloured with promarkers
Paper is a freebie
Red & green card from stash
Lacey border punch & sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up!
Charm from Dust till Dawn Crafts
Candi from stash
Stickles & glitter glue


Clairebears x 

I have used TEDDYBO_205 - Reinbear Bo for this card, he has been coloured in with Promarkers and lots of Glossy Accents on him. The papers are odd bits from my crafty stash, and the ribbon in "Borrowed" from my Mums - shhhh don't tell her!



Coloured with Copics and Promarkers
Papers Pink petticoat.
Quickutz star die, EK Snowy border punch.
Greeting Cuddly Buddly mixed greetings

Teddy Bo gift box and note card
I've chosen to work with TEDDYBEA_213-CHRISTMAS
Coloured with copics and sakura stardust pens.
Gift box made from 2 Stampin up milk cartons
Ribbon from stash
Whimsy Stamps snowflake die


 Using Teddy Bo Wrap Me Up (Teddy Bo_199)
Krafty Karen's Famous No Glue Box (Tutorial Can Be Found Here!)
Bearly Mine Winter's Swirl Design Paper
Smooth White Printable Card.
Ribbon From Bev's Ribbon Bag at Crafty Ribbons.
Copics for the Image.

Love Clairebears and the DT :0)