Friday, 31 August 2012

FairyTale Friday

With the close of the summer (what summer, this is the UK !!) the village held their annual festival which allowed all the locals to come out of their homes and drink excessive amounts of alcohol. It was announced that on the festival day, there would be a parade through the village square and along the main street to the pub on the outskirts of the village.

The girls decided to make a giant Teddy Bo float made from paper mache and used their Distress Inks to create nice fur tones.  Claire spent two nights making a giant woolly hat and jumper. It took so much wool to make she used up the whole villages supply, and Donna was sent out into the farmers field with scissors to chase down some sheep. It shouldn't have been too difficult, but the farmer had left a male ram in the field, and it took a fancy to her. Sheep looked on in amazement as Donna leapt over the fence as the ram struck it, poking his head through to the other side and getting stuck with it's antlers stopping him from pulling his head back out.

Donna took her chance and sheared the ram before releasing the poor bedraggled and wool-less thing back into the field. Funnily enough, he didn't strike it lucky with any sheep that month, not until his woolen coat had regrown.

Meanwhile the float was ready to go. A tractor pulled a small flatbed trailer with Teddy Bo standing proudly 15 feet high. And then the girls luck failed. The wind picked up, the rain started, and Gayle had to hang off a ladder while holding a brolly over Teddy Bo's head.  Jill frantically started to glue Teddy Bo to the trailer, but by then the top of the trailer was soaking wet, and blobs of brown paper started to fall from Teddy Bo.

And then the wind picked up. The girls were struggling to keep control of the float, and then suddenly 'Teddy Bo' was a way. Bouncing and tumbling down the main street like an acrobat. Everytime he landed, the wind picked him up and tossed him further down the street. The girls climbed into the tractor which was unfortunately being driven by Maritha, who drives so slowly that snails pass her by. 15 minutes later they caught up with Teddy Bo. He'd landed in the local pubs beer garden, and someone had very kindly given him a glass of with the day saved the girls decided to stop there for the night and have a few shandies.....2 days later the noise (not to mention the smell of a VERY soggy Teddy Bo) was too much for the landlord and the girls were thrown into the back of the flatbed trailer and Colette (who had stopped drinking after the 7th drinking game) took everyone back to the tower.  Surprisingly card production was quite high this week, I think the girls are hoping to do a 'sleepover' at the local pub  more often!!!!!!!!  Eeeek!!

Clairebears x 

I have used TeddyBo_137 - Ginger Bo
Coloured him with Promarkers
Mounted on a stepper card from Papermania
I have used Blue mirrorcard, and papers from Hobbycraft
The little gingerbread man, ribbon and stamp is also from there.

I have used TeddyBo_002 - On his Tod.
Coloured with HB pencils and flexmarkers.
Cut on my Silhoutte
Mounted on a 6x6 card with papers from
Papermania Capsule Collection - Black and White.


I have used image TEDDYBEA_215
Medium ~ Polychromos pencils
Cardstock ~ Bright Blue
Papers ~ Papermania Capsule Collection
Doily edger punch ~ Martha Stewart
5mm pearls ~ WOC
Sentiment ~ LOTV


Image ~ TeddyBea_214
Medium ~ Promarkers and Prisma Pencils
Papers ~ Craft Creations
Tools ~ Cheery Lynn English Tea party Doily Die
Greeting ~ Craftwork cards
Embellishments form stash



I had a play with TEDDYBO_096 is named *Pumpkin Bo*
for colouring I have used Prismas
Cardstock by SU and Bazzill
patterned paper by BasicGrey
embellies: pearls


TEDDYBEA_125 coloured with Promarkers
Paper from Stampin' Up
Glitter card from stash
Crystals from Hobbycraft
Red backing card from Lidl
Sentiment created in WordArt


TEDDYBEA_214 Little Ballet Bea
Coloured with copic's.
I've added glamour dust to her skirt, flock to her pompoms and gems to the centre of her flowers.
Paper is glittered and embossed velum by Papermania
Spellbinder Floral Ovals
Heart ribbon from stash
Butterfly was off a wedding favour I went to the other week


Bearly Mine Paper.
Grand Labels One.
Centura Pearlescent Card (Darks.)
Neenah & Copics.
Create With TLC Sentiment.

Hugs n HaPPy Crafting,


See you tomorrow with SneakPeek Saturday......with a Scottish themed FairyD release and the new Teddy Bo release..xx

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday

Wooo Hooo its Tuesday and that means we have another gorgeous batch of cards from Team A to share with you and a little reminder that you still have time to play along with our current challenge


the challenge closes at 12 Midnight on Sunday 2nd Sept - so what are you waiting for! You could win 5 Teddy Bo Stamps!!!!!

So without further a do - drum roll pleases - here are the amazing cards to inspire you to play along with us for this challenge

papers from PyHobby
Big flowers also from Py
Pyntebär from JillBill
Bells from Panduro
Background stamp is a Swedish christmas poem!
Black /White and Green!!!



    Image is TEDDYBO_209 found here
Coloured with Copics
I chose Black, white and brown as my colours
Papers from Teresa Collins and Maja design
Flowers from WOC and Ridderholm designs
Text from Create with TLC, but i cut off a part of it.
Key charm is a gift from a friend :)



Image: TEDDYBO_209
Papers: DCWV
Martha Stewart Punch



Image: TeddyBo_215
I used Mr & Mrs Paper (White) & Papermania
Coloured with Promarkers
Martha Stewart Punch


 Image - TeddyBea_215 - Coloured in Photoshop
Papers - Mesmerized and Mesmerized 2 - Sassy Designs
Ribbon, buttons and gems (middle of flowers) - Meiflower



Graphic45  ABC primer paper
creative imaginations stickers
colored with promarkers
distress ink antique linen

Well has that got you running for your crafty stash to play along with us, we really hope so as we can't wait to see what colour combo you use!

Love Team A

Monday, 27 August 2012

Mojo Monday and a Freebie!

Welcome to another Mojo Monday, this week I thought we would look at all things Nautical! I love this look and as its Summer I thought it would be prefect to inspire you a little! Especially as in the UK its a Bank Holiday next weekend, andmaybe you are heading of to the beach?

Aren't the colours beautiful and clean? I love the "Oh I do love to be beside the Seaside" quote.

So I had a go at doing my own - please feel free to take it :0)

Love Clairebears x

Friday, 24 August 2012

Fairytale Friday

Welcome to another Fairytale Friday, this time its the turn of Team B to show you what they have been upto.

But before we do let us remind you of the challenge that is still running at the moment its


You have until Midnight GMT on the 2nd September to play along and you could win 5 Teddy Bo images! So what are you waiting for :0)

Now onto Team B's creations


TeddyBea_215 - A Stripy Bea
Coloured with Promarkers
Papers from Sassy Designs - Luxe Collection
Flowers and Flourishes cut on my Silhouette
Ribbon and buckle from my stash box.

TeddyBea_215 A Stripy Bea
Coloured with Promarkers
Nitwits papers
Glossy accent, glitter and gews from stash as well as posy



I have used image TEDDYBOBEA_139
Medium ~ Polychromos pencils
Cardstock ~ Pale Blue
Papers ~ Papermania Capsule Collection
Embelishments ~ Ribbon, Rhinestones, Buttons & Stickles
White Doily
Doily edger punch ~ Martha Stewart
Scalloped circle die & Spot embossing folder ~ Sizzix
Sentiment ~ Cuddly Buddly



I´ve played with TEDDYBEA_215 *A stripey Bea*
colouring with Prismas
cardstock by Bazzill and Panduro Design
papers by docrafts and My Minds Eyes
Embellies: flowers, various pieces of die cuts and rhinetsones

Coloured with copic's
Glamour dust was added to her bubbles
Spellbinder picot edge circles used with a second die cut under the image and sentiments in purple glitter
Papers are First Edition Dreamcatcher
Sparkle ribbon from my local market
Glitter pen and holographic purple glitter for sentiment



Super Pants Bo! (Teddy Bo_208)
Copics. (Sketchers & Ciaos.)
Neenah Card Stock (220gsm.)
My own circle sentiment which I created especially for Super Pants Bo! - And I have posted it FREE for you on my blog here.  Smiles.
Hugs n HaPPy Crafting Everyone!



TEDDYBO_206 (pre-coloured)
Kraft card
Sentiment from Kraftin Kimmie
Card & crystals from stash
TEDDYBO_206 (pre-coloured)
TEDDYBEA_215 coloured with Promarkers
Tissue paper & sticky ribbon from The Range
Crystals from stash
Aren't they just scrummy! 

Hope to see your card in the challenge soon,

Love Team B x

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

And the winners are......................

Thank you to everyone who entered last times challenge which was to Distress It! 

So without further ado - drum roll please 

Our overall winner was 

TA DAH!!!!

Morgan - well done to you :0)

Followed by our 2 runners up who are

Helen Plant

Congratulations to you all and please contact Gayle on 

Love all the girls in the Tower xxx

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Black, White and One Other!

Welcome to another Teddy Bo Tuesday and we have a new challenge for you today as well as 2 new stamps that you can find in store - HERE 

Now we're trying to sort out the winner from the last challenge so we will be back to let you know who the lucky 3 are later today as well as the winners from our Christmas in July challenge...but before I go any further please can we thank all the fantastic entries and Team B for hosting.

But now onto this weeks challenge and its a fa-BO-laus one 


Black, White and one other Colour

Here's Team A's cards to get your creative juices flowing and hopefully you will join in the fun going on in the Towers this time :0)  

Before you take a look at the gorgeous cards the DT have made, we would like to wish Kirsty-Anne and Liz a fond fairwell as they are both leaving the Towers, we will really miss them both and wish them all the best for the future.

As I am on my holidays at the moment, my card uses one of last weeks releases and doesn't follow the challenge, but I thought you might like to see it anyway.

Image - TEDDYBEA_213 - coloured in Photoshop
All papers, flowers, ballet shoes - Tippytoes - Nitwits Collection
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbons, Pearls, Gems and charm - Meiflower

Here's a view from the side showing the ballet shoes dangling from the arch.

I re-sized the arch and Bea and used the same kit as above to make a simpler square card too.
All details are the same as the pop out box.

Image TeddyBea_215  15cm x 25cm
Coloured with Promarkers 
Cool/Warm/Ice Grey, Baby Pink & Rose Pink
Stampin Up Vintage Flocks & Robins Nest Princess Attitude
Ribbon, Gems & Glitter to finish

White card coloured with black soot distress ink .
Basic Grey Kraft Paperpad
Cuttlebug Corner punch
Digi sentiment free from here
Ribbons from stash
Stardust Stickles 
Magnolia Vintage Tag Die
Black roses from ebay



Image is TEDDYBEA_215
papers from Teresa Collins
Cheery Lynn swirl
Flowers from WOC


Image: TEDDYBO_209
Paper: Funky fairies (retired)
Sentiments: Create with TLC & Imagine That Stamps


cratepaper farmers market farmhouse collection
black and white polka dot papers
red gem stones
machine stitching
colored with promarkers and colorpencils
So what colour's will you choose? Will it be Pink, Red, Yellow or  Brown like the Design Team or will it be Blue, Green, Orange or maybe Purple - surprise us you talented bunch of crafters! We really look forward to seeing your amazing creations and maybe you can inspire the DT in turn :0)

You have until Midnight GMT on Sunday 2nd September to enter and we really can't wait for you to play along with us!

Love from Team A x

Monday, 20 August 2012

Mojo Monday

Welcome to another Mojo Monday :0) A few weeks ago I went to Stratford Upon Avon, to the birthplace of the great Bard himself - William Shakespeare. Its such a amazing place as his original birthplace is right in the middle of the High Street and you have a busy shopping centre right outside its front door! As you enter his home you are taken through on a guided tour of his life, now I'm no intellect but did you know that he invented 1700 words that were later entered into the Oxford Dictionary! You are also able to see his final resting place, as he was Lay Preacher he was entitled to be buried with Holy Trinity Church itself, along with his family – had he have been buried in the church grave yard he his bones would have been dug up and burned on a bones fire some 20 – 25 years later!


William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman and a successful glover originally from Snitterfield, and Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowning farmer.[7] He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptised there on 26 April 1564. His actual birthdate remains unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, St George's Day.[8] This date, which can be traced back to an 18th-century scholar's mistake, has proved appealing to biographers, since Shakespeare died 23 April 1616.[9] He was the third child of eight and the eldest surviving son.[10]
Although no attendance records for the period survive, most biographers agree that Shakespeare was probably educated at the King's New School in Stratford,[11] a free school chartered in 1553,[12] about a quarter-mile from his home. Grammar schools varied in quality during the Elizabethan era, but the grammar curriculum was standardised by royal decree throughout England,[13] and the school would have provided an intensive education in Latin grammer based upon Latin classical authors.[14]
John Shakespeare's house, believed to be Shakespeare's birthplace, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
At the age of 18, Shakespeare married the 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. The consistory court of the Diocese of Worcester issued a marriage licence on 27 November 1582. The next day two of Hathaway's neighbours posted bonds guaranteeing that no lawful claims impeded the marriage.[15] The ceremony may have been arranged in some haste, since the Worcester chancellor allowed the marriage banns to be read once instead of the usual three times,[16] and six months after the marriage Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susanna, baptised 26 May 1583.[17] Twins, son Hamnet and daughter Judith, followed almost two years later and were baptised 2 February 1585.[18] Hamnet died of unknown causes at the age of 11 and was buried 11 August 1596.[19]
After the birth of the twins, Shakespeare left few historical traces until he is mentioned as part of the London theatre scene in 1592, and scholars refer to the years between 1585 and 1592 as Shakespeare's "lost years".[20] Biographers attempting to account for this period have reported many apocryphal stories. Nicholas Rowe, Shakespeare’s first biographer, recounted a Stratford legend that Shakespeare fled the town for London to escape prosecution for deer poaching in the estate of local squire Thomas Lucy. Shakespeare is also supposed to have taken his revenge on Lucy by writing a scurrilous ballad about him.[21] Another 18th-century story has Shakespeare starting his theatrical career minding the horses of theatre patrons in London.[22] John Aubrey reported that Shakespeare had been a country schoolmaster.[23] Some 20th-century scholars have suggested that Shakespeare may have been employed as a schoolmaster by Alexander Hoghton of Lancashire, a Catholic landowner who named a certain "William Shakeshafte" in his will.[24] Little evidence substantiates such stories other than hearsay collected after his death, and Shakeshafte was a common name in the Lancashire area.[25]

10 Facts about the great man!

1. – No one knows the actual birthday of Shakespeare!
 2. – Anne Hathaway was eight years older than Shakespeare and three months pregnant when
they got married!
3. – Many Shakespeare life facts are unknown – these are referred to as the Lost Years
4. – Shakespeare’s Father, John was a money lender! He was accused in the Exchequer Court
of Usury for lending money at the inflated rate of 20% and 25% Interest!
 5. – William Arden, a relative of Shakespeare’s mother Mary Arden, was arrested for plotting
against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed!
 6. – Shakespeare and his company built TWO Globe Theatres!
 7. – Shakespeare never published any of his plays!
 8. – Shakespeare and the Globe Actors were implicated in the Essex Rebellion of 1601!
 9 .- Many eminent Authors and Politicians do not believe that Shakespeare wrote his plays…
 10. – Shakespeare’s family were all illiterate!

I hope that has inspired you,

Love Clairebears x 

Friday, 17 August 2012

Fairytale Friday

Good Morning ladies and gents....and welcome to another Fairytale Friday here at Teddy Bo Towers.

The Olympic closing weekend was fun at the towers.....we decided to throw open the doors and have a party to celebrate such a successful haul for Team GB.  The girls had made plenty of potato vodka and some turnip schnapps and Jill has come back from her sister's wedding in Poland with a recipe for Sauerkraut certainly has a kick to it and quite an after taste too......I'm thinking she should have left out the pickled remains from the jar!!!!

So.....the party was jumping and as the alcohol was flowing nobody noticed the taxi sitting outside with the driver unloading the boot.......we know NOW that this was happening as Colette is super-efficient and as well as being a whizz with Photoshop she also knew a man who did us a good deal on our CCTV system and we have watched the events of that night a few times (actually, once or twice was so that Sonia could find out where she'd left her false teeth......mind you, we got quite a shock when the film showed her removing them and rinsing them in the potato was fine up until the sixth time she did it and she accidentally let go of them and couldn't see straight enough any longer to fish them back out of the jug!!!)

Come Monday morning there were a few sore heads in the towers and nobody was saying much so the sound levels were very low in fact that when we were finally having breakfast (about 2pm in the afternoon) we could hear a lot of rustling and snipping.  All the girls were present at the breakfast table..... not all of them were there voluntarily and none of them particularly enjoyed the experience but we all agreed that none of us were responsible for the noises we could off we went, slowly.....very slowly......round the towers to find out what the noise was.....and upon entering the empty room next to Sonia we were dumbfounded to find a woman there gleefully colouring in pictures of Bo and Bea with bits of ribbon, fancy background papers and lots of bling flying around her as she continued with her colouring!!  Word had got round the tower (Tammy has one air of lungs on her) and all the girls gingerly came running....well, actually because Debbie had been up since 8am and had polished the floors a lot of them skidded down the stop outside of this tiny room.  The little lady inside the room was now smiling at us (such a shame as nobody was smiling back at her!!) and as she rushed to her feet the box that was balancing on her knee came crashing down at Liz's feet.......Liz couldn't help herself and started rummaging through the box, then Maritha followed her, then Trine and then Kirsty-Anne!!!!  It was chaotic!!! It only took a very loud scream from Gayle to stop them from opening up the other boxes that were placed around the room.  Gayle quickly found her voice and asked the little lady who she was......."why I'm Rumpelstiltskin" she cried!!!


"Okay....I'm obviously not, I'm Donna and I want to join your Design Team!!!"

The girls all looked at Donna, then at Gayle, then back at Donna again....then at this time a few of them were feeling a bit sick and had to run to the knowing that there was a risk of some of the girls being too ill this week and not getting any cards made Gayle agreed that Donna could stay but she had to get making some cards straight away.....and guess what....she did!!!!

So, welcome Donna to our Design've seen us at our worst and that didn't scare you away so you might just fit in here!!!!! ;O)


So, as well as Donna's card the Design Team actually managed to make a card.......and Jill couldn't stop herself and made 2!!!!

Got a bit carried away and made two...
Image is TEDDYBEA_213 found here
Coloured with Copic Markers
Papers from Fabscraps
The die is a Marianne Creatables, found here 
and it comes with the lovely swirl too, just amazing!!
Flowers from WOC and Kaiserkraft
sentiment strip from MFT

Fantastic images!
TEDDYBO_208 and the little TEBBYBEA_213 in the frame
Coloured with Copic
All papers are scraps from my stash
Magnolia swirl and TH die for the cogweels
The amazing tickets that he gets with the card is made by Colette
and gives him everything from hugs, to breakfast in bed...
Think my darling will LOVE this!
EP papers
QK bandage
Magnolia die(leafs)
The text says: Time flies.....your a good runner!!
Image TeddyBea_213
Promarkers Pale Pink & Rose, Ice Greys 1/2/3, Orchid & purple
Cheery Lynne Die
Robins Nest Paper

I have used TeddyBea_213
Medium - Polychromos pencils
Vintage Step Card - Whichcraftuk
Papers - Prima Botanics
Embelishments - Rhinestones, Ribbon & Stickles
Flowers - WOC
Sentiment - Cuddly Buddly
Image is TEDDYBOBEA-139  
Coloured with Copic Markers 
  Papers from magnolia


Paper: Dovecraft Back to Basics
Sentiment: Hero Arts



Prismacolor pencils & Glamour Dust
Prima Paperpad
Spellbinders Labels
Tim Holtz Rosette Die
Hero Arts Stamps
Crochet flower from Tabby's Crafts on Etsy
Melissa Francis Pearls
WOC rose misted with Plum Cosmic Shimmer Mist
Pink Lace from stash