Monday 28 February 2011

Let it Snow!

I'm still keeping to my New Year's Resolution to keep making Christmas cards throughout the year rather than having a mad rush in December and here's the latest one made over the weekend.

Card Recipe

Stamp - "Christmas Pals" by Little Claire Designs
Tartan paper - Crafthouse Press
Card - Dovecraft
Peel off greeting - Little Claire Designs

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - I've followed the sketch
Craft Us Crazy - "winter"
I Love Promarkers - "stitching" (faux stitching my case!)
Totally Papercrafts - "paper piecing" (the dog's coat!)
Winter Wonderland - "includ an animal"

Sunday 27 February 2011

Flower Squares

I've been following the Less Is More challenge blog since it started but this is the first week that I've made a card for one of their challenges.  The theme is 'three squares' so I've used one of my oldest Little Claire stamps (mine is a wood mounted one which shows how long I've had it!) and coloured the flowers with Promarkers.  It look a bit of time to get it all lined up - just goes to show that less isn't always easy!!

Card Recipe

Stamp - Boxed Flowers by Little Claire Designs
Peel off greeting

As well as the Less is More challenge, I'd like to enter the card in the following:
Stamp Something - flowers
Totally Gorjuss - black plus one colour

Thursday 24 February 2011

Moving Along With the Times - Challenge 87

This week's challenge at Moving Along with the Times is 'fashion' which fits perfectly with this card which I made with the new Room with a View 'Wardrobe' stamp set from Little Claire Designs which is now available here - this was another of the sets launched on Create and Craft on Wednesday this week.

I cut the doors on the wardrobe with a craft knife and when they are opened the card looks like this (with apologies that my photo isn't too good!):

Card Recipe

Wardrobe stamp, heart and inside view - Little Claire Designs
Paper - Dovecraft 'Sugar and Spice' pack here
Pale pink card
Go Kreate cutting dies
Ribbon - Meiflower

A Blog Award from Dee

Many thanks to Dee for this blog award - very much appreciated and a lovely surprise too!

The instructions that come with this award are:
Step 1 - make a post linking back to the person who gave you the award
Step 2 - share seven random things about yourself
Step 3 - award fifteen recently discovered bloggers with this award
Step 4 - contact those bloggers and tell them they've won the award

I've done step 1 with the link to Dee's blog above so step 2 is to share seven random things about myself.  Well, I'm a card and ATC making addict (goes without saying!), I'm a big fan of radio comedy, I'm an 80s music addict, I love detective/crime fiction, I love costume dramas on TV, I'm a blog addict and I love shopping for craft things.

And I'll pass the award on to the following people:
I know that isn't fifteen people but I can't think of anyone else who fits the 'recently discovered' category at the moment - I'll add to my list when I find some more blogs!

Wednesday 23 February 2011

Take It Easy - Another New Stamp from Little Claire Designs

If you saw the Little Claire Designs show on Create and Craft this morning, you will have seen Steve making this card right at the end of the programme - he even managed to stick on all the little dots that I'd punched out!!  The image and the words are from one of the new 'Room With a View' sets  based around trees which is now available here.

Card Recipe

Stamp (image and words) - Little Claire Designs
Paper - Dovecraft
Brown card

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Creative Craft Challenges - 'card for a teen'
Stamp Something - 'stamp something funky'
Easy Craft Projects Challenge - 'something for the boys'

Tuesday 22 February 2011

New from Little Claire Designs - Sneak Peak!

Steve from Little Claire Designs will be on Create & Craft again tomorrow morning at 10.00am launching more stamp sets in the 'Room With a View' series.  Here's a sneaky peak at one of the sets which is perfect for men's cards. 

Card Recipe

Stamps - Little Claire Designs
Paper - Craft Creations (narrow pastel grey stripes here)
Black paper and black buttons
Peel off greeting

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Passion for Promarkers - 'one for the boys'
A Spoonful of Sugar - 'birthday wishes'
Paper Sundaes - 'masculine colours'
One Stitch at a Time - 'anything but square'
Saturday Challenge - 'fancy folds'
Fun at Fairy Knoll - 'birthday or thank you'

I'll be back tomorrow with some more cards using the new stamps!

Floral Get Well Wishes

I've made this card this afternoon to send to an online friend who has been in hospital for a few days - I'm hoping it will cheer her up.  The stamp is one of the older ones I've got from Little Claire Designs - it's a nice, simple one to stamp and colour but I still really like the way it looks.

Card Recipe

Stamp - 'Floral Border' by Little Claire Designs
Paper - Anitas
Peel off greeting
Pale green and pale pink card

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps - 'flowers'
Allsorts - 'inspired by nature'
Charisma Cardz - 'spring has sprung' 

Moving Along With the Times - Challenge 86

This week's challenge at Moving Along With the Times is 'anything for a little girl but not a card' so I've uploaded a scan of some ATCs I made last month for the monthly swap on one of the Yahoo groups I belong to.  The images are all from Nutcrafters and I used up some scraps of paper that I had for the backgrounds as well as some peel offs.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Nutcrafters
Papers - Craft Creations, Kanban
Peel off greetings

Saturday 19 February 2011

Mid-Challenge Inspiration at Little Claire Designs!

Today is the half way point in our first challenge at Little Claire Designs and you can see some more great cards here from the remaining members of the Design Team.

There is also still plenty of time to enter the challenge - the theme is 'anything goes' and you can see all the details here.  From next month the challenges will be going fortnightly!

Sunday 13 February 2011

Paper Sundaes Challenge and Craft Us Crazy

For this week's challenge at Paper Sundaes you can pick your own sundae toppings from a list of four - I've chosen pink and flowers for my card.  It's a shaker card - made for a swap on one of the Yahoo groups I belong to - and something I haven't made for ages.  I cut an oval frame using scalloped and plain die cuts and then put acetate behind the frame before attaching it to my stamped image with foam tape.  I've kept the background very plain because I want the focus to be on the shaker part of it.

I'd also like to enter the card in the 'anything goes' challenge currently running on Craft Us Crazy which is a new challenge blog that I've spotted tonight while I've been doing a bit of blog hopping!

Card Recipe

Stamp - Little Claire Designs
Paper - My Mind's Eye
Pale pink card and acetate
Heart confetti - Mei Flowers

Digi Downloads Now Available at Little Claire Designs

New at Little Claire Designs is a range of their stamp images available as downloads - you can see them here.  There are lots to choose from and they range in price from 50p upwards.  If you look really carefully, you'll find a freebie to download and try - to give you a clue, have at look here at the card I made for the first Little Claire monthly challenge!  Apart from being cheaper and taking up even less storage space, the other advantage of the downloads is that you can resize them as you want - even more flexibility than a stamp!

Friday 11 February 2011

I Love Promarkers Birthday Blog Hop and Challenge

I've made this card for the current challenge on I Love Promarkers - the theme is birthday cards and there is also a birthday blog hop which I've just enjoyed looking through.  This is a card that I've made for a card swap using a bargain buy from the show at G-Mex last weekend - it's a Wild Rose Studio stamp and was half price!

Card Recipe

Stamp - Wild Rose Studio
Paper - Pink Petticoat
Ribbon - Meiflower
Pale pink and pale green card
Dotty embossing folder
Card candy - Craftwork Cards

Wednesday 9 February 2011

A Blog Award!

My thanks to Katina and Carol for this blog award - very much appreciated, ladies!
In accepting the award I've had to agree to the following conditions:

1) You have been tagged, do you want to accept? YES! then create a post on your blog and post the love blog photo.
2) Link back to the person who gave you the award and say if you accept.
3) Choose 3-5 of your favourite blogs to tag, link these in your post too and tell the lucky people they have been tagged.
The aim of this award is to bring unknown good blogs to light, so we're asked not to tag somebody "with 3000 followers".  My chosen blogs are:

Monday 7 February 2011

One Card - Lots of Challenges!

This is another card made with one of my new Lili of the Valley stamps - I have to admit I bought another four on Saturday at the show at G-Mex!  This one comes with the little sentiment which I think is perfect for the image.

Card Recipe

Stamp - image and sentiment from Lili of the Valley
Paper - Craft Creations
Red card - Craftwork Cards
Gold paper
Punch - Martha Stewart (also used for the small hearts)

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
"Romance/Valentines Day" - Let's Ink It Up
"Love, Love, Love" - Allsorts Challenge Blog
"Valentine" - Saturday Challenge
"Hearts" - Raise the Bar
"Valentines Day/Romance" - Crafty Purple Frog Challenge

Sunday 6 February 2011

Mrs Hoot!

I couldn't resist the very cute Mrs Hoot when I spotted her on the Pink Gem website - this is the first time I've used her and I love her!  This is another 'get well' card and I thought the image went perfectly with the little sentiment which is also from Pink Gem

Card Recipe

Stamps - main image - Mrs Hoot from Pink Gem
Sentiment - Pink Gem
Card - Kanban
Die Cut - Go Kreate
Pale pink card

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
"Anthing Goes" - I Love Promarkers
"What? No Embellies?" - Charisma Cardz

Sunshine and Smiles from Georgia

I've made this card today for someone who hasn't been too well recently - I'm hoping it will cheer her up.  It also gave me the chance to try out a new Pink Gem stamp and to work with some of the Pink Petticoat paper which is free with this month's Quick Cards magazine and is gorgeous.

Card Recipe

Stamps - main image - Georgia from Little Claire Designs
Sentiment - Pink Gem
Paper - Pink Petticoat
Ribbon - Mei Flower
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Pale Pink and pale green card

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
"Copic Chic/ Promarker Gal" on the Samuel Taylor Blog
"Anything Goes + Flowers" on Papertake Weekly

Saturday 5 February 2011

First Little Claire's Monthly Challenge

Today on the Little Claire's blog here is the first of our monthly challenges with the very easy theme of 'anything goes'. Please take a look to see all the wonderful cards posted by the design team - there will be more inspiration half way through the month.
Card Recipe

Stamps - main image 'Lydia Goes Shopping' - Little Claire Designs
Sentiment - 'Beach Huts' - Little Claire Designs
Paper - Forever Friends  - 'Spring Time'
Scalloped circle Nestabilities and Martha Stewart punch
Pale pink card

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's cards for our first challenge!

Wednesday 2 February 2011

More Cards from Big Hugs - Little Claire Designs

I love this little mouse which is part of the Big Hugs February club set from Little Claire Designs - it's a nice quick image to stamp and colour but can be used for so many different occasions. I've decoupaged the mouse on this card and also cut out an additional flower which I added to the corner of the card. The purple paper is from Dovecraft and I've also added purple nailhead gems. The sentiment is part of the stamp set.

Big Hugs - Little Claire Designs

This card is made with the final image in the Big Hugs set from Little Claire Designs - mice with a piece of cheese with the skirting board and a little mouse hole in the background! It doesn't show up properly on the photo but I die cut a frame in the yellow paper to make this card and then put the black frame inside that and the image at the back. My idea was that you were looking in through the card to the mice behind! The yellow paper is from Dovecraft and I've added a peel off greeting and some black gems.

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Big Hugs - February Stamps from Little Claire Designs

Here is the first of the cards that I've made with the new February club stamps from Little Claire Designs - the set is called 'Big Hugs' and is now available here on their website. The cat at the window (with the little mice!) is the main image on the sheet - I've stamped and coloured it and then decoupaged the cat. The sentiment is in two parts so I've put the first part under the image and used the second as the 'stopper' for the easel card. I've finished the card with some paper flowers coloured with Promarkers. Two more cards to follow tomorrow!


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