Saturday 30 April 2011

Challenge 6 at Little Claire Designs

Challenge 6 at Little Claire Designs has just been launched here and this time it's a sketch challenge - this is the sketch:

On my card I've used one of the stamps from the 'Messing About on the River' set which is available here with some pink gingham paper from Craft Creations as well as some pink and brown card.  The flowers at the bottom of my card have been punched.

Please have a look at the blog here to see the winners from the last challenge and the rest of the design team cards.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - 'use a sketch'
Crafts 4 Eternity - 'anything goes'
Paper Cutz - 'anything goes'

Friday 29 April 2011

Fairy Lights ....

I love this little character from Nutcrafters - the stamp is called 'Fairy Lights' and it's just perfect for a nice girly card!  I've used some Papermania backing paper and some pink and white striped ribbon and then a couple of paper flowers.  There is some glitter on her wings and the star - very brave for me as glitter and me do not get on!  I used Stickles which I normally struggle with but this time I painted it on and it worked much better.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sarah Hurley Challenge - 'things with wings'
Stamp Something - 'something with wings'

Meet Warren .....

The image on this card is one of two 'Warren' stamps that I bought recently from Craftwork Cards - they only arrived yesterday so today was my first chance to use them.  I only realised when I spotted some cards made with the same range in a magazine (after I'd made my card!) that Warren is actually grey and white and not brown but never mind!   The background paper I've used is from Papermania - from a pad that was a free cover gift on one of the paper craft magazines recently and I've also used brown and pink card.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenge - 'fluffy bunnies'
Sketch 'n' Stash - I used sketch 7 from the archive

For You ....

This is another card made with a DigiStamp Boutique image - this one is called 'Birthday Oscar' and I've teamed him up with some lilac card and four little black peel off dots.  The card blank is from Craftwork Cards.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Fun at Fairy Knoll - 'Birthday'
Crafty Creations - 'white space'
I Love Promarkers - 'no designer papers'

Monday 25 April 2011

H is for Hotspot

I've just about made it in time for the latest challenge on ABC Christmas Challenge which is 'H is for Hotspot' - colouring in a section of the main image and then mounting that section on to the whole image.  I couldn't get my circles the right size to get a separate black one to go underneath so I just outlined with a fine black liner instead.  Not quite so effective but I think it still works OK.  I decided to keep the base of the card very simple - it would be easy to draw attention away from the image and I wanted it to stand out.  My stamp is from Little Claire Designs - part of the 'All Set for Christmas' set from last Christmas and my background paper is from Craft Creations.

Pink Tulips

This card was made for the latest challenge at Less Is More where the theme is 'off centre'.  My image is from a stamp made by Great Impressions (a very old wood mounted stamp) and I've used it with my oval Nestabilities and some paper from Craft Creations.

I'd also like to enter the card in the following challenges:

Sweet Stamps - 'frame it'
Crafts and Me - 'pink and sweet'
Fun at Fairy Knoll - 'Easter or spring'

Sunday 17 April 2011

Less is More - Week 11

I think I felt the same as most of the rest of the LIMettes when I saw this week's challenge on the Less Is More challenge blog was to use acetate!  Not one of my favourite craft materials but having had a think about it I've come up with this card which uses acetate behind the two circular apertures on the side of the card.  The stamps all come from a Do Crafts set which was free on the front of a magazine - I needed something that matched, was small enough to fit in the aperture and was easy to cut out!  I stamped the main image directly onto the front of the card (I'm getting better at it!) and then coloured it with Promarkers.  I stamped the two little cakes separately, coloured them and then cut them out - I stuck them to the acetate with a little bit of double sided tape.

Pink Elephant!

This is one of my all time favourite Little Claire stamps - it's such a cute image and another easy one to colour!  I've used it with some pink and brown card and Cuttlebugged the pink card with my swiss dots embossing folder.  The flowers are punched and I've added little pink pearls to the centre of each flower.

I'd like to enter the card in the following challenges:

Anythings Goes - 'pearls'
Allsorts Challenge - I've followed their sketch
A Spoonful of Sugar - 'all creatures great and small'
Sweet Stamps - 'for the ladies'
My Mum's Craft Shop - 'anything goes'
Craft Us Crazy - 'thinking of you with a sentiment and/or animal'
Totally Gorjuss - 'no patterned paper'

Saturday 16 April 2011

April Showers

I noticed that a couple of blog challenges had either 'April Showers' or 'weather' as their theme this week so I immediately thought of this Little Claire stamps, 'Rainy Days' - it's one of my favourites and so appropriate for the weather in this country!!  I've used some Dovecraft dotty paper and navy and paler blue card with it.

I'd like to enter the card in the following challenges:

I Love Promarkers - I've followed this week's sketch
Cute Card Thursday - 'weather inspired'
Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog -'April Showers'
Stamp Something - 'April Showers'

Little Claire Challenge 5

Challenge 5 has just been launched on the Little Claire blog - the theme is 'animals' and you can find all the details here plus a selection of cards from the DT and the winners from the last challenge.  The prize for the current challenge is a lovely selection of stamps, papers, flowers and Promarkers as you can see from this photo.

Monday 11 April 2011

Pink Flowers

This card was made using the 'Quirky Flowers' design from DigiStamp Boutique and I've combined it with papers from the Pink Petticoat free pad from one of the card making magazines last month.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

St Luke's Charity Card Challenge - 'Say it With Flowers'
Moving Along With the Times - I followed their sketch

Easter Grace Again ....

Here's another card made with the very cute 'Easter Grace' image from DigiStamp Boutique.  My main backing paper is from Craft Creations and I've also used a left over strip from My Minds Eye.  The flowers are Craftwork Cards colouring with Promarkers to match my coloured design.

Card Recipe

Image - Easter Grace from DigiStamp Boutique
Sentiment - Penny Black
Papers - Craft Creations and My Minds Eye
Flowers - Craftwork Cards
Pink Card

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

DigiStamp Boutique - April Customer Competition
I Love Promarkers - 'Easter'
Craft Us Crazy - 'Happy Easter'

Sunday 10 April 2011

Another Christmas Card ....

It seems very strange to be making Christmas cards when the weather is so warm but I'm sticking to my resolution to keep making them throughout the year!  This one was made using one of my favourite Christmas stamps by Whiff of Joy - I've had it for a couple of years now and I still love it.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Whiff of Joy
Paper - Kanban
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Silver paper and nail head gems

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:

ABC Christmas - 'G is for Girlie' (using pink, purple and silver

Take Time .....

I made this card for the latest challenge on Less is More - a one layer card with the focus on the sentiment.  I used on of my oldest and most used Hero Arts sentiment stamps - it's perfect for so many occasions.  The two little birds are from the Pink Petticoat set which come free on the latest copy of 'Simply Cards and Papercraft' - they are gorgeous and stamp out really well.

I'd also like the enter the card in the following challenges:
Pollycraft Monday - 'old stamp'
Allsorts Challenge - 'anything but square'
Saturday Challenge - 'our feathered friends'

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Final Preview!

Today's cards are from one of the 'Room With a View' sets by Little Claire Designs which will be launched tomorrow morning on Create & Craft at 11.00am.  This one is the 'Flower Shop' set and for my first card I've used the shop window design and the 'shop inside' directly underneath - the view above is the card 'closed' and underneath, the card is open.
My second card was made using the other part of the set and I added a 'get well' sentiment to it - this stamp is perfect for a quick but still very pretty card.

Tuesday 5 April 2011

Another Preview!

This card was made with one of the new 'Room With a View' sets from Little Claire Designs which will be launched on Create & Craft on Thursday this week.  This one is the 'Bistro' set and I've made this first card using the main 'outside' image and then used 'inside' image as the 'stopper' on my easel card.  My paper is from the Dovecraft 'Sugar and Spice' collection.
This tree image is also on the sheet and I thought it worked really well as a card by itself - quick and simple to colour and it could be used for lots of different occasions.  Again my paper is from Dovecraft - this time the 'Back to Basics' pack.

Sunday 3 April 2011

Flowers and more flowers!

Last one for today!  A quick card made with one of the Bella images from DigiStamp Boutique and more paper that I've had for years - this one is from Paper Adventures.  The sentiment stamp is one of my favourites from Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Saturday Challenge - 'butterflies'
Allsorts Challenge Blog - 'blooming blossoms'
Dream Valley Challenges - 'things with wings'
Paper Sundaes - 'spring blossoms'
DigiStamp Boutique - 'April Customer Competition' 

Spikey Flowers - Sneak Peek!

 Little Claire Designs will be on Create & Craft again this Thursday (7 April) at 11am to launch more great stamp sets.  One of the sets will be the owl set which is the current club set and there will also be two more of the 'Room With a View' sets - previews to follow in the next few days!  The fourth set is called 'Spikey Flowers' and I've used this one today to make two cards - I think the designs really suit the current 'clean and simple' trend and I've kept both my cards very simple.  The set includes both floral images I've used plus the sentiment. 

For my first card, I stamped the larger image and layered it on to red card and then stamped the sentiment direct on the base card.  I've added some red nail head gems to finish it off.

For my second card I stamped on to the card base (I'm getting better at doing this!) putting the smaller design in two corners and the sentiment in the middle.  Again I've finished the card with some red nail head gems.

I'd like to enter these cards in the following two challenges:
Less is More - 'a touch of red'
Creative Cottage Challenge - 'white/blank spaces'

Easter Grace

This little character is Easter Grace from DigiStamp Boutique - a very cute image complete with a chick and Easter eggs in her basket.  The paper I've used is some I've had for a couple of years and I only had half of the sheet left - the bit with the maker's name is missing.  I've added some ribbon from Meiflowers and some pink gems to finish the card.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Corrosive Challenge Blog - 'pastel colours'
By the Cute and Girly - 'cute and girly'
Digi-Stamp Boutique - 'April Customer Competition'

OSAAT - Something 3D - Guest DT Card

I'm a Guest DT member at the One Stitch at a Time challenge blog today for their latest challenge which is 'Something 3D'.  All the details of the challenge together with the rest of the cards can be found here.

The image I've used is from Stitchy Bear Stamps and I've used 'Rosie the Cheerleader' from JLJ Designs which is available here.

Card Recipe

Image - Rosie the Cheerleader - JLJ Designs
Paper - Craft Creations
Greeting - Craftwork Cards
Brown card

I'd like to enter my card in the current Ellephantastic challenge which is 'anything but square or rectangle'.

Saturday 2 April 2011

Happy Mothers Day

This is the card I've made for my Mum for tomorrow - she loves flowers and she also likes the 'clean and simple' style so hopefully she'll like this card!  I've used one of the flower digi stamps from DigiStamp Boutique called 'quirky flowers' and teamed it with some paper from Dovecraft and some purple card and gems

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Stamp Something - 'April Digi Day'
One Stop Craft Challenge - 'spots and dots'

Little Claire Challenge 4 - Spring Celebrations

Our fourth challenge on the Little Claire Blog starts today and the theme is 'Spring Celebrations' - you can see all the details here and also see who won the last challenge.  My card has been made using the 'Duckmum' stamp set which is available hereI die cut my base card and then used the main image from the set on the top of the card and the little basked of eggs as the 'stopper' for my easel.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Duckmum set from Little Claire Designs
Paper - Craft Creations
Green card

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Sweet Stamps - 'Easter'
Let's Ink it Up - 'Easter Creations'

Friday 1 April 2011

Anytime is the Right Time .....

The new club set for April from Little Claire Designs has been released today and it's a very cute set of owls which is now available hereThis is one of the cards I've made with the stamps and it's featured on the leaflets sent out to club members this month.

Card Recipe

Image - Little Claire Designs
Paper - V&A Hanoverian Collection by Do-Crafts
Brown and pink card
Peel offs

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Purple Frog - 'anything but square'
Fun at Fairy Knoll - 'whatever'


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