Monday, 31 October 2011

Little Claire Christmas Class

Here are a couple of cards from a class I taught on Saturday morning for Little Claire Designs using some of the Red Gingham Christmas products. 

This first one uses the very cute Little George stamp.  The base card is one of the Little Claire blue tag cards and some of the snowflake paper plus two of the Christmas die cut sentiments and some white Card Candi.  The ribbon is white organza with little blue snowflakes on it which fits perfectly with the rest of the design.

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

Jingle Belles - 'not a creature was stirring'
I Love Promarkers - 'tags' (second entry)

And this is my second card:

Not an easy one to photograph!  I've used some of the Red Gingham printed acetate with a piece of the Glitter Sparkle Sheet on the reverse - it's a bit like the old sticky backed plastic but sparkly rather than clear.  It's a great way to add sparkle to a card without the mess of glitter!  The backing paper I've used is from Dovecraft and across the middle of the card I've used the red and gold Gingham Peel Offs.  I used a strip of the red peel off and then placed the squares from the gold sheet into it (a bit fiddly but worth the effort!)  I used a couple of red squares in each corner and a peel off greeting.

A couple of challenges for this card:

Crafty Purple Frog - 'sparkle'
Totally Papercrafts - 'glitter it' 

Sunday, 30 October 2011

New Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - Hats or Flowers

It's time for another new challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox and our theme for this challenge is 'Hats or Flowers'.  Click here for more details plus some gorgeous cards from my fellow DT members.


Our sponsor for this challenge is Make It Crafty and the prize for the challenge is a AU$15 voucher to spend in their online store!

The image I've used on my card (above) is a brand new digi stamp from Make it Crafty created specially for our challenge - she's called 'Chantelle at the Races' and you can find her online here.  I've also used some bakcing paper from Kanban, some white paper flowers and some tiny self adhesive pink pearls.

A few challenges for my card:

One Stop Craft Challenge - 'no sentiments'
Charisma Cardz - 'anything goes' (third entry)
By the Cute and Girly - 'anything goes'


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Cutie Patootie Tag Card

Here's a tag card that I've made using two of the new Cutie Patootie stamps from Little Claire - you can find them here (the little girl) and here (the chimney sweep).  They are also available as a pair if you are a club member or want to join the club this month - see here for more details.  The two little tags are from the new sentiment set 'Little Beauties' which you can find here - they're really cute little tags that are perfect for finishing off cards.

I've used one of the new tag cards from Little Claire and some of the pale blue and pale pink spotted paper.  I added some lace at the bottom of each panel and also some Card Candi coloured to match the images.  The two figures were cut out and then added to the base card with foam pads.

Here's a closer view of the first two panels:

And the other two panels:

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

Totally Gorjuss - 'I remember'
Saturday Challenge - 'whimsical'

Friday, 28 October 2011

Another Cutie Patootie

Today on the Little Claire blog it's the final day of our week showcasing the brand new stamp sets which have just gone on sale.  Have a look here for all the details plus some gorgeous cards from my fellow DT members.

My card (above) was made using the Catapult Boy stamp which you can find here and also one of the new cute little tag sentiments which you can find here - a lovely set and perfect for adding a finishing touch to cards.  I've used some blue Bazzill plus some backing paper from a Christmas pad - I thought it worked well with this image and didn't look that much like a Christmas design!

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

Passion for Promarkers - 'for a child'
Charisma Cardz - 'anything goes' (second entry)
The Poodles Parlour - 'let's hear it for the boys'
Moving Along With the Times - 'no girls allowed'

Thursday, 27 October 2011

New Red Gingham Owl Family

Today I was going to give you another sneak peek of one of the new stamp ranges from Little Claire Designs but they have in fact already all gone on to the shop website so this isn't a sneak peek at all! 

For this card I've used one of the new Red Gingham stamps called 'Owl Family' with some Craft Creations paper and a little bit of pink and white ribbon.  I used some Card Candi in the corners of the die cut shape just to finish it off - nice and simple (as always!) as I wanted to showcase the lovely stamp.

Just one challenge for this card - 'anything goes' at Charisma Cardz.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Another Sneak Peek from Little Claire!

There's another sneak peek today on the Little Claire Designs blog here of the new 'Cutie Patootie' range.  Today's card uses the two little characters on the swing and this is one of the cards I've made with the stamp.

I've used gingham and kraft paper from Craft Creations plus some Card Candi - a simple card with lots of layers.

A couple of challenges for this card - Craft Your Passion 'let's get krafty' and The Paper Shelter 'anything goes'.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

New Stamps from Little Claire!

Little Claire Designs will be launching four new ranges of stamps over the next couple of weeks - two different image sets plus two new sentiment sets.

If you head over the to the Little Claire blog here you'll find a gorgeous tag card made by Maxine which shows the two characters who feature in one of the new ranges the 'Cutie Patooties'.  There's also a competition to win a set of the new 'Cutie Patootie' stamps - all you have to do is tell us what you think the two little characters should be called!

Keep checking back to the Little Claire blog all week for more sneak peeks!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Chloe and Reindeer

Another Christmas card today - this time made with a very cute Pink Gem stamp that I bought a little while back and have finally got round to using!  It's called 'Chloe and Reindeer' and is so sweet - lovely to colour in too. 

I've used a scalloped card blank from Crafwork Cards and papers from a Hot Off the Press book that was free with a magazine recently.  I've added red nail head gems to the corners of the image panel and Card Candi either side of the image.

A few challenges for this one:

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - 'seeing spots' (strip across the middle of the card)
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'U is for unused stash'
Pollycraft Monday Challenge - 'girls, girls, girls'
I Love Promarkers -'ain't it cute!'

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Another Halloween Card

Here's another Halloween card made with a DigiStamp Boutique image called 'Witch Zoe' - another really cute image!

For this card, I embossed the orange card with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and then attached a strip of Craft Creations paper across the middle.  I neatened the edges of the strip of paper top and bottom with black line peel offs.  The image has been die cut into a circle and then layered on to a black scalloped circle and I finished the card with Card Candi coloured with my black Promarker.

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

Corrosive Challenge Blog - 'Flying Things'
Paper Creations Ink - 'Halloween'
Crafty Cardmakers - 'cute with a dark twist'
Papertake Weekly - 'spooky hues'
DigiStamp Boutique - October competition

Monday, 17 October 2011

Pumpkin Bella

I couldn't resist the set of Halloween images from DigiStamp Boutique and here's a card made with my favourite of them, Pumpkin Bella.  I've used some Craft Creations black and white paper and some orange card together with Card Candi coloured with Promarkers.

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

The Poodles Parlour - 'spooky Halloween'
Dream Valley Challenges - 'Halloween'
Paper Sundaes - 'Halloween'
DigiStamp Boutique - 'October customer competition'

I'll be back tomorrow with another Halloween card made with a Digistamp Boutique image.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Squirrel & the Fox - One for the Girls and I've Been Published!

The new challenge at The Squirrel & the Fox has just been launched and this time our theme is 'one for the girls'.  You can see all the details, plus the winners of the last challenge and lots of gorgeous cards from my fellow DT members here so please go and take a look!

My card was made using one of my Greetings Farm Anya stamps - this one is from the 'Miss Anya Collection' and I thought it was perfect for this challenge!  I've used some patterned papers from a pad that was free with one of the craft magazines and some Kraft paper from Craft Creations.  The little sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

A couple of challenges for this card - Papertake Weekly - 'get in shape' (oval, rectangle and square) and Craft Your Passion - a card for all occasions.

And my other news - if you've got the latest issue of "Simply Cards and Papercraft", I'm featured on pages 46 and 47 of the little booklet that comes with the magazine, "Designers' Guilde to .... Christmas Cards"!  The card is one of the ones I made with the Red Gingham Christmas stamps from Little Claire, "The Robin and the Ivy".  I was really pleased with the way it looks although I must get a better photo!!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Think Pink

One of the first stands I visited at the Port Sunlight show yesterday was Nutcrafters - they have some great stamps and their prices are very reasonable.  I took advantage of their 'four for £10 offer' and my purchases included this stamp which is called 'Huddle Together' - it's such a cute image!

I've made this card for the current Nutcrafters challenge which is 'think pink'.  I've used Craft Creations papers on the card and some Card Candi coloured with my caramel Promarker.  The die cut is one from X-Cut.

I'd also like to enter the card in One Stop Craft Challenge where the theme is 'anything goes' and to Paper Sundaes where the theme is 'your favourite colour combination' - definitely pink and brown for me!!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

New Little Claire's Challenge - Christmas

I've had a great day at Port Sunlight today - got some lovely LOTV stamps, some new Nutcrafters stamps and twelve rolls of double sided tape!  I also bought a few bits for Christmas presents - trying to be organised this year!!  It was lovely to catch up with Maria and Gaynor and I bumped in to some others during the day too.

Today is also the start of a new challenge at the Little Claire's blog and this time our theme is 'Christmas'  You can find all the details plus the winners of the last challenge here.  There's also lots of inspiration from the Design Team.

And here's what you could win:
Included in the prize is:

Little Bear stamp
Pretty Garden stamp
Pack of Back to Basics Christmas buttons
Pack of Fizzy Moon Festive Fun buttons
Pack of self adhesive gems
1m of red dotty ribbon
1m of green dotty ribbon
1m of blue dotty ribbon

My card (at the top of this post) was made using the very cute 'Bambino' stamp combined with papers from the 'Christmas Back to Basics' pack.  I finished it off wtih a couple of peel off greetings plus some Card Candi coloured to match my stamped image.
 
Just a couple of challenges for this one - Totally Papercrafts where the theme is 'animals' and Raise the Bar where the theme is 'furry friends'.




Thursday, 6 October 2011

Something a Little Bit Different and Port Sunlight Show

Just to prove that I don't just do stamping, here's a card I made at the weekend using a Lacé template I bought a little while back and have just started experimenting with!  I've got a couple of the traditional templates that you cut with a blade but this one goes through the Cuttlebug machine and cuts the shape out as well as the little pieces to fold to make the shape - very clever!!

I've layered the card up with black and white card - the main white layer was put through the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder but it doesn't show up too well on the photo.  I finished the card off with some Card Candi coloured with my black Promarker.

A couple of challenges for this card:

Dream Valley Challenges - 'monochrome'
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - 'use die cuts'

And if anyone is going to be at the HSNW show at Port Sunlight on Saturday, please say hello if you spot me!  I'll be around most of the day and will be at the card competition table at the end of the day if you're still around by then!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Happy Mail!

This is one of the stamps I bought recently from 'Simon Says Stamp!' with a gift voucher I won on a challenge blog.  It's called 'Happy Mail' and is a Belles and is a Belles and Whistles stamp - I couldn't resist it!

I've kept my card fairly simple (as usual!) because there's so much detail on the image itself.  The paper I've used is from Pink Petticoat and I've also used some pink, white and black card for my layers.  I've coloured the Card Candi with my Caramel promarker.

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

Crafty Cardmakers - 'anything goes'
Sweet Stamps - 'anything goes'

Monday, 3 October 2011

Halloween Chloe

For this card I've used a Pink Gem stamp called 'Halloween Chloe' - it's a variation of another design of Chloe with her little cat with the addition of their hats and the stars and moon!  I love the Chloe stamps - they're so easy to colour and stamp really well too.

I've used some card from Dovecraft and black and white paper from Craft Creations plus some plain black paper.  The little accents are punched card dots.

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

Crafty Purple Frog - 'lots of layers'
Simply Create - 'older than six months' (I've had the stamp at least a year)
Crafty Calendar - 'spooky'
Saturday Challenge - 'halloween'
Paper Sundaes - 'lots of layers'
Paper Creations Ink - 'use black and/or orange'

Sunday, 2 October 2011

New Challenge at The Squirrel & The Fox - Make it Sporty

Here is my first Design Team card for The Squirrel and The Fox challenge blog - our theme for challenge two is 'make is sporty'.  You can find all the details plus the great cards from the other DT members here so please go and take a look!

For my card I've used an Elzybells stamp plus paper from Craft Creations and red Bazzill card.  I've coloured my Card Candi with a poppy Promarker to match my stamped image and the little tag sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

We're looking forward to seeing all your sporty creations so please head over to the blog to have a look!

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

Cupcake Craft Challenges - 'if you go down to the woods today'
Cards for Men - 'sports'
Cute Card Thursday - 'animal crackers'
One Stop Craft Challenge - 'just for men'
The Crafty Pad - 'one for the boys'

Saturday, 1 October 2011

New Little Claire Designs Club Stamp

The October club stamp from Little Claire Designs has just been added to the website here and it's a beautiful design called 'Christmas House' from Red Gingham Designs.  If you have a look at the link, you'll also see lots of gorgeous cards from the Design Team members - a really lovely range of colours and designs.

My card (above) is the club card which can be made from the materials included in the October club mailing.  I've used one of the pre-embossed snowstorm cards - it comes with the lines and dots embossed on it and is really elegant.  I've also used paper from Craft Creations and some white Card Candi.

A couple of challenges for my card:

Crafty Hazlenut's Christmas Challenge - 'card suitable for a male'

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