Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Little George

Another Christmas card today - this time made with the very cute 'Little George' from Little Claire - isn't he cute?!  I've used some HOTP papers that came free with a magazine recently - they're beautiful colours.  I've also used some green card and Card Candi coloured with Promarkers.

A few challenges for this card:

The Poodles Parlour - 'Christmas'
Totally Papercrafts - 'Christmas'
Craft Your Passion - 'tis the season'

Monday, 28 November 2011

Ice Skating Chloe

Here's a card I made yesterday using 'Ice Skating Chloe' from Pink Gem - a really sweet little character!

I've used a card from Craftwork Cards (with some additional dry embossing down the side), some paper from Craft Creations and also some silver paper.  I finished it with some Card Candi and a strip of silver embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

Some challenges for this card:

Crafters Companion - 'let it snow, let it snow, let it snow'
Papertake Weekly - 'Christmas crackers'
Charisma Cardz - 'snowflakes'
Paper Sundaes - 'winter wonderland'
Cutie Pie Challenge - 'pastel Christmas'

Sunday, 27 November 2011

New Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - Jacaranda

This is my card for the brand new challenge on The Squirrel and the Fox Blog.  For all the details and to see the gorgeous cards made by my fellow Design Team members, please click here.

This time, our challenge is to take your inspiration from this beautiful photo:
It's a photo of a jacaranda tree in Sydney and was taken by Tracey - isn't it amazing?!

Our challenge is sponsored by Jen's Digis and the prize is $5 to spend in her store.
Jen supplied the cute little digi that some of the Design Team (including me!) have used on their cards.

My card also uses some paper from Craft Creations and an X-Cut flower shaped cutting die that seemed perfect for this challenge!

I'd like to enter my card in a couple of challenges - 'anything goes' at I Love Promarkers and 'free for all' at Creative Craft Challenges.


Saturday, 26 November 2011

More Little Claire Class Cards!

Over the past two weekends I've been doing a Little Claire class using the Red Gingham 'Swirly Whirlies' - a gorgeous new collection of six stamps featuring various animals plus a beautiful poppy design.  There's also a matching set of six circular sentiment stamps.  The sentiments are also available as die cuts if you prefer as are the main designs.  You can find the stamps here on the website.

We made six cards in the class - one using each of the different stamps.  The first one (above) uses the little owl family with some Glitter Sparkle over the top of the stamped image.

Next a card using Little Tammy, the very cute little dog.  This one also uses one of the sentiment stamps.


Next we have the cats, with a little bit of decoupage:

Then Little Harry the hedgehog with a little bit of faux stitching:

Next the tortoise with some Glossy Accents on his shell:

And finally, the beautiful poppies:

A few challenges for these cards:

Creative Craft Challenges - 'free for all' (the poppy card)
Passion for Promarkers - 'swirls and sparkle' (the owl card)
Dream Valley Challenges - 'stitching' (the hedgehog card)
I Love Promarkers - 'anything goes' (the poppy card)
Totally Gorjuss - 'sparkle' (the owl card)
Sweet Stampin Challgenges - 'dies and punches' (the poppy card)

I'll be back tomorrow with my card for the brand new Squirrel and the Fox challenge!

Monday, 21 November 2011

We Three Kings ....

This is one of my favourite Christmas stamps from Little Claire - really simple and great for batch card making.  You can see it here on the website - the words are actually separate from the image but it's easy to line them up on an acrylic block so they stamp together.  I stamped the image and words in black and at the same time, put some Versamark on the star.  I then embossed the star with silver detail embossing powder and added some embossed lines round the edges of the card with my score board.

A few challenges for this card:

Crafty Hazelnut's Challenge - 'Christmas music' (I was thinking of the song "We three kings of Orient are")
Creative Craft Challenges - 'minamalistic'
Less is More - 'silhouettes'
Allsorts Challenge Blog - 'one layer card'
Paper Creations Ink - 'Christmas theme'

Friday, 18 November 2011

Another Little Claire Class ...

Over the last two weeks I've taught another Little Claire class called "One Stamp, Five Ways" using the beautiful and very versatile 'Single Flower' stamp.  The first of the cards (above) was a very simple single layer card - we used embossing boards to add embossed lines at the top and bottom of the card and used a Promarker to add lines between the embossing.

Next we did some simple masking:

Then some decoupage:

And next some paper piecing using a tag card:

And finally an easel card which doubles as a little desk calendar:

A few challenges for these cards:

Passion for Promarkers - 'white on white' (first card)
Crafts and Me - 'simples' (first card)
Sweet Stampin Challenge - 'gingham' (third card)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year ....

This week's project on the Little Claire blog is my easel card made using the stamp "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - you can find all the details plus step by step instructions here on the blog.

I've used some Craft Creations Purple Scroll paper plus Bazzill card and silver paper.  You can't see it very well in the photo but the stamped image panel is covered with Glitter Sparkle Sheet from Little Claire - definitely one of my favourite products because it gives you a lovely glittery effect without the mess!!

A few challenges for this card:

Crafty Hazelnut's Challenge - 'whatever lights your candle' (glitter without mess!)
Totally Gorjuss - 'Christmas traditions' (decorating the tree)
Sweet Stamps Blog - 'non traditional Christmas colours'
I Love Promarkers - 'Christmas trees'

Sunday, 13 November 2011

New Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - Summer!

Today there's a new challenge on The Squirrel and the Fox challenge blog and the theme is 'summer'!  You can find all the details plus the amazing cards made by my fellow Design Team members here plus you can find out if you're one of the lucky winners in our last challenge here.

The challenge is sponsorted by The Paper Shelter and the lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate.

For my card, I've used "Sunny Day" from the Paper Shelter with some Kraft paper from Craft Creations.  My patterned paper is from Dovecraft and the circular greeting is from Craftwork Cards.  I finished the card off with some white Card Candi coloured with my Sandstone Promarker and some ribbon which came from a perfume gift set!!  Finally, I added some Glossy Accents to her sunglasses which you can see if you look carefully as the photo!

A few challenges for this card - Paper Sundaes where the theme is 'digital images', Alphabet Challenge Blog where the theme is 'under the sea' and Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge where the theme is 'use a digital image'.


Saturday, 12 November 2011

New Little Claire Challenge - Shaped Cards

There's a new challenge today on the Little Claire Designs blog and this time our theme is 'shaped cards'.  You can find all the details plus the winners of the last challenge here on the blog - you can also have a look at all the gorgeous cards made by fellow Design Team members.

The prize for the challenge is a package of goodies from Little Claire which includes stamps, peel offs, some gorgeous pink spotted paper, Card Candi and 'Bling' self adhesive gems:
 Form my card I've used the 'Daisy Pitcher' stamp plus some of the Kraft paper and green dotty paper and a centre step card all of which are available from Little Claire.  The stepper cards are great because they are pre-cut and scored - they just need folding!  I finished my card with some white Card Candi coloured with a Sandstone Promarker and a sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

So please head over the the Little Claire blog to take a look at all the inspiration from the Design Team and enter your own shaped card in the challenge.

A couple of challenges for my card - Crafts and Me where the challenge is 'birthdays' and Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog where the challenge is 'floral frenzy'.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Pretty in Pink ....

Here's anothe card made with the new Red Gingham Swirly Whirlies "Poppies" stamp which you can find here on the website.  The little circular sentiment is one of the new "Super Six" set available here and complements the main image.

This time I've used a pink and brown colour scheme for the card - the paper is from Little Claire and I've just used some white Card Candi to decorate it. 

A few challenges for this card:

Creative Craft Challenges - "Minimalistic"
Crafty Creations - "brown, white and one other colour"
The Paper Shelter - "all in pink"

Monday, 7 November 2011

Ice Skating Marci

I've had a lovely crafting day today - lots of new cards for Little Claire which I can't show anyone yet but also a few others including this one.  The stamp is called 'Ice Skating Marci' from La La Land Crafts and it's one that I bought with a voucher I won a little while back from a challenge blog.

She stamps out beautifully and is really easy to colour.  For my background I used some paper from Craft Creations and some silver paper and the little sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

Some challenges for this card:

The Paper Shelter - 'Christmas Fun'
Charisma Cardz - 'cutesy'
Allsorts Challenge Blog - 'anything but square'
By the Cute and Girly - 'Christmas girls'
Crafty Calendar Challenge - 'Christmas wardrobe'
Paper Sundaes - 'rectangle'
Craft Your Passion - 'anything goes plus brown'

Sunday, 6 November 2011

The First Ever Little Claire Blog Hop!

We've just launched our first ever blog hop at the Little Claire blog and the lucky winner will receive a full set of the brand new Red Gingham stamps!

My card was made using the 'Poppies' design which I love - it's so versatile and would be suitable for a range of different occasions.  I've also used some red gingham and kraft paper from Craft Creations plus some Card Candi coloured with my Sandstone promarker to match the kraft paper.

You can find full details of the blog hop here.  To take part you need to visit the Design Team members' blogs and leave a comment on their posts.  You also need to leave a comment on the post on the main Little Claire blog.  Each Design Team member will have a letter in their post and once you've collected them all, rearrange the letters to form a word.  E-mail that word to me at Little Claire - helen@littleclaire.co.uk and we'll pick a winner after the blog hop closes at midnight on Sunday 13 November.

My letter is I

The next person on the list for you to visit is Heike

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the hop!!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

More Little Claire Class Cards

These are the other three cards I made for the class I taught last Saturday - again all using the Red Gingham Christmas stamps from Little Claire.

The first one (above) uses the 'Oh Christmas Tree' stamp on a centre step card.  I used paper from the Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas collection and some Bazzill card for the panels - I've kept it very simple by just added a Card Candi to the middle of each section.

This next card uses the 'Robin and the Ivy' stamp with a little bit of bling in the form of a red foil gingham peel off which I put on to green Bazill and then cut out to make a 'ribbon'.  The paper this time is from Craft Creations and the greeting is a Little Claire die cut.


And finally, a card using 'Oh Little Town of Bethlehem' - I stamped this one three times to creat the little scene.  First the whole stamp on white card, then just the sky and buildings on the patterned paper (again from Dovecraft) and then just the buildings on white card.  I layered the patterned paper over the base image and just coloured the ground and then coloured the buildings and put these on with foam pads.

A few challenges for these cards:

Sweet Stampin - 'anything goes'
Crafty Sentiments - 'more than one fold' (the first card)
Papertake Weekly - 'anything goes'
The Paper Shelter - 'Christmas fun'
Winter Wonderland - 'clean and simple' (the last card)

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

November Club Stamps from Little Claire

November's Little Claire club stamps are two of the very sweet new Cutie Patootie range - now named Mary and Bert!  You can find them here together with details about the Little Claire club.

My card (above) is one of those in the club pack.  I've used Craft Creations Kraft paper together with pale blue and pale pink gingham paper.  The Card Candi were coloured with Promarkers to match the colouring on my stamped images.

Just a couple of challenge for this card, both with the 'anything goes' theme - Pollycraft Monday and Dream Valley Challenges.

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