Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Some More Class Cards


Here are some more of the cards I designed for the Little Claire class that I taught on Saturday of last weekend - these are also from the 'Made for Men' class.

The first one (above) is a tag card made using the 'Seascape' stamp set.  It's one I hadn't used before but I really like the images and the little life saver and anchor fitted perfectly on the bottom of the panels of the card.


Next an easel card using one of the new Super Six Men stamps - this one is called 'DIY'.  A very useful stamp for men's cards - you probably can't see it in the photo but the little sign hanging on the stepladder reads 'gone to the pub'!!  I also used some buttons from 'Georgina's Buttons and Stitching Stamp Set' - coloured, cut out and then glazed with Glossy Accents.


And finally a card made with one of the images from the new Men's A4 Die Cut Sheet - I wanted to use the 'Man Tree' image as part of the class but because it takes a little while to colour in, I decided the die cut was a good compromise!  Again I've used the buttons and some cross stitching from 'Georgina's Buttons and Stitching Stamp Set' - the gingham paper makes the stitching stamps really easy to use!

Some challenges for my cards:

Dream Valley Challenges - 'just for men'
Crafty Sentiments Design - 'shaped not square'
The Stamping Boutique - 'shaped cards'
The Paper Shelter - 'fancy folds'

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Oh Man!


Today I'd like to share a couple of cards I made for the 'Made for Men' Little Claire class I taught on Saturday of last weekend.  We made a total of six cards during the three hour class but today I'm sharing two we made using the 'Oh Man' stamp set from Little Claire.  

In the first card (above) I paper pieced the chair and foot stool and then decoupaged the newspaper and the little dog.  


For my second card (above) I made a twisted easel card using the tie image and also the little socks image.  I used some of the new Craftwork Cards newsprint Candi coloured with Promarkers to finish the card off.

I'll share some more of my cards plus the ones I made for the other class (using the 'Butterfly Tree' stamp set) later in the week.

Some challenges for my cards:

Dream Valley - 'just for men'
Crafty Creations Challenges - 'fancy folds' (second card)
Sweet Stampin Challenge - 'it's a man thing'
The Stamping Boutique - 'fancy folds' (second card)
Craft Your Passion - 'paper piecing' (first card)
Crafty Sentiments Design Challenge Blog - 'shaped but not square'
Shopping Our Stash - 'sentiments required'

Sunday, 26 February 2012

New Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - Autumn


A brand new challenge has just been launched on The Squirrel and the Fox challenge blog today and for this challenge, we want to see autumn themed cards.

The challenge has been sponsored by:

 
 and the prize for the challenge winner is 7 free digis!

Have a look here on the challenge blog to see the cards created by my fellow Design Team members.

For my card I've used the 'Autumn Sign' digi which you can find here on the Bugaboo website.  I've also used some paper from a K&Co pad I bought a few weeks back - the papers are made from recycled materials - together with dark brown paper and Card Candi.

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

Allsorts Challenge - 'it's your choice'
2 sisters challenge blog - 'anything goes'
I Love Promarkers - 'time' (time of year, seasons etc)
Sparkles Forum - 'things with wings'

Saturday, 25 February 2012

As Seen in Papercraft Essentials!


If you've seen the latest issue of 'Papercraft Essentials' magazine, you might have spotted a collection of hedgehog cards using Little Claire stamps in the 'cut out and keep' section in the middle of the magazine.  The cards were made by members of the Design Team and this is my card made using the very cute 'Splishing and Splashing' stamp.

The base of the card is half of a 5" square card blank folded in two and then I've rounded the bottom corners and added layers of kraft and patterned paper.  The image was stamped and coloured with Promarkers and then I've paper pieced the umbrella to match the patterned paper.  The image panel was then layered on to kraft and I finished the card with Card Candi coloured with a Promarker.

Here's how the card looks in the magazine:

Some challenges for this card:

Craft Us Crazy - 'favourite colour/embellishment' (Card Candi and paper piecing if that counts as an embellishment!)
2 Sisters Challenge - 'anything goes'
Allsorts Challenge - 'it's your choice'

I'll be back tomorrow with a brand new challenge from The Squirrel and the Fox!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Final Day of the Flossie Showcase - New from Little Claire


Today is the final day of the Little Claire Flossie showcase and we're launching the final two stamps in the series.

The first one (above) is called 'Flossie and Daisychain' and you can find the stamp here on the website.  I've used some paper from the Back to Basics III paper pack (also available from Little Claire), a scalloped card base and some white Card Candi.


For my second card I used another shaped card blank and some paper from the 'Princess Fairytale' paper pack (which is on the Little Claire website).  I put some ribbon and self adhesive gems across the middle of the card and used a Little Claire peel off for the sentiment.

Some challenges for these cards:

I Love Promarkers - 'time' (second card - 'take time to enjoy life')
Cute Card Thursday - 'winged things' (second card)
Moving Along With the Times - 'lots of layers' (first card)
Crafty Catz - 'something beginning with B' (second card - butterflies)
Alphabet Challenge - 'B is for busy bugs' (second card)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Meet Flossie and Winnie!


Today's new Flossie stamp from Little Claire is called 'Flossie and Winnie' - it features the very cute Flossie all wrapped up for winter with the sweet little Winnie.  I think she'd have been a bit overdressed for the weather we had today - it's been like a summer's day!

You can find today's stamp here on the Little Claire website and don't forget to look at the blog here for more great cards from my fellow Design Team members plus a chance to win one of the stamps.

Today's card uses one of my favourite techniques - paper piecing.  I've paper pieced Flossie's coat and also Winnie's little coat.  For the background I've layered up blue gingham paper to match the paper piecing and kraft paper.  The sentiment is one of 'Claire's Super Six' from Little Claire and I've die cut the mount again using kraft paper.

Some challenges for the card:

Paper Creations Ink - 'favourite technique' (paper piecing and stamping)
Papertake Weekly - 'get krafty'
Moving Along With the Times - 'lots of layers'

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Introducing Flossie and Pootle


Today's newly released Flossie stamp is called 'Flossie and Pootle' and you can find it here on the website.  If you head over to the Little Claire blog here you'll see lots more cards made by the other members of the Design Team and there's also the chance to win one of the stamps if you leave a comment before midnight tonight!

I've stamped Flossie and coloured her with Promarkers and then decoupaged her book.  The sentiment I've used is from the die cut 'Sentiment Mix' set from Little Claire.

Some challenges for this card:

The Poodles Parlour - 'card for a female'
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - 'another dimension'
The Paper Shelter - 'add a sentiment'

I'll be back again tomorrow with another brand new Flossie image!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Flossie Showcase Day 2 - New from Little Claire Designs



Here's my card for today's new Flossie stamp which is called 'Flossie Skipping' - isn't she cute?

I die cut the card base and then the layers of brown and patterned paper.  The image is stamped and coloured with Promarkers and then I added some Card Candi and a little button made from 'Georgina's Buttons and Stitching Stamp Set'.  The set is perfect for making button embellishments for cards as they are flat and cheaper to post than using real buttons!  Plus you can colour them to match your design.

You can find today's stamp here on the website and have a look at the blog for more card examples and a chance to win one of the stamps too here.

Some challenges for today's card:

The Crazy Challenge - 'use a die or punch'
Allsorts Challenge - 'anything goes'
Crazy Catz - 'favourite things' (stamps, pink, dies, Promarkers, patterned paper)  

Monday, 20 February 2012

Flossie Showcase Day 1 - New from Little Claire Designs


This week Little Claire Designs is launching a brand new collection of six stamps featuring the very cute Flossie.  Today's stamp is called 'Flossie and Owl' and this is the card that I've made using the stamp.

I've used some paper from Craft Creations as well as some Card Candi and one of the Little Claire Sentiment Mix die cuts.  The image has been coloured with Promarkers and I also decoupaged the little bird house.  Have a look here on the Little Claire Blog for more cards from my fellow Design Team members plus a chance to win one of the stamps. 

Some challenges for my card:

Divas by Design - 'wings and things'
DYSU - 'layers'
Sparkles Forum - 'things with wings'

I'll be back tomorrow with another new Flossie stamp!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Less is More - Punches or Die Cuts


Here's my card for the latest Less is More challenge which is 'punches or die cuts'.  

I've used some kraft paper punched on each side with my Fiskars threading water punch and then a strip of pink gingham paper across the front of this.  The sentiment I've used is from an Elzybells set and I've finished the card with some self adhesive stones.

Nutcrafters Challenge - Anything but Square


Here's my card for the latest Nutcrafters Challenge which is 'anything but square'.  I've used the 'Mary, Mary' stamp which is from the Nursery Rhyme collection and paper pieced her dress with some pink spotted paper.  The base of the card is a 5" square folded in half and I die cut the image using one of the circle Nestabilities.  The frame is two of the lacey circles cut out of pink card an layered together.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Concertina Tag Card


Today I'm sharing a very simple tag card I've made with the Little Claire 'Garden Set' - it's this month's club set and contains some very cute little images including this flower pot and wellies.  The concertina tag card is also from Little Claire - it comes ready cut and scored in to four parts completed with the holes in the top of each tag for your ribbon.

I've just used two sizes of oval Nestabilities and then stamped and coloured the images.  My paper is from Little Claire and to finish I've added some Card Candi and peel off greetings.

Some challenges for this card:

Crafter's Companion - 'anything goes'

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

A Couple of Valentine Cards ....


Here are a couple of Valentine cards I've made using images from The Stamp Fairy.  I've seen the site a couple of times on other people's blogs and finally got round to having a look at it yesterday - the images I've used for these cards were my first purchases!

My first card (above) uses one of the very cute Molly designs which I've used with some red Bazzill and some paper which was part of a Forever Friends pad which came with a magazine a little while back.


This second card uses one of the 'Barry in Love' collection - I've kept this one very simple with just a red scalloped circle round the image.

Some challenges for these cards:

Crafts and Me Challenge - 'use a new image'
Moving Along With the Times - 'cute critters' (second card)
The Crazy Challenge - 'Valentines Day'
Joanna Sheen Challenge - 'love is in the air'

Monday, 13 February 2012

One Stamp, Two Cards

Here are a couple of very simple birthday cards made with the beautiful pom pom dahlia stamp from Little Claire - I love this one and have used it a lot.

First of all, a pink themed card using a scalloped card base and a Craftwork Cards circular sentiment:


And next a blue and green card just using a simple peel off greeting:


The papers I've used on both cards are from Little Claire.

Some challenges for these cards:

Sweet Stampin - 'clean and simple'
Allsorts Challenge - 'free and easy'
Stamps R Us - 'anything goes'

Sunday, 12 February 2012

New Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - Valentine's Day


Today we're launching a new challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox and our theme is 'Valentine's Day'.  Have a look at the blog here for more details and to see all the great cards from my fellow Design Team members.

For this challenge we've been sponsored by:


and the prize on offer is the winner's choice of 5 digital stamps.

For my card I've used a digistamp from Robyn's Fetish called "Hog Wild Over You" - aren't they a cute couple?  The heart paper is from my stash and I've also used pink card, kraft paper and some Card Candi coloured with my Pink Carnation Promarker.

Some challenges for my card:

2 Sisters Challenge - 'I Heart You'
DYSU - 'love'
Cute Card Thursday - 'pink valentine'
The Paper Shelter - 'be my valentine'
For Fun Challenges - 'put a little love in your heart'

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