Saturday, 31 March 2012

Pearls and Lace


This is a card I made this afternoon using another gorgeous digi image from D'Arcy's Diaries - this one is called 'Dog Walkies'.  The paper is from Nitwits and is part of a pack that was free on a magazine - it's a really pretty pattern and a nice small scale too.  

I've added some lace and then a thin brown ribbon across the middle of the lace with some self adhesive pearls across the top.  The sentiment ticket is from Tim Holtz and I've finished the card with a paper flower shaded lightly with brown ink and another self adhesive pearl.

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

Simon Says Stamp - 'anything goes'
D'Arcy's Diaries - 'ribbons and lace'
Crafty Catz Challenge - 'use a digi'

Friday, 30 March 2012

You Are My Sunshine


This week it's my turn to host the weekly project on the Little Claire blog and I've made this hanging card using the 'Garden Set' plus one of the circular sentiments from the brand new 'Sunshine Sentiments' set.  You can find more details plus step by step instructions and photos on the Little Claire blog.

There's a bit of die cutting involved in the card but it's a simple structure and easy to put together.  I've kept it very simple with just some gingham paper and ribbon both of which are available from Little Claire on the shop website.

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

Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - 'spring is in the air'
Sparkles Forum Challenge - 'mothers day or spring'
Sweet Stampin -'anything goes'
The Crazy Challenge - 'add a sentiment'
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - 'spring is in the air'
Divas by Design - 'stamp something'
Southern Girls Challenge - 'you got something you want to say?'
Crafts 4 Eternity - 'three of a kind'

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Birdsong .....


It's been another amazingly warm day here today - it feels like summer is here already!  This is a card I made this morning using one of my new Nutcrafters stamps called 'Birdsong' - it's a really cute image and very easy to colour in.

The paper I've used is from Craft Creations and I've added some striped ribbon, Card Candi and a peel off greeting.

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

Nutcrafters Challenge - 'ready for summer'
Stampin for the Weekend - 'anything goes'
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - 'anything goes'
Paper Sundaes - 'spring blossoms'
 The Crazy Challenge - 'add a sentiment'
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - 'spring is in the air'
2 Sisters Challenge - 'spring is in the air'
Divas by Design - 'stamp something'

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Little Claire Blog Candy!


Over on the Little Claire Blog we have just launched the first of our weekly blog candy giveaways!

The first giveaway is four great Little Claire stamps - 'Flossie and Daisychain', 'Flossie Butterflies,' 'In a While' and 'Babies Are Such a Nice Way .....' which are all great stamps.  You can also find some inspiration from the Design Team using the stamps on the blog.

If you'd like to take part, have a look at the Little Claire blog here for all the details.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

New Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - Easter


A brand new challenge has just been launched on The Squirrel and the Fox challenge blog and this time we're looking for everyone's Easter creations - for more details and to see all the cards from my fellow Design Team members click here to have a look at the blog.

The challenge is sponsored by:


who are offering the lucky winner their own choice of five digital stamps.

They also provided the Design Team with images to use for the challenge and I chose 'Easter Egg' which I really love - it's so easy to colour in!

I've teamed it up with some pastel pink and blue gingham paper, some kraft paper and some pastel blue ribbon - lots of layers but a simple lay out.

Some challenges for my card:
Lexi's Creations - 'Easter'
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - 'get ready for Easter'
DYSU - 'plaid'
Moving Along With the Times - 'Easter wishes'
Clear It Out Challenge - 'Easter plus use up your pastel papers'

Friday, 23 March 2012

Another Birthday Card ....


This is another of the cards I made for my Dad's birthday last weekend - this time with a football theme which is one of his great interests!

I used a digi stamp from Pink Gem called 'Football Teddy' and kept the card nice and simple with some red card and black and white paper.  The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and I coloured the Card Candi with my black Promarker.

A few challenges for this card:

The Stamping Boutique - 'clean and simple'
Crafty Purple Frog - 'anything goes'
Cute Card Thursday - 'anything goes'

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Ever So Lovely .....


Today's card was made using one of the gorgeous Little Claire peel offs - this one is the peel off version of the 'Ever So Lovely' stamp and it has to be one of my favourite peel off designs.

I've coloured the design with Promarkers and then layered it with kraft and pale green spotted paper.  The little word 'spring' is computer generated.

Some challenges for this card:

Paper Creations Ink - 'things with wings'
The Crazy Challenge - 'go green'
 Crafts and Me Challenge - 'light, airy spring colours'

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A Couple of Flossies ....


Today I'm sharing two cards I designed for the Little Claire breakfast workshops at the GNPE in Harrogate last weekend.  

The first one (above) is an easel card made with one of the new Flossie die cuts.  I've used some blue card and patterned paper, a die cut sentiment, ribbon and a couple of self adhesive gems - nice and simple!


This second card is a stamped one made with the 'Flossie and Birds' stamp plus the versatile and very useful 'Georgina's Buttons and Stitching Stamp Set'.  I created a patchwork pattern using four squares of gingham paper and then used the cross stitch stamp across the joins between the squares.  The buttons are stamped and coloured and then I finished the card off with a die cut tag sentiment and some Card Candi.

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

The Poodles Parlour - 'anything goes'
Pollycraft Monday - 'check it out' (second card)
Shopping Our Stash - 'buttons and/or bows'

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Birthday Ties .....


It was my Dad's birthday on Sunday and this is the card I made for my Mum to give to him - he always wears a tie and he likes wearing purple too so this was the ideal card for him!

The image is from the Little Claire 'Oh Man' set - I've decoupaged two of the ties and just used some black and purple paper as layers.  The greeting is a peel off.

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

The Paper Shelter - 'for the boys'
Totally Papercrafts - 'male card'
Crafting When We Can - 'one for the boys'
The Stamping Boutique - 'clean and simple'

Brand New on the Little Claire Website!


Just added to the Little Claire website today, two brand new sets of circular sentiment stamps!

First of all, 'Save the Date' (above) an extremely versatile set which allows you to personalise your sentiment with the correct age and there's also a 'handmade by' stamp to which you can add your own name!  You can find the set here on the Little Claire website.


Next, a set of 'Sunshine Sentiments' - a lovely range of words suitable for lots of different occasions.  You can find these here on the Little Claire website.

Blog Candy!

If you head over to the Little Claire blog here we've got blog candy!  If you leave a comment on the post about the new stamps you'll be in with a chance of winning a set of the stamps - we've got one of each set to give away.  The blog candy closes tomorrow evening at midnight so make sure you go and leave your comment soon!

Monday, 19 March 2012

Ponder a Moment .....


While I was blog browsing recently I came across a digi-stamp site called D'Arcy's Diaries and couldn't resist buying a couple of them!

Here's my first card made with one of the images which is called 'Ponder a Moment'.  I've used some Making Memories paper, a bit of lace and one of the Tim Holtz ticket sentiments plus a paper flower and some Card Candi.  

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

DYSU - 'favourite colour' (pink)
The Poodles Parlour - 'anything goes'
2 Sisters Challenge - 'spots and dots'

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Happy Mother's Day!


This is the card I made for my Mum for Mother's Day using the 'Mother's Day Set' from Digistamp Boutique.  The set has the lovely vase image plus various sentiments - I've used one of them on my card.

I've also used some Bazzill card and some Craft Creations paper plus some punched dots to match the scalloped circle.

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

Papertake Weekly - 'for the girls or Mum'
Sparkles Forum - 'mother's day or spring'
Allsorts Challenge - 'three in a row'
Digistamp Boutique - 'March customer competition'

Saturday, 17 March 2012

New Challenge at Little Claire - Spring


A new challenge has just been launched on the Little Claire blog and this month our theme is 'Spring'.  Have a look here at the blog to see more details plus the gorgeous cards made by fellow design team members and details of the great prize on offer!

I've made my card with one of my favourite Little Claire floral stamps 'Daisy Pitcher' layered with green gingham paper and yellow card.  The sentiment stamp I've used is from Penny Black and I coloured the Card Candi I used with a Promarker to match my coloured image.

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

Sweet Stamps - 'thing Spring'
I Love Promarkers - 'anything goes'
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - 'spring in to Spring'
Simply Create Too - 'it's Spring???'
Totally Gorjuss - 'Spring'
Sweet Stampin' - 'use lots of green' 
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - 'the luck of the Irish' (I've used green)

Thursday, 15 March 2012

A Little Bit of Spring ....


Today's card was made using one of the Nutcrafters stamps I bought with my recent challenge win - this one is called 'Let It Grow' and it's a really sweet little image which is easy to colour in.  

I've used it with two colours of pink card and some green gingham paper and added a strip of card punched with a Martha Stewart punch and some pink ribbon.  To finish it off, I've added two of the little flowers punched our by the border punch and some pink gems.

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

Nutcrafters - 'bingo' (I've used a punch, ribbon and gems)
Paper Creations Ink - 'spring is in the air'
I Love Promarkers - 'anything goes'
Cute Card Thursday - 'happy birthday'
Joanna Sheen Challenge - 'spring is in the air'
Paper Sundaes - 'feminine flair'

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A Little Bit of Glitter ....


I'm not a big fan of glitter but I do love the Little Claire Glitter Sparkle Sheets - mess free, self adhesive glitter film that is so easy to use!

I've use some for this card and put it over the stamped and coloured image - it works really well with stamped images and with peel offs too.  The stamp I've used is called 'At Home' also from Little Claire - it wasn't designed as a Christmas stamp but I think it works really well for Christmas cards.

The paper I've used is from Craft Creations and the sentiment I've used is a peel off - I've also used some white Card Candi.

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

Crafty Hazelnut's Challenge - 'glam it up with glitter'
Cupcake Craft Challenge - 'going dotty'

Monday, 12 March 2012

Less is More - Script


This is my card for the latest Less is More Challenge which is to make a single layer card using script.  I hope you can see the script on my card - have a careful look!  I've scanned this card rather than photographing it as I normally would because there's no chance of seeing the background on a photo!!

The background was made using Adirondack Cool Peri applied over white card and then overstamped using my old Hero Arts handwriting stamp, again in the Cool Peri.  The dandelion head stamp is from Lavinia and the sentiment from Kaisercraft.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

New Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - Love


A brand new challenge has just been launched at The Squirrel and the Fox challenge blog and this time our theme is 'love'.  For more details about the challenge and to see the gorgeous cards from my fellow Design Team members, have a look at the challenge blog here

Our sponsor for this challenge is:


and they're offering the lucky challenge winner 7 digi images of their choice!

Bugaboo also gave the Design Team a choice of digis to make our challenge cards and I picked the very cute 'Heart Mouse' which you can find here on their website.  The backing paper I've used is from Nitwits and the punch I've used is a Martha Stewart one.  The sentiment stamp is from Elzybells.

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

Papertake Weekly - 'anything goes'
The Paper Shelter - 'anything goes'
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - 'feathers and fur'

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