Wednesday, 29 August 2012

New from Little Claire - Christmas Tags


Brand new from Little Claire is a gorgeous set of tag Christmas sentiment stamps - a perfect finishing touch to a Christmas card.

There are twelve in the set and you can find them here on the Little Claire website.

For my first card (above) I used one of the tags 'Let it Snow' which I stamped three times on blue card and then cut out.  I tied a short piece of white sheer ribbon through the top of each tag and then attached them to the card using foam pads.  The paper I've used is from Craft Creations.


For my second card I used one of my favourite Little Claire stamps called 'A Little Bird Told Me' - you can find it here on the website and it works really well either for a Christmas design or for a winter birthday.  The paper I've used is from the First Edition Stocking Fillers pad which you can find here on the website and I've used one of the papers to paper piece the little girl's outfit.  This time I stamped the sentiment tag on kraft card, added a ribbon and again attached it with a foam pad.

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

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - 'Christmas or holiday sentiment'
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - 'anything goes'
Divas by Design - 'celebrate'
The Paper Shelter - 'layers'
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - 'paper piecing' (second card)
Sweet Stamps - 'a favourite technique' (paper piecing on the second card)
Alphabet Challenge Blog - 'only one colour plus white' (first card)
Oldie But Goodie Challenge - 'paper piecing' (main stamp is older than 6 months)
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - 'non-traditional colours' (second card)
Paper Pretties - 'white, black plus one other colour' (first card)

New Challenge at Penny's - Sparkle and Shine

 
 
Today we've got a brand new challenge on Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge Blog and this week our theme is 'sparkle and shine'.  You can find more details about the challenge and also see the cards from my fellow Design Team members here on the blog.

Our challenge has been sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps, Sassy Studio Designs and Eye Candi Creations and I used a digi from Eye Candi Creations to make my card.

The paper I've used is from the Back to Basics III pack and my sparkle comes from the very useful and easy to use Glitter Sparkle Sheets from Little Claire.

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

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - 'anything goes'
Stamp n doodle - 'a touch of sparkle'
I Love Promarkers - 'anything goes'
Digital Tuesday Challenge - 'kraft plus colours from photo inspiration'
Bearly Mine Challenges - 'anything that glitters'
Totally Stampalicious ' anything goes'

Sunday, 26 August 2012

New Squirrel and the Fox Challenge - One for the Men


Today we've got a brand new challenge for you on The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge Blog and this time our theme is 'One for the Men'.  For more details about the challenge and to see the cards made by fellow Design Team members, have a look here.

For my card I've used the Little Claire 'Oh Man' stamp set (which you can find here on the website) and I've paper pieced the armchair and footstool.  The circular sentiment I've used is from the 'Man Squares' set which you can find here.  The paper I've used is from Craft Creations and I've layered the card with some kraft paper and blue card.

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

Stamp n Doodle - 'loaded with layers'
Papelitos Stamps Challenge - 'masculine cards'
Tuesday Throwdown - 'hip to be square'
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge - 'paper piecing' (stamp is more than 6 months old)
Bearly Mine Challenges - 'anything goes'
Challenges 4 Everybody - 'anything goes'
CCEE Stampers - 'paper piecing'
 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Poppies


This is a very simple card I made last week using the 'Swirly Whirlies Poppy' stamp from Little Claire.  I embossed the white background using one of my Cuttlebug folder and then die cut the stamped paper and a border using a Labels die.  Very simple but I was pleased with the result.

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

The Crafty Pad - 'to die for'
Divas by Design - 'anything goes'
Lollipop Crafts - 'anything goes'
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog -'borders and frames'
2 Sisters Blog Challenge - 'in the garden'
Totally Stampalicious - 'clean and simple'

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

New Challenge at Penny's - Masculine


I'm back with my second card for today!  This time it's for the new challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge Blog and this week our theme is 'masculine'.  For more details about the challenge to see the cards from my fellow Design Team members, please click here.

One of the sponsors for the challenge is Make It Crafty and I was lucky enough to be able to chose one of their images to work with.  I picked one of the newest designs called 'Daddy Reading' which you can find here on the website.  I've used paper from Craft Creations and a sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

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

Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - 'anything goes'
Papelitos Stamps - 'masculine cards'
Always Crafting - 'kids'
Eureka Stamps - 'anything goes'
Bearly Mine Challenges - 'anything goes'
Crafts and Me Challenges - 'autumn colours'
Paper Pretties Challenge - 'cards for kids'

New Nutcrafters Challenge - Your Favourite Colour Combination


It's my turn to host the latest Nutcrafters challenge and I've chosen 'your favourite colour combination' - a nice easy one!  As anyone who visits my blog will have realised, my favourite colour combination is pink and brown so that's what I've gone for with my card!

The image I've used is Polly from the 'A Day in the Park' digi set which you can find here on the Nutcrafters website.  The papers I've used are from Craft Creations and I've finished the card with some paper flowers and a sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

Don't forget to have a look here on the blog for more details about the challenge and to see the cards from my fellow Design Team members.

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

The Crazy Challenge - 'anything goes'
Eureka Stamps Challenge - 'anything goes'
Lollipop Crafts Challenge - 'anything goes'
Wags'n'Whiskers - 'favourite colour combination' (pink and brown)
Bearly-Mine Challenges - 'anything goes'
Divas by Design - 'anything goes'
The Paper Shelter - 'anything goes'
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'flowers'

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Peace, Hope and Joy


I made this card using the 'Letters Snow' alphabet set from Little Claire which you can find here on their website.  The letters were stamped and then coloured with Promarkers and I added one of the Christmas Text sentiment stamps (here) on the website to finish it.

The paper I've used is from the First Edition Stocking Fillers pad which you can find here on the website and I've layered it with some red card.

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

Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - 'anything goes'
Totally Stampalicious - 'clean and simple'
The Crazy Challenge - 'anything goes'
My Time to Craft - 'Christmas'
Eureka Stamps Challenge - 'anything goes'
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - 'totally sentimental'

Monday, 20 August 2012

Blue and White Christmas


Another Christmas card today - this time with a Lili of the Valley stamp.  It's actually called 'Birthday Fairy' but I think it works well as a Christmas image too!  The stamp is one I've had for a while but never used.  The paper I've used is from the new Frosty Christmas Lili of the Valley paper pad and the circular Christmas Day stamp is also one of theirs from a mixed sentiment set.

I added some lace and baker's twine across the card plus Card Candi and some pale blue gems.

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

The Crafty Pad - 'to die for'
Always Crafting - 'kids'
Forever Friends Challenge - 'anything goes'
Challenge Up Your Life - 'Christmas in Summer'
Totally Gorjuss - 'strings the thing'
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - 'Christmas in August'
Lili's Little Fairies - 'oh so girlie'
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - 'angels and fairies'
Crafts and Me Challenges - 'add some lace'

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem


Another Christmas card to share today.  For this one I used part of a stamp called 'Oh Little Town of Bethlehem' from Inkwell Stamps - I masked off the words underneath the buildings before I stamped it.

I created the background using Cool Peri Adirondack ink sponged on card and then overstamped with a small snowflake from my new Craftwork Cards wreath stamp set.

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

Challenge Up Your Life - 'Christmas in Summer'
Totally Papercrafts - 'inspired by a song' (Oh Little Town of Bethlehem)
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - 'Christmas in August'
52 Christmas Throwdown - 'Christmas carol or hymn' (Oh Little Town of Bethlehem)
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - 'make your own patterned paper'

Saturday, 18 August 2012

New Little Claire Challenge - Best Friends


Today we've got a brand new challenge for you on the Little Claire blog and this time our theme is 'Best Friends'.  For all the details of the challenge and to see some inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, please click here.

For my card I've used the very cute 'Shep' which is available here on the Little Claire website and one of the sentiments from 'Super Six Sentiments' stamped on kraft paper - it's available here.  My paper is from Little Claire here and I've layered it with kraft and finished the card with Card Candi coloured with a Promarker.

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

Crafty Catz - 'animals'
Charismas Cardz - 'monochromatic'
My Mum's Craft Shop - 'kraft it'
Stampin for the Weekend - 'monochrome'
Oldie But Goodie - 'friends' (my stamps are more than 6 months old)
The Crazy Challenge - 'black, white plus one other colour'
Simon Says Stamp - 'animal antics'

Friday, 17 August 2012

Rainbow Chloe


This is a birthday card I made yesterday for a friend.  I've used 'Rainbow Chloe' from Pink Gem and also followed the sketch from 'A Gem of a Challenge'.  The paper I've used is from Craftwork Cards as is my sentiment.  I've layered it with kraft and used some pearls to finish the card.

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

Totally Stampalicious - 'favourite colour combination' (pink and brown)
My Mum's Craft Shop - 'kraft it'
In the Pink Challenge - 'fifty shades of pink'
A Gem of a Challenge - 'sketch'
Wags'n'Whiskers - 'favourite colour combination' (pink and brown)

Christmas Pudding


I'm making Christmas cards again!  This card was made using a Little Claire stamp (no longer available to buy) which I coloured and paper pieced - the pudding bit was stamped on kraft paper and then added to the base image.  I've also added Glossy Accents to the topping - I think you can just pick that up on the photo.

Paper is from Craft Creations and sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

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

Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - 'Christmas in August'
Papertake Weekly - 'spots and stripes'
Tuesday Throwdown - 'sweet treats'
Cutie Pie Challenge - 'spots and stripes'
Crimbo Crackers - 'Christmas puddings'
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'p is for paper piecing'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'festive food or drink'

Thursday, 16 August 2012

One Layer Card



This is a very simple one layer card that I made recently.  The image is an Elzybells one and the sentiment is from a Little Claire set called 'A Little Bird Told Me'.

I've added a little bit of embossing on the left hand side of the card using an embossing folder and my embossing board.

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

Sparkles Monthly Challenges - 'nature'
The Paper Shelter - 'clean and simple'
Top Tip Tuesday - 'one layer cards'
Sweet Stampin' - 'things with wings'
I Love Promarkers - 'gardens'

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

New Challenge at Penny's - Back to School


Today we've got a brand new challenge for you on Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge blog and this week our theme is 'Back to School'.

Our challenge is sponsored by The Digi Garden, Fred She Said and Eye Candie Creations who also gave the Design Team images to work with.

For my card I used the very cute 'Abbi' image which you can find here on The Digi Garden website.  I printed some graph paper from a free download as my background and also found a handwriting font for my words.

Have a look here at the challenge blog for more information about the challenge and to see the cards from my fellow Design Team members.

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

Digital Tuesday Challenge - 'child's play'
Raise the Bar - 'back to school'
Eureka Stamps Challenge - 'back to school'
Paper Pretties Monday - 'anything goes'
Paper Pretties Wednesday - 'square cards'
Pink Elephant Challenge - 'back to school'

More Christmas Changing Tree Plus Digi Background Paper


'Christmas Changing Tree' is one of Little Claire's new designs for this year and follows on from the original 'Changing Tree'.  The idea behind the set is that you have a base tree image which you can then decorate with lots of little stamps to make your own unique design.  You can find the full set (including the tree) here on the website and, if you've already got the tree stamp, you can buy just the little embellishment stamps here.

For my cards I've also used the digi paper 'Christmas Changing Tree Background' paper which is available in two sizes here and here - I've used the smaller of the two designs.

For my first card (above) I made a circular easel card using one of the Little Claire 'Christmas Text' stamps on the strip across the base.

And here's my second card:


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

Passion for Promarkers - 'shaped card' (first card)
The Stamping Boutique - 'show me the presents'
My Time to Craft Challenge - 'Christmas in August'
Allsorts Challenge Blog - 'going round in circles'
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - 'circles' (first card)
PaperPlay Challenges - 'shaped card'
Celebrate the Occasion - 'Christmas in August'
Fresh Brewed Blog - 'rubber stamps only'

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Introducing Christie ....


On two occasions recently I've been lucky enough to be chosen as part of 'Poodles Pick' on the Poodles Parlour blog which means that I can choose three digi images from The Digi Garden who have a gorgeous range of super cute designs.

This little lady is called 'Christie in a Dress' and you can find her here in the 'girls section on the website.  For my card I've also used some paper from the First Edition Dream Catcher pad layered with kraft paper.  The embossing was done with my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  I've used a die cut oval for the image and a Die-namics scallop border across the middle of the card.  I've finished it with two sizes of pearls, a flower, Card Candi and a sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

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

Polka Doodles - 'celebration'
The Poodles Parlour - 'let's see those die cuts'
In the Pink Challenge - 'fifty shades of pink'
No Matter Which Challenges - 'anything goes'
Milk Coffee Challenge - 'tic tac toe' (embossing, digi, die cut)
Paper Crafting  Journey - 'happy birthday/celebration'
Papelitos Stamps Challenge - 'celebrations'

Monday, 13 August 2012

A Little Bit of Pink ...


 This is one of my older Lili of the Valley stamps but still a favourite.  It's called 'Dandelion Clock' and I've used it on this card with paper from Papermania and some card from American Crafts.  I've put self adhesive gems in each of the scallops on the circle and then used a sentiment from Craftwork Cards and some Card Candi to finish it off.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin' - 'things with wings'
Shopping Our Stash - 'monochromatic'
Stampin for the Weekend - 'monochromatic'
Lili's Little Fairies - 'monochrome'
In the Pink - 'fifty shades of pink'
Fab'n'Funky - 'use rhinestones or pearls'

Sunday, 12 August 2012

New Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - The Sea


Today we've got a brand new challenge for you on The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge Blog and this time our theme is 'The Sea'.

We've been sponsored by Make It Crafty and the prize on offer to the lucky winner is a voucher for AU$15.

We were able to choose digi images from Make It Crafty to work with for our projects and I chose 'Cordelia the Mermaid' which you can find here on the Make It Crafty website.  The paper I've used is from my stash - I came across it when I was looking for something else and thought it would be ideal for this challenge!  I've layered it with white glitter card and used a sentiment from a Forever Friends pack/

For more details about the challenge and to see the cards from my fellow Design Team members, have a look here.

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

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - 'anything goes'
Divas by Design - 'for a female'
Crafts and Me Challenges - 'use a digi'
Party Time Tuesdays - 'by the sea'

Saturday, 11 August 2012

A Little Bit of Summer ....


Something a little bit different today after a week of Christmas cards!  These are two ATCs I made recently using two stamps from the 'Lily at the Beach' set from Pink Cat Studios.

The papers I've used are from my 'scrap box' - a piece from Craft Creations and also from a magazines giveaway.  The sentiments are part of the stamp set and I've added some blue gems and Card Candi to finish the ATCs.

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

Moving Along With the Times - 'summer'
Passion for Promarkers - 'at the beach'
Totally Stampalicious - 'celebrate summer' (I'm the second ATC!!)
Truly Madly Crafty Challenge - 'summer fun'
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge Blog - 'summer fun'
Pattie's Creations - 'anything but a card'
One Stop Craft Challenge - 'a summer holiday'

Friday, 10 August 2012

Merry Kissmas - New from Little Claire


Today is the last of a week of new Christmas releases from Little Claire and I think they may have saved the best for last!  I love these little guys - the stamp is called 'Merry Kissmas' and you can find it here on the Little Claire website.

I've used gingham paper and have paper pieced the little dogs' coats to match.  I finished the card with some red spotty ribbon and some Card Candi.

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

DYSU - 'four legged friends'
2 Sisters Blog Challenge - 'anything goes'
Crafting For All Seasons - 'bright colours'
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - 'Christmas in August'
No Matter Which Challenges - 'anything goes'
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'p is for paper piecing'
Christmas Card Challenges - 'use something new'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'favourite colours' (red and green)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Card Creations Plus Four Day Deal on Create & Craft - Part 3


Today is the last day of the Card Creations Plus Four Day Deal on Create & Craft and I've got three more cards to share.

One of the features on the CD is the brand new 'snowflake spray' - this allows you to add your own snowflakes to the designs or to add them to a plain coloured background.  I used the feature to print on acetate for the first time (that one took a bit of experimentation!) and the card above uses some of that acetate.  I cut a circle out of the blue card using a Nestabilitity and then raised the panel above the base image using foam pads.  The white frame (again made with Nestabilities) gives some contrast and neatens the edge.

Next, I used some of the acetate as part of my card base:


You can see the pale blue colour of the acetate in this photo.

Finally a card made using the snowflake spray on to a plain coloured background:


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

Creative Inspirations - 'anything goes'
Craft Your Passion - 'anything goes'
Christmas Card Challenges - 'use something new'

More New Christmas Stamps from Little Claire


Today two more great new Christmas stamps have been added to the Little Claire website - 'Robin Redbreast' and 'Away in a Manger'.  

My first card (above) was made using 'Robin Redbreast' which you can find here on the website.  It's a lovely, traditional image so I've kept to a fairly traditional Christmas colour scheme for my card (above).  My paper is from Craft Creations and I've layered it with gold and green card and then added some gold nail head stickers to finish off the design.

Next is 'Away in a Manger' which you can find here on the website.  


I've kept my design for this one very simple because it's such a delicate image.  I stamped the main image in black and the star in Versamark which I then embossed with silver detail powder.  I layered the image with silver and blue card and again added nail heads to finish it.

There's still one more Christmas release tomorrow ... and it's one of my favourites of the week!

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

2 Sisters Blog Challenge - 'anything goes'
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - 'Christmas in August'
Creative Inspirations - 'anything goes'
Craft Your Passion - 'anything goes'
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'clean and simple' (second card)
Stamps and Fun = Creativity - 'Christmas in August'
That Craft Place Blog - 'things with wings' (first card)
Craftymess Challenge Blog - 'birds' (first card)
Christmas Card Challenges - 'use something new'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'favourite colours' (green and red/blue and silver)

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Sleep Tight - New from Little Claire


Another new Christmas stamp has just been added to the Little Claire website here and this time it's the very cute 'Sleep Tight' featuring three owls asleep in a tree trunk!

For my card I've used a Dovecraft paper plus some red card and finished it with a peel off greeting.  It doesn't show up too well on the photo but I've also used Glamour Dust on the snow and the moon.

For more details about this new release, have a look here on the Little Claire blog here

Would you like to win this stamp?

There's a chance on the Little Claire blog to win one of the stamps by leaving a comment to let the Little Claire team what you'd call the owl family - there are four stamps on offer and the lucky winners will be drawn by midday tomorrow 9 August.

Plus if you like your paper pads, there's a very special offer on two new First Edition Christmas paper pads - they're usually £7.50 but until midday tomorrow are on offer for just £5.99!!

See all the details here on the blog.

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

2 Sisters Blog Challenge - 'anything goes'
That Craft Place Blog - 'things with wings'
Craftymess Challenge - 'birds'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'favourite colours' (red and green)
Stamps and Fun = Creativity - 'Christmas in August'
 My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - 'Christmas in August'

New Challenge at Nutcrafters - Embossed Backgrounds


Today we've got a new challenge for you at Nutcrafters and this time we'd like to see cards with an embossed background.  For more details about the challenge and to see the cards made by fellow Design Team members, click here.

For my card, I've used 'Sweet 16' from the Cutie Pie range which is available here on the Nutcrafters website.  I also used the argyle embossing folder from Darice and some patterned paper from a magazine giveaway.  I've finished the card with some ribbon from my stash, Card Candi and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.

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

Corrosive Challenge Blog - 'they say it's your birthday'
Saturday Challenge - 'gifts'
Crafty Catz - 'pink'
Charisma Cardz - 'pink plus one'
Fresh Brewed Challenges - 'birthdays'
Divas by Design - 'for a female'

New Challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge Blog


This week at Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge Blog we've got a sketch challenge for you.


The challenge is sponsored by My Heart Pieces and The Paper Shelter and the Design Team were given images from the companies to work with.  For more details about the challenge and to see the cards from my fellow Design Team members, click here.

For my card (above) I used 'Love in Venice' from The Paper Shelter and some papers from a magazine giveaway pack layered with kraft paper.  The Sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and I finished it with Card Candi coloured with my Sandstone Promarker.

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

2 Sisters Blog Challenge - 'anything goes'
Stamp With Fun - 'maritime/summer'
 Crafts and Me Challenge - 'use a digi'
Papertake Weekly - 'anything goes'
One Stop Craft Challenge - 'city break' (Venice)

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

New from Little Claire - Christmas Stamps Day 2


Two more great new Christmas stamps have just been added to the Little Claire website and the first one is the gorgeous 'Christmas Joy' which is available here on the website.  On my card (above) I've decoupaged the little heart and birdhouse and also added some red Stickles to the finished design.

The next new stamp is 'Silhouette Manger' which is a beautiful traditional design - it's available here on the website.


For my first card (above) I've used some of the Glitter Sparkle Sheet from Little Claire to cover the entire stamped image and I've then layered this on to silver and black paper.


Next, something I hadn't tried before, a card blank made of acetate covered once again in the Glitter Sparkle Sheet.  I inked the image in Cool Peri Adirondack ink using some foam, masking around the star using a circle punched out of the sticky part of a post-it note.  I've then added small self-adhesive gems to the stars and the middle of the big star.

I'll be back tomorrow with some more cards but in the meantime, have a look at the blog here for more information about these releases.

**SPECIAL OFFER**
 
Call Little Claire 0151 342 5715 today and before 11am tomorrow (Wednesday 8 August) and you can receive either stamp for the special launch price of £3.50  (RRP £5.50)

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

The Crazy Challenge - 'black, white plus one other' (second and third cards)
Lexi's Creations - 'sparkle and shine' (second and third cards)
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - 'show us your bling' (third card)
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - 'try something new' (using acetate to make a card base)
Cute Card Thursday - 'clean and simple' (second and third cards)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'favourite colours' (red and green - first card)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'clean and simple' (second and third cards)

Card Creations Plus Four Day Deal on Create & Craft - Part 2


Today I've got more cards made with 'Dennis Lewan's Gift of Christmas' to share - the CD is the current 4 Day Deal on Create & Craft.

First of all, a circular easel card using one of the peel off sparkle circles, some of the backing paper from the CD and one of the little shaped sentiments.


Next a card using one of the shaped toppers, shaped sentiments and the pattern backing paper.  I've added some silver Candi to finish it.


My next card uses the 'snowflake spray' feature on the CD - you can decorate any of the images yourself using different shaped snowflakes.  It's great for customising the images and you can add as much or as little decoration as you want.  This time I've finished the card with some white sheer ribbon and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.


Finally, an easel card using some of the pattern backing paper plus one of the topper sheets - the snowflake strip across the base and the little sentiment are all part of the same sheet with the topper.  You get separate panels for the topper so I've used foam pads to attach these to the base image.

I'll be sharing my final cards on Thursday.

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

Lexi's Creations - 'sparkle and shine' (first card)
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - 'circles' (first card)
Christmas Card Challenges - 'use something new'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'favourite colour' (blue)
Cardcrafter's Circle - 'shaped card' (first card)

Monday, 6 August 2012

New from Little Claire - Christmas Stamps Day 1


Today is the first day of a week of Christmas stamp releases from Little Claire - an amazing selection and definitely something for everyone.  Today, I'm showcasing 'Letters Snow' and 'Polar Hugs'.

First of all, a brand new alphabet and numbers set 'Letters Snow' which you can find here on the Little Claire website.  It's a great set for making personalised Christmas cards and those based just on text.

**SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER**

Until midday on Wednesday 8 August you can buy 'Letters Snow' for the special offer price of £10 - the RRP is £12.99!

My first card (above) is an easel card using one of the tall, slim cards.  The paper I've used is from Little Claire here and I've also used lilac card and some white Card Candi.


My second card (above) uses the same card blank but this time with some blue spotted paper, some white glitter card (which doesn't show up on the photo too well) and blue card.


The second of today's releases is called 'Polar Hugs' and you can find this stamp here on the website - isn't it cute?!  In my first card (above) I've used paper from an old Forever Friends pad, white sheer ribbon, a peel off greeting and some rhinestones.


For my second card (above) I cut round the image and then put it against a background of dark blue patterned paper from Paper Adventures.  The little sentiment is from Personal Impressions.

Have a look at the Little Claire blog here for some great inspiration from my fellow Design Team members.

There are more great releases tomorrow so make sure you keep an eye on the Little Claire website and blog.

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

Totally Papercrafts - 'monochrome' (first and second cards)
Cute Card Thursday - 'clean and simple'
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - 'seeing spots and dots' (third card)
DYSU - 'polka dots' (second and third cards)
Christmas Card Challenges - 'use something new'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'favourite colour' (purple - first card)
Jingle Belles - 'Santa baby' (polar bears at the north pole!)
Crimbo Crackers - 'tall and thin' (second card)

Card Creations Plus Four Day Deal on Create & Craft - Part 1


A brand new Four Day Deal has started today on Create & Craft and this week it's a gorgeous Christmas CD rom from Card Creations Plus 'Dennis Lewan's Gift of Christmas'.  I've been part of the Design Team creating samples for the shows and I'll be sharing my cards over the next few days.

The CD contains an amazing range of artwork - lots of different Christmas and winter scenes which are all beautifully detailed and really gorgeous images.  There are toppers in different shapes, backing papers, bookmarks, stationery, envelopes, inserts and lots, lots more.  There's also a great 'snowflake spray' feature which can be used on the images as well as on plain backgrounds and acetate - more about that later in the week!

My first card (above) uses one of the round toppers, the background paper and also one of the circular, glittery peel offs which are featured on the show.  The silver border is part of the peel off and it's perfect for anyone who likes glitter but not the mess you get with loose glitter!


Next a sepia card.  You can alter the colour of the images with a sliding scale bringing the colour down to sepia tones which I think looks really effective.  This card also uses some of the backing paper and I've finished it with a chain link peel off and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.


Next, a design using the star shaped ornament toppers which fit perfectly in to the star peel offs which are party of the show.  The background on this card is from the CD too and I've finished it with some silver Card Candi.


Finally, a card made from one of the book mark sheets.  I trimmed off the bottom part of the bookmark and then used this to make a four panel card.  The picture continues across the four panels and two of them have text of them too.  Just a different way to use the bookmark panels.

I'll be back tomorrow with another selection of cards.

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

The Paper Shelter - 'glitz and glimmer' (first and third cards)
Christmas Card Challenges - 'use something new'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'favourite colour' (navy blue)
Card Crafter's Circle - 'shaped card' (first and fourth cards)
Lexi's Creations - 'sparkle and shine' (first and third cards)
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - 'show us your bling' (first and third cards)

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Meet Rufus Owl - New from Little Claire


This cute little owl is called Rufus and he's brand new from Little Claire for the bargain price of £2 - you can find him here on the website together with some cards made by my fellow Design Team members.

I've used him to make a birthday card - the sentiment I've used is from the Little Claire set 'A Little Bird Told Me...' and the paper is from my stash (no name on the sheet).

I'll be back tomorrow with the first of a week of Christmas showcases with Little Claire plus some of my sample cards created for tomorrow's brand new Card Creations Four Day Deal on Create & Craft!

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

Challenge Up Your Life - 'everything goes'
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - 'anything goes'
Wags and Whiskers Blog - 'birthdays'
Corrosive Challenge Blog - 'they say it's your birthday'
That Craft Place Challenge Blog - 'things with wings'

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Christmas Star


I treated myself to two of the new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps last week and here's a card made with one of them, 'Christmas Star'.

I've used some paper from Craft Creations and lace and ribbon from my stash.  The ribbon is a white sheer one and it works really well coloured with Promarkers - perfect for matching to the rest of a design (my tip for Top Tip Tuesday!).  I've finished the card with Card Candi and a little Craftwork Cards sentiment.

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

Lili's Little Fairies - 'Christmas in July'
Paperplay Challenges - 'layer it up'
DYSU - 'polka dots'
I Love Promarkers - 'spots and stripes'
Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - 'Christmas in July'
Top Tip Tuesday - 'focus on the ribbon'
Christmas Cards All Year Round - 'card for a child'
Winter Wonderland - 'ribbon and lace'

Friday, 3 August 2012

My Girl Lollipop


Here's another card made with a Pollycraft digi stamp - this one is called 'Lollipop'.  The paper I've used is from Little Claire here and the little sentiment from Craftwork Cards - I added two little black peel off dots to it.  I've kept the design deliberately simple because I think it's such a cute image.

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

Cute Card Thursday - 'clean and simple
Charisma Cardz - 'pink plus one'
Little Miss Muffet - 'neapolitan ice cream'
DYSU - 'polka dots'
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - 'ice cream colours (neapolitan)
Crafty Creation Challenges - 'cool summer treats'
Simply Create Too - 'anything goes'
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - 'spots and dots'

Thursday, 2 August 2012

New from Little Claire - Buttons and Bows


This month's brand new club set from Little Claire is the gorgeous sewing themed set called 'Buttons and Bows' - you can find it here on the website together with a gallery of cards from the rest of the Design Team.

My first card (above) is this month's club card and it's an easel card using several of the stamps from the set.

For my second card I created my own background paper using the button in the set:


Competition on the Little Claire Blog!

There's a great competition running on the Little Claire blog until tomorrow at midday.  Have a look at the post about the new club set here and then leave a comment to let us know what you'll be doing on Christmas Day!  Not long now - until 145 days until Christmas!!  The winner will be chosen after midday on Friday and will receive this month's club pack plus club membership for August which means a 10% discount on all purchases

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

The Crafty Pad - 'things with wings'
Paperplay Challenges - 'layer it up'
Paper Crafting Journey - 'anything goes'

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