Friday, 31 May 2013

Floral Fat Page


Here's the latest page that I made for the swap that I'm taking part in at the moment.  This time the theme was 'floral', as chosen by me!

For my page I used the main image from the Little Claire 'Cherish, Hope and Dream' set which you can find here on their website.  The sentiment stamp I've used is from Hero Arrts.  I've kept the pages nice and simple because the image is so beautiful and intricate.

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

Simon Says Stamp - 'anything goes'
Celebrate the Occasion - 'fluttering by'
Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog - 'flowers'
Hobby Cutz Challenge - 'flowers'
Crazy for Challenges - 'no patterned papers'
Fresh Brewed Designs - 'flowers'
Milk Coffee Challenge -  'load on the flowers'

Thursday, 30 May 2013

New from Little Claire - Dachshunds in Sqaures


There's another new release from Little Claire website today and this time it's the super cute 'Dachshunds in Squares' - you can find it here on the website.

For my card I decided to cut the four squares from the stamped design and then use my scalloped square Spellbinders die to cut out a mat for each square and then I layered the card base with two colours of polka dot paper.  The sentiments I've used are peel offs.

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

I Love Promarkers - 'die cuts'
Simon Says Stamp - 'anything goes'
Stamp n doodle - '3 or more layers'
Created With Love - 'you lift me up'
Songbird Challenges - 'all creatures great and small'
Crafting By Designs - 'anything goes'
Addicted to Stamps and More - 'make your mark'
Party Time Tuesdays - 'anything goes'

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

GDT Card for Inky Impressions


I can't believe that today is my last post as a GDT member for Inky Impressions - the month has gone really quickly!  A big thank you to Vicky and the team for letting me part of the challenge - I've really enjoyed it.

This week's theme is 'use something you wouldn't normally use on a card' - an interesting one!  All the details are here on the challenge blog.

For my card I've used one of the new Inky Impressions digi releases the very cute 'Golfing Brandon' which you can find here on the Inky Impressions website.  My 'something you wouldn't normally use on a card' is a page from an old map book - I chose the part of the map showing St Andrews to tie in with the image.

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

Through the Craft Room Door - 'anything goes'
Created With Love Challenge - 'you lift me up'
I Love Promarkers - 'use dies' (corner die)
Crazy 4 Challenges - 'no patterned paper' (mine is from a map book)
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - 'use a number'
Creative Craft Challenges - 'for the fellas'
Top Tip Tuesday - 'numbers'
QKR Stampede - 'one for the boys'
Forever Friends Challenge - 'for a child'

New from Little Claire - Mice in Squares


Brand new on the Little Claire website today is the great 'Mice in Squares' stamp - four cute little panels featuring various mice and perfect to use either as a whole stamp or cut into sections

You can find the stamp here on the Little Claire website and have a look at the Little Claire blog here to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team.

I've kept my card very simple to show off the stamp - the paper I've used is from the First Edition 'New Leaf' pad.  The sentiment I've used is from the 'Seascape' set from Little Claire which you can find here on the website.

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

Addicted to Stamps and More - 'make your mark'
Fitztown Challenge Blog - 'anything goes'
Songbird Challenges - 'all creatures great and small'
One Stop Craft Challenge - 'furry friends'
LEJ Designs Challenge - 'let's celebrate'
Paper Creator's Crafts - 'anything goes'

New Penny's Challenge - Joyfold Card


This week's challenge on Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge Blog is to make a joyfold card.  It's something I hadn't tried before but after having a look online, this is what I came up with!

For this challenge, we've been sponsored by:


and


Have a look here to see all the details of the challenge.

I've used a digi from Sassy Studio Designs called 'Evanora Sassy' which you can find here on the store website.  The paper I've used is from Echo Park.

Here's a view of the card opened out:


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

LEJ Designs - 'celebrate'
Created With Love Challenge - 'you lift me up'
Paper Makeup Stamps - 'anything goes'
Fitztown Challenge Blog - 'anything goes'
The Paper Shelter - 'shape it up'
Joanna Sheen Blog Challenge - 'girls, girls, girls'
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - 'vintage'

New Nutcrafters Challenge - Monochrome


We've got a new challenge for you this week on the Nutcrafters Challenge Blog and this time our theme is 'monochrome'.  For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, click here to take you to the challenge blog.

For my card I've used one of the gorgeous new images that will be available soon as a digi from Nutcrafters and is also part of a limited edition stamp set which you might have seen at the recent Port Sunlight Show.  The paper I've used is from the Back to Basics IV paper pack and I've matted it with some Bazzill card.  I've finished the card with some purple gems and peel off greetings.

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

Through the Craft Room Door - 'anything goes'
Paper Makeup Stamps - 'anything goes'
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - 'girly'
LEJ Designs Challenge - 'let's celebrate'
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - 'monochromatic'
Live and Love Craft Challenge - '50 shades of lilac'

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

New from Card Creations Plus - The Great Outdoors Part 2


I'm back today with some more sample cards that I made for the current Four Day Deal on Create and Craft - the wonderful 'Great Outdoors' CD rom from Card Creations Plus.

There's a great range of images on the CD and also an image creator which allows you to create your own scenes using various backgrounds, characters, objects etc - the possibilities are endless!




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

Dream Valley Challenges - 'animals' (third card)
2 Sisters Blog Challenge - 'outdoor fun'
One Stop Craft Challenge - 'furry friends' (third card)
Craft 4 Eternity - 'get into shape' (first card)
Charisma Cardz Challenge - 'here comes summer' (fourth card)
Crafty Creations Challenges - 'wild' (first and third cards)
Country View Challenges - 'how does your garden grow?' (third card)

Monday, 27 May 2013

New Cutie Pies Challenge - 3, 2, 1 Recipe


Our new challenge today on The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog is a 1, 2, 3 recipe - whatevern combination you want to make!  We've been sponsored by:

 For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here.

For my card I've used one of the new Andy digi stamps from Pink Gem - this one is called 'Andy With Guitar' and you can find it here on the Pink Gem website.  I've used two colours of gingham paper and my three embellishments are twine, Card Candi and die cut corners.  The little sentiment is part of a sheet from Craft Creations.

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

Crafting When We Can - 'punches and/or die cuts'
Lacy Sunshine Blog - 'anything goes'
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - 'I've been framed'
Polkadoodles - 'to die for'
QKR Stampede - 'one for the boys'
Crafts and Me Challenges - 'lots of layers'
Craft Your Passion Challenge - 'natural materials' (twine)

New from Card Creations Plus - The Great Outdoors Part 1


Just started this morning on Create and Craft is the brand new CD rom from Card Creations Plus called 'The Great Outdoors'.  It's a great mix of images, papers and much more and I was lucky enough to be part of the Design Team making samples for the show!

Today I'm sharing the first of these samples and I will have some more to share tomorrow.

I couldn't resist adding some captions to my cards as you will see!!


As well as toppers, you can also print off decoupage and, my favourite, pyramage.


The card stock I've used is also available on the show as as the chain link peel offs - these are perfect for finishing off cards and giving them a bit of a lift.

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

2 Sisters Blog Challenge - 'outdoor fun'
Paper Creator's Crafts - 'anything goes' (third card)
Craft 4 Eternity - 'get into shape' (second card)
Charisma Cardz Challenge - 'here comes summer' (first card)
OLLCB - 'inspired by nature' (third card)

Sunday, 26 May 2013

New Little Claire Dinkies - Part 3


I'm back with the last of my cards made with the new Little Claire Dinkies stamps.  You can find the full range here on the website.

For my first card (above) I used the Dinkies 'Christmas Car' stamp which you can find here on the website.  The sentiment I've used is part of the great 'Christmas Tags' set which you can find here.

Next, two cards made with the Dinkies 'Baby Sling' stamp which you can find here - I've paper pieced the sling to make a card for a baby girl and a baby boy.



Finally, a card made with the Dinkies 'Flower Hedgehog' stamp which you can find here on the website.  I've also used the sentiment from the 'Made for Men' set which you can find here.


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

In the Pink Challenge - 'baby girl' (second card)
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT - 'oh baby' (second and third cards)
Oldie But Goodie Challenge - 'inspired by a song' (first card - 'Driving Home for Christmas', paper used is more than six months old)
Papertake Weekly - 'paper piecing' (second and third cards)
Forever Friends Challenge Blog - 'for a child' (second and third cards)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge - 'anything goes' (first card)
Winter Wonderland - 'all tied up'

Saturday, 25 May 2013

New Little Claire Dinkies - Part 2


Today I've got some more cards to share made with the brand new Dinkies stamps from Little Claire.  You can see the full range on the website here.

For my first card (above) I've used the Dinkies' 'Daschund' stamp which you can find here on the website.  The sentiment I've used is part of the original 'Darling Daschunds' set which you can find here on the website.

Next a card made using the Dinkies 'Flowerhead' stamp which you can find here on the website.  I've also used the 'Dictionary Definitions' set which you can find here


Finally a card made with the Dinkies 'Geranium Pot' stamp which you can find here on the website.


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

Creative Craft Challenges - 'just checking' (first card)
Stampin' for the Weekend - 'monochrome' (second card)
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge - 'blooming lovely' (second card)
Passion for Promarkers - 'anything goes' (first card)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - 'flowers' (second card)
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - 'four legged friends' (first card)
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - 'monochromatic' (second card)
Dilly Beans Challenge - 'dots' (second card)
Paper Creator's Crafts - 'anything goes' (first card)

Friday, 24 May 2013

Little Claire Weekly Project - Dinkie Tag Card


It's my turn to share a project on the Little Claire blog this week and I've chosen to make a tag card with one of the new Little Claire Dinkies stamps 'Poppies'.  The stamp is here on the Little Claire website.

You can find step by step instructions here on the Little Claire blog and I've also added them to the Tutorials and Projects page here on my blog.

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

Freshly Brewed Designs - 'flowers' 
I Love Promarkers - 'anything goes'
Perfect Sentiments Challenge - 'anything goes'
Without Words - 'floral' 
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - 'spots and/or stripes'
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge - 'blooming lovely'
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - 'ribbon or lace'
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - 'anything goes with a ribbon'
Cute Card Thursday - 'tie it up'
Crafts 4 Eternity - 'get into shape'

Thursday, 23 May 2013

New Little Claire Dinkies - Part 1


Brand new on the Little Claire website are the great range of stamps called Little Claire Dinkies - a selection of favourite stamps made on a smaller scale.  You can find the full selection here on the website.  

Today I'm sharing the first of my card samples made with the Dinkies range.  My first card (above) was made using the 'Dinkies Poppies' stamp which you can find here on the website.  I've stamped it three times to make the panel on my card.

Next a card made with the 'Dinkies VW' stamp which you can find here.  I've also used sentiments from the 'Darling Daschunds' set which you can find here on the website.


Finally for today a card made with the 'Dinkies Pincushion Birdy' stamp which you can find here on the website.  I've also used one of the sentiment stamps from the 'Made for Men' set which you can find here.


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

Freshly Brewed Designs - 'flowers' (first card)
My Craft Creations - 'floral' (first card)
Without Words - 'floral' (first card)
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge - 'blooming lovely' (first card)
LEJ Designs Challenge Blog - 'die cuts or punches' (second card)
Penny Black and More - 'sew special' (third card)
Charisma Cardz - 'here comes summer' (second card)
Mema's Crafts - 'anything goes' (first card)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

New Penny's Challenge - Circles


Today we've got another new challenge for you at Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge Blog and this week our theme is 'circles'.  For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here at the challenge blog.

For this challenge, we've been sponsored by:


and


 I've used the 'Sick as a Dog' digi from QKR Stampede with you can find here on their website.  The paper I've used is from a magazine give away pack and I've finished the card with a peel off.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
 
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - 'four legged friends'
Allsorts Challenge Blog - 'true blue'
Animal Friends - 'checked or stripes'
Creative Craft Challenges - 'just checking'

GDT Card for Inky Impressions


This is my fourth card as a GDT member for the Inky Impressions challenge and this week our theme is 'Distress It' and you can find all the details here on the challenge blog.

For my card I've used 'Wishing Well Fairy' which is available here on the Inky Impressions website.  I used Distress Inks round the image and then the edge of my paper and added some corners die cut with a Cheery Lyn die.  I finished the card with some lace and pearls.

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

Great Impressions -  'pastels and/or polka dots'
Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog - 'fantasy/mystical'
LEJ Designs - 'die cuts or punches'
Through the Craftroom Door - 'anything goes'
Eclectic Ellapu - 'anything goes'
The Stamp Spot - 'feminine creations'
Addicted to Stamps and More - 'anything goes'
Deep Ocean Challenge 'ribbon and/or lace'
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - 'ribbon and/or lace'
Stampavie and More - 'ribbons and/or lace'

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Little Claire Peel Off Sale!


A selection of peel off sheets have just been added to the sale section on the Little Claire website - you can find here them here.

One of the sheets included in the sale is the 'Four Seasons' sheet which you can find here and this is a card that I made using the designs on the sheet.  I've used four different parts of the sheet, stuck the image on white card and then coloured it in with Promarkers.  The little sentiments are included on the sheet.

Peel off stickers are great if you want a quick card and don't have time to stamp a design.  They're also great for people who love colouring but sometimes find it difficult to colour in stamped images -  with the peel off sticker there's a guide to keep you in the lines.


Nutcrafters Challenge Reminder - Use Some Kraft


Here's a quick reminder about our current challenge on the Nutcrafters Blog.  Our theme is 'use some kraft' and you can find all the details and link up your card here on the challenge blog.

For my card I've used one of the new digis from Nutcrafters which will be on sale very soon.  The paper is from a Forever Friends pad and I've also used some punched hearts and a die cut corner.

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

Card Makin'Mamas - 'punches'
Totally Papercrafts - 'diva'
One Stop Craft Challenge - 'anything goes'
As You Like It Challenge Blog - 'favourite colour combination' (pink and brown because it's great for girly cards)
I Love Promarkers - 'simply does it'
LEJ Designs - 'die cuts and/or punches'
Bearly Mine Challenges - 'anything goes'
DigiSketch Challenge - 'cute'

Monday, 20 May 2013

Vintage Wall Hanging


Something a little bit different from me today!  This is a wall hanging I made a couple of weeks ago for one of the Yahoo groups I belong to.

I've used a stamp from Crafty Individuals called 'Friends in Paris' which you can find here on their website. It was stamped in brown ink and then coloured with Promarkers.  The background was done using Distress Inks and then overstamped with a crackle stamp.  The corner dies are from Cheery Lynn and the flower is a Prima one.  Finally I've used some paper flowers, lace and pearls.

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

Charisma Cardz Challenge - 'no digis allowed'
Milk Coffee Challenge - 'shabby chic/vintage'
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - 'pearls and lace'
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - 'no designer paper'
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - 'pearls, pearls, pearls'
ABC Challenges - 'stamped backgrounds'
Eureka Stamps - 'no design paper'

Sunday, 19 May 2013

GDT Card for Here Come the Boys


Here's my card as a GDT member for the new challenge at Here Come the Boys.  The theme this time is 'must have buttons' and the challenge has been sponsored by Bugaboo.


For more details about the challenge and to see the cards from the DT, have a look here at the blog.

For my card I've used 'Kid Pocket Topper - Hat Boy' which you can find here on the Bugaboo site.  The paper I've used is from a magazine free pack and the little buttons were in a pack given away with one of the recent Do-Crafts magazines.

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

QKR Stampede - 'children's cards'
I Love Promarkers - 'simply does it'
LEJ Designs - 'borders or corners'
Sarah Hurley Challenges - 'shades of blue'
Stampin' for the Weekend - 'button it up'
Allsorts Blog Challenge - 'true blue'

New Squirrel and the Fox Challenge - Here Come the Girls


Today we've got a new challenge for you at The Squirrel and the Fox and our theme is 'here come the girls'.  You can find all the details about the challenge and see the cards from the rest of the Design Team here on the challenge blog.

We've been sponsored by:


I was able to pick a digi from Make It Crafty to work with and I chose the very cute 'Girls Secret Swing' which you can find here on the website.  The paper I've used is from a Forever Friends pad and I've used some pink striped washi tape across the middle of the card.

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

Wags'n'Whiskers Challenge - 'anything goes'
Stamp'n'doodle - 'anything goes'
Craft Your Passion - 'child's play'
Paper Makeup Stamps - 'the great outdoors'
Crafting for All Seasons - 'think pink'
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - 'pretty in pink'
Polkadoodles - 'spring colours/pastels'
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - 'girls, girls, girls'

Saturday, 18 May 2013

New Little Claire Challenge and Blog Hop


Great news this week on the Little Claire blog - we've got a challenge for you and a blog hop too!!

For our challenge we've got an 'open theme' so plenty of scope for everyone to get creative.  And here's the prize on offer for the winner of the challenge:


The winner receive two sets of stamps and a die cut sheet.

And the prize for the winner of the blog hop is:


The prize includes stamps, die cut sheets and ribbons.

To enter our challenge, all you need to do is make a card and leave a link in the normal way on the challenge blog.  If you also want to enter the blog hop, visit all of the Design Team members' blogs and look for the letter highlighted in their posts.  Collect all the letters (8 in total) and rearrange them to form the name of a popular Little Claire stamp.  Once you've got the name, e-mail your answer to:

info@littleclaire.co.uk and make sure you put 'Blog Hop' as the title of your e-mail.

Both winners will be announced here in the July challenge post.

The letter that you need to take part in the blog hop is I and from here you need to go to Helen R's blog here.

If you lose your way at any time, this is the order for the blog hop:

Gemma  
Me

For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here.

For my card I've used one of my favourite Little Claire stamp sets the wonderful 'Oh Man' stamp set which you can find here on the Little Claire website.  I paper pieced the armchair on the image of the chair.

Here's another view of the card:


and another one:


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

Southern Girls Challenge - 'go spotty dot'
Crafting by Designs - 'paper piecing'
Divas by Design - 'shape it up'
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - 'shaped but not square'
Cards for Men - 'fancy folds'
Pink Elephant Challenge Blog - 'masculine birthday theme'
Hobbycutz Challenge - 'more than one fold'
That Craft Place Blog - 'makes for men'
Card Crafter's Circle - 'construction cards'
Party Time Tuesdays - 'shaped cards'

A Gem of a Challenge - Sketch


This week at A Gem of a Challenge, we've got a sketch challenge for you and here's the sketch:


For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here at the blog.

For my card I've used 'Chloe and Kitten' which you can find here on the Pink Gem website.  I also used some polka dot paper, a scalloped border (die cut) and some white ribbon.

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

Bearly Mine Challenges - 'lucky dip' (ribbon, die cuts, pearls)
Crafty Bloggers Network - 'Os and Xs' (die cut, flowers, ribbon)
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - 'pearls'
Simon Says Stamp - 'flower power'
The ABC Challenge - 'not just one'
Wags'n'Whiskers Challenge - 'anything goes'
Scribbles Designs - 'celebrate Mum or a special woman with flowers'
Fresh Brewed Designs - 'flowers'
One Crazy Stamper Blog - 'flowers'
OLLCB - 'seeing red'

Friday, 17 May 2013

More Little Claire Class Cards


Here's a couple more cards from my recent Little Claire classes.

First of all (above) a card made using the 'Swirly Whirly Owl Family' stamp which you can find here on the Little Claire website.  I've also used heart patterned paper and kraft paper for layering with some red card.  The sentiment I've used is one from the 'Sunshine Sentiments' set which is available here as a stamp set and also here as part of a die cut sheet.

Finally, a card made using 'Changing Tree Man' set which you can find here - I've also used the tree base and one of the little leaves from the original 'Changing Tree' set which is here.  I've used some blue diamond patterned paper and some more kraft paper.  The sentiment I've used is part of the 'Dictionary Definitions' set which you can find here on the website.


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

Charisma Cardz - 'no digis allowed'
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - 'shaped but not square' (first card)
OLLCB - 'seeing red' (first card)
Pink Elephant Challenge Blog - 'masculine birthday theme' (second card)
Hobbycutz Challenge - 'more than one fold' (first card)
That Craft Place Blog - 'makes for men'
Card Crafter's Circle - 'construction cards' (first card)
Lisa B Designs Challenge - 'wings and things'

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Little Claire Class Cards


These are some of the cards I've designed for recent Little Claire classes - a couple of the classes I did earlier in the year and also the Little Claire class in Wrexham yesterday.

The first card (above) was made using the 'You're So Tweet' stamp which you can find here on the Little Claire website.  I've also used kraft paper and red polka dot paper.  The main image was stamped on kraft and coloured with Promarkers and the sentiment repeat stamped on a strip of white card with faux stitching above and below the words. 

Next a tag card using images from the 'In Squares' die cut sheet - I've used three of the little elephant designs.  The stitching on the polka dot panels was done using one of the stamps from 'Georgina's Buttons and Stitching Stamp Set' which you can find here on the Little Claire website.  


Finally a three panel card made using 'Best Friend' stamp which you can find here on the Little Claire website  I've used pink gingham paper as a mat on the panels and also to paper piece the little girl's pinafore.  I finished the card with some paper flowers and the quotation that comes with the main stamp.


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

Creative Craft Challenges - 'just checking' (third card)
Party Time Tuesday -'shaped cards, no squares or rectangles' (second card)
Passion for Promarkers - 'doodlelicious' (first card)
Crafty Bloggers' Network - 'Os and Xs' (ribbon, sentiment, tag - second card)
OLLCB - 'seeing red' (first card)
Whoopsi Daisy - 'pretty in pink' (third card)
Hobbycutz Challenge - 'more than one fold' (third card)
Crafting by Designs - 'anything goes with a twist - paper piecing' (third card)
A Little Bit Crafty - 'kraft it'
Crafting for All Seasons - 'think pink'

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