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Friday, 30 December 2011

Snowmen from The Cutting Cafe

Look at these fab snowmen from The Cutting Cafe!  There's a card and a matching gift box too.

Here are the cards:

 The gift boxes:
And here they are together: 
This was such a fun set to make and my sons loved them!

Hope you've all had a fab Christmas and all the best for 2012 xxx

Xmas makes

Made using a Liz Earle catalogue, gold Spray and Sparkle and a piece of florists ribbon ... simples!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all my lovely followers, friends and family a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year xxx

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Challenge 16 at Little Claires

The theme this month is for 'Family Christmas', so I decided to use the 'Room With A View - Nativity' stamp set.  Here's my card:

I used Kraft paper to give a rustic feel but glammed it up with Kaleidascope embossing powder - love this stuff!  The circle sentiment and crown stamp are all from the set.  I coloured the image and sentiment with Promarkers.

Hope you're all ready for Christmas!  I have a few odds and ends to get but I'm just about done now.  Just as well really, as I've had a bad cold/cough for the last few days and haven't had the energy to do anything.  Moan over ... !

Have a fab week xx

PS.  The prize for this month's competition is a £10 voucher from Little Claire whoopee! and just to let you know, there is a sale at Little Claire with some very yummy goodies, be quick though, they wont hang around at those prices.  Click HERE to look at the sales items.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

I'm In Print!!

I was so pleased when I opened Creative Cardmaking Issue 36 today, as they have  featured one of my cards :)   *happy dance*

Here it is:
I used an uber-cute chappy called 'Bert and Catapult', using one of the new Cutie Patootie stamps from Little Claires.

All instructions can be found in the magazine - here is the page:

... and here is the magazine - I wouldn't want you to miss it!

Also, I'd like to welcome my new followers - it's lovely to have you on board :)
Enjoy the rest of your week xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Fabulous shoes and handbags

Here are some cards I've made using the fabulous Christmas Diva Doodles from Pink Petticoat.

The first two are made using a Handbag shaped card ...

... the papers are from Pink Petticoat too ...
 ... and there are even inserts to complete your card.

I love these downloads as they are so stylish and make a refreshing change from traditional themes.

Enjoy the rest of your week
Louise x

A monkey on a Christmas card? !!!

Yes, I was asked to make a Christmas card with a monkey on it ... and since it's for my son-in-law to be, I thought I'd better oblige!!!

Here it is:

It's a gate-fold card.  I gave the monkey some Christmas-red shorts, added some Inkadinkado flourishes, Flower Soft snow and Card Candi ... et voila!

Louise x
The monkey image was a freebie - if anyone recognises it, please let me know who drew it, so I can credit them :)

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Henny Penny - Tuesday Bargain at Little Claires

Look at this fab new stamp from Little Claire!  It's called Henny Penny and it's available in a speciall Tuesday bargain pack.

Here are two cards I've made with it:

Here's what is included in this fabby bargain:

step by step instructions to make a card (featured on LC website)
the scalloped card blank and envelope
the die cut scalloped kraft circle and white circle
2m of ribbons
pack of 36 individual circular sentiments
5 peel offs
8 x 6" squares of gingham and kraft paper
5 of our concertina tag cards
small selection of Card Candi

The RRP of the pack is £15.99 and the Tuesday Bargain price is just £10.00 (plus £1.00 P&P).

To buy the bargain, click HERE

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Teapot gift set

Here is a cute little set I made for my mum's friend.  It was her birthday last week and she's feeling a bit under the weather, so I hope this cheered her up :)
I used the Teapot Shaped card and Teabag Holder, both available from The Cutting Cafe.  The card even comes with a matching envelope which I decorated to match the teapot.
Inside the Teabag holder, I have put a couple of Fennel teabags with brewing instructions.
There are tons of fab files and inspiration at the Cutting Cafe, pop over and have a look!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

Keep Warm and Carry On!

Here's Little Claire's December club stamp.  It's called Winter Aga and is a lovely stamp for winter birthdays.  Here are my DT cards:

Card: Coordinations Whitewash; watercolour card 
Ink: Adirondack Cranberry
Embellies: ribbon and distress tool from stash

Card: Pink/Silver polka dot (Hunkydory)
Image and sentiment coloured with Promarkers
DP cut with Woodware Crafty Edger punch with Heart cartridge
Embellies: card candi

Hope you've all had a fab weekend and it's not too cold where you are xx

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Cute Teddies

Images from a swap (I think they are LOTV)
coloured with Promarkers
Papers: Pink Petticoat
Embellies: Card Candi; circle and scalloped circle Nesties; Marianne pointsettia; snowflake die cut from stash; gems; polar white Flower Soft

Swirly Whirlies - Poppies

Stamp: Red Gingham Poppies, exclusively from Little Claires
Paper: SEI
Sentiment: Little Claire
coloured with Promarkers
ribbon from stash

Sunday, 13 November 2011

New Challenge at Little Claires

The new challenge over at Little Claires is 'Shaped Cards'.  Here are my DT cards:

 Using elements of Blossom Fairy

Using Shep

This month's prize is fabulous:
I have both of these stamp sets and they are so versatile.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend!

My new Crafty Individuals stamps

Here are a couple of cards I made recently, using my new stamps from Crafty Individuals:

Both images were stamped onto smooth white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Promarkers.  Then I cut them out and before mounting, I sprayed them with Spray and Shine to give a glossy finish.  It makes them look like photographs!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Workshop Cards

Just a quick post to share some lovely cards I made at Amy Shaw's workshop last Sunday. We used a Snowflake stamp set by Stampendous that was ours to keep - how cool is that?

The aim of the workshop was 'one stamp ... six ways' (yes, we made SIX cards in 2.5 hours!!!)

 Plain and simple stamping with a touch of Stickles.

 Stamping, a touch of Stickles and velum.

 Embossing with Kaleidascope embossing powder.

 Using Gilding Flakes.

 Triple embossing.

Alcohol ink background.

It was a fab workshop, made even more fabulous by a plentiful suppy of choccies and coffee ... cant wait for the next one!

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend xx 

Sunday, 6 November 2011

The First Little Claire Blog Hop!

Welcome to my Blog and welcome to Little Claire's first blog hop - let's hope we have many more :)

Here is a card I've made using one of the brand new Red Gingham stamps, Little Tammy:

The detail on the stamp is exquisite and it looks gorgeous when embossed.  The sentiment is also by Red Gingham and you can find it here.

My fellow DTs have more gorgeous cards to share with you, so make sure you visit them all and the lucky winner of the Blog Hop will receive a full set of the new designs!

This is what you need to do to take part in the blog hop:

1.            Visit each of Design Team members’ blogs (links below) and leave a comment on their post about the blog hop.  They will all have a card to share with you made with one of the new Red Gingham stamps.  You also need to leave a comment on this post.

2.            Each Design Team member will also include a letter in their post.  Once you have all the letters, you need to rearrange these to form a word.

3.            Once you know what the word is, e-mail your answer to – PLEASE DON’T POST YOUR ANSWER IN ANY OF YOUR COMMENTS!

4.            The blog hop will close at midnight on Sunday 13 November and the winner of the stamps will be announced on Tuesday 15 November.”
My letter is E.

Good Luck everyone!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Pink Petticoat does it again!

Here are some cards I made using a GORGEOUS new digi from Pink Petticoat:

The sentiment reads "Celebrate the season ... in style!"

I coloured the images with watercolour pencils, added sparkle with a Sakura pen and cut them out with my Nesties.  I stamped a gorgeous Inkadinkado flourish on the card base and used coordinating ribbon.  I didn't have any copper ribbon, so I coloured some white/black dotty ribbon.  Finally, I inked the edges of the die-cuts ... et voila ... a batch of beautiful girlie cards for my friends :)

Have a nice weekend x

Friday, 4 November 2011

New Tag cards at Little Claires

These new Tag Cards from Little Claires make a great alternative to a card.  They can be used whole - four panels - or cut in half - two panels - to make a smaller card, or even cut into individual tags.

Tag card 1

Tag Card 2

Tag Card 3

To decorate the cards, I used the First Edition Isabelle paper pack and Little Claire's beautiful new Little Beauties Tag Stamps.  I added pearls, gems and ribbon from my stash and used punches to make coordinating borders and embellishments.

Have a nice weekend folks xx

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Welcome ... and this week's Blog Project at Little Claires

First of all, I'd just like to welcome my new Followers!  I've got over 50 now and I'd like to thank you all for taking the time to visit my Blog and for commenting - I appreciate your feedback :)

It was my turn to prepare this week's Project for the Little Claire Blog.  Here's the card I made:

 For details on how to make this card and what materials you will need, visit the Little Claire Blog HERE

Enjoy the rest of your week - nearly Friday yayyy!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Doves of Peace

Just a quick post to share some cards I've just finished.
I bought this 'Dove' stamp after seeing a card Amy Shaw's friend Jo made at a charity fund raising event.  Here's my interpretation:

Thanks for the inspiration Jo!

That's 22 Christmas cards done now, about 30 to go :)

Have a nice week xx

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