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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

Thursday, 27 October 2011

More Cutie Patooties

The whole Cutie Patootie range has now been released at Little Claire's.
Here are the rest of my sample cards:

Chimney Sweep:

Splashing Girl:

Boy and Girl on Tree:

The papers used on these cards is from the First Edition Isabelle paper pack and is available from Little Claire too!

That's it for me today, enjoy the rest of your week xx

The rest of the Swirly Whirlies :)

Good News!  Little Claire is now releasing all their new stamp sets early - so you can order yours NOW!
Here are the remaining sample cards:


Little Tammy:

Little Harry:


To see these stamps on the Little Claire website, click HERE
Thanks for looking x

Fourth Sneaky Peek!

Hi folks,
I'm back with another Sneaky Peek of the fabulous new releases from Little Claire.  It's called Swirly Whirlies Owl Family:

This stamp is so detailed and versatile.  Visit Little Claire's Blog to see the other DTs gorgeous creations, everyone has achieved a totally different look with the same stamp!

Don't forget to visit Little Claire's blog, name the new Cutie Patooties and win the complete set HERE.

Back later with more new release cards!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Sneaky Peek ... Day 3

I'm back with another Sneaky Peek of the new releases from Little Claire's.  Today, I'm showing you a card I made a sweet image from the Cutie Patootie range:

 I customised some design paper and a couple of tags using distress inks and gold embossing powder.  I stamped and coloured the image with Distress Inks and added lace and a distressed chipboard flourish to finish.
This really is such a cute image!

Remember, for your chance to win the whole set of SIX Cutie Patooties, visit Little Claire's Blog and suggest names for the little girl and boy characters!

Come back tomorrow for another Sneaky Peek xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Another Sneaky Peek ... beautiful Poppies

I'm back with my second Sneaky Peek.  Today, I'm showing you a stamp from the new Red Gingham range called 'Poppies'.  It's absolutely gorgeous and is probably one of my favourites:

I crackled the background on a piece of mountboard and painted over it with some beautiful Silkies paint (which I won in a raffle!).  Next, I stamped and embossed the image with black embossing powder.  I painted over the flowers with the Silkies paint again to give depth to the colour.
Then, I aged the edge of the mountboard with Black Soot Distress Ink and highlighted it with Wow gold embossing powder.
I added silver eyelets with my Crop-a-dile and threaded some gorgeous black and white gingham ribbon through for the loop.  Finally, I attached the calendar with two pieces of ribbon.

Hope you like it!

Remember to visit Little Claire's Blog for your chance to name and win the full set of Cutie Patootie stamps :)

Come back tomorrow for another Sneaky Peek!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Welcome Cuties ... and a competition to win them all!

Hi folks,
Today, I am showing you the first Sneaky Peek of some fabulous new stamp sets from Little Claire.  One of the sets is called Cutie Patootie and it features the most adorable girl and boy characters.

Here is a card I made with the little girl holding a flower:

As soon as I saw the stamps, I thought ... Distress Inks, swirls, shabby flowers ... et voila!!


Little Claire is offering one lucky person the chance to win a complete set of all six of the ‘Cutie Patootie’ stamps – all you have to do is to leave us a comment on the Little Claire Blog and let us know what you think the characters should be called. On Monday 31 October we’ll pick out our favourite names and these will feature on the future packing for the stamp range.

Be sure to pop back tomorrow for another Sneaky Peek xx

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Hello ... I'm back!!

I haven't actually been anywhere ... just working and making lots of cards ready for several sets of new releases at Little Claires.  Watch this space!

Here are some cards I can share with you.  I used Sheena Wow Silver embossing powder and coloured with Promarkers and atyou Spica pens:

The photos don't really do them justice - they are much more sparkly in real life!

Make sure you check back here and on the Little Claire Blog every day next week for details of the new releases and a competition to win them all!

Enjoy your week - I know I will, it's half term - yippee! xx 

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Little Bear

I love this stamp!  It has so many uses and is great for children's and babies' cards.  This time, I made a Christening card with it:

Papers - Pink Petticoat;
Image - Little Claire;
Embellishments- ribbon from stash; image coloured with Promarkers; Lacy Oval Nestabilities

Thanks for looking x

PS: This stamp is included in the prize for the current Little Claire challenge ... to enter, click here

More Ruffle Flower cards

I made two identical cards with Ruffle Flower.  One for my Mum and the other for my stash! 
 I stamped the flowers with the Big & Juicy Happy Birthday ink pad ...
... added a ribbon and a sentiment ...
... added pink and white nesting scallops and a flower on the inside... 
... and added a different sentiment for the second card.

Enjoy your weekend x

Challenge 14 at Little Claires

This month's challenge at Little Claire is 'Christmas' - a great way to kick-start your Christmas card making if you've not already started!

Here's my DT card:
Pop over to the Little Claire Blog to have a look at the other gorgeous DT cards for inspiration :)

The prize this month is fantastic:
Little Bear stamp

Pretty Garden stamp
Pack of Back to Basics Christmas buttons
Pack of Fizzy Moon Festive Fun buttons
Pack of self adhesive gems
1m of red dotty ribbon
1m of green dotty ribbon
1m of blue dotty ribbon

Good luck and Have a nice weekend xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Ever So Lovely

There's another beautiful new stamp available from Little Claires.  It's called 'Ever So Lovely' and it really is!  This is one of my favourite LC stamp (till the next new one    lol x)

 Papers: Up, Up and Away
Sentiment: Die-Cut (both from Little Claire)
Image and white ribbon coloured with Promarkers

Papers: Hideaway
Sentiment: Die-Cut (both from Little Claire)
Image coloured with Promarkers; Card Candy added.

Hope you have a nice week xx


If you like a bargain (tell me crafter who doesn't!!) pop over to Little Claire's where they are having a fantastic sale.

There are stamp sets from as little as £3.50 and cutting dies for £3.50 too!  At those prices, they wont last long.

Also, Little Claire is now stocking 2 new Trimcraft paper pads - New Leaf and Isabelle - for just £6.50 for 64 sheets!  Click HERE to take a peek.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Ruffle Flower

Just a quick post:

Made using Ruffle Flower in the style of Amy Shaw - thanks for the inspiration Amy xx

4 down ... 46 to go!!!

One month later than planned, I have finally started making my Xmas cards!  Oh well, better late than never ...

I used Christmas Frames from the Cutting Cafe, a Papermania Christmas Tree embossing folder (free with magazine) and Coordinations Whitewash card.  After sanding the card, I highlighted it with brilliance ink pads (Rocket Red Gold and Pearlescent Olive), coloured organza ribbon to match and added Stickles to the tree.

I'm off to make some crackle backgrounds for my next project now ... I'll share it later.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend xx  

Christmas House - October Club stamp

Here is the new October club set from Little Claires - it's called Christmas House and it is GORGEOUS :)

I have made 2 cards with it.  The first is a gatefold card in a contemporary colour scheme.

 I used Distress Ink for the sky and added Polar White Flower Soft for the snow:

The second card is a box card in traditional reds and greens:

The branch is a Marianne D die cut, I coloured the image and sentiment with Promarkers and added Glamour Dust for some extra sparkle:

This card is featured as one of the monthly projects sent out with the club stamp - yay!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend xx
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