Saturday, 31 December 2011

My Five Fav Cards of 2011

Happy New Year's Eve! Hope you have had a lovely few days, mine has been very busy, seeing family, shopping, housework but have managed to start sorting my craft room, so that I can re-organise all of my bits and bobs, so organising me in the process, hopefully! New Year is always a bitter/sweet time for me, but as always, I am an optimist so am looking forward to the new, busy year ahead.

Anyway, the lovely Debby wants us to share our five favourite cards, so here are mine, in no particular order.

(1) Have used a gorgeous Little Claire image, I really love bird houses and have made my card using a suspended circle image. Lots of glorious swirls, snowflakes and card candy, love it!

(2) I really love this 'Cutie Patottie' image, it's another gorgeous stamp from Little Claire . Lots of lovely beige colours and papers and a cute little tag 'Red Gingham' stamp.

(3) My favourite image of all 'A Little Bird told Me' which was used on this card for the Little Claire Crawley Day back in October. The colours are so gorgeous together!

(4) Here is one of a set of ATC's that I made back in the Spring. I have used a wonderful vintage set of stamps from Stamping Up, lots of brown ink and cream card, love these stamps!

(5) Lastly, a Teddy Bo card that I made when I was on their DT. I loved being a part of their team, such a lovely set of ladies. Lots of colour on this card, love the bath image especially, just wish I could get in my bathroom for long enough. Bit of a feat with three other ladies in the house!

Right, there are my cards, do pop on over to Debby's blog and check out her cards, they are truely amazing!

I really hope that 2012 is a fantastic year for you and your family. Lots of things going on with my family next year. I still cannot believe that Georgia is at secondary school, this will be her second year, she is doing so well. Jess is doing her GCSE's - go Jess! and Amy has been really working hard, she will hopefully be off abroad again soon, with her fella Harry. She so deserves some time off. David will be busy travelling and I have lots of exciting projects on the go. Whatever the new year brings, I hope it will be happy & healthy for you and yours.




Saturday, 24 December 2011

My Fav Christmas Cards of 2011

Happy Christmas Eve to you! Hope you are having a wonderful day, I am nearly ready for the big day, just a few of David's pressies to wrap and his card to make, yes I know Mrs Last Minute!

Anyway, the lovely Debby is asking for bloggers to show their five favourite cards that they have made, there is some wonderful candy to be won if you do!

Anyway, here are mine. Have tried to keep them quick and easy this year, just for a change lol!

I made two of these little LOTV imaged cards, for my lovely friends Dee & Debbie, nice, quick and easy cards, just my style! MS large snowflake punch, Craft Creations dotty paper.

Another LOTV image, with a MS punched snowflake and SU sentiment.

A gorgeous Little Claire image for this card, lots of sparkle too, not that it shows on my awful photo, not my best attempt at photograhy lol!

A vintage telescope card, which my ladies made at my last class. We made a purple version. The stamp used was from Crafty Individuals and sentiments from Red Gingham and LOTV.

Lastly a Humphrey image, which was a magazine freebie, loved using the lace, going to be buying loads more in the new year.

There is my top five, haven't been a great blogger in the last few months, due to DT work and family commitments. Am aiming to change all of that and actually join in some challenges over the next couple of weeks.

All that is left for me to say is, have a wonderful christmas and a very happy new year. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me so many lovely comments over the last twelve months, I have really appreciated reading all of them.

Am off to finish the wrapping, and prep the veg for tommorrow.

Extra large hugs!



Wednesday, 14 December 2011

My Christmas Wreath

Good evening, I cannot believe that Christmas is just only a week away now, still have lots to do and all of the wrapping is still not done yet, yes Mrs Last Minute is my name!

Anyway, I wanted to share my Christmas wreath that I finished today, it was very quick and easy to do. It only took two 12 x 12 papers, a small poly wreath, ribbon & bells. My papers were from a vintage pack from Forever Friends, which is gorgeous! It's gold and pearlised paper, you are supposed to use double-sided paper, but as my curls are small, they look effective as they are. I am so pleased I have finished it, my friend popped round today and she loved it so much, she wants me to make her one, so I know what I will be doing tommorrow.

Am watching the Royal Variety, to be honest its sending me to sleep so am off to channel change.

Thanks for stopping by.



Saturday, 10 December 2011

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 16

Good morning, the sun is shining here today which always puts me in a good mood, so it's up with the decorations today, tree and all! I am nearly ready for the man in red, just a few pressies left for the girls and some food and drink. We are having family up next weekend, so have lots to prepare for.

Anyway, it's that time again for the Little Claire Monthly Challenge. This time, we would like to see your 'Family Christmas' cards. I have made mine for Georgia, using the gorgeous image, 'A Little Bird Told Me'. Out of all of the LC stamps I have, and I think I now have them all, she is definately my favourite. I have still to do Jess's & Amy's cards and not forgetting David, everything this year has been very last minute.

On my card I have used : Promarkers in mono brown colours, SU Choc Chip, Cake Crumb and Vanilla cardstock, LOTV Music stamp, SU frame & sentiment stamps, Doodlebug Alphabet stamps. Nestie Snowflakes and circle dies, Stickles and brown pearls.

The prize over at Little Claire's is a £10 Gift Voucher, so I do hope you can take part.

Have a lovely day and keep warm, especially my friends up in Scotland, where you have lots of snow and ice!

Thanks for stopping by here and welcome to my new followers.

love & hugs



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Henny Penny/Tuesday Bargain

Good afternoon, hope you are keeping warm wherever you are? My toes are frozen solid and have been all day. Out came my Ugg boots today, and my tootsies are still hurting! Anyway, have been busy getting all of my Christmas cards made, catching up with lovely girlfriends for crafting and our Christmas meet, all in all its been a good week so far!

Today only over at Little Claire's they have a wonderful offer which includes the fabulous little brand new stamp called 'Henny Penny'. Below is a list of what comes in the kit.

Included in this pack are :

Step by step instructions to make a card.

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 Candy

All of this can be brought for £10.00, so hurry over to the shop and grab yours.

Better get the dinner on as the girls will be home from school soon. Have a lovely evening and keep those feet warm lol!



Thursday, 1 December 2011

Little Claire December Club Stamp

Hello, remember me lol??? Yep, bad blogger here, life has taken over my crafting life again. It has been a while, and I must aplogise if I havent visited your blogs recently, I will be catching up on all of the gossip this week.

Anyway, December 1st has come long and also a brand new stamp from Little Claire . The new December club stamp is an 'Aga' stamp and comes complete with a cute little sentiment stamp. It can be brought via the shop from today. Do pop over and take a look at the other Design Team cards, they are fabby as always!

Am having another Christmas class at my house tonight. We will be making two Christmas cards and a calender, I will upload the photos tommorrow, hopefully along with a challenge card. It has been far too long since I entered one. Thats going to be one of my new years resolutions.

Ok, have to go get the house ready for all of the festive fun, lots of wine and cake to be had, bring it on!! A big thank you to all of my wonderful supportive ladies that have been coming to my classes for the last seven months. You have all become such good friends and I just love spending time with you. I am already planning my classes for next year, you have all been such fun to have round.

Right, off to get sorted. Many thanks for stopping by,




Saturday, 12 November 2011

Little Claire Challenge # 15 - 'Shaped Cards'

Good afternoon, hope you are enjoying your Saturday? Have been busy with chores and shopping today, but the sun has been shining here so all is good with the world lol!

Firstly, I just want to say a big thank you to my lovely new followers, have had quite a few recently and its so lovely to have you aboard, I will of course be returning the visit x

It's challenge time again over at Little Claire . This month, we want to see all of your shaped cards, you can enter three time and you have lots of time to join in the fun and win some gorgeous stamps and papers. Pop on over via the link to see the other Design Team cards, all so different.

My card is a 'Tent' one, my lovely ladies that come each month to my classes, recently made one at my class and I so wanted to make another, using this cute little 'Swirly Whirly' Cat image that is now available to buy from the shop, isn't it gorgeous! Also one of the lovely new Red Gingham Sentiments, that go so well with the image.

To complete my card, I have used SU black & cream cardstock. Magnolia large swirl stamp, Go Kreate Swirl dies, MS Snowflake punch. SU shaped punch and Mei Flower black stones & pearls. I really love these cards, they stand up so well and fold flat for posting, will be making loads more for my Christmas cards, which I have decided am going to finish next week.

Off to sort tea before 'Strictly' and 'X Factor' which fills our house each Saturday evening.

Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comments that you leave me.



Thursday, 10 November 2011

Cutie Patootie Blog Project

Good afternoon, it's my turn to do a blog project this week. I have made a 'Buckle' card using the new 'Bert & Mary' Cutie Patootie images and Red Gingham Sentiments from Little Claire .

To see how I made the card, pop on over to the main blog here .

Am having a houseful of crafty ladies over this evening, so off to prep for it. Have a lovely afternoon,



Sunday, 6 November 2011

Little Claire Blog Hop # 1

Good afternoon, welcome to the very first Little Claire's bloghop, it's so exciting!!!!. Each member of the Little Claire Design Team have made a card using the gorgeous new Red Gingham Stamps, which are available to purchase from the website, via this shop link . The lucky winner of the blog hop, will receive a full set of the new designs! Wowee freebies!!!!

Firstly, to my little card. I have used the gorgeous new Westie dog image, 'Little Tammy' one of our Swirly Whirly designs. You can purchase him for £5.50 on the website. Red Gingham Tag Sentiment stamp, black, red and white cardstock, Craft Creations paper, MS Heart border punch, black & white glossy ribbon, ribbon charm and red bling from stash.

All you have to do to take part in our blog hop, is follow the instructions below :

(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. Please leave a comment on our posts, we love to receive feedback on our cards.

(2) Each Design Team member will also include a letter in their post. Once you have all the letters, you need to re-arrange these to form a word, relevant to our hobby.

(3) Once you know what the word is, e-mail your answers to – PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWER IN ANY OF YOUR COMMENTS!

(4) Our blog hop will close at midnight on Sunday 13 November and the winner of the stamps will be announced on Tuesday 15 November 2011.
My letter is 'T', please write it down, keep it safe and after leaving me a comment below, please whizz on over to my lovely teamie Georgina to get another letter and leave her a comment. Remember, once you have all of the letters, mail the lovely Helen on the email address via the main blog, to be included in the draw.

Good luck and enjoy visiting all of the Design Team's blogs and seeing all of their wonderful cards, using the fabulous new Red Gingham Designs.

Have a lovely afternoon,




Friday, 28 October 2011

Little Claire - Sneeky Peek - Day 5

Here are my last two cards using the new 'Swirly Whirly' stamps from Little Claire . I have used the new hedgehog and tortoise stamps on my cards also the new Red Gingham Sentiments. I have paper pieced both images and on my hedgehog card, I have glossy accented the sentiment on the front of the card.

All of my featured images, can be purchased from the shop website.

Thanks for stopping by,



Thursday, 27 October 2011

Little Claire - Sneeky Peak - Day 4

Here we are, Day 4 already and this is my favourite of all of the new Red Gingham/Little Claire images. Its called 'Swirly Whirly Owl' Anyone who knows me well, will know that I LOVE OWLS, so this little image just had to come out to play, the card was sooo easy to make!

I have used a Marianne Christmas Pine Needle and leaf dies, shaped Nestie, Chocolate Chip & Crumb Cake SU cardstock, and a new fabulous little tag sentiment stamp from Red Gingham. Coloured in with Promarkers and a little linen thread for the tag.

Due to these new images being so popular this week, Little Claire have now uploaded them on to the website, so pop on over and fill your baskets!

Back tommorrow, with the last sneeky peek.

Happy Thursday!



Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Little Claire, Sneeky Peeks - Day 3

Happy Wednesday to you, where has the week gone already lol! Have a busy day ahead, lots of crafting today and off for a lovely crafting evening with friends tonight, cannot wait!

Here as promised, is Day 3 of Little Claire's sneeky peeks of their brand new stamp ranges. You can win a fabulous set of stamps, just pop on over to their blog and name the new images for a chance to win.

My photo isn't the best, my cropping function wouldn't work, so I do hope you can see my card. Day 3 of using these new images, another 'Cutie Patootie', isn't she gorgeous? I am really loving these fresh new images and have really enjoyed stamping them up. I have used some wonderful papers from a paperpack called 'Isabelle' a doily lace punch from MS, brown striped ribbon from Stamping Up and white pearls from Mei Flower.

Off to wake my girlies and have some breakfast.

Enjoy your day!



Tuesday, 25 October 2011

New Red Gingham Poppies

Good morning, first of all please excuse the wobbly photo, hope your neck doesn't hurt after reading my post lol! It is Day 2 of sneeky peaks from Little Claires , today we are showcasing the gorgeous 'Red Gingham Poppies', which is so unusual, I love it!

I have paper pieced the image, which looks wonderful over this lovely My Mind's Eye paper. I have also used a new sentiment, which is very elegant! Along with a vintage edge MS punch and some little black stones from Hobbycraft, the card is complete!

Please do whizz over to the LC blog, where you can enter the competition to win a whole new set of 'Cutie Patootie' stamps.

Am having a chill-out day with my girls today, Georgia isn't feeling too well, so lots of movies and crafting is on the agenda.

Have a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you will pop back tommorrow, for another sneeky peak!



Monday, 24 October 2011

Little Claire 'New Releases' - Cutie Patooties!

Good afternoon, we are launching a gorgeous new set of stamps this week over at Little Claires . Here's a sneeky peak of one of the little images which will be on sale at the NEC from 3rd - 6th November, grab yours quickly as I think they are going to sell out fast!

Each day this week, Little Claire will be offering one lucky person the chance to win a complete set of all six 'Cutie Patootie' stamps. All you have to do is to leave a comment on the blog via the link above and let us know what you think the characters should be called. On Monday 31st October, Little Claire will pick out their favourite names and these will feature on the future packaging for the stamp range.

To my little card, I have used :

Cutie Patootie Stamp & Red Gingham New Tag Sentiment

Black & Blue Cardstock
Craft Creations paper

Diamond Edge Martha Stewart Punch

Marianne Swirl Die

Ribbon bow, Grey Pearl & Black stones from stash.

I will be sharing another card using these cuties tommorrow, so I do hope you will stop by.



Saturday, 22 October 2011

Little Claire Day Samples - Set # 2

Good morning, just a quick post today as previously promised, here are my last three cards from the Little Claire Crawley Day, held last weekend. I am off to the airport shortly to get Jess, as she is due back from Spain shortly. She has been on a school Spanish trip as part of her Spanish coursework. Have missed her so much, and I cannot wait to see her.

My first card is a Tee Pee one, using 'Ever So Lovely' image on brown cardstock, pink gingham papers, Marianne dies and Red Gingham Sentiment. Sorry about the crappy photo, was taken in a bit of a hurry lol1

Next is a straight forward Christmas card which I started the ladies off on, its using the new 'We Three Kings' image. Black cardstock, black dot paper, Little Claire Glitter sheets and cardcandy finish the card.

Lastly, we unfortunately didnt have the time to do this door hanger using 'Cold Crisp Kisses'. It is quite quick to put together and have added some Marianne snowflakes in paper and card to finish it off. Right, Jess' flight has just got in so must fly lol! Have a wonderful Saturday, I am going to spend the rest of mine catching up with some dt cards, hope you are crafting too?




Thursday, 20 October 2011

Little Claire Crawley Day Samples

Good afternoon, I am thinking of changing my blog name to 'Bad Blogger', sorry not been about again, have been up to my eyes in samples, classes and craft shows, so blogging has had to take a back seat in my life over the last few weeks.

Anyway, I wanted to share half of my cards from our Little Claire Day here in Crawley over last weekend. We had lots of lovely ladies crafting over Saturday, eleven cards in all. Lots of fun and frolics were had, and we are already planning another day in May 2012. Gill and I held classes and here are three of my cards we made.

The LC image used on this card was 'A Little Bird told Me', it's one of my favourite images and I have used it on a 'Winter' birthday card.

Here is another fav image of mine, 'Splishing & Splashing'. We paper-pieced the umbrella and not really shown, was that we used glossy accents on the raindrops and puddles.

This pocket card was made using a 12x12 sheet of lovely daisy paper and we used the 'Gerbera' set of stamps and turned them into daisies.

I hope you like our makes, three more to show you in my next post. All stamps available from Little Claire Shop . Am off to tuck myself up in bed, have a horrible head cold which doesnt want to go away. Lots of Lemsip and sleep for me!

Have a lovely afternoon!



Sunday, 9 October 2011

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 14 - Christmas

Good morning, Sunday has come around quickly again. Had a very busy week again, so its nice to chill out today. David is working away, Amy & Jess have gone shopping so it's just me and a poorly Georgia today. She has a cold and a temperature, so am hoping she is much better for school tommorrow, and I have to get myself prepped and ready for the Little Claire - Crawley Day this weekend. Am so looking forward to meeting and teaching all of the attendees, its going to be mad but lots of fun!

Anyway, it's 'Christmas' over at Little Claire's this month, we want to see all of your creations. Its a great way to start those cards for Christmas, am trying to do at least one a week nowm, but must admit its hard to get in the mood, while the sun is shining outside!

To my card, I have used a really cute little image called 'Owlgate', coloured in with Promarkers and have addded some Marianne snowflakes. Sentiemnt is a Red Gingham one, also available from the website.

There is a great prize to win, all you have to do is enter the challenge, using or not using a Little Claire image. Am looking forward to seeing what you all come up with when I pop by your blogs. The design team have come up with some stunning christmas themed creations this time, so please do pop on by the blog.

Right, better have some lunch, check on the patient and get cracking with my prep. Have a wonderful Sunday, whatever you do!




Saturday, 1 October 2011

'Ever So Lovely' & Ally Pally Demo Samples

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Hope you are going to spend your Saturday cardmaking like myself. Here are a couple of cards I have made using the brand new super lovely image 'Ever so Lovely', from Little Claire . The name says it all!

On my second card, I covered the image with a sparkle sticker sheet, also available from Little Claire's. Can't stop playing with them, want to cover everything in sparkle lol! Here are some of my samples that I made for Ally Pally. First one is using the'Good Morning Robin' stamp set and I have made an aperature so that the image turns around and on the reverse of the image, is a Red Gingham sentiment.

Same image used here but in mono tones, again covered in sparkle, love it! Have added some Marianne die swirls and snowflakes and card candy. Papers are from Craft Creations.

Little Rudy is on a stamp called 'Deck the Horns', again lots of swirls and snowflakes.

'Mr Darcy's postbox' was used on this card with MS snowflake punch, a bunting template and white spotty ribbon.

Finally, here is the card that I made in front of over a hundred ladies at the Ally Pally demo. Yep, I was rather nervous, to say the least, but the ladies were very kind and patient and I really enjoyed myself after all of the panic. A big thanks to the wonderful Ali who demoed before me and helped me to set up, your a star! I used the Red Gingham image 'Cold Crisp Kisses', which I really love. I coloured in with glitter and made flowers from punches.

The sentiment inside is a Penny Black and the frond punch is from Woodware.

Hope you like what you have seen, I am off to join in the cardmaking frenzy that will be happening all over the world today, any excuse to leave the housework. Thanks so much for stopping by and any comments left, I appreciate and love reading them all!




Friday, 30 September 2011

A Christmas House

Good evening, yep it has been a while since my last post, lots of craftyness has been my way, so not a lot of blogging time. I have been busy demoing at Ally Pally last weekend, it was the first time I have demoed to over a 100 ladies, I was so nervous but had such a great response, which was so lovely. I thought that my lovely hubs had uploaded all of my photos of my cards from his Iphone, but I can't find them, so will have to share them with you tommorrow.

Anyway, here is a card I have made using the lovely new 'Christmas House' stamp set from Little Claire .

I have used the fabulous glitter sticker sheets (£4.50 for five), which I have covered the image with, it gives such a great finish to your cards. Hope you can see the glitter?

Product used, Blue cardstock, Bo Bunny Dotty Paper, Marianne Die, Swirls & Snowflakes and pearls from Mei Flower. Coloured in with Promarkers.

Off to watch 'Strictly', will be back tommorrow with my Ally Pally cards, enjoy your evening!

Thanks for popping by,