Monday, 29 October 2012

Girly Changing Tree - New Stamp Launch

Good morning, the sun is shining here today which always puts me in a good mood.  Also my girlies are home for half-term so we are going to have a very busy week and have lots planned.

Little Claire are launching a brand new stamp set today.  The 'Girly' elements can be used with the Changing Tree set of stamps or on their own, like I have shown below on my second card.  If you already have the 'Changing Tree' set, you can buy these to go with it for only £3.99. 


I have made a secret message card above in really girly papers and of course pink.  The ribbon can also be purchased from Little Claire also with the paper pack I used which is called 'Blank Canvas'. I really love these little elements, I have loads of friends birthdays coming up so will be using these alot to customise each card.

Have gone a bit vintage on my second card, but as you can see, the little elements are great to make an 'inchy' card.  The sentiment is from a great set from Stamping Up.
Ok off to spend time with Jess & Georgia and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.
Have a great day and welcome to my new followers, thanks so much for joining my blog.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Christmas Owl Tree

Good morning, Saturday again, wow the week's do go quickly.  My girls are now on half term, so am looking forward to spending some quality time with them next week.  Have lots planned, catching up with friends, shopping and the cinema, they all want to see the new Madagascar film but David & I want to see the new Bond movie, so we will have to toss a coin lol!
The weather here is freezing, I think we have a Syberian wind blowing around us in Sussex today but at least the sun is shining and we don't have the white fluffy stuff that a lot of peeps have been having.  I love snow but around Christmas please lol!
Ok, am thinking that I may have already shared my little card before, but hey ho here it is again, if I have. It is made using the fabulously, gorgeous Little Claire  'Christmas Owl Tree' which I love lots! Most of my christmas cards will be made using this me thinks :)  I have used various dies, 'Cherry Lynn' - Pine Needle and 'Dynamics' -Border, a wooden snowflake and some brown pearls.  The sentiment is one from the 'Magic of Christmas' set (also LC) which I find myself using all of the time.
Have lots of sort in my bedroom today, its become a bit of a dumping ground since my eldest came back home.  She is living with us again until after Christmas when she is getting herself a little flat.  So am off up there armed with a large coffee and some bin liners.  Am going to be ruthless with my pots and potions (as David calls them), sometimes you just have to have a sort out, don't you lol?
Am entering this card into my lovely friend Sarn's blog candy competition. She wants to see a Christmas make of any kind. There is a gorgegous little Penny Black stamp up for grabs!
Ok crafty peeps, have a wonderful Saturday - keep warm!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Georgina's Rosette Stamps

Good morning, hoping that you are well and not full of cold like my Georgia is.  Day three today and she is still feeling awful, lots of coughing and she now has a nasty temperature.  So we are snuggled up having another Downton Abbey marathon viewing session lol.
Here are a couple of quick little cards I made recently using the lovely new stamp set 'Georgina's Rosettes' from Little Claire .  They are a very versatile set of stamps that comes with six different designs of rosettes that you can mix and match with eight great sentiments.

On my cards, I have used the great paper packs 'Noir et Chic' and 'Blank Canvas', both available from the website as well.  My little bird is a SU punch, some black pearls from Mei Flower and the doily is from Hobby House.
Here is a photo of one of our new piggies that we have adopted.  Henry is a very loving, affectionate little pig and as you can see here, he is helping David with his work and has just taken a call, he is also known to play a bit of 'Angry Birds' lol!
Also I believe it is 'Black Cat' day today, so wanted to share a cute little photo of my CoCo, our house cat.  She likes to snuggle on my craft room chair, it makes it hard for me to use my desk.  She also likes to pull out all of my ribbons from my drawer, isn't she helpful lol!
Ok, back to the poorly Georgia and more episodes of Downton.
Have a lovely day, keep warm!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Buttons & Bow Stepper Card


Good afternoon, had forgotten to blog this little card that I made for the Stamping Show @ Alexandra Palace last month.  It has been made using the recently launched 'Buttons & Bows' gorgeous stamp set from Little Claire.
I measured out the card myself, have covered with pink cardstock, pink check paper from Craft Creations and some fabulous Tim Holtz dies.  Have added some lush ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons and have coloured in with Promarkers.  I then inked around the base and embellishments using a brown inkpad to age.
Don't forget if you are local to Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, Little Claire's Design Studio is open on :
Tuesday's, Wednesday's & Thursday's
11am - 3pm
and open some Saturday's, check blog for details.

The address is :

The Old Barn,
Ledsham Village,
 Ellesmere Port,
CH66 0NE
Telephone : 0151 339 2322
Do pop along, Steve will make you a cuppa while you browse away!  Lots of classes available to book as well.
Right have had a poorly Georgia home today with a nasty cold and sore throat. Have been pampering her lots and she is on the mend hopefully.
Have a lovely evening whatever you do, thanks for popping by!

Monday, 15 October 2012

'Letter's Snow'

Good afternoon, ooooo its freeeezzzzing her today! Have had to put the heating on, owl socks & slippers on too, am warming up nicely!
I have forgotten to share these cards I made recently using the fabulous new Winter/Christmas themed 'Letters Snow' alphabet from Little Claire .
It is just right for all of your special Christmas cards.  I have made these cards using some wonderful dies that you can purchase over at the shop via the link above.  They are :
Spellbinders 'Holiday Tag's
Cherry Lynn 'Snowflake' # 7
Die-Namics 'Open Scallop Edge' Die
I have also used the stitching stamp from 'Georgina's Buttons & Stitches' set of stamps.

I have been making some of my special Christmas cards for family over the weekend, and have found these so useful to personalise my cards.
Have scheduled this post as am off to the hospital for an appointment, then doing my Mum's taxi bit with the girls today.
Have a lovely afternoon, thanks for popping by my blog.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 26 'New Arrival'

Good afternoon, yes it is definately feeling like Autumn outside, have resorted to buying some socks today as my toes have been frozen for a over a week now.  Am not a great lover of anything on my feet, so it must be cold out there.
Anyway, my card above is my DT one for Little Claire.  It's challenge time again with a new one starting today, with the theme of ' New Arrivals'. 
I have used a really sweet little stamp set called 'Babies are a nice way to start people'. Also with lots of pink card & check paper, MS heart punch, Memory Box swirl & button dies, Magnolia flowers and lots of bakers twine.  Have used the great little sentiment which also comes in the pack along with some cream pearls.
There is a great prize of Trimcraft goodies to win, just enter our challenge for a chance.

Talking of new arrivals, here is the latest edition to our family.  An unwanted little piggie who we decided to give a home to and have called 'Tufty'. He is only thirteen weeks old and has already fitted in quite nicely being a friend to our little old man Henry.  He is just the cutest little piggy and has already started taken food from me and really loves to be cuddled.
Ok off to sort out some housework.  Have a great Saturday!

Friday, 12 October 2012

My Making Cards Pages

Good afternoon, am just a tad excited and wanted to share my wonderful news.  Two of my cards  have been featured in 'Making Cards' - November edition.  I was casually browsing through the magazine before I brought it, as you do, and couldn't believe my eyes!  I made them a while ago and had forgotten about them.
I made them using the fabulous 'Christmas Joy' stamp from Little Claire .  It has to be my favourite new stamp this season.

Right, off to finish my DT card for tommorrow, a new challenge is starting on the Little Claire blog, with a great theme.  Will be back in the morning with my card.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Owl Family & Baby Changing Tree Cards

Happy Friday to you! Am full of flu today so am camped out on the sofa catching up with lots of tv I have recorded. There is so much of this flu about locally, my hubs David has been so kind giving his 'man flu' to me, bless him!

Here are a couple of cards I have made using the wonderful newly launched stamps from Little Claire .  The first is using 'Owl Family' and being owl bonkers myself, was so lovely to play with.

I have used some gorgeous new papers from a paperpack (available on website) called 'Blank Canvas', lots of lovely papers to play with, in allsorts of vibrant colours.

My second card is using the new 'Baby' elements that go with the 'Changing Tree' set of stamps.  If you already have the original set, you can just buy the baby elements for £3.99, or purchase the tree and baby elements together.  Have covered a cardblank with lilac gingham, added some bunting from the 'Bunting' stamp set and a baby sentiment.
Right, have a date with my Sky+ recorder, a lemsip and snuggly owl slippers.  Have a lovely day and weekend, lets hope the sunshine stays for it.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Little Claire November Club Stamp & New Shop

Good morning, its really autumnal here today, the leaves on the trees outside my house are all turning a lovely shade of orange and the air is feeling very crisp, I am sure its the same all over the uk but I hadn't noticed it this week until now.
Little Claire have launched a lovely new stamp this week, it is called 'Village Scene', it's a really good original Christmas image.
Here is a card I made using it.  Again keeping it very simple, it actually looks a bit like a negative of the original picture above.

Excuse the photo, I really must treat myself to a camera tent, have been after one for a while now, but have been really busy with lots of work, so maybe I should take a trip to PC World later.
I have embossed the background card, added snowflakes and a gate die along with some turquoise ribbon and a little star charm.
Little Claire have now moved into new premises, here is Gill outside.  You can now pop along to see Steve, Gill & Carol, treat yourself to lots of crafty stash and maybe stay for a class or two.

Their new address is :

The Old Barn
Ledsham Village
Ellesmere Port
CH66 0NE

Telephone : 0151 339 2322

The shop is open on : Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursday
 during the hours of 11am - 3pm
on Saturday's commencing Saturday 17th November 2012
am hoping to pop up there sometime soon and I can't wait to see what they have done with the barn.
Right, hubs is home today so lots to get done.
Have a lovely day,