Monday, 31 December 2012

My Top Five Cards of 2012

Happy New Year's Eve!
Another year has passed us by, and to be honest, a pretty grotty one for my family so I will be very glad to see the back of 2012.  So out with the old and in with the new!
I still have the dreaded lurgy but am not going to let it spoil the day, we will be up to see the New Year in with a bottle of something fizzy.

The wonderful Debby  has asked us bloggers to share our favorite top five cards of 2012,  So here goes :-

Firstly, an easel card using 'Owl Family' from Little Claire - I love these colours together!

A circle stepper using 'Bert & Mary' and some great embellishments.

A wiper card using my LC all time fav stamp - 'Ever So Lovely', the papers are some that I have used a lot in the past year.

A quick & plain card using Penny Black image on this stand card, love this big fat puss!

The last is using 'Butterfly Kisses' again from LC, yes there is a theme here lol. I have used a Craftwork Card stencil to make the butterfly shape.
 Ok, there are my five, I did have about ten on my list. I have really loved making them all.
All that is left now is to wish you all a wonderfully happy & healthy new year. Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog and for all of the wonderful comments that each of you have left me over the past twelve months. I really appreciate them all and so look forward to blogging with you again in 2013.
Take care and enjoy the festivities!

Friday, 28 December 2012

Buttons & Bows

Good afternoon, I do hope you had a good Christmas? Our's was lovely, catching up with my brother's but unfortunately David and I have both had a nasty cough and cold, but it didn't spoil the festivities and of course, we were all spoilt rotten with lovely gifts.
Here is a little stepper card I made recently, using the gorgeous 'Button's & Bow's' stamp set from Little Claire .  I have teamed it up with some lace, bakers twine and some Tim Holtz dies that a friend brought me.  The paper is from Craft Creations and the doily is one from Do Crafts.
I have been really good and have not done the sales, well only one purchase of some crafty goodies online which I got lots of lovely new dies for a steal!
Right, will be back in the morning with a sneeky peak of the January club stamp from Little Claire, ooo its a cracker!
Have a great day!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

A Birthday Card

Hi there, well my Christmas shopping is now all done.  David and I went to Tesco's early, I found everything I needed and although we had to queue for an hour to put our shopping through the till, we were home by eleven.  Am so glad that I have now got everything and haven't got to venture to the shops again.
I wanted to share this card with you, it's my blogging friend's birthday this week. I have used a gorgeous little 'Sarah Kay' image which I brought at one of the shows I demoed at earlier this year. The dies are from Memory Box, paper Craft Creations. Sentiment from Stamping Up, ribbon from Hobbycraft.  I have coloured her in with Promarkers.
Right, still have some cards to make for the family and then for some housework.  Hope to be back tommorrow with another card and also a sneaky peek of the January Little Claire Club stamp, which is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Have a lovely Sunday,

Saturday, 22 December 2012

A Christmas Gift

Good afternoon, another post from me this time sharing one of the makes from my Decamber class. My crafty ladies all monographed their own sets with their initials.  I have used mostly, in fact all SU stamps on the stationary set.

I am giving mine to a dear friend for Christmas.  She has been a really good friend to me this year, am so glad to have her.
Products used :
SU cardstock - Cream, Chocolate Chip & Calypso Coral and
inkpads in Calypso Coral and Chocolate Chip
Stamp Sets : Notably Ornate, Bliss, Mixed Bunch plus punch and the Broadsheet Alphabet.
Extras : White pearls and cream lace
Have nearly finished all of the Christmas shop.  Just Tesco's to do.  Lots of wrapping left to complete but have had a lovely surprise from hubs, he took me to Hobbycraft and let me choose lots of crafty goodies as a surprise pressie, am such a lucky girl :)
Am hoping to be back tommorrow with another make to share, have a great Saturday.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Poinsettia Card

Good evening, hope you have done all of your Christmas shopping and are ready for Santa to arrive next week?  I am typing this watching the wonderful Text Santa programme, which is always very humbling.  All of the family have been busy donating.
I wanted to share my Poinsettia card that my monthly class made recently.  I have made several versions of this using other flower dies, but here is my Christmas version.

I have used a lovely versatile Poinsettia die which also looks great in other colours.  My card was used from oddments from my box including, kraft card, red & green SU card, gingham ribbon, a SU heart and tag stamp.
Have had a grotty week, have been layed up with a nasty virus and it was great to be able to go out today and get some Christmas shopping done.  I also spent a wonderfaul afternoon with Georgia, lunch and lots of girly shopping.
Am hoping to share a couple of other cards before Tuesday, so thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 28 - 'Happy New Year'

Good morning, it's challenge time again over at Little Claire .  This month this theme is 'Happy New Year'.  I have made a calender card similiar to one we made in my class last week, so if me ladies see this, yes it does look familiar lol!

I have had a really busy week, lots of lunches, coffees with friends and then my crafty group and I went out for a Christmas meal on Thursday, it was a lot of fun and yes, I must admit to having a slight hangover yesterday.  I got up and made the girls lunches and then went back to bed, something I never do lol!  Anyway, to my calender card ....
I have used the gorgeous 'Flowerhead' stamp which I have decoupaged.  No papers today, just some Chocolate and Cream cardstock, cream lace, MS butterflies & SU stamped butterflies.  A SU sentiment and some brown pearls.  Quite an easy card but the colours are really effective.

If you want to join in our challenge, there is a great prize up for grabs.  A £15 voucher to spend on the website.  The DT cards are simply gorgeous, so pop on over via the link above to get inspired.
Have family coming over today and then out for dinner this evening.  Am hoping to fit some DT work in as well, so like my week, today is a going to be a busy one!
Hope you have a lovely weekend, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Christmas Matchbox

Good afternoon, hope you are keeping warm in this freezing weather?  My toes haven't been felt for days and I am thinking of knitting my little piggies some socks lol.
I am sharing a Christmas matchbox that I have made for one of my ladies from my Craft classes.  We are all off out for a Christmas dinner this evening and have anonomously all altered one for a name drawn out of a hat.  I won't share who mine is for as this particular friend, may view my blog today before she gets it lol.  Watch out if your at the same restaurant as us, its going to get noisy lol!!
I have kept it quite plain, have covered with some My Mind's Eye papers, the trees are a Marianne Die, the snowflake a 'Spellbinder's' one.  The sentiment is from Stamping up and the ribbon from Hobbycraft.  Have added lots of 'Stickles' and a small blingy stone.  I have managed to get one large stamp, one pack of stones, a small bag of card candy, wooden embellies, pearls and charms and three lots of ribbon, it is stuffed to the brim, as you can see lol!
Have family arriving today for the weekend, so had better get on with the housework.
Have a great afternoon,

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Ted & Robin

Good afternoon, hoping your well, warm and enjoying the sunshine like I have just been.  Have been out in the garden cleaning out my little pigs and rabbits.  The birds are chirping away enjoying all of the peanuts and fat-balls I have hanging from our Budlea tree, it really has put me in a good mood. Not many Christmas pressies to buy, just a few friends and the remainder of the food and I am done, early just for a change lol!
I am sharing this little card with you today.  It is one of the November makes from my class that my lovely crafty ladies made. We used a gorgeous LOTV ted and robin image and coloured in with Promarkers.  Have matt & layered the Craft Creation's 'Holly' paper onto some SU Cherry Cobbler and kraft cardstock, added some Chrimbo ribbon, a SU long sentiment and some red stones from MeiFlower.
Am happy to be up to my eyes in DT work as have just received some absolutely gorgeous stamps to play with, oooo am so lucky, I really love my job :)  Lots of new images coming out early in 2013, so watch this space.
Off to find a mince pie and a large cup of coffee to get me started, have a wonderful afternoon and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Christmas Die Sale

Good afternoon.  Just a little post from me today, I wanted to spread the word that Little Claire are having a Christmas die sale over on their website.  Lots of reasonable prices for great dies.
My card above was using the 'Stamp of the Month' - 'Little Owl Family' which you can purchase at the bargain price of £3.50 during this month only.
Go grab yourself some bargains, while stocks last!
Have a lovely afternoon, am off to do some more Christmas cards.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Darling Daschund's!


Hello, Happy Saturday to you! It's December today so that means a brand new club stamp over at Little Claire's .  I am so lucky to be able to play with all of their gorgeous new images.  Here is the new set called 'Darling Daschund's' - ooooo I just love them, they are soooo cute!
Being half German, it's in my DNA to own one of these little dogs, and one day David will let me have one lol as long as he has a labrador!  Well that's the plan, when the girls leave home, that will be in a few years yet lol.
You can buy this great little stamp set for the price of £8.99.  You get the stamp set, products to make up a card and also some extra card examples to inspire you!

On my first card, I have stamped the long image on all four sides, coloured in with Promarkers and matt and layered the sentiment.  Flower and butterfly are punches.
On my second card, I have used some twill tape which I have stamped the long image onto.  Papers are from a great paper pack which is available to buy from the website, it's called 'Blank Canvas', I have used it lots recently, and there are still loads of pages yet to be used.
 I have been really busy getting my Christmas cards made and buying the pressies.  Am nearly done as of today, just a few little bits and pieces and then some food.
Off to do some more DT work and to spend some time with David and the girls.
Have a lovely weekend!