Sunday, 19 April 2015

Blog Challenge at Little Claire - Kraft Card April 56

Hi all,

Just dotting the i's and crossing the t's before I return to work tomorrow.  two glorious weeks of escape just the tonic needed.  Cornwall was fabulous in the first week - walking and eating in the spring sunshine - unbeatable.  I did ask my GP for a prescription for Cornwall when I popped in for a routine visit this week - he didn't oblige...

Catching up on my postings and noticed that I had not shared my card for the latest Kraft Card Challenge over at Little Claire:

I have used a little Kraft card as my base with dinkies from Little Claire.  Coloured as usual with promarkers and a trio of adhesive crystals.  The gingham backing paper is also from Little Claire.

There is a fabulous prize up for grabs: 

Mmh I wonder how I might spend the gift voucher : loads to choose from.

On that thought my tickets have arrived for the Happy Stampers Show at Port Sunlight in May ...a list is in order me thinks...very much looking forward to it already seems yonks since I last visited a craft show :)

Whatever you are doing - I wish you well...take care. xxGaynor

Friday, 10 April 2015

Friday Little Claire Project

Morning all,

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter - blossom and lighter nights are most welcome.

I have created today's project using 4 Silhouette Stamps from Little Claire and my new best friend - "Brusho."  If Brusho doesn't mean a lot to you at present - there are some amazing tutorials on youtube.  I have created these sheets by washing with water using a paint brush and using the Brusho pots as pepper pots to sprinkle. Less is very much more - allow the pigment to disperse and add more water using a spitzer if needed.  Allow to dry naturally if you have the time or carefully use your heat gun.  The paper does benefit from being stacked under a heavy weight to dry flat.

Needless to say the backgrounds for these terrific Silhouette Stamps has been created using Brusho. In my usual style piccies - lots of the demonstrate the stages from "panic" to "oh that's nice" - I think so anyway hope you do too.

So here goes:

Background papers created.

Excellent selection of Silhouette stamps from Little Claire.

Black Pigment ink and clear embossing powder.

This is the fun part - choosing where to stamp your image.

Images are trimmed.

All matted onto black card - 1/2 cm larger than the stamped image.  Matted onto white stamping card - 1cm larger. then matted onto black - 1/2cm larger.

Here the tile is matted onto yellow card which tones with the pigment from the Brusho - 1cm larger then matted onto black 1/2cm larger.

Tile positioned centrally and embellished with tiny punched butterflies from a scrap of the Brusho background. Sentiment added from the stamp set and faux stitching.

 Coordinating papers, matted and layered.  Toning ribbon used.

More punched butterflies to embellish, plus adhesive crystals and faux stitching.

No backing papers this time...

 Sentiment added from the stamp set plus punched small squares using Brusho scraps and adhesive nail heads for interest.

Simple matting and layering and a band of fabulous hemp ribbon from "the stash."

Embellished with punched butterflies, adhesive crystals and faux stitching.

Hope you managed to "stick" with me - same principle for all - I now have more tiles to make up - perhaps another day!

Many thanks for looking. Wishing you all a lovely day. Cheerio from me  Gaynor xx

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Beautiful new stamps from Little Claire.


At last I can share - beautiful new stamps from Little Claire - April Club Set.

Two beautiful stamps with modern sentiments.  I have created both cards using backing paper from LOTV, Martha Stewart border punch, brads, adhesive crystals, buttons and my trusty promarkers.  Little Claire are featuring this stunning set in one of the craft card mags - mmh, uh oh forgotten which - will amend my blog at a later date once sorted.  The "duck" card is in the magazine with full how to make instructions.  xxGaynor

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Little Claire Blog Challenge 55 - Springtime

Good afternoon Bloggers,

I've had a delightful indulgent weekend crafting!  Coffee and cupcake waiting so a quickie post to share my latest make for the new blog challenge over at Little Claire's - Springtime with a £20 web voucher as the prize.  Fabbie prize so much choice.

I have used the latest Club set from Little Claire - Springtime.

The set comprises of 3 square stamp designs plus sentiments - beautiful.  I chose yellow as a base colour linking with Mothering Sunday - but the choice is yours!  A little checked ribbon, brad and promarkers - job done!

Now off to enjoy my treat...  xxGaynor

Friday, 6 March 2015

Little Claire - March Club Set


As promised here are a few of my cards created using the March Club Set - proper job, so love being able to work with nature inspired designs.

All the cards were stamped with pigment ink and embossing powders added.  Embossing was so trendy a few years back I think it is time for a revival.  Crafting is becoming quite like fashion everything comes around once again with small changes.

I have accented all the images with a specialised glitter - has large and very tiny elements purchased at a craft show a few years ago - I love the reflection quality is gives to the work.

I am also enjoying adding ribbon to the majority of my designs at present - American Crafts have a fabulous range that coordinate so well with Bazzil Card and Promarkers.  The brads are from the stash!

Any further queries please just ask - very happy to oblige.  xxGaynor

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Little Claire - Dinkies


1st March began here as a beautiful morning - tis rainy and not so nice now.  Perfect reason to chill and upload to my blog.

I so love it when packages arrive from Little Claire, always a surprise - recently the envelope contained 9 dinkie stamps.  Mmh thinking hat on and away I went.  I do enjoy the challenge at times - being part of the Little Claire Design Team does mean that I receive stamps that at times I may not initially choose to purchase.  But a play down the line and I am very quickly converted.

The opportunity to work with excellent designs combined with beautiful papers, dies and embellishments makes a very enjoyable craft escape.  I am so fast at tidying up after "playing" these days I even impress myself!

So on with the shares:

Backing papers in all the cards from Little Claire - coloured using promarkers.  Ribbon from American Crafts.

All the stamps are available from Little Claire - Members please hold back on purchasing until you receive your Club Pack for this month.  March Club Stamp Set is one of the very best yet.  I believe the package contains brilliant offers!

I will post piccies of my March makes later this month.

That's it from me for to check out my teamie makes,  xxGaynor

Friday, 20 February 2015

Friday Blog Project - Little Claire

Morning all,

Last day of my half term breather - has been brilliant to relax and enjoy!  Now on with today's Little Claire Friday Blog Project.  The inspiration gained when creating the Valentine's Day card for my lovely hubbie last weekend.  So here goes - Mother's Days cards x 2!

Stamps used:  Silhouette Owl Tree and "Mum" from Dictionary Definitions Sentiment Set.

I used a scalloped card blank as my base with stamping card cut to 12.5cm x 12.5cm, backing paper cut at 13.5cm x 13.5cm.

All elements are photographed apart from the adhesive stones, fineliner pen, heat gun and clear embossing powder.

The images were stamped and embossed using clear embossing powder.

Elements assembled.  Fineliner and adhesive stones added.

Yes two cards - two colour ways - two mums to create cards for.  Nothing like being prepared!

Hope you like my little off to enjoy my last Friday before work next week.......mmh decisions, decisions...  xxGaynor