Thursday, 25 October 2012

Little Claire's new home.

Little Claire have just opened a Design Studio packed full of their latest stamps, die cuts, stickers, plenty of cards on display for inspiration and ideas together with FREE parking.

The address is: The Old Barn, Ledsham Village, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH66 0NE. Telephone: 0151 339 2322

The Design Studio is open: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am – 3pm. Saturdays will commence Saturday 17 November 10am – 1pm.

For further details please see the Little Claire's website.

So if are in the area and/or fancy a crafty fix............why not pop in, have a nosey and  enjoy a brew!

Wirral Day with Little Claire

With the promise of a cold snap and being told that we have been spoilt with mild autumnal temps now is a good time to announce Little Claire's Wirral Workshop in May. 

I am delighted to have been invited to be part of this day once again and am already working on some lovely design ideas.  Many new designs are on their way...........better than a box of chocs.....all the pleasure with no calories:)

Go on book a place and treat yourself and maybe a friend..............would also make ideal an Birthday and/or Christmas pressie..... xxGaynor

Friday, 19 October 2012

Quick Cards Magazine

Sooooooooo long since I created this card - July when I think the weather was summer :) in prepartion for the latest edition of Quick Cards Magazine (November issue) - where Steve shares his latest news!  There is also a little piccie on the front cover. 

Shame they didn't include Isla in the piccie...............don't worry I won't tell her - not that she'd be the least bit bothered.  She really loves crafting, Billy our other cat is an expert at borrowing my crafting bits and is excellent at stashing them away.  Too good - missing loads of kit - Billy!

I used this months Club Stamp from Little Claire and Isla helped me stage the photo - ahh........yes she is an absolute sweetie and I love her to bits.

Here are the instructions:

Christmas Scene and Letters Snow from Little Claire


145mm square blank card
Black Mementos Inkpad
Christmas Scene and Letters Snow Stamp sets from Little Claire
White cardstock - Little Claire
Backing paper from my stash
Cardstock ruby red
Snowflake punch
Red and white spotty ribbon - Little Claire
White, silver and red glitter, clear fine nozzle glue.
Promarkers: Pear Green, Lime Green, Buttercup, Pastel Beige, Pastel Blue, Ice Grey 1, Caramel, Sandstone, Honeycombe and Ruby Red - all Little Claire

Step by Step.

1. Cut pattern paper to 14cm square and matt onto 14.5cm square ruby red card,

2. Stamp Christmas Scene and Letters Snow onto white cardstock. Trim Christmas Scene to rectangle shape, colour and divide into three equal sections. Matt onto ruby red card leaving equal margins. Stamp and cut out letters - s n o w, matt onto red card.

3. Fix stamped image to base decorative paper.

4. Create bow with spotty ribbon and fix down left hand side of the decorative paper.

5. Fix to card base using double sided tape.

6. Fix letters using 3D foam pads and add red glitter to highlight snowflake design. Add punched snowflake using 3D foam pad. Apply glue and cover with silver glitter.
7. Add white glitter to roofs, grass, and dot to replicate snow. Add red glitter to robin and decorative tree.

Hope you likey..............xxGaynor

Friday, 12 October 2012

Friday Project with Little Claire

Good morning all - my turn for the weekly project with Little Claire. The card created was one of the 5 that we made in early September in my workshop with Little Claire on the Wirral. The ladies enjoyed creating this card – I hope that you feel a little inspired too.

A gaggle of geese

“The magic of Christmas Stamp Set” – Little Claire.

Square 145mm Card Blank10cm x 10cm stamping card14cm x 14cm backing paper.11cm x 11 cm contrasting backing paperMementos Black ink pad Ribbon – Green Organza spotted LCGlitter Glue – Diamond3 white candi - to be coloured using Promarker Pens3D foam padsDouble sided tape

Sentiment from “The Magic of Christmas” set

Promarkers:CornflowerPastel Blue Ice Grey 1, Lime Green, Ruby Red, Honeycomb.

Method:Adhere smaller square backing paper to larger square if not using double sided paper.

Mark cut, score as shown. Mark 3cm and 4cm in from each side edge. Mark both diagonals. Cut is made to 4cm marks diagonally. Scored along middle square at both 3cm and 4cm.

Add greeting to the front lower right.

Stamp geese to lower right of 10cm x 10cm stamping card and mask as shown. Remove masks and place as shown and stamp the geese for the third time.

Colour using promarkers.

Place ribbon using double sided tape alongside left of the card fixing on the reverse.

Add double sided tape to the cut backing paper near the opening in the centre and place over the stamped image. Add double sided tape around the edges and fix to base card.

Colour card candi with promarkers and place top right using small 3D pads.

Fold back shaping and add glitter glue to stamped image, under the sentiment and card candi.

I hope that you enjoy my little tutorial – masking is sometimes tricky, but hopefully the trickiness isn’t as much a concern now.

Please let me know what you think of today’s project – feedback and comments are warmly welcomed.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend – let’s hope is it as bright and cheerful as last weekend…………….Autumn is such a creative and colourful month – enjoy!

xx Gaynor Bloor

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Delightful Baby Embellishment Trees

Have spent the last few days struggling with a flu type virus and bad sinuses - sure brought on from my recent trip to Latvia.  Haven't been in work this week.............but plan to return tomorrow, I always battle when feeling icky, work or no work.......but I can and I will manage tomorrow!  So poorly didn't manage to get over to the Papercrafts at Harrogate at the that is a first for me!  Would have let my friend down also - sorry Sue :(

Well a couple of cards to share today created with the baby embellishment stamps that work with the Little Claire Tree Set.  Initially I admit this tree didn't excite me...............but now wow am sold and so pleased to have the tree and embellishments in my stash.  So far there are Christmas, Baby, Wedding, Music and Owl little stamps with another set to be released later this month................the new release makes the tree a must have.  Will share when allowed later in the month.

I have used an A4 white base card for the card measured 12cm across and cut 7 cm down then folded down the smaller steps.  I have used the small check paper and craft paper from Little Claire.  Sentiments are both from Little Claire and ribbon from the stash.  Punch is one of my favourites from Martha Stewart and a little bit of sparkle added with glitter glue Card Candi and tiny crystals.

Second card using papers from Little Claire, coloured using promarkers, ribbon and buttons from my stash.

Hope you likey...................cheerio for now xxGaynor

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Catching up...............

Yes I am a bad blogger....................just returned from a work trip to Liepaja in Latvia, an amazing experience - now so very tired, I think the constant adrenaline has just about worn me out.

Anyhow onto some catch up Little Claire cards pics, created over the last few weeks and under wraps until recently, but I was unable to upload whilst in here goes..........

Little Owl Family stamp from Little Claire - I have used a craftwork card for the base, backing papers are from Little Claire.  The image coloured using promarkers and paper flowers added with fancy brads.  The sentiment tag is from Little Claire also.  Glitter glue added for a little sparkle.  It is our 28th Wedding Anniversary today and this is the card I have made for my wonderful hubbie - Phil he really is very special.

This time I have used a fancy die from Nestabilities and a little card cardi coloured with promarkers.  All other ingredients are the same as the above card.

Best keep going - lots more design work to complete and it is my turn for the Little Claire Friday Project on their blog next week...............busy, busy.........................