Thursday, 9 June 2016

Little Claire Designs - Robin Blog Project

Morning all,
I hope my posting finds you all well.  Today's blog project is using the new Robin and Text from Little Claire Designs alongside some of their delicious Dinkie papers.
So on with "the make:"

Robin Set from Little Claire Designs
144mm x 144mm blank card
Little Claire Dinkie papers – I chose a red pallet to tie in with the robin image.
Grey backing card
2 tiny tags
Assorted punches
Glossy Accents
Adhesive pearls and crystals
Mementos black ink pad
Pro Markers:  Black fineliner, Poppy, Firewood, Caramel, Sandstone, Pumpkin, Icicle and Tan
3D foam pads and double sided tape


Stamp images as shown onto white stamping card and tiny tags. Shade using chosen promarkers.
Cut LC dinkie papers in half and matt onto coordinating matting card.  Dinkie papers are cut 8cm x 4cm and matting layer 8.5cm x 4.5cm.
Square in the centre is 4cm x 4xm matted onto 4.5cm x 4.5cm.
Using various punches – punch from residual paper.

Position on card blank and fix using double sided tape.
Fussy cut out the robin image and fix using 3D foam pads.  Add tag sentiment.
Position punched shape and fix using 3D foam.
Add pearls and crystals to accent and glossy accents to robin’s chest if desired.
I also added faux stitching for additional interest and dimension.

I do think he is a little cutie - hope I have shared a little inspiration this morning.  Cheerio for now. xxGaynor

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Little Claire - Blog Inspiration Posting - Challenge #69

Hi everyone,
My turn to share a little inspiration post today:
Our current Little Claire Challenge is anything that includes butterflies.  Easy peasy choice for me - I just couldn't resist using the cute cat, flowers and butterfly stamp set from LCD - I have used Dinkies Butterfly Cat and sentiment from the Butterfly Cat Set when previously launched.

There is a fabulous prize on offer:

All details can be found on Little Claire's Blog

xxGaynor LCDT

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Little Claire New Blog Challenge #69


A quick check in to post my card for the latest blog challenge over at Little Claire Designs #69 Butterflies.

I have used Dinkies Butterfly Cat and sentiment from the Butterfly Cat Set when previously launched.

There is a fabulous prize on offer:

All details can be found on Little Claire's Blog

xxGaynor LCDT

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Inspiration Challenge #68 Spring Colours


Today I am sharing an 8 x 8 card created for the current challenge with Little Claire Designs #68 Spring Colours using Irresistible Images Cutie Kitties and Dinkie Daisies papers.
I have matted the papers onto a grey/orange background paper and rounded the corners with a corner punch.

A beautiful lime green ribbon and punched daises with crystals added for embellishments.  A little faux stitching added with a black micron pen.  The sentiment is also from Little Claire Designs.  A super prize is on offer - so versatile for the quick card which we all need from time to time.....or an excellent way to build up your stash.

Please join in with our latest blog challenge - Spring colours - a delight. xxGaynor

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Weekly Blog Project using a Dinkie!


Beautiful April - Spring is my favourite time of the year.  I love all the awakening of nature - which helped to inspire my card project.
Using a single Dinkie Stamp from Little Claire - Dinkie Bee Flower and Little Claire's Pretty Pastels Delicate Daisy Paper Stack I have created an 8" x 8" scalloped card!

I matted and layered four of the lilac Daisy Papers onto black card 8.5cm x 8.5cm and positioned the four tiles evenly on a matt of orange card 19 cm square which I then layered onto a 19.5cm square of black.  I then created a faux stitch line around the pattern papers on each tile using my micron pen.

The centre white tile is 8cm x 8cm which I stamped using the Dinkie Bee Flower using Memento Black Ink as I have shaded with Promarkers - Tulip Yellow, Winter Berry, Orchid, Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Pumpkin, Burnt Orange and Cool Grey 4.  I filled the tile with the image allowing sufficient room to create a faux stitched border using my micron pen.

I tied a triple bow of ribbon from the stash around the tiled paper fixed with thin adhesive tape.

I matted and layered the tile onto black, orange and black with 1/2 cm difference in the size of the layers. Stamped tile is fixed using 3D foam pads.
To embellish I have added Halo Gold Glitter to the centre of the flowers.  Glossy accents to the centre of the flowers and the bees.  Tiny adhesive crystals to the bubbles and 3 black crystals in each corner to balance up the design.

The die cut flowers are from Memory Box - I offset the black and white to add dimension and added a sticker to the centre.

Phew - and I was only playing with the one stamp and papers.  Just highlights how much can be achieved using the very versatile little Dinkie Stamps from Little Claire Designs.

Right off now to enjoy the last couple of days of my Easter Holidays........dare I mention the dreaded SATS are very much on the horizon on our return to school next week.....

My School's Moto is "Team" - Together Everyone Achieves More..... and very much so - there is no I in TEAM...........Yes I am very privileged to work in such an amazing environment......will still have the wobbles I bet on Sunday evening though!

Hope you have enjoyed my little make and perhaps I've helped to nudge an idea or two of your own.

Cheerio for now.  xxGaynor

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Reminder for Monthly Challenge at Little Claire #67

Celebrating hubbie's birthday today... enjoying some time in Cornwall.
Stopping by  to share my make for the current blog challenge from Little Claire - #67 -  Anything goes.

I created my card using the very cool - Wavy Doggies Set from Little Claire Designs.  Very recently released alongside Wavy Hedghogs and Wavy Elephants - such fun to use.
I created the card by masking off a central panel applying inks, stamping using Stazon black ink to give a clear image.  I have shaded using promarkers, added faux borders using a micron pen.  Wink of Stella to the moon and Glamour Dust for additional interest.  The set comes with a choice of 3 sentiments.  The Wavy sets are currently on special offer.  Check out the Little Claire Website for further details.

Would you like to join us as a Guest Designer for one of future challenges?  

We're looking for crafters to join us as a Guest Designer for one of our challenges.  Interested?  Just put 'GDT' beside your name when you link up your card to the challenge and we'll have a look at your blog.  You never know - we might be contacting you to invite you to Guest Design for a future challenge!


Saturday, 2 April 2016

Turn of the Elephants today - Wavy ones of course!


Here are my makes using the Wavy Elephant Stamp Set from Little Claire Designs:

The first created masking off and inking a panel.  The second matted and layered onto delicious papers from Little Claire Designs.  Both come with 3 different sentiments.
Glamour dust, Micron pen, Glossy Accents and Promarkers once again.  Alongside "nail head" metallic embellishments and adhesive crystals.  xxGaynor

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Wavy Hedghogs Stamp Set from Little Claire Designs.

Am busy scheduling my posts amongst a thunder storm - gosh it has gone so dark at 2pm in the afternoon - normal Bank Holiday weather obviously :)
Out of the latest trio of Wavy Stamp Sets - Wavy Hedgehogs released from Little Claire - these guys are my favourites:

Both have been created by masking off a central panel - adding inks with my blending tool.  Faux border created using my Micron pen, Glamour Dust Glitter, Glossy Accents and Promarkers for shading.
They really do make me smile.  Again an additional 3 very versatile sentiments in this set. xxGaynor

Monday, 28 March 2016

Wavy Stamp Sets fromLittle Claire Designs - Wavy Doggies


Hope everyone is enjoying the long Easter Weekend.......4 day working week for me this week.................then two weeks off.  Yes getting excited :)
Time to be able to share my makes using the latest trio of Wavy Stamp Sets from Little Claire Designs.
Here I have used the Wavy Doggies Set.

Same stamp used in very different ways.  The first I have repeatedly stamped the design to create a banding over three layers.
The second has been stamped in an inked zone.  Faux border to both added using a micron pen.  Both are shaded with promarkers.  Have Wink of Stella and Glamour Dust Glitter plus Glossy Accents.  I also added a faux flight trial for some of the tiny gorgeous butterflies.
The set comes with a choice of three sentiments.
Currently Little Claire have a Multiple purchase offer.  Check out the details here.


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Last of the Dinkie shares - Rain Hogs from LCD


Wishing everyone a lovely Easter...

Last of the four new Dinkie Designs from Little Claire Designs to share today.  The fabulous happy "Rain Hogs" - very apt as will soon be approaching April.

I have paper pieced the umbrella canopy using the matching backing paper from Little Claire Designs - I was very thrifty - the paper piece is cut from the base layer :)

Matted and layered onto sunshine yellow.  Shaded using promarkers, glossy accents of course added to the rain drops and puddles and a little raffia ribbon to add interest from the stash.  Faux border using a fine micron pen and ruler.

Additional reminder of their current offer:

Fingers crossed I will soon be able to share additional makes using more incredible wavy stamp designs - just need the okay from Gill and Steve :)  xxGaynor

Friday, 25 March 2016

Dinkie - Darling Elephant Stamp from Little Claire Designs


Me again with another little share:

Using Darling Elephant Dinkie Stamp Set from Little Claire - so sweet.  I have created this little card using backing paper and base card from Little Claire.  Die cut Stars from Memory Box, adhesive crystals and faux border using a micron pen.  Shaded using promarkers.  Such as amazing image that says so much more.....

Here's the current offer available at present:


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Dinkie - Chimney Sweep Stamp from Little Claire Designs


Knee more flexible - getting there......

Today I would like to share a card created with my very favourite, favourite stamp design from Little Claire - Dinkie Chimney Sweep So pleased this "Little Boy" is back with Little Claire - he had a girl companion too, so hope that she will be released also as a Dinkie at some point. Pretty please Steve and Gill :)

I think the stamp is so, so lovely.  Simple matting and layering using Little Claire Designs backing paper and base card.  Faux border, embellishments from the stash.  I have also added "Wink of Stella" to the bristle brush for added shimmer.

Here are the details of their current special offer:


Monday, 21 March 2016

New Dinkie Stamps from Little Claire

Hi all,

Drum roll ... 4 new dinkie designs released by Little Claire Designs today and all four can be purchased for the price of 3.

Tis a little unusual day today - I was on the annual year 6 trip overnight visit to London last week and managed to twist my knee on the coach on the journey down.  After a very tricky two days in London - yes I did manage to keep up with my group - just, and a ticking off from the medic at my local hospital on Friday am...I am now at home being good, resting and exercising as instructed :) The exercising bit really hurts - when you are told to take enough medication to be able to do the exercises but insufficient to function normally you think okay best do as I am told.  I need to be fit for our escape to Cornwall in a couple of weeks......Target set!

So on with a couple of shares:

I have created the two cards using Dinkies 3 Owls For both I have used backing papers from Little Claire, shaded using promarkers.  Faux border created using a ruler and fine micron pen.  Embellishments added from the stash.  The latter card has a border created using a Martha Stewart Border Punch - Zigzag.

Here's the flyer advertising Little Claire Designs offer:

Oh well - best begin another round of exercises - I may be gone a little time :)  Cheerio from me for today. xxGaynor

Saturday, 12 March 2016

#67 - Anything Goes from Little Claire Designs.

I feel so happy and chirpy - I love the lighter nights, nature awakening, all is good :)
Little Claire Designs latest Blog Challenge is "Anything Goes" - sheer delight especially when I have recently been working with new designs - they are gorgeous, every Little Claire Designs fan will be "buzzing" with the new creations - I certainly am.
My share for this challenge is using one of the new stamp sets - to be released at the end of this month.  Gill kindly gave me permission to share as a sneak peek - thank you Gill, time and tide and all that just ran away with me.
Steve will be sharing some sneak peeks of the new designs at the Craftwork Card Show this Friday and Saturday at the new venue in York - if you are able check them out.
So here is my make: I have created an inked background and stamped the Wavy Dogs Stamp image using black ink.  I masked off an area for the moon and used Wink of Stella.  The central dog has been glossy accented and of course a little fine glitter added to the faux butterfly trails.  The set comes with 3 different sentiments.  Trusty promarkers used to shade in the image.  Sentiment added top and bottom and a faux border created with a black micron pen.

Little Claire Designs have a fabulous prize for grabs.  Why not join in the excitement and give it a go?
Off now to check out my Design Teamies makes.  xxGaynor

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Refresh - Spring is in sight!

Morning everyone - well spring is almost here - I am totally loving the days staying lighter, am almost at the stage where I don't need my car lights on back and to, to work.  Definitely a great sign.

I realised that I haven't shared the couple of cards I created using the Wavy Dinkie Sheep Stamp set from Little Claire Designs and so am putting that right!

Here are my makes created in bright cheery spring time colours:

I have added glossy accents to the sheep.  Both stamps coloured using promarkers, backing papers are from Little Claire.  Bee ribbon from "the stash"  Simple matting and layering - faux border created on both using a fine micron pen and ruler.

Hope you like my duo...........getting on with a to do list today - and then hope to have a crafty play later.....once I have sorted out my costume for World Book Day on Thursday at school - Newsround are coming at 8.00am to film......wig ordered......Lady MacBeth Dress ready....once where did I put my knitted tights......mmmmm xxGaynor

Saturday, 20 February 2016

#66 Love and Marriage Little Claire Designs


Love and Marriage our theme for Blog Challenge #66 over at Little Claire Designs.  I really was spoilt for choice deciding which image to use to create my challenge card.

Please join in with our challenge - we really are a friendly bunch and appreciate everyone who shares our passion - bet there are loads of fabulous Valentine makes!!

As always there is a fabbie prize on offer and our top three awards.

So I decided to return to one of my old favourites : Swirly Whirlies Cats  I have gently added pastel colours - I appreciate not easy to see - pink and blue which matches the collars of our two fur babies - Isla and Billy and crystals to accent.  I have also used Little Claire Design Dinkie Text Sentiments and Stripy Backing Papers.

Sorry image is side on..................I blame blogger :)

I extended the border from the design by masking off part of the image with a post it note.
Added a little heart button to the bow for extra dimension.  Faux border created with my micropen and a ruler.  Hope you like my little bit of inspiration.  Off now to check out my design teamie makes. xxGaynor

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Wavy baby - Little Claire Designs


Am prepared - a friend from work is due her first baby any day...........yes I have made two cards - using an additional fabulous Wavy Stamp Set from Little Claire Designs - Baby.

Fabulous Owl Monotone backing papers from Little Claire Designs.  More little waste hearts from the stash - all gone to track down the die I used ha ha!

I wonder do you have a preference to the designs - just waiting on news now whether it be a little bundle of boy or girl..................xxGaynor

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Wavy Wedding from Little Claire Designs

Morning to you,

Phew nearly up to date with all my postings - today a share using the fabulous Wavy Wedding Set from Little Claire Designs........we will soon have a "wave" for all events - they are so cool.

Talking of cool - I decided to winter theme my first card:

Both cards have used Little Claire Designs backing papers.  More ribbon from Llandudno, glamour dust and glossy accents.  A few tiny hearts which were waste from a die - safely stashed in case of need......Clear crystals, micropen borders and "jobs a good-un!"  Choice of sentiments are included in this set,  xxGaynor

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Last of my 5 new Dinkie Designs


I really love this cutie image - he will fit on so many designs and with Mother's Day coming up and Easter a winner!

Here is the link to a bargain buy from Little Claire Designs:  5 stamps for £8.00

Same stamp used on both cards - the top card is 6 x 6.  Love the Daisy design backing papers from Little Claire Designs - used on both cards.  I may use the first for my Valentine card for my hubbie......or for my daughter to let her know how much I love her.......son will be expecting one from his girlfriend..............Hope you like my little borders - ribbon bargain buy from a craft place in Llandudno - really proud of myself I normally hang on to treasures for so long but have been good and not stashed - a definite result for me :)

I have added glossy accents to the tulips and mirrored the promarker colours with adhesive gems - yes from the stash!

I'd really appreciate any comments that you may be kind enough to leave ......gets a little lonely in blog world at times......................cheerio for now xxGaynor

Friday, 12 February 2016

Bee Happy from Little Claire Designs


Another amazing design suitable for so many events. Little Claire Designs Dinkie Little Bee Stamp
you can't fail to smile at this image.

Here are my couple of makes:

When creating the first card - I marked the stamped area adding the border.....oops......little disaster masked by adding an additional couple of bees from the stamped image - now did you realise why they were there?  I could of course have added blurb re extra dimension etc  But hey ho how many uh ohs when crafting become inventive and inspirational extras..............loads me thinks.

I have used punches on both cards to highlight the design.  Sentiments are from Little Claire Designs - Dinkie Sentiments: they really are a great little addition to the craft stash!

Yes of course glamour dust, adhesive stones and glossy accents............backing papers and cards from Little Claire.  xxGaynor

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Dinkie Chairman from Little Claire Designs


I feel I am getting somewhere - and being a regular blog poster - not quite sure how long it will last :)

On with another couple of cards to share.  Dinkie Chairman

Backing papers and card bases are available to purchase from Little Claire Designs.  I have added glossy accents to the little dog and glass.  The sentiments are also from Little Claire - I have used the sentiment in the latter card to create a frame.  Coloured using glamour dust this time - yes some adhesive embellishments of course.....male or no male. xxGaynor

Monday, 8 February 2016

Dinkie Hedgehog Treats from Little Claire Design Team


Yes me again back to share an additional couple of dinkie card makes using the Dinkie Single Flower Hedgehog Stamp

This duo have been created as the hedgehog flower pot dinkie cards - with the added addition of a memory box die.  The die was originally too long for the cute dinkie cards and so has a little fold at the back.  I used a different glue to stick the die down - the glue was way too strong for the back of my hand......all the guilty pleasure of removing pva set glue disappeared and I had a very red and sore back hand......won't be playing that game again :(  xxGaynor

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Delicious Dinkies form Little Claire Designs

Little Claire Designs has certainly been keeping the Design Team very busy of late and at last we can share:  Five new dinkies have just been released with delicious backing papers in both dinkie and large 6 x 6 size.

So on with my shares:

Th dinkie pot hedgehog stamp is just so cute - and I am all for smiles.  I have used the new backing papers on both - the second being stamped directly onto the backing paper.  Both are coloured using promarkers, have glamour dust, glossy accents and of course either adhesive nail heads or crystals.

I created the border on both using a black micropen and ruler......drawing straight lines then creating tiny blips / peaks for interest.  Off now to diarise more shares. xxGaynor

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Friday Silhouette Project with Little Claire

Good morning all, Gaynor here with the weekly stamping blog project from Little Claire Designs. After sitting down recently to write cards for forthcoming birthdays it quickly became apparent  that I need to make lots of male cards...

So revisiting techniques - everything in crafting comes around time and time again perhaps with a little twist: I decided to create a block shading background and use a silhouette image.  There is no matting and layering on this card!

As per the norm here is my step by step tutorial guide using images:

My circle template is waste - it previously contained circle sentiments!

 Coordinating pigment inks.

Template fixed using masking tape.

My little extras to add further interest and dimension on my one layer card.

On the completed card I have added a faux border using a ruler and a black micron pen. Unfortunately the glitter added is not showing up on my picture......I added ultra fine glitter to the water ripples - it does add dimension and catches the light.....

This card is so easy to complete - needless to say a little production line followed - more to share at a later time.  Hope I may have inspired a little and that you like my make.  Cheerio for now.  xxGaynor