Sunday, 21 November 2010

Little Claire Club

For 7.50 a month plus a pound p&p you can join what is, in my opinion, a great Club. Little Claire club members receive a project pack each month containing a new stamp or set of stamps, pre-cut materials to make a card plus colour idea sheets for other projects. On top of that you get a 10% discount on all your purchases either online, by phone or at shows and a monthly newsletter. You only have to commit to 6 months at a time but once you are a member I am sure you will want to continue. I have been a member for some time and I have never been disappointed. The staff are so friendly and helpful; they make you feel like you are part of a family rather than a stamping club.

 This month’s stamp is ‘A little bird told me…’ and when it dropped through my letterbox Ijust has to stat using it immediately. I love the little bird but it would be easy to leave it out of the stamped image if you wanted to, just don’t put ink on it. The stamp came with the sentiment ‘A little bird told me……’ ‘That it’s your birthday…..’ making the stamp perfect for winter birthdays but I used the stamp for Christmas cards as you can see.

Although these three cards are all the same image and two use the same paper, I made them different by the use of colour, embelishments and even the shape.

In the first card I used a snowflake to back a white Poinsettia which I had given more glitz by covering with crystal stickles. The gem swirl is part of a larger one that was in my stash and the paper is from the K&Co 'Christmas Cheer' pad.

The second card I used a blue Sekura pen to highlight the blue swirls that were already on the paper and them added gems of the same colour. I also used a silver pen to add highlights to the holly leaves and  put 'Glossy Accents' on the holly berries to make them stand out. The paper is also from the K&Co 'Christmas Cheer' pad and the red chiffon ribbon was from my stash.

The last card is much the same using the K&Co 'Christmas Cheer' paper and a gem swirl and braid from my stash. All three images were coloured using promarkers.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Christmas Rush

Why do I do it? Every year I promise myself I am going to be more organised and get my Christmas cards made early and every year I am rushing at the last moment trying to get them finished. This year is no exception, here we are 50 days away from Christmas and I still have nowhere near enough cards made but I thought I would show you one that I have finished.

The image is another from Whiff of Joy and of course I coloured it with Promarkers. It is matted onto silver mirriboard and the paper by Kars has glittered swirls so that saved me some time which I really need. The muff, earmuffs and boot bobbles I covered with stickles and the flowers and crystal stems are from Wild Orchid Crafts.