Friday 27 February 2015

February winners

Good afternoon, my apologies that our winners post is so late but I have had mega computer problems and unable to do much at all for the best part of the month, so I am so sorry I didn't get to many of your entries and want to say a huge thank you to all of the DT for holding the fort during February, you are all troopers.

With so many fabulous entries I know it has been hard for the team to select their favourites, but these are the final ones who came out of the voting........................

This month winner is.........................

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We love the muted colours, textures and dimension

Well done Lynne, you have won the very generous voucher from Little Claire, enjoy your shopping spree and don't forget to pick up our winners badge.

This months To 3 are..................

A gorgeous inky indulgence

Beautiful monochromatic and romantic tag

Lovely use of Brushos/Bister

Well done to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

I will be back - Blogger and computer willing - on Sunday with our March challenge.

Wednesday 18 February 2015

February mid month

Good morning Peeps, I am here with our mid month inspirational post for this months Anything Goes theme which you can find here.

The last few months the DT have been sharing their favourite five stamps and it seems now it's my turn ! I have no problem introducing my fellow DT's, but somehow it's a little strange when it comes to myself, so I think I will be keeping it fairly simply and rather than bore you with lots of blurb just list my favourite stamps and show a few cards I have made using each of them in recent months. All I will add is that I agree with my fellow DT's that this is a very hard task and it took me some time selecting, Poppies and Trees would have been an easy choice or so I thought until I realised I had so many of both. 

My first choice will come as no surprise at all to anyone who knows me or who has attended my classes and demos, in fact any one of them would have predicted this one would be at the top of my list. It's Stampendous P107 Agapanthus Cluster which I seem to have been repeatedly using for many, many years, I love it so much that I actually bought a second one just in case it was ever discontinued or my original one wore sad is that !

Used along with masking and Pan Pastels 

With Pan Pastels and grunge paste

Just a generally inky indulgence

It was also inevitable that there would be a good number of Penny Black stamps in my shortlist, from the day I started stamping they were my favourites and the love affair has never faded. I love the fact that they still make many wood mounteds which are my stamp of choice and their design and quality remain as good today as fifteen years ago.

I have a bit of a fetish for inspirational quotes and Penny Black have a good number of them which I find lend themselves to many styles of crafting. And of those Dance, Sing, Love 2695J is definitely my number one choice, again a pretty old stamp that comes out time and again.

With Dylusions, bleach and grunge paste and Penny Black Poppy

Dylusions and grunge paste again with other PB stamps and die

Again with Dylusions and grunge paste, masks and a PB die and just part of the sentiment

Floral's rate very highly on my list and I love this beautiful Hollyhock Penny Black 4376K which is a relatively new wood mounted stamp.

With dylusions and grunge paste

The Hollyhocks combined with parts of another Penny Black sentiment

Clean and simple - for me that is

Tim Holtz Papillon unmounted stamp set is one I have had a few years which comes out regularly.

Along with yet more dylusions

Same again with lots of background stamping

With Dimensional paste and used in the background

Penny Black Birds on a Wire 3937H is another old favourite, it's also now available as I die.

Masking, Pan Pastels and a PB quote

More masking, Penny Black Asprire grasses and Pan Pastels and using a fine black pen and ruler you can easily extend the wire as I have done here

Exactly the same again and another Penny Black sentiment

Thank you for taking the time to browse my favourite stamps.

Sunday 1 February 2015

February challenge - Anything Goes

Welcome to out February challenge, I hope you are all ready for some more fun and the opportunity to win another fabulous prize from this months sponsor Little Claire and a really nice and easy theme........................

********Anything Goes********

It doesn't get much simpler than that does it ? As always you can enter up to three different pieces of artwork and combine with other challenges.

"Little Claire is a team of 3 consisting of Gill (Little Claire), Steve and Carol (long suffering member of staff/friend/all round good egg – but not a beautiful as Gill!). Necessity is the mother of invention’ this is the saying that sums up the creation of Little Claire Designs – we love stamps and what better way to satisfy the stamping ‘urge’ than to create our own designs exactly as we want them!"

We have lots of inspiration for you and as always the Design Team have come up with some lovely creations along with this months Guest Designer Lorraine who has made this stunner for us................

The Design Team love visits and really appreciate it if you find a few moments to pop in and see them for more details of their creations.
Using Little Claire Silhouette Elephants


Using Little Claire Fabulous Friends
Little Claire Blissful

Using Little Claire Hot Air Balloons

Using Little Claire silhouette meadow girl


Now it's over to you, have fun and we look forward to visiting all your entries.