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Little Claire Club Projects

Halfway Through My Year of Stamping

As part of my stamping journey, I joined the Little Claire Club in February. Each month, I receive a brand new release of stamps along with a prepared project with instructions for a further two. (Currently £9 per month).

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February: Fabulous Day stamp set

This tag was a simple design - the challenge was the colouring! I particularly wanted the watering can to look aged and somehow it worked!

For each of these projects, I've kept a record of the Promarkers I've used so I can recreate the look with relative ease.

March: Good Times stamp set 

I was really pleased when this set arrived because my journey with Little Claire Designs began when I won the Book Owl and Hot Air Balloon sets - see the story here.

This project involved a little paper pieced waistcoat, a technique I'll use again and again!

April: Recycle stamp set

This is a different slant on the gardening theme - what self-respecting Earth-lover doesn't take recycling seriously? We certainly do! 

The card-folds on this project were intriguing. The usage of recycled card was a clever touch. My colouring took very little time even though I lingered on the green bin, ensuring it wasn't a flat area of colour.

May: Freedom stamp set

Bird cages and butterflies epitomise the whimsical side of stamping and colouring. This pretty card is perfect for a girl, of course.

The fold at the front of the card ensures it will stand on the shelf. It is not a large card but it does have impact.

June: Changing Birdhouse stamp set

For this project, I followed specific paper-folding & masking guidelines that produced a 3-D card - or tag that slots into a base to make a card!

There are further sets of birdhouses for other occasions so I'll soon be collecting them!

Thank You to all at Little Claire Designs, especially the team that puts together the Club projects.

Update: Sadly, silly health has reduced my commitment to stamping so I have temporarily ceased my club subscription. I'm sure I will return once normal crafting service is resumed.

I Give You my Hearts

Don't hit me ...for the title and for being tardy with the next post that was meant to be oh-so-much sooner than this (as promised here). Life in all its glorious fullness intervened.

Card Number One...

an embossed heart was all I needed...
I wanted to make a simple but message-packed card for the wedding anniversary of close friends.

Out came my trusty (pink) Cuttlebug, a strip of apt background papers, some blingy mirri-card, an 8x8" card, a Martha Stewart Heart Border punch and here you have it.

Click the image for maximum impact, please.

Card Number Two...

Are you getting into the swing of my theme? Good - I've nearly finished.

a Lindsay Mason stamp is the basis for this one...
Remember, it is my Year of Stamping, and this one is a stampaholic's dream.I love Lindsay Mason's Urban Angel stamp series, especially this one.

The inclusion of Zendoodling, witty character and witty words give a lot in one A6 sheet. (I've added sentiments and a couple of other stamps from Get Stamping).

Red and white seemed to be the right tones to use for a teenager's card - the 16-year old daughter of the anniversay couple above, actually.
the inside of the card used various items

And now I'll leave you to ponder the final image - what does it mean to you?

a combination of Lindsay Mason and Get Stamping heart stamps