Friday, November 18, 2011

All white Christmas card

The base card, white glitter board, pearl card, linen card and gems used are all from

The silver card and ribbon are from my box. The card is made with a mixture of punches, dies and Pazzles. The sentiment is computer generated.

I've not had time to enter anything for challenges for a long time so here it goes to shaped Christmas.  Shaped card all white


Monday, November 7, 2011

*In Memory of Katie Renz who died today *

She truly was an inspiration for me, her blog became an addiction. May she rest in peace.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Outside my comfort zone

This card took a while, as it is not my usual quick and easy style but I enjoyed making it.
I am entering it in the challenge. I have admired Regina's work for years and she inspired me to get a Pazzles.
The pumpkin, oak leaf and acorns are all drawn by me and cut with Pazzles from various pieces of left over card. The double bow ribbon is from a left over as well and the sentiment is computer generated. A big thank you to Jak from for the tutorial on the double bow.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Well done card from snippets

At last some time to work on the blog, it's been a busy summer with lots of new card customers.

This card is made from snippets so I'll take part in  challenge.
Base card from
The background paper is from Dessert Blooms  paperstack, I printed the text on it myself in brown. The mortar board is cut from black and blue card, the name is brown card. the sentiment is computer generated and the square metal buttons are from my box.
Thanks for looking
Claire  xxx

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

*****************A little of everything

Back to school this week in Ireland, this card is inspired by Jackie Mooney, thanks for the idea of the pencils made of wooden skewers and coloured with markers.
The booties on the card are an embossing stencil by Sizzix, it was one of the first ones I bought so it is very old but comes in handy for odd requests. I punched the circle and the inner circle is a beaded nestie.

A saffire anniversary card, the blue card comes outblack on the picture, the foto is scanned from the original and matted with white and blue card.

The bug was for our granddaughter, she loves bugs. This one is made with circle punches, the 3, the name and the leaf are cut with Pazzles

Thursday, July 28, 2011

*A few cards I have been making

These cards were made a few weeks ago, the inspiration came from Jules and the snippet challenge at copied the LO as best as I could and they came out very different. Both cards are made from left over card, paper and bits that have been in a box for months.

This month has been extra busy with wedding cards so here is a selection of them. These 2 are for the same couple, I made their invites as well in the red and white coulour scheme.

The next 2 are for  cat lovers and the customers wanted cats on the outside.

Friday, July 8, 2011

New Job card

This card was a special order, the lady is leaving her job and moving to another department. She likes blue and butterflies and was delighted with it.
I am entering it in Jules snippet challenge
 as it is made with all the last bits of card of my favourite stacks. Time for new ones I think.
The butterflies are cut from DCWV, Cafe Mediterranean, the name is cut from coordinations and the ribbon is the last of a beautiful turquoise blue. Everything was drawn and cut on Pazzles.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Just because....

A romantic card for no particular celebration, just to show your loved one that you appreciate every little thing they do for you.
It is perfect for the challenge and

The base card is hemp embossed from Craft Creations, the red squares are cut withlong forgotten nesties from left over card, the hearts are black glitter card from left over as well.
Claire xxx

Friday, June 24, 2011

**********************************Wedding card

A quick post tonight, its been very busy here with all kinds of cards being ordered, here is a Wedding card I made and it is one of my favourites.

The initials are cut with Pazzles, I've used oval and beaded nesties, the flowers are cut from Crea dies and the ribbon is from my box.
I'm going to load it on the " more is less" challenge befor time runs out.
Claire xxx

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Jules sunday snippet challenge

It is raining buckets out there, so I have been looking through my scrap box and there is such a lot of paper in there I decide to take Jules from
up on the challenge. I love reading her blog and she is a great inspiration. I would love to name the other lady who gave me the inspiration for these cards but for the life of me I can't remember which blog I saw the tutorial on, so if you see this, thank you very much for showing me a way to use up very small bits of paper. I looked through all my saved blogs but it is not there, so if anyone recognises the technique let me know. It looks as if I'll have to invest in a few more nesties but that won't be any hardship.
I have also been playing around with my new photoshop and I love using it. I am still a beginner but I altered a couple of pictures of our cats and so far I'm pleased with them, but they are not for public vieuwing yet.
So here are my 3 snippet cards

I used strips of backing paper and card, glued them on a piece of card a little bigger than the shape I wanted to cut, when dry I the card cut with different nesties. I love the effect, and it uses up lots of scraps. All the other elements in the cards are made up from small bits of left over card, the flowers took for ever but I have loads now for use on future projects. The ribbon is from the box and the swirls are die cut from left overs as well. Amazing how productive a rainy day can be.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Diarmuid Gavin

Nothing to do with cards, just a couple of pictures of who I ran into over the week-end. It was the North West garden show in Castlefinn last week-end and I wanted to have a look for some new plants for the garden but all of a sudden I found myself in the middle of a photo shoot with Diarmuid. He was very nice and is much better looking in real life than on the TV.
 Needless to say all ideas of plant hunting went out of the window, I came home with 2 Rosemary plants and forgot all about some nice ones I'd seen earlier. Ah well, it was the highlight of the show for me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

*******************************At last.....

Where has the time gone, it has been very busy here with lots of card orders, wedding invitations and getting used to my new computer and some new Photoshop software.
I am hoping to post something on a more regular basis from now on
This fun card is for a lady retireing from the local animal mart, the image is drawn and cut with Pazzles and I had great fun doing it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

All green

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the talented Elisa if I would like to join her design team for I am very proud of this as I am not into stamps or colouring. I have done some in the past but it does not come natural to me. Until I discovered Photoshop, I'm still learning......
Here is my first DT card made with Elisa's beautiful "Shamrock Fairy" which you can buy at

I coloured her in with Photoshop,then used the 8cm punch to cut the image out (it fits perfect in the beaded circles from spellbinders) Ribbon and beads from my box
Base card from Craft Creations
Green card from DCWV, the glitterstack
Spellbinders beaded circles.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Week 7 at    and Sakia wants to see "Chocolate". This card is dedicated to a friend who makes "Handmade Chocolates", so Deenie here's to you. I can only make them in card, but they look good.

Base card, brown card, cream card and ribbon on the side from Craft Creations.
Red card, red beads and patterned card from stash.
Red organza ribbon comes from a shop in Singapore
The red heart is embossed with Cuttlebug folder "Hearts"
The chocolates are embossed with bits of various embossing folders and topped with Stickles
Sentiment is computer generated
Heart and chocolates cut with Pazzles
Background oval cut with  Spellbinders beaded ovals

Claire xxx

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

*************************************That's Amore

Week 6 at and Amore is the theme, it need to relate to a film or song. I'm not very good at this sort of thing but I made a Valentine for my DH, very simple and clean, based on the song "Wild Thing" so here it is , a little late but I've had a lot of work this week.

The heart is cut with Pazzles, then embossed with part of the sizzix baby folder. The sentiment and music are computer generated.The music image is a piece of clipart but I cannot remember which site I got it from so thank you unknown artist, I love it.

Claire xxx

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Week 5 at and it's hearts. I made this card a couple of weeks ago with the little owls from Nicky. The first time I saw them they came free with a magazine, since them I've bought them as these images are my favourites.

No Pazzles for this card, just Fiskars punch for the border and Spellbinders beaded circles as a mount for the owls and the sentiment. The hearts are done with a punch as well. all the paper and card used are from scraps in my box, so is the ribbon.

Thanks for looking


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

***********************A special birthday

Celebration at challenge week 4
This card was made for my friend next door, it was her 40th and she had a great party to celebrate the occasion. An idea about a special card was lodged in my head, it was simple enough thinking about it, but the actual making was a different story. It took ages of messing around but the result was worth it. It was a one and only creation as other names don't lend themselves so well to duplicating and mirroring. There again I have an idea to a similar but easier solution.......hmmmmm

I used 12x12 white Basill card for the base and lots of different papers from various stacks.Ribbon, flowers butterflies and gems from my box, sentiment computer generated and the actual card was designed and cut with Pazzles.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

************************************A special "New Home" card

This card took a long time to make and cut but it was for someone special.

The base card is from Craft Creations, and all the paper and card used are from my scrap box.The tree, owls and birdhouse are drawn and cut with Pazzles, the little flowers are cut with a very old Sizzix die and there is a small cat sticker and a key charm there who were looking lonely in the box. Ribbon from the stash as well.White card embossed with Swiss dots from cuttlebug.
Sentiment computer generated.
I'm entering it in week 3 " No place like Home"
Claire xxx

Thursday, January 20, 2011

*****************St Patrick's Day

It is a little early in the year but I'm in a shaped card mood, so here's the shamrock. Nothing fancy or complicated.
Drawn and cut with Pazzles, from left over card, ribbon from my box, sentiment computer generated and cut with Woodware circle punch
I am entering this card in the  challenge 32, a bit last minute but I've had lots of work this week.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

***************** Red, white and blue

Sketch from on week 2 and some beautiful free papers.I used the oval beaded nesties and the classic ones, the boat and the word happy is drawn and cut with Pazzles, the sentiment is printed on the paper Nicky designed, the ribbon is from my box and I used Fiskars waves punch on the side of the card, again paper from Nicky. Base card from Craft Creations.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

************** Using paper from the scrap box

This card is made from scraps in my paper box. Only the base card is new,  the little owl image is from Polka Doodles Twittie collection. I used a MS punch for the side,  Spellbinders beaded circles and my trusted woodware circle punch for the sentiment and tweetie owl.Flowers and ribbon are finds from the box

It is going in the challenge

Monday, January 10, 2011

*********************************A new Years Resolution

I'm not one for making new years resolutions but this one is very enjoyable, I'm going to try and take part in every polkadoodles challenge if I can.
Thanks a lot Nicky for the blinkies, as you can see I'm very proud of them.
So here is my entry for week 1

Base Card from Craft Creations, blue paper from Wild Rose Studio,  butterfly drawn and cut in Pazzles from DCWV, Cafe Mediteranian, gems from my box. I used MS punch, Nesties deckle edge squares for computer generated sentiment. I used my new embossing folder from Craft Concepts and stickles to finish.


Friday, January 7, 2011

******************** A clean and simple design

This is my own Digi design drawn with Pazzles, I've cut the dress from DCWV cardstock to give it dimension. The circle is cut with Spellbinders beaded circles from The wedding stack, the sentiment is computer generated. Flower and beads from my box. I've entered it in Week 1