Saturday, 31 October 2009

...Oct/Nov 09 Release Day 1

Two samples today for the Sewing box - Hugs set that will be released in a couple of days time. It's a set in the same style as Sewing box - Christmas, but very much for every day use, although right now, I have this itch to turn this wee cottage into a Christmas house!! lol.

It features the same stitched outlines, great for colouring or paper piecing, as I have done here.

If you are new to me, I release new clear photopolymer stamps into my store every month, you are welcome to my current release, I'll be showing samples for the next two days or so featuring stamps from the sets due to release in a couple days!

There are 12 sentiments in this set suitable for a range of themes. The sentiment above is one I find myself saying quite a lot to various folks for various reasons! it's nice that I can now back up my offer with a wee card, specifically for that purpose, I think people often take an offer like this more seriously when they see it actually written down.

The card above features the wee cottage, just love wee houses!!. Paper pieced and mounted on a patterned paper background adorned with a stamped heart, also from the set. I used papers from the Bloom and Grow line from My Minds Eye, got them from Beverly at Precious Scraps, she just might have some left!! - go on and pop over!

I cut out a frame for the cottage using a fancy dancy spellbinders die - it's Labels 5, between you and me it's a die that is just screaming for me to do some stamps for it!! lol, maybe next month!!lol.

I used the die to cut apertures in both the yellow card and the blue flower patterned paper, then I trimmed back the patterned paper to the embossed line so that the yellow would show up as a nice contrasting border, you need to try this, easy peasy!! and I think it's quite effective!!

I added a little extra border of dots with a gel pen, and a door knob. Home sweet home!

The card below is a super simple card that I popped together using the star stamp from Sewing box - Hugs. Again, this is gonna be so easy to use in many situations, in particular i'm thinking Christmas again! The sentiment in the set that works particularly well with it is the simple 'You shine', such a nice way of saying well done, or I'm proud of you or even thank you!

I layered the star as before and popped a wee button, laced with twine, on top for a homespun touch. The sentiment is clear embossed, to make it shine! lol.

The background texture behind the star is provided by a really handy wee stamp, in the new set, it's basically a little stitched wavy bar. It can be used as a flower stem, a path for your house, a branch for a little birdie (wink) to sit on, an abstract pattern maker or even just a little border, and a multitude of other things i'm too lazy to type! I stamped it on versamark for a subtle background.

Hope they tickle!!!!

I'll be back at some point tomorrow with more samples.

Now peeps, if there's anyone out there haunting the ether, looking for things Halloweenish, check out THIS LINK - I've been saving it up for Halloween, I found it a few weeks ago and it gave me the shivers! It contains all sorts of Haunted Irish Castle stories!!!!

I defy anyone to read about Leap Castle and not get spooked!!! Happy Haunting!


  1. Oh Claire, I am in love with this set already! I foresee more packages from Ireland in my future!

  2. Just Perfect! I just love this set (I knew I would!)-such sweet images (the little cottage is so precious) and sentiments! I have used Sewing Box-Christmas so much and continue to think of new designs to try--can't wait to play with this new one! Hope you had a fun Halloween--but can't imagine when you have a chance to sleep! By the way, I still have no idea what the secret set might be!! Hugs.....

  3. Aha! Now I know why you're up so late! Ooooooo Claire, I'm putting one of this set in my basket on Monday! Thanks for the tip about making the apertures to frame to image. Very nice! And I shall definitely check out the link. I love Irish tales... you folks do know how to lay it on with relish! Something about a Blarney stone? I shall imagine the stories being told with an Irish brogue.


  4. OMAGOSH! Another must have set. Love your samples and can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

  5. What a fabulous set this is going to be! As a quilter and sewer, I just love the sewn edge look! Fabulous card too!

  6. OH MY GOSH!! I'm sorry for yelling, but this just is over the top FAN-TASTIC!! I can't wait to add this cute little set to my shopping cart. Is it release day yet?! LOL

  7. Since I have the sewing box Christmas, I guess, I need this one as well - count me in! Both cards look gorgeous!

  8. How CUTE is this set! And how do you manage to keep them secret without bursting? Sewing Box Christmas is next on my wish list but I think I'm gonna have to add this one as well. Love the card, beautiful colour combo too!

  9. Claire, this looks a gorgeous set.!


  10. Ooh Claire! As usual this is worth the wait, I can't bide my impatience to see the rest of the sets...

    Just FYI, I spent last Halloween night in Charleville Castle, Co Offaly and had a great night dancing with tables in the ball room in front of a blazing fire. It's a shame that my dancing partner had a fixation regarding the fire and kept trying to lure me into it...

  11. Claire these cards are darling! I love this set already!

  12. Lovely homely cards Claire - just reminds me of sitting sewing by the fire on dark nights. Another set for my basket I think.

  13. Claire these ares are adorable! I love this set and I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

  14. I LOVE the colors you used on this card Claire! and the Nestie cut outs - and what a fun 'wee' cottage!! I love the 'stitching' on these pretty sets!!!

  15. I am loving this set. Your images are so beautiful and unique. I love the homespun feel and the samples that you share with us.

  16. Another fantastic set! I love everything about both of them! I love the style of Sewing Box Christmas and can't wait to add this one to my collection as well. Yay!


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