Monday, 7 May 2012

...May release day 3

Good morning! I hope you are enjoying the samples so far. The DT ladies are showing Compact Sentiments part 2 - we had such an overwhelming reaction to the original Compact Sentiments set which released in February that we pushed our Part 2 set forward, together with our Compact Family set. All three sets feature this super funky font - just the right mix of casual style.

I'm showing my Compact Family samples today as I was too busy playing with pink elephants yesterday to be ready with my CS Part 2 samples....

Here are the ladies, pop off and see what they've been up to!

My first card this morning is a frilly feminine number for a Niece. I was sent some lovely frilly ribbony stuff from Julee T over at Verve and I just love it! cheers Julee!

I started with my new fave dies - those Romantic Rectangles and made the card base from cream card. I layered on a piece of cream card that I embossed with the floral impressabilities plate and stitched it into place. A little sponging beforehand. I made the heart shaped panel by clear embossing the heart from Nordic Spring and them wiping over with distress ink in Tattered Rose, I love the effect that this gives,  see the close up pic for the almost waxy appearance of the wee stitches! Every little tiny stitch is individually rendered so that you get a most realistic texture from the Nordic Spring and Winter stamps. Trimmed it out with the scallop heart die, love that wee embossed edge that you get with Spellbinders.

A wooden button, 3 wee paper roses, and another Spellbinder doodad - a shape from the Persian accents set I believe. I tucked another wee salmon coloured bow in behind the top ofthe heart to help balance the colour and added my simple sentiment panel! I very much like how the style of the sentiments is equally at home on a fussy frilly card like this and on the CAS cards below!

My next card features a Compact Family sentiment paired with an image from Half Pint Heroes - I loved stamping the sentiment in colour to match my rocket!

I made up the sentiment by combining 3 different stamps - there's lots of opportunity for this in Compact Family. I thought the 'bestest' would appeal to my 5 yr old, this is what he says himself! Aside from the main familial words, I tried to fill this set up with lots of smaller words and phrases that would allow for the sentiments to be used again and again in different combinations so that you don't end up stamping the same sentiment on your family cards time after time.

My last sample today is another clean and simple card - this time for a little sister. - I used a face from the new Half Pint Heroines to accent my sentiment and also the top of the wee gift box. I think the strength of the font makes it a perfect choice for simple stamping.

All 3 sets will release tomorrow at 7pm my time and you have until tonight midnight to enter the competition here. I'll be back later today/tomorrow with a wee schedule, until then cheerio!

Hope they tickle!


  1. Wow Claire, a peachy stunner! Love your gorgeous card with the beautiful Nordic heart, shabby seam binding and oversize button, what a beauty!
    And I love your rocket card, that sentiment is just fab!
    And the cute little box and cas card is just too sweet! Can't wait to see the rest of the D.T's creations!

  2. Stunning creations Claire! Thanks for making me realize I "needed" those Romantic Rectangles!! Loving the little stamped gift box, adorable!!

  3. Lovely cards claire.......Love your 'little sister' card and gift box.......Oooh what is the die cut edge? So pretty!

  4. These are great! Really getting excited for tomorrow!

  5. Oh my word, you have been BUSY!! Love them all... where to start?!!

    The Niece card is a STUNNER!! Love the shabby feel to it and the colours are divine! I must have those romantic rectangles.

    Both the Son and Sister cards are FUN and the little box to match is adorable. Wonderful colours on each of them. xx

  6. Love the cards and sweet gift box. Love the peach color in the first one . Love your new picture too, you look great ! Are you 12 :)

  7. Absolutely fantastic Claire - love it all especially the cute little girlie box x

  8. Love the boy card with such rich colors and use of ribbon w/o being feminine. Excited for the release as always!

  9. Claire, love the new sets! You new blog photo is a good one too - look how cute you are!

  10. Hi Claire, I love your 'Niece' card, so soft and chic! I can't wait for this new release! Hope your mum is doing better ; ) Kx

  11. I love that you have the word bestest! My best friend and I have been calling each other that since we were about 5. Cute, cute cards!

  12. What fun projects you have today Claire! love the embossing on the heart, the fun rocket and lacey edge on the girl card! I'm loving that lacey framing Nestie as well!

  13. What a wonderful collection of projects Claire! Love the little cuties and that "niece" tag is gorgeous! So girly and frilly! Love the fancy stitching :)

  14. I'm drooling over the card for your niece! Wow! What a stunner - so frilly and romantic - BEAUTIFUL!! The son sentiment is perfect, and I like how you stamped the last card with purple ink - so much more fun!

  15. Gorgeous and super cute cards!
    Love your new photo too!

  16. Love all your projects from yesterday and today! These sets are fabulous. And with four little granddaughters I can't wait to get Half Pint Heroines. The balloon & elephant are the COOLEST images! I adore the Compact Sentiments so know these new additions are going to be well used. Can't wait to see the release post!

    And BTW, LOVE your new picture! Had to laugh at Marybeth's comment as I thought the same thing. Gosh, you look so young!

  17. Gorgeous!!
    That first one...
    so stunning in all it's vintage yumminess!!
    The fabulous "guy" card...
    LOVE it!!
    And the sister card...
    I love that I can now make cards for my twin girlies with "big" and "little"...only by 10 minutes but still! just amaze me!
    You have created the perfect sentiment sets...every person...every occasion...
    perfect! :)
    And LOVE your new pic!
    You gorgeously FABULOUS!! :)

  18. Picking my jaw up off the floor...oh my giddy aunt this is stunning....loving the sentiments too...fabulous!!

    Ali x

  19. Claire: thanks so much for the win in the last competition!! I'm so delighted!! The sets look so fun, and i'm going to enjoy seeing the sets at the release!!
    And I love the cards you made today!! I love the embossing with the pink sponging on the Niece card (and since I saw the fancy rectangles die that you used yesterday it is at the top of my wish list!) The Son card is great too; love it!! And the little sister card is so clean and graphic, and the box is so fun!! Thanks for the wonderful ideas you've given us today!! Hugs to you and your sweet little ones!! Helen L

  20. it's a wonder i can type at all what with my jaw getting in the way...the bow, the colors, the stitching, the whole layout...GORGEOUS!!!

    and, the half-pint project are perfect, i love the rich colors of the bestest card. my nephew calls me his bestest aunt :)

  21. Amazing projects Claire and of course these are the most imaginative and amazing stamps!!


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