Sunday, 6 May 2012

...more Half Pint Heroines, May, Day 2

Afternoon! Finally there was a break in the cloud and I snapped a few pics! I cannot tell you how much grey there is here today...still it could be worse.

Just in case you are new here, we are showing samples of cards made with stamps from our just-about-to-be-released sets. Yesterday and today I'm previewing Half Pint Heroines, the Dt ladies are all much better rganised than me and have moved on to Compact Family today, so pop alog this list for more new stampy goodness:

My fist sample today is a sort of a run-on from last nights card - scroll down if you missed it - my Pink elephant! I adore this wee elephant - and I have been itching to use the elephant head portion along with the 'don't forget' and 'have fun' sentiments!! lol!!!

I simply stamped the elephant and trimmed out the head with a scalpel, small sharp scissors are actually better for this as you can turn the card as you cut for nice smooth lines. I used a scalpel because there is stiff competition for scissors in my house and they were all I could lay my hands on given that they are stored several feet above small pilfering-hands reach...

If you do find yourself using a craft knife to trim shapes I highly recommend having a cardboard nail file handy to smooth away all those little 'point's that seem to inadvertently happen as you cut around curves...or maybe I'm ham-fisted and you don't have that problem!! lol!

Anyhow, I wanted to make this little taggy - it's destined to be either attached to a going away present - maybe a friend off to college, new job etc, or put onto the front of a card, either way I am ready!

I used the delicious Persian Accents border die template for some lovely fretwork detailing down the edge, I think of elephants as exotic creatires and this cut out shape sets the tone perfectly for me! Love it! OOh and those wee Romantic Rectangles die templates are just filling a need in my die template stash that I didn't know I had, these are my new faves!

I have been itching also to paper piece this wee balloon, I began by stamping the balloon several times onto different sheets of Melissa Frances Attic Treasures papers and trimming out portions of the balloon and inking up the edges before laying back down onto another complete stamped balloon shape. 

I love how this turned out, I love the vintage feel and I was wondering if I could mix it with this set, which is not one I would normally consider to have vintage potential, but I think it works very well - I did all my stamping with Memento Rich Cocoa, which I think helped, rather than a black ink.

I've been having fun with my dies again those Romantic rectangles were used to cut the card front - the card base is just a regular rectangle, cut slightly narrower than the card front. I made a little detailing on the sky background, by using one of those new edges dies (Classic decorative inserts one, which will be available on the store come Tuesday!), can you see those delicious wee pin prick dot details, I LOVE those!!! I love details!!

I stamped from wee clouds onto pink wool felt and trimmed them out with the scalpel, regretting the loss of my wee scissors....but I liked them anyhow!

My last wee card this morning is just a clean and simple, lunch box card note. This is pretty much what my big girlie looked like a few years ago...the face with the long hair was stamped atop the girl body stamp - I couldn't resist adding a cute bunny, just like the one she still has. They grow up way too, but she does, she makes me smile with my heart.

Hope they tickle!


  1. So CUTE love the images and as you would already know I think Claire LOVe your daughter with the rabbit he is so cute too!

  2. Claire - so, so pleased to see Half Pint Heroines! Can't wait to make some cards for Kathryn with the set! And the Compact Family sentiments are just ace!

  3. Oh my Claire! Pure sweetness! All your coloring is out of this world! Thanks for designing such awesome products for us all to play with :)

  4. Claire, your cards are gorgeous, love the elephant but that balloon stamp is so lovely too and the sentiments are perfect. x

  5. Truly beautiful Claire, these images are super-cute! x

  6. Love your cards Claire!! You do have a wonderful eye for details, and I'm dancing with delight that there is a balloon included in this set!! I've been hoping that you'd give us a hot air balloon with your wonderful take on it!! Have a wonderful week ahead!! Hugs from Helen

  7. Claire, your heroines are wonderful! The sentiments brough a tear to my eye. I'm thinking that Earth Angel may be displaced as my fave set!

  8. I am so loving the newest half pint set and can't wait to see the full reveal of it :)

  9. Oh gosh! The new sets are just wonderful, and your samples are the cutest! Your coloring is flawless as always, and I love the new sentiments you are coming out with --they are unique!

  10. Fantastic cards! I especially love the hot air balloon!

  11. Oh, I just can't get ENOUGH of those sentiments!!! This is such an adorable set, Claire!!

  12. These are all so lovely Claire, it's so nice to see you creating! I love the balloon shape, and those fab compact sentiments, they are my latest fave!

  13. Claire - these are beautiful. I love your elephant tag with the head popped. The border die gives it an exotic look. Your card with the ball0on is awesome with the pearl accents - and that border die you used for the clouds - a light bulb moment. I keep thinking of them as edges - but wow - what a fantastic accent you made - and the shading adds so much dimension. Your last card makes ME smile just looking at it! Great new set!

  14. always your examples are stunning!!
    I love that little ellie...
    he just makes me smile!
    And the gorgeous balloon...
    it looks stunning done in your "vintage" style...
    I just melt!
    And the CAS...
    I die!
    You have pegged every mother's heart with these sentiments and I truly can not wait to have them in my hands...
    they are perfection! :)

  15. I'm in love with these cuties!!

    Ali x

  16. Really love your style on this set. It's not too fancy, not too graphic, not too vintage. But it works for all of them. Love how you design like that :)

  17. This set is so cute Claire - loved all the DT samples! Just had to have it!!


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