Thursday, 13 October 2011

...Nordic Winter

My friend left these adorable little hearts in my craft room, I'm not sure if she meant to, but since she wasn't here I figured they were fair game. Perfect for adding a little seasonal flourish too with the new Nordic Winter set...

The girls have been previewing this set all day while I struggled with awful lighting... here is the link list:

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Julia Aston
Jennifer Holmes
Kate Whelan
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker

These little hearts are wooden, and well sanded with lovely smooth surfaces, they were crying out to be stamped...

I used SU Cherry Cobbler.... at the moment there is no other red.

Next I switched to more muted colours to make this simple tree card. I cut out 5 medium sized banner shapes with Spellbinders Banner dies. I folded them in the centre and adhered them back to back to make this little tree. Hot glued a tin star at the top and added a simple sentiment, also from Nordic Winter.

I love stamping the borders from Nordic Winter in different combinations and I decided to make some table top trees with the banner dies in just the same way as I made the card, I always think of Nordic style as being simple and though these stamps are detailed, they maintain that simple style, especially if you stamp them in single colours.

There are limitless combinations in which to stamp the borders and motifs to create unique pieces with that Nordic Knitted feel. I am barely scratching the surface with these examples and I look forward to really getting my teeth into this set!

A little tip for lining up the borders on your block:
If you lay the largest border down, on the table, stamping side down and just step back a moment, it will fall naturally into a straight line, you can then lay out any of the thinner borders beside it and just push them up beside the thicker border, then lay the clear block on top of them, see the pics below.

Hope it tickles.


  1. Very nice.. patterns remind me of sweaters...

  2. Wooow! This is absolutely fabulous. I love it.

  3. Claire, this set is AMAZING. You've outdone yourself! And all your projects are beautiful as always!!

  4. Absolutly adorable! This set is wanted already..... !!!!!

  5. Ой, какие штампы! Жаль у нас в России пока не видела такие.

  6. Claire - these are just fabulous - I do like the pretty blue tree! Well, actually, I like them all!

  7. Ohhh I LOVE this set, have to own (now preferably!!). And gorgeous makes, Claire.
    Cathy xx

  8. Oh Claire, this is absolutely AMAZING!!! The 15th seems very far away - I want them NOW!!!

  9. Claire, those are lovely samples! And the border stamps look enormously long! Amazing!

  10. They sure do tickle, the samples are amazing.

  11. Claire, your projects with the new stamps are gorgeous! I love the little wooden hearts and I think they are just perfect for those little images.
    The card with that tree is such a great idea and it looks really very beautiful. And that table top tree in blue is also so pretty, I really love everything you showed.

    And thanks for the tip for lining up the borders, that's VERY useful. I always placed the stamps directly onto the acrylic block and often wondered why I don't manage to get a "straight line". So next time I will try your tip and see whether it works better.

    I can't wait to see the complete set very soon. But already now I know that I want to have this "Nordic Winter" as it obviously offers so many possibilities. And when I see the patterns, I always think of the wooden pullovers in Norwegian design which I like so much.

    Kind regards

  12. Claire, this is another amazing set of stamps. Love it! The cards that you and the girls made, are fabulous.

  13. Oh, perfect, Claire! Thisis sooo gorgeous! Love the nordic pattern you have created! Very, very beautiful!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  14. Oh Claire you've turned my very favourite Christmas reindeer stamp from last year into a whole beautiful set! I absolutely love it! Just perfect to adding the finishing touch to my knitted and sewn Christmas gifts.

  15. Claire, your new stamps look absolutely fabulous! Can't wait to see the rest. i love these trees you have made. I'll have to make some of these. Brilliant idea!

  16. Claire, those trees are so gorgeous! You just have an eye for dies! How do you think up these amazing 3D wonders?! You colors and Nordic pattern combinations look amazing! I love love this set!

  17. Ooooo!! Total yummerz!! LOVE it so much Claire - those decorations are perfectly 'Nordic' and the trees you made using the banner dies are incredibly cute-so much gorgeous detail to drool over!! Really enjoying the countdown xx

  18. I love your tabletop trees! These are so gorgeous! This is the best set EVER, Claire!!

  19. It's just beautiful stamped in pale blue and the wooden hearts are so cute!


  20. Everything you've done with this Nordic set is just simply incredibly creative and is something which, I suspect, few of us would want to be without....and you know when I look at the patterns when they are stamped in red they look like beading - or is it just my screen? Love the wooden, so Scandanavian...and therefore for me a must have.

  21. I LOVE it all!
    The tags...
    the tree card (eeekkk!)...
    the tabletop trees...
    the colors...
    I think this is a set that allows imaginations to soar...
    and that is beyond exciting!! :)

  22. You rock. That is all;)

    P.S. My fingers are cramping up after visiting all of the DT sites and furiously commenting on all the phenomenal cards, layouts, and projects! You and DT really raised the bar this time!

  23. Claire, The tabletop trees are perfect! I love how you inked up the outside edges giving them more color! Your little wooden hearts make the perfect accent with the nordic stamp - they have that home-made look. You're friend is going to want them back now!

  24. The Nordic Winter set is fabulous. I just love the trees and the little stamped hearts. I'm sure this will be a well-loved set!

  25. i love everything about this post. your creations are always stunning, but those banner trees stamped with the nordic image is genius. i adore the wooden hearts too...

  26. This looks like a fun set!! I can't wait to see what can be done with the stamps! Love the little wooden hearts and the folded trees!

  27. Claire you have surpassed yourself again! Love the trees, and the card with the tree....yummy!

  28. Wow, this set makes me giddy with excitement! It is absolutely irresistible. And your creations are just lovely, especially the blue tree.

  29. All that Nordic, knitty feeling is too good for words!!! And I was really trying to pinch my pennies, doggone you! :-)

  30. Wonderful set!
    Would you please share with us how you made the trees??
    They are so pretty

    Thanks from Utah

  31. OK Claire, I just finished going through all the DT's posts, and I have to say that I am over-the -top in love with the Nordic style sets!!! These are my all time favorites of yours!! These designs are brilliant, and you are one mega-talented artist!!!! Can't wait to see the whole sets and get them into my hot little hands :-) Have a wonderful weekend and take care! Hugs, Helen

  32. Wow! I love your trees! Claire, your stamps are just AMAZING!

  33. Oh no Claire that's another set on my wish list, love those hearts. You are naughty with all these lovely stamps, LOL.

  34. Wowsers - this is one stunning looking set! What amazing inspiration from the gals ;)
    Roll on release time, Rx

  35. Oh, my Claire, did you design this just for me?! I love all things Nordic (Scandanavian Needlecraft is a Fab book!)and am blown away by the talents of your design team.
    Desperately, as you can see :)
    My craft Sale is coming up and I am getting your stamps from last year at the ready. A rainy day today means I can actually make a few cards and tags - yay me.
    Thanks for always inspiring me!

  36. Oh my goodness claire!! Your trees and little wooden tags are not only super charming, they're GORGEOUS!! What a fabulously creative idea!! Love what you've done with this new favorite set!! :)

  37. Claire this is so amazingly gorgeous!!!!

  38. I sure hope you ordered a lot of these sets, Claire. You have a mega winner on your hands!

    Thanks to you I just placed an order for new nesties to go with the new stamps I'll buy on the 15th.

    I have been in such a crafting funk for several months. You and your DT have given me so much inspiration this month I actually completed a card for the sketch challenge. Thanks for giving me my mojo back.

  39. Oh my - I missed these yesterday Claire - you are such a wonderful structural engineer! LOVE these trees! The wooden hearts are adorable too!

  40. wow, Claire. This looks amazing! you have really outdone yourself - these xmas and winter sets are beautiful.


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