Wednesday, 30 September 2009

New Fabrics

Today I paid a quick visit to John Lewis (my favourite department store) and could not resist these few fabrics to add to my collection!

The spot is an Amy Butler fabric from her 'Midwest Modern' collection. I shall team this with the lovely 'Darla' patterned fabric by Tanya Whelan, and the soft blue gros-grain ribbon to make more cosmetics bags for my online shops (here and here). I shall also use the raspberry pink for cosmetics bags, teaming it with the last of my lovely Japanese sweet treats fabric.
I shall post images here once the cosmetics bags are completed. Before I can start with those I have a couple of commissions to complete and some more Christmas designs to do so for now I shall just admire my lovely new fabrics and look forward to using them as soon as I have time!

Friday, 25 September 2009

Christmas Cards Now Ready - Early Bird Special Offer

The first design from my 2009 Christmas card collection is now ready.

I have created a small Christmas pudding motif in felt and appliqued it on to a festive red gingham base. I have decorated the pudding with felt holly and sequin and bead berries. The card base is a lovely pearly white, as is the matching envelope.

The card measures approx. 10cm x 15cm and has been left blank for your own message. The card comes in a protective cellophane wrapper and will be listed in my online shops for £3.80 each.

However, my Christmas goodies will not be listed in my online shops until mid-October. For an early-bird 10% discount and free P&P please email me directly with your order at

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Claire Hurd Design featured on the Handm@de Cambridge blog

Today I have been featured on the Cambridge Handm@de blog as one of the makers that will be exhibiting at the Cambridge Handm@de Christmas Craft Fair being held at the Guildhall in Cambridge city centre on Saturday the 5th December.

I took part in a 'Meet the maker' interview so if you wish to learn a little more about me then pop over to the Cambridge Handm@de blog and take a look.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Claire Hurd Design Featured on Glamglass Gifts Blog

I was featured today on the Glamglass Gifts Blog created by Rachel Boyd, the winner of my 100th blog post giveaway. Click on the image below to see Rachel's crafty goings on at Glamglass Gifts.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

New Card Design now Available

I have just listed a new greetings card design for sale in my Folksy shop.

This design has been created in a similar style to my cupcake, heart, and boat cards mentioned in my previous post so they sit together as a small greetings card collection.

This appliqued house card has been left blank for your own message but of course lends itself beautifully to be a 'New Home' card. This carefully handmade card combines pretty blue and purple cotton/silk/linen fabrics and has been finished off with a tiny bead and sequin door handle.

If you would like to have one of these cards made especially for you with personalised details or text then email me with your requirements on

And the Winner is.........

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my blog giveaway - I had over 40 entries and was so pleased to hear all your lovely comments. It is great to have more people to share my work with and I hope you all enjoy keeping up to date with my latest creations at Claire Hurd Design.

And with out further ado, the winner is ........ Rachel Boyd of Glamglass - many congratulations to you! If you could email me your postal address to then I can get your goodies sent out to you ASAP.

To select who would receive my goodies I numbered all your comments and names as you became fans of my facebook page and followers of my blog. I then used an online random number generator to select my winner. My draw took place at 1pm GMT as promised although the snapshot of the number generator result below is not showing UK time!

It has been so wonderful to hear from you all, I shall definitely be doing another giveaway in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for details. Claire x

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

*100th Blog Post Giveaway* and Small-Scale Bulk Production!

Today I am celebrating my 100th blog post! To thank you all for joining me and for your lovely comments and messages I am having a celebratory giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning one of my 'With Love' appliqued heart cards and a handmade coin purse (as seen in my Folksy shop) you simply need to follow the steps below.

Either become a follower of my blog and a fan of Claire Hurd Design on Facebook via the links on the right hand side of this page,

Or if you are already a follower and fan of Claire Hurd Design just leave me a comment below this post telling me which of my products is your favourite and why.

I shall number each member/comment as they arrive and use a random number generator to select the winner. The closing date for this giveaway is 1pm on Wednesday 16th September. I look forward to your entries.

I also wanted to share some new greetings cards with you. I have been doing my own small-scale version of bulk production (!) this week and producing stock for my Folksy shop and for a gallery in Yorkshire that also sells my cards.

If you would like me to make a special card for you based on any of my designs then please contact me directly at

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

The Last of my Baby Blankets and Re-framed Embroidered Artworks

I wanted to share my final two personalsed baby blankets with you. My final girl's blanket for baby Ella was produced as part of a set with a matching personalised bib. This is the last of my stock of plain blankets. I am now searching for a new wholesale supplier with small minimum quantities so I can produce personalised baby blankets for my online shops.

I have also re-framed my embroidered artworks on sale in my NOTHS shop and introduced my new Boating artwork. These frames are made locally and are a nice solid wood design with a textured white finish that makes me think of natural linen. They are glass fronted and have a sturdy stand and hanging hooks on the reverse. I think they show my artworks off nicely.

To purchase any of the above artworks please contact me directly at or visit my NOTHS shop here.