Sunday, 26 June 2016

Freshly Made Sketch #242

Hello, happy weekend to you!

Just a quick post to show the card I made for Freshly Made Sketches:

I used PTI's Lovely Layers, together with a matted die cut, embossed circle and a woodgrain stamped panel for the sentiment. 

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop


Papertrey Ink Blog Hop time again with a gorgeous inspiration pic by Yellena James. I was inspired by so may aspects of her artwork - besides the colours, I love the translucency of the sea anemones so I used vellum to white emboss the Botanical Block rose and coloured the back of the image with Copics. I added a couple of Pretty Frames, a sentiment from the same set and a few sequins and it was all done. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Claire x

Sunday, 19 June 2016

A Masculine Touch

Hello, hello - hope you're enjoying the weekend! 

The current cue word over at Casology is 'masculine.' I've been looking for some more masculine stamps for a while now, specifically for kids over the age of 8 and that doesn't feature boats or monsters! I bought Boy Basics:Game on from Papertrey Ink - it was one of their small, $5 sets and it's perfect for kids or teens as it features a WII-like remote and Sony DS-like controls:

I'd like to say it took me 2 minutes to make this card but the simple ones are really never that simple are they? It took forever to work out the positioning of the remotes before I was happy with it.  The good thing is that it would take me about 2 minutes to replicate it and would only require a change of colour to make it suitable for a girl!

Over at Time Out the theme for the latest challenge is also masculine 'with optional twist of mixed media' so I'm going to enter my card over there too. No sign of any mixed media though - just stamps and ink!

Thanks for popping by today,

Claire x

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Creating with Papertrey Ink

G'day folks!

I received some gorgeous happy mail earlier in the week from Papertrey Ink - I couldn't wait to get my inky mitts on it and have a play. Its arrival timed perfectly with PTI's latest release week so I've created a quick card using one of Danielle's beautiful creations as some inspiration

I love the colours on her card - especially the black ink she used for the leaves on the forget-me-nots. It looks really dramatic with the reds. I used Lovely Layers, together with the Pretty Frame die...I've  a sneaky feeling this stamp set is going to see a lot of ink!   No sentiment on this one - it would have made the card look a little unbalanced  - I think the design would be perfect for a set of 'anything goes' cards for my Mum.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Claire x

Friday, 17 June 2016

CFC150: Thanks Twine

Hello again!

A couple of posts for CAS-ual Fridays today - if you would like to see the previous post for the monthly Sistahood Blog Hop, just scroll up. 

Now it's time for a brand new challenge - we want you to feature a thank you card using twine:

I inked up one of the newer sets for this one - Thanks.  I love the bold sentiments,  perfect for designing backgrounds like this one, in a variety of multi-coloured inks. A simple button tied on with twine and a smaller sentiment from the same set and it was all done!

For your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate from CAS-ual Fridays,  link up your card using the theme. It can be any style - clean and simple, layered, mixed media - we don't mind! And if you use CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Michele will even double the prize!

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Check those Boobies - Calling all Sistahs June Sistahooh Blog Hop

Hello again!

It's the 17th of the month which means one thing - check those boobs!

To  remind you, CAS-ual Fridays is having its monthly Sistahood hop. There are lots of designers taking part and showcasing the Calling all Sistahs range of stamps and dies - 50% of the profits from these sets will be donated to breast cancer research.  Michele has her own breast cancer story which you can find here.

My card features the Hope Ribbon and matching Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die and a sentiment from Calling all Sistahs. I stamped and white embossed the ribbon on 3 layers of card stock and vellum. On the top one I sponged it with distress inks and polished it up to a soft sheen using some Perfect Pearls.

Now it's time to pop on over to the next blog on the hop which is the uber-talented Lisa. Here is a list of all the designers taking part - there's even a chance to win by commenting.  Make a comment on any of the blogs below and you could be in with the chance of winning one of three random CAS-ual Fridays prizes. 

CASual Fridays Stamps  <<<Start Here<<<
Claire Apostoloff- that's me!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Claire x

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Happy Sunshine

Happy weekend folks!

Quick card for Casology using Mojo Monday's sweet sketch:

I inked a shiny blue circle using dye inks and Perfect Pearls, then added a cluster of clouds and sun from Whimsy Stamps' Happy Hello'.  I haven't got a rainbow die (next on the wishlist) and tried several times to create a curved rainbow using Copics.  My seven year old son could have done a better job so in the end I just kept a straight edged flag, as in the sketch,  and used a ruler to create a Copic rainbow.

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x