Friday, 4 September 2015

CAS-ual Fridays - Challenge #143

Hello folks!

It's been a long time between posts!  I've just returned from a hectic trip overseas, catching up with family and friends in Germany and the UK.  I left the kids at home (along with hubby) and had three weeks of darting up and down the country seeing various godchildren, close friends, cousins and my beautiful new niece.  How lucky am I?

After succumbing to horrendous jet lag, I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things and first up is the brand new challenge for the CAS-ual Fridays Clean and Simple challenge.  This month we have a musical theme:

I had a play with CAS-ual Fridays Heart Beats for this one, together with the matching Double Note Fri-die. I die cut the note three times from black and cream card stock, then used a gold leaf pen and Copics to colour. I added a heap of Glossy Accents to the hearts and a sliver of glitter for some sparkle.  It looked a little to minimalist so I added a couple of thin strips of card stock underneath the sentiment for some detail.

So get your musical mojo out and create a clean and simple card with a musical theme to be in the running for a prize. If you prefer a few more layers, you can create something for the CAS-ual Fridays CAS-ual Chic challenge which you can find here.

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Friday, 7 August 2015

CAS-ual Fridays - Challenge #142

G'day folks!

The month has flown by and it's time for another CAS-ual Fridays Clean and Simple challenge! This month we want you to play with patterns. Pretty patterns that is:

For this card I used CAS-ual Fridays Amazeballs. I love the sentiment in this set- it's so unique and always makes people smile. I stamped a background using the random circles border stamp, then coloured a selection using Copics and Spectrum Noir markers. For some texture and shine I added some Glossy Accents to the black dots.

Are you ready to get those stamps out? Create some pretty patterns and you could win a great prize from CAS-ual Fridays! And if you want another opportunity to win, why not head over to the new CAS-ual Fridays challenge, especially for those who prefer a more layered look to their creations: the  CAS-ual Chic Utterly Adorable Layers Challenge. You can find it here.

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Colour Q #301

Hello there!

Did you manage to have a play with the Colour Q palette last week? If not, then why not have a play with these ones instead:

It was a bit of a struggle to find the colours in my stash for this one - my Midnight Muse is almost dry and I only have a very old (and almost empty) Cameo Coral marker from SU. In the end I opted to sponge a masked background using More Mustard distress ink, together with the marker and an apricot-like ink from Versamark.  At least I managed to squeeze just enough ink out of the Midnight Muse to stamp the Penny Black blossoms!

There's some really gorgeous cards by the rest of the DT this week - why not pop along to these lovely ladies blogs for some more inspiration:

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

All Lined Up!


Quick post today for Casology  - the cue word this week is 'line':

I white embossed a triple line stamp from Mama Elephants Basic Borders, then coloured them in with  a variety of markers. The 'hello' die cut is from MFT.  The hardest part was the difficult to keep within the lines!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Claire x

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Papertrey Ink - July Blog Hop


The cards are getting few and far between at the moment - we have family arriving from the US next week so most of my time seems to be spent cleaning rather than inking. So not happy about that - but all worth it when I get to meet my youngest little nephew for the first time!

I did manage to squeeze a card in for Papertrey Ink's July blog hop, based on this pretty inspiration photo:

Apparently 'blue and green should never be seen' but I think they look quite pretty when combined together, don't you? I used Butterfly Kisses (the first PTI set I ever bought) together with some die cut Circle Scribbles, courtesy of the lovely Anita. I covered a couple of them with Versamark and embossed them in pewter embossing powder.  It doesn't show up too well in the photo but they almost look like spun metal in real life.

Hope you get time to get inky for PTI today - thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Colour Q #300!

G'day folks - hope you're having a great Tuesday!

Can you believe we're having our 300th Colour Q challenge? What better way to celebrate than with a fun, bright palette - great colours for celebrating that special day:

I thought W Plus 9's Fresh Cut Florals would fit perfectly with the colours and with their latest sketch challenge. Inking them up was the easy part but it seemed to take ages to work out how to place them along the diagonal cut.  Don't forget, you can use a small amount of neutral colour - in this case, I used a strip of black patterned paper so that the flowers would look a little more vibrant.

Over at Seize the Birthday there's an 'Anything Goes' challenge so I'm going to link up over there too.

You've got until 12 midnight CST on Monday 27th July to join in with the challenge - why not go and check out the rest of the DT for some more inky inspiration?

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Nature's Call - Again

Hello again,

Here's my second Time Out card for their latest challenge - this one features flowers rather than critters and is based on this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Now this was a difficult sketch! Circles always throw me and it was a struggle for me to find something that worked - in the end I opted to make a square card as it seemed to be a better balance. I used a combination of Camelias from WMS and the leaves are from a Penny Black set called Blooming Garden. I've used a combination of Copics and Spectrum Noir markers which I love , but I do find they don't blend particularly well together. The Spectrum Noir's always seem to look a little patchy- which is probably why they are about a third of the price.  Does anyone else find this?

That's all for tonight...time to put the big kidlet to bed!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x