Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Christmas in July? Colour Q #252

Hello again!

Christmas in July seems to be featuring a lot around blog land at the moment - it's quite a big thing here in Australia, particularly in the Blue Mountains where it supposedly originated.  We non-Australians find it very strange to celebrate Christmas in the blistering heat of December so some Europeans take advantage of the cold weather and have a celebration in the mountains in July instead.  

This week's Colour Q challenge has a particularly festive theme:







For those of you who don't know, I'm not a fan of making Christmas cards - particularly when it's the wrong time of year!  I think it's because I make so many in November, that it puts me off for the rest of the year.  So, there isn't a hint of Christmas cheer on my card I'm afraid. Instead I reached for the Hero Arts set called Missing You - I coloured in the moose with a combination of SU markers and Copics, cut the grass using my Cameo and added a sprinkling of love with the W Plus 9 borders and background 3 set. He's quite sweet isn't he...although his eyes are a little wonky - maybe he's just drunk on love.

Hope you get the chance to join in, thanks for popping over,

Claire x





Monday, 28 July 2014

Tic Tac Toe


Hello folks!

Time for another card, this time using the colours at The Card Concept and the Tic Tac Toe challenge over at CASual Fridays:







Colour challenges are always that bit harder when you haven't got any inks in the chosen hues aren't they? So I reached for the patterned papers for this one, together with a scrap of lime bazzil I had in my stash. I went for the diagonal line in tic tac toe - chevrons , white and twine.  The chevrons were cut with my Cameo - I stuck them on jac paper and then cut the hello using MFT's Happy Hellos.  The sentiment is from CASual Friday's WTF set.

I'll put this one in the Clean and Simple basket I think....

Happy stamping!

Claire x


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Scrumptious Sunflower - Freshly Made Sketches #146

Good morning bloggers!

I've been lusting after this little sunflower die for weeks now and finally found it at my local craft store - it just so happened that it fit in perfectly for sketch #146 over at Freshly Made Sketches:














I used a heap of MME papers for this (surprise, surprise) and the leaves were cut using my Cameo.

Short but sweet today...it's Saturday so almost soccer time. Somehow I have to find some enthusiasm to cheer along in the pouring rain!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x





Friday, 25 July 2014

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Hello folks!

It's Papertrey Ink's July Blog Hop and for once I actually realised this before the date and not  24 hours after the event!









Inspired by the photo, I wanted to create a banner using Heart Prints - they are such pretty patterns so I kept it very CAS and simply layered them against the embossed background.

Since the theme for the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp is embossing I'm going to whack my card over there too.

Wish I'd had the time to create some more PTI cards for this but life has got in the way this week - I've had a little hospital visit this morning for a routine procedure. I've been given the all clear but I wish they could have given me just a little bit more anaesthetic so I could have had a longer sleep!

Looking forward to being inspired by everyone else's beautiful creations!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Colour Q #251

Good evening blogging friends!

It's Tuesday so it must be time for a another Colour Q challenge. And such a pretty, feminine combo we have for you this week:











The dreaded purple normally throws me when it's included in the colour palette, but for some reason it didn't this time. The nearest I have to Calypso Coral is Cameo Coral which is slightly more pink than orange. I've inked up Waltzingmouse's Asian Gardens which is definitely one of my most favourite sets...so much you can do with it (although I always seem to reach for the same stamps...isn't that always the way?)  I used the pretty sketch (#160) over at The Deconstructed Sketch for some inspiration and I'm entering it into Curtain Call's 'Anything Goes' challenge too.

Hope you get inspired by the gorgeous creations from the rest of the DT - go over and give them some love won't you?

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x







Monday, 21 July 2014

Throwing Colour at Freshly Made

G'day bloggers!

Hope your week started well.   Here's a quick peek at the card I've done using the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the pretty colours at Colour Throwdown:







I haven't got Calypso Coral so I've used Cameo Coral which is more pink than orange.  In Darnell's words I have some 'never before used schtuff' on this one -  a Heartfelt Creations stamp called Moments With You.  I was lucky enough to do a class with the owner of Heartfelt Creations a few months ago - I won this stamp set but haven't got round to using it yet.  I'm glad I've actually given it some ink now!  The little cupcake is Waltzingmouse and the flags are Stampin' Up.

Well that's all folks - have a great day!

Claire x





Thursday, 17 July 2014

Card Concept Colour Challenge

Hello folks!

I seem to have a bit of an obsession with black at the moment - the last few cards have all had a black background...maybe it's an indication of my mood! This one's no exception for the colour challenge over at The Card Concept:







I never seem to know quite which style to put my Card Concept cards in - classy and elegant I guess I'd call this.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking,

Claire x