Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Colour Q #297

Hello folks!

How's your week going?  We've started the school holidays over here and enjoyed a few hours at a friend's property today. The kids came back tired, happy and very dirty, although one of the boys probably could have done without the blood sucking leech on his leg!

There's a somewhat patriotic feeling to this week's Colour Q palette - just in time for US Independence Day on Saturday:

I love these colours...perfect for a masculine card aren't they? I made a clean and simple thank you card using WMS Ocean Bound, together with Opera Tags.  I stamped the kraft tag in red ink, added the white panel and embossed the anchor in navy. The background paper is MME.

Hope you get chance to get in crafty mode this week - check out the rest of the DT's creations for some inspiration. For those of you Stateside, have a wonderful long weekend!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Upsy Daisy

Hello again,

There's been an abundance of white space on all my cards recently so I was determined to use some colour and layers for the latest Freshly Made Sketch (by my very talented Colour Q team mate Jen:)

Such a simple sketch isn't it?  But it actually took me forever to make it work. Whichever shape I picked just didn't seem to balance on the card - I eventually opted for a circle of Authentique paper, added some die cut MFT daisies and a few sprigs from a Cheery Lynn flourish to balance it all out.  I also used the gorgeous colours over at The Card Concept. I think this one's classy and elegant. What do you think?

Thanks for popping over,

Claire x

Friday, 26 June 2015

Nautical Fun

G'day folks!

There's another great cue word over at Casology this week - I took my cue from Tracey and brought out Waltzingmouse's Ocean Bound.  I love the lifesaver image in this set but since Tracey's used it on her card I opted for the large sail ship:

I stamped a sea with PTI's Watercolour Wonder, added the ship, then die cut the image into three. I then popped it onto a stamped sea on the base using dimensional tape.

The kids have begun their school holidays today...is it me, or do they seem to spend half the year on holiday?  If only we went to school as adults..I'm sure we'd appreciate it so much more!

Thanks for stopping, have a wonderful weekend!

Claire x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Colour Q #296


Where on earth does the time go? This week has absolutely flown by and it's time again for a new Colour Q challenge:

It's a rare Colour Q when I have the exact inks. I thought they would be perfect for a masculine 40th card using this fun CAS-ual Fridays set. I love the stripes in this set - it's so easy to create a background in different colours.  I used this week's Retro Sketch for some design inspiration, although I have to admit I've kind of adjusted it a bit.

Check out he blogs of the lovely ladies form the rest of the team won't you?

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday, 22 June 2015

A Simple Freshly Made Sketch

Hello bloggers!

How was your weekend? Ours was spent playing by the river with the kids - the sun was shining, the wine was plentiful, the company was good and the kids behaved. (Kind of.) What more can you ask for?

There's a lovely, simple sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches - I wanted to practise some colouring with my Spectrum Noir markers so I used this sweet little outline stamp from Spellbinders:

 The green strips at each edge are strips of washi tape and the sentiment is WMS - I love plain, simple masculine fonts...perfect for the boys.

That's all for now- hope you have a fabulous week! 

Claire x

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Butterfly Crazy

G'day folks!

Butterflies abound throughout blog land at the moment. Over at Addicted to CAS the codeword is 'butterfly', at The Card Concept there is a butterfly theme and the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch has....you've guessed it a butterfly:

I love the colours so much at Colour Q this week that I've used them again here - I embossed the WMS Camellia in gold against the navy card stock and then added a navy embossed SU butterfly.

Sometimes the hardest challenge over at The Card Concept is to categorise your card isn't it? I'm not sure if it's clean and graphic, clean and simple or clean and layered but since it has a couple of layers I'll put it in the clean and layered basket!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Casology Guest Designer

Hello again!

I did a little happy dance a couple of weeks ago when I won the Casology challenge with this card, so it's my turn to be guest designer this week. I've never hidden the fact that the Casology challenges can prove testing for me sometimes so I was rather relieved when Melissa sent me the cue word, thinking it would be a cinch:

And then I realised that I have the grand total of two stamp sets featuring something resembling a small child. Of course, if I was really clever I'd think completely out of the box and wouldn't use a small child at all but I do love this cute WMS set and thought it would fit the card making bill!

Have you checked out the DT's designs? They make a habit of thinking outside the box every single week...I really am in awe of them sometimes! Make sure you pop by their blogs for some of their inspiration won't you?

Happy stamping!

Claire x