Saturday, 3 October 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks


It's been ages since I had a play at the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge - I've had Bitty Bungalows for a while now but it's never seen any ink:

This is the type of set you can spend ages playing with, arranging all the little houses to create a scene.  I was going to add something else to the card, like a button or twine but then I thought I'd let the stamps do all the talking!

Thanks for calling by,  have a great weekend!

Claire x

Friday, 2 October 2015

CAS-ual Fridays #144 - Clean and Simple Challenge

G'day folks!

Time for another Clean and Simple Challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays.  Do you fancy a bit of Tic Tac Toe-ing?

Choose any row - vertical, horizontal or diagonal - and use all three techniques on your project.  I opted for stenciling, die cutting and embossing.  And I got to play with new stuff! Check out this new  Autumn Blessings set with matching dies. How cute is that acorn?

I die cut one of the leaves and used it to stencil a couple of leaves with distress inks, directly on to the card. I then die cut a couple of the oak leaves, inked them and heat embossed them all with gold embossing powder. The acorn is also a die cut, stamped and coloured with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers. 

You have until October 30 to link up your projects. Fancy a more layered look? Then why not link up to the CAS-ual Chic Challenge for your chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate at the CAS-ual Fridays store.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Circular Motions

 Good morning!

How's your weekend going? Super quick card to show you using the colours from Colour Throwdown and the cue word over at Casology - Circles:

So many directions you can go with circles aren't there?  I went with a Memory Box stencil, sponged it in yellow and pear green and added a shadowed die cut sentiment from MFT.  A scattering of enamel dots and it was done. Like I said, quick card!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello again!

Second post for today.  I've had a little bit of 'me ' time over the last three days so managed to get a few cards done. It's school holidays over here and the big bloke took the kids camping whilst I was working.   Unfortunately it was windy and raining most of the time so my youngest has come back coughing and spluttering like an old man. He also came back with a couple of ticks!

Moving on, it seems to be the day for blog hops so here's my entry to The Coffee Bloggers Blog Hop:

I used this pretty sketch by Rita at Freshly Made Sketches for some inspiration, together with Waltzingmouse Coffee Set....perfect for coffee lovers!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Claire x

PTI September Blog Hop


Time for the September PTI Blog Hop. Any excuse to get these Doodlie-Do blooms out again:

I used Spectrum Noir markers to colour and a gold ink pen to add a few shiny bits. 

Thanks for stopping!

Claire x

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Colour Q #309

G'day folks!

Can it really be Tuesday again? I thought it was Tuesday only yesterday. We've got another set of fun colours for you to play with at Colour Q based on this gorgeous quilt cover from Macy's:

I have to admit I did make a little error with my colours this week. I reached for my Gray Flannel Memento Ink and picked up the black by mistake. Don't you just hate it when that happens? So my Waltzingmouse Funky Feather is meant to be in gray, rather than black but you get the idea! The distressed ink background is a combination of More Mustard and Fired Brick with a little flick of water across the top of it.

This will be my last card for Colour Q (although I may beg Arielle to have me back!) Having a few weeks away made me realise how busy life is at the moment.  I've taken on some more work and decided to cut back a little on other commitments.  What a lovely, talented group of ladies I've had to work with over the past couple of years...make sure you give them some love when you take a look at their creations won't you?

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Upsy Daisy

Hello! Happy weekend to you!

Another day, another card for three of my favourite challenge sites - Freshly Made Sketches,  The Card Concept and Time Out:

Can't resist a daisy themed challenge as it allows me to use my MFT Upsy Daisy die.  I was influenced by the colours in the Card Concept inspiration pic and created a clean and layered creation using the sketch.  I wasn't sure what colour to do the leaves as I didn't want them to clash with the aqua. And then I saw Time Out's CASE Tracey challenge and I realised I should use vellum. Thanks for reminding me I have something other than patterned paper in my stash Tracey (and for inspiring us with your beautiful card!)

Claire x