Friday, 22 May 2015

Playing with (Digital) Paper

G'day folks!

I've been having a play with some new digital papers by Kristie Art Design in the last couple of days - you can check them out here at her Etsy store.  I have to admit, digital products are something I don't often think of, which is silly really as there's a whole heap of papers and products right at my fingertips. There's the added bonus of not having to store them anywhere too!

I used a couple of different ones - first up was a digital collage of lace pendants. I enlarged them slightly, then printed the A4 sheet and had 30 different coloured discs to choose from. After die cutting three with a circle die, I inked the edges and used them as a base for my stamped butterfly. The hearts have been die cut out of two of the pendants.

Next I used one of the 6x6 digital paper pads - Watercolor Geometry -perfect for a watercolour look without the mess!   I thought the soft pastels would go well with a chalkboard image:

I also used the latest sketch over at The Deconstructed Sketch:

Anyway, that's all from me - hope you have a great weekend and for my American friends a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

Catch you later,

Claire x

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Colour Q #292

Hello bloggers!

It's time for a new set of colours over at Colour Q and it's a gorgeous set of brights to play with:

I used Whimsy Stamps 'Happy Everything' again...I can't seem to put that set down at the moment - this time I used the balloons and the circle burst stamp to create my own patterned paper. I also used a sketch from Deconstructed Sketch - there's 200 sketches to choose from this week so I went for sketch #166:

Have you spotted the slight error? I've just realised I missed putting on the border underneath the image...oops.  I've always said that drinking wine and card making don't mix... Since I wanted the card to have bit of a fun feel, I also tilted the layers. (I can assure you, this was to alter the look of the card and wasn't as a result of drinking that wine!)

Well that's all from me folks - enjoy your week!

Claire x

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Throwing some Colour

Hello folks!

How's your weekend going? It's Saturday, which means it's soccer day and what a proud soccer mum moment I had watching my littlest boy score two goals. I don't think I've ever seen him so excited!

There's a fabulous new sketch at Cas(e) This Sketch which was all the excuse I needed to play with some new Whimsy Stamps I invested in - Happy Everything:

It's such a versatile set - this time I used the little candles with matching dies - I thought they'd be the perfect match for the fun, bright colours over at Colour Thowdown:

Hope you get the time to play!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Friday, 15 May 2015

Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party

Hello Waltzingmouse fans!

It's Pyjama Party time once again and I've been busy crafting away on three little cards ready for the party.  There's a bit of a masculine theme for this one, which is a good thing, as my cards have definitely been missing a masculine touch in the last few weeks. 

First up is my 'man of the moment' card for challenge one. There's quite a few very special men in my life...Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, Jon Hamm...the list goes on.  But actually I've made a card for one of the most special of all which is my youngest son. He saw me making this and insisted I give it to him for his birthday in October:

I used Half Pint Heroes, together with a small circle sunburst die from Memory Box - the colours are from the latest palette over at Colour Q. The spaceship has been coloured with Copics and I added some Kindyglitz to the sun and fire for a bit of sparkle.

The next card is for challenge 3 - 'old pyjamas'. For this very CAS one I used the huge strawberry from 'Big Berries.' I stamped it in Real Red, then added some Glossy Accents to all the dots to make it extra juicy. The background has been stamped using the Woodgrain background stamp and I embossed a little frame for the big berry with the Picot Panel die:

Lastly is the Bedtime Story sketch challenge:

Since I already had the woodgrain stamp out, I used it to stamp a background onto three Nestability die cuts, then stamped 3 identical Funky Feathers and coloured them with distress inks. I added a little heart from the same set and covered it with Glossy Accents.

One day I'll manage to enter all four challenges but I think I've done pretty well doing three! Now I'm off to make a very big cup of coffee and have a nosy at what everyone else has done!

Thanks for stopping,


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

When Life Gives you Lemons....

G'day again!

Another new set of stamps to play with from Whimsy Stamps - 'Feeling Fruity.' I thought the little lemon slices would fit in nicely with the latest CAS(E) This Sketch:

I've had quite a few friends who've been handed out some lemons recently so I've no shortage of recipients for this one unfortunately. I love the sentiment - although I'll probably add a message inside saying 'and add a dash of vodka'....

Thanks for looking,

Claire x

Monday, 11 May 2015

Another Freshly Made Colour Q

Hello blogging friends!

I sneakily made a card for the latest Freshly Made Sketch and posted it a little earlier than usual - what I didn't mention is that I used the new Colour Q palette:

I had a heap of happy mail arrive from Whimsy Stamps which is always a sure-fire way to get the mojo going isn't it? I haven't done the chalk board technique for a while so I had a play with Chalkboards 2 which just so happened to fit in nicely with the latest sketch:

I turned the sketch upside down, then used a little starburst stamp from Happy Everything to create a background and added a few random sequins for some birthday sparkle. The chalkboard stamp is actually a rubber stamp - I haven't bought a rubber stamp in years and I'd forgotten how they produce such sharp, crisp images.

Hope you get time to get inky this week - thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Shaping Up

Hello crafty folks!

There's a new word over at Casology which can be combined perfectly with the May challenge at CAS-ual Fridays:

So many directions you can go with 'shape' aren't there? I went with a simple star, masked and stamped with lots of tiny stars from W Plus 9's Borders and Backgrounds 3.  I then embossed it so that there was a little more definition to the shape.  It's CAS-ual Friday's 4th birthday this month and it's a colour challenge, using black, white, orange and turquoise - perfect for a blokey card, especially when teamed with the masculine sentiment from WMS.

Hope you get the time to get inky this week!

Claire x