Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Colour Q #261

G'day folks!

How are you going?  I've had an absolutely mammoth week starting a new job so not much time for me to get crafty unfortunately.  Luckily I had to get a card done for this week's Colour Q challenge, otherwise this little blog of mine would be very neglected:






I stamped the houndstooth in blue and green, then cut MFT's 'hello' sentiment and covered it with a layer of Dimensional Magic. I kept it completely CAS - I'd like to say this was intentional, but it's been such a busy week I just didn't have the energy to do anything else! Luckily the latest CAS(E) This Sketch was on hand for some design inspiration too.  I think until I settle into my new role crafting will be taking a bit of a back seat for a while....

Make sure you go and check out all the rest of the DT's creations won't you - and leave a little love for them if you have time!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x




Tuesday, 23 September 2014

And Baby Makes Three....Colour Q #260

Hello bloggers!

Can it really be a week since I last wrote a post?  Not much time for craftiness lately - after 8 years of being a SAHM I've started a new job today.  The best part of it is that I get to go to work by boat - at 7 o' clock this morning I was sailing along a beautiful stretch of the River Hawkesbury...the sun was shining and the views were stunning.  What could possibly beat that eh?

Anyway, time to show you this week's colours for the new Colour Q challenge:







I think this is my favourite set of colours so far...and since a good friend of mine had her first bub last week, it was a great opportunity to use them for a new baby card.  I love playing around with Mama Elephant's Nursery Deco set...it really does have the cutest images.

That's all from me - I'm off to bed...starting a new job is pretty exhausting!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Colour Q #259

G'day again!

Well Tuesday's rolled around once more so it's time for a brand new Colour Q challenge! Check out those wellies - or as they say Down Under 'gumboots.' Way too snazzy to be jumping in mud puddles eh?










I used Waltzingmouse's Heirloom Patterns to stamp the background and some SU markers to colour in parts of the stamped image to make my own patterned paper.  It took forever colouring in those little squares and triangles but I'm pleased with the result.  Definitely not something I'd be doing after one too many wines though...

I used the lovely, simple sketch over at The Deconstructed Sketch to help with the design - I added a piece of vellum under the square panel, just to soften up that multi-coloured background and some more vellum to white emboss the butterflies.

Make sure you go and send some love to the rest of the DT this week - thanks for popping over!

Claire x





Monday, 15 September 2014

Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party

Hello fellow crafty folks!

Some Waltzingmouse happy mail arrived for me on Friday, just in time for the Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party this month.  Lots of new things to play with but not lots of time, unfortunately, so I've only managed to do one of the challenges, which is the Bedtime Story sketch challenge:







I stamped the houndstooth from Heirloom Patterns in Midnight Muse and blended a couple of blue Distress Inks over it. I then used Woodgrain to stamp over some balsa wood  and added a few of the nautical motifs from Ocean Bound. I've been dying to get my inky hands on that set for ages - perfect for masculine cards!

There's still a few hours left until Mr Linky closes his doors so you never know, I may have time for one more.  In the meantime I'm going to have a nose at what everyone else has done...

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

An Oriental Flavour

G'day there bloggers!

Hope your week is going well! I've been playing around with some Perfect Pearls Powders for the latest Addicted to CAS challenge - the cue word is 'Oriental' so what could be more perfect for the theme than Waltzingmouse's Asian Gardens:








I've had a set of these powders for well over a year now and I've used them precisely once.  In fact, one of the colours hasn't been opened at all so I'm also entering this card into Darnell's NBUS (never before used schtuff) challenge.  Haven't heard of Darnell? Then you must be hiding under a rock somewhere in blogland...she can be found over here and has an absolutely unique and often hilarious blogging style!

Since my card also features three stamped panels (again), I'm going to enter it into Casology's challenge too - this week the cue word is 'three.'

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Getting Distressed - Colour Q #258

Hello bloggers!

Well, I'm not really distressed...just playing around with some Distress Inks for the brand new challenge over at Colour Q:





I've been doing lots of clean and layered cards recently so I thought I'd go for something a little more CAS this week.  Blackberry Bliss is a funny old colour and I was struggling to find anything in my stash until I remembered some new Distress Inks I bought recently. I blended Seedless Preserves and Mustard Seed onto some saffron coloured, honeycomb paper by MME.  I then stamped the Technique Tuesday images and added a grey sentiment from the same set - 'One of a Kind.'  Nice and easy - sometimes I feel like I'm cheating when I do a 10 minute card!

It just so happens that this card fits in perfectly with the new cue word over at Casology too - don't you just love it when that happens?



Hope you get the chance to get crafty this week! Thanks for popping by,

Claire x



Sunday, 7 September 2014

Happy Father's Day

Hello fellow bloggers!

It's Father's Day here in Australia and last night I suddenly realised what a rubbish wife I was - I'd forgotten to make the big bloke a card. Oops!  As usual Freshly Made Sketches gave me a leg up in the design department so I quickly made this little card using Waltzingmouse Stamps Opera Tags and Man of the Hour sets:







Unfortunately Daddy didn't get the promised lie-in this morning and was promptly woken up by two screaming little boys shouting 'Happy Father's Day' - he wouldn't have had it any other way.

Thanks for popping over,

Claire x