Sunday, 26 April 2015

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - Part 2

Hello again,

Here's a second dose of navy and pink for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop:









On the second card I dry embossed a fancy square frame and stamped another couple of butterflies. The butterfly trail is the little squiggly stamp from Grunge Me.  Love that set - it's so versatile!

Short but sweet today, thanks for popping over again,

Claire x



Saturday, 25 April 2015

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

G'day bloggers!

Time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, based on the beautiful pinks and navy blue in this inspiration pic:








I stamped a random background using Grunge Me,  then inked up one of the butterflies from Butterfly Kisses and a sentiment from Mixed Messages.

For some reason I'm not able to link up two cards from the same post so scroll down if you want to see my second card!

Thanks for stopping!

Claire x


Monday, 20 April 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #182 (and Colour Q #288)

Hello again!

I'm sneaking this in at Freshly Made Sketches before the challenge closes.  We were invited to my cousin's 50th recently...a lovely thought,  but a party we'll definitely have to miss since it's happening on the other side of the world. Living in Australia is all very well, but it can play havoc with my social life.....

I've had to edit this post as I was a bit cheeky and posted my Colour Q card 24 hours earlier than usual. So, here are the colours - perfect for something masculine don't you think?









I used Casual Friday's cheeky WTF set for this one. I managed to get a few different textures on there..cork, wood, washi, a metal badge and some sweet burlap numbers from Little Yellow Bicycle. 

Hope you get the time to join in before Mr Linky closes his doors!

Thanks for popping by again,

Claire x

CASual Fridays - a Lame Effort!

G'day bloggers!

I've just had two kidlet free days in which I thought I'd be carding up a storm...but Mr Mojo went for a walk and never came back. How annoying is that? A bit of crafty time with no interruptions and I couldn't spot an original idea if it came up and slapped me in the face!

So here's my effort for this month's CASual Friday's challenge, which is to feature flowers, along with twine and kraft:





Not happy with it at all - it's desperately lacking in something..maybe a bit of bling?

If you have any ideas, let me know!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Colour Q #287 Meets Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party

G'day folks!

How's your week going?  It's a busy one for me - kids holidays and lots of work so not much time to get crafty. Luckily I was organised and managed to make a couple of cards for today's Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party. I made them before we had the new Colour Q palette and one of them happened to be the very colours that Arielle picked...how lucky was that?

So here are the colours:




And here's the card:








The first card is for the Bedtime Story Sketch. It's been ages since I inked up WMS Funky Feathers and I thought it would be a perfect fit for this gorgeous, layered sketch.  I inked the feathers in three different colours and then fussy cut them.  I had a new 6x6 pad of Authentique patterned papers so used those for the rest of the card.

The next WMS challenge was to use an older WMS set from their Nestability compatible range.  I had a few to choose from but ended up with Opera Tags.  I used a couple of other sets too - Ocean Bound, which is one of my absolute favourite masculine sets and the houndstooth from Heirloom Patterns:




I used some distress inks to create the background for the tag, then stamped the anchor and sentiment.  I stamped the houndstooth onto some kraft card stock and clear embossed it. The wave has been cut using my Silhouette.

Make sure you check out the rest of the DT's creations at Colour Q won't you...and at Waltzingmouse too.  They are an extremely talented bunch of ladies!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Time Out - Guest Designer Take Two

G'day fellow bloggers!

Have you had a go at the latest Time Out challenge yet? It's a CASE challenge based on this beautiful card by Kim:







This is my second card based on Kim's - I was inspired by the beautiful silver outline on her flowers, as well as her design.  I used Waltzingmouse's Simple Sprig with some SU Pewter embossing powder.  I stamped the blooms in pink and added a little glimmer with Wink of Stella.  The white embossed sentiment is WMS Big Day Today.

Heaps more inspiration over at the blog by the very talented design team - hope you get the chance to get crafty!

Claire x


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Colour Q #286

Hello again!

Second post for me tonight - if you want to see my Casology guest designer creation, just scroll down.

We've got a gorgeous bright and fun set of colours for you this week over at Colour Q - I think they may just be my favourites so far:







What do you do when it's pouring down with rain and the kids are entertaining themselves? Trawl pinterest for a technique you've not tried before of course.  I love distress inks but I always seem to end up blending them and stamping over the top.  I found this gorgeous masculine card on 'A blog Called Wanda', with some great instructions for a distress inked background. In a nutshell - lightly smear a collection of distress inks onto a clear stamping block, spray lightly with water and smash it down onto some watercolour paper. So easy - I love how it's turned out!

So now it's your turn to get a little inky - don't forget you can substitute your nearest colour if you haven't got the exact shades and the beauty of a colour challenge is that you can use anything in your stash as long it's one of the required hues!

Happy stamping!

Claire x