Sunday, 5 April 2020

CAS Christmas

Hello again, hope everyone is well. 

I'm on a bit of a roll with my Christmas cards - only a pandemic could see me making Christmas cards in March! I recently won a voucher for Poppy Stamps and bought Tidings of Joy as I knew it would enable me to make a whole heap of super simple cards for the holiday:








They looked a little too CAS with only the greeting so I added a snowflake from CAS-ual Fridays Snowy Sayings and a tiny jewel in the middle for a little Christmas sparkle.  I also embossed the panel to add some texture so I'm popping this over to Addicted to CAS for their 'texture' challenge (again!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Claire


Friday, 3 April 2020

Simple Stencilling

Hello folks,

A very quick card today for AAA's Made in Minutes challenge with the optional twist of using a stencil:







Stencilling is not my forte and neither is making quick cards. I used one of Sarah's Funky Fossil designs - in fact, I used two stencils as I had to stencil within a stencil to create the basic shape. I added a large sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, a tiny die cut butterfly from Stampin' Up and and some PPP clear droplets.

Taking into account the constant interruption from the kids, I reckon it took me about 15 minutes (most of which was spent working out where to put the droplets!)

Happy stamping!

Claire

Thursday, 2 April 2020

A Critter or Two

Hello fellow inkers, hope you are all doing well.

Another couple of cards for you - the first is for Addicted to CAS which has the code word 'texture.' I used one of MFT's Sweet Holiday penguins, textured with an embossed snowy background and a liberal sprinkling of crystal glitter:








The second card is for Your Next Stamp's Cute Critters challenge. I've used the goat from Funny Farm Crew and set him against a stencilled background.  I couldn't fit a sentiment from that set on to the card front so added one from Keeping' it Reel instead.  The stamped diagonal strip is the Thick Stripe Diagonal Edge.

I'm really hoping that my favourite stamp companies are having a boost in sales as a result of what's happening around the world. My lovely nephew in the UK has taken up Copic colouring to pass away the time so I've just ordered a few stamp sets for his birthday so he can practise. I'm so looking forward to seeing what he does with them!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

CASology - Guest Designer

Hello bloggers!

Hope you everyone is keeping well.  I'm delighted to be this week's Guest Designer for one of my favourite challenge blogs - CASology. The cue word is 'kite:'








I think we'll see a few of these cute MFT Adorable Elephants for this one - it's such a popular set. I kept it very simple and just coloured him with Copics, then set him on the sentiment to ground the image. Too easy!

Happy stamping everyone!

Claire

Monday, 30 March 2020

Textured Christmas

Hello again,

I'm determined to make a few Christmas cards whilst locked down instead of leaving it all until the end of the year like I normally do. MFT's colour challenge screams Spring but I thought these bright and breezy hues would make a pretty Christmas palette:









I kept it very simple and used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout which features MFT's (now retired) Holiday Cheer.  I'm also throwing it into ATCAS' challenge,  to use texture. since she has a scattering of embossed snow falling all around her!

Happy stamping!

Claire

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Donut Forget the Purple!

Hello folks!

I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate from Poppy Stamps a few months ago. I wasn't aware of them before I won and I do like the way a lot of their smaller sets feature a matching die along with the stamps. I inked up Donut What I'd Do for Time Out's latest challenge which is a very special one - you can read all about it here:







The theme is purple, with the optional twist of friendship - I happen to think that a lot of my friends are pretty awesome! Purple just so happens to feature in Colour Throwdown's palette this week as well, along with violet and white.  I'm also throwing it into the Simon Says Stamp's 'anything goes' Wednesday challenge.

Make sure you pop by Time Out and read a bit about why there's a purple theme this week and then pop by and have a look at Sandie's blog too.

Happy stamping!

Claire


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

MFT Sketch Challenge #481

Hello again!

Hope your lockdown, self-isolation or whatever other nightmare situation you find yourself in is going as well as possible!

Just getting in before the linky closes at MFT's sketch challenge:






I used the new Flower Fairies set which caught my eye as soon as I saw the latest release. The white embossed strip is stamped with Happy Birthday Background and the sunrise has been stencilled with Radiating Rays Stencil.

Short and sweet today!

Happy stamping!

Claire