Thursday, 11 January 2018

Less Purple the Better

Hi folks!

Purple. Definitely not my favourite hue to craft with. But I'm always up for a challenge and when I saw the 'purple' theme over at Less is More, I had to combine it with Time Out's whopping 100th challenge as it's Sandie's favourite colour:

I created a purple burst of colour using Ken Oliver's Color burst powder on some watercolour paper, then masked a few embossed Altenew Hennah Blooms. A WMS sentiment finished it all off!

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Throwing Down Colour at MFT

Hi fellow inkers!

It's been the hottest day on record in Sydney today and in some parts of the city it reached a whopping 47C! Hideous. But at least I'm not 8 months pregnant, unlike on the previous hottest day on record 11 years ago...there's always a silver lining!

Since all I wanted to do was stay in my air conditioned lounge, it was a good opportunity to join in with this week's MFT sketch challenge. I combined it with the elegant neutrals over at Color Throwdown, alhough I'm glad Amy confirmed the ivory as I thought it was a soft pink. Grey covers so many different hues - we painted our boys' bedrooms grey and repainted them all over again when it felt like we were walking into a giant mushroom!

I used MFT's Funky Flowers, Stitched MOD Rectangle Stax and a sentiment from Adorable Elephants.

Thanks for stopping by!

Claire x

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Your Next Stamp Challenge

Hello, hello,

Quick post to show what I've done using the colours and sketch from Your next Stamp using Spec-tacular Phoebe and Friends:

Have a spec-tacular day!

Claire x

Monday, 1 January 2018

Getting Sketchy!

Hello and a Happy New Year to you!

2018 has started hangover free which is always a bonus isn't it? It was a kid free one for me as well - they've been away in Melbourne for the last few days so New Years Eve was spent with some good friends, a few bubbles and a midnight dip in their outdoor spa. Good times!

On to my cards - I've been playing around with a couple of sketches. My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch and Freshly made Sketches:

I do love all the little creatures and flowers in Polynesian Paradise and thought this was the perfect sketch to use them all. I didn't quite have the room to do 12 images, so only used 9 and placed each of them on a Stitched Mod Rectangle die cut. 

I continued with the MFT theme and used Garden Flourish to emboss a copper and black background. It was a bit tricky to find something simple enough to go with it so I went with one of PTI's Stylish Sentiments. I thought I might add a few enamel dots or sequins but that background is so heavily detailed I didn't think anything else was needed.  

The first card is also heading for Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is 'anything goes.'

Hope that 2018 proves to be happy, healthy and creative - thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Clean and Not so Simple

Hello fellow inkers!

I've got a couple of different cards to show today - one for the Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge over at My Favorite Things and the other for Less is More:

MFT's challenge is to use Blueprints featuring stars,  so I've used a couple of different sets - the frame is from Blueprints 27 and the glittery stars are from Blueprints 24.  I inked up a Color Burst background and added one of the sweet little astronauts from Space Explorer, colored in with Copics.

The sketch over at Less is More proved to be a lot more difficult to play with for my second card. It's clean but I'm not sure it was at all simple! Firstly, I chose the most difficult set of stamps to play with in my stash  - Painted Flowers by Altenew. I do love this set but every time I use it I struggle to create something I like.  So in the end I stamped a heap of random blooms and then covered half of them with the die cut circles. First the circles were too large, then the card looked too large so I cut it down,  then I made smaller circles....the creative drama continued until I produced something I was vaguely happy with!

Funny how the clean and simple challenges always give me the most grief! 

Hope you get time to get inky this New Years!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop December 2018

A very merry Christmas from Down Under - hope yours was full of festive fun!

It's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop time with a soft and pretty pic to draw inspiration from:

I used the colours from the pic for my stamped blooms from Autumn Abundance, then added a stamped and die cut flag and frame from Center Style Masculine. 

Happy hopping!

Claire x

Sunday, 24 December 2017

More MFT...

Hi folks,

The Copic colouring obsession is continuing and this week's sketch challenge at My Favorite Things
is perfect for one of the new sets I bought - Recipe for Happiness:

The die cut squares are from Blueprints 27 and I added a strip of Wood Plank Background.  I also flipped the sketch to make a portrait card instead of landscape. 

The kids are getting twitchy now with all the Christmas excitement - I think they'd explode if they had to hold out for another day.  My guess it will be a 4.30am start tomorrow morning! 

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that Santa has managed to find the local craft shop!

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x