Saturday, 6 February 2016

Mojo Monday/Colour Q

Hi folks, hope you're enjoying a relaxing weekend!

I've been having a play with this week's Mojo Monday Sketch with the latest Colour Q hues:

I have to say I'm not exactly enamoured with the result. I found the sketch really difficult for some reason -  it didn't seem to matter what shape I used, nothing seemed to work. In the end I tilted everything and switched the position of the embellishments. If all else fails, plonk it all at an angle is my advice!

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Monday, 1 February 2016

Sentimentally Speaking


It's all in the sentiment at Freshly Made Sketches this week, with a sentiment based sketch by Karren:

I smooshed a background for my WMS sentiment.  I've used several tutorials for a smooshed background but the one I used for this card by Kristina Werner is probably my favourite. It appeals to my anally retentive tendencies, as her technique using acetate gave me more control of the ink.  That's the problem with smooshing - you're never quite sure what you're going to get and quite often I get a muddy mess!

I embossed the sentiment in white first but it didn't really pop against the ink so I created a shadow effect by stamping almost over the top and embossing in gold. A scatter of sequins and it was all done!

Hope you get the chance to join in the fun!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Triple Challenge

Hello bloggers!

It's a rare day when I combine several challenges in one:

The latest sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch definitely played a part in the design but looking at it now, I reckon I'm pushing it a bit. Again.  Since it's red I'm entering it into Addicted to CAS' 'red' challenge.
And the love theme fits in over at Casology too!

I used Whimsy Stamp's cute little apple and sentiment from Feeling Fruity (Additions) for the focal point so I'll also link up to their blog challenge where the topic is 'with love.' Now I just need George Clooney's address...

Thanks for popping over!

Claire x

Friday, 29 January 2016

Calling all Space Cadets

Hey all!

It's been a while since I had a play at Retro Sketches so I rustled up this little card using Arielle's latest sketch:

Francine Vuilleme did a great tutorial for an outer space background on Splitcoast Stampers a few weeks ago and I've been itching to have a go.  The background has been stencilled using a Paper Smooches Polka Dot Border die again with texture paste. Not a great photo - the light was fading by the time I got home from work!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Claire x

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Paper Smooches Guest Designer - Week 4

Hello again!

It's my last week as Paper Smooches January Guest Designer - I've so enjoyed playing with all their gorgeous new stuff! For this week's card I've used some of the new dies: Paint Strokes and Polka Dot Borders:

I used the negative from the large polka dot die to create a stencilled background using some texture paste.  It was just enough to give it a textured background without overpowering the image. Having just come back from the beach, I thought of using the Paint Strokes dies as some waves - the cute little monster is from one of my older PS sets called Little Fella. His 'surfboard' is actually the skateboard from the same set - minus the wheels of course!

Well, that's my Paper Smooches stint over. Why not hop on over to the Paper Smooches Blog and store for some more inspiration?  Kim, thanks so much for asking me to guest design for you - loving all those new products of yours!

Thanks for stopping by!

Claire x

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Seeing Red

Happy Australia Day folks!

Hope it has a been a good one for my Aussie friends!

Quick card for Addicted to CAS and CAS(E) This Sketch tonight:

My Copics have been getting a good workout recently - I bought a whole load of new markers as a Christmas present to myself a few weeks ago. I do love Copics but I've come to the realisation that you can never have enough of them. I've watched a few video tutorials and you seem to need about 8 markers to do one strand of hair! These Penny Black poppies were coloured with 3 different reds which is pretty much my limit at $8.50 a marker. I have to admit though, they are very addictive!

Anyway, if you know of any cheap Copic retailers let me know - otherwise I really will go bankrupt.

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Monday, 25 January 2016

Papertrey Ink - January Blog Hop

Good morning!

It's Blog Hop time at Papertrey Ink and this time there's a gorgeous inspiration photo featuring one of my favourite colour combos - orange and teal.

I combined a couple of challenges with the hop. I cased myself with this card as part of Casology's latest challenge where the cue word is clear:

Since the acetate was already out, I used it to make a card base, cut a window out of cardstock and added a Copic coloured umbrella from PTI's Scattered Showers.  

The second card is based on the latest Freshly Made Sketch using some Doodlie Do blooms. I took the colours from the PTI inspiration photo, including the black in the background.

Hope you get time to join in with some crafty hopping today! Thanks for calling by,

Claire x