Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Less is More: Olive and Tangerine

Hello, hello,

I've had a few guest designer stints in the last few months so haven't had the chance to play around with some new stuff sitting in my stash. Sarah from Funky Fossil very kindly sent me a couple of her stencils recently so I've been having a play with Forest Foliage for the latest Less is More challenge - to use olive and tangerine:





I stencilled a large panel using some distress inks, then cut it down using some of MFT's Mod Rectangles. I matted part of the panels with black card stock to make them pop against the white, then added a leaf sprig and sentiment from Altenew. Not sure about this one - I've never been a big fan of olive but I guess the bright mandarin cheers it up a bit!

Enjoy your week!

Claire x

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Your next Stamp - July DT Dare!

Hello bloggers!

I've got another card to show you for Your Next Stamp - this is my final card as guest designer (cue much sobbing) and it's for their Design Team Dare challenge using their brand new release products. This month's dare is to create a project with dimension:


I love using dimensional tape - it seems to find a way on to almost all my cards as it's such a simple way to add some interest.  I used Honey Bee for my card with the large Instalove Polaroid Die. I also used the matching Honey Bee dies and popped up some of the honeycomb using the tape. 

Want to win a YNS stamp set of your choice? Head on over to the YNS blog and check out all the other projects from the DT, then leave a comment on the blog to be in with a chance of winning!

Happy stamping!

Claire x



Sunday, 8 July 2018

Your next Stamp - New release Blog Hop!

Hello again,

It's Blog Hop time over at Your Next Stamp! They have a brand new release for July and are celebrating by offering you 20% off your entire purchase as well as the chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate by leaving a comment on any of the blogs participating in the hop:



So my card features Coffee Cart. This is another great set if you enjoy colouring - there are so many images which can be put together in lots of different ways to create a whole heap of coffee inspired scenes.  I love that there are so many small stamps that can be used to decorate the cart, particularly as I'm a huge coffee addict (and self-confessed coffee snob!) I couldn't have the cart floating in mid air so I added a road using the Thick Stripe-Tastic Diagonal Edge and a Stitched Line for a bit of definition.










Ready to win a stamp set? Make a comment below and then head to the YNS blog to see who else is participating in the hop. The more comments you make, the more chances you'll be randomly picked to win that gift certificate!

Thanks for popping by, 

Claire x

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Your Next Stamp - New Release Preview

Hello folks!

I'm so thrilled to be guest designing again for Your Next Stamp this month, showcasing their brand new product release! YNS have a preview of what's on offer before the launch and blog hop get underway at 10.00pm EST. As always the design team have got lots of inspiration using the new stamps and dies:







For my preview card I've used this sweet new set called Hedgehugs, together with the matching wreath die. I kept it very simple as,  the wreath stamp is so pretty, I found I didn't want to add much to the card. To add some texture to the background I used parts of the new Honeycomb Die and then added a sprinkle of teeny, tiny butterflies for embellishment. 

Pop by later for the blog hop and leave a comment and you could be in the running to win a $25.00 gift certificate from Your Next Stamp. Don't forget, the more blogs you visit, the more inspiration you'll find and the more comments you make, the better your chances to win!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Friday, 6 July 2018

Bits and Bobs

Hello, how's your week going?

Time for a three-fer with this little card:







I could have made lots of cards this week with Less is More's challenge to make a card using an item from my 'bits' box. I actually cleared out my bits box a couple of months ago and lo and behold it's full again. I'm especially good at keeping small bits of inked card which I've used here - it was blended using distress inks and embossed over the top in gold with an MFT background stamp. I die cut a stitched frame, added the butterfly and a simple,  stencilled background using white primer. 

Since the colours are similar to those used in The Card Concept's latest challenge I'm going to pop it over there in the clean and simple category. And the stitched frame makes it a three-fer with AAA's challenge to use a frame.

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x




Monday, 25 June 2018

Papertrey Ink - June Blog Hop!

Hello bloggers!

I can't remember the last time I played along with a Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - it's not through lack of trying, just lack of time unfortunately!

June's inspiration image is another rainbow coloured concoction - I absolutely promise this is my last rainbow coloured creation - at least for this month:








As you can see I've been inspired by all those beautiful,  bright colours.  I used Grunge Me and the sentiment is from Stylish Sentiments, as is the teeny tiny star that I've stamped in the centre of some of the circles. It kind of looked a little busy with all that stamping and colour so I die cut a circle from the pattern and added a black border to break it up a bit.

I'm also joining in with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge which has a 'bright and cheerful' theme.

Looking forward to sitting down with a coffee and seeing what everyone else has been inspired by!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x



Saturday, 23 June 2018

Your Next Stamp Feature Day - Animal Antics!

Hello folks,

It's Feature Day over at Your Next Stamp where I'm guest designing for a couple of months. The YNS Design Team have chosen their favourite animal sets (and there's a lot of them!) to make a card:










Funny Farm Crew was one of my first YNS purchases and it's still one of my favourites. They're such a happy little bunch of farm critters, perfect for practising those colouring skills. I've used some very old patterned papers which is a great way to quickly create a sky and grass. The fence is a sparkly sticker won in a competition about 8 years ago...I knew I'd get to use it one day!

Go and check out which animal sets the DT have chosen to use in their creations, then head to YNS to see what cute creatures are in the store.

Since I've been colouring again I'm popping this one over to The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge too!

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x