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

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

More Rainbows!

Hello again,

I'm just sneaking in with a quick card before CAS-ual Friday's latest challenge closes . The theme is 'Boys of Summer.' What better way to represent Summer than using bright, rainbow colours:

I used Amazeballs for this (now retired) and a sentiment by Waltzingmouse.  I coloured the circles with Copics and added some Glossy Accents to the black dots.  I used the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch and the rainbow theme again from Addicted to CAS as well as the Geometrics theme from AAA Cards!

Enjoy your day!

Claire x

Monday, 18 June 2018

Rainbow Friend

Hello folks!

Time for another card for one of my favourite challenge words at Addicted to CAS - 'rainbow:'

I used MFT's Happy Hippos and the rainbow coloured edge under the card panel was done with PTI's Watercolor Wonder. Am I allowed to say I'm really happy with how it turned out? 

The theme over at Less is More is friendship so I'm also popping it in their latest challenge as well as the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Your Next Stamp - Design Team Dare - Comment to Win!

Hello bloggers!

Your Next Stamp is giving you yet another opportunity to win over on the YNS blog with it's latest Design Team Dare - this month we've been dared to create a Summer themed card:

I used Spec-tacular Phoebe and Friends to create a little Summer scene.  The stamped strip behind the panel has been done using Cool Backgrounds - I stamped it in orange and then stamped over the top of it in yellow to give a two tone effect.

Head on over to the blog to see how the Design Team have been inspired by the challenge - make a comment on the blog and you could be randomly picked to win the stamp set of your choice!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday, 11 June 2018

Farmyard Fun

Hello again,

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge has been inspiring me to get my Copics out again - this time for CASology where the cue word is 'farm.'

It gave me the perfect excuse to ink up one of my favourite stamp sets from Your Next Stamp - Funny Farm Crew. I framed them using their InstaLove Polaroid Die Set which I've coloured using MFT's Wood Plank backgound stamp. 

Have a great week!

Claire x

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Your Next Stamp - June 2018 Blog Hop!

Hello folks!

I'm delighted to be guest designer once again for Your Next Stamp this month.  As always there are some wonderful opportunities to join in the fun, make a comment and win a $25.00 gift certificate to spend in the store.

Today there's a Favourites Blog Hop - the design team have used some of their favourite YNS products to create a card:

I find it difficult to find good masculine stamps but I've always loved this little fella from Nailed It. It's a great set as the sentiments cover just about every kind of occasion for the men in your life....thank-you, Father's Day and birthday. It's particularly suited to my bloke who's the handiest man around! I love the tools that come with the set - they're all single stamps so they can be stamped and coloured, then piled together like I've done here or used multiple times to create a background.

There's no new release this month - however, there is a CRAZY good SALE:

  • You must enter the code - no refunds for orders placed without the discount code
  • FREE shipping does not apply during the sale. If your order is over $75 (in the US or Canada), you will see a flat rate shipping charge for $10. The more you order the more you will save!
  • Discounted shipping rates will be applied during the checkout to international orders
  • Discount applied to YNS in stock items only

Don't forget about the blog hop too! Just click on the photos below and leave a comment on each of the design team's blogs and you'll be in with a chance to win the $25.00 gift certificate. You have until 12 midnight on June 12th!

I'm also popping this card over to The Daily Marker's 30 Day Colouring Challenge which started on June 1st! 

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Friday, 1 June 2018

MFT Birthday Challenge

Morning bloggers!

My Favorite Things have a birthday challenge this month featuring cupcakes:

I've had this set, Birthday Chicks, on my MFT wishlist for quite a while now - it always seemed to be out of stock so it's taken me ages to get my inky fingers on it.

I've had a go at no line colouring with Copics. I've practised this technique so many times and find it a really difficult one to master - all my attempts have ended up in the bin so far but I'm reasonably happy with how the little chicks turned out on this one so I actually decided to use them. 5 out of 10 for technique but 9 out of 10 for perseverance!

I also used MFT's Blueprints 27 die and if you recognise the Bokeh watercolour background it's because I used the leftovers from my previous card.

I'm also popping this one over to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where anything goes!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday, 28 May 2018

Birthdays Galore

Hello folks!,

It's late, I'm tired and there's a burger waiting with my name on it so here's a quick card based on the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:

I started by creating a bokeh background on watercolour paper but it was a bit much for a clean and simple card so I used an MFT die to cut some strips and added a couple of Stampin' Up blooms, white embossed on vellum. The sentiment's PTI and the leaves were die cut using a die from my local craft shop - Papertisserie.

Two of my other favourite challenges - AAA Cards and CAS-ual Fridays - are both celebrating birthdays this week so I'm playing along over there too!

Thanks for popping by, I'm off for that burger!

Claire x

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Addicted to CAS - Guest Designer

Hello bloggers!

I'm so thrilled to be Guest Designer for Addicted to CAS this week! There's a brand new code word to inspire you which is 'sea:'

I used the sweet little puffer fish from Your Next Stamp's new release 'Totally Narly.'   I created the sea using Color Bursts on vellum - I was surprised how well it worked and was expecting the vellum to buckle with the water but it held its shape really well and gave a lovely transluscent finish.

So how will you interpret the code word this week? You have 2 weeks to play along so get your inks out and start stamping!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Copper Embossed

 Hi folks,

Just a quick post to show you the latest card I've done for Casology. The cue word this week is 'copper:'

I've used PTI's Doodlie-Do with some Zing copper embossing powder against black and cream card stock. I'm also popping it over to AAA Cards where the theme is 'inspired by nature.'

Short but sweet today,

Claire x

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Your next Stamp - Design Team Dare - Comment to Win!

Hello again!

It's Design Team Dare time over at Your Next Stamp and this month we've had to use a shade of blue as the primary colour. I coloured the main image on the shaker card below with blue Copics but then stuck with the blue theme and used different shades for the whole card:

I stamped Totally Narly from this week's new realease - it's another fun set with lots of sea-themed images to colour. They go perfectly with the Water Window Die Set which I've used to create the little sea scene. 

As with any DT Dare, you have the opportunity to comment and win a stamp set of your choice from Your Next Stamp. Head to the YNS blog to make your comment by May 18th EST for a chance to win! The winner will be announced on May 20th!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x