Thursday, 11 July 2019

Time Out Guest Designer - Take Two

Hello again,

Hope you're having an inky week. Have you had time to play along at Time Out yet? Their latest challenge, for which I thrilled to be guest designing, is a quote: 'With freedom, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?' by Oscar Wilde:

For this week's card I stuck to a flowery theme and coloured this pretty PTI rose. The background panel has been stamped and white embossed using a script stamp from W Plus 9. A couple of embossed and patterned paper strips and it turned into quite the layered card!

Hope you have time to join in this week!

Claire x

Sunday, 7 July 2019

MFT Colour and Sketch Challenges

Hello, happy weekend to you!

I've combined the challenge colours and sketch over at MFT to create this card - I'm not a big fan of purple but mixed with the red and coral, I really like it. It's definitely a combo I'll use again:

I used Garden Flourish for my background, stamped in Versamark and Funky Flowers which I don't think are available any more. The sentiment is from Bring Out the Sunshine.

Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, 4 July 2019

Time Out - Guest Designer

Hello folks!

I'm so thrilled to be guest designer over at one of my favourite challenge blogs this week - Time Out. They have an 'inspired by words' challenge for you to get your inky teeth into - 'with freedom, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?' As it's Independence Day over in the US, it's a very appropriate quote from Oscar Wilde:

So many directions you could go with this - I chose to make a card featuring this sweet little bunny from CAS-ual Fridays Somebunny with a scattering of stars from Your Next Stamp. 

This week's challenge is sponsored by Catherine Pooler so that gives you even more of an excuse to join in the fun. Make sure you go and check out her website and pop over to the DT's blogs for some Independence Day inspiration!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Seeing More Spots!

Hello again,

I've another card for you today featuring spots, this time for Less is More which has a one layer challenge to use spots:

It's been a while since I inked up Whimsy Stamps' Happy Hello - it feature a larger, spot block stamp so I used it to create a rainbow background and embossed the PTI sentiment over the top with some holographic, glitter embossing powder. It really does look quite sparkly in real life but doesn't show up in the photo.

Short and sweet today! Happy stamping!

Claire x

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Seeing Spots! for MFT!

Hello folks,

I've made a very simple shaker card using the sketch from MFT:

Instead of putting the sentiment over the main shape, I draped over this sweet little leopard from Lovable Leopards and added the sentiment to the bottom.  I'm not a big fan of making shaker cards - I find them so fiddly and the shaker bits always end up sticking to the window of the card which really gives me the irrits!! So when I last put an order in with MFT,  I invested in their Rectangle Shaker Window and Frame Die with matching Pouches and what a difference it made. It will be shaker cards all the way from now on....

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 30 June 2019

AAA Corner Challenge

G'day fellow inkers, happy weekend to you!

Here's a CAS card for AAA Cards for their latest challenge using one corner of the card with the optional twist of using flowers:

I always find it quite difficult to use just one corner - the symmetry never seems to work and the design either seems to look too top heavy or the rest of the card looks too bare.  I used Waltzingmouse's Simple Sprig and balanced it out by adding the sentiment to the opposite corner. I also added one of MFT's stitched frames which I can't get enough of at the moment - I strongly recommend them if you haven't got them already.

I'm also popping this one over to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge which has an Anything Goes theme happening this week.

Hope you get the time to enter a few challenges!

Claire x

Friday, 21 June 2019

Less is More #397

Hello folks,

I wouldn't have thought of using the colours together at Less is More but when I saw the beautiful cards by the DT I realised what a pretty combo they are:

I have to admit it was made in record time as it's almost the end of the challenge!

Happy stamping!


Monday, 17 June 2019

MFT Sketch Challenge #441

Hello fellow inkers!

Not much card making happening in my germ-ridden home at the moment but I did manage to whip this little number up in-between the sneezing using Rain and Shine for the latest MFT sketch challenge:

Happy stamping!

Claire z

Saturday, 8 June 2019

MFT Colour Challenge #118

Hello bloggers,

I'm loving colouring these MFT images at the moment - here's one for the latest MFT Colour challenge:

I used BB Birth-yay and Happy Birthday Background.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

CAS Christmas

Hello fellow inkers!

As someone who loves both heat and dry embossing, Less is More's latest challenge was right up my card making alley:

I love Christmas cards that aren't traditional Christmas colours so took my inspiration from the colours in Time Out's Home Sweet Home challenge.  I've heat embossed some snow on to the roofs of this sweet Lawn Fawn scene and added some dry embossed snowflakes just for good measure.

I'm also popping it over to CASology where the cue card is 'calm.' Who doesn't feel calm when they watch snow fall gently to the ground?

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Thursday, 30 May 2019

MFT Colour Challenge #118

Hi folks,

Still playing with brand new stuff - I picked up this gorgeous Heart Tree die from MFT at my local craft store which closed down recently (you can probably hear my sobs from where you are:)

It took me ages to put all those little leaves back in the die and probably wasn't helped by the glass of wine I was consuming at the time! I've used this week's colours but added in some neutral brown for the Wood Plank background. I also added a couple of Single Stitch Rectangle Frames and part of a sentiment from Birthday Chicks.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #389

Hello folks,

The Copics have been out again, this time for Freshly Made Sketch #389:

I haven't inked up PTI's Doodlie Do in a while. For some reason I always seem to reach for the pinks and oranges with flowers so thought I'd go for blues and greens for a change.. It was a little sparse with just the one big bloom so I added a second but kept it uncoloured. The background is Gesso with a honeycomb stencil and I've added a sentiment from Altenew. 

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Friday, 24 May 2019

MFT Sketch #438

Hello fellow inkers,

Happy Mail from MFT arrived this week - lots of new things to play with including one from the newest release - Bring Out the Sunshine :

I've used this week's sketch which I've had to flip it to make it work with the image. For the panels I used the Sweet Celebration Paper pack which I cut using Stitched Scallop Basic Edges. The sentiment from the set was a little large to use with the sketch so I've used one from Essential Sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Claire x

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Summer Fun with Your Next Stamp

Hi bloggers,

Your Next Stamp has a 'School's out for Summer' theme happening for their Fun Friday Challenge.  We may be on the cusp of Winter here in Sydney but the Summer just seems to keep on giving at the moment - blue skies, 7 degrees above average and no's just perfect!  With Summer still on my mind I decided to use Honey Bee:

I struggle a bit making scenes as I prefer lots of white space instead of filling up the entire card front.  The sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch was just right for what I had in mind.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 19 May 2019

AAA and CASology Take 3!

Hello again,

It's a rare day that I manage to enter a challenge twice, let alone three times,  but something about the CASology and AAA challenges must have whetted my creative appetite!

This is what I originally had in mind for both challenges - a simple strip of PTI's Watercolor Wonder stamped at the base of the card with a big, bold sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays. I stamped the sentiment in black but thought it need a bit of a boost so added a second white embossed layer with a touch of clear glitter to create a shadowed sentiment.  I reckon this design would work well as a really simple Christmas card - just with Christmas colours and sentiment!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Challenges Galore

G'day folks!

I've actually had a couple of hours to sit down and stamp this week so I've had a play with MFT's new sketch:

I used my favourite Wood Plank Background and some of the critters from Polynesian Paradise to whip this one up. I put a big order in to MFT this week - I was so looking forward to spending the weekend using all my new goodies but Fedex arrived when I was working  so now I won't get them till Monday. So disappointed!

The next card is a clean and simple one for four different challenges - CASology's cue card is 'color' which fitted in perfectly with the inspiration pic over at The Card Concept.  I love the colour combo of those bright Mosaics which reminded me of Waltzingmouse's Folk Art Medallion. I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and I'm popping it over to AAA Cards as I reckon that die cut is taking up about a third of the card.  It was such a quick card I decided to stamp a second one in a different colour!

Hope you have the time to get a bit inky over the weekend!

Happy stamping,

Claire x

Thursday, 16 May 2019

A Splash of Colour

Hi folks,

It's one of those rare days where I've managed to combine 3 challenges for the one card:

 CAS(E) This Sketch fitted in perfectly with AAA's one third challenge and a splash of bright colour for CASology completed the trifecta. I stamped PTI's Watercolor Wonder which I was going to use as a border on the edge of the card. It looked a little boring though, so I added these cute crayons from Lawn Fawn. Funnily enough, they fitted perfectly over the colour - don't you just love it when stuff like that happens?

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday, 13 May 2019

Freshly Made Sketch #387

Hello, hello,

Here's a very CAS card for this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

It's such a simple sketch but I really struggled with it, especially with the sprig of leaves draping over the panels. Nothing seemed to work so in the end I opted for some vellum which has given it a much softer look. All the products used are by MFT.

Happy stamping!

Claire x