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 humidity...it'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

Saturday, 11 May 2019

MFT Sketch Challenge #436

Hello folks, happy weekend!

There's been an abundance of CAS cards with lots of white space on this blog lately so for MFT's latest sketch challenge I pulled out some patterned paper for a change:

I coloured this sweet MFT Viking  and used a couple of Fishtail dienamics for the flags. Don't you just love that masculine Kaisercraft paper?

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Saturday, 4 May 2019

FMS #386

Hello fellow inkers!

Not many cards being made lately. I've been practising my watercoloring skills which are pretty average to say the least:

I white embossed Clearly Besotted's Beautiful Friend and stamped a Wood Plank Background from MFT. The scallop edge is also MFT - Stitched Scallop Basic Edge die. I knew it would fit perfectly with the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches so it all came together very quickly!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Claire x

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Clean and Simple Your next Stamp!

Hello folks,

Can't resist a clean and simple challenge and that's the theme for Your Next Stamp's Fun Friday Challenge:

I've used the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch for the layout - I thought it would fit perfectly with the sweet little spaceman from Blast Off!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Monday, 15 April 2019

FMS - Winter Wishes

Hi bloggers!

Time for a quick card for Freshly Made Sketches:

The sweet little penguin is from Penguin's Winter Adventure by Whimsy Stamps.  I've created the snowy background using CAS-ual Friday's Snowy Sayings so I'm also popping it over to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge to create your own patterned paper.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Ombre...or Maybe Not

Hello, hope you're having a good week!

Addicted to CAS has another code word to inspire which is 'ombre.' I used 3 similar shades of distress inks but two of them look almost identical so I'm afraid it's not very ombre-ish!

I also used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch - I found the sentiment placement quite difficult so ended up stamping on the diagonal with an Altenew sentiment.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 7 April 2019

FMS #382

Morning bloggers!

I coloured a second one of these sweet, Pure Innocence girls from MFT for this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

She was originally wearing a yellow dress but when I went to put the dots on,  the ink from the Copic marker splodged all over it, so I had to blend it in as best I could and turn it orange. You can see where I haven't blended properly as there was just too much ink - looks as though she's spilt something, messy girl!

The blue background was done using Colorburst and MFT's Bundles of Blossoms. I didn't put the sentiment on the flag as it was way too long! 

Enjoy the weekend! 

Claire x

Friday, 5 April 2019

MFT Sketch and Colour Challenges

Hello folks,

Here's a card I made combining the colours from My Favourite Things' Colour Challenge and their latest sketch:


I used Pure Innocence Butterfly Kisses - the background is Happy Birthday Background white embossed over yellow Colorburst. 

Thanks for stopping!

Claire x

Monday, 1 April 2019

Fusion - Take 2

Hello fellow inkers!

I enjoyed the Fusion challenge so much that I thought I'd have a second go at it. This time I looked at the picture with my glasses on - and realised that there isn't actually any orange on it.  You can see my previous, incorrect take on it if you look at the previous post!  Note to self: keep my specs on when crafting! I used the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout:

The second card is for Time Out - I thought there was so much to draw from - the striped cushion, the butterfly and the way the wall has the subtle detail which almost looks like it's embossed:

Have a fabulous week!

Claire x

Monday, 25 March 2019

Folk Art Flowers

Hello fellow inkers!

Still no computer so another very average photo for this little card I made using the sketch  from Freshly made sketches and colours inspired by the photo over at Fusion:

It's been a while since I used Waltzingmouse's Folk Art Medallion but I thought it would be a perfect fit for the sketch. 

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Friday, 22 March 2019

Ocean Helloooo

G'day folks,

I've been playing around with this week's cue card over at CASology which is 'ocean': 

Not the best photo - our computer has completely and utterly died so this one's been done on the I-pad. I used a sweet little seahorse stamp from Your Next Stamp's Totally Narly. Did you know that sea horses change colour? This one has completely camouflaged himself against the blended ocean background!

It's taken about an hour to work out how to write this post on the I-pad and for some reason I can't get the  AAA Cards challenge photo up but I'm linking up over there for a second time as their challenge is to use only one image.

Just off to throw this I-pad out the window....

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Having a Ball!

Hello bloggers,

AAA Card's latest challenge is to use just one image, with the optional twist of Spring. I've used  Color Thowdown's colour palette but I have taken a little artistic licence and used a very, very faint blue to do the glass:

The image used is Lawn Fawn's Sweet Smiles!

Happy stamping!

Claire x