Friday, 21 January 2022

Freshly Made Sketch #519

Hello inkers,

It's been a while since I played along with Freshly Made Sketches but after colouring in this sweet little oldie from MFT's Old Friends using their latest challenge colours, I realised it was just the inspiration I needed:







I white embossed City Block Background against black card stock and added some layered frames and a strip of dp from one of MFT's older patterned paper pads. The sentiment's from Festive Friends.

Happy stamping!

Claire

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Fifty and Fabulous

Hello folks,

I've lost count of the number of friends turning 50 this year. Since I live on the opposite side of the world to most of them, I forget that we're all ageing and it's come as a bit of a shock that all the friends I was running around with in my teens, are turning the big 50:





This card was inspired by the pic on The Card Concept but since I've just had a lovely few days away with a friend I seem to have lost all track of time and missed linking up. So, I'm just posting it to Sunday Stamps, having been inspired by their 'split in two' sketch above.  I've used CAS-ual Fridays WTF to get the message across!

Happy stamping!

Claire

Thursday, 13 January 2022

January Altenew Inspiration Challenge

Hello again,


Quick post for Altenew's January challenge - my mind's just not on card making at the moment and even with some gorgeous new Altenew goodies I just don't seem to have the mindset to put ink to paper. I did manage to pull this one together though, using their pretty Lotus set. 







I did a touch of stencilling for the background with the Grid Stencil and framed it all with the Simple Frame 3D Embossing Folder.

Happy stamping!

Claire












Friday, 31 December 2021

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - Take Two!

Hello again,

Second post for the day with another card using some new Altenew goodies. This time I've used the colours from July for their Year in Review Inspiration Challenge:





 


Again I'm popping this one over to Time Out for their theme challenge of 'new.' I've used Handpicked Bouquet and Fine Frames Cover Die.

Happy stamping and happy new year!

Claire


Altenew - Year in Review Inspiration Challenge

Hello folks,

Hope you had a lovely Christmas. I spent mine with family from SFO who I hadn't seen for 6 years. Lots of Covid-related worries in the lead up,  but they arrived safely and it was wonderful seeing all the young cousins together after so long!


 







That meant not much card making over the last few weeks but after some new goodies arrived from Altenew I had to get stamping.  I've made a couple of cards for their Year in Review Inspiration Challenge which I'll have to put on different posts. The first is using Peony Bouquet, based on the colours from June 2021. I've added a strip of gold washi and masked a strip of blue distress ink. Then I ran it through the Debossing Dotted Line Cover Die which I feel may become my new obsession - I love things that give card some details without overpowering it. The sentiment's from Tiny Sentiments:Hello Stamp Set.

This one's also going over to Time Out's new challenge, appropriately themed 'new.' I've used my lovely new Altenew goodies which luckily arrived in SFO a few hours before my family left! 

Happy stamping!

Claire


Tuesday, 7 December 2021

MFT Sketch #570

Hello inkers,

Just sneaking in before the latest MFT Sketch challenge closes:

 



My mojo's almost entirely gone as it usually does at this time of year - too much to do and too little time  to get creative. I've had these Sweet Holiday Penguins for quite a while but I rarely seem to ink this little fella up. About time he had some colour don't you think? 

The die cut frame was stamped with Wood Plank Background and the holly sprigs and Christmas tree are from Santas's Elves, with a sentiment from Selfies with Santa - all set against a patterned paper from Very Merry Paper Pad. 

Happy stamping!

Claire

Sunday, 5 December 2021

CAS Christmas Card

Hello folks,

There's always  a rush of last cards isn't there? Either for people you'd forgotten or for people who you weren't expecting to get a card from! 

I've made a very CAS card for 3 challenges - AAA Cards with an 'along the edge' challenge and optional snowy theme, Colour Throwdown and CAS on Friday's Winter themed challenge:

 




I used Ink to Paper's It's a Sign: Holiday Sentiments with some CAS-ual Fridays snowflake die cuts from sparkly white paper. A scattering of bling and it was done. 

We're on tenterhooks here as my in-laws are booked to fly over to Australia for Christmas. We haven't seen them for 6 years and if they have to cancel because of this new Covid variant we'll all be devastated. Such horrible, uncertain times we live in. 

Fingers crossed Christmas goes ahead without a hitch for everyone!

Happy stamping!

Claire