Tuesday, 7 January 2020

CASology Guest Designer

Hello fellow inkers!

I'm delighted to be guest designing for CASology's first challenge of 2020. The cue card is 'repeat:'












I feel like life is on repeat at the moment - get up, go to work, look after kids, sleep, repeat, particularly at this time of year when the kids are on Summer holidays for 6 weeks!

As you can see, the repetitive elements on my card are all those stamped circles from Winnie and Walter's Big Bang Confetti. Did you know they are closing? Such a shame - I've seen so many small stamping businesses close over the the years. Head over to the W & W website as they have lots of bargains in store.

How will you interpret the word 'repeat?' Head on over to the CASology blog for heaps of inspiration from the DT!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x


Saturday, 4 January 2020

MFT Sketch #470

Hello folks!

It's almost too hot for card making here in Sydney - it reached a whopping 48.5C in the west of the city today, an all time record. It feels like the whole of Australia's burning - we've really never seen anything like it,  with mass evacuations and army reserves brought in to help the fire service who are doing an absolutely amazing job.

 So it almost feels a bit trite to be posting a card but hopefully it puts a smile on someone's face:






I found the MFT sketch quite a difficult one this week - it took a while to work out which of my (many) MFT stamps would work. In the end I opted for Birthday Chicks within a couple of Stitched Rectangle Frames and set against a cloudy stencilled background.

Here's hoping the heat goes down a few notches tonight - happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 29 December 2019

The Card Concept - Favourite Card of 2019

Hello again,

Just a very quick post - The Card Concept's final 'challenge' of the year is to share a photo of our Christmas tree or a pic of our favourite card from 2019. For the first time ever we decided to buy a fake tree this year - it's something I swore I'd never do but I've never been keen on the Christmas trees in Australia. They're a completely different shape in comparison to the traditional fir in the US and UK and I find it very hard to hang the ornaments on without pulling all the needles off!






So, rather than show you my fake tree, I'm sharing my favourite card of the year which is the one above using this Ferris wheel from Mama Elephant.  It was interesting going back throughout the year and seeing what I'd done - I managed to narrow it down to 4, all of them clean and simple like this one. 

Have a fabulous new year and hope you get to do lots of card making in 2020!

Claire x


Friday, 27 December 2019

Playing Favourites at Your Next Stamp!

Hello fellow inkers,

Hope you had a fun and festive Christmas.  Can you believe it's all over for another year?  Just think - only another 10 months to go until it starts all over again!

In between all the festivities I managed to squeeze in a bit of card making for Your Next Stamp's final challenge of the year using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:





The theme for Your Next Stamp is 'favourites' - I used my favourite stamp set from 2019 which is Dancing Dragonflies. I mixed it in with a couple of other sets - the sentiment is from 'Keeping' It Reel' and I've used the branch from Honey Bee - I've then framed the little scene with the large InstaLove Polaroid die.

Hope you get some time to play with some ink this holiday!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Brilliant Butterfly

Hello again fellow inkers!

Here's a quick card using the latest MFT colours and the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:









The obvious way to use those colours would be on a Christmas card  but I'm well and truly  Christmas carded out so I thought I'd use them to colour this pretty butterfly from Fluttering Friends instead. I do love this MFT set but struggle to create any depth with my Copics as the wings have such teeny, tiny detail on them!  The sentiment is from Essential Sentiments and the white embossed panel is Bundles of Blossoms on Grout Grey card stock and cut with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edge die. I've also added a sprinkle of clear glitter for some extra sparkle!

Happy stamping everyone!

Claire x



Saturday, 14 December 2019

Final Christmas Card of the Year!

Hello, hello,

So many fabulous challenges out there but just not enough time to play at this time of year!  I've rustled up this one for 3 different challenges - The Card Concept, Time Out and Freshly Made Sketches:









I've been inspired by the colours over at The Card Concept to make this clean and layered card - I didn't have any black and white check paper so I used a WMS houndstooth stamp to create the strips. It's not a traditional Christmas card but I like this PTI stamp using traditional Christmas colours. I didn't like the sentiment going across the strips so I placed it up the side and inside it says 'merry and bright.'

Hope your days are looking merry and bright!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday, 9 December 2019

Gingerbread Greetings

Hello folks!

As Christmas approaches there's not much time to get creative but I did manage a quick card for CASology. The cue card is 'gingerbread' so reaching for Lawn Fawn's Simply Celebrate Winter was the logical choice:







Of course I started the card, then realised that two of the DT had used exactly the same stamp so I cut up my little gingerbread folk instead of placing them in a strip. I also kept the focal point on the centre two by leaving the others uncoloured.

Enjoy your night!

Claire x