Monday 21 December 2015

Freshly Made Sketch #217

Good morning bloggers!

Last card before Christmas for the final Freshly Made Sketch of 2015:

I stamped a heap of Whimsy Stamps balloons from Happy Everything. The sentiment is an MFT die cut which I covered in Glossy Accents and sprinkled with chunky glitter - it's a lot more sparkly in real life!  The colour palette is from a previous challenge at Colour Q that you can find here.

That's it for me for 2015 - where did the year go?  Hope you have a safe and happy Christmas and may Santa bring you lots of crafty goodness!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Saturday 19 December 2015

Life's a Juggling Act

Hello - hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

I've not had the chance to join in over at Casology for the last few weeks - probably for the same reason as every one else... and that's where the inspiration for this super CAS card came from:

In fact I'm dedicating this card to all those lovely Mum's out there who have spent the last few weeks Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, preparing for Christmas dinner, looking after the kids, working and who will probably fall in a heap on Christmas night thinking thank God it's over for another year.   I think you're all Amazeballs!

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Friday 18 December 2015

Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello bloggers!

I almost missed this month's Coffee Lover's Blog Hop so I'm just sneaking this little card in before Mr Linky closes:

I used this week's Retro Sketch for a little inspiration and Waltzingmouse's Coffee Set to fit the coffee lovers theme!

Have a great weekend!

Claire x

Sunday 13 December 2015

Feeling Wonky


It seems ages since I last made a card - hardly surprising when Christmas is just round the corner. 

The wonky rectangles in the latest Freshly made Sketch are kind of a reflection of my current state of mind.  I had the ultimate mother brain moment the other day, when my sister-in-law called to say thank you for the handmade card I had made for my 4 year old niece...and how lovely it would have been if I'd actually written something in it! Oh dear....

Moving on, I've been lusting after Altenew's Painted Flowers for months now so was very excited to see it land in my letterbox as part of an early Christmas present! This sketch was perfect for playing around with those pretty blooms. I partially covered the stamping with some vellum to soften it, then added a swirly 'hello' sentiment from MFT. Very simple, but pretty much the only thing my addled brain is capable of at the moment!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x

Friday 4 December 2015

CFC 146

G'day folks!

Anyone feeling a little stressed right now? How about a new CAS-ual Fridays Clean and Simple Challenge to get you into a more relaxing headspace? This month we're focusing on snowflakes:

I couldn't decide which colours to use so I did two different versions of the same card: one in cool blues and the other in more traditional Christmas colours - with a little bit of bling thrown in!

For these cards I used Snowflake Greetings - which you can find here at the CAS-ual Fridays store. Did you know,  those larger snowflakes are the perfect fit for a 1 inch circle die? And that you can also use your die to cut a hole in the middle of the circular greeting? They were so quick and easy to make these cards, that I ended up making a whole batch of them for family and friends.

Since my cards fit in with the theme over at Time Out I'm going to link up with their challenge based on this quote: Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies.

So, are you ready to get inky again for our final challenge of 2015? You need to get your Winter skates on - this challenge is for two weeks only and will end on 18th December at 6pm Eastern time. For those of you who like a few more layers on your cards, head on over to our other challenge site for the CAS-ual Fridays CAS-ual Chic challenge!

Happy stamping!

Claire x