Tuesday 28 November 2017

My Favorite Things - Sketch Challenge

Hello again,

Not many Christmas cards to go now - here's a quick one using the sketch from My Favorite Things:

I used Santa's Elves, coloured with Copics on a Colour Burst background!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday 27 November 2017

Freshly Made Sketch #314

Hi all,

It may be Christmas but Down Under we're coming to the end of the school year - time to make a few thank you cards for those amazing teachers who've had to put up with my two naughty boys!

I used the latest Freshly Made Sketch:

I created a circular chalkboard background using a Kaisercraft stamp , added a couple of W Plus 9 apples, a sentiment from Waltzingmouse and the background has been stamped using a WMS woodgrain stamp.

I'm also popping this one over to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where one of my favourite bloggers is guest designing this month.  Make sure you go and check out Anita's fab cards at My Papercraft World won't you? The theme for their latest challenge is food and drink so I reckon a couple of juicy apples nails it!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Aloha! MFT Sketch Challenge #359

Hi all,

This sweet little image from My Favorite Thing's Polynesian Paradise is perfect for my niece who turns 6 next week. I've even tried to colour the image so that it looks like her:

I've used the latest sketch from MFT's challenge and one of their Fishtail banners to create the background. The base card has been lightly stencilled using texture paste.

Enjoy your week!

Claire x

Saturday 18 November 2017

Your Next Stamp - Sketch Challenge

Morning all,

Your Next Stamp's  latest sketch challenge is up:

I was lucky enough to be a guest designer for YNS almost 12 months ago and felt as though I barely did justice to all the goodies they sent me. I absolutely love this little fella - the Mini Merry Chris-Moose. He's coloured with Copics and I've added a glittery sparkle to his santa hat. I've also used the Thick Stripe-tastic Diagonal Edge, a sentiment from Huggles Christmas Star and I've embossed a Snowfall background on the circle die cut.  

Happy weekend!

Claire x

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Fishy Fun

Hi Bloggers,

Always chuffed when I manage to combine 3 challenges - it's a rare occurrence: 

This one's for AAA Cards where the theme is 'celebrate.'  I've also used the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch and I've cased a beautiful card by Michele from I Card Everyone which is being featured in the latest Time Out challenge: CASE with your own twist'.

I've used a die cut sentiment from MFT, together with a little angel fish from Your Next Stamp's Fishy Fun. The sentiment inside says 'It's o'fish'al, you're another year older!'

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Tuesday 14 November 2017

MFT #358 Sketch Challenge

Hello folks,

I've just managed to squeeze this one into the latest MFT sketch challenge which closes pretty soon:

I'll never tire of this cute little Birdie Brown space man!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday 12 November 2017

Stars and Sparkle

Hi all,

I've combined a couple of challenges for this card - CASology, where the cue word is 'tiny' and Less is More which has a fireworks colour challenge:

There's a teeny, tiny stamp in almost every set isn't there? And most of the time they sit there all inkless and alone, crying out for someone to play with them. I chose a stamp with a row of 3 stars in PTI's Stylish Sentiments and used it to create a larger shape in which to base a sentiment from the  same set. I've covered part of the sentiment with a heap of very sparkly glitter so I think, together with the burst of colourful stars, that makes it suitable for LIM's firework challenge.

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x

Monday 6 November 2017

Freshly Made Sketch/Card Concept

Hello again,

Can you believe I finished most of my Christmas cards weeks ago? I was preparing for the UK and realised I could save on the riduculously high postage fees so spent a couple of nights making 40 very quick cards to hand out when I was there. So what that everyone received their card 3 months early - it means I can justify spending the money saved on new stamps...doesn't it?!

I still have a few left to make though - this one will be winging it's way to a certain someone in blogland in a few weeks.  I've used the latest sketch from Freshly Made and I've been inspired by the rich and vibrant colours at The Card Concept - let's call it a classy and elegant style. 

The cute little elf is from MFT as is the gold embossed background stamp and the sentiment is from Waltzingmouse.

Thanks for popping,

Claire x

Sunday 5 November 2017

AAA Card Challenge - Ink Blending

Hello folks!

Is it really two months since I made a card? I've been back to the UK with the kids for a few weeks and left my mojo somewhere over the Pacific. Every time I go home the jet lag seem to gets worse on the return and the thought of making a card exhausted me!  Must be a sign of age...

Anyway, I'm getting back into the swing of it with a simple card for AAA Cards - their latest challenge is to do some ink blending:

I blended a circular panel with distress inks, added some gold embossing using Paper Smooches Curls and Swirls and a pretty die cut dragonfly. The sentiment's Winnie and Walter. 

Not sure whether that mojo's been found yet but it's a start. Hopefully it won't be another two months between inky sessions!

Happy stamping,

Claire x