Thursday 30 August 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Daisies

Hi folks!

It doesn't seem two minutes since I posted the last Fusion challenge - where did the time go?
This week's challenge has a pretty inspiration pic featuring daisies and a sketch featuring lots of circles:

As you can see,  I used both the sketch and the pic - the blue strip has been stamped with Versamark, using MFT's Wood Plank background stamp and the rest of the card has been embossed in their Bundles of Blossoms.  The die cut ring is a Porthole die from Your Next Stamp and the daisies are MFT Dynamics.  I finished off with a vellum flourish from Fancy That.

Make sure you go and check out what the very talented DT have come up with won't you?

Thanks for stopping!

Claire x

Your Next Stamp - Reinbeer

Hi folks,

Just a quickie for Your Next Stamp's Sketch and Colour Challenge:

Isn't this 'reinbeer' cute?  I'm sure my husband will love this since he fancies himself as a professional beer brewer.  I used the sketch but the colours are pretty close to the colour swatch too - although I have to admit that was completely unintentional.  His nose has a good slathering of Glossy Accents so its nice and shiny. The patterned paper is Winter Plaid and the die cuts are the Instalove Polaroid Die Set.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday 27 August 2018

MFT Sketch Challenge

Morning all!

Another day, another card... another MFT card for their sketch challenge using the Marble Background Stamp and Happy Hippos:

It's another bright one so it's going over to Time Out. Again!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday 26 August 2018

Just Playing with Ink

Hello fellow inkers!

I've had lots of guest designing stints this year which has been lovely, but it's also meant that I've had new stuff sitting in my stash that hasn't yet seen any ink. So last night was just spent playing around with a few new bits and pieces. 

First up is this very simple card, created for AAA Cards where the challenge is to use a stencil. I'm forever lamenting about my lack of stencil skills but I do love using them - the circle stencil was a new purchase from MFT, which means I can now chuck away all those bits of die cut acetate I'd been using previously! The stamp is Dandelion Wishes from Happy Little Stampers:

Yet again I'm popping it over to Time Out where the challenge is to use bright colours. Since it's the third card I've posted to that challenge, the DT may be forgiven for getting a bit bored with me....

The next card is for MFT's clean and simple birthday project challenge using Bubble Over with Joy and their Marble Background Stamp - another one that's been on my never-ending MFT wishlist for some time.  Can you tell there was a 40% off sale a couple of weeks ago?!  

Thanks for popping by today!

Claire x

Saturday 25 August 2018

Simple Dragonfly

Hello and happy weekend!

I couldn't resist treating myself to one of MFT's new stamp sets recently - Fluttering Friends:

Their current birthday challenge has a clean and simple theme which fits in perfectly with the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I kept it really simple, colouring the pretty dragonfly with Copics and adding a cluster of flowers from the same set, leaving them uncoloured.  I've given them a good smothering of Wink of Stella though, so they actually look very sparkly in real life.  

Since this little dragonfly is a burst of bright colour with the black and white blooms, I'm also popping the card over to Time Out where the theme is 'bright.'

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday 20 August 2018

Simply Celebrate

Hello again,

I've been playing around with the sketch from Less is More - looks nice and simple doesn't it but it was hard finding a sentiment that fit with the squares: 

I used Whimsy Stamps Happy Everything to create the pattern and the sentiment is from WMS. I made sure I used some bright hues so I could also play along at Time Out where the theme is 'bright.'

Have a fabulous day!

Claire x

Saturday 18 August 2018

Freshly Made Soup!

Hello, hope you are having a great weekend!

Just a quick post for a card I made combining the colours from MFT and the sketch from Freshly Made sketches:

I used Recipe for Happiness from MFT but had to cut the sentiment down to 'you're souper' instead of 'you're souper cool' in order to fit the sketch!  I also used Wood Plank Background for the grey and kraft strips - it looked a bit plain with the white panel so I embossed it with a striped embossing folder and added a scattering of clear drops from PPP.

Hope you get time to get inky this weekend!

Claire x

Thursday 16 August 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Galaxy

Hello folks!

It's time for a new challenge over at Fusion where I'm guest designing this month.  Will you be inspired by the galaxy of stars in the pic or by the sketch, or perhap use them both together?

I've used the sketch and been inspired by the pic - I've used distress inks to create a space-like sky and the little spaceman is from Your Next Stamp. The embossed, striped background was done using Mama Elephant's Basic Borders.

Make sure you pop over and say 'hi' to the Design Team won't you? You've got a couple of weeks to join in with the challenge - who knows, you may even be chosen as 'Zen Master!'

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday 12 August 2018

Stencils and Copics

Hello and happy weekend to you!

Just a couple of cards to show - the first for Freshly Made Sketches. It's the perfect sketch to use with Sarah's Forest Foliage Stencil over at  Funky Fossil. The sentiment's from MFT:

My other card is for Your Next Stamp's sketch challenge. I used Freeze, along with some YNS Winter Plaid patterned paper and some sparkly gumdrops. The navy strip has been stamped with the Stripe-tastic Diagonal Edge stamp using navy ink - it isn't really showing up in the photo but I promise it's there! I love these stamped images - especially as the policewoman has made sure she's put her sparkly lippy on before starting work!

Hope you get some time to get inky this weekend! Thanks for calling by,

Claire x

Sunday 5 August 2018

MFT Colour and Sketch

Hello fellow bloggers!

MFT's latest colour challenge intrigued me as I'd never have thought to put these colours together. I've never been a big fan of purple but I really like it teamed with the warm coral and it makes a nice change from the usual pinks and oranges I normally play with:

I've used Funky Flowers and the white embossed vellum background has been stamped using Garden Flourish. I've also used their sketch challenge for some layout inspiration.

Happy weekend!

Claire x

Thursday 2 August 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Guest Designer: Rustic Flowers


I'm absolutely thrilled to be back as guest designer for Fusion Card Challenge this August.  Karren has chosen some wonderful photos for you to be inspired by - don't forget that you can either make a card based on the photo or just use the sketch. Or you can combine them together as I've done:

I drew inspiration from the rustic, wooden plant holder, as well as the pretty blossoms. I've stamped the poppies from Penny Black's Blooming Garden and used MFT's Wood Plank background for the right hand panel.

Those lovely ladies from the DT are as talented as ever so pop over to their blogs to see how they've used the photo to create their cards. You have until Wednesday 15th August to link up on the Fusion blog!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x