Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Critter Christmas!

Hello inkers,

Just a few more Christmas cards to go and then I'm done. Most of my cards are winging their way across to the UK as I write, my wallet almost empty due to the astronomical postal costs! 

These two are for a couple of different challenges - the first a combined MFT Colour and Sketch:


 







I've used Sweet Holiday Penguins with a sentiment from Itty Bitty Holiday.




My second card's for Your Next Stamp's latest challenge to add 'sparkle and shine.' I used Reinbeer and gave him a sparkly red, glitter nose and added a couple of strips of sparkly card.  This one's also going over to Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge where they're in 'sparkle mode.' 

Happy stamping!

Claire

Monday, 22 November 2021

Color Throwdown #669

Hello folks,

Quick card for 3 challenges - I've used the colours from Color Throwdown (it's navy blue but looks black in the photo!), the sketch from Sunday Stamps and the quote from Time Out: 'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication:'

 






The mojo has been missing for weeks now so I got out my favourite all time set as it always seems to give it a boost - Doodlie Do from PTI. I gold embossed the navy card stock and added a sentiment from MFT. I think the gold looks really sophisticated against the navy, hence the TO quote!

Happy stamping!

Claire 

Friday, 12 November 2021

All About the Sentiment

Hello folks,

My inky mojo has completely disappeared this week so I've only managed a very CAS card for Lawnfawnatic's Make the Sentiment a Star challenge:








I used Quinn's ABC's and Flutter By with a good sprinkling of glitter added to the white embossed die cut letters to make them really pop against the background. I was also inspired by the bold, fresh colours over at Sunday Stamps. 

Happy stamping!

Claire

Sunday, 7 November 2021

MFT Colour Challenge #176

Hello inkers,

Not much time for card making this week - talk about hitting the ground running when lockdown finished. I almost wish we were back in it! 

Here's a little card for MFT's colour challenge featuring these sweet little penguins from Penguin Party:








I kept it very simple - the penguins are the stars of the show after all - and stencilled a 'floor' to ground the images using the Rectangle Extraordinaire Stencil. 

I'm also popping this over to Just Us Girls - their Word Week challenge features the word 'merry.'  Of course we all naturally think of Christmas but since the definition of merry is 'cheerful and lively',  just like these penguins, I'm going to link up over there too.

Happy stamping!

Claire

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

CASology _ Guest Designer: Type

 Hi folks,

I'm delighted to be guest designer at CASology for their latest challenge. The cue card is: Type:








I do like it when the cue card is quite specific -  I knew exactly which set to ink up for it: Mama Elephant's Type It featuring a very old fashioned typewriter. Remember those? Probably not if you're under 40. I showed it to my youngest and he said 'oh that's a typer from the old days'  making me feel about 90! 

The ink splashes underneath are a combination of PTI and Your Next Stamp - a trio of enamel dots and it was done.

There's 3 weeks to get inky for this one so no excuses not to join in!

Happy stamping!

Claire

Saturday, 23 October 2021

MFT Sketch Challenge #564

Hello, hope you're having a great weekend!

Still playing with new goodies from MFT - this time SY Selfies with Santa for sketch challenge #564:

 



Needless to say I didn't find this the easiest sketch to work with but I like how it turned out in the end - I used a die from the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics and added some paper strips from various MFT paper pads. The heart die is from Blueprints 27. 

Happy stamping!

Claire


Wednesday, 20 October 2021

MFT Colour Challenge #175

Hello again,

I bought some new MFT goodies last week - another one of my favourite Pure Innocence images called Freezings Greetings:

 





I didn't immediately think 'Christmas' when I saw the colours but I do like a different Christmas combo instead of the traditional green and red. Its a more modern and fresh version, particularly with the lemon thrown in!

I've embossed the background with Christmas Background stamp and the dp is from the Very Merry Paper Pad. 

This one's also going over to Addicted to Stamps and More's Make Your Mark challenge. 

Happy stamping!

Claire 

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #110

Hello inkers,

We are officially out of lockdown here in Sydney - I'd like to say I've been partying up a storm but since I've been working, I actually haven't tasted freedom yet!

Anyway, here's a CAS card for the current Lawn Fanatics challenge  using an inspiration pic featuring pretty Autumnal colours against a blue sky:

 





No blue in this one - instead I focussed on the colours of the leaves and branches. Living in Australia, I miss the brilliant colours of a UK Autumn - the seasons here aren't as distinct and we just don't get beautiful reds, oranges and yellows on the trees.

I used the now retired Blissful Botanicals, coloured with Copics with a sentiment from A Birdie Told Me.

Thanks for popping by,

Claire

Saturday, 9 October 2021

CAS Birthday

Hello again,

Here's a very CAS card for AAA Cards 200th birthday challenge using stamps from two different Winnie and Walter sets and a sentiment from Waltzingmouse.  





I used the gorgeous colours from Sunday Stamps - they always have such great colour combos - and the theme from CAS on Friday which is  Circles

It's such a simple design - I might use it for some Christmas cards too!

Happy stamping!

Claire 

Monday, 4 October 2021

MFT Sketch Challenge #174

Hello again,

Another day, another card - a positive of lockdown is I'll have all my Christmas cards done and dusted by November. You have to look on the bright side don't you? This one's for MFT's latest sketch challenge:





I've used Christmas sELFies with dp from the Very Merry Paper Pad. The sentiment's from Bitty Holiday Wishes. 

Happy stamping!

Claire

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Alex Syberia Blooms

Hello folks,

Only a week to go until 'Freedom Day' for Sydney - there's light at the end of the lockdown tunnel! It's the little things I've missed...just to go into a shop and browse, have a drink at a bar and catch up with friends. We take so much for granted!

Here's another card featuring one of Alex Syberia's pretty Digi stamps called Dog Rose:






I've used the colours from Colour Throwdown, coloured the blooms with Copics and stencilled a distress ink panel splashed with a little water. The sentiment's from Just Add Ink.  It's also going over to Time Out's Inspired by Words challenge and Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge where 'anything goes'.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Claire 

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

September Altenew Inspiration Challenge

Hello folks,

I've made a very simple card for  this months Altenew challenge using Hennah Elements:








Despite the large number of pinks in my Copic collection, nothing really matched the pinks in the pic so I used white embossing powder to stamp the blooms on coloured card stock. I added some detail with Copics and a sentiment - tempting as it was to add some more stamping, I thought I'd stick to a CAS design.  

Altenew also happens to be the sponsor over at Time Out this week - their 'inspired by words' challenge gave a great excuse to get the flowers out!

Happy stamping!

Claire 

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Lawnfawnatics Challenge #109 - Awesome Autumn

Hello inkers,

Here's my take on Lawn Fawn's Autumn themed challenge:






I stamped a framed Autumn scene using Into the Woods. The little birdie and sentiment is from A Birdie Told me and I used one of the sprigs from Blissful Botanicals (retired) to stamp a simple background using matching ink and cardstock. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Claire

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

MFT Card Design Superstar - Colouring Virtuoso

Hello again,

Here's my second card for MFT's 2021 Card Design Superstar comp - this time for the 'colouring virtuoso' category. I do not profess to being a virtuoso in anything, let alone colouring but it's always fun to play along! I used Lavish Lilies, coloured with Copics:







I added a strip of stamped and distressed Wood Plank Background (retired) and the sentiment's from Itty Bitty Basics. 

Thanks for popping by!

Claire

Saturday, 18 September 2021

MFT 2021 Card Design Superstar - Clean and Simple 'Genius'

Hello, happy weekend to you!

It's time for MFT's Card Design Superstar contest. This one's for their clean and simple category:






I partially die cut a panel using PI Reindeer Games Die-namics, then stamped and coloured the PI Reindeer Games image and placed it over the cut panel - this gave it a neat, clean finish on the back when the card is opened.  I added a couple of narrow strips of Very Merry paper and the sentiment's from Bitty Holiday Wishes.

Not sure about 'genius' but I'm happy with how it turned out!

Thanks for popping by!

Claire 

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Alcohol Inked Leaves

 Hello folks,

Here's a quick, CAS card for three challenges - Addicted to CAS (code word - leaf), The Card Concept (photo inspiration) and CASology (cue card - 'one' so I've used one leaf die):








I took an alcohol ink background class a couple of years ago so I've got lots of bright, alcohol inked panels but I've never really known what to do with them. The colours in the Card Concept pic are almost identical so I used a simple leaf die and used the sprigs to make a CAS card - the sentiment's from Ink to Paper. 

I think less is more when it comes to alcohol ink backgrounds - especially when the colours are this bright - I almost need sunglasses to look at it!

Happy stamping!

Claire

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Copic Coloured Gardenia

Hello, happy weekend!

I was lucky enough to win a gift card recently from Alex Syberia Design - she has beautiful hand drawn digital stamps in her Etsy shop which are super easy to buy and download. I used  Sweet Gardenia as I liked the large petals - perfect for practising my Copic colouring:


 


I used all the pretty colours from Sunday Stamps and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. The background panel is white embossed Circle Celebrations Background stamp on grout grey card stock from MFT. I was going to add a bit of bling but I think the image is so pretty I nothing else is required! 

Happy stamping!

Claire 

Friday, 10 September 2021

Lawn Fawn Challenge #108 - Inspiration Photo

Hello folks,

Here's my take on the latest Lawn Fawn challenge using their inspiration photo:



 


I love the colours and used some Copics to colour a couple of gold embossed butterflies from Flutter By. The stamped leaves are from Blissful Botanicals.  I could have spent all day colouring those butterflies...so relaxing!

Happy stamping!

Claire