Sunday, 26 June 2022

Tropical Wishes

Hello folks!

It's been a while since I played along at Freshly Made Sketches - I love their latest layered sketch although I've used some poetic licence and altered the position of the sentiment:














I've also gone with the colours from the Color Throwdown, the tropical theme from Time Out and taken some flowery/colourful inspiration from Just Us Girls which has a very tropical photo for their challenge. The whole card has been made with goodies from MFT. 

Enjoy what's left of the weekend!

Claire






Thursday, 23 June 2022

One Layer Blooms

Hello again,

My Covid brain must have seriously affected me as I've actually chosen to make a one layer card - both The Paper Players and Less is More have one layer challenges this week with the added condition of one image over at LIM.  It's perhaps my penance for having Neil from the LIM DT very gently remind me that I should be using less layers for the LIM challenge last week:

 






So no layers in sight on this one - I used black card stock for a change as white space doesn't have to be white does it?  I silver embossed this Blooming Stamplorations stamp and coloured it with pencils - the sentiment's from Altenew. 

Happy stamping!

Claire

Monday, 20 June 2022

Altenew June Inspiration Challenge - Take Two

 Hello again inkers,

With some lovely new Altenew products to play with I had to make another card using the colours from the June Inspiration challenge. You can catch the first one here:






This time I used Handpicked Bouquet Stamp and Die Bundle, coloured with Copics. For the background I used the Beach Towel Stripes Stencil with Embossing Paste. I love how it turned out and it was so therapeutic swiping the soft paste over the stencil and trying to get it as smooth as possible! The sentiment's from Sentiments Strips.

The question is, can I get a third one in before the challenge closes?!

Happy stamping!

Claire

Saturday, 18 June 2022

Going Dotty

Hello folks,

I was beginning to think I was immune to Covid but sure enough tested positive this week along with my youngest so what else is there to do, other than isolate together and make a couple of cards?

The first one is for Addicted to CAS' 'dots' challenge:

 


All CAS-ual Fridays products on this one - I blended a rainbow circle with distress inks, went over the top with CF Bubbly Stencil then stamped over the top with Shenanigans. I'd love to say it's almost a one layer but its a die cut circle and not masked...there's no way I could have done all that blending without getting ink all over that lovely white space!









The second one is for MFT's colour challenge using Festive Old Friends. I used an old sketch from the Deconstructed Sketch blog - I used to love that challenge and there's still a link to all the old sketches if you feel like your mojo needs a bit of a push.  Happy stamping!

Claire

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Time Out #215 - Masculine 50th

Hello again,

It's about time I made a card that hasn't got flowers on it so Time Out's inspiration photo was the perfect prompt with lots of blue, black, gold and silver - perfect for a masculine 50th card:

 







The stamped and embossed stripes are PTI and the rest is Winnie and Walter with some sparkly die cut MFT numbers.  I'm also popping it over to Less is More's masculine challenge.

This one's off to the UK to my oldest friend, Michael. We've known each other our whole lives and assumed at the age of 6 that we'd get married when we grew up -  as you do at that age!  44 years later and he's still one of my favourite friends!

Happy stamping!

Claire

Saturday, 4 June 2022

Altenew Inspiration Challenge June 2022

Hello, happy weekend!

I'm still stuck in floral mode,  particularly as I'm yet to play with lots of new Altenew goodies which arrived in my happy mail last week. For this quick and easy card I used the Meadow Burst stencil:










It's actually 5 stencils that are layered together to create the image - so clever how it works, with three little holes that you line up together so you know you have it all in the correct place.  To add a bit more interest I die cut a centre panel and adhered it to the base with dimensional tape. The cut sentiment is the Fancy Hello die which I've smothered in Wink of Stella and I added a few pink sequins for a little more colour!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire


 

Friday, 3 June 2022

MFT Colour Challenge #190

Hello folks!

Love the sketch over at Sunday Stamps this week so I combined it with the latest MFT colours and Paper Players' Tic Tac Toe challenge:



 




A couple of retired MFT favourites on this one - Funky Flowers and Bundle of Blossoms Background stamp.  The sentiment's from Itty Bitty Basics, all set against a Stitched Mod Rectangle. The dp is a very old one from My Mind's Eye which I had a complete obsession with years ago...I still have lots of tiny pieces of it in my stash as I can't bear to part with it!

In the Paper Players challenge I've gone for the central strip - embossing (white background stamp if you can see it!), floral and dots.

Happy stamping!

Claire

Friday, 27 May 2022

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

Hello bloggers!

I've been waiting on some happy mail from Altenew for quite a while now - not sure what's better, the anticipation or the sound of that pretty package falling on your doorstep! 



 








I've used Blissful Blossoms Stamp and Die Bundle for my CAS card, placed around the Mid-Century Frame Die . The die is so pretty - much more delicate than I thought it would be,  so perfect for a CAS card.

There's a few floral/botanical challenges out there in blogland so this one's also going over to Addicted to CAS for their 'flower' challenge and CASology's 'botanical' challenge.

Happy weekend and happy stamping!

Claire

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

MFT Colour Challenge #189

Hello folks,

Here's a quick post for MFT's latest colour challenge featuring BB Viking, one of my favourite masculine sets:









The paper strips in the background are from the now retired Birthday Brights.

Have a norse day!

Claire

 

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Christmas Houses

 Hello folks,

Another CAS card for 3 of my favourite challenges - Paper Players' clean and simple challenge with a 'house' theme, Time Out's quote inspiration (who doesn't love Steve Martin?) and Sunday Stamps latest colour palette:









I created a little scene using Lawn Fawn's Simply Celebrate Winter. The night sky is from PTI's Watercolor Wonder - there's also a strip of embossed snow at the base of the houses using the same set but it was difficult to capture in the photo. Sentiment's from MFT!

Happy stamping!

Claire 

Sunday, 15 May 2022

One Card - Five Challenges

Hello inkers,

This little card started off for the Less is More challenge,  to use a tag,  but after struggling how to place it I had a helping hand from Freshly Made Sketches:






 





It took me longer to work out where to put the sentiment than it did to make the card. A stamper can never have too many sentiment sets but I couldn't find a single one that would work on the die cut flag. So I've used artistic licence and put it elsewhere! 

I used the pretty colour combo from The Card Concept and and as I think it's clean and simple I'm popping it over to Addicted to CAS' flower challenge and CASology's Botanical challenge. 

Incidentally, those blooms are from Stampin' Up's Eastern Blooms which was one of the first stamp sets I ever bought. The leaves are MFT.

Happy stamping!

Claire

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

AAA Cards Birthday Challenge

 Hello inkers,

AAA are celebrating their 8th birthday with a Moodboard inspiration challenge







I kept it to a minimum, using the colours from the ink blends on the top right pic and the image of a balloon from the pic below. I blended a trio of blue/green distress inks, stamped and die cut a balloon from Whimsy Stamps Happy Everything then covered them with a very liberal sprinkling of holographic embossing powder. The sentiment's from Waltzingmouse. 

Happy stamping!

Claire

Friday, 6 May 2022

MFT Colour Challenge #188 and Friendship

Hello inkers,

A couple of cards for different challenges - the first for MFT's colour challenge using Sweet Christmas Wishes (retired) and a sentiment from Bitty Holiday Wishes:


 












The second one is for Addicted to CAS' 'friendship' challenge. I've used a heap of CAS-ual Friday's products including Bubbly Stencil, Scallop Tag and 'hello' sentiment. 

Covid's hit our household yet again - second time in 5 weeks but at least we don't all have to isolate this time.  When will it ever end...

Happy stamping!

Claire

Friday, 29 April 2022

Paper Players Sketch Challenge

Hello again,

I made things difficult for myself with this CAS card - I liked the sentiment placement in this week's sketch challenge over at The Paper Players but really struggled to work out which stamps to use. Add a pastel colour palette from Sunday Stamps and it really had me stumped! In the end I opted for some pretty blooms from Ink to Paper:









I added some simple stencilling with embossing paste and a sentiment from Poppy Stamps, then painted the edges of the blooms with some Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. It looks far more sparkly IRL!

Happy stamping!

Claire


Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Floral Fusion

 Hello folks!

The pretty, layered sketch over at CAS on Friday really caught my eye this week and it's definitely one I'll reach for again, I used it with the fresh, Spring colours over at Fusion:














We had a holiday weekend here in Australia so it was a good opportunity to organise some of my stash - when the boys were little the big bloke hand built an amazing Lego station for them. It's made out of some beautiful, native woods with 33 separate drawers. I've been threatening to steal it from my boys for ages as they haven't touched their Lego in months so that's exactly what I did over the weekend. 

In doing so it made me realise how many once loved stamp sets have remained unlinked for years like this pretty bloom from Stamping' Up's Flower Shop. Drawing inspiration from the silver bunny in the Fusion pic, I embossed it in silver, coloured it with Copics and added a variety of stamped leaves and die cuts.  The sentiment's from Altenew. 

This one's also going over to Time Out where they have a Spring-themed challenge happening. 

By the way, I still have a few drawers sitting empty which gives me the perfect excuse to go shopping and fill them doesn't it?

Happy stamping!

Claire