Sunday, 15 April 2018

Freshly Made Sketch #332

Hello, hope your weekend is going well,

I'm still playing with some new goodies from CAS-ual Fridays - the Funky Flakes dies and Snowy Sayings have been on my wishlist for months:




I thought the flakes would fit in perfectly with Karren's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I white embossed a snowflake background and die cut the flakes out of some scraps of navy, silver and teal card stock, then finished it off with a sparkly centre.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday, 9 April 2018

Fusion Inspired CAS-ual Fridays

Hello, hello,

Another quick post with another Spring themed card for CAS-ual Fridays using the latest Fusion sketch:






I just received some lovely happy mail from CAS-ual Fridays, including this sweet little bunny from their latest release. I white embossed a W Plus 9 text background, then sponged a Spring sky and sun using distress inks over the top of it. The bunny has been coloured with Copics.

E njoy your week!

Claire x


Sunday, 8 April 2018

Spring is in the Air

Hello folks!

Spring is in the air for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere so there are lots of Spring inspired challenges happening in blogland. CAS-ual Friday's latest theme is Spring Fever:





I didn't use CAS-ual Friday's Stamps for this one - instead I used Stamplorations Framed Cherry Blossoms which I embossed in silver and watercoloured with Zigs. It looked a bit lost on the card so I set them on to PTI's Center Style: Masculine Die. It's sentiment free as I didn't want to cover up any of those pretty blossoms!

I've also been inspired by the colours at The Card Concept although I'm not quite sure I can pin it down to one of the styles - maybe clean and simple?

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Claire x


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Embossed Sprig

Hello again,

Hope you enjoyed Easter and took the opportunity to gorge on as much chocolate as possible!

I've combined challenges at Less is More and AAA Cards for the card below. Less is More are having a CASE challenge, using Aileen's beautiful card as inspiration and AAA's challenge is to use our favourite technique:







My favourite technique is embossing and Waltzingmouse's Simple Sprig is perfect for this - I've been inspired by the vivid blues in Aileen's card and the silver sentiment.

Thanks for popping by today,

Claire x



Thursday, 29 March 2018

Bundles of Blossoms - MFT Colour Challenge #90

Hi again,

I've been playing with the colours from MFT's colour challenge using their Bundles of Blossoms background stamp:






So do you think I may have overdone it with the stamping?! This came about due to a complete error on my part - I stuffed up the Copic colouring and in the end resorted to fussy cutting the blooms and lining them up with the same stamps underneath.  In hindsight I might have been better just leaving the white panel plain white - but I do like a good background stamp! The sentiment is from Adorable Elephants.

I'm also popping this one over to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge where the theme is 'anything goes.'

Hope you have a great Easter!

Claire x

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Freshly made Sketches #330

 Morning folks!

It's time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches - it's my last card as guest designer for this month and I've so enjoyed being a temporary part of such a lovely team! Here's my card:




I smooshed a background with distress inks and gold embosssed MFT's Bundles of Blossoms background stamp over the top. The huge butterfly is a cut file from Silhouette - it took about 4 attempts to cut it as it's quite intricate and delicate. I do get really annoyed with my silhouette - I seem to waste so much card stock trying to work out which settings are best,  especially with the more intricate designs.

Make sure you go and say hi to everyone on the FMS Design Team won't you? 

Jen Brum - Ladybug Designs
Linda Callahan - Stampin' Seasons
Jen Mitchell - I Create
Amy O' Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts
Kim Singdahlsen - Joyful Creations
Jen Timko - Stampin' on the Fly

You have until 3.00pm EDT on Monday 2nd April to enter - hope you get some time to get inky over Easter!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Time for a Twofer

Hello again,

I've been wanting to play along with Darnell's Twofer challenge for a while now but DT commitments have taken priority.  I had a look last night and realised there were only a few hours left until the end of the blossoms challenge so I made two very clean and simple cards using CAS-ual Friday's Wallflower:











Short but sweet today!

Happy stamping!

Claire x



Saturday, 24 March 2018

The Dreaded One Layer

G'day all,

Hope your weekend is going well. I'm trying to get back into CAS mode and feel as though I'm failing miserably! Of course it doesn't help that it's for Less is More's one layer challenge using stencils - I always find one layer cards difficult and I also struggle with stencils! I was lucky enough to win 2 of SarahG's stencils over at Funky Fossil so hopefully I'll improve when I get to use them!







I masked the card off with some washi tape then blended some distress inks through a lattice stencil. The sentiment is from PTI and I've added a teeny, tiny stamped heart for the dot on the 'i' with some glossy accents to make it shine.

I stuck to the lower third of the card face so I'm also popping it over to AAA's challenge - to only use one third.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Time Out Guest Designer - Take 2

Hi folks,

Have you managed to put some ink to paper yet and play along over at Time Out? You've still got time to enter their 4th Birthday Celebrations to be in with the chance to win a gift voucher from Concord and 9th. It's an 'inspired by words' challenge:




Here's my take on it:




I layered some Pretty Pink Posh stitched photo frames and used the quirky little goat from Your Next Stamp's Funny Farm Crew as my main image. The sun is from Whimsy Stamps and the sentiment's PTI.

Theres some stunning cards from the DT this week so take a peek for some inspiration!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #329

Hi all,

The week has flown by and it's time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. The ultra talented Kim is your hostess with the mostest:






I knew Waltzingmouse's Folk Art Medallion would fit this sketch perfectly.  I loved this set when it came out but it hasn't seen any ink for a while.  It's definitely a set which requires a steady hand (or the help of a Misti) and that's why I stamped the centre bloom on a die cut circle, then popped it up with dimensional tape - I just couldn't get it centred inside the medallion! 

As always the DT have some beautiful cards to showcase this sketch so pop on by and say 'hi.'

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Friday, 16 March 2018

A Trio of Lucky Challenges

Hello, hello,

There's a multitude of St Patrick's Day inspired challenges around at the moment - I've made a very quick card based on three of them:





This is my version of a 4 leaf clover using a couple of small leaf images from Waltzingmouse. I've stamped them and smothered them in Wink of Stella, then stamped the WMS sentiment over the top.   I've used four different shades of green ink so I'm entering Less is More's monochrome challenge. The Card Concept also has a monochromatic theme using green and Addicted to CAS'  inspiration is 'luck or lucky'. I don't think you could define this as anything but clean and simple in style!

Happy weekend!

Claire x


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Time Out Guest Designer



Hello again,

I was thrilled that my card was given top pick in Time Out's recent photo challenge and Sandie has kindly asked me to be guest designer for the next couple of challenges. I've had a few guest designer gigs in the last few weeks...they all seemed to happen at once so forgive me if you're getting a bit bored of my cards!

Challenge #105 is 'inspired by words' - it's a special one as it's also Time Out's 4th birthday:





This little fella from Your Next Stamp always puts a smile on my face - I thought he fitted the theme of the words perfectly. I sponged a sunny background using distress inks and coloured everything else with Copics. The bubbles were embossed using a stencil and the woodgrain flag is stamped with MFT's Wood Plank Background.

The Design Team over at Time Out are a talented lot so check out how they've been inspired - the challenge is also being sponsored by Concord and 9th so there's a chance to win a prize... no excuses for not joining in!

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x



Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #328

Hello bloggers!

It's been a busy week with my son and I both sharing a birthday - we celebrated with a weekend away with family and friends, lots of wine and even more food.  I'm amazed I didn't have to be rolled out of there!

It's time for a brand new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches where I'm guest designing for the month - this week's sketch is from Linda:







As soon as I saw the diamond I knew exactly which stamp set I'd use - Lovely Layers from PTI.  I used Glimmer Mist to create the soft, stencilled background and the sentiment is Winnie and Walter. There's a whole heap of inky inspiration from the FMS Design Team so make sure you check out there cards and pop by won't you?

Thanks for taking a peek!

Claire x

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #327 - Guest Designer

Hello folks!

I'm chuffed to bits to be this month's Guest Designer at one of my favourite challenge blogs - Freshly Made Sketches.  I remember when I found FMS - it completely suited my clean and layered style and I've loved  joining in with their challenges over the last few years.This week's hostess with the mostest is Jen M:









As you can see,  I switched the direction of the diagonal cut (does this make me 'diagonally challenged?') but otherwise all the elements of the sketch are the same. I used My Favorite Things' Happy Hippos with two MFT background stamps - Bundles of Blossoms and Wood Plank so I'm going to pop this one over to their colour challenge which finishes in a few hours.

The team at FMS have some stunning cards to show you as always - hope you get the time to join in!

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Colour Throwdown #482

Hi folks!

My guest designer stint at Color Throwdown is coming to an end today with this pretty palette for their latest challege:





I've created a background using CAS-ual Friday's Amazeballs which I've randomly coloured using Copics. I've also scattered a few clear PPP dots to add some texture. The die cut word is from MFT.

As always, these lovely ladies have plenty of inspiration for you using this week's colours - thank you for allowing me to be part of your team for the month!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

I'm also popping this one over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the challenge is to create your own background.

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Less is More - Dry Embossing

Hello and happy Wednesday to you!

Less is More are continuing their 7th birthday celebrations with a technique challenge - dry embossing.  I love dry embossing - it's such an easy way to add a bit of detail to a card whilst keeping it CAS:




I used an Anna Griffin strip embossing folder for my white-on-white card, then added a die cut flourish and a white embossed bloom and sentiment from Altenew's Hennah Elements. 

Short but sweet today - check back in later for my final card as guest designer at Color Throwdown!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Colour Throwdown #481

G'day again folks!

A week has sped by in the blink of an eye and it's time for another swatch of colour at Colour Throwdown:







Purple seems to be featuring quite a lot on my cards recently - dare I say I'm actually getting used to it?!  I kept it very simple this week and blended a background of distress inks, then stamped using Technique Tuesday's One of a Kind in chocolate brown.  I'd never have put brown and purple together but I think it's a really lovely combination!

As always the DT are ready to share their cards with you so pop on over and say hi:

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Amy Rohl - Ink About Me


Thanks for popping by!

Claire x



Monday, 19 February 2018

MFT Creative Olympics Card 4

Hello bloggers,

This is my last card for MFT's Creative Olympics  - Event 3 is a Crafty Biathlon combining dry embossing with an alternative fold. I've created a gate fold card:







Yet again the Wood Plank background has had an inking and I dry embossed the panels with a woodgrain embossing folder.  The cluster of blooms are from Funky Flowers and I've used part of a sentiment from Polynesian Paradise.  Happy with how it's turned out but it was almost impossible to photograph.

Chuffed to bits to finish all four challenges - it might have something to do with the fact that both kids have been sick all weekend and I've not been able to go out!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 18 February 2018

MFT Creative Olympics - Card 3

Hi again,

Here's another card for the MFT Creative Olympics. This one is for Event 4 Speed Cardmaking. 

Oh dear, speedy card making has never been my forte.  I thought I'd use this week's MFT sketch challenge to give a helping hand - then ended up cutting the whole thing down with a die from Blueprints 24 as it just didn't work:






I used Recipe for Happiness, Wood Plank Background and a couple of dies from Blueprints 24 and 27. I don't think I've ever coloured so quickly in my life!

Thanks for calling by again,

Claire x