Monday, 4 September 2017

It's Hip to be Square

Hello, hello,

Casology's cue word this week is 'square:'

So many ways to impliment squares into a card but I chose to stamp a rainbow of them using Your Next Stamp's Funky Backgrounds.

The sentiment's from PTI!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Fusion Guest Designer - Glamping Fun


The latest challenge is now up and running at Fusion. It's my last stint as guest designer so thank you for having me along for the Summer Karren! Here's my version of the sketch:

Feel free to use the inspiration pic or the sketch, or even both together.  I used W Plus 9's Fresh Cut Florals with some very old patterned paper from My Minds Eye. 

Hope you can get inky this weekend!

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x

Papertrey Ink Stamp A Faire - Inspired by Muse!

Hi all,

With an hour to spare I'm sneaking a quick card into this year's Stamp a Faire event over at Papertrey Ink. So many challenges to join in with but I chose to do Yana's challenge which is to create a die cut with a faux iron look: 

I was completely inspired by Cat's pretty card over at Muse. I love her beautifully coloured panel of flowers so I did a similar panel using PTI's Doodlie-Do and added a sentiment from Botanical Blocks.  The frame is from PTI's Pretty Frame Coverplate die, smothered in lots of embossing powder and embossed to look like metal.

Thanks for calling by,


Saturday, 26 August 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Colour Challenge

Hello again,

I was intrigued by CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week - a colour challenge featuring kraft and white. I don't think I've ever made a card just using these colours before:

The blooms are from Pretty Posies and after embossing, I quickly covered them with white glitter so they're really sparkly in IRL. It so annoys me when you can't see the sparkly bits in a photo!  I wanted to soften the background a little so I covered it with a panel of vellum to match the leaves.  The white panel has also been stamped with Zigs and Zags (now retired) in a very pale kraft coloured ink.  

Here's a photo with the light shining on it to show the glitter: 

Actually you can barely see it in that photo either...I give up!

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Time Out - 10 Minute Fail!

Hello bloggers!

Time Out's latest challenge is an absolute nightmare for a creative procrastinater like myself: Autumn with the optional twist of Speed Stamping.  

I seem to remember there used to be a card challenge called '10 minute card dash' and I never entered as the thought of making a card in so little time filled me with horror.  Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes just to decide where to put the sequins:

Of course, what I planned and what I produced are two totally different things. I made a circle mask and envisioned a crisp, stamped circle of WMS Autumnal leaves with a PTI sentiment perfectly placed underneath.  Unfortunately the stamping left a blurry edge as the ink didn't adhere to the textured card stock too well. In panic I reached for the brown marker to create some faux stitching around the edge. It looked like something a 5 year old had made. So I rooted through my stash for a smaller circle, cut it out and plonked it on to the card case. In total it took me 14 minutes and 12 seconds. Considering I had to make the mask, die cut the panel, create the base, do the stamping and look for stuff inbetween I don't think I've done that bad a job! What do you think?

Enjoy the rest of your Friday!

Claire x

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

My Favorite Things - Camp Create Take Two

Hello folks!

The mojo's been well and truly flowing and I've been able to get all the challenges done for the second part of MFT's Camp Create. I feel like a Brownie who's won all her badges! I haven't done them in order so scroll down to this post to see the first few cards I made:

The second challenge features 'magnificent masking.' I masked a similar little scene to Karolyn - you can catch her You Tube tutorial here - and added some of the stamped images from Up in the Air. I placed it all against a die cut fishtail flag and embossed a sentiment on a tab from Blueprints 24:

The final card is for the last challenge featuring 'delightful die-cutting' I followed Stephanie's You Tube tutorial using Happy Hellos and a sentiment from Up in the Air. I really like how it's turned out and will definitely be using the same technique again for a quick, clean and simple card:

That's all my badges completed for this year - if only I'd put so much effort into attaining badges in the girl guides!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x

Monday, 21 August 2017

Camp Create - My Favorite Things

Hello, hello,

A very photo heavy post today - I've been playing along at My Favorite Things who've kicked off session two of Camp Create.  I managed to create a card for each of the challenges in session one - not sure if I'll be able to complete them all this time but I have managed four so far.

First up is Inlaid Made Easy - inlaid die cutting looks so simple but it took me ages to work out how to do all the cuts!  I used the Die-namics Sunflower die, together with MFT's Fishtail Banners, both of which I think are retired - the sentiment is from Polynesian Paradise:

For day 3 (yes, I'm aware I've missed a day)  the theme is Background Bonanza. You can see the You Tube video here. I blended a distress ink background and white embossed Bundles of Blossoms over the top.  The sentiment's from Adorable Elephants:

Next up is day 4's challenge - Monochromatic Magic. I used some yellow Color Bursts on watercolour paper and white embossed with Bundle of Blossoms again.  I cut an MFT Banner and a smaller Fishtail Banner to use as the background for Dienamics Upsy Daisy. A strip of ywllow washi and a sentiment from Polynesian Paradise and it was all done:

Are you still with me? Last card for this post features Awesome Ombre, a bonus challenge. I created an ombre like sky and grass with distress inks and added a sweet little elephant from Adorable Elephants. The rounded banner die cut is from Blueprints 24.

That;s it folks - I'm all carded out! Fingers crossed I can get the rest done on time! Thanks for calling by!

Claire x