Saturday, 24 June 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Colour Challenge

Hi bloggers,

CAS-ual Fridays is having a colour challenge this week using coral, aqua and grey:

I've used Bravo for my one layer card card.  I love the font on this set and it's so easy to make a quick congrats card by fitting all the words together. I've also used part of a border stamp from Bold Wishes - it was the perfect size to fill in the gap on the right hand side.  The bold 5 has lots of large dots on it which I've covered in some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets to add some texture.

I've been inspired by Jenni's card over at Muse - such a clever design with a variety of thank you sentiments.  I'm also popping it over to Time Out where the theme is Celebrations with the Optional Twist of One Layer Cards.  I think I can get away with it - isn't is about celebrating an achievement? Or am I pushing it a bit far?! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Claire x

Monday, 19 June 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 5 and Bonus Challenge: Glitzy Glitter and Dry Embossing

Hello folks,

I've been in a card making frenzy over the last few days and managed to play along in all 5 challenges for My Favorite Things Camp Create. I've even sneaked in a card for the bonus challenge which is dry embossing. 

First up is Stephanie's challenge to use glitter on our cards. Her video explaining how is here:

I used MFT's Die-namics Sunflower die for my card. I have a feeling this may no longer be available at the MFT store but it's always been one of my favourites.  I've got heaps of use out of my Bundles of Blossoms background stamp - I love using it with white embossing powder on a white background as I've done here.  The sentiment is from Polynesian Paradise.

As a bonus technique, Stephanie also included a video on dry embossing.  I used the previous glitter
technique on Die-namics Upsy-Daisy and embossed a stitched frame from Die-namics Blueprints 24   
on to the gold circle. I've also embossed a stitched frame from the same set around the edge of the card. The black flag has Bundles of Blossoms embossed in black embossing powder too.

Well that's it for MFT cards this week - I've really enjoyed joining in with all the challenges. Hope you had the time to get creative!

Claire x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create: Day 4 - Sensational Sliders

Hello folks,

Day 4 of MFT's Camp Create and this time Stephanie has made a Sensational Slider card which you can see here:

I made a very simple penny slider card - although since we don't have pennies in Australia, I used  a couple of Aussie 5c pieces to create the slider.  The background has been done with Color Bursts - it's a little bit psychedelic and could probably do with being toned down a little! The rocket, moon and star are from MFT's Space Explorer

Only one more day to go - enjoy your weekend!

Claire x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create: Day 3 - Spectacular Shakers

Hi bloggers,

It's day 3 of My Favorite Things Camp Create and the technique today is shaker cards. Here's the video and here's my version: 

I've used Warmest Wishes and added some sequin snow. I completely misjudged the number of sequins and wish I'd used more...maybe we can say the snow's melting...  I used my Silhouette to create the frame and then embossed it to add some subtle texture. 

I always struggle with shaker cards - it doesn't seem to matter what I do, some of them still get stuck along the sides and refuse to budge!

Enjoy your weekend!

Claire x

Friday, 16 June 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create - Day 2: Remarkable Resist

Hello again,

I'm attempting to do all the techniques in MFT's latest Camp Create challenge but I'm already behind so here's hoping I get the chance to play with some ink this weekend.   For the second technique, Stephanie has done the resist technique using watercolour paper. You can see her video here:

I used  MFT's Bundles of Blossoms for my background. Despite being so busy, it's actually very delicate so I throught an Adorable Elephant, coloured with Copics, would suit. I used a pale pink watercolour wash - the die cuts are from MFT's Blueprints 24.

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

My Favorite Things - Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolour

 G'day folks!

I'm joining in with MFT's Camp Create this week and their first challenge is a Wonderful Watercolour challenge. Stephanie created a star filled,  watercoloured,  space background which you can see here:

As you can see, I followed her instructions completely with no creative diversion at all! I knew it was the perfect background for MFT's sweet Space Explorer and I've paired it with one of their accent word dies, cut in black and matted on white card stock so that it pops against the colour. 

Hope you too get to join in with them! Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Card Concept #75

Hello bloggers!

Loving the pic over at The Card Concept this week - there was so much to draw inspiration from:

In fact I think I was inspired by pretty much everything: the black and cream chairs for my background which I recreated using a stencil and texture paint,  the silver on the mirror, the splash of pink from the flowers and the kraft colour from the walls...the list goes on.  I think I'll pop this one into the classy and elegant category!

Enjoy your day!

Claire x

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Stampin' Up Revival

Hello, hello,

I was looking through my stash today and came across a Stampin' Up background stamp I bought years ago called 'On the Spot.' I's such a pretty stamp,  I really should have used it more:

I gold embossed it on a black background, then added the SU butterfly coloured with Copics.  It's such a simple sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, I thought I could use it for this week's Casology challenge too. The cue word is 'insect.' AAA Cards are having a big 3rd birthday challenge this week so I'm also popping my card over there. Happy birthday AAA!

Thanks for popping over,

Claire x

Friday, 9 June 2017

Farewell Mojo Monday

Happy Friday to you!

After a whopping 500 challenges, Mojo Monday's coming to an end - such a shame. It's one of the first sites I turn to for some sketch inspiration, even if I don't have the time to join in each week.

So I couldn't possibly let the final challenge go by without making a card and in true Mojo Monday style it's a pretty, layered sketch, perfect for showcasing those dust-gathering patterned papers: 

Speaking of patterned papers, CAS-ual Fridays latest challenge is to use exactly that - patterned papers on your card. I've used some old MME papers I've had lying around for years,  together with a Papertrey Ink Stamp from their Autumn Abundance set.

I've been influenced by Time Out's challenge too - they have a Home Sweet Home pic to draw inspiration from so I've used similar colours and a floral theme.

Hope you have the time to give Mojo Monday one last hurrah - thanks for all the inspration Julee!

Claire x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Freshly Made Sketch #290

Hello, happy weekend to you,

Freshly Made Sketches have a really different sketch this week to play with - I used the colours from Your Next Stamp's Sketch and Colour Challenge and my favourite YNS set Keepin' It Reel

For the background I embossed the dots from Cool Backgrounds - these background builders are about an inch square so it took quite a while to finish the whole piece. Worth it though - I love the texture it's created!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

CAS-ual Fridays - Sketch Challenge

Hello folks,

Not much inkiness going on in this household at the moment but I did have time to whip this little card up before the latest CAS-ual Fridays challenge which closes in a few hours:

I used the smallest bloom from Pretty Posies stamps and dies and coloured them in with Copics.  Some of the flowers have been popped up with dimensional tape but you can't really tell in the photo.

I'm also entering it into Time Out's challenge - they have an 'inspired by words' challenge:
'Flowers and Friends make life a garden'. 

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

My Favorite Things - Colour Challenge

Morning folks!

Just playing along with MFT's colour challenge using Warmest Wishes:

There's a sweet little snowflake stamp in this set but I opted to use a snowfall stencil instead as so I could add some sparkle with glitter. I also used Bundles of Blossoms on the base layer to add some texture and some more glitter on the snowdrifts.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  is all about adding a bit of sparkle so I'm playing along there too!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Seeing Spots


How's your week going? I've gone all spotty playing along with Less is More's one layer challenge to use spots and stripes. The spots and sentiment are from Whimsy Stamp's Happy Hello and the stripes are from PTI's Grunge Me:

I didn't have much of a plan when I did this card - can you tell? In fact, I think the spots perhaps reflect the number of glasses of wine consumed whilst making it.

Addicted to CAS has the code word 'pink' this week so I'm also popping my card in their challenge too!

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge

Hello bloggers,

For those of you celebrating it, I hope you've had a wonderful Mothers Day.  Ive been treated to a lie-in, Eggs Benedict and lots of cuddles - what more can a Mum ask for?

I've inked up one of my new MFT sets for their latest challenge - Polynesian Paradise:

I've used distress inks to sponge a seascape background and Copics to colour.  I have very few stamp sets suitable for girls so this one will no doubt get a lot of use. The background has been stamped and embossed in white using Bundles of Blossoms.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Claire x

Monday, 8 May 2017

Flowing Flourishes

G'day folks,

Hope your Monday's going well. I'm sneaking an ultra quick one layer card into Casology before the challenge closes. The cue word this week is 'flow:'

I've always loved the way these Paper Smooches Curls and Swirls kind of flow into each other when stamped together. They're perfect for a quick card. I've used the colours from Less is More which are yellow and grey and the sentiment is by PTI.

Hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #330

Hello, hello,

Long time no blog! Here's a card I made for this week's My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

I'm still playing around with Ken Olivers' Color Bursts and made a big sheet of bright colours, then cut a strip for the sky.  I reckon this little fella from Space Explorer has got stuck in some kind of space vortex don't you? He's looking a little worried! I sprayed the background with some stars using a tooth brush and paint, then embossed the sentiment on to the background.

Hope you get time to get inky this week,

Claire x

Monday, 24 April 2017

Playing with Color Bursts

Hello again,

The big bloke gave me a voucher for the local craft store recently but rather than do what I normally do and rush in and spend the dosh, I actually had a browse, then went home and did some research. I decided to buy a set of Ken Oliver's Color Burst pigment powders. 

Playing with just one sheet of watercolour paper produced 3 cards - one for the latest My Favourite Things Colour Challenge and a couple for Casology, where the cue word is 'grow.':

I could play with these pigment powders all day - I love how you get a different look every time you use them. For the first card I embossed MFT's Bundles of Blossoms background stamp in blue, over the coloured panel. It looked very busy with all those bursts of colour and embossing so I had to make it a little more CAS and added a couple of slanted panels and a Die-namics Accent It sentiment. (Perhaps discontinued as I can't find it on the website!) I smothered the sentiment in very sparkly white glitter but my photo really doesn't do it justice!

For the next cards I embossed PTI's Botantical Blocks - one in gold and the other in white. I'm not sure which I like best..what do you think? It would be so easy to make a quick set of cards for a gift using these stamps and backgrounds...they took about 2 minutes!

Hope you get time to get inky this week!


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Altenew April Inspiration Challenge


I've been really enjoying the Altenew blog  recently. So many of the featured cards look like mini  masterpieces - sometimes it's hard to believe that they've been created using stamps.

Anyway, I thought I would have a go at this month's challenge and try a bit of watercolouring.  I'm not good at watercolouring...I never seem to achieve a soft, pretty look but I do find it easier with Zig Clean Colour pens:

I used Floral Motifs and the die cut circles were coloured with Ken Oliver's Colour Burst pigment inks. I also added some stencilling with texture paste to the background.

I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Showers and/or Flowers.

Thanks for calling by,