Monday, 16 January 2017

Adorable Elephants

Hi there bloggers!

I combined the latest sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches with this week's colour challenge over at My Favorite Things using their sweet Adorable Elephants set:







I created a Bokeh background and after much faffing decided to put it against black card stock instead of my usual CAS white.  I'm hoping that's allowed under the MFT rules! The little scene I created just didn't work with the column so I stuck to my old rule: if all else fails, stick it at a tilt! 

Hope you have a fabulous week!

Claire x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Your Next Stamp: Sketch and Colour Challenge

Hello, hello,

Have you checked out Your Next Stamp's latest Sketch and Colour challenge? There's the chance to win a gift certificate if you join in:






Don't forget, you can use the colours or the sketch for your YNS project, or even both together. I almost managed to to use the colours as well as the sketch but thought the little cow from Funny Farm Crew could do with a pink nose! 

Hope you get the chance to have a play this week!

Happy stamping!

Claire x




Thursday, 12 January 2017

Time Out - Wintry Reminder

Hi folks!

I've had the honour of being this month's Guest designer over at Time Out this month so here's a second card to remind you to get your entries in for their latest challenge. The theme is Winter with the optional twist of  White on White:




This week I chose to do the optional twist and used PTI's Lovely Layers to create a snow white Winter bloom. I smothered a couple of the layered die cuts with white glitter, then alternated the layers with vellum and white cardstock. The Pretty Frame Die is another PTI purchase...I love the layered look you can create with it. 

Go check out the talented design team's creations won't you and if you include a card with the twist, you'll be in the running for a gift certificate from Uniko!

Happy Stamping!

Claire x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare: 3 Colours

Hello again!

It's time for a Design Team Dare over at Your Next Stamp using new stamps from the January release. This week the challenge is to use 3 colours only, together with any neutrals:




I inked up Love Birds again, this time using the little cockatoo stamp. My chosen colours were yellow, red and a tiny touch of pink because my sweet little cockatoo is blushing furiously.  The image makes me smile as our garden is absolutely full of cockatoos at the moment and they are truly the naughtiest, cheekiest birds out there. I certainly can't imagine them blushing! We have 4 chickens and the cockies are continually stealing their food - at last count, there were 18 cockatoos in the tree overlooking our garden just waiting for me to put more food out for them to steal!

I also used the Thick Stripe-tastic Diagonal Edge and a scattering of White Sugar and Sparkle Gum Drops which I can't seem to get enough of. I don't think the packet is going to be lasting long!

Head on over to the blog to see how everyone else has interpreted the latest dare and get some more ideas for those new stamps.

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Your Next Stamp: New Release Blog Hop!

Hello inky friends!

There's a brand new release happening over at Your Next Stamp and,  to celebrate,  YNS are having a January New Release Blog Hop. There's lots of inspiration from the design team and there's the chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate, simply by making comments.  Remember, the more comments you leave, the better the chance of winning!







I used the latest sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for the card above. It features a couple of sweet birds from the brand new Love Birds set which I coloured with Copics. For the striped borders on the left I used the Thick Stripe-tastic Diagonal Edge.  I'm loving this border - it's big and bold but for a more subtle look you can do what I've done and white emboss it on to white card stock. The splashes of ink behind the birds are from Cool Backgrounds,  released in December.






To celebrate the new release there's also a special discount on all new purchases made between January 7th from 10pm and January 11th at midnight - by using the online code Jan2017 when placing your order,  you can get 20% off your entire purchase!
Next on the hop is Sue so pop on over, get inspired and leave a comment for the chance of winning that gift certificate!

Thanks for calling by,
Claire x
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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Your Next Stamp - New Release Preview

Hello folks!

There's a brand new release happening over at Your Next Stamp this weekend and each of the design team has had a play with some of the new products to give you a preview of what's on offer.  Pop on over to the store to see what's available and keep an eye out to see how you can win a YNS gift certificate to fuel your stamp obsession!







For my card I used a fun, new set called Get Your Fiction On - it's perfect for birthday or graduate congrats cards and features a sweet little bookworm having a read of his (or maybe her) favourite book.  I made a removeable bookmark and placed the sentiment underneath.  There's also another new stamp on this card called Thick Stripe-tastic Diagonal Edge. I white embossed it on to some white cardstock and used the strip to hold the bookmark in place. 

Hope you've enjoyed a taste of this weekends's new release - why not head on over to the design team's blogs to see what they've created.

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Time Out Card Challenge - Guest Designer

G'day again folks!

Hope 2017 is proving a good year for you all. I had a little win over at Time Out last month so I'm delighted to be guest designing for their latest challenge.  This week it's a theme challenge: 'Winter, with the optional twist of white on white.'




I kept my creation very CAS - I sponged a circle using distress inks and then stamped and embossed the pretty snowflake inside, adding a touch of bling for some Wintry sparkle. The centre of the snowflake has been die cut and popped up with some dimensional tape.  It's the first time I've used the snowflake stamp - it was a magazine freebie from Spellbinders and I must have had it for well over a year! I'm also linking up with Casology this week where the cue word is 'cold.'



Make sure you head on over to Time Out and have a look at what the talented ladies have done for their projects won't you? I'll be back next week with a second card for the challenge.

Happy stamping!

Claire x