Saturday, 30 March 2013

More Muse!

Hello Bloggers!

So, what kind of cards do you find most challenging to make? For me, it has to be teenage boys. I find it incredibly difficult to find stamps that I like for boys between the ages of 13 and 18.  If you do know of a good teenage boys set, please let me know as I'll be making a few teenage cards in the coming years!

Anyway, I did manage to come up with an idea using Ardyth's fabulous card for inspiration over at Muse this week. Now, Ardyth is the type of stamper I'd like to be when I grow up. Simple with a clever and quirky twist that always make you say 'why the hell didn't I think of that?'

This one is for my 14 year old Godson.  I've been inspired by Ardyth's random circles so I used a football stamp I had lurking in my collection. (Don't all English teenage boys love football?) I'd have liked a sentiment on the card but most of the ones I have are a bit feminine for a 14 year old boy, so I went with the numbers instead.

Well, that's one of his teenage cards over and done with...just another 4 to go......

Have a great Easter and thanks for stopping by,

Claire x

Friday, 29 March 2013

Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch #3

Well happy Good Friday to you!

Hope you're enjoying the Easter weekend. I'm looking forward to Sunday, when it's the only day in the year that I can justifiably stuff myself with chocolate. and not feel guilty about it.

Felt like scrapping last night so here's a layout for the Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch challenge:

I'd liked to have put some random, typewritten journalling over it but my printer packed in yesterday. Not happy.  Instead, I've had to hide it on a journal label under the photo. I've used the papers from the Attitude! collection...perfect for my two boys who are developing more and more attitude by the day!

Have a fabulous long weekend!

Claire x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch #20

Well hello again bloggers!

This week I'm trying to do some different challenges and todays effort is for the latest CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

I'm not sure how much we're able to use 'artistic licence' with the sketch but I think all the elements are there.  Instead of a pocket I've tucked the little Imaginisce boat into the sea, which has been stamped using an MME lace stamp. The sentiment was too big to stamp at the side so I've stamped it above instead and shifted the whole image to the middle of the card.  I covered the sea and part of the boat with some Dimensional Magic and I used part of an embossing folder to make a frame around the edges. Now all I have to do is wait for one of my pregnant friends to pop!

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Monday, 25 March 2013

A Retro Colour Q

Good morning bloggers!

There's a great colour challenge over at Colour Q this week - the colour palette immediately made me think of a kid's card. Perfect, as my gorgeous little nephew turns 3 in a couple of weeks. I used this week's sketch from Retro Sketches for a bit of inspiration too:

Short but sweet today...time the school run!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x

Friday, 22 March 2013

Casology Inspired Muse

Hello Bloggers!

It's been a little quiet here recently....for reasons you'll discover at a later date. I've missed a few challenges in the last couple of weeks but I'm happy to say I managed to sneak a couple in before naughty Mr Linky closes. First, the Muse challenge with this gorgeous card by Marion Vagg to inspire us. Secondly, the Casology challenge. The cue word for this week is 'song.'

Well this could have been inspired by any number of songs I guess, but the one I'm thinking of is 'I am sailing' by Rod Stewart.  The worrying thing is that I've been inspired by a song that came out when I was 3....I'm not really quite sure what that says about my music tastes. Perhaps I'm stuck in a '70's time warp. Marion's stripes have obviously inspired the design...what a great way to use up strips of bazzil.

The stamp is PTI 'Men of Life' which I've had for years and don't use half as much as I should do. Isn't that always the way? It's a great blokey set as it has sentiments for men across the entire family. (I've put the sentiment inside the card as I didn't feel it would fit anywhere on the front.)

I'm all blogged out now, so I'm off to see what everyone else has been inspired by today.
Happy stamping and thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Monday, 18 March 2013

A Lucky Blog Party

Hello blog hoppers!

It's Blog Party time over at Waltzingmouse and, since it's the 17th March and we're all celebrating the luck of the Irish, the theme for the party is 'lucky.'

Did you know that Australia is known as the 'lucky country?' I began to think of all the photos I've taken of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and other iconic views we associate with Australia and decided to do a scrapbook layout. I also wanted to include a couple of photos of my boys enjoying this 'lucky' country of ours so it ended up being a double (very rare for me!):

I kept it very simple - I'm not used to doing double pages and I always struggle to work out how to embellish them. I used a collection of  different stamps - the frame around the photos was stamped using the background stamp from the Woodgrain set. I also used the chevron from this set to add a bit of detail to the frame. The journal spot was made using a rectangle Nestability die, together with the dotted frame from Fancy Phrases. I added some stamped leaves to the flower stickers and used the little leaf stamp from the Frame It set. The background paper, behind the photos, is one of the digital papers from the Folk Art 'clean' collection. I printed it on bazzil cardstock and it came out a treat!

I'm off to have a nose around and see how everyone else interpreted 'lucky' this month. Thanks so much for stopping by. And if you have made a comment in the last few weeks, it's very much appreciated as I think I had word verification on my blog for some reason....very annoying. (I switched it off months ago!)

Claire x

Friday, 15 March 2013

Scrapping with Finnabair

Hello Scrappers!

Seems a while since I've blogged but I've been trying to give my blog a bit of a facelift. Not finished yet - for someone as technically challenged as me, it takes forever....

I feel as though I've been stuck in a bit of a scrapbooking rut recently, struggling for ideas and wanting to try something different. So yesterday I went to my local craft shop - Catchy Crafts -  and did a 4 hour class with Anna Dabrowska or Finnabair, as she's more popularly known. I'd been in two minds about whether to do the class as her style is the complete opposite of mine - messy, arty, mixed media, painting, misting, whereas mine is clean and simple. All the more reason to have a go eh? And I am SO glad I did:

I'm so happy with how it turned out. I learnt heaps - lots of techniques that I'm sure I'll use in the future. Everyone's layout turned out totally different so if you do plan on doing the class I haven't given the game away. If you ever do get an opportunity to do a class with Anna, I totally recommend it!

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping!

Claire x

Friday, 8 March 2013

Muse Challenge #7

Hello Bloggers,

You'll have to excuse my looks like it's in the nude. I'm in the process of giving it a few changes and I'm only part way through.

Anyway, time for another Muse challenge, this time using a beautiful card made by Laurie Willison. I also combined it with this week's sketch over at Mojo Monday:

Laurie's card inspired me in lots of different ways - the white ink on the kraft, the colours, faux stitching....I turned the sketch on its side and used a really old stamp from Rachel Greig. The 'Mum' part belongs in the centre of the stamp but I die cut a hole in it and put it on top of a doile stamp, together with a button. Gets a bit complicated this cardmaking lark sometimes doesn't it? The flowers were stamped using the Reason to Smile set from Stampin' Up.

Not many cards for me this week - my oldest son turns seven and I turn 21 (ok...add a few years) on the same day. How am I spending my birthday? With 14 seven year olds at a slot car race track..lovely!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Die Cut Challenge

Hello folks,

Hope your day is tickling along nicely.

Time for another My Minds Eye Challenge, this time to use die cuts on your project. Not sure about you but I have heaps of die cuts gathering dust in my stash. Some of them I've had for years. I'm not too sure why I don't use them more often - they're a real time saver if you need to do a quick card and they look great with matching papers:

Can you spot how many die cuts I've used? There's six on there in total, all from the Bloom and Grow collection, which is so old now, it could probably be exhibited as a scrapbooking antique. I've layered all the blooms and mounted the flower on a journalling strip. Too easy! At least the patterned paper is from one of the MME latest collections!

Super quick card for a super quick post today...thanks for stopping!

Claire x

Monday, 4 March 2013

Leibster Award

Hello Bloggers!

Well, this post has been a LONG time coming - a few months ago Michelle very kindly gave me a Liebster Award. In a nutshell this is what it's about:

It’s for inspirational bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers and is designed to be passed on to others. These are the guidelines for recipients:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.
  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Pass the award on to five bloggers who inspire you and have fewer than 200 followers.
  • Leave a comment on their blog so they know they are the recipient of the award.
I like the idea of this...there's some absolute gems out there and I think this is a lovely way to 'pay it forward' so to speak.

Now I sat down and did a draft post about who I wanted to pass the award on to, but I found it so difficult to pick 5 inspirational blogs, that I put it in the 'must do at a later date' basket. So what happens? I forget all about it and then I get another award from Anita.  So, I decided that it's about time I pulled my finger out and actually passed the award on. The blogs I've chosen (in no particular order) are:

The Storyteller

My Joyful Moments

Confessions of a Messy Crafter

Made with Sparkle

Kreative Kristie

Hope you have time to pop over to these blogs and say 'hi!'

Thanks for popping over to mine,

Claire x

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Anything but CAS

Hello crafty folks,

I had every intention of playing along with Casology this week as the cue word is 'circle.' So I knew what I wanted to do ( it looks like a few others went for this as well) and thought I would use the week's colours over at Play Date Cafe:

It turned out to be anything but simple...lining up the patterned papers with the cut out circle, working out where to stamp the flourishes and sentiment, where to put the seemed to take forever. I like how it turned out though, but it won't be entered into this weeks Casology challenge!

Have a great night and thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Friday, 1 March 2013

Muse Challenge #6

Hello Bloggers!

Time for another inspirational card over at Muse, this time a beautiful card by Deanna Jean:

I was inspired by the way Deanna clustered the stamped flowers in the left hand corner - I love the way she's sliced off the ends of the leaves to make it all fit.  I used a Memory Box die to make my flowers and added a KindyGlitz centre. The leaves, background and sentiment have been stamped using a number of different Waltzingmouse sets.

Just a quickie today folks...have a good one!

Claire x