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,


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Calling All Sistahs - April 2017

Hello folks and a belated happy Easter!

It's the 17th of the month - time to whip put those boobs and give them the once over to check for lumps, bumps and anything else out of the ordinary.  This month, Michele has some exciting news at the CAS-ual Fridays blog! There isn't a formal blog hop for April - instead, she's invited anyone to take part and is featuring everyone's cards over on the blog. The theme for this month is 'flowers' so I used the pretty blooms from Loving Thoughts:

I love using this set to create pretty, floral,  backgrounds. The sentiment is from Hope Ribbon from the Calling All Sistahs range of stamps. 50% of the profits from these stamp sets and the matching dies are donated to breast cancer awareness and research programmes. Which means you can spend your money on craft goodies and not feel guilty about it! 

The colours on my card were influenced by Time Out's Home Sweet Home challenge so I'm going to pop this little card over there too. 

'Hop' on over to the  Cas-ual Fridays blog and check out all the other lovely ladies who've made a card to encourage and support anyone going through breast cancer. Together we can beat this insidious disease!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Keeping it CAS


A couple of CAS cards here - the first one is for Less is More using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. The theme is 'curve' and as usual I messed up my one layer card - I managed to mask the perfect curved line of Altenew's Painted Roses, then tried to curve the sentiment underneath and lined it up really badly. So I ended up die cutting the wavy line to cut off the sentiment, then put it back together again. I'm assume this still counts as a one layer! The sentiment is CAS-ual Fridays.

The cue word over at Casology is 'strong' so I stamped a WMS anchor on top of a Zig Colour background. I thought I'd see how the Zigs worked on smooth cardstock instead of watercolour paper - they worked but the colours aren't as vibrant due to the water pooling on top of the paper. I still like the softer effect though!

Not the best photos unfortunately as I'm not at home for Easter so I've had to take them on my I-phone. I'll maybe improve them once I'm back in Sydney.

Have a great Easter - hope you get some time to get inky!


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

My Favorite Things - Sketch Challenge

Hi again,

I made a super quick card for MFT's Sketch Challenge using nothing but dies and a sentiment from Adorable Elephants:

I used Die-namics Blueprints 24 and Upsy-Daisy - if only I could win the lottery, I'd buy every set of dies in the Blueprints series!

Have a great day!

Claire x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Rainbow Crayons

Hello folks!

Did you know there's a new Lawn Fawn challenge blog? Their second challenge is to make an interactive card - I had a quick look on Pinterest and apparently an easel card is considered to be interactive so I hope this counts:

I'm on a bit of a rainbow roll at the moment and coloured in these sweet little crayons from You Color my World in a rainbow of Copics. I also used some of the little faces from Sweet Smiles. The card base is actually a template from the Silhouette store - yes I could have sat there for 2 hours trying to work out how to make one but why bother when you can buy a template?

Can you spot the little mistake I made? Oops - I forgot to colour in part of the orange crayon. I'd like to blame this on the glass (or two) of wine I had whilst colouring but actually I probably just missed it as I've just found out I need glasses! I just got my first pair and have come to realise that I've been crafting whilst blind as a bat!

I'm also popping this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, CAS-ual Friday's Rainbows challenge and Time Out's inspired by words challenge: 'When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars.'

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Rainbow Play

Hello, hello,

How's your weekend going? There seems to be a profusion of rainbow themed challenges happening in blogland at the moment - the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge to make a rainbow, CAS-ual Friday's Rainbows and Time Out's 'Inspired by Words' challenge:

When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars'

I made a very CAS card by blending a rainbow of distress inks and adding a die cut sentiment from MFT. A sprinkling of Your Next Stamp's enamel dots and it was done in a jiffy! A bit like this post!

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Your Next Stamp Sketch and Colour Challenge

Hi folks,

Hope your week is going well. Here's a card for Your Next Stamp's latest challenge:

It took forever to make this card - my mojo has definitely gone walkabout and I'm really struggling to make anything new.  Colouring an image always seems to help though so I picked this sweet cow from Funny Farm Crew.  The paint splats are from Cool Backgrounds and I added a white embossed strip of dots at the base of the card using a stamp from the same set.

I'm also popping this one over to Simon Says Stamp's 'happy birthday' challenge - they're celebrating 8 years of keeping our craft habit alive!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday, 27 March 2017

Casology #241

Hi bloggers!

Just managed to make a quick card for Casology where the cue word is 'melt:'

I stamped a rainbow of candles from Whimsy Stamps, a simple sentiment from Waltzingmouse and added a touch of sparkle to the flames. 

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

March Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hello folks,

It's PTI Blog Hop time and there's a really pretty collection of pics from Victoria Johnson Design to draw inspiration from.  I used similar colours with my all time favourite PTI set Doodlie-do:

After stamping a whole heap of images I made a couple of different cards. Normally I use Copics to colour in the blooms but this time I used a variety of inks and left the blooms untouched. I also used the matching dies and Pretty Frame Die coverplate and the second card's sentiment is from Autumn Abundance

Less is More have also posted a new challenge today - to use a frame so I'm popping the first card over there too!

Looking forward to having a hop around to see how everyone else has been inspired, thanks for calling by!

Claire x

Friday, 24 March 2017

Washi Woes

Morning all,

Less is More has a Washi tape theme this week. I have a love/hate relationship with washi tape - all those rolls hanging up at the shops look so pretty and cry out for me to buy them. But then I get home and there they sit gathering dust until a challenge like this one comes along:

 I layered the washi on some strips of card and die cut them using the dies from PTI's Lovely Layers. The sentiment is from the matching stamp set.  It looked a bit bare so I stencilled a background with some gesso to add a bit of texture. 

I'm also entering this into the AAA Card Challenge where the theme is die cuts.

Hope you get the time to join in with a few challenges this weekend! Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Freshly made Sketch #279

Hello, hello,

It's been a while since I made a masculine card - I thought this week's Freshly Made Sketch would really suit a masculine image:

The back kraft panel is stamped using Waltzingmouse's Woodgrain background in a similar colour - it gives a bit of texture without overpowering the card. I used some MME patterned papers for the other layers and added a PTI Centre Style masculine frame - the golf trolley is by Stamp in Style and is coloured in with Copics so I'm also popping this card over to the 30 Day Colouring Challenge.  I adjusted the flags slightly and sat them in front of the second panel instead of behind...there wouldn't have been enough colour otherwise from those papers.

Hope you have a great weekend and get some inky time!

Claire x

Friday, 17 March 2017

Casology - Leafy Foliage

G'day bloggers,

Leaves seem to be featuring on my cards a lot this week - Casology's latest cue word is 'foliage:'

I used a Cheery Lynn leafy flourish die cut in dark green and then layered an identical white one over the top. You can't get much simpler than that!

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Monday, 13 March 2017

Leafy One Layer

Hello bloggers,

Another quick card for Less is More and The Card Concept:

It's the dreaded one layer card over at Less is More - the theme for this week's challenge is 'leaves.' I always struggle with a one layer card - they really should be the easiest cards to make but I think the fact I can't cover up any mistakes with a few layers makes me nervous.

I used Waltzingmouse's Simple Sprig for my clean and simple card with a sentiment from Big Day Today. 

Hope you have a great week!

Claire x

Monday, 6 March 2017

Hennah Blooms

Hey bloggers!

Here's a card using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches which I've combined with this month's Altenew challenge and the 30 Day Colour Challenge:

I'm also popping it into the latest Time Out challenge - they're celebrating their 3rd birthday and this week they have a theme:

Love and/or Friendship with the optional twist of 'spotlight stamping' where you add colour only to one raised area of your image

 I used Altenew's Hennah Elements but the sentiment's from Waltzingmouse!

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Friday, 3 March 2017

Blooming Sunflower


Time for a new card and a trifector of challenges.  It's been such a wet and dreary week in Sydney so an MFT sunflower was just what I needed to brighten my day:

I'm entering this one into 3 challenges: Addicted to CAS (code word - wood), Less is More and the 30 Day Colouring Challenge. Usually I cut the sunflower out of patterned paper but this time I coloured it with Copics.  The dotted stamp is from Waltingmouse's My Kind of Guy and the sentiment is PTI. Do check out the stunning Tiger Lilies that Kathy has coloured on her blog - she makes my colouring efforts look about as good as a 5 year old's!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Claire x