Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Colour Throwdown #481

G'day again folks!

A week has sped by in the blink of an eye and it's time for another swatch of colour at Colour Throwdown:

Purple seems to be featuring quite a lot on my cards recently - dare I say I'm actually getting used to it?!  I kept it very simple this week and blended a background of distress inks, then stamped using Technique Tuesday's One of a Kind in chocolate brown.  I'd never have put brown and purple together but I think it's a really lovely combination!

As always the DT are ready to share their cards with you so pop on over and say hi:

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene
Amy Rohl - Ink About Me

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Monday, 19 February 2018

MFT Creative Olympics Card 4

Hello bloggers,

This is my last card for MFT's Creative Olympics  - Event 3 is a Crafty Biathlon combining dry embossing with an alternative fold. I've created a gate fold card:

Yet again the Wood Plank background has had an inking and I dry embossed the panels with a woodgrain embossing folder.  The cluster of blooms are from Funky Flowers and I've used part of a sentiment from Polynesian Paradise.  Happy with how it's turned out but it was almost impossible to photograph.

Chuffed to bits to finish all four challenges - it might have something to do with the fact that both kids have been sick all weekend and I've not been able to go out!

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Sunday, 18 February 2018

MFT Creative Olympics - Card 3

Hi again,

Here's another card for the MFT Creative Olympics. This one is for Event 4 Speed Cardmaking. 

Oh dear, speedy card making has never been my forte.  I thought I'd use this week's MFT sketch challenge to give a helping hand - then ended up cutting the whole thing down with a die from Blueprints 24 as it just didn't work:

I used Recipe for Happiness, Wood Plank Background and a couple of dies from Blueprints 24 and 27. I don't think I've ever coloured so quickly in my life!

Thanks for calling by again,

Claire x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

MFT 2018 - Creative Olympics: Card 2

Hi folks,

Time for the second event in MFT's Creative Olympics. It's a freestyle challenge that has to feature snow so I used Warmest Wishes:

Lots of layers on this one - it will probably topple over when it's put on the recipient's mantelpiece! I stamped the background with Garden Flourish using Versamark on the pink Fishtail Stax and and used the same stamp to white emboss the square layer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Claire x

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

MFT Creative Olympics - Card 1

Hi all,

Second post of the day for me. If you'd like to take a peek at my Color Throwdown card it's here

This one's for My Favorite Things' Creative Olympics challenge, the first one being Stamping Slalom,  The challenge is to use 3 different stamp sets:

Usually I don't have a problem combining different stamp sets but I actually found this one really difficult! The main images are from Polynesian Paradise, the daisies from Adorable Elephants and the little heart banner is from Up in the Air. I actually ended up using four sets as the background layer is Wood Plank. I've also used Dienamics Blueprints 27.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Claire x

Color Throwdown #480

Hello and happy valentines day!

I came downstairs to a house full of flowers with a string quartet playing in the lounge, a cooked breakfast ready to go and a huge diamond eternity ring sat on the bench top which fitted my ring finger perfectly...

Not really. I gave the hubster a cuddle to which he asked 'what's that for?' He then spotted the card I'd left him on the coffee machine and said 'oh I realise now.' That's the extent of valentines romance in our house I'm afraid, although if I get a big box of Maltesers out of it I'll be a happy girl!

Anyway, time for another challenge at The Color Throwdown. It's my second week as guest designer and  Wanda Cullen has a really pretty colour combo just for valentines day for you to play with: 

I'm always saying how I find purple a difficult colour to use  but I really like it paired with the grey. For this one I used CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami with MFT's background stamp,  Garden Flourish. 

As always the DT have some fabulous cards to share - here's where you can find them:

Amy Rohl - Ink About Me
Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Jodi Collins- Stamping a Latte
Lynn Putt- The Queens Scene

Thanks for calling by,


Saturday, 10 February 2018

Time Out for Casology

Happy weekend!

It's been ages since I played along at CASology so in my attempt to get back into CAS mode I thought I'd combine their butterfly cue with Time Out's bold black and gold photo inspiration:

I've used 4 different stamp sets for this card - the black stripes are from Mama Elephant's Basic Borders, the gold stripes from PTI's Grunge Me, gold embossed paint splatter is Your Next Stamp's Cool Backgrounds (truly the best splatter out there!) and the sentiment is from PTI's Autumn Abundance. Lastly, the die cut butterfly is from my local craft store which make their own range of craft products called Crafts4U. Amazing how many different products you can use for one clean and simple card isn't it?!

Thanks for calling by!

Claire x