Thursday, 17 August 2017

Fusion Card Challenge - Orange and Black

Evening bloggers!

Did you get the time to play along with Fusion last week? The new Fusion Challenge is up and running and features one of my favourite colour challenges - orange and black:

I think I was inspired by everything in this week's pic - as soon as I saw it I knew CAS-ual Fridays Amazeballs (now retired) would be perfect.  You have the option to use just the sketch or the inspiration pic or even use both like I've done.

I'm also entering it into the latest CAS-ual Fridays challenge which has a friendship theme - I think all my friends are totally 'amazeballs!'

Thanks for stopping by!

Claire x

Monday, 14 August 2017

Frreshly Made Sketch #300

Hello folks,

One of my favourite challenges, Freshly Made Sketches,  is celebrating 300 sketches this week:

I used the colours from Altenew's August inspiration challenge with Hennah Elements. I coloured the largest bloom with Copics but wanted to soften it, so gold embossed the flower on to vellum and layered it over the top. To give it some dimension I fussy cut the flower and popped up the layers with dimension tape. 

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Friday, 11 August 2017

My Favorite Things - Creative Construction Blueprints Challenge

Hello again,

I'm continuing my MFT obsession by joining in with their new Blueprints challenge. I never seem to stop raving about my Blueprints dies - I only have the one set but if I won the lottery tomorrow I'd be buying the lot! This new challenge is to use a Blueprints die set to create a card by either using one of the Blueprints sketches provided or making up your own design:

I used the sentiment strip, rounded corner banner, sequin stars and stitched panel from Blueprints 24 to create my card. The stamp set is Up in the Air, coloured in Copics and set on a blended distress ink background. I stamped the sentiment in pewter to match the glittery star sequins.

Hope you get the time to get inky this week - thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Monday, 7 August 2017

Fruity Triple Whammy!

Evening folks!

It's a rare crafty moment when I combine three different challenges on the one card. Less is More have a colour challenge based on tropical fruits, Casology's cue word is 'juicy' and AAA have a Summer theme for their latest challenge:

This was another card that came about through random stamping on a scrap piece of paper.  I used the citrus slice stamp from Whimsy Stamps' Feeling Fruity (now retired) and just hoped for the best! The sentiment is from PTI. 

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x

Sunday, 6 August 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge - Santa's Elves

Morning folks!

I've been getting all glittery for this week's sketch over at My Favorite Things:

This little man is from Santa's Elves - I used a really fine glitter and glue pen to make his hat and sleeves sparkle.  I also added some to the tree, then coloured the baubles with a Copic. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Claire x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

New Fusion Card Challenge - Pastel Pencils


Time for a brand new Fusion Challenge - this week's pic features some pretty pastels. Heaps of inspiration to be drawn from it. You could use some of those pastel hues with a splash of metallic silver or you could just use the sketch. You could even combine the two like I've done:

I embossed some blooms from Altenew's Hennah Elements on to some vellum. I then coloured the back of the vellum in some lighter shades of Copics to give them a softly coloured look. The silver embossed senitment is from PTI.

You have a couple of weeks to post your card on to the Fusion blog to be in with the chance of being pronounced Zen Master!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

No Stamps!

Hi bloggers!

I made a very CAS card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge which is to use dies only:

I used the Funky Square die to create the little flowers but I think it may be retired now. It matches one of my favourite sets - Bold Wishes and the glitter covered sentiment is from Smiling Fri-Dies.

I'm also popping this over to the latest AAA challenge which has a rainbow theme.

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x

Thursday, 27 July 2017

CASology - 5 Year Anniversary Balloon Blog Hop

Hi folks,

So glad I've had the time to play along at CASology this week - it's their 5th birthday and there's a special anniversary blog hop. The cue word is 'balloon:'

I've used the large balloon and a selection of sentiments from Whimsy Stamp's Happy Everything. It took some very precise stamping (without the aid of a Misti) to get those balloons lined up! I'm popping it over to their monthly challenge which is Anything Goes with the option of holiday.  I'm also entering into the AAA cards challenge where the theme is 'rainbow.'

Happy inking!

Claire x

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Papertrey Ink - July Blog Hop

Hello, hello,

It's Blog Hop time again at Papertrey Ink and this month's pic is full of soft greys and blues to draw inspiration from, as well as some gold embossing:

There's a touch of soft pink on the flowers too but I've used a much brighter hue so that the dots from Grunge Me would show up against the circles. The teeny tiny stars are from Stylish Sentiments Birthday.  I really didn't have a plan for this card as the boys were watching the final of Australian Ninja Warrior and I got totally caught up in shouting and cheering at the TV - you can probably tell! Luckily Grunge Me is a great set for some random stamping!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Your Next Stamp - Sketch Challenge

G'day folks!

Your Next Stamp has a new sketch and colour challenge:

I stamped these cute cows from Funny Farm Crew and added some (very old)  patterned papers and a sprinkling of YNS Gum Drops.  On the inside is another sentiment from the same set - 'party til' the cows come home.'

Thanks for popping by!

Claire x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

You had Me At Hello - Fusion Guest Designer

Good evening,

It's time for a new challenge over at Fusion and the inspiration pic this week features some pretty neutrals teamed with gold, embossed sentiments. I chose to go with the colours but you can play along using the sketch or the colours or even combine them both:

I used a few different PTI sets for my card - Lovely Layers and Center Style Masculine.  I used the matching Lovely Layers die to cut the petals and stamped and embossed some of the detail in gold, then added a sentiment from Autumn Abundance. I'm really happy with how this one turned out!

So now it's your turn. Link your card up to the challenge and play along...and don't forget to call by the talented DT to send them some love!

Thanks for calling by,


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Morning all,

Here's another card for the latest My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

I've used a selection of sweet little critters from Polynesian Paradise. The film strip has been cut using my Silhouette and the dp is from My Minds Eye. 

That's all folks!

Claire x

Monday, 17 July 2017

One Layer Coloured Cardbase

Hello, hello,

I made a very quick card for AAA and Less is More's combined challenge to create a one layer card on a coloured card base:

This was a bit of an experiment with Perfect Pearls - I mixed the powders with water and used them like a paint on a gold embossed Doodlie Do bloom from PTI. The sentiment's from Waltzingmouse. 

Quick post for a quick card!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Just editing this post as it's been pointed out by a couple of members in the LIM DT that it can't be counted as a one layer due to the panel. I thought I might get away with it rules is rules as they say...

Friday, 14 July 2017

Paper Smooches - Anything Goes!

Hello folks,

It's been such a busy couple of weeks - with family over from the UK,  a trip to the Blue Mountains school holidays and work, there's been very little time make cards.
I thought I'd try and get my mojo going again by taking part in July's Paper Smooches challenge which is Anything Goes:

I stamped a panel of Curls and Swirls and the sentiment is from Sentiment Sampler. I used quite a few different colours which made the panel look a little too busy so I cut out a centre panel, matted it on black cardstock and covered the remainder with vellum to soften it.  I also added a few crystals to add a little shine. 

Not sure if my mojo's returned but it's a start!

Have a great weekend!

Claire x

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Fusion Guest Designer

Hello folks!

I  was chuffed to bits to be asked by Karren to be a guest designer for a couple of months over at Fusion card challenge. Some of the DT will be taking a break over their Summer and as it's cold and miserable here in the Southern Hemisphere, it's the perfect time for a couple of us Aussies to be taking over (or honorary Aussie in my case.)

This week's challenge has a beach theme picture for inspiration. You can either use the sketch to whet your inky appetite or just be inspired by the pic. You can even combine them both as I've done in the card below:

My background is a piece of Kaisercraft dp which happened to fit in perfectly with the background on the inspiration pic. I've coloured some Altenew Hennah Elements blooms with Copics and added a touch of turquoise twine. 

You have two weeks to submit your project for the chance to become a Zen Master!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

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