Sunday, 15 April 2018

Freshly Made Sketch #332

Hello, hope your weekend is going well,

I'm still playing with some new goodies from CAS-ual Fridays - the Funky Flakes dies and Snowy Sayings have been on my wishlist for months:




I thought the flakes would fit in perfectly with Karren's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I white embossed a snowflake background and die cut the flakes out of some scraps of navy, silver and teal card stock, then finished it off with a sparkly centre.

Happy stamping!

Claire x

Monday, 9 April 2018

Fusion Inspired CAS-ual Fridays

Hello, hello,

Another quick post with another Spring themed card for CAS-ual Fridays using the latest Fusion sketch:






I just received some lovely happy mail from CAS-ual Fridays, including this sweet little bunny from their latest release. I white embossed a W Plus 9 text background, then sponged a Spring sky and sun using distress inks over the top of it. The bunny has been coloured with Copics.

E njoy your week!

Claire x


Sunday, 8 April 2018

Spring is in the Air

Hello folks!

Spring is in the air for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere so there are lots of Spring inspired challenges happening in blogland. CAS-ual Friday's latest theme is Spring Fever:





I didn't use CAS-ual Friday's Stamps for this one - instead I used Stamplorations Framed Cherry Blossoms which I embossed in silver and watercoloured with Zigs. It looked a bit lost on the card so I set them on to PTI's Center Style: Masculine Die. It's sentiment free as I didn't want to cover up any of those pretty blossoms!

I've also been inspired by the colours at The Card Concept although I'm not quite sure I can pin it down to one of the styles - maybe clean and simple?

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Claire x


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Embossed Sprig

Hello again,

Hope you enjoyed Easter and took the opportunity to gorge on as much chocolate as possible!

I've combined challenges at Less is More and AAA Cards for the card below. Less is More are having a CASE challenge, using Aileen's beautiful card as inspiration and AAA's challenge is to use our favourite technique:







My favourite technique is embossing and Waltzingmouse's Simple Sprig is perfect for this - I've been inspired by the vivid blues in Aileen's card and the silver sentiment.

Thanks for popping by today,

Claire x



Thursday, 29 March 2018

Bundles of Blossoms - MFT Colour Challenge #90

Hi again,

I've been playing with the colours from MFT's colour challenge using their Bundles of Blossoms background stamp:






So do you think I may have overdone it with the stamping?! This came about due to a complete error on my part - I stuffed up the Copic colouring and in the end resorted to fussy cutting the blooms and lining them up with the same stamps underneath.  In hindsight I might have been better just leaving the white panel plain white - but I do like a good background stamp! The sentiment is from Adorable Elephants.

I'm also popping this one over to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge where the theme is 'anything goes.'

Hope you have a great Easter!

Claire x

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Freshly made Sketches #330

 Morning folks!

It's time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches - it's my last card as guest designer for this month and I've so enjoyed being a temporary part of such a lovely team! Here's my card:




I smooshed a background with distress inks and gold embosssed MFT's Bundles of Blossoms background stamp over the top. The huge butterfly is a cut file from Silhouette - it took about 4 attempts to cut it as it's quite intricate and delicate. I do get really annoyed with my silhouette - I seem to waste so much card stock trying to work out which settings are best,  especially with the more intricate designs.

Make sure you go and say hi to everyone on the FMS Design Team won't you? 

Jen Brum - Ladybug Designs
Linda Callahan - Stampin' Seasons
Jen Mitchell - I Create
Amy O' Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts
Kim Singdahlsen - Joyful Creations
Jen Timko - Stampin' on the Fly

You have until 3.00pm EDT on Monday 2nd April to enter - hope you get some time to get inky over Easter!

Thanks for popping by,

Claire x

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Time for a Twofer

Hello again,

I've been wanting to play along with Darnell's Twofer challenge for a while now but DT commitments have taken priority.  I had a look last night and realised there were only a few hours left until the end of the blossoms challenge so I made two very clean and simple cards using CAS-ual Friday's Wallflower:











Short but sweet today!

Happy stamping!

Claire x