Saturday, 20 May 2017

My Favorite Things - Colour Challenge

Morning folks!

Just playing along with MFT's colour challenge using Warmest Wishes:

There's a sweet little snowflake stamp in this set but I opted to use a snowfall stencil instead as so I could add some sparkle with glitter. I also used Bundles of Blossoms on the base layer to add some texture and some more glitter on the snowdrifts.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  is all about adding a bit of sparkle so I'm playing along there too!

Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Seeing Spots


How's your week going? I've gone all spotty playing along with Less is More's one layer challenge to use spots and stripes. The spots and sentiment are from Whimsy Stamp's Happy Hello and the stripes are from PTI's Grunge Me:

I didn't have much of a plan when I did this card - can you tell? In fact, I think the spots perhaps reflect the number of glasses of wine consumed whilst making it.

Addicted to CAS has the code word 'pink' this week so I'm also popping my card in their challenge too!

Thanks for calling by,

Claire x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge

Hello bloggers,

For those of you celebrating it, I hope you've had a wonderful Mothers Day.  Ive been treated to a lie-in, Eggs Benedict and lots of cuddles - what more can a Mum ask for?

I've inked up one of my new MFT sets for their latest challenge - Polynesian Paradise:

I've used distress inks to sponge a seascape background and Copics to colour.  I have very few stamp sets suitable for girls so this one will no doubt get a lot of use. The background has been stamped and embossed in white using Bundles of Blossoms.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Claire x

Monday, 8 May 2017

Flowing Flourishes

G'day folks,

Hope your Monday's going well. I'm sneaking an ultra quick one layer card into Casology before the challenge closes. The cue word this week is 'flow:'

I've always loved the way these Paper Smooches Curls and Swirls kind of flow into each other when stamped together. They're perfect for a quick card. I've used the colours from Less is More which are yellow and grey and the sentiment is by PTI.

Hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping,

Claire x

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #330

Hello, hello,

Long time no blog! Here's a card I made for this week's My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

I'm still playing around with Ken Olivers' Color Bursts and made a big sheet of bright colours, then cut a strip for the sky.  I reckon this little fella from Space Explorer has got stuck in some kind of space vortex don't you? He's looking a little worried! I sprayed the background with some stars using a tooth brush and paint, then embossed the sentiment on to the background.

Hope you get time to get inky this week,

Claire x

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,