Sunday, 2 August 2015

Brusho Celebration

Hi and welcome!  My card today uses the colors from this week's Color Throwdown challenge and is also for Seize the Birthday whose challenge is embossing.

I got some Brushos from the UK last week and decided to take them for a spin on this card!  I started by masking a circle them spritzing water inside the mask.  I then sprinkled on some purple, yellow and green Brushos and spritzed again with water.  It was fun seeing them come to life!  Once I was happy with the result, I used my heat tool to dry the watercolor panel.

I then inked the sentiment and stars with black ink and clear-embossed over the top.  I stuck the watercolor panel onto a white card base and added some sequins and my card was done.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Make a Wish (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, watercolor
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities, Brushos, Clear EP, sequins


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Have a Drink

Hi!  I found some time today to play along with the latest Muse challenge.  This is my first time playing along at Muse and as soon as I saw Tracey's adorable card, I decided to join in.  Ironically, that fabulous penguin set is on its way to me at the moment :)  

I took my inspiration from the stenciled background, background colors, layered die cuts, layout and the drink the penguin is holding.  Here's my card:

I started with a white card base and used a stencil cut with my Cameo ages ago.  I sponged Tumbled Glass and Crumb Cake ink in a similar way to Tracey.  The sentiment was stamped onto the card base using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then stamped and colored the drink and accessories from Paper Smooches Free Spirits set.  I adhered the glass directly to the card base then layered the umbrella and straw.  I put the flower on last then covered it with Glossy Accents.  

Thanks for visiting.  Here's Tracey's Muse card.

Products used:

Stamps:  Free Spirits (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass, Crumb Cake
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Free Spirits dies, Copics, Silhouette-cut stencil, Glossy Accents


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Hello Baby

Hi and welcome to another fabulous sketch, courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is the delightful and talented Jen Brum.  And look, there are no circles on her sketch :)

I love this sketch and my card came together reasonably quickly, unlike most of the cards I've made recently which take forever!

I had a pre-colored elephant so that was the starting point for my card.  I decided to go with neutral tones and make a baby card.  The card base is white and then there is a layer of Smoke, die-cut with two dies from Blueprints 21.  The Slate banner was white-embossed with a sentiment from Winnie & Walter.  

Some Pretty Pink Posh sequins and my card was done.

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the wonderful cards from the rest of the design team.  And before I go, we're coming up to our 200th sketch and we are having a huge celebration.  There will be some amazing prizes so I hope you can make some time to play along!

Products used:

Stamps:  Unforgettable (WP9), The Big, the Bold and the Happy (W&W)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Smoke, Slate, X-Press It
Accessories:  Unforgettable dies, MFT Fishtail Flag Stax, MFT Blueprints 21, White EP


Sunday, 26 July 2015


Hi!  Today's card has a few more layers than I'm used to working with, but I enjoyed making it.  I used the sketch from Viva la Verve, the kraft theme from Inkspirational as well as the food and markers themes from Friday Mashup.

I started with a card base using Neenah Desert Storm and die cut that with my stitched rectangles die.  The Dark Chocolate panel was stenciled with translucent embossing paste and the Splatters stencil by Tim Holtz.  

I stamped and colored the coffee cup using Copics and stamped the sentiment using Dark Chocolate ink onto a die cut tag.

The patterned paper comes from an old Stampin' Up pack called Well Worn.

You can see the embossing paste better in this next photo.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Better With You (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Dark Chocolate (SSS)
Cardstock:  Neenah Desert Storm, Very Vanilla (SU), Dark Chocolate (SSS), X-Press It, Well Worn Patterned Paper
Accessories:  Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles and Circles dies, Tag Builders Blueprints 2 (MFT), Splatters Stencil (Tim Holtz), Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi), Copics


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Gamer Birthday

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is the super-sweet and talented Cindy Hall.  Check out the fun sketch Cindy has given us:

I flipped the sketch onto its side and came up with this card:

I should point out that when I made this card, I was sick with a nasty cold.  Why is it that a simple thing like a cold can make us so miserable and woolly-headed?  

I started by cutting a frame using two rounded square dies.  I then stamped and cut the "happy" word using my new Game Tile Letters set.  I used more NBUS in the form of MFT's Pop Up Birthday die for the rest of the sentiment.  I cut along the bottom so they weren't "pop up" anymore.  The game controller started out with a white piece of card that I sponged with Slate ink to make a grey color.  That way the circles and '+' stand out more.

Once I had that done, I couldn't decide what to do with the panel at the top.  I didn't want anything heavy-looking so ended up sponging over a stencil and finishing with a thin strip of black cardstock.

This isn't my favorite card but considering how I was feeling, I'm not going to complain :)

I'm entering this into this week's challenge at The Paper Players, to make a CAS card with a frame.

Thanks for visiting.  Head on over to the blog to check out the wonderful cards from the rest of the DT.

Products used:

Stamps:  Game Tile Letters (SSS)
Ink:  Audrey Blue, Slate (SSS)
Cardstock:  White black, Audrey Blue, Island Blue, Green Apple, Sunshine, Schoolhouse Red
Accessories:  Game Controller Die (MFT), Pop Up Birthday die (MFT), Rounded Square dies (Lifestyle Crafts), Scrambled Letters Stencil (SSS)


Monday, 20 July 2015

Merry, Merry, Merry

Hi!  It's time for our next Merry Monday challenge.  This week our hostess is Bonnie and she wants us to have a heart on our Christmas card.

Isn't that a pretty graphic?  For my card, I came up with a CAS but rather time-consuming card featuring lots of die-cuts.

I die-cut several of the "merry" word from PTI's Wet Paint Holiday dies.  On one of the words I sponged Green Apple and Green Leaf inks in an ombre fashion.  I die-cut the "Christmas" word after sponging some white cardstock with Schoolhouse Red ink.  In hindsight, I should have sponged an ombre pattern in reds too.

I layered all the die cuts onto a white card base and finally finished with a heart die cut and coated with Glossy Accents.  As you can see, I hooked part of the "C" through the loop in the "y" for some added interest.

A very simple card!

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful cards featuring hearts so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Ink:  Green Apple, Green Leaf, Schoolhouse Red (SSS)
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Wet Paint Holiday dies (PTI), Joy to the Woods dies (Lawn Fawn)



Hi!  I decided to try my hand at no-line Copic coloring.  I stamped this cute little dog onto some X-Press It cardstock using Grout Gray ink then went to work.  It's certainly going to take some practice!

Once my dog was as good as he was gonna get, I adhered him to a rounded square panel cut from Sea Glass cardstock.  The sentiment was white-embossed on black cardstock and one corner was rounded.  I die-cut the word "pawesome" and placed that just under the dog to look like he's sitting on the word.

I'm entering this card into this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge as well as Friday Mashup where they are looking to see a pet on our cards.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:  

Stamps:  You are Pawesome (SSS)
Ink:  Grout Grey (MFT), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, black, Sea Glass, X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, Cat & Dog Pawesome dies (SSS), Rounded Square dies (Lifestyle Crafts), White EP, Corner Chomper


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Friday Mashup.