Thursday, 11 August 2022

Golden Congrats

Hi! Today’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was designed by Jacquie Southas and I created a very simple-looking card.

I started by placing two hot foil strip plates onto white cardstock and hot-foiling with gold foil. I then added the stamped sentiment and hot-foiled a star at either end.

It looked a bit plain so I did some partial dry-embossing to the left of the hot-foiling.  I adhered the panel to a white card base and called it done!

Thanks so much for visiting. Please head over and check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Say It In A Starburst (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Nested Stars Hot Foil (Pink Fresh), Foiled Brushstrokes & Stripes (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Subtle Embossing Folder (SU)


Friday, 5 August 2022

Silver Butterfly

 Hi all!  I'm back as Surprise Party Guest over at Seize the Birthday and this time the challenge is No Stamping.  Now in the good old days, that would be a real challenge, but these days there is so much more to this card-making hobby that it is easy to make a card without stamps.  Here's the card I made:

The brick die-cut is new-to-me from Paper Rose and I die-cut it three times adhering it together for dimension.  Some of the "bricks" fell out so I left in what remained on each layer.  This gives more of a dimensional look which you can see in the close-up photo below.

The butterfly was made from a piece of alcohol-inked Yupo in my stash and is in shades of blue and silver.  I die-cut the base from the Yupo and the top layer from silver foil cardstock.  I then hot-foiled the sentiment and die-cut it with the co-ordinating die.

Thanks for visiting.  Please head over to the challenge blog and check out the cards made by the design team and have a go yourself.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Silver Foil Cardstock, Yupo
Dies:  Texture 4 Brick (Paper Rose), Happy Birthday Hot Foil and Die (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Silver Foil, various alcohol inks


Sympathy Lilies

It's time for another challenge from the team at Fusion and this time I went with the sketch and took in a few elements from the photo - the burgundy colour of the wine and the calla lilies.

I've had these flowers coloured up for quite a few years - they are part of a colouring class over at Kit and Clowder.  I used my Scan n Cut to cut them out and then went to work on the background.  After embossing a panel of Paver Red cardstock with a brickwork embossing folder, I then used my finger to add some foundry wax to the panel, focusing on the top left and bottom right corners.  I also used a paintbrush to splatter some over the whole panel (not to mention my deskop and my glasses too!) I adhered that to a white card base and finished with a simple sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by the DT.

Products used:

Stamps:  Assorted Greetings (Gina K)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Paver Red (MFT), X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, Brickwork Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz), Statue Foundry Wax (Tim Holtz)


Thursday, 4 August 2022


 Hello and welcome!  Judy Rozema is our sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches and I took the opportunity to make another Christmas card.

I adhered some glitter cardstock to the bottom of a white card base and then added some embossed panels of Jellybean Green cardstock.  I assembled the holly berries and leaves with the same green cardstock, adding in some Cranberry Cocktail for the berries and gold glitter outlines.  Finally I finished with a simple sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting.  The DT have some gorgeous cards, so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Dashing Deer (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Jellybean Green, Cranberry Cocktail (MFT), Gold Glitter cardstock
Dies:  Seasonal Sketch (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Lumber 3D Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz)


Thursday, 28 July 2022

Purple Christmas

It's time for another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Amy O'Neill.  I made another Christmas card for my meagre stash.

I went with a slightly non-traditional colour combo of purple, red and green.  I ink-blended Shaded Lilac onto a white card base and then added a panel with two circle die-cuts, popping it up with foam tape.  The images were coloured with Copics and cut with my Scan n Cut.  I added the tree to the centre and the two penguins in the openings, popping them up on foam tape.

I finished by colouring the baubles with clear sparkle pen and added a simple sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the cards made by the rest of the design team.


Products used:

Stamps:  Holiday Penguins, Present Time (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versafine Onyx Black, Shaded Lilac Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Sunday, 24 July 2022

Birthday Picnic

 For the first time in ages, I had some time today to make a card for a few challenges.  I'm playing along with the colours from Color Throwdown, the CAS theme at Krafty Chicks and the Tic Tac Toe challenge (Picnic-Checks-Ink Blending).

 In keeping with the challenge's picnic option, I pulled out this stamp set from MFT and coloured various images in the Color Throwdown colours (the outfit and clouds are aqua-ish, the flowers and butterflies are yellow, the checked paper is green and the girl's hair and lid on the picnic basket are kraft.

To keep the card CAS but still have a "scene", I masked off a small strip on a white panel and ink-blended Peacock Feathers ink very lightly with a cloud stencil.  For the "grass" I cut two strips of check paper in a curved pattern, lightly sponged on some green ink (whatever was on the blending brush!) and adhered them under the clouds.

I then stamped a sentiment to give her foot some grounding and added the images with foam tape.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Everyday is a Picnic, Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versafine Onyx Black, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Homespun Gingham (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Micro Cloud Edges die (MFT)


Friday, 22 July 2022

Deco Birthday

 Hi!  I'm back with my second card as Surprise Party Guest over at Seize the Birthday.  Today's challenge is a colour challenge - purple, blue and green.

At first, I was heading down the flower route and then I decided to follow Laura Bassen's lead and check out geometric patterns on Pinterest which gave me the inspiration for this card:

Firstly, I black hot-foiled the Deco Triangles plate onto Hammermill cardstock, then used the co-ordinating stencils to colour up the panel.  I cut it down slightly and matted it onto a Dark Indigo panel before adding it to a white card base.

The sentiment is a new-to-me die from Memory Box which I die-cut from black and mounted onto a white shadow die.  Each layer is stacked two high.

And for those that are interested, here is the inspiration for my card.  I used black foil rather than gold because gold wasn't one of the challenge colours, but I think this card would look pretty cool in gold as well!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll head over to the Seize the Birthday challenge and have a go!

Products used:

Ink:  Ultraviolet, Volcano Lake, Emerald, Desert Night (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Dark Indigo (PTI)
Dies:  Happy Birthday Posh Script (Memory Box), Deco Triangles (The Greetery), A2 Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Black Hot Foil