Friday, 18 September 2020

Cactus Birthday

 Hi!  It's time for a new challenge from the Fusion team and this week I chose to play with the photo to come up with this card.

I used a stencil and some pink inks to create the background - trying to achieve the ombre look in the photo.  The cacti were stamped and colored with Copics and die-cut.  I wanted to ground them with gray and found this already die-cut frame which worked well.  A simple Happy Birthday sentiment and my card was done.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Sweet Succulents (MFT)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  Whgite, Cement Gray, X-Press It
Dies:  Pierced Rectangle Frames, Sweet Succulents (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Ombre Stripes Stencil (Altenew), White Gel Pen


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Just a Note for Dad

Welcome!  I'm here with a card featuring this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches where our designer this week is Judy Rozema

It was Father's Day here in New Zealand earlier in the month and I came up with this card for my dad:

Now this is quite a stretch from my usual card style and I usually run a mile from complementary colors but for some reason I wanted to work with orange and aqua.  The circular element in the centre puts me in mind of the Spirograph and I remember many happy hours as a kid playing with the Spirograph - being very careful not to waste the colored inks or paper!

The background is ink-blended with Distress Inks and the "spirograph" was stamped with the same inks, but the Oxide version.  The typewriter comes from the SugarPea Designs die and stamp set and I added the little heart die-cut from MFT's Tangy Orange cardstock.


Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the DT.

Products used:

Stamps:  You're My Type (SugarPea Designs), Spheres and Spirals (Altenew)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth, Paradise (Hero Arts), Tangy Orange (MFT)
Dies:  You're My Type (SugarPea Designs), Spheres and Spirals (Altenew)
Accessories:  Shimmer Spritz

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Purple Birthday

Hi and welcome to the newest challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Amy O'Neill and here's what I did with Amy's sketch:

I sort of got my sketch orientation mixed up but I hope you can see the sketch in my card.  If you're observant, you'll probably see that I used the same stamp set as last week's card.  I stamped a few different colors of these flowers at the time so this card was pretty easy to put together.  The card base is Eggplant as is the tag, and onto the tag I added a patterned paper to tie in with the leaves.  The sentiment is white heat-embossed and I finished with some Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Celebrate Us (Altenew/PinkFresh), Lots to Say (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Versamark, Tropical Forest set, Enchanted Garden set (Altenew), Black
Cardstock:  Eggplant, Party Patterns (MFT), White
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax, Tag Builder Blueprints 2 (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Crushed Grape Nuvo Drops, Baker's Twine, YG03 Copic

Friday, 4 September 2020

Yellow Door


Welcome to the newest Fusion challenge.  I went very literal with this challenge and created a yellow door!

These images all come from a stamp set by WPlus 9 and I added some scored lines to the pale gray card base to mimic linear boards.

My Copic coloring is terribly rusty as I haven't done any for weeks, but it is what it is!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll check out what the rest of the DT has come up with.

Products used:

New Home (WPlus9)
Ink:  London Fog
Cardstock:  XPress-It, Grout Gray (MFT)
Dies:  New Home (WP9)
Accessories:  Copics, Atyou Spica Pens, Scoring Board


Thursday, 3 September 2020


 Hi and welcome to the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge where our hostess this week is Narelle Farrugia.

I created a negative space using a rectangle die and backed it with watercolour wash patterned paper. The flower is from a new-to-me set. It’s a multi-step set and the leaves aren’t meant to be fully coloured but I took to them with a Copic markers to finish them off. 

The final step was to add clear sparkle pen to the centre of the flower and it splodged and caused the ink to spread a bit! Before I send this card I’ll fix that, but when it happened I just wasn't in the mood to try and correct the mistake!

Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll check out the wonderful cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:
Stamps:  Celebrate Us (Altenew/Pink Fresh)
Ink:  Golden Sunset, Tropical Forest sets, Mocha (Altenew), Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Watercolor Wash (MFT)
Dies:  Blueprints 9, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT), Hello (Pink & Main)
Accessories:  Copic YG03, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Thursday, 27 August 2020


 Hi and welcome!  It's my turn to host over at Freshly Made Sketches and as I like to do, I came up with a simple yet versatile sketch.  Here's the card I made with it:

Gotta say up front, this is not a favourite card.  I now regret adding the black ring frames behind the poppy images, but it was too late to remove them after I decided I didn't like them.  They were stuck down good!

The rectangular panel was created with a stencil and Versamark ink.  Once I had the rectangle inked up I added some embossing powder mixed with texture powder to create a dimensional rough surface.

The flowers were stamped using a new-to-me stamp set from The Ton.  As I said I wish I hadn't used the black frames, but it is what it is.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the blog to see what the rest of the DT have done with my sketch.

Products used:

Stamps:  Poppy Wishes (The Ton)
Ink:  Red Sunset set, Green Fields set (Altenew), Versamark, Black
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Poppy Wishes (The Ton), Pierced Circle Frames, Blueprints 21 (MFT)
Accessories:  Rectangle Mask Stencil (Taylored Expressions), Oiled Slate EP (Wow), Changers - Texture (Wow), Black Enamel Dots


Friday, 21 August 2020


 Thanks for dropping in!  I'm here with my card for the latest Fusion challenge, where I created a fusion of both photo and sketch.

I tried to re-create the gorgeous colors from the photo using Distress Oxide inks and stencils.  After I'd finished, I die-cut a half circle and adhered it to a white side-folding card base.  I added the white-embosses sentiment.

I used an off-cut from the stenciled panel for the background of the dragonfly and then I used black glossy cardstock for the top layer.  I finished with some sequins in similar colors.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Birdie Brown Greetings Galore (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Old Paper, Bundled Sage, Dustry Concord, Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth, Black Glossy    
Dies:  Embossed Circles (Kat Scrappiness), Dragonfly (Clearly Besotted)
Accessories:  White EP, Sequins, Perfect Pool Water Stencil (MFT) Subtle Embossing Folder (SU)