Friday, 18 October 2019

Sparkle Hello

Hi and welcome to a new challenge from the Fusion team. 

I chose to just play along with the sketch this time and came up with this card:

The leaves were made using a technique I saw on a video at Memory Box on using napkins for die-cutting.  I didn't have any white napkins so I used a paper towel instead.  I pulled out my Gansai paints and just slapped on various colors, including gold.

To tie in the gold, I die-cut the sentiment from gold sparkle cardstock.

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out what the rest of the DT have done with this challenge.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, black, gold sparkle, paper towel
Dies:  Leaves (Impression Obsession), Simply Said Hello & Thank You (MFT), Striped Sentiment Strip (MFT)
Accessories:  Gansai Tambi Paints


Thursday, 17 October 2019

Brick Wall Bouquet

Welcome to challenge day at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Lee Ann Barrett and she has a great sketch for us.

I went with a celebration card and came up with this:

If these flowers look familiar, it's because I colored them up at the same time as I did the image I used on this card a few weeks ago.  I added a white brick wall die-cut for added interest in the background and made the sentiment bold to stand out.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Hello and Thanks (WPlus9)
Ink:  Amalgam
Cardstock:  Grout Gray, Black Licorice (MFT), X-Press It
Dies:  Brick Wall (MFT), Simply Celebrate (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Sincere Leaves

Welcome to the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where this week our sketch hostess is Jacquie Southas.

I changed the dimensions of the sketch elements slightly to fit my card but I hope you can still see the sketch.

The background was embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder onto a black card base and then set aside.  I die-cut a white pierced frame and stamped the sentiment in a vertical fashion for something a bit different.  The leaves were die-cut from some previously alcohol-inked Yupo.  I die-cut a further 3 from white cardstock and stacked them for added stability.

Here's a close-up of the leaves.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Brush Splatter BG; Bitty Thanks & Gratitude (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Alcohol Inks
Cardstock:  Black, White, Yupo
Dies:  Pierced Rectangle Frames (MFT), Eucalyptus Leaves (SSS)
Accessories:  Liquid Platinum EP

Friday, 4 October 2019

Dragonfly Thanks

Hi, I'm back with a card for the latest Fusion challenge.  Check out the graphic below:

I decided to play along with both the sketch and the photo this time and came up with this very simple, CAS card.

I used the Linen cover plate from PTI to add some texture to my Sno Cone card base before adhering a stamped and die-cut white circle using foam tape.  For the dragonfly, I cut the solid image from Summer Splash cardstock and the outline image from silver sparkle paper and only adhered it through the centre so the wings are lifted up from the base.

And that's it.  Pretty simple!  Thanks for visiting.  The DT have some gorgeous cards so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Lots to Say (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Sno Cone, Summer Splash, Silver Sparkle (MFT)
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Circles (MFT), Dragonfly (Clearly Besotted), Canvas/Linen Cover Plate (PTI)
Accessories:  Clear EP


Thursday, 3 October 2019

Butterfly Love

Welcome to another sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches, where this week our hostess is Judy Rozema.  Here is Judy's sketch:

I seem to be fixated on negative space lately and this week is no exception.

I masked off some squares on a white card base and sponged Distress Oxide Inks in an ombre fashion.  I then die-cut squares from a white panel and after stamping a sentiment, I adhered it to the card base with foam tape.  

The butterflies were stamped with Altenew inks and cut with my Scan n Cut.  I then added them to the card with a mix of foam tape and liquid glue.

I made this card with my son in mind.  There is a story that when you see a butterfly, if you say "I love you", it will take your message to your loved one in heaven.  I don't know if there could be any truth to this because I'm not sure I even believe in heaven, but it's a nice story and does provide some comfort.  I'm hoping to see some butterflies as we come into warmer weather here in NZ.

Thanks for visiting.  Please stop by and check out what the rest of the design team have made.

Products used:

Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies (MFT), All About Dad (MFT)
Ink:  Aqualicious, Teal Cave, Galactic Stream (Altenew), Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Squares (MFT)


Thursday, 26 September 2019


Welcome to the latest sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches, where this week our hostess is Amy O'Neill.

I used some washi tape for the panel behind my cut-out oval.  This is the Nebula washi tape by Altenew but I think it works well here behind this beautiful magnolia.

I stamped and die-cut the magnolia and adhered it over the cut-out opening.  I then added foam tape behind the panel and magnolia and adhered it to the card base.  A very simple card.

I hope you'll check out the cards by the rest of the DT - they're gorgeous as usual.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Build-a-Flower Magnolia (Altenew), Bitty Thanks & Gratitude (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black, Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Espresso (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Build-a-Flower Magnolia (Altenew), Pierced Oval Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Nebula Washi Tape (Altenew)


Friday, 20 September 2019


Hi and welcome to another challenge from the team at Fusion Card Challenge.  We have gone for a caffeinated look this week so we hope you'll play along.

I played with both the sketch and the photo, flipping the sketch onto its side.

The coffee cup was die-cut and I added some Copic shading to the sides before piecing it together,  I stamped the word and the coffee beans onto the patterned paper and also stamped the rest of the sentiment on the white card base.

The horizontal stripes die was used on the card base and I adhered some matching ginghan paper behind the cut-out.  All in all a simple card.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Espresso Yourself (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Desert Storm, Grout Gray (MFT), Homespun Gingham (MFT)
Dies:  Skinny Stripes Horizontal, Coffee Cup (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics