Thursday, 7 January 2016

Bouquet of Hugs


Hi and welcome back to another fabulous Fusion Challenge!  And this one is a big one - it's our 2nd Anniversary and to celebrate, each DT member has invited a fellow card-maker to create a card using the sketch or photo.  I chose to invite Sonja Kerkhoffs, whose work I have long admired and who frequently plays along with Fusion.

And here is the challenge:





For my card, I used both the photo and sketch and came up with a bright and cheerful card.






I started by stenciling the Zig Zag Dots stencil onto the top portion of the card base, using embossing paste colored with Squeezed Lemonade distress ink.  To show some separation from the rest of the card base, I adhered a sliver of black cardstock.  While that was drying, I colored some of the images from Blissful Blooms and arranged them into a wee bouquet.

I die-cut an oval and also the Hugs word, which I colored with Wink of Stella.

Then all that remained was to arrange everything on the card base and add a few sequins.


Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous guests and I hope you'll have time to join us.

Products used:

Stamps:  Blissful Blooms (MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Squeezed Lemonade
Cardstock:  White, black, X-Press It
Dies:  Big Hugs (PTI), Blissful Blooms (MFT), Pierced Oval Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Embossing Paste, Zig Zag Dots stencil (SSS), Wink of Stella, Copics, PPP sequins

Cheers
Karren

20 comments:

sandie said...

love the texture here with the chevrons and really pretty flowers. Excited you asked Sonja, I love her cards x

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful layering of die cut flowers Karren - the dotted chevrons look so light and airy - and your bold black sentiment really pops! Julia xx

Diane Jaquay said...

This is GORGEOUS!

Loll said...

The yellow dotty chevrons adds so much texture and depth and makes a beautiful backdrop to your sweet bouquet of flowers. The punch of black just make everything else pop off the white card. Fantastic design Karren. I am always in awe of your talent. xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful blooms here, lovely dimension.

Michelle Lupton said...

Love this, Karren!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

perfect black accents really make this pop!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

perfect black accents really make this pop!

Marika said...

Congrats on your new blog design, looks really fresh and cool! Love it. I saw your card over at the Fusion, loved your take on the inspiration photo. The congrats from bold, black sentiment to the lovely soft blooms is a WOW! And I'm so happy you invited Sonja as your GD, she is so wonderful and makes such wonderful cards!

stampwithsandy said...

Karren, I love how you repeated the chevron pattern from the inspiration photo and the contrast of the black. Thanks so much for having me as a guest at Fusion!

SonjaK said...

First of all thanks again for asking me to guest design, Karren! I had so much fun with the anniversary challenge and so did you, I suppose. Your card looks fantastic. I don't only love those delicate flowers and the bold black sentiment but also those tiny lemon dots. They look so bright and colorful! I've never yet archived such a perfect result when coloring embossing paste myself.

Jeanne J said...

OH Karren! This is amazing.. I love your layout and fresh colors! The pop of black in the sentiment made my jaw drop.. so clean and really stunning!

Annette Allen said...

totally love how you added the flowers.. this card is gorgeous..

Kelly Griglione said...

Great white space on your card! Very fresh and clean!

Kim S said...

Wonderful combination of die cuts, stamps and that stencilled pattern - LOVE it!

Amy O said...

Gorgeous!! I don't know what I love more -- the stenciled background, the gorgeous flowers, or that fabulous sentiment die. They are all so perfect together!

Deepti said...

Fabulous fusion! Love the bunch of flowers :)

Shannon Jaramillo said...

Karren, your cards are always so amazing!! All of the elements you have combined have created a beautiful card!!

Lyndal said...

Fabulous flowers Karren! Happy 2nd FUSION Anniversary ;)

Jen Mitchell said...

Beautiful! I love how the embossed zig zags and the thin black line give your card some definition between the top and bottom. The flowers are so sweet and that big "hug" die is adorable!