Thursday, 20 September 2018

Christmas Chimney

Hi!  Long time no post!  I went away last weekend and didn't get any time in the craft room.  Today's card is for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess is the talented Kim Singdahlsen.  Isn't this a great sketch?

I decided to add to my meagre pile of Christmas cards and used a NBUS set by Your Next Stamp.

This is such a cute image and I really enjoyed coloring it with Copics.  Once I was finished, I colored all the snowy areas and snowflakes with clear sparkle pen, as well as the flame on the candle.

The sentiment strip is from black cardstock and white-embossed with a simple Christmas greeting.  The card base is Tropical Teal and used to match the scarf around the mouse's neck.

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have some gorgeous cards, so head on over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Merry Mouse Eve (Your Next Stamp), Snow Globe Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  Tropical Teal, Black Licorice (MFT), X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Friday, 14 September 2018


Hi and welcome!  The latest Fusion challenge is here and it's a good 'un!
I decided to create a fusion and made a card using the sketch and took the lemons from the photo to make them the focal point of my card.

This image is from Vanilla Arts and was offered as part of the Free Digi Club (which is now closed).  With the image came the supply list.  So I used the supply list and the finished photo of the lemons to color these up and I'm pretty pleased with how they came out.  I fussy-cut them and added foam tape to the back.

Onto a white card-base I added a panel of Sour Apple cardstock, which I ran through my Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder.  A thin strip of black was also added before I adhered the lemons and added the sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Vanilla Arts Digi Stamp, Inspiration Mosaic (Gina K Designs)
Cardstock:  White, Sour Apple, Black Licorice (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Prismacolors, Subtle EF (SU)


Thursday, 13 September 2018

Balloon Birthday

Hi all!  I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is the delightful Linda Callahan and she has a very interesting sketch for us:

As soon as I saw Linda's sketch I saw a trio of balloons and nothing would shake the image so that's what I had to go with πŸ˜„

I die-cut three balloons from MFT cardstock in similar shades and also the strings from some Black Licorice cardstock.  I sponged some ink onto the right hand side of each balloon and then adhered them to a white top-folding card base.  It was about now that I thought they looked a bit bare, so I grabbed a star stencil and a negative die-cut and masking off all but one of the balloons, I stenciled over the stars with the same color ink.  I repeated this process with the other two balloons and finally added a highlight with white gel pen.  Much better! 

The sentiment is also a die-cut, so this card was pretty simple to put together.  I finished by painting the balloons with clear sparkle pen.

Thanks for visiting!  Head on over and check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the DT.

Products used:

Ink:  Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Persimmon (MFT)
Cardstock:  Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Persimmon, Black Licorice (MFT), White
Dies:  Balloon bash, Balloon Strings (PTI), Block Happy Birthday (MFT)
Accessories:  Classic Star Stencil (Winnie & Walter), White Gel Pen, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Card Chain Challenge - August 2018

Hi!  I'm a bit late posting this but time got away on me this week.  As you may know, the last couple of months I've signed up to the Card Chain Challenge, whereby you actually send the card you make following the challenge criteria to the person who signs up before you in the linky.  Cool idea, huh?

Anyways, this month, I sent a card to Jo in England and this was the card I made:

I followed the sketch, the friendship theme and the stencil technique.  I used the Hero Arts Spiral stencil on some Bristol Smooth cardstock and blended on some distress inks.  Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade.

Once that was done I set it aside to dry and die-cut the "friend" word from both Ripe Persimmon and Black cardstock, offsetting the black one slightly to give a shadow.  The rest of the sentiment was white embossed onto a black strip.

To tell the truth, this is the third stenciled panel I made - the first one smudged and the second one, I cut the angles wrong, so for the third I just glued thin slivers of black cardstock across the panel rather than cut into it again! 

I layered everything onto a black card base and added some black Nuvo crystal drops to finish.

Sending me a card this month was Gail from Norway and she sent me this fabulous card:

Such a beautiful card and a clever take on the sketch!  Here are the challenge details:

Theme:  Lighthouse, Fruit or Friendship

Product/Technique:  Stencils

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Big Ideas (Creative Expressions)
Ink:  Versamark, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks
Cardstock:  Black, Bristol Smooth, Ripe Persimmon (MFT)
Dies:  Friend Folksy Script (Poppystamps)
Accessories:  Spiral stencil (Hero Arts), Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops, White EP


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Thankful Leaves

Hi all and thanks for dropping by!  I'm here with a card for the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess is our other camp mum, Jen Mitchell.  And check out Jen's fabulous sketch:

I love square cards but don't often think to make them, so this was a perfect opportunity!  I also filmed the making of this card (link below), which is the first video I've made in weeks.  Between a lack of mojo and being sick, it's only now that I'm starting to feel normal again.

My card uses a new-to-me stamp set by Gina K called Stitched Leaves.  Onto a distress inked background, I added the leaves, which were sponged with distress ink before gold-embossing the top layer.  The "thanks" is stacked three high and colored with clear sparkle pen.  The rest of the sentiment is from the same stamp set and embossed with the same Antique Gold embossing powder.

Here are a couple of photos where you can hopefully see the beautiful stitching detail in the stamps.

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have, as always, made some gorgeous cards using the sketch so I hope you'll check them out.

If you want to see the video showing how I made this card, you can click here to go to my YouTube channel or watch below.

Products used:

Stamps:  Stitched Leaves (Gina K)
Ink:  Versamark, Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Bundled Sage, Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Thanks and Hello (MFT), Stitched Mats Square (Lil Inkers)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Antique Gold EP (SSS), Morning Dew Nuvo Drops


Friday, 31 August 2018

Get Well Daisy

It's Fusion time!  For this challenge, we've gone for a gorgeous daisy photo and the sketch allows for lots of creativity. 

For my card, I took elements of both the sketch and the photo and made a get well card.

I stamped the daisy image and colored it using the techniques I learned in the free Kit and Clowder class.  I then die-cut the daisy and set it to one side while I worked on the rest of my card.

I took a strip of black and white striped paper and adhered that down the left side of a white card base.  Then I stamped the sentiment before adding the daisy with foam tape.

Finally I added some clear crystals, painted the centre of the flower with sparkle pen and called it done.

I'm going to link this up to the Anything Goes challenges at both 4 Crafty Chicks and Simon Says Stamp.

Play Badge

Products used:

Stamps:  Daisy and Bugs (Hero Arts), Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  London Fog (Memento), Extreme Black (MFT)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, B&W Stripes (MFT)
Dies:  Daisy and Bugs (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Crystals


Thursday, 30 August 2018


I'm back!  This time with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess is one of our camp mums, Jennifer Timko.  And here is her fab sketch:

Once again, I played Stretch the Sketch and modified the size of the circle in Jennifer's sketchπŸ˜„

This was quite a simple card to make.  I started by masking off the top and bottom of a white card base then I sponged on Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet.  Once I was finished with the blending, I removed the masking tape.  I die-cut the "moon" from black cardstock and liberally spritzed it with shimmer spray then added that to the card with liquid adhesive.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of white card and angled one corner.  Card done!

Thanks for visiting!  Head on over and check out the rest of the DTs cards.  You'll be so glad you did!

Products used:

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black Licorice (MFT)
Dies:  My Monthly Hero Jun 2017 (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Shimmer Spray


Monday, 27 August 2018

Ski-sons Greetings

Hi and welcome!  Here is the second of the three cards I got to make on Saturday.  I used the sketch challenge at MFT Stamps for this card.

My first step was to emboss a falling snow stencil onto some Grout Gray cardstock using glimmer paste.  It's hard to see in the photo, but it gives a lovely shimmer in real life.

I stamped and colored this adorable bear and then cut him out with my Scan n Cut.  I embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock.  I adhered the sentiment strip behind the bear and then added both elements to the card with foam tape.  I finished with some Nuvo Crystal Drops and called it done.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Ski-son's Greetings
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Grout Gray, Black Licorice (MFT), X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Moonstone Glimmer Paste, Falling Snow Stencil (SSS)


Sunday, 26 August 2018

Berry Birthday

Hi and welcome!  I spent some time in my craft room yesterday making a couple of cards for some challenges and this is the first one.

When I saw the Addicted to CAS challenge pop up last week, I immediately thought of this NBUS stamp set from Sunny Studio.  It took me a week to get to it, but I finally put ink to paper and came up with this card.  I was also inspired by the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge plus I'm linking up to Seize The Birthday.

I did some experimenting with colors for each of the layers for the berries, mixing my brands to get the best looks.

The strawberry was stamped directly onto the card base.  To get the achenes to show (the seeds), I stamped first with white pigment ink, then went over the top with Sunshine ink from SSS.  The other berries were stamped with purple inks and fussy cut.  One was popped up on foam tape and both were coated with Nuvo Crystal Glaze.

I wanted a big sentiment, but not too big, so went looking through my stash and found this one from PTI.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Berry Bliss (Sunny Studio), Signature Greetings (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Poppy, Red Hot, Electric Red (MFT), Olive, Moss (Altenew), Velvet Orchid, Hydrangea, Blue Ciolet (SSS), Unicorn White (Hero Art), Sunshine (SSS)
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Nuvo Crystal Glaze


Thursday, 23 August 2018

Birthday Stars

Hi and welcome!  This will be another short post as I'm still not over my cold, but I am back at work.

Today's card is for the fabulous Amy's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love this sketch and am planning on making another card with it when I'm back to 100%.

I took a couple of liberties with Amy's sketch by making the horizontal strip part of the sentiment, but I think it still works.

Can I just say, this looks so much better in real life!  I stamped the bold Happy Birthday in Extreme Black ink then added the stars in various SSS colors.  Finally I ran the card through my Big Shot with my new Subtle embossing folder, which was part of what I chose with a recent prize from Jan at The Paper Players 400th Challenge.  I love this folder.  It's so hard to see in photos, but it gives a gorgeous linen-like texture to the card.  You can see it a bit better in the photo below.

Thanks for visiting!  Head on over and check out the fabulous cards from the rest of the DT.

I'm also linking this up to the Visual Triangle challenge at MFT's Summer School.  It's the only card I've managed to make for this round of Summer School 😞

Products used:

Stamps:  Happy Birthday to You (MFT)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Duckling, Cloudy Sky, Dusty Sage (SSS)
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Subtle EF (SU)


Friday, 17 August 2018

A Star this Card Ain't...

It's time for another fun challenge from the Fusion team and here is our newest sketch and inspiration photo.

When I designed this challenge, I had great intentions of making a galaxy background like in the photo, but as I mentioned yesterday, I have a really bad cold and didn't get to make my card for this challenge until that cold was full-blown and my brain was not working at all right.  So after 4 days of trying to come up with a card, this the is best I could do.

So on Tuesday, I managed to spread some glitter embossing paste over a stencil and set it aside to dry.  Today (Thursday), I came back to it, looked at it for a long time, looked at it some more and finally came up with the card you see.  Nothing flash, but it's a card and it meets both the sketch and the photo, so win-win πŸ˜„

The "You are a" was stamped with an alphabet stamp and the "star" was die-cut from an alphabet die.

Here are another couple of photos.

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have come up with some fabulous cards for this challenge, so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Calli Letters Upper and Lower (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Black, Silver Foil
Dies:  Pierced Heart Stax (MFT), Urban Alpha Upper (Memory Box)
Accessories:  My Monthly Hero Dec 17 stencil (Hero Arts), Licorice Glitter Paste (BoBunny), star sequins


Thursday, 16 August 2018


Hi and welcome!  Today's post will be short as I'm currently suffering from the worst cold I've had in years!  Luckily I made my card for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge on the weekend while my cold was deciding whether to come out fighting or give up.  Unfortunately, it came out fighting and I've been off work since Tuesday.  Anyway, enough about my cold.  Here is Narelle, my fellow downunderer's (her term!) sketch:

And here's my card.

As you can see, I flipped the sketch to better accommodate my main image.  

I stamped, quickly colored and die-cut the gumboot image before mounting it to a Berrylicious stitched circle die-cut.  I also die-cut a Sour Apple stitched strip and adhered that to a white top-folding card base.  After adding the gumboots, I finished with a white-embossed sentiment and called it done.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Showers & Flowers (SSS) KIS:  Just Because (PTI)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  White; Sour Apple, Berrylicious, Black Licorice (MFT), X-Press It
Dies:  Showers & Flowers (SSS), Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Blueprints 1
Accessories:  Copics, White EP