Friday, 15 November 2019

Frilled Thanks

Welcome to our second-to-last Fusion challenge of the year, where we're going with a gratitude theme and a fun sketch.


I created a fusion of sorts, taking the pink flowers and the black background, as well as the sketch, to create this card.


The flowers were stamped and die-cut and added to a black card base.  I added some foliage for interest and then stamped a simple sentiment onto a white strip of cardstock.  Before adhering it with foam tape, I decided to add a strip of striped patterned paper.


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

Products used:

Stamps:  Frilled Petals, Dot Art (Altenew)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Pink Diamond, Pinkaliciousm, Rubellite, Bamboo, Parrot (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Black, White, Party Patterns (MFT)
Dies:  Frilled Petals (Altenew)
Accessories:  Clear EP for sentiment

Cheers
Karren


Thursday, 14 November 2019

Poppy Thanks

Hi.  I'm here with a card using the sketch Kim Singdahlsen designed for the newest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.



I wasn't feeling the mojo when I made this card and ended up with a very simple one-layer card.


I stamped the card front with the text stamp using Limestone ink.  I then inked up one of the poppy flowers with two shades of pink ink and stamped it before maskingh and stamping tyhe flower behind it.  I also used two ink shades on the leaves and stems.

The sentiment was stamped across the flowers in black ink.  To finish off the card I ran it through my Big Shot with a stitched edge die and added some sequins.



Thanks for visiting.  The DT have some wonderful cards using the sketch so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Pretty Poppies (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Limestone, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Olive, Moss (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Stitched Mats Rectangle (Lil Inkers)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh)

Cheers
Karren



Thursday, 7 November 2019

Strength Butterfly

Hi and welcome to another challenge from the Freshly Made Sketches team.  Our hostess this week is Linda Callahan and here is her sketch:



And here is my card using Linda's sketch.



This was not the card I had in mind when I sat down to create but this is how it ended up.  I didn't make it for anyone, but in looking at it, I think maybe I made it for me.  Losing my son has brought me to my knees and I'm struggling to get back up.  I haven't made any Christmas cards and I won't be sending any this year.  I have no desire to celebrate Christmas.  Matthew's birthday is one week before Christmas and I'm already dreading December. 



I used my favourite background stamp to white emboss onto a panel and then sponge with Fog ink.  I also splattered some Fog ink onto the panel.  Onto the background I used Fog ink to stamp multiple butterflies.  The orange butterfly is popped up on foam tape.

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the wonderful cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Papillon (Tim Holtz), Essential Sentiments (MFT), Dream Big (Altenew)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Sunkissed, Orange Cream (Altenew), Fog (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Squares (MFT)

Cheers
Karren

Friday, 1 November 2019

Mermazing

Hi and welcome to the latest challenge at Fusion


I combined both the sketch and the photo for my card.


I created the background panel with Copics before drawing in the seaweed in the background, also with Copics.  I then used London Fog ink to stamp the plants and fish before die-cutting the top and bottom with a curved stitched die.

I adhered that to a white card base and stamped the sentiment on a curve to mimic the die-cut panel.  The mermaid was colored and die-cut with the co-ordinating die and I liberally added clear sparkle pen before adhering her with foam tape.


Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the DT cards and have a go yourself.


Products used:

Stamps:  Mermazing (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Mermazing (MFT), Stitched Based Edges (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Nuvo Glitter Drops (Aquatic Mist)

Cheers
Karren



Thursday, 31 October 2019

Peaceful Flowers


Hi, I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where this week our hostess is Jen Mitchell and she has given us a square sketch to play with.


I used a couple of new to me Altenew sets for my card.



I created my own background panel with Dot Art and light gray inks on gray cardstock.  I then cut it down and matted it onto some teal cardstock before adhering to a square card base.  The flowers were stamped and cut with my Scan n Cut before being added with foam tape.  I finished with a simple sentiment and some enamel dots.


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


Products used:

Stamps:  Peaceful Reverie, Dot Art (Altenew) Assorted Greetings (Gina K)
Ink:  Aqualicious, Teal Cave, Morning Frost, Silver Lake, Bamboo, Parrot (Altenew), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardtock:  White, Grout Gray, Tropical Teal (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Teal Dots (CTMH)

Cheers
Karren


Thursday, 24 October 2019

Summer Bouquet

Hi all and welcome.  Today's card uses the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess is Jennifer Timko.


As part of my recent retail therapy, I bought some stamp sets from The Greetery and used one of them on today's card.


I stamped the images in grays and then again in green/lavender colors.  After die-cutting, I arranged them and held the arrangement together with Press n Seal while I worked on the rest of the card.  Onto a panel of Grout Gray cardstock I dry-embossed the Weathered embossing folder before adhering it to a white top-folding card base.

I then added my floral arrangement, tucking in the white-embossed sentiment.



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

Products used:

Stamps:  Summer Sketches (The Greetery), Clean Line Everyday (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark, Bamboo, Wisteria, Hydrangea, Gray Denim, Cloudy Night, Silver Lake, Charcoal Suit (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Grout Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Summer Sketches (The Greetery)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Weathered Embossing Folder (Taylored Expressions)

Cheers
Karren

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

Cheers
Karren

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

Cheers
Karren




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

Karren

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)

Karren

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Magnolia

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)

Cheers
Karren

Friday, 20 September 2019

Coffee

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

Cheers
Karren


Thursday, 19 September 2019

Tiny Bouquet

My closest DT neighbour is our hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Check out Narelle's wonderful sketch:



Due to a smudge I needed to cover up, I had to move my elements down the card a bit, but you can still see the sketch.



I have been trying a bit of retail therapy to re-kindle my desire to stamp and got an order from WPlus9 last week.  I stamped the flowers and did some simple Copic coloring before cutting them out with my Scan N Cut.  The background was die-cut with a cover die and the strips behind the sentiment are Watercolor Wash patterned paper - to match the flower colors.


A very simple card with a little pop of color.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team.




Products used:

Stamps:  Hello and Thanks (WPlus9), Bitty Thanks and Gratitude (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Watercolor Wash Brights (MFT)
Dies:  Blueprints 8 (MFT), Stitched Ironworks (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Big Thanks

Hi, it's time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week I am the hostess.  Here is my sketch.



Those circles can be anything and I chose to make them flowers.



Because I haven't felt like coloring lately, I've been turning to multi-step stamps to give the illusion of coloring.  I stamped several flowers and leaves and cut them with my Scan n Cut.  I cut a strip out of a card front-sized panel and then stamped leaves directly onto the remaining two pieces.  The sentiment was stamped in the "gap" and then I added foam tape to pop the front panels up on the card base.


The flowers are adhered with a mixture of liquid glue and foam tape for added dimension.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the gorgeous cards made by the DT and have a go yourself.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sunflower Daisy (Altenew), Embroidered Blooms (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Golden Sunset, Summer Afternoon, Green Fields sets (Altenew)
Cardstock: White
Accessories:  Scan n Cut, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Karren