Friday, 19 April 2019

Fishy Trio

Hi!  I'm back with a card for the latest challenge at Fusion.  Check out the new graphic:

I created a sort of fusion by combining most of the sketch with the fish theme from the photo.  I added the horizontal strip behind the three elements rather than in front, but I hope you can still see the sketch.

These fish crack me up!  I stamped and colored them with Copics before die-cutting them.  I masked off a strip on a white card base and blended on some distress inks.  I then added the fish, with the ones at either end popped up on foam tape.  I stamped the simple sentiment before adding Crystal Glaze to all the eyes.

And that's it!  Card done!  I'm heading into a 4 day Easter weekend, so hopefully I'll have enough energy and mojo to spend a chunk of time in the craft room.  It's been about 8 months now since I really wanted to spend time stamping and I'm convinced it's because I'm so busy at work I have nothing left in the tank when I get home!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  That Bites (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Amalgam, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  That Bites (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Copics, Nuvo Crystal Glaze


Thursday, 18 April 2019

Zig Zag Hello

Hi and welcome!  Today's card was made using the latest challenge from the Freshly Made Sketches team where our hostess this week is Linda Callahan.
I did some emboss-resist for my card, using the gorgeous Roses All Over stamp from MFT. 

After I'd white-embossed the stamp onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock, I blended on some Distress Inks and then die-cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  I then took a chevron die and cut along the bottom for a bit of added interest before mounting it onto a black mat.  Keeping with the black, I cut two strips of cardstock and stamped the same stamp onto them with Versamark ink for a tone-on-tone look (which you can't see in the photos!)

Finally, I finished with a scripty hello.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Head on over and check out how the rest of the DT have interpreted Linda's sketch - they're all wonderful!

Products used:

Stanps:  Roses All Over (MFT) Loads of Wishes (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Stepped Up Chevorn, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP


Thursday, 11 April 2019


Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.  I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Jen Mitchell and here is her wonderful sketch:

In keeping with my card-making style of the last several months, I went quick and easy and came up with this stenciled and stamp-layered card.

I used multiple Altenew inks to stamp the flower and leaves then used the co-ordinating dies to cut them out.  Onto a white card base, I stenciled through the Dot Fade stencil with some white embossing paste colored with some Altenew gray ink.

After that was dry, I added the sentiment strip, the scalloped piece and the flower with foam tape.

There!  Done!  Nice and quick!

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

I'm linking up to the CAS Stencil challenge where Barb is asking us to use embossing paste.

Products used:

Stamps:  Peruvian Lily (Altenew), Greetings Galore (MFT)
Ink:  Bamboo, Parrot, Olive, Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Sunray, Snapdragon, Autumn Blaze, Orange Cream, Sunkissed, Chamomile, Firebrick, Marigold, Cloudy Night - some or all of these - I'm not sure :), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Cement Gray, Orange Fizz (MFT)
Dies:  Peruvian Lily, Stitched Scallops (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Dot Fade stencil (Tim Holtz), White Embossing Paste


Friday, 5 April 2019

Birthday Blend

It's time for another fun challenge from the team at Fusion and we've got a bright and cheery one to play along with!

I originally decided to focus on the photo and go with a rainbow alcohol-inked panel, which I did, but then I figured I could also incorporate the sketch so went with a fusion.

This panel was one I had in my folder of alcohol-ink experiments.  I'm pretty sure I only used a red, green and blue to create this sort-of-rainbow pattern.  I also used some gold foil.  The panel wasn't wide enough to cover a card front, so I cut it behind the sentiment panel to make it fit.  I went with a bold but reasonably simple sentiment stamp and then added a die-cut circle from the inked offcuts and a gold foil star.  Pretty simple, right?

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you take the time to check out the cards made by the rest of the design team - they're fabulous!

I'm linking up to Seize the Birthday - this isn't a Spring card but it'll work for the Linky Party.

Products used:

Stamps:  Make a Wish (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Yupo, Gold Foil card
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Stars, Pierced Circle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Alcohol Ink


Thursday, 4 April 2019

Birthday Bunny

Hi and welcome!  The week is flying by and it's time for another challenge from the team at Freshly Made SketchesJennifer Timko is our hostess this week and she has come up with a classic sketch for us to play with.

I needed a birthday card for my youngest niece so decided to create a wee scene on the smaller of the two rectangles in the sketch (although the sentiment strip is also a rectangle, so let's say the "middle-sized" rectangle 😄)

I first did some masking and ink-blending on the background panel of some Bristol Smooth cardstock to create some grass and sky - leaving a white strip where the "road" was going to go.  I then adhered the die-cut road in place before cutting the houses and trees out of various scraps of cardstock.  I stuck with pastel shades so they didn't take over the card design as it's pretty busy!

The little driving bunny was stamped and colored with Copics before being cut with my Scan n Cut.  I couldn't believe when I saw the SNC had cut a chunk out of the border on the front tyre!  Hopefully my niece won't care, cos I wasn't starting over!  I adhered everything direct to the panel apart from the bunny which is popped up on foam tape.  I'd also like to take this opportunity to point out the the bunny is driving on the correct side of the road... just sayin' 😉

The sentiment was stamped onto a white strip and adhered directly to the card.  The whole panel was then popped up on foam tape and added to a white card base.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Sweet Somebunny (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Bristol Smooth, various colored scraps (mostly SSS)
Dies:  Open Road, Home Sweet Hone (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Mini Cloud Edges Stencil (MFT)


Thursday, 28 March 2019

Best Dad

Hi everyone!  I'm back with a card for the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge where our hostess this week is Lee Ann Barrett.  And what a great, CAS sketch she has for us!

I love sketches like this so my mind was whirring!  Eventually I settled on this card for my father's upcoming 86th birthday.

He'll get a laugh out of the sentiment - not sure how my three sisters will feel though 😃  This has actually photographed darker than it should.  The cogs are dark gray stacked and slightly offset onto black to form a shadow.  These are 5 layers deep.  Once I was finished layering (thank God for spray adhesive!), I put them to one side and worked on the rest of my card.  I embossed two separate sentiments from two different stamp sets onto a strip of black cardstock with Platinum embossing powder.  

I then added a strip of Scor-Tape and burnished on some gilding flakes.  I like that they give an imperfect finish - just right for a masculine card, I think!

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have some gorgeous cards using this sketch, so I hope you'll check them out.

I'm linking this up to the DIY challenge at The Male Room - the cogs put me in mind of a workshop - and also the Southern Girls Challenge, who are looking for projects for or about someone special.  Well, my dad is pretty special to me 💕

Southern Girls Challenge

Products used:

Stamps:  All About Dad, More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black Licorice, Steel Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Steampunk Corner (Memory Box)
Accessories:  Platinum EP (Ranger), Nuvo Gilding Flakes


Friday, 22 March 2019


Hi and thanks for visiting!  It's time for another Fusion challenge and here is the latest graphic:

I went with just the photo this time and decided to get inky with a stencil.

I masked off a panel on a white card base and very lightly sponged over my Industrial stencil by Tim Holtz.  I used Hickory Smoke ink although it looks blue in the photo!  Once I was done, I removed the stencil and blended some ink over the whole masked panel to separate it a bit more from the whiteness of the card base.  I then added some striped paper at the bottom and two thin strips of black cardstock above and below the stenciling.

To finish the card I die-cut the word "create" from some wood card and adhered it to the bottom right corner.  And that's it!

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the rest of the DT's cards and it would be great if you would join us.

Products used:

Ink:  Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White Black, B&W Stripes (MFT), Wood card
Dies:  Classic Block Alpha (Essentials by Ellen)
Accessories:  Industrial Stencil (Tim Holtz)

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Not Alone

Hi and welcome.  I'm here with a card for the latest sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches team where this week our sketch hostess is another of our new teamies, Jacquie Southas.

Here is Jacquie's fabulous sketch:

And here is my card:

Feel free to skip this next bit if you're only interested in how I made this card.  I don't often post personal stuff on my blog, but felt I needed to write something about what has happened.

As some of you know, I live in Christchurch, New Zealand.  And as most of you have probably heard Christchurch was the scene of a brutal terror attack on Friday 15 March.  As I write this on Sunday afternoon, 50 men, women and children who were praying at their mosques were killed by someone who believed he had the right to commit such a disgusting crime.  And to make matters worse, he live-streamed it while he was doing it.  

To say Christchurch and New Zealand are in shock is a gross under-statement.  Our little country with a population of 4 million never, ever expected something like this to happen to our citizens.  Our brave police force captured the offender very quickly afterwards and he is now going through the criminal system.  He is not a New Zealander, for which I am thankful in a perverse sort of way.    

The last couple of days we've had police helicopters flying overhead, which is both reassuring and frightening at the same time.  

Personally, I do not know anyone who was directly affected.  My youngest son (16) was caught up in a lockdown at his college which is in the central city and he didn't make it home until 8pm.  Fair to say, he got a big hug from me when he made it home.  He didn't open up much on Friday night about what it was like, but yesterday he told me that while he was in class on the ground floor of a building facing onto one of the main avenues in the city they were told to grab nothing but their cellphones and run upstairs.  They were kept in lockdown for 4 hours.  At times they were told they weren't allowed to talk in case the shooter was nearby.  The college's wifi had been turned off and information online was sketchy and some of it was downright untrue but at the time no-one knew that. Just after 6pm the lockdown was lifted and he could try and make his way home - after facing an in-depth inspection by police of himself, his car and his belongings.  Road closures meant what should have been a 15 minute trip home took nearly 2 hours.  

Over the last 2 days, I have found myself feeling more and more sombre.  I am not a religious person but people can hold whatever religious beliefs they wish, so long as those beliefs do not hurt anyone else.  How is this so hard for some people to understand?  If anyone is interested, this report is very well-written and puts a human face to the lost lives.

I have gotten very little done this weekend as I've been glued to news updates.  I did take some time to make my card for this week's sketch, even though I wasn't feeling the least bit crafty.  But as I worked through the creative process and ended up with this card, I thought it quite fitting that this was the final result.  

I looked through my dies for anything with a grid pattern that didn't cover the full card front and found this in my Blueprint collection.  I had to do some altering to get the 3x3 grid but I think it doesn't look too bad,  The centre heart is popped up on foam tape.  

For the sentiment, I wanted something simple but heartfelt.  I didn't want a sympathy message but a solidarity one and I think this one fitted the bill perfectly.

Thank you so much if you took the time to read this far.  Please check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Audrey Blue, Smoke, Slate, Green Apple (SSS)
Dies:  Blueprints 20 (MFT)


Thursday, 14 March 2019

Flamingo Queen

Hi and welcome!  Today's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge comes to us from one of our newer teamies, Judy Rozema and she has a great one for us:

I needed a birthday card for my niece so used the sketch to come up with this fun card.

I stamped and colored the images with Copics, before cutting them out with my Scan n Cut.  I white embossed the sentiment onto a strip of black and added that to a white top-folding card base.  I then tucked the palm trees behind the black panel and popped up the flamingo on foam tape.  I finished the card with a few sequins and clear sparkle pen on the crown and beak.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Flock Yeah! (WPlus9)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Sequins, White EP


Friday, 8 March 2019

Minty Hello

Hi all and welcome!  I missed the last Fusion challenge because I just couldn't get my mojo together but I'm back and loving this challenge graphic!

For my card, I used a new background stamp from Hero Arts and white embossed it onto a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I then blended Altenew inks over the panel in an ombre fashion before die-cutting it with a stitched rectangle die.

For the sentiment, I die-cut the Hello letters several times from white cardstock, stacking them together.  I topped them with a white glitter cardstock.

Below are a few close-up photos so you can hopefully see the embossing and the glittery word.

Thanks for visiting!  The rest of the Fusion team have some gorgeous cards so I hope you'll head over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Deco Flourish (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Versamark, Minty Mint, Sweet Leaf, Just Green, Hunter Green (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, White Glitter card
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT), Classic Block Alpha (Essentials by Ellen)


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Ombre Rings

Hi!  It's the lovely Amy O'Neill's turn to host at Freshly Made Sketches and she has come up with a wonderful sketch to inspire us.

I decided to be quite literal in my interpretation of the sketch and used circles 😄

This die is the Fine Frames - Circles die from Altenew and I die-cut it 5 times from 5 different shades of blue cardstock.  I then took 3 rings from each color and put them together, using sticky tape on the back to hold it in place.  For the 2 smaller circles, I just used 2 colors.

Onto a white card base I masked off the left, right and bottom and then blended on some Peacock Feathers ink, slowly fading it away at the top.  I then stamped the sentiment and added the small circles directly to the card base.  The big circle was popped up on foam tape.

And that's it!  Card done!

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

I'm going to link up to Just Us Girls birthday word challenge. 

Products used:

Stamps:  More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, Tropical Teal, Blu Raspberry, Summer Splash, Berrylicious, Sno Cone (MFT)
Dies:  Fine Frames - Circles (Altenew)


Thursday, 28 February 2019

Layered Roses

Hi and welcome to the latest sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess is our resident Artisan, Narelle Farrugia

For my card, I decided to layer up some flowers and stamp the sentiment onto all the layers.  This is where my Misti comes in very, very handy. 

I stamped and die-cut all the roses using orange inks then added some foliage to the mix.  After arranging the images to most closely resemble the sketch, I used Press n Seal to hold the arrangement in place and set it aside.

Onto my white top-folding card base, I stamped the sentiment in black ink and left the stamp in my Misti.  I then added liquid glue to the bottom-most layer of flowers and foliage.  I adhered those on top of the stamped sentiment and put the rest - still stuck to the Press n Seal - to one side.  I re-stamped the sentiment - this time onto the bottom layer of flowers which are stuck to the card base.  Because of the Misti it stamped in exactly the same position as earlier - score!

I then adhered my second layer of flowers and foliage and re-stamped like before.  Finally I added the smallest rose with foam tape and very carefully re-stamped the sentiment.  To finish the card, I added some Jewel Drops.

Thanks for visiting.  Please head over and check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Vintage Roses (Altenew), Lots to Say (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Sunkissed Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Vintage Roses
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops


Thursday, 21 February 2019

About You

Hi!  It's my turn to host the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and as is my preference, I've come up with a very CAS sketch.  And I was inspired by my team-mate Kim's card for my sketch.

I needed a birthday card for my mother, and as always, I try to make cards for my parents extra special.  

I've had this Sketched Flowers set for a few months and this is the first time I've used it.  I stamped it onto X-Press It card and colored it with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I then created a mask for the image and after adding that, I blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink over the top.  In hindsight, I wish I'd used the origianl Distress Ink because the oxide dulled down the stamped outlines that were still visible outside the mask, so I had to go over the whole image with a black pen - talk about nerve-wracking!

My original intention when I came up with the sketch was to allow for the use of the gorgeous big sentiment dies, but in this case, the words covered too much of the image so I chose a big stamp instead and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black.  To make it stand out from the image, I clear-embossed the sentiment and added a shadow to the letters with gray Copic marker.  I then added the rest of the sentiment and set about putting the card together.

However, it still looked a bit bare so I die-cut a frame out of it using two rectangle dies and added foam tape behind the outer frame and the centre panel and finally called it done.

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

I'm linking this up to Seize the Birthday's Anything Goes challenge as well as The Flower Challenge to use your latest stamps.  I haven't been buying much in the way of craft supplies lately so while these stamps are a few months old, they are my newest floral stamps.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sketched Flowers (SSS), Shenanigans (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Infinity Rectangle Dies (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Clear EP, Copics