Thursday, 15 August 2019

Super Cute

Hi and welcome to the second week of our month-long 400th challenge celebration at Freshly Made Sketches.  I decided to look back at my history with FMS and I first starting playing along at Sketch #20 - a month after I started my blog.  I was lucky enough to be chosen as a Perfect Princess in that challenge - chosen by none other than then-Guest Designer, Kim Singdahlsen. 

It was a crafty dream come true when I was asked to be a Guest Designer in January 2014 and I've stayed ever since.  I love this team - they are so talented, caring and supportive.

Following on from last week's theme, we're going back to sketch #200.

My late son, Matthew, has a very good friend who is due to have a baby girl later this month.  It is nice to have something as sweet as a new baby to look forward to after all the heartache of the last two months, and I enjoyed making this card for the upcoming arrival.

I die-cut the onesie and the dress from patterned paper and added a little bit of shading with Copic markers.  The bib was cut from cardstock.  I adhered Watercolor Wash patterned paper to the bottom of a white card base and then heat-embossed the sentiment.  The clothing was added to the clothesline with foam tape to lift if from the white card and add some dimension.  A thin strip of Cotton Candy cardstock separated the two layers.

To finish the card, I added some clear sparkle pen to the pink heart.

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the fabulous creations made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Welcome Baby (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Cotton Candy, Watercolor Wash, Just Delightful Patterened Paper (MFT)
Dies:  Bundle of Baby Clothes (MFT)


Friday, 9 August 2019

Lined Up Thanks

Welcome to the latest Fusion challenge, called Family. 

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

I kept to neutral tones and white-embossed the All Lined Up Background onto a Desert Storm card base.  I then die-cut a white panel with a scallop edges die before stamping the sentiment on an angle and clear-embossing it.

The white panel was adhered to the card base with foam tape.  

Yet again, another thank you card, but I have need of several to thank people for all the wonderful support our family has received over the last weeks since we lost our son.  As an aside, I create the graphics for the Fusion challenges months in advance.  Little did I know that this photo would evoke such a feeling of loss, which is why I only used the sketch for this challenge.  I have a photo, taken at Matthew's viewing, of Pete, myself and William all with our hands over Matthew's hand.  Our last family photo, such as it is 😢

Products used:

Stamps:  All Lined Up Background (MFT), Lots to Say (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, White
Dies:  Stitched Scallop Basic Edges (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Clear EP


Thursday, 8 August 2019

Dad's Day

Hi and welcome to the start of a special celebration month at Freshly Made Sketches.  We are up to sketch #400 and after 8 years, the challenge is still going strong.  To celebrate, we're going back to Sketch #1 (which was also Sketch #100) this week.  Check it out!

I used the sketch to create a Father's Day card for my dad.

Lots of die-cutting and not much stamping on this card.  I took a few liberties with the elements but they're pretty much all in the right place and I hope you can see the sketch in there!

The DT have some gorgeous cards and I hope you'll check them out and join in the month-long fun!

Products used:

Stamps:  All About Dad (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Grout Gray, Gravel Gray, Cement Gray, Black Licorice, Chili Powder (MFT)
Dies:  Tag Builder Blueprints 2 and 3, Dad (MFT), Layered Plaid Cover Die (Altenew)
Accessories:  Raindrops (PTI) White EP


Thursday, 1 August 2019

Flowery Thanks

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge day, where our hostess this week is Jen Brum.  And here is her sketch.

I went with a flowery card this week and came up with this design.

The flowers were stamped and die-cut and then put to one side while I worked on the card base.  A grout gray square base was cut to 4 1/2" square and a white panel was die-cut with a mod square stax die.  I arranged the flowers inside each cutout and then stamped the sentiment before adhering to the card base with foam tape.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Budding Thanks (Altenew)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Grout Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Budding Thanks (Altenew) Mod Square Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Friday, 26 July 2019


Hi.  I'm here with a card for the latest Fusion challenge.  I've only played with the photo this time and created a CAS card with a touch of color.

The "Kindness" word was created by sprinkling Brushos onto some watercolor paper.  Once it was dry, I die-cut the word and added a black stacked background, slightly off-setting it to make it pop.

The background is tone-on-tone and made using a cover die by Penny Black.  To finish the card, I added some iridescent jewels.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Kindness Matters (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Black, Watercolor
Dies:  Kindness (SPD), Interlocking (Penny Black)
Accessories:  Brushos, Iridescent Jewels

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Leafy Thanks

Hi and welcome.  I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where Cecile Ribon is our hostess.

For my card, I started with a Steel Gray card base and stenciled over the top with some translucent embossing paste and the English Brick Wall stencil. 

While that was drying, I die-cut some leaves from white cardstock and stamped and embossed a sentiment, before arranging it all onto the card base.  

Another simple card.  The DT have some beautiful cards, so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Leaf Canopy (Altenew)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Steel Gray, Black Licorice, Smooth White (MFT)
Dies:  Lorelei Leaves, Lorelei Leaves Outline (Memory Box)
Accessories:  English Brick Wall Stencil (MFT), Translucent Embossing Paste, White Embossing Powder


Thursday, 18 July 2019

You Matter

Hi, it's time for another sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and this week Kim Singdahlsen is our hostess.  When I saw the three circles, I thought of a word so built my card around the word "you" and flipped the sketch on its side.

The card base is Grout Gray and I then used the Line Dance stencil and some Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink to add some interest to the card base.  The sentiment strips were white embossed onto black and cut out.  The "you" was die-cut three times from white and once from Tropical Teal and stacked.

And that's my card.  It's not much because it's still taking a lot of effort to even go into my craft room, let alone sit down and try and create something.  I had plans of making this card and a card for the latest Fusion challenge last weekend, but this card was all I could manage.  One day at a time.

Please check out the wonderful creations from the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  You Matter (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark, Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  Grout Gray, White, Black Licorice, Tropical Teal (MFT)
Dies:  You (SSS)
Accessories:  Line Dance Stencil (SSS), White EP

Thursday, 11 July 2019

17th Birthday

Hi all.  I've been absent from my blog for several weeks and some of you are aware of the reason why.  For those that aren't, we lost our beautiful 21-year old son, Matthew on 16 June, unexpectedly.  To say it was the worst night of my life is an under-statement and we are still reeling and hurting as we try and come to terms with our loss.

Matthew left behind his younger brother, William, and it was because of William that I ventured into my craft room to make a card using the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  William's 17th birthday was on Monday and, even though we tried to make it a good day for him, it was a very sad day because we were all conscious someone was missing.

I wasn't up to doing anything too complicated for William's birthday card, so I just pulled out the alcohol inks and let them do their thing on some Yupo paper.

Once the panel was dry, I cut it into pieces to match the sketch and added foam tape behind all the pieces.  I adhered the pieces onto a black top-folding card base.  The sentiment was die-cut three times and adhered together and then added to the card front using the negative die-cut for placement.

And that's it.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  I hope you will check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team and play along with Linda's sketch.  And can I just say, this design team is the best.  They sent the most beautiful basket of flowering plants, as you can see below.

Products used:

Cardstock:  Black Licorice (MFT), Yupo
Ink:  Denim, Aquamarine, Pool, Limeade, Lettue, Dandelion, Silver Mixative Alcohol Inks
Dies:  Happy Birthday to You (MFT)


Friday, 14 June 2019

VW Christmas

So, it's Fusion time and we have a multi-colored inspiration photo for you this time as well as a very CAS sketch.
I decided to use the VW Kombi from the photo and the sketch to create my first Christmas card for 2019.

I bought this adorable set last Christmas but never got to use it.  I colored it up using the stamp packaging as my guide and then cut it out with my Scan n Cut.  I added foam tape to the back then set it to one side while I prepared my card base.

I die-cut a white panel the size of a card front and then die-cut a rectangle from the centre.  Onto a white top-folding card base, I added a piece of Watercolor Wash patterned paper - this is my go-to patterned paper for subtle backgrounds - I just love it!  I then adhered the white panel before adding the stamped image on top.  The sentiment comes from another NBUS set, but at least I've used one sentiment from it!

Thanks for visiting.  Please head over and check out the gorgeous cards made by the DT.

I'm going to link this up to Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

Products Used:

Stamps:  Rosie & Bernie in a Bus (Stamping Bella), Christmas Dreams (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Watercolor Wash Brights (MFT)
Dies:  Blueprints 25, Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Rosy Birthday

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Jacquie Southas.  Check out her fun sketch:

I wanted to do some emboss resist so pulled out one of my favourite background stamps and some bright and cheery colors and came up with this:

It was very simple to do - white heat emboss the stamp, cover with various distress inks and die-cut with a stitched, rounded-corner die.  The sentiment was cut apart so I could stamp "Happy" twice and then die-cut with a small banner die.  To add some extra black, I squirted on some Nuvo drops in black and called it done!

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have created some gorgeous cards so I hope you'll check them out.  I'm going to link this up to Just Add Ink's Emboss Resist challenge, as well as Seize the Birthday's Anything Goes Challenge and Addicted to Stamps and More's 7th birthday celebration challenge (playing along with the Birthday Card part of the challenge).

Products used:

Stamps:  All Over Roses, Hello Beautiful (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Blueprints 31
Accessories:  White EP, Black Nuvo Drops


Thursday, 6 June 2019


Welcome!  It's time for another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess this week is Amy O'Neill with this gorgeous sketch:

I have need of another sympathy card, so I used the new Spotlight Poppies card kit from MFT to create this card - yes, another gray and yellow floral card 😄

 I started by stamping the poppies background stamp onto a panel of Cement Gray cardstock then the individual co-ordinating poppy stamps onto X-Press It using London Fog ink.  I colored them in and die-cut them with the matching dies.  From there I decided which poppy I wanted to use and cut the gray panel to suit (the individual poppy stamps match various images on the background stamp to give a spotlight effect).  I adhered some black & white striped patterned paper down each side and a white embossed sentiment.

I was going to adhere that to a white card base when I got the idea to stamp the background stamp onto a white panel and match the image on both panels.  That took a bit of jiggery-poke and I had to cut down the white panel slightly to make everything line up, but eventually I got it to work.  I used SSS Fog ink for a soft look.  I added it all to a Lemon Drop card base to finish.

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have created some amazing cards using Amy's sketch so I hope you'll check them out. 

I don't have a photo of the markers I used because this is the second flower I colored.  The first one, I colored the pod-thing in the centre green, but it just looked weird so I colored a new one and left the centre brown - not correct according to Mother Nature, but okay by me!  The Copics I used for the petals are V12 for under-painting, Y17, Y15 and Y11.  I can't remember which browns I used for the centre.

Products used:

Stamps:  Poppies Background, Poppy Blooms, More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  London Fog (Memento), Fog (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  Lemon Drop, Cement Gray, Black Licorice, B&W Stripes (MFT), X-Press It, White
Dies:  Poppy Blooms (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP


Friday, 31 May 2019

Sakura Frames

Hi!  My card for the latest Fusion challenge is nothing like I imagined when I created the graphic!  But it came about when I got my hands on the Mondo Sakura stamp set and these square frame dies. 

I also decided the flower looked like it needed to be watercolored, so I got out my Zigs and splashed some color on, deliberately trying for a loose look because me and watercolors don't have a close relationship and I find them hard to use 😄

Anyway, once I was finished I went completely wild and flicked white paint over the image and also some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I set it aside to dry and die-cut the black frames and adhered them together in a random fashion.  

Once the panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment and die-cut it with a wonky rectangle die.  I glued it down to a white top-folding card base, added the frames and called it done!  Definitely not my usual style, but I quite like it for a change!

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have some wonderful interpretations of the challenge that are so clever and fun so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Mondo Sakura (Essentials by Ellen)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Mini Square Shaker Window & Frame (MFT)
Accessories:  Zig Pens, Unicorn Spray (Hero Arts)


Thursday, 30 May 2019


This week's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches is courtesy of Judy Rozema and it's a good 'un! 

I decided to play along with the Color Challenge at MFT Stamps and came up with this card, using a NBUS set, Birth-Yay.

I stamped and colored these images and die-cut them with the co-ordinating dies.  I then arranged them on a Grout Gray stitched circle.  I spent an inordinate amount of time going through all my patterned paper trying to find some in the challenge colors and this is what I came up with.  Stitched Fishtail Flag dies cut the patterned paper and also a sentiment strip.  

All the elements were added to a white panel and that was popped up on craft foam onto the white card base, to which I'd added a strip of Limelight patterned paper.

To finish, I colored the cake, hat and horns with clear sparkle pen.

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

I'm also linking this up to Seize the Birthday.  As there are no presents on my card, I'm playing along with the Anything Goes part of the challenge.

Products used:

Stamps:  Birth-Yay (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam
Cardstock:  White, Grout Gray, X-Press It, Party Patterns, Bundle of Blossoms (MFT)
Dies:  Birth-Yay, Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Thursday, 23 May 2019

Gray Rose

Hi and welcome!  Today's card is for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess is Narelle Farrugia.  Check out her fun sketch:

I made this card for a crafty friend who has suffered a loss.  I thought the gray roses provided a sombre note while the single yellow note added a touch of colour and hope.

I used Vintage Roses and the new Add-On set to create my flowers and foliage, using both the Rock Collection and Summer Afternoon ink sets by Altenew.  After I arranged the elements and adhered them to a Grout Gray stitched circle, I added the grouping to a white card base.

The sentiment was white embossed onto a black stip and added with foam tape.

I didn't add any embellishments because I didn't want it to look glitzy.

Head on over and check out the rest of the design team's cards - they're all gorgeous!

I'm adding this card to the CAS Plants challenge at Paper Players.

Products used:

Stamps:  Vintage Roses & Add-On (Altenew), More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Rock Collection, Summer Afternoon (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Grout Gray
Dies:  Vintage Roses (Altenew), Inside/Out Stitched Circles (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP