Friday, 10 July 2020

Macarons

Hi!  I'm here with a card for the latest Fusion challenge.  I focused on the sketch this time and came up with this card.




I did some ink-blending with Distress Oxide inks to create my background, which was meant to mimic the pastel colors of the photo, but didn't quite get there.  A spritz of Perfect Pearls mist gives it a nice shimmer thought.  I then stamped and cut the macarons and arranged them on top of each other.

The white die-cut worked perfectly for the sketch and was popped up on foam tape.




Thanks for visiting.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Macarons (The Ton)
Ink:  Summer Afternoon set, Green Meadows set (Altenew), Extreme Black (MFT), Versamark, Scattered Straw, Bundled Sage, Milled Lavender, Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Black
Dies:  Square Grid Cover Up (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Perfect Pearls shimmer spray

Cheers
Karren



Thursday, 9 July 2020

Tulips

Today's Freshly Made Sketch is brought to us by Lee Ann Barrett and she has a graphic design for us this week.  I decided to define the sketch elements using masking and ink blending.




I started out by masking off a triangle in top half of the card and sponged Hickory Smoke ink in the gap.  I then moved the masking tape and re-positioned it in the bottom half and repeated the process.  Once that was finished, I removed the tape and lightly sponged ink over the whole panel before placing the stencil down and inking through that.  After the panel was dry, I die-cut it with a stitched rectangle die, stamped the sentiment and then some splatters from the stamp set using Hickory Smoke ink.  I kept the splatters to the left hand side of the card so they would tie in the flowers with the background and sentiment.


The tulips come from a new-to-me stamp set by Close To My Heart.  Originally I was going to color them with Copics but I thought the sketchy look more suited watercolor, so I pulled out a couple of Zig markers and did some very basic coloring.  Once they were dry, I fussy-cut them and created an arrangement.  The flowers are adhered with foam tape.



Thanks for visiting.  The design team have some fun cards so I hope you'll check them out.


Products used:

Stamps:  A Million Little Things (CTMH)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew), Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Accessories:  Zig Markers, Scribble Script stencil (Donna Downey)

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Gillfriend

Our sketch hostess for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is Jacquie Southas and here's what I did with her fun sketch.


I created the background with Distress Oxide inks and Honey Bee Stamps stencils.  I followed a tutorial by Nichol Spohr for the colors.  Once it was dry, I die-cut it with a stitched rectangle die and set it aside.  The images were stamped and colored with Coics and cut with my Scan n Cut.  I arranged them to mimic the sketch, then white embossed the sentiment onto a black strip to finish.



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



Products used:

Stamps:  Mermazing, Gill Friends (MFT)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Versamark, Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Inks, Unicorn White (Hero Arts)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth, X-Press It
Dies:  Mermazing, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Ocean Scene Builder Stencils (Honey Bee Stamps)

Cheers
Karren




Friday, 26 June 2020

Flower Shop


Hi.  It's time for another challenge from the team at Fusion and we've gone with a summery theme for our inspiration this time.  Here's my card:



I decided to play with the summery colors in the photo to come up with my flower shop card.  This is an older My Monthly Hero Kit and the first time I've used it.  I stamped and colored a lot of the images before die-cutting and arranging onto the shop front.

From there, I adhered them onto a Desert Storm card base and added the sentiment in the middle.  Very simple card.


Thanks for visiting.  The design team have created wonderful cards as always so I hope you'll check then out.



Products used:

Stamps:  MMH Jan 2019 (Hero Arts), Happy Birds (WPlus9)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT)
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, X-Press It
Dies:  MMH Jan 2019 (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Woodgrain Florals

Today's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches is courtesy of Judy Rozema.  I took the opportunity to try out some new-to-me stamps from The Ton to come up with this card.



The flowers and leaves are from Floral Bits and Floral Bits 2 and the woodgrain is from Buildable Woodgrain.  I stamped using Altenew inks and made a floral arrangement on a stitched die-cut circle cut from Cement cardstock.


The sentiment is from one of the Floral Bits stamp sets and I finished the card with some Nuvo Jewel Drops.  These flowers are so easy to line up to stamp.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Floral Bits, Floral Bits 2, Buildable Woodgrain (The Ton)
Ink:  Green Fields set, Golden Sunset set, Gentleman's Gray set, Pocketful of Sunshine set (Altenew) Obsidian
Cardstock:  White, Black, Cement (MFT)
Dies:  Floral Bits, Floral Bits 2 (The Ton), Stitched Circles (Lil Inkers)
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Floral Hugs

Hi, I'm here with my card for the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge where our hostess this week is Amy O'Neill.  Here is her wonderful sketch:


I decided to do some Copic coloring and over the last few weeks I've decided to just enjoy the coloring process and not worry about trying to make my coloring perfect.  So here is my card using some floral images I spent some time just playing with my markers.


I used a new-to-me die for the background and then arranged the colored and cut flowers to match the sketch.  For the sentiment, I wanted something bold and black to stand out so found this Hugs die from PTI and stacked it three high for dimension.



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



Products used:

Stamps:  In Bloom:  Julie's Roses, In Bloom:  Elsa's Flora, In Bloom:  Addie's Garden (Winnie & Walter)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  In Bloom:  Addie's Garden (W&W), Big Hugs (PTI), Window Sphere (Altenew)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Friday, 12 June 2020

Card for Matthew

Hi and welcome to our newest challenge at Fusion.  For my card I mainly used the photo but did incorporate a lot of the sketch elements as well.



I made this card for my son, Matthew.  Next Tuesday, it will be a year since he passed and that is a huge thing and will be a hard day to get through.  In so many ways, the last year has dragged as we've had to adapt to deal with this massive loss, but it still feels like yesterday and the shock and horror is still as fresh as it was then.  I have found ways to cope and get through each day, but things will never be the same.  

Onto my card.  I left some elements overhanging the edges because, of course, this card will not be posted.  The butterflies were stamped and colored with Copics and then die-cut.  On the card base, I first stamped and embossed the dot pattern and then as I was assembling the card, I wanted more dots and splatters to mimic the inspiration photo, so I got out some gouache and distress paints and splattered away.


The sentiment was die-cut three times and stacked and adhered to a strip of woodgrain patterned paper matted onto black.  All the butterflies are popped up on foam tape and I didn't add any embellishments.

This card is for you, Matthew.  Love you always, son 💔



Products used:

Stamps:  Butterflies (Avery Elle), Perspective (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  Soft Stone (PTI), Black Licorice (MFT), X-Press It, Wood & Notebook Basics (Snap)
Dies:  Butterflies (Avery Elle), Missing You (Kat Scrappiness)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Brusher Pewter Distress Paint, Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint, White Gouache

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Thanks Roses

Hi and welcome to another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Narelle Farrugia and here is what I have done with her CAS sketch.


I decided I wanted some interest in the background so used some cover dies to create a white-on-white look.  I had the roses already stamped so just die-cut them and arranged them with some leaves from The Ton.  Once I was happy with the arrangement I added it to a stitched die-cut square of vellum paper and then angled that onto a stitched die-cut square of Periwinkle cardstock.


I went looking for a small die-cut sentiment to finish the card and found this "thank you" by Poppy Stamps which worked well.


Thanks so much for visiting.  The design team have created fabulous cards as always so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Vintage Roses (Altenew), Bountiful Leaves (The Ton)
Ink:  Summer Afternoon set, Shades of Purple set, Green Leaf Set (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black Licorice, Periwinkle (MFT), Vellum Paper
Dies:  Vintage Roses (Altenew), Bountiful Leaves (The Ton), Stitched Square Stax (MFT), Doodle Thank You (Poppy Stamps), Layered Plaid (Altenew)

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 4 June 2020

#breathe

Hi and welcome to the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge where I am the hostess this week.  For my card, I went with an old technique called Faux Tearing.



I tore up a sheet of copy paper and using both pieces of the torn strip, I masked off areas on a white panel and sponged ink before stenciling in a similar color.  I accidentally ended up with 4 strips instead of the 3 in the sketch, because I thought the colors weren't dark enough so went over them again, not realising that one of the masks had moved.  




The leaves were made using Distress Oxide ink on alcohol ink paper then apply Distress Micro Glaze over the top to bring up the shine.  I then die-cut the panel with some skeleton leaf dies.  They were arranged onto a dark gray mod square die-cut and I finished with a simple sentiment - also from Tim Holtz.


Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll visit the challenge blog and see what the DT did with my sketch and maybe even have a go yourself.

Products used:

Stamps:  #hashtags (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Forest Moss, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, Lucky Clover (Distress Oxide), Winter Sky, Sea Glass, Sea Foam, Cloudy Sky (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Alcohol Ink Cardstock, Steel Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax, Stitched Mod Square Stax (MFT), Skeleton Leaves (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Distress Micro Glaze, Various Tim Holtz Stencils, Enamel Dots

Cheers
Karren

Friday, 29 May 2020

Soft Hello


I'm here with my card for the latest Fusion challenge.  Check out the graphic:



I'm having a mojo-less time at the moment and this card was a struggle but it is what it is.


The bottom layer was embossed with a Blue Pearl EP which looks much nicer in real life.  I die-cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to the card base with foam tape.

Some patterned paper, washi tape and stacked die-cut were used to meet the sketch.


Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Roses All Over (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Gold foil, Watercolor Wash (MFT)
Dies:  Little Hello (MFT), Stitched Scallop Edges (MFT)
Accessories:  Navy/Gold Washi (Altenew)

Cheers
Karren


Thursday, 28 May 2020

Rainbow Dots

Hi and welcome to the latest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess this week is Cecile Ribon.  And here is Cecile's sketch:


I struggled to come up with anything and ended up with a card I'm not totally happy with, but it is what it is.



In the end I die-cut some dots from a white panel and adhered some embossed strips behind in a rainbow fashion.  I found a bold but plain sentiment for the top and adhered with foam tape to a white card base.


The DT have some really creative takes on the sketch so I hope you'll check them out.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Celebrate (Neat & Tangled), Tiny Alphabet Background (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Red Hot, Persimmon, Daffodil, Sour Apple, Blu Raspberry (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT), Medium Dot Line (SSS)
Accessories:  Clear EP

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 21 May 2020

In My Thoughts

Hi all and welcome to my blog.  Today's card uses the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess this week is Jen Brum.  And here is Jen's classic sketch.



I did some stenciling and ink-blending to create the centre rectangle then I did some scoring for the outer rectangle (hard to see in the photos).  After I was finished ink-blending, I stamped this beautiful butterfly and the sentiment - both from the Forever in our Hearts stamp set.


A very simple card!

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

As a side note, I've had to temporarily remove the link to sign up for email notifications of my posts.  I've been getting spammed for the last several weeks with sign-ups using the same name and different, seemingly real, email addresses and I'm just over it.  I'll put it back up in a month or so and hopefully that'll stop the spamming.


Products used:

Stamps:  Forever in our Hearts (PinkFresh Studio)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew), Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Masking Rectangle Stencil (Taylored Expressions)

Cheers
Karren




Friday, 15 May 2020

Mother's Day

Hi and welcome to the latest challenge from the Fusion team.  I did a fusion of both sketch and photo to come up with this Mother's Day card which I sent to my mum.


I colored the floral image with Copics and did some ink smooshing onto the background.  Some patterned paper and a stamped sentiment finished the card.


I've tried to capture the shimmer from the clear sparkle pen in this next photo.


Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the design team.



Products used:

Stamps:  Joyful Lilies Digi (Power Poppy), Fresh Flowers (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew), Tumbled Glass, Broken China Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Watercolor, X-Press It, Watercolor Wash (MFT), Black & White Stripes (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Prismacolors, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Enamel Dots

Cheers
Karren



Thursday, 14 May 2020

Apple Pie

Hi all!  Our Freshly Made Sketch this week is brought to us by Kim Singdahlsen.  Check it out:
As soon as I saw the strips on the sketch, I immediately thought of weaving of pie crust, so I went looking through my stash for a pie stamp and came up with this.


I had to flip the sketch onto its side to get the image to fit and did a bit of Copic coloring (and yes, I know the rolling pin is waaaay too dark, but it is what it is).


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



Products used:

Stamps: All Things Apple (digi) Power Poppy
Ink:  Black Archival
Cardstock:  X-Press It, Desert Storm, Vellum, Tropical Teal (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Enamel Dots

Cheers
Karren


Products used:

Stamps:  All Things Apple Digi (Power Poppy), More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Black Soot Archival
Cardstock:  Kraft, Tropical Teal (MFT), X-Press It, Vellum
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Clear EP, Enamel Dots

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Blended Hello

Hi and welcome.  Today's card is for Linda's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I de-layered and CASified her wonderful sketch.




I did some stamping on a white card base to represent the left and right hand panels and for the centre panel I did some ink-blending and die-cutting.


All very simple and I hope you can see the sketch.  The Hello is stacked 4 high to help it stand out from the background.  I finished the card with some raindrops.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the cards made by the DT - they're fabulous.

Products used:

Stamps:  Dot Botanicals (Altenew)
Ink:  Silver Lake, Gray Denim (Altenew), Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Abandonned Coral, Fired Brick Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Big Hello (MFT)
Accessories:  Raindrops (PTI), Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Friday, 1 May 2020

Just a Note

Hi and welcome!  It's Fusion Card Challenge time and here is the quick card I made using the sketch and colors from the photo.


This was a very quick card (and post) because I am just so busy with work that I have no time for anything else.  I used the wonderful products from The Greetery for my card and patterned paper from Lawn Fawn.


Thanks so much for dropping by.  I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Signed & Sealed with a Kiss, Signed & Sealed (The Greetery)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS), Forest Glades, Evergreen (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Let's Bokeh in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Dies:  Signed & Sealed (The Greetery)

Cheers
Karren