Thursday, 8 April 2021

Copper Curve

 Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches was designed by Jen Brum.  Here's what I did with it:

This was a pretty simple card to make.  I already had the alcohol-inked panel so I just had to adhere it to a card base then add the two die-cut panels on top with foam tape.   The sentiment is hot-foiled with gold foil and I finished with some copper-toned sequins.

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have some wonderful cards as usual, so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Ink:  Alcohol Ink
Cardstock:  White, Yupo
Dies:  Stitched Basic Edges 2 (MFT), Yana's Special Sentiments (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copper Foil, Copper Sequins


Monday, 5 April 2021

Micey Nice

 Hi and welcome to this unexpected post!  It's been a long time since I've posted a card for a challenge rather than because I'm on the design team.  But this weekend was a long weekend and I had a bit of extra time and enthusiasm to be in my craft room.  On Friday I coloured up every image in the Mice Day to Celebrate set and then today (Monday) I decided to make a birthday card for my youngest niece and pulled out the coloured images.  It was nice to see that most of the colours I'd used matched the current colour challenge at MFT so I decided to work with their sketch as well to come up with this card.

Apologies for the horrible colour of the photo - it's a searing hot day today and all the curtains are closed to try and keep out the heat.  Consequently my lightbox - even with its lights - is casting a dull shade.

Onto the card.  I took the images I'd coloured which matched the colour challenge - I also coloured some with a teal colourway so left them out.  I chose some MFT cardstocks (possibly retired but I didn't have the exact match to the challenge).  I arranged my colours and card in accorance with the challenges and adhered everything but the mouse holding the gift with liquid glue.  For the wee mouse holding the gift, I used foam tape.

I finished by colouring the hats and balloon with clear sparkle pen and added some enamel dots and hearts in the challenge colours.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Mice Day to Celebrate, Birdie Brown Greetings Galore (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  White, Sour Apple, Ripe Raspberry, Tickled Pink (MFT)
Dies:  Horizontal Stitched Strips, Stitched Rectangle Stax, Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax, Grassy Border (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Enamel Dots (Altenew), Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Subtle EF (SU)


Friday, 2 April 2021


Hi!  I'm late posting my card for the latest challenge at   Fusion.  Doh!  I run the challenge and set up and schedule the challenge posts but forgot about my own!  So I'll be short and sweet here.

This card uses a recent My Monthly Hero kit and a sentiment from SugarPea Designs.  I did some ink-smooshing on the white embossed background, coloured the flowers with Zigs and the bees with Copics.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  MMH January 2021, Abstract Honeycomb Background (Hero Arts), Kindness Matters (Sugar Pea Design)
Ink:  Versamark, Amalgam (Gina K), Obsidian (Altenew), Speckled Egg Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Bristol Smooth, Surf Blue (SSS)
Dies:  MMH January 2021 (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, White EP


Thursday, 1 April 2021

Sympathy Rose

 Hi!  It's time for another fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Kim Singdahlsen.

For my card I used a NBUS die set to make this beautiful rose.  Once it was finished, I set it aside and worked on the card base.  I adhered some washi tape to a black strip and adhered that to the card base.  From there I added two embossed panels to mimic the sketch, after stamping the sentiment.  It's difficult to see in the photo but the top panels are popped up on foam tape.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Deepest Sympathy (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Black, Poppy, Persimmon, Coral Crush, Peach Bellini (MFT), Memory Box Lush Green Collection
Dies:  Craft a Flower:  Antique Rose (Altenew)
Accessories:  Allium Pallette Washi (Altenew), Raindrops (PTI)


Thursday, 25 March 2021

Dotted Birthday

I'm here with my card for the new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where our sketch hostess this week is Jennifer Timko.  


I played with some new goodies for this card.  The stamp set is new, as is the embossing folder.  I wanted to do some colouring, which I haven't done in an age, so sat down on Saturday afternoon and coloured up all the images in this stamp set.  I then arranged a few of them into an arrangement and adhered them to the embossed panel.  

For the bottom part, I used patterned paper and some gold washi tape.  The sentiment is white embossed onto some Autumn Rose cardstock, which was the closest match to the flowers.

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have outdone themselves again, so I hope you'll head over and check out their fabulous cards.

Products Used:

Stamps:  Amazing You (Altenew), Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Autumn Rose (PTI), Dots & Stripes (MFT)
Dies:  Amazing You (Altenew)
Accessories:  Gold Washi, Copics, White EP, Mod Squares Embossing Folder (Altenew)


Friday, 19 March 2021

Gold Note

Hi and welcome to the new Fusion challenge.  I played with the sketch this week and came up with this last-minute card.

I can't tell you the alcohol ink colours because it's a panel I found in my stash, so this card was reasonably quick to put together, which is good because I was making it 4 hours before this post is supposed to go live!

The sentiment is stamped with gold ink and I finished with some gold sequins.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Opposites Attract (The Greetery)
Ink:  Enchanted Gold (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Yupo
Dies:  Opposites Attract (The Greetery), Embossed Square Edges (Kat Scrappiness), Starburst Debossing Cover Die (Altenew)
Accessories:  Gold Sequins


Thursday, 11 March 2021

Slanted Birthday

 Freshly Made Sketches  has a new sketch for us this week, courtesy of  Linda Callahan.  I have to admit this card took me the better part of 5 hours to make!  Me and angled panels do not work well together and I kept second-, third- and fourth-guessing my card.

I knew I wanted an ink-blended background so that part was easily achieved with a white panel and some Speckled Egg Distress Ink.  I then splattered on some white gouache and set it aside to dry.  Now for the angled panel.  I first tried washi tape but didn't like it so back to the drawing board.  After going through my dies I found this one that was made for the sketch so I die-cut it 3 times and stacked them together.  

Then I had the problem of what else to do.  I had just received these little branch dies so cut them from a few different colours and arranged them in the centre of the circle.  Good enough!  I decided to splatter on some Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink before working on the sentiment.

The sentiment was a whole 'nuther problem because like angled panels, I also don't like the look of angled sentiments but felt I needed to to make it look cohesive.  As you can see from the sketch below, I didn't angle my stripes quite as much as Linda's sketch, but I hope it's good enough!

Head on over and check out the wonderful cards made by the rest of the not-angle-challenged design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Embroidered Blooms (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Speckled Egg Distress Ink, Speckled Egg Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, Grout Gray, Gravel Gray (MFT), Stormy Sea, Ocean Tides (PTI)
Dies:  Surely Stitched Circle (Memory Box), Branches & Berries (Altenew), Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)