Thursday 23 May 2024

Got Thyme?

 Hi!  It's time for another Freshly Made Sketch Challenge and this week I am the sketch hostess.  I designed a simple sketch with a grouping of three elements.  For my own card, I flipped the sketch to come up with this:

This was not what I envisaged when I designed the sketch, but I had just received these new dies from Honey Bee Stamps and thought they would work well.  I used a combination of patterned paper, coloured cardstock, with added ink blending, and metallic cardstock with the dies.  The background was die-cut with an older The Greetery die and adhered to a white card base.  I then added some patterned paper for the "floor".  Before I added the pots, I heat embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder to match the signs.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Sentiment Strips (Altenew)
Ink:  Versamark, Moss, Parrot, Olive, Grass Field (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Avocade, Artichoke (C+9), New Leaf (PTI), Steel Gray, Cement Gray (MFT), Copper Metallic, Grain & Grunge (Honey Bee)
Dies:  Lovely Layers: Herb Garden (Honey Bee Stamps), Herringbone Parquet (The Greetery)
Accessories:  Copper Embossing Powder (Altenew)


Thursday 16 May 2024


 Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches is Cecile Ribon and as always, she's given us a fun and unique sketch to play with.  Here's my card:

Originally I was going to do a colour-blocked card, but that evolved into this.  I found the Ampersand dies that I'd never used and through it would work for the centre element.  There is lots of gold embossing in this card and all the floral elements were ink-blended.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Bitty Thanks and Gratitude (MFT), Confetti Borders (The Ton)
Ink:  Versamark, Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Pastel Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Burnt Red, Mahogany Bark, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Cloudy Sky, Nimbus (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Indigo (Spellbinders)
Dies:  Sentimental Ampersand (Spellbinders), Sentiment Labels (SSS)
Accessories:  Antique Gold EP (SSS), Clear Drops: Champagne (Pink Fresh)


Friday 10 May 2024


 Hi and welcome.  Today's card is for the latest Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge  where I went right down the centre with Slimline-Stenciling-Fishing to come up with this masculine card.

I stenciled the circles onto a mini-slimline card base and then added the stamped, Copic-coloured and die-cut elements.  Finally I finished with a stamped sentiment and called it done!

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll have time to play along!

Products used:

Stamps:  Fishing Legend (Honey Bee Stamps)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K.), Versafine Onyx Black, Aqualicious (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Fishing Legend (Honey Bee Stamps)
Accessories:  Fading Circles (SSS), Copics


Thursday 9 May 2024

Oval Flowers

 It's time for another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Jen Brum.  And here's my card:

Can I just say up-front that I am embarrased by this card.  It will probably never see the light of day again 😆  I decided to do some Copic-colouring for the first time time in almost two months and, boy, am I rusty!  I really, really don't like how this image came out but time was against me so it is what it is.  After colouring the image, I used my Scan n Cut to cut it out.  Onto a Peacock card base I added some woodgrain paper I cut with the Torn Edges die.  I then added the coloured image and finished with a pre-hot foiled sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by the design team.  And please send good vibes to the universe that I get my missing mojo back soon - it's been months!

Products used:

Stamps:  Stylish Oval Birthday Wishes (Spellbinders)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K.)
Cardstock:  X-Press It, Peacock (C&9), Grain & Grunge (Honey Bee Stamps), White
Dies:  Torn Edges (MFT), Hexi Gem Sentiments Hot Foil (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Black Hot Foil


Thursday 2 May 2024

Holly Background

 Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches is Kim Singdahlsen and she has given us some fun angles to play with.  I had just received a new hot foil cover plate with matching stencils so decided to put that to use for another Christmas card for my meagre stash.

After hot-foiling and stenciling, I then cut the panel at an angle and adhered it on top of a strip of gold sparkle cardstock.  I added thin slivers of the same sparkle cardstock to both stenciled pieces.

The sentiment was probably the hardest part because it took an age to find a sentiment die that fit proportionately in the space.  Finally, I decided on this MFT die and stacked it three high before adhering to the card.
Thanks so much for visiting.  The design team have some fabulous cards so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Ink:  Evergreen, Moss, Hunter Green, Green Onyx, Crimson, Rhodolite (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, black, Gold Sparkle (MFT)
Dies:  Glimmer Holly Background Hot Foil (Spellbinders), Merry Christmas (MFT)
Accessories:  Glimmer Holly Background stencils (Spellbinders), Driftwood Hot Foil


Thursday 25 April 2024

Birthday Wishes

 Hi and welcome.

Linda Callahan is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I took a few liberties to come up with this card.

The die-cuts were from a previous crafty session so this card was reasonably simple to put together. 

The gold frame was die-cut using two oval frames stacked together.  I added it to a white card base, arranged the flowers and then added a NBUS hot-foiled sentiment on black.  

As an aside, I placed my first crafty order since January last week, in the hopes that getting new stuff will inspire me.  Fingers crossed!

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

Products used:

Ink:  Sage, Pastel Sunrise, Vanilla Cream, Coral Bliss (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Sage (Spellbinders), Coral Crush, Peach Bellini, In the Buff (MFT), Cream (SSS), Matte Gold Foil
Dies:  Be Bold Blooms, Essential Stylish Ovals, You Are Everything Sentimenst BetterPress (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Gold Hot Foil


Thursday 18 April 2024

Flower Cart

    Hi all and welcome to my blog.  Today's card is for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where our sketch hostess is Jen Mitchell.

I flipped the topmost panel to the other side to fit better with my die-cut but other than that, I stuck pretty closely to the sketch.  This is the first time I'd put together this flower cart die and it was pretty easy.  The card base is kraft and I added some patterned paper and some thin slivers of Forest cardstock top and bottom to help define the layers.

The sentiment was white heat-embossed onto the same Forest cardstock and added to complete the card.  

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please head over and check out the fabulous cards made by the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Elegant Sentiments (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Versamark, Rocky Shore, Jade, Coral Bliss, Industrial Diamond, Volcano Lake (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Neenah Desert Storm, Velvet Rose, Forest (Spellbinders), Amarena Cherry, Gravel Gray, Hot Fudge (MFT), Guava (Lawn Fawn), Ocean Tides (PTI), Grain & Grunge (Honey Bee Stamps)
Dies:  Market Cart Builder (Honey Bee Stamps), Elegant Sentiment (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  White EP