Thursday, 14 February 2019


Hi and welcome to the latest challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Cecile Ribon and here is her very interesting sketch.

Fun, right?  I originally was going to go with triangle die-cuts but I didn't have triangles with that same long shape (and I know there's a proper name for that shape but hey, it's been a few decades since I was at high schoolπŸ˜„).  Anyway, Plan B called for a change and while I was flicking through my dies, I saw this martini glass die and figured that'd work!

Now I know it looks like I went veered completely away from the sketch, but to prove I did stick to it pretty well, I overlaid the sketch onto my card.

See?  πŸ˜†
The card is pretty self-explanatory so I won't go into any detail other than to say I added shading to some of the elements with Copic markers.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Uncorked (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  Smooth White, Limelight, Grout Gray, Chili Powder, Jellybean Green (MFT), Desert Storm (Neenah)
Dies:  Martini Fancy Die (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins


Friday, 8 February 2019

Thinking Flowers

Hi!  It's time for another fabulous challenge over at Fusion and this time we have a bright and cheerful challenge headed your way!  First up I'll show you my card, which was a fusion of both sketch and photo.

And here is the challenge graphic.  You can see I focused on the bouquet of flowers in the photo.

I colored up several of the images from Winnie & Walter's In Bloom:  Addie's Garden set, which is one of my favourite floral sets.  Once the images were colored and die-cut, I arranged them into a bouquet and used Press 'n Seal to hold the bouquet in place while I worked on the rest of the card - which was pretty simple!

I found some cardstock that most closely matched the pinks in the flowers and die-cut it with a rounded square die before adhering it to a white card base.  Before I added the bouquet, I stamped the sentiment from a Gina K set, which is fast becoming a favourite for caring sentiments.  Finally I added the bouquet and some Nuvo Jewel Drops and set it aside to dry.

Here are the Copics I used to color the images.

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

I'm linking this card up to CASology who have a Bouquet cue card this week.

Stamps:  In Bloom:  Addie's Garden (Winnie & Walter), Assorted Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Bubblegum (MFT)
Dies:  In Bloom:  Addie's Garden (Winnie & Walter), Nesting Rounded Squares (Lifestyle Crafts)
Accessories:  Copics, Rosewater Nuvo Jewel Drops


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Showers of Love

It's time for another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and, boy, has Jen Brum come up with a fun sketch for us this week.  I'll show you my card and see if you can work out what the sketch is πŸ˜„

Yep, circles!  Lots and lots of circles!  Of course, it doesn't have to be circles, but we're wanting to see lots and lots of something down the right hand side of your card.  I had so many ideas for this sketch and ended up making two different cards but I decided to stick with my first card which was drawn by yours truly.  I was a bit hesitant to post it because these are meant to be raindrops and I don't know that they look like rain drops, but never to mind πŸ˜„

I drew these after following a mini-technique class created by Alyce at Kit and Clowder.  This was my first attempt.  I drew them onto Blue Yonder cardstock as that most closely matched my Copics then I colored them with a combination of Copics and white Prismacolor pencil.  I couldn't do a lot of blending as the cardstock wasn't designed for Copic coloring, but I quite like the unblended look.  I hope they look 3-dimensional?

To finish the card, I hunted through my sentiments to find a "rain" theme and came up with this one from Rain or Shine by MFT, which was white-embossed onto the blue card.  Finally the panel was adhered to a white card base and I called it done.

Please check out how the design team was inspired by this sketch - there are some wonderful cards on display!

I'm linking this up to The Paper Players "Love" challenge - this isn't your typical love card, but I was inspired by the "in the air" part of the challenge as isn't that where raindrops come from? πŸ˜‚  Just Us Girls also have a love-themed challenge, so I'll add my card there, too.

Products used:

Stamps:  Rain or Shine (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Blue Yonder, Smooth White (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics (B32, B34, B37, B39), Prisma White, White EP


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

January Card Chain Challenge

I'm a terrible blogger!  I have played along with the Card Chain Challenge for several months now, but I keep forgetting to post my card on reveal day!  I think the 2nd of the month is reveal day (my time) so I'm a few days late, but here is my card anyway.

There are several challenge options you can choose - sketch, colours, themes or techniques.  I went with the sketch and the friendship theme for my card which I sent to Joanne in the UK.  Here is the sketch:

For my card I die-cut some circles from a white panel and then positioned that panel over the card base so I could mark the cut-outs.  I then sponged some Distress Ink into the cut-outs before adhering the panel onto the card base.

I then stamped and colored a couple of the chicks from Birthday Chicks set and added them to the circles.  The "friend" die is stacked and the rest of the sentiment is white embossed onto black.

And that is it!  Amazingly, this card made it from New Zealand to England in 4 days - quicker than it takes to get around New Zealand!

And because sometimes being late works, there is a new challenge at Addicted to CAS which is looking for bird cards.  How serendipitous πŸ˜€

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit.

Products used:

Stamps:  Birthday Chicks (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K Designs), Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey Distress Inks, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Stitched Rectangle Stax, Slanted Sentiment Strips (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Thursday, 31 January 2019

Heart Love

Hi and welcome!  Today's post features the newest sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches team where our hostess this week is the talented Kim Singdahlsen.

I've mentioned before that angled panels on cards make my eye twitch, so you can imagine how I felt when I saw three of them!  I actually spent several days pondering how I was going to pull this off and in the end I decided to mimic the lines of the angles with a die.

So I used this circle die to cut three lines in a white panel and once that was done, I adhered it to a Gravel Gray card base.  I then die-cut the Caprice Heart dies from Grout Gray, Cement Gray and Gravel Gray cardstocks and layered them up.  The sentiment was cut down from a longer one and stamped in black ink on the same angle as the circles.

I positioned the heart so the centre opening was right over one of the circle cutouts.

And that's my card!  Simple and angled πŸ˜„

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have some gorgeous cards - in fact when I added my card to the DT blog, I saw that Lee Ann and I had very similar ideas!  Well, you know what they say - great minds think alike πŸ˜€

Products used:

Stamps:  More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Grout Gray, Gravel Gray, Cement Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Caprice Hearts (Birch Press Designs), Blueprints 21 (MFT)


Friday, 25 January 2019

Sympathy Flowers

Hi and thanks for dropping by!  I'm here with my card for the latest Fusion challenge.

When I came up with the challenge, I had every intention of making a penguin card, but then I had the need of a sympathy card and thought the sketch worked well for that.

I stamped a whole heap of flowers and foliage from the Life is Awesome set, using various Altenew inks.  Once I'd finished, I arranged them into a bouquet for the top "banner" on the sketch and a smaller bouquet for the two "banners" on the bottom.

I die-cut a rectange with a stitched die and stamped the sentiment and adhered it to a Grout Gray card base.   Finally I adhered both floral arrangements down to the white panel.

I didn't add any embellishments to this card as it didn't really seem appropriate for a sympathy card.

Thanks for visiting!  There are a heap of gorgeous cards created by the design team over on the Fusion blog, so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Life is Awesome (Altenew), Inspiration Mosaic (GinaK)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Toffee, Paper Bag, Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick, Industrial Diamond, Moss, Olive (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Grout Gray, White (MFT)
Dies:  Life is Awesome (Altenew) Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)


Thursday, 24 January 2019

Halftone Birthday

Hi and welcome!  I'm back with a card for the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess is the wonderful Linda Callahan.  Check out her fabulous sketch:

This was my second idea for this card - let's just say the first one didn't pan out too well!  And this is the fourth attempt at this design - I'm glad there are two sides to every piece of cardstock πŸ˜‚

I stamped a rainbow of halftone squares using various Altenew inks onto a panel of white cardstock.  I then took a black Multiliner and a ruler and drew the lines to mimic the sketch - except I forgot to lift the pen when I was drawing the line through the orange square.  To fix that, I stamped another orange square and cut it out before popping it up on foam tape.  I added some gray Copic liner on one side of each line to add a bit of faux dimension.  The big, bold sentiment finished the panel.

I die-cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and added it to a white top-folding card base and called it done.

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have got some gorgeous interpretations of Linda's sketch so I hope you'll check them out.

I'm linking this up to Seize the Birthday who are looking for Stamping Only and Sweet Stampin' who are looking for bright and cheerful.

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  Halftone Squares (Altenew), Make a Wish (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Crimson, Orange Cream, Mango Smoothie, Bamboo, Aqualicious, Lavender Fields (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Copic Multiliner


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Seize the Birthday.