Thursday, 26 March 2020

Not Alone

Welcome to a new challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess this week is Amy O'Neill.  And here is Amy's sketch:

I really wasn't feeling like making cards when I sat down to do this, so I decided to let dies do all the work and came up with this card.

I looked through my pre-inked alcohol ink panels and found this piece of blue which I die-cut with a maple leaf die.  I left all the innards attached and set it to one side.

I die-cut two separate rectangles with pierced rectangle dies, placed them together and ran them both through my Big Shot with a pinpoint die.  This put the pattern in the same place on both panels.  I separated the panels and put the larger of the two onto the card base and did the same thing again.  This way all three panels had the pinpoint die - although now I look closer at the sketch, I probably shouldn't have added the dots to the card base!

I adhered all the layers together and then added the maple leaf.  No foam tape or dimension on this card - all the piercing adds the interest.  Finally I finished with a white-embossed sentiment - my message to everyone.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the cards made by the design team and take some time out to have a go yourself.

Products used:

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Alcohol Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Yupo
Dies:  Blueprints 21, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT), Pinpoint Rings (Poppy Stamps), Maple Thanks (Neat & Tangled)
Accessories:  White EP


Friday, 20 March 2020

Golden Hexagon

Hi and welcome to our current Fusion challenge.  Here's a sneaky peek of my card...

and here is the challenge graphic:
While I love color-blocked cards, I was more drawn to the photo this week and couldn't work out how to include color-blocking with the vision I had in my head.

The hexagon die was die-cut five times - twice from gold foil cardstock, once each from Sno Cone, Berrylicious and Summer Splash.  I adhered the outer frame to a white card base and then added a few extra hexagons for added interest.  From there I randomly added blue filler pieces in an ombre fashion and finished off with three gold filler pieces.

The sentiment was one I had already prepared and is stacked three times for added dimension.  I didn't add any embellishments as I thought the gold was enough.

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

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Sno Cone, Berrylicious, Summer Splash (MFT), Gold Foil
Dies:  Hexagon Element (SSS), Twice Thanks (Create a Smile)


Thursday, 19 March 2020

Roses for You

I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and our hostess this week is Narelle Farrugia.  Here is her wonderful sketch:

I was planning on using a leaf die for my card, but as I was flipping through my dies, I came across this one that I had never used.

I love the art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and this die puts me in mind of his work.  I didn't want to go the pink and green route, so decided to go with gray and cranberry for a bit of drama.  The pieces of the die were inlaid and then set aside while I figured out how to finish the card.

I originally thought of adding scored lines rather than a strip of cardstock or patterned paper, but then had the idea to add two strips of black cardstock - further adding to the art deco look.  A simple stamped sentiment, some clear sparkle pen on the "petals" and the card was done.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  KIS:  Just for You (PTI)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black Licorice, Gravel Gray, Cranberry Cocktail (MFT)
Dies:  Rad Roses (Paper Smooches)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Thursday, 12 March 2020

Circle of Congrats

Hi, here I am again with a card for Freshly Made Sketches and this week I am the sketch hostess.  This is the simple sketch I came up with.

To match the simple sketch, I created a simple card.

A lot of the subtlety in this card is lost in the photo, so I'll give you a brief description.  The white layer was dry embossed with the Subtle embossing folder before being die-cut with an embossed edge rectangle die.  I used a smaller embossed edge rectangle die for the pink patterned paper strip.

The congratulations circle die was die-cut 3 times and stacked before being spritzed with shimmer spray.

After I put the card together, I decided to add a stamped sentiment so carefully stamped inside the stacked die-cut using my Misti.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll play along with the sketch and check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Congrats All Round (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Watercolor Wash Brights, Black & White Strips (MFT)
Dies:  Congratulations Circle Frame (MFT), Embossed Edge Rectanges (Kat Scrappiness)
Accessories:  Subtle EF (SU), Shimmer Spray

Friday, 6 March 2020


Welcome to another Fusion challenge!

I created a fusion this time, by adding the colors from the photo with the sketch.

This doesn't look much in a photo because the black looks so flat, but in real life it is quite dimensional.  The bubbles die was stacked 6 high and then I inlaid just one circle into each gap for added dimension.  

The background is stenciled using Distress Inks and a white panel of cardstock with a stamped sentiment meets the sketch requirements.  I finished off with a sliver of black cardstock.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew), Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Bubble Parade (SSS)
Accessories:  Square Dance Stencil (SSS), Shimmer Spray, Sparkling Clear Confetti


Thursday, 5 March 2020

Edgy Hello

Hi.  Our sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches is Cecile Ribon and she has a great sketch for us.

When I am looking for shapes, I always head to my Blueprints and thanks to Blueprints 25, I came up with this card.

I used the curved dies to cut from a panel of white, sort of following the sketch.  I then die-cut the panel with a stitched die and used foam tape to adhere it to a sheet of patterned paper, which was then added to a white card base.

The hello was stacked 4 high and I finished the card with some Nuvo Jewel Drops to match the patterned paper.

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

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black, Perfectly Plaid (Lawn Fawn)
Dies:  Little Hello, Blueprints 25, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops (Orange Marmalade, Strawberry Coulis)


Thursday, 27 February 2020

Popping By

Hi all and thanks for popping by.  Today's card is for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess is Jen Brum.

I store my stamp sets in clear bins a la Jennifer McGuire and this stamp set was front and centre in my "Occasions" bin, so out it came and this card came together pretty quickly.  The big popcorn pieces were pre-stamped and colored from the last time I used this set, but I quickly colored the popcorn container and put a bit of shading around the ticket.  

I die-cut all the images then arranged them, along with the red fishtail flag banner, onto a white card base.

Everything was adhered with liquid glue apart from the clapperboard and the popcorn container which were popped up on foam tape.  To finish the card I colored all the popcorn with clear sparkle pen.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Date Night, Popcorn Background (My Creative Time)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K Designs), Obsidian (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Cherry Crisp (MFT), X-Press It
Dies:  Date Night, Popcorn Background (My Creative Time), Jumbo Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen