Friday, 15 October 2021

Good Idea

Hi!  A quick post from me today bringing you my card for the latest Fusion challenge, where I created a fusion of both photo and sketch. 

I did go with darker shades of the colours in the photo though because I wanted a more intense feel to my card.  The cups were stamped, using a mask, omto X-Press It cardstock and coloured with Copics.  I then die-cut several layers and elements to match the sketch.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the challenge and the rest of the DT cards.

Products used:

Stamps:  Coffee Addict (SugarPea Designs), Coffee Break (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  X-Press It, Black, Adriatic (Hero Arts), Persimmon (MFT), B&W Stripes (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax, Blueprints 25m Basic Stitched Edges (MFT), Stitched Scalloped Edges (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Copics


Thursday, 14 October 2021

Embossed Foliage

Welcome to the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge, where our hostess this week is Judy Rozema

I happened to catch the tail-end of a live by Dawn Woleslagle from WPlus9 in their Facebook group a few weeks ago and was blown away by the card she was putting together using the Rose Builder and Hellebore stamp sets and some silver-embossed foliage.  Unfortunately I can't link to it as you need to be a member of the FB group to be able to view it.  I was so impressed I immediately wanted to create something similar and this is the result:

It's hard to see in the photo, but all the foliage is silver-embossed.  I used various sets to get the leaves I wanted.  The hellebore were already stamped and in my stash so I can't remember which inks I used but they would have been Altenew grays.  
The patterned paper is from Whimsy Stamps Blurry Flurries pack and I just love all the patterns in this pack - so much so that I bought two packs last year.

The sentiment is from MFT stamps and is white-embossed onto black.  Finally I finished with some sparkling clear confetti.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Rose Builder, Hellebore Builder (WPlus9), Peaceful Pinecones (PTI), Christmas Essentials (SSS), Snow Globe Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Pink Pearl, Rouge, Coral Bliss, Crimson (Alt), Versamark, Various Grays (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Blurry Flurries (Whimsy Stamps)
Dies:  Rose Builder, Hellebore Builder (WPlus9), Peaceful Pinecones (PTI), Christmas Essentials (SSS), Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Sparkling Sand EP (Wow), Sparkling Clear Confetti (PPP)


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Orange Magnolia

 Thanks for popping by.  I made today's card using the colours at The Paper Players, the Foliage/Thanks/Sequins or Gems line at Tic Tac Toe and the Anything Goes challenge at Cupcake Inspirations challenge.

I hope these few leaves/budding leaves will qualify as foliage at Tic Tac Toe.  I stamped the magnolia using colours that most closely matched those at The Paper Players.  Once I was finished stamping, I die-cut with the co-ordinating die and also die-cut a plain black panel which I adhered slightly offset as a shadow.  I then adhered the image to a die-cut circle from patterned paper before adding to the white card base.

It's hard to tell from the photo, but the sentiment is a two-piece die-cut.  I cut both layers from black, adding 3 layers to the outline for added interest.  

Finally I finished with some bubble gems, which really do look like bubbles!

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  BAF:  Magnolia (Altenew)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Peach Fuzz, Clementime (Pink Fresh Studio), Olive, Espresso (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Watercolor Wash Brights (MFT)
Dies:  BAF:  Magnolia (Altenew), Infinity Circles (Hero Arts), Thanks Twice (Create a Smile)
Accessories:  Bubble Gems (Trinity Stamps)


Thursday, 7 October 2021


Hi!  I'm here with my card using the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess this week is Amy O'Neill.  I added to my meagre Christmas card stash with this card. 

I coloured up this cute Stamping Bella sloth and fussy-cut him out.  To prepare the card base, I die-cut various colours of green cardstock with a stitched die.  I also cut some thin black strips.  The sentiment was stamped onto the centre panel before they were all adhered onto the card base.

Finally, I added the sloth on his wreath and called it done.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by the rest of the design team.
I am adding this card to Tic-Tac-Toe (black, stripes, wreath) and the Anything Goes challenge at Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge

Products used:

Stamps:  Sloth on a Wreath, Merry Slothmas (Stamping Bella)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Simply Chartreuse (PTI), Green Apple (SSS), Jellybean Green (MFT)
Dies:  Blueprints 1, Blueprints 2 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout-out at Tic-Tac-Toe

Friday, 1 October 2021

Poppy Wishes

Hi and welcome to the new Fusion Challenge where we have the most beautiful inspiration photo for you.  I was influenced by the photo to create this card.

I stamped these layering poppies from The Ton and die-cut them with the co-ordinating die.  Before adding them to the card base, I used a masking rectangle stencil and lightly ink-blended some Speckled Egg Distress Ink, fading it out as I went down the card front.  

The sentiment was stamped in black ink and the poppies were arrange in the centre top portion of the card.
Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the fabulous cards made by the design team.

I'm linking this up to the current challenges at Time Out and Addicted to Stamps and More.

Products used:

Stamps:  Poppy Wishes (The Ton)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Speckled Egg Distress Ink, Green Fields, Red Cosmos sets (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Poppy Wishes (The Ton)
Accessories:  Masking Rectangle Stencil (Taylored Expressions)


Thursday, 30 September 2021

Cool Santa

I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess this week is Narelle Farrugia.  I created a Christmas card using her fun sketch. 

I started by white-embossing the Christmas Background stamp onto a white card base.  I then adhered a Wild Cherry die-cut circle to the right of centre.  I die-cut and coloured Santa Man before adhering him to a second Wild Cherry die-cut circle.  The red part of his hat and his beard are adhered directly to the circle and the rest is popped up on foam tape.  I also coloured the white parts of his hat with clear sparkle pen.

Finally, I added a hot-foiled sentiment and this card was done.

I hope you'll visit the blog and see the wonderful cards made by the rest of the design team.

I'm playing along with a few challenges with this card:  Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge, Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies and Sweet Stampin' Challenge (Christmas in September)

Products used:

Stamps:  Christmas Background (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It, Wild Cherry (MFT), Silver Hot Foil, Pearlescent Vellum (Lawn Fawn)
Dies:  Santa Man (SSS), Pierced Circle Stax (MFT), Holiday Sentiments Series 2 (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Copics, White EP


Thursday, 23 September 2021

Monochromatic Tulips

Hi all and thanks for dropping by!  I am the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches

 I've gone with a slimline/mini slimline design and here is what I made:

I wanted to play along with the Turquoise theme at The Flower Challenge, so stamped four tulips and coloured them all slightly differently to give what is as close to a monochromatic look as I could get.  I coloured the leaves gray to add to the whimsical and modern look.

Before adhering the tulips to the card base, I sponged on some distress ink in an ombre fashion before splattering some of the same ink.  I adhered the fussy-cut tulips to the card base then splattered on some gold ink.  I then added a thin strip of cardstock and the black strip with a gold-embossed sentiment.

Finally, I finished with some gold confetti.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the DT and I hope you'll play along this week.

Products used:

Stamps:  Whimsical Tulip (Altenew), Mon Ami (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K Designs) Peacock Feathers, Broken China Distress Ink, Enchanted Gold (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Adriatic (Hero Arts), X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, Antique Gold EP, gold confetti