Friday, 6 August 2021

Butterfly Sympathy

 It's time for a new challenge over at Fusion and we have the cutest inspiration photo this week.  I had originally intended playing with the photo, but ended up going with the sketch with the blue-y shades from the photo thrown in.

I kept this card very clean and simple, using scoring to mimic the panels on the sketch.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I also did some partial dry-embossing in the big centre panel, using the Subtle embossing folder.  The butterfly was stamped and die-cut and the sentiment was added directly to the card front.  No embellishments due to the nature of the card.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies (MFT), BAF:  Columbine (Altenew)
Ink: Dew Drop, Aqualicious (Altenew), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Beautiful Butterflies (MFT)
Accessories:  Subtle EF (SU)


Thursday, 5 August 2021

Embossed Tissue

 Hi and welcome!  Today's Freshly Made Sketch is brought to us by Jacquie Southas and it's a goodie with lots of open space.  I went back to a very old technique that I can't even remember the name of for this card.

The background of this card is Tim Holtz tissue paper which I scrunched up then flattened out again before putting it onto a white panel I had liberally covered with liquid glue.  Creases remained in the tissue paper giving it a vintage yet clean look.  I then took a torn scrap of paper and used it for a mask to smear Versamark ink down the left hand side before adding copper embossing powder and heat-setting.  The creases are very obvious in the embossed area.  I deliberately didn't wipe away excess powder before heat-setting so there are specks of powder on the panel as well, which adds to the vintage look.

Finally I added a thin strip of black cardstock and two embossed sentiment strips and called it done.

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

I am linking this up to the 8th birthday challenge at The Male Room.  Congrats on 8 years!

Products used:

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Birthday Wishes, Greetings & Salutations (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
Dies:  Sentiment Strips (SSS)
Accessories:  Copper EP (Altenew)


Thursday, 29 July 2021

Bokeh Rainbow

 Welcome!  I'm here with a card for the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge, where our hostess this week is Judy Rozema.  And I have to say, I really like the card I made (and I don't say that often!)

As soon as I saw Judy's sketch I thought I would do traditional colour blocking with cardstock or patterned paper, but ended up using masking and ink-blending and stencils to create my colour-blocked panels.  I used part of a PTI die to create the mask for the blocks and then I blended distress inks in a rainbow order.  Once that was finished and before removing the mask, I added the bokeh with stencils and white pigment ink.

I then removed the stencil and added a clean white cardstock die-cut.  The eucalyptus leaves were stacked three high and added with liquid glue and I finished with a white-embossed sentiment on black.

I liked the card so much I decided after almost three years to make a video showing how I created it (partly in case I forget down track!). If you want to watch it you can go  here or watch it below.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:  Addicted to Stamps and More - Die-Cuts and/or Stencils, Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes, Inskpirational - Spots and Dots  

Products used:

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink, Unicorn White (Hero Arts)
Cardstock:  White, Black; Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Comic Strip (PTI), Eucalyptus Leaves (SSS)
Accessories:  White EP, Bokeh Stencil (Taylored Expressions)


Friday, 23 July 2021

Lemon Wishes

 Hi and welcome to another challenge at Fusion.  I played with both the photo and the sketch for my card.

I already had the lemons stamped and cut so just had to stamp a few flowers in colours to match my patterned paper (which by the way is Christmas paper, but I selectively cut it to avoid any snowflakes.)
I added a vellum circle die-cut with a stitched dot die for added interest and finished with an embossed sentiment and some Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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:  Lemon Blossom (The Greetery), Itty Bitty Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:  Grass Fields, Pocketful of Sunshine sets (Altenew), Hydrangea, Velvet Orchid (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Vellum, Blurry Flurries (Whimsy Stamps)
Dies:  Stitched Dot Circles (MFT), Rectangle Infinity Dies, Circle Infinity Dies (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  White EP, Nuvo Crystal Drops


Thursday, 22 July 2021

Sandy Hello

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

I took a few liberties with this week's sketch - most notably the angled panel not being angled at the top, but the horizon needs to be straight 😄My card uses masking, ink-blending, stamping, Copic colouring and embossing.  The sand was ink-blended after being masked off and then I stamped a splotchy stamp over it to mimic sand.  The sea was also masked off and stamped with a My Monthly Hero kit.  I added some white "foam" with a gel pen and stamped the sun from another kit. 

I very lightly blended some ink for the sky.

To finish the card I stamped the chair and stamped and Copic-coloured the tree.  I added some shading under both before popping up on foam tape.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  My Monthly Hero Jun 18 and Dec 20 (Hero Arts), Penguins in Paradise (MFT), Distressed Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Mocha, Espresso (Altenew), Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon, Antique Linen Distress Inks, Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink
Cardstock:  Bristol Smooth, X-Press It
Dies:  Penguins in Paradise (MFT), My Monthly Hero Jun 18 (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics, White Sharpie, White Gel Pen



Thursday, 15 July 2021


 Hi and welcome to the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge where our hostess this week is Narelle Farrugia.

This card would have to go down as the fastest card I've ever made - 15 minutes from start to finish!

I didn't think I was going to be able to make a card for this week's challenge but last night, I snuck into my craft room for 15 minutes before heading out to a coffee meeting and saw a pack of patterned paper I'd just received from my mum, who is a CTMH consultant.  I decided to make patterned paper and dies the focus of my card and this is the result.

The "You Are So" is white embossed onto black and the card base has been embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.  I found a section of the patterned paper that had a darker panel at the top and used that to cut the sentiment die, which is backed onto black cardstock.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Awesome (Neat & Tangled)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Soft Stone (PTI), Black, You Are Enough patterned paper (CTMH)
Dies:  Awesome (Neat & Tangled)
Accessories:  White EP, Subtle EF (SU)


Friday, 9 July 2021

Feathery Hello

Welcome to the latest Fusion Challenge - blue decor.  I created a fusion of photo and sketch this time to came up with this card.

I was trying to mimic the retro/geometric look of the photo and also the blue shades from the photo.  I took a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock and ran over it with the second lightest colour in the Tranquility ink set by Altenew, covering the panel completely.  I then set it aside to dry while I went searching for a suitable stencil.  This one looked perfect so I stenciled over the cardstock panel with the next shade up in the Tranquility ink set.  I then die-cut it with the hemstitch rectangle dies.

On the card base, I dry-embossed with the Subtle folder (again!) and then added the stenciled panel.  Originally I thought to put a deep red flower instead of the feathers, but it didn't look right as this was turning into a more masculine card, so I dug out this feather set and used that.  I added a bit of cool gray Copic marker onto the feather before embossing the tips in gold embossing powder,.

The sentiment is stacked three high and then double-embossed with clear embossing powder.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by my team-mates over at Fusion.

Products used:

Stamps:  Strength (Altenew)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Tranquility set (Altenew)
Cardstock:  In The Navy (Gina K), Bristol Smooth, White
Dies:  Strength (Altenew), Hemstitch Rectangles (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Geometric Grid Stencil (Aall & Create), Gold EP, Clear EP