Thursday, 18 October 2018

Gorgeous Lilies

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another Freshly Made Sketch challenge and here is the wonderful sketch that my Aussie mate Narelle came up with.

I had to use a NBUS set called Peruvian Lily for my card.  These multi-step flowers are just gorgeous - hence the title of this blog post!

My two flowers aren't exactly where they should be based on the sketch but there is a very good reason for that.  Originally I was going to use one flower and a stenciled circle underneath.  So I stenciled the circle with some gray-tinted embossing paste and then positioned the flower.  It just didn't look good, so I took a second flower and positioned both of them to cover up the stenciling totally.

The sentiment was stamped in black and my card was done!

Products used:

Stamps:  Peruvian Lily (Altenew)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heart Beatm Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Bamboo, Parrot, Olive, Industrial Diamond (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Peruvian Lily dies


Friday, 12 October 2018

Pastel Leaves

Hi!  I'm here with another fun challenge from the team at Fusion and here is my card!

And here is the challenge graphic:

To make my card, I started by dry embossing the Frames die into a white top-folding card base.  It's hard to see in the photos, but it gives a nice subtle frame around the card.  The leaves were made using various Distress Oxide inks blended onto a Bristol Smooth panel.  I deliberately went for pastel shades to match the photo.  Once I was done blending in a rainbow fashion, I spritzed the panel with shimmer spray.  It looks so pretty in real life!  

After die-cutting the leaves, I arranged them onto the card base, still in rainbow fashion.  I finished with a sentiment from a Gina K Designs stamp set.

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

I'm linking this up to Paper Players who have a leaves challenge (this is my second entry) and to CASology (it may be small, but there is an exclamation mark on my card 😄)

Products used:

Stamps:  Inspiration Mosaic (Gina K Designs)
Ink:  Extreme Black, Tattered Rose, Spiced Marmaladem, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Leaves (Impression Obsession), Frame (SSS)
Accessories:  Shimmer Spray

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Leaves and Bricks

Hi all!  I'm lucky enough to have three days off work and this is my second day.  Yesterday was spent with my 16 year old son (gotta take advantage when they still want to be seen in public with their mother!)  Today is hopefully going to be spent stamping and I'm off to a good start with one card made and it's only noon 😄

I made this card using the current sketch at MFT, the leaves theme at Paper Players and the stencil theme at Sweet Stampin'.

I started by die-cutting the frame from Blueprints 27.  Using that as a template I lightly penciled around the outside so I knew where to mask for the stenciling.  Using a very small amount of Hickory Smoke distress ink, I mixed up a pale gray embossing paste then added it over the top of the English Brick Wall stencil.  I remove the masking tape and set it aside to dry.

I then went to work on the leaves.  I ended up using nine different distress inks to get these leaves!  I kept adding color, water and dropping my sheet of Bristol Smooth in the resulting mix.  once I was happy with the colors, I flicked on some Ground Espresso, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint inks.

The Falling Leaves dies were used to cut from the distress inked panel and I lightly sponged around the edges with the same three inks used to flick ink onto the panel.  The sentiment is white embossed onto Jellybean Green cardstock and cut with one of the banner dies in Blueprints 27.

Then it was time to assemble the card.  The frame went down first and then the sentiment.  From there, the leaves were added - either directly to the card or on foam tape.  I finished with some clear droplets.

Thanks for visiting!

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint, Ground Espresso, Aged Mahogany Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Jellybean Green (MFT)
Dies:  Blueprints 27, Falling Leaves (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Clear Droplets, English Brick Wall Stencil (MFT), White Embossing Paste


Snowmen Trio

Hi and welcome!  I'm here with a card for the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge and this week, I'm your hostess. 

This is the third iteration of this card!  The snowmen were on all three cards and were re-housed three times until I decided this would be their home 😄 I ink-blended a night sky onto a piece of white cardstock using Distress Inks and then die-cut with both the Inside/Out Stitched Circle die and the Galactic Background die.  I used the dies from Scenic Snow Globe to create my background scene, adding some Snow Marker for snowy dimension.

The snowmen come from last year's Stamptember Gina K set and the sentiment comes from this year's Stamptember Gina K set.  To try and disguise that I stamped the sentiment a bit too far left, I added some irridescent snowflake sequins.

And, in the interests of full disclosure, the smallest snowman is sitting up a little bit too high but I had to position him like that as I damaged the snowman beside him moving him around so many times!

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

I'm going to link this up to the Holiday challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

Products used:

Stamps:  Joy of the Season, Warmer With You (SSS/Gina K)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Versafine Onyx Black, Mermaid Lagoonm, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, X-Press It
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Scenic Snow Globe (MFT), Galactic Cover (Mama Elephant)
Accessories:  Copics, Snow Marker, Sequins


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Bold Birthday

Hi and welcome!  Today's card uses the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the lovely Cecile Ribon.  I pulled out a previously created alcohol ink panel which made short work of my card:

Don't you love that rainbow of boldness?  I can't remember the colors, but I created it at the same time I made this card, so the colors probably come from that list.  I also added some gold foil before it was completely dry.  A thin strip of black separated the alcohol-inked panel from the card base.  The die-cut sentiment is from Birch Press Designs and stacked three high and finished with some clear sparkle pen.  Here are another couple of photos from different angles.

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

Products used:

Inks:  Alcohol Inks (sorry, can't remember colors)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Yupo, gold foil
Dies:  Just Because Sugar Script (Birch Press Designs)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Hello Kitty

Hi and welcome!  I'm here with the card I created and the two cards I received as part of the Card Chain Challenge.  This month I went with the sketch and the cats theme to come up with this card, which was sent to Helen in Ohio.

This adorable image is from Newton's Nook and was colored with Copic markers as part of the last 30 Day Marker Challenge, so I don't have the colors that I used.

The patterned papers were die-cut with stitched dies and adhered to a white top-folding card base.  The circular piece is actually foiled and is sparkly in real life.

I finished with a hello die from MFT cut from Steel Gray cardstock.

And here are the two gorgeous cards I received from Betty (photos borrowed from Betty's blog).  I was so touched that Betty send an Autumn card as well as a Spring card, as we are coming into Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.

I am really enjoying participating in this challenge each month and I urge you to join in if you're anything like me and love sending and receiving beautiful handmade cards.  The October challenge is open until 6 October for sign-up.

Here is the challenge graphic.

Theme Options:  Food, Cats, Friendship


Product/Technique:  Wool or Twine

Products used:

Stamps:  Newton Loves Boxes (Newton's Nook)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  White, Steel Gray (MFT), Forever (Rosie's Studio), Wood & Notebook Basics (Sn@p)
Dies:  Blueprints 31, Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Simply Hello and Love You (MFT)
Accessories:  Copic Markers


Sunday, 30 September 2018

Floral Corner


I'm here with a card for the current Muse challenge as well as the Stripes challenge at Just Us Girls.  It's been an age since I played along at either of these challenge - my creativity took a long hike and every card I've made for probaby the last 3-4 months has been an effort.  Yesterday, I made three cards and it all flowed a lot better, so fingers crossed my slump is on its way out.  (Just want to say, my slump didn't stop me buying new product...😄)

From the gorgeous Muse card, I took the floral theme, the stripes and the corner arrangement to come up with this card.

I got the Life Is Awesome set by Altenew a few weeks ago and yesterday, I decided to play around with the different layers for each image.  Once I was finished, I cut them with my Scan n Cut, which wasn't successful for some of the images even though I joined all the separate elements with a pencil.  Note to self:  buy the dies for this set 😄

To fix that problem, I stamped the orange flowers directly onto the card panel and then arranged the die-cut flowers around them.  The sentiment was stamped up the left hand side.  I added a strip of black and white striped paper to the left hand side of a white top-folding card base and then the floral panel. 

To finish, I added clear sparkle pen to all the flowers.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Life is Awesome (Altenew), Birdie Brown Greetings Galore (MFT)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Olive, Moss, Cosmic Berry (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black & White Strips (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Friday, 28 September 2018

Polka Dot Baby

Welcome!  I'm here with a very last-minute card for the latest Fusion Challenge.  Let me tell you, I made a card last weekend and it is, without a doubt, the ugliest card in the world!  It is now 4 hours before the new challenge goes live and I sat down and whipped up a card that's not the ugliest card in the world 😄

And here's the challenge graphic:

So I created a fusion of both the sketch and the photo, creating a baby card using similar colors to the photo.  This was quite a simple card to make (luckily - with only 4 hours to go!) . I made use of patterned paper and die-cuts to speed up the process.  The "yay" was die-cut twice - once from Bubblegum cardstock and once from Cement Gray cardstock and layered them slightly offset.

I stamped the sentiment and finished with some sequins in similar colors.

Thanks for visiting!  I'm linking this up to the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Dies/Punches challenge at Sweet Stampin'.

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  Yay for You (MFT)
Ink:  Extreme Black
Cardstock:  Whip Cream, Bubblegum, Cement Gray, Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Pastels (MFT)
Dies:  So Many Yays, Fishtail Flag Stax, Mod Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Sequins (Hero Arts)


Thursday, 27 September 2018


Hi and welcome!  It's time for another fun sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the lovely Jen Brum.

Fun sketch, right?

And here's my card:

I created an alcohol-inked panel on Yupo paper and then die-cut it into 3 shapes using a die from Tag Builder Blueprints 1.  To get one die-cut going in the opposite direction, creating the chevron effect, I die-cut the other side of the paper.

I then positioned the three pieces onto a white card base.  The word "celebrate" was cut from black paper and originally I was going to only use the negative die-cut for my sentiment, but the word got a bit lost against the alcohol ink, so I die-cut it again from silver sparkle paper and inlaid the letters.

A simple card!

Thanks for visiting.  Please head over to the FMS blog and check out what the rest of the DT have come up with using Jen's sketch.

Products used:

Ink:  Pool, Botanical, Pistachio, Espresso Alcohol Ink
Cardstock:  Yupo, Black, White, Silver Sparkle, Silver Foil
Dies:  Celebratory Greetings, Tag Builder Blueprints 1 (MFT)


Monday, 24 September 2018

Here for You

Hi and welcome!  Today's card is for the latest sketch at MFT Stamps.  Normally, I shy away from diagonal panels, but I decided to challenge myself to come up with a card and here it is:

Apologies for the over-exposed photo.  The sun was streaming into my craft room and light tent when I took this photo.

I was also inspired by the autumn tones and pumpkins in the photo challenge at Just Us Girls.

The images were stamped and colored with Copics and then cut out with my Scan n Cut.  Onto a white card base, I adhered the patterned paper, then two panels die-cut with the Stitched Scallop Edges die.  These panels were popped up on foam tape.

The rectangular panel was cut from the Stitched Rectangle Stax die set and the images were then added - some with foam tape and some without.

The sentiment was (very carefully) stamped with Extreme Black ink onto the finished card and at the end, I decided to add some Nuvo Jew Drops in the orange shade.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Fall Friends, Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT)
Cardstock:  White, No Line Coloring (MFT), Farm Fresh Gingham (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Scallop Edges, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Nuvo Jewel Drops


Thursday, 20 September 2018

Christmas Chimney

Hi!  Long time no post!  I went away last weekend and didn't get any time in the craft room.  Today's card is for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess is the talented Kim Singdahlsen.  Isn't this a great sketch?

I decided to add to my meagre pile of Christmas cards and used a NBUS set by Your Next Stamp.

This is such a cute image and I really enjoyed coloring it with Copics.  Once I was finished, I colored all the snowy areas and snowflakes with clear sparkle pen, as well as the flame on the candle.

The sentiment strip is from black cardstock and white-embossed with a simple Christmas greeting.  The card base is Tropical Teal and used to match the scarf around the mouse's neck.

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have some gorgeous cards, so head on over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Merry Mouse Eve (Your Next Stamp), Snow Globe Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  Tropical Teal, Black Licorice (MFT), X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Friday, 14 September 2018


Hi and welcome!  The latest Fusion challenge is here and it's a good 'un!
I decided to create a fusion and made a card using the sketch and took the lemons from the photo to make them the focal point of my card.

This image is from Vanilla Arts and was offered as part of the Free Digi Club (which is now closed).  With the image came the supply list.  So I used the supply list and the finished photo of the lemons to color these up and I'm pretty pleased with how they came out.  I fussy-cut them and added foam tape to the back.

Onto a white card-base I added a panel of Sour Apple cardstock, which I ran through my Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder.  A thin strip of black was also added before I adhered the lemons and added the sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Vanilla Arts Digi Stamp, Inspiration Mosaic (Gina K Designs)
Cardstock:  White, Sour Apple, Black Licorice (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Prismacolors, Subtle EF (SU)