Thursday, 23 May 2019

Gray Rose

Hi and welcome!  Today's card is for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess is Narelle Farrugia.  Check out her fun sketch:


I made this card for a crafty friend who has suffered a loss.  I thought the gray roses provided a sombre note while the single yellow note added a touch of colour and hope.


I used Vintage Roses and the new Add-On set to create my flowers and foliage, using both the Rock Collection and Summer Afternoon ink sets by Altenew.  After I arranged the elements and adhered them to a Grout Gray stitched circle, I added the grouping to a white card base.

The sentiment was white embossed onto a black stip and added with foam tape.


I didn't add any embellishments because I didn't want it to look glitzy.

Head on over and check out the rest of the design team's cards - they're all gorgeous!

I'm adding this card to the CAS Plants challenge at Paper Players.


Products used:

Stamps:  Vintage Roses & Add-On (Altenew), More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Rock Collection, Summer Afternoon (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Grout Gray
Dies:  Vintage Roses (Altenew), Inside/Out Stitched Circles (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP

Cheers
Karren




Friday, 17 May 2019

Hedgie Friends

It's time for a new Fusion challenge and check out our adorable inspiration photo:


Foolishly, I was looking at the sketch from the last challenge instead of this one, so by default I'm only playing with the photo this time๐Ÿ˜ฌ



I struggle with coloring hedgehogs, but I persevered and came up with this one, which is semi-acceptable if you close one eye and squint through the other!  I made a little scene for him with some toadstools and acorn on a field of grass.  The Watercolor Wash patterned paper is fabulous for scene-building if you don't want to color up a scene.


I don't have a photo of the Copics I used, as the acorn and toadstools were colored earlier and I don't know what colors I used.  The hedgie was colored with markers in the E40s.

Thanks for visiting.  I'm linking this up to the stitching challenge at Simon Says Stamp.


Products used:

Stamps:  Happy Hedgehogs (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Watercolor Wash (MFT)
Dies:  Happy Hedgehogs, Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Grass Border, Stitched Basic Edges (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White Gel Pen

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Heart Happy

Hi and welcome yet again!  My blog hasn't been this busy in months ๐Ÿ˜„Today's card is for the latest sketch challenge at MFT Stamps, as well as the Color challenge at CASology - my card represents variations on a color, and the Anything Goes challenge at The Male Room.



Now, I was working from memory and sort of got the sentiment in the wrong place, but I hope that it's close enough to be acceptable.  To make this card, I die-cut several different-sized circles from a panel of white cardstock.  Behind those cut-outs, I added various pieces of cardstock in an ombre pattern.  I then adhered the panel to a white top-folding card base.


The 'because' word is stacked three high and added above the stamped sentiment.  A very simple card!

Thanks for visiting.





Products used:

Stamps:  Because You (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Black Licorice, Tropical Teal, Blu Raspberry, Summer Splash, Berrylicious, Sno Cone (MFT)
Dies:  Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts), Because (MFT)

Cheers
Karren



Letters


Hey, thanks for dropping by!  I'm the sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I hope you like the sketch I came up with.


I took a few liberties with my own sketch and increased the number of elements along the horizontal.


This is not at all what I had in mind when I sat down to make my card, but I saw this patterned paper in my drawer and decided to go with a note-writing theme.  I went hunting for some envelope dies and cut these from Coral Crush and Persimmon cardstock.  I then went around the "seams" with light gray Copic markers to add some shading.  I adhered them all together in a row and added foam tape before adding them to the card front.

The "thanks" is from a NBUS die and I love the fun font.



A very simple card.

Thanks for visiting.  The DT have made some gorgeous cards using my sketch so I hope you'll go check them out.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black Licorice, Coral Crush, Persimmon (MFT), Salvage District (Prima Marketing)
Dies:  Mailbox, Simple Thanks (MFT)
Accessories:  Copic Markers (C1, C00, 0)

Cheers
Karren

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Stars

Hi!  I'm at the start of a week off work (yay!) and hoping I can spend some considerable time in my craft room.  So today, I made a card using the sketch at MFT Stamps.  I was inspired by MFT's own packaging because earlier today I'd been putting away some new stamps and the black and white stripe with the pink really made me want to create ๐Ÿ˜„ Apologies for the glare in the photos - I took them with my phone rather than my camera and the colors are so in-your-face!


Anyways, I cut a strip of Black & White patterned paper off-centre on a white card base, then added two slivers of gold foil cardstock.  The "stars" word is stacked three high and covered with clear sparkle pen.  The sentiment was embossed with Melon Mambo EP onto a black strip and added with foam tape.

To finish the card, I added some stars which were also covered with clear sparkle pen.


Thanks for visiting.

I'm also linking this up to the bold letters challenge at Just Us Girls and the word challenge at Time Out.





Products used:

Stamps:  Written in the Stars (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Ripe Raspberry, B&W Strips (MFT), Gold Foil
Dies:  Shining Stars, Pierced Star Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Floral Silhouette

Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches is brought to us by Cecile Ribon and she's given us a wonderful and unique sketch.
I stayed pretty true to the sketch and came up with this card.


The flags were die-cut from cardstock to give an ombre look and I used tape to tape all three together before stamping the sentiment over the top.  The flowers were white embossed onto black and then die-cut with the matching dies.  I arranged three of the sprigs and adhered them together before adding them to the card base.



And that's it!  Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll head over to the challenge blog and check out the gorgeous cards made by the design team.


Products used:

Stamps:  Flower Silhouettes (MFT), Assorted Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Summer Splash, Blu Raspberry, Tropical Teal, Black Licorice (MFT)
Dies:  Flower Silhouettes, Jumbo Fishtail Flags (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP

Cheers
Karren

Friday, 3 May 2019

Butterfly Hello

It's time for another challenge from the Fusion team and this time we have a gorgeous butterfly inspiration for you.  Of course, if butterflies aren't your thing, there's plenty else to inspire!  Butterflies aren't really my thing, but I decided to go that route and came up with this fusion.



I've had this Painted Butterflies set since it was first released and I've hardly ever used it!  I decided to pull it out for today's card because there is a range of different sized butterflies which would work well for the card I had in mind.  I stamped the butterflies in oranges and aquas with the aqua ones stamped directly to the card base and the orange one stamped on a scrap then fussy-cut.

I adhered a strip of woodgrain patterned paper to mimic the door in the photo and then stamped my sentiment before adhering the large butterfly with foam tape.




And that's it!  Pretty simple!  

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



Products used:

Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Ink:  Jet Black, Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Sunray, Chamomile (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Wood & Notebook Basics (Snap Basics)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Circular Birthday

Hi!  I'm here with a card using the latest sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Jen Brum and I love her sketch!


The only thing I changed in the sketch was moving the circular element from the right hand side to the left - and that was because that's the way my edge die worked.


I used Platinum Embossing Powder and the Leaf Canopy set to cover a panel of After Midnight cardstock.  Once it was all embossed, I went back in with the solid leaf image and Versamark ink for a watermark effect.  I adhered the panel to a white top-folding card base and then die-cut another white panel for the angled piece.

The sentiment was also embossed using Platinum Embossing Powder and then die-cut with a circle die.  It and the white panel were popped up on foam tape.


And that's it!  Pretty simple!  Thanks for visiting.  The DT have some gorgeous cards so I hope you'll check them out.

I'm linking this up to a couple of challenges:  Addicted to CAS have a contrast challenge and Seize the Birthday have a texture challenge.



Products used:

Stamps:  Leaf Canopy (Altenew), Roundabout Additions (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, After Midnight (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Scallop Basic Edges (MFT),  Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Platinum EP (Ranger)

Cheers
Karren

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



Monday, 29 April 2019

Plentiful Bouquet

Hi and welcome!  This is my card for the current sketch and color challenges at MFT Stamps.  It's been a while since I've played along with either and I wanted to join in.


To make this card, I started with a panel of Bristol Smooth and ink-blended Limelight and Blu Raspberry inks onto it.  I then adhered it to a white top-folding card base and set it aside.  Onto a panel of white I die-cut three circles to match the sketch.  I then used foam tape to adhere the die-cut piece to the ink-blended card.

The flowers were stamped in the challenge colors and arranged into a bouquet.  They were adhered using a mixture of foam tape and liquid glue.  A separate little flower was added directly to the card panel.  I finished the card with a die-cut "celebrate" liberally coated in clear sparkle pen.


Thanks for visiting!




Products used:

Stamps:  Plentiful Petals (MFT)
Ink:  Black, Coral Crus, Blu Raspberry, Limelight, Cotton Candym, Gravel Gray
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Plentiful Petals, Pierced Circle Stax, Celebrate (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Wishful Poppies

 Hi and welcome!  It's time for another fabulous sketch from the  Freshly Made Sketches  team and this week Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess and she has a very versatile sketch for us.




I was in the mood to color so decided to make that long vertical panel a floral image.




This stamp (now retired, I think) is from Hero Arts and is fabulous to color as there is so much space to get into.  I am badly out of coloring practice, but I had fun laying down some bold reds on this image.  Once I'd colored the flowers and stems, I added some light gray around the outside of the image and then adhered the panel to a white top-folding card base.  To make the sentiment stand out against the flowers, I backed it with some vellum to provide a bit of separation.


And that's it!  Thanks for visiting.  Head on over to check out the fabulous creations by the rest of the design team.

I'm linking this up to the Retro Rubber Challenge - I've had this floral stamp set for over 3 years (had to go check my SCS gallery to confirm - ha!).  I'm also adding this to the Clean & Simple challenge at A Blog Named Hero.



RRCB 109

ChallengeCleanSimple


Products used:

Stamps:  Delicate Blossoms (Hero Arts) Make a Wish (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Amalgam, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Vellum, X-Press It
Dies:  Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Sparkling Clear Confetti

Cheers
Karren


Monday, 22 April 2019

Mother's Day

Hi and welcome to my first non-DT card in months!  I am getting to the end of a 4-day weekend and have had this idea in my head all weekend and finally got some time in my craft room today to translate it into a card.  This is going to be my card for my mother for Mother's Day, but she's gonna see it here first ๐Ÿ˜„



My clean and layered card was inspired by several challenges - the color inspiration at SugarPea Designs, the floral challenge at Krafty Chicks, the Spring Mood Board at Simon Says Stamp and the spring/floral elements from the Card Concept.


I created a bouquet of flowers using the challenge colors and arranged them then added Press n Seal over the top before putting it to one side.  The message board was easy to create as the die does it all for you.  The hardest part was adding all the letters and trying to keep them straight - which they're not!


I added the bouquet and then decided to add some stars as a final touch.  The stars and some of the flowers were colored with clear sparkle pen for some shimmer.  This card is bigger than usual at 5.25 x 5.5" but as I'll be hand-delivering it, it's all good.

Thanks for visiting!



Krafty Chicks Challenge



Stamps:  Funky Wreath Spring Addition (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Teeny Bikini, Twinkling Tutu, Willow, Beanstalk, Apricot, Coral Reef, Lemon Chiffon, Duckling, Hollyhock, Jellybean
Cardstock:  White, Black, Grout Gray
Dies:  Letter Message Board (SugarPea Designs), Funky Wreath Spring Addition (SugarPea Designs)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at The Card Concept and Krafty Chicks

Friday, 19 April 2019

Fishy Trio

Hi!  I'm back with a card for the latest challenge at Fusion.  Check out the new graphic:



I created a sort of fusion by combining most of the sketch with the fish theme from the photo.  I added the horizontal strip behind the three elements rather than in front, but I hope you can still see the sketch.


These fish crack me up!  I stamped and colored them with Copics before die-cutting them.  I masked off a strip on a white card base and blended on some distress inks.  I then added the fish, with the ones at either end popped up on foam tape.  I stamped the simple sentiment before adding Crystal Glaze to all the eyes.


And that's it!  Card done!  I'm heading into a 4 day Easter weekend, so hopefully I'll have enough energy and mojo to spend a chunk of time in the craft room.  It's been about 8 months now since I really wanted to spend time stamping and I'm convinced it's because I'm so busy at work I have nothing left in the tank when I get home!



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

Products used:

Stamps:  That Bites (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Amalgam, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  That Bites (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Copics, Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Cheers
Karren