Hi and welcome! I am in the middle of a couple of weeks off work and also in the middle of a DT break, so thought I would make a card for a couple of challenges. This is the first time I've entered any challenges since losing my son 18 months ago. Card-making became a chore not an enjoyment and I only stuck at it because I was on a couple of design teams and didn't want to let anyone down. I also knew that if I stopped stamping I probably wouldn't ever start again and I want that joy to come back.
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Matthew loves sloths so I have bought several sloth stamps over the last 18 months. I coloured this one with Copics (very rusty colouring!) and fussy-cut the images. I adhered some patterned paper onto a black panel and then used foam tape to add the sloth pieces. The card base is pale gray.
Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll visit the challenge blog and see the cards made by the rest of the design team. This challenge is open for a few weeks to give people time to join in over the Christmas period.
Thursday, 10 December 2020
I used another new-to-me stamp set from The Greetery and created this S'More card. The background was clear embossed onto Bristol Smooth cardstock and then blended various Distress Oxide inks over the panel. Once that was done, I flicked both Gathered Twigs DOX and white gouache onto the panel and set it aside to dry.
The "S'More" word was stamped, cut with my Scan n Cut and then I added clear sparkle pen and Glossy Accents over it. The Glossy Accents didn't stay where it was meant to so I might re-do that part of the sentiment before sending it out.
Thursday, 3 December 2020
Hi and welcome. I made another Christmas card! I think this might be about number 4 this year. I am not forcing things and as they come, they come. I still don't want to Copic colour which saddens me, but again I'm not going to force things. Grief has to work its way through many twists and turns before life bears some semblance of the new normal.
But onto more positive things, this card uses the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches where our host this week is Judy Rozema. I tried to stick to the sketch but sort of veered off a bit with the placement of the smaller square element.
Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you'll check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the DT.
Friday, 27 November 2020
It's the last Fusion challenge of the year and we're going out in cuteness! I played with the sketch but did bring in elements from the photo as well.
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Hi! This is a quick post showcasing a quick card made for the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge, where our hostess is Amy O'Neill. I took a few liberties with the sketch - adjusting the dimensions of the elements but I hope you can still see the sketch.
I had about 15 minutes to make a card this last weekend so turned to dies and glitter cardstock for impact. An embossing folder adds interest without clutter.
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by the rest of the DT.
Friday, 13 November 2020
I'm back with a new card for the latest Fusion challenge and we have a beautiful photo to inspire you. I played solely with the photo this time.
I decided to try and replicate the centrepiece in the photo using the stamps I had to hand, which were all NBUS products from The Greetery. I stamped all the elements then when I finished with the watering can, I over-stamped with Versamark ink and dusted on some bronze Perfect Pearls to give a lovely metallic sheen which you can see in the last photo.
Thanks for visiting. The DT have some gorgeous cards, so I hope you'll check them out.
Thursday, 12 November 2020
Hi and welcome to my blog! It's my turn to host over at Freshly Made Sketches and as is my way, I came up with a very simple sketch. Here's the card I made using it:
Thursday, 5 November 2020
Friday, 30 October 2020
Hi and welcome! It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time I've focussed mainly on the sketch although I have brought in some elements from the photo.
Stamps: You're My Type (SugarPea Designs)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Thursday, 29 October 2020
Thursday, 22 October 2020
When I first saw Kim's sketch, I was a bit unsure how I was going to incorporate that row of rectangles. At first I thought of doing banners, then I decided on tags. I sponged some white cardstock pieces in rainbow colors and die-cut each piece with a small tag die. Originally, the tags were going to be all lined up straight, then I decided to make them a bit whimsical and threaded some linen thread through them and made them a bit higgledy-piggledy.
The sentiment and flowers came from a NBUS set by The Greetery and I just love the font on that big "birthday". I arranged some of the flowers from the set around the right hand side. All these elements were adhered to a scalloped die-cut which was then added to a white card base with foam tape to add more dimension to the white-on-white look.
Friday, 16 October 2020
I'm here with my card for the latest Fusion challenge and this time I've created a fusion of sketch and photo.
Thursday, 15 October 2020
You may have noticed a Christmas card on my blog last week. I was invited to play along with my blogging friend Michelle's annual Christmas card challenge. That was the first Christmas card I have made since June 2019. In fact the post that went live just a day before my son suddenly passed was a Christmas card. Naturally enough, I wasn't into celebrating Christmas last year and to be honest, I'm not this year either, but I might make a few cards as I feel like it, but I won't put any pressure on myself.
So back to the card. In order to try and be a bit more inspired to make Christmas cards, I went shopping. This card used a couple of sets from The Ton, which I stamped and cut with my Scan n Cut. I used a piece of pale yellow watercolor wash patterned paper and added some black & white striped strips on either side to match the sketch. I then arranged my foliage and poinsettia and finished with a white-embossed greeting.
To add a bit of interest, I colored some white pearls with a Copic marker and placed them in the centre of my poinsettia.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you'll check out the fabulous DT cards over on the challenge blog.
Thursday, 8 October 2020
I had great fun looking through Michelle's blog and couldn't decide between two cards so decided to do a combination of both. Firstly, here's my card:
And here's a sneaky-peak of the two cards of Michelle's that inspired my card, but I strongly recommend clicking the links above and heading over to see both her cards.