Thursday, 13 February 2020


Welcome!  It's time for another sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Linda Callahan.

I colored!  After looking at my little chef from last week which was colored an age ago, I decided I wanted to try some coloring again.  So this weekend, I sat down with the intention of coloring something simple and this was the result.

My coloring skills are definitely rusty and I deliberately chose something that would be easy to color but overall, I'm happy with the result.  I hope it's opened the door to more coloring.

The card is pretty self-explanatory.  The striped pattern and Audrey are popped up on foam tape and the sentiment (which I love!) is stamped onto the card base.  I finished with some baker's twine and some raindrops.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll head over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Uptown Girl Audrey Loves Makeup (Stamping Bella)
Ink:  Amalgam, Obsidian
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Black & White Stripes (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Raindrops (PTI), Baker's Twine


Friday, 7 February 2020

Love Plaid

Hi!  I'm here with a card for the latest challenge over at Fusion
This week I played with the photo only, focusing on the red/black gingham, the hearts and the cream background.

I embossed the Picnic Blanket BG stamp onto Cherry Crisp cardstock using Black Sparkle Embossing Powder.  The heart die was die-cut from a panel of cream cardstock and I used foam tape to adhere the embossed panel behind it.  

The sentiment was also die-cut and added to the card front.  This was then all adhered to a side-folding card base.  I finished off with some sequins from an old My Monthly Hero kit.

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Picnic Blanket (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Cream (SSS), Black Licorice, Cherry Crisp (MFT)
Dies:  Vertical Hearts Channel (Poppy Stamps), Simply Hello & Love You (MFT)
Accessories:  Black Sparkle EP (Ranger), Sequins (Hero Arts)


Thursday, 6 February 2020

Souper Cool

Hi and welcome to another challenge from the team at Freshly Made SketchesJen Mitchell is this week's hostess and here is her sketch:
For some reason I really struggled with Jen's sketch - nothing wrong with the sketch, it was the card-maker who wasn't in the zone!  In the end, I went through my stamp sets looking for pre-coloured images that I could use and came up with this card - not a favourite but it'll do.

I think I've mentioned here on my blog that since losing my son in June, I've really struggled with both card-making and coloring - both of these things should be therapeutic but my mind just can't focus for long enough to make it enjoyable.  I tried doing some Copic coloring over the Christmas break and gave up after an hour or so.  I truly hope that one day the pleasure I got from card-making and coloring will come back and I can enjoy it again.  So, in my desire for a colored image, I found one that I colored way back when this stamp set first came out.

Because this was colored so long ago, I can't tell you what Copics I used, sorry.  For the square panel, I clear embossed some of the smaller images from the set and quickly colored them with a cream Prismacolor pencil before die-cutting with an embossed edge die.  I die-cut another panel from Banana Split cardstock to match the image and offset that behind the Blueberry panel.

I gave the chef a sentiment to stand on to ground him somewhat.

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the wonderful cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Recipe for Happiness (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, Blueberry, Banana Split (MFT), X-Press It
Dies:  Recipe for Happiness (MFT), Embossed Edge Squares (Kat Scrappiness)
Accessories:  Copics, Prismacolor Pencil, Clear EP


Thursday, 30 January 2020

Love You. Mean It.

Today's Freshly Made Sketch was designed by Jennifer Timko and it's a versatile one:

I didn't have a lot of motivation when I sat down to make my card, so pulled out an alcohol-inked piece of Yupo and designed my card around that.

The piece of Yupo was adhered to a white square card base.  I then cut a slightly smaller square panel and die-cut the mandala die from the centre.  I also die-cut it and additional two times from white card and once from silver sparkle paper.  I added the negative panel to the card base with foam tape, then sprayed the mandala with adhesive and added that in the gap.

The sentiment is white-embossed onto black and underneath it I added a scrap of the Yupo paper.  All very simple.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Alcohol Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Silver Sparkle (MFT), Yupo
Dies:  Magical Mandala (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP


Friday, 24 January 2020


It's time for another Fusion challenge and here are the details.
I played with the sketch this time and used the green from the photo to come up with this card.

I used a stencil and some glitter paste to create the mandala.  While it was drying, I stamped and die-cut the sentiment and embossed the second part of the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock.

I finished the card with some irridescent crystals.

Thanks for visiting.  The DT have created some great cards using the challenge so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Congrats All Round (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Congrats (Mama Elephant), Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Seafoam Glitter Paste (BoBunny), Captivating Mandala Stencil (MFT), Irridescent Crystals (Studio Katya)


Thursday, 23 January 2020

Sparkly Celebration

I'm here with sketch number 419 from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess this week is Lee Ann Barrett and here is her sketch:

I had a desire for something other than a white card base this week, so came up with this card, which is probably going to be for my mother's birthday next month.

The card base and angled panel is After Midnight cardstock from MFT.  I clear-embossed the Kaleidoscope background onto the angled panel and then sponged some Chipped Sapphire distress ink around the edges.  I also sponged around the card base edges as well.

I matted the panel onto a Silver Sparkle panel and used foam tape to adhere it to the card base.

The sentiment is stacked three high and the stamped sentiment was cut with an angled panel to mimic the main sketch.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Kaleidoscope BG (SSS), Celebrate (Neat & Tangled)
Ink:  Versamark, Obsidian (Altenew), Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, Silver Sparkle, After Midnight (MFT)
Dies:  Celebrate (MFT)
Accessories:  Clear EP


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Time to be Awesome

It's time for another fun challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches where Jacquie Southas is our hostess this week.  Here is her sketch:

My youngest son is moving out of home in a couple of weeks.  Yes, the timing is not great and I don't want him to leave, but we're not going to stop him as he is craving independence.  So, on the day he moves out, I'll give him this card:

I deliberately chose this Neat & Tangled set for William's card because this was the set I used when Matthew left home the first time 3 1/2 years ago.  Here's a link to the card I made for Matthew

Apologies for the poor photography - I think my camera focused on the silver and dulled everything else.  The card base is white and I added a strip of black embossed with the Weathered Embossing Folder.  I die-cut another white panel as well as some silver cardstock with a stitched border die and used foam tape beind the panel to pop it up. 

I stamped some stars and the first part of the sentiment onto this panel and then used a silver die-cut with the black shadow and called it done.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Awesome (Neat & Tangled)
Ink:  Obsidian, Cloudy Night (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Silver
Dies:  Stitched Basic Edges (MFT), Awesome (N&T)
Accessories:  Weathered EF (Taylored Expressions)

Friday, 10 January 2020

Coppery Hello

Welcome to another year of Fusion challenges.  We've got an updated challenge graphic and a new team member, so I hope you'll head on over and check out who we are fortunate enough to add to our team.

I created a fusion this time, by flipping the sketch on its side and playing with the colors in the photo.

Onto a white die-cut panel, I stenciled over a mandala stencil with Smoked Hickory ink - concentrating heavier color on the left and fading out towards the right.  I then flicked on some bronze mica spray and some black distress paint and set it aside to dry.

The leaves were die-cut from copper cardstock and added, along with the sentiment, when the panel was dry.  I used some craft foam to pop it up on the white card base.

Thanks for visiting.  The DT have some wonderful cards for our first challenge of the year so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Assorted Greetings (Gina K Designs)
Ink:  Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, Obsidian (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Copper
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax 2 (MFT), Layering Leaves (Concord & 9th)
Accessories:  Captivating Mandala Stencil (MFT), Antiqued Bronze Distress Mica Spray, Black Soot Distress Paint


Thursday, 9 January 2020

Plank Bouquet

Hi and welcome to another year of challenges from the team at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our first sketch was designed by Judy Rozema.

I white-embossed the Plank background stamp onto both a white panel and a panel of Bristol Smooth and die-cut them both with a stitched rectangle die.  Onto the Bristol Smooth piece, I ink-blended various green distress inks then lightly spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist.

The flowers were stamped with Altenew inks and cut with my Scan n Cut.  I die-cut the sentiment die and arranged all the elements onto a white card base, before finishing with some enamel dots.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Blossoms (, Plank (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark, Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Teal Cave, Chamomile, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen (Altenew), Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax 2 (MFT) Thanks Jotted Script (Memory Box)
Accessories:  White EP, Enamel Dots, Perfect Pearls Mist