Thursday 26 March 2020

Not Alone

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

I really wasn't feeling like making cards when I sat down to do this, so I decided to let dies do all the work and came up with this card.

I looked through my pre-inked alcohol ink panels and found this piece of blue which I die-cut with a maple leaf die.  I left all the innards attached and set it to one side.

I die-cut two separate rectangles with pierced rectangle dies, placed them together and ran them both through my Big Shot with a pinpoint die.  This put the pattern in the same place on both panels.  I separated the panels and put the larger of the two onto the card base and did the same thing again.  This way all three panels had the pinpoint die - although now I look closer at the sketch, I probably shouldn't have added the dots to the card base!

I adhered all the layers together and then added the maple leaf.  No foam tape or dimension on this card - all the piercing adds the interest.  Finally I finished with a white-embossed sentiment - my message to everyone.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the cards made by the design team and take some time out to have a go yourself.

Products used:

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Alcohol Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Yupo
Dies:  Blueprints 21, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT), Pinpoint Rings (Poppy Stamps), Maple Thanks (Neat & Tangled)
Accessories:  White EP


Friday 20 March 2020

Golden Hexagon

Hi and welcome to our current Fusion challenge.  Here's a sneaky peek of my card...

and here is the challenge graphic:
While I love color-blocked cards, I was more drawn to the photo this week and couldn't work out how to include color-blocking with the vision I had in my head.

The hexagon die was die-cut five times - twice from gold foil cardstock, once each from Sno Cone, Berrylicious and Summer Splash.  I adhered the outer frame to a white card base and then added a few extra hexagons for added interest.  From there I randomly added blue filler pieces in an ombre fashion and finished off with three gold filler pieces.

The sentiment was one I had already prepared and is stacked three times for added dimension.  I didn't add any embellishments as I thought the gold was enough.

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

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Sno Cone, Berrylicious, Summer Splash (MFT), Gold Foil
Dies:  Hexagon Element (SSS), Twice Thanks (Create a Smile)


Thursday 19 March 2020

Roses for You

I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and our hostess this week is Narelle Farrugia.  Here is her wonderful sketch:

I was planning on using a leaf die for my card, but as I was flipping through my dies, I came across this one that I had never used.

I love the art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and this die puts me in mind of his work.  I didn't want to go the pink and green route, so decided to go with gray and cranberry for a bit of drama.  The pieces of the die were inlaid and then set aside while I figured out how to finish the card.

I originally thought of adding scored lines rather than a strip of cardstock or patterned paper, but then had the idea to add two strips of black cardstock - further adding to the art deco look.  A simple stamped sentiment, some clear sparkle pen on the "petals" and the card was done.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  KIS:  Just for You (PTI)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black Licorice, Gravel Gray, Cranberry Cocktail (MFT)
Dies:  Rad Roses (Paper Smooches)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Thursday 12 March 2020

Circle of Congrats

Hi, here I am again with a card for Freshly Made Sketches and this week I am the sketch hostess.  This is the simple sketch I came up with.

To match the simple sketch, I created a simple card.

A lot of the subtlety in this card is lost in the photo, so I'll give you a brief description.  The white layer was dry embossed with the Subtle embossing folder before being die-cut with an embossed edge rectangle die.  I used a smaller embossed edge rectangle die for the pink patterned paper strip.

The congratulations circle die was die-cut 3 times and stacked before being spritzed with shimmer spray.

After I put the card together, I decided to add a stamped sentiment so carefully stamped inside the stacked die-cut using my Misti.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Congrats All Round (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Watercolor Wash Brights, Black & White Strips (MFT)
Dies:  Congratulations Circle Frame (MFT), Embossed Edge Rectanges (Kat Scrappiness)
Accessories:  Subtle EF (SU), Shimmer Spray

Friday 6 March 2020


Welcome to another Fusion challenge!

I created a fusion this time, by adding the colors from the photo with the sketch.

This doesn't look much in a photo because the black looks so flat, but in real life it is quite dimensional.  The bubbles die was stacked 6 high and then I inlaid just one circle into each gap for added dimension.  

The background is stenciled using Distress Inks and a white panel of cardstock with a stamped sentiment meets the sketch requirements.  I finished off with a sliver of black cardstock.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Obsidian (Altenew), Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Bubble Parade (SSS)
Accessories:  Square Dance Stencil (SSS), Shimmer Spray, Sparkling Clear Confetti


Thursday 5 March 2020

Edgy Hello

Hi.  Our sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches is Cecile Ribon and she has a great sketch for us.

When I am looking for shapes, I always head to my Blueprints and thanks to Blueprints 25, I came up with this card.

I used the curved dies to cut from a panel of white, sort of following the sketch.  I then die-cut the panel with a stitched die and used foam tape to adhere it to a sheet of patterned paper, which was then added to a white card base.

The hello was stacked 4 high and I finished the card with some Nuvo Jewel Drops to match the patterned paper.

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

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black, Perfectly Plaid (Lawn Fawn)
Dies:  Little Hello, Blueprints 25, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops (Orange Marmalade, Strawberry Coulis)