Friday 26 June 2020

Flower Shop

Hi.  It's time for another challenge from the team at Fusion and we've gone with a summery theme for our inspiration this time.  Here's my card:

I decided to play with the summery colors in the photo to come up with my flower shop card.  This is an older My Monthly Hero Kit and the first time I've used it.  I stamped and colored a lot of the images before die-cutting and arranging onto the shop front.

From there, I adhered them onto a Desert Storm card base and added the sentiment in the middle.  Very simple card.

Thanks for visiting.  The design team have created wonderful cards as always so I hope you'll check then out.

Products used:

Stamps:  MMH Jan 2019 (Hero Arts), Happy Birds (WPlus9)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT)
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, X-Press It
Dies:  MMH Jan 2019 (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics


Thursday 25 June 2020

Woodgrain Florals

Today's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches is courtesy of Judy Rozema.  I took the opportunity to try out some new-to-me stamps from The Ton to come up with this card.

The flowers and leaves are from Floral Bits and Floral Bits 2 and the woodgrain is from Buildable Woodgrain.  I stamped using Altenew inks and made a floral arrangement on a stitched die-cut circle cut from Cement cardstock.

The sentiment is from one of the Floral Bits stamp sets and I finished the card with some Nuvo Jewel Drops.  These flowers are so easy to line up to stamp.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Floral Bits, Floral Bits 2, Buildable Woodgrain (The Ton)
Ink:  Green Fields set, Golden Sunset set, Gentleman's Gray set, Pocketful of Sunshine set (Altenew) Obsidian
Cardstock:  White, Black, Cement (MFT)
Dies:  Floral Bits, Floral Bits 2 (The Ton), Stitched Circles (Lil Inkers)
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops


Thursday 18 June 2020

Floral Hugs

Hi, I'm here with my card for the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge where our hostess this week is Amy O'Neill.  Here is her wonderful sketch:

I decided to do some Copic coloring and over the last few weeks I've decided to just enjoy the coloring process and not worry about trying to make my coloring perfect.  So here is my card using some floral images I spent some time just playing with my markers.

I used a new-to-me die for the background and then arranged the colored and cut flowers to match the sketch.  For the sentiment, I wanted something bold and black to stand out so found this Hugs die from PTI and stacked it three high for dimension.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  In Bloom:  Julie's Roses, In Bloom:  Elsa's Flora, In Bloom:  Addie's Garden (Winnie & Walter)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  In Bloom:  Addie's Garden (W&W), Big Hugs (PTI), Window Sphere (Altenew)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Friday 12 June 2020

Card for Matthew

Hi and welcome to our newest challenge at Fusion.  For my card I mainly used the photo but did incorporate a lot of the sketch elements as well.

I made this card for my son, Matthew.  Next Tuesday, it will be a year since he passed and that is a huge thing and will be a hard day to get through.  In so many ways, the last year has dragged as we've had to adapt to deal with this massive loss, but it still feels like yesterday and the shock and horror is still as fresh as it was then.  I have found ways to cope and get through each day, but things will never be the same.  

Onto my card.  I left some elements overhanging the edges because, of course, this card will not be posted.  The butterflies were stamped and colored with Copics and then die-cut.  On the card base, I first stamped and embossed the dot pattern and then as I was assembling the card, I wanted more dots and splatters to mimic the inspiration photo, so I got out some gouache and distress paints and splattered away.

The sentiment was die-cut three times and stacked and adhered to a strip of woodgrain patterned paper matted onto black.  All the butterflies are popped up on foam tape and I didn't add any embellishments.

This card is for you, Matthew.  Love you always, son 💔

Products used:

Stamps:  Butterflies (Avery Elle), Perspective (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  Soft Stone (PTI), Black Licorice (MFT), X-Press It, Wood & Notebook Basics (Snap)
Dies:  Butterflies (Avery Elle), Missing You (Kat Scrappiness)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Brusher Pewter Distress Paint, Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint, White Gouache

Thursday 11 June 2020

Thanks Roses

Hi and welcome to another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Narelle Farrugia and here is what I have done with her CAS sketch.

I decided I wanted some interest in the background so used some cover dies to create a white-on-white look.  I had the roses already stamped so just die-cut them and arranged them with some leaves from The Ton.  Once I was happy with the arrangement I added it to a stitched die-cut square of vellum paper and then angled that onto a stitched die-cut square of Periwinkle cardstock.

I went looking for a small die-cut sentiment to finish the card and found this "thank you" by Poppy Stamps which worked well.

Thanks so much for visiting.  The design team have created fabulous cards as always so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Vintage Roses (Altenew), Bountiful Leaves (The Ton)
Ink:  Summer Afternoon set, Shades of Purple set, Green Leaf Set (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black Licorice, Periwinkle (MFT), Vellum Paper
Dies:  Vintage Roses (Altenew), Bountiful Leaves (The Ton), Stitched Square Stax (MFT), Doodle Thank You (Poppy Stamps), Layered Plaid (Altenew)


Thursday 4 June 2020


Hi and welcome to the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge where I am the hostess this week.  For my card, I went with an old technique called Faux Tearing.

I tore up a sheet of copy paper and using both pieces of the torn strip, I masked off areas on a white panel and sponged ink before stenciling in a similar color.  I accidentally ended up with 4 strips instead of the 3 in the sketch, because I thought the colors weren't dark enough so went over them again, not realising that one of the masks had moved.  

The leaves were made using Distress Oxide ink on alcohol ink paper then apply Distress Micro Glaze over the top to bring up the shine.  I then die-cut the panel with some skeleton leaf dies.  They were arranged onto a dark gray mod square die-cut and I finished with a simple sentiment - also from Tim Holtz.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll visit the challenge blog and see what the DT did with my sketch and maybe even have a go yourself.

Products used:

Stamps:  #hashtags (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Forest Moss, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, Lucky Clover (Distress Oxide), Winter Sky, Sea Glass, Sea Foam, Cloudy Sky (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Alcohol Ink Cardstock, Steel Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax, Stitched Mod Square Stax (MFT), Skeleton Leaves (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Distress Micro Glaze, Various Tim Holtz Stencils, Enamel Dots