Friday, 11 June 2021

Periwinkle Mum

Hi and welcome to a new Fusion challenge.  I made this card several weeks ago for my mother for Mother's Day.


The floral stamps are from The Ton and stamped with Altenew inks. I used a block alphabet die to die-cut the word "mum" from both black and Periwinkle cardstock, stacking the periwinkle three high before slightly off-setting against the black.

I stamped the rest of the sentiment and finished with some Nuvo Jewel Drops.

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

Products used:

Peony Memories (The Ton)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Green Fields, Enchanted Garden, Pocketful of Sunshine sets (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Periwinkle (MFT)
Dies:  Peony Memories (The Ton), Classic Block Alpha (Essentials by Ellen) Blueprints 1 (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops


Thursday, 3 June 2021

New Home

Hi and welcome!  Today's Freshly Made Sketch is courtesy of Jen Mitchell and I used it to create a card for my nephew and his partner who have just moved into a home together. 

This card came together pretty quickly because that big floral element is washi tape die-cut with a co-ordinating die.  I adhered the tape onto some white cardstock before die-cutting it.  The black card base was foiled with a square foil die and gold foil.

The sentiment comes from two different companies and was stamped with two different colours.

Finally I added the floral panel and sentiment with foam tape.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (MFT), Neighbours (WP9)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Fuchsia (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Black, White
Dies:  Painted Peony Mix (Pink Fresh), Foiled Frames Square (MFT), Essential Slanted Sentiment Strips (MFT)
Accessories:  Painted Peony Mix Washi (Pink Fresh)


Friday, 28 May 2021

Flowers and Marble

 Hi and welcome to another Fusion challenge.  I created a fusion with both sketch and photo to come up with this card.

I was inspired by the arrows, the pale blue wall colour, the hello, the marble on the laptop and the pink flowers in the photo.

I gold embossed the background stamped and ink-blended Speckled Egg Distress Ink over the top.  I stamped the marble pattern using a multi-step stamp set and cut a strip which I matted with gold foil cardstock.

The flowers were stamped with pinks and greens and die-cut and the sentiment is stacked three high and topped with a gray die-cut "hello".

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Peony Memories (The Ton), Layering Marble (Waffle Flower), Abstract Triangle BG (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Speckled Egg Distress Ink, Rose Petals set, Rock Collection set, Tropical Forest set, Coffee Break set (Altenew)
Dies:  Peony Memories (The Ton), Fancy Words (Reverse Confetti)
Accessories:  Antique Gold EP (SSS)


Thursday, 27 May 2021

You Da Best

 Hi and welcome!  Today's Freshly Made Sketch was designed by Jennifer Timko and she has given us plenty of landscape with a slimline card layout.

I feel like I cheated with this card because it's the one I made for DH for his birthday in December and never got around to posting on my blog.  So it was all done and I just had to take some photos.

I stamped the beer mug with various Altenew inks and fussy cut it out.  I used some patterned paper on the card base and then added a navy frame popped up with foam tape before adhering the beer mug.

The sentiment is a die from Simon Says Stamp and cut with the same navy cardstock and backed onto white.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Beer (The Ton)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Vanilla Cream, Hazelnut Butter, Almond Butter, Limestone, Silver Stone, Buttercream (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Midnight (Concord & 9th), Patterned Paper (CTMH)
Dies:  Slimline Slim Frames (The Ton); You Da Best (SSS)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Thursday, 20 May 2021

Pearly Hello

 Hi all and welcome to another Freshly Made Sketch Challenge where our hostess this week is Jacquie Southas.  I decided to go a bit technique-y with my card and came up with this:

I have had Perfect Pearl pigment powder for years and years and years and it was so cool to see Jennifer McGuire use them to create fun backgrounds.  So I had a go and came up with this background which I used for today's sketch.

I die-cut a black panel and a silver foil panel with a curved border die and ran the black panel through the Subtle EF.  I adhered both panels onto the Perfect Pearl background with foam tape and then onto a white card base.  The sentiment was die-cut three times from white and once from black gloss cardstock and stacked together before being added to the card with foam tape.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Crackle Background (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Black, Silver Foil, White, Black Gloss
Dies:  Stitched Basis Edges (MFT), Bold Greetings (Altenew)
Accessories:  Blue Patina Perfect Pearl, Green Patina Perfect Pearl, Subtle EF (SU)


Friday, 14 May 2021

Thanks Blooms

 Hi all, today's card for the new Fusion challenge was nothing like I imagined when I sat down to create.  I had great intentions of using a critter on my card but instead coloured up a NBUS stamp and made that into a card.  I took my inspiration from the bunch of flowers, the flower colours and the thanks theme.

I don't tend to Copic-colour very much now, so I decided to just colour with no expectation of a card-worthy project at the end.  But once done, I decided to cut this image with my Scan n Cut and use it for my Fusion card.

The Fog card base was foiled with a hot foil frame and the floral image added with foam tape.  The Thanks die was stacked 3 high with Cement cardstock and finished with gold foil cardstock and backed with black.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll play along with us.

Products used:

Stamps:  Bonny Blooms (The Ton)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  Fog (SSS), Black Licorice, Cement (MFT) Gold Foil, X-Press It
Dies:  Thanks (SSS), Essential Duo Lines Rectangles (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Prismacolor

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Pink Wreath

 Hi!  Today's Freshly Made Sketch is designed by Judy Rozema and it allows for so much creativity!

Apologies for the horrible photos!  It was an overcast day and despite having a light tent and lights, I couldn't get a crisp, white photo.  

I was in a rush when I made this card so let this gorgeous washi tape do most of the work.  I die-cut the washi with the co-ordinating die and adhered it to a white flag die-cut that I gold-embossed a sentiment onto.

The card base is white-embossed with a linen background stamp.  

All very easy!  I hope you'll play along and also check out the wonderful cards made by the DT.

Products used:

Stamps:  Rustic Linen (Altenew), Brushstroke Expressions (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT), Painted Peony Mix (Pink Fresh Studio)
Accessories:  Painted Peony Mix Washi (Pink Fresh Studio), White EP, Antique Gold EO


Thursday, 6 May 2021

Mission Control

Hi and welcome!  Our sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches is Amy O'Neill and her sketch is fabulous! 

I used the new Watercolor Wash stencils to create my ink-blended "galaxy".  I bought two of the stencils so I could work on two sides at once and then moved the stencils to get the other two sides.  Once I was finished I splattered on some white gouache and Black Soot distress ink and set the panel aside to dry.

The boy was stamped and coloured with Copics and cut out.  The sentiment was embossed onto Dark Indigo cardstock with Liquid Platinum EP.

I die-cut the ink-blended panel with a stitched rectangle die and added it to a Dark Indigo card base.  The sentiment was added with liquid glue and the boy with foam tape.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Space Explorer (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Chipped Sapphire, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, Black Soot Distress Inks, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Dark Indigo (PTI), X-Press It
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White Gouache, Liquid Platinum EP (Ranger)


Friday, 30 April 2021

Forever and Always

The cute image in the new Fusion challenge immediately put me in mind of this stamp, so I had to incorporate it with the sketch for my card.

I coloured the image with Copics then used a loose pointillism technique for the blue around the image.  I matted the panel onto black then angled it onto a kraft tag.  The card base was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder and I used a heat-embossed sentiment panel and black mat for the sentiment.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  I'll Love You Forever (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Kraft, Black, Summer Sunrise, X-Press It,
Dies:  Tag Sale #3 (PTI)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Enamel Dots, Bakers Twine, Subtle EF (SU)


Thursday, 29 April 2021

Dad's Birthday

Hi and welcome to the latest sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches where our sketch hostess is Narelle Farrugia.  I went a bit collage-y to make this card for my dad's birthday.

I used a lot of products from The Greetery on this card.  On the large die-cut panel I stamped segments of a text stamp across the top left corner and splattered some ink.  I then die-cut the brick wall die and coloured the corners with Copics.

The postage stamps were stamped and die-cut and matted onto a panel I'd coloured with some Altenew ink.  I added some leaves and foliage in the top left and bottom rights segments

The sentiment was stamped with black ink and I added some hearts.  I also added glossy accents to the hearts.

Thanks for visiting!  Please check out the DT cards and have a go yourself!

Products used:

Stamps:  Pretty Postmarks, Petite Eucalyptus (The Greetery), Loads of Wishes (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Fog, Stone (SSS), Tranquility set (Altenew), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Fog (SSS), Whip Cream, White
Dies:  Brick Layer Die, Postal Frames (The Greetery); Detail Elm Leaves (SSS)
Accessories:  Copics, Glossy Accents


Thursday, 22 April 2021

Stripey Flower

 Hi and welcome!  It's my turn to design the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I decided it was time for another slimline card.  Despite my original intentions, I ended up with a mini-slimline.

I had the idea to use this striped die and add colour to represent one of the strips on the sketch and the sentiment can represent the other strip.  Obviously, I flipped the sketch onto the side.  The flower was one I had left over from another project.  The sentiment was embossed with some old Crushed Curry embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the rest of the DT cards and have a go yourself.

Products used:

Stamps:  Celebrate Life (Altenew/PinkFresh), Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versamark, Various Altenew inks for the flower
Cardstock:  White, Midnight (Concord & 9th), Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice (PTI)
Dies:  Slimline Long Stripes (The Ton)
Accessories:  Crushed Curry EP (SU)


Friday, 16 April 2021

Poppy Frames

It's time for a new challenge at Fusion and this time I created a fusion to come up with this card:

The poppies were already stamped and I didn't keep a record of which inks I used, but it would have been Altenew inks.  I adhered the flowers to a white card base with foam tape and added a few leaves.

I thought the sketch looked like a film strip so pulled out all my film strip dies, but they were too small to run together so I decided to cut each film strip apart and arrange them haphazardly over the flowers with a bit of liquid glue.  I finished with a sentiment from another poppy stamp set.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Poppy Wishes (The Ton), Delicate Pretty Poppies (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Altenew inks
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Poppy Wishes (The Ton), Film Pair (Hero Arts)



Thursday, 15 April 2021

Circles, Circles, Circles

 Hi and welcome!  Today's Freshly Made Sketch is brought to you by Cecile Ribon.  I went a bit rainbow for my card 😊

The hardest part about this card was lining up those circles on the card base!  The actual circles were made with a die and various colours of cardstock.  I then popped them up with foam tape onto the card base, using my T-square ruler and a bit of eyeballing.  A white-embossed sentiment finished the card.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Please head on over and check out the wonderful cards made by the rest of the design team.  

I'm linking this up to the Birthday challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More as well as Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

Products Used:

Stamps:  Birdie Brown Greetings Galore (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Wild Cherry, Coral Crush, Banana Split, Limelight, Blueberry, Lavender Fields (MFT), Paradise (Hero Arts)
Dies:  Geometric Builder Circles (SSS)
Accessories:  White EP


Thursday, 8 April 2021

Copper Curve

 Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches was designed by Jen Brum.  Here's what I did with it:

This was a pretty simple card to make.  I already had the alcohol-inked panel so I just had to adhere it to a card base then add the two die-cut panels on top with foam tape.   The sentiment is hot-foiled with gold foil and I finished with some copper-toned sequins.

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

Products used:

Ink:  Alcohol Ink
Cardstock:  White, Yupo
Dies:  Stitched Basic Edges 2 (MFT), Yana's Special Sentiments (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copper Foil, Copper Sequins


Monday, 5 April 2021

Micey Nice

 Hi and welcome to this unexpected post!  It's been a long time since I've posted a card for a challenge rather than because I'm on the design team.  But this weekend was a long weekend and I had a bit of extra time and enthusiasm to be in my craft room.  On Friday I coloured up every image in the Mice Day to Celebrate set and then today (Monday) I decided to make a birthday card for my youngest niece and pulled out the coloured images.  It was nice to see that most of the colours I'd used matched the current colour challenge at MFT so I decided to work with their sketch as well to come up with this card.

Apologies for the horrible colour of the photo - it's a searing hot day today and all the curtains are closed to try and keep out the heat.  Consequently my lightbox - even with its lights - is casting a dull shade.

Onto the card.  I took the images I'd coloured which matched the colour challenge - I also coloured some with a teal colourway so left them out.  I chose some MFT cardstocks (possibly retired but I didn't have the exact match to the challenge).  I arranged my colours and card in accorance with the challenges and adhered everything but the mouse holding the gift with liquid glue.  For the wee mouse holding the gift, I used foam tape.

I finished by colouring the hats and balloon with clear sparkle pen and added some enamel dots and hearts in the challenge colours.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Mice Day to Celebrate, Birdie Brown Greetings Galore (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  White, Sour Apple, Ripe Raspberry, Tickled Pink (MFT)
Dies:  Horizontal Stitched Strips, Stitched Rectangle Stax, Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax, Grassy Border (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Enamel Dots (Altenew), Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Subtle EF (SU)