Friday 25 June 2021

Miss You

 Welcome to a new Fusion challenge.  I decided to play with patterned papers for my card and came up with this.

I dry-embossed a Whip Cream card base with the Subtle embossing folder then added the patterned papers at the bottom.  The centre panel is matted onto another piece of patterned paper before being added to the card.  

I white-embossed the sentiment before adding the top panel and then found some alcohol-inked Yupo paper and die-cut it with a butterfly die.  I don't remember which alcohol inks I used for this piece, sorry, as it was done a long time ago.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll join in.  Please head on over and check out the wonderful cards made by the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Hashtags (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Whip Cream, Black Licorice (MFT), Salvage District (Prima), Vellum
Dies:  Detailed Butterflies Mini (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  White EP, Alcohol Inks, Subtle Embossing Folder (SU)

Thursday 24 June 2021

Ombre Note

Hi!  Today's sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by Kim Singdahlsen and before we get to my card, I need to confess that I can't count!  Kim's sketch has 4 panels, my card has 5 - don't know what I was thinking!

This patterned paper in the background is all one sheet which has an ombre effect.  I die-cut selective areas to give me 5 distinctive colours that all work together.  I adhered them to a white card base and went to work on the rest of the card.

The envelope was stamped in gray ink as was the wee note tucked inside.  I stamped the liner in a colour to match the left-most patterned paper panel and the flowers were stamped to match the panels on the right hand side.  I finished with some sequins and a little heart sequin under the sentiment.

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

Stamps:  Signed & Sealed, Lemon Blossom (The Greetery)
Ink:  Silver Lake, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Caramel Toffee (Altenew) Coral Reef, Passion Fruit, Peach Fuzz (Pink Fresh Studio)
Cardstock:  White, Happy Times Patterned Paper (CTMH)
Dies:   Signed & Sealed (The Greetery)
Accessories:  Just Peachy Sequins (Little Things)

Friday 18 June 2021


 Hi!  I'm here with a card made for a few challenges.  It's been months since I made a card for something other than DT work and it felt good.  I've had the week off work and today spent some time with a friend teaching her how to make a card.  After she left, I made this card using some new goodies which just arrived.

The challenges I'm entering are the colour challenge at The Paper Players, the Just Add Two challenge at Just Add Ink, Addicted to CAS (Beach) and the Tic Tac Toe challenge (Any Colour, Free, CAS).

I just received this stamp set with the sunglasses and as these are the shape of shades that my daughter wears, I thought they'd make a great card for her.  In order to get the challenge colours in,  I chose the beach scene image and stamped it inside the specs before colouring with Copics.  I hope it's okay with The Paper Players crew that I used some light browns for sand?  Once coloured, I added some white gel pen to mimic the waves and foam on the beach.  I finished off the scene by colouring the water with clear sparkle pen.

Just Add Ink are looking for two of Stitching, Stripes and/or Paper Strips.  I used all three as the patterned paper strips are die-cut with a stitched die.

The card base was embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder (I can't seem to stop using that thing - mine actually broke in two and is now held together with purple tape!)

Thanks for visiting!  It felt good to stamp just for the fun of it instead of for DT cards.

Products used:

Stamps:  Spectacular Adventures (Altenew)
Ink:  Amalgam
Cardstock:  X-Press It, Ripe Raspberry, B&W Stripes, Proper Pinstripe (MFT)
Dies:  Vertical Stitched Stripes (MFT), Spectacular Adventures, Inline Alpha Dies (Altenew)
Accessories:  Copics, Subtle EF (SU), White Gel Pen, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout-out at The Paper Players and Just Add Ink

Thursday 17 June 2021

Just Miss You

 Hi and welcome to the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches where this week our hostess is Jen Brum.

This post goes live on the second anniversary of my son's passing (in my timezone it's midnight the following morning, but close enough).  The last two years have been the hardest of my life and while I am starting the slow journey of healing, I will never be the same person again.  In the blink of an eye, our family was changed forever, so hug your kids - no matter their age - and tell them you love them as often as you can.  I am so very grateful for the 21 years I had with my Matthew and I know he's still around - just in a different form.

Onto the card.  I made this for Matthew 💕  I coloured up the wee dog to look a bit like our Dexter.  I chose the patterned paper before colouring his bed to match.  I did use a microfibre cloth and some colourless blender to give a fabric pattern to the bed before cutting it with my Scan n Cut.  

I embossed the card base with a lumber 3D embossing folder for some added texture and white-embossed the sentiment.  Both the sentiment and the patterned paper were die-cut with stitched dies.

I moved my dog down the panel a bit from the sketch so he wasn't floating in mid-air but hopefully you can still see the sketch.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  I Just Miss You Puppy (Gerda Steiner Design)
Ink:  Versamark, Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It, Blurry Flurries (Whimsy Stamps)
Dies:  Horizontal Stitched Strips, Vertical Stitched Strips (MFT)
Accessories:  Lumber EF (Tim Holtz), White EP, Copics


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)