Sunday 28 August 2022

You Did It

 Hi!  I had some time yesterday to make a card for a few challenges - which doesn't happen very often!  I was inspired by the gorgeous sketch at Sunday Stamps and for a theme I decided to go with the Tic Tac Toe board and the Just Us Girls Back to School photo inspiration.  I'm also linking up to Krafty Chicks All Occasions where I went with a Congrats card.  For Tic Tac Toe, I started out with Alphabets/Letters-Embossing-Yellow but in the course of making my card, I pretty much brought in everything except gingham!

For my background, I white-embossed a Carabelle image called Notebook onto a panel of Bristol Smooth.  I then ink-blended over it with yellow inks and set it aside to dry.  Once it was dry, I die-cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  For the long vertical element in the sketch, I had the idea to use a notebook page, so I took some patterned paper and die-cut it with the Notebook Edge die before stamping the sentiment.  I also die-cut a paperclip out of silver foil cardstock and adhered that to the notebook and the background panel.  

I was in the mood to do some Copic-colouring and I always love colouring Birdie Brown images, so I pulled out Class Act and set to work.  Once coloured, I cut with my Scan n Cut and adhered to the card.  The black strip was added in keeping with the sketch and also to add some black as I'm a fan of having black somewhere on my cards.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I had so much fun making this card.  Now to carve out more time in my week for stamping for other than design team commitments 😄

Products used:

Stamps:  Class Act (MFT), Notebook (Carabelle)
Ink:  Versamark, Amalgam (Gina K), Versafine Onyx Black, Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth, X-Press It, Off The Grid (MFT), Silver Foil
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax, Notebook Edge (MFT), Notebook Journal Card (SugarPea Designs)
Accessories:  Copics, White Embossing Powder


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout-out at Just Us Girls, Sunday Stamps and Tic-Tac-Toe

Thursday 25 August 2022

Snowy Night

  Hi and welcome back!  I'm here with my card using the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess this week is Jen Mitchell.  

I have had Uncharted Mariner distress ink for a few weeks now and wanted to try it out, hence this dark, snowy sky on my card.

I blended three distress inks onto Bristol Smooth cardstock before cutting them into pieces to fit the sketch.  I then went around the outside edges with Chipped Sapphire ink before adding some Glitz Gitter Gel over a snow stencil.

I adhered the panels to a larger panel of Dark Indigo cardstock and then onto a square white card base.  I finished with a stacked die-cut.

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

Products used:

Ink:  Faded Jeans, Uncharted Marineer, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Dark Indigo (PTI)
Dies:  Merry Christmas (Karen Burniston)
Accessories:  Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Glitz Glitter Gel (Gina K)


Friday 19 August 2022

Boxy Birthday

Hi and welcome to my last post as Surprise Party Guest over at Seize The Birthday.  I'd like to thank Nancy and the team for inviting me to play along these last two months.

Today's challenge is a sketch and here's what I did with it:

This adorable stamp set has been sitting in my NBUS box for a while so I decided to colour up this little kitty in a box and use him on a card.  The vertical hot-foiled strip was already done and sitting in my scrap box so this card didn't take too long to put together.  I hot-foiled the sentiment onto a black panel using the same foil as the vertical strip and then adhered all the elements to a white card base.  The cat and yarn is adhered using foam tape to give it a bit more dimension.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll head over to the challenge and have a go with this fun sketch.  And if you don't want to use the sketch, it's always Anything Goes Birthday.

And I've just realised that all four of my cards as Surprise Party Guest have hot-foiling on them.  Obsessed, much? 😀

Products used:

Stamps:  I Knead You (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It, Aramena Cherry (MFT)
Dies:  Happy Birthday (Waffle Flower), Skinny Stripes Background (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Gold Hot Foil, Black Glaze Pen



Balloon Arch

 Hi and welcome!  I'm here with my card for the latest challenge at  Fusion.

If I'm being honest, I would have to say I really don't like this card!  I thought I'd play along with the colours from the challenge and the sketch flipped upside down, but it's all a bit meh to me!

I used the Balloon Arch hot foil, die and stencil set and then hot foiled the frame and the sentiment,

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

Products used:

Ink:  Cloudy Sky (Altenew), Coral Cabana, Belline, Serene, Wintergreen, Apricot (Catherin Pooler)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Balloon Arch, Balloon Arch Hot Foil (Honey Bee), Happy Birthday Duo, A2 Layers Hot Foil (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Balloon Arch Stencils (Honey Bee)



Thursday 18 August 2022


Hi and welcome to another sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess is Jennifer Timko.  Jennifer created a lovely, versatile sketch and I used it to create a CAS card.

I decided to play along with the colour challenge at The Paper Players so used only black, white and one other colour (yellow).  I stamped the mimosa image in black and yellow and stacked it three deep for some added dimension.  Onto a white panel, I hot-foiled the frame and sentiment in black and then adhered that to a black card base.

I then used liquid glue to adhere the mimosa branch to the card and called it done!

 Products used:

Stamps:  Mimosa Musings (The Greetery)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K.) Citrus Burst, Maple Yellow (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Essential Duo Lines Rectangles, Essential Glimmer Sentiments Hot Foil (Spellbinders), A2 Rectangle Stax (MFT), Mimosa Musings (The Greetery)
Accessories:  Black Hot Foil


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Paper Players.

Thursday 11 August 2022

Golden Congrats

Hi! Today’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was designed by Jacquie Southas and I created a very simple-looking card.

I started by placing two hot foil strip plates onto white cardstock and hot-foiling with gold foil. I then added the stamped sentiment and hot-foiled a star at either end.

It looked a bit plain so I did some partial dry-embossing to the left of the hot-foiling.  I adhered the panel to a white card base and called it done!

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Say It In A Starburst (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Nested Stars Hot Foil (Pink Fresh), Foiled Brushstrokes & Stripes (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Subtle Embossing Folder (SU)


Friday 5 August 2022

Silver Butterfly

 Hi all!  I'm back as Surprise Party Guest over at Seize the Birthday and this time the challenge is No Stamping.  Now in the good old days, that would be a real challenge, but these days there is so much more to this card-making hobby that it is easy to make a card without stamps.  Here's the card I made:

The brick die-cut is new-to-me from Paper Rose and I die-cut it three times adhering it together for dimension.  Some of the "bricks" fell out so I left in what remained on each layer.  This gives more of a dimensional look which you can see in the close-up photo below.

The butterfly was made from a piece of alcohol-inked Yupo in my stash and is in shades of blue and silver.  I die-cut the base from the Yupo and the top layer from silver foil cardstock.  I then hot-foiled the sentiment and die-cut it with the co-ordinating die.

Thanks for visiting.  Please head over to the challenge blog and check out the cards made by the design team and have a go yourself.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Silver Foil Cardstock, Yupo
Dies:  Texture 4 Brick (Paper Rose), Happy Birthday Hot Foil and Die (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Silver Foil, various alcohol inks


Sympathy Lilies

It's time for another challenge from the team at Fusion and this time I went with the sketch and took in a few elements from the photo - the burgundy colour of the wine and the calla lilies.

I've had these flowers coloured up for quite a few years - they are part of a colouring class over at Kit and Clowder.  I used my Scan n Cut to cut them out and then went to work on the background.  After embossing a panel of Paver Red cardstock with a brickwork embossing folder, I then used my finger to add some foundry wax to the panel, focusing on the top left and bottom right corners.  I also used a paintbrush to splatter some over the whole panel (not to mention my deskop and my glasses too!) I adhered that to a white card base and finished with a simple sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by the DT.

Products used:

Stamps:  Assorted Greetings (Gina K)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Paver Red (MFT), X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, Brickwork Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz), Statue Foundry Wax (Tim Holtz)


Thursday 4 August 2022


 Hello and welcome!  Judy Rozema is our sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches and I took the opportunity to make another Christmas card.

I adhered some glitter cardstock to the bottom of a white card base and then added some embossed panels of Jellybean Green cardstock.  I assembled the holly berries and leaves with the same green cardstock, adding in some Cranberry Cocktail for the berries and gold glitter outlines.  Finally I finished with a simple sentiment.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Dashing Deer (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Jellybean Green, Cranberry Cocktail (MFT), Gold Glitter cardstock
Dies:  Seasonal Sketch (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Lumber 3D Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz)