Thursday 31 August 2023

Father's Day Truck

 Hi all and welcome to sketch #601 from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess this week is Linda Callahan.  It's Father's Day here in New Zealand next weekend, so I used Linda's sketch to make a card for my dad.

I chose the truck die then built my card around it.  After die-cutting the truck elements, I blended some darker ink around the sides of the truck body and wheels (and looking at the photo, I now realise I've put one of the wheels upside down!  Anyway, let's ignore that little faux pas.  I wanted something to put in the truck bed and because my dad loves dogs, I chose a MFT set and coloured one of the little dogs and adhered him to the truck.  

The road die wasn't wide enough for the base of the truck, so I cut a rectangle of gray cardstock and added some of the die-cuts from the centre of the road to mimic the rest of the road die-cut.  To create a scene, I stenciled some grass and clouds onto a white panel and then added the die-cut elements.  And yes, I now also realise I've got my road going up into the sky - doh!  The day I made this card was obviously not a great day for creativity.

Onto a black card base, I added a panel of Enchanted Evening embossed with the sentiment and a strip of the silver matte foil cardstock used on the truck.

I then added my panel with foam tape.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  All About Dad, Lucky Dog (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versamark, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Vellum, Enchanted Evenine (PTI), Silver Matte Foil Cardstock, Cement Gray, Red Hot (MFT)
Dies:  Lucky Dog, Open Road (MFT), Truckin' Through The Seasons (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Micro Cloud Edges Stencil, Grassy Edges Stencil (MFT)


Friday 25 August 2023

Gilded Leaves

Welcome to the newest challenge from the Tic-Tac-Toe team.  For my card, I went with Frame-it - Gold/Silver - Leaves to come up with this card.

I die-cut a matte gold glitter frame and some black leaves and then set about adding some foundry wax in various places on the leaves.  Once they were heat-set I worked on arranging the leaves within the left side of the frame.  On the right side I added a gold-foiled sentiment.

Once I was happy with the placement of all the elements, I adhered it all to a white card base and called it done!

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

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black, Gold Matte Glitter
Dies:  Spring Leaves, Fall Leaves, Nesting Rectangle Frames (Waffle Flower), Modest Greetings 1 (Poppystamps)
Accessories:  Gold hot foil, Statue Foundry Wax (Tim Holtz)


Thursday 24 August 2023

Limited Edition

 Hi all!  Welcome to a very exciting day for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  It is our 600th challenge and we are celebrating by inviting some of our past winners to join us because, let's face it, if it weren't for all the players, we wouldn't be celebrating 600 challenges.  So thank you!

We don't have an official sketch designer this challenge but we do have a fabulous sketch and here is what I did with it:

Now, I was feeling the pressure a bit with all these fabulous guest designers and this is the third card I came up with and I'm still not happy with it, but it is what it is.  I combined all three of my favourite techniques in this card - ink-blending, stenciling and Copic-colouring.  I masked then ink-blended a rainbow panel onto a piece of white cardstock and then spritzed on some shimmer spray to give it a lovely sparkle.

I had just received my order of Waffle Flower Postage Collage goodies and decided to incorporate some of them into my card.  I stamped, coloured and die-cut the little critter and set him aside.  Then I stenciled the background of the postage stamp, stamped the price and the First Class Mail stamp then placed the critter over the top and re-stamped the First Class Mail image.  On my first version, I actually stamped the critter onto the postage die-cut and masked it, but my mask wouldn't hold up to a second inking, so I went the lazy route and die-cut it.

I die-cut a black postage stamp as backing and then added the sentiment before adhering it all to a black card base. 

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please head over to the challenge blog and check out all the amazing cards by the DT and guests.

Products used:

Stamps:  Unicorns and Glitter (MFT), Postage Collage (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versafine Onyx Black, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron,  Salvaged Patina, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  Unicorns and Glitter (MFT), Postage Collage Die (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Copics, Shimmer Spray, Postage Collage Coloring Stencil (Waffle Flower)


Thursday 17 August 2023


Hi and welcome to my blog!  Today's card uses the latest sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches team where Jen Mitchell is our hostess.  I wanted to do some Copic colouring, so came up with this card:

I stamped and coloured these images and cut them with my Scan n Cut.  I then die-cut a fishtail flag from pale bluepatterned paper and added some grass with some matching paper in pale green.  I wanted to not have a white card base because I always go for white, so decided on kraft.  I embossed a white panel with the Subtle embossing folder and adhered that in the centre of the card base then added strips of Hot Fudge cardstock at either end.  The sentiment was stamped onto the card base and thenI added the tag and images.


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

Products used:

Stamps:  Squirrel! (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Kraft, White, Hot Fudge (MFT), X-Press It, Watercolor Wash (MFT)
Dies: Jumbo Fishtail Flag Stax, Grass Border (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Subtle EF

Friday 11 August 2023


Hi and welcome to the newest challenge from the team at Tic Tac Toe . I chose red-nautical-stripes and a very old stamp set for my card.

I stamped the images and die-cut them. On a white card base I added two strips of patterned paper on the outer edges.  On a smaller panel, I added the sentiment, lighthouse and birds before adhering it to the card base with foam tape.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Guiding Light (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Cranberry Fizz (Catherine Pooler), Lost Shadow Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, B&W Stripes (MFT)
Dies:  Guiding Light (PTI)


Thursday 10 August 2023

Corner Flowers

 Hi all and welcome to another sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Jennifer Timko and I went the obvious route with flowers for my card!

I stamped and stenciled these flowers and used the co-ordinating dies to cut them out.  Onto a white card base I added a panel die-cut with the Triangle Background die and then added a white frame popped up with foam tape.

I then popped up the flowers with foam tape as well as the white-embossed sentiment.  Finally, I finished with some clear drops.

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

I'm linking this up to the current Color Hues challenge to use Teal and Orange.  My orange looks a bit washed out but I can assure you they started out as orange inks :)  I'm also linking to Inskpirational who are looking for stencils, with layering stencils as an optional twist.

Products used:

Stamps:  In the Woodland (Altenew), Elegant Sentiments (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Versamark, Amalgam (Gina K), Golden Sunset set, Sea Shore set, Espresso (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies: In the Woodland (Altenew), Elegant Sentiments (Waffle Flower), Nesting Rectangle Frames (Waffle Flower), Triangle Background (C+9)
Accessories:  In the Woodland stencils (Altenew), White EP, Clear Drops


Saturday 5 August 2023

Friendly Flowers

Hi all and welcome!  TodayI am thrilled to be a Guest Designer at The Flower Challenge where the theme is to add spots or stripes.  And in more great news, I will be taking over running of The Flower Challenge from October, to give Viv and Aileen a well-deserved break after 7 years.  I have fond memories of this challenge, because I helped Aileen set it up at the beginning and I was on the design team for several months before having to step down due to other commitments.

Anyway, onto my card.

This was a stenciled image I had in my stash so this card was reasonably easy to pull together.  I gold hot-foiled the stripes onto a white panel, cut the panel down to fit onto a coral card base and then added the flowers with foam tape.  I made sure to leave enough room for the gold hot-foiled sentiment to fit near the top.

Thanks so much for visiting.  The Flower Challenge DT have some gorgeous cards, so please check them out and have a go yourself.

Products used:

Stamps:  Garden Roses (Pink Fresh Studio)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Martian, Tropical Forest sets (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Coral Crush (MFT), Pitch Black (Hero Arts)
Dies:  Garden Roses (Pink Fresh Studio), Skinny Stripe BG, Hexi-gem Sentiments (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Garden Roses stencils, Gold Matte Hot Foil


Thursday 3 August 2023

Rainbow Hello

Hi and welcome to the latest sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess this week is Jacquie Southas.  I had several ideas for the sketch but this is the one I ended up with.

I had some strips of coloured cardstock leftover from another project, so put them to use here creating a backdrop for my negative die-cut sentiment and also the vertical strip.  To add some interest to the background, I used a woodgrain 3D embossing folder before adding all the strips of cardstock.

And that's it!  

Thanks so much for visiting.  The DT have some fabulous cards, so please check them out.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, black, various coloured scraps
Dies:  Bold Hello (Altenew)
Accessories:  Lumber 3D EF (Tim Holtz)