Thursday 28 September 2023

Mushroom Mountain

 Hi and welcome!  I am the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches and here is the card I made:

Everything on this card is NBUS - the dies are from the Autumn Wonder set by Spellbinders, the sentiment is part of the 2023 Spellbinders Advent Calendar and the patterned paper is from a new pack by Lawn Fawn.  I was pleased that they play so nicely together.

I die-cut all the autumn images from white cardstock and used Distress Inks and blending brushes to add colour.  I tried to create some shading using darker shades of the ink colours.  I arranged them in a pattern pleasing to my eye and used some Press n Seal to hold all the elements together.  I used an A2 Arches die to cute the patterned paper and adhered that to a white card base.  I then added the inlaid sentiment which was die-cut from matt gold foil to match the speckles in the patterned paper.

I then added the ink-blended elements and finished with an enamel heart.

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

Products used:

Dies:  Autumn Wonder, 2023 Advent Calendar (Spellbinders), A2 Arches (The Greetery)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Matt Gold Foil, Spiffier Speckles (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Rustic Wildnerness, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs Distress Inks
Accessories:  Enamel Heart (Altenew)


Friday 22 September 2023

Christmas Divider

Today's  Tic Tac Toe Challenge  is a fun one.  I chose to work with the bottom row Candy-Stripes-Patterned Paper to come up with this Christmas card.

The images are all from the same stamp set and I Copic-coloured then die cut them.  I cut a panel of patterned paper and then adhered a die-cut frame.  Within the frame I added the coloured images and a hot-foiled sentiment.

I finished with some clear sparkle pen.  Thanks so much for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Christmas Tag Elements (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Dies:  Christmas Tag Elements (Waffle Flower), Christmas Mailbox Greetings (Spellbinders), Curio Divider and Details (The Greetery)
Cardstock:  White, Gold Matte Foil, X-Press It, Happy Gnomes patterned paper (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Gold Hot Foil


Thursday 21 September 2023

Copper Leaf

 Hi and welcome to a new sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess this week is Cecile Ribon.  I went 100% literal with Cecile's sketch to come up with this card.

 This is another leaf from my play session with mica stain sprays last week.  This time the leaf is from the Greetery, but the way I created it is the same as last week's card.  While the leaf was drying, I cut a 4.5" square white card base and rubbed on some Black Soot Distress Paint and some Silver Metallic Paint Dabber in a random fashion to mimic the sketch.

I finished with a reverse hot-foiled sentiment and some black enamel dots.  I wish you could see this leaf in real life - the mica stain sprays are so gorgeous!

Thanks for visiting!  Please check out the fabulous cards made by our design them.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White
Ink:  Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Dies:  Jumbo Curiosity Buckeye (The Greetery), Hexi-Gem Sentiments Hot Foil (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Mica Sprays (Burning Ember, Fallen Acorn, Decayed, Tarnished Brass) Silver Metallic Paint Dabber (Ranger), Black Soot Distress Paint, Black Hot Foil


Thursday 14 September 2023

Mica Leaves

Hi and welcome!  Today's card uses the latest sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches team where our hostess this week is Jen Brum.  I went a bit grungy but tried to keep my card clean-lined and came up with this:

I had been playing around with my mica sprays and thought to make some leaves, so I used 11 of them to come up with these leaves.  Once it was dry, I die-cut them and edged them with Black Soot Distress Ink.  I backed them with a black die-cut which I offset very slightly to help them stand out against the background.

Speaking of the background, initially I splattered white and black paint onto a Desert Storm card base but it looked ick (confirmed by my daughter!) so I went over it with a stencil and some crackle paste and I think that added a bit more interest.  For some reason, I always think kraft card bases are lacking as I'm usually a white card-base chick, but I decided to branch out this week.

For the vertical panel, I ran the cardstock panel through some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink I'd spritzed with water and once it was dry, I stenciled over the top with Ground Espresso and then splattered on some white and black paint.
Finally, I finished with a reverse foiled sentiment and called it done.  

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

Products used:

Ink:  Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso, Black Soot Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Watercolor, Neenah Desert Storm
Dies:  Fall Foliage (Tim Holtz), Hexi-Gem Sentiments (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Mica Sprays (Burning Ember, Fallen Acorn, Decayed, Tarnished Brass, Unravelled, Irongate, Specimen, Fresh Balsam, Harvest Moon, Tart Cranberry, Wicked Elixir, Phantom Mist) Black Soot Distress Paint, White Acrylic Gloss Spray, Book Stencil (Stamperia), Letters & Numbers Stencil (Stamperia), Black Hot Foil, Distress Crackle Paste


Friday 8 September 2023

Inlaid Leaves

Welcome to the new challenge from the team at Tic Tac Toe. I went with ink-blending, die-cuts and leaves for my card.

I white-embossed the background stamp and ink-blended over it before due-cutting the Clustered Leaves die. I adhered the panel into a black card base and the popped up the positive image with foam tape. 

I finished with a foiled sentiment.


Thanks so much for visiting!

Products Used:

Stamps:  Birthday Word Block (Darkroom Door)
Ink:  Versamark, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Clustered Leaves (SSS), Wonderful Sentiments Hot Foil and Dies (Pink Fresh)
Accessories:  White EP, Black Hot Foil

Thursday 7 September 2023

Gold Splatters

Hi and welcome!  Today's card uses the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches where our hostess this week is Kim Singdahlsen.  I took the opportunity to make a Christmas card to add to my meagre stash.

On a red card base, I splattered some gold shimmer spray and set it aside to dry.  I then stamped and Copic-coloured the Winter Berries Frame stamp and die-cut it.  On a white panel, I embossed with the Tufted embossing folder, added some striped paper and a gold strip then tucked in one of the berry branches.

The hot-foiled sentiment was foiled onto black with gold foil.  I adhered that to the white and striped panel then added it all to the now-dry card base.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Winter Berries Frame (Pink Fresh Studio)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  Amarena Cherry (MFT), White, Black, Gold Matte Foil, Happy Gnomes Paper Pad (Waffle Flower)
Dies:  Winter Berries Frame (Pink Fresh Studio), Holiday Sentiment Series 2 (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Tufted EF (Spellbinders), Gold Hot Foil, Gold Shimmer Spray (Heidi Swapp)