Thursday 30 May 2024

Spotlight Rose

 Hi all.  A very quick post from me as I have left this to the last minute to write up!  Today's sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches is Narelle Farrugia.  I wanted to use some new stamps, dies and stencils so made it work by creating a spotlight card.

This is an Altenew Craft Your Life kit called Bewitching Rose and it is lovely.  I created the flower then die-cut a circle from the centre then I ran it through the matching embossing folder before matting it with a black circle and adhering it back onto the main image.  To mimic the sketch, I added a blue-gray square in the top right corner.  I used the same colour cardstock for the sentiment strip and finished with some cool-tone pearls.

Thanks for visiting.  

Products used:

Stamps:  Bewitching Rose (Altenew)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Bamboo, Parrot, Olive, Moss (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Stone Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Bewitching Rose (Altenew), Infinity Circles (Hero Arts), Nesting Rounded Squares (Lifestyle Crafts)
Accessories:  Bewitching Rose Embossing Folder (Altenew), Cool Pearls (Honey Bee Stamps), Bewitching Rose Stencils (Altenew)


Thursday 23 May 2024

Got Thyme?

 Hi!  It's time for another Freshly Made Sketch Challenge and this week I am the sketch hostess.  I designed a simple sketch with a grouping of three elements.  For my own card, I flipped the sketch to come up with this:

This was not what I envisaged when I designed the sketch, but I had just received these new dies from Honey Bee Stamps and thought they would work well.  I used a combination of patterned paper, coloured cardstock, with added ink blending, and metallic cardstock with the dies.  The background was die-cut with an older The Greetery die and adhered to a white card base.  I then added some patterned paper for the "floor".  Before I added the pots, I heat embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder to match the signs.

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sentiment Strips (Altenew)
Ink:  Versamark, Moss, Parrot, Olive, Grass Field (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Avocade, Artichoke (C+9), New Leaf (PTI), Steel Gray, Cement Gray (MFT), Copper Metallic, Grain & Grunge (Honey Bee)
Dies:  Lovely Layers: Herb Garden (Honey Bee Stamps), Herringbone Parquet (The Greetery)
Accessories:  Copper Embossing Powder (Altenew)


Thursday 16 May 2024


 Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches is Cecile Ribon and as always, she's given us a fun and unique sketch to play with.  Here's my card:

Originally I was going to do a colour-blocked card, but that evolved into this.  I found the Ampersand dies that I'd never used and through it would work for the centre element.  There is lots of gold embossing in this card and all the floral elements were ink-blended.

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

Products used:

Stamps:  Bitty Thanks and Gratitude (MFT), Confetti Borders (The Ton)
Ink:  Versamark, Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Pastel Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Burnt Red, Mahogany Bark, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Cloudy Sky, Nimbus (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Indigo (Spellbinders)
Dies:  Sentimental Ampersand (Spellbinders), Sentiment Labels (SSS)
Accessories:  Antique Gold EP (SSS), Clear Drops: Champagne (Pink Fresh)


Friday 10 May 2024


 Hi and welcome.  Today's card is for the latest Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge  where I went right down the centre with Slimline-Stenciling-Fishing to come up with this masculine card.

I stenciled the circles onto a mini-slimline card base and then added the stamped, Copic-coloured and die-cut elements.  Finally I finished with a stamped sentiment and called it done!

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll have time to play along!

Products used:

Stamps:  Fishing Legend (Honey Bee Stamps)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K.), Versafine Onyx Black, Aqualicious (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Fishing Legend (Honey Bee Stamps)
Accessories:  Fading Circles (SSS), Copics


Thursday 9 May 2024

Oval Flowers

 It's time for another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Jen Brum.  And here's my card:

Can I just say up-front that I am embarrased by this card.  It will probably never see the light of day again 😆  I decided to do some Copic-colouring for the first time time in almost two months and, boy, am I rusty!  I really, really don't like how this image came out but time was against me so it is what it is.  After colouring the image, I used my Scan n Cut to cut it out.  Onto a Peacock card base I added some woodgrain paper I cut with the Torn Edges die.  I then added the coloured image and finished with a pre-hot foiled sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by the design team.  And please send good vibes to the universe that I get my missing mojo back soon - it's been months!

Products used:

Stamps:  Stylish Oval Birthday Wishes (Spellbinders)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K.)
Cardstock:  X-Press It, Peacock (C&9), Grain & Grunge (Honey Bee Stamps), White
Dies:  Torn Edges (MFT), Hexi Gem Sentiments Hot Foil (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Black Hot Foil


Thursday 2 May 2024

Holly Background

 Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches is Kim Singdahlsen and she has given us some fun angles to play with.  I had just received a new hot foil cover plate with matching stencils so decided to put that to use for another Christmas card for my meagre stash.

After hot-foiling and stenciling, I then cut the panel at an angle and adhered it on top of a strip of gold sparkle cardstock.  I added thin slivers of the same sparkle cardstock to both stenciled pieces.

The sentiment was probably the hardest part because it took an age to find a sentiment die that fit proportionately in the space.  Finally, I decided on this MFT die and stacked it three high before adhering to the card.
Thanks so much for visiting.  The design team have some fabulous cards so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Ink:  Evergreen, Moss, Hunter Green, Green Onyx, Crimson, Rhodolite (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, black, Gold Sparkle (MFT)
Dies:  Glimmer Holly Background Hot Foil (Spellbinders), Merry Christmas (MFT)
Accessories:  Glimmer Holly Background stencils (Spellbinders), Driftwood Hot Foil