Friday, 21 July 2017

Hydrangea Hello

Welcome to another fabulous Fusion challenge!  Today we've gone with an elegant, soft-shaded inspiration photo and a fun sketch featuring an angled panel.
I created a fusion with my card to come up with this.

I decided it was high-time I got out my Zig markers so chose to do a bit of watercoloring of this gorgeous Mondo Hydrangea flower and leaf, which I white embossed onto Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Once they was colored and die-cut, I set them aside to work on the card base.  I die-cut a curve from a panel of white cardstock and also a strip of gold foil cardstock.  Layering the gold behind the white, I adhered both to a white top-folding card base with foam tape.  I then added the hydrangea, using foam for the top portion and liquid glue for the bottom.  The sentiment was die-cut from toner paper and gold-foiled and I finished the card with a solitary falling petal beside the sentiment.

Thanks so  much for visiting!  I'm linking this up to the current Flower Challenge, where they are asking for heat or dry embossing, and the Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Products used:

Stamps:  Mondo Hydrangea (Essentials by Ellen)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Gold, Bristol Smooth, Toner Paper, Minc Gold Foil
Dies:  Mondo Hydrangea (EbyE), Stitched Basic Edges (MFT), Hello (Pink & Main)
Accessories:  Zig Markers, Minc Mini, White EP


Thursday, 20 July 2017

In the Wild

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Day!  Our sketches hostess this week is our other fabulous co-leader, Jen Mitchell and she has a very cool sketch for us:

I wanted to play with my latest My Monthly Hero Kit before the next one arrived 😉 so decided to create an ink-blended scene with silhouette images.

Looking at the photo, I now see my elephant is standing on his front two feet and his back feet up slightly up in the air, but let's just say that's an indication of how strong he actually is 😄.  

I used various Distress Inks to create my background and also my frame.  I then adhered my frame at an angle on the card base before adding the die-cut grass and tree and the stamped and die-cut elephant.  Finally I stamped some birds and white-embossed the sentiment.

I love, love, love the Hero Arts kits - they are such value for money and the images are fabulous!  My latest kit arrived yesterday and I'm looking forward to using it.

Head on over to the blog to see what the rest of the DT have done with this sketch.  As always, their cards are an inspiration.

Products used:

Stamps: My Monthly Hero June 2017 (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot Distress Inks, Versamark, Black Soot Archival
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Black
Dies:  MMH (Hero Arts), Pierced Square Frames (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Bearing Gifts

Hi!  This is another card I made during my few days off work.  I used the colors from MFT Stamps and the sketch from The Challenge.

I started with a Tropical Teal card base and I clear-embossed the Mermaid Tail Background stamp onto it, as I thought that went with the fish in the bucket.  From there I masked, stamped and colored the images onto a panel of X-Press It cardstock.  Once they were colored, I added the sentiment and adhered that to a panel of Gravel Gray cardstock.

I die-cut two little flags from black and attached them at an angle, as per the sketch, and my card was done.

Thanks for visiting!

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Products used:

Stamps:  Polar Bear Pals, Mermaid Tail Background (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  X-Press It, Gravel Gray, Tropical Teal (MFT), Black
Dies:  Blueprints 15 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Clear EP


Monday, 17 July 2017

Beary Birthday

Hi all!  I've had a few days off work and, wouldn't you know it, on the second day I got a nasty cold!  Murphy's Law!  Anyway, I made a couple of cards for challenges before I got sick, so here's the first one.  For this one I used the sketch from MFT Stamps and the colors from Color Throwdown.

I stamped, colored and die-cut the images before arranging them around a polaroid frame.  Then I set to work on the card base with the curved panels.  I decided to go with a piece of watercolor wash paper in a pale pink color die-cut at both ends with a Stitched Basic Edges 2 die..  From there I adhered my polaroid frame and images and then a stacked die-cut work, painted with clear sparkle pen for some shimmer.

I finished the card with some Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Thanks for visiting!

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Products used:

Stamps:  Beary Special Birthday (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Black, Watercolor Wash (MFT)
Dies:  Beary Special Birthday, Brushstroke Birthday Greetings, Stitched Basic Edges 2, Precious Polaroids (MFT)
Accesories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Nuvo Jewel Drops


Friday, 14 July 2017

Christmas Wags

Hi and welcome to another challenge from the team at Just Add Ink.  This week we've got a twist for you:  use a birthday stamp set for a Christmas card!  Fun, right?

I don't have a lot of specifically birthday sets, but I have a lot of all occasion sets, so I decided to pull out Playful Pups and create a fun Christmas card.

I stamped and colored the image and die-cut it with the co-ordinating die.  I then die-cut the circles in a white card base to add some interest.  The sentiment was die-cut from alphabet dies and placed inside the circe.  Finally, I popped the image up on foam tape and placed it near the bottom of the card.

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Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check out how the rest of the DT have interpreted this challenge.

Products used:

Stamps:  Playful Pups (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Poppy (MFT)
Dies:  Playful Pups, Stitched Dot Circles (MFT), Urban Upper and Lower Alphabets (Memory Box)


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Chews to Party

Hi! The weeks are going so fast, I can't believe it's time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week, our fearless and talented co-leader, Jennifer Timko, is our sketch hostess.  Check out her fabulous sketch:

So, we have a square sketch (yay!) plus we have a big open space in the centre (yay!).

I decided to do a bit of coloring for my centre panel and came up with this card:

I colored up this fun Art Impressions goat that was in my NBUS box.  Once he was colored, I die-cut him with a stitched square die.  I also cut two glitter strips with stitched dies and stacked them under the main panel, using foam tape.  I added foam tape to the rest of the colored image and adhered it to a white square card base.

What you can't see in the photo is that I colored all the red ribbon, the confetti and the hat with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen to give it a bit of shimmer.  I also die-cut some tiny stars from the blue and silver glimmer paper and added them around the image.

Head on over to the challenge blog and see what the rest of the DT have done with the sketch.  You'll be sure to be amazed - I always am!

I'm linking this up to the Bling, Glitter or Glossy challenge at Art Impressions.

Products used:

Stamps:  Old Goats Set (Art Impressions)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  X-Press It, White, Cornflower, Silver Sparkle Cardstock (MFT)
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Square Dies (MFT), Blueprints 2, Blueprints 11 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Friday, 7 July 2017

Mermaid Kisses

Hi and welcome!  I'm back with another Fusion challenge and this time we're going with a summery theme, even though it's the depths of winter here 😄

For my card, I used a My Monthly Hero Kit from May, that was still NBUS!  I stamped several images onto X-Press It cardstock and colored them with Copics before die-cutting them.  Once they were all die-cut, I decided how I wanted them placed and then made a sea background for them using Distress Oxide inks.

I adhered all the images to the blended panel, popping up the mermaid and starfish on foam tape.  I backed that panel with some timber patterned paper offset at an angle and put it to one side while I worked on the rest of the card.

I created another Distress Oxide panel for the vertical strip and stamped the sentiment near the bottom.  On either side I adhered a thin sliver of the patterned paper and finally I added the image panel.

Thanks for visiting!  Head on over and check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team!

I'm linking this card up to the current challenge at The Heart Desires where I've used the nautical theme and tried to stick with the challenge colors.

Products used:

Stamps:  My Monthly Hero May 2017 (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Broken China DO, Faded Jeans DO
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Bristol Smooth, Wood & Notebook Basics (Simple Stories)
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles (MFT), MMH
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Basket of Thanks

Hi and welcome!  Today's post brings you the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is my Aussie mate, Narelle  Farrugia.

A gorgeous CAS sketch!  I decided to dig through my NBUS box and used one of the stamp sets released in a Hero Arts kit from a few months ago, to come up with a basket of vegetables.

I colored up the various images with Copics and then die-cut them with the matching dies.  I cut slits down either side of the basket handle and across the top so I could arrange the veges "in" the basket.  I then glued all the images in place before setting it aside to work on the rest of the card.  I die-cut a stitched circle of vellum and then adhered the sentiment (such a cool font!), which was white-embossed onto a black strip of cardstock.  The basket was added with foam tape and then I squirted some liquid glue onto the back side of the vellum where it would be hidden by the image and sentiment.  The card base is Soft Stone and I added some Jewel Drops as per the sketch.

Thanks so much for visiting!  The rest of the design team have some gorgeous cards so be sure to check them out.

I'm linking this card up to Addicted to Stamps who have a CAS challenge and Inkspirational who have a Rural word prompt.  Now, vegetables aren't only rural, but agriculture is a key industry where I live, so I'm going with it :)

Products used:

Stamps:  My Monthly Hero March 2017 (Hero Arts), Mini Thanks (Create a Smile)
Ink:  Versamark, Intense Black
Cardstock:  Soft Stone, X-Press It, Black, Vellum
Dies:  MMH (Hero Arts), Inside/Out Stitched Circles (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Nuvo Jewel Drops, White EP


Friday, 30 June 2017

Floral Bunch

Hi!  I'm thrilled to be guesting over at CAS on Friday blog where this challenge, the theme is flowers.  Well, who doesn't like flowers?  I created a little bouquet on my card using some SugarPea Designs floral images and dies.

When I stamp images such as this, I always stamp and die-cut extras and leave them in the stamp packet for another time.  This was one of those times.  I grabbed some of the images and created a bouquet, using some Press 'n' Seal to hold everything together.  A stitched panel was stamped with the sentiment from Kind Soul and then I adhered all the flowers and leaves to the bottom left corner.  Once they were all stuck down, I adhered the panel to a scalloped edged piece of Peach Bellini - such a gorgeous color! 

The scalloped panel was adhered with foam tape to a white card base.  I finished with some Jewel Drops in colors to match the flowers and my card was done.

Thanks so much to the team at CAS on Friday for having me as their guest.  Head on over and check out the challenge and the gorgeous cards made by the DT.

I'm also playing along in the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge where I was inspired by the coral-tones and greenery of the floral image.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Funky Wreath Spring Addition (SugarPea Designs), Kind Soul (WPlus9)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Beanstalk, Willow, Jellybean, Apricot, Coral Reef, Sea Glass, Hollyhock, Duckling (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Peach Bellini (MFT)
Dies:  Funky Wreath Spring Addition (SPD), Scalloped Dies (Neat & Tangled), Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Nuvo Jewel Drops


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at SugarPea Designs.

A is for ...

Hi!  It's time for another challenge at Just Add Ink and this week our challenge is to Just Add 'A'.  I went a rather obvious route with 'apples', but I also threw in some 'angled' panels as well to keep it interesting.

I colored up this Power Poppy image during the last Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and set it aside to use someday.  When I put together this card, I did some out of the box die-cutting with a stitched rectangle die and also used lots of patterned paper.  The notebook die is from SugarPea Designs and the stitched dies are from MFT.  The image is Copic colored, although I don't have a photo of the markers I used as it was so long ago.

I finished the card with some clear droplets.  Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to head on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see how the rest of the team added 'A' to their cards.

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I'm linking this card up to the Sweet Stampin' Lots of Layers challenge, as this card is a departure from my usual CAS style :)

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Products used:

Stamps:  Farmers Market, Tea in the Garden (Power Poppy)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  White, Salvage District (Prima Marketing)
Dies;  Blueprints 24, Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Notebook Journal Card (SPD)
Accessories:  Copics, Clear Droplets


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Coffee and Hexagons

Hi and welcome!  It's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge day and this week our hostess is the lovely Amy O'Neill.  Amy's sketch is fabulous - perfect for creating a focal point in that big centre panel.

I wanted to play along with the Coffee Lovers Bloghop again before it closes so came up with a summery-colored coffee card.  I was inspired by the colors and the hexagon shape at the Pinsights Challenge.

On the centre panel, I blended distress inks onto a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock before die-cutting it with a stitched die.  I did have to do some partial die-cutting to get the panel deep enough but that was easy enough to do.  Once that was done, I took some black embossing paste and a hexagon stencil and stenciled over the panel.  I love the contrast of the bright colors with the black shapes and sentiment.  The cup was colored with Copics and die-cut and the sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

I used a black stitched frame and then a Limelight strip to add even more bright color!

Thanks for visiting!  The FMS DT have some gorgeous inspiration so head on over and check them out.


Products used:

Stamps:  Oh Frappe (Essentials by Ellen)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versafine Onyx Black, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Limelight (MFT), Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Oh Frappe (Essentials by Ellen), Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Blueprints 2 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Black Embossing Paste, Graphic Pattern Stencil (Hero Arts)