Thursday, 19 April 2018

Alcohol Ink Birthday

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another fabulous sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Narelle Farrugia.  And here is Narelle's wonderful sketch.
For my card, I went with a masculine birthday card.


I took a leftover piece of alchol-inked Yupo (left over from this card) and die-cut it with a stitched circle die.  I then die-cut a black circle using the same die.  Onto the black circle I spritzed some Distress Resist Spray then sprinked on some Pewter Perfect Pearl powder.  In the photo it just looks splotchy, but in real life, it has texture and shimmer.




I finished the card with a slanted sentiment strip cut in both black and white and a simple "happy birthday" message.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the rest of the design team's cards - they're fabulous as always!

I'm linking this up to Shopping Our Stash who are looking for masculine cards.

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Products used:

Stamps:  KIS:  Happy Birthday (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Alcohol Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Yupo
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Slanted Sentiment Strips, Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Distress Resist Spray, Pewter Perfect Pearls, Clear EP

Cheers
Karren



Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Shaker Hello

Welcome!  Today's card was made on the weekend, using the current MFT Sketch and Color challenges.  And to add a bit of fun, I threw in a shaker for the Just Add Ink challenge 😄



It's hard to see in the photo, but I clear-embossed the Roses All Over stamp onto both the card base and a panel of white cardstock.  On the base, I then blended some distress inks in colors to match the challenge pinks.  On the white panel, I die-cut a circle opening and then put together my shaker, using pinks and yellows as well as clear and marshmallow sequins. 


For the top panel, I die-cut two slanted sentiment strips from each of the yellow challenge colors and a pink circle from Cotton Candy.  The 'hello' was die-cut from black and adhered to the pink circle.  And that's it!

Thanks for visiting!





Products used:

Stamps:  Roses All Over (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Cotton Candy, Lemon Chiffon, Lemon Drop
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Thanks & Hello (MFT)
Accessoreis:  Clear EP, Sequins

Cheers
Karren

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Sympathy Flowers

Hi everyone and thanks for dropping by!  I'm here with my second guest designer card for Just Us Girls Challenge and this week the challenge is right up my alley - check it out:


Yes, black and white stripes, so trendy at the moment! 



For my card, I decided to go with a sympathy card - primarily because that was the sentiment that fit in the space best 😄


I stamped the image onto X-Press It cardstock and colored it with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I added some flicks of pencil onto the petal to mimic the veins in the petals but instantly regretted it.  So be it!  I then did some fiddly partial die-cutting with both the image die and a scalloped border die.

Black and white striped paper was added to the bottom of the white card base and the colored image was added on top with foam tape.  I finished with a white-embossed sentiment on a strip of black cardstock.



Thanks so much for visiting!  Be sure to check out what the JUGS design team have done with the challenge and I hope you have time to give this a go yourself.



Products used:

Stamps:  Beautiful Friend, Sweet Little Sentiments (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Black, B&W Stripes (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Scallop Basic Edges (MFT), Beautiful Friend (CB)
Accessories:  Copics, Prismacolors, White EP

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Welcome Baby

Hi and welcome!  I'm here with a card for the latest Fusion Challenge.
I flipped the sketch to a landscape layout and went with the baby theme and the colors from the photo - even down to the teal color in the lampshade.


For the horizontal strip in the sketch, I used some acetate, cutting a panel out of the card base and replacing it with acetate.  On top of that I adhered a gray polka-dot pierced heart.  The "welcome" was stamped onto the heart and I used an alphabet die for the word "baby".

Finally I added some aqua glitter drops.  All in all, an easy card!



Thanks for visiting.  Head on over and see the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Pineapple Paradise (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Black, Acetate, Travel Dots & Stripes (Echo Park)
Dies:  Pierced Heart Stax (MFT), Inline Alpha (Altenew)
Accessories:  Nuvu Glitter Drops

Cheers
Karren


Pucker Up

HI and welcome to my blog!  I'm here with a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week I have the pleasure of being sketch hostess. 


I never have a card in mind when I come up with the sketch, but when I saw this completed sketch, I immediately thought slider card 😃  I ended up going in a different direction, but I really hope someone else sees a slider card in the sketch and creates one!



I saw this stamp set in my NBUS box and when I saw the inspiration photo over at SugarPea Designs, I knew what I wanted to make.  I stamped and colored the images with Copics then cut them with my Scan n Cut.  I added a strip of Peach Bellini cardstock to a white card base, then white-embossed the sentiment onto a strip of Berrylicious cardstock.  I adhered the embossed strip to the right hand side of the peach strip (forgetting that the sketch doesn't have the strip going right to the edge!)

I arranged the images onto the card popping up the front lemon and lemon squeezer with foam tape.  I finished by adding some crystal glaze to the ice cubes and heart.




Thanks for visiting!  The design team have done wonderful things with this sketch, so I hope you'll check them out and give my sketch a try.

As mentioned above, I was inspired by the colors in SugarPea Design's latest challenge and I'm also entering this into Addicted to Stamps and More's Make Your Mark challenge.




Products used:

Stamps:  Pucker Up (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Peach Bellini, Berrylicious (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, White EP, Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Cheers
Karren

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Bold Smile

Hi all!  I'm thrilled to have been invited to be Guest Designer at Just Us Girls for the month of April.  Our first challenge of the month is Bold and there are so many ways you can go with this.


I chose to go with a bold geometric design, bold colors and a bold, black sentiment.


The triangles were cut with the new Triangle Stax die in various (rainbow) colors from MFT Stamps.  The "smile" is stacked three layers high for added dimension.  I didn't add any other embellishments as I thought this was busy enough 😄


Thanks so much for visiting!  Head on over to the blog and check out the cards made by the design team - you'll be so glad you did!  I hope you have time to play along with us.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black, Poppy, Orange Zest, Daffodil, Limelight, Blueberry, Purple Rain (MFT)
Dies:  Triangle Stax, Smile (MFT)

Cheers
Karren


Thursday, 5 April 2018

Birthday Garland

Hi!  Our French friend, Cecile Ribon, has a wonderful sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Check it out:


I took it rather literally and created a birthday card using a gorgeous garland die from Altenew.



I cut the die in both green gingham patterned paper and pink cardstock, and on both I lightly sponged some co-ordinating ink on the edges of the die-cut to create a bit of dimension.  Speaking of dimension, the gold foil sentiment is popped up on fun foam and the black strips have been spritzed with Distress Resist Spray, which results in a fun look against the black cardstock.  Here are a few closer shots so you can see what I did.




That's it from me today!  The design team have created gorgeous cards and we also welcome Tracey McNeely as our guest for April, so head on over to the challenge blog and feast your eyes.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Ink:  Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry Distress
Cardstock:  White, Black, Gold Foil, Bubblegum, Farm Fresh  Gingham (MFT)
Dies:  Leafy Garland Die (Altenew), Happy Birthday (SSS)
Accessories:  Distress Resist Spray, Nuvo Crystal Drops


Cheers
Karren