Saturday, 30 April 2016

Mother's Day Peony

Hi and welcome!  Today's card was made for a few challenges - the current Muse challenge, Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday and the floral theme at Card Concept.



I have been on a self-imposed craft spending ban for the last 2 months and have done quite well, despite all the gorgeous new products that have come onto the market in that time!  However, I really, really wanted Peony Bouquet as soon as it was released and, well, I ended up buying it, plus all the newer Altenew inks.  So today it was time to take them for a spin and this is the result.

I used the new red inks for the flower and one of the grey inks for the outline.  The sentiment comes from a Verve set and was stamped in the same grey ink and clear embossed.  What you can't see in the photo is the two scored lines above and below the sentiment.

I was inspired by Jenni's beautiful flower and bold sentiment as well as her general layout.  I categorising my card as Clean and Simple for Card Concept.


Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Button Best (Verve)
Ink:  Moon Rock, Blush, Rouge, Velvet, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades (Altenew), Versamark
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Peony Bouquet
Accessories:  Scoreboard, Wink of Stella, rainstones

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Muse and Card Concept.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Coral Leaves

Hi and welcome to another Fusion Card Challenge!  Check out the new challenge:



I went with the sketch for my card and came up with this:


I stamped the leaves from Havest Berries using Coral Reef ink onto a panel of white card and fussy cut down the right hand side.  I then popped up the panel onto the card base with foam tape after adhering a strip of striped paper.  The tag was cut from black and Melon Berry cardstock and the Hello was cut from white fun foam.



Thanks for visiting.  I hope you check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT and give the challenge a go.

Products used:

Stamps:  Harvest Berries (PTI)
Ink:  Coral Reef (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Soft Stone, Black, Melon Berry, Dots & Stripes Neutrals
Dies:  Tag Builder Blueprints 2 (MFT), Noted (PTI)
Accessories:  Twine, fun foam

Cheers
Karren

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Sad Dog


It's time for another fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the wonderful and talented Jennifer Timko.  And Jennifer has come up with the type of sketch that I just love - lots of wide open space:



I decided to use that space to create a little scene using some NBUS stamps by MFT.  I stamped, colored and die-cut the dog, kennel and bowl. and then arranged them onto a panel that I'd sponged with some grass and sky.




I white embossed the sentiment and had the dog "standing" on the sentiment to ground him a bit.  The whole panel was popped up on foam tape and a thin strip of black and white striped patterned paper was adhered down the left side.



Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check out the fabulous creations by the rest of the team.

I'm entering this card in the latest challenge by Cardz for Guyz who are looking for wood in the design.

Products Used:

Stamps:  You Make My Tail Wag (MFT)
Ink:  Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters Distress, Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  You Make My Tail Wag (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, white EP

Cheers Karren

Baby Blocks

Hi and welcome to a new sketch at SugarPea Designs.


I decided to make a baby card and came up with this:



I started with a Desert Storm card base and onto that I adhered some really old SU patterned paper.  The onesie was stamped and die-cut using Welcome Baby and Welcome Baby Accents.  The blocks were cut by hand after stamping onto matching SU cardstock.  I finished the card with some candy dots.


Thanks for visiting.

Here are the guidelines to join in our challenge:

  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS51 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $75!
  • We will announce our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team - they have some wonderful inspiration for you:


Products used:  

Stamps:  Welcome Baby
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  Desert Storm (Neenah), Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, So Saffron (SU) Sweet Slumber patterned paper
Dies:  Welcome Baby Accents
Accessories:  Candy Dots, Wink of Stella

Cheers
Karren

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Make A Wish

Hi and welcome to my blog.  Today's card was made especially for a few of the current challenges, specifically Seize The Birthday's Anything Goes theme, Less is More who are looking for dragons, heroes or saints, the colors at Color Throwdown, the Girlie theme at Simon Says Stamp and the fussy-cutting/die cutting celebration theme at Time Out.



For my card, I colored up the adorable dragon from Sugar Pea Designs, after doing a bit of masking to add the birthday cake.  Once I was finished coloring, I fussy cut the image out and colored the whole thing with clear Wink of Stella.

On my card base, I sponged Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin inks over the Geometric Grid stencil by MFT, concentrating on the bottom left corner and fading it out towards the center of the card.  I then stamped the sentiment in black ink and popped up my dragon with foam tape.  I finished the card with some rainstones.


Thanks for visiting.  This is a long weekend here in New Zealand as tomorrow is ANZAC Day.  Hopefully I'll get some bonus stamping time in :)



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Products used:

Stamps:  Blow Me Away (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry Distress
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Geometric Grid Stencil (MFT), Copics, Wink of Stella, Rainstones (PTI)

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card was featured as a Sweet Find at SugarPea Designs!  This card also got a shout out at Color Throwdown and Time Out

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Hello Splat

Welcome to another fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is our very own Artisan, Amy O'Neill.  Check out her sketch:


I've taken all the elements of the sketch and made a very CAS card:



It's hard to see in the photo, but I've scored double lines to represent the horizontal panel on the sketch.  The die-cut sentiment is the rectangular panel and the die-cut splat is the half-circle.  I started my card by sponging various distress inks onto a scrap of cardstock, before die-cutting it with the splat die.  I also die-cut the sentiment in black cardstock, colored it with clear Wink of Stella, inked it up with Versamark and clear-embossed it several times.  I stamped the "friend" in black ink onto the card base then adhered the die-cut pieces.



Thanks for visiting.  My team-mates have some fabulous cards using this sketch, so be sure to check them out.  I'm entering this card into Virginia's friendship card Link-Up Party as well as Card Concept, where I used the colors to make a Clean and Graphic card.



Products used:

Stamps:  Fanciful Feathers (WP9)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Twisted Citron, Worn Lipstick, Picket Raspberry, Peacock Feathers Distress Inks, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, black
Dies:  Scribbles & Splats (Tim Holtz), Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Scoreboard, Clear EP, Wink of Stella

Cheers
Karren

Edited to add:  This card got a shout out at Card Concept.

Enjoy the Ride

Welcome to another sketch challenge from SugarPea Designs!



I couldn't get a window out of my mind as soon as I saw the sketch, so I decided to go with it!  I created a scene using Log Cabin Mountainscape and my Copics and on the front, I adhered the scooter image from Wanderlust along with the fun retro sentiment.



Thanks for visiting!

Here are the guidelines to join in our challenge:

  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS50 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $75!
  • We will announce our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team - they have some wonderful inspiration for you:


Products used:

Stamps:  Wanderlust
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Tumbled Glass, Broken China
Cardstock:  White, watercolor, X-Press It
Dies:  Log Cabin Mountainscape, Pierced Square Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics

Cheers
Karren

Monday, 18 April 2016

Make Today Amazing

Hi and welcome!  Today's card uses both the colors and sketch from MFT Challenges and I've joined in the fun at CAS Mix Up Challenge as well.  I've used stenciling, stamping and for my third element I've used Gesso to splatter over the stenciled panel.


I don't have the MFT ink colors, but I do have a couple of the sample packs of cardstock, although I don't have Daffodil so I used Pineapple instead as it looked reasonably close.

To start my card, I masked off a panel in the bottom third of a card base and sponged over the Geometric Grid stencil using Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters distress inks.  Before removing the stencil and masks I splattered some watered-down Gesso onto the panel.

To highlight the stenciled panel, I cut slivers of Berrylicious cardstock and adhered it above and below the stenciling.  The sentiment was stamped with black ink and then I stacked three layers of Pineapple cardstock, cut with the Doubly Amazing die.


Thanks for visiting.





Products used:

Stamps:  Amazing
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters
Cardstock:  White, Berrylicious, Pineapple
Dies:  Doubly Amazing
Accessories:  Gesso, Geometric Grid Stencil (MFT)

Cheers
Karren

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Hello Brushos

Hi and welcome!  Today's card was made using inspiration from the beautiful Muse card made by Anita.  I was inspired by her Brusho background and general layout to come up with this card:


I made a Brusho background using a Perfect Pearls shimmer mist, so my card has a lovely shimmer to it. To add some extra interest, I splattered Festive Berries ink onto the dry panel.



I adhered the panel using foam tape to the card base that I'd die-cut with the Square Hello Die by Clearly Besotted.  I thought about adding some foliage like Anita's card, but kept coming back to this very CAS card and decided to leave it as it was with no embellishment at all.


Thanks for visiting.


Products used:

Ink:  Festive Berries Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Square Hello Die (Clearly Besotted)

Cheers
Karren


Saturday, 16 April 2016

Reindeer Spinner

Hi and welcome!  I'm so happy today to be joining in the 200th challenge at Merry Monday.  Merry Monday was my first design team and I was on it for two years before I stepped down due to an overload of Christmas :)  My congratulations to Lesley and the team on such a successful challenge and here's to the next 200!


From the four different challenges this week, I chose to go with the sketch and made a spinner card.  I have to admit, I'm still not ready to be making Christmas cards yet, but I did color up some of these cute reindeer when I bought the set just after Christmas, so I used some of those for this challenge.

To make my card, I masked off the center panel and sponged over the English Brick Wall Stencil with various SSS inks.  After I removed the masks, I die-cut a rectangle from the card base and then cut a thin frame to make the hole stand out.  I then adhered the spinning reindeer in the open frame.

The sentiment was white-embossed onto a black die-cut flag and I adhered a dancing reindeer using foam tape.



Thanks for visiting.


Products used:

Stamps:  Reindeer Games (Mama Elephant), Cheerful Christmas Greetings (MFT)
Ink:  Cobblestone, Khaki, Sparrow, Burnt Orange (SSS), Versamark, Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies;  Reindeer Games (ME), Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, silver thread, English Brick Wall stencil (MFT)

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Merry Monday.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Under My Umbrella

Hi and welcome to another Fusion Card Challenge.  This week we have a wide open inspiration pic and a fabulous sketch:



See what I mean by wide open?  You can go with a rainbow theme, umbrellas, weather, etc.  For my card, I stuck with the umbrella theme and came up with this card.



I love Art Impressions Girlfriends images and this one is no exception.  I colored this image weeks ago and I really wanted to link this to Darnell's boo-boo challenge on April Fools Day because guess what!  The lady in green is not wearing shorts and slip-on shoes.  She's actually wearing boots.  So my lady actually has zippers running up her bare legs :)  What a hoot!



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


Products used:

Stamps:  Under My Umbrella (Art Impressions)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Homespun Gingham (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics

Cheers
Karren

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Thanks a Bot

Hi!  We have another fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week and its creator is the fabulously-talented Narelle Farrugia.  And oh, does my CAS-loving heart adore this sketch even if I didn't remember the placement exactly when it came to making my card....


I was dying to color the wee bots from Paper Smooches Boom Bots set, and this sketch was the perfect opportunity.


I've had this set for a few weeks and the other day I watched an amazing video by Jennifer Dove on how to color metal.  Well, she made it look so easy that I had to have a go and this was my first attempt.  You have to check out her card and video - they will blow you away!  

So anyway, after I colored Bender and Bendette, I die-cut them and set them aside.  I used a die from Blueprints 24 for the grey and black layers and white embossed the sentiment onto the black layer.  All layers are popped up on foam tape.



I finished the card with a few rainstones.

Thanks for visiting!  Please check out my fellow teamies' blogs - their cards are amazing as always!



Products used:

Stamps:  Boom Bots (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Slate, X-Press It
Dies:  Boom Bots, Blueprints 24
Accessories:  Copics, Rainstones, White EP

Cheers
Karren

Happy Mail

It's time for another sketch at SugarPea Designs so check out this week's sketch:


I went back to the first SPD set I bought - Happy Mail - for my card and focussed on the mailbox to come up with this card.


I stamped and colored the mailbox before cutting it out with a Zig Zag Stitched Circle die.  I also colored and cut out the letter three times.  With one of them, I cut it in half and popped it in the box.  The other two were placed on the card base for the flag accents on the sketch.

For the background, I took a Desert Storm card base and sponged over a Donna Downey stencil with PTI's Fine Linen ink.  For the horizontal strip, I sponged Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade inks onto a panel of watercolor paper before dropping water onto it.  I then flicked Spiced Marmalade ink on before sponging over with the same Donna Downey stencil.  I cut the two sentiments up so they would fit to the left of the mailbox.

Thanks for visiting.

Here are the guidelines to join in our challenge:

  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS49 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $75!
  • We will announce our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team - they have some wonderful inspiration for you:

Products used:

Stamps:  Happy Mail
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Fine Linen (PTI), Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, X-Press It, watercolor
Dies:  Zig Zag Stitched Circles
Accessories:  Copics, Wink of Stella, Donna Downey Stencil

Cheers
Karren

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

You Want Fries With That?

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week I have the privilege of being hostess.  I've chosen a bit of an unusual sketch but hopefully it gives lots of room for creativity.


For my card, I watercolored some images from a new-to-me set by Paper Smooches called Think Fast.  This is such a fun set and having two teenage boys in the family, I'm sure it's going to get some use :)  I struggled a bit to get a good red color with the watercolors, so I have pinkish tomatoes and fry box.  The sentiment comes from Sentiment Sampler and the font style matches the images perfectly.  I popped the main panel up on foam tape as is the bun.  The patterned papers are adhered directly to the card base.




Here's a close up of the images.


Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have made some wonderful cards with my sketch, so be sure to check them out and I'd love it if you joined us!

Products used:

Stamps:  Think Fast, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Ranger Archival Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Watercolor, Let's Bokeh in the Snow (Lawn Fawn), Homespun Gingham (MFT)
Dies:  Think Fast (Paper Smooches), Blueprints 23 (MFT)
Accessories:  Zig Markers, White EP

Cheers
Karren

Sunshine Birthday

Hi and welcome to another sketch challenge at SugarPea Designs.



I used this sketch (flipped onto its side) to make a birthday card for my niece who is turning 6.


I stamped and colored the little girl from Hello Sunshine, paper-piecing the umbrella with some polka dot patterned paper.  I then cut it out with a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle die.  I then dug out some old patterned paper for the left panel and used some yellow striped baker's twine for the vertical strips in the sketch.  I stamped the sentiment onto a Zig Zag Stitched Circle die cut from the same polka dot paper.  Some sequins finished off the card.





Thanks for visiting!


Here are the guidelines to join in our challenge:

  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS48 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $75!
  • We will announce our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team - they have some wonderful inspiration for you:





Products used:

Stamps:  Hello Sunshine, Happy Mail (SPD)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  White, patterned paper (SU)
Dies:  Zig Zag Stitched Circles, Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles
Accessories:  Copics, twine, sequins

Cheers
Karren