Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Winter Warmth

Hi and welcome!  We interrupt our Camp Create cards to bring you the latest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the fabulous French Cecile Ribon!  And here is her sketch:

I used the colors from the current MFT challenge for my Christmas card this week.  This card can be added to my pathetically small pile of Christmas cards :)

I used the Winter Warmth stamps and dies that I bought in the recent retirement sale and stamped them using the challenge colors (or my equivalent of the challenge colors).  I added some mint colored spatters in the background to represent the circle in the sketch and all the clothing is the rest of the sketch elements.

Thanks for visiting!  Head on over and check out the fabulous cards by the rest of the DT.

Products used:

Stamps:  Winter Warmth, Winter Wonderland, Distressed Patterns (MFT)
Ink: Mint, Teal, Soft Navy, Coral Reef (SSS)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Winter Warmth
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen



And the marathon card-making session continues!  I made the last four cards for this round of Camp Create tonight and will post them today and tomorrow.

This card is for the Background Bonanza challenge.

Emboss resist, Distress Oxide inks and black die-cut and embossed sentiment - nothing original here :)  The die-cut word was painted with clear sparkle pen then clear embossed three times to give a raised shiny look.

Thanks for visiting!  I'm also linking this up to Seize the Birthday's challenge.

Products used:

Stamps:  Roses All Over, Happy Hippos (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Blueprints 21, Celebrate (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Clear EP, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Tuesday, 22 August 2017


And I'm back with my second card today for Camp Create - this time for Day 2 - Magnificent Masking.

I created this one-layer card by first stamping and masking the palm tree.  I then masked off the top and bottom of the ink-blended panel.  Once that was complete, I used some torn paper as a mask for the sand.  The reverse of that mask was used for the sea, along with another straight piece of paper.  Finally I sponged in the sky.  All the inks I used for the sponging were Distress Oxide inks and the paper is Bristol Smooth.

Once I was finished, I removed all the masks, colored the palm tree and used a Sharpie paint pen to add the waves and foam.  To give the tree something to "rest" on, I stamped the sentiment right underneath.  The birds are from the Party Like a Pirate set.

I'm also adding this to the AAA Cards Masking challenge.  Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Penguins in Paradise, Party Like a Pirate (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen, Broken China, Salty Ocean Distress Oxides
Cardstock:  Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Blueprints 25 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White Sharpie Paint Pen



So, I wasn't going to play along with Camp Create this time, as my card-making time has been curtailed of late.  But today I decided to try and complete all the challenges, so here's my first card of two I made tonight.  Apologies in advance for the number of posts (hopefully) coming your way over the next 2 days.

This card is for Day 1 - Inlaid Made Easy

I used the Split Chevron Cover Up and the Big Thanks dies to make this card.  I also used black, white, After Midnight, Green Apple and Audrey Blue cardstocks.  I started by die-cutting the chevron die in all colors except white.  I then adhered the black frame onto some white card covered with Stick-It adhesive sheet.  Then I randomly filled in all the spaces with the navy, blue and green colors.  Once that was finished, I die-cut the Thanks from the panel and then also in white and inlaid the white Thanks into the chevron panel.

What's really cool is that I now have a gorgeous Thanks left over from the chevron panel that I can use on another card..

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black, After Midnight (MFT), Green Apple, Audrey Blue (SSS)
Dies:  Split Chevron Cover Up, Big Thanks (MFT)


Friday, 18 August 2017

Blended Celebration

Welcome to another Just Add Ink challenge!  I chose the theme this week and I'm after stencils.  I just love stencils and have quite the collection.  They're affordable, easy to store and create such a wonderful effect for little effort.

I used distress inks to create my stenciled panel, keeping the Twisted Citron in the centre then fanning out with Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.  Once I'd finished stenciling, I rounded the four corners then cut the panel into three vertically.  I mounted the three strips onto a black panel and then onto a white top-folding card base.

The die-cut sentiment is stacked four high and painted with clear sparkle pen.  I embossed the rest of the sentiment onto a black strip using a lime green EP called Cricket.  A silver thread nest was placed behind the sentiment and I finished with some sequins.

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Thanks for visiting!  Head on over to the JAI blog to check out the gorgeous cards made by the DT.

Products Used:

Stamps:  Celebrate All The Things (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Blueprints 6, Celebrate (MFT)
Accessories:   Diamond Circles Stencil (SSS), Cricket EP (American Crafts), Silver Thread, Clear Sequins, Corner Chomper


Orange Bouquet

Hi and welcome to our newest challenge at Fusion.  This week I created a fusion - using this gorgeous new stamp from Avery Elle, which I colored with Copics and Prismacolors.

The patterned paper, including the ombre panel is from CTMH, apart from the black diagonal stripe which is one of the last strips from my MFT Neutrals pack.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the DT have some gorgeous cards, so be sure to head on over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Floral Bouquet (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Black, Happy Times (CTMH) Dots & Stripes Neutrals (MFT)
Dies:  Blueprints 25, Stitched Flags, Basic Stitch Lines (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Copics, Prismacolor Pencils


Thursday, 17 August 2017


Hi and welcome!  What a fabulous turnout we had for our 300th sketch last week!  The gallery was gorgeous and so many of you said such wonderful things about the challenge and the design team, so thank you!

Today's sketch for Freshly Made Sketches comes to us from our super-talented Canadian friend, Jen Brum.  And what a fun sketch she has for us, too:

I went digging through my NBUS box again.  Let me tell you, my NBUS is not getting any smaller and I physically can't fit anything more in the box, but does that stop me?  No, it does not!  Luckily I only put stamp sets in there, dies go straight in the appropriate die box.  Anyway, onto the card.  This stamp set was bought at the CASual Fridays retirement sale.  I've wanted it forever as it totally puts me in mind of How I Met Your Mother!

I know I should have the "wait for it" in the middle of the "legendary" but I didn't think it would fit across the card.  The background is created with Distress Oxide inks and water and the sentiment was white-embossed before ink-blending.  I die-cut the panel with a MFT border die and then adhered it with fun foam to a black card base.  Can you see the bit of sparkle on the card base?  That is from a spray can of Glitter Dust - so pretty and contained - just the way I like my glitter 😀  In the photo, you can see glue behind the clear star confetti - trust me that was because I took the photos while the glue was wet.  Being Multi Medium Matte glue, it dried clear.

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have done some amazing things with this sketch - as always - so head on over and check them out.

I'm linking this card up to Sunday Stamps color challenge.

Products used:

Stamps:  Wait for It (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  Versamark, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink
Cardstock:  Bristol Smooth, Black
Dies:  Stitched Scallops Basic Edges (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Sequins, Glitter Dust


Friday, 11 August 2017

Tutu Cow

Hi and welcome to another fun challenge from the team at Just Add Ink.  This week we have a gorgeous colour challenge and I decided to have a bit of fun with my card:

I just adore Art Impressions images and had to colour up this tutu-wearing cow using the challenge colours.  Once she was finished I did some out of the box die-cutting and added her to a white card base which I'd added circles in two of the challenge colours to.

The sentiment cracks me up!  I finished with a die-cut string for the balloon and some Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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Thanks for visiting!  The design team have some gorgeous cards using these colours so head on over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Udderly Fantastic (Art Impressions)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Pool Party (SU), Tropical Teal (MFT)
Dies:  Balloons (SSS), Balloon Strings Die (PTI), Infinity Circles (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Nuvo Crystal Drops


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tank You

Hi and welcome to a very special Freshly Made Sketches post!  This week marks our 300th challenge!  Yep, 300 fabulous sketches!  I played along with the challenge regularly since #20 when I joined in my first ever challenge and then was lucky enough to be invited to join the team from #118 and haven't missed a challenge since 😊  I love this challenge and the design team are a wonderful, supportive group of ladies that I love, even though I've never met any of them in person!

Now, enough reminiscing and onto our fabulous 300th sketch.

To celebrate challenge #300, all the cards made by the DT for this challenge are going to be sent to a challenge participant, whose name will be randomly drawn at the end of the challenge.  How fun is that?  Knowing my card was going to actually be sent to someone (shocker!) I felt some added pressure and this is actually the second card I made for the challenge.

I used the adorable Fintastic Friends set by Lawn Fawn and stamped and colored various elements before die-cutting them and arranging them in the fish bowl.  For the background, I white-embossed the Balloon Strings stamp onto Bristol Smooth cardstock and blended Tumbled Glass over the top before die-cutting it with a Blueprints die.  I used the same die and some partial die-cutting to make a smaller rectangle from some patterned paper.  The Thanks word was cut from black cardstock and painted with clear sparkle pen.

So thanks for visiting!  Be sure to head on over to the blog and check out the fabulous creations by the rest of the design team.  And have a go at the sketch - we'd love to see a huge gallery this week.

Products used:

Stamps:  Fintastic Friends (Lawn Fawn), Balloon Strings (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Watercolor Wash (MFT), X-Press It
Dies:  Fintastic Friends (LF), Blueprints 10 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Prismacolor Pencils, Triplus Pens, Black Glaze Pen


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Birthday Guy

Hi and welcome!  I took a bit of time over the weekend to make a card for a few challenges.  I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch; I'm playing along with the Masculine theme at 4 Crafty Chicks and I'm also linking up to Seize the Birthday.

I grabbed this NBUS set and colored up this gentleman with his gift then fussy-cut him out.  I created a simple scene behind him using a curved die for the grass and a cloud stencil for the sky.  The sentiment was stamped onto the card base and the "you" was die-cut from black cardstock.  I got a couple of blotches of ink where I didn't want them when I was stenciling so I added the balloons to cover them up 😄

I'm not so sure this is CAS as there is no white space left, but I'll enter it anyway.

Thanks for visiting.

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Products used:

Stamps: Birthday Wishes (Art Impressions), Birthday Wishes (SSS)
Ink:  Intense Black, Tumbled Glass
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  You (SSS)
Accessories:  Copics, Mini Cloud Edges Stencil (MFT)


Friday, 4 August 2017


I'm back with another Fusion challenge!  This fortnight, we've gone for a CAS sketch with a curved element and for our photo, we've chosen some pastel pencils.
I chose to stick with the sketch but pulled in the purple color from some of the elements in the photo.

I had fun with the latest My Monthly Hero kit by Hero Arts.  I stamped the lavender and colored it with Copics (really simple coloring bceause there's not much coloring space on the image).  I then placed dots of glittery Atyou  Spica pen in purple and green all over the image, so in real life, it's quite glittery.  I stamped part of the sentiment over the image then outlined it in white gel pen to make it stand out.  

Once the stamping and coloring was done, I set to work on the rest of the card.  First, I die-cut the image panel with a dotted curved border die.  I adhered some purple striped patterned paper to a white top-folding card base and then added the image with foam tape.  The final step was to add some Nuvo Jewel Drops.  Here are a couple of close-up photos.  I tried to capture the glitter and you can see it a bit in the bottom photo.

Thanks for visiting!  The rest of the design team have created some gorgeous cards so I hope you have time to check them out.  I'm linking this up to the Flower Power challenge over at Southern Girls Challenge as well as the Something Old and/or New challenge at Just Us Girls.  The stamps are new and the dotted curve die is old (but this is the first time I've used it!)
Southern Girls Challenge

Products used:

Stamps:  My Monthly Hero July 2017 (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Intense Black
Cardstock:  White, Thick & Thin (MFT)
Dies:  Dotted Curve (Poppy Stamps)
Accessories:  Copics, Atyou Spica Pens, White Gel Pen, Nuvo Jewel Drops


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Black Bouquet

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another wonderful sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the fabulous Kim Singdahlsen.  Kim's sketch has a favorite feature of mine - color blocking.  Check it out:
I knew straight away I wanted to use patterned paper for the four vertical panels but didn't want the patterns to overtake the rest of the card, so I chose a more muted text pattern which I die-cut with a die from Blueprints 24.  For the shorter pieces I had to put the paper back in the die and cut them shorter, but that was easy and I could do both at once.

The rest of the card was really simple - some black die-cut foliage, painted with clear sparkle pen and an embossed sentiment.  I wanted the embossing to match the patterned paper so chose to use Brown Sugar EP, which wasn't too bad a match.

And that's it!  I arranged the foliage and adhered it to the card with liquid glue after I embossed my sentiment and called it done!

I hope you'll have time to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team - they're amazing, as always!

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sending Happy Thoughts (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Salvage District (Prima Marketing)
Dies:  Blueprints 24 (MFT), Chloe Stem (Memory Box), Layering Leaves (Concord & 9th)
Accessories:  Brown Sugar EP (American Crafts)