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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


Friday, 30 March 2018

Bunny Wreath

I'm back with a card for the latest challenge at Fusion!  Check out this fun sketch and beautiful inspiration photo:

I decided to create a fusion this time and was inspired by the flowers, the wreath, the colors and, of course, the sketch.

A year or so back, I stamped a whole heap of these adorable flowers and leaves from SugarPea Designs in many different SSS inks.  I die-cut them all and tucked them in with the stamps.  I've now made three different cards using these and having them pre-stamped and cut makes the job so much quicker!  The gingham paper is from MFT and adhered to a white card base.  I then used foam tape to adhere the angled panels on top.  The wreath was adhered with a mixture of liquid glue and foam tape.  A thanks sentiment finishes the card.

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have created some gorgeous cards so I hope you'll check them out and come join us in the gallery.

I'm linking this card up to the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp and Retro Rubber (I've had these SPD sets since mid-2016).


Stamps:  Funky Wreath Spring Addition, Funky Wreath All Seasons (SPD)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Doll Pink, Dark Chocolate, Hollyhock, Hotlips, Jellybean, Twinkling Tutu, Willow, Beanstalk, Lemon Chiffon, Duckling, Apricot, Teeny Bikini
Cardstock:  White, Farm Fresh Gingham (MFT)
Dies:  Funky Wreath Spring Addition, Funky Wreath All Seasons (SPD)


Thursday, 29 March 2018

Hello Flowers

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Jen Brum and she has a fabulous sketch for us to play with:

I was a bit loose with the sketch and used elements rather than panels to define the layout.  I hope you can see the sketch in my card.

As soon as I saw Jen's sketch, I knew I wanted to use a die-cut word for the horizontal panel and then I decided to use my NBUS Painted Flowers set (which I didn't even want when it first came out but after seeing all the gorgeous cards using it, I had to have it!).

I chose to use the beautiful colors at the MFT Color Challenge, which also worked well for the current challenge at Just Us Girls.   From the photo at JUGS, I was inspired mostly by the right-hand photo with the pretty flowers and colors.

I used inks for the Peach, Coral and Gray colors and used some Blue Breeze cardstock for the Hello die-cut.  The flowers were positioned behind the word for the most part and the "friend" word was stamped in gray ink.  I finished the card with some confetti.

Thanks for visiting!  The FMS DT have some gorgeous cards using Jen's sketch so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Painted Flowers, Label Maker Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  PInk Pearl, Coral Bliss, Limestone, Silver Stone (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Blue Breeze (MFT)
Dies:  Big Hello
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Confetti


Thursday, 22 March 2018


Hi and welcome!  I'm back with another challenge from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Kim Singdahlsen.  Her sketch is a goodie - and I can't wait to see how everyone interprets it.

I decided to use some emboss resist and bright colors to define the circular shape on the sketch.

I've been wanting this Mandala stamp for ages and whenever I was placing an order at SSS, it was out of stock.  I finally managed to grab it last month and this is its first outing.  I white embossed it onto a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and then sponged Distress Oxide inks over the top, fading out towards the top right corner.

The sentiment is from another NBUS set and white embossed onto black.  The panel was die-cut with a stitched frame die and then added to a white card base with fun foam between the layers.  I finished the card with some Sparkling Clear Confetti.

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have come up with some fabulous cards so I hope you'll check them out.

I'm linking this up to the ink technique challenge at Work It Wednesday.

Products used:

Stamps:  Mandala (SugarPea Designs), Yay for You (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Sparkling Clear Confetti


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Easter Baby

Hi and welcome!  This morning I made this card using the sketch at MFT Stamps, the inspiration photo at Just Add Ink and the Easter-Inspired challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

From the JAI photo (congrats on 400 challenges, by the way!), I was inspired by the pastel colours of the eggs and the speckles so I tried to replcate that in my alcohol ink panel.  I chose my lightest colours of alcohol ink as well as Copper Mixative and went to town on a panel of Alcohol Ink cardstock.  When it was dry, I spritzed it with some Distress Resist Spray and once that was dry, I lightly went over the whole panel with Micro Glaze.

I die-cut the sentiment with copper foil cardstock as well as the strip down the left hand side.  And because the photo (and Spring in general) puts me in mind of babies and new life, I decided to add a new baby sentiment, white-embossed on black.

Here's a close-up of the texture created by the Distress Resist Spray.  This stuff is really cool!

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Yay for You (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Alcohol Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Copper, Alcohol Ink Cardstock
Dies:  So Many Yays (MFT)
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops, Distress Resist Spray


Friday, 16 March 2018

Rainy Day

Hi and welcome!  I'm here with another challenge for Fusion and this time we have an adorable photo inspiration and/or an interesting sketch.

I went with the photo for my card and created a rainy day scene that involves critters rather than people.

I used the Drifts and Hills stencil to lightly sponge a sky and ground and then stamped the raindrop background stamp with Barely Blue ink.  The critters were stamped colored and die-cut and the sentiment is white-embossed onto a strip of black cardstock.  The wee dog is popped up on foam tape and slightly lower than the rest of the animals so he looks to be closer.  That way, the fact he is so big compared to the bear and elephant doesn't look too out of place 😃

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have some fabulous cards so head on over and check them out.  I'm linking this up to the challenge at Shopping Our Stash to "put a bird on it" and the Pets theme challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.  I'm also entering this into A Blog Named Hero because this set is without a doubt my favorite Hero Arts set.

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Products used:
Stamps:  Fun in the Rain (Hero Arts), Falling Rain (SSS), Sweet Sentiments (Clearly Besotted), Distressed Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Barely Blue (SSS), Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  Fun in the Rain (Hero Arts), Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Cupcake Inspirations.