Monday, 16 October 2017

Red, Red Roses

Welcome!  I'm back with another card for the reminder post at The Flower Challenge, who are celebrating their 1st Anniversary!  This month I am one of the Guest Designers (and in very good company, I might add!)

For my favorite flower, I again chose the rose and this time pulled out a very, very old PSX botanical stamp called Hybrid Rose.

I stamped it onto X-Press It cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.  Once I'd finished coloring, I lightly shaded around the image with a pale blue Copic.  As it is quite a formal image, I added a bit of levity to the card by using a higgledy-piggledy sentiment.  The dark gray frame was cut with the Park Avenue die and I fussy-cut around one of the roses so it overhangs the frame slightly.

The sentiment was popped up on foam tape, but the rest of the card is pretty flat, so easy for mailing.

I'm linking this up to Seize the Birthday, who have an Anything Goes challenge as well as Inspired By All The Little Things, where the deep red flowers, green foliage and dark gray (navy?) dress all look so beautiful together.

Products used:

Stamps:  K-1636 (PSX), Label Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Whtie, X-Press It, Slate (SSS)
Dies:  Park Avenue (Mama Elephant), Label Sentiments (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics


Friday, 13 October 2017


Hi and welcome to my blog.  Today I have a card for the new Fusion Challenge.  Don't you just love that photo?  There's something about black and white stripes and lime that I just love!

I decided to play with only the photo this week and chose to use the sketch from SugarPea Designs for my card.

This adorable little ghost is from Eek-a-Boo and I stamped and colored him very lightly before cutting him out with my Scan n Cut.  His bow-tie and the banner were painted with clear sparkle pen. I used some Limelight cardstock for my popped-up front panel and die-cut a stitched circle from the front.  Behind the circle cut-out, I added some striped patterned paper.

The sentiment is white-embossed onto a black stitched panel and I finished the card with some Glitter Drops.

I don't send Halloween cards but this ghost is just too cute not to use!

Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Eek-a-Boo (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Intense Black
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It, Limelight (MFT), Dots & Stripes Neutrals (MFT)
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Blueprints 20, 25 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, White Blizzard Nuvo Gitter Drops, White EP


Thursday, 12 October 2017


Hi and welcome to a new sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is the very-talented Rita Wright.

And here is my card.  The observant among you will notice it's missing an element of the sketch...

Yep, don't do what I did!  I had every intention of using a polaroid die for the centre element in the sketch, but my polaroid dies were all too small, so I put it aside and kept on creating - completely forgetting it was a key part of the sketch.  Doh!  If I want to fool myself, I can say the stitched lines both inside and outside the rectangular panel would work for the extra rectangle.  Does that sound convincing? 😄

Anyway, I used the snow drifts for the horizontal panel and painted the edges with a snow marker after lightly sponging some Salty Ocea ink onto the edges.  I then heat-set the snow marker so it fluffed up a bit.  The images were stamped, colored and die-cut and the background was stenciled over after being ink-blended with Distress Oxide inks.  

So despite missing a layer on the sketch, I think this turned out okay - those little snowmen are adorable - they are part of a Stamptember set designed by Gina K Designs. 

Thanks for visiting!  Head on over and check out the rest of the design team's work - it's fabulous as always.  

I'm linking this up to The Merry Christmas Challenge, Addicted to Stamps and More and Muse:  Christmas Visions where I was inspired by the blue background, falling snow and little pops of color.

Grab It

Products used:

Stamps:  Warmer With You (SSS), Christmas Essentials (SSS)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versamark, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Bristol Smooth, Summer Splash (MFT)
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles, Landscape Trio, Basic Stitch Lines (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Embossing Paste, Falling Snow Stencil (SSS), Snow Marker


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Bunch of Flowers

I'm back with my fourth and last card of the day!  This is for the final challenge at MFT's World Card-making Day Challenge - to make and mail a card.  I know, right?  Actually mailing a card that I make is pretty unheard of.  I have great intentions but then time slips away and it ceases to be timely so I just don't send it.  So dumb!

But this one is going to be mailed - all the way to the US!  I used the colors from Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - yellow, orange and black.  I used two oranges and two yellows along with black for my card.  The flowers and leaves were cut from the Stitched Flowers die set and the hello was die-cut from a piece I had clear-embossed with Roses All Over so it has a subtle but pretty pattern over it.  

The card base was ink blended with Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks over the Geometric Grid stencil.

I finished with some Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Roses All Over (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, Black, Pineapple, Persimmon, Lemon Chiffon, Tangy Orange (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Flowers, Thanks & Hello (MFT)
Accessories:  Geometric Grid Stencil, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Clear EP



Sorry to bombard you with posts today, but I'm playing along with MFT's World Card-making Day challenges and the deadline is before I get home from work tomorrow, because we're several hours ahead of the US.  So it's now or never!

This challenge is to feature numbers on your card.  My son's 20th birthday is coming up in a few months so I thought this was a good time to make him a card.

I used the Pop Up Numbers and cut the "20" several times across a panel of soft grey cardstock.  I then added foam tape on the back and adhered it to some Limelight cardstock.  I finished with a white-embossed sentiment cut with the Slanted Sentiment Strips die.  Pretty easy!

I'm linking this up to Seize The Birthday who are looking for text/script background.  Not sure if numbers count, but if not, I'll join in with the Linky Party.

Products used:

Stamps:  Adorable Elephants (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Soft Stone, Black, Limelight (MFT)
Dies:  Pop Up Numbers, Slanted Sentiment Strips



I'm back with my second card for MFT's World Card-making Day's challenges.  This time the challenge is to not use stamps or inks - only dies. 

To make this as easy as possible, I looked through my dies for those that could hold up a card on their own and came across the Zipper die that I bought when it was retiring and hadn't ever used.

Yes, don't look too closely at this card or you'll see that the zipper isn't straight down the card front.  Doh!  By the time I realised, I was too far through the card - another one of those mojo-less times I was referring to in my last post!

Anywas, I made the card using some soft grey cardstock as the base, a white tee under the hoodie using a stitched circle die, silver foil paper for the zipper and star hanging off it, and some striped patterned paper for the hoodie fabric.

The die-cut sentiment is stacked three high and spritzed with Glitter Spray before being adhered to the card.

I'm going to link this up to Crazy 4 Challenges, who are looking for a card and Southern Girls Challenge who are looking for stripes.

Thanks for visiting!

Southern Girls Challenge

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Soft Stone, Black, Thick & Thin Paper Pack (MFT)
Dies:  Zipper, Cause for Celebration, Blueprints 25, Inside/Out Stitched Circles
Accessories:  Glitter Dust


Doggy Love

Hi, I'm playing along with the challenges at MFT Stamps World Card-making Day.  This card is for the first challenge, ROYGBIV.  I also used the sketch from MFT Stamps and am playing along in the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

This is not the card I started out making!  I've been having a tough time of card-making lately, with each card taking me about 2 hours to make and having lots of re-dos!  I just wish the mojo would come back again!  In the end, though, I'm quite happy with this card.  

I stamped and colored the images and die-cut them with the matching dies.  I cut a black mod rectangle stax and then took a circular shape out of it using Inside/Out Stitched Circles.  I then cut a white mod rectangle stax and flipped it so the bottom right corner was a right angle.  Onto that panel, I sponged a rainbow of clouds using the Mini Cloud Stencil and Distress Oxide inks.  I adhered the black panel with foam tape and glued both panels to a white top-folding card base.

Finally, I adhered the girl and the dog with foam tape, added some clear sparkle pen to the heart and some Glossy Accents to the heart and the dog's nose.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  You Have My Heart (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feeathers, Wilted Violet Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It
Dies:  You Have My Heart, Mod Rectangle Stax, Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Slanted Sentiment Strips
Accessories:  Copics, Glossy Accents, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen