Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Santa Paws

Hi and welcome!  I'm here with a card using the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, where our hostess this week is the delightfully funny and super-talented Linda Callahan.  And here is Linda's sketch:

I saw a shaker circle in the sketch and couldn't shake it (get it! 😁) so that's the direction I took.  I'm definitely into Christmas card mode now, helped in no small part by all the fabulous releases out there!

I created my shaker window with Mama Elephant dies, including the box die and then went to work on my stamped elements.  This dog from Happy Pawlidays is just adorable and after I colored and cut him out, I added Glossy Accents to the lights and a Snow Marker to the fur around his hat.  BUT, I forgot to shake it before using it so it came out all thin and didn't fluff up properly.  Doh!

The sentiments were gold embossed - the first one onto heat-resistant acetate and the second onto a strip of Poppy cardstock.  The box and puppy are popped up on foam tape.

Thanks so much for visiting!  The Design Team have some gorgeous cards to inspire you to play along so I hope you'll head on over and check them out.

I'm sneaking in under the wire to add this to the gallery at Just Add Ink who have  Just Add Two challenge - I've used colouring and sequins.  I'm also playing along at Addicted to Stamps and More in their CAS challenge.

Products used:

Stamps:  Happy Pawlidays (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Desert Storm (Neenah), Poppy (MFT), X-Press It
Dies:  All Prettied Up (Mama Elephant)
Accessories:  Copics, Glossy Accents, Snow Marker, Gold EP, Sequins


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


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Muse Christmas Visions

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


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


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


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Rose Hello

Hi and welcome!  Today I'm thrilled to be a Guest Designer for the 1st anniversary of The Flower Challenge.  I was on the original design team, but unfortunately had to step down due to other commitments, but I'm happy to be back for this challenge which features our favourite flower.

For my favourite flower, I chose the rose.  And for my first card, I chose to use Altenew's Vintage Roses stamp set.

I stamped several roses using orange and yellow inks and die-cut them with the matching dies.  They were arranged in an L-shape with some foliage before I put some Press n Seal on top to keep the arrangement together and set it aside.  On a white top-folding card base, I used the Frames die from Simon Says Stamp to cut out the small rectangular frame.  I also cut it from gold foil and put the gold frame inside the die-cut frame.  My floral arrangement was adhered on top with the topmost orange rose popped up on foam tape. 

The hello die was used with some black cardstock, over which I colored with clear sparkle pen.  After adhering that to the card, I finished with some Nuvo Jewel Drops.

I'd like to thank Aileen for inviting me to guest with them this month!  Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's cards - they are sure to be fabulous.  I'll be back mid-month with a reminder card.

Products used:

Stamps:  Vintage Roses (Altenew)
Ink:  Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Toffee, Paper Bag, Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick, Forest Glades, Frayed Leave, Evergreen (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Gold, Black
Dies:  Vintage Roses (Altenew), Frames (SSS), Hello (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Nuvo Jewel Drops


Monsters Take 2

Hi, a bit of an unusual post today.  Normally, I'd be here with a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, but we had a bit of a glitch with the linky earlier so we decided to extend the sketch for another week.

As I said in my post yesterday, I'm really busy at work with planning for a move to new premises, so I haven't had a chance to make a second card using Jennifer's gorgeous sketch but here's a flashback to last week and the card I made:

And here's another look at the sketch.  I hope you'll have some time to join us, if you haven't already.  And if you have, then maybe you'll have time for a second go-round 😄


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Cool Penguin

Hi and welcome!  I made this card on the weekend, but I've been so busy at work the last couple of days I haven't had the energy to post it until now.  We are moving premises at work at the end of this month and there is a lot to do!  But if I don't take the time to get this post up now, I'll never do it, so here goes.

This card was made using the current sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch, the colors from MFT's current challenge and Addicted to CAS are looking for our favourite stamp.  This stamp set would have to be one of my favourites and most-used.  I just adore these little penguins!

I started with a white card base and then added an After Midnight layer and another white layer.  The sentiment was embossed with Rouge EP by Zing and angled to suit the sketch.  I framed it on either side with a thin strip of After Midnight cardstock.  The penguin was stamped and colored with Copics, matching the rest of the challenge colors as best I could (Daffodil for the flower and Lemon Chiffon for the drink).  He was then die-cut and popped up onto the card with foam tape.  Finally, I colored the drink and the flower with clear sparkle pen.

Thanks for visiting!  

Products used:

Stamps:  Penguins in Paradise (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, After Midnight, X-Press It
Dies:  Penguins in Paradise, Rectangle Stax 1 and 2 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Rouge EP (Zing), Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at MFT Stamps and Addicted to CAS