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)


Friday, 28 July 2017

Fairy Orbs

Welcome to my blog!  I'm back with another challenge from Just Add Ink and this week we have a sketch by Narelle.  Rather than adding layers to my card, I decided to use stamps to mimic the elements in the sketch.

I used a NBUS set called Watercolor Frames for the central splatter and stamped that in Autumn Blaze ink by Altenew.  I then took three other Altenew inks and stamped the Fairy Orbs images in a diagonal pattern at the top left and bottom right of the panel.  The sentiment was stamped and cut out and added to the panel before it was adhered to a white card base using foam tape.  I finished the card with some black Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you have time to check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and also make a card using this sketch yourself.
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Products used:

Stamps:  Watercolor Frames (Altenew), Fairy Orbs (Lavinia Stamps), Label Love (Altenew)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Autumn Blaze, Orange Cream, Sunkissed, Warm Sunshine (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Blueprints 20
Accessories:  Nuvo Crystal Drops


Thursday, 27 July 2017

You're Amazing

Hi and welcome!  I'm back with a card using the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the delightful and talented Linda Callahan.  And check out the fun and versatile sketch Linda has for us:

I immediately saw the angled panel as negative space, so took a panel of white cardstock and cut it from corner to corner, then took a strip off each angled panel.  I did a bit of stenciling on the left hand panel, stamped part of the sentiment then adhered both panels to a black card base using foam tape.

From there it was a simple matter of die-cutting the "because" twice - once in lime and once in black and slightly offsetting the black layer to create a shadow.  Some black Nuvo drops finished the card.  Easy as!

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

I'm linking this up to the black, white and one other color challenge at The Challenge.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Because (MFT)
Ink:  Twisted Citron Distress Ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Black, Sour Apple (MFT)
Dies:  Because (MFT)
Accessories:  Triangle Grid Stencil (MFT), Nuvo Crystal Drops


Friday, 21 July 2017

Hydrangea Hello

Welcome to another fabulous Fusion challenge!  Today we've gone with an elegant, soft-shaded inspiration photo and a fun sketch featuring an angled panel.
I created a fusion with my card to come up with this.

I decided it was high-time I got out my Zig markers so chose to do a bit of watercoloring of this gorgeous Mondo Hydrangea flower and leaf, which I white embossed onto Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Once they was colored and die-cut, I set them aside to work on the card base.  I die-cut a curve from a panel of white cardstock and also a strip of gold foil cardstock.  Layering the gold behind the white, I adhered both to a white top-folding card base with foam tape.  I then added the hydrangea, using foam for the top portion and liquid glue for the bottom.  The sentiment was die-cut from toner paper and gold-foiled and I finished the card with a solitary falling petal beside the sentiment.

Thanks so  much for visiting!  I'm linking this up to the current Flower Challenge, where they are asking for heat or dry embossing, and the Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Products used:

Stamps:  Mondo Hydrangea (Essentials by Ellen)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Gold, Bristol Smooth, Toner Paper, Minc Gold Foil
Dies:  Mondo Hydrangea (EbyE), Stitched Basic Edges (MFT), Hello (Pink & Main)
Accessories:  Zig Markers, Minc Mini, White EP


Thursday, 20 July 2017

In the Wild

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Day!  Our sketches hostess this week is our other fabulous co-leader, Jen Mitchell and she has a very cool sketch for us:

I wanted to play with my latest My Monthly Hero Kit before the next one arrived 😉 so decided to create an ink-blended scene with silhouette images.

Looking at the photo, I now see my elephant is standing on his front two feet and his back feet up slightly up in the air, but let's just say that's an indication of how strong he actually is 😄.  

I used various Distress Inks to create my background and also my frame.  I then adhered my frame at an angle on the card base before adding the die-cut grass and tree and the stamped and die-cut elephant.  Finally I stamped some birds and white-embossed the sentiment.

I love, love, love the Hero Arts kits - they are such value for money and the images are fabulous!  My latest kit arrived yesterday and I'm looking forward to using it.

Head on over to the blog to see what the rest of the DT have done with this sketch.  As always, their cards are an inspiration.

Products used:

Stamps: My Monthly Hero June 2017 (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot Distress Inks, Versamark, Black Soot Archival
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Black
Dies:  MMH (Hero Arts), Pierced Square Frames (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP