Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cone Head

I just love the humorous sets at Art Impressions and this one is no exception!  I used Doggy Kisses to make a one-layer card and I'm entering it into CAS(E) This Sketch, Art Impressions white space challenge and Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

I stamped the very unamused looking dog onto X-Press It cardstock and colored him with Copics.  I then die-cut it with a stitched frame.  I stamped the sentiment as if he's resting his head on it and added in some ground.  In case it's not immediately obvious, I flipped the CTS sketch and used images to represent each of the elements.

Oh man, this dog just cracks me up.  I remember when our dog Dexter had his manhood removed when he was a puppy and we had to put a cone on him.  As soon as we put it on, he turned into a statue and wouldn't move until we took it off again.  He was obviously terrified but it was pretty funny at the same time.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Doggy Kisses (Art Impressions)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS)
Cardstock:  X-Press It
Dies:  Blueprints 25 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Stripes and Leaves

Hi!  Today's card uses the colors from Color Throwdown, the sketch from MFT and the die-cut theme at The Male Room.

I die-cut a piece of Slate cardstock using a Basic Scallop Edges die and then cut out the centre using a pierced square frame.  I used the same die to cut into a piece of gray diagonally striped patterned paper and a piece of vellum.  The outer frame of the scalloped piece was adhered to a white card base and then I used the square frame to position both the patterned paper and vellum in the centre.

The sentiment was white embossed on the Slate panel.  After die-cutting some leaves in Green Apple and Slate, I positioned them inside the frame and popped up the frame with foam tape.  I finished the card with some Nuvo drops.

Thanks for visiting.

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Products used:

Stamps:  The Whole Herd (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Slate, Green Apple (SSS), Dots and Stripes Patterned Paper (MFT), Vellum
Dies:  Basic Scallop Edges, Pierced Square Frames, Layered Leaves (MFT)
Accessories:  Nuvo Drops


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Baked Goods

Hi and welcome to another Fusion challenge!  I just love the photo inspiration for this challenge which can lead to a chalkboard card or a baking-themed card or a cupcake card, or, or, or :)  The sketch is a simple one which can be flipped as required.

I flipped the sketch and created a fusion using Lawn Fawn images and Distress Oxide inks.

I sponged the distress inks onto a white panel using some masking tape and spritzed some water to add some interest.  The panel was then adhered under a white card base, which I'd die-cut with the stitched interactive windows trio die.  The images where white-embossed onto black and then lightly sponged with distress inks before being added to the card base with foam tape.  I added a sentiment and some Nuvo Jewel Drops and called it done!

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have some gorgeous cards so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Baked With Love, Bun in the Oven (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versamark, Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Stitched Interactive Window Trio (MFT), Baked With Love, Bun in the Oven (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Shaving Gear

Hi and welcome to my blog!  Today I have a card made using the latest sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches team.  And this week our hostess is super-talented Linda Callahan.  She has a sketch which I love - check it out:

Whenever I make a card, I first look in my NBUS box to see if there is something there that will work with whatever challenge I'm creating for.  This time I found the Best Dad set by Altenew and thought the fabulous images in that set would work well for the little cluster of elements in Linda's sketch.

I chose to work with the shaving images and colored them with Copics - trying to make the mug look like a tin mug.  Once I'd finished coloring, I die-cut the images and set them to one side while I worked on my card base.  

Oftentimes, when I look at a sketch I see a "layer" as a negative space and that's what I saw with this sketch, too.  So I die-cut a square from the card front and backed it with some script patterned paper from CTMH which my mum very kindly gave me.  I then arranged the die-cut images and adhered them.  The razor was adhered directly to the mug but the mug has foam tape on it to add some dimension.

Lastly, I added Glossy Accents to the stars and the head of the razor.

Thanks so much for visiting!  The design team have some gorgeous cards using the sketch, so please head on over to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Best Dad (Altenew)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS)
Cardstock:  Soft Stone (PTI), X-Press It, Live Beautifully (CTMH)
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Squares (MFT), Best Dad (Altenew)
Accesories:  Copics, Glossy Accents


Friday, 19 May 2017


Hi and welcome!  It's time for another fun challenge from the team at Just Add Ink and this week we have a sketch, created by Narelle.

I just had to ink up my NBUS stamp set by MFT - these seagulls just make me smile whenever I see them!

I decided to create a bit of a scene behind the seagull and used some masks and distress inks to create the sea and sky.  I die-cut the piece with a stitched circle die and then also with one of the little waves dies in the seagull set.  After I stamped, colored and die-cut my seagull, I popped him into the scene and adhered him down with some liquid glue.  The white card base was die-cut with a stitched rectangle die and then for the horizontal panel on the sketch I scored two lines (which, of course, you can't see in the photo!).

I did some surgery on one of the sentiments in the stamp set and stamped "gullfriend" just above the bottom score line.  The "hi" was die-cut from Smoke cardstock using an Altenew alphabet die set, which I think has a fun look which matches the seagull.

Thanks for visiting.  The design team have some wonderful inspiration for you so head on over and check them out.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Seaside Seagulls (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Broken China, Tumled Glass Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, Smoke, X-Press It
Dies:  Seaside Seagulls, Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Stitched Cloud Edges (MFT), Inline Alpha Dies (Altenew), Stitched Rectangle Mats (Lil Inkers)
Accessories:  Copics, Scoreboard


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Balloon Strings

Hi!  It's sketch time and the team at Freshly Made Sketches have some gorgeous inspiration for you this week.  Our sketch was designed by the fabulous Jen Mitchell and is versatile-plus!

I wanted to play along with the current challenge at Time Out so used Hannelie's gorgeous card as my inspiration.  

I white-embossed the Balloon Strings background stamp onto a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock and over that, I sponged various shades of distress ink in an ombre fashion.  Once I was finished, I die-cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, then split the panel in two with a stitched basic borders die.  I popped both panels up on a white card base using fun foam.

Most unusually for me, I left the flower uncolored, just stamping and die-cutting it before adhering it over the inked panel.  I finished with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in black.

Thanks so much for visiting!  As I said earlier, the DT have some gorgeous cards, so head on over and check them out.  We'd love to see your card in our gallery.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Balloon Strings (MFT), Beautiful Friend (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Blueprints 15 (MFT), Beautiful Friend (Clearly Besotted)
Accessories:  Nuvo Crystal Drops, Fun Foam


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Happy Day

Hi and welcome to the reminder post for The Flower Challenge, where this month you get to CASE one of the DT cards.  So, for the design team's reminder post cards, we had to CASE our first cards.  This time, I used green inks for my stenciling and black die-cuts for my images rather than silhouette stamping.  I kept the same basic layout and bold sentiment, though.

The stencil I used was one I cut myself using my Silhouette (back when I had one that actually worked, that is!)  I just cut the stencil from white card and I've probably used it 4-5 times and it's still going strong.  I sponged ink in an ombre fashion up the left hand side of the panel, after using some torn paper as a mask for the right hand side.

The flowers were die-cut from black cardstock and the sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I die-cut the panel with a wonky stitched rectangle die and popped it up with craft foam onto a white card base.  To finish the card, I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in Key Lime.

Thanks for visiting.  This is my last post as a DT member of The Flower Challenge.  Being on 5 DTs, including running one, has proven a bit too much, so I'm stepping down from a couple.  I wish Aileen and the girls at The Flower Challenge the best of luck and I'll be sure to play along as time permits.

I'm linking this card to the challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges - where they're looking for green in our cards this week.

Products used:

Stamps:  Bold Blooms (Essentials by Ellen)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint
Cardstock: White, Black
Dies;  Bold Blossoms (Essentials by Ellen), Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT)
Accessories:  Nuvo Jewel Drops (Key Lime), homemade stencil