Thursday, June 23, 2022

Fusion - Color Palette Flowers

We've got great new challenge at Fusion featuring some lovely shades of blue, a pop of red, and a fun sketch.  I decided to go with the colors and design a square Christmas card.  When I was choosing the blues I thought they looked pretty good vis-a-vis the challenge graphic, but now I'm not so sure!  😳

I ❤️ these turnabout stamps from Concord & 9th.  And this wreath one is on my fave list.  I wanted the wreath to be the focal point of the card so I stamped it right smack dab in the middle then put a slim sentiment across the middle.  To break up the white space around it, and give the card some additional color, I layered a couple of shades of blue cardstock under the main panel.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember at Fusion you can play along with the colors, the sketch, or create some Fusion of your own by combining the two.  It's up to you!

Stamps:  Wreath Turnabout (Concord & 9th); Fa La La (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Polar Bear, Icy Water, Arctic Mountain, Crimson (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 540

Hi everyone!  It's my turn to be the hostess at Freshly Made Sketches and I put together a pretty simple sketch.  I had no particular card design in mind when I created the sketch and once I sat at my desk to make my card I was going to do something faithful to it:  a couple of rectangles and maybe a flower or too.  But after a first attempt I abandoned that idea and went with something else entirely.

For the rectangles I used a brushstroke image and then die cut this beautiful butterfly as an accent.  I was inspired by the colors at Sunday Stamps for this one.  The colors are eclectic and I love it when I can combine colors that, at first glance, don't seem to go together and but look so beautiful when they combine!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you give my sketch a try at Freshly Made Sketches!  My fellow design team members have made some fabulous cards to inspire you so I hope you'll play along with us!

Stamps:  Jumbo Abstract Art (My Favorite Things); Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Whisper White, Summer Starfruit (Stampin' Up!); vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Wisteria, Hydrangea (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Papillons die (4enscrap); enamel dots (Studio Calico)

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Fusion - Wheel Wreath

We've got a great new challenge for you at Fusion this week!  I was so excited when I saw the inspiration photo for this week for reasons that had nothing to do with a card!  More on that later!

So, the inspiration photo was a ship-lap background, a cluster of wheels and some greenery.  Well, it just so happens that I have an accent wall on my front porch that has some wheels on it very reminiscent of these wheels.  (I think mine are vintage baby carriage wheels).  I painted the porch last summer but recently began to think about adding some faux brick wallpaper to the accent wall.  This challenge has made me think that faux ship-lap would look just as good!  

But on to the card.  I cut strips of white cardstock that were 1/2-inch wide and lightly sponged a pale gray on the edges before adhering them to my card base.  Then I stamped a few circles and added some greenery to them to mimic the inspiration photo.  I added some white "berries" using Nuvo drops.  At the last minute I added a sentiment in red.

Thanks for stopping by!  Come and join us at Fusion!  Play with the sketch or the inspiration photo or both!

Stamps:  Bokeh Dots (Essentials); Joy Stamp (The Stamp Market
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!) Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Limestone, Crimson (Altenew); Nocturne (Versamark Clare)
Accessories:  Branch punch (Martha Stewart); Gloss White Nuvo Drops

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 539

Hi everyone!  Welcome to a new challenge from your friends at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Jen Timko and her sketch inspired me to go a little old-school with my card.  I don't often dip into my stash of patterned paper but I love it when I do!  The background is a simple pattern which I adorned with some flowers and leaves - the circle on the sketch.  

I inserted a slim birthday sentiment so that I could join the fun at AAA Birthday.  

Thanks for stopping by!  You won't be surprised to see that my Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some fabulous cards to inspire you to play along with us.  So check them out!

Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes (Stampin' Up!); Dream Big (Verve); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!); Orange Cream (Altenew)

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 538

I know the calendar says June, but the weather says April.  😕 After some spectacular weather lately a cold front has moved in and the temperatures are now back into the sixties and it's raining today.  Blah.  But luckily it's Wednesday so there's a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches which cheers me up immensely!  Our hostess this week is Jacquie and in between cooking up fabulous meals she manages to cook up some fabulous cards too!

I decided immediately that washi tape would be perfect for the vertical layers.  My washi collection has been sitting idle for a while now so it was good to dig through it and find something to use here.  The inspiration photo at Just Us Girls gave me some color cues so the baskets became the washi and the different shades of pink flowers became my arrangement of funky flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!  Of course my Freshly Made Sketches design team members have made some gorgeous cards for you to see.  

Funky Flowers (Papetrey Ink); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Sea Glass (Avery Elle); Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubelite (Altenew); Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  washi tape

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fusion - Rainbow Plates

We've got another great challenge for you at Fusion.  The inspiration photo features "rainbow plates" but since I made a rainbow card yesterday I decided to follow the sketch this time around.

Ok, work with me here.  I know the sketch has a couple of circles but I opted for a bit of creative license on my card.  The top of the sketch has a partial circle.  On my card that became a leaf that has a circular shape.  The other circle on the sketch became a flower on my card.  Ta da!  My colors were inspired by the colors of the Global Design Project.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Fusion teammates have made some great cards to inspire you to create along with us so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Strength Blooms (Altenew); Simple Sentiments 02 (Simon Says Stamps)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Forest Glades, Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Cosmic Berry (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Bricked embossing folder (Tim Holtz)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 537

Hi everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess is Judy and, with a few tweaks, I embraced her sketch wholeheartedly!

The rainbow challenge at Less is More inspired my colorful horizontal layer and I thought a simple "HI" sentiment mimicked the circle on the sketch.  The banner underneath those layers was paper pierced using a Stampin' Up! stencil.  Remember stencils!!  This is why I am a stamping hoarder.  I might only use something once every five years but I'm eternally grateful that it exists in my stash for just the perfect moment!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening, Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 536

Pardon my late entry (again) for our newest Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I've got to say that the circles on the sketch initially put me in a bit of a panic, but after poking around in my stash I came up with a card that makes me so happy!  Karren is our hostess and her sketch got me thinking out of the box!

So, when I first saw the sketch I was thinking about something along the lines of three flowers, or maybe three geometric shapes, or maybe three butterflies.  But as I was looking through my stash I stumbled on this JUMBO stamp set from The Ton which had three poinsettias in roughly the same placement as the circles.  Perfect!

I embossed the background with some subtle burlap texture because I didn't like the flowers against a plain white background.  The poinsettias and leaves have amazing dimension - perfect with the textured background - and the black die-cut sentiment just makes the whole thing pop!  I love this card!

Thanks for stopping by!  The amazing Freshly Made Sketches design team has some fabulous cards to inspire you to play along with us, so I hope you do!

Stamps:  Boundless Poinsettia (The Ton)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades (Altenew)
Accessories:  Rustic Burlap impression plate (Papertrey Ink); Merry Christmas die (Impression Obsession)