Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fusion: Back to School

We're so happy to be back at Fusion after a fabulous summer break. Be prepared to be inspired by the fabulous photo inspiration/sketch and the cards from the design team. This challenge was the perfect one for me to pull out my Frantic Stamper dies.  
As my kids head back to school I thought it would be the perfect time to get some teacher thank you cards made for my stash. I pulled out two sets of dies and markets to get to work on making a couple of clean and simple thank you cards. For the first card, I die cut the pencil dies three times coloring the pencils in different colors. I tied them together with a touch of twine to give them a bit more symmetry on the card. Finished off the card with a simple thanks sentiment.

For my second card, I had fun coloring the apple with water color pens. To add a touch of color I put a small strip of rainbow striped paper to finish it off. I love how the water color on the apple provides a sense of texture to the design.

These cards will likely get put to quick use!

FRA-Die-09591  Teacher's Apple
FRA-Die-09592  Pencil

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

WinnersWill be chosen by all of our teammates in two weeks! We each will choose one favourite! The winners will be announced at 4am (PST) in two weeks!! Please check the linky for the days left to play with us!  Pop on over to Fusion to play!

Time Out: Thank You So Much

We are back at Time Out with a fabulous challenge:  'Time Out to Make your Mark'-use any kind of marker-e.g-copics, chalk, water colours, pencils with the optional twist of monochrome colour palette.  Our challenge is sponsored by:  Uniko Studios.

For my card, I embossed the flowers in white on water color card stock. I colored the centers of the flowers with orange water color markers and then water colored the rest of the card stock with yellow.

Be sure to pop on over to Time Out to play along with us and check out the creations from our guest designer, Marika.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Have a Bright & Merry Christmas

Day 3 in a row of the Christmas cards challenge.  Playing along with Just Us Girls sketch challenge this week.  A very CAS inky card with a small strip of patterned paper.  Not sure I love this I only made one of these, but I definitely love the color combo of pink and green.

I also made this card with an extra snowflake die I had laying around. It was inspired by this gorgeous card from Ardyth (I'm lucky enough to have the real live card in my possession!)

Tomorrow I'll be off Christmas cards with new Time Out and Fusion challenges!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wishing You Much Joy This Holiday Season

I was on a roll this weekend...making lots of Christmas cards.  I have been itching to play along with the MUSE Christmas Visions challenge, but haven't gotten to it nearly as often as I would like, but I am changing that this week!  Love all the black and white on Kristie's inspiration card below.  I think you can see how I was inspired. I made twelve of this version of card and am so thankful for my definitely made making twelve of these much faster!  You might have noticed too that my Christmas cards are all square. I'm taking Ardyth's lead as I love her square cards!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Christmas Blessings

The stash of Christmas cards is woefully low and I know the next few months are going to zoom on by just like the last few have.  So yesterday when I hit the craft room instead of working on a few sympathy cards that I need to get done, I decided to work on Christmas cards.  The CASology challenge was perfect to get my mojo going.  I used the strip of plaid paper from an older pack of My Mind's Eye paper (it's actually one of the few packs of paper where it has almost all been used). Kara inspired me to get out my felt with her gorgeous cards here, so I was off to the races and made 20 of these.  Yeah me!  Making a dent in that Christmas card stash!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PaperSmooches Sparks: Your Future....

My niece just started her freshman year at Ohio University, so when I got this new stamp set from PaperSmooches:  Spreading Sunshine, I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for...a card for Laura.  I used my ZIG markers to first make the water color background.  I'm not a very patient crafter so my heat gun came out to dry it quickly. The sentiment was then stamped.  Trimmed the paper a bit to center the sentiment before mounting in on a piece of black card stock.  Felt like the card needed something extra so I added a little bit of thread. Thought about sequins or gems...but just couldn't get them to place where they looked right. Does that ever happen to you?! now it's up to you...pop on over to the PaperSmooches blog to play along with our Anything Goes challenge...and check out all the awesome cards by our design team below. There are tons of us playing along this week.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I think I have officially turned the corner and am ready for fall colored cards versus summer flowers (although don't be surprised if switch back to flowers soon!).  The inspiration photo below was simply gorgeous. When I went to get started on this card, I looked for a loopy leaf and flower die for about 15 minutes.  No clue where they are, so I went with some leaf dies that were already in sight!  Used some gold double backed paper to cut out the die cuts, a strip of left over distress inked paper, a sentiment and a few gems and we were off to the races!