Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Autumn Leaves...

 




Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Autumn Leaves' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.


Which will you try?

I loved both, so I fused them!

I was inspired by the colours and the leaves in the inspiration photo. I love this set by MFT 'Harvest Mouse'. It gets a lot of use!

I coloured the leaves to match as closely as I could to the colour palette and then used fun Autumnal coloured patterned papers to create my background. I finished it off, by adding a little glitter strip and one of the sentiments from the stamp set, which I cut up to work with my card layout.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on October 11th

Cx

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Retro Rubber Blog Challenge - #192 - Tic Tac Toe...


Hey,

Welcome to another awesome Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a fun tic-tac-toe board for you this time -



I went with the first vertical row - nautical-embossing-stars.

I love this set by Stampabilities 'Sail Away' all the stamps are SO cute. I have had it since Jan 2021 and it hasn't been used as much as I would have liked. I stamped and fussy cut it and coloured it using Copics.

I recently got this amazing dimensional stars embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp, so it was perfect for using here!

The sentiment is one of my faves, by Jillibean Soup from their 'Whale Done' set that I have had since 2018.

The whole card came together really easily and it's so cute!

Which row will you choose? I always find it fun when you use the same row as me, but the cards/makes are so unique to each of us and our supplies.  Be sure to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends October 7th

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge, and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

p.s If you are in Florida and under the hurricane alert like me, please be safe and follow all the guidance being issued.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Front Porch...


Hey,

Welcome to another awesome Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Front Porch' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.


Which will you try?

I loved the inspiration image, as I have a front porch and I love sitting out there. But I didn't have the right stamps for the image in my head.

The weightlifting monster stamp is by Whipper Snapper Designs and is ancient and one of my all-time faves, I always smile when I use him. I used one of my many on-hand smooshed distress ink backgrounds and added a strip of glitter paper to mimic the sketch. The little sentiment banner I created using planner stickers. I think these little stickers are so handy when you want a small sentiment.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on September 27th.

Cx

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Retro Rubber Blog Challenge - #191 - Sketch Challenge...

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a sketch for you this time.


You know how much I love a sketch!
It took me a minute to decide how I wanted to interpret the sketch. Then I remembered that I have this awesome star coverplate die by Mama Elephant. I die-cut it, added acetate to the back, and created a shaker!
I added the super cute and fun 'Little Agenda Dinos' by Mama Elephant that I have had since 2020. The sentiment is a mix of companies and I think it worked really well and the whole card ended up as a fun interpretation of the sketch.

Here is a little close-up for you.


Show us your interpretation of the sketch. Don't forget to pop over to Retro Rubber, and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends September 23rd.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Pinwheel



Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Pinwheel' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.


Which will you try?

I loved both, but I didn't have anything even remotely related to a pinwheel in my stash.. gotta remedy that!

So I went with just the sketch and as I am in the midst of Christmas 2022 makes, I decided to make a Christmas card.

I just got the fun candy-striped papers and so wanted to use them. I cut a contrasting panel to match the sketch and die-cut circles in black, so my words would pop. I used some leftover sentiments from the  Lawn Fawn 'Winter Big Scripty Words' set and it worked out so well.

To finish it off I added a little bit of bling!

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on September 13th.

Cx

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog - #190 - Tag, you're it...

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

Our long-time teamie LeAnne is stepping down, we really will miss her and her beautiful creations. Best wishes to you LeAnne, I am sure I'll see you around in blogland.

This time we have a 'use a tag' challenge.


I love tags, shop-bought, handmade, or any kind. I have a big bin full of them, so I was super excited to use one of my faves here.

I chose the tag first - it is from Michael's and has a great holographic effect, so when it catches the light, it feels a bit like the ocean to me! Hence my stamp choice 'Mermaid's Crossing' by Newton's Nook, I have had it since I took a class using it in 2016!

I never bought the dies, but this is where my awesome Brother Scan n Cut aka Big Sexy comes in handy!

The image below shows how I stamped and cut a bunch of things all at once. I even cut out the sentiments, just draw a pencil line around them and erase after.


I coloured my mermaid using copics, I am pretty pleased with her pink hair. After mounting the tag onto the card, I placed the mermaid and the sentiment and then added some of my all-time fave Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

I love it so much, that I am not sure I want to send it to anyone LOL.

How will you use a tag on your card? Make sure that you pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT has made.

Challenge ends September 9th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Colour Palette - Seagull Beach

Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Colour Palette - Seagull Beach' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.


Which will you try?

I did not use the sketch, instead I was inspired by the image and the colours

I dug out an old fave by Newton's Nook 'Hey Gullfriend' and then created a background of clouds and sea using MFT cloud and wave stencils with distress ink. This sentiment always makes me laugh. I love punny cards.

SUCH an easy and fun make!

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on August 30th.

Cx

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Fusion Challenge - Front Porch



Hey,

Welcome to another wonderful Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Front Porch' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.


Which will you try?

I was planning on fusing the sketch and the photo, as I have a front porch and I LOVE it!!

But I couldn't find the stamp to create what I had in my head. So I went with just the sketch.

The weightlifting monster is one of my all-time fave stamps by Whipper Snapper and it always makes me smile when I use him. I used one of my many on hand smooshed backgrounds and added a strip of glitter paper. The little banner I made using x2 stickers that are for planners, but I like to use them as small sentiments on cards.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on September 27th.

Cx

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #189 - Gnarly...its the 80s...

Hey,

Welcome to another awesome Retro Rubber challenge.

It's time for another fun colour challenge - this time 80s colours!



I love these colours!!

I used pink, mauve, blue and grey. I stepped out of my comfort zone with a little bit of paper piecing!! The background stamp is 'Looped Flower' by Hero Arts and I bought it second-hand from Jenn Shurkus around 2015!

I stamped the girl from the 'Jane Girl' set by Unity Stamps that I have had since 2018. I masked her off and added Altenew inks in my chosen colours to the background stamp and stamped it onto the white panel, over the masked girl. I then coloured her with copics and stamped her onto the grey chevron paper for my final colour choice. The chevron paper is 'Calm & Cozy Chevrons' by My Favorite Things.

The sentiment is one of my favourite go-to Taylored Expressions sentiment strips, I have a container of these and they are so handy.

How will you use the colours? Pop on over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT has made.

Challenge ends August 26th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Cheese & Wine...

Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Cheese & Wine for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.

Which will you try?

I loved both, so I fused them!

I was inspired by the wine bottles. I have this amazing set of stamps by Creative Expressions that my bestie gave me. They are all sentiments and they are hilarious. I thought the one I chose to use paired really well with the lady by Unity Stamp Co.

The paper is another digital paper by Little Butterfly Wings and I printed it off and cut it down to suit the sketch.

This is going to make a hilarious birthday card for a friend!

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on August 16th.

Cx

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Retro Rubber Blog Challenge #188 - Anything Goes..



Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

This time it's everyone's fave 'Anything Goes'.


The amazing animal print die on my card, is new and I found it in a local Tuesday Morning for $2! It is by Momenta. The minute I saw it, I knew it would play nicely with one of my fave stamps by Ellen Hutson 'Brave Hearted' that I have had since 2020.

Super easy card to make, just die cut the background, stamp, colour and cut the lion and his crown. And then I stamped and fussy cut the sentiment, so it looks like it is coming out of his mouth.


What golden oldies will you use for your Anything goes? Be sure to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends August 12th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Catherine Pooler - Mug Shots...


Hello!

I cannot resist a mug stamp, because IRL I LOVE mugs and it's a good job I have hubby to rein me in, otherwise we would have a bejillion of them.

This great set by Catherine Pooler 'Mug Shots' has gotten so much use since I got it last year. I love pairing it The Rabbit Hole designs Caffeinated sentiments set.

These cards are pretty similar, just a bit of ink blending to anchor the mugs, because they are so pretty they need to shine!




I think the Corgi mug above is actually my fave!


Hope you enjoyed these simple, elegant beauties.

Cx

 

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Colorado Craft Co - Happy New Year Mice...


Hello!

I love Colorado Craft Co stamps. I am not a big fan of mice IRL, but they make them SO cute.

This set is called 'Happy New Year' and what I really love about it, is that it is one long stamp that comes with x2 dies, so you get 2 cards in one

I kept these super simple, as I really wanted the mice to shine. They were both coloured with distress inks and a paintbrush (I don't like aquabrushes).

And I added the cheeky Tim Holtz snarky stickers for a bit of fun.

Cx

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Beach Tiers..


Hey,

Welcome to another fun Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Beach Tiers' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.

Which will you try?

I loved both, so I loosely fused them!

I started by rotating the sketch, as I thought it would work with my image better. The pretty beachy paper is digital and by Allison Pennington, I LOVE her digital kits, I use them a lot in my digital scrapping. I didn't want to hide too much of the paper, so I used a piece of vellum for the other strip.

The cute girl is one of my fave from My Favourite Things 'Beach Cutie', the sentiment in the photo made me smile and this set came with that sentiment, so I got to use it here!

The card has left for my bestie, as we are beach girls..

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on August 2nd.

Cx

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #187 - Tic Tac Toe..


Hey,

Welcome to another awesome Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a tic-tac-toe board for you.


I went with the central vertical row - Birds-Green-Embossing.

I love this set by Vicki Boutin 'All the Good Things 2' it was a gift from my friend in 2018 because she saw it and knew I was looking for it :).

I stamped, cut, and coloured the bird using a minty green Copic and a green Sakura starburst glitter gel pen. I used MFT 'Bold Greenery' dies for the foliage and a spotty green paper. The background I stenciled with a stencil from The Range in the UK and Mowed Lawn distress oxides.

For my embossing, I used a very old Cuttlebug star embossing folder - hands up who has a Cuttlebug still? I die cut it using a stitched circle die from The Works in the UK.

The final touch is the sentiment strip from Taylored Expressions.

Such a sweet card, I am so happy with the outcome.

Which row will you choose? Pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT has made.

Challenge ends July 29th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge, and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Funky AALL & Create Girls..


Hello!

Continuing with my promise to post a bit more...

I thought I would share these fun cards that I made a while ago..

I love messing around with watercolours and creating stripey backgrounds is my fave thing.

I am also a huge AALL & Create fan and decided to make some funky cards using these Janet Klein girls.

Super easy to make, I just painted the backgrounds, cut them to size and added some collagey bits on top and then added the girls.

They make me smile a lot!

Cx


 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

June Digital Scrapbooking Layouts..

Hello!

I have been neglecting my blog a bit...

I know you get my fortnightly challenge cards, but there is SO much more going on.

So I thought I would start a new trend of adding in a few random posts here and there :)

Starting with my faves from my June Scrapbooking layouts.


For Oscraps new release by Natali Designs

I play at Oscraps (where I am on the CT), The Lilypad, The Digital Press, Pixel Scrapper and Sweet Shoppe Designs. And I was on the design team for The Nifty Pixel, the CT for Buzzbee Scraps, and a guest with ninigoesdigi. PHEW!

In June I made 40 layouts - even with a week out for Covid!

I also made a bunch of cards, so I'll get those up in another post :)

For TDP Designer Challenge - Little Lamm Co

For SSD using The Nifty Pixel template and kit

For Buzzbee Scraps using the special Jubilee template and kit

For SSD challenge using a mix of River Rose and Kelly Bangs Creative


So what do you think? 

The main photo was for Oscraps and I used their free with purchase collab kit.

I find scrapping a lot of fun and super rewarding. Not dissimilar to card making.

Cx

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Hello Hat..


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Hello Hat' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.


Which will you try?

I loved both, so I fused them!

I loved the hat and I was going to go with a hello sentiment, but after I decided to use the super cute Budgie from Clearly Besotted 'Making Budgie Plans' I went summer-themed.

I used a fun pineapple embossing folder for the yellow panel and after I had stamped my sentiment on the white panel, I added a bunch of stars just for fun. The sentiments are both from Simon Says Stamp 'Warm Weather Animals' - this is one of my all-time fave sets.

I love how fun and summery this card is!

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on July 19th.

Cx

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #186 - Sketch Challenge...


Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge. I hope you all had a fun 4th of July weekend if you are in the Americas, Hubby and I had a great weekend.

We have a sketch for you this time, you know how much I love a sketch!

I rotated the sketch and decided to use this gorgeous butterfly that was on my desk, it's by Clearly Besotted 'Elegant Butterflies' and I have had it since 2016.

I loved the colour I had stamped it in, so I chose papers that worked well with it and suited the sketch.

Here is a close-up, as the sentiment strip is foiled and is hard to photograph!


The floral paper is by Stampin' Up and everything else is a scrap, the sentiment strip is by Taylored Expressions. I love how pretty and delicate this card feels.

Show us your interpretation of the sketch. And don't forget to pop on over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends July 15th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge, and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Colour Palette - Flowers..


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Colour Palette - Flowers' for you. As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.


Which will you try?

I loved both, so I fused them!

I loved the colours and it was fun to colour my leaves using blue instead of green.

I used a fave stamp by Ellen Hutson 'Mondo Wildflowers' and I watercoloured it and then die-cut it.

I decided to heat emboss the sentiment, which is from the Avery Elle 'Orchid' set. 

Such an easy and fun card to make :)

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Excited to see what you make

Challenge ends on July 5th.

Cx

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Retro Rubber #185 - Mod Circles..


Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

This time is all about circles!



Circles are one of my most overused shapes! I love the way they can make a card!

I went in a different direction here and created a smooshed distress ink background and stamped a bunch of the circles from the Ellen Hutson 'Bokeh Dots' set - I have had this since 2018 and it's SO inky lol. 

The robot was a last-minute decision as it looked a bit sparse! This is one of my fave sets and is by Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts 'Kelly's Super Cool' - a very old set as I have had it since 2016.

Weirdly the sentiment was stamped already and on my desk!

It has already left my desk and is on it's way to a dude!

How will the circles inspire you? Don't forget to stop by Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT has made.

Challenge ends July 1st.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge, and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Wheel Wreath..


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Wheel Wreath' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.


Which will you try?

I went with the inspiration image this time.

I was inspired by the wheels and the wreaths. I love this Star Wreath die by Avery Elle, I find it can be used for any occassion! The bike is by Clearly Besotted from their 'Happy Days' set. I wanted to use the typewriter sticker for my sentiment, but it didn't pop off of my card blank, so I added a teeny tiny piece of glitter washi tape. Final touch, add a few bling bits!

Sadly you can't see how sparkly my wreath is, but you can see all the glitter that fell off it onto my card :(

Anyway, I love it and it's off to my friend who is a keen cyclist.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on June 21st.

Cx