Thursday, January 10, 2019

FUSION 5th Birthday Celebration...

Really enjoying this fabulous New Year - hope you are too! 

For those of you craving some crafty inspiration, check out the double dose of inspiration from our Design Team and our special invited guests who have dropped in to share the FUSION 5th Birthday celebration.

This fortnight I was inspired to do some multimedia crafting using my NBUS Gelliplate with a selection of blue, teal, green, navy and white acrylic paints, to create the background panel, the butterfly panel and the base colour of the large butterfly, using this gorgeous Heidi Swapp butterfly stencil, Tim Holtz butterfly stamp, Ranger black archival ink, and adding the super cute MFT Stitched Daisy and Kaisercraft sentiment. 

My guest is the fabulous Jenny Martin from My Paper Epiphany
Check out her gorgeous watercolour interpretation of the FUSION inspiration, then head on over to the FUSION blog for some more super inspiration from our fabulous Design Team, and their special invited guests...


Hope you can join in the fun this fortnight @ FUSION.
Can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Christmas Dinner and a Happy New Year!


Wishing you all the very best of the Season and a FABULOUS 2019!

After starting a massive cleanup of my crafting room, I decided I would attempt to get back into scrapbooking this year, which I have not attempted for a while! Inspired by the current (but not for much longer) CSI Challenge #268, (colours, Christmas theme, circles, vintage elements, christmas trees, journaling about Christmas) and the latest sketch at Sketches in Thyme. I challenged myself to complete this in a couple of hours - which is a real challenge for me as I have been a SLOW scrapper, and usually leave my creations a few days and play around with them before finally sticking everything down. This is also one of the reasons I let scrapbooking slide, so I thought I'd try and speed up the process!

It is basic - but DONE lol!

As you can see, the photo is from 2006, so keeping with tradition most of the papers used were from last decade too! (I told you it had been a while!) Using a combination of papers from Love Elise Noel Recipe Book, Crate Paper Sweet Branch Collection - Cherish, Websters Pages Your Life - Beautiful, Sweetwater One Wish and Making Memories Christmas Script, Word and Shape Stickers from October Afternoon Very Merry and Thickers Jewellery Box Letter Stickers, along with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap.



Playing along with CSI Challenge #268

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Little Christmas FUSION

I am not sure what our endless fascination with snow at Christmas here is in the Southern hemisphere. Maybe we dream of it whilst melting in the sun by our BBQs, or perhaps it is just that because we do not have to deal with the reality of it, it will always keep its little bit of magic. Whatever the case, this fortnights FUSION inspiration is sprinkled with that same magic!

I flipped the gorgeous FUSION sketch on its head this fortnight, and saw the four panels as my window frame, peeking out to see the reindeer fly over the rooftops. Patterned paper is by Bo Bunny, stamps from Mama Elephant's Believe the Magic, and diecut Poppystamps Small Madison Window, Papertry Inc Merry, and Studio Calico Christmas

Head on over to the FUSION blog for some more super inspiration from our fabulous Design Team...Betty J. - Jeanne Jachna - Jen Mitchell - Karren Johnson - Linda Callahan - Michelle LeoneMichelle Lupton - Michelle Williams - Wanda Cullen

Hope you can join in the fun this fortnight @ FUSION.
Can't wait to see what you create!

Also playing along with 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Challenge Me A Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton...



 

So thrilled to join in this year with the fabulous Challenge me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton. My challenge was for her to create a card with Alcohol Inks and Die Cuts, although looking at some of her gorgeous recent posts I don't know how challenging it actually was lol. You can check out Michelle's gorgeous creation here.

As Yupo paper can be a tad on the expensive side, I created a themed set of 4 gift cards from one A5 sheet of Yupo paper. The Alcohol ink background was created by randomly dripping combination of Alcohol inks in a variety of shades of greens, mine include Pinata Rainforest Green, Arto Teal, Tim Holtz Limeade and Turquoise with a touch of Pinata Mantilla Black. While the ink was still wet I moved it around the A5 sheet of Yupo paper by tilting the paper in the direction I wanted the inks to run, and the Yupo paper was then blotted with a scrunched up sheet of A4 copy paper in a diagonal pattern. Once the inks were dry, the sheet of Yupo paper was cut in half. One half of the Yupo sheet was used to make the first two cards. 

Onto the second half of the Yupo sheet I also added some Pinata Claro Extender, to reactivate the base layer of inks, together with Tim Holtz Pearl Mixative and Pinata Old Gold. This layer was also blotted with some scrunched up A4 copy paper to create the background of cards three and four.

The first three cards feature the Merry Christmas Holiday Frames photo frame die by Simon Says Stamp, paired with one of the Deer Trio by Simply Dies. The final card once again features one of the Deer Trio by Simply Dies, together with Memory Makers Countryside Circle, and Avery Elle Seasons Greetings sentiment. The American Crafts glitter paper in gold helps to add a little festive sparkle.

I hope you are inspired to challenge yourself and join in the fun of creating with Alcohol inks and die cuts!

Card #1

 Card #2

Card #3

Card #4

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Little Fun with Alcohol Inks and Die Cuts...



Having a play with my alcohol inks and Simon Says die cuts to create this simple Christmas card. Love when you add white or pearl ink and extender over the blue ink on Yupo paper base, you can then scrunch a sheet of A4 paper into a ball and dab the Yupo paper to remove some of the ink and create an almost crystal effect, to mimic the snowflakes.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A Little FUSION Christmas...


Heard someone mention they couldn't believe how one year can manage to stretch out endlessly and fly by in a blink at the same time. Definitely feeling it with the festive season almost on us this year! 

Perfect timing for Christmas card inspiration with a fabulous neutral colour palette plus a pop of red in this fortnights FUSION. Inspired by the knotted textures, gorgeous bow and seasonal theme, together with another super cute and versatile sketch this fortnight. Playing with my Tara Wakefield stamps and Studio Calico papers, paired with My Favorite Things Christmas sentiment.

Head on over to the FUSION blog for some more super inspiration from our fabulous Design Team...Betty J. - Jeanne Jachna - Jen MitchellKarren Johnson - Linda Callahan - Michelle LeoneMichelle Lupton - Michelle Williams - Wanda Cullen

Hope you can join in the fun this fortnight @ FUSION.
Can't wait to see what you create!

Also playing along with Addicted to Stamps CAS



Thursday, November 8, 2018

FUSION Christmas at Wine O'clock

Inspired by this fortnight FUSION inspiration photo to to recreate a wine bottle gift tag in time for the festive season. The tag was created by cutting a piece of heavy weight MME patterned cardstock just over two inches wide and just over seven inches long, and scoring and folding it so one side is just over five inches, and the other side is just over two inches long. This strip was placed in the largest Paper Smooches Flag Tag die, with the fold just inside the top flat edge of the die, so that when it goes through the die cutter, the folded end remains attached. A one inch hole was then punched in the shorter end of the beer bottle tag and the corners rounded, so this folded flap can be used to hang the tag from the bottleneck. The Paper Smooches Enchanted Elves reindeer was stamped on woodgrain paper, glued to a piece of cardstock for extra strength when fussy cutting. A red Kaisercraft rhinestone and googly eye highlight his red-nosed face. The Paper Smooches Christmas Words sentiment was cut from two shades of green paper, with the darker green words set into the negative space left in the lighter green paper, leaving a bit of the striped tag to peek through, and decorated with a sprig of die cut Paper Smooches Ponsettia holly.

Head on over to the FUSION blog for some more super inspiration from our fabulous Design Team...

Hope you can join in the fun this fortnight @ FUSION.
Can't wait to see what you create!