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!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

FUSION Falling for Christmas...

Inspired by this fortnights FUSION to get a wriggle on with Christmas card making! Combined the super versatile sketch with the Autumn wood tones, wreath and candles from this fortnights FUSION inspiration photo. Featuring die cuts from Avery Elle Seasons Greetings, MFT Dienamics Winter Wreath and Memory Box Glowing Candles.

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!

Also playing along with this fabulous colour combo from Color Throwdown

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pastel FUSION

Inspired by the gorgeous pastel colours and fabulously versatile sketch of this fortnight's FUSION. Kept it simple with diecuts all the way! Simon Says Butterfly Drift in Echo Park pastel spotted papers paired with layers of Winnie and Walters Happy sentiment.

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!

Playing along with Seize the Birthday too!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Joy of FUSION...

So this fortnights FUSION card took a whole different direction from where it started (exit stage right lol!) I tipped the fabulous FUSION sketch on its side, created the super cute fishtail flag using MME On The Bright Side paper die cut with Paper Smooches fishtail flag die, the rectangle became my Winnie & Walter Joy diecut and the circle is this gorgeous Uniquely Creative Whimsy Bunnies stamps, paper pieced in Echo Park Sweet Day papers. Admittedly I did add my own bunny smile and balloon string to the stamps, before adding this gorgeous sentiment, also from Uniquely Creative Whimsy Bunnies, and inked the edges in Distress Oxide Evergreen Bough.

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

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

FUSION Citrus "Bearday" Wishes...

Inspired by the gorgeous pops of orange and yellow in the citrus FUSION inspiration photo this fortnight, I created my background panel using alcohol inks on Yupo paper, with a touch of gold foil highlights. Stamped any fussy cut the cute Koala Bear, and layered with these fabulous diecuts, all from Uniquely Creative

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

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

Also playing along with Seize the Birthday

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Daisied and conFUSIONed...

Love that we are almost in Spring on this side of the world, and there is nothing like some gorgeous daisies to brighten up your day wherever you are!

Inspired by this gorgeous sketch and happy colours of the FUSION inspiration photo this fortnight, I combined these super cute stitched daisy diecuts from MFT with a stitched circle from Lil Inkers, atop a scrap of perfect baby blue paper from my stash. I might have just happened to pick up these gorgeous Uniquely Creative diecut sentiments from Paperific, where I thought I would make an effort to support home grown companies!


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

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

Also playing along with Seize the Birthday
Little Red Wagon Old or New Trend (buttons)
Simon Says Anything Goes

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Darkest Nights, Brightest Stars FUSION

I LOVE this fortnights FUSION inspiration even more so than usual! 

Focusing on the FUSION inspiration photo, I was inspired to create my very first alcohol inks on Yupo paper background, using blues, black, white and silver, and adding silver foiled paper, silver sequin stars and this perfectly gorgeous MFT Shining Stars diecut in silver glitter paper, and Mama Elephant Shooting Star sentiment in white embossing powder on MFT fishtail banner, topped with MFT stitched diecut frame.

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

Hope you can join in the fun this fortnight @ FUSION.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Rustic FUSION Flowers...

Super fun creating a shaker card for this fortnights FUSION, combining a panel on clear acetate with a smaller opaque panel. Love this gorgeous Altenew Rose diecut from a variety of MFT coloured cardstock. The shaker is filled with a combination of Auzz Trinkets and Simon Says Moonshine Sequins, topped with Lily Bee Letter Stickers to create the birthday sentiment.

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

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

Also joining in the fun at
Seize the Birthday!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

FUSION Fun



This weeks FUSION vintage picnic vibe is heaps of fun to play with, and I flipped the sketch for an added bit of flair. Using alcohol inks on Yupo paper and blotting excess ink with paper towel to create the patterned variations in colour, I paper pieced behind this super gorgeous Altenew die cut rose and paired with MFT die cut birthday sentiment.

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

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

Also joining in the fun at
Seize the Birthday!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy to be Stuck with FUSION...

Had super fun playing with these Doodle Bug Fun in the Sun papers and MFT Sweet Succulents stamps for this fortnights FUSION challenge. Love the gorgeous colours and theme from FUSION, together with this fabulously versatile sketch so I played along with both! Paper pieced the gorgeous MFT Sweet Succulents, atop fishtail flags from MFT Blueprints #27.


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


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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Monster Fusion

Super fun colours for this fortnights FUSION inspiration, created a kid's birthday card using MFT Rectangular Peek-A-Boo Window diecut, MFT Monster Sized stamp and sentiment paired with Lawn Fawn Birthday diecut.

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


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

Also joining in the fun at
Seize the Birthday!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Paper Smooches Birthday Fishes...

Super Summer colour inspiration at Paper Smooches this month, great to keep your mind off the cold winter mornings! Created using Paper Smooches stamps and sentiment, Lil Inkers sun and stitched circle diecuts, together with an MFT scalloped border for the waves. Created the watercolour sea then layered the paper pieced scene.
Playing along with

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hello Reverse Confetti...

Playing along with this months Reverse Confetti's Stock Your Stash Hello/Just Because, well, just because! Love this super cute crocodile/alligator, paired with this very apt Kaisercraft patterned paper! Featuring three Reverse Confetti stamp sets, Later Alligator, Color me Happy, and Lots to Say, together with the Tagged Totes Confetti Cut diecut. Perfect for playing along with Simon Says Frame ItCity Crafter Safari So Good and The Male Room Little Boys too.

Playing along with 
Simon Says Frame It
Reverse Confetti's Stock Your Stash Hello/Just Because
 
City Crafter Safari So Good
The Male Room Little Boys

Sunday, June 17, 2018

CAS Watercolour Ocean Shell-ebration...

Thought I'd shell-ebrate by playing along this month at CAS Watercolour Ocean challenge with two variations on a theme. Using this gorgeous shall diecut by Kaisercraft as a starting point (thanks Jenny!), First up I created a watercolour wash background, overlay the Kaisercraft diecut in kraft cardstock and added the Paper Smooches sentiment.


Variation on a theme saw the Kaisercraft shell diecut smooshed into a variety of blue Distress Inks, sprayed with water, reverse diecut out of the pale woodgrain patterned paper.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Very Nice MFT Sketch...

Joining in the fun at My Favorite Things sketch this week and I thought I'd try my hand at colouring with Copics. Featuring MFTs BB Jingle All the Way stamps and sentiment, paired with diecut stars from Lil Inkers. Also playing along with the Muse Christmas Challenge incorporating Santa and his reindeer, and The Merry Christmas Challenge.
MFT Sketch Challenge