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Pink and Navy Birthday Card – Fusion Card Challenge {Pretty in Pink}

fusion 2 18 2016 pretty in pink birthday

Pink and navy is one of my favorite color combinations. Of course I had to participate with the Fusion Card Challenge {Pretty in Pink}!

Here is the inspiration for the challenge:

fusion 2 18 2016 pretty in pink

I followed the sketch, and only slightly modified the color palette.

I used an ink blending tool to apply the blue ink through a stencil. The pink flowers are stamped. Difficult to see, but I used my Scor-Pal to score two parallel lines across the bottom of the pink layer (one below the sentiment, one mostly hidden by the pink flower layer and die cut flowers) to match the lines on the sketch.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections Silver Mirror, Stampin’ Up! Pixie Pink, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pixie Pink (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Smokey Gray, die – Essentials by Ellen, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail Powder, metallic cord – PaperMart.


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Woodgrain Sympathy Card – Fusion Card Challenge {Woodgrain Neutral}

fusion woodgrain neutral sympathy

The latest Fusion Card Challenge is titled {Woodgrain Neutral}.

Here is the inspiration photo:

fusion 1 21 2016 woodgrain neutral

I am (once again) trying to repopulate the sympathy card section in my card basket, and I was fretting about too many florals. Nothing horribly masculine in there. What about a woodgrain sympathy card? I have this beautiful woodgrain paper from Paper-Papers .

So, I inlaid a circle of cherry into birch, and added a sympathy sentiment. Basic. Stunning.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Papers Wood Technology Birch, Cherry, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.


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Bright Blended Birthday Card – Fusion Card Challenge {Bright Butterflies}

fusion 6 18 2015 bright butterfly inspired birthday

A challenge! I made a card for a challenge! My creative flow has been really blocked the past few months – this is my first challenge in a while.

The latest Fusion Card Challenge {Bright Butterfly} had me at COLOR. Right in my wheelhouse. I ignored the sketch completely.

Here is the inspiration:

fusion 6 18 2015 Bright Butterfly

I blended distress inks over a stencil, then applied another coat over the entire panel after removing the stencil. After that dried, I added white embossed daisies. An embossed sentiment on a flag, a layer to match the flag, and a trio of enamel dots finished this off.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Picked Raspberries, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, VersaMark, stencil – Heidi Swapp, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


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Lighthouse Anniversary Card – Fusion Card Challenge {Elegance}

fusion {elegance} anniversary

I got motivated by the latest Fusion Card Challenge {Elegance} over the weekend.

I embossed the lighthouse, and then colored around it with Copics.

Here is the Fusion inspiration:

fusion 4 9 2015 Elegance

My clouds replace the circles in the sketch, and I was inspired by the red and blue in the photo.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Inkadinkado, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic B0000, B00, E15, E53, E57, R29, Y11, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Memory Box (clouds), Taylored Expressions (banners), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, floss – DMC.


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You Rock – Fusion: Orange, Teal & Brown Challenge

fusion orange teal brown 2 2015 you rock

Here is my take on the current Fusion Card Challenge: Orange, Teal & Brown .

I was inspired by all of the texture in the photo, and I did follow the sketch as well.

Fusion 2 12 2015 Orange, Teal & Brown

Supplies: Stamps – Paper Smooches, Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, Tangering Tango, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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Valentine’s Day Card – Fusion Challenge {Two Hearts}

fusion two hearts valentine chocolates Here is my take on the current Fusion Card Challenge {Two Hearts}. The faux chocolate candy hearts were inspired by Julie Ebersole (her blog is called Paper Truffles). I spent a fun 30 minutes going back through her blog (based on the date of my earliest rendition of the chocolate hearts), looking for her post showing this handmade embellishment. Her blog post from January 2011 is titled More Than Chocolate . Here is the dual inspiration for the challenge: fusion 1 15 2015 two hearts Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa (retired), Real Red, Regal Rose (retired), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Spellbinders (hearts), Taylored Expressions (photo frames), sequins – Doodlebug Designs, Lawn Fawn, Studio Calico, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Pink and Gold Birthday Card – Fusion Card Challenge

fusion first anniversary birthday

The latest Fusion Card Challenge celebrates the New Year and Fusion’s first anniversary.

Here is the dual inspiration:

Fusion First Birthday jan 1 2015

I used the colors from the photo combined with the sketch on the right. I have never jumped on the chalkboard bandwagon – pretty to look at, just not my style.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Papertrey Ink, paper – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride, Brushed Gold, Pink Pirouette, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, VersaMark, die – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Gold Glory.