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Wednesday 19 August 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 200th Challenge

Good afternoon all.

Well thank goodness someone in the house was prepared for going back to school today....in my head it wasn't going to happen until next week! Lora is most disappointed not going to college but they can't offer her all her course choices and it's all but impossible to contact them. Just waiting now to see how long it takes the accommodation provider to respond!

My first post today...I'll be back again soon with my inspiration for the STAMPlorations spotlight week.

Freshly Made Sketches are celebrating their 200th challenge today and since Shery from STAMPlorations is one of the many sponsors us design girls were asked to join in.
Here is my make:

I started by masking off an area of my Wplus9 die cut and used a paint splatter technique with acrylic blocks to create my pattern. I used twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peacock feather and picket fence distress paints...pooled them onto my mat and sprayed with water then applied them to my card with an acrylic block. You need to dry each colour and keep layering until you get the desired effect. 
Sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 set. I added a few sequins to finish and propped the die cut on foam to add to the base card.

and here is the sketch:

Challenges entered:
AAA - maskerade
The Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Great Impressions - add a sentiment
Pile it On - bright colours


  1. I love this Wplus9 die that you have used recently, it is gorgeous. I also love the paint effect you have achieved too, very pretty and a perfect back drop for the sentiment.

  2. Love that marbled effect with acrylic bloc stamping....beautiful color combo, great card, Carol

  3. I love your take on the sketch, Carol! You rocked that technique with your inks!! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

  4. That's a really pretty card. Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.


  5. That's brilliant Carol! I've been wondering if I could use paint to create a layer of a sketch - and you did it! So clever, you are firing on all cylinders right now and sparks of inspiration are bouncing all over us too, lol, thanks for sharing this Karen x

  6. Love the card Carol and the background you've created is gorgeous. Thanks for the mini tutorial will be trying that one out for sure. Zx

  7. Hi Carol, lovely colouring on your card and brilliant design, hugs Kate x

  8. This is lovely Carol xx Jan

  9. Gorgeous card Carol love the colours and design a super make.
    lorraine x

  10. Your masked, inked panel is lovely. Such a great combo of colours.
    Thanks for sharing at Happy Little Stampers, Anita x

  11. this is gorgeous Carol - I hope things get sorted for lora - big hugs rachel x

  12. Your masked square is GORGEOUS! Love the colours. xx

  13. Such a pretty card! LOVE the mix of colors and the fun sentiment! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  14. Love that inked panel......gorgeous results! The scallopy edges are sweet and frame your card perfectly! Thanks for helping us celebrate 200 at Freshly Made Sketches!

  15. Beautiful background! Fabulous card and lovely take on the sketch! :)
    Congrats on the 200th of FMS and I am surely loving this generous celebration!! :)
    Suchi xx

  16. Super background, loving the swirling colours.Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  17. Oh wow! I love this background - such a beautiful mix of colors and the sentiment is gorgeous. It's wonderful to have you join us as we celebrate 200 sketches.

  18. Love the swirl of colors! And the sentiment is fabulous above and below the line of color! Thank you for joining the celebration of our 200th at Freshly Made Sketches!

  19. I hope Lora manages to get something sorted Carol, how disappointing she can't get the course she wants.
    I love your card, great inky technique on the base and just my favourite colour combo.

    Hugs Erika. x

  20. A fabulous card Carol, such a lovely ink technique and gorgeous colours.
    I hope Lora gets something sorted soon.

  21. Love the background on your card, great technique and beautifully soft colours! Stef x

  22. What a pretty pattern you created with your acrylic blocks, Carol! Thanks for sharing this with us at Happy Little Stampers!

  23. This is gorgeous Carol, my favourite colours! Great sentiment too. Michelle x

  24. That background is simply fabulous! Lovely card! Thanks for joining our celebration at FMS!

  25. adorable..thanks for sharing at Pile It On

  26. Great card Carol! I love how you interpreted the sketck!
    The colours are great too!
    Dawn xx

  27. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  28. I just love all that inkiness Carol... it looks amazing!

  29. Your background is amazing!!!! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions!

    GI DT


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