Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year! A Special Celebration!

Happy New Year! Hello and welcome to our first challenge of 2015!!! 

This challenge is our One Year Anniversary from when we restarted the FUSION Challenge! Can you believe it!!

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

You could be inspired to create a card with:
Chalkboard Elements
Pink Colours
Birthday Theme
And SO on...

To celebrate, I asked each of our designers to invite one card maker to celebrate with us! I asked them to invite somebody who inspires them as a card maker! Welcome, ladies! Each of our designers made a card and so did their guest (based on the challenge). 

I chose Sandie as my guest designer for her fabulous CAS designers. I love stopping by and being inspired by her choice of color and ability to use minimal elements to create a beautiful design.  Sandie is also a very regular player at Fusion!  Even better, Sandie and I are cousins and this fabulous hobby has brought us even closer as we live "across the pond" from one another. 

I chose to invite Iwona (aka Chupa) as my guest because, not only is she my friend, but her cards are always drop dead gorgeous.  I admire her ability to create layers that work together seamlessly, and I love that her cards often seem to have a touch of old fashioned charm and nostalgia about them. 

Jeanne Jachna

Cathy Weber (Jeanne's Guest Designer )
I chose Cathy Weber as my guest designer because I love her attention to detail. She always amazes me by coordinating all the elements of a design, so every detail is perfect. Her designs are usually layered, but always look so clean and coordinated.


I chose my friend Lauren as my guest designer because she has such an elegant and eclectic design style.  Lauren has an amazing touch for combining different paper designs ... she also incorporates fabulous texture & special finishing touches into her creations.

May Park (Amy's Guest Designer)
I chose May as my Guest Designer because I've always been such a fan of her clever and amazing designs.  She has a way with anything fromclean & simple to some serious *wow* factor.

Mona Pendleton (Julia's Guest Designer)
I chose Mona Pendleton to be my Guest Designer.  I have always admired Mona's work and was fortunate enough to work with her on a design team - where I got to know her on a more personal level.  She is a wonderfully talented artist, creating beautiful page layouts, incredible mixed media projects and lovely stamped cards.

Laura Bassen (Michelle's Guest Designer)
I chose Laura as my guest because I have long admired her awesome CAS style. Along with her fabulous artistic ability, Laura's sense of humour gets me giggling on a regular basis, she's lots of fun!

Donna Mikasa (Kimberly's Guest Designer)
I chose Donna as my inspiration designer because she has a magical 
way with color and bright lively designs.  
Her watercolor and inking is just divine. Her fresh and clean cards are awe inspiring!
You can see more of her lovely work on her blog: three umbrellas.


Wida Miller (Kelly's Guest Designer)
As soon as I saw the inspiration photo, Wida Miller popped into my head (you're nodding your head with me, right?!?) I chose Wida as my inspiration because of her fantastically whimsical and fun style. She rocks layers, pretty, and sassy so well. I always love her cards!

Ren-Yi (Betty's Guest Designer)
I chose Ren-Yi from Smallhanded Creations because I really like her many different styles, making each card unique and special. We also have had 2 opportunities to meet in Germany and she is really a down-to-earth and sweet person.

Barb Ghig (Deepti's Guest Designer)
 I chose Barb Ghig for the divine simplicity and calm that her card designs bring. She has a uniqueness to her style which always catches my attention. I have always admired her CAS style and I am sure you agree... how gem of a person she is!! So glad to have her here with another one of her awesome cards.

Anika Lerche (Anni) (Lyndal's Guest Designer)
I just LOVE Anni's CAS with a twist creations, her fabulous style and faultless execution gets me every time! 

Joni Nina Andaya (Katie's Guest Designer)
I chose Joni because she is super sweet and she has the ability to turn any creation into an elegant masterpiece.  Once look at her blog,Papell with Love, and you will know her style is fresh and chic. Take a look at her amazing card below!


  1. Such FABulous inspiration! Love everybody's work!

  2. wonderful cards and thank you so much for asking for asking me to be GD x

  3. so excited to be part of the festivities! what a way to start the new year

  4. Love every single morsel of paper, cardstock, and sequin shown here! OH, and the designers, too! I try to play along with every Fusion challenge... very inspiring, ladies...
    =] Michele

  5. So many great cards, love that you invited special guests too, happy new years!

  6. wowza! what GREAT and inspiring projects!

  7. sooooooo much amazingly gorgeous inspiration! WOW!!! happy anniversary, fusion, and cheers to a whole new year of eye candy!!! <3

  8. Beautiful samples of inspiration! Thank you Julia for inviting me as your guest and thanks to all of you who continue to inspire us each week! Happy New Year to all!

  9. such beautiful creations. i want to run to my craft room right away. i have hardly been in there since Thanksgiving and my fingers are itching.

  10. What a treat. Happy new year (in more ways than one)😄

  11. I'm lovin' all the inspiration from the rest of the guest designers--so excited to be a part of this!
    Happy One Year Anniversary, Fusion!

  12. What a fun idea to invite guest designers that inspire your talented design team!

  13. Such an inspiring gallery of cards - love what the DT and their fab guests have created! Happy Birthday, Fusion :)

  14. Congrats on your 1st birthday!! FABulous cards by the DT & their guests!!

  15. Congrats on turning one! Also, this was an amazing challenge! Love the DT projects!

  16. Happy birthday! And for many more years of continues success! Awesome inspiration today! Well done ladies! TFS

  17. Happy Birthday to your 1st birthday! Wonderful cards from the DT and their guests. Always fun to attend in the challenges!

  18. Wow - that is one fantastic gallery of cards - well done, EVERYONE!

  19. Happy Happy! Love that everyone got to bring a buddy to the party!!!!!!

    Deanne :)

  20. Another wonderful challenge! Thank you!

  21. Happy Anniversary, Lesley! Beautiful inspiration this week!

  22. WOW!! A year already :) I love the fact that you all got to invite a guest designer, such fun and great, as I knew a few of them already, but now I have a whole new batch of craft crushes :) Cx

  23. Great sketch, beautiful glad I was able to play along!

  24. Super cute cards! I am doing party planning for my parent’s anniversary. I would love to gift them such a lovely card. Can you share some ideas for party invitation cards too?

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