Thursday, January 5, 2017

FUSION - 3rd Anniversary

Hi and welcome to our first post of 2017 and our 3rd Anniversary celebration!  In keeping with the past two years, we have got a special challenge for you today.  Each of the Design Team has invited a special guest to create a card using our challenge graphic.  We have a wonderful lineup of guests who have created some amazing cards.  On top of that, the DT have outdone themselves and produced gorgeous cards to inspire you.  

So, sit back and scroll down slowly and take in all the beautiful crafty goodness on display. Click on the links to be taken to each blog and get more information on each card.  And to make it even more special, one of our guests has very generously offered up a prize to a randomly drawn gallery submission, so be in to win ­čśŐ

Finally, I'd like to thank our wonderful guests for taking the time to create a card and join us in our anniversary celebration.

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.

Here are some fabulous cards by our design team and guests showing you how it works!

Becca Cruger

Amy Tsuruta (Becca's Guest Designer)
When I saw the challenge graphic, I was pretty much bound by the oath I took to the magic powers of caffeination to ask THEE coffee queen herself, Amy T., to be my guestie. Amy founded The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I have loved her sense of style from the moment I landed on her blog's homepage. I'm not sure there's a design team that Amy HASN'T served on because she's just that talented. I totally wish I had her brain for designing in the CFS style (clean, fresh, sassy).  


Carol Mayne

Leigh Penner (Carol's Guest Designer)
I asked my talented friend from 'just down the road' in Manitoba, Leigh Penner (To the Full) to be my guest designer. She is a gem - sweet, warm, supportive, encouraging - and oh, so creative! She's on a variety of teams (Reverse Confetti, CAS(E) this Sketch, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge) and her passion for crafting is expressed loud and clear through her gorgeous cards.  I'm thrilled that she accepted my invitation to join us!

Jeanne Jachna

Laurie Schmidlin (Jeanne Jachna's Guest Designer)
One of my very first blog crushes was on Laurie!  She's a rock star designer for lots of your favorite places.. Gina K., Reverse Confetti, Paper Smooches, Carta Bella and more!  I'm inspired by her chameleon ability to do it all - fussy, CAS, and everything in between.  I'm so excited that she's joining us for our Birthday celebration!  

Karren Johnson

Michele Ferguson (Karren's Guest Designer)
I invited Michele from I Card Everyone to be my guest as her cards are always a delight!  She has a style all her own and is so very generous and friendly.  Having exchanged a couple of cards with Michele, I can attest to the fact that her cards are even more beautiful in real life - as if that were possible :)

Linda Callahan

Brian King (Linda's Guest Designer)
The best way to start a new year is to have Brian King as your guest!  He is one of Stampin' Up!'s top demos and is a master at combining colors and patterns.  His style is all his own.......CAS but with many layers that are oh so perfectly put together!  His energy and enthusiasm for card making is contagious as you may know if you have ever attended one of his amazing World Card Making Day events!  I am delighted that he joined us today!

Lyndal Higgins 

Christine Drogt (Lyndal's Guest Designer)
So happy to have Christine here as my guest today. Christine and I both started our card design journey back in 2011. I have always loved her fabulous use of colour and her inspirational videos. With this gorgeous sketch and winter photo, I immediately thought of Christine with her gorgeous pops of colour and fabulous range of products she has designed for her online store Create a Smile

Christine super kindly offered a fabulous 25 euro prize to her Create a Smile store for one randomly selected FUSION entry, so there is even more motivation to join in the celebrations! 

Michelle Leone

Kelly Schirmer (Michelle's Guest Designer)
I am excited and honored to have Kelly join in at The Fusion Challenge celebration! She has an amazing way with color and pattern (and shares a love of many of my favorite stamping companies!). Kelly has an impressive resume and has previously worked with the A Muse Studio Catalog team, Pink Persimmon Stamps Creative Team, Waltzingmouse DT and The 12 Kits of Occasions DT.  SO very happy to have Kelly as our guest today!

Michelle Lupton

Jennifer McGuire (Michelle Lupton's Guest Designer)
Jennifer McGuire IS stamping.  She is the queen of techniques, and makes the most amazing videos to inspire crafters.  She is the co-owner of Online Card Classes, and she is all about sharing handmade kindness. More importantly, she is the most kind person in the industry, and so very generous. She has made not one, but two cards to share with us today AND a video, too! I am beyond thrilled to have her as my guest today. 

Michelle Williams

Therese Calvird (Michelle W's Guest Designer)

I've invited along fellow Australian, Therese Calvird. Therese is an artist! She makes the most beautiful cards and while she leans towards a Clean and Simple style (which I love), she is not afraid to use all the tools and techniques available. Therese provides me with endless inspiration, both on her blog and in her fabulous videos. I'm so excited that Therese agreed to join us today!


  1. Thrilled to be guesting! Such awesome inspiration!!!!

  2. So happy to be celebrating with you Fusion girls today! Happy 3rd, and am ready for your full year of fun in 2017!

  3. WOW! Happy 3rd anniversary! So much great inspiration here today! Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  4. Oh my, what a fabulous line-up of (guest) designers and inspirational cards! Happy 3rd anniversary!

  5. Wow!! Happy 3rd anniversary. Gorgeous creations :)

  6. Happy 3rd Anniversary. What a fantastic inspiration display - you ladies are awesome. Can't wait to play. xx

  7. Amazing inspiration here! Wow, so much to swoon over! Thank you to all of the guests and the designers for such an awesome display!

  8. Happy 3rd anniversary, and love all the inspiration today!

  9. Not sure why, but my photo is not showing up. #7 :/ Sorry.

  10. So excited to be a part of this wonderful celebration, thanks for the invitation and the inspiration!

  11. Such a beautiful grouping of projects! Can I just say to have Brian King and Jennifer McGuire on the same challenge is just WOW!!!! Amazing

  12. Happy 3rd Anniversary and many more! Fantastic projects celebrating this milestone... and coffee :)!

  13. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for hosting a fun place for us all to share our creativity and thanks for the inspiration!

  14. happy third anniversary, fusion card challenge! :)

  15. Great inspiration from the DT and their guests! Guess I went too fast when entering my third card. The link works but there is no thumbnail.