Freshly Made Sketches #159

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I’m typing this wondering where this year has gone…..  My son finished up his last day of high school today and I think I may be a tad emotional about it.  Seems like only yesterday he started primary school and now he’s about to head into the workforce!  Well, into the workforce after he attends schoolies first – not looking forward to him partying it up for 10 nights with half of his school in Rye. That little coastal town is going to hate this time of year!

Time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the amazingly talented Jen Mitchell is our hostess.  Here’s her great sketch – so many possibilities with this one.

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Because Christmas will be here before we know it, I’ve gone with another Christmas card. I decided it was time to create a shaker card so I’ve used the circle from the sketch to make a bauble shaker. The sentiment I’ve used is from Stampin’ Up!s Bright and Beautiful and the little snowflakes I’ve stamped in the shaker are from Endless Wishes.

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Come and join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches. Head over to the challenge and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #158

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The amazing Jennifer Timko is our sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  She has designed this fabulous sketch.

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I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Christmas Bauble for my card that I coloured with my Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and the simple sentiment is from Endless Wishes. Here’s my card:

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Come and join us at Freshly Made Sketches. While you’re checking out our challenge, take a look at the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #235

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It’s Friday (yay!) so that means we have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink. This week Kim has given us the following colour challenge.

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I’m not much of a combiner of more than two colours when it comes to my cards.  I’m at home with more of a monochromatic colour scheme.  That’s why challenges are good for me, they take me out of my comfort zone.  Here’s what I came up with:

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Come and join us with this weeks colour challenge at Just Add Ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #157

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The lovely Amy O’Neill is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Amy is so very creative and combines colours like no other.  Take a look at her blog and you’ll see her wonderful creations.  I just love the sketch Amy has created.

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As you can see I’m still going through my blendabilities colouring phase and have once again used some flowers from Bloom with Hope.  The designer series papers I’ve used are from a DSP pack called Park Lane and the sentiment is from Blooming with Kindness.  Here’s my card:

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We would love to see what you create with Amy’s sketch. Head over to the challenge and link up a card.  While you’re there check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Pals Paper Arts #222 & Retro Sketches #135

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I’m back with another card I made today.  This time I’ve combined my card for the following challenges – Pals Paper Arts and Retro Sketches where you can use any past sketch.  Here’s PPA’s colour combo and the fab sketch I chose from Retro Sketches.

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I’ve had Stampin’ Up!s Choose Happiness sitting unopened on my bookcase for a little while now and decided it was time to ink it up.  I’ve used my Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight blendabilities to give the flower some colour and the leaves are coloured with my Old Olive blendabilities.  I know Old Olive isn’t part of the challenge colours, but I’m hoping the DT at Pals Paper Arts won’t mind.  I finger walked Dictionary through Early Espresso ink and then stamped it off once on photocopy paper to dull the colour.  I then finger walked it on my cardstock so you can see bits of the print in the background.  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and I’ve used Banner Blast for the banners. Here’s my card:

PPA222 & RS135

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #323 & Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge #86

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I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend.  It’s Sunday evening here in Australia and we have had the most beautiful weather over the weekend.  I almost didn’t to leave the sun to head into my craft room.  The card I’m sharing today is for the sketch challenge at Create with Connie & Mary and the colour challenge at Inspired by Stamping.

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These are colours that you probably don’t expect for Christmas, but I thought I’d give them a go. I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Ornamental Pine and the sentiment is from a retired set called Tiny Tags.  Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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The Card Concept #20

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I’m back with another card and this time it’s for the colour challenge at The Card Concept. Take a look at the inspiration pic:

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You’ll see these colours would work so well for a Halloween card but as I’ve only made a couple Halloween projects ever, I’ve decided to go with what I’m familiar with – a feminine florally card.  Can you tell I’m loving my blendabilities at the moment?  I’ve used another flower from Bloom with Hope for my card as this one lends itself so well to colouring.

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Come and join us this week at The Card Concept.  While you’re over at the challenge, check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #156

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Wednesday’s mean a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week I’m the sketch hostess!  Here’s the sketch I’ve designed for this challenge.

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I wanted to try something different by stamping a sentiment around my circle.  Stampin’ Up! has introduced photopolymer stamps this year in Australia and I find they’re perfect for curving when placed onto the clear block.  The sentiment I’ve curved and trees are from Festival of Trees stamp set.  The “Merry Christmas” sentiment is from Petite Pairs and the designer series papers are from Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper.

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We would love for you to join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Head over to the challenge and have a look at the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team – you’re going to love their cards as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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The Paper Players Challenge #215

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I had a day off work today so I headed out to my craft room to catch up on some design team commitments as well as make a card for this weeks sketch challenge at The Paper Players – take a look at Sandy’s fab sketch:

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I felt I was overdue to make a man card and thought Sandy’s sketch worked perfectly for one.  Stampin’ Up!s Four Feathers is fast becoming one of my favourite stamp sets.  I’ve stamped the feathers in Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede.  I’ve used a retired stamp set called Off the Grid for the background and the sentiment is from a retired set called Afterthoughts.  My supply of these amazing buttons is slowly dwindling.  I was wondering if it would be rude to ask for the button back after I give the card to the recipient??? Or I might just have to give it to my husband just so I know I’ll get it back!  Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Mojo Monday #364 & Stampin’ Royalty #247

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I’m going to be quick with this post as I’m just managing to sneak in my card for Mojo Monday’s sketch challenge before it closes in 1/2 hour.  I’ve combined it with the pretty inspiration challenge from Stampin’ Royalty.

Here are their pics:


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I had another go at using my blendabilities again today.  I have to say – they’re growing on me.  Bloom from Hope is the perfect stamp set if you want a bit of practice at colouring.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Memorable Moments.  I really like the script font in these words.  Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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