Freshly Made Sketches #154

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I’ve kind of been a bit quiet on here lately. I’ve been out of action with a migraine that stayed way too long.  It annoys me when it cuts into my crafting time!  Lucky I made my card before it hit, as I would’ve had to sit out this week.  I didn’t want to miss Cindy’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches as I think it’s totally fabulous! Head over to Cindy’s blog and check out her beautiful cards.

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I opened a new-to-me pack of DSP for my card called Park Lane.  I’ve used the Daffodil Delight paper in the background.  I’ve teamed it with the black papers from Back to Black. The Stampin’ Up! stamps sets I’ve used are Serene Silhouettes, Papillion Potpourri and Petite Pairs.

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We’d love for you to join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Head over to the challenge and link up a card – while you’re there check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #231

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Mae has put together a lovely colour combo for this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink. Take a look:

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This card started out completely different from how it ended. Sometimes when I get stuck I find it best to walk away for a little while and when I come back, new ideas come to me and things just fall into place.  I wouldn’t have thought these colours would work for Christmas, but I have to say I really like this card.  I’ve used some new Stampin’ Up goodies for my card – Festival of Trees stamp set and matching punch.  I’m also loving this sentiment from Bright and Beautiful.  I stamped Gorgeous Grunge splatters in the background in Crushed Curry ink and added some washi that I stamped from Tape It in Basic Black and Crushed Curry ink.

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We’d love for you to join us Just Add Ink this week.  The design team have created fabulous inspiration for you – head over to the challenge and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #153

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It’s Wednesday so that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Jennifer Brum has created this weeks sketch.  Love how quick this card came together with Jen’s fabulous sketch. Head over to her blog and check out her lovely creations.

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I really do love a circle on my cards – you probably already know this as I tend to use them on so many of my cards.  I inked up Stampin’ Up!s Four Feathers for the first time in two colours – Basic Black and Strawberry Slush.  I then fussy cut them out and placed them on my circle.  It was then that I decided to add a banner or two because I couldn’t help myself.  I really love how the speckles in these feathers matches the flecks in this paper I’ve used from Confetti Celebration DSP.

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Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the Clean Team.

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Cheers

Narelle

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Pals Paper Arts #218 & Mojo Monday #361

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I managed to make another card today for two challenges today.  The colour challenge at Pals Paper Arts and the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday.  Here are their inspiration pics:

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I pulled out a favourite retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set of mine – French Foliage – for my card. I’ve also used a retired set called Lovely and Lacy and the sentiment is from a set that the name kind of escapes me at the moment.  Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Stampin’ Royalty #244 & Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #319

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I love both of the challenges at Stampin’ Royalty and Create with Connie & Mary this week so I combined them for my card.  The challenge at Stampin’ Royalty is to create a Black and White card with a pop of colour.  Here’s the fabulous sketch from Create with Connie & Mary.

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I had a bit of a play with my blendabilities today.  Not sure if I’m much of a colourer but I’m persisting with them for the time being.  The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I’ve used is Bloom with Hope – it’s a great one for colouring.  The DSP I’ve used in the background is from Back to Black and I’ve used a smidge of Basic Black DSP.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

 

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Card Concept #18 & Cardabilities #106

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One of the things I love about challenges is that they do just that – they challenge me!  The challenge at The Card Concept this week is Back to School with the following inspiration picture to further inspire you.

CC18sketchI tried to do my best with what little Back to School products I had (Back to School is not really big in Australia).   To give me a helping hand with designing my card, I’ve used the sketch from this weeks Cardabilities challenge.  Here’s their great sketch:

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Here’s my card:

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We’d love for you to join us this week at The Card Concept – head over to the challenge and check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #152

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Wednesday’s mean a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the lovely Cindy Hall has created this versatile sketch that can be used as is, or I can easily see it flipped on it’s side.

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I’ve gone with a Christmas card. I received some new goodies from Stampin’ Up!s Holiday Catalogue and I couldn’t wait to play with them.  The gorgeous star and sentiment are from one set I HAD to have straight away from the cattie – Bright and Beautiful. The strip of DSP I’ve used is from All is Calm Specialty DSP.  To finish off my card I’ve added some Lost Lagoon ribbon.

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Before I forget we have some exciting news – our fabulous Guest Designer for August, Kim Singdahlsen, has agreed to stay on and become a Clean Team member! Yay!!! We’re so pleased you’re staying on Kim!  Head over to the challenge and check out all the gorgeous inspiration from the Clean Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #229

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When I first saw this weeks inspiration pic at Just Add Ink I panicked as I haven’t combined this many colours ever! After I got over my fear of how many bright colours there were, I sat down and thought about the best way I could make them work.

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I figured using multiple colours on my Positively Chevron background stamp would be the easiest way to get them all in.  The Stampin’ Up! colours I’ve used from bottom to top are – Elegant Egglant, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe & Real Red.  To create this effect I took a piece of copy paper to use as a mask and placed it about 1 inch from the top of the stamp.  I inked up the inch I had left uncovered directly from the Real Red ink pad. I then moved my copy paper down another inch and inked up the stamp with Crisp Cantaloupe ink – trying not to leave too much of a gap between colours.  I kept inking and moving my mask down until I had all the colours on the stamp.  I then spritzed the stamp with water to blend the colours a little bit.  This was the effect it created.  The butterfly I’ve used is from Papillion Potpourri.  I used a blender pen to colour the wings with Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight ink.  To finish my card off I’ve used this fabulous sentiment from Flower Patch and added some sequins.

You’re probably going to notice a difference from my normal over-layered cards.  I really did try and keep this card as de-layered and clean as possible.  Did my head in because I kept wanting to add stuff!

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Come and join us with this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink.  Click here to take you to the challenge – while you’re there, check out the gorgeous inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #151

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It’s Wednesday so that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week is our guest designer Kim’s first sketch and boy, has she designed a fabulous sketch!  I’ve concluded that not only is she talented at card making, she’s just as talented as sketches!

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I decided it was time for another man card.  Here’s what I came up with:

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Come and join us with Kim’s sketch – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the fab inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #150

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Aren’t the weeks flying by now? It only feels like a couple of days since my last Freshly Made Sketches post. Can’t believe it’s already been seven days! This weeks sketch hostess is the fabulously funny Linda Callahan.  I love heading over to Linda’s blog to read her witty posts.

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I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Flower Patch again for my card – you know I can’t resist a pretty flower!  The colours I’ve used for my flowers and leaves are a mix of Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  Look at me using more than three colours! Here’s my card.

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Come and join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches – we’d love to see what you create. While you’re over there, check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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