Freshly Made Sketches #146

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Wednesday means a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess this week the very talented and crafty Amy O’Neill.  Amy’s cards are amazing – head over to her blog and check out her creations.

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I STILL haven’t got my first order from the 2014-2015 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  All I have is cardstock and ink from the pre-order so I had to make do with my limited products.  I decided to “make” some DSP to match the Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey colour scheme by randomly stamping dots from Happy Watercolour. The embellishments just seemed to keep piling on and this is what I ended up with – you know I love “fullness” to my cards!

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We’d love for you to join us in this sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Head over to the blog and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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colourQ #250 & Mojo Monday #354

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You would think with me being on holidays for the last two weeks I would’ve had a chance to make heaps of cards for challenges, but somehow I went into total holiday mode and sat on the couch catching up on TV series and movies.  I got myself out of holiday mode today (my last day of holidays) and made a card for the colour challenge at colourQ and the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday.

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Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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A Belated Challenge Win Post

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I now know I am getting old as my memory is totally leaving me. I kept meaning to write this post but would sidetracked and then forgot all about it while I had my couple of week break with my fractured elbow.

The news I’m belatedly sharing is that I won the Pals Paper Arts 20oth Challenge a little while ago.  I was totally thrilled!!!  The prize that I would received was all 20 of the talented Design Team cards.  It felt like Christmas as I received a card or two pretty much every day for about a month.  I want to thank the Design Team for sending them all the way over to Australia as they have done this at their own expense.  I even received congratulations cards and notes tucked away which truly made me smile!

Here’s a photo of my monochromatic card that I won with.

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Here’s a photo of the cards I received.

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Thanks again Pals Paper Arts Design Team.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #223

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Not sure what happened with my post below but for some reason it didn’t go live on Friday – so here it is a couple of days late.

This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge.  Take a look at this fab sketch:

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I love a circle card but don’t make them often enough – mainly because they can be a bit fiddly and take a bit longer to cut than a normal shaped card.

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Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look at the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.  While you’re there, why don’t you link up a card?

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #145

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It’s time for another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is me! I finally mastered a sketch using MDS (with the help of Jennifer – thanks Jennifer!). I have tried to use it before but have always ended up chucking it in and ended up creating my sketch in Powerpoint instead. This time I persisted – yay for my persistence!

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As usual my card started off with one theme and totally ended up with another theme.  I’ve had a few requests lately for masculine cards and I thought the sketch would work just as well for a man card as the feminine florally card I originally had in mind. The stamp sets I’ve used are Positively Chevron, The Open Seas, Gorgeous Grunge the sentiment is from Work of Art – I’m loving it at the moment.

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We’d love for you to join us this week. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the fabulous inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

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The Card Concept #14

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Nothing from me for two weeks, then two cards in one day!  The card I’ve made is for this weeks colour challenge at The Card Concept.  Take a look at these pretty colours:

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I really love this combo together, but have never tried to create a shabby card with them.  I used white cardstock as my base colour (something I never really do much of).  I started off using black, but it was too much in my face and felt too dark for a shabby card.

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We’d love for you to join us at The Card Concept – 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 #144

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I’m back!!! It feels like forever since I’ve been into my craft to do anything other than stare at my desk and wonder how long it would take for me to stamp again.  The fracture is healing well so I thought it was time to try and make a card.  I really wanted to have a go at Karren’s great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, so I ignored my twingy elbow.

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I was given good advice by my fellow FMS DT member Jennifer to keep my fussy cutting to a minimum so that was what I attempted to do – as you can see, keeping it to a minimum didn’t quite work! I finally put in an order for Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities and this is my first attempt at using them.  I think I should’ve been doing a bit of research on how to use them in while I haven’t been able to create – think I’ll do that as I’m now off work for the next week and a half.

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We’d love for you to join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches – head over to the challenge and check out the inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #219

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This week at Just Add Ink we’re asking you to create a project using the following inspiration picture:

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I fell in love with the graphic shapes on the cushions. Because I didn’t have Stampin’ Up!s triangle punch, I’ve gone with a diamond shape instead (which is just a square turned on it’s side).  The designer series papers I’ve used is from a Stampin’ Up pack called Kaleidoscope.  Instead of adding my usual flowers, I’ve added a butterfly from Papillion Potpourri and my sentiment is from Petite Pairs.  A bit of gorgeous grunge splotches in the background and my card was done.

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Take a look at the fabulous creations the design team have created this week by heading over to Just Add Ink.  We’d love you to play along!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #141

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the lovely Cindy Hall is our sketch hostess and she’s provided this fabulous sketch.  I had so much fun creating my card and I know you’re going to love her sketch too!

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Strawberry Slush is a colour I don’t use much, so I decided it was time to bring it out of the back of the cupboard and give it a go.  I really love the drama of any colour with Basic Black so that’s the colour I’ve teamed Strawberry Slush with today.  I’ve gone with one of my favourite flower stamp sets – Stippled Blossoms – for my card.  My leaves are also from this stamp set and are stamped in Old Olive.

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I’m so lucky I made my cards for this weeks design team committments on Sunday. I wouldn’t have got them made if I left them until Monday.  The reason for this is because I had a fall on Monday and fractured my left radial head (a bone in my elbow) and I’m left handed! I’m sad to say I’m going to be out of action after tomorrows post for a little while – can you imagine how completely devastated about this? This post has taken forever to type with my non-dominant hand.

We’d love it if you can join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Head over to the challenge and have a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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The Deconstructed Sketch #155

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I’m back with my second card today – click here to see my earlier card.  I find by the end of a day crafting, my last card is always a bit of a struggle.  My drained brain just doesn’t work as well by the time I get to my fourth card.  The challenge I’m entering my card into is the sketch challenge at The Deconstructed Sketch.

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Jen’s sketch is fabulous and it’s one I know I’ll be using it again.  I reached for some 2014 Stampin’ Up! SAB DSP called Sweet Sorbet and the flower is from Everything Eleanor. The background stamping I added is from Gorgeous Grunge and I also inked up my Hexagon Embossing folder and pressed it directly onto Whisper White cardstock. I then added the little butterfly from Kindness Matters.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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