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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Just Add Ink #233

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This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge.  Tina has designed this fab sketch.

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When I sat down to create my card I tried a few different images and found that butterflies worked best for the sketch – look at me taking the sketch literally!  The Stampin’ Up! designer series paper I’ve used is called Back to Black.  By chance the DSP I cut for the banner kind of created a film strip effect that I found framed the butterflies perfectly.  The butterflies are from Papillion Potpourri and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners.

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Come and join us with this weeks sketch. 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 #155

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This weeks sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches is my stamping friend from NZ – Karren Johnson.  I always find so much inspiration from Karren’s blog. She’s so knowledgeable on every technique out there and is not afraid to use them.

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I decided to ink up Wondrous Wreath for the first time and for some reason a black and white colour scheme came to mind.  After I put my card together I felt the wreath was a little blah so I decided to add these pinecones from Ornamental Pine. Here’s my card:

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We’d love you to join us with this weeks sketch.  Click here to take you to the challenge.  While you’re there take a look at the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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The Creative Blog Hop

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Something a little different from me today.  I’m participating in the Creative Blog Hop – a continuous hop that happens every Monday where creative people all around the world share a little bit about themselves and their creative processes.  As part of the Blog Hop there are four questions to be answered and then at the end, we get to tag other crafters, that will then repeat the process the following Monday.

I’ve been tagged by one of my fellow Just Add Ink Design Team members – Nikki Spencer.  I met Nikki through blogland but got the opportunity to finally meet face-to-face in May of last year at our Annual Stampin’ Up! Convention.  She, along with all the girls at JAI, made me feel so welcome and instantly part of the team.  Nikki is incredibly talented and I’m in awe of her gorgeous creations.  Head over to her blog and check out how talented she is.

1. What am I working on now?

Being on three design teams, I’ve always got design team samples on the go.  After that, I’ve got my favourite challenges that I love playing along with –  lately there doesn’t seem to be enough time to enter them all.  Also after having a conversation with my mum on the weekend I decided it was time to start working on my Christmas projects as she has an upcoming market that I want to help out with.  So with that in mind – I’ve created the projects below (it was only as I was uploading my photos did I realise how hard Smoky Slate and Soft Sky were to photograph!).

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I had to think about this one long and hard…..  I don’t even really know what my genre is as I’ve been mixing it up lately.  Originally I thought my style was vintagey/shabby chic, but lately I’ve been creating with a bit more of a cleaner style.  With all of my cards, I do tend to over-layer (don’t think that qualifies for it’s own style though!).  Who knows – by Christmas I may even change it up and become a Clean and Simple designer! lol.  I guess my style changes for the different challenges I enter.

3. Why do I create what I do?

I’ve been creating for about 6 years.  Before this, I had no interest in anything crafty, so it still surprises me that I’m addicted to this hobby. I head out to my craft room every chance I get and find it relaxes me.  I finally have “my time”.

4. How does my creative process work?

I find my inspiration from challenges.  I’m always searching for a great sketch or a pretty colour combo – if I can, I try and combine both of these together.

Here’s some Christmas cards that I’ve been working on:

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Here I’ve created a gift tag and a gift card/money holder:

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Here’s a close up of the gift card/money holder made with the envelop punch board.  They’re so quick and easy to whip up.
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I was on a roll with Christmas projects and decided to create a simple gift tag with leftovers that I had sitting on my desk.

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Now this is the part where I send you off to the next person on the blog hop – but unfortunately I didn’t find anyone to hop to.  If there’s anyone out there that would like to join in, let me know and I edit this post and have you join in for 29th September.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Cardabilities #107

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The card I’m sharing today is for this weeks Cardabilities sketch.  I really thought the hexagons were interesting and couldn’t wait to play along.

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I had fun with this card because I did lots of distressing and dirtying up of the edges. I don’t seem to make many cards in this style anymore.  Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Posted in By Stamp Set - Bloom with Hope, By Theme - Female Cards, By Theme - Vintage Cards | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

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

Posted in By Stamp Set - Bright & Beautiful, By Stamp Set - Festival of Trees, By Stamp Set - Gorgeous Grunge, By Stamp Set - Tape It, By Theme - Children's Cards, Challenge - Just Add Ink | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments