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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Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #316 & Retro Sketches #128

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I’m back with my second card today.  Bit proud of myself that I actually made two cards in one day!  I’ve combined my card for two challenges again – the colour challenge at Create with Connie & Mary and the sketch challenge at Retro Sketches.  Here are their inspiration pics:

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Think I said it last time I used Blackberry Bliss, I’m in love with this colour!!! I’ve only used a smidge of Soft Sky, but it is there in centre of my flowers.  To give my flowers some definition and height, I squeezed each of the petals together.  Stampin’ Up!s Flower Patch is a fabulous set to use – it has matching dies so not much fussy cutting for once!  Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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The Deconstructed Sketch #164 & Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge #85

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After a bit of a slow start to my Sunday morning I headed out to my craft room to get myself inspired to create a card.  Sometimes cards just come together with ease and this was one of those cards.  The challenges I used to inspire me are The Deconstructed Sketch and Inspired by Stamping

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I absolutely love this sketch of Jen’s. The layers are so me! The Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I’ve used are Happy Easter (don’t think I’ve actually used these tulips for an Easter card) and my sentiment is from a retired set called Simply Sketched. Here’s my card:

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I got on a bit of a roll and even created a second card (which is a bit unusual for me!).  Must’ve been a bit gee’d up after a chat to a friend on Facebook this morning. <3  I’ll be back later with that card once I fix it up a bit.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #227

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This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is to:

Just Add Chipboard

One of the reasons I started a blog was to enter challenges.  I really am addicted to them and love that they make me try different layouts, styles and embellishments.  One embellishment I don’t use very often is chipboard.  In fact it took me ages to find some in my mess of a craft room.  Quite a few years ago I went to a craft show and fell in love with an Australian craft company called Collections Elements.  It suited my vintagey style so I stocked up on papers, chipboard and old cotton reels.  I then got addicted to Stampin’ Up! and used none of the Collections Elements  products that I’d spent a couple of hundred dollars on! But I REALLY had to have them!  My butterflies are chipboard that I punched with my butterfly punches (I wouldn’t recommend doing that too many times with your SU! punches!). I then whipped them through my big shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder to give them texture. Lots of distressing, sponging and scrunching and my tag was done.

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We’d love for you to join us in this weeks chipboard challenge – so head over to the challenge and link up a project.  While you’re there, check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

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Freshly Made Sketches #149

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Rita Wright is our sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Not only does she create beautiful cards, she designs fabulous sketches.

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I’ve opened a new-to-me Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Happy Hooray for my card today – the feathers are stamped from this set.  The inky smudge and sentiment are from Work of Art and the butterfly is from Kinda Eclectic.  

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Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the gorgeous creations the Design Team have come up with this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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The Card Concept #16

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Our challenge for you this fortnight at The Card Concept is to create a wedding card.  We have the following pretty picture to inspire you.

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I dug into my stash to retrieve some retired Stampin’ Up! designer series paper called Beau Chateau. Lots of playing went into my card and was really pleased with how it finally turned out (took me ages for me to be happy with this one!). Here’s my shabby wedding card.

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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 #148 & SUO Challenges #102

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It’s Wednesday again, so that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is the fabulously talented Jen Mitchell.  Jen’s card are just amazing and I love her distinctive style.  She has created yet another super sketch and look – it has lotsa layers!

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I was really excited to receive my first order from the new catalogue and have found I’m already in love with some of the new In-Colours – Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss are just so pretty together.  I’ve also used a new stamp set and matching punch called Beautiful Bunch.  I’m entering my card into this weeks SUO challenge which is to create a project using your new Stampin’ Up! toys.

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We have the talented Kim Singdahlsen joining us for the month of August – you’re going to want to head over to her blog to check out her gorgeous creations – I just love seeing what she creates.  We’d also love you to join us with Jen’s sketch, so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and link up a card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Cardabilities #104 & colourQ #252

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I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend – I know I am!  It’s challenge time! The challenges I’m entering my card into today are the sketch challenge at Cardabilities and the colour challenge at colourQ.

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I was so tempted to go Christmas with my card but I resisted as I’m not quite in the mode of Christmas card making yet.  Instead I’ve gone with a shabby flowery card.  The Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I’ve used are Dictionary, Everything Eleanor, Summer Silhouettes, Itty Bitty Banners, Gorgeous Grunge & Tape It.  Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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