The Card Concept #22

Hey Everyone

We have a new challenge for you at The Card Concept.  This time we have the following inspiration picture for you to create your cards.

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I took inspiration for my card from the colours of the walls and wheelbarrow and also the multitude of colours in the leaves.  I’ve also stamped three different types of leaves and rock’n’rolled them with Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss inks.  The leaves are all from retired Stampin’ Up! sets called French Foliage and Papaya Collage.  The sentiment is from Blooming with Kindness.  Here’s my card:

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We’d love for you to join us this fortnight.  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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Freshly Made Sketches #160

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our sketch is brought to us by the fabulously talented Rita Wright.  Thanks for a great sketch Rita – it’s so up my over-layered alley!

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As you can see I’m still going through my Blendabilities colouring phase.  To give a bit of depth to the flowers, I’ve coloured over the Daffodil Delight with a bit of Rich Razzleberry in the centre of the blooms. The colour combination I’ve used is Hello Honey, Smoky Slate and Blackberry Bliss – a combination I saw a girl at work wearing the other day.  It really appealed to me!  Here’s my card:

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Come and join us for this weeks challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  While you’re over at the challenge make sure you take a look at the wonderful inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #237

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I think I may actually be losing my memory!  I totally forgot to publish this post on Friday night.  Looks like I might have to start putting dates in my calendar so I don’t forget again. My excuse is that I’ve been super busy at work and sit down at night and nothing else registers.

This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is to:

Just Add Clear Block Stamping

I’m not going to lie – I struggled.  I tried new inks, old inks, markers directly to the clear block and also a bit of heat embossing.  After binning heaps of cardstock, I finally came up with this.  I used my old style Crumb Cake ink to create this background that I think I kept re-inking and stamped over 6 times.  I then finger-walked Dictionary over bits of the background.  I’m going to have to try this technique again at some stage so I can get a bit more practice.

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Come and join us this week at Just Add Ink.  Head over to the challenge and check out the gorgeous and varied inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Retro Sketches #137 & Colour Me Creative Challenge #43

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Time for another Christmas card for my stash. With the rate I’m going I may actually end up with enough cards this year!  This time I’ve used colours from this weeks colour combo at Colour Me Creative Challenge – colours that I don’t see very often for Christmas, but I think it works quite well.  I’ve combined these colours with the sketch from Retro Sketches.

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Here’s my card:RS137 & CMCC43

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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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

Posted in By Stamp Set - Gorgeous Grunge, By Stamp Set - Tape It, By Theme - Female Cards, Challenge - Just Add Ink | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in By Stamp Set - Choose Happiness, By Stamp Set - Petite Pairs, By Theme - Female Cards, Challenge - Pals Paper Arts | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments

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:

CCMC323 & IBSIC86

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Posted in By Stamp Set - Ornamental Pine, By Theme - Christmas Cards, Challenge - Create with Connie & Mary, Challenge - Inspired by Stamping | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments