Just Add Ink #248

Hey Everyone

It’s time for a colour challenge at Just Add Ink.  Take a look at the colour combo we have for you:

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I think I’m working out how to combine more than two colours a little more comfortably these days.  I find the best way for me is to start with a white background and then play with the colours until I manage to fit them all in.  One of the things I realised after helping my mum recently with her market is that I don’t have a huge supply of masculine cards.  I create the occasional one here and there but I need to make more of an effort to get her a supply of them.  If only I could repeat a card…. I could create 5 of the same card and have about 5 different designs for her.  It would make sense to do this while I have all the products out, but for some reason I just don’t do it.

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Come and join us with this great colour challenge. The design team have created fabulous and varied inspiration for you – take a look here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #171

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I’m going to start with a quick thank you. After my debrief yesterday I have had so many supportive comments I’m feeling more than a little overwhelmed.  Thank you all for your kind words – they certainly outweighed the negative one I received.  You all totally cheered me up!

Gee Wednesday’s come around so quickly, don’t they?  It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Rita is our hostess. Head over to Rita’s blog and take a look at her gorgeous creations – you’re going to love her cards as much as I do! But before you scoot off – here’s her great sketch:

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And here’s my card:

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We would love for you to join us with this weeks challenge. If you need inspiration for your card – take a look at the fabulous Design Teams creations by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Mojo Monday #382 & MFT Challenge #14

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I’ve never managed to play along with Mojo Monday’s Tall & Skinny Challenge – until now.  I’ve combined their sketch challenge with the colour challenge at MFT Challenge.  Here’s their inspiration pics:

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First I’m going to have a debrief.

I’ll be the first to say I don’t take criticism in life very well and have never had to with my card making.  I had, what I would consider, a negative comment left for me on Sunday and I actually felt a bit put out about it all day.  The comment was about how all of my cards look the same and how I repeat the worn and torn edges in all of my cards. Worn and torn edges are repeated by a lot of card makers who create in the same style as myself.  I’m not an expert on styles but I consider this to be along the lines of shabby chic/vintage.  I also think I try and add different details to each card so they don’t look the same. One of the designs teams I’m on requires a clean card and I think I achieve this style too (the DT must think so as I’m still on their DT after 14 months!).  I think I can be versatile when required and if you take a look back at my blog you will see I try to mix it up between styles.  Anyway, do I not have the right to make MY cards how I want?   I’ve been struggling to create probably from last year when I fractured my elbow.  This changed about a week ago and I was actually wanting to go out to my craft room again.  Then I got this anonymous comment. >:-(  If you don’t like my cards, and feel I repeat the worn and torn look, then don’t follow my blog.  Simple.

Sorry for the long whinge, but it was better than my first reply that consisted of 2 words – it started with an F and ended with a U!

I really do appreciate and love all the positive comments I get – so I guess this one just threw me.

Now on to my card, which you will see, is a clean card with no “worn and torn edges”.

Mojo382 & MFT14

Thanks for stopping by.  Sorry mum for almost swearing!;)

Cheers

Narelle

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Mojo Monday #381 & colourQ #276

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I’m back with my second post for today.  The challenges I’m entering my card into are: Mojo Monday and colourQ challenge.

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As with my first post today, I used the same background technique for my card. You can see how I did this my clicking here.  The colours I’ve used for my background this time are Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake.  I’ve used some retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets for my card – Artistic Etchings, Papaya Collage, Happy Watercolour & French Foliage.  Two of my all-time favourites stamp sets are Artistic Etchings French Foliage.  I’ve combined them with Dictionary & Gorgeous Grunge (both current Stampin’ Up!) stamp sets. The sentiment is from Four You.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Stampin’ Royalty #263 & Cardabilities #115

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I dragged myself away from watching the tennis to create a couple of cards today.  The first one is for two challenges – Stampin’ Royalty colour challenge and the Cardabilities sketch challenge.

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I had a bit more time than usual today to play around with techniques.  I’m the first to say that I’m technique challenged as I really don’t get time watch videos or search the internet to find them.  I wanted to create a kind of watercoloured background. I started by taking Hello Honey & Sahara Sand Inks and randomly stamped the pads directly to a non-stick craft mat.  I then spritzed the ink with water and then placed my Whisper White card stock directly onto the ink.  This is the effect I achieved after I dried it off with my heat tool. I inked up Stampin’ Up!s Dictionary and finger walked it so that it only stamped on certain bits of the background. I’m pretty happy with the effect!

SR263 & Cardabilities115

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #247 – Just Add Love Blog Hop

Hey Everyone Welcome to Just Add Ink’s first challenge for 2015.  We’re starting off our year with a blog hop.  Our challenge for you is to create a tag OR a card with a tag with a love theme using the following sketch. You may have just hopped over from the amazingly creative Nikki Spencer’s blog – didn’t you just love what she created? JAI247pic I decided to vintage it up a bit with my card.  The sketch is in there, but I’ve added a few extra shapes (hope you can see the original design!).  I started off sticking with the sketch but I just kept adding. I walked past a men’s suit shop earlier this week and saw a suit in the window with the colour combo of Black, Grey & Yellow.  It really appealed to me so I’ve made them the main colours in my card.  Here’s what I created. JAI247Next stop along the way is the very talented and very sweet Louise Sharp. You’re going to love what she’s created! Click on the pic below – we hope you enjoy our blog hop! bloghopbadge Thanks for stopping by. Cheers Narelle

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The Card Concept #27

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We have a new challenge for you at The Card Concept.  Here’s the inspiration pic for you to create your cards – isn’t it sweet?

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I love these colours together and pulled out some retired Stampin’ Up! DSP called Fan Fair DSP.  Here’s my card:

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We would love for you to join us with this challenge. Head over to The Card Concept and check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #170

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It’s Wednesday! Wednesday’s mean a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess is none other than the oh-so-fabulous Jen Mitchell.  You’re going to want to head over to Jen’s blog and check out her amazing creations.

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I had the need for a Sympathy card last week – so here’s what I came up with:

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We would love for you to join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches – so head over to the challenge and link up a card. Have a gander at the fabulous inspiration from the design team while you’re there.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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ColourQ #275 & Pals Paper Arts #236

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I had a fabulous day on the weekend helping my mum with her market.  If it wasn’t for her and her stall, all of my cards would sit in my craft room probably getting ruined as I just dump them in a box after I take a photo of them.  I had a couple of requests for kids cards and realised I had none to sell.  I looked around for a challenge to rectify my lack of kids card and found I could combine my card for the sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts and the colour challenge at colourQ.

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Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Posted in By Stamp Set - Bright & Beautiful, By Stamp Set - Gorgeous Grunge, By Stamp Set - Tape It, By Theme - Children's Cards, Challenge - Colour Q, Challenge - Pals Paper Arts | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

Freshly Made Sketches #169

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the lovely Jennifer Timko is our hostess – she is not only a talented card marker, she also creates fabulous sketches that make my cards come together in no-time. Truthfully it was one of the easiest cards I’ve thrown together in ages.

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Here’s my card:

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We would love for you to join us this week so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and link up a card.  While you’re there, take a look at the gorgeous inspiration (as always) from the Clean Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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