Freshly Made Sketches #430

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We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the talented Jacquie Southas.

Before I started my card, I’d decided to use a different colour combination for me.  I chose Petal Pink and Call Me Clover – a combination I haven’t used before.  In fact, Call Me Clover would be the only green that hasn’t seen much ink on my projects. In order of greens, I would reach first for Pear Pizzazz, then Old Olive, Mint Macaron and then Soft Sea Foam.

I like to rotate my floral stamp sets so they all get a bit of love from me and so you don’t see the same images over and over on my cards. It was time that I used the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set and especially this Hibiscus Flower image.   I stamped the flowers in Black Memento Ink and then coloured the petals with Petal Pink Blends and Mango Melody Blends.  I took my Smoky Slate Blends and added colour around the centre of the flower to create depth to the image. The leaves have been coloured with my Call Me Clover Blends.

I used this script piece of DSP from Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper, because it’s Petal Pink and because I love it so much!  I added a Call Me Clover Cardstock diecut, cut with my Stitched Nested Labels Dies. I love me some bling, so I added some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Finally, I had a wood edgelit from the Country Club Elements sitting on my desk, so it got added to my card.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using this weeks sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #499

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The design team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards for their newest challenge.  This week the challenge is a colour challenge. Here’s the colour palette we have for you.

I chose to combine the colours using a Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Free As A Bird Stamp Set.  To start my card, .I sponged the background with Blushing Bride Ink. I cut Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock diecuts using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I then stamped the bird image from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set with Black Memento Ink. The birds have been coloured with my Highland Heather Blends and the leaves have been a light colour with Balmy Blue Blends.  I then went to town with fussy cutting the image out. Once I layered the image, I felt it was a little bare on the bottom left side, so I stamped the single flower and leaves from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set and added them to give more balance. The little pearls I’ve used on my card have been coloured with the Dark Petal Pink Blend – as close to Blushing Bride as I could get.

We would love it if you could play along with the challenge. Head over to Just Add Ink and see what the team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Ornate Garden Blog Hop 2

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Welcome to my blog!  The Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team have are hopping again with projects created with the Ornate Garden Suite.  This suite has been available to demonstrators to buy for a couple of weeks now.  But as of 1st April, 2020, customers can now order this suite or any of the products separately!  This suite is an early release from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue – so make sure you take advantage of getting your hands on these goodies before the cattle comes out!

This is our second hop creating projects using the gorgeous products from this suite.  The cards I made for the previous hop can be seen by clicking here.

My previous projects featured the amazing floral image from Ornate Garden Stamp Set and Ornate Border Dies.  This time I wanted to change things up and feature the Ornate Layers Dies with the Ornate Garden Stamp Set.

The products in this suite really are versatile. The samples I’ve created show how you can keep a card quite simple by letting the image be the main focal point and how you can a create a layered and more detailed card by adding diecuts to the image.


The first card I created has a strip of the pretty gold embossed Mint Macaron DSP, from the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper, along one side.  I kept the card pretty clean as I wanted the detailed image from the Ornate Garden Stamp Set do all the work.  The flowery image has a variety of blooms and leaves.  I added colour to the flowers with a combination of Purple Posy, Highland Heather and Smoky Slate Blends. The leaves have been coloured with my Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate Blends.  I tend to use my Smoky Slate Blends to add shadows and definition to creases of the images, but this time I also coloured the smallest flowers with them.

The sentiment I added to my card is from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set.  I used the smaller sentiment as I didn’t want to cover up too much of the image. I spent way too long colouring to hide my work!  I added a diecut from the Ornate Layers Dies in Whisper White Cardstock under the image.  This diecut has been cut in half with just the edges peaking out from under the cluster of flowers.  I added some Gilded Gems, three as always, to add some bling to my card.

The second card I created is layered and features die cuts from the Ornate Layers Dies as well as some of the pretty DSP I added to my first card. I like to create cards in ranges and keep them consistent.

I took some Purple Posy Cardstock and diecut the first layer.  The die I used gives the cardstock a really pretty frame around the edge. I added another diecut cut with Whisper White Cardstock and layered it under the image.  The image has again been coloured with a combination of Blends.  The sentiment I added to my card is simple and one that I could give to so many people in my life at the moment.  Because of the many details on this card, I only added one Gilded Gem.

I hope you like the cards I’ve created using the products from the Ornate Garden Suite.  Don’t forget this is a special early release suite from the upcoming catalogue. It feels a bit spesh to be able to get a sneak peak of a catalogue item this early!

The next hop along the way is the talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here to take you to see her gorgeous projects or click on the button below.

2020 Artisan Design Team Roll

Caroline van der Straaten

Emma Goddard

Helene den Breejen

Jan Clothier

Lauren Alarid

Leah Fedynak

Manuela Geiswinkler

Marine Wiplier

Martha Groger

Martin Stone

Narelle Farrugia

Nina Waldschmidt

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Tammy Wilson

Zsuzsanna Balazs

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper, Purple Posy Cardstock, Highland Heather Cardstock

Stamp Set: Ornate Style Stamp Set, Ornate Thanks Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Blends – Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Highland Heather, Purple Posy, Black Journaling Pen

Other Products: Gilded Gems Embellishments, Ornate Layers Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketch #429

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There’s a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and it’s a great one!  Our fabulous sketch has been designed by the fabulously talented Judy Rozema.

I love the softness of the colours in the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper.  These pretty Pool Party and Petal Pink papers were the starting point for my card.  I then chose the images I wanted to use on my card.  I used a combination of images from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set and the Parisian Beauty Stamp Set.

The Eiffel Tower is from the Parisian Beauty Stamp Set. I stamped the image in Black Memento Ink and added some colour with my Smoky Slate Blends.  The flowers and leaves are from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set.  After inking them up with Black Memento Ink, I gave them some colour with my Petal Pink and Mint Macaron Blends.  I took my Journaling Pen and added some definition around the centre of the flowers.

The sentiment I’ve added to my card is from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set.  I trimmed the sentiment in half and layered it over the Eiffel Tower.  I then added three Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I may very well be in love with them and am on my second packet already.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using the sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

Freshly Made Sketches #428

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Welcome to another Wednesday and another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. This week our sketch has been designed by the super talented Amy O’Neill.  Amy’s cards are always lovely, full of fabulous colours and elegant.

It was time I inked up the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set.  This stamp set lets me continue my love of colouring with my Blends.  I gave the flowers some colour with the Light Purple Posy Blend and I outlined the petals with the Dark Highland Heather Blend.  I coloured the centre of the flower with the Dark Smoky Slate Blend.  The leaves have been coloured with Mint Macaron Blends.  The tiny flower buds have been given colour with the Dark Cherry Cobbler Blend. The DSP I’ve used on my card is from the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.

This card is different for me as I’ve used Gorgeous Grape on Gorgeous Grape Cardstock.  Normally I use a Whisper White Cardstock base, but thought it was time I mixed it up and tried a coloured card base. The layer of cardstock has been embossed with my Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder. To give some bling to my card, I coloured three Basic Rhinestones with my Dark Highland Heather Blend. To finish off my card, I added a Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding bow.

I love all the cards the Clean Team have created.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #497

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We have a new challenge for you to play along with at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge for you is a sketch challenge:

 

It was only after I took my photo did I realise two things – my sentiment is a tad skewed (will fix this tomorrow) and I may’ve got the layering a little wrong….  My excuse is I had a busy weekend and hurriedly put together this card after a card class on Sunday.  I’m blaming weary eyes and not enough concentration….

I thought it was time that I created a man card. I don’t have as much need for a masculine cards as as I do with my feminine ones, but my man card stash was getting a little low.  The stamp set I chose for this card is called Sailing Home Stamp Set.  I stamped the three images and gave them some colour with some blends.  I fussy cut them out and put them aside until I’d daubed the background with some Pool Party Ink.  I placed my images on the card and then decided I needed more details, so I stamped the birds on the card base – I then felt I had enough details.

I adhered all my images, sentiment and Linen Thread. Lastly, I really roughed up the Linen Thread and pulled it apart in places and stuck it in place with Glue Dots.

The team at Just Add Ink have created fab cards with the design. Head over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #427

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Wednesday’s mean a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the sketch has been designed by me!

When I designed this sketch I had absolutely no clue what stamp set I was going to use.  Admittedly this card took me longer than usual as I overthought it and ended up settling on Forever Blossoms Stamp Set. I LOVE colouring this image and went to town on colouring this blossom branch with a combination of Real Red and Cherry Cobbler Blends. The leaves have been coloured with Mint Macaron Blends.  To add more definition to the petals and leaves, I added Smoky Slate Blends at the base of them.  I also added some white highlights to the centre of the flowers with my White Gel Pen.

To add some interest to the base of the card, I took one of the ink splatter stamps from Artisan Textures Stamp Set and inked it up with Gold Delicata Ink. I then took a piece from the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper, one of my favourites, and added it to my card.  Petal Pink 1/4″ Metallic Edge Ribbon hasn’t left my desk as I am using it so often.  I couldn’t resist adding it to my card.  I’ve used Glue Dots to give it a bunched looked under my sentiment.  The sentiment added to my card is from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set also.  Three little Metallic Pearls finished off my card.

The creative team at Freshly Made Sketches have designed wonderful cards using my sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Best Dressed Suite & Sale-A-Bration Second Release Blog Hop

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It’s time for another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Hop.

Sale-A-Bration is an exciting time of the year—and it just got even better with more fantastic products to
earn! More products mean more creative possibilities to experiment with!  Sale-A-Bration would have to be my favourite time of year. For every AU$90 I spend from the Annual Catalogue or the January – June Mini Catalogue, I earn a free Sale-A-Bration item! Who wouldn’t love free product just for doing what I normally do?  Spending is pretty easy with the current catalogues we have.

Sale-A-Bration is available until 31st March and now there’s more items to choose from with a Second Release Brochure. The Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team have created one project using products from the January – June Mini Catalogue and the second project showcases items from the second release earned during the SAB period.

The card I created on the left has been made with the following items from the Mini Catalogue:

  • Dressed To Impress Stamp Set $31.00.
  • Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ .Designer Series Paper $20.00
  • Best Dressed Tassels $14.00
  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock $14.25
  • Petal Pink Cardstock $15.25
  • Petal Pink Ink $13.00.

By buying these products and spending AU$90, you then qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item free.  You can choose your free item from the first or second Sale-A-Bration brochure.

To create my card, I stamped one of the background stamps from the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set with Petal Pink Ink.  I then fussy cut a combination of flowers and perfume bottles from the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.  The sentiment I’ve added to my card is from the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set also.  The sentiment has been stamped in Black Memento Ink. I added a strip of Petal Pink Cardstock under the sentiment to tie all the colours together.  One of the Best Dressed Tassels finished off my card.

For my second card I added a flower from the Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. This pack of DSP is the item that I earned free for spending $90 before 31st March. As you can see, I fussy cut the flower and leaves directly from one of the papers. This pack of DSP is perfect for the avid crafter! The images and patterns on this DSP are perfect for adding colour to.  You can sponge, brayer, daub or use your Blends like I’ve done.

The flower is coloured with my Petal Pink Blends and the little buds are coloured with my Calypso Coral Blends.  I gave the leaves some colour with both of my Old Olive Blends. The bottle of perfume is from the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set. It’s been coloured with my Petal Pink Blends and Smoky Slate Blends.  You can’t quite see it in the photo, but I also gave some glitter to the lid of the bottle with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. I had one fussy cut bloom left over from my first project, so I added it to near the lid of the bottle.  To be consistent, and to tie it in with my first card, I added a Best Dressed Tassel to my perfume bottle.

Dont forget! The Sale-A-Bration earning period ends on March 31, 2020. To get your hands on these products, make sure you get your order in by then.

The next amazing Artisan Design Team member on the hop is the talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here to take you to her blog, click here or on the button below.  Make sure you check out the whole hop to see the wonderful designs the team have created.

2020 Artisan Design Team Roll

Caroline van der Straaten

Emma Goddard

Helene den Breejen

Jan Clothier

Lauren Alarid

Leah Fedynak

Manuela Geiswinkler

Marine Wiplier

Martha Groger

Martin Stone

Narelle Farrugia

Nina Waldschmidt

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Tammy Wilson

Zsuzsanna Balazs

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, Petal Pink Cardstock

Stamp Set: Dressed To Impress Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Petal Pink Blends, Old Olive Blends, Calypso Coral Blends

Other Products: Best Dressed Tassels, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #426

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Welcome to my blog!  Every Wednesday the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team have a new sketch challenge for you to play along with. This week our sketch has been designed by my friend from down-under, Karren Johnson.

I think I may be addicted to the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set and Best Dressed DSP…… I love combining the images from the stamp set with fussy cut images from the DSP.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from the Golden Honey DSP.  Black and white striped DSP is always very striking and is the perfect base for the pinks and greens in the images I’ve added to my card. I couldn’t resist adding a Best Dressed Tassel and some Gilded Gems Embellishments – never have enough pretties on my cards!

The girls at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using the sketch as inspiration.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #495

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There’s a new challenge for you to play along with at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge for you is to:

I’m all about comfort zone and when I saw this challenge, I may’ve panicked.  I was trying to think how I could combine all the colours of a rainbow on my card.  After my initial panic, I realised the challenge of combining the colours wouldn’t be as hard as I thought if I used the colours on these fabulous lipsticks from the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set.  I layered my card with Gorgeous Grape Cardstock and this pretty DSP from Best Dressed DSP.  The sentiment I’ve used is from the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set – love this matching sentiment for my lippy’s!

The team at Just Add Ink have created fabulous cards for the challenge.  Head over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created. While you’re there, we would love it if you could play along.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle