Just Add Ink #554

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Welcome to my blog and welcome to a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week our challenge is for you to:

This challenge made me pause for more than it should’ve…. In the end I went with green and gold. The green I’ve added to my card is in the flowers I’ve used. I’ve used Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen Inks to stamp the flowers from the Art Gallery Stamp Set. The centre of the flowers have been coloured with the Dark Mango Melody Blend. I fussy cut both of these flowers out and adhered them to a gold die cut from the retired Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.

The DSP I’ve layered in the background also has gold in it. It’s from the Simply Elegant Designer Series Paper pack. I couldn’t stop at just that. I added some Gold Metallic Pearls and some gold bakers twine. So basically my card is gold galore!

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful projects that will inspire you. Head over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #485

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We have a fabulous sketch for you to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches. This week our sketch has been designed by the truly talented Judy Rozema.

The card has created has been made with the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set. I coloured these flowers to look like Gerbera’s. The blends I used are some of the new in colours from the Stampin’ Up! 2021-2022Annual Catalogue – Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent. The colours I used to add definition in the creases are Highland Heather and Evening Evergreen Blends. For the centre of the flowers I added colour with my Smoky Slate Blends and Mango Melody Blends. Both flowers were fussy cut out. I coloured up some leaves, also from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set, with both the Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen Blends. The Evening Evergreen leafy die cuts were cut with the Sunflower Dies.

The textured background was created with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder. I really love the texture this folder gives to cardstock. To create the banner to match the sketch, I cut a piece of Vellum Cardstock and added this to my card. I then took some Whisper White Linen Thread and looped this around my card, stapling it to the card.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome cards. Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve designed.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #484

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Love me a sketch challenge and this one that the fabulous Amy O’Neill has created is amazing! Make sure you pop over to Amy’s blog to see her wonderful creations.

I chose to create a birthday card for one of my great nieces who is turning 2 soon. I have coloured these cute puffins from the Party Puffins Stamp Set. They are so cute and probably a stamp set that I wouldn’t normally buy, but because of their total sweetness, I had to have it.

I gave them some colour with my blends and then fussy cut them out. I added a cake and lil fishy images from the same stamp set to add some more fun to her card. The sentiment I’ve layered on the card is also from the Party Puffins Stamp Set. I can’t wait to give it to her now, once I buy a pressie that is……

The team have created awesome cards using Amy’s sketch. Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #552

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There’s a new challenge for you to play along with over at Just Add Ink. This week is an inspiration picture challenge. Take a look at the bright challenge we have for you:

As you can see, I’ve taken inspiration from the flowers in the picture as well as the colours. The stamp set I’ve used for my flowers is called Art Gallery Stamp Set. I stamped the base layer of the flower with Daffodil Delight Ink and the second layer with Pale Papaya Ink. The leafy images, also from the Arty Gallery Stamp set have been stamped with Soft Succulent Ink and fussy cut out.

The strip of DSP I’ve added to my card is from the Hand Penned Memories and More Pack. This pack is not only for scrapbooking, you can use the many pieces to add to your cards.

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful cards, all so very different using elements from the inspiration pic. Head over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #483

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Welcome to my blog and the newest sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. It was my turn to design a sketch. Here’s what I came up with:

Not totally loving my card. I panicked and just went with some flowers that I had discarded from another project. Next time I’ll take the time and re-think my colour choices….

The stamp set I’ve chosen is called Hand Penned Petals Stamp Set. I’ve given the flowers some colour with the Pale Papaya Blends (available next week for everyone to buy in the Stampin’ Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue). The leaves have been coloured with the Soft Succulent Blends. I already know I’m going to be addicted to this colour.

The teat at Freshly Made Sketches have made my sketch look good. Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #482

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It’s time for a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. This weeks cool sketch has been designed by our wonderfully talented NZer, Karren Johnson. Pop over to Karren’s blog and see what she’s designed with her sketch:

When you have a weekend away and that’s your usual crafting time, you go quick and easy by colouring some DSP and fussy cutting the images out. The designers series paper I’ve used is from the True Love DSP pack. The blends I coloured my images with were the Balmy Blue Blends. I then took the Light Night of Navy Blend to the centre of the flower to add some depth. The leaves have been coloured with the Mint Macaron Blends.

I wanted a birthday sentiment, so I’ve added one from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome and totally different cards with Karren’s sketch. Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #550

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week is a colour challenge. Have a look at the colours we have for you to play along with:

So this is a colour combo that I would have NEVER tried if not for this challenge. I have to say that I absolutely adore it! I’ve kept my card mostly white with small amounts of the challenge colours.

I’ve chosen leaves stamped from the Forever Fern Stamp Set. The leaves were lightly coloured with Shaded Spruce and fussy cut out. The butterflies are from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. These have been coloured with both Poppy Parade and Petal Pink Inks. The sentiment I’ve used is from the Forever Friend Stamp Set. I added some ink splatters to the background – these are from the Forever Fern Stamp Set also.

The team at Just Add Ink have created lovely cards using these challenge colours. Take a look at the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #481

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When you’re stuck for a layout, try finding a fabulous sketch challenge like this weeks one at Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch has been designed by the super talented Cecile Ribon

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The stamp set I chose to use for my card was the Dressed To Impressed Stamp Set. I added Highland Heather highlights to the flowers, lipstick and stiletto with my light and dark blends. I then combined added Smoky Slate Blends to each of these images. I took my Colour Lifter and removed some of the colour from all images to give them a washed look.

The background of card base has been given a quick colour with my Soft Sea Foam Blend. I added some Whisper White Cardstock circles and probably spent waaaaay to long arranging my images until I ended up with this layout.

For more wonderful inspiration for this challenge – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what the team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #480

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Don’t you love a cool sketch? I do! I adore this sketch from one of our fabulous designers at Freshly Made Sketches, Jennifer Brum. I also adore her – even if she does put me to shame with all the walking she does…..

I had some time on the weekend to play around with my blends. What better stamp set to use than the Friends Are Like Seashells Stamp Set when you want some colouring time?

The largest shell was coloured firstly with the Crumb Cake Blends. I then took the Dark Soft Suede Blend and added a darker shade around the edge of the shell and in the definition lines. I wasn’t happy with just those colours, so I added some Pool Party to the mix. The medium sized shell was coloured with the Pool Party Blends and the Light Basic Black Blend in the creases. The smallest shell was coloured with a combination of Dark Crumb Cake and both Soft Suede Blends. Once all three shells were dry, they were then given some Wink of Stella to add a shine to them.

I used the Curvy Dies to create the die cut in the middle of my Whisper White Cardstock. I had the idea to add some Linen Trim to the edge of the die cut. I ran some Tombow Glue along the cardstock and carefully glued down the Linen Trim. For once I didn’t end up with sticky fingers and accidentally leave glue residue on the card. I also added a Linen Trim bow under the cluster of shells.

After placing everything on the card, I felt the background needed a little something extra, so I lifted the large and small shell and added the ink splatter stamp with Crumb Cake Ink and randomly stamped it. Any mishap with the stamping, on an already stuck card base, was covered by creatively placing the shells to hide it.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using the sketch. Click here to take you to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #548

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There’s a new challenge over at Just Add Ink to play along with. This week is a sketch week. Take a look at the cool sketch we have for you:

The Geared Up Garage Stamp Set is retiring soon and I was reminded I needed to stock up on masculine cards. The vintage car image was stamped in Black Memento Ink and watercoloured with light shading of Mossy Meadow Ink. I’ve adhered a piece of Basic Black Cardstock to a Crumb Cake Cardstock card base. I then stamped a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with the grungy stamp in Crumb Cake Ink.

Once the layered were stuck down, I added a strip of Mossy Meadow Cardstock, Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim, a Whisper White Cardstock circle and a die cut piece from the Garage Gear Dies. Once this piece was cut out, I took a Journalling Pen and drew a line around the edge of the cardstock. The sentiment, also from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set, finished off the card.

As always, the team have created wonderful cards that will no doubt inspire you. Head over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle