Freshly Made Sketches #289

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Happy Wednesday! Love Wednesdays as it means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks sketch has been designed by Linda Callahan. I adore every one of Linda’s cards as she’s so creative and so very talented!

I was overdue for a masculine card.  The stamp sets I’ve used for my card are Feather Together and Big on Birthdays.  These feathers are just fabulous!  I’ve stamped them in Soft Sky and Dapper Denim.  The circles under my feathers are from Stampin’ Up!s Eastern Beauty and the watersplash type stamp is from Gorgeous Grunge – I’m going to miss this set!  The designer series paper is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and I’ve tied everyone together with some linen thread and a strip of Burlap Ribbon under my sentiment. I really need to push myself and make more masculine cards as it’s surprising how many requests I get for them!

Here’s my card:

The girls at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Pop over to the challenge and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch #222

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Weekends at home mean time to play in my craft room.  Do you find that your cards come together easy on some days and then on others, you could sit and stare at them for ages without even putting ink on cardstock?  That’s me.  This weekend was an easy peasy stamping weekend.  I banged out all my design team cards in no time and even had time to create a card for a challenge.

The challenge I’m playing along with is for this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.  What a great sketch to work with!

My craft room is in a bit of a mess.  It’s almost got to a “hop, skip and jump” to reach the desk……well almost.  It’s amazing what you find when you do a bit of a clean up!  I was able to findd a few “hiding” stamp sets.  The sentiments and balloon I’ve used are from Stampin’ Up!s Birthday Bright .  The circles are from Eastern Beauty and I’ve stamped these in Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst & Smoky Slate.  I like that these stamp sets work so well together as Birthday Bright has curvy sentiments that fit the circles perfectly.

Under my sentiment is a strip of Lemon Lime Twist.  This is cut with a new border punch – Ticket Tear Border Punch – this will be available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

 

Just Add Ink #360

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There’s a new sketch waiting for you at Just Add Ink and this week I’m the sketch designer.  As always when I design a sketch, I’ve got NO clue what card I’m going to create.  In fact I created two because I wasn’t sure which one I liked best…..same sketch, but each so different.

Here’s the sketch I came up with:

The first of my cards is a shaker card.  Stampin’ Up!s Life Me Up is such a versatile stamp set that lends itself to either a feminine card or a masculine card.  Because I’ve used a bit of bling and gold ribbon, I think I’ll give this card to a female. The DSP I’ve used is from Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper. I made sure I stocked up on this before it retires.

Here’s the second card I made.  I used the sketch to make a Mother’s Day card for my mum with some new Stampin’ Up! goodies.  The Daisy Delight Bundle is going to be a favourite for sure. When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, I purchased every coordinating stamp set and punch bundle there was. They really make stamping and cutting so easy. The colours I’ve used are Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist (you’ve probably noticed my love for these colours in my last couple of cards!).  The background behind my stitched circle was created by the smooshing technique and ink splatters from Swirly Bird. I was in the mood on the weekend for mastering this technique and ended up with really inky fingers!

The design team have created the most gorgeous cards this week.  I totally love them all! Head over to Just Add Ink and get ready to be inspired by them.

We would love it if you could play along!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #288

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The newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by Jen Mitchell.  I was a fan of Jen’s as soon as I discovered blog-land.  Her cards are always amazing and inspiring.  Head over to her blog and take a look at her beautiful cards!

So, as you can see, I flipped the sketch for my card as I wanted to use a new stamp set called Tranquil Tulips.  This set is a Hostess Stamp Set and is available in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  The colour I’ve used for my tulips is Berry Burst and for the leaves I used Lemon Lim Twist.  I’ve already decided I’m in love with these colours!  The sentiment is one I already had stamped on my desk (discarded from a previous project) from the set stamp Four You.

Here’s my card:

The design team at Freshly Made Sketches have aced this sketch. Head over to the blog and take a look at the wonderful cards the girls have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Card

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I have a new flower stamps to play with!!! Thank you Stampin’ Up!

I initially purchased Happy Birthday Gorgeous from the Stampin’ Up! pre-order JUST for these flowers……I don’t think I even looked at the sentiments that come in the set when I ordered it.  I was thrilled when I looked past the flowers and found all the sentiments that come with it.  It’s a great set with tons of great stamps.

My background watercolour skills are still needing work so I’ve used the watercolour smooshing technique to add a little interest behind my flowers.  I must say – I totally love the effect this technique gives my card. The colours I used for my smooshing were Berry Burst and Powder Pink – two of the new InColours from the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  The flowers were stamped with Berry Burst and Sweet Sugarplum.  The leaves are from Jar of Love.  I stamped these in Old Olive and spent the next 20 minutes fussy cutting them.

Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #287

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It’s new sketch time at Freshly Made Sketches! Our newest sketch has been designed by the super talented Jennifer Timko.  Jennifer has created this cool sketch. Can’t wait to see what you all do with it!

I revisited Birthday Blooms for my card today.  I just adore this flower.  I embossed it with White Embossing powder and watercoloured it with Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum and Lemon Lime Twist.  Do you love Lemon Lime Twist as much as I do? It’s going to be my new favourite colour.  I added a strip & bow of Bakers Twine and a strip of Burlap Ribbon.

The design team at Freshly Made Sketches has created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to the challenge at take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Onstage Team Gifts Part Two

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Yesterday I shared some gift boxes that I created for the Just Add Ink girls for Stampin’ Up!s Onstage Event last year.

I made the following gifts for my roomies.

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My big shot got quite a workout with all the flowers, leaves and sentiments I cut, but I propped myself on the kitchen table and watched TV at the same time.  The bags I’ve used are Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags and the flowers and leaves are cut with Botanical Builder Framelit Dies.  The sentiment is cut with Hello You Thinlits.

If you’re wondering what’s in the bag – look below.  I found the cutest foldable rubbish bins on ebay.  They’re the perfect size for my desk and for when I hold workshops.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle