Forever Blossoms

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I got home from work today and had the smallest time slot ever to have a play with one of my new stamp sets – Forever Blossoms!  This stamp set will be available for demonstrators to preorder from 3rd December.  Customers will be able to get their hands on this set and all of the other gorgeous products from the Stampin’ Up! January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue from 3rd January.

To create my card, I stamped my image in Black Memento Ink and used my Flirty Flamingo and Smoky Slate Blends to colour the blossoms.  The leaves have been given colour with my Mint Macaron Blends.   The sentiment that I have used on my card is also from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set.

I added a bit of background stamping with the script stamp from Very Versailles in Crumb Cake Ink. I then added a Pool Party Carstock circle and a strip of Petal Pink Cardstock to tie all the colours together. As I always seem to do, I finished off my card with a trio of Noble Peacock Rhinestones. If I had more time, I would have tizzy’d this card more, but I think it’s ok for a rushed card.

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Cheers

Narelle

Sydney Onstage Live Event 2019 & My Exciting News

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I’ve been spending the last few days in Sydney to attend the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Onstage Live Event with fabulous friends (and as you can see in this photo of the Opera House, about 3000 tourists…….) These events not only give me the chance to see and touch all the new products available soon in the 2020 Mini & Sale-A-Bration Catalogues, I also use this time to laugh, eat loads and maybe even have a gossip or two with my roomies.

You will probably all know that I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of an amazing design team for this year.  I’ve been a member of the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team creating alongside 15 other incredible crafters from around the world.  It was a dream of mine to be on the team and I’ve had THE best time!

I can now let you in on my news.  I was chosen for the 2020 Stampin’ Up Artisan Design Team! When the call came, I was almost a little teary and I can’t remember most of the conversation. This has been a sad year for me after losing my dad 5 months ago, so the call from Stampin’ Up! to let me know I was staying on the team for one more year, completely made my day.

Here’s a list of names of the talented Stampin’ Up! Artisans I will be creating with – I’m so looking forward to getting to know all of this team!

Some more good news is that I get to create alongside my Melbourne girl Rochelle Blok.  Rochelle and I have been on the current design team together and I’m super excited that we will be continuing on the team next year.  If only she learnt how to scooch for a photo ……. Massive congrats to you Rochelle!

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Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Toile Tidings Suite

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Welcome to my blog and the latest Stampin’ Up! 2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Hop.

The projects I’ve created feature cards and gift boxes using the Tidings All Around Bundle. I’ve designed matching cards and gift boxes to give to loved ones who I know will cherish them and all the details I’ve added to them.

I’ve used the pretty Real Red striped paper from Toile Tiding Designer Series Paper on this card and box.  The wreath on the card is has been cut with my All-Around Wreath Dies.  Initially I was going to go with a stamped wreath for the card, but I liked how the solid Mossy Meadow Cardstock stood out more.  I stamped the little flowers in Elegant Eggplant Ink and fussy cut them out. I then added some foliage cut with my All-Around Wreath Dies. I trimmed some Real Red 1″ Ruched Ribbon and bunched it together with Linen Thread and tied one of these cute Jingle Bells to it.

The gift box I’ve created starts with a Gold Mini Pizza Box.  After adding some Toile Tiding Designer Series Paper, I adhered my wreath from the Tidings All Around Stamp Set.  I may’ve then gone a little crazy with my ribbons….. I went for a looped double bowed Burlap Ribbon effect. Because you can’t have too much ribbon, I then added some Real Red Ruched Ribbon to the mix. If the recipient of this gift box, doesn’t intend to keep it, I think I’ll ask for the ribbon back…

Red or green for Christmas?  I can’t decide. I like both.

 

The next hop along the way is my friend Rochelle who has created gorgeous projects that I know will WOW you! Click here or on the badge below to take you to her blog.

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll:

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper, Mossy Meadow Cardstock, Cherry Cobbler Cardstock

Stamp Set: Tidings All Around Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Elegant Eggplant Ink

Other Products: Gold Mini Pizza Boxes, Jingle Bells, Real Red 1″ Ruched Ribbon, All-Around Wreath Dies, Garden Green 3/8″ Double-Stitched Ribbon, Linen Thread, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #482

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  Our challenge for this week is a sketch challenge. Take a look at this fabulous sketch!

Sketch challenges are the perfect way to start off a card.  They’re my go-to when I’m struggling with a layout. Once I’ve chosen a stamp stamp, I then sit down and work out a colour combination.  For this card I’ve gone with a more traditional festive colour scheme – Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron.

The card I’ve created showcases the Santa from the Holly Jolly Christmas Stamp Set.  I love him and had fun giving him some colour with my blends.  The sentiment on my card is also from this stamp set.  Even though this designer series paper isn’t a traditional Christmas pack, I think this piece from Garden Lane DSP works really well.  The ribbon I’ve added to my tags is so pretty and I find I want to use it on every card at the moment.  This Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Diagonal Stripe Ribbon is from the Holiday Catalogue.

The team at Just Add Ink have created awesome cards using this sketch.  Head over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #410

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We have a new sketch for you to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch hostess is the fabulously talented Linda Callahan.

Here’s her great sketch:

I’ve been creating Christmas cards so much lately that I decided to mix it up and create a man card.  I’ve chosen the Sailing Home Stamp Set for my card.  The lighthouse from this set has been coloured with my Smoky Slate Blends.  I added a square of DSP from the Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack and an embossed square of Whisper White Cardstock. This cardstock has been embossed with my Scripty 3D Embossing Folder. I added some Braided Linen Trim and looped it around until I had the shape I wanted.  I also added some rope die cuts in Soft Suede and Crumb Cake Cardstock that have been created with my Smooth Sailing Dies.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

 

The Clean Team have created gorgeous cards that will no doubt inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Christmastime Is Here Blog Hop

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Welcome to my blog and the latest Stampin’ Up! 2019 Artisan Design Blog Hop.  The team have been busy creating more projects for you with the gorgeous products from the Christmastime Is Here Suite.

This exclusive, limited-time collection of festive, floral coordinating products has everything you need to share love, joy, and creativity this holiday season.

For out last hop I created the following projects that showcased the pretty Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper.  All of the roses were either fussy cut or die cut from the papers.

This time around I wanted to show you how I’ve used the rose stamp from the Christmas Rose Stamp Set.  You probably all know how much I love a flower stamp and fussy cutting…..so this stamp set is perfect for me.

I also wanted to show you the versatility of this suite, so in addition to a festive card, I created a card that can be given for any occasion.

The first card I created is a Christmas card.  I added a strip of this rich paper from Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I then cut a Whisper White Cardstock lattice die cut under my floral image.  The flower image from the Christmas Rose Stamp Set was stamped in Black Memento Ink and coloured with the following Blends – Cherry Cobbler, Mint Macaron, Ivory and Shaded Spruce. I then used my Roses Dies to cut the image. As much as I love fussy cutting, I also love the ease of cutting this image with a die. To finish off my card, I added some Gold Glitter Enamel Dots and bunched up some Gold 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon to place under the sentiment.

For my second card, I knew I wanted to make a card for any occasion. I embossed the splatters from Artisan Textures Stamp Set with Gold Embossing Powder for the background.  For something different, I stamped two images and fussy cut them down until I had just two roses.  I coloured them with my Cherry Cobbler Blends making sure I had a deeper colour around the petal lines to give the roses definition. The leaves for these roses have been fussy cut from one of the papers from the Christmastime Is Here Specialty DSP.  I also added a strip of DSP that was cut off at some point and was sitting on my desk.  I always keep these strips so I can use them on other projects. The small piece of Gold Foil you can see was cut with one of the label dies in the Roses Dies pack. To let you in on a secret, this is also an off-cut from another project but you can’t tell it’s not the whole label.  To make this card an any occasion card, I cut down the sentiment that I used on the festive card.

This suite has been available to demonstrators to buy for the last couple of weeks and are now available for everyone to purchase! These products are only available while stocks last, so make sure you get your order in soon so you don’t miss out on these bee-oot-iful products!

The next Artisan on our hop is my fab friend Rochelle Blok.  Click here to take you to her blog or on the button below.

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll:

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Gold Foil, Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper

Stamp Set: Christmas Rose Stamp Set, Artisan Textures Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Versamark

Other Products: Roses Dies, Cherry Cobbler Blends, Mint Macaron Blends, Soft Suede Blends, Ivory Blend, Shaded Spruce Blends, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Glitter Enamel Dots, Gold 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #409

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It’s that time of the week where we get a new sketch to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch hostess is Jen Mitchell, the creator of all things elegant and user of perfect colour combinations.

The roses I’ve coloured and used on my card DS from the gorgeous Christmas Rose Stamp Set.  I gave my roses a combination of Highland Heather and Elegant Eggplant Inks. I’ve been on a blends roll lately, but this time I gave my images a watercolour with my Aqua Painter.  The leaves and berries have been coloured with Mint Macaron and Rich Razzleberry Inks.

The designer series paper I’ve added to my card is from Garden Lane DSP.  I wanted to show the versatility of this stamp set, so I made this a birthday card by adding a sentiment from Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.  I then added a strip of Mossy Meadow Cardstock that has been cut with my Roses Dies. Linen Thread finished off my card with a couple of strips and a bow.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created the most gorgeous cards using this weeks sketch.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #480

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge for you is to:

I consider myself quite technique challenged. This is why challenges are good for me – to test myself and take me out of my comfort zone.

I did a bit of searching on the internet before I came up a with a vellum overlay technique, but I added a die cut window to this technique.  The inspiration for my vellum overlay card is from this card of Jennifer McGuire’s.  Initially I was going to emboss the vellum like Jennifer, but I ended up die cutting the vellum with the Roses Dies from the Christmastime Is Here Suite so you can see the gorgeous image from the Christmastime Is Here DSP.  I think vellum gives the card softness and really lets the colours in the image pop.  I added the sentiment from the Christmas Rose Stamp Set and tied a bow with this gorgeous Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Diagonal Strip Ribbon.

The team at Just Add Ink have created fabulous cards with techniques. Head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #408

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Are you ready for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches?  The fabulously talented Jennifer Timko is this weeks sketch hostess. Have a look at her cool sketch.

I’ve been playing with my blends a lot lately and used pretty much all of the ones I own for this cute Santa image from Holly Jolly Christmas Stamp Set.  I gave the background some texture with Embossing Paste and Basic Pattern Decorative Masks.  I love the richness of this gorgeous DSP I’ve added to my card – it’s from the Christmastime Is Here Speciality Designer Series Paper. For a bit of foliage in the background I added this die cut from my Beautiful Boughs Dies that I had sitting on my desk.

Come and join us with this challenge.  If you’re looking for inspiration, head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what the crafty Clean Team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Team Blog Hop – Frosted Foliage

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Welcome to my blog and the newest blog hop the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team are sharing.  This month we are featuring projects created from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  The bundle I’m featuring is the Frosted Foliage Bundle.  This bundle consists of the Frosted Foliage Stamp Set and the Frosted Frames Dies.

Each of the design team have created projects using various products from the Holiday Catalogue and for a twist, we are creating projects outside of the suite colours. For this twist, I’ve used papers from the Woven Threads Designer Series Paper pack.  I also added some Pool Party Cardstock for a pop of colour behind the berry branches.

The berry branch images, from the Frosted Foliage Stamp Set, have been stamped with Black Memento Ink (my go-to ink for everything).  My Cherry Cobbler Blends gave the berries a very quick colour but the fussy cutting maybe wasn’t so quick….. The first card has a Pool Party leaf and Whisper White snowflake cut with my Frosted Frames Dies. You can never have enough bling on any project, so I added a rhinestone to each card from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones pack.

The tags I’ve created have been cut with my Frosted Frames Dies – a really quick way of creating some interesting tags that you can’t find in a shop. I added the background stamp of snowflakes in Pool Party Ink to the tags and stamped the sentiment in Black Memento Ink over the top.  For some prettiness, I added some Rococo Rose 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon tied together with 3/16″ Braided Linen Trim.  Pool Party snowflakes with Noble Peacock Rhinestones in the centre finished off the right amount of embellishments I needed for them.

The next hop along the way is my talented friend Rochelle Blok.  Click here to take you to her blog or on the button below.  You’re going to love what she’s created!

 

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll:

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Woven Thread Designer Series Paper, Pool Party Cardstock

Stamp Set: Frosted Foliage Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Cherry Cobbler Blends

Other Products: Frosted Frames Dies, Noble Peacock Rhinestones,3/16″ Braided Linen Trim,Rococo Rose 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle