Freshly Made Sketches #342

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It’s Wednesday so that means we have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch this week has been designed by the amazing Linda Callahan who is one of the loveliest and most creative card makers around.

My card features products from All That You Are Stamp Set, Floral Romance Speciality Designer Series Paper and what I know is going to be some of my favourite die set – Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies.

The flowers from All That You Are were given a light watercolour colour with Fresh Fig Ink.  The leaves I added to my flowers were cut with Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow Cardstock.  I also added a little Fresh Fig Cardstock leaf.  The Whisper White doily type diecut is also Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies.  I then added some Old Olive Linen Thread to tie all the colours together.  I used my White Gel Pen to add some detail to the centre of the flowers and lastly stamped a sentiment from All That You Are Stamp Set.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created fabulous cards with Linda’s sketch. Head over to the challenge and take a look.

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Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Forever Lovely

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Welcome to my blog!  I can tell you I was more than a little bit excited to be writing this post as this is my first post as a Stampin’ Up!® Artisan Design Member.

The team comprises of myself and 15 amazingly talented and creative crafters from around the world.  I was thrilled when I received the call that I was chosen to be a part of this team.  I realised halfway through the call that I was hopping from one foot to the other with excitement! Lucky no one was passing by otherwise I’m sure I would’ve received more than one strange look….

Take a look at our fabulous team photo!

Now on to my card!  The Artisan Design Team is focusing on the All My Love Suite. From the title of the suite you can probably guess this suite is all about hearts and flowers.  I’ve chosen both of those elements for my card.

My sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick Ink and is from the Forever Lovely Stamp Set.  The sentiment is stamped on a tag that was created with a die from the matching die set called Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies.  The tag creates pretty cutout roses on the corner.  Behind these roses I’ve added a piece of Lovely Lipstick Cardstock to give colour to my flowers.

Behind the tag is a stitched heart in Whisper White Cardstock.  The heart die is from another set called Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies.  Also from this die set, I’ve cut the Crumb Cake leaves that are placed behind the flowers on each corner.

For something different this time I cut up DSP! Shocking, I know!  I’m generally a hoarder of DSP and tend to hold on to it in case I “waste it”.  This year, I’ve decided that I will no longer be a hoarder.  The little flowers and leaves that look like stamped images are actually DSP.  I really love the flowers as they look like embossed Crumb Cake edges with Lovely Lipstick for colour.  I added them to each corner I where I placed the flowers.  I then added a strip of Lovely Lipstick 1/2″ Ribbon with a bit of gathering on one side – I forgot it was a tricky thing to do as it kept falling apart, but I got there in the end.

The next hop along the way is the wonderfully talented Rochelle Blok. Pop over to see her absolutely gorgeous creation by clicking on the badge below or by clicking on her name.  I’ve also added a list of the Artisan Design Team below with links to their blogs in case you get lost.



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 – that’s me!

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

Products Used:

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Lovely Lipstick Cardstock, Crumb Cake Cardstock, All My Love Designer Series Paper

Stamp Sets: Forever Lovely Stamp Set

Ink: Lovely Lipstick

Other Products: Lovely Lipstick 1/2″ Ribbon, Basic Clear Rhinestones, Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies, Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies

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Just Add Ink #440

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Welcome to our first challenge for 2019 at Just Add Ink.  We’re starting off our year with a blog hop and our challenge for you is to:

If you’re like me and have purchased a thousand new things from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue, you will have no problem with adding new products to your projects.  The new products I’ve used on my card are the fabulous new All My Love Designer Series Paper and Meant To Be Stamp Set.

The lovely little flowers are not stamps, even though they look like it. I’ve actually fussy cut them from the All My Love Designer Series Paper.  The leaves are also fussy cut from this DSP.  It hurt me at first to cut into DSP, but once I got started I realised I couldn’t hold on to the paper forever.

The sentiment from Meant To Be Stamp Set is stamped in Lovely Lipstick Ink.  The gorgeous Flirty Flamingo Ribbon I’ve used on my card is from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack. To tie in the Flirty Flamingo Ribbon with the card, I added some Flirty Flamingo Cardstock strips under the sentiment.   I then finished off my card with some Clear Rhinestones.

I’m the last one the hop, so if you’re ready to link up a card, head over to Just Add Ink and link away!

If you’d like to take another round at the hop, click here or on the badge below to take you to Jackie’s blog and start again.  Her project is amazing! Thanks for stopping by.



Freshly Made Sketches #371

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Welcome to Wednesday and a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Take a look at this awesome sketch designed by the uber talented Jen Mitchell.

The stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalogue on the top of my list was Wonderful Romance.  This gorgeous stamp, with it’s spray of flowers and leaves, is perfect for colouring.  The flowers were given a light watercolour with Highland Heather Ink.  Because it was a tad hot in my craft room over the weekend, my glasses got a little foggy and I ended up with a bit of Highland Heather Ink in the centre of one of my flowers.  Of course I’d already coloured the leaves and didn’t want to start the whole thing again.  What to do?  Grab my White Gel Pen and add a dob of white gel to the centre of the flower. Image saved!  I then took my Black Journalling Pen to add definition lines to each of the petals.  I coloured the leaves with Lemon Lime Twist Ink and then added some Old Olive Ink to base of the leaves to create depth.

I can’t tell you how happy I was when I saw the matching framelits to this stamp set.  This framelit set is called Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies. Not only does the largest die cut around the outside of the stamp, it creates cutouts in areas that I wouldn’t be able to access by fussy cutting!  I did however fussy cut the two leaves that I added to the top of the image.  These leaves were given a darker shade of green to them – Mossy Meadow Ink.  I mainly fussy cut images like these because I like a fine edge around my images.  Another favourite die in this set is the doily type die that you can see under my spray of flowers.  I know this will feature on so many cards that I create.

The sentiment I’ve used is also from this set.  I added a strip of Lemon Lime Twist and Sahara Sand Cardstock under the sentiment.  The Whisper White Cardstock in the background is embossed with my Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.   I then finished of my card with a Linen Thread bow and some sequins.

We would love for you to join us with this weeks sketch.  The Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful inspiration for you.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

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Freshly Made Sketches #370

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We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches. Don’t Wednesdays come around quickly?  Our sketch hostess this week is the super talented and one amazing cardmaker Jennifer Timko.

Oh how lovely it is to get a new butterfly stamp set.  The butterflies in Butterfly Gala are so pretty and so detailed.  Not only are the images just what I’ve been waiting for, the sentiments are all ones that I will use.  The outline of the butterflies were stamped with Black Stazon Ink and the colours I’ve filled them with were Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch.  The sentiment is stamped on Vellum Cardstock with Black Stazon Ink.  The combination of leaves are from two different die sets – Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies and Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies.  The background is embossed with my new Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It was only after I’d stuck everything together, I realised I didn’t think about which side was the embossed side and which was the debossed side….. Oh well, I like the look of this background.


As always, the team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome cards. Pop over to the challenge and see what amazing-ness they’ve got to show you.

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Freshly Made Sketches #369

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This is my first post after my little break for the Christmas and New Year period.  I hope you’ve all had an amazing festive season and didn’t overindulge like I did…..I do it every year – I just can’t help myself. I’m pretty sure it’s the law to put on weight over those 10 days or so 😉

We have one fantastic sketch for you to try this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch designer is Amy O’Neill.  You all know Amy is one super talented card maker right?

Oh I love new catalogue time. The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue is only days away.  As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, we are spoiled and get to order from this catalogue earlier than the release date.  One of the sets I knew I wanted when I received my catalogue in November was All That You Are.  This set, with it’s pretty flowers and leaves, were made for colouring.

My flower is watercoloured in Highland Heather Ink and the shadows and definition lines were drawn with my Basic Gray Watercolor Pencil.  The leaves are watercoloured with Pear Pizzazz Ink and the definition lines were drawn with my Old Olive Watercolor Pencil.

I’m going to call it now – the sentiment I have used on my card is from All That You Are Stamp Set also – it will be my favourite sentiment EVER! The font and the size of the letters are perfect for most of the circle and label punches I own.  As I don’t own an Highland Heather ribbon, I made my own by running my Whisper White Flax Ribbon over the Highland Heather Ink pad with my fingers.  I made sure I used gloves as my fingers get very inky.  I know this because the first time I tried this with ribbon, I had stained fingers for a day.  I then added two strips of cardstock I had sitting on my unused pile.  These are Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam Cardstocks.


We have some exciting news over at Freshly Made Sketches.  We have new Design Team members – so pop over to read the announcement.  While you’re there, we would love it if you could play along with this weeks sketch.

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Just Add Ink #439

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I’m counting how many days I’ve got left to start my Christmas shopping and am almost starting to panic – I swear I’ve lost a week of December.  I did however, manage to whip up a gift box for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge at least.

When you’re time poor after having had a shocker of a day at work and running behind with a Just Add A Gift Box Challenge, I can recommend these fabulous little Kraft Pillow Boxes. They’re already assembled and all you have to do is pretty them up!

Starting from the pillow box up, I added a belly band of Basic Black Cardstock, a strip of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (available during Sale-A-Bration), a Whisper White circle punched with my 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, a Lemon Lime Twist label cut with my Pretty Label Punch, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock with angled ends, a strip of Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon and this fabulous sentiment from Butterfly Gala Stamp Set (available in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue).

These sweet little butterflies I’ve adhered to my gift box aren’t stamped images unbelievably – they’re actually fussy cut images from Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. These saved me stamping and colouring time. Just what I needed when I was running behind.  I then added a Linen Thread double-bow and a Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequin to finish off my gift box.

If you need inspiration for those last minute Christmas Gift Boxes – pop over to Just Add Ink and take a look at the projects the team have created.

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