Freshly Made Sketches #425

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There’s a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches! This week our sketch designer is the fabulously talented Cecile Ribon. I LOVE this sketch and wished that I could design one as cool as this!

Something I haven’t done until recently, is fussy cut my DSP.  I have always been a hoarder of DSP and only used it sparingly. Many of the SU paper packs have perfectly coloured images that are made for cutting out.  Bird Ballad DSP is one of those packs that has amazing images to cut and adhere directly to a card. The banner pieces I’ve used in the background on my card are also from this pack.  I raised the three banner pieces with Dimensionals and added some Linen Thread around them.  I then tied a Linen Thread bow amongst the flowers – hopefully you can see it.

The only stamping I did on this card is the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set.  This really was a quick and easy card and came together in no time.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Ornate Garden Blog Hop

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I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you.  The Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team have had the pleasure of getting to play with the Ornate Garden Suite.  The Ornate Garden Suite is an early release from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. Demonstrators are able to get their hands on these gorgeous products from the 3rd March as part of the preorder.

As you can imagine, as soon as I saw this suite had flowers, I couldn’t wait for my order to arrive.  Any level of crafter can make these samples. The beginner crafter will be able to practice their colouring with blends and the avid crafter will enjoy the layering and adding many of the pretties available in this suite.

The pretty designer series paper I’ve added to both of my cards is from the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Initially I thought that these papers were Calypso Coral in colour, but no, I was wrong – it’s Terracotta Tile.

My first card has been created with the single daisy image from the Ornate Style Stamp Set as well as from the main flower image.  My daisies have been stamped with Black Memento Ink and coloured with my Daffodil Delight Blends.  I also took my dark Smoky Slate Blend and added definition to the centre of the daisies.  I purposely left the centre of them uncoloured to give them a more realistic look – kind of like the sun is reflecting on them.

I took one of the edgelit dies from the Ornate Border Dies and created a border using Whisper White Cardstock.  I then added a strip of ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon.  There are two ribbons in this ribbon pack – Old Olive and Terracotta Tile.  The sentiment I’ve added to my card is from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set.  To finish off this card, I added a Gilded Gems Embellishment.

For my second card, I coloured the main image with a combination of blends – Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral.  The leaves have been given a quick colour with Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate Blends. I fussy cut this image as I enjoy the time spent slowly cutting around the lines.

I then took another border die from the Ornate Border Dies and layered it under the DSP.  I added Dimensionals under the DSP and raised the DSP pieces up so that the border is a feature. I added three adhesive backed Gilded Gems Embellishments to add some bling to my card. I kept the sentiment simple as I wanted to let the flowers shine.

As a demonstrator, you get early access to Ornate Garden Suite products. During preorder, products are limited to one per demonstrator for non-consumable items and two per demonstrator for consumable items.

The next hop on the Ornate Garden Blog Hop is the talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here to take you to her blog or 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

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

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Blends – Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight

Other Products: Ornate Garden Ribbon, Gilded Gems Embellishments, Ornate Border Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #424

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It’s Wednesday, so that means we have a new sketch for you to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the super talented Jennifer Brum.

I channelled Jen with the colours I’ve used on my card today.  She has used this gorgeous colour combo in the past and I wanted to emulate her striking colour choices. Daffodil Delight Blends gave my poppies, from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, colour. The leaves I’ve added to my card have been coloured with my Old Olive Blends.

The sentiment I’ve used on my card is from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set.  I matted this sentiment with diecut from the Peaceful Poppies Elements.  The black banner is also from this pack. I love how black makes any image pop when layered behind it.  To add more texture, I embossed the background Whisper White Cardstock with my Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards that will no doubt inspire you to create a card and join in this weeks challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Peaceful Poppies Suite Blog Hop

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It’s that time where the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team are hopping! This month the products we are featuring are from the Peaceful Poppies Suite. I adore ALL of the products in this suite and was able to put my projects together as soon as I received them. The sentiments I’ve used on all of my projects are from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set that comes in the suite – or you can buy all of these products individually.

My first card has been layered with these gorgeous papers from the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper pack.  The colours in these papers became the colour combination for my projects.  After angling the papers, I added the basic black embossed circle from the Peaceful Poppies Elements. The embossed pieces from this pack are the perfect addition when you want to add an elegant element without having to get out your embossing powers and heat tool.

My flowers are from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.  I gave them some ink by watercolouring them lightly with Rich Razzleberry Ink.  I took my Daffodil Delight Blends and added some colour to the centre of the poppies.  Under the poppies, I added some Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz leaves cut with my Poppies Moments Dies.  I also cut some Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry die cuts from other dies in the Poppies Moments Dies to layer behind my poppies.

The second card I created uses the same Rich Razzleberry DSP from Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper.  I added an embossed trim from the Peaceful Poppies Elements.  I really love the effect this piece of edging gives my card.  It matches the embossed circle that I’ve used on this card too.  I added some more poppies and leaves and three sequins from the Peaceful Poppies Sequins.

For my last project, I created some tags that I attached to a 6″ x 8″ Cellophane Bag filled with chocolates.  The tags are made from the matching DSP to my cards and Whisper White Cardstock.  Both of these tags have been trimmer/hand cut and are attached to the bag with the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding. I added an edgelit and a strip of Basic Black Cardstock and layered my poppy and leaves together with the sentiment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve created.  The team have designed amazing projects that will wow you! The next hop along the way is the talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here to take you to her blog or 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, Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, Peaceful Poppies Elements, Basic Black Cardstock, Mossy Meadow Cardstock, Pear Pizzazz Cardstock, Rich Razzleberry Cardstock

Stamp Set: Painted Poppies Stamp Set, Peaceful Moments Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Rich Razzleberry Ink, Daffodil Delight Blends

Other Products: Poppies Moments Dies, Peaceful Poppies Sequins, Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding, 6″ x 8″ Cellophane Bag

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #493

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We have a new challenge for you to try at Just Add Ink. This week our challenge for you is to:

As soon as I saw this challenge, I thought of using my All Dressed Up Dies as it has a stitched label and button dies.  I may have thought of creating a bag that features these dies initially, but ended up going with a card that uses them.  The blooms and leaves that have been added to my card are from the Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. They’ve been fussy cut out and adhered to my card.  The background DSP is also from the DSP pack.

The buttons have been die cut and are made from Silver Foil Cardstock. I’ve kind of just layered them on each side of my stitched sentiment label.  The sentiment is from the matching stamp set to the dies, called Dressed To Impress Stamp Set. In the end this card was really quite quick to assemble.

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful projects that will inspire you.  Head over to the challenge 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

Freshly Made Sketches #423

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There’s a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try.  This week our sketch has been designed by the uber talented Kim Singdahlsen.

My card features the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set.  I’ve chosen Elegant Elegant Ink for the flower and Mint Macaron Ink for the leaves. The sentiment is one I already had sitting on my desk left over from another card.  The stamp set it’s from is the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set.  It was right size for the card I was creating and it always feels good it use up discarded stamping rather than throw them out.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #422

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There’s a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented and super funny Linda Callahan.

Painted Poppies Stamp Set got a work out on my card today.  I started off with light watercolouring with some Real Red Ink. To give definition to the creases of the petals, I added some colour with my Real Red Blends.  The leaves were given a quick watercolour with Mint Macaron Ink.

The designer series paper I’ve added to my card is from the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I added a strip Bermuda Bay Cardstock to have a contrast colour. I then tied a Baker’s Twine bow for the bow element on the sketch.

Here’s my card:

The Clean Team have created awesome cards with Linda’s sketch.  Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Blends on Vellum Tip

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Welcome to my blog and Saturday morning here in Australia.

I’ve got a tip to share with you on how to use your Stampin’ Up! Blends on Vellum Cardstock.  I’ve watercoloured on Vellum Cardstock before with my Aqua Painter, but until recently hadn’t tried my Blends. Because of the slick surface to vellum, I found the result quick streaky and the ink didn’t dry for ages – if at all.

To get around the streaky finish, I did the following:

  • Start with embossing an image on the vellum with Embossing Powder and Heat Tool.  I’ve chosen Painted Poppies Stamp Set for my card.
  • Turn the image over and apply your Blend colour of choice to the back of the image.  I’ve added a light shade over the complete image and then applied a dark shade around the centre of the flower.
  • I then took my Journaling Pen and in a little zig-zag type motion, I added shadows around the centre of the flower.

As you can see with the flowers on the left, I truly haven’t been that careful with my colouring and shading.  When you flip the flower over, you will see the vellum is very forgiving and softens any lines you may have left.  Once you adhere your image to your card, the tackiness is face down and won’t be a problem.  I attached the poppies to my card with Dimensionals which are hidden under the embossed centre of the flowers.

Black, white and yellow is one of my favourite colour combinations and this strip of DSP from Golden Honey Speciality Designer Series Paper makes any card a stand out.  You can earn this gorgeous pack of DSP during Sale-A-Bration when you spend $90 here in Australia.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Sale-A-Bration Coordination Blog Hop

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Welcome to my blog and the latest Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop.  Our hop feature products from the Coordination Product Release. This release is available for everyone (demonstrators and customers) to order now. These products will only be available until 31st March, so you might want to put in an order soon.

The cards I created on our last product release hop featured the Nature’s Thoughts Dies. Those dies paired with the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set. To see my previous post using these products, click here. I fell in love with the font in the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set ,so it was the one I reached for last week to add to cards for out latest hop. I felt this sentiment worked really well for my get well cards.

The cards I’ve created for this hop feature the Pleased as Punch Designer Series Paper from the product release.  This pack of DSP has gorgeous colours, patterns and images on the reverse side that coordinate with various punches.  Can’t tell you how happy I was to find that the Umbrella Builder Punch coordinates with the umbrella images on the DSP! The punch also cuts the handle of the umbrella on the DSP. So that means no fussy cutting which saves time and allows you more time to keep creating!

The first card I created is a square card that features the pretty gingham DSP in the background.  I then added four squares of Whisper White Cardstock and punched three different coloured umbrellas.  The sentiment and a Basic Rhinestone finished off this card.

The second card also features the Blushing Bride gingham DSP. I punched one umbrella and handle for this card.  Behind the umbrella I daubed the Whisper White Cardstock with Balmy Blue Ink and dropped some water directly to the cardstock to create an interesting background. You may notice the handle is longer on this second card. To extend the length of the handle, I cut it through the centre, moved it apart and layered the sentiment over the top to hide the join.  Three Basic Rhinestones finished off this card.


The next hop along the way is the fabulously talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here to take you to her blog or click on the button below. Make sure you check out the whole hop to see what samples everyone has created with all the products available.

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, Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper, Blushing Bride Cardstock

Stamp Set: Positive Thoughts Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Balmy Blue Ink

Other Products: Umbrella Builder Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Daubers

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #491

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We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  This week is inspiration picture week.  I am loving the softness to this photo and it makes me want one of those pink beach houses!

The created I card has palm trees and pink/purple tropical flowers.  I daubed the background with Sahara Sand Ink to mimic the sandy beach.    The stamp set I used is for my is called Timeless Tropical Stamp Set. The reason I chose this set is because of the palm trees and hibiscus flowers – it matched the picture perfectly!

To create longer palm trees, I cut the stems and hid the joins with my flowers and sentiment. To colour the palms, I applied Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso Markers directly to the stamp.  I used my breath to huff on the stamp before stamping it on to Whisper White Cardstock.  I repeated this process so I had two sets of palms to fussy cut out.  I then inked up my flowers with Black Memento Ink and coloured them with Flirty Flamingo and Purple Posy Blends.

The sentiment I used on my card is also from the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set.  I cut this sentiment into two before placing them amongst my layering. I added some Linen Thread to finish off my card.

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful cards using the picture for inspiration.  Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle