A Beautiful Friendship Card

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It’s been a long weekend here in Melbourne this weekend and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! After spending the last two weekends away, it was good to stay home and clean, cook and best of all – craft!

The Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set was inked up today for my card.  The flowers from this stamp set have been stamped in Highland Heather Ink.  I fussy cut the flowers out and then took my Journaling Pen and added some dots to the centre of the flowers.  The flower stem images have been stamped in Gorgeous Grape Ink and also fussy cut out.  The leaves are from the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set – these have been stamped in Mint Macaron Ink.

I wanted to add some interest to the background so I took some Whisper White Cardstock and the Brick and Mortar 3D Embossing Folder to add a strip of texture. I added a piece of torn Mint Macaron Cardstock under the sentiment to tie everything together.  The three rhinestones that I’ve stuck to my card are from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels pack.

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #438

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Welcome to my blog and the latest sketch challenge we have for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch this week has been designed by my friend and super talented card maker Karren Johnson.

I’ve got my colouring on with Pool Party & Bermuda Bay Blends and the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set for my card today.  The Jar of Flowers Stamp Set is a set from the Stampin’ Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and is available to order now. I combined the image with dies from the Sunflower Dies, also available to order from the new catalogue.  The sentiment I’ve added to my card is from the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set also.  The pretty ribbon I’ve placed under the sentiment is one of three ribbon rolls from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack. The gorgeous DSP I’ve layered on my card is from the matching Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper Pack. Love getting new products that all coordinate – makes card making a breeze!

The girls at Freshly Made Sketches have made wonderful cards that will no doubt inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created with Karren’s sketch.

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #437

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There’s a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try. Our sketch hostess this week is Cecile Ribon, our fabulous sketch designer and creator of wonderful elegant cards.

The card I’ve created for this challenge features an image from a stamp set that will be available from the Stampin’ Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  As a demonstrator we are able to pre-order some products from the catalogue a little earlier than the catalogue release on 3rd June. Love a perk like this! This stamp set I’ve used is called Celebrate Sunflowers. My sunflowers have been coloured with So Saffron and Mango Melody Blends. The die cuts I’ve added to my cards are cut with the matching dies called Sunflowers Dies.  The designer series paper strips I’ve used in the background are from the Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Make A Splash

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Can you believe it’s May already? I can’t. The Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team are hopping again.  The team are featuring projects that have been made with Hostess Stamp Sets from the Annual Catalogue.  I sometimes forget to look at these sets, so I have to remind myself to point them out to my hostesses and guests at the start of a workshop.

The set I got the pleasure of playing around with was the Make A Splash Stamp Set. Have a look at these cute lil fishies!

Check out the fun projects I’ve made with this set. My card and gifts cards feature watercoloured backgrounds with fussy cut fish and crab images raised up with dimensionals. I also took my Aqua Painter and flicked Bermuda Bay Ink to create ink splatters over each of the cards.

For my first card I created the watercoloured and ink splattered background.  I took my Heat Tool and quickly dried off the cardstock. Because the fibres in cardstock loosens once wet, I needed my Stamparatus to stamp the fishbowl image with Black Memento Ink. The image didn’t quite come out dark enough on the first go, so I was able to re-ink the stamp still on the Stamparatus and stamp again. This time it was dark enough to stand out against the Bermuda Bay watercoloured background.

I then stamped the plant images with Bermuda Bay Ink and fussy cut them out. The fish image has been stamped in Crumb Cake Ink and also fussy cut out.  I love my Braided Linen Trim and couldn’t resist adding this under my sentiment. I roughed up the ends of the trim and stuck it down with Glue Dots.  I had an off cut piece of Bermuda Cardstock laying on my desk.  I tore the edge of this and adhered it to my cardstock base. Three Rhinestone Basic Jewels finished off this card.

My little set of gifts cards are 7cm and 7cm in size. I created them with the same watercoloured background and fussy cut images. Braided Linen Trim was also added to these cards, because I’m addicted to it and I couldn’t help it. I added a mix of all the images with the various sentiments in the Make A Splash Stamp Set. These gift cards would be perfect to make at a workshop. They are quick and easy to put together and would wow your hostess with watercolouring and flicked background techniques.

I hope you’ve liked the projects I’ve made and I have inspired you to create your own fishbowl and fish-y themed cards. The next hop along the way is the talented Nina Waldschmidt. Click here to take you to her blog and make sure you check out all the wonderful projects the team have created.

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, Bermuda Bay Cardstock

Stamp Set: Make A Splash Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Bermuda Bay Ink, Crumb Cake Ink

Other Products: Braided Linen Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #505

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Time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink? I am. Our challenge for you this week is to:

I have a lot of stamp sets that I could’ve used for this challenge. After 10 years of being a demo, my drawers are overflowing with sets that I think one day I will cull.  One day…..

The stamp set I’ve chosen for the challenge is the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set.  I inked up the leaves with a combination of Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray and Pool Party Inks. I fussy cut them out and adhered to the card base.  The base was daubed with Smoky Slate Ink.

The little leaves on my card have been stamped with Basic Gray Ink and also fussy cut out.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is also from the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set.  Braided Linen Trim was given another workout on my card. As always, I roughed up the ends and adhered with Glue Dots. My card felt very dark, so to brighten it up, I added three Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

The girls at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards for this challenge. Head over to the challenge and make sure you check them all out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #435

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As it’s Wednesday there’s a new sketch to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our talented sketch designer, Kim Singdahlsen, has created a fabulous sketch.

Sometimes I can overthink which stamp set would be the best set to use for a sketch, but for some reason, using the Beautiful You Stamp Set came to me straight away.

The elegant image I’ve used has been coloured with my Pool Party and Smoky Slate Blends. The sentiment I’ve added to the layering is also from the Beautiful You Stamp Set.  After I layered all my strips of cardstock, sentiment and image, I felt my card was lacking in detail so I stamped some flowers from the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set and coloured them with Mango Melody & Pool Party Blends.  The little handbag fitted my fashion theme perfectly. This bag is fussy cut from the Best Dressed DSP.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome cards with this weeks sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #504

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Welcome to my blog and the newest challenge at Just Add Ink. Have a look at the fabulous colours we have for you to play along with! I ADORE these colours!

Straight away I thought baby card when I saw these colours. My friend Paula recently demonstrated how to use up scraps on your cards. I thought it would be a great way to use some of my Basic Gray and Smoky Slate off cut pieces.  The Shimmery White Cardstock in the background has been watercoloured with Smoky Slate Ink. I then cut a panel out of the background and layered the off cut pieces. I matted each side of the Shimmery White Cardstock with a thin strip of Rococo Rose Cardstock.

I then coloured my all time favourite image for a baby card – this sweet lil rabbit from Fable Friends. I wasn’t finished there. I die cut two trees with the Majestic Mountain Dies in Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Cardstocks. A sentiment from Fable Friends was added and a Rhinestone Basic Jewel for that bling-y touch.

The girls at Just Add Ink have created wonderful cards using these colours. Head over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #434

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There’s a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try.  Our sketch designer this week is the fabulous Linda Callahan.  Check out her cool sketch:

Good Morning Magnolia is a stamp set that I have been wanting to use for ages. My mum has a magnolia tree and I wanted to try colouring the closed magnolia buds with the same colours.  The images have been stamp with Black Memento Ink and the buds have been given colour with my Purple Posy Blends.  The leaves have been given a quick shade with Granny Apple Green Ink and an Aqua Painter.

The Gray Granite Cardstock I’ve layered in the background has been cut with my Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I then chose a sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set and cut the sentiment with the same die.  In the background I’ve added flicks of Gray Granite Ink by picking up some ink with my Aqua Painter and tapping it on my finger.  Lastly, I added three Pearl Basic Jewels, a strip of Linen Thread and tied a bow.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #503

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Welcome to the newest challenge at Just Add Ink. Our challenge this week is for you to:

So I started out with Pencils and Stencils. Then gave up and went with Stencils and Patterned Paper. I created the background using my Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and Crumb Cake Ink.  I used washi tape to keep my stencil in place and took a dauber and Crumb Cake Ink to create the background.

The patterned paper came the Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper.  I trimmed the DSP so that the same pattern peaked from each side of the cardstock. I then matted the DSP with Pool Party Cardstock.

The poppies I’ve added to my card are from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.  These poppies have been coloured with my Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Blends. After I stamped the leaves with Black Memento Ink, I gave them a really quick and light colour with the Light Pool Party Blend. The sentiment I’ve adhered to my card is from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set. To finish off my card I added a strip of Linen Thread and tied a bow.

The team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous and varied cards with this challenge. Pop over to Just Add Ink and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #433

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There’s a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try.  This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented and creator of all things clean and gorgeous – Jen Mitchell.

I stayed as true to sketch as I could, then added some layers on top.  I created the background by watercolouring Pool Party Ink on Shimmery White Cardstock and then added the water droplet image with Pool Party Ink from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set over the top.

The flowers and leaves I’ve added to my card are fussy cut from the Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. The colours in these flowers are really vibrant and so pretty – so all I added was a sentiment and rhinestones. Card done!

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle