Forever Blossoms Wedding Cards

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I’m wondering if I’m the only one who’s glad that Christmas is over……? I love Christmas time, but I’m useless at it! There’s always such a build up and December pretty much disappears with preparation and shopping. I really should start now for next year and maybe I’d be organised ūüôā

I found myself in my craft room today after a disastrous four hours in there yesterday with nothing to show for it…. Do you ever have those days? ¬†I managed to bang out these two cards today, so yesterday is almost forgotten….

My stamp set of choice was the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set. ¬†These images and sentiments are perfect for wedding cards, so while I was on a roll, I made two. ¬†I’ve used the coordinating Cherry Blossoms Dies to cut the images out. ¬†The blossoms have been watercoloured with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Inks. ¬†The stems and leaves of the images have been watercoloured with Smoky Slate Ink.

The gorgeous DSP I’ve used on both cards is from the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. All of these products are available from the upcoming January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue. ¬†The ribbon I’ve added to my cards is called Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon – also available in the upcoming catalogue.

 

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Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Tiny Keepsakes Bundle & Tags, Tags, Tags Bundle

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The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team are hopping for the final time this year. ¬†It wasn’t until I started typing that it felt real and realised that year has gone by in the blink of an eye! I’ve had the BEST time with these fabulous and very creative gals. ¬†We may’ve even had more than a few laughs. Actually, truthfully we’ve had a ton of laughs……mostly at me when Jackie was involved…… For the bottom of my heart I want to thank them all for their friendship, support, love and fun times and also a big thank you to Stampin’ Up! for this amazing opportunity xxx

 

The projects I’ve created for our final hop have been made with the Tiny Keepsakes Bundle and the Tags Tags Tags Bundle.

Next year we have a wedding in the family. ¬†As the best aunt ever, I decided I would play around with wedding favour ideas just in case I’m asked to provide some. If not, then I’ll offload them throughout the year with a Ferrero Rocher inside them.

I’ve created two different types of favours cut with my Mini Curvy Keepsake Dies because I couldn’t decide which I liked best – Crumb Cake Cardstock or Vellum Cardstock.

For the Crumb Cake ones, I added a Whisper White Cardstock tag cut with my Trio of Tags Dies. ¬†I added a sentiment stamped from the Mini Keepsakes Stamp Set on Crumb Cake Cardstock and cut with my 1″ Circle Punch. ¬†I took a strip of¬†Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon and wrapped it around the box and tied a bow on top. Because I couldn’t stop there with embellishments, I added some Braided Linen Trim, a vellum sprig and created some roses and leaves to pretty up my tags.

The vellum boxes have been created in the same way as the Crumb Cake ones. For these ones, I added a Crumb Cake Tag and the sentiment stamped on Whisper White Cardstock.

The roses have been made by punching a Blushing Bride Cardstock 1 1/2″ Circle. ¬†I then used my scissors to cut in a circular motion until I got to the centre of the cardstock. ¬†I scrunched up the circle in my hand to loosen the fibres and rolled it in to shape. Tombow Liquid Glue is the best thing to hold these roses together. ¬†The leaves have also been created with the 1 1/2″ Circle Punch. ¬†Once the Mossy Meadow circle was punched, I then used the same punch to cut out three leaf shapes from each circle. ¬†All roses and leaves have been adhered to my tags with the holder of everything – Tombow Liquid Glue.

The next hop along the way is the very talented Rochelle Blok. She has created the sweetest projects that you will want to see.

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

You may’ve seen my earlier post with some exciting news for 2020. ¬†In case you didn’t, I shared that I was chosen to stay on the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team for 2020! ¬†Still can’t quite believe it, but seing my photo in the grid below kind of makes it more real!

I’m beyond thrilled to be creating with this amazing team.

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, Blushing Bride Cardstock, Mossy Meadow Cardstock

Stamp Set: Tags Tags Tags Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink

Other Products: ¬†Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies, Trio of Tags Dies, Braided Linen Trim, Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon, Tags, 1 1/2″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Sprig Punch, Tombow Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #487

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The challenge for you at Just Add Ink is the last one for 2019. ¬†So if you’re looking for some layout inspiration to get the last of your festive cards created, why don’t you join us for this challenge?

I’ve finished all of my festive cards for this year, so for this sketch, I created a feminine card using the Free As A Bird Stamp Set. The birds were stamped with Black Memento Ink and have been coloured with my Highland Heather and Purple Posy Blends. ¬†The branches were given a light colour with my Crumb Cake and So Saffron Blends. After fussy cutting them out, I trimmed them and placed the images over the two circles.

The sentiment I’ve used is from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set. ¬†This was the sentiment that worked best for my layout. ¬†The designer series paper strip that I’ve added to my card is from the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper pack. ¬†The little rhinestones I’ve finished off my card with are called Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful cards that will inspire you. Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #416

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We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you. ¬†This fab sketch has been designed by the super talented Amy O’Neill. This happens to be the last challenge for 2019 while we take a break over the festive period. ¬†The challenge will be open longer than normal, so you have plenty of time to create a card to link up to the challenge.

I was in love with this sketch as soon as I saw it. ¬†I reached for my Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack and chose a piece of striped DSP. I then chose to create a feminine card rather than a masculine one you’d expect with this DSP. ¬†I love that this DSP works for a feminine card. I added a piece of Balmy Blue Cardstock behind the DSP and went from there with the rest of my colour palette.

The images and sentiment I’ve used on my card are from Positive Thoughts Stamp Set – a stamp set that will be available to order in January from the 2020 Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue. ¬†The gorgeous little butterfly has been stamped with Black Memento Ink and coloured with a combination of Night of Navy, Balmy Blue and Seaside Spray Blends. The leaves have been stamped with Soft Sea Foam Ink and have been fussy cut out. The blue rhinestones are Noble Peacock Rhinestones – pretty much my favourite rhinestones at the moment!

The cards the team have created are just gorgeous. Why don’t you click here and head over to the challenge to take a look?

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #486

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. ¬†This week is inspiration picture week and it’s a fabulous festive themed pic.

For the card I’ve created, I tried to emulate as many elements from the inspiration picture as much as possible. ¬†The berry image I’ve used on my card is from the Frosted Foliage Stamp Set. ¬†I’ve fussy cut two of these stems and coloured them with my Cherry Cobbler Blends. ¬†For the striped table runner, I added some¬†Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Diagonal Strip Ribbon to my card as well as some Braided Linen Trim. For the gold element, I’ve added some Gold Glitter Enamel Dots.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #415

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Sketches are my favourite way to start creating a card. ¬†Sketch challenges were the first challenges I entered after I started my blog. ¬†Freshly Made Sketches always has awesome sketches if you need ideas on a layout for your projects. ¬†This weeks awesome sketch was designed by me! ¬†Actually, I may’ve thrown this sketch together at the last minute, so not sure if it’s all that awesome…..

The card I’ve created uses a new-to-me stamp set called Timeless Tropical Stamp Set. ¬†I coloured my hibiscus flower with a combination of Real Red and Mango Melody Blends. ¬†I then added some shadows with my Smoky Slate Blends. ¬†The leaves and palm trees have been stamped with Pretty Peacock Ink and fussy cut out. ¬†As the palm tree image is actually shorter than what I wanted for my card, I trimmed of the lower stems and lengthened the look of the trees by hiding the gap under the flower. ¬†The sentiment I’ve used is also from the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set. ¬†To give my background a beach-y theme, I daubed Balmy Blue Ink from top to bottom of my card.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have made my sketch look GOOD! Pop over to the challenge and see how creative they are!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Sale-a-Bration 2020 Sneak Peak Blog Hop

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We have a special hop for you today! ¬†The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team have created projects using various stamp sets from the 2020 Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.

Sale-A-Bration pre-earn is finally here from 3 December 2019 to 2 January 2020! This means that demonstrators can earn items in the Sale-A-Bration Shop offering early. For every $90 AUD/$110 NZD or $180 AUD/$220 NZD you spend, you choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure that matches the level you spent. Demonstrators can even use the pre-order of the January‚ÄďJune mini catalogue and purchase items from that catalogue or any other current catalogue, and earn free Sale-A-Bration products! If you aren‚Äôt a demonstrator yet, this is a great sneak peek to see what is in store for Sale-A-Bration beginning 3 January 2020!

The card I created is made with the Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set. Before designing my card, I googled waterlilies to get some ideas on colours and how I would use this stamp set.  My initial thought was to use the waterlily stamp and create a flowery/leafy creation, but instead I went with a realistic waterlily pond card.

I started with some Balmy Blue Ink and a dauber.  I daubed until I had a background that I was happy with and that would give my waterlilies and lily pads a watery base.  On my google search, I found that waterlilies can be many colours, so I went with a deep red.  I stamped the outline of the waterlily with Black Memento Ink and coloured the petals with Cherry Cobbler Blends.  To give depth and definition to the flower, I added shadows to the centre of the waterlilies with my Smoky Slate Blends. The leaves have been coloured lightly with Mint Macaron Blends.

One of the best things about this stamp set is that it has reversible stamps! You might be wondering what that is, so I will explain how I used them on this card. ¬†Once you’ve stamped your outline of your image and clean it off, you can turn the stamp over on your block and it will stamp the solid image. ¬†Each of the stamp set images have the reversible solid stamp, so if you’re not a colourer like me, then you can let the stamp do all the work! ¬†I think this card is suited more for the avid crafter with all the colouring, daubing and fussy cutting. ¬†But you can simplify this card using the reversible stamp to colour the image and the matching dies that are also available during the Sale-A-Bration period.
I used the reversible stamp on each of my lily pads to give them Mossy Meadow centres.  Because I wanted a deeper colour for them, I inked up the image and stamped it three times. It then gave me a variance in the ink and a shadowy look on the pads.
I then added a sentiment from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set as I felt it matched my card and a single rhinestone from Noble Peacock Rhinestones.
Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration pre-order for demonstrators starts today (3rd December). ¬†This is an exclusive benefit for demonstrators to get your hands on these amazing products early. ¬†For your customers and friends, they will be able to order from 3rd January.

The next project featuring SAB products for you to see if my friend, Rochelle Blok.  I know she has created the most gorgeous card for you to see.  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

Stamp Set: Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set, Perennial Birthday Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Cherry Cobbler Blends, Smoky Slate Blends, Mossy Meadow Ink, Balmy Blue Ink

Other Products: Noble Peacock Rhinestone, Dauber

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

Just Add Ink #484

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It’s Friday, so that means a new sketch at Just Add Ink. This week is a colour challenge. ¬†Here’s the colours that we’ve all used to create our cards:

I realised I haven’t made many cards lately with the Free As A Bird Stamp Set. ¬†So I decided I would use it for this weeks challenge. ¬†The image I’ve used has been stamped with Black Memento Ink and I’ve used a combination of Blushing Bride/Smoky Slate and Highland Heather/Smoky Slate Blends on my birds. ¬†I then took Balmy Blue and sponged the background behind the bird and branch image. ¬†The leaves have been given a light colour with Smoky Slate Ink. I then added a strip of Highland Heather Cardstock under the sentiment to bring all the colours together. ¬†I embossed the background with my Scripty 3D Embossing Folder to add some texture to my card. ¬†I then finished off my card with three Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

The team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve designed. ¬†We would love it if you could play along with the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #413

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There’s a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you to play along with. ¬†This week our sketch designer is the fabulously talented Cecile Ribon. Cecile creates gorgeous cards and amazingly cool sketches!

One of the perks of attending the Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event is that I got my hands on some of the products from the January – June 2020 Mini Catalogue. ¬†I think the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set is my favourite from the catalogue, but I’m easily swayed when there’s a stamp set with a flower in it…..

I stamped the individual blossoms from this set and coloured them with my Daffodil Delight Blends.  I gave them a really quick colour and left the middle of the flowers without colour to make them stand out.  To mimic the sketch, I added the fussy cut leaf from Very Versailles.  This leaf has been stamped in Mossy Meadow Ink and the sentiment (also from Very Versailles) has been stamped in Black Memento Ink.  For the background I daubed So Saffron Ink to soften the background and cradle the leaves.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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.

Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Narelle