Freshly Made Sketches #339

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It’s Wednesday!  Wednesday’s on my blog mean a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The sketch, as you will see below, has a really cool and interesting design.  Jen Brum, one of our talented Clean Team Designers has designed it.  Jen’s blog is full of wonderful and elegant cards.  Pop over to her blog by clicking here and take a look.

Jen’s sketch gave me an opportunity to add to my Christmas card pile. I think this brings me to a total of 5.  Yep, I’m totally on a roll and may well get to 10 before December – my target is about 25…..

On to my card.  The snowflakes I’ve stamped on my card are from Colorful Seasons.   My snowflakes are inked with Soft Sky Ink.  The Whisper White diecut snowflake is cut with my Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I really love the sentiment I’ve used on my card.  It’s from Holly Berry Happiness and I’ve stamped it in Black Memento Ink.  I added some solid Black Bakers Twine along the Whisper White diagonal cardstock I cut to tie it in with my black layers.  I then added some sequins to the centres of the snowflakes to add some bling and to also hide the mini dimensional I have used on my raised snowflake.

As always, the Clean Team have nailed the sketch with their cards.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #407 – Just Add “O”

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

When I sat down on Sunday to create something for this challenge, I initially drew a blank on anything starting with O.  The only thing I could think of was creating some cards using the One Sheet Wonder Technique.  Of course that then meant I would need to create a few cards instead of just my usual one card…..  I didn’t realise how much time I would spend on this one challenge.  I started with my layout and came up with the following measurements:

I then decided on a stamp set and colours I would use.  The stamp set I settled on was Stampin’ Up!s Colorful Seasons.  The ink colours I used were – Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.   I randomly stamped the leaf stamps first and then the little wheel like stamp to fill in the gaps. The littlest leaf stamp was inked up with Crumb Cake, but this doesn’t really come through in my photo.

 

In total I created seven cards.  On the first of my cards, I have layered my stamped OSW panel in the centre of my card.  I added a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday on a circle and added a light Crumb Cake watercolour behind the sentiment. I then set my big shot into action and cut loads of leaves with my Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. My leaves are made from Old Olive and Mossy Meadow Cardstock.

My second card also has the OSW panel in the centre of the card. I added some Linen Thread and the chair die cut from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies to my card. I added more leaves and a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday.

I flipped my next card to mix it up and added banners, leaves, a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday and a Linen Thread bow.

I have given this card a side panel with my OSW strip.  Along with a sentiment stamped on a circle, I added a strip of Burlap Ribbon and a banner.

This next card has a more clean look as I have used a thin strip of my OSW on the right side of my card.  As on my other cards, I have given my strip a mat of Old Olive Cardstock.  By adding the mat I think it makes the OSW strip stand out more against the all white background.

I’ve used the chair die cut from my Seasonal Layers Thinly Dies on this card. Again I have added some leaves, banners and a Linen Thread bow.

The layout on this card was one that I remember using in a previous sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love this layout – to create this, I took the last of the thin strips from my OSW and cut it evenly into three rectangles.  I matted them with Old Olive Cardstock and placed them as below.  I added some banners and a sentiment and my card was done.

Phew! That’s lots of photos isn’t it? The girls at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards with this weeks challenge.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #393

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge is a colour challenge.  Take a look at the pretty combo we have for you:

When you go on holidays and have left yourself only 1/2 hr to pack up some Stampin’ Up! products, you kind of have to improvise when you realise you left your big shot on your craft room desk….  I packed my Colorful Seasons stamp set, but forgot the matching thinlits.

To create my leaves I started off with a silicone mat and added ink from all three challenge colours by pressing the ink pads directly on to the mat.  I then spritzed with water and moved my mat around to blend the colours.  I then pressed some white cardstock onto the mat and waited for the cardstock to dry.  The larger leaves were easy to stamp and fussy cut, but the smaller leaf stamp is a solid one with no inner leaf lines and no outline.  To create the smaller leaves, I stamped the larger leaf again.  I then took the smaller leaf stamp and rolled the outside of the stamp on my Black Stazon Ink pad.  This gave me an outline that I then stamped over the large leaf stamp.  I then had an outline and inner leaf lines that I was able to fussy cut. Does that make sense? It took a little longer to make them, but as I’m on hols, I didn’t mind the extra minutes playing around.

I then layered with some Tranquil Tide cardstock, a Crumb Cake Label punch, some Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon,  Whisper White Bakers Twine and a sentiment from Colourful Seasons Stamp Set.  I forgot to pack all other embellishments, but luckily I found some sequins floating around in the bottom of my tool bag.

Note to self – be more prepared when going on holidays next time!

Here’s my card:

The Just Add Inkers have created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look at their wonderful projects.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #306

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Time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch hostess is the fabulously talented Jen Mitchell.  Jen is not only an amazing cardmaker but she also designs wonderful sketches – I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it.

Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is one of my favs at the moment.  I almost reach for it every time I go to create a card.  I couldn’t go past it this time as I knew that I wanted to use these gorgeous flowers from Graceful Garden again that I had already stamped, watercoloured with Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo Ink, fussy cut and had just found laying on my desk.  I consider using them on my card as partly cleaning up my mess of a desk. Imagine how much messier it would’ve been if I had left them on my desk…….

The leaves were also found laying on my desk.  These leaves are from a Stampin’ Up! set called Remarkable You and are watercoloured with Old Olive Ink.  I really like the size of these leaves paired with the roses.  They also look like they belong together.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Colorful Seasons and is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.

Here’s my card:

We would love it if you could join us for this weeks challenge. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the wonderful inspiration the design team have provided.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #376

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

So many possibilities with this challenge!  I chose to create a card using a Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Daisy Delight.  My daisies are stamped in Black Archival Ink and watercoloured with Hello Honey Ink.  The daisies are punched with my Daisy Punch. I’ve used a Faceted Gem Embellisment for the centre of my daisy and my leaves and branch are cut with Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.  I had two little leaves coloured and sitting on my desk that I had coloured for another project and never used.  If you look closely you should be able to see them!

I then used my Pattern Party Decorative Mask and Embossing Paste to create a brick background – really just to add a little bit of interest to the background.  The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  I think Lemon Lime Twist may’ve taken over from my previous favourite green – Pear Pizzazz.  I then stamped the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Colorful Seasons.

Here’s my card:

The girls at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you, so head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.  We would love it if you could join us with this Just Add D challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #304

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It’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  It’s my turn to be sketch designer and I’ve created a simple sketch for you that you can interpret anyway.  As always, I look forward to see your cards in the gallery.

We are currently renovating our tea room in the Emergency Department I work in and have created a feature wall with cherry blossoms on it.  I was really taken with the prettiness of the feature wall, so I decided to create a cherry blossom card with the flowers from Colorful Season stamp set.  I’ve also used the matching dies from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies to cut my leaves and branch.  The flowers are stamped in Berry Burst and I’ve used my Berry Burst marker to add crease lines to my flowers.

The strip of designer series paper I’ve used is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  To break up the sentiment from the background I added strips of Basic Black Cardstock that I cut with my Ticket Tear Border Punch.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Big on Birthdays.  I then added some black sequins to finish off my card.

You’re going to want to see the gorgeous cards the design team at Freshly Made Sketches have created.  Pop over to the challenge and get ready to be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #374

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We have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink.  This week is inspiration picture week.  Take a look at this fabulous pic. So many possibilities with this one.  I can’t wait to see your take on this challenge!


As a huge coffee lover, you’d think I’d go with a coffee themed card, but instead I chose to make a card with the neutral colours from the pic.

Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies has so many wonderful dies in the set.  I’ve used a combination of leaves and chair die and layered them with some Burlap Ribbon and Copper Trim.  I also stamped the tiny flowers from Colorful Seasons stamp set and fussy cut them just for extra layering.  The sentiment is also from this set.  I am loving everything about this set – especially the pretty font in all the sentiments.

For the background, I’ve sponged Crumb Cake Ink and added the ink splatters stamp from Swirly Bird in Early Espresso Ink.  To tie in with my neutral toned card, I then finished off my card with some copper sequins.

 

The design team have created wonderful cards to inspire you.  I love that we all create such different cards using the same picture.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle