Freshly Made Sketches #314

Hey Everyone

It’s my turn to be sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  I’ve designed the following sketch for this weeks challenge:

Circles are my favourite on a sketch challenge!  Another of my favourite’s is a flower stamp set.  The one I have used on my card is a sneak peak from the upcoming 2018 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue – it’s called Petal Palette.  Can you already tell it’s going to be my new favourite set? I’ve coloured my flowers with my Watercolor Pencils and added a circle of Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack behind them.  I also added a strip of Old Olive DSP from the same DSP Stack.

The background stamp behind my circle is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and is from Graceful Garden Stamp Set.  I then added a thin strip of black sequins and the sentiment is cut with my Lovely Words Thinlits Dies.

Our team have created cards that will surely inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at their creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #386

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

This is an easy one challenge to add anything starting with an “R’ on your project – the possibilities are endless!  As I spent the whole weekend with fabulous friends at the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event in Melbourne, I didn’t have a huge amount of time to be super creative.

I decided so go simple with roses and ribbon on my card.  The roses I’ve stamped are from Graceful Garden.  My roses are coloured with So Saffron and Crushed Curry Inks.  The leaves are cut with dies from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used Old Olive cardstock for them.  The strip of designer series paper I’ve used is from Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack.  I then added a strip of Basis Black cardstock for another layer – just because you can’t have too many layers! To add some ribbon, I added a thin strip of Vintage Crochet Trim and the sentiment is from Big on Birthdays.

Here’s my card:

The girls from Just Add Ink were a little more creative than me with their projects, so head over to the challenge and take a look.  We’d love to see your project starting with “R”.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch #243 & Color Throwdown Countdown #464

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I hope you’ve all having a wonderful weekend.  I am because I was able to spend some time in my craft room.  It’s always a bonus when I spend some time to play!

The card I’m sharing today is for two challenges – the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch and the colour challenge at Color Throwdown Countdown.

Here are the challenge pics:

You probably know by now that Graceful Garden is a favourite set of mine. I find it relaxing to watercolour and fussy cut these gorgeous roses.  The colours I’ve used to watercolour them is Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Blooms & Wishes and I’ve stamped this in Basic Black Archival Ink. My leaves are coloured with Old Olive.

Here’s my card:

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

TGIF Challenge #124 & The Card Concept #77

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Look at me! Posting twice in two days – I’m totally on a roll!

The card I made this afternoon is for two challenges – the sketch challenge at TGIF Challenges and the inspiration picture challenge at The Card Concept.

Here are the pics for their challenges:

My style of cardmaking changes all the time but I think this card might fall into the Classy and Elegant style.  This card took me a couple of hours to make…..lucky I had that much time today to get it just right.  The reason for my getting it just right is that I have a special someone in mind for this card and I always take extra time layering, colouring and messing around with placement when I’m putting together a card for someone who I know will cherish it.

I am in love with these roses from Graceful Garden and have watercoloured them and then used my markers to add definition to the deepest part of the petals.  The colours I’ve used are Berry Burst and Powder Pink.  The leaves are coloured with Old Olive and Always Artichoke.

I smooshed the background with Powder Pink and Crumb Cake Ink.  After drying it off with my heat tool,  I then stamped the ink splatters from Swirly Bird in Basic Black Ink.  The pretty DSP I’ve used in the background is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and my heat embossed sentiment is from Better Together.  There is a lot of woodgrain in the inspiration pic but I have only used a strip of it under my sentiment.  I’ve stamped Hardwood in Tip Top Taupe onto Crumb Cake Cardstock.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #301

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Love, love, love the newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  This sketch has been designed by the super talented Jen Brum.  Sketch challenges are my favourite and where I get most of my inspiration when I’m stuck for a design.

My love for Stampin’ Up!s Graceful Garden continues.  This time I watercoloured my roses with Cherry Cobbler Ink and my leaves are coloured with Old Olive Ink.  The pretty designer series paper I’ve used is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The papers from this pack are all stunning and, even though I want to use them on every card, I’ve held myself back so you won’t be Bundle of Love’d out!

The sentiment I’ve used is from Beautiful Bouquet.  I made this card for a wedding, but with the simple congratulations, it could be given for an anniversary or to someone who is starting a new job.  Whenever I sell my cards I’m always interested to hear the story of who they’re buying them for.

Here’s my card:

The design team at Freshly Made Sketches have aced this sketch challenge – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #299

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The very talented Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  She has created this fantastic sketch for us:

I often make collections of cards, especially for my classes.  For this card I’ve used the same colours and stamp set as a card I posted on Sunday as I may end up using them for a class.  Click here to see my previous card.

This pretty rose stamp is from Stampin’ Up!s Graceful Garden.  I watercoloured my rose with Calypso Coral Ink and outlined the petals with my Calypso Coral Marker.  The background stamp is also stamped with Calypso Coral Ink.  The strips of designer series paper are from Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack.

The sentiment is from Big on Birthdays, and as you can tell, it’s my favourite sentiment stamp set at the moment.

Here’s my card:

The cards the design team have created are just gorgeous and will inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle