Freshly Made Sketches #189

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It’s my turn to host this weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’ve gone for layered shapes for my design – sorry Jen B, it has a circle on it!

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I’ve been thinking I am well overdue for a man card. So for my card I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Open Sea and paired it with a sentiment from Petite Pairs.

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Our team has created wonderful inspiration for you.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out their creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

The Challenge #28

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This is a special post as The Challenge is turning one!  Happy Anniversary Lesley! As this is their 1st Anniversary Lesley’s friend Wendy Ramlakhan, the owner of SugarPea Designs, has generously offered a SPD Gift Certificate for one lucky participant. It will be one random winner…the more times you play, the better your odds.

The theme for this weeks challenge is Anything Goes.  You will need to create a new project for this challenge and make sure you don’t enter your project in more than 5 challenges (including this challenge).

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I seem to be on a roll with masculine cards. The more I make them, the more I feel comfortable creating them!  I really am loving creating grungy backgrounds and am looking forward to tomorrow as I am having a crafting day with my mum tomorrow to show her how I create them. It’s not often we can get together as we live an hour away, but we are currently on a holiday together and I’ve managed to bring along about a third of my craft room.

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We would love for you to join us with this weeks Anything Goes Anniversary Challenge – so head over to The Challenge and link up a card. While you’re there, take a look at the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

I’ve loved being a Guest Designer with The Challenge for the month of March – thanks so much Lesley for asking me to play along!

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #252

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It’s Friday so that means we have a new challenge for you Just Add Ink.  This week Kim has created this fabulous sketch for us.  I really enjoy sketch challenges and I have to say I don’t even mind a tilted panel!

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When I saw this sketch a man card came instantly to mind – not sure why, but it did.  I really am trying to challenge myself to make masculine cards as I don’t tend to make a lot of them.  Feminine ones are so much easier. I like a lot of details on my cards and I find I can add lots of details with a nautical themed card – here’s what I came up with:

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Head over to Just Add Ink to get inspired by the Design Team.  We would love for you to create and link up your card while you’re there.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #248

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It’s time for a colour challenge at Just Add Ink.  Take a look at the colour combo we have for you:

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I think I’m working out how to combine more than two colours a little more comfortably these days.  I find the best way for me is to start with a white background and then play with the colours until I manage to fit them all in.  One of the things I realised after helping my mum recently with her market is that I don’t have a huge supply of masculine cards.  I create the occasional one here and there but I need to make more of an effort to get her a supply of them.  If only I could repeat a card…. I could create 5 of the same card and have about 5 different designs for her.  It would make sense to do this while I have all the products out, but for some reason I just don’t do it.

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Come and join us with this great colour challenge. The design team have created fabulous and varied inspiration for you – take a look here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #145

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It’s time for another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is me! I finally mastered a sketch using MDS (with the help of Jennifer – thanks Jennifer!). I have tried to use it before but have always ended up chucking it in and ended up creating my sketch in Powerpoint instead. This time I persisted – yay for my persistence!

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As usual my card started off with one theme and totally ended up with another theme.  I’ve had a few requests lately for masculine cards and I thought the sketch would work just as well for a man card as the feminine florally card I originally had in mind. The stamp sets I’ve used are Positively Chevron, The Open Seas, Gorgeous Grunge the sentiment is from Work of Art – I’m loving it at the moment.

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We’d love for you to join us this week. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the fabulous inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

The Card Concept #12

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You’re going to love this weeks challenge at The Card Concept – our challenge for you to is create a card with a Nautical Theme.

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I really enjoyed making my card for this challenge and tried to put as many nautical embellishments as possible.  I love the whitewash boards that you see in a lot of beachy houses in the movies so I tried to re-create some of them.  Stampin’ Up!s Hardwood stamp worked perfectly for these.  I also made a life buoy as sort of a picture frame and stamped the boat from Stampin’ Up!s Open Sea to have framed behind it.  I added an anchor as well that I took from the inspiration picture and finished off my card off a vintagey brad.

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Come and join us at The Card Concept – head over to the challenge at check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #133

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Wednesday’s come around sooooo quickly! Before we know it, we’ll be preparing for Christmas again!  Cindy Lovell is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week – here’s the fabulous sketch she’s created:

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It was time for me to make another man card and Cindy’s sketch ended up being perfect for me to use my retired Stampin’ Up! set called Sail Away.  I’ve also used some stamps from Open Sea to complete the whole nautical scene.

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We’d love for you to join us this week – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Clean Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #127

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I saw Jennifer Timko’s really cool sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week and instantly thought – man card time.  I figured I was due to make another one and give you a break from my floral creations.

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This card took me forever to make because I so focused on using an off-cut piece of blue designer series paper from a retired Stampin’ Up pack called Comfort Cafe DSP.  I had a nautical themed card in mind that I thought would work because of the rippled pattern on it that reminded me of water.  After an hour of playing around with shells and boats, I decided to give up that idea and go with a guitar themed card instead.   I added some chevrons from my new chevron border punch to pair with the chevron DSP I used in the background.  The guitar and sentiment are from a retired Stampin’ Up set called Grunge Rock.

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Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.  I love everyone’s interpretation of the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #117

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This is our last challenge for 2013 at Freshly Made Sketches.  Can you believe that Christmas is only one week away?  I’m starting to think that one week won’t be enough time for me to be ready for Christmas.

The amazingly talented Amy O’Neill is this weeks sketch hostess – here’s her great sketch:

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I decided to go with a man card as it’s been a while since I’ve made one.  I dragged out an oldie but a goodie Stampin’ Up! stamp set call Open Sea.  I tried to keep this card clean and simple, well as clean and simple as I can get!

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Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the Clean Team.  While you’re there, why don’t you join us in the last sketch for 2013?  We’ll be back on 8th January with some fabulous sketches!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Merry Monday Challenge #47 & Stampin’ Royalty #160

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We have a fun challenge for you for this weeks Merry Monday Challenge

It’s Tic, Tac, Toe Time

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I’ve gone diagonal from the first tile, so that gives me – Blue, Colour with Markers and Ribbon.

I used the baubles from Merry & Type and coloured them in with my Baja Breeze and Midnight Muse Markers. The designer series paper I’ve used on the base of my card is a retired Stampin’ Up! one called Ski Slope. I’ve combined this with some current Midnight Muse designer series paper.  For the background on my main panel I stamped the log words from Open Sea in Baja Breeze for a different look.

I’m also entering my card into this weeks Stampin’ Royalty Challenge where their challenge is to use Polka Dots. You’ve gotta love Polka Dots! I think they work perfectly for a Christmas card.

Here’s my card:

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We’d love for you to join us so head over to Lesley’s blog and join in the fun. While you’re there, check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Merry Makers or click on their names below.

Lesley Croghan
Allisa Chilton
Bonnie Klass
LeAnne Pugliese
Nina Forsyth

Thanks for taking a look!

Cheers

Narelle