Freshly Made Sketches #422

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There’s a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented and super funny Linda Callahan.

Painted Poppies Stamp Set got a work out on my card today.  I started off with light watercolouring with some Real Red Ink. To give definition to the creases of the petals, I added some colour with my Real Red Blends.  The leaves were given a quick watercolour with Mint Macaron Ink.

The designer series paper I’ve added to my card is from the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I added a strip Bermuda Bay Cardstock to have a contrast colour. I then tied a Baker’s Twine bow for the bow element on the sketch.

Here’s my card:

The Clean Team have created awesome cards with Linda’s sketch.  Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

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Blends on Vellum Tip

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Welcome to my blog and Saturday morning here in Australia.

I’ve got a tip to share with you on how to use your Stampin’ Up! Blends on Vellum Cardstock.  I’ve watercoloured on Vellum Cardstock before with my Aqua Painter, but until recently hadn’t tried my Blends. Because of the slick surface to vellum, I found the result quick streaky and the ink didn’t dry for ages – if at all.

To get around the streaky finish, I did the following:

  • Start with embossing an image on the vellum with Embossing Powder and Heat Tool.  I’ve chosen Painted Poppies Stamp Set for my card.
  • Turn the image over and apply your Blend colour of choice to the back of the image.  I’ve added a light shade over the complete image and then applied a dark shade around the centre of the flower.
  • I then took my Journaling Pen and in a little zig-zag type motion, I added shadows around the centre of the flower.

As you can see with the flowers on the left, I truly haven’t been that careful with my colouring and shading.  When you flip the flower over, you will see the vellum is very forgiving and softens any lines you may have left.  Once you adhere your image to your card, the tackiness is face down and won’t be a problem.  I attached the poppies to my card with Dimensionals which are hidden under the embossed centre of the flowers.

Black, white and yellow is one of my favourite colour combinations and this strip of DSP from Golden Honey Speciality Designer Series Paper makes any card a stand out.  You can earn this gorgeous pack of DSP during Sale-A-Bration when you spend $90 here in Australia.

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Colour INKspiration 3rd Birthday Hop!

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Welcome to a Saturday here night in Australia and a 3rd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop for the INKspiration Colour Challenge!  I haven’t been on the team now for about a year, so I was honoured that the girls asked me to participate in this special celebration.

For this hop, the team were asked to choose three of their favourite colours.  I chose the following in the spur of the moment:

After I sent Bron my colours, I thought about it and realised these colours probably aren’t my favourite, but I do love the combination of them.  I’ve created a birthday card and a matching gift box using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

I wanted to go match-y with my gift box and card, so I cut up a Kraft Pillow Box and added it to the background of my card and matted it with some Pool Party Cardstock and Bermuda Bay Cardstock. The poppies have been coloured with a combination of Pool Party Ink and Bermuda Bay Ink in the creases for definition to flowers.  The leaves have been watercoloured with Bermuda Bay Ink. I then added a birthday sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set and some pretty Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon.

The gift box has been decorated the same as the card but with strips of Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Cardstock.

The next hop along the way is the super lovely and super creative Lou Kitzelman.  Click here or on the button below to take you to her hop.


List of Designers participating in the hop:

Bronwyn Eastley

Patrice Easton

Nicole Wilson

Narelle Farrugia

Lou Kitzelman

Jackie Noble

Julia Quinn

Chloe Evans

Denita Wright-Smee

Kelly Kent

Vicki Boucher

Jan Clothier

Cathy Pinchbeck

Leonie Stuart

Nikki Spencer

Rose Packer

Tanya Bell

Rebecca Scurr

Monique Fielder

Jackie Aitken

Elizabeth Gross

Rachel Palmieri

To play along with this challenge, all you have to do is choose three of your favourite colours and get creating! This challenge will be open to 10th February.  To link up a card, click here to take you to the facebook group.

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Freshly Made Sketches #417

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Welcome to the first sketch challenge for 2020 at Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer this week is the super talented Judy Rozema.

I am loving the pretty papers in the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.  The piece I’ve used was the starting point on my card.  It’s Petal Pink in colour and has a lovely script running across it.  The flowers I’ve added to my card are from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.  The leaves have been coloured with a combination of Petal Pink Ink and highlighted with Poppy Parade Ink.  The Mint Macaron leave are cut the Cherry Blossoms Dies.  To tie in with the DSP, I added a strip of Petal Pink 1/4″ Metallic Edge Ribbon under the sentiment and some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using this weeks sketch.  Head over to the challenge and take a look.

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Painted Poppies Class

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Have been planning my first class for 2020 since early December. The cards are made and finally got a chance to photograph them over the weekend.

When creating projects for classes, I try and design matching cards to keep my supplies to a minimum – this is so I don’t have to cart half of my craft room to the house where I’m holding the class.  Plus the smaller amount of craft supplies I need, the less likely I am to forget something!

These are the cards I’ve created for our class using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

As you can see I have used minimal DSP on my cards.  Using minimal DSP means less cutting and more of it left in my craft room for me to play with!  The strip of DSP I’ve used on three of my cards is from Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper – available in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.  You can get this DSP for free when you spend $90 during the Sale-A-Bration period.

The strip of DSP I’ve cut is 3cm wide.  This strip was then cut at 9.1cm and then another 9.1 cm. The leftover piece is what I have used on this card below. I then worked out my card designs around the three pieces of DSP I had.  The background Whisper White cardstock has been embossed with my Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder. I cut a Pool Party Cardstock circle and layered my poppies and leaves around my sentiment – also from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

Similar to the card above, I’ve used my Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder for extra interest to the card.  I added the 9.1cm strip of striped DSP, a diecut from the Painted Labels Dies, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock and layered my flowers and leaves around the sentiment.  If you didn’t have the dies, as I know it’s hard to have everything when you first start out, then you could add a circle or rectangle piece of cardstock.

This layout was created with the 9.1cm strip of DSP, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock that I didn’t even measure….and a Whisper White circle.  I then placed my flowers and leaves around the sentiment.

Because I’d run out of DSP strips for my final card, instead of cutting another strip, I decided to keep this one clean and simple.  I daubed the background with Pool Party Ink and stamped the ink splatters in Black Memento Ink over the daubing.  After adding a strip of Pool Party and Basic Black Cardstock and a sentiment, my card was basically done.  All I had to do then was add my flower and leaves and one Basic Rhinestone because I just need a little something bling-y on it.

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