Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #340 & My Favourite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #213

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It’s Sunday evening here in Australia and I’m just about to sit down and watch the Australian Open Men’s Tennis Final.  Go Djokovic!  I’ve combined today’s card for two challenges – Creative with Connie & Mary Challenge and My Favourite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

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Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Mojo Monday #382 & MFT Challenge #14

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I’ve never managed to play along with Mojo Monday’s Tall & Skinny Challenge – until now.  I’ve combined their sketch challenge with the colour challenge at MFT Challenge.  Here’s their inspiration pics:

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First I’m going to have a debrief.

I’ll be the first to say I don’t take criticism in life very well and have never had to with my card making.  I had, what I would consider, a negative comment left for me on Sunday and I actually felt a bit put out about it all day.  The comment was about how all of my cards look the same and how I repeat the worn and torn edges in all of my cards. Worn and torn edges are repeated by a lot of card makers who create in the same style as myself.  I’m not an expert on styles but I consider this to be along the lines of shabby chic/vintage.  I also think I try and add different details to each card so they don’t look the same. One of the designs teams I’m on requires a clean card and I think I achieve this style too (the DT must think so as I’m still on their DT after 14 months!).  I think I can be versatile when required and if you take a look back at my blog you will see I try to mix it up between styles.  Anyway, do I not have the right to make MY cards how I want?   I’ve been struggling to create probably from last year when I fractured my elbow.  This changed about a week ago and I was actually wanting to go out to my craft room again.  Then I got this anonymous comment. >:-(  If you don’t like my cards, and feel I repeat the worn and torn look, then don’t follow my blog.  Simple.

Sorry for the long whinge, but it was better than my first reply that consisted of 2 words – it started with an F and ended with a U!

I really do appreciate and love all the positive comments I get – so I guess this one just threw me.

Now on to my card, which you will see, is a clean card with no “worn and torn edges”.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Sorry mum for almost swearing!;)

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #247 – Just Add Love Blog Hop

Hey Everyone Welcome to Just Add Ink’s first challenge for 2015.  We’re starting off our year with a blog hop.  Our challenge for you is to create a tag OR a card with a tag with a love theme using the following sketch. You may have just hopped over from the amazingly creative Nikki Spencer’s blog – didn’t you just love what she created? JAI247pic I decided to vintage it up a bit with my card.  The sketch is in there, but I’ve added a few extra shapes (hope you can see the original design!).  I started off sticking with the sketch but I just kept adding. I walked past a men’s suit shop earlier this week and saw a suit in the window with the colour combo of Black, Grey & Yellow.  It really appealed to me so I’ve made them the main colours in my card.  Here’s what I created. JAI247Next stop along the way is the very talented and very sweet Louise Sharp. You’re going to love what she’s created! Click on the pic below – we hope you enjoy our blog hop! bloghopbadge Thanks for stopping by. Cheers Narelle

Just Add Ink #243

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This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a colour challenge. Take a look at these pretty colours:

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Can you believe this is my card? Don’t think I’ve ever created a white on white card like this. I felt the white card base was the best way to balance out these four colours.  In the end I channeled my inner-CAS and this is what I came up with.

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Take a look at the gorgeous inspiration the Design Team – I love how they’ve combined these colours.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #241

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This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge.  Our sketch has been designed by Tina.

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I’ve done it again – I’ve created yet another card using my Blendabilities.  Papillion Potpourri is one of my favourite stamp sets to colour.  To get some inspiration on how to colour my butterflies I googled “butterfly images” and decided to go ahead and use two colours. I really love the two-toned butterflies and how they pop of this Black & White DSP from Back To Black.

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We would love for you to join us with this sketch challenge.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look at the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #237

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I think I may actually be losing my memory!  I totally forgot to publish this post on Friday night.  Looks like I might have to start putting dates in my calendar so I don’t forget again. My excuse is that I’ve been super busy at work and sit down at night and nothing else registers.

This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is to:

Just Add Clear Block Stamping

I’m not going to lie – I struggled.  I tried new inks, old inks, markers directly to the clear block and also a bit of heat embossing.  After binning heaps of cardstock, I finally came up with this.  I used my old style Crumb Cake ink to create this background that I think I kept re-inking and stamped over 6 times.  I then finger-walked Dictionary over bits of the background.  I’m going to have to try this technique again at some stage so I can get a bit more practice.

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Come and join us this week at Just Add Ink.  Head over to the challenge and check out the gorgeous and varied inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #233

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This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge.  Tina has designed this fab sketch.

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When I sat down to create my card I tried a few different images and found that butterflies worked best for the sketch – look at me taking the sketch literally!  The Stampin’ Up! designer series paper I’ve used is called Back to Black.  By chance the DSP I cut for the banner kind of created a film strip effect that I found framed the butterflies perfectly.  The butterflies are from Papillion Potpourri and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners.

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Come and join us with this weeks sketch. Head over to the challenge and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #154

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I’ve kind of been a bit quiet on here lately. I’ve been out of action with a migraine that stayed way too long.  It annoys me when it cuts into my crafting time!  Lucky I made my card before it hit, as I would’ve had to sit out this week.  I didn’t want to miss Cindy’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches as I think it’s totally fabulous! Head over to Cindy’s blog and check out her beautiful cards.

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I opened a new-to-me pack of DSP for my card called Park Lane.  I’ve used the Daffodil Delight paper in the background.  I’ve teamed it with the black papers from Back to Black. The Stampin’ Up! stamps sets I’ve used are Serene Silhouettes, Papillion Potpourri and Petite Pairs.

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We’d love for you to join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Head over to the challenge and link up a card – while you’re there check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #229

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When I first saw this weeks inspiration pic at Just Add Ink I panicked as I haven’t combined this many colours ever! After I got over my fear of how many bright colours there were, I sat down and thought about the best way I could make them work.

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I figured using multiple colours on my Positively Chevron background stamp would be the easiest way to get them all in.  The Stampin’ Up! colours I’ve used from bottom to top are – Elegant Egglant, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe & Real Red.  To create this effect I took a piece of copy paper to use as a mask and placed it about 1 inch from the top of the stamp.  I inked up the inch I had left uncovered directly from the Real Red ink pad. I then moved my copy paper down another inch and inked up the stamp with Crisp Cantaloupe ink – trying not to leave too much of a gap between colours.  I kept inking and moving my mask down until I had all the colours on the stamp.  I then spritzed the stamp with water to blend the colours a little bit.  This was the effect it created.  The butterfly I’ve used is from Papillion Potpourri.  I used a blender pen to colour the wings with Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight ink.  To finish my card off I’ve used this fabulous sentiment from Flower Patch and added some sequins.

You’re probably going to notice a difference from my normal over-layered cards.  I really did try and keep this card as de-layered and clean as possible.  Did my head in because I kept wanting to add stuff!

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Come and join us with this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink.  Click here to take you to the challenge – while you’re there, check out the gorgeous inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #146

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Wednesday means a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess this week the very talented and crafty Amy O’Neill.  Amy’s cards are amazing – head over to her blog and check out her creations.

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I STILL haven’t got my first order from the 2014-2015 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  All I have is cardstock and ink from the pre-order so I had to make do with my limited products.  I decided to “make” some DSP to match the Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey colour scheme by randomly stamping dots from Happy Watercolour. The embellishments just seemed to keep piling on and this is what I ended up with – you know I love “fullness” to my cards!

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We’d love for you to join us in this sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Head over to the blog and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle