Freshly Made Sketches #383

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Welcome to another Wednesday and a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our fab sketch has been designed the amazing Jen Mitchell.

 

I gave myself a challenge with this card.  On the corner of my desk, I have a pile of unused bits and pieces that I hold on to just in case I might use them on a future card. My mission was to see if I could create a card using only discarded products.  Every image, die cut, DSP and sentiment was taken from this pile, layered and adhered to my card. Card done in less than 10 mins!

The butterfly I used for my card was fussy cut from Botanical Butterflies DSP.  The spotted DSP was also from this DSP pack.  The Mossy Meadow fussy cut leaves are from Jar Of Love – I had just the right amount for my card leftover from another project.  I was thrilled that I had a Mossy Meadow sentiment from Petal Palette also sitting in the pile that I could use.  The little round doily type diecut was cut with Chase Your Dreams Framelits Dies.  The Highland Heather scalloped edge was cut with my Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies.

I’m sure if I tried this again, I couldn’t match a thing. I had fun doing it and it was actually quite satisfying dipping into this pile.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards.  Head over to the challenge and take a look at their gorgeous cards that will no doubt inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

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Just Add Ink #446

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Yay for Fridays! Not only to we have the weekend to look forward to, we also have a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week is inspiration picture week.

A long time ago, an inspiration pic like this would’ve scared the living daylights out of me! I was pretty much a two colour per card kind of girl. I’ve learnt when combining more than two colours, I keep as much white space as possible to balance out all the colours.

I decided to try and recreate the pressed metal type background with my Tin Tile Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder and some Pool Party Cardstock.  I then took a dauber and lightly coloured over the top of the impressions with Night of Navy Ink.  I’m into wedding cards at the moment and my go-to stamp for these type of cards is Petal Palette.  They have such an elegance to these flowers.  I watercoloured them with a combination of Mango Melody and Berry Burst Inks.  The leaves have been watercoloured with Old Olive Ink.  The sentiment I’ve used is also from the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  Under my sentiment I’ve layered a strip of Mango Melody Cardstock that has been cut with the edgelit die from Doily Builder Thinlits Dies.  I then added some Flirty Flamingo ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack and a strip of Pool Party Cardstock.  Basic Rhinestones are also an elegant finish to cards, so I’ve added three of these to my card.

The team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards that will inspire you. Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along with our challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #366

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Welcome to our newest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week we have some exciting news!

For the next two weeks we are thrilled to announce a Design Team call!  Yes, we are looking to add to our fun team of enablers.  All the details to apply the Design Team are on the challenge blog.

On to the sketch.  This week our cool sketch has been designed by our fabulous sketch designer and ultra elegant card make Cecile Ribon.

So my initial thought was to replicate a Christmas tree like the sketch, but I decided to change things up and go with a layered floral card.

I received Incredible Like You at our recent Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event.  Of course I was in love with it as it’s a flower set and you know how much I love them.  I’ve stamped my flowers in Lovely Lipstick and fussy cut them out.  I then stamped my leaves from Petal Palette in Mossy Meadow Ink and gave them the same fussy cut treatment as the flowers.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from my 6″ x 6″ Subtles DSP stack.  From memory I used a piece of Soft Sea Foam.  I then matted it with some Mossy Meadow Cardstock.  I added some bakers twine and a sentiment stamped in Mossy Meadow, also from Incredible Like You.  The font used for the sentiments in this set are so pretty and elegant.

Head over to Freshly Made Sketches to see what the talented cardmakers at Freshly Made Sketches have designed and while you’re there, read all about our Design Team Call.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

2018 Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event Roomies Gifts

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I have just spent the past weekend with amazing friends at our local Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event in Melbourne.  This year Stampin’ Up! is celebrating 30 years and I have to say we were a little bit spoilt by this amazing company.

I roomed with 4 fabulous friends from the Just Add Ink Design Team – Nikki, Patrice, Kim & Jan. Even though the event is only a one day event, we stayed for two nights.  Even then, two nights didn’t seem long enough as we only catch up once a year, and we have way too many things to chat about to fit into two nights.

My roomies gifts were given in these tall gift boxes I created.  When I’m stuck for 3D ideas, I visit Pootles for her fabulous tutorials.  I found the following tutorial that fit my gifts perfectly!

 

What to give for roomies gifts was on my mind for ages.  This year my mum gave me the idea of giving Raspberry Drops made in Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is a tourist attraction depicting the gold rush in the goldfields from the 1850s. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned I grew up in a little country town called Creswick, located about 15 minutes outside of Ballarat.  These Raspberry Drops are what I remember from growing up and visiting Sovereign Hill.  I have to thank my dad for buying them for me as I ran out of time before Onstage to drive from Melbourne to purchase them.

The boxes I’ve created are made from Sahara Sand Cardstock.  For extra support and decoration, I added strips of Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstocks to each of the four sides of the boxes.  The lid of the boxes is made from Basic Black Cardstock.  I decorated the top of the boxes with a mixture of thinlits from Flourish Thinlits Dies and my favourite flowers from Petal Palette.  I then added some Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon and some Black Cord. The sentiment I’ve used is from a set called Waterfront – I really felt this sentiment fit for the weekend we had.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #362

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It’s Wednesday, so that means we have a new sketch for you to try at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by Linda Callahan. Linda’s cards always make me smile.

The card I’ve created was a quick and easy one as I’ve been super busy getting for our Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event. I have three days of catch ups with friends I’ve met online and can’t wait for hugs and tons of laughs.

You probably know by now that Petal Palette is my favourite flower set to colour and fussy cut.  The flowers are quickly watercoloured with Blushing Bride Ink and the leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz Ink.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is also from this set.  The designer series paper I’ve used under the circle punch is from Twinkle Twinkle DSP.  I’ve finished off my card with some Pool Party Bakers Twine and some Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

The Clean Team have created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to the challenge and take a look at the card they’ve created.  We would love it if you could play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #429

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

As soon as I saw that the challenge was to Just Add Vellum, I knew I wanted to create a wedding card with an embossed vellum background.  I randomly stamped my favourite flower stamp from Petal Palette in Versamark onto the vellum and then heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.

I then stamped the same image in Memento Black Ink.  I took my watercolour pen and some Smoky Slate Ink and lightly coloured the flowers and leaves.

Initially I adhered the sentiment circle directly to my card, but then decided a Stampin’ Up! Pearlized Doily would make it stand out a bit more.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Petal Palette also.

 

The team at Just Add Ink have created awesome cards that will no doubt inspire you for this challenge.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #352

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It’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our fabulous sketch has been designed by Jennifer Timko.  Jennifer’s cards are always absolutely beautiful and wonderfully clean.

As much as I’d love to use Petal Palette on EVERY card I make, I’ve held off for a few cards to try and mix up the look of my cards.  I gave my Stampin’ Up! Blends a go on my flowers rather than the usual watercolour I add.  I like the “fullness” they give to the colour of the roses. For the leaves I did a light watercolour in Pear Pizzazz as I didn’t want the leaves to overpower the roses.

The sentiment I’ve used on my card could make this either a birthday or a wedding card.  This sentiment is from Better Together.  As I seem to do a lot lately, I’ve stamped the background with the ink splatters from Timeless Textures.  I also added a strip of DSP from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, a strip of Soft Suede DSP and a piece of Gold Ribbon.

Here’s my card:

The Clean Team have created amazing cards that I know you’ll want to check out.  Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #421

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Thank goodness it’s Friday! I get a whole weekend of craft room time – as soon as I get some cleaning done, that is…

It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  We have a sketch for you to try this week and the sketch designer is me. I hope you like it and get a chance to play along!

By now you probably know I love all things floral.  I’ve even been asked if I’m a florist…. I wish I spent the time arranging flowers in a vase as I do when I create my cards.  My flowers are usually just shoved in a vase with no precision at all!

The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I’ve used on my card is Petal Palette.  The flowers are stamped in Black Memento Ink and coloured with my Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil.  The leaves joined to the flowers are coloured with my Old Olive Waterolor Pencil and the large leaves are stamped in Old Olive Ink and fussy cut out.

For the background I used a mix of stamps from Timeless Textures.  These stamps are stamped in Early Espresso Ink. The sentiment I’ve used is from Dragonfly Dreams and is also stamped in Early Espresso Ink.

The woodgrain designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Wood Textures Designer Series Stack. I then scrunched up some Burlap Ribbon and layered it under the sentiment.

The design team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #346

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We have a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented and clever card maker herself Linda Callahan.

I fell in love with Linda’s awesome sketch as soon as I saw it.  I knew exactly which stamp set and colours I was going to use on my card when I sat down to create.

I wanted to bring the circles together by using flowers and leaves that spread over the middle and lower circles. The flowers I’ve used are from Love What You Do.  I’ve given them a light watercolour with Rich Razzleberry Ink.  The leaves are from Rooted in Nature and are stamped in Old Olive Ink with some added definition with my Early Espresso Marker.

The sentiment on the main circle is from Love What You Do.  I am loving the flow-y font in this sentiment.  After stamping the sentiment and arranging the flowers around the stitched circle, I re-checked the sketch and realised it had a sentiment lower down….it really does pay to look at those things before you get excited and stick things on your card.  I found a thank you sentiment from Petal Palette that I think has a similar font and was pleased to see it doesn’t look out of place.  I added some Powder Pink ink splatters from Timeless Textures and added some sequins to fill in spaces and to add bling. A card can never have too much bling!

I always enjoy seeing the variety the Clean Team create with their cards.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #413

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We have a new challenge for you today at Just Add Ink.  Our challenge this week is a colour challenge. Take a look at the pretty colours we have for you to try:

I’ve combed these colours mostly in the foliage I’ve used and the bird I’ve coloured.  You would probably know by now that Petal Palette is my favourite stamp set, but for this card I’ve chosen the leaves, birds and the flowers stems rather than the roses I normally use.  My flowers are watercoloured with a combination of Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist Inks.  I’ve added Bermuda Bay on my card with some cardstock in the background.  I then added Granny Apple Green in my leaves that were stamped off once on scrap paper and then on my Whisper White cardstock. My bird is watercoloured with Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay Inks.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is also from Petal Palette. I’ve stamped this in Pacific Point Ink.

Here’s my card:

The team at Just Add Ink have created cards that are gorgeous and all are so very different.  Pop over to Just Add Ink and see for yourself.  We would love it if you could play along.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle