The Deconstructed Sketch #140, Create with Connie & Mary #292 & Friday Mashup #149

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The card I’m sharing today I managed to sneak in for three challenges – The Deconstructed Sketch, Create with Connie & Mary and The Friday Mashup.



The challenge at the Friday Mashup is to create a project with flowers.  The flower I’ve used is from Stampin’ Up!s Flower Shop and the leaves are from Secret Garden.  The extra green foliage I’ve added was created by my new fabulous fringing scissors.  The scallop border was created by using my scallop border punch that I wrapped around the circle of Summer Starfruit DSP.  To get it to bend neatly I cut little knicks into the edge.

DS140 CCMC292 FM149

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Freshly Made Sketches #125

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Woohoo I’m this weeks hostess at Freshly Made Sketches.  I don’t know why but I always get a bit nervous when it’s my turn.  I kept this sketch as delayered as I could – I can’t wait to see what you do with it!


Yes, I know I have an addiction to Coastal Cabana but I just can’t help it.  I have used it quite a bit lately on my cards but to mix things up, I’ve teamed it with Sahara Sand.   I’ve added a couple of banners to my card that aren’t on the sketch, but I really like the look it gave – you know how I like fullness to my cards!  Here’s what I came up with:


You’re going to want to see what the Clean Team have designed this week, so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out their gorgeous cards.

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Just Add Ink #200

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Nikki is our hostess this week for Just Add Ink’s 200th Challenge.  She’s given us this pretty inspiration photo to create our projects.


You might need your sunnies for this one as there’s lots of yellow on my card.  I’ve gone with a shabby flowery creation using Stampin’ Up!s Secret Garden stamp set.

JAI #200 Narelle

We’d love for you to join us in this challenge at Just Add Ink! Head over to the challenge and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

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Just Add Ink #198 – Blog Hop

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The Design Team at Just Add Ink have had a bit of a break over Christmas, but we’re back  with our very first challenge of 2014 and our challenge for you is to:

Just Add………Thinlits or Envelope Punch Board

You may’ve hopped from the lovely Mae Collins blog and been wowed by her project – if you didn’t come from Mae’s blog that’s ok, you can catch it on the way around or by clicking on the full list of names below.

So I didn’t have either of these until I saw this challenge coming up, so I brought both. Lucky I did because I have somehow lost my unopened Stampin’ Up! Thinlits somewhere in my craft room – not sure how I could totally lose them, but I did.  A bit of a clean up might produce them, but I’m not that motivated at the moment to do a big clean up 🙂  So I had no choice but to go with my Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board.  Not knowing anything about the board before Monday I decided to do a bit of YouTubing and found hundreds of tutorials on how to use it.  I can now say I’m addicted to it and have made about 15 different projects since Monday!


I have a card class coming up soon so I thought this was the perfect chance for me to get in front for once and have my projects made ahead of time.  Here’s what I’ve created:

JAI Blog Hop 2014-1

I’ve made and decorated a gift box that holds 4 cards and 4 envelopes.  To find the tutorial I used – you can click here.  Here’s a photo of the front of the decorated box:

JAI Blog Hop 2014 Box

I made 2 different cards designs that I tried to keep de-layered so they would fit easily in the box (not sure that I achieved the de-layered bit, but I did try!)

JAI Blog Hop 2014-2

JAI Blog Hop 2014-3

As I was on a roll with scoring and punching I decided to make a chocolate bar gift box that I played around with until it fit a chocolate bar that I had at home – my inspiration for decorating of this box came from my mum who had a sleepover the other night (thanks mummy!).  Here’s a link to the tutorial that I adapted my box from.

JAI Blog Hop 2014-4

I hope you like my projects!  So the next stop along the way is the super-talented Nikki Spencer.  You’re going to love what she’s created – I always do!  Click on the blog hop picture below to take you to her blog:

BHbutton198If you get lost along the way I’ve also added the designers names hopping with us that you can click on at any time to find your way.

Chantell Randall

Christine Blain

Delys Cram

Jodene Tripp

Kim Badelt

Louise Sharp

Mae Collins

Narelle Farrugia – that’s me!

Nikki Spencer

Patrice Easton

Paula Dobson

Susan Wong

Tina Gillespie

Trish Rayfield

After you finish hopping, we’d love to see what you create with Stampin’ Up!s Thinlets or Envelope Punch Board.  Your projects can be linked up to the challenge by heading over to Just Add Ink.

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Pals Paper Arts #180 & Dynamic Duos “Triple Threat Challenge” #80

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This is my second post today – to see my earlier post you can click here.  The challenges I’m entering my card into are Pals Paper Arts and Dynamic Duos “Triple Threat Challenge”.  Here are their inspiration pics:



It’s been ages since I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Secret Garden, so I’ve dusted it off and used it today.  The flowers are stamped in Raspberry Ripple and lightly coloured with my blender pen. The sentiment I’ve used is also a Stampin’ Up! one called Blooming with Kindness.  I found that when I went looking for some Blushing Bride DSP, I only had some off-cuts from a retired Hostess Gift pack (I think!).  I might have to get myself a new DSP stack in my next order.

PPA180 & DD80

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Freshly Made Sketches #100

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This week is a special week at Freshly Made Sketches as it’s our 100th challenge! Because of this celebration some of the Design Team have generously donated prizes to be randomly drawn, so you’re going to want to play along. The team decided that it would be fun to re-visit our first sketch for this weeks challenge.


As Cindy was the very first Queen at Freshly Made Sketches, we thought it only fitting that she get to choose our Queen this week.  We also have some familiar Guest Designers joining us in our challenge – all of the talented ladies have guest designed at FMS along the way.

I played along with the first sketch, but looking back at it now, I find my card very blah – so there was no way I was putting a link back to it!  For my re-do for this challenge I made my card into a square card and have moved sentiment a squidge from where it was supposed to be.  I’m trying new colours and have teamed Basic Black, Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry.  The stamp set I’ve used is a Stampin’ Up! Hostess set called Morning Meadow.  Anything with a flower in it and it’s on my need-to-have list! The sentiment I’ve used is from Chalk Talk and the leaves are from Secret Garden.


We hope you get a chance to play along with our 100th sketch challenge, so pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and link up a card.  While you’re there check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Clean Team and the Guest Designers.

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Freshly Made Sketches #98

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It’s Wednesday so that means there’s a new sketch for you to try at Freshly Made Sketches.  Take a look at the sketch that the lovely Jen Mitchell has created:


Jen creates some of my most favourite clean cards that I could only dream of creating.  I really do sigh when I see how she makes them look so easy to put together.  I was initially going try and create a card in her signature style, but I lost it and before I knew it, the layers piled on – I did try Jen!


Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the lovely inspiration from the Design Team – you’re gonna love their cards.

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Mojo Monday #304 & Pals Paper Arts #166

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I didn’t think I’d get a chance to play along with any challenges this weekend, but things just fell into place for me and in the end, I had heaps of time to play.  I decided to “go round” for Mojo Monday’s sketch challenge this week:


Combining bright colours used to scare me but now I’m happy to play along with colour challenges that I would’ve once considered tricky.  Don’t know when that happened but I don’t consider myself a “neutrals” girl only anymore.  The DT at Pals Paper Arts have a pretty colour combo for us to try – here’s their inspiration pic:


Here’s my card:

Mojo304 & PPA166

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Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge #57 & Deconstructed Sketch #105

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The card I’m sharing today is probably about a week late.  I started this card before I got my migraine and didn’t finish it until today.  Luckily for me the challenge at Inspired by Stamping is a two week challenge.  Here’s their inspiration pic:


Also Jen at The Deconstructed Sketch leaves her challenge open for ages so I can still link it up.  Although I’ve just now realised I’ve left off the 3 embellishments on the bottom of the card – oops!


I going through a Primrose Petals phase and found I love it teamed with Pear Pizzazz.  I’ve used my blender pen to lightly colour the flowers from Secret Garden – it also gives them more definition. Here’s my card:

DS105 & IBSIC57

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Mojo Monday Challenge #296

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The card I’m sharing today is for this weeks Mojo Monday Challenge.


My mum has just had a birthday so I’ve used this weeks Mojo sketch to create a card for her.  I gave the card to her last night so now I can safely put it on my blog without spoiling the surprise.  I’ve gone a bit vintagey for my card as we both have the same love for this style.


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Products Used:
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Fan Fair DSP, Very Vanilla
Ink: Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand
Stamp Sets: Secret Garden, Memorable Moments, Take a Ticket Wheel
Other Products: Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Basic Pearls, Little Leaves Die