Freshly Made Sketches #332

Hey Everyone

Every Wednesday we have a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try. This week our sketch has been designed by my fellow “Down Under” card creator Karren Johnson. Kiwis and Aussies are called this as our countries are below many of the other countries on the globe. Karren is the Queen of Backgrounds and truly gorgeous cards. Head over to her blog and take a look at her wonderful cards.

This is my first Christmas card for 2018! Pretty chuffed with myself for starting my cards in April rather than leaving them until the last minute as I’ve done before…..many times in fact.

The holly I’ve used for my card is from Holly Berry Happiness.  I gave my leaves a seriously quick watercolour with Old Olive Ink and my berries are coloured with Cherry Cobbler Ink.  I used the solid stamp from the set to colour the berries.  I then fussy cut them all out and raised them with Mini Dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Ink and is also from Holly Berry Happiness.  I had a strip of Sahara Sand Cardstock laying on my desk and decided to add it under the sentiment as I liked this colour combo together.  I then added a strip of striped DSP from Merry Little Christmas DSP.

The background ink splatter stamped in Basic Black Ink is from Swirly Bird.  I wasn’t too sure about using black for the ink splatters, but it’s grown on me the more I look at it.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created amazing cards using Karren’s sketch. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #388

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We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  This week we are asking you to:

I went with another Christmas card as I found it easy to add glitter to a Christmas card.  My glitter comes in the form of glitter on my glimmer paper as well as some glitter highlights on my trees.  The trees I used are cut with my Card Front Builder Thinlits.  I added dobs of glue to my trees and then sprinkled some retired SU glitter and let them dry.

The DSP I’ve used is from Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The wonderful big sentiment I’ve used on my card is from Stampin’ Up!s Flurry of Wishes.  This sentiment works so well on the large circle I punched.  I then added some glimmer paper offcuts and some Striped Ribbon.  There’s a reason I keep my glimmer offcuts – it’s for times like these when I want to use just a smidge of glimmer! I’ve learnt not to throw tiny bits away.

The team have created gorgeous projects to inspire you.  Head over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #315

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We have a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you.  This weeks sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Amy O’Neill.  Take a look at her fab sketch:

So when you’re craft room is too hot to spend a lot of time being creative in, you go with a clean and simple card with as little stamping as possible.  I might be the only Melbournian wishing for Winter to arrive soon…..

My only stamping comes in the form of a sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness.   I added a thin strip of Basic Black cardstock that was edged with my Ticket Tear Border Punch.  I then cut various snowflakes from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.  To add a little bling to my card, I added little black sequins to the centre of each snowflake.  The stitched oval on my card is cut with my Stitched Framelits Dies.  I LOVE Lemon Lime Twist for Christmas – so the DSP I used in the background is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and then I added some Lemon Lime Twist ribbon and tied a knot.

The Clean Team have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and get ready be to wowed.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch #248

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Sundays seem to be my most common day to craft.  After making design team cards, I usually try and play along with a challenge.  I’ve chosen this weeks sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch for my card – isn’t it a cool one?

It seems that Christmas has done the usual thing and snuck up on me again.  It’s only 34 days until Santa arrives so I’ve used this weeks sketch to another another card to my collection.

Santa’s Sleigh is a stamp set I really haven’t inked up much. I felt it was time to give this reindeer, Christmas tree and presents some time to shine on my card.  The sentiment is also from this set.  My reindeer and presents are fussy cut but the Christmas Tree is cut with the matching Santa’s Sleight Framelits.  My images are all stamped with Black Memento Ink and I’ve coloured the images with a combination of retired Blendabilities and Stampin’ Up Blends.

The designer series paper that I’ve used is from Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  I really need to get stuck into some more cards to use up this gorgeous pack before it retires.

Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #311

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Are you ready for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches?  The design team are and have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Our sketch this week has been designed by the talented Jen Brum.  Her cards are beautiful clean cards and her use of colours is always so striking.  Take a look at her fab sketch:

I decided to use the sketch for another Christmas card.  The card I’ve created is a very clean and simple card that I can mass produce, as I’ve done no fussy cutting to slow me down.  The colour scheme I’ve gone with is Berry Burst, Basic Gray and Powder Pink.  I love these colours for the festive season.

Flurry of Wishes is such a pretty set with fabulous snowflakes.  I randomly stamped my snowflakes in Berry Burst and punched a Powder Pink one out with my retired Snowflake punch.  I raised this snowflake up with a dimensional and added pink sequins to the centres of the three snowflakes to add some bling.  The sentiment is also from Flurry of Wishes.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.

We would love it if you could join us with this weeks challenge.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and link up a card.  While you’re there, take a look at the gorgeous cards from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #244

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I managed to play in my craft room mid week!  It doesn’t happen very often as usually when I get home I cook, clean up and basically sit on the couch and try and de-stress from work.  My eyes and mind are generally too tired to create something inspiring.

The challenge that I’ve played along with is the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.

I’ve created a quick clean and simple Christmas card with non traditional Christmas colours.  I’ve teamed Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black diecuts from Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  The designer series paper I’ve used on my card is from Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.    I then stamped the ink splatters stamp from Swirly Bird in Basic Black Archival Ink in the background.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Flurry of Wishes.

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #310

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We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks sketch has been designed by the super talented Kim Singdahlsen.

Have a look at her cool sketch:

When you make a card, do you go with the first idea that pops into your mind?  I do and then I do everything to make it work.  I don’t often change my mind about stamp sets and dies after my initial idea.  For some reason when I saw this fabulous sketch I had Christmas in mind.  People I work with will tell you once I make up my mind, I don’t usually change it.  Probably everyone who knows me will say the same thing……

Even though layering of these trees took me probably 1/2 hour, I was determined to make them work. I even cut three more and played with them until I felt I had my card right.  The trees I’ve used are cut with Stampin’ Up!s Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used Old Olive cardstock as this matches the stripe-y DSP on my card. The DSP I’ve used is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Nothing quite says Christmas like diagonal striped DSP!

The sentiment I’ve used is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.  This great sentiment is from Cookie Cutter Christmas.  My layers are all matted with Basic Black cardstock and I tied some Basic Black Bakers Twine with a bow to pull everything together.  I then added some black sequins (as always in threes) to add some sparkle to my card.

As always the team have created wonderful cards to inspire you.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle