Just Add Ink #368

Hey Everyone

There’s a new challenge waiting for you at Just Add Ink.  This weeks challenge is for you to:

When you’ve had no sleep after babysitting a 1yo and a 3yo you really should read the challenge before you make a card……  With my tired eyes and fuzzy mind I thought the challenge was something like create a Christmas card using a non-traditional stamp set.  So I came up with this card using Oh So Succulent:

I then went to load my card and realised it was supposed to be a Christmas card using a birthday set.  Even though Oh So Succulent has a birthday sentiment in it, I wasn’t sure it fit the challenge 100%, so I scrambled and made the following card using Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I created a wreath with the leaves from this set and stamped the little flowers in red to make them look like poinsettias.

The girls at Just Add Ink have created wonderful inspiration for you – so head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #296

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We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you.  This weeks our sketch has been designed by the super talented and very hard working Jennifer Timko.  I’m wish I had half the energy of her with her busy life and cardmaking!

I love it when I see a sketch and my card comes together in no time at all.  I needed a no time at all card this week as I was the babysitter for my 1yo and 3yo great nieces on Saturday night.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had little kids needing me overnight.  I adore these girls to bits, and as they are so sweet, I didn’t even mind I only had four hours sleep.  I think I may’ve been “Auntie Ral’d” out by Sunday afternoon though.  Then I had to sit down and create my card.  I thought I was would no inspiration as tired as I was, but I ended up loving my card.  Cheers to all those cardmaking mums with small kids – I don’t know how you do it!

I’m on a Christmas card roll as I’m determined to have my cards written and ready to send early December…..that’s my plan – let’s see if I can do it.  I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Flurry of Wishes for my card and kept my colour scheme neutral by using Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and a strip of retired Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.

Here’s my card:

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards to inspire you – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #342

Hey Everyone

This is our final challenge at Just Add Ink for 2016.  Our challenge for you is to:

Just Add N

I could’ve scrapbooked a page with just my on it, but as I’m not a scrapbooker I’ve gone with a couple of N’s on my card – I’ve used Night of Navy DSP and used N sentiments. I love this vintage Santa from Stampin’ Up!. He’s from a set called Father Christmas.  He and vintage go together, so I have created a vintage Christmas card.

Here’s my card:

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We would love it if you could join us with this challenge.  Head over to Just Add Ink and see the fabulous inspiration from the design team.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe New Year.

Thanks for stopping by and see you in 2017!

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #268

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I can’t believe this is our final challenge for 2016 at Freshly Made Sketches! This weeks sketch has been designed by Jen Mitchell – the creator of some of my favourite cards.  This sketch challenge is open until 2nd January, so plenty of time for you to play along.

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I know, it’s another Christmas card……I think I finally have the right number of cards I need.  I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Sleigh Ride Thinlits for my card – I love just how they fill up a space with their layers. Speaking of layers, this card has plenty!  The sentiment I’ve used is from Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set. You can’t see it in my photo, but I’ve heat embossed this sentiment in black embossing powder.

Here’s my card:

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Come and join us in this challenge.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and link up a card. While you’re there, take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #341

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I am loving the challenge colours for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge.  These colours were suggested by Kim.

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When I saw these colours – I instantly thought Christmas.  I had a card mostly made and decided I wasn’t a fan of it, so I ditched it at the time I was supposed to have uploaded it to our FB page and started again.  I’ve gone with a quick and easy, mostly thinlit dies card.  The thinlits I’ve used are Pretty Pines Thinlits and Christmas Greetings Thinlits.  I added a Christmas sentiment (one of my all-time favourites) from a retired Stampin’ Up! set called Many Merry Messages and a bit of background stamping from Swirly Bird and I was done!  Oh, I almost forgot – a strip of ribbon and as always, I’ve used the ever faithful sequins.

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We would love it if  you could join us with this challenge. Head over to Just Add Ink and link up a card – while you’re there, take a look at the wonderful inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #266

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I love great sketches and this is one of those!  Amy O’Neill is not only a talented card maker, she’s a superb sketch designer.  Here’s our latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:

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One of my all time favourite Stampin’ Up! Christmas stamp sets is Evergreen.  It’s a retired set, but I love the shape of these trees, so I can’t see myself ever getting rid of it.  My little reindeer is from Cookie Cutter Christmas – a set I only recently purchased, so I thought I better give it a whirl.

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The girls have created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #339

Hey Everyone

It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week I designed the sketch and as usual, I stumbled when it came time to sit down and put something together…..  Don’t know why I don’t design a card without the pressure of a sketch and then take the sketch from that! Does that make sense???

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I wanted to use Stampin’ Up!s Father Christmas – a set that hadn’t seen ink until this card. Do you ever really want to use a set and then when it comes time, you don’t know how to use it? That was me with this card.  The background trees and sentiment are from a set called Christmas Magic.  Here’s what I came up with:

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Head over to Just Add Ink and see the gorgeous cards the girls have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle