Freshly Made Sketches #311

Hey Everyone

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

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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.

Thanks for stopping by.

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

Freshly Made Sketches #309

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It’s Wednesday and we’ve had a hot one here in Australia! It’s not even Summer yet and I was melting!!!  Think it’s going to be hot Summer……truly not looking forward to it arriving.  I’m a Winter lover!

This weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by the superbly talented and super funny Linda Callahan.  This one’s a keeper for sure Linda!

Christmas is on my mind at the moment as someone said to me the other day it was less than 70 days until Santa arrives.  I hadn’t thought it was so close!  I’ve took this weeks sketch and created a Chrissy card to add to my stash.

I wanted to go with the following colours for my card:  Black, White, Green and Copper.  I’ve layered my circles with leaves and pinecone from Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I added a strip of Striped Ribbon and Copper Trim to my layers and I’ve used Copper Embossing Powder for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Flurry of Wishes.  The DSP circle in the background is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.

Here’s my card:

The girls at Freshly Made Sketches have nailed this weeks sketch – head over to the challenge and see for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

October Christmas Class

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I LOVE Christmas time and I LOVE my Christmas classes.  While I was on holidays recently I made the following projects for my class girls.  There’s quite an overload of photos, so I hope you’re ready for them!

Stampin’ Up! Pizza Boxes are the coolest and most easiest boxes to put together. We made 4 simple gift cards to put in the boxes to give to someone as a gift.  The designer series paper I’ve used is from Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  I’ve added a thin strip of Basic Black cardstock on the front the gift cards and box.  The sentiment is from Better Together and I’ve punched them out with my Pretty Label Punch.  To add a little bling (but not too much, as not everyone keeps handmade cards) we added a black sequin.

For the front of the Pizza Box, I cut some white trees cut with my Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  For a different look, some of the girls cut Old Olive trees – both looked fabulous I have to say.  I also added a strip of Basic Black cardstock and some Black Bakers Twine.  Oh and as always, a black sequin.

We also made two simple cards using the same designer series paper we used on the Pizza Box and gift cards.

My first card uses a strip of DSP from Be Merry Designer Series Paper on the side of my card.  I added some Old Olive trees that were cut with my Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  I then cut the sentiment with my retired Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.

For our second card, I layered Old Olive trees cut with my Santa Sleigh Framelits Die, a circle, a Pretty Label Punch with a sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness.  To tie in with the other card I used a strip of DSP, Basic Black cardstock and Black Bakers Twine.  A simple black sequin finishes this card off.

 

 

You will probably remember this card I made for our 300th sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love this card and I think the girls did too!

I think Bundle of Love Speciality Designer Series Paper works really well for Christmas and for our class, I also made a pink one below, to show that Christmas doesn’t always need to be red and green.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #380

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We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  This week the sketch has been designed by me.  I’ve created a simple sketch that can be interpreted in so many different ways.

I really love non-traditional colours for Christmas cards and I really love featuring black on them.  The only stamping I did on this card is the sentiment.  This Christmas sentiment is a new favourite of mine.  It’s from a Stampin’ Up stamp set called Better Together.  The pine boughs I added for layering are cut with my Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

To create a border around my sentiment (that was punched with my Pretty Label Punch), I used a die from Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.  As I wanted to create more of a oval shape to frame the sentiment, I cut the diecut through the centre and overlapped it under the sentiment.

I then layered some Burlap Ribbon and a half strip of this gorgeous Striped Ribbon as I had them both sitting unused on my desk. The strip of designer series paper was also sitting unused on my desk.  This pretty paper is from Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I always love it when I can use up discarded products laying around on my desk. It kind of makes me feel like I’m getting somewhere on cleaning up my desk!

Here’s my card:

The girls in the design team have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to the challenge and take a look at their creations.  We would love it if you could play along with this sketch challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #378

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We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  Our challenge for you to is:

This is a great challenge! Texture is an easy thing to add to any project – endless possibilities with this challenge.

I’ve chosen to add texture to my card with embossing paste and also the texture of the ribbon I’ve added.  The mask I’ve used with my embossing paste is from Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

The colour of the Christmas trees are Old Olive and Pear Pizzaz cardstock.  These trees are cut with my new Card Front Builder Thinlits.  (Little story about my new thinlits – I lost one before I even used it! I looked for hours for it! Found it two days laters stuck to the back of a finished card I’d filed away. I only found it by accident! I better be a little more careful!). The tiny deer, moon and stars are also from this die set.  The layers I’ve added under my sentiment are a strip of DSP from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, a strip of gorgeous Striped Ribbon and a piece of basic black cardstock cut with my Ticket Tear Border Punch.  The pretty sentiment I’ve used is from a Stampin’ Up stamp set called Holly Berry Happiness.

You may not notice straight away, as I had actually forgotten I’d added the DSP when I made the card two weeks ago, but I have used some designer series paper from Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper in the background.

The team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to the challenge and take a look.  While you’re there, we would love to see your project with texture!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle