Freshly Made Sketches #350

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Would you like to see our latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches?  Here tis:

Don’t you love this sketch? I hope you say yes because it’s mine! lol

I’ve been wanting to use Blended Seasons for a Christmas card since I received it.  I chose to make a wreath from the garland stamp from this set.  After stamping four garlands, I gave the leaves and berries the lightest of watercolour and then set about fussy cutting them all out.  I then created a shaker with some retired Stampin’ Up! Christmas sequins and then glued my wreath together around the circle shaker.  After standing my card up to photograph it, I realised my shaker doesn’t shake.  I think the dimensional I stuck under the sentiment (also from Blended Seasons) is obstructing my sequins to move about.  After I took the photo, I repaired the obstructing dimensional and now my card shakes like it’s supposed to…

The little bell I’ve used on my card is also from Blended Seasons.  I gave it a light watercolour with Basic Gray Ink.  I then gave the bell a quick once over with my Wink of Stella Pen.  It’s so glittery in real life and really adds a sparkle that I think of when I think of Christmas.  It also balances out my off-centre wreath.  The background got a bit of treatment with Mossy Meady ink splatters from Timeless Textures.

Yay for the latest addition to my Chrissy card stash!

The girls have created gorgeous cards with my 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 #419 – Just Add A Twist

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

So many ideas came to mind when I saw this challenge but in the end I decided the twist I would use on my card was to use a non Christmas stamp set for a Christmas card.  The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I went with was Jar Of Love. I love the photos I’ve seen of decorated Christmas mason jars, so I tried to replicate one.  I’ve created a shaker with the larger jar and added some leaves and pine cone using my Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I added some Linen Thread to to the top of the jar and tied a bow.  I then added some ink splatters in Crumb Cake from Swirly Bird in the background.

The team at Just Add Ink have created awesome inspiration for you, so head over to the challenge at take a look.  We would love it if you could play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #339

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It’s Wednesday!  Wednesday’s on my blog mean a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The sketch, as you will see below, has a really cool and interesting design.  Jen Brum, one of our talented Clean Team Designers has designed it.  Jen’s blog is full of wonderful and elegant cards.  Pop over to her blog by clicking here and take a look.

Jen’s sketch gave me an opportunity to add to my Christmas card pile. I think this brings me to a total of 5.  Yep, I’m totally on a roll and may well get to 10 before December – my target is about 25…..

On to my card.  The snowflakes I’ve stamped on my card are from Colorful Seasons.   My snowflakes are inked with Soft Sky Ink.  The Whisper White diecut snowflake is cut with my Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I really love the sentiment I’ve used on my card.  It’s from Holly Berry Happiness and I’ve stamped it in Black Memento Ink.  I added some solid Black Bakers Twine along the Whisper White diagonal cardstock I cut to tie it in with my black layers.  I then added some sequins to the centres of the snowflakes to add some bling and to also hide the mini dimensional I have used on my raised snowflake.

As always, the Clean Team have nailed the sketch with their cards.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #338

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Welcome back to my second post tonight!  The card I’m sharing is for the latest sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Kim Singdahlsen.

Christmas cards have been put on the back burner for the last couple of weeks while I continued my love for florally feminine cards and wedding cards.

I am using Stampin’ Up!s Holly Berry Happiness stamp set for my card.  This set is a two step stamp set.  This means that there is an outline image and one that colours the centre.  The berries are also stamped with the same process. These stamps are perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time to watercolour or use markers to give your images colour.  Of course I then slow down the whole process by fussy cutting, but I just can’t help myself!

The sentiment I have used is also from Holly Berry Happiness.  I have heat embossed the sentiment with White Embossing Powder on Basic Black Cardstock.  The strips of DSP in the background are from Foil Frenzy Speciality Designer Series Paper.  I like the glitzy feel of this DSP with the shiny copper chevrons.  To finish off my card, I added some Black Bakers Twine and Copper Sequins.

We love seeing everything you create in our gallery every week.  The team have totally nailed the sketch – pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #334

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by Amy O’Neill.  Amy creates beautifully detailed cards and always with the perfect use of colours. Head over to her blog and take a look.

Look at this! I’ve created my second Christmas card for the year!  I enjoy combining non traditional colours for Christmas – not to say I don’t like traditional colours – but I like mixing them up just as much.

This week my card started with this strip of DSP from Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  I decided to add a rectangle of black behind my DSP and went from there.  My die cuts are cut with my Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies and my sentiment is from Holly Berry Happiness.  I ended my card with three black sequins.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards with Amy’s sketch.  Pop over to the blog and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #332

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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

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