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

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TGIF #125, Fusion Challenge – Teacup Flowers

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I love lazy Sundays! I had a chance to play along with a couple of challenges today.  The card I’m sharing is for two challenges.  The first is for the TGIF Challenge where it’s theme week.  The theme is create a card featuring transportation.  The second challenge I’m entering my card for is the sketch challenge at this weeks Fusion Challenge.

Here are their challenge pics:

I really do love the gorgeous flowery inspiration pic from Fusions challenge (as you know, I adore anything flowery), but I have only used this weeks sketch for my card.  My Christmas card stash needed adding to more than my flower card stash!

I’ve probably got a ton of transportation stamp sets but I couldn’t go past Santa’s transport – a sleigh!  I’ve created a Christmas card with a glitzy copper and black sleigh.  I really like non-traditional colours for Christmas so my trees and DSP are black.  The designer series paper I’ve used is Stampin’ Up!s Merry Music Specialty DSP.  The sleigh and trees are cut with  Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies and the sentiment is from the matching Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

Here’s the card I created:

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Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) This Sketch #238 & Merry Monday Challenge #255

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I had a day off work today and after breakfast with my husband, I had time to play in my craft room.  The card I made is for the following challenges – the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge and the theme challenge at Merry Monday Challenge.

Here are the pics for their challenges:

 

Oh how I love black and white for Christmas!  I was thrilled to see that one of the designer series paper packs in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue featured Basic Black, Whisper White and Old Olive.  This DSP pack is called Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The holly on my card is from a Stampin Up! stamp set called Holly Berry Happiness.  After stamping the outline in Basic Black Archival Ink, I then watercoloured the centre with Old Olive Ink.  The centre of the berries is lightly coloured with Cherry Cobbler Ink.

The word “Joy” has been cut with a retired die from Wondrous Wreath Framelit Dies.  I then added a couple of thin strips of Basic Black cardstock as I felt that side of the card was a little bare – not gonna lie, it took me forever to get two that were similar in width and not furry edged….  To finish off my card, I added some Basic Black Bakers Twine and some Silver Sequins.

Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) This Sketch #236

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I was playing around leftover stamping on my desk on Monday (when I really should’ve been cleaning it up) and found some images I’ve previously coloured but never used.  I decided to put them together for an Aussie style Christmas card for this weeks sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.

Take a look at their great sketch:

In Australia, our Christmas day weather can change in an instant, but generally it’s swimming weather.  Last Christmas we had three air conditioners going, two fans on and half of our guests in the pool!

With the pre-coloured images I found, I decided to create a fun beachy themed Christmas card.  Having all of the images coloured, this card took no time at all to put together. The beach-y images are from Stampin’ Up!s Day at the Beach and the Christmas wreath is from Holly Berry Happiness.  The “Christmas” sentiment that I have cut down is from Better Together and the “Is On It’s Way” is from Sunshine Sayings.

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #302

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Woohoo! It’s Wednesday and time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the oh-so-talented cardmaker and fab sketch designer – Cecile Ribon!

 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cool sketch Cecile!  I’ve created another Christmas card because, seriously, who can believe Christmas is just around the corner?  Again I’ve gone with snowflakes in blue and white colours.  I’ve used a combination of snowflake dies for my card.  The smaller white snowflakes are cut with dies from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies and the large Pool Party snowflake is cut with a die from Starlight Thinlit Dies.  My sentiment is from Flurry of Wishes and the background swirly stamp is from Star of Light.

I then added a strip of Dapper Denim that I created with my Ticket Tear Border Punch to break up the all the Pool Party and Whisper White.  To finish off my card, I went with some Silver Sequins and some Silver Metallic Thread.

The team have created awesome cards to inspire you – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #300

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We are celebrating 300 sketches at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  How amazing is that? To celebrate this huge milestone, one person will be randomly chosen from the gallery to receive all of our cards!

I remember I played along with the very first sketch way back and I definitely my first card (not a fan of that one I can tell you…..).  It’s funny (and almost slightly cringeworthy) looking back at my style and the cards I used to make.

Our sketch designer is Jen – she’s created this great sketch for us:

 

I ADORE this sketch and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card in blue and white. You will see that I’ve added a strip of Silver Glitter Ribbon under my sentiment to break up the blue and white and to also add a bit of sparkle.  I also LOVE this sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness as it’s the perfect sentiment for when I create cards for the many creative friends I have made overseas.  I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black Ink and then punched it out with my Pretty Label Punch.

The designer series paper I’ve used is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the snowflakes I’ve cut are from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.  These dies are so versatile as there are dies for all seasons in them.

The girls are Freshly Made Sketches are such a wonderful group of girls that I feel privileged to be a part of.  As always, they inspire me and encourage me to create the best cards I can.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the wonderful cards they have created.

We would love it if you could play along with our 300th sketch!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #368

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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