Freshly Made Sketches #415

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Sketches are my favourite way to start creating a card.  Sketch challenges were the first challenges I entered after I started my blog.  Freshly Made Sketches always has awesome sketches if you need ideas on a layout for your projects.  This weeks awesome sketch was designed by me!  Actually, I may’ve thrown this sketch together at the last minute, so not sure if it’s all that awesome…..

The card I’ve created uses a new-to-me stamp set called Timeless Tropical Stamp Set.  I coloured my hibiscus flower with a combination of Real Red and Mango Melody Blends.  I then added some shadows with my Smoky Slate Blends.  The leaves and palm trees have been stamped with Pretty Peacock Ink and fussy cut out.  As the palm tree image is actually shorter than what I wanted for my card, I trimmed of the lower stems and lengthened the look of the trees by hiding the gap under the flower.  The sentiment I’ve used is also from the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set.  To give my background a beach-y theme, I daubed Balmy Blue Ink from top to bottom of my card.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have made my sketch look GOOD! Pop over to the challenge and see how creative they are!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Sale-a-Bration 2020 Sneak Peak Blog Hop

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We have a special hop for you today!  The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team have created projects using various stamp sets from the 2020 Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.

Sale-A-Bration pre-earn is finally here from 3 December 2019 to 2 January 2020! This means that demonstrators can earn items in the Sale-A-Bration Shop offering early. For every $90 AUD/$110 NZD or $180 AUD/$220 NZD you spend, you choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure that matches the level you spent. Demonstrators can even use the pre-order of the January–June mini catalogue and purchase items from that catalogue or any other current catalogue, and earn free Sale-A-Bration products! If you aren’t a demonstrator yet, this is a great sneak peek to see what is in store for Sale-A-Bration beginning 3 January 2020!

The card I created is made with the Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set. Before designing my card, I googled waterlilies to get some ideas on colours and how I would use this stamp set.  My initial thought was to use the waterlily stamp and create a flowery/leafy creation, but instead I went with a realistic waterlily pond card.

I started with some Balmy Blue Ink and a dauber.  I daubed until I had a background that I was happy with and that would give my waterlilies and lily pads a watery base.  On my google search, I found that waterlilies can be many colours, so I went with a deep red.  I stamped the outline of the waterlily with Black Memento Ink and coloured the petals with Cherry Cobbler Blends.  To give depth and definition to the flower, I added shadows to the centre of the waterlilies with my Smoky Slate Blends. The leaves have been coloured lightly with Mint Macaron Blends.

One of the best things about this stamp set is that it has reversible stamps! You might be wondering what that is, so I will explain how I used them on this card.  Once you’ve stamped your outline of your image and clean it off, you can turn the stamp over on your block and it will stamp the solid image.  Each of the stamp set images have the reversible solid stamp, so if you’re not a colourer like me, then you can let the stamp do all the work!  I think this card is suited more for the avid crafter with all the colouring, daubing and fussy cutting.  But you can simplify this card using the reversible stamp to colour the image and the matching dies that are also available during the Sale-A-Bration period.
I used the reversible stamp on each of my lily pads to give them Mossy Meadow centres.  Because I wanted a deeper colour for them, I inked up the image and stamped it three times. It then gave me a variance in the ink and a shadowy look on the pads.
I then added a sentiment from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set as I felt it matched my card and a single rhinestone from Noble Peacock Rhinestones.
Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration pre-order for demonstrators starts today (3rd December).  This is an exclusive benefit for demonstrators to get your hands on these amazing products early.  For your customers and friends, they will be able to order from 3rd January.

The next project featuring SAB products for you to see if my friend, Rochelle Blok.  I know she has created the most gorgeous card for you to see.  Click here or on the badge below to take you to her blog.

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll:

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

 

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock

Stamp Set: Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set, Perennial Birthday Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Cherry Cobbler Blends, Smoky Slate Blends, Mossy Meadow Ink, Balmy Blue Ink

Other Products: Noble Peacock Rhinestone, Dauber

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

Just Add Ink #484

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It’s Friday, so that means a new sketch at Just Add Ink. This week is a colour challenge.  Here’s the colours that we’ve all used to create our cards:

I realised I haven’t made many cards lately with the Free As A Bird Stamp Set.  So I decided I would use it for this weeks challenge.  The image I’ve used has been stamped with Black Memento Ink and I’ve used a combination of Blushing Bride/Smoky Slate and Highland Heather/Smoky Slate Blends on my birds.  I then took Balmy Blue and sponged the background behind the bird and branch image.  The leaves have been given a light colour with Smoky Slate Ink. I then added a strip of Highland Heather Cardstock under the sentiment to bring all the colours together.  I embossed the background with my Scripty 3D Embossing Folder to add some texture to my card.  I then finished off my card with three Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

The team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve designed.  We would love it if you could play along with the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #413

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There’s a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you to play along with.  This week our sketch designer is the fabulously talented Cecile Ribon. Cecile creates gorgeous cards and amazingly cool sketches!

One of the perks of attending the Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event is that I got my hands on some of the products from the January – June 2020 Mini Catalogue.  I think the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set is my favourite from the catalogue, but I’m easily swayed when there’s a stamp set with a flower in it…..

I stamped the individual blossoms from this set and coloured them with my Daffodil Delight Blends.  I gave them a really quick colour and left the middle of the flowers without colour to make them stand out.  To mimic the sketch, I added the fussy cut leaf from Very Versailles.  This leaf has been stamped in Mossy Meadow Ink and the sentiment (also from Very Versailles) has been stamped in Black Memento Ink.  For the background I daubed So Saffron Ink to soften the background and cradle the leaves.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Forever Blossoms

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I got home from work today and had the smallest time slot ever to have a play with one of my new stamp sets – Forever Blossoms!  This stamp set will be available for demonstrators to preorder from 3rd December.  Customers will be able to get their hands on this set and all of the other gorgeous products from the Stampin’ Up! January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue from 3rd January.

To create my card, I stamped my image in Black Memento Ink and used my Flirty Flamingo and Smoky Slate Blends to colour the blossoms.  The leaves have been given colour with my Mint Macaron Blends.   The sentiment that I have used on my card is also from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set.

I added a bit of background stamping with the script stamp from Very Versailles in Crumb Cake Ink. I then added a Pool Party Carstock circle and a strip of Petal Pink Cardstock to tie all the colours together. As I always seem to do, I finished off my card with a trio of Noble Peacock Rhinestones. If I had more time, I would have tizzy’d this card more, but I think it’s ok for a rushed card.

Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Christmastime Is Here Blog Hop

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Welcome to my blog and the latest Stampin’ Up! 2019 Artisan Design Blog Hop.  The team have been busy creating more projects for you with the gorgeous products from the Christmastime Is Here Suite.

This exclusive, limited-time collection of festive, floral coordinating products has everything you need to share love, joy, and creativity this holiday season.

For out last hop I created the following projects that showcased the pretty Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper.  All of the roses were either fussy cut or die cut from the papers.

This time around I wanted to show you how I’ve used the rose stamp from the Christmas Rose Stamp Set.  You probably all know how much I love a flower stamp and fussy cutting…..so this stamp set is perfect for me.

I also wanted to show you the versatility of this suite, so in addition to a festive card, I created a card that can be given for any occasion.

The first card I created is a Christmas card.  I added a strip of this rich paper from Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I then cut a Whisper White Cardstock lattice die cut under my floral image.  The flower image from the Christmas Rose Stamp Set was stamped in Black Memento Ink and coloured with the following Blends – Cherry Cobbler, Mint Macaron, Ivory and Shaded Spruce. I then used my Roses Dies to cut the image. As much as I love fussy cutting, I also love the ease of cutting this image with a die. To finish off my card, I added some Gold Glitter Enamel Dots and bunched up some Gold 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon to place under the sentiment.

For my second card, I knew I wanted to make a card for any occasion. I embossed the splatters from Artisan Textures Stamp Set with Gold Embossing Powder for the background.  For something different, I stamped two images and fussy cut them down until I had just two roses.  I coloured them with my Cherry Cobbler Blends making sure I had a deeper colour around the petal lines to give the roses definition. The leaves for these roses have been fussy cut from one of the papers from the Christmastime Is Here Specialty DSP.  I also added a strip of DSP that was cut off at some point and was sitting on my desk.  I always keep these strips so I can use them on other projects. The small piece of Gold Foil you can see was cut with one of the label dies in the Roses Dies pack. To let you in on a secret, this is also an off-cut from another project but you can’t tell it’s not the whole label.  To make this card an any occasion card, I cut down the sentiment that I used on the festive card.

This suite has been available to demonstrators to buy for the last couple of weeks and are now available for everyone to purchase! These products are only available while stocks last, so make sure you get your order in soon so you don’t miss out on these bee-oot-iful products!

The next Artisan on our hop is my fab friend Rochelle Blok.  Click here to take you to her blog or on the button below.

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll:

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Gold Foil, Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper

Stamp Set: Christmas Rose Stamp Set, Artisan Textures Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Versamark

Other Products: Roses Dies, Cherry Cobbler Blends, Mint Macaron Blends, Soft Suede Blends, Ivory Blend, Shaded Spruce Blends, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Glitter Enamel Dots, Gold 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #406

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There’s a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you to play along with.  Our awesome sketch has been designed by the our talented design team member Jacquie Southas.

Again, I’ve created a card using the Christmas Rose Stamp Set for a card that isn’t a festive card.  The sentiment I’ve added to this card makes this card suitable for an anniversary, a weeding, friendship or even a birthday card. The rose image has been coloured with a combination of Lovely Lipstick and Cherry Cobbler Blends.  The leaves have been trimmed from the gorgeous papers from Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

For the background of my card, I initially had a plain piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I felt it looked a little plain, so I added a piece of Mercury Glass Designer Acetate.  I then added a rectangle of Whisper White Cardstock that was given some treatment with Shimmery White Embossing Paste and Basic Pattern Decorative Masks. I liked the textured background behind my roses and sentiment.

Here’s my card:

The Clean Team have created wonderful cards using Jacquie’s sketch.  Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

A Yellow Christmas Rose with Very Versailles

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For the project I’m sharing today, I’ve used products from the Christmastime Is Here Suite – paired with some products from the Annual Catalogue.  I’ve been making quite a few Christmas cards with this suite, but I wanted to try a card that wasn’t a festive card.  By trimming down the image and adding a sentiment from another set, I think I achieved a non-festive feel.

To create this card, I stamped the rose image from A Christmas Rose Stamp Set and fussy cut out the rose and leaves I needed for one side of the image.  I then stamped a second rose image and fussy cut out only a second set of leaves.  The second set of leaves has been layered to the right of the sentiment on my card.  The remainder of the rose and foliage has been put aside for the the card I need the rose for.

The rose image was stamped in Black Memento Ink and coloured with a combination of So Saffron and Daffodil Delight Blends. The leaves and little berries have been coloured with Mint Macaron and Calypso Coral Blends. The little pine cone was been quickly coloured with my Crumb Cake Blends.

Because I’d used Mint Macaron Blends, I chose a piece of Mint Macaron DSP from Garden Lane Designer Series Paper for the background.  I ran my fingernail quickly around the edge of the DSP to rough it up for a vintage-y feel.  I took a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and stamped the background script stamp from Very Versailles Stamp Set.  Because I used this stamp set of the background, I chose the sentiment from this set also.  I ran my nail around each of these too.

For my layering, I added a strip of Daffodil Delight Cardstock, a torn piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock and a strip of Very Vanilla 3/8″ Scallped Lace Trim.  Embellishments always finish off a card for me – this time I added three Gold Glitter Enamel Dots.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #476

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We have the newest challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  This week our challenge is an inspiration pic.

First Frost Stamp Set came to mind when I saw the inspiration pic. I’ve stamped my flowers in a combination of Elegant Eggplant, Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight Inks. The designer series paper is from Magnolia Lane DSP. I arranged some leaves cut with my Frosted Bouquet Dies under my flowers and added the sentiment from the First Frost Stamp Set.

The team at Just Add Ink have created beautiful cards using the colours from the pic. Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Garden Lane DSP & Band Together Stamp Set

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Woohoo! It’s time for another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. I’m always super excited the team gets to share what they’ve created.

This month I’ve created cards featuring the Band Together Bundle as well as the gorgeous Garden Lane Designer Series Paper. This is a great month to buy Designer Series Paper Packs, because if you buy three packs, you get one pack free!  This special is only available until 30th September, 2019, so you might want to think about putting in an order soon.

I like to design ranges of cards using the same products but all with a different look.

My first card has a strip of DSP from the Garden Lane Designer Series pack matted with Sahara Sand Cardstock across the centre of the card.  I tore the bottom of the Sahara Sand Cardstock for a vintage-y feel. I really, really love Stampin’ Up!s Very Vanilla 3/8″ Scalloped Lace Trim (as you can tell as I used it on all three cards!) and I think this works well with the vintage-y feel.  Because I can’t have enough details, I threw in some Linen Thread strips and tied a bow.

The pretty flowers from the Band Together Stamp Set have been stamped in Black Memento Ink and watercoloured with Elegant Eggplant Ink.  I added a heavier touch of ink with my Aqua Painter to the creases of the petals to add depth and dimension.  I then added Ivory and Daffodil Delight Blends to colour the centre of the flower. The stems were also lightly watercoloured with Mint Macaron and Old Olive Inks.

The sentiment I’ve used is also from the Band Together Stamp Set and is matted with Sahara Sand Cardstock.

For my second card, I added a rectangle of DSP and layered strips of Mossy Meadow and Sahara Sand Cardstock over the top.  And, as you can see, my favourite lace trim is there – it’s all about the details!  The flowers have been given the same treatment and the sentiment I’ve used is also from the Band Together Stamp Set.

My final card (and I think my favourite layout) has three strips of DSP, a Whisper White Cardstock circle, Mossy Meadow and Sahara Sand Cardstock strips, some Linen Thread and of course, THAT ribbon!  I chose the flower buds image from the Band Together Stamp Set for this card and added some Mossy Meadow leaves cut with my Detailed Bands Dies.

I hope you like what I’ve created!  The next creative Artisan along the way is my friend Rochelle Blok – she creates projects that I’m always in awe of. Click on her name or the button below to take you to her blog.

2019 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Garden Lane Designer Series Paper, Sahara Sand Cardstock, Mossy Meadow Cardstock

Stamp Set: Band Together Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Elegant Eggplant Ink, Daffodil Delight Blends, Ivory Blend, Mint Macaron Ink, Old Olive Ink

Other Products: Linen Thread, Detailed Bands Dies, Aqua Painter, Very Vanilla 3/8″ Scalloped Lace Trim, 2 1/4″ Circle Punch

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle