Bermuda For a Friend Card

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I’m supposed to be designing projects for design team commitments, but it just wasn’t happening.  So I deviated and created the card below.

I have to say it. I’m addicted to Bermuda Bay Cardstock.  To break up the Bermuda Bay Cardstock, I cut the cardstock through the middle on an angle.  I then cut two thin strips of Whisper White Cardstock and added them close to where the two pieces of Bermuda Bay meet.  I had this flower from To A Wild Rose partially inked with my Light Pool Party Blend sitting on the desk.  To finish off the colouring, I added some more colour with my Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate Blends. I added a little too much Smoky Slate to the centre of the flower, so I took my White Gel Pen and added some dots to correct the colour.  The leaves were also sitting on my desk discarded from another project. They got the same blend treatment with Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate Blends.  Three little Noble Peacock Rhinestones finished off my card.

I’m off to my craft room to re-visit my DT projects!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #418

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It’s Wednesday, so that means a new sketch to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Jacquie Southas.

I’ve yet to ink up one of my most wanted Sale-A-Bration stamp sets – Happy Birthday To You.  I stamped the image in Black Memento Ink and coloured the image with Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron & Petal Ink Blends.  The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from the Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper pack.  The birthday sentiment I’ve added to my card is also from the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set.  Because I can’t do without embellishments, I added three Champagne Rhinestones Basic Jewels and a strip of the gorgeous Petal Pink 1/4″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon.  I am loving both of these and want to use them on every card.

We would love to see what you create with the sketch.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what the team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Colour INKspiration 3rd Birthday Hop!

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Welcome to a Saturday here night in Australia and a 3rd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop for the INKspiration Colour Challenge!  I haven’t been on the team now for about a year, so I was honoured that the girls asked me to participate in this special celebration.

For this hop, the team were asked to choose three of their favourite colours.  I chose the following in the spur of the moment:

After I sent Bron my colours, I thought about it and realised these colours probably aren’t my favourite, but I do love the combination of them.  I’ve created a birthday card and a matching gift box using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

I wanted to go match-y with my gift box and card, so I cut up a Kraft Pillow Box and added it to the background of my card and matted it with some Pool Party Cardstock and Bermuda Bay Cardstock. The poppies have been coloured with a combination of Pool Party Ink and Bermuda Bay Ink in the creases for definition to flowers.  The leaves have been watercoloured with Bermuda Bay Ink. I then added a birthday sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set and some pretty Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon.

The gift box has been decorated the same as the card but with strips of Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Cardstock.

The next hop along the way is the super lovely and super creative Lou Kitzelman.  Click here or on the button below to take you to her hop.

 

List of Designers participating in the hop:

Bronwyn Eastley

Patrice Easton

Nicole Wilson

Narelle Farrugia

Lou Kitzelman

Jackie Noble

Julia Quinn

Chloe Evans

Denita Wright-Smee

Kelly Kent

Vicki Boucher

Jan Clothier

Cathy Pinchbeck

Leonie Stuart

Nikki Spencer

Rose Packer

Tanya Bell

Rebecca Scurr

Monique Fielder

Jackie Aitken

Elizabeth Gross

Rachel Palmieri

To play along with this challenge, all you have to do is choose three of your favourite colours and get creating! This challenge will be open to 10th February.  To link up a card, click here to take you to the facebook group.

Thanks for stopping by.

cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #417

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Welcome to the first sketch challenge for 2020 at Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer this week is the super talented Judy Rozema.

I am loving the pretty papers in the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.  The piece I’ve used was the starting point on my card.  It’s Petal Pink in colour and has a lovely script running across it.  The flowers I’ve added to my card are from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.  The leaves have been coloured with a combination of Petal Pink Ink and highlighted with Poppy Parade Ink.  The Mint Macaron leave are cut the Cherry Blossoms Dies.  To tie in with the DSP, I added a strip of Petal Pink 1/4″ Metallic Edge Ribbon under the sentiment and some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using this weeks sketch.  Head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Painted Poppies Class

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Have been planning my first class for 2020 since early December. The cards are made and finally got a chance to photograph them over the weekend.

When creating projects for classes, I try and design matching cards to keep my supplies to a minimum – this is so I don’t have to cart half of my craft room to the house where I’m holding the class.  Plus the smaller amount of craft supplies I need, the less likely I am to forget something!

These are the cards I’ve created for our class using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

As you can see I have used minimal DSP on my cards.  Using minimal DSP means less cutting and more of it left in my craft room for me to play with!  The strip of DSP I’ve used on three of my cards is from Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper – available in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.  You can get this DSP for free when you spend $90 during the Sale-A-Bration period.

The strip of DSP I’ve cut is 3cm wide.  This strip was then cut at 9.1cm and then another 9.1 cm. The leftover piece is what I have used on this card below. I then worked out my card designs around the three pieces of DSP I had.  The background Whisper White cardstock has been embossed with my Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder. I cut a Pool Party Cardstock circle and layered my poppies and leaves around my sentiment – also from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

Similar to the card above, I’ve used my Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder for extra interest to the card.  I added the 9.1cm strip of striped DSP, a diecut from the Painted Labels Dies, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock and layered my flowers and leaves around the sentiment.  If you didn’t have the dies, as I know it’s hard to have everything when you first start out, then you could add a circle or rectangle piece of cardstock.

This layout was created with the 9.1cm strip of DSP, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock that I didn’t even measure….and a Whisper White circle.  I then placed my flowers and leaves around the sentiment.

Because I’d run out of DSP strips for my final card, instead of cutting another strip, I decided to keep this one clean and simple.  I daubed the background with Pool Party Ink and stamped the ink splatters in Black Memento Ink over the daubing.  After adding a strip of Pool Party and Basic Black Cardstock and a sentiment, my card was basically done.  All I had to do then was add my flower and leaves and one Basic Rhinestone because I just need a little something bling-y on it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #487

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The challenge for you at Just Add Ink is the last one for 2019.  So if you’re looking for some layout inspiration to get the last of your festive cards created, why don’t you join us for this challenge?

I’ve finished all of my festive cards for this year, so for this sketch, I created a feminine card using the Free As A Bird Stamp Set. The birds were stamped with Black Memento Ink and have been coloured with my Highland Heather and Purple Posy Blends.  The branches were given a light colour with my Crumb Cake and So Saffron Blends. After fussy cutting them out, I trimmed them and placed the images over the two circles.

The sentiment I’ve used is from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.  This was the sentiment that worked best for my layout.  The designer series paper strip that I’ve added to my card is from the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper pack.  The little rhinestones I’ve finished off my card with are called Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful cards that will inspire you. Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #416

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We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you.  This fab sketch has been designed by the super talented Amy O’Neill. This happens to be the last challenge for 2019 while we take a break over the festive period.  The challenge will be open longer than normal, so you have plenty of time to create a card to link up to the challenge.

I was in love with this sketch as soon as I saw it.  I reached for my Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack and chose a piece of striped DSP. I then chose to create a feminine card rather than a masculine one you’d expect with this DSP.  I love that this DSP works for a feminine card. I added a piece of Balmy Blue Cardstock behind the DSP and went from there with the rest of my colour palette.

The images and sentiment I’ve used on my card are from Positive Thoughts Stamp Set – a stamp set that will be available to order in January from the 2020 Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue.  The gorgeous little butterfly has been stamped with Black Memento Ink and coloured with a combination of Night of Navy, Balmy Blue and Seaside Spray Blends. The leaves have been stamped with Soft Sea Foam Ink and have been fussy cut out. The blue rhinestones are Noble Peacock Rhinestones – pretty much my favourite rhinestones at the moment!

The cards the team have created are just gorgeous. Why don’t you click here and head over to the challenge to take a look?

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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