Freshly Made Sketches #358

Hey Everyone

Welcome to our newest sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Karren Johnson is our sketch hostess this week.  Karren’s backgrounds, blending and colouring are the best I’ve seen.  Head over to her blog and check out her amazing cards.

I do love circles on sketches and on cards.  I might’ve even been inspired to add some to next weeks sketch…..

My choice of stamp set was Blended Seasons as it worked perfectly with the circles on the sketch.  I gave them some colour with my pencils and fussy cut them out and layered them on my circle. This circle was cut with the largest circle from my Stitched Framelits Dies.

The sentiment I’ve used is from Dragonfly Dreams.  I embossed this sentiment with White Embossing Powder on Basic Black Cardstock.  I added some black sequins to tie in with my black sentiment.  The designer series paper in the background is Pool Party DSP from 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.

Here’s my card:

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using Karren’s sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see the pretty cards that they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #355

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It’s Wednesday so that means a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch this week has been designed the seriously talented Kim Singdahlsen.

The flowers and leaves from Stampin’ Up!s Tropical Chic are sooooo pretty. I realised I haven’t used them in a little while and thought  it was time I inked them up again.  I’ve stamped the leaves in a combination of Basic Gray and Pool Party Inks.  The little flowers are stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink.  The Pool Party designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP.  I’ve added a strip of Basic Gray and Bermuda Bay Cardstock (embossed with my Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder).  The sentiment I’ve used is from Love What You Do.

The Clean Team have created wonderful cards that will surely inspire you. Head over to the challenge and take a look for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #425

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Welcome to another Friday and a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This weeks challenge is an inspiration picture challenge. Take a look at all the gorgeous colours in this photo!

As you can imagine, I fell in love with this challenge and found it right up my alley with all of those pretty flowers.  I’ve used the flower image and sentiment from Stampin’ Up!s Blended Seasons for my card.  I stamped the flower image twice and went to town on colouring them.  I fussy cut the flowers and leaves out and used the ones I felt worked best around my sentiment.   My watercoloured flowers and leaves were created with my Watercolor Pencils.  I find the pencils so easy to work with.

The designer series paper I’ve added to my card is from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I also added a strip of lighter DSP, also from this stack, and a strip of Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon under my sentiment.

The team at Just Add Ink have all created gorgeous cards.  Pop over to the challenge and see how amazing their cards are.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #352

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It’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our fabulous sketch has been designed by Jennifer Timko.  Jennifer’s cards are always absolutely beautiful and wonderfully clean.

As much as I’d love to use Petal Palette on EVERY card I make, I’ve held off for a few cards to try and mix up the look of my cards.  I gave my Stampin’ Up! Blends a go on my flowers rather than the usual watercolour I add.  I like the “fullness” they give to the colour of the roses. For the leaves I did a light watercolour in Pear Pizzazz as I didn’t want the leaves to overpower the roses.

The sentiment I’ve used on my card could make this either a birthday or a wedding card.  This sentiment is from Better Together.  As I seem to do a lot lately, I’ve stamped the background with the ink splatters from Timeless Textures.  I also added a strip of DSP from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, a strip of Soft Suede DSP and a piece of Gold Ribbon.

Here’s my card:

The Clean Team have created amazing cards that I know you’ll want to check out.  Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Fusion – Galaxy Challenge

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I challenged myself this weekend to clean my craft room so I would have some idea of just how much craft stuff I have in my room.  I’ve lost a stamp set, and quite possibly my dog, so it’s essential I get it in to order.  I failed my clean up challenge as I made this card instead.  I will try and clean my room tomorrow…..

The card I made is for a cool challenge at Fusion Card Challenge .

I’ve chosen to use both the sketch and the inspiration pic for my card.

We dream at night, right? This starry themed DSP from Twinkle Twinkle DSP made me think of dreams. So I figured Follow Your Dreams Bundle was the perfect choice for my card.  Also, I have no alien/space type stamp sets, so a dreamcatcher was all I had to go with…..

The dreamcatcher in the background is stamped with Smoky Slate Ink. I ran the image and my framelit through the bigshot to cut the image out.  I then took some Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock and cut out the smaller dreamcatcher. I layered this diecut over the stamped image and stuck them together. For the centre of the catcher, I added a tiny Artisan Pearl.  I stamped three feathers in Pool Party, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist Inks and adhered them to the side of the catcher with some Pool Party Bakers Twine.

The intricate circle to the side of my dreamcatcher is also cut with framelits from Chase Your Dreams Framelits Dies.  For this, I used Pool Party Cardstock.  I then stamped the row of flowers and gave them a very light watercolour with Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party Inks – to keep with the same colour theme.

I added some strips of Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock under my sentiment.  I keep all my cut offs for occasions just like this. It always feels good when you can use them up instead of throwing them away.

Oh and don’t worry about the dog.  She appeared from my messy space once she got hungry! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Fusion Card Challenge – Rustic Flowers

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There’s a challenge at Fusion Card Challenge that is right up my alley.  Rustic Flowers is what their challenge is called. Rustic seems to be the theme I’m drawn to lately.  I was going to use both the sketch and colours from the inspiration pic, but my card somehow grew too many layers and I had to just go with the inspiration pic.

Colorful Seasons and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies are a great set for that rustic feel.  I used a combination of sizes of the leaves dies.  The smallest leaf is made with Mossy Meadow Cardstock.  To create the largest leaf, I applied a combination of Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Early Espresso Inks directly to my silicone mat and then spritzed with water.  I then applied some Whisper White Cardstock directly on to the ink.  I  waited for it to dry and cut with my large die.  I then took the branch die and ran it through my bigshot with Early Espresso Cardstock.

The strip of designer series paper I’ve used is from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I also added a strip of Sahara Sand Cardstock.  I then added some ink splatters to the background from Timeless Textures and Love What You Do.  The sentiment I’ve used (again) is from Picture Perfect Birthday.  To finish off my card I added some Linen Thread to go with that whole rustic feel.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #421

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Thank goodness it’s Friday! I get a whole weekend of craft room time – as soon as I get some cleaning done, that is…

It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  We have a sketch for you to try this week and the sketch designer is me. I hope you like it and get a chance to play along!

By now you probably know I love all things floral.  I’ve even been asked if I’m a florist…. I wish I spent the time arranging flowers in a vase as I do when I create my cards.  My flowers are usually just shoved in a vase with no precision at all!

The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I’ve used on my card is Petal Palette.  The flowers are stamped in Black Memento Ink and coloured with my Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil.  The leaves joined to the flowers are coloured with my Old Olive Waterolor Pencil and the large leaves are stamped in Old Olive Ink and fussy cut out.

For the background I used a mix of stamps from Timeless Textures.  These stamps are stamped in Early Espresso Ink. The sentiment I’ve used is from Dragonfly Dreams and is also stamped in Early Espresso Ink.

The woodgrain designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Wood Textures Designer Series Stack. I then scrunched up some Burlap Ribbon and layered it under the sentiment.

The design team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle