Freshly Made Sketches #400 – An Anniversary Celebration

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We are celebrating our 400th sketch challenge at Freshly Made SketchesWe are kicking off a big month of celebration by going back to where we began.  Eight years ago, Lesley Croghan came up with the idea of using sketches that were clean (but not always simple) as a design tool. Not only was she on to something that would become a staple for crafters, she also put together a team that would grow and impact many designers. Two of the original team members, Jen Mitchell and Linda Callahan, are still on the team! So this week we are using FMS #1, which was also FMS #100! We have lots of celebrating to do all month too. We hope you will join us this week and, as always, we can’t wait to see what you create!

I remember playing along with the very first Freshly Made Sketches sketch and then again for sketch 100. I’ve taken a look at these cards, and have judged them as not worth for linking….. I may’ve moved on from those cards I created…..
The card I’ve created for this challenge features roses from To A Wild Rose Stamp Set.  I like the way the roses fill up my card and I hope you think they work well for the sketch.  The roses have been watercoloured lightly with Pineapple Punch Ink. The leaves were given colour with Mint Macaron Ink and match the DSP rectangle I’ve used – this DSP is from Garden Lane Designer Series Paper.  The background ink splatters are from Artisan Textures Stamp Set.  I’ve inked them up with Mint Macaron Ink also.

We would love it if you could you join in our celebration month of sketches.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see all the fabulous creations the team have designed.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #468

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Challenges are great for testing me.  They’re also great inspiration as a starting point to make a card.  Whenever I’m stuck for inspiration, I find a challenge and away I go.

The challenge at Just Add Ink this week is to:

Whenever there’s a challenge like this, I always look at stamps sets I have starting with the letter C.  Colorful Seasons jumped out at me straight away.  If I had more crafting time on the weekend, then I might have looked at techniques starting with C or even an image from another set that started with a C.  But with my limited crafting time on the weekend, I went with the safe stamp set option.

The leaves from Colorful Seasons were given some colour with my Stampin’ Blends.  The colours I’ve used were Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Blends.  The little leaves were inked up with Mossy Meadow Ink.  It was only after I’d coloured the bird from Free As A Bird Stamp Set, that I probably could’ve coloured it yellow like a Canary, but then it would’ve stood out like a sore thumb against the earthy tones I’d gone for.

The background panel was stamped with my Birch Background Stamp.  For big stamps like this one, I now use my Stamparatus. If I don’t get full coverage on my first try, then I ink it up again and add a second coat of ink.  It was inked up with Crumb Cake Ink.  I added a strip of Very Vanilla 3/8″ Scalloped Lace Trim and some Linen Thread under the sentiment (also from Colorful Seasons) and added a Linen Thread Bow.  Basic Pearls were added because I like lots of pretty things on my cards.

The team at Just Add Ink have created all wonderful cards with this challenge.  Why not pop over and see how varied their projects are?  We would love it if you could play along with us too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #399

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Wednesday’s mean a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch designer this week is Jen Brum.  She is super talented at card making, but also just as super talented at sketch designing.

This is such a great sketch with so many possibilities!  My Free As A Bird Stamp Set was the first set that came to mind when I saw the sketch.  My little birds have been given colour with a combination of my Crumb Cake and Pool Party Blends. The leaves and flowers were given a quick colour with my Old Olive and Melon Mambo Blends.  To add a little colour to the background of my squares, I daubed Pool Party Ink lightly with my dauber.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is also from Free As A Bird Stamp Set.  It seems I was off with my stamping on the weekend and ruined two pieces of Whisper White Cardstock, so my Stamparatus came to the rescue with lining up the sentiment. I really need to remember to use it rather than wasting cardstock like I do!

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Floral Essence with Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper

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Do you want to make easy cards with loads of details?  Try using Stampin’ Up!s Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.  It might be one of the things you overlooked when you first opened your Annual Catalogue.  I know I did, as I generally start searching for all the new floral stamp sets to add to my growing collection of flowery sets.

I was thrilled when I saw how many panels and leaves you can cut out from this specialty paper.  I’ve chosen this full card panel for my card today.  I daubed some Pineapple Punch on my card base and attached the patterned laser-cut paper over the top of my daubing.  This allows the Pineapple Punch Ink to peek through the cut outs.

I cut a circle of Vellum Cardstock and adhered my flowers and leaves – both of these are from the Floral Essence Stamp Set.  The flowers have been stamped with Mango Melody Ink with one of them stamped off on to scratch paper to create a duller shade of Mango Melody.  The centre of the flowers have been stamped with Pineapple Punch Ink and the leaves are stamped with Call Me Clover Ink.  The leaves are punched out with my Leaf Punch.

The sentiment I’ve used is from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.  I wanted a sentiment that I could cut out and layer over the flowers. This one worked perfectly for the look I was going for.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #462

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Welcome to the newest challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week is sketch week – sketches are my favourite and I always refer back to them when I’m in need of some inspiration to start a card.

I’ve used DSP strips with gaps in-between each one to create the panel shapes from the sketch.  The designer series paper I’ve used for the background and the panels is from Woven Threads Designer Series Paper.

The flower that I’ve lightly watercoloured with Pool Party Ink is from a new-to-me stamp set called To A Wild Rose Stamp Set. The leaves are also from this set and have been given a VERY light and VERY quick watercolour with Old Olive Ink.

I may have actually gone rogue with this sketch….. Instead of just one square on my card, I decided to add two and off-centre them.  I also created frames with my Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies rather than a solid square.

I wanted a birthday sentiment as those are the cards I need the most.  For this card I’ve used the “happy birthday” sentiment from Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.  To finished of the card I added three sequins from Woven Threads Sequin Assortment.

The team at Just Add Ink have created amazing cards using this sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #393

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It’s time for a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Lee Ann Barrett.  I just love her creations and love her sketch just as much.

The stamp set I’ve used on my card is called Love What You Do.  I’ve coloured the flowers with Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose Inks.  The leaves are coloured with Bermuda Bay Ink and the solid leafy stem is stamped with Rococo Rose Ink.  I’ve fussy cut all of the flowers and leaves.

The Pool Party Cardstock background is embossed with my newest embossing folder called Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder.  I am loving the texture of this one and I have a feeling it will feature on a lot of my cards.  I gave the Whisper White Cardstock a bit of background stamping with Pool Party ink splatters stamp from Artisan Textures Stamp Set.  The sentiment I’ve used is also from the Love What You Do Stamp Set.

I couldn’t resist adding a strip of Rococo Rose 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon. How pretty is it?  Because I could, I added some White Bakers Twine strips and a bow to add to the bouquet of flowers.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #461

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We have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink.  This week is inspiration picture week – take a look at this wonderful pic the team have found for you.

As I said yesterday, I am LOVING the Sailing Home Suite Bundle.  I may need an intervention soon……

I’ve decided the card I’ve created could given to male or a female given the So Saffron Ink daubed background. The intricate laser cut piece I’ve cut down is from the Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack.  To hide where I’ve trimmed it down to fit my card, I’ve added a piece of knotted Black Baker’s Twine.  This twine has been adhered with Glue Dots.

I stamped the lighthouse from Sailing Home Stamp Set and gave it a light watercolour with Smoky Slate Ink.  As I’ve done with pretty much every card I’ve created with this set, I’ve added some rope edglits cut with my Sailing Home Dies. To finish off my card, I added a simple sentiment from the Well Said Stamp Set.

I am loving the variety of projects the team at Just Add Ink have created – click here to take you to the challenge and see all the awesomeness they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #391

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There’s a new sketch challenge for you to try at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch designer is the super talented, and one amazing combiner of colour combinations, Amy O’Neill.

Take a look at her fab sketch:

I am in LOVE with the Sailing Home Stamp Set. I think I might even be reaching for this set before my flower stamp sets! Shocking isn’t it?! I’m on a masculine card making roll at the moment and don’t want to break it as I need more man cards in my stash.

I’ve watercoloured the anchor and lighthouse with Soft Suede Ink to add shadowing and depth.  I tied a knot to a piece of Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Bakers Twine and adhered it to my card with a loop held by Glue Dots.  The Pear Pizzazz foliage and Soft Suede rope edgelit have been cut with the matching Smooth Sailing Dies.  The stripe-y DSP in the background is from the Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack.

The Clean Team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using Amy’s sketch.  Head over the the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) This Sketch #322

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CAS(E) this Sketch has an awesome sketch this week.  Take a look at this very versatile sketch:

I’ve been wanting to try out different colours with the Everything Is Rosy Product Medley.  I adore all the colours in this medley, but I wanted to mix things up and try the flowers in Powder Pink and Pool Party Inks.  I’ve stamped the centre of the flowers with Crumb Cake Ink and then added Rose Gold Adhesive Backed Mirror Embellishments. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz Ink and fussy cut out.  I then added some Whisper White leaves and a strip of Rose Gold Foil Paper cut with my Everything Is Rosy Dies.  To add some texture, I embossed the background with my Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  After stamping my favourite sentiment from the Everything Is Rosy Stamp Set I layered everything together and my card was done.

 

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #389

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We have a new sketch for you to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches. It’s my turn to be sketch designer and I always overthink it when it comes to designing my card……I swear I always take twice as long to come up with a card that I’m happy with!

You can probably sense how excited I was when Perennial Essence hit my craft room. Gorgeous flowers that are made watercolouring and solid flower stamps ready to be inked up with your favourite colour.

I’ve lightly coloured the largest flower with Powder Pink Ink and fussy cut the flower out.  I then inked up the medium sized flower with Flirty Flamingo Ink.  The leaves are inked up with Mint Macaron Ink and punched out with my Leaf Punch.  The stamped leaves have been watercoloured with Mint Macaron Ink.  The centre of the flowers is stamped with Soft Suede Ink, fussy cut out and adhered to the flowers with Dimensionals.  I then inked up this sentiment from Perennial Essence with Black Memento Ink

For the background, I daubed Powder Pink Ink  so it gave the flowers a bed of colour surrounding them.  I then took the ink splatters stamp from Swirly Bird and added some Black Memento Ink splashes.

As always, the team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome cards using my sketch. They really nail every sketch, every week – why don’t you pop over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle