Global Design Project #110, Addicted to CAS #123 & The Card Concept #80

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I was able to play along with not one, not two, but three challenges with my card today.  I’m entering my card into the following fab challenges – Global Design Project, Addicted to CAS and The Card Concept.  Take a look at their inspiration pics:

As you probably know, sketch challenges are my favourites.  Half of the card is already done by following a sketch!  The sketch at Global Design Project is pretty awesome and made putting together my card so easy.  Are you like me and save sketches? When I get the chance, I print them and keep them in a file for when I need inspiration.

The code word at Addicted to CAS is “Leaves” and the gorgeous inspiration pic at The Card Concept has a beautiful cake layered with leaves.  I think the style of this card qualifies at The Card Concept as Classy & Elegant?  I combined these challenges and made a neutral wedding card.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from a Stampin’ Up retired pack called Urban Underground Speciality Designer Series Paper.  This tiny spotted paper was my favourite from this pack.

The leaves are cut with Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  To create my coloured leaves, I watercoloured some Thick Whisper White cardstock with Tip Top Taupe (sadly retired), Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Inks.

The sentiment I’ve used is from Beautiful Bouquet.  I stamped this sentiment in the flourish stamp from Label Me Pretty and punched it out with my Pretty Label Punch.  I then added a strip of Burlap Ribbon and Copper Ribbon.  Because I’m a lover of anything bling, especially on a nuptials card, I added a copper sequin.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #301

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Love, love, love the newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  This sketch has been designed by the super talented Jen Brum.  Sketch challenges are my favourite and where I get most of my inspiration when I’m stuck for a design.

My love for Stampin’ Up!s Graceful Garden continues.  This time I watercoloured my roses with Cherry Cobbler Ink and my leaves are coloured with Old Olive Ink.  The pretty designer series paper I’ve used is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The papers from this pack are all stunning and, even though I want to use them on every card, I’ve held myself back so you won’t be Bundle of Love’d out!

The sentiment I’ve used is from Beautiful Bouquet.  I made this card for a wedding, but with the simple congratulations, it could be given for an anniversary or to someone who is starting a new job.  Whenever I sell my cards I’m always interested to hear the story of who they’re buying them for.

Here’s my card:

The design team at Freshly Made Sketches have aced this sketch challenge – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #290

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This weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by Kim Singdahlsen. Kim has such a wonderful and distinctive style. Pop over to her blog and take a look at her gorgeous cards.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous is stunning stamp set.  I just adore these striking flowers and used them on my card to create an elegant wedding card.  The background ink spots are from Swirly Bird and I’ve stamped them in Basic Black.  The outline of the flowers are stamped in Basic Basic and the inside with Berry Burst and Powder Pink.  My foliage has been stamped in Smoky Slate and then fussy cut. I am loving this colour combo together! I’ve just realised now as I’m typing this that I’ve used no DSP on my card – this one is an easy card for a card class as there’s not a lot of cutting preparation!

The Clean Team at Freshly Made Sketches have created GORGEOUS cards to inspire you. Head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #252

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Our sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by my super talented friend Karren Johnson.  Karren’s so creative and is the master of amazing backgrounds, copic colouring and techniques.  Here’s her great sketch:

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I had need of a wedding card and Karren’s sketch worked perfectly for this. Here’s my card:

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I adore every one of the cards the Clean Team have designed this week – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #194

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The card I’m sharing today is for this weeks sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch has been designed by the very talented and ultra-funny Linda Callahan.

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My cousin is getting married in a few weeks time and I thought Linda’s fab sketch would work well for my card.  Black, Cream and Red is a favourite of mine for a wedding card as I love the elegance of these colours combined together.

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Our design team have created wonderful cards to inspire you – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

The Card Concept #16

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Our challenge for you this fortnight at The Card Concept is to create a wedding card.  We have the following pretty picture to inspire you.

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I dug into my stash to retrieve some retired Stampin’ Up! designer series paper called Beau Chateau. Lots of playing went into my card and was really pleased with how it finally turned out (took me ages for me to be happy with this one!). Here’s my shabby wedding card.

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Head over to the challenge and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #217 & The Paper Players #198

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We have a fun challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink courtesy of Nikki.  Our challenge for you is to:

Just Add Cupcakes / Cake / Dessert

You’re probably going to look at my card and wonder where the layers are.  This would have to be the most de-layered card I have ever made.  Believe me I did try and add layers – in fact I sat there for about 1/2 hour wondering how I could make it a little more tizzy, but ended up giving up and leaving it as it is.  My cake and sentiment are heat embossed with black embossing powder, fussy cut and raised up with dimensionals.

Edited to post: I had the busiest week last week and didn’t do any of my normal browsing of challenges and missed that The Paper Players has a Wedding Themed Challenge – the lovely Sandy Mathis kindly pointed this out to me, so I’m entering my card into their challenge too. Here’s their inspiration pic:

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Here’s my card:

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We’d love for you to join us this week at Just Add Ink – head over to the challenge and link up a card.  While you’re there make sure you check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle