Freshly Made Sketches #455

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We have a new challenge for you to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the super talented and oh so lovely Jen Mitchell.  Make sure you pop over to her blog and see her gorgeous creations!

I’m continuing with my Christmas card making. I’ve taken the Forever Fern Stamp Set and made it work for a Christmas card.  The colours I’ve stamped my leaves in are Basic Gray, Gray Granite and Mint Macaron Inks. Once the leaves were fussycut, I layered them over a Gold Hoop Embellishment.  I then took some Braided Linen Trim and held it in place with some Glue Dots.  Three little Gold Metallic Pearls were placed on my card to add some bling.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome cards that will no doubt inspire you. Head over to the challenge and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #454

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It’s Wednesday so that means a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch this week has been designed by the wonderfully talented Jacquie Southas.

I’m currently on annual leave and spent pretty much all of Monday chatting to friends around the world. When I said I needed to create a card with a centre panel, my fabulously talented NZer friend Paula Dobson gave me the idea to create an ombre effect panel. I’m not much of a technique cardmaker, but I decided to give it a go.  I took my dauber and some Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Inks and went to town with daubing. It’s amazing what you can do when you have extra time to play.

The Snow Wonder Stamp Set had yet to see ink, until this card.  I love this snowman because of the vintage feel of the images. My snowman was given a bit of colour with my Smoky Slate Blends and the hat and scarf with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Blends.  The trees were then stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink. Once I cut them out with the matching Snow Time Dies I then added a quick shadow with my Dark Smoky Slate to the layers on the trees to create depth.

The sentiment I’ve added is also from the Snow Wonder Stamp Set. This was stamped in Black Memento Ink and trimmed to fit the card.  Three Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems were added because you can’t have an even number of them on your card. I matted my panel with some Bermuda Bay Cardstock on an angle as I felt the white on white cardstock was a bit lacking.

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

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #453

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I’m a little late posting this! There’s a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch hostess is the fabulously talented Judy Rozema.

Stampin’ Up!s In The Pines Bundle got some ink this week.  The large trees I’ve used on the In The Pines Stamp Set have been stamped in Black Memento Ink and the centre has been stamped with Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Inks.  The little trees were coloured with Pool Party Ink and cut with the Pine Wood Dies.

The Pine Wood Dies from the bundle created the background curve to my stitched circle die cut. I then added three little gems because I’m a bling-y girl.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have made awesome cards with the sketch. Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #452

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There’s a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for you to play along with.  Our sketch designer is the amazingly talented Amy O’Neill. Amy’s cards are always full of fabulous colours and wonderful detail.

The sketch made me think of using flowers floating at the two corners of the card.  The flowers and sentiment I’ve used on my card are from the So Much Love Stamp Set. I’ve coloured my flowers with a combination of the yellow blends.  The larger flower on the bottom of the card has been coloured with the darkest of my blends – Mango Melody. I added some light Pool Party Ink daubing around the top flower all the way to the bottom flower to add some softness the white background.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have made gorgeous cards with Amy’s sketch. Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

Freshly Made Sketches #451

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It’s Wednesday so that means a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this weeks sketch hostess is me! I’ve created a simple sketch but doesn’t mean I’ve kept my card simple. I LOVE details and layering.

The Flowering Blooms Stamp Set has been one I’ve been itching to use. The flowers in this stamp set were made for colouring. I’ve given the larger blooms some colour with Purple Posy and Highland Heather Blends.  The smaller flowers have been coloured with my Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Blends. The leaves have been shaded with Mint Macaron Blends.The flowers and leaves have all been fussy cut and layered on DSP from Peony Garden Designer Series Paper.  The sentiment I’ve used is also from the Flowering Blooms Stamp Set. Three Basic Rhinestone Jewels were added because my cards just aren’t complete without them.

Make sure you head over to the challenge and see the gorgeous creations the team have created with my sketch.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #450

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It’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. This week our sketch has been designed by my friend Karren Johnson – all the way over the other side of the ditch from me. One day I will get to see her beautiful country and touch all the sets she has in her craft room.

I went for a bit of fun with those circles. We could all use a smile couldn’t we? I saw letters instead of circle could be used and tried to think of abbreviations with three letters. After a couple of mishaps with letters that would be a tad rude if I’d used them, I came up with FMS! This card is for my girls at  Freshly  Made Sketches!

I’ve combined the letters with some foliage, because I had to give it some fullness.  The leaves I’ve stamped are from the Forever Fern Stamp Set.  They’ve been stamped in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Inks. The designer series paper I’ve added to the background is from the Peony Garden DSP pack.

The rhinestones I’ve added to my card have been coloured with the Dark Bermuda Bay Blend so that they could match the colour scheme I created.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #449

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Welcome to Wednesday and the newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our fabulous sketch has been designed by the fabulous Cecile Ribon! I love Cecile’s sketches as they are always so interesting and really test me.

The Prized Peony Stamp Set came to mind when I saw her sketch. I’ve paired my peony image with a piece of DSP the matching Peony Garden Designer Series Paper pack.  I cut a piece of Smoky Slate Cardstock into the same triangle shape so that I had two triangles. You may notice I don’t have a third triangle. This was because whichever colour I tried to add didn’t quite fit with me, so I added stamping to mimic the third triangle.  This background stamping was done with the geometric background stamp found in the Prized Peony Stamp Set and Gray Granite Ink.

The flower that I have created, has been coloured with my Pool Party Blends.  I then took the Light Bermuda Bay and Dark Smoky Slate Blends and added colour to the crease lines to create depth to the flower.  The centre of the flower has been given a quick colour with the Dark So Saffron Blend.

The leaves that I have added to my card were discarded from another project. I’ve had them sitting on my desk for a few weeks and rather than throw them out, I’ve given them a home on my card.  These leaves were created by taking some Pool Party Ink with my Aqua Painter and adding it to some Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. Once the paper dried, I took the leaf die from the Forever Flourishing Dies and cut out two leaves.

As always, the girls at Freshly Made Sketches have created the most awesome cards. To be inspired by their awesomeness, head over to the blog and check out their cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #448

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It’s Wednesday, so that means a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Jennifer Brum. Her creations are always just stunning and super clean.

Stampin’ Up! have gorgeous packs of designer series papers that have wonderful images made for fussy cutting.  These perfectly coloured leaves are from the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper pack. The strip of DSP I’ve added behind these leaves is also from this pack.

The sentiment I chose to add is from the matching stamp set called Forever Fern Stamp Set. I’ve got a friend in mind for this card who makes me smile every day at work. I coloured the background with the Light Soft Sea Foam Blend and added some ink splatters in Garden Green Ink from the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

I then added some gems from the Flowers For Every Season Gems to tie in with my greenery.  Some Braided Linen Trim was added under the sentiment to match the Sahara Sand Cardstock base.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome cards using this weeks sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #447

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Happy Wednesday to you all!  There’s a new sketch for you to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch has been designed by the super talented Kim Singdahlsen.

To start my card, I chose the designer series paper first.  The pack that my piece is from is called Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. I liked this woodgrain DSP because the grain reminded me of the stripes on the sketch.  The woodgrain on this paper is actually straight, so I cut it on the angle so that it tilted downwards.

From there, I chose my stamp set next. I chose the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set (just realised I used this stamp set last week too…that’s how much I love it!) for my card.  I like a really fine edge around my images, so the flowers and the leaves have been fussy cut.  When it came time for the little berry branch image, I found there is a die to cut these images out in the Poinsettia Dies, so I whipped them through my cutting machine.

I then chose colours. Instead of red poinsettias, I went for Crumb Cake ones. The centre of the poinsettias were coloured with my Dark Mango Melody Blend and the leaves have been coloured with Old Olive Blends. The little berry images have been stamped in Black Memento Ink and the centre of them stamped with Soft Suede Ink with the two-step stamping image. Not traditional colours I know, but I liked the earthy look of them.

To finish of the card, I added a sentiment from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set and added some Linen Thread that I looped under the sentiment and adhered the ends to the card. I was thinking that even if I didn’t love the poinsettia’s like I do, I probably would’ve purchased this stamp set anyway just for the sentiments! I really love this font and the size of this sentiment.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using the sketch. Click here to take you to blog to see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #446

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It’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Linda Callahan.  She has created an awesome slimline sketch that she has left clean for us to choose our own layout.

I love the idea of this style of card! After I got my head around inches, I came up with the following card:

I chose one of my new Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sets called Poinsettia Petals to colours with various blends.This stamp set and all it’s coordinating products are available to order from the August-December Mini Catalogue on 3rd August. I also cut poinsettia flowers and leaves with the matching Poinsettia Dies. The sentiment I’ve added to my card is also from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set – don’t you just love a pretty font like this one?

In the background I’ve added a piece of Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper.  The papers in this pack are gorgeous and have a felt feel to the raised patterns. I think they really add elegance to any card!  More pretties from this suite, are the Beaded Pearls that I’ve adhered to the centre of the flowers. Another elegant touch without me doing very much at all.

The team have created awesome cards with this weeks challenge. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they girls have created!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle