Freshly Made Sketches #350

Hey Everyone

Would you like to see our latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches?  Here tis:

Don’t you love this sketch? I hope you say yes because it’s mine! lol

I’ve been wanting to use Blended Seasons for a Christmas card since I received it.  I chose to make a wreath from the garland stamp from this set.  After stamping four garlands, I gave the leaves and berries the lightest of watercolour and then set about fussy cutting them all out.  I then created a shaker with some retired Stampin’ Up! Christmas sequins and then glued my wreath together around the circle shaker.  After standing my card up to photograph it, I realised my shaker doesn’t shake.  I think the dimensional I stuck under the sentiment (also from Blended Seasons) is obstructing my sequins to move about.  After I took the photo, I repaired the obstructing dimensional and now my card shakes like it’s supposed to…

The little bell I’ve used on my card is also from Blended Seasons.  I gave it a light watercolour with Basic Gray Ink.  I then gave the bell a quick once over with my Wink of Stella Pen.  It’s so glittery in real life and really adds a sparkle that I think of when I think of Christmas.  It also balances out my off-centre wreath.  The background got a bit of treatment with Mossy Meady ink splatters from Timeless Textures.

Yay for the latest addition to my Chrissy card stash!

The girls have created gorgeous cards with my sketch.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #349

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Look at me posting for a second time today! This card I’ve created is for the newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our fabulous sketch has been designed by my fellow downunderer (I totally made up that word….) Karren Johnson.  Karren’s card are always creative, witty and just plain gorgeous!

Karren’s sketch is perfect for adding layers or keeping it CAS.  I’ve done a bit of both. I’ve kept a white background but added a couple of layers under my Graceful Garden roses.  The roses are heat embossed with White Embossing Powder and very lightly watercoloured with Rich Razzleberry Ink.  This technique is so easy to watercolour as the embossed lines are there to keep the watery ink from spreading.

The leaves were also given the same light watercolouring treatment with Old Olive Ink.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Dragonfly Dreams.  I then added a strip of Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon and some sequins.

Here’s my card:

The Clean Team have created the most wonderful cards with this sketch.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at their creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #348

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I am always thrilled when it’s Wednesday. Mainly because we get to play along with a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, but also because I’m closer to the weekend and that means craft room time!

Our sketch hostess this week is Jennifer Brum.  If you haven’t been over to her blog, you need to so you can see her gorgeous cards.  But first, take a look at her wonderful sketch:

In my last Stampin’ Up! order I received Follow Your Dreams Bundle.  The dream catcher is cut with my Chase Your Dreams Framelits Dies and has two layers – one in Whisper White and one in Silver Foil.  The feathers are also cut from the dies in this Framelit set.  I initially cut and stuck down a Silver Foil sentiment, but felt it didn’t stand out enough from the background, so I then cut one in Basic Black Cardstock and offset it slightly from the Silver Foil to create a silver shadow.  I like how the sentiment stands out more now and ties in with the black feather.

The designer series paper squares are from a pack that I just cracked open and am already loving called Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper.   The papers in this pack are sooooooo pretty and I can’t wait to create a baby card using some of these papers.

Here’s my card:

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards that will definitely inspire you. Pop over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #347

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We have a new challenge for at you at Freshly Made Sketches. This weeks sketch has been designed by the amazingly talented Kim Singdahlsen.

 

I’ve been waiting for my latest order to get my hands on Blended Seasons.  I should warn you now that it will probably, no definitely, feature on a lot of my cards.  This stamp has all three flowers with leaves joined into one stamp, but for my card I fussy cut the flowers and separated them so they could layer around my sentiment. I watercoloured the flowers with a touch of Pool Party and Blueberry Bushel Inks.

Instead of using the leaves that come with the stamp, the leaves I’ve used on my card are from Tropical Chic.  I stamped the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist and then fussy cut them out.  How amazing is this sentiment I’ve used on my card?  I can see it used on so many of my cards that I like to give friends for just being them.  It’s also from Tropical Chic.

The Pool Party square of DSP that I layered under the circle is from Subtles 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.  To finish off my card I decorated the corners of my card using this stamp from Around The Corner – a set that is perfect for jazzing up cards.

As always, the Clean Team have nailed the sketch challenge.  Pop over to the challenge and see how wonderful their cards are.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #346

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We have a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented and clever card maker herself Linda Callahan.

I fell in love with Linda’s awesome sketch as soon as I saw it.  I knew exactly which stamp set and colours I was going to use on my card when I sat down to create.

I wanted to bring the circles together by using flowers and leaves that spread over the middle and lower circles. The flowers I’ve used are from Love What You Do.  I’ve given them a light watercolour with Rich Razzleberry Ink.  The leaves are from Rooted in Nature and are stamped in Old Olive Ink with some added definition with my Early Espresso Marker.

The sentiment on the main circle is from Love What You Do.  I am loving the flow-y font in this sentiment.  After stamping the sentiment and arranging the flowers around the stitched circle, I re-checked the sketch and realised it had a sentiment lower down….it really does pay to look at those things before you get excited and stick things on your card.  I found a thank you sentiment from Petal Palette that I think has a similar font and was pleased to see it doesn’t look out of place.  I added some Powder Pink ink splatters from Timeless Textures and added some sequins to fill in spaces and to add bling. A card can never have too much bling!

I always enjoy seeing the variety the Clean Team create with their cards.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #345

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Welcome to our newest sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch hostess is the wonderfully talented Jen Mitchell.

I am loving this sketch! Especially that tilted panel!

I chose the butterfly from Watercolor Wings to use on my main panel.  The butterfly is stamped in So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Crumb Cake Inks.  I then took my Black Journalling Pen and added some definition lines around the centre of the butterfly.  I had some leaves cut with my Seasonal Layers Dies Thinlits Dies sitting discarded on my desk, so I added them for extra layers.

I added some Gold Sequin Trim and some Black Cord under my sentiment.  For the background I stamped the watercolour type stamp in Soft Sea Foam. This stamp is from Love What You Do and it saves me time from having to watercolour the background myself – and I have to say it has a much better look than when I try it myself.

I then added the ink splatters from Timeless Textures in Basic Black Ink.  My “Happy Birthday” sentiment is Beautiful Bouquet and “to you” is from a set that I have just forgotten and couldn’t find in the limited time I had to write this post….

Come and join us for this challenge! The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome inspiration for you. Head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #344

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It’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our fabulous sketch has been designed by Cecile Ribon.  Cecile would have to be the Queen of die usage and all things elegant.

Take a look at her sketch:

So first things first…..I kind of flipped the sentiment box and the layering one beneath it by accident.  They were already stuck, photographed and added to my post before I realised I had them reversed….. Sorry Cecile!  I’ll try and get it right next time!

Beautiful Bouquet and matching Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies are the first thing I thought of when I saw Cecile’s sketch. The matching stamp and die set really fill up the card and add an elegance to the wedding card I created.

The combination of colours I used for my flowers are – Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry & Pool Party.  I then stamped the centre of the flowers in Basic Black Ink as I really wanted them to stand out. The sentiment is also from Beautiful Bouquet and stamped it in Basic Black Ink to match the centre of the flowers.

Because I haven’t purchased myself a huge amount of new designer series papers yet, I decided to add thin strips of Whisper White Cardstock to my Pool Party triangles to add a little interest to the background.  I actually don’t mind this look for a change and will have to remember to do it in the future as I think it jazzes up plain cardstock.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome inspiration for you.  Pop over to the challenge and take a look at their cards.  We would love it if you could play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle