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 #356

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It’s time for a new sketch to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess is the super talented Jen Brum.

My card probably didn’t start out as a Christmas card, but the more I looked at the colours I’d chosen, the more I liked them for a Christmas card. I chose strips of Smoky Slate, Basic Gray & Crumb Cake DSP from my 6″ x 6″ Neutrals DSP Stack to layer across my card.  I then added just simple leafage with some Mossy Meadow Sprigs and some leaves from Blended Seasons.  The sentiment I used on my card is from Blended Seasons also.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using Jen Brum, head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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

Freshly Made Sketches #353

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New goodies arrived on my doorstep the other day.  I knew they arrived because my Ring Doorbell System showed me that the delivery man rang my doorbell.  I actually got so excited, I screenshot it….. I’m ignoring the fact that this is probably considered stalking by many people, but I was just so happy to see that big brown box!

The box arrived in time for our newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This fabulous sketch has been designed by Jen Mitchell.  Jen’s use of colours and perfect stamp choices had me at hello long before I joined the Clean Team.

This post coincides with the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue going live today.  Many of the products I’ve used on my card can be purchased from this Catalogue.

I really love a sentiment die combined with a stamped sentiment.  I can see the amazing sentiments I’ve used on my card will be worn out before Christmas as they are the perfect font and perfect size for my cards.  The thinlits and stamp set are from a bundle called Merry Christmas To All Bundle – these were the first to go on my wish list.  I’ve stamped with Cherry Cobbler Ink and used the matching Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.

The yummy Striped Burlap Trim I’ve layered under my sentiment is also from the new catalogue. To give a bit of definition to the background on my card I also used my new Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Another must on my wish list was the Peaceful Noel Bundle.  This consists of the Peaceful Noel Stamp Set and Sprig Punch.  I’ve punched a few sprigs and also stamped a sprig from the stamp set and gave it a quick watercolour – it was only after I’d coloured my sprigs, did I realise this set is a two step stamp set and the set comes with a stamp to colour the centre…..oh well, they only took a few mins to colour.

Here’s my card:

The team have created awesome cards.  If you’d like to see them and be inspired by what they’ve created, head over to Freshly Made Sketches.

If you haven’t received a copy of the new Holiday Catalogue yet and want to see all the goodness in it, click on the photo of the cover below to start browsing.  I’d suggest having a coffee, pen and paper handy. 🙂

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

Freshly Made Sketches #351

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Welcome to another Wednesday and another new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Amy O’Neill.

Here’s the fabulous sketch Amy has designed:

I have used Amy’s sketch to add a card to my Christmas card collection.  The snowflakes I’ve used are from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used a combination of Whisper White and Mossy Meadow Cardstock for them.

The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow Ink and is from Blended Seasons Stamp Set.  The font on this sentiment is just gorgeous and is the perfect size for a single layered sentiment.  The background stamps are from Timeless Textures. I’ve stamped these in a combination of Sahara Sand for the watercolour look and Mossy Meadow for the ink splatters.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Twinkle Twinkle DSP.  I love it when you can use papers from a pack that it isn’t typically designed for.  I’ve been using this pack for my baby cards, but I think the stars work well for Christmas too!

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards that will inspire you. Head over to the challenge and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along with the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #350

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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