Freshly Made Sketches #333

Hey Everyone

It’s my turn to be sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  We would love it if you could play along with our challenge.

You know I love circles, so of course of I had to put them on my sketch:

I caught up with my niece on Christmas day and she told me her exciting news that I was going to be a Great Aunt again! Or should I say she’s going to be a first time mum?  I’d like to think it was about me too, but it really is all about her….. Her baby is due in May and she’s going to have a little boy.  I chose this teepee stamp from Stampin’ Up!s Little One to use for her baby card and the sentiment I’ve used is from Sunshine Wishes.  I’m hoping she likes it!

Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what the team have created – as always you know they’re going to be creative cards!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #332

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Every Wednesday we have a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try. This week our sketch has been designed by my fellow “Down Under” card creator Karren Johnson. Kiwis and Aussies are called this as our countries are below many of the other countries on the globe. Karren is the Queen of Backgrounds and truly gorgeous cards. Head over to her blog and take a look at her wonderful cards.

This is my first Christmas card for 2018! Pretty chuffed with myself for starting my cards in April rather than leaving them until the last minute as I’ve done before…..many times in fact.

The holly I’ve used for my card is from Holly Berry Happiness.  I gave my leaves a seriously quick watercolour with Old Olive Ink and my berries are coloured with Cherry Cobbler Ink.  I used the solid stamp from the set to colour the berries.  I then fussy cut them all out and raised them with Mini Dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Ink and is also from Holly Berry Happiness.  I had a strip of Sahara Sand Cardstock laying on my desk and decided to add it under the sentiment as I liked this colour combo together.  I then added a strip of striped DSP from Merry Little Christmas DSP.

The background ink splatter stamped in Basic Black Ink is from Swirly Bird.  I wasn’t too sure about using black for the ink splatters, but it’s grown on me the more I look at it.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created amazing cards using Karren’s sketch. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch #265

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CAS(E) this Sketch has a fabulous sketch this week.  As I’m on hols with family, I’ve only today managed to find some time to create a card for the challenge.  I’ve been trying to sneak away all week to play along!

I am in LOVE with these leaves from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I knew I wanted to use them as soon as I saw the sketch.  I cut off a strip of the stripe-y DSP from Merry Little Christmas DSP that I thought worked perfectly with the sketch.  What colour works best with Old Olive?  Crumb Cake……however, I forgot to bring some with me…..  The only cardstock I had in a similar colour was the backing board from a make and take from an Onstage Event that I had somehow packed. Even though it’s not quite Crumb Cake, I think it works well.  As this backing board is really thick the die wouldn’t cut the entire way through so my leaves were a little crushed when I separated them.  I figure that’s how leaves look when they’ve fallen to the ground anyway.

The sentiment that I’ve used was chosen because it fit in my Label Punch.  The sentiment is from Petal Palette.  I added a bit of a washed look behind the sentiment with my Old Olive Watercolor Pencil.

I just noticed my ribbon is a tad offline at the top……I’ve now lined it up properly, but have already put away my light tent and it’s too late to pull it out again to take another photo.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #331

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Oh I love a sketch challenge! I’ve probably said this before, but they are truly my favourite!  The cool sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by the seriously talented Cecile Ribon.

Take a look at her sketch:

The die I’ve used in the background on my card is from Flourish Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used Smoky Slate for these lattice type dies.  The pretty little flowers I watercoloured are from Better Together.  I’ve coloured them in a combination of pinks – Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo.  The leaves, that you can probably tell are my favourite at the moment, are from Petal Palette.  I’ve stamped them in Pear Pizzazz and then fussy cut them out.

To add a little bit of interest to the background, I stamped the ink splatters from Swirly Bird in the combination of Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo Inks.  The sentiment I’ve used is stamped in Black Archival Ink is also from Better Together.  As you can see, by using this sentiment, I’ve created another wedding card for my collection. Think I have a total of two now….

Our Clean Team have created gorgeous cards with Cecile’s sketch. Head over to the challenge and take a look.  While you’re there you will see we have a new GD playing along with us this month – the uber talented Tracey Mehak McNeely! It’s so exciting to have her on the team!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #330

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Wednesday’s seem to come around in the blink of an eye!  It feels like the weeks are flying by and before we know it, Christmas will be here!  We have a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you.  Our sketch designer is Jen Brum.  Jen’s cards are creative, clean and so very striking. Head over to her blog and take a look.

I’ve had a couple of requests for wedding cards lately and have non in my stash.  I chose Jen’s fabulous sketch to start off my wedding card collection.

My leaves are created using my Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. The colours I’ve chosen for my card are Sahara Sand, Old Olive and Whisper White.  To create the larger leaves, I inked up a silicone mat with Sahara Sand and Hello Honey Inks.  I then spritzed the ink with water and applied some Whisper White Cardstock directly on to the mat.  Once the cardstock dried, I then ran the cardstock through my Bigshot with the larger leaf die.

I stamped the ink splatter stamp from Swirly Bird in Sahara Sand Ink and stamped on to my card base.  I then added my sentiment, the strips of cardstock and some Linen Thread.  To add a little bit of wedding bling, I then finished off my card with a sequin.

The Clean Team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Pop over to the blog and see their creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #329

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Wednesday’s mean a new sketch for you to try at Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch has been designed the wonderfully talented Kim Singdahlsen.

You probably know by now that Petal Palette is my favourite flower stamp set to colour.  I’ve given the flowers colour with Blushing Bride and Fresh Fig Inks.  I gave the leaves a quick colour with Pear Pizzazz Ink.  The spotted background is also from Petal Palette.  I stamped these spots in Black Archival Ink.  The sentiment is from Perennial Birthday.  I finished off my card by adding three copper sequins.

Here’s my card:

The team as always will inspire you with their cards. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #328

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We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Linda Callahan.

Painted Harvest stamp set has been hiding amongst my unused stamp sets, so I decided it needed to see ink again.  My flower is stamped in Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum Inks.  The fussy cut leaves are from Petal Palette.  These are stamped in Pear Pizzazz Ink.  The centre of the flower is stamped in Smoky Slate Ink.

The sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday has been embossed on Basic Black Cardstock. I chose this sentiment as it was one I haven’t used as yet and also because it was the perfect size for my banner.

The Clean Team have created gorgeous cards with Linda’s sketch.  Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and get ready to be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle