Freshly Made Sketches #307

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It’s Wednesday, so that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch designer this week is wonderfully talented and creator of gorgeous clean cards – Jennifer Timko.

Take a look at her great sketch:

I’m currently on holidays, and even though I thought I packed half of my craft room, it wasn’t until I sat down to make this card that I realised just how much I left at home….. This card took me a little longer to create as I kept ducking outside to enjoy the sunshine on our newly renovated deck at our beach house.

I’ve got a couple of Christmas cards coming up soon, so I decided to create a flowery birthday card for this weeks challenge.  I stamped the daisy from Daisy Delight in Berry Burst on to Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  The centre of my daisy was stamped with Old Olive Ink on to Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper – as I was originally going to go with a Christmas card for this challenge.  I love that these Christmas papers are versatile and can be used for other cards.

The leaves and little black stems I’ve created are cut my Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies and my sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

Here’s my card:

The team have created gorgeous cards to inspire you, so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.  We would love it if you could join us in this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #378

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We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  Our challenge for you to is:

This is a great challenge! Texture is an easy thing to add to any project – endless possibilities with this challenge.

I’ve chosen to add texture to my card with embossing paste and also the texture of the ribbon I’ve added.  The mask I’ve used with my embossing paste is from Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

The colour of the Christmas trees are Old Olive and Pear Pizzaz cardstock.  These trees are cut with my new Card Front Builder Thinlits.  (Little story about my new thinlits – I lost one before I even used it! I looked for hours for it! Found it two days laters stuck to the back of a finished card I’d filed away. I only found it by accident! I better be a little more careful!). The tiny deer, moon and stars are also from this die set.  The layers I’ve added under my sentiment are a strip of DSP from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, a strip of gorgeous Striped Ribbon and a piece of basic black cardstock cut with my Ticket Tear Border Punch.  The pretty sentiment I’ve used is from a Stampin’ Up stamp set called Holly Berry Happiness.

You may not notice straight away, as I had actually forgotten I’d added the DSP when I made the card two weeks ago, but I have used some designer series paper from Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper in the background.

The team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to the challenge and take a look.  While you’re there, we would love to see your project with texture!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #306

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Time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch hostess is the fabulously talented Jen Mitchell.  Jen is not only an amazing cardmaker but she also designs wonderful sketches – I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it.

Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is one of my favs at the moment.  I almost reach for it every time I go to create a card.  I couldn’t go past it this time as I knew that I wanted to use these gorgeous flowers from Graceful Garden again that I had already stamped, watercoloured with Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo Ink, fussy cut and had just found laying on my desk.  I consider using them on my card as partly cleaning up my mess of a desk. Imagine how much messier it would’ve been if I had left them on my desk…….

The leaves were also found laying on my desk.  These leaves are from a Stampin’ Up! set called Remarkable You and are watercoloured with Old Olive Ink.  I really like the size of these leaves paired with the roses.  They also look like they belong together.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Colorful Seasons and is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.

Here’s my card:

We would love it if you could join us for this weeks challenge. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the wonderful inspiration the design team have provided.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

TGIF #125, Fusion Challenge – Teacup Flowers

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I love lazy Sundays! I had a chance to play along with a couple of challenges today.  The card I’m sharing is for two challenges.  The first is for the TGIF Challenge where it’s theme week.  The theme is create a card featuring transportation.  The second challenge I’m entering my card for is the sketch challenge at this weeks Fusion Challenge.

Here are their challenge pics:

I really do love the gorgeous flowery inspiration pic from Fusions challenge (as you know, I adore anything flowery), but I have only used this weeks sketch for my card.  My Christmas card stash needed adding to more than my flower card stash!

I’ve probably got a ton of transportation stamp sets but I couldn’t go past Santa’s transport – a sleigh!  I’ve created a Christmas card with a glitzy copper and black sleigh.  I really like non-traditional colours for Christmas so my trees and DSP are black.  The designer series paper I’ve used is Stampin’ Up!s Merry Music Specialty DSP.  The sleigh and trees are cut with  Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies and the sentiment is from the matching Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

Here’s the card I created:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch #239 & Color Throwdown #460

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The card I’m sharing today is combined for two challenges – the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch and the colour challenge at Color Throwdown.  These challenges combined effortlessly for me today – I love it when it all comes together in under an hour!

Here are their challenge pics:

Initially I was going to create a Christmas card, mainly because of the Merry Little Christmas DSP I had chosen, but then decided I wanted to go with a floral card instead.  One of the things that I love about Stampin’ Up! DSPs is that the papers are so versatile.  Even though this is a Christmas pack, the papers work well for any card.

The orchids I’ve used are from a set called Climbing Orchid.  After stamping the outline of my orchids in Basic Black Archival Ink, I watercoloured my flowers in Dapper Denim Ink.  The outline of the leaves are also stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and then the centre is watercoloured with Old Olive Ink.

I looked at the MANY stamp sets I have and chose the sentiment from Feather Together as it worked well with the sketch.  I also like the font that has been used in this set.  The branch I’ve used is from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies – it ties my orchids and leaves together, I think…..

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #305

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks fabulous sketch has been designed by Amy O’Neill – Queen of combining colours and creating scenes.


I really fell in love with this sketch and had heaps of ideas running through my head.  To mix up my cards, I decided to stay away from a floral card (even though I was itching to create one!) and made a card using Lift Me Up for a friend.  The hot air balloons are stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Black.  I then cut them with my matching Up and Away Thinlits Dies.  Dies are so easy to use and cut the images in no time!

I used a strip of Lemon Lime Twist DSP behind the balloons.  This DSP is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The ink splatters in the background are from Swirly Bird and are stamped in Basic Black Ink.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Lovely Words Thinlits Dies.  The dies in this set are surrounded with an oval frame that also cuts with the sentiment, but I have trimmed it off my sentiment for my card. I then added some Black Bakers Twine, some sequins and some little white clouds to finish off my card.

As always, the Clean Team have designed gorgeous cards to inspire you – so pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at their wonderful cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

TGIF Challenge #124 & The Card Concept #77

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Look at me! Posting twice in two days – I’m totally on a roll!

The card I made this afternoon is for two challenges – the sketch challenge at TGIF Challenges and the inspiration picture challenge at The Card Concept.

Here are the pics for their challenges:

My style of cardmaking changes all the time but I think this card might fall into the Classy and Elegant style.  This card took me a couple of hours to make…..lucky I had that much time today to get it just right.  The reason for my getting it just right is that I have a special someone in mind for this card and I always take extra time layering, colouring and messing around with placement when I’m putting together a card for someone who I know will cherish it.

I am in love with these roses from Graceful Garden and have watercoloured them and then used my markers to add definition to the deepest part of the petals.  The colours I’ve used are Berry Burst and Powder Pink.  The leaves are coloured with Old Olive and Always Artichoke.

I smooshed the background with Powder Pink and Crumb Cake Ink.  After drying it off with my heat tool,  I then stamped the ink splatters from Swirly Bird in Basic Black Ink.  The pretty DSP I’ve used in the background is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and my heat embossed sentiment is from Better Together.  There is a lot of woodgrain in the inspiration pic but I have only used a strip of it under my sentiment.  I’ve stamped Hardwood in Tip Top Taupe onto Crumb Cake Cardstock.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle