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

Global Design Project #254

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The card I’m sharing today is for the challenge at the Global Design Project.  This week their challenge is a sketch challenge.

I’m on a Christmas card making roll.  It’s easy to do when I’ve got so many sets that I love creating with.  The stamp set I’ve used is called Poinsettia Petals.  I originally had the large poinsettia’s all coloured up ready to use, but when I placed them on my card, I felt they were a little bit too big.  So I stamped up four of the little ones and coloured them with a combination of Petal Pink and Calypso Coral Blends. The centre of them were coloured the the Dark Mango Melody Blend. I fussy cut them out and layered them with two images each stacked on each other.

The leaves for these poinsettia’s were cut with the Forever Flourishing Dies that I had discarded from another project and were siting on my desk.  I also had the Soft Suede Ink berries discarded from yet another project that I added to the card.  Love it when I can use up images and die cuts rather than bin them.

The background of my card has been daubed with Sahara Sand Ink and over this, I stamped the ink splatters image in Soft Suede Ink from the Forever Fern Stamp Set. I added a strip of DSP from the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper and added a sentiment from the Joy Dies and Peace & Joy Stamp Set.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Peace and Joy Bundle

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Hello stamping friends. It’s time for the latest Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

This month the team have created  projects using products from the Peace and Joy Bundle. This bundle is available to order form the August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue.  Having these products early means that hopefully I will be ready with all of my Christmas cards and gift packaging.

We have all created three projects using this fabulous bundle. For each of our projects, we have created the following:

  • One sample using the Peace and Joy Stamp set only.
  • The second project using dies only from the Joy Dies.
  • And the third with both the stamp set and the dies.

To create my first card, I stamped various leaves from the Peace and Joy Stamp Set in Soft Sea Foam and Just Jade Inks. To create the washed background, I took my Light Soft Sea Foam Blend and coloured some Whisper White Cardstock. As you can see, I cut this piece around a third of the way down and added a piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock and torn Midnight Muse Cardstock underneath it.

I’ve used a combination of sentiments from the Peace and Joy Stamp Set.  I really love this combo of a large script-y sentiment and a solid background with white typed sentiment. I added some Braided Linen Trim and layered my circles over the top.  I then took the fussy cut leaves, berries and adhered them around the main sentiment.  Three white gems from the Flowers for Every Season Gems finished off this card.

The second project I’ve made is a shaker card using the Joy Dies. I started off with cutting a square piece of Whisper White Cardstock and a solid sentiment die. By using the solid sentiment for the shaker window, this then allowed me to cut the thin sentiment in Midnight Muse Cardstock to layer over my window sheet. I’ve probably thrown in way too many sequins, from the Sequins for Everything pack, behind the sentiment. I always either have too many sequins and then the next time, not enough….

To pair with my first card, I added a washed background with the Light Soft Sea Foam Blend and added a torn strip of Just Jade Cardstock. I also used three gems from the Flowers For Every Season Gems to bling up my card.

For my third and final project, I added texture and interest to the background by cutting multiple sentiments in Whisper White Cardstock and adhering them to the card base. I cut two circles, one in Midnight Muse Cardstock and the other in Whisper White Cardstock, with the 2 1/4″ Circle Punch. Keeping off-cut strips of cardstock is so handy when you need to tie in colours to maintain a consistency with your projects. I’ve added a Just Jade Cardstock strip to this card.

Because I LOVE Braided Linen Trim as if it were one of my own children, I couldn’t resist adding it to this card too. For the sentiment, I used the solid and thin sentiments dies for this card. I also added a stamped sentiment because I liked the solid typed font.  I then repeated the stamping I did for my first card with the same leaves and colours. This time only one gem was added – didn’t want to overpower the stamping with too much bling!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the cards I’ve made using the Peace and Joy Bundle. I loved playing with these fabulous products, not only because they’re gorgeous, but it’s given me more cards that I’ve added to my Christmas card stash.

The next talented Artisan on the hop is the lovely Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here to take you to her blog or click on the button below.

2020 Artisan Design Team Roll

Caroline van der Straaten

Emma Goddard

Helene den Breejen

Jan Clothier

Lauren Alarid

Leah Fedynak

Manuela Geiswinkler

Marine Wiplier

Martha Groger

Martin Stone

Narelle Farrugia

Nina Waldschmidt

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Tammy Wilson

Zsuzsanna Balazs

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Just Jade Cardstock, Midnight Muse Cardstock, Sahara Sand Cardstock

Stamp Set: Peace and Joy Stamp Set

Ink: Midnight Muse Ink, Light Soft Sea Foam Blend, Soft Sea Foam Ink, Just Jade Ink, Blushing Bride Ink

Other Products: Joy Dies, Sequins For Everything, 2 1/4″ Circle Punch, 2″ Circle Punch, Braided Linen Trim, Flowers For Every Season Gems, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Window Sheet.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #519

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There’s a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge is for you to:

I went with a clean, quick and easy Christmas card with these colours.  My images and sentiment are from the Tag Buffet Stamp Set. I coloured the baubles and the stocking with Purple Posy and Misty Moonlight. I gave the leaves a very light colour with Seaside Spray Ink and fussy cut them out. I then daubed the card base with Seaside Spray Ink and layered my images.  The sentiment I’ve added to my card is also from the Tag Buffet Stamp Set. I trimmed around this sentiment and cut it  in half to place next to the my images.


The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful cards using the colours. Head over to Just Add Ink and 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

Global Design Project #252

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The challenge at Global Design Project is CASE the Designer. When I saw the card was this gorgeous one from my Artisan friend, Emma Goddard, I thought no way can I CASE that! I remember the first time I saw it.  Pretty sure my mouth was hanging open for a good few minutes at how absolutely stunning it was.

I decided to give it a go and came up with the card below. You gotta push yourself out of your comfort zone sometimes, right?

I wanted to use similar colours as Emma used, and of course I had to get flowers in on my card.  The flowers I’ve added to my card are the from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set.  I coloured them with a combination of So Saffron, Mango Melody and Dark Calypso Coral Blends.  The reason for so many blends, was that I was trying out colours and kept adding until I got to the shade I liked.  I also added some Dark Smoky Slate Blend to create depth to the flower.  The feather I’ve added to the images has been stamped in Black Memento Ink and then daubed with Crumb Cake Ink.  Some Winc of Stella was added to give it a little shimmer.

I coloured the background with my Light So Saffron Blend to create a watercoloured-like background. I then took my Aqua Painter and some Melon Mambo Ink and flicked a smattering of ink all over the card. It’s very faint, but I also stamped the background stamp from Tasteful Touches in Sahara Sand Ink, on the background.

The sentiment I’ve stamped directly to my card base is from the same stamp set.  The fussy cut leaves are also from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set.  These leaves have been created by applying Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede Markers directly to the image.  I then huffed on them with my breath and stamped them.

To finish off my card, I took my Light Melon Mambo Blend and coloured a strip of Braided Linen Trim. Three Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels were also added to bling it up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #517

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It’s Friday so that means a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge is a sketch challenge. Take a look at the sketch we have for you:


As you can see I flipped my card as I thought it fitted my images this way. The Tasteful Touches Stamp Set was one that I knew I had to have. You can see why. These flowers are just gorgeous and perfect for colouring. I’ve given one flower colour with my Petal Pink Blends and the other with my Dark Petal Pink and Real Red Blends.  For both of them, I used my Dark Smoky Slate Blend in the crease lines for extra definition. I gave the centre of the flowers a light colour with my Dark So Saffron Blend.

For the branches, I took my Soft Suede and Mossy Meadow Markers and applied colour directly to the image before huffing on it and stamping it on to Whisper White Cardstock. I repeated the process for the second branch and then took a little time to fussy cut them out.

I cut a rectangle piece of Whisper White Cardstock and stamped the geometric background stamp in Smoky Slate Ink until I achieved a covering that I liked.  The two pieces of designer series paper I added to my Whisper White base are from the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper.

The sentiment I’ve adhered to my card is from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set. I took a die from the matching Tasteful Labels Dies that fit the sentiment and cut it with my cutting machine. Before I stuck my sentiment to my card, I took a piece of Linen Thread and looped it around my card twice and added a bow. One last element I added was a Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewel because of it’s pink tone.

The design team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous inspiration with the sketch. Head over to the challenge and make sure you check out cards the team have made.

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