Freshly Made Sketches #290

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This weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by Kim Singdahlsen. Kim has such a wonderful and distinctive style. Pop over to her blog and take a look at her gorgeous cards.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous is stunning stamp set.  I just adore these striking flowers and used them on my card to create an elegant wedding card.  The background ink spots are from Swirly Bird and I’ve stamped them in Basic Black.  The outline of the flowers are stamped in Basic Basic and the inside with Berry Burst and Powder Pink.  My foliage has been stamped in Smoky Slate and then fussy cut. I am loving this colour combo together! I’ve just realised now as I’m typing this that I’ve used no DSP on my card – this one is an easy card for a card class as there’s not a lot of cutting preparation!

The Clean Team at Freshly Made Sketches have created GORGEOUS cards to inspire you. Head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Kelly’s Stamping Friends Blog Hop – Celebrating 5 Years

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My wonderfully talented and hardworking friend Kelly Kent is celebrating 5 years of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! I was really pleased to meet Kelly in person last year at Stampin’ Up!s OnStage Event.  She lives waaaaay on the other side of Australia to me and someday I hope to catch up with her again – she is such a sweetie!

To celebrate her milestone she has organised a blog hop with stamping friends.  I loved the idea of a blog hop to celebrate her anniversary and was pleased to play along.  I’ve just realised today is actually my 8th year anniversary as a demo too! To top things off today is my 25th wedding anniversary – so celebrations all around!

The theme for the hop is “Happy”.  The card I’ve made is a fun birthday card with a cool “Happy” sentiment from Birthday Celebrations.  I watercoloured my sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist – a colour that really pops when combined with Basic Black.  I heat embossed the “Birthday to You” sentiment (also from Birthday Celebrations) in white embossing powder and smooshed techniqued the background with Lemon Lime Twist.

The Lemon Lime Twist balloon is stamped from a set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous and the black balloons are punched with various Stampin’ Up! balloon punches.  I used my white gel pen to create a shine line to them.  The black and silver DSP is from Pop of Pink Specialty DSP and the strip of Lemon Lime Twist DSP is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.

A little bit of Black Bakers Twine, Silver Ribbon and a few sequins and my card was done.

Next hop along the way is Wendy Hodkinson.  You’re going to love what she’s created.

Happy Anniversary Kelly – congrats on your 5 years! ❤

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #289

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Happy Wednesday! Love Wednesdays as it means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks sketch has been designed by Linda Callahan. I adore every one of Linda’s cards as she’s so creative and so very talented!

I was overdue for a masculine card.  The stamp sets I’ve used for my card are Feather Together and Big on Birthdays.  These feathers are just fabulous!  I’ve stamped them in Soft Sky and Dapper Denim.  The circles under my feathers are from Stampin’ Up!s Eastern Beauty and the watersplash type stamp is from Gorgeous Grunge – I’m going to miss this set!  The designer series paper is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and I’ve tied everyone together with some linen thread and a strip of Burlap Ribbon under my sentiment. I really need to push myself and make more masculine cards as it’s surprising how many requests I get for them!

Here’s my card:

The girls at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Pop over to the challenge and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch #222

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Weekends at home mean time to play in my craft room.  Do you find that your cards come together easy on some days and then on others, you could sit and stare at them for ages without even putting ink on cardstock?  That’s me.  This weekend was an easy peasy stamping weekend.  I banged out all my design team cards in no time and even had time to create a card for a challenge.

The challenge I’m playing along with is for this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.  What a great sketch to work with!

My craft room is in a bit of a mess.  It’s almost got to a “hop, skip and jump” to reach the desk……well almost.  It’s amazing what you find when you do a bit of a clean up!  I was able to findd a few “hiding” stamp sets.  The sentiments and balloon I’ve used are from Stampin’ Up!s Birthday Bright .  The circles are from Eastern Beauty and I’ve stamped these in Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst & Smoky Slate.  I like that these stamp sets work so well together as Birthday Bright has curvy sentiments that fit the circles perfectly.

Under my sentiment is a strip of Lemon Lime Twist.  This is cut with a new border punch – Ticket Tear Border Punch – this will be available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

 

Just Add Ink #360

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There’s a new sketch waiting for you at Just Add Ink and this week I’m the sketch designer.  As always when I design a sketch, I’ve got NO clue what card I’m going to create.  In fact I created two because I wasn’t sure which one I liked best…..same sketch, but each so different.

Here’s the sketch I came up with:

The first of my cards is a shaker card.  Stampin’ Up!s Life Me Up is such a versatile stamp set that lends itself to either a feminine card or a masculine card.  Because I’ve used a bit of bling and gold ribbon, I think I’ll give this card to a female. The DSP I’ve used is from Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper. I made sure I stocked up on this before it retires.

Here’s the second card I made.  I used the sketch to make a Mother’s Day card for my mum with some new Stampin’ Up! goodies.  The Daisy Delight Bundle is going to be a favourite for sure. When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, I purchased every coordinating stamp set and punch bundle there was. They really make stamping and cutting so easy. The colours I’ve used are Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist (you’ve probably noticed my love for these colours in my last couple of cards!).  The background behind my stitched circle was created by the smooshing technique and ink splatters from Swirly Bird. I was in the mood on the weekend for mastering this technique and ended up with really inky fingers!

The design team have created the most gorgeous cards this week.  I totally love them all! Head over to Just Add Ink and get ready to be inspired by them.

We would love it if you could play along!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #288

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The newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by Jen Mitchell.  I was a fan of Jen’s as soon as I discovered blog-land.  Her cards are always amazing and inspiring.  Head over to her blog and take a look at her beautiful cards!

So, as you can see, I flipped the sketch for my card as I wanted to use a new stamp set called Tranquil Tulips.  This set is a Hostess Stamp Set and is available in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  The colour I’ve used for my tulips is Berry Burst and for the leaves I used Lemon Lim Twist.  I’ve already decided I’m in love with these colours!  The sentiment is one I already had stamped on my desk (discarded from a previous project) from the set stamp Four You.

Here’s my card:

The design team at Freshly Made Sketches have aced this sketch. Head over to the blog and take a look at the wonderful cards the girls have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Card

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I have a new flower stamps to play with!!! Thank you Stampin’ Up!

I initially purchased Happy Birthday Gorgeous from the Stampin’ Up! pre-order JUST for these flowers……I don’t think I even looked at the sentiments that come in the set when I ordered it.  I was thrilled when I looked past the flowers and found all the sentiments that come with it.  It’s a great set with tons of great stamps.

My background watercolour skills are still needing work so I’ve used the watercolour smooshing technique to add a little interest behind my flowers.  I must say – I totally love the effect this technique gives my card. The colours I used for my smooshing were Berry Burst and Powder Pink – two of the new InColours from the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  The flowers were stamped with Berry Burst and Sweet Sugarplum.  The leaves are from Jar of Love.  I stamped these in Old Olive and spent the next 20 minutes fussy cutting them.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle