Just Add Ink #370

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It’s Friday here in Australia and it’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week is sketch week and I’m the sketch designer.  I’ve created the following sketch for you:

After yesterday’s baby card I decided to make another one.  I wanted to use Moon Baby, a Stampin’ Up! stamp set that hadn’t seen ink – until today.

I also used my Embossing Paste for a project that I actually liked.  My previous attempts have ended up in the bin……  I’ve used various stamps from Moon Baby and given them a light watercolour.  My moon baby is also lightly watercoloured with Soft Sky Ink and then fussy cut and raised with dimensionals.

The designer series paper is from the same DSP pack as I used yesterday.  It’s called Naturally Eclectic and and I like that it matches my Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

Here’s my card:

We would love it if you could join us with this challenge.  To inspire you, the design team have created gorgeous cards – head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #298

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Our sketch has been designed by the uber talented Linda Callhan.  Her sketches are fabulous and her cards are even more so!

Here’s her sketch:

Looking through my stash of cards, I realised I don’t have many baby cards.  I decided to ink up Stampin’ Up!s Little One for my card today. How cute is this sweet little teepee? I lightly watercoloured the teepee with Smoky Slate Ink and fussy cut it as well as the little bunny and cushion – they also received a light watercolour with Soft Sky and Crumb Cake Ink.  Once I stuck these images to my card I felt the top was a little bare so to finish off the scene I cut some clouds with my Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

The designer series paper I’ve used is from Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  Soft Sky and the pattern in this paper are perfect for baby cards. I’ve teamed the DSP with Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock.

Here’s the card I created:

As always the team have nailed the sketch. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the wonderful inspiration the team has provided.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketchhes #297

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It’s Wednesday again – gee, those Wednesdays come around quick, don’t they?

We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our designer this week is the super talented Jen Mitchell.  Jen’s sketch, with the tilted panel, is really cool!

The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I used on my card is called Ribbon of Courage.  This stamp set was designed by Million Dollar Achiever Patty Bennett – how awesome is this set and how awesome is Patty for selling over $1,000,000 of Stampin’ Up! products?  My ribbon, large flower and leaves are all cut with  Support Ribbon Framelits Dies. Matching dies are the best and save my eye sight!   The small pink flower is cut with a flower die from Flourish Thinlits Dies.  The pretty pink designer series paper I’ve used is from Ribbon of Love Designer Series Paper.

The girls at Freshly Made Sketches have made wonderful cards to inspire you, so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #368

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

When you’ve had no sleep after babysitting a 1yo and a 3yo you really should read the challenge before you make a card……  With my tired eyes and fuzzy mind I thought the challenge was something like create a Christmas card using a non-traditional stamp set.  So I came up with this card using Oh So Succulent:

I then went to load my card and realised it was supposed to be a Christmas card using a birthday set.  Even though Oh So Succulent has a birthday sentiment in it, I wasn’t sure it fit the challenge 100%, so I scrambled and made the following card using Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I created a wreath with the leaves from this set and stamped the little flowers in red to make them look like poinsettias.

The girls at Just Add Ink have created wonderful inspiration for you – so head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #296

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We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you.  This weeks our sketch has been designed by the super talented and very hard working Jennifer Timko.  I’m wish I had half the energy of her with her busy life and cardmaking!

I love it when I see a sketch and my card comes together in no time at all.  I needed a no time at all card this week as I was the babysitter for my 1yo and 3yo great nieces on Saturday night.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had little kids needing me overnight.  I adore these girls to bits, and as they are so sweet, I didn’t even mind I only had four hours sleep.  I think I may’ve been “Auntie Ral’d” out by Sunday afternoon though.  Then I had to sit down and create my card.  I thought I was would no inspiration as tired as I was, but I ended up loving my card.  Cheers to all those cardmaking mums with small kids – I don’t know how you do it!

I’m on a Christmas card roll as I’m determined to have my cards written and ready to send early December…..that’s my plan – let’s see if I can do it.  I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Flurry of Wishes for my card and kept my colour scheme neutral by using Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and a strip of retired Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.

Here’s my card:

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards to inspire you – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #295

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It’s Wednesday!  That means it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  I’m this weeks sketch designer and I’ve designed the following sketch for you:

Last year I decided I would try to create my Christmas cards early so I would have enough to give to family and send to friends, but as usual it’s already July and I haven’t made one, until today……

I decided my sketch was going to be the start for my 2017 stash.  Apart from my sentiment, my card is stamp-less – just a whole heap of die cutting using Stampin’ Up! Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I find it relaxing running dies through my big shot.  The sentiment I used is from Flurry of Wishes and the colours I’ve used are – Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.  The strip of DSP I’ve used in the background is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and I added a strip of Gold Ribbon under the sentiment.

Here’s my card:

For inspiration, head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the gorgeous cards the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Urban Underground Card Class

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I created projects recently for my class girls that featured Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper before it retired. It’s taken me a few weeks to remember I hadn’t put them on my blog.

The two first projects are using Stampin’ Up!s Dragonfly Dreams.  I was so glad that this stamp set carried over as it’s one of my favourites.

This is one of my go-to layouts.  I’m a huge circle fan and by layering some circles and adding a couple of banners, the card has a fullness to it that I love. My dragonfly is lightly coloured with Stampin’ Up!s Watercolor Pencils to give it a little more definition and I added some Black Metallic Thread to finish it off.

For my second project we made a post-it notepad holder with calendar.  We used the same pencil technique to give the dragonfly a bit of colour.  I stamped this fabulous sentiment from Beautiful You as it fit perfectly on my card stock and also because I really liked the words. I added some Black Linen Thread and a sequin just because I liked the look of it!

We then moved on to Stampin’ Up!s Lift Me Up stamp set.  We created two cards using this set.

The first card could be for either a male or a female with these colours and these stamps.  My usual cards are florally so it’s nice to have a card in my stash for a man.  If we had more time in the class, we could’ve coloured the balloons, but I liked them clean and didn’t want them to clash with the background DSP.

Our last card was a shaker card.  We’d never made one before and I hoped they liked it.  Shaker cards are fun and can be used for any age group.

I hope you enjoyed these projects.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle