Just Add Ink #502

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  Our challenge for you this week is a sketch challenge.  Take a look at the sketch we have for you to try:

 

One of the girls I work with rotates her dresses and even has a spreadsheet on how many times she has worn each dress. I really should do this with my stamp sets. That way each of them would get the same amount of love like her dresses! However, I’m too lazy for that….

I felt it was time that I gave Very Versailles some ink. The ink I’ve given my leaves was with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I applied the following colours to my leaves image – Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow.  I applied them directly to my stamp in that order so that I didn’t transfer the darkest ink onto my lightest marker.  I then huffed on the stamp with my breath and stamped the image onto Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  I repeated the process and then fussy cut the two images out.

I love the background script stamp from this set, so I inked it up in Crumb Cake Ink and stamped it on some Whisper White Cardstock. I roughed up the edges with my finger nail and gave the same treatment to Crumb Cake and Pool Party Cardstock. I daubed the edges of each of these with Crumb Cake Ink.  I had some strips of Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Cardstock sitting on my desk so I added them to tie all the colours together. I also had this strip of Braided Linen Trim left over from another project, so this was added too. The sentiment that I used is also from the Very Versailles Stamp Set.  To complete my card, I added three Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

The Design Team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful cards using this weeks sketch. Pop over to Just Add Ink and see what they’ve created. We would love it if you could play along.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #432

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There’s a new sketch to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our fab sketch has been designed by Jennifer Timko, one of our talented coordinators of our challenges.  She makes the most gorgeous cards, pop over to her blog by clicking here.

I’ve made another man card!!!  I am definitely on a roll with masculine cards – hoping I have enough golfers to give these cards to!  The products I’ve used on my card are from the Clubhouse Suite.  The golf ball image is from the Clubhouse Stamp Set. I stamped this image with Black Memento Ink and added some colour to the grass with my Mint Macaron Blends.  The wooden elements I’ve added to my card are from the Country Club Elements.  These really are the perfect elements to mix with golfing images.  One of the other things that I like adding to my golfing cards is the die cut tree from the Majestic Mountain Dies.  The strip of DSP I’ve added to the background is from the Country Club Designer Series Paper.  I’m going through a watercoloured background phase also – this time I added some colour with some Call Me Clover Ink.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using Jennifer’s sketch. Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Sailing Home for Stampin’ Through The Catalogue

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I go through phases of making masculine cards. I’m having one of those phases now.  When I saw the challenge at Stampin’ Through The Catalogue was to use the Sailing Home Stamp Set, I chose to play along.  I think I need the inspiration of a challenge to spur me on. If I sit down and try and design a man card without a challenge involved, I can stare at blank Whisper White Cardstock for an hour.

The Sailing Home Stamp Set would be my favourite set for making masculine cards from the current catalogue. I love all the images in this set, but the lighthouse would be my favourite image as it’s the perfect size as a focal point for my card and it’s a great image to colour.

I also like a lot of detail on my cards, so this set has a fabulous anchor image that is perfect for layering and is really easy to colour.  By layering images, cardstock and embellishments I get the fullness I like on my finished cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Country Club Suite & Mountain Air Bundle Blog Hop

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Welcome to April already and welcome to the latest Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop.  This month the team have created projects showcasing products from the Country Club Suite and the Mountain Air Bundle. I’ve made two cards this month – both with the fabulous argyle print DSP from Country Club Designer Series Paper.

Masculine cards don’t come to me as easy as feminine cards,  However, I was surprised to find that it didn’t take too long at all to come up with these cards. Must’ve been the great products I was working with! 🙂

My first card was made mostly with goodies from the Country Club Suite.  I wanted to show off the wooden elements from the Country Club Elements pack. Even though I wanted to use them all, I only went with two so as to not overload the card. I used the golf club and the argyle type edgelit in my layering.  The two Smoky Slate Cardstock trees have been cut with the Majestic Mountain Dies. The golf ball image has been stamped in Black Memento Ink and coloured with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush – the photo doesn’t show how glittery the ball is though….. I added a little bit of colour to the grass with my Call Me Clover Blends. Basic Black Twine, from the Country Twine Combo Pack, was roughed up on the ends and layered under the sentiment – the sentiment is also from the Clubhouse Stamp Set. All of my layering is attached to a Whisper White Cardstock die cut with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

When it came time for a second card, I reached for the argyle print DSP again so that it tied in with my first card. I’d planned to run a class with these cards and by keeping the products the same, I won’t have to carry too items along – hopefully I’ll be seeing my class girls together again soon to run this class…..

I also wanted to demonstrate a different style of folded card.  This card opens under the label dies where the Basic Black Cardstock meets the Whisper White Cardstock. The card edges are held together with the tip of the WW die cut and the Basic Black Twine.  I punched two holes on the Smoky Slate Cardstock die with the Label Me Fancy Punch and threaded the Basic Black Twine through them and adhered it to the right side of the card.  The WW die cut has been stamped with the trio of birds stamp from the Mountain Air Stamp Set and adhered to the left side of the card.

Another way I matched this card to the first card was by using the same tree die cuts from the Majestic Mountain Dies. This time I cut them out of Bermuda Bay Cardstock.  The sentiment I’ve adhered to this card is from the Golfhouse Stamp Set.


As you can see, the card opens under the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. It’s a really easy fold and the card is held closed by the die cut and knotted twine.

The inside of my card was decorated with a strip of the DSP, a sentiment and the birds from the Clubhouse Stamp Set.  I always keep off cut strips of DSP just to decorate the inside to coordinate with the card front.

I hope you like the projects I’ve created. Make sure you check out the whole hop and see all the gorgeousness the team have created.  The next hop along the way is the talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here to take you to her blog or 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, Country Club Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay Cardstock, Smoky Slate Cardstock, Basic Gray Cardstock

Stamp Set: Clubhouse Stamp Set, Mountain Air Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Call Me Clover Blends

Other Products: Country Club Elements, Country Club Twine Combo Pack, Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Label Me Fancy Punch, Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush, Majestic Mountain Dies

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #501

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It’s Friday here in Australia and time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge is an inspiration pic. Take a look at those fabulous bright colours you have to work with:

I wanted to create a card using those colours, so I reached for the To A Wild Rose Stamp Set and coloured two roses – one in Lovely Lipstick Ink and one in Pineapple Punch Ink.  The leaves are also from the To A Wild Rose Stamp Set. They’ve been coloured with the Mint Macaron Blends.

The sentiment I’ve embossed with White Embossing Powder on Basic Black Cardstock is also from the same stamp set.  When it came time to find some DSP, I searched through my packs (and realised I have too many) and found this fabulous bright piece from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper pack.  I added a bow made from the Crinkled Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon.

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful and varied cards using the inspiration pic. Make sure you 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 #431

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Lee Ann Barrett. Take a look at her fab sketch:

I wanted an image to fill the background space of the sketch, so these pretty birds from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set came to mind.  I gave them colour with my Pool Party, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate Blends.  The flowers have been coloured with Petal Pink Blends and the leaves have been quickly shaded with Old Olive Blends.

Another reason I chose the Free As A Bird Stamp Set was because of this great sentiment.  Got a few people in mind that I could give this card to at the moment.  The pretty paper I’ve used in the background is from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper pack.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created fabulous cards using this weeks sketch. Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #500 Blog Hop

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Welcome to my blog and a very special celebration at Just Add Ink! This week is our 500th challenge, so we are celebrating with a blog hop.  You will have probably come from Rachel’s blog, but if you’re starting here, make sure you get around to check out the gorgeous inspiration the team at Just Add Ink have created.

For our special challenge we are giving you the challenge to:

For this challenge I wanted to use my Well Written Dies.  These dies match the Well Said Stamp Set. The birthday sentiment I’ve added to my card comes from this stamp set.

I went bold with my image and colour choice.  The rose images are fussy cut from a background stamp called Breathtaking Bouquet Stamp Set.  I coloured these roses with my Cherry Cobbler Blends and added some shadows and definition with my Smoky Slate Blends and Journaling Pen.  The leaves are from another stamp set called To A Wild Rose Stamp Set. The leaves have been coloured with my Soft Seam Foam and Smoky Slate Blends.

To add some interest to the background behind my roses, I stamped the french script stamp from the Parisian Beauty Stamp Set in Crumb Cake Ink.  I have always love the combination of black, white and red, so I couldn’t resist adding a strip of the Golden Honey Specialty DSP.  I added some Linen Thread and tied a bow under the sentiment to finish off my card. Because of the business of the roses and DSP I haven’t added any bling for once. I didn’t think it needed any bling to detract from those roses!

The next hop along the way is the lovely Chantell Randall! Click here to take you to her blog or on the button below. Happy hopping!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #430

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We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the talented Jacquie Southas.

Before I started my card, I’d decided to use a different colour combination for me.  I chose Petal Pink and Call Me Clover – a combination I haven’t used before.  In fact, Call Me Clover would be the only green that hasn’t seen much ink on my projects. In order of greens, I would reach first for Pear Pizzazz, then Old Olive, Mint Macaron and then Soft Sea Foam.

I like to rotate my floral stamp sets so they all get a bit of love from me and so you don’t see the same images over and over on my cards. It was time that I used the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set and especially this Hibiscus Flower image.   I stamped the flowers in Black Memento Ink and then coloured the petals with Petal Pink Blends and Mango Melody Blends.  I took my Smoky Slate Blends and added colour around the centre of the flower to create depth to the image. The leaves have been coloured with my Call Me Clover Blends.

I used this script piece of DSP from Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper, because it’s Petal Pink and because I love it so much!  I added a Call Me Clover Cardstock diecut, cut with my Stitched Nested Labels Dies. I love me some bling, so I added some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Finally, I had a wood edgelit from the Country Club Elements sitting on my desk, so it got added to my card.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using this weeks sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #499

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The design team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards for their newest challenge.  This week the challenge is a colour challenge. Here’s the colour palette we have for you.

I chose to combine the colours using a Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Free As A Bird Stamp Set.  To start my card, .I sponged the background with Blushing Bride Ink. I cut Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock diecuts using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I then stamped the bird image from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set with Black Memento Ink. The birds have been coloured with my Highland Heather Blends and the leaves have been a light colour with Balmy Blue Blends.  I then went to town with fussy cutting the image out. Once I layered the image, I felt it was a little bare on the bottom left side, so I stamped the single flower and leaves from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set and added them to give more balance. The little pearls I’ve used on my card have been coloured with the Dark Petal Pink Blend – as close to Blushing Bride as I could get.

We would love it if you could play along with the challenge. Head over to Just Add Ink and see what the team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Ornate Garden Blog Hop 2

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Welcome to my blog!  The Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team have are hopping again with projects created with the Ornate Garden Suite.  This suite has been available to demonstrators to buy for a couple of weeks now.  But as of 1st April, 2020, customers can now order this suite or any of the products separately!  This suite is an early release from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue – so make sure you take advantage of getting your hands on these goodies before the cattle comes out!

This is our second hop creating projects using the gorgeous products from this suite.  The cards I made for the previous hop can be seen by clicking here.

My previous projects featured the amazing floral image from Ornate Garden Stamp Set and Ornate Border Dies.  This time I wanted to change things up and feature the Ornate Layers Dies with the Ornate Garden Stamp Set.

The products in this suite really are versatile. The samples I’ve created show how you can keep a card quite simple by letting the image be the main focal point and how you can a create a layered and more detailed card by adding diecuts to the image.


The first card I created has a strip of the pretty gold embossed Mint Macaron DSP, from the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper, along one side.  I kept the card pretty clean as I wanted the detailed image from the Ornate Garden Stamp Set do all the work.  The flowery image has a variety of blooms and leaves.  I added colour to the flowers with a combination of Purple Posy, Highland Heather and Smoky Slate Blends. The leaves have been coloured with my Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate Blends.  I tend to use my Smoky Slate Blends to add shadows and definition to creases of the images, but this time I also coloured the smallest flowers with them.

The sentiment I added to my card is from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set.  I used the smaller sentiment as I didn’t want to cover up too much of the image. I spent way too long colouring to hide my work!  I added a diecut from the Ornate Layers Dies in Whisper White Cardstock under the image.  This diecut has been cut in half with just the edges peaking out from under the cluster of flowers.  I added some Gilded Gems, three as always, to add some bling to my card.

The second card I created is layered and features die cuts from the Ornate Layers Dies as well as some of the pretty DSP I added to my first card. I like to create cards in ranges and keep them consistent.

I took some Purple Posy Cardstock and diecut the first layer.  The die I used gives the cardstock a really pretty frame around the edge. I added another diecut cut with Whisper White Cardstock and layered it under the image.  The image has again been coloured with a combination of Blends.  The sentiment I added to my card is simple and one that I could give to so many people in my life at the moment.  Because of the many details on this card, I only added one Gilded Gem.

I hope you like the cards I’ve created using the products from the Ornate Garden Suite.  Don’t forget this is a special early release suite from the upcoming catalogue. It feels a bit spesh to be able to get a sneak peak of a catalogue item this early!

The next hop along the way is the talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here to take you to see her gorgeous projects 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, Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper, Purple Posy Cardstock, Highland Heather Cardstock

Stamp Set: Ornate Style Stamp Set, Ornate Thanks Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Blends – Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Highland Heather, Purple Posy, Black Journaling Pen

Other Products: Gilded Gems Embellishments, Ornate Layers Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle