Freshly Made Sketches #312

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Welcome to the newest challenges at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks sketch has been designed by the super talented Cecile Ribon.  She is the master of using amazing dies and creates cards that scream elegance.

Take a look at this cool sketch:

I recently purchased Stampin’ Up!s Painted Harvest.  My flowers are stamped with Pool Party and for a deeper contrast I stamped over the top with Bermuda Bay.  The centre of my flowers is stamped with Smoky Slate.  The outline of my leaves is stamped with Basic Black and the centre with Bermuda Bay.  My card was designed around this wonderful sentiment.  I was determined to use this sentiment on my card.

The designer series paper I’ve used on the bottom corner of my card is from Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  I then added a strip of Black Bakers Twine to bring in more black on my card to tie in with my sequins.

Here’s my card:

Our creative team at Freshly Made Sketches have made cards that will definitely inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #384

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Happy Friday!  I know I’m going to enjoy it as I have a 5 day weekend!!! Doesn’t happen very often and it’s all because of a horse race……that I have absolutely no interest in.  But I’ll take a long weekend for it!

We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  This week is inspiration picture week.  Take a look at the colours in this photo:

My colours aren’t quite as vibrant but as you can see I’ve created flowers in similar colours.  The flowers I’ve watercoloured are from a Stampin’ Up! set called Garden in Bloom.  I’ve given them some colour with Pool Party and So Saffron Inks. I then lightly coloured the leave with very watered down Pool Party.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is one that I love for the pretty font.  It’s from a set called Colorful Seasons.

Do you find you put extra time and thought into cards for someone you care about?  Especially if they’re cardmaker like you?  I did with this one as it’s going to a friend with love.

The design team have created gorgeous cards with the inspiration pic.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along with us this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #311

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Are you ready for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches?  The design team are and have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Our sketch this week has been designed by the talented Jen Brum.  Her cards are beautiful clean cards and her use of colours is always so striking.  Take a look at her fab sketch:

I decided to use the sketch for another Christmas card.  The card I’ve created is a very clean and simple card that I can mass produce, as I’ve done no fussy cutting to slow me down.  The colour scheme I’ve gone with is Berry Burst, Basic Gray and Powder Pink.  I love these colours for the festive season.

Flurry of Wishes is such a pretty set with fabulous snowflakes.  I randomly stamped my snowflakes in Berry Burst and punched a Powder Pink one out with my retired Snowflake punch.  I raised this snowflake up with a dimensional and added pink sequins to the centres of the three snowflakes to add some bling.  The sentiment is also from Flurry of Wishes.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.

We would love it if you could join us with this weeks challenge.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and link up a card.  While you’re there, take a look at the gorgeous cards from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch #245

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Look at me making another card and posting it during the week!  I am surprising myself like you wouldn’t believe!

The card I made today is a quick and easy CAS card for this weeks sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch. Their sketch is super cool and as soon as I saw it, I thought “man card”.

The Stampin’ Up! set I’ve used is called High Tide.   The lighthouse is stamped in a combination of Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Inks.  The sun is stamped with So Saffron and the birds are stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink.  The water is stamped with Pool Party Ink.

The sentiment is one I haven’t used a lot as I sometimes find that I can’t fit it on my card.  This sentiment worked perfectly on this card as it didn’t cover up too much of my images.  As you will see I usually let my images be the focal point on my cards, rather than sentiments.  I then added some retired Soft Suede (I think it’s Soft Suede…..) Bakers Twine and stapled it to my card for a nautical kind of effect.

Here’s the card I created:

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Cheers

Narelle

Global Design Project #110, Addicted to CAS #123 & The Card Concept #80

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I was able to play along with not one, not two, but three challenges with my card today.  I’m entering my card into the following fab challenges – Global Design Project, Addicted to CAS and The Card Concept.  Take a look at their inspiration pics:

As you probably know, sketch challenges are my favourites.  Half of the card is already done by following a sketch!  The sketch at Global Design Project is pretty awesome and made putting together my card so easy.  Are you like me and save sketches? When I get the chance, I print them and keep them in a file for when I need inspiration.

The code word at Addicted to CAS is “Leaves” and the gorgeous inspiration pic at The Card Concept has a beautiful cake layered with leaves.  I think the style of this card qualifies at The Card Concept as Classy & Elegant?  I combined these challenges and made a neutral wedding card.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from a Stampin’ Up retired pack called Urban Underground Speciality Designer Series Paper.  This tiny spotted paper was my favourite from this pack.

The leaves are cut with Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  To create my coloured leaves, I watercoloured some Thick Whisper White cardstock with Tip Top Taupe (sadly retired), Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Inks.

The sentiment I’ve used is from Beautiful Bouquet.  I stamped this sentiment in the flourish stamp from Label Me Pretty and punched it out with my Pretty Label Punch.  I then added a strip of Burlap Ribbon and Copper Ribbon.  Because I’m a lover of anything bling, especially on a nuptials card, I added a copper sequin.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #244

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I managed to play in my craft room mid week!  It doesn’t happen very often as usually when I get home I cook, clean up and basically sit on the couch and try and de-stress from work.  My eyes and mind are generally too tired to create something inspiring.

The challenge that I’ve played along with is the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.

I’ve created a quick clean and simple Christmas card with non traditional Christmas colours.  I’ve teamed Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black diecuts from Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  The designer series paper I’ve used on my card is from Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.    I then stamped the ink splatters stamp from Swirly Bird in Basic Black Archival Ink in the background.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Flurry of Wishes.

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #310

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We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks sketch has been designed by the super talented Kim Singdahlsen.

Have a look at her cool sketch:

When you make a card, do you go with the first idea that pops into your mind?  I do and then I do everything to make it work.  I don’t often change my mind about stamp sets and dies after my initial idea.  For some reason when I saw this fabulous sketch I had Christmas in mind.  People I work with will tell you once I make up my mind, I don’t usually change it.  Probably everyone who knows me will say the same thing……

Even though layering of these trees took me probably 1/2 hour, I was determined to make them work. I even cut three more and played with them until I felt I had my card right.  The trees I’ve used are cut with Stampin’ Up!s Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used Old Olive cardstock as this matches the stripe-y DSP on my card. The DSP I’ve used is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Nothing quite says Christmas like diagonal striped DSP!

The sentiment I’ve used is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.  This great sentiment is from Cookie Cutter Christmas.  My layers are all matted with Basic Black cardstock and I tied some Basic Black Bakers Twine with a bow to pull everything together.  I then added some black sequins (as always in threes) to add some sparkle to my card.

As always the team have created wonderful cards to inspire you.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle