Freshly Made Sketches #389

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We have a new sketch for you to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches. It’s my turn to be sketch designer and I always overthink it when it comes to designing my card……I swear I always take twice as long to come up with a card that I’m happy with!

You can probably sense how excited I was when Perennial Essence hit my craft room. Gorgeous flowers that are made watercolouring and solid flower stamps ready to be inked up with your favourite colour.

I’ve lightly coloured the largest flower with Powder Pink Ink and fussy cut the flower out.  I then inked up the medium sized flower with Flirty Flamingo Ink.  The leaves are inked up with Mint Macaron Ink and punched out with my Leaf Punch.  The stamped leaves have been watercoloured with Mint Macaron Ink.  The centre of the flowers is stamped with Soft Suede Ink, fussy cut out and adhered to the flowers with Dimensionals.  I then inked up this sentiment from Perennial Essence with Black Memento Ink

For the background, I daubed Powder Pink Ink  so it gave the flowers a bed of colour surrounding them.  I then took the ink splatters stamp from Swirly Bird and added some Black Memento Ink splashes.

As always, the team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome cards using my sketch. They really nail every sketch, every week – why don’t you pop over to the challenge and take a look.

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Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop – Carry Over Event

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Welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop and our May Carry Over Event. This month our team are creating projects to demonstrate at a class or workshop featuring products that have carried over to the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

I think it took me all of three minutes to choose my preferred stamp set for this blog hop.  First Frost Stamp Set is such a beautiful set and so very versatile with assorted sentiments.   Stamp sets with sentiments that cover more than one occasion is great, but when there’s three sentiments – I’m all in and that stamp set needs to be in my next order.

First Frost Stamp Set coordinates perfectly with Frosted Bouquet Dies.  I’ve demonstrated both of these products for my class cards and tags.


When I’m planning a class I use the same colour combinations and use the same stamp sets for all the projects I am demonstrating.  Why add more colours and stamp sets to the mix? The more you add, the heavier your load is to carry!


The colours I’ve used on my projects are:

  • Calypso Coral
  • Grapefruit Grove
  • Basic Gray
  • Crumb Cake
  • Black Memento Ink for sentiment stamping


I designed my cards for the following occasions:

  • Birthday
  • Wedding
  • Christmas


To start off this class, I will get the attendees to stamp the following images on an A4 piece of Whisper White Cardstock:

4 large flowers in Calypso Coral Ink

3 small flowers in Grapefruit Grove Ink

2 leaf stems in Basic Gray Ink

1 leaf stem in Crumb Cake Ink

Ink up 4 flower buds by applying Calypso Coral & Basic Gray Markers directly to the stamp, huff on the image and stamp on to cardstock


Wishing You All The Best Card & Tag

I used the two framelits to create a frame with Calypso Coral Cardstock.  I kept the centre of Calypso Coral Cardstock frame to use on my Christmas card. I then added a thin strip of Basic Gray Cardstock.  With my 2 ½ inch Circle Punch I cut a Whisper White Circle.  I then layered the flowers, leaves and diecut under the sentiment. For that little bit of sparkle, I added one Basic Rhinestone.

To create the tag I stamped the ink splashes stamp from Swirly Bird Stamp Set. I cut a Whisper White Cardstock circle with my 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch, added a strip of Calypso Coral Cardstock and layered everything together.  Because I can’t leave a tag unfinished at the top, I added some Braided Linen Trim and tied a piece of Linen Thread in a bow to hold the Braided Linen Trim place.


Congratulations – Wedding Card and Tag

For my second card, I created the Silver Foil frame in the same way as it was created for my first card.  As with the first card, I kept the centre of the frame for my Christmas card.  I added a thin strip of Crumb Cake Cardstock and layered the flowers, leaves and die cut around the sentiment. I then added a Linen Thread and Bakers Twine bow and three Basic Rhinestones. Wedding cards next that little bit of extra bling.

The tag was created with the same background stamp, layering, flower, ribbons and die cuts as my first tag.


Christmas Card & Tag

I took my two leftover frames from the previous cards and layered them to my card. I then took some Linen Thread and adhered a strip across my card.  Using the marker direct to stamp technique, I created the four flower buds and cut them out. I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White Cardstock and punched it out with my 2 ½ inch Circle Punch.  The girls in my class know that this is my most favourite and most used punch I own.  I then layered the leaf and flowers and added a Linen Thread bow.

To create the tag I added everything the same as my previous tags, except this time the sentiment has been stamped on a 1 3/8 inch Whisper White Cardstock circle. In addition to the Calypso Coral Cardstock, I added a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.

Rochelle Blok is the next Artisan on our blog hop, so be sure to head over to her blog and see what she has created. Click on the button below and you will be taken to Rochelle’s blog.  From there you can check out all the amazing projects the team have created.


2019 Artisan Design Team

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia – that’s me

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees


Products Used

Cardstock: Whisper White Cardstock, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Calypso Coral Cardstock, Basic Gray Cardstock, Silver Foil Cardstock

Stamp Set: First Frost Stamp Set

Ink: Calypso Coral Ink, Basic Gray Ink, Black Memento Ink, Crumb Cake Ink, Grapefruit Grove Ink, Calypso Coral Marker, Basic Gray Marker

Other Products: Linen Thread, Frost Bouquet Dies, Braided Linen Trim, Basic Rhinestones


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Freshly Made Sketches #388

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We have a new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try.  This week our sketch hostess is Karren Johnson, our Queen of Backgrounds and all things Distress Inks.

I haven’t inked up Abstract Impressions for a while, so I was determined to use it on my card today.  I’ve used two of the three-step flower stamp for my card.  They’ve been stamped in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Inks.  I fussy cut them out and layered them with some leaves cut with my Floral Romance Thinlits Dies. I also added the doily-like die cut from Floral Romance Thinlits Dies under my flower arrangement.

The Bermuda Bay Cardstock background piece has been embossed with the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder. and is matted with Whisper White Cardstock and Rose Gold Foil Cardstock.

Here’s my card:

The Clean Team have created wonderful and varied cards using this weeks sketch.  Pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

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Just Add Ink #456

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It’s Friday, so that means a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge is inspiration picture week.  Take a look at the pic below:

Not sure if it’s just me, but as soon as I saw the white flowers on white background, I thought of a wedding card.  White on white has a real elegance to it and I tried to replicate the elegant feel for my card.  White flowers stamped on Whisper White Cardstock felt kind of naked to me.  So I decided to emboss these gorgeous flowers from Graceful Garden with White Embossing Powder on Vellum Cardstock.  I then added light touches of So Saffron Ink to the flowers and Pear Pizzazz Ink to the leaves.  When I say light, I mean really light – I wanted enough colour so they didn’t blend in to the background.

I then embossed the leaf stamp from Graceful Garden on Vellum Cardstock and fussy cut it out for some extra foliage. The sentiment I’ve stamped is also from Graceful Garden – it’s one of my favourite sentiments for a wedding card. I looped some retired Very Vanilla Ribbon behind the sentiment a couple of times and adhered them to my card.  To finish off my card, I added some sequins for that bling-y wedding feel.

As always the team at Just Add Ink have created awesome cards that will surely inspire you. Head over to the challenge and see how gorgeous their creations are.  We would for you to create and link up a card for our challenge.

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Freshly Made Sketches #387

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We have a new sketch for you to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  I was in love with this fabulous sketch from the very talented Cecile Ribon as soon as I saw it.

Sailing Home Suite is an amazing suite full of fabulous images, great embellishments and wonderful papers.  Sailing Home Stamp Set is perfect for those masculine cards with so many useful images and sentiments.  I’ve chosen the compass and anchor to use on my card.  The compass has been stamped in Night of Navy Ink and the anchor in Soft Suede ink.  I took a piece of Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Bakers Twine and tied a knot under the anchor.  I then placed the twine under my sentiment (also from Sailing Home), looped it around my card and adhered with glue dots.  I then punched a Night of Navy Cardstock circle and added this really cool embellishment from Sail Away Trinkets.  The three strips of DSP I’ve placed in the background are from Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.

This turned out to be a really quick card – perfect for a card class with only a little stamping, but it still has the fullness I like in a card.


The Clean Team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome inspiration with Cecile’s sketch. Head over to the challenge and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along with our sketch.

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Perennial Essence

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Perennial Essence Suite was one of the first suites I had on my wish list as soon as I saw the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  I adore flowers and even more, I adore flowers and leaves that I can colour.  Floral Essence Stamp Set not only has an amazing flower and leaves I can colour, it also has solid flower images for the times when I want a mix of both – as I’ve done with this card today.

The large flower has been watercoloured with Calypso Coral Ink and then I took my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker to add some definition to the crease lines. The smaller flowers are stamped with Calypso Coral Ink and the centre is stamped with Memento Black Ink.

The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz Ink and cut with the matching Leaf Punch.  The sentiment I’ve used fit my 2″ Circle Punch perfectly. This sentiment has a mix of fonts that I found really pretty – it’s also from the Floral Essence Stamp Set.

I added a strip of Calypso Coral Cardstock across my card and then added some of this gorgeous Petal Pink 5/8″ Organdy Striped Ribbon – this ribbon is so soft and pretty I couldn’t resist heaps of it by bunching it across my card.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background as my card base has a soft woodgrain pattern.  The DSP is from Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper.

Here’s what I created:

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Dear Doily

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Doilies. Who would’ve thought I’d be in love with them like I am?  I’m sad that the Dear Doily Bundle will be retiring when the new catalogue comes out in June.

A long time ago, I created vintage-y cards and used only Neutrals Cardstock.  I veered from this style to a more cleaner style, but wanted to re-visit vintage for my projects today – not completely vintage, but a vintage feel with the colours I’ve used, texture I’ve added and my use of doilies.

I created two cards and a pillow gift box with this bundle.

For my first card, I embossed the Crumb Cake card base with my Lacy Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I added a circle of Fresh Fig Cardstock behind my lace doily cut with my Doily Builder Thinlits Dies.  I then took my Fresh Fig, Pear Pizzazz and Powder Pink Markers and directly coloured the flower stamp from Dear Doily Stamp Set.  After huffing on it with my breath, I stamped it on Whisper White Cardstock.  These flowers are so easy to cut out when there are matching dies – no fussy cutting!  I then stamped the small doily in Fresh Fig Ink and punched out with my circle punch.  I added an edgelit of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock and a torn piece of Powder Pink Cardstock.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is also from the Dear Doily Stamp Set.

I added a lot of layers to this card, so I kept a white background to let all of the elements be the focus.  This time I stamped the small doily in Fresh Fig Ink directly to the card base.  I then added the fresh fig backed doily, the flowers and the two-part sentiment.  The second part of the sentiment is embossed on Crumb Cake Cardstock.

I am loving these little Kraft Gift Boxes.  Super easy to decorate and are perfect when you realise you have no wrapping paper…..that’s me every time…..

I added all the same images and elements to my pillow box that I’d given to my cards.  I then added some Whisper White Flax Ribbon and some Linen Thread to create a bellyband that I tied at the top of the pillow box.

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