Freshly Made Sketches #308

Hey Everyone

Holidays are great, but not so great when you come home and unpack your craft stuff and realise your husband has packed his tool box on your recently made card for this weeks sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches……  My card was crushed and I realised I needed a re-do at the last minute last night to photograph and upload to our challenge blog.  I will need to make sure my husband doesn’t pack the car next time we go on holidays!

This weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by the super talented and perfect colourist, Rita Wright.  Here’s her wonderful sketch:

Happy Birthday Gorgeous has gorgeous little flowers that I love using.  They have a solid stamp that lines up perfectly to colour the flowers in no time.  The colours I’ve used for the centre of my flowers are Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Blushing Bride.  The leaves that I have used are from Flourish Thinlits Dies and I have used a combination of Olive Old and Berry Burst cardstock.

The birthday sentiment I’ve used is from Big on Birthdays.  The pretty DSP I’ve used in the background is from Bundle of Love Speciality DSP.  I then used a strip of Berry Burst cardstock to tie all of the colours and flowers together.

Here’s my card:

We would love if it you could join us with Rita’s sketch.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the wonderful inspiration from the Clean Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #304

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It’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  It’s my turn to be sketch designer and I’ve created a simple sketch for you that you can interpret anyway.  As always, I look forward to see your cards in the gallery.

We are currently renovating our tea room in the Emergency Department I work in and have created a feature wall with cherry blossoms on it.  I was really taken with the prettiness of the feature wall, so I decided to create a cherry blossom card with the flowers from Colorful Season stamp set.  I’ve also used the matching dies from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies to cut my leaves and branch.  The flowers are stamped in Berry Burst and I’ve used my Berry Burst marker to add crease lines to my flowers.

The strip of designer series paper I’ve used is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  To break up the sentiment from the background I added strips of Basic Black Cardstock that I cut with my Ticket Tear Border Punch.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Big on Birthdays.  I then added some black sequins to finish off my card.

You’re going to want to see the gorgeous cards the design team at Freshly Made Sketches have created.  Pop over to the challenge and get ready to be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #299

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The very talented Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  She has created this fantastic sketch for us:

I often make collections of cards, especially for my classes.  For this card I’ve used the same colours and stamp set as a card I posted on Sunday as I may end up using them for a class.  Click here to see my previous card.

This pretty rose stamp is from Stampin’ Up!s Graceful Garden.  I watercoloured my rose with Calypso Coral Ink and outlined the petals with my Calypso Coral Marker.  The background stamp is also stamped with Calypso Coral Ink.  The strips of designer series paper are from Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack.

The sentiment is from Big on Birthdays, and as you can tell, it’s my favourite sentiment stamp set at the moment.

Here’s my card:

The cards the design team have created are just gorgeous and will inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

The Paper Players #354

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Do you ever get stuck on where to start with a card?  Whenever I do, I head to my favourite sketch or colour challenges and join in.  The card I made today was for the sketch challenge at The Paper Players.

Here’s Jaydee’s great sketch:

I received lots of new Stampin’ Up! goodies a couple of weeks ago and love that when I’m sitting in my craft room, I have heaps of new products to choose from.  It’s hard to know where to start!

The flowers I’ve used on my card are stamped with Oh So Eclectic stamp set and then I’ve used the coordinating dies – Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  I didn’t realise until I opened the set that there are so many useful dies in there!  The sentiment I’ve used is from Big on Birthdays – it’s kind of my go-to sentiment at the moment.

The strip of designer series paper in the background is Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack.  There are so many pretty designs in this pack.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Colour INKspiration Challenge #12

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It’s time for a new challenge at Colour INKspiration Challenges.  This weeks colour challenge is to use at least four of the colours from the inspiration picture below:

I think I needed this scarf today as the cold wind went right through me as I was walking out of work today

 

Colour INKspiration Challenge is a Facebook Challenge.  We love seeing what you create with the colour combos we give you each fortnight.  When you’ve finished the hop we would love it if you could play along.  Head over to our Facebook page and link up a card.

I wanted to test myself and see how many of the colours from the inspiration pic I could fit on my card. As you probably know, I am a little frightened when I have to create a card with more than about 2 or 3 colours.  To add as many of the colours, I kept my background white and went to town on them.  I’m pleased to say that I fit all of them on my card.  It helped because of the triangle stamp from Stampin’ Up!s Happy Celebrations – I was able to create a graphic background.  I then stamped feathers from Feather Together to complete the card.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Big on Birthdays.  It was the perfect sized sentiment as it didn’t cover the background stamping too much.

Here’s my card:

The next hop along the way is my talented stamping friend Nikki Spencer!  I totally love her cards as much as I love her friendship.  Click below to hop to her blog and she her gorgeous creation.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #292

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I love Wednesdays as it means a new sketch to showcase Stampin’ Up! goodies that have taken my fancy for my card!  This weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by the uber talented Cecile Ribon.  She’s also super talented at sketch designing!

The daisy I have used is from Stampin’ Up!s Daisy Delight which is totally fun to colour.  I stamped the outline in Black Archival Ink and then water coloured with a bit of Hello Honey Ink and then added a bit of black with my black watercolour pencil to add definition to the flower. I then stamped some ink splatters in the backgroundfrom Swirly Bird in Basic Black Ink.  The leaves are cut with dies from Flourish Thinlits and my sentiment is from Big on Birthdays.  I embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder – a look I love for sentiments. My circles are cut with circle dies and the smidge of DSP you can see is from Pop of Pink Specialty DSP – which is now retired.

Here’s my card:

The design team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards to inspire you. Head over to the challenge and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along with this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #291

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Jen Brum is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Jen’s sketch is really cool and my card come together in no-time.  Jen’s cards are so elegant and striking – you’ll want to head over to her blog and check them out.

I’m big on Lemon Lime Twist at the moment. I don’t think I’ve been addicted to a colour as much this one in a while.  The Lemon Lime Twist DSP I’ve used is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and the fabulous sentiment is from Big on Birthdays.  The “Hooray” balloon sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and I’ve punched it out with my balloon punch.  The Peekaboo Peach balloon is crimped with my retired Stampin’ Up! Crimping Tool.  The circles I’ve stamped in the background are from Eastern Beauty, a stamp set that I’m finding is really versatile. I love finding new ways to show off stamp sets.

Here’s my card:

As always the Clean Team have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.  We would love it if you could join in with Jen’s sketch this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle