The Card Concept #26

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Welcome to our first challenge at The Card Concept for 2015 and it’s also our one year anniversary!  We have some wonderful new designers coming on to join our fabulous team for 2015. To take a look at our team, click here.

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I really do love these soft colours for shabby cards so I found this card came together in no time.  Here’s my card:

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Head over to the challenge and take a look at the inspiration from the Design Team.

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Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #237

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I think I may actually be losing my memory!  I totally forgot to publish this post on Friday night.  Looks like I might have to start putting dates in my calendar so I don’t forget again. My excuse is that I’ve been super busy at work and sit down at night and nothing else registers.

This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is to:

Just Add Clear Block Stamping

I’m not going to lie – I struggled.  I tried new inks, old inks, markers directly to the clear block and also a bit of heat embossing.  After binning heaps of cardstock, I finally came up with this.  I used my old style Crumb Cake ink to create this background that I think I kept re-inking and stamped over 6 times.  I then finger-walked Dictionary over bits of the background.  I’m going to have to try this technique again at some stage so I can get a bit more practice.

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Come and join us this week at Just Add Ink.  Head over to the challenge and check out the gorgeous and varied inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Pals Paper Arts #222 & Retro Sketches #135

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I’m back with another card I made today.  This time I’ve combined my card for the following challenges – Pals Paper Arts and Retro Sketches where you can use any past sketch.  Here’s PPA’s colour combo and the fab sketch I chose from Retro Sketches.

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I’ve had Stampin’ Up!s Choose Happiness sitting unopened on my bookcase for a little while now and decided it was time to ink it up.  I’ve used my Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight blendabilities to give the flower some colour and the leaves are coloured with my Old Olive blendabilities.  I know Old Olive isn’t part of the challenge colours, but I’m hoping the DT at Pals Paper Arts won’t mind.  I finger walked Dictionary through Early Espresso ink and then stamped it off once on photocopy paper to dull the colour.  I then finger walked it on my cardstock so you can see bits of the print in the background.  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and I’ve used Banner Blast for the banners. Here’s my card:

PPA222 & RS135

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Cheers

Narelle

Cardabilities #104 & colourQ #252

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I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend – I know I am!  It’s challenge time! The challenges I’m entering my card into today are the sketch challenge at Cardabilities and the colour challenge at colourQ.

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I was so tempted to go Christmas with my card but I resisted as I’m not quite in the mode of Christmas card making yet.  Instead I’ve gone with a shabby flowery card.  The Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I’ve used are Dictionary, Everything Eleanor, Summer Silhouettes, Itty Bitty Banners, Gorgeous Grunge & Tape It.  Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

2014 South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Annual Convention Swap

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One of the things I forgot to do before I went to Convention was schedule my post for my Convention Swap.  So every year I say I’m going to plan ahead and makes swaps and every year I run out of time.  All I managed to get done was 10 swaps finished for my fabulous friends from the Just Add Ink Design Team.  I’ve been home from Convention for about 9hrs now and have barely made it off the couch.  We’ve had the best time, but I’m completely buggered – I think it’s going to be an early night for me.

Anyway – here’s my swap.

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Cheers

Narelle

Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge

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The card I’m sharing is a card I made for my Mum for Mother’s Day – as Mother’s Day was yesterday in Australia, it’s now safe to post my card.  Cards are getting so hard to make for my Mum these days as she’s a card maker too and I want to try and impress her.  She sent me a text last week to ask if I’d made her card yet and as she sees all of my posts, I couldn’t try and fob off an old one on her – oh, and she also said there was no pressure at all!  (I knew she was just kidding, but I still put pressure on myself!) Because I needed a little help I’ve used the layout from this weeks great Viva La Verve Sketch.

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I’ve moved my flowers a tad from the sketch, but they’re there and I’ve also moved my bow  a little to the left as that was where it worked best for my card.  I was really pleased with my card and I was also pleased to know that she loved it.

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Cheers

Narelle

Mojo Monday #342 & colourQ Challenge #238

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I’m back with another card – this times it’s for the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday and the colour challenge over at colourQ.  Combining challenges makes cardmaking really easy as all I have to do if find images and sentiments to put on it.  Here are the inspiration pics from the challenges:

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The stamp sets I’ve used are all Stampin’ Up! ones – Everything Eleanor, Summer Silhouettes, Dictionary and Petite Pairs.  The designer series paper I’ve used is from a new Stampin’ Up! stack called Fresh Prints – I really love the colours in this stack so you’ll probably be seeing a lot more of in the weeks to come.  Here’s my card:

Mojo342 & colourQ238

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Cheers

Narelle

Pals Paper Arts #200

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I had a bit of a chance to craft today so I jumped at the chance to play along with Pals Paper Arts 200th Challenge – Happy 200th PPA!  This week Margaret has designed this fab sketch and PPA has also given us a twist – to create a monochromatic card.

PPA200sketch I decided to go monochromatic black before I really thought HOW black it would look when finished.  Not sure how many black flowers and black leaves you see together, but oh well, that’s what I get when I don’t really think things through!  Someone out there will probably like it – if not, then this one’s for you mum (mums have to like everything you do! lol)

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Cheers

Narelle

Merry Monday Challenge #104 & Cardabilities #97

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I ‘ve decided it was time to mark a start on my Christmas cards and what better challenge to enter than Merry Monday Challenge.  This week they have an interesting colour combo – I say interesting because, even though I’m a neutrals girls, I probably don’t combine slate/gray and kraft together very often.  I found I actually like this combo!

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The layout for my card came from this weeks fabulous Cardabilities sketch:

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Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

Retro Sketches #109

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Have you noticed I’ve been a tad quiet on here lately?  I’m on a family holiday at the moment and I’ve been trying to find the time to take a photo of my cards – I’m really missing my light tent which is showing in my photos.  The card I’m sharing today is for Retro Sketches – take a look at their fabulous sketch.

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My mum has been asking me to show her how I made Ranunculas (not sure if what I make is that close to the real ones, but I think it’s close enough).  When I saw Retro Sketches sketch I thought it would be perfect to show them off.  Here’s my card (‘cuse the photo!)

RS109 Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle