June Workshop

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I usually only hold about 6 workshops a year.  Mainly because I work a 9-day fortnight and don’t get a lot of time to prepare for them when my weekends are generally full with boring grocery shopping and even more boring cleaning and laundry stuff.  I’m holding a class this weekend and thought I would share the cards that I have made.  You’ll notice I tried to simplify them.  Well, as simplified as I can get. I wanted to show the group that you don’t have to use a huge amount of designer series paper to get impact on your cards.  In fact, I’ve only used a smidge on each card.  I can see that Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper is going to be a favourite of mine.

My first card is using some new products from Stampin’ Up!s 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve used Swirly Scribbles Thinlits that match Swirly Bird stamp set.  I just love how easy these products are to use.  The colours I’ve used (and carried over to most of my other cards) are Basic Black, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.

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These little scribbles dies are pretty versatile.  I decided to create a wreath with my next card and added some flowers stamped in Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  I then added a black banner sentiment from Time of Year.

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For my third card, I wanted a quick and easy card in case we are running out of time.  Even though Picture Perfect was in a previous catalogue I didn’t actually purchase it until now.  I saw so many cards with this pretty flower on it and decided I needed it – as I often do.

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And lastly, I thought we could finish off our day with a man card.  The starfish in Picture Perfect is perfect for a masculine card and although I was keeping to the theme of Flirty Flamingo or Sweet Sugarplum, I decided to leave those two colours off this card.  I stamped the watercolour-type stamp from Timeless Textures in Crumb Cake behind my starfish and added the wave-like die cut from Scribbles Thinlits.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #242

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I can’t believe it’s Wednesday again.  I don’t mind the weekdays going fast, but I wished the weekends dragged out to last a bit longer!  Because it’s Wednesday that means we have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week it’s my turn to host.  As usual I put pressure on myself when it’s my turn to design the sketch and even more pressure when putting together my card.

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If in doubt of where to start with colours, I always fall back on a safe combo – Black, White & Yellow. This time I’ve added a bit of grey to the mix.  Stampin’ Up!s Birthday Blooms would have to be my favourite stamp set at the moment as I’m still in my love of watercolouring phase.  I’ve heat embossed this sentiment from Four You as I really love the white sentiment on black cardstock look.   Here’s my card:

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Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the wonderful cards the girls at FMS have created – while you’re over there, why don’t you play along too?

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #135

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Happy Friday!  We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  This week is a sketch challenge.  Tina has designed this fab sketch for us:

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I’ve gone with a butterfly as the focal point on my card and stamped and then fussy cut some leaves from Summer Silhouettes.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Stampin’ Up!s Four You.  Here’s my card:

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Our team has provided wonderful inspiration for you.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) This Sketch #173 & colourQ Challenge #342

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From a vintage-y tatty card in my previous post today to a very CAS one that probably took a third of the time to create. I’ve created my card for two challenges – CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge and colourQ Challenge.

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Look at these colours I’ve combined! I’ve definitely come a long way from when I used to use neutrals only! The Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I’ve used are Papillion Potpourri, Timeless Textures and Four You. Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Mojo Monday #447 & Create with Connie & Mary #406

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A couple of people have asked me why I don’t make many of my vintagey over-layered style of cards anymore.  I think it’s a combination of time (well, lack of time – they really do take me longer to finish them) and also the negative comment that was left on my blog last year that all my cards looked the same in this style.  I’m going to try and find the time to mix up my cards so that I have a combination of both clean and vintage.

I’ve combined today’s card for two challenges – the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday and the colour challenge at Create with Connie & Mary.  Here are their inspiration pics:

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Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #311

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Happy Friday everyone! It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  Nikki has suggested this weeks challenge.  Our challenge for you is to

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After about 68 tries (well maybe not that many, but it felt like it!), I came up with the following card using a simple masking technique.  I used an oldie but a goodie stamp set, Stippled Blossoms, to create my card.   It’s one stamp set that I can’t see myself parting with.

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Come and join us with this weeks challenge – head over to Just Add Ink and take a look at the wonderful inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #236

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I have a new card! Wednesday’s mean a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our sketch hostess is the wonderfully talented Rita Wright!

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Oh I love this sketch Rita! So easy to work with and I banged out a card in no time – think it took me 20 mins! Even though it looks like I’ve used Basic Black, the colours I’ve used here are – Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White and Smoky Slate.  Here’s my card:

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The Clean Team have created amazing inspiration for you, so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and get ready to be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #232

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It’s my turn to host the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Whenever it’s my turn, I plan the sketch with no thought of what card I want to design.  When it comes time to put a card together, I struggle with designing a card!  I kept the sketch simple (for once) but it still took me forever to finish my card. Here’s my sketch:

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Here’s my card:

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Our team has provided wonderful inspiration for you, so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Mojo Monday #441

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I made this card for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch challenge a few days ago but as we’ve had so much sunshine for the last couple of days, I sat by the pool instead of creating cards!

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I played with the lighting on this card for ages but it still came out dark. I’m terrible at getting my lighting right when I’m on hols and don’t have my light tent. Next year I’m going to put the light tent and my coffee machine on my packing list!  Here’s my card:

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #305

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week is a sketch that Tina has designed for us.

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I was way overdue on creating a masculine card and also overdue on breaking open my sunburst die.  Here’s my card:

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We would love for you to join us with this weeks challenge.  Head over to Just Add Ink and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle