The Card Concept #12

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You’re going to love this weeks challenge at The Card Concept – our challenge for you to is create a card with a Nautical Theme.

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I really enjoyed making my card for this challenge and tried to put as many nautical embellishments as possible.  I love the whitewash boards that you see in a lot of beachy houses in the movies so I tried to re-create some of them.  Stampin’ Up!s Hardwood stamp worked perfectly for these.  I also made a life buoy as sort of a picture frame and stamped the boat from Stampin’ Up!s Open Sea to have framed behind it.  I added an anchor as well that I took from the inspiration picture and finished off my card off a vintagey brad.

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Come and join us at The Card Concept – head over to the challenge at check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #119

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We are in the middle of a major heatwave here in Melbourne so I haven’t really had much of a chance to create as the heat in my craft room is making me melt.  We’re expecting another two days of heat so I don’t think I’ll get much card-making done until the weekend 😦  Fingers crossed we don’t lose power as many homes in Melbourne are without electricity.

This weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is brought to us by the talented Cindy Lovell.  This is her first sketch with us and I have to say that it’s a super-cool design that I love!

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I really like this colour combo.  Do you think I can give this card to a man? Or does the yellow make it a bit girlie?  I’ve gone with a star as per Cindy’s sketch but I also snuck another 3 more in there.  I also moved my sentiment to the banner which was actually a mistake as I didn’t look at the sketch as close as I should’ve!

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Come and join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Head over to the challenge and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #117

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This is our last challenge for 2013 at Freshly Made Sketches.  Can you believe that Christmas is only one week away?  I’m starting to think that one week won’t be enough time for me to be ready for Christmas.

The amazingly talented Amy O’Neill is this weeks sketch hostess – here’s her great sketch:

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I decided to go with a man card as it’s been a while since I’ve made one.  I dragged out an oldie but a goodie Stampin’ Up! stamp set call Open Sea.  I tried to keep this card clean and simple, well as clean and simple as I can get!

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Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the Clean Team.  While you’re there, why don’t you join us in the last sketch for 2013?  We’ll be back on 8th January with some fabulous sketches!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #110

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The lovely Rita has designed a fabulous sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  This sketch has so many possibilities and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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I decided to go with another masculine card to add to my stash.  Here’s what I came up with:

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The Clean Team have created gorgeous inspiration for you this week.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out their cards!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #108

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Wow Wednesday’s come around quick!  This weeks Freshly Made Sketches hostess is the amazing Jen Mitchell.  Jen provides us with gorgeous sketches and creates the most beautiful and inspiring cards.  Here’s her sketch this week:

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For a little while now I’ve been meaning to use my Stampin’ Up! set called Six Sided Sampler.  I’ve used this stamp set once and I think I may need to use it more than once to get my $46.95 use out of it.  I’ve planned ahead and made a card for my niece who will be having a birthday in November.  My card is a little different in that I’ve got more white on my card than I normally have – I was trying to get more clean look that I admire on other peoples card.

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Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the gorgeous and varied inspiration from the Clean Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Stampin’ Royalty #181 & Deconstructed Sketch #106

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I’m back for the third time today! I’ve been having a wonderful play in my craft room.

The design team at Stampin’ Royalty have an inspiration picture challenge this week that I found would work well for a masculine card.

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I’ve combined the colours from the inspiration pic with this weeks sketch challenge at The Deconstructed Sketch.  Here’s Jen’s fabulous sketch:

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I’ve left the bow off from Jen’s sketch but have replaced it with a starfish that I moved slightly to the left.  Because the inspiration pic was very nautical, I’ve used Stampin’ Up!s Sail Away stamp set again.  You may not recognise a couple of the DSPs I’ve used.  I’m pretty happy with myself as I printed them off MDS.  The stripey one in the background is from a designer kit called Number One.  I’ve got no idea what the name of the burlap looking one is as when I went back to find the name of it, I couldn’t find it!  Oh well, it was one that was pre-loaded on MDS when I brought it. I was really chuffed with how they printed and know that if I have more time to look around MDS, I’ll be using it more often. Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #90

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The very talented Linda Callahan is this weeks sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches. If you haven’t checked out her blog, then I really urge you to head over there and admire her gorgeous creations.

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I’ve gone with another masculine to try and replenish my stash.  I dipped into my dwindling supply of Jumbo Eyelets to use on this card, but I love the effect of them with Hemp Twine. I was extremely sad when both the Eyelets and Hemp Twine retired.

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Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Stampin’ Royalty #179 & The Deconstructed Sketch #104

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I’m back with a second card today.  This time I’ve created a masculine card.  My nephew had a birthday yesterday and my brother-in-law’s birthday is next weekend.  I went into my man card stash and found that after I give them their cards, I have a total of zero cards left.  When I saw the challenge at Stampin’ Royalty was to create a masculine card, this spurred me into action to create one.

I’ve combined their masculine themed challenge with the sketch challenge at The Deconstructed Sketch.

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The designer series paper I’ve used is a retired Stampin’ Up! one called Well Worn that I have barely used.  The image I’ve used is from a retired Stampin’ Up! one called Classic Convertibles.  I thought the grunginess of the papers paired really well with the vintage car.

Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #163

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This weeks Just Add Ink Challenge is brought to us by the very talented Nikki Spencer. She’s given us the challenge to:

Just Add…….A Fun Background!

Now what this means is we challenge you to create an interesting background with something other than designer series paper. I reach for DSP to use in my background for every card I make, so this challenge had me thinking.

I’ve used the brayer embossing folder technique for my card today.  I’ve used this technique a few times on my cards but to add that little bit of extra fun-ness, I’ve used a brighter colour than what I generally use.  Tempting Turqoise is a colour that barely sees the light of day in my house, I do love it, but I rarely reach for it.  I wanted to give it a run and have teamed it with Basic Grey.  To achieve the effect on my background I ran my brayer over my Tempting Turquoise ink pad and then ran it over the debossed side of the embossing. I carefully laid a piece of Whisper White cardstock inside the embossing folder put it through my big shot.  The is the end result:

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The Design Team have created some gorgeous cards again, so head over to Just Add Ink and check out their fun backgrounds.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #247 & Inspired by Stamping #53

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I’m back with a second card tonight and this one I’ve combined for two challenges – Create with Connie & Mary Sketch Challenge and Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge.  Here are their inspiration pics:

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This is a great sketch and I thought I would be able to combine the challenge colours with it really easy, but when I sat down to create I didn’t find them easy at all.  In the end I only used a smidge of Rose Red that I sponged on to my flowers – I did get it in there, but only just!

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle