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 #307

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It’s Wednesday, so that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch designer this week is wonderfully talented and creator of gorgeous clean cards – Jennifer Timko.

Take a look at her great sketch:

I’m currently on holidays, and even though I thought I packed half of my craft room, it wasn’t until I sat down to make this card that I realised just how much I left at home….. This card took me a little longer to create as I kept ducking outside to enjoy the sunshine on our newly renovated deck at our beach house.

I’ve got a couple of Christmas cards coming up soon, so I decided to create a flowery birthday card for this weeks challenge.  I stamped the daisy from Daisy Delight in Berry Burst on to Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  The centre of my daisy was stamped with Old Olive Ink on to Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper – as I was originally going to go with a Christmas card for this challenge.  I love that these Christmas papers are versatile and can be used for other cards.

The leaves and little black stems I’ve created are cut my Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies and my sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

Here’s my card:

The team have created gorgeous cards to inspire you, so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.  We would love it if you could join us in this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #372

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week is a colour challenge. Take a look at these pretty colours.

I’ve gone with a clean card today letting the colours pop off the white background.  The flowers I’ve used are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  They’re stamped in Powder Pink and Pool Party.  To add Tranquil Tide, I placed a strip of card stock under my panels.   I also added a strip of Pool Party to tie everything together.

The sentiment I’ve used is from Colorful Seasons.  I stamped this in Basic Black Ink and the flourish-y outline stamp in Pool Party, from Label Me Pretty, and then used the matching Pretty Label Punch to punch my label out.  The ink splatters in the background are Swirly Bird – these are from Swirly Bird.

Here’s my card:

The girls at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #368

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There’s a new challenge waiting for you at Just Add Ink.  This weeks challenge is for you to:

When you’ve had no sleep after babysitting a 1yo and a 3yo you really should read the challenge before you make a card……  With my tired eyes and fuzzy mind I thought the challenge was something like create a Christmas card using a non-traditional stamp set.  So I came up with this card using Oh So Succulent:

I then went to load my card and realised it was supposed to be a Christmas card using a birthday set.  Even though Oh So Succulent has a birthday sentiment in it, I wasn’t sure it fit the challenge 100%, so I scrambled and made the following card using Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I created a wreath with the leaves from this set and stamped the little flowers in red to make them look like poinsettias.

The girls at Just Add Ink have created wonderful inspiration for you – so head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along.

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

Freshly Made Sketches #290

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This weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by Kim Singdahlsen. Kim has such a wonderful and distinctive style. Pop over to her blog and take a look at her gorgeous cards.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous is stunning stamp set.  I just adore these striking flowers and used them on my card to create an elegant wedding card.  The background ink spots are from Swirly Bird and I’ve stamped them in Basic Black.  The outline of the flowers are stamped in Basic Basic and the inside with Berry Burst and Powder Pink.  My foliage has been stamped in Smoky Slate and then fussy cut. I am loving this colour combo together! I’ve just realised now as I’m typing this that I’ve used no DSP on my card – this one is an easy card for a card class as there’s not a lot of cutting preparation!

The Clean Team at Freshly Made Sketches have created GORGEOUS cards to inspire you. Head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Kelly’s Stamping Friends Blog Hop – Celebrating 5 Years

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My wonderfully talented and hardworking friend Kelly Kent is celebrating 5 years of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! I was really pleased to meet Kelly in person last year at Stampin’ Up!s OnStage Event.  She lives waaaaay on the other side of Australia to me and someday I hope to catch up with her again – she is such a sweetie!

To celebrate her milestone she has organised a blog hop with stamping friends.  I loved the idea of a blog hop to celebrate her anniversary and was pleased to play along.  I’ve just realised today is actually my 8th year anniversary as a demo too! To top things off today is my 25th wedding anniversary – so celebrations all around!

The theme for the hop is “Happy”.  The card I’ve made is a fun birthday card with a cool “Happy” sentiment from Birthday Celebrations.  I watercoloured my sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist – a colour that really pops when combined with Basic Black.  I heat embossed the “Birthday to You” sentiment (also from Birthday Celebrations) in white embossing powder and smooshed techniqued the background with Lemon Lime Twist.

The Lemon Lime Twist balloon is stamped from a set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous and the black balloons are punched with various Stampin’ Up! balloon punches.  I used my white gel pen to create a shine line to them.  The black and silver DSP is from Pop of Pink Specialty DSP and the strip of Lemon Lime Twist DSP is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.

A little bit of Black Bakers Twine, Silver Ribbon and a few sequins and my card was done.

Next hop along the way is Wendy Hodkinson.  You’re going to love what she’s created.

Happy Anniversary Kelly – congrats on your 5 years! ❤

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle