Freshly Made Sketches #315

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We have a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you.  This weeks sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Amy O’Neill.  Take a look at her fab sketch:

So when you’re craft room is too hot to spend a lot of time being creative in, you go with a clean and simple card with as little stamping as possible.  I might be the only Melbournian wishing for Winter to arrive soon…..

My only stamping comes in the form of a sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness.   I added a thin strip of Basic Black cardstock that was edged with my Ticket Tear Border Punch.  I then cut various snowflakes from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.  To add a little bling to my card, I added little black sequins to the centre of each snowflake.  The stitched oval on my card is cut with my Stitched Framelits Dies.  I LOVE Lemon Lime Twist for Christmas – so the DSP I used in the background is from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and then I added some Lemon Lime Twist ribbon and tied a knot.

The Clean Team have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and get ready be to wowed.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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October Christmas Class

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I LOVE Christmas time and I LOVE my Christmas classes.  While I was on holidays recently I made the following projects for my class girls.  There’s quite an overload of photos, so I hope you’re ready for them!

Stampin’ Up! Pizza Boxes are the coolest and most easiest boxes to put together. We made 4 simple gift cards to put in the boxes to give to someone as a gift.  The designer series paper I’ve used is from Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  I’ve added a thin strip of Basic Black cardstock on the front the gift cards and box.  The sentiment is from Better Together and I’ve punched them out with my Pretty Label Punch.  To add a little bling (but not too much, as not everyone keeps handmade cards) we added a black sequin.

For the front of the Pizza Box, I cut some white trees cut with my Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  For a different look, some of the girls cut Old Olive trees – both looked fabulous I have to say.  I also added a strip of Basic Black cardstock and some Black Bakers Twine.  Oh and as always, a black sequin.

We also made two simple cards using the same designer series paper we used on the Pizza Box and gift cards.

My first card uses a strip of DSP from Be Merry Designer Series Paper on the side of my card.  I added some Old Olive trees that were cut with my Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  I then cut the sentiment with my retired Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.

For our second card, I layered Old Olive trees cut with my Santa Sleigh Framelits Die, a circle, a Pretty Label Punch with a sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness.  To tie in with the other card I used a strip of DSP, Basic Black cardstock and Black Bakers Twine.  A simple black sequin finishes this card off.

 

 

You will probably remember this card I made for our 300th sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love this card and I think the girls did too!

I think Bundle of Love Speciality Designer Series Paper works really well for Christmas and for our class, I also made a pink one below, to show that Christmas doesn’t always need to be red and green.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #378

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We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  Our challenge for you to is:

This is a great challenge! Texture is an easy thing to add to any project – endless possibilities with this challenge.

I’ve chosen to add texture to my card with embossing paste and also the texture of the ribbon I’ve added.  The mask I’ve used with my embossing paste is from Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

The colour of the Christmas trees are Old Olive and Pear Pizzaz cardstock.  These trees are cut with my new Card Front Builder Thinlits.  (Little story about my new thinlits – I lost one before I even used it! I looked for hours for it! Found it two days laters stuck to the back of a finished card I’d filed away. I only found it by accident! I better be a little more careful!). The tiny deer, moon and stars are also from this die set.  The layers I’ve added under my sentiment are a strip of DSP from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, a strip of gorgeous Striped Ribbon and a piece of basic black cardstock cut with my Ticket Tear Border Punch.  The pretty sentiment I’ve used is from a Stampin’ Up stamp set called Holly Berry Happiness.

You may not notice straight away, as I had actually forgotten I’d added the DSP when I made the card two weeks ago, but I have used some designer series paper from Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper in the background.

The team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to the challenge and take a look.  While you’re there, we would love to see your project with texture!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) This Sketch #238 & Merry Monday Challenge #255

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I had a day off work today and after breakfast with my husband, I had time to play in my craft room.  The card I made is for the following challenges – the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge and the theme challenge at Merry Monday Challenge.

Here are the pics for their challenges:

 

Oh how I love black and white for Christmas!  I was thrilled to see that one of the designer series paper packs in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue featured Basic Black, Whisper White and Old Olive.  This DSP pack is called Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The holly on my card is from a Stampin Up! stamp set called Holly Berry Happiness.  After stamping the outline in Basic Black Archival Ink, I then watercoloured the centre with Old Olive Ink.  The centre of the berries is lightly coloured with Cherry Cobbler Ink.

The word “Joy” has been cut with a retired die from Wondrous Wreath Framelit Dies.  I then added a couple of thin strips of Basic Black cardstock as I felt that side of the card was a little bare – not gonna lie, it took me forever to get two that were similar in width and not furry edged….  To finish off my card, I added some Basic Black Bakers Twine and some Silver Sequins.

Here’s my card:

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Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) This Sketch #236

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I was playing around leftover stamping on my desk on Monday (when I really should’ve been cleaning it up) and found some images I’ve previously coloured but never used.  I decided to put them together for an Aussie style Christmas card for this weeks sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.

Take a look at their great sketch:

In Australia, our Christmas day weather can change in an instant, but generally it’s swimming weather.  Last Christmas we had three air conditioners going, two fans on and half of our guests in the pool!

With the pre-coloured images I found, I decided to create a fun beachy themed Christmas card.  Having all of the images coloured, this card took no time at all to put together. The beach-y images are from Stampin’ Up!s Day at the Beach and the Christmas wreath is from Holly Berry Happiness.  The “Christmas” sentiment that I have cut down is from Better Together and the “Is On It’s Way” is from Sunshine Sayings.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #300

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We are celebrating 300 sketches at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  How amazing is that? To celebrate this huge milestone, one person will be randomly chosen from the gallery to receive all of our cards!

I remember I played along with the very first sketch way back and I definitely my first card (not a fan of that one I can tell you…..).  It’s funny (and almost slightly cringeworthy) looking back at my style and the cards I used to make.

Our sketch designer is Jen – she’s created this great sketch for us:

 

I ADORE this sketch and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card in blue and white. You will see that I’ve added a strip of Silver Glitter Ribbon under my sentiment to break up the blue and white and to also add a bit of sparkle.  I also LOVE this sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness as it’s the perfect sentiment for when I create cards for the many creative friends I have made overseas.  I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black Ink and then punched it out with my Pretty Label Punch.

The designer series paper I’ve used is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the snowflakes I’ve cut are from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.  These dies are so versatile as there are dies for all seasons in them.

The girls are Freshly Made Sketches are such a wonderful group of girls that I feel privileged to be a part of.  As always, they inspire me and encourage me to create the best cards I can.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at the wonderful cards they have created.

We would love it if you could play along with our 300th sketch!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle