Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #381

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Today I’m playing along with Create with Connie & Mary Challenge where they have given us the following sketch to create our cards.

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The card I’ve created is kinda vintage-y with not only the retired Stampin’ Up! products I’ve used but with the colours and the distressed edges I’ve given it.  The colours I’ve used are Crumb Cake, Basic Black & Very Vanilla.  I dragged out my crimper again just for a bit of texture to the background and found some long-ago retired Stampin’ Up! DSP called Love Letter DSP for the stars. I’ve stamped a Christmas greeting from a retired set called That’s the Ticket.  To finish it off I’ve added some sequins, button, linen thread and a bow. I can’t even remember the last time I tied a seam binding bow! I have used quite a few old school products here but I can’t go past them for that vintage-y feel.

CCMC381

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Cheers

Narelle

 

Cardabilities #107

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The card I’m sharing today is for this weeks Cardabilities sketch.  I really thought the hexagons were interesting and couldn’t wait to play along.

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I had fun with this card because I did lots of distressing and dirtying up of the edges. I don’t seem to make many cards in this style anymore.  Here’s my card:

Cardabilities107

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Cheers

Narelle

Card Concept #18 & Cardabilities #106

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One of the things I love about challenges is that they do just that – they challenge me!  The challenge at The Card Concept this week is Back to School with the following inspiration picture to further inspire you.

CC18sketchI tried to do my best with what little Back to School products I had (Back to School is not really big in Australia).   To give me a helping hand with designing my card, I’ve used the sketch from this weeks Cardabilities challenge.  Here’s their great sketch:

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Here’s my card:

CC14 & Cardabilities104

We’d love for you to join us this week at The Card Concept – head over to the challenge and check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

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Cheers

Narelle

Stampin’ Royalty #208, SUO Challenge #87 & Friday Mashup #141

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I am LOVING that I am on holidays and can head out to my craft room on a weekday! It’s so nice to not be rushing around on the weekend trying to get all my housework done and then make time for my cards.  I even got a couple of hours of shopping in this morning – (are you even more jealous Karren???).  I’m going to be quick with this post as I’m now off to watch a movie 😉

The card I’m sharing I managed to sneak in for 3 challenges – Stampin’ Royalty sketch challenge, SUO challenge where we create a project using the colours I think of when I think of January and the Tic Toc challenge at Friday Mashup where I create a project with the Theme of Time.

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When I think of January, I think of my sisters birthday.  Her birthstone is a Garnet and because of this, red is her favourite colour – so that’s the main colour I went with on my card.  I was initially looking to use Clockworks for my card, but decided to ditch that idea when I came across Sense of Time first.  It is still one of my favourite retired Stampin’ Up! sets.  I then added the blossom from Morning Meadow and was really happy with the end result – I’m hoping my sister will be too! Here’s my card:

SR208 SUO97 FM141

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Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #91 & Dynamic Duos #57

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Wednesday’s bring another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  The very talented  Cindy Hall is this weeks sketch hostess.  She creates the most beautiful cards that you’ll want to check out – so head over to her blog and take a look.

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I’ve been a bit unwell with a migraine that stayed for 4 days (ugh!), so I really only threw my card together in a short time.  Not sure if it came out like I had pictured in my head because it’s been a bit fuzzy, but it was all I could come up with in the short time I had!

I needed a little help with what colours to use on my card so I used this weeks colour challenge at Dynamic Duos to give me a hand.

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I finally got my Stampin’ Up! pre-order but have only had a quick look at my new goodies.  I’m looking forward to the weekend so I can have a proper chance to play.  I’ve used two new stamps sets from the 2013 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue – Simply Sketched and Express yourself.  These products will be available to order from 2nd July.  Here’s my card:

FMS91

We’d love for you to join us at Freshly Made Sketches, so head over to the challenge and link up a card.  While you’re there check out the gorgeous cards the Design Team have created.

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Cheers

Narelle

Inspired by Stamping #49 & The Deconstructed Sketch #92

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If you love a challenge with really soft and pretty colours, the challenge over at Inspired by Stamping is for you. Their colours this week are Kraft, Light Pink & Green.

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I don’t make enough tags, so when I saw the sketch challenge at The Deconstructed Sketch I knew I would have to play along.  As soon as I sat down at my desk I reached for a tag I had made previously to get some inspiration and spilt my extra large latte all over it – grrrrrr not happy! I letting it dry to see how it looks – if it dries ok, then I may tell the person I’m giving it to that I meant to have a coffee stained look 🙂

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Here’s my tag:

IBSIC49 & DS92

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Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #151

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Just Add Ink has a great challenge for you this week.  Tina is this weeks hostess and she has given us the challenge to:

Just Add…..A Shaped Card

I created an easel card made from Stampin’ Up!s window framelits not long ago (you can find it here if you want to check it out).  I loved it so much I decided to create another one using the same framelits.  The designer series papers I’ve used at the top of my card is a retired one called Brocade Background DSP.  The main colour in this DSP is River Rock, a colour I don’t use very often.  I made a few rolled roses in a mix of River Rock and Very Vanilla and layered them with some leaves from my Little Leaves Die. On the bottom of my card I used some of my most favourite ever retired DSP – Love Letter DSP.  I love this houndstooth paper combined with River Rock.

JAI #151 Narelle

Easel cards are good for me because I decorate the inside at the time I make the card (imagine if I left it undecorated when I took the photo – not a good look!).  Apart from the water splotches stamp from French Foliage in the background, I have no real stamping on this card.  I’ve left this card sentiment-less as I didn’t really think it needed one.  It’s now gone into my “card for any occasion” stash.

JAI #151 Easel

You’re gonna love what our crafty Design Team have created this week.  Head over to Just Add Ink and check out their gorgeous creations.

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Products Used:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Brocade Background DSP (retired), Love Letter DSP (retired)
Ink: Crumb Cake
Stamp Set: French Foliage
Other Products: Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, Window Framelits, Doily Die, Little Leaves Die, Button, Hemp Twine (retired), Boho Blossoms Punch

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #69 & Dynamic Duos #36

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Linda S from Freshly Made Sketches has given us a very interesting sketch for us to create our cards this week.

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I was initially a little unsure about what to do with those three circles. In the end I’ve used my Stampin’ Up! Window Framelits for the middle one and then a butterfly and a sentiment for the remaining ones.

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I’m combining the FMS sketch with the colour challenge over at Dynamic Duos.  Their challenge this week is to create a project using Real Red and Basic Black.  Their dessert option is to use these colours and create a Valentine’s Day card.

Here’s my card:

FMS69 & DD36

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Cheers

Narelle

The Deconstructed Sketch #84

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The card that I’m sharing with you today is made for this weeks challenge at The Deconstructed Sketch:

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Gee I love this sketch – it’s so “me” with all those layers, so I knew I had to play along.  The colour combination I’ve gone for is Perfect Plum, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  My card started off with the seam binding.  I’m going through a phase of dyeing my seam binding to match my Stampin’ Up! cardstock.  I then chose my designer series papers and stamp sets from there.  The stamp set I’ve used is called Summer Silhouettes and I’ve Rock’ n’ Rolled the flowers in Perfect Plum and Black Stazon to give them a little something extra.

DS84

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Products Used:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DSP (retired), Perfect Plum
Ink: Black Stazon, Perfect Plum, Sahara Sand
Stamp Sets: Summer Silhouettes, French Foliage, Petite Pairs
Other Products: Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Circle Punches, Basic Pearls, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder

Cheers

Narelle

Mojo Monday #274

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll have noticed that I love vintage and my favourite colours to “vintage up” are Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  For this weeks Mojo Monday sketch I decided to use these colours. I think of them as my go-to colours when I don’t have a lot of time to plan another colour combination. Mojo’s sketch challenge is to create a project using the following round or square sketch – I went round for a change.

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Here’s my card:

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I gave my big shot and circle scissor a real workout today with all the cutting I’ve done.  I made this card into an easel card because my round cards always sit better on a base.

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Products Used:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DSP (retired)
Ink: Black Stazon, Sahara Sand, Sahara Sand Marker
Stamp Sets: Summer Silhouettes, Memorable Moments
Other Products: Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Vanilla Seam Binding, Scallop Circle Punches, Button, Hemp Twine (retired), Scallop Circle Die, Window Framelits

Cheers

Narelle