Freshly Made Sketches #367

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We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you!  This week our sketch has been designed by our Queen of creative backgrounds, distress inks and owner of probably the biggest stamp collections of anyone I know – Karren Johnson.

Also, don’t forget we are into week two of our Design Team Call.  This is your last week to enter, so if you’d like to join our group, head over to the challenge, link up a card and add DT Call next to your name.

I decided to go a little scenic with Karren’s sketch – something I don’t do very often.

The tree I’ve fussy cut out is from the ever faithful Lovely As A Tree – truly the most versatile of stamp sets.  I applied my Early Espresso and Old Olive Markers directly to the tree stamp, huffed on it with my breath and stamped on Whisper White Cardstock.  The little reindeer are from Dashing Deer Stamp Set.  I inked these up with Soft Suede Ink and cut them out with the matching Detailed Deer Framelits Dies.  The grassy area was stamped with the grass stamps from  High Tide.  I’ve used a combination of Mossy Meadow and Old Olive Inks for the meadow.

I searched around for a sentiment that fit in the space where I wanted to place it.  The one that worked the best was this Noel stamp from Joyous Noel.  I stamped this in Early Espresso Ink.  The background stamp is stamped in Crumb Cake Cardstock and is also from Joyous Noel.

The piece of designer series paper is from Wood Textures Designer Series Stack.  I thought the woodgrain background fit with my whole woodsy/meadow scene.  To balance out my placement of the reindeer, I added a sequin and a scrap of Burlap Ribbon near my sentiment.

For inspiration, head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see the gorgeous cards the Design Team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #168

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This is our first challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for 2015 and this week our hostess is Amy O’Neill.  Amy’s blog is one of my favourites to visit as she combines colours like no other and I always find inspiration from her cards.  Head over to her blog and check out her gorgeous cards.

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I’ve gone with a children’s card as I thought it was time to add to my stash.  I don’t think I’ve ever used Zoo Review, a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set, before now.  I really should pause before I buy as I’m sure there’s more than one stamp set in my room that has never seen ink.  It really is a great stamp set to give my blendabilities a run. Here’s my card:

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We would love you to join us in our first challenge.  Head over to the challenge and check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Dynamic Duos #30 & The Sweet Stop Sketch #186

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The colour challenge at Dynamic Duos this week is Midnight Muse & Silver.  I had an idea in my head to create a wintery Christmas scene and try a bit of sponging.  I’m not a huge technique user – mainly because I don’t find the time to play around and perfect them – so I decided to give it a try this morning.  I’m not sure if I translated exactly what was in my head to my card, but I’m happy with the result.

I’m combining this colour challenge with the sketch challenge at The Sweet Stop Sketch.  I really love a square card, so this sketch appealed to me.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Merry Monday Challenge #36

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So this is a first for me – I broke open my previously unopened brayer.  The thing scared the life out of me but I wanted to overcome my fear of it and give it a go.  Be gentle on me for my first time using it….

I tried the reflection technique with my Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  I’m hoping I was able to achieve the look I was going for.  Here’s Lesley’s Merry Monday sketch that inspired me to try using my brayer.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Merry Monday Challenge #28

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It’s Monday, so that means a new challenge at Merry Monday.

Here’s this weeks sketch by Lesley:

You know when you have an idea in your mind, and when you sit down to create it – it ends up being different from what you had planned?  That’s what happened with this one. I’m not exactly sure if I’m loving it yet, but I think it’s growing on me! Plus I may have gone too far with my daubing 🙂

I hope you have time to head over to Lesley’s blog and check out the gorgeous creations the Merry Makers have created with this fab sketch.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Merry Monday Challenge – Something Different Week 2

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This is week 2 of Lesley’s month long Merry Monday Challenge for July.  While Lesley’s taking a well deserved blogging break we are holding the fort and creating one card a week from our favourite past Merry Monday sketch (click here to take you to the full list of sketches to choose from).  You can join in at anytime over the next three weeks – we’d love to see you play along.

I’ve chosen the sketch below to create my 4 different cards this month.  Click here to see my take on this sketch from last week.  This time I decided to change it up from a cleaner card and ended up going vintage with it:

Here’s my card:

Please check out what fabulous cards the Merry Makers have created and if you have time, we hope you can join in.

Thanks for taking a look.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #42

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I love sketch challenges – I’ve probably said that heaps of times – but I thought I’d say it again just in case you’re new to my blog.  I try and enter as many challenges as I can squeeze in, in my limited crafting time.

Freshly Made Sketches is one of my favourite sketch challenges as it makes me try a more “cleaner” style of card than I normally create.  Here’s this weeks sketch:

I’ve used this weeks sketch to make my monthly “man card” and tried my hand at making clouds for the first time (I think I’m technique challenged, so I’m making myself learn new things). I got so carried away with the clouds, I tried them out on my tag too! Here’s my card:

Thanks for taking a look.

Products Used:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Night of Navy DSP, Always Artichoke
Ink: Night of Navy, Always Artichoke
Stamp Sets: Up, Up & Away, Lovely as a Tree
Other Products: Scallop Circle Punch, Hemp Twine, Button, Tag Punches, Crop-A-Dile

Cheers

Narelle