Freshly Made Sketches #310

Hey Everyone

We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks sketch has been designed by the super talented Kim Singdahlsen.

Have a look at her cool sketch:

When you make a card, do you go with the first idea that pops into your mind?  I do and then I do everything to make it work.  I don’t often change my mind about stamp sets and dies after my initial idea.  For some reason when I saw this fabulous sketch I had Christmas in mind.  People I work with will tell you once I make up my mind, I don’t usually change it.  Probably everyone who knows me will say the same thing……

Even though layering of these trees took me probably 1/2 hour, I was determined to make them work. I even cut three more and played with them until I felt I had my card right.  The trees I’ve used are cut with Stampin’ Up!s Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used Old Olive cardstock as this matches the stripe-y DSP on my card. The DSP I’ve used is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Nothing quite says Christmas like diagonal striped DSP!

The sentiment I’ve used is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.  This great sentiment is from Cookie Cutter Christmas.  My layers are all matted with Basic Black cardstock and I tied some Basic Black Bakers Twine with a bow to pull everything together.  I then added some black sequins (as always in threes) to add some sparkle to my card.

As always the team have created wonderful cards to inspire you.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #382

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink!  This week is a colour challenge.  Have a look a the fabulous colour combo we have for you:

Now you’d probably think I’d go with a flowery card for this colour combo, but I decided to change it up and use these colours for a man card.  It’s been a while since I’ve made a masculine card so I thought I’d challenge myself with these colours.

The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I’ve used on my card is called High Tide.  My lighthouse is stamped with Fresh Fig and Smoky Slate.  The strip of DSP I’ve used is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I also added a strip of Basic Black cardstock, well because I really love to layer.  No sequins on a man card unfortunately, so I added some Black Bakers Twine to finish it off.

The design team at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards with these colours.  I love how different we have all used them.  Head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #309

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It’s Wednesday and we’ve had a hot one here in Australia! It’s not even Summer yet and I was melting!!!  Think it’s going to be hot Summer……truly not looking forward to it arriving.  I’m a Winter lover!

This weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by the superbly talented and super funny Linda Callahan.  This one’s a keeper for sure Linda!

Christmas is on my mind at the moment as someone said to me the other day it was less than 70 days until Santa arrives.  I hadn’t thought it was so close!  I’ve took this weeks sketch and created a Chrissy card to add to my stash.

I wanted to go with the following colours for my card:  Black, White, Green and Copper.  I’ve layered my circles with leaves and pinecone from Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I added a strip of Striped Ribbon and Copper Trim to my layers and I’ve used Copper Embossing Powder for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Flurry of Wishes.  The DSP circle in the background is from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.

Here’s my card:

The girls at Freshly Made Sketches have nailed this weeks sketch – head over to the challenge and see for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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 #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 #239 & Color Throwdown #460

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The card I’m sharing today is combined for two challenges – the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch and the colour challenge at Color Throwdown.  These challenges combined effortlessly for me today – I love it when it all comes together in under an hour!

Here are their challenge pics:

Initially I was going to create a Christmas card, mainly because of the Merry Little Christmas DSP I had chosen, but then decided I wanted to go with a floral card instead.  One of the things that I love about Stampin’ Up! DSPs is that the papers are so versatile.  Even though this is a Christmas pack, the papers work well for any card.

The orchids I’ve used are from a set called Climbing Orchid.  After stamping the outline of my orchids in Basic Black Archival Ink, I watercoloured my flowers in Dapper Denim Ink.  The outline of the leaves are also stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and then the centre is watercoloured with Old Olive Ink.

I looked at the MANY stamp sets I have and chose the sentiment from Feather Together as it worked well with the sketch.  I also like the font that has been used in this set.  The branch I’ve used is from Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies – it ties my orchids and leaves together, I think…..

Here’s my card:

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:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle