Just Add Ink #380

Hey Everyone

We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  This week the sketch has been designed by me.  I’ve created a simple sketch that can be interpreted in so many different ways.

I really love non-traditional colours for Christmas cards and I really love featuring black on them.  The only stamping I did on this card is the sentiment.  This Christmas sentiment is a new favourite of mine.  It’s from a Stampin’ Up stamp set called Better Together.  The pine boughs I added for layering are cut with my Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

To create a border around my sentiment (that was punched with my Pretty Label Punch), I used a die from Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.  As I wanted to create more of a oval shape to frame the sentiment, I cut the diecut through the centre and overlapped it under the sentiment.

I then layered some Burlap Ribbon and a half strip of this gorgeous Striped Ribbon as I had them both sitting unused on my desk. The strip of designer series paper was also sitting unused on my desk.  This pretty paper is from Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I always love it when I can use up discarded products laying around on my desk. It kind of makes me feel like I’m getting somewhere on cleaning up my desk!

Here’s my card:

The girls in the design team have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to the challenge and take a look at their creations.  We would love it if you could play along with this sketch challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #300

Hey Everyone

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