Freshly Made Sketches #351

Hey Everyone

Welcome to another Wednesday and another new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Amy O’Neill.

Here’s the fabulous sketch Amy has designed:

I have used Amy’s sketch to add a card to my Christmas card collection.  The snowflakes I’ve used are from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used a combination of Whisper White and Mossy Meadow Cardstock for them.

The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow Ink and is from Blended Seasons Stamp Set.  The font on this sentiment is just gorgeous and is the perfect size for a single layered sentiment.  The background stamps are from Timeless Textures. I’ve stamped these in a combination of Sahara Sand for the watercolour look and Mossy Meadow for the ink splatters.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from Twinkle Twinkle DSP.  I love it when you can use papers from a pack that it isn’t typically designed for.  I’ve been using this pack for my baby cards, but I think the stars work well for Christmas too!

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards that will inspire you. Head over to the challenge and take a look.  We would love it if you could play along with the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Just Add Ink #407 – Just Add “O”

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Friday’s mean a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge for you is to:

When I sat down on Sunday to create something for this challenge, I initially drew a blank on anything starting with O.  The only thing I could think of was creating some cards using the One Sheet Wonder Technique.  Of course that then meant I would need to create a few cards instead of just my usual one card…..  I didn’t realise how much time I would spend on this one challenge.  I started with my layout and came up with the following measurements:

I then decided on a stamp set and colours I would use.  The stamp set I settled on was Stampin’ Up!s Colorful Seasons.  The ink colours I used were – Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.   I randomly stamped the leaf stamps first and then the little wheel like stamp to fill in the gaps. The littlest leaf stamp was inked up with Crumb Cake, but this doesn’t really come through in my photo.

 

In total I created seven cards.  On the first of my cards, I have layered my stamped OSW panel in the centre of my card.  I added a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday on a circle and added a light Crumb Cake watercolour behind the sentiment. I then set my big shot into action and cut loads of leaves with my Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. My leaves are made from Old Olive and Mossy Meadow Cardstock.

My second card also has the OSW panel in the centre of the card. I added some Linen Thread and the chair die cut from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies to my card. I added more leaves and a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday.

I flipped my next card to mix it up and added banners, leaves, a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday and a Linen Thread bow.

I have given this card a side panel with my OSW strip.  Along with a sentiment stamped on a circle, I added a strip of Burlap Ribbon and a banner.

This next card has a more clean look as I have used a thin strip of my OSW on the right side of my card.  As on my other cards, I have given my strip a mat of Old Olive Cardstock.  By adding the mat I think it makes the OSW strip stand out more against the all white background.

I’ve used the chair die cut from my Seasonal Layers Thinly Dies on this card. Again I have added some leaves, banners and a Linen Thread bow.

The layout on this card was one that I remember using in a previous sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love this layout – to create this, I took the last of the thin strips from my OSW and cut it evenly into three rectangles.  I matted them with Old Olive Cardstock and placed them as below.  I added some banners and a sentiment and my card was done.

Phew! That’s lots of photos isn’t it? The girls at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards with this weeks challenge.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) this Sketch #265

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CAS(E) this Sketch has a fabulous sketch this week.  As I’m on hols with family, I’ve only today managed to find some time to create a card for the challenge.  I’ve been trying to sneak away all week to play along!

I am in LOVE with these leaves from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I knew I wanted to use them as soon as I saw the sketch.  I cut off a strip of the stripe-y DSP from Merry Little Christmas DSP that I thought worked perfectly with the sketch.  What colour works best with Old Olive?  Crumb Cake……however, I forgot to bring some with me…..  The only cardstock I had in a similar colour was the backing board from a make and take from an Onstage Event that I had somehow packed. Even though it’s not quite Crumb Cake, I think it works well.  As this backing board is really thick the die wouldn’t cut the entire way through so my leaves were a little crushed when I separated them.  I figure that’s how leaves look when they’ve fallen to the ground anyway.

The sentiment that I’ve used was chosen because it fit in my Label Punch.  The sentiment is from Petal Palette.  I added a bit of a washed look behind the sentiment with my Old Olive Watercolor Pencil.

I just noticed my ribbon is a tad offline at the top……I’ve now lined it up properly, but have already put away my light tent and it’s too late to pull it out again to take another photo.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #330

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Wednesday’s seem to come around in the blink of an eye!  It feels like the weeks are flying by and before we know it, Christmas will be here!  We have a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you.  Our sketch designer is Jen Brum.  Jen’s cards are creative, clean and so very striking. Head over to her blog and take a look.

I’ve had a couple of requests for wedding cards lately and have non in my stash.  I chose Jen’s fabulous sketch to start off my wedding card collection.

My leaves are created using my Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. The colours I’ve chosen for my card are Sahara Sand, Old Olive and Whisper White.  To create the larger leaves, I inked up a silicone mat with Sahara Sand and Hello Honey Inks.  I then spritzed the ink with water and applied some Whisper White Cardstock directly on to the mat.  Once the cardstock dried, I then ran the cardstock through my Bigshot with the larger leaf die.

I stamped the ink splatter stamp from Swirly Bird in Sahara Sand Ink and stamped on to my card base.  I then added my sentiment, the strips of cardstock and some Linen Thread.  To add a little bit of wedding bling, I then finished off my card with a sequin.

The Clean Team at Freshly Made Sketches have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Pop over to the blog and see their creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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

Just Add Ink #386

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We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink for you.  This week our challenge is for you to:

This is an easy one challenge to add anything starting with an “R’ on your project – the possibilities are endless!  As I spent the whole weekend with fabulous friends at the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event in Melbourne, I didn’t have a huge amount of time to be super creative.

I decided so go simple with roses and ribbon on my card.  The roses I’ve stamped are from Graceful Garden.  My roses are coloured with So Saffron and Crushed Curry Inks.  The leaves are cut with dies from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used Old Olive cardstock for them.  The strip of designer series paper I’ve used is from Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack.  I then added a strip of Basis Black cardstock for another layer – just because you can’t have too many layers! To add some ribbon, I added a thin strip of Vintage Crochet Trim and the sentiment is from Big on Birthdays.

Here’s my card:

The girls from Just Add Ink were a little more creative than me with their projects, so head over to the challenge and take a look.  We’d love to see your project starting with “R”.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Global Design Project #110, Addicted to CAS #123 & The Card Concept #80

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I was able to play along with not one, not two, but three challenges with my card today.  I’m entering my card into the following fab challenges – Global Design Project, Addicted to CAS and The Card Concept.  Take a look at their inspiration pics:

As you probably know, sketch challenges are my favourites.  Half of the card is already done by following a sketch!  The sketch at Global Design Project is pretty awesome and made putting together my card so easy.  Are you like me and save sketches? When I get the chance, I print them and keep them in a file for when I need inspiration.

The code word at Addicted to CAS is “Leaves” and the gorgeous inspiration pic at The Card Concept has a beautiful cake layered with leaves.  I think the style of this card qualifies at The Card Concept as Classy & Elegant?  I combined these challenges and made a neutral wedding card.

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from a Stampin’ Up retired pack called Urban Underground Speciality Designer Series Paper.  This tiny spotted paper was my favourite from this pack.

The leaves are cut with Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  To create my coloured leaves, I watercoloured some Thick Whisper White cardstock with Tip Top Taupe (sadly retired), Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Inks.

The sentiment I’ve used is from Beautiful Bouquet.  I stamped this sentiment in the flourish stamp from Label Me Pretty and punched it out with my Pretty Label Punch.  I then added a strip of Burlap Ribbon and Copper Ribbon.  Because I’m a lover of anything bling, especially on a nuptials card, I added a copper sequin.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle