Just Add Ink #489

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There’s a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  The challenge we have for you is to create a project using three of the colours from the pic below:

The three colours I chose were: Blueberry Bushel, Bermuda Bay and Lovely Lipstick.  The stamp set I’ve used on my card is called Dressed To Impress Stamp Set.  How cool are these images?  I have a friend who LOVES red lippy and I created this card with her in mind.  The background stamp has been inked up with Lovely Lipstick Ink and the lipsticks themselves have been coloured with my Lovely Lipstick Blends.  The stems of the lipsticks have been lightly watercoloured with Bermuda Bay and Blueberry Bushel Inks.  The flowers are also from the stamp set as well as the fabulous sentiment.  The DSP covered with lipsticks is from the Best Dress DSP pack – I had to use this piece because of the lippy’s.

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful and varied cards using the colours from the challenge. Pop over to Just Add Ink and take a look at what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #419

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It’s time for a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch designer is the wonderfully talented Lee Ann Barrett.

 

When you need a quick and easy card, you can’t go past cutting images from your DSP!  I chose these gorgeous blooms from the Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper pack. Not only does it have pretty flowers, I also cut the leaves from the same piece.  The Petal Pink DSP I added to the background is also from this pack.  Because I can’t stop using Bermuda Bay on my projects at the moment, I matted my DSP with it and also added a piece under my Whisper White panel on an angle.  The sentiment I’ve added to my card is from the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set.  Under the sentiment I placed a strip of Petal Pink 1/4″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon – I love that it paired well with my DSP. One Noble Peacock Rhinestone was the finishing touch to my card.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created awesome cards that will no doubt inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Bermuda For a Friend Card

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I’m supposed to be designing projects for design team commitments, but it just wasn’t happening.  So I deviated and created the card below.

I have to say it. I’m addicted to Bermuda Bay Cardstock.  To break up the Bermuda Bay Cardstock, I cut the cardstock through the middle on an angle.  I then cut two thin strips of Whisper White Cardstock and added them close to where the two pieces of Bermuda Bay meet.  I had this flower from To A Wild Rose partially inked with my Light Pool Party Blend sitting on the desk.  To finish off the colouring, I added some more colour with my Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate Blends. I added a little too much Smoky Slate to the centre of the flower, so I took my White Gel Pen and added some dots to correct the colour.  The leaves were also sitting on my desk discarded from another project. They got the same blend treatment with Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate Blends.  Three little Noble Peacock Rhinestones finished off my card.

I’m off to my craft room to re-visit my DT projects!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #488 – Blog Hop

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Welcome to our first challenge at Just Add Ink for 2020!  We have a special “Celebrate” Challenge planned for you as it’s the 10 year Anniversary of Just Add Ink and we are also celebrating 1,000 followers!.  What better way to celebrate than with a blog hop! Plus……we have special gifts and prizes!!!

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift.

We’ll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also – to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop – 14 stops in total.  To see what prizes are available and how to be eligible – head over to the Just Add Ink blog.

As our challenge for you is a celebration challenge, I decided nothing says celebration more than a wedding card. The stamp set I chose for my card is called To A Wild Rose Stamp Set.  I embossed the pretty rose image with White Embossing Powder on Vellum Cardstock.  I then took my Aqua Painter and Balmy Blue Ink and added colour to my flower. I used Pear Pizzazz Ink on the leaves.  After fussy cutting the images out, I adhered them to a 2 1/4″ circle punch.

The designer series paper I used in the background is from the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper pack.  I matted the DSP with Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock.  The sentiment I added to my card is from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set.  Under the sentiment, I added a strip of Pool Party Cardstock and Whisper White edgelit cut with the Nature’s Thoughts Dies.  My favourite embellishment to finish of my cards at the moment is some Rhinestones and Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding.

The next hop along the way is my fabulous sweet friend from Canberra, Patrice Easton! Click here to take you to her blog or on the button below.

For your chance to win one of the prizes, make sure you head over to Just Add Ink and join in our challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #418

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It’s Wednesday, so that means a new sketch to play along with at Freshly Made Sketches.  This weeks sketch has been designed by the wonderfully talented Jacquie Southas.

I’ve yet to ink up one of my most wanted Sale-A-Bration stamp sets – Happy Birthday To You.  I stamped the image in Black Memento Ink and coloured the image with Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron & Petal Ink Blends.  The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from the Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper pack.  The birthday sentiment I’ve added to my card is also from the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set.  Because I can’t do without embellishments, I added three Champagne Rhinestones Basic Jewels and a strip of the gorgeous Petal Pink 1/4″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon.  I am loving both of these and want to use them on every card.

We would love to see what you create with the sketch.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what the team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Colour INKspiration 3rd Birthday Hop!

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Welcome to a Saturday here night in Australia and a 3rd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop for the INKspiration Colour Challenge!  I haven’t been on the team now for about a year, so I was honoured that the girls asked me to participate in this special celebration.

For this hop, the team were asked to choose three of their favourite colours.  I chose the following in the spur of the moment:

After I sent Bron my colours, I thought about it and realised these colours probably aren’t my favourite, but I do love the combination of them.  I’ve created a birthday card and a matching gift box using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

I wanted to go match-y with my gift box and card, so I cut up a Kraft Pillow Box and added it to the background of my card and matted it with some Pool Party Cardstock and Bermuda Bay Cardstock. The poppies have been coloured with a combination of Pool Party Ink and Bermuda Bay Ink in the creases for definition to flowers.  The leaves have been watercoloured with Bermuda Bay Ink. I then added a birthday sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set and some pretty Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon.

The gift box has been decorated the same as the card but with strips of Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Cardstock.

The next hop along the way is the super lovely and super creative Lou Kitzelman.  Click here or on the button below to take you to her hop.

 

List of Designers participating in the hop:

Bronwyn Eastley

Patrice Easton

Nicole Wilson

Narelle Farrugia

Lou Kitzelman

Jackie Noble

Julia Quinn

Chloe Evans

Denita Wright-Smee

Kelly Kent

Vicki Boucher

Jan Clothier

Cathy Pinchbeck

Leonie Stuart

Nikki Spencer

Rose Packer

Tanya Bell

Rebecca Scurr

Monique Fielder

Jackie Aitken

Elizabeth Gross

Rachel Palmieri

To play along with this challenge, all you have to do is choose three of your favourite colours and get creating! This challenge will be open to 10th February.  To link up a card, click here to take you to the facebook group.

Thanks for stopping by.

cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #417

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Welcome to the first sketch challenge for 2020 at Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer this week is the super talented Judy Rozema.

I am loving the pretty papers in the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.  The piece I’ve used was the starting point on my card.  It’s Petal Pink in colour and has a lovely script running across it.  The flowers I’ve added to my card are from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.  The leaves have been coloured with a combination of Petal Pink Ink and highlighted with Poppy Parade Ink.  The Mint Macaron leave are cut the Cherry Blossoms Dies.  To tie in with the DSP, I added a strip of Petal Pink 1/4″ Metallic Edge Ribbon under the sentiment and some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using this weeks sketch.  Head over to the challenge and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team – Sale-A-Bration Coordination Blog Hop

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Welcome to my blog and the very first 2020 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!  But first, have a look at the gorgeous colours they’ve used in the Artisan picture above. They’re so pretty that I think I may have to combine these colours on a card soon!

The Artisan Design Team are featuring products from the Coordination Product Release. The Coordination Product Release is an exclusive, limited-time collection of products that has everything you need to let you celebrate your creativity. These products are available for demonstrators to pre-order from 3rd January-3rd February.  Preorders are limited to one per demonstrator. By getting your hands on these products now, you can demonstrate to your customers how they coordinate with items from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue and the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue.  Let them know that these goodies are available to order from the 4th February 2020 and that these products are available for a limited time, so they won’t want to miss out.

The cards I’ve created feature the Nature’s Thoughts Dies.  These dies coordinate with the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set which is available to purchase now from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue.  You might know I’m a fussy cutter, but I’m not now with these dies! From beginners to the avid crafter these dies will make creating cards a breeze.

I had fun with colours and layering with the cards below: 

To create the first card, I daubed the background Whisper White Cardstock with Pear Pizzazz Ink.  I stamped two fern fronds on to Whisper White Cardstock with Pear Pizzazz Ink and used the coordinating die to cut them out. I then stamped two Smoky Slate flower images and cut them out with the coordinating die. To add some definition to the flowers, I took my Journaling Pen and added some dots to the centre of the flowers.  I then added the sentiment with a strip of Mint Macaron Cardstock and a strip of Smoky Slate die cut with another die from the set.

For my second card I matted the daubed Whisper White Cardstock with some Smoky Slate Cardstock. I wanted to create a frame with the frame die in the set.  I used my trimmer to cut the centre out of the die cut to create a thin frame.   I then stamped and cut two fern fronds and layered them in the frame.  I fell in love with the butterfly from the stamp set and wanted to use it on my second card.  I gave my butterfly some colour with my Mint Macaron and So Saffron Blends. Lucky for me, there’s also a framelit for this butterfly in the Nature’s Thoughts Dies. I then added a strip of Mint Macaron Cardstock and a Smoky Slate Cardstock edgelit under the sentiment.

These coordination products are amazing and save you fussy-cutting time – that means you can spend more time creating fabulous projects!  Don’t forget, Demonstrators have exclusive access to these products now, so why don’t you give yourself a little New Years present and put in an order?

The next hop along the way is the wonderfully talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here or click on the badge below to take you to her blog and to continue on the hop.

 

2020 Artisan Design Team Roll

Caroline van der Straaten

Emma Goddard

Helene den Breejen

Jan Clothier

Lauren Alarid

Leah Fedynak

Manuela Geiswinkler

Marine Wiplier

Martha Groger

Martin Stone

Narelle Farrugia

Nina Waldschmidt

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Tammy Wilson

Zsuzsanna Balazs

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Smoky Slate Cardstock, Mint Macaron Cardstock

Stamp Set: Positive Thoughts Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Pear Pizzazz Ink, Mint Macaron Blends, So Saffron Blends

Other Products: Nature’s Thoughts Dies, Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dauber, Journaling Pen

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Painted Poppies Class

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Have been planning my first class for 2020 since early December. The cards are made and finally got a chance to photograph them over the weekend.

When creating projects for classes, I try and design matching cards to keep my supplies to a minimum – this is so I don’t have to cart half of my craft room to the house where I’m holding the class.  Plus the smaller amount of craft supplies I need, the less likely I am to forget something!

These are the cards I’ve created for our class using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

As you can see I have used minimal DSP on my cards.  Using minimal DSP means less cutting and more of it left in my craft room for me to play with!  The strip of DSP I’ve used on three of my cards is from Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper – available in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.  You can get this DSP for free when you spend $90 during the Sale-A-Bration period.

The strip of DSP I’ve cut is 3cm wide.  This strip was then cut at 9.1cm and then another 9.1 cm. The leftover piece is what I have used on this card below. I then worked out my card designs around the three pieces of DSP I had.  The background Whisper White cardstock has been embossed with my Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder. I cut a Pool Party Cardstock circle and layered my poppies and leaves around my sentiment – also from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

Similar to the card above, I’ve used my Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder for extra interest to the card.  I added the 9.1cm strip of striped DSP, a diecut from the Painted Labels Dies, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock and layered my flowers and leaves around the sentiment.  If you didn’t have the dies, as I know it’s hard to have everything when you first start out, then you could add a circle or rectangle piece of cardstock.

This layout was created with the 9.1cm strip of DSP, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock that I didn’t even measure….and a Whisper White circle.  I then placed my flowers and leaves around the sentiment.

Because I’d run out of DSP strips for my final card, instead of cutting another strip, I decided to keep this one clean and simple.  I daubed the background with Pool Party Ink and stamped the ink splatters in Black Memento Ink over the daubing.  After adding a strip of Pool Party and Basic Black Cardstock and a sentiment, my card was basically done.  All I had to do then was add my flower and leaves and one Basic Rhinestone because I just need a little something bling-y on it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Tiny Keepsakes Bundle & Tags, Tags, Tags Bundle

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The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team are hopping for the final time this year.  It wasn’t until I started typing that it felt real and realised that year has gone by in the blink of an eye! I’ve had the BEST time with these fabulous and very creative gals.  We may’ve even had more than a few laughs. Actually, truthfully we’ve had a ton of laughs……mostly at me when Jackie was involved…… For the bottom of my heart I want to thank them all for their friendship, support, love and fun times and also a big thank you to Stampin’ Up! for this amazing opportunity xxx

 

The projects I’ve created for our final hop have been made with the Tiny Keepsakes Bundle and the Tags Tags Tags Bundle.

Next year we have a wedding in the family.  As the best aunt ever, I decided I would play around with wedding favour ideas just in case I’m asked to provide some. If not, then I’ll offload them throughout the year with a Ferrero Rocher inside them.

I’ve created two different types of favours cut with my Mini Curvy Keepsake Dies because I couldn’t decide which I liked best – Crumb Cake Cardstock or Vellum Cardstock.

For the Crumb Cake ones, I added a Whisper White Cardstock tag cut with my Trio of Tags Dies.  I added a sentiment stamped from the Mini Keepsakes Stamp Set on Crumb Cake Cardstock and cut with my 1″ Circle Punch.  I took a strip of Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon and wrapped it around the box and tied a bow on top. Because I couldn’t stop there with embellishments, I added some Braided Linen Trim, a vellum sprig and created some roses and leaves to pretty up my tags.

The vellum boxes have been created in the same way as the Crumb Cake ones. For these ones, I added a Crumb Cake Tag and the sentiment stamped on Whisper White Cardstock.

The roses have been made by punching a Blushing Bride Cardstock 1 1/2″ Circle.  I then used my scissors to cut in a circular motion until I got to the centre of the cardstock.  I scrunched up the circle in my hand to loosen the fibres and rolled it in to shape. Tombow Liquid Glue is the best thing to hold these roses together.  The leaves have also been created with the 1 1/2″ Circle Punch.  Once the Mossy Meadow circle was punched, I then used the same punch to cut out three leaf shapes from each circle.  All roses and leaves have been adhered to my tags with the holder of everything – Tombow Liquid Glue.

The next hop along the way is the very talented Rochelle Blok. She has created the sweetest projects that you will want to see.

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll:

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees

You may’ve seen my earlier post with some exciting news for 2020.  In case you didn’t, I shared that I was chosen to stay on the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team for 2020!  Still can’t quite believe it, but seing my photo in the grid below kind of makes it more real!

I’m beyond thrilled to be creating with this amazing team.

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, Blushing Bride Cardstock, Mossy Meadow Cardstock

Stamp Set: Tags Tags Tags Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink

Other Products:  Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies, Trio of Tags Dies, Braided Linen Trim, Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon, Tags, 1 1/2″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Sprig Punch, Tombow Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle