Freshly Made Sketches #301

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Love, love, love the newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  This sketch has been designed by the super talented Jen Brum.  Sketch challenges are my favourite and where I get most of my inspiration when I’m stuck for a design.

My love for Stampin’ Up!s Graceful Garden continues.  This time I watercoloured my roses with Cherry Cobbler Ink and my leaves are coloured with Old Olive Ink.  The pretty designer series paper I’ve used is from Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The papers from this pack are all stunning and, even though I want to use them on every card, I’ve held myself back so you won’t be Bundle of Love’d out!

The sentiment I’ve used is from Beautiful Bouquet.  I made this card for a wedding, but with the simple congratulations, it could be given for an anniversary or to someone who is starting a new job.  Whenever I sell my cards I’m always interested to hear the story of who they’re buying them for.

Here’s my card:

The design team at Freshly Made Sketches have aced this sketch challenge – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #372

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week is a colour challenge. Take a look at these pretty colours.

I’ve gone with a clean card today letting the colours pop off the white background.  The flowers I’ve used are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  They’re stamped in Powder Pink and Pool Party.  To add Tranquil Tide, I placed a strip of card stock under my panels.   I also added a strip of Pool Party to tie everything together.

The sentiment I’ve used is from Colorful Seasons.  I stamped this in Basic Black Ink and the flourish-y outline stamp in Pool Party, from Label Me Pretty, and then used the matching Pretty Label Punch to punch my label out.  The ink splatters in the background are Swirly Bird – these are from Swirly Bird.

Here’s my card:

The girls at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous cards to inspire you.  Head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #300

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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

Colour INKspiration #15

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It’s time for a new Colour INKspiration challenge! We are kicking off with blog hop this evening! If you have been hopping along you will have come from Jacque Williams’ awesome card.  If not, don’t worry you can follow the hop and start again.  Colour INKspiration is a Facebook Group where you can share your card and be inspired by the creativity there.

The colour challenge at Colour INKspiration has most of the design team playing along this week.  These colours are just gorgeous together and I love how we’ve all used them so differently!

These colours gave me a chance to use my new Stampin’ Up! stamp set – Climbing Orchid.  My orchids are stamped with a mixture of all four colours.  The leaves are stamped with Lemon Lime Twist and the branch that my orchids are placed on has been cut on my big shot with Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.

The layout of my card was centred around the sentiment as I was determined to use it on my card.  I am loving the font of this sentiment.  To finish off my card I used some little copper sequins.

Here’s my card:

The next hop along along way is the very talented and super lovely Simone Bartrum!  You’re going to love her card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #299

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The very talented Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  She has created this fantastic sketch for us:

I often make collections of cards, especially for my classes.  For this card I’ve used the same colours and stamp set as a card I posted on Sunday as I may end up using them for a class.  Click here to see my previous card.

This pretty rose stamp is from Stampin’ Up!s Graceful Garden.  I watercoloured my rose with Calypso Coral Ink and outlined the petals with my Calypso Coral Marker.  The background stamp is also stamped with Calypso Coral Ink.  The strips of designer series paper are from Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack.

The sentiment is from Big on Birthdays, and as you can tell, it’s my favourite sentiment stamp set at the moment.

Here’s my card:

The cards the design team have created are just gorgeous and will inspire you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

CAS(E) This Sketch #232

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I’ve had a weekend of play in my craft room – woohoo!  I managed to get in front with my design team cards for the next couple of weeks and then I had time to play along with another challenge.

The card I’ve made is for this great sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.

By now you may’ve noticed a love a flower stamp set……haha – as if you didn’t know that!  I knew Graceful Garden was a must-have in my first Stampin’ Up! order from the new catalogue.  I used my Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil to colour in the petals and then my matching Calypso Coral Marker to give the petals definition.  These rose stamps have leaves and a stem attached to them, but I trimmed the leaves off the images once I coloured them and placed them under the roses.  The leaves are lightly watercoloured with Old Olive Ink.

The strip of designer series paper is from Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack.  There are so many pretty papers in this stack that I can’t stop using!  The sequins are copper (even though they make not look it in my photo) and I’ve paired them with some Copper Trim under my sentiment.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Colorful Seasons – the font in this set really appeals to me.

Here’s my card:

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Just Add Ink #370

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It’s Friday here in Australia and it’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week is sketch week and I’m the sketch designer.  I’ve created the following sketch for you:

After yesterday’s baby card I decided to make another one.  I wanted to use Moon Baby, a Stampin’ Up! stamp set that hadn’t seen ink – until today.

I also used my Embossing Paste for a project that I actually liked.  My previous attempts have ended up in the bin……  I’ve used various stamps from Moon Baby and given them a light watercolour.  My moon baby is also lightly watercoloured with Soft Sky Ink and then fussy cut and raised with dimensionals.

The designer series paper is from the same DSP pack as I used yesterday.  It’s called Naturally Eclectic and and I like that it matches my Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

Here’s my card:

We would love it if you could join us with this challenge.  To inspire you, the design team have created gorgeous cards – head over to Just Add Ink and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle