Just Add Ink #419 – Just Add A Twist

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

So many ideas came to mind when I saw this challenge but in the end I decided the twist I would use on my card was to use a non Christmas stamp set for a Christmas card.  The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I went with was Jar Of Love. I love the photos I’ve seen of decorated Christmas mason jars, so I tried to replicate one.  I’ve created a shaker with the larger jar and added some leaves and pine cone using my Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I added some Linen Thread to to the top of the jar and tied a bow.  I then added some ink splatters in Crumb Cake from Swirly Bird in the background.

The team at Just Add Ink have created awesome inspiration for you, so head over to the challenge at take a look.  We would love it if you could play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #332

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Every Wednesday we have a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try. This week our sketch has been designed by my fellow “Down Under” card creator Karren Johnson. Kiwis and Aussies are called this as our countries are below many of the other countries on the globe. Karren is the Queen of Backgrounds and truly gorgeous cards. Head over to her blog and take a look at her wonderful cards.

This is my first Christmas card for 2018! Pretty chuffed with myself for starting my cards in April rather than leaving them until the last minute as I’ve done before…..many times in fact.

The holly I’ve used for my card is from Holly Berry Happiness.  I gave my leaves a seriously quick watercolour with Old Olive Ink and my berries are coloured with Cherry Cobbler Ink.  I used the solid stamp from the set to colour the berries.  I then fussy cut them all out and raised them with Mini Dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Ink and is also from Holly Berry Happiness.  I had a strip of Sahara Sand Cardstock laying on my desk and decided to add it under the sentiment as I liked this colour combo together.  I then added a strip of striped DSP from Merry Little Christmas DSP.

The background ink splatter stamped in Basic Black Ink is from Swirly Bird.  I wasn’t too sure about using black for the ink splatters, but it’s grown on me the more I look at it.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created amazing cards using Karren’s sketch. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and see what they’ve created.

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 #331

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Oh I love a sketch challenge! I’ve probably said this before, but they are truly my favourite!  The cool sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches has been designed by the seriously talented Cecile Ribon.

Take a look at her sketch:

The die I’ve used in the background on my card is from Flourish Thinlits Dies.  I’ve used Smoky Slate for these lattice type dies.  The pretty little flowers I watercoloured are from Better Together.  I’ve coloured them in a combination of pinks – Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo.  The leaves, that you can probably tell are my favourite at the moment, are from Petal Palette.  I’ve stamped them in Pear Pizzazz and then fussy cut them out.

To add a little bit of interest to the background, I stamped the ink splatters from Swirly Bird in the combination of Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo Inks.  The sentiment I’ve used is stamped in Black Archival Ink is also from Better Together.  As you can see, by using this sentiment, I’ve created another wedding card for my collection. Think I have a total of two now….

Our Clean Team have created gorgeous cards with Cecile’s sketch. Head over to the challenge and take a look.  While you’re there you will see we have a new GD playing along with us this month – the uber talented Tracey Mehak McNeely! It’s so exciting to have her on the team!

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

Just Add Ink #392 – Just Add Something New Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first challenge for Just Add Ink for 2018!  We are kicking off 2018 with a blog hop – we all love a blog hop!  You may’ve come just come from seeing Chantelle’s fabulous creation – if not, then don’t worry, you can continue on the hop by pressing the button at the bottom of this post.

This week our challenge for you is to:

Something new is an easy one! We all have something new in our craft rooms, right?  I admit, I probably have MANY something new’s……my husband will tell you I have……

One of the goodies I received whilst I’ve been on holidays is a Stampin’ Up! Stamp set called Amazing You.  Amazing You is one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets that you can receive for free when you spend AU$90 on products.  Of course it’s going to be a new favourite as it has a flower stamp in it made for colouring.  After stamping the outline in Black Memento Ink, I lightly watercoloured the flower with Blushing Bride Ink and then used the tip of my watercolour pen directly to the ink pad to add darker lines and give definition to my petals.  I then used my white gel pen to dab some spots around the centre of the flower to make it stand out.  The fussy cut black cut leaves that I added are from another new stamp set called Petal Palette.

I actually started backwards when I made this card.  I would normally have a layout designed, all my cutting done and then add my stamping, but for some reason I stamped the Powder Pink and Basic Black spots on my Whisper White cardstock first and then layered around them.  I added a black piece of cardstock cut with my Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I cut through the centre of the square to make more of a rectangle shape and then hit the join with some Vintage Trim, Circle punch and Label Punch.  The sentiment that I stamped on the label is from Petal Palette. I LOVE the mix of fonts in this sentiment.  To finish off, as always, I added a little black sequin.

Here’s my card:

If you’ve just started the hop from my blog, then the next hop along the way is my wonderfully talented friend Nikki Spencer.  You’re going to love what she’s created!  Click on her name or the next button below to continue hopping.

Otherwise if you started at Nikki’s blog, then I am the last Design Team Member on the hop.  We would love it if you could join us.  I’m sure you have something new to create with – hop on over to Just Add Ink and link away.  I can’t wait to see what you’ve created.

Thanks for hopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

Colour INKspiration #25

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Are you ready for a fabulous year of colour challenges at Colour INKspiration?  I am! This is the first challenge for 2018 and it’s a gorgeous combo that I wouldn’t normally add together (that’s why I love colour challenges – they make me try different combinations that I wouldn’t think to combine!)

We would love it if you could join us with this colour challenge – click here to show us your creation.

As soon as I saw these colours, I knew I wanted to create a card with blue flowers……I actually had to google if there is such a thing as blue orchids. And there seems to be!  I don’t think I’ve used the correct leaves with my orchid, but I just liked the look of these Lemon Lime Twist leaves punched with my Stampin’ Up! Leaf Punch.

Here’s my card:

Next hop along the way is my fellow Melbournian, Rachel Palmieri.  She has created a gorgeous card to inspire you to join us with this challenge. Make sure you hop the whole way around to check out the amazing cards the team have created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle