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Polished Stone Technique

Good evening, tonight is just a quick post to show you two cards we made a while ago but I totally forgot to show you, this first one is using a cool technique where you drag the ink pad over the cardstock to create quite a rustic look.


close up of bird, as you can see there is quite a bit of layers there.


For the second card which I just love we used the technique polished stone. this is just stunning, you use Glossy paper and re-inkers then using alcohol and cotton wool you dab on your colour.


Close up of leaves:


Inside and with Envelope:


Stunning Masculine cards

Good afternoon, I am sitting here watching last nights Formula one’s race, and so far what a race it has been. I figured that I could also put together a quick post at the same time. I know I should be in my craft room creating but I figured I can do that tonight. I am still making my two secret sister swaps, one for ESAD and one for Crafters Anonymous, It’s amazing just how much time it takes to create a full project to send to someone. I know it’s a secret but I will post them once they are sent, and take the risk of them finding out who sent them, only because they do take a long time and I really like the finished product.

Now for today’s cards I have two masculine cards to share with you, well actually its four but two designs. The first card we made at Jacques house and the second one I re-created for my husbands fathers day card.

As you can see we have used the new stamp set called Best Dad Ever. We have then stamped on Basic Grey cardstock with Basic Black and cut them out and placed them back over the tie on the backing card. We have also stamped one out in Real Red and popped that out with dimensionals. We also got to play with the new embossing folder Stripes.


For the second card I have basically done the same card but a few changes due to not having the same stamp set and embossing folders. I have chosen not to put a sentiment on the front to keep it clean.


For the third card we also made this at class. This has a great technique on it. first you stamp in Versa Mark then in clear or white embossing powder. You then very lightly sponge around the image to bring the image off the page. We also stamped on Very Vanilla with Basic Black and cut out the sails and stuck them down on dimensionals. As you can see this is a tri-fold card, and very effect.  We have used a small piece of the Striped Grosgrain Ribbon behind the image. The stamp on this one is from Seaworthy.



For the fourth card I have once again cased this card but with different stamps. I have used the retired stamp called Sail away. I am gutted this one has gone as I love using it. I also do not have any of that ribbon so I have used DSP instead.  Rather than using DSP inside I have stamped the same image and left room to write a sentiment. This card I made for my father for Father’s Day.



Christmas Acetate Cards

Good afternoon, well it has been a very wet day here in Auckland. We had a beautiful day yesterday nothing but sun shine and today is the complete opposite, I am glad we got the lawns mowed and the gardens started.

For today’s cards I have the two acetate cards we made at Jacques last month for our techniques class. The first one is  basic stamping on acetate. We also stamped on the card stock behind the acetate to give a 2-D effect. The snow flake on the front is using heat and stick powder, then SU’s glitter.



And the inside:


For the second card which is my favourite, we have used acetate, but we have placed Crystal Effects on the back and placed a few drops of re-inker and smeared it around, then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. On the front we have stamped in black Staz On. I’m not sure if you can get the full effect of this one in a photo but it is stunning, it really looks like it is snowing.



If you would like to learn how to make either of these cards, please feel free to contact me.

Sunset Brayer Card

Good evening, sorry it has been a while since I blogged last, but with the school holidays just been I just couldn’t find the time. I have made a few scrapbooking pages but just need to add titles and journaling then I will post them up.

So over on Crafters Anonymous tonight the lovely Debi Ryan taught the girls how to do basic brayering. This is a technique I love doing and must do more of it. So the technique was a sun set brayer here is my finished card using that technique.


Sorry the photo isn’t the greatest they never are when you take the shot at night-time. I have used the lovely Victorian lace and a black button to finish my card, and I’m happy to say the lace in the new catalogue.

Hope you all have a great night.

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Card Stock
  • So Saffron
  • Whisper White
  • Brave Burgundy
  • So Saffron
  • Ridding Hood Red
  • Bravo Burgundy
  • Black Staz on
  • Dimensionals
  • Victorian Lace
  • Black Button (not SU)
  • Brayer

School Uniform Layout

Good morning, well the first week of the school holidays are nearly over and I have to say with having my 9 year old niece here, it has gone quite smoothly. She just dotes on Bradley and loves to help him out, which means I don’t have to run every time he calls. Next week the kids and I are off to Hamilton for the week to spend some time with my family and best of all we are off to my best friends house to scrap for a couple of nights. Nikki lives nearly three and a half hours away so we don’t get to scrap together very often, and nearly always one of the kids get sick when we do organise something. Fingers crossed nothing stops us this time.

For todays post I have a scrapbook page I made using the Owl Punch rose technique. It’s a simple page and that’s the way I wanted to keep it, since it is of my daughter for the first time in her School Uniform. I added the flower to give the page some bling.

Here is my layout:


Don’t you just love the socks, I didn’t even think about her feet when I took the photos. I have a second page I am doing to complete this layout of Caitlyn in Her pants and jacket as well. (sorry about the flash on the page)

Close up of the flower:


This rose tends to stick out a bit so as it was drying I pushed the rose flatter, and it sits on the page better.

These are not Stampin Up papers but the Tangerine Tango Cardstock (flower) matched perfectly with the orange in the paper.

Owl Punch Rose

Good evening,

I have just finished teaching my first ever on-line class over at Crafters Anonymous. Tonight I taught how to make a rose using your owl punch. It is a simple but very effective flower. For my sample I have used this weeks sketch challenge over at Clean and Simple. Sketch number #149

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:


close up of flower:


As you can see I have used the Presto Patterns cardstock. I thought it added a nice touch but without taking too much away from the rose.

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Card Stock
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Presto Patterns DSP
  • Whisper White
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Basic Black
  • Dimensionals
  • Owl punch
  • Large Scallop Punch
  • Word Window Punch
  • Sponging

If you would like to have a class to learn this technique let me know, I would love to teach you it.

Come back tomorrow as I have a fantastic scrapbook page to share using this rose as well.

Clean and Simple #148

Good Evening,

Here is the second card I made on Sunday, it is for this weeks sketch challenge at Clean and Simple. I have used a ribbon flower that my sister Sharna showed me how to make. I have also used my new stamp set called Bring on the Cake.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card, as you can see I have flipped the image to the Left had side as this card opens side ways not up and down:

clean #148

Close Up of Flower, You heat the ribbon till it starts melting and this is the effect you get:

clean #148-3

And the inside, its great to be able to use one stamp set for the whole card:

clean #148-2

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Card Stock
  • Jolly Holiday DSP
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Very Vanilla
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Dimensionals
  • Ribbon
  • 1 3/4 Circle Punch
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die
  • Basic Pearls

About Me

Hi my name is Narelle Hoggard and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I am married to a wonderful and very supportive man Nick and together we have two gorgeous children, Caitlyn and Bradley. I love to scrap and make cards, I find it very relaxing at the end of the day to create a page or a card.

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