A huge welcome to you and thanks for joining me for the very first Global Design Project challenge. It is such a thrill to be working with such amazing international designers. In fact one of my new team mates is my all time Stampin’ Up! hero – now THAT is a thrill indeed!
Have you seen the challenge? It’s a colour challenge featuring very sweet colours.
Cute right? I cannot wait to see what you all create with this inspiration!
Here’s my project…
I’m a massive fan of ‘pretty’ and I think these colours work so well for a soft, feminine card. I love making my own backgrounds with ink so for this card, I used a very watered down Smoky Slate and painted stripes on some Whisper White cardstock.
Is it wrong to admit that I didn’t have any So Saffron cardstock in the house? So that was out. What to do? I decided that my card needed stitching but I had no yellow thread. Problem solved with some Baker’s Twine and So Saffron ink. I carefully pulled a single thread out of the twine and coloured it with the ink. Dried it with my heat tool, because I’m impatient and then backstitched it onto the card. Hint: Use your paper piercing tool and straight line guide to pierce the holes before you stitch.
But my very favourite thing is the ribbon. I had this idea during some brainstorming for this card and knew I had to use it. I love the seam binding ribbon and it’s so easy to colour. Because I wanted a two tone ribbon, I dyed mine with markers but you can just dunk it in some dye if you want a flat colour. I must remember to do this more often because I think it turned out beautifully.
And there’s the inside of the card. I decided that since I was on a design team with the amazing Teneale Williams, I just had to do the inside as well. She always does and she’s right when she says it just gives that extra something. Here’s hoping I can keep it up!
Now it’s your turn to create! Your mission is to visit the Global Design Team page for more design team inspiration. Then pop over to your craft desk and create a project using the colours above. Link it up to the challenge blog and you could be our weekly winner. Be sure to use the hashtag #GDP001 when you share your creation on social media. I’m so excited to see what you create!
This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re checking out the Stampin’ Benefits section of the catalogue. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t inked up A Whole Lot of Lovely for a whole lot of time because I was crazy for it when I first got it. I think I’ve just been distracted by other new, shiny things. It’s great to have a reason to get back on the wagon.
Well, there really wasn’t a lot of choice when choosing a project to CASE as there was only one sample featured. I did want to make it a little different though so I decided to use the same concept but make a gift box instead. Here’s the sample…
And here’s my finished project…
I stayed mostly true to the sample but added in a filter paper flower in the same colours used for the box background stamps. I have to say that these colours are a little too ‘primary’ for me as a combo but I’m pleasantly surprised with the project as a whole.
Now hop along to the wonderful Liz Gross for more inspiration or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a full list of blog hop participants.
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I’ve cheated a little in today’s post. I haven’t done too much crafting in the last week as I’ve been putting things back in order after the craftermath of my big open house event A Day of Creativi-tea. It was fab but has taken a few days to recover!
I’d been itching a little to get back to creating and the other night I needed to make a quick encouragement card for a lovely friend. I decided to CASE myself and create something similar to the cards I’d made for the Creativi-tea make & take. I’m still on the watercolour wagon though and wanted to get a bit inky and artsy with it. I used my acylic block and markers to create the background and mounted my background on a Crumb Cake notecard. Love those little guys for super quick cards and envelopes.
Purty! I then prettied up the envelope with some hand lettering and oh-so trendy hand drawn laurel wreath pieces.
And what do you know? The good folk over at TGIF Challenges have a watercolour challenge this week. You should have a go and enter too 🙂
Happy creating, and giving, and encouraging!
Last week my Stampin’ Up! team organised a sneak peek swap featuring products from the new catalogue. It’s been great receiving lots of happy mail and the best part is that I can show off all my lovely new card samples to you at A Day of Creativi-tea!
My swap featured both my new favourite colour and my new favourite stamp set. How lovely of Stampin’ Up! to include them both in the pre-order!
I LOVE how they turned out. They are just ‘me’ on a card. A little bit of pretty, a little bit of sweet, a little bit of bold, a little bit of glimmer and a little bit of crazy!
I hope each of my team members loved them too.
Want to know a little secret? Guests that come to A Day of Creativi-tea will be taking home something very similar – hooray!
Want to find out more about getting pre-order products? Click here for the inside scoop.
Woohoo! Yesterday my new catalogue pre-order arrived and apart from a whole load of catalogues to give out, I also got some brand new products to inspire and excite you. Most of what I chose was actually FREE – the perks of being a demo! LOVE it.
I was glad that my favourite new stamp set in the whole catalogue was avilable for pre-order so how could I resist? It’s called A Whole Lot of Lovely and yes it is! I have a feeling that I won’t be playing with anything else for quite some time. This set is actually a hostess set so while I could order it now (did I mention the perks?), you’ll actually need to be a hostess or place a qualifying order to get one. I know, it’s such a tease. But I’m sure when you see it, you’ll be only too glad to get together with some friends and stamp the night away to get one.
In addition to showing you my favourite new stamp, I’m also playing along again at TGIF Challenges where this week, it’s a sketch challenge – my favourite. Here’s the challenge…
I love how they say ‘we welcome a broad interpretation of the sketch’. Excellent. I think that’s code for do whatever you like as long as some part sorta, kinda, a little bit resembles the sketch. Freedom!
So without further ado, here’s my entry…
Just look at that stamp – swoon!
Did you notice the little blooms stamped in VersaMark on the kraft? That’s an adorable little accessorising stamp. So cute. OK, I think you get it. I’m in love.
See this card on display at my Day of Creativi-tea. Drop in and get your craft on… plus a new catalogue… and prizes. Details here.