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 I’m hanging with the who’s who of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators over at TGIF Challenges. How exciting is that?
This week features an inspiration challenge. Not my favourite type of challenge but this one’s a beauty. I love this image.
To me, it just says ‘pretty’ and ‘floral’ and kinda ‘modern country’. So that’s what I went for.
Firstly I made a self closing box out of Vary Vanilla cardstock and the grid sheet from Typeset DSP (wonder how many others will use that – it’s SO perfect). I’ve wanted to try making one of these since they’ve started popping up all over the place. I think the original comes from here. I used my favourite new stamp set A Whole Lot of Lovely to stamp little flowers all over the DSP in So Saffron.
To decorate, I made a rose out of filter paper. I first came up with this idea about two years ago and it occurred to me that I hadn’t made one since. Probably because I made 50 of them for swaps. I presented this at the South Pacific convention and then made a tutorial which you can find here. Instead of colouring the rose all one colour, I painted different petals with Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Blackberry Bliss inks in aquapainters to stay true to the inspiration picture. If you do the same, just be sure to dry each colour with your heat tool or it may bleed onto the next petal. All I needed now were some leaves which I cut with the largest leaf shape from the Flower Fair framelits set. I nicked the edges with my paper snips and then distressed them a little to give them the look of rose petals. Then I assembled.
I hope you’ll play along with the TGIF Inspiration Challenge this week. I’ve had a great time being the Guest Star and can’t wait to see what you make!
My mojo had departed one evening and I was fresh out of ideas. I mentioned this to a couple of stampin’ friends and one gave me a challenge to create a card using Regarding Dahlias which is a set I love but find difficult to use. The challenge also included kraft and Crisp Cantaloupe. No problem there!
It was all I needed to get started and once I did, the pieces came together and I was quite happy with the result.
Sometimes all you need is a challenge to get you started!
This card is available now in my Etsy store. To recreate your own, click on the supplies listed below to add to your Stampin’ Up! store cart.