Here we are at Monday again! I’ve gotta say, I am LOVING all the inspiration from all those who participate in the Global Design Project each week. If you haven’t been part of it yet, check it out by clicking the image below…
This week, GDP features a sketch challenge. My favourite!
The challenge coincided with a special occasion in my family, my Mum and Dad’s 35th wedding anniversary, so I used the sketch for my card design.
My starting point was looking up what the traditional and modern gifts are for this anniversary. I was hoping to incorporate it somehow into the card. I was delighted to find that the traditional gift is coral so I used Calypso Coral as the main colour feature for my card. One of my favourite colour combinations is Calypso Coral and Pool Party so that was a given for my accent colour. Although Stampin’ Up! has had Pool Party seam binding in the past, they no longer carry it so I just dyed my own.
My favourite part of the card are the two little silver punched hearts. I wanted them to represent my Mum and Dad so while they are both silver, I punched one from foil and one from glimmer paper so that they are different. Some sequins from the Project Life Moments Like These Accessory Pack finished it off perfectly.
Now it’s your turn! Create your own project using the GDP sketch and enter it here. You could be one of this week’s winners!
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It’s Monday and that means another fresh challenge from the Global Design Project. This week, it’s our second colour challenge.
I have to admit that colour challenges aren’t my favourite. It takes me a little bit of thought to get going but then I’m off and I’ve loved the (very different) results of the two GDP colour challenges I’ve done. This week’s card started out quite differently to my original plan but I love it all the same.
It’s a little bit of crazy which I love. I started out stamping and embossing the geometric background using Dotty Angles. Then I tinted some white acrylic paint with drops of reinker, took the background outside and literally threw paint at it. The result is lots of random splotches of fun and colour. From there, I accessorised the card with cardstock and ribbons in the challenge colours. I used my pinking shears to create the fun tiny zigzag pieces and as I’m yet to invest in the little ‘White Perfect Accent’ dots, I grabbed a vanilla enamel dot (from the Holiday Catalogue) and embossed it with white embossing powder. I deliberately left the cake black and white so that it would stand out from the noisy background.
I hope you like my fun, noisy, party card.
For loads more inspiration, be sure to visit the Global Design Project page where you can see more projects from the design team. Why not also create your own project and upload it to the main page, plus make sure you also add it to the Global Design Project Pinterest page. You’ll be sent an invitation to join as a collaborator once you’ve uploaded your challenge project.
Hope you’re a winner!
P.S. Happy Birthday to you Emma ❤
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I loved CASEing Louise’s card so much for the Global Design Project design team, I decided to do it again when I made some tags for orders yesterday. I always attach a personalised tag to customer’s order bags from workshops and this week, the orders arrived from my Create Your Christmas event.
I decided that Louise’s original wreath was pretty perfect so I went about copying most of her ideas but changed up the colour combo. I used the same stamp set, Wondrous Wreath and the colours, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Real Red for a Christmas colour combo. I added gold glitter to the tags as well just like Louise did in her original card. After all the stamping, I added some Real Red berries using my Stampin’ Write Marker. There is a stamp with berries on it but I decided I wanted mine to be super fine and delicate – just a tiny pop of red against the blue.
I mounted the wreath on a tag cut from Whispaer White cardstock using the Lots of Labels framelits and added a sweet Real Red heart to the centre. Some Gold Cording Trim (guess who will be going through about 50 rolls of this stuff this festive season – I ADORE it!) finishes off the tag.
Here they are all ready to deliver.
I hope you’ve already had the opportunity to join in on the GDP fun this week. Perhaps you’ve already done it twice like I have. Here’s a reminder of the challenge this week. You can also click on the picture for more details and inspiration!
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Welcome to #GDP004! Are you having fun? I have really been enjoying these challenges and this week is no exception. The task this week is to do a little CASEing!
This gorgeous card by Louise offers so much inspiration. The layout, stamp set, colour combination. For me there was only one direction to go in.
My favourite stamp set, Timeless Love, just fits right in with this challenge so out it came. I first stamped a wreath using my stamp-a-majig for perfect placement in Jet Black StazOn ink. I used StazOn because I then used Hello Honey, Night of Navy and Mint Macaron inks to watercolour the wreath. I’ve been wanting to try a little abstract watercolouring for a while but haven’t had the opportunity until now. I feel like that style suits the Timeless Love stamps perfectly because they’re so rustic and vintage. To achieve this look, I first painted on some bold ink in an approximate area that I wanted coloured. I then lightened the ink a little by adding water and then filled in any remaining gaps. It didn’t matter that I went out of the lines on places. That’s all part of the look this time.
Once the wreath was finished, I cut a little heart from the centre using the small heart from the Baker’s Box thinlits set. Then I used my paper piercing tool and guide to pierce the holes for the thread. I backstitched some Metallic Gold Thread through the holes and secured into place. You could use a sewing machine instead of hand sewing, but I didn’t trust myself to get the machine stitching straight. I tied a little gold thread bow at the top of the wreath.
I decided to try a little experiment next. I really wanted some navy glimmer coming through the heart. I know that people have used alcohol markers to colour glimmer paper but I wasn’t sure if it would work to just use our water based stampin’ write markers. Guess what? It does. I did several layers of colour because it does lift off and fade a little but the end result looks great.
Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes and mounted my card.
On the inside I replicated the watercolour on a small strip and mounted it with my coordinating colours of Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Be sure to visit the rest of the Global Design Project international team for inspiration. Which part of Louise’s beautiful card inspires you the most? I hope you’ll make time to play along with us this week. You’ll find all the details on the GDP site.
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More Timeless Love projects here…
Welcome to Baby week at the Global Design Project challenge.
And why yes, it IS a challenge if all your baby stamp sets retired with the last catalogue and you haven’t replenished yet. Time to think outside the square!
Despite having one particular idea for a while, I changed my mind at the moment of creating and went with something totally different.
I decided to make a gift box of sorts featuring the Tiny Treat Box. The twist was that it would become the basket of a hot air balloon. So sweet!
I started making the honeycomb balloon using White Filter Paper circles. Am I the only one who only uses the rectangles and has loads of circles laying around? In this case it was great because I used 18. I had 17 on hand but just cut the last one from a rectangle. I made my ball using glue dots strategically placed to create the honeycomb, then tied some Silver Cording Trim for the string. I loaded up a Stampin’ Spritzer with rubbing alcohol and some Pool Party reinker and spritzed away until I was happy with the colour.
To create the box, I took apart the Tiny Treat Box and glued it flat to my gorgeous cloud DSP (from Sweet Li’l Things). Could DSP be more perfect for the project? I just cut around the box and glued it back together. I pierced small holes in each corner and threaded through some Silver Cording Trim. Then I tied the cord to the balloon and to the treat box basket.
The finishing touch was the little flag on top. Again, I had no baby stamps so I ended up using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set. I used a marker to ink the ‘it’s a’ part of the stamp ‘hope it’s an’ and there was a ‘boy’ stamp for me to use as well. Happy days.
I just love how it turned out. Now I just need someone to pop out a beautiful bundle of blue so I can gift it!
Ready for more baby inspiration? Visit the rest of the international design team at the Global Design Team site.
Make sure you play along with us. I can’t wait to see the wonderful creations our amazing supporters and fellow crafters come up with!
More hot air balloon projects here…
More honeycomb projects here…
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!