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…
It’s an exciting day! A few weeks ago I woke to a lovely email inviting me to join The Stamp Review Crew blog hop design team. What an honour. Of course I said yes. So without further ado, here is my very first post for The Stamp Review Crew.
This blog hop features Sprinkles of Life, this year’s charity stamp set. For every set purchased, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. How fab. I know I’ve raved about the versatility of the set before, but honestly, nothing comes close especially when you throw in the coordinating Tree Builder punch!
I’ve gone with the cupcake theme for my project and have made a little box with a cupcake on the front. Perfect for giving a birthday cupcake or filling with something else.
The box is made from Sweet L’il Things DSP using the Baker’s Box thinlits – my new ‘go to’ tool for cute little boxes. I then used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to make the cupcake wrapper (base) and gave it a 3D effect by leaving some tabs on the side and adhering them to the box so that the wrapper itseld would be curved. I also made a sweet flag using a stamp from the set and adhering it to a toothpick.
The honeycomb style cupcake top is made from Cherry on Top Cotton Paper (Watermelon Wonder sheet). I punched out nine x ‘tops’ (it’s a good idea to use some scraps of paper behind the cotton paper as you punch) and then systematically adhered them with 1/4 of a mini glue dot. Yep – even the mini ones are too big. You can find a link to the honeycomb tutorial via this post.
The Baker’s Box thinlits come with various extras for closing the top of the box but today I’ve opted for a Mini Metallic silver peg, silver ribbon, silver thread and the crazy silver swirly stuff from the silver baker’s twine. Yes, I did use my entire arsenal of silver trims!
Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my first TSRC blog hop. Now you simply must hop on over to visit Ann Schach for more inspiration!
Or if you started here, you may wish to backtrack to Mike Funcke.
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A new catalogue means new inspiration and we’re back around to featuring Birthdays again at CASEing the Catty. My new birthday stamp set is still on its way to me so I’ve used an oldie, but still an awesome goodie, Amazing Birthday.
I chose to CASE the card below but substitute in a different stamp set and colour combo.
Have you ever chosen a colour combo simply because two of your inkpads were sitting next to each other and you thought they looked good together? That’s how this combo happened. I saw Cucumber Crush next to Blackberry Bliss and thought they were a perfect couple. I threw in some Pool Party as well to mellow things out.
Of course the end result is quite different but you can still see the sketch. And, you’ll never guess where those dots came from! I thought my card was a bit plain and needed some more ‘festive’. I was thinking confetti and searched for an appropriate stamp. The answer? The decorations/lights/dots stamp from Festival of Trees. Who says Christmas sets are only for Christmas?
Thanks for following along on the CASEing the Catty blog hop. Click here to visit the ever lovely Alison Barclay for more birthday inspiration or here to return to CTC headquarters.
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I have this friend who is a little bit awesome! She is so encouraging and supportive and I just love her. We met through Stampin’ Up! and just hit it off. Although we live two states away, we chat nearly every day, see each other at SU events and have been roomies a couple of times as well. Recently she celebrated a birthday… and I missed it. Oops. Well I didn’t really miss it. I knew it was her birthday because she shares it with one of my sons. This year we hosted a 5th birthday party for him and I was busy. Apparently too busy to get a card in the mail. Eeeek. So I had some making up to do.
I wanted to do a beautiful belated birthday card and as I’m currently infatuated with watercolour, I thought I’d start there with a background. I decided to watercolour onto vellum. I’d recently seen a few stunning projects on Pinterest but there weren’t really many tips or instructions. So I just had a play and used the ol’ trial and error system. In the end, I used Isocol (rubbing alcohol) mixed with a drop or two of my desired ink refill colours. In this case it was Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight. Then I just used a paintbrush and painted and blended away. I’m a bit impatient so I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process. You can always add more colour at this point and then dry again.
I loved the result and the only problems with using vellum were that it curled up during the watercolour process and you can see almost all adhesive through the vellum. So I needed to get creative. Well not too creative as I simply resorted to one of my favourite things… sewing on cards. A simple running stitch around the edge of the vellum and some Whisper White cardstock did the trick. The Whisper White makes the colours pop and now I could use whatever adhesive I liked to adhere the white card to the base.
I used the Kraft 12″x12″ cardstock (swoon) as my base and then simply accessorised the front. The sentiment is not a stamp, rather hand lettered, borrowing the Cantoni font (my most favourite).
Hope you like it. I’m just a little bit in love with it. Obviously, this one’s not available in my Etsy store but there are some other beauties, plus, I imagine you’ll see some similar cards popping in there soon 😉