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 looking at the Love and Sympathy section. Cards we love to make and cards that are not so fun but still touch others and show we care. Of course, just because a sample card is featured in this section, it doesn’t mean it has to be for love or sympathy. Simply change up a stamp set and it’s a Happy Birthday card instead!
As I’ve mentioned, one of my new favourite sets is Timeless Love. It’s just beautiful and I jumped at the chance to showcase it again this week. Despite loving all the catalogue samples featuring the set, I’ve opted to adapt a different card instead. The sample project is featured on page 29 and looks like this…
Two words. Pink stripes. I’m sold.
I also love the colour combo on this card and had an idea to combine the Timeless Love wreath with the doily. Once I got started, I found the Melon Mambo ink was a little too candy for my liking so I changed to Rose Red. I watercoloured all the flowers in the wreath in varying shades using this one ink colour. I took the Mint Macaron from the sample and used it for the wreath leaves and because I knew I’d be using the Sahara Sand Lace Trim, I used Sahara Sand ink for the flower centres. Initially I watercoloured the stripes in Rose Red but it was just too much so I opted for Sahara Sand instead. Clearly I cheated a bit and made my own background but you could use the English Garden DSP featured in the sample.
In the end my finished card was quite different but I think the sketch remains in tact.
Yep. I can’t get enough of this stamp set. You’d better stay tuned for more Timeless Love in the future!
Need more Love & Sympathy inspiration? Keep hopping along the blog hop to Stasia Sloma or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ to see a full list of participants.
Happy stamping (and sharing love),
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More Timeless Love projects…
Upon my return from convention, I heard the delightful news that some friends had (finally) had their baby girl. Sweet Charis was ‘only’ two weeks late, so a much anticipated arrival. What a perfect card to use my brand new Manager’s Reception gift, the I Love Lace background stamp. It is just SO gorgeous and delicate.
To create the background, I embossed the stamp with clear embossing powder and then sponged with Pink Pirouette creating an ombre effect. A touch of Rose Red in the top corners gave it a little bit of extra oomph. The bunny was stamped and then masked to protect it from the sponged background. A vellum banner made a subtle greeting.
Just can’t wait for Charis cuddles!
P.S. Need a card for a special occasion? Did you know that you can comission me to make one for you? Or even better, host a workshop and I’ll come around to your place armed with supplies and I’ll teach you and your friends to make your own! Contact me for more information.
Thought I’d share a couple of projects that I’ve made for my little niece Millie. The first was a scrap page. As you know, I’m not a scrapbooker and I have three boys of my own so I’m not practised in the art of a girly scrap page. Solution: Pinterest! I found an amazing page here. Unfortunately, it hasn’t really been pinned properly and I’m yet to discover exactly who to credit.
Anyway, I had a great time making all the embellishments and just generally making something with pink in it.
Isn’t she just the cutest??
The second project was a card for her 1st birthday. I’m just a sucker for embossed white on crumb cake (kraft) at the moment and these little “Storybook Friends” animals are almost my favourite stamp set in the whole SU catalogue. I’m so pleased at the way they all tied in nicely together!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this girly break in my normally little boy themed blog…