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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Welcome to the next stop on the inaugural Pennsationals team blog hop. We’re so excited to be showcasing projects and products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. This has been my favourite catalogue in years so it was a challenge to decide on just the one project.
One of my must haves from this catalogue are the Sleigh Ride Edgelit Dies. They are so much fun and I also fell in love with the catalogue samples. A few weeks ago I was asked to teach a card making class and we made a Bendi card. While I was making the samples for this class, I knew that these edgelits would be just PERFECT for a Bendi card so I quickly whipped up a teaser sample for the class.
Fast forward a few weeks and we’ve just completed some team swaps showcasing our favourites from the Holiday Catalogue. I loved my Bendi card so much that I re-created it for our team swap and I’m sharing it with you today.
I CASEd the sponged background from one of the catalogue samples and used Shimmery White cardstock as my base so that it would also be all sparkly (better photo on that feature below). I toyed around with adding extras to the sky but in the end, I loved the calmness and stillness that the plain-ness brings. It really is a silent night. I used both Whisper White Thick cardstock for a sturdy base and regular Whisper White for the bendi elements of the card.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. You can click here to find a Bendi Card tutorial, but first you should check out more inspiration from the divine Emma Palonek.
(If you’re hopping in reverse, You’ll find the lovely Mel Pagano here).
Note: Holiday Catalogue supplies are available to order from 1 September 2015
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Every now and then I have the opportunity to make a beautiful cake for someone special. In this case it was for two people. On Saturday Christie and Nathan tied the knot after a whirlwind romance (how romantic) and I had the honour of making their wedding cake.
A few weeks ago, Christie came to me with a picture of a silhouette cake she’d seen from a London bakery and asked me to recreate it. It seemed simple enough… if you had an e-cutter that you could feed fondant through. I didn’t. But I decided that it would still be possible to do it all by hand. She also gave me some specific silhouettes that were symbolic of their relationship.
The bottom tier featured them as a courting couple. They often visited the local gardens and this scene also includes Christie’s son playing nearby.
The middle tier features the proposal scene…
… and the top tier features the wedding ceremony.
And here it is in full.
I was glad to hear that they loved it.
If you’d like to see more of my cakes, visit my album here.
We’ll return to our regular papercraft posts very soon!
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It’s been a couple of months since my last post. I’ve had quite a bit of downtime from blogging while working through some mind health issues as well as the usual craziness of the end of the year. Happy to be back on board and sharing some creations again.
Today’s blog post has been more than nine months in the making. My eldest cousin told us several months ago that she and her husband were expecting their first baby in late November. Very exciting news. She is the only one of her 7 brothers and sisters to live in Melbourne. The next closest live in Brisbane (two states away) and the remainder live even farther north in Rockhampton. Undurprisingly, my auntie decided to visit in mid-November to help her prepare and welcome her sweet babe. A short-notice baby shower was organised for the weekend after my aunt arrived. Then the plans all went out the window when Miss Charlotte arrived two weeks early. My baby shower card then turned into a congratulations card.
The idea for this card was taken from a project on Pinterest. Sadly I can’t find the original owner as the links go nowhere but it’s a great concept.
I don’t have any old books around and I probably couldn’t bring myself to draw on them anyway so I had another brainwave… Stampin’ Up!’s Typeset paper. I LOVE this paper. It’s lightweight just like newsprint and it has 6 different double sided designs to use. A couple of them look just like old books or newspaper columns. Perfect for my project and I didn’t have to ‘ruin’ any books.
I used the Baby We’ve Grown stamp set which is my current favourite for all things baby. I stamped the image onto the paper and then used my white gel pen to do a scribbly thick outline around the image. I also used the gel pen to colour in the owl’s eyes to make them pop. I then used several markers in ‘baby colours’ to subtly colour the owl’s clothes. Then it was a case of finishing off the card by sewing around it and embellishing with ribbons and a button.
The card stands on my gift which is wrapped in kraft paper but stuck with Sweet Sadie washi tape. I’m generally not a fan of visible sticky tape on presents but it seemed to suit the style of this card perfectly.
Love this card? For the first time, I’m making custom designed versions available through my Etsy store. Click here to check it out and get it sent straight to you or to the recipient.
Love this card but want to make it yourself? Find all the supplies at my Stampin’ Up! store or click any of the images below.
P.S. Come back soon for New Beginnings – Part 2
Welcome back to the second ‘Holiday Catalogue’ edition of CASEing the Catty Challenges. This week, we’re focusing on gift bags and boxes – my favourite! There are loads of examples in the catalogue because it features the new Gift Box Punch Board as well as several new ‘ready-to-go’ packaging options. There are Tiny Treat Boxes which are so cute at just 2″ x 2″ x 2″ and a bargain at 25 for just 11.95. There are also Petite Cafe Gift Bags which I adore but this week’s project features the new Takeout Box. It comes flat packed and pre-scored, ready to fold into shape.
I used the project on page 10 for my inspiration. My project features the Christmas tree stamp from the Holiday Home stamp set inked with Whisper White craft ink. Yes, they are all individually stamped but with photopolymer (clear) stamps, it’s so easy to get it right – not a Stamp-a-majig in sight! After folding the box together, I’ve tied it with a beautiful Lost Lagoon 3/8″ (1cm) Silky Taffeta Ribbon and stamped a little tag using the Endless Wishes stamp set and Hearts a Flutter framelits.
Be sure to visit CASEing the Catty Challenges to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and perhaps play along yourself!
Until next time, happy stamping!