Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Global Design Project #446 | #GDP446 | Sketch Challenge

  Hi there stamping friends! Thanks for stopping here at my blog. Today I'm playing along with the sketch challenge over at the Global Design Project #446 | #GDP446 | Sketch Challenge.

It's been a white since I've played along over at the GDP but was super keen to join their sketch challenge for this week. As soon as I saw the sketch over on Instagram I had a few ideas swirling around in my head.

 I had just recieved an order from Stampin' Up! a few days ago with the amazing Mediterannean Blooms Suite and knew that is what I wanted to use for my card today.

I've predominantly used the Mediterranean Blooms DSP for this card. I'm so loving the blue and white DSP patterns and when you combine a couple of these patterns together they make for an amazing project. Doesn't the DSP look like those Mediterranean blue-and-white tile designs? I love it!

On the other side of the blue and white DSP designs is are beautiful images of blossoming lemons and oranges. These citrus fruits make a beautiful contrast to the blue and white and are beautiful to fussy cut and use on their own,  on the front of your card, like what I've done here. 

I've layered the lemon image on one of the Spotlight on Nature circles and a foliage die cut from the Citrus Blooms Dies. 

Due to the busy-ness of the amazing DSP I thought the card didn't need much else other than some Linen Thread, some Opal Rounds and the heat embossed Happy Birthday Sentiment that comes from the Friends for Life Stamp Set.

Did I say I'm loving this DSP? I'm sure there will be more project using this stunning paper.

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

CASE-ing the Catty | #CTC470 | CASE the Colours of the Frames & Flowers DSP

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. Today I'm participating in a blog hop for CASE-ing the Catty, to kick off the new challenge for the week.

 To CASE is to Copy And Share Everything or to Copy And Selectively Edit. And this week we are CASE-ing from the Stampin' Up! 2024 - 2025  Annual Catalogue the colours of Frames & Flowers DSP - Found on Pgs. 28 - 29. There are 10 colours in this DSP - Early Espresso, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pretty Peacock, Pumpkin Pie, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam. That's a lot of colours. If you are playing along this week use a minimum of 4 of these beautiful colours.

The Frames & Flowers Specialty 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Paper is unlike other patterned paper packs. It has three sheets of double-sided designs with floral and greenery designs on one side and all-purpose patterns on the other. And it also has three sheets of die-cut greenery elements that you can use on card fronts or to frame photos on scrapbook pages. As a fun plus, some of the die-cuts are sized to fit card fronts, making it easy to create quick, beautiful cards. 

You get 6 sheets of patterned paper: 1 each of 3 double-sided designs and 1 each of 3 single-sided die-cut designs.


Since we are CASE-ing these gorgeous colours why not use the actual Frames & Flowers DSP in our projects? I've used one of the DSP sheets and a few of the die cut pieces for my card today. 


 I've started with a Soft Sea Foam base and then layered with cardstock and die cuts up from there. Like the Stampin' Up! Mix and Match Ephemera, the die cut pieces make it easy to create beautiful cards with minimal fuss. The Soft Sea Foam cardstock with the Pretty Peacock DSP makes for gorgeous colur combo.


 The Eyelet 3D Embossing folder embossed on the Soft Sea Foam creates some beautiful texture as does the embossing around the die cut circle.


 I finished the card off with a little foliage spray, Linen thread, Iridescent Pearls, the 'Happy' from the Say Something Mix and Match Ephemera and the Heat Embossed Birtday from the Friends for Life Stamp Set.

There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew so be sure to make your way around the whole hop to get inspiration from the CTC team.

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn with her 2024 - 2025 Annual Catalogue creation. Keep hopping around to see all of the design team’s creations.


 We would love to have you join us over at our Facebook group to share your creation CASE-ing a project from the 2024 - 2025 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and join in this weeks challenge. You don't need to have a blog to join in!


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Friday, May 17, 2024

Just Add Ink #702 | Sketch Challenge

 Hello stamping friends. Happy Friday! I hope you are having a wonderful day. I'm here today with the Just Add Ink Design Team for the new Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink #702 | Sketch Challenge. This week we have a fabulous sketch for you designed by fellow JAI team member - Lou Kitzelman.

I recently recieved a Stampin' Up! order and really wanted to create something with the Lily Pond Lane suite. I had the layers of cardstock and DSP all cut out and put together and then went to use the Charming Duck Pond Stamps and Dies and they just didn't look right on the squares. So I had to resort to Plan B. Or as I call it 'Pivoting'. Do you ever have to resort to Plan B when creating your projects?

Plan B was the Simply Zinnia Dies. They looked a whole lot better than Plan A. Beacause the pink gingham DSP was Pretty in Pink the Zinnia Flowers had to then be Pretty in Pink. Got to keep that colour coordination. Once the flowers and leaves were die cut I blended some ink on the edeges to give these items a little more definition.

In the centre of the flowers I used Lemon Lolly and Daffodil Delight to finish off the flowers. I love the soft, pretty look to the Zinnia. And yes Zinnias do come in pale colours too. Not just the bright colours that we tend to see them in.

I've finished off the card with some Linen Thread, some Pretty in Pink gems that come from the 2024–2026 In Color™ Shimmer Gems, and the 'Happy Mother's Day' sentiemnt from the Sentimental Rose Kit (which is still available online).

I do hope that I've inspired you with my card for the sketch challenge. Go and check out the design teams take on the sketch at the Just Add Ink Blog for some inspiration and then come and join in this week's sketch fun! I can't wait to see what you create.

  Click the image below to be taken straight to this week's challenge.


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Sunday, May 12, 2024

CASE-ing the Catty | CTC #469 | Case the Mix & Match Section

  Hello there stamping friends! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. Today I'm participating in a blog hop for CASE-ing the Catty, to kick off the new challenge for the week.

 To CASE is to Copy And Share Everything or to Copy And Selectively Edit. And this week we are CASE-ing from the new Mix and Match Section in the Stampin' Up! 2024 - 2025  Annual Catalogue. Found on Pgs. 18 - 21.


 The Mix & Match Envelopes & Ephemera give you a quick and easy option for crafting that gives you a personalised creative experience as opposed to a kit where you follow step-by-step instructions that guide you though the crafting process.

Today I've used the Basic Gray card in the middle above as the basis for my CASE-d card but used the Country Woods Suite for my card as opposed to using the Mix & Match Envelopes & Ephemera. I really loved the layout of the card and CASE-d that for my card, keeping the bones of the design.

I've started with a Basic White card base and layered Basic White on that embossed with the beautiful Eyelet 3D Embossing folder. I've turned my piece of cardstock over so the embossing looks indented into the cardstock. I only did this because I added some blending of ink on the other side and did't like it but didn't want to waste the cardstock so I turned it over. Waste not want not right? Ha! Looks good either which way you have the embossing.

I've kept the banner piece like the original but this is where things are changed up. I've layered a circle from the Stylish Shapes Dies under the banner and over top added some stips of Country Lace DSP and the leaves and flowers from the Country Flowers Bundle.

I've used Stampin' Blends to colour the flowers and also added some smaller flowers from the Country Birdhouse stamp set to the floral cluster.

Stampin' Blends Used
Flowers - Light Peach Pie, Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light Summer Splash, Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Boho Blue, Light Balmy Blue
Leaves - Light and Dark Gray Granite
 

 I've finished the card off with some Mossy Meadow leaves, Linen Thread, some Basic Gray Pearls, and the Happy Birthday Sentiment. 

I really love how you can use a card as a basis for your card and it ends up with a completely different look. The beauty of CASE-ing really!

There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew so be sure to make your way around the whole hop to get inspiration from the CTC team. 
 
Next up on the hop is fabulous Julia Quinn her Mix & Match CASE. Keep hopping around to see all of the design team’s creations.
 

 We would love to have you join us over at our Facebook group to share your creation CASE-ing a project from the 2024 - 2025 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and join in this weeks challenge. You don't need to have a blog to join in!
 

 
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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Stampin' Fancy Friday | CASE a Fancy Friend

 Hello there stamping friends! Welcome, welcome! So good to have you here. I've got a project for you today for the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team. This month the challenge is to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a Fancy Friend. CASEing is where you are inspired by a fellow artists work and then use that as inspiration to make your own project. Use some of the similar elements of the original creation and then change it up with your own personal touch to make it your own.


 It was so hard to choose one person from all the amazing and talented Artisan Alumni who to CASE. I did narrow it down and I'm CASEing the amazing Stampin' Fancy Friday friend Berdien Weideveld for this month's challenge. Berdien's style is lots of layering, reapeat imagery, a stunning use of DSP, and the use of lots of die-cuts.  I'm always WOWed by her creations. They are always so amazing!
 

 This is Berdien's original creation! Amazing, right??!! I've CASEd the card on the right. I loved the layout and the repeat imagery 
so I wanted to keep those two elements and then the rest is changed up to give it a 'Rochelle' look and feel.
 

 Today I've used some products from the new Country Woods Suite for a pretty floral card. I've kept to the same layout as Berdien and added the repeat imagery. I've started with a Basic White base and then used the County Woods DSP, Pool Party and the Perennial Postage dies for the base layering.
 

 For the repeat stamping and colouring I used the floral image from the Country Flowers Stamp Set. These floral images are meant to be paired with a tea pot or an vintage milk can but I liked it on it's own.
I used Stampin' Blends to colour the flowers in the beautiful colours that coordinated with the DSP.
 
Stampin' Blends Used
Flowers - Light Peach Pie, Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light Summer Splash, Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Boho Blue, Light Balmy Blue
Leaves - Light and Dark Mossy Meadow.


Behind each floral image is the leaves die from the Country Flowers Dies in Mossy Meadow Cardstock and the now retired (so sad) Vellum. I've then finished off the card with some Smoky Slate Pearls that are also part of the Country Woods Suite, and the embossed Happy Birthday from the Country Birdhouse Stamp Set.

I do hope that you like my CASE on Berdien's card. Just remember when CASEing start with the initial inspiration of the original project and then really try to change it up to make it your own, with your personal touch.
 
 Check out the rest of the CASEd creations and all the different looks that the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team has made on the Stampin' Fancy Friday Instagram Account or on the Stampin' Fancy Friday Facebook page. This is where all their creations will be shared throughout the month, so make sure that you are following them to get all of the amazing ideas!
 
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Friday, May 10, 2024

Just Add Ink #701 | Inspiration Picture Challenge

 Hello there stamping friends! Happy Friday! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. Today we over at Just Add Ink have a fabulous inspiration picture challenge - Just Add Ink #701 | Inspiration Picture Challenge.

 How bright and vibrant are the colours in our inspiration picture? Beautiful pinks and yellows. Super pretty!

My card for you today is focusing on those gorgeous, beautiful colours for a quick birthday card. And today I'm playing with the new Stampin' Up! Ephemera products.

The pinks, yellows and oranges really stood out to me so I searched through the ephemera packs for something that would go together. The pink and orange rainbow was perfect for this challenge and then combined with the sun and the "Happy Birthday" all these images coordinated with the colours in the inspiration picture. It all came together so quickly and it is a cost effective way to start with your crafting journey. A few ephemera packs, some cardstock and some adhesive and you are on you way to card making.


 I've started with a Pretty in Pink cardstock base amd then a Pretty in Pink layer. On that I've blended some Pretty in Pink and then added some Pretty in Pink splatters. The circle is also die cut from Pretty in Pink, embossed with the Basics 3D embossing folder and then splattered with white embossing powder.


 I've finished the card off with some ephemera hearts covered in Wink of Stella and some Pretty in Pink gems that come from the 2024–2026 In Color™ Shimmer Gems. 
 
If you are in need of a quick card, pull out Stampin' Up!'s Ephemera packs and with the pre-printed and die cut images you'll have a card put together in no time. You can keep the ephemera CAS or you can completely step it up. The choice is yours.
 
 Go and check out the design teams take on this week's Inspiration Picture at the Just Add Ink Blog and then come and join in this week's inspiration picture fun! I can't wait to see what you create.
 
 Click the image below to be taken straight to this week's challenge.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Funky Folds Blog Hop #3

 Hello stamping friends. Welcome to Funky Folds Blog Hop #3. 

 We are a community for like minded paper crafters who love to make cards with funky/fancy/fun folds and to share our ideas. Funky actually means “modern and stylish in an unconventional or striking way”. We are featuring cards that are not your usual rectangle/square portrait of landscape style cards.

Each and every month the blog hops will have and 'anything goes' theme as long as your card has some type of 'funky' fold.

I've made for you today a Star Explosion Pop-Up card using products from the beautiful Stampin' Up! Country Woods Suite found in the new 2024 - 2025 Annual Catalogue. I've used the tutorial and measurements from Sam Calcott at Mixed Up Craft.


When the card is closed it looks fairly inconspicuous but when you take off the belly band and open the card up that is where the magic happens. Here on the front I've layered Basic White, Pool Party and the Country Woods DSP for the front of the card and then I've used Misty Moonlight for the belly band and added DSP, Ribbon, stamped images and die-cuts using products from the Country Woods Suite.

On the inside is a scored centre panel that all folds in neatly together when the card is folded closed. When opened the centre circle piece pops up and stands up a little off the card for that added element and dimension.  As well as using the Country Woods DSP I've also adde some of the Country Lace DSP to layer on some of the panels and used more of the products from the Country Woods suite to embellish the inside.

I coloured the floral images in using Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers and used the same floral images on the front as what is on the inside to keep that continuity from the outside to the inside.

Stampin' Blends Used
Flowers - Light Peach Pie, Light & Dark Petal Pink, Light Summer Splash, Light & Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Boho Blue, Light Balmy Blue, Light Lemon Lolly
Leaves - Light & Dark Mossy Meadow 
Teapot - Light and Dark Gray Granite 

I've even added some Basic White Panels on the back for you to write your message. This is such a WOW card when you open it. It's one of those cards that you hand deliver to your best crafting friend just so that you can see their reaction to when they open it.

I do hope you like my Funky Fold that I've shared with you today. I just love how it turned out especially with the use of the Country Woods Suite products. This is another amazing suite that I've fallen in love with. 

Next up is Bronwyn Eastley from Tasmania, Australia with her Funky Fold. I can't wait to see what she has made for us.

 

If you love to make cards with creative folds and would like to join in with our monthly Funky Folds Blog Hop, you are welcome to head on over to our community group on Facebook HERE to be part of the fun. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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