Global Design Project Challenge GDP025

I really enjoy playing along with challenges, and this Global Design Project Challenge GDP025 was fun! This week it is a colour challenge. And here’s what I’ve come up with:

Global Design Project GDP025

Global Design Project GDP025

And here are the colours for this week:

Global Design Project Challenge GDP025

I’ve been wanting to use my new Zoo Babies set since I got it, and I knew these colours would be perfect for a baby card. I also used my new Hardwood background stamp and was very happy with how it turned out. I haven’t used background stamps in a long, long time. They can be slightly tricky to use, but the effect is usually awesome and well worth a few seconds of panic. I’m always worried that my cardstock won’t be straight or the stamp will move. I’ve found that placing the stamp face up, inking it and then placing your piece of cardstock on top is the easiest way to use them. I normally use a piece of scrap paper on top to give the cardstock a good rub into the ink and it works really well and avoids getting too much extra ink on my hands. My blog should possibly be title “Inky Fingers” as I’m normally walking around with ink somewhere on my person. Creativity is messy, after all.

What else have I used in this card? Well, I’ve used the Chevron embossing folder, the banner die comes from the Large Numbers Framelits and the stamp of the banner comes from the Number of Years stamp set. I bought this stamp set and framelits as a bundle and saved 15%! I have lots of bundled products in my online store that will save you 15%. Who doesn’t love coordinating products AND saving money!

I’ve wound some silver metallic thread around the Daffodil Delight panel and a couple of Daffodil Delight Candy Dots on the banner. And of course, you know I’m obsessed with Wink of Stella, well she’s been used on the elephant’s ear and on the Smoky Slate cirle surrounding the elephant. I don’t think it shows up well in the photo, though. It is so sparkly in person!

If your creative mojo needs a boost, head on over to Global Design Project Challenge GDP025 and play along, I’d love to see what you come up with!

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Z Fold Butterfly Card

This weekend I made a Z fold butterfly card. I felt like creating something a little more fancy. Well, fancy for me. I had a look through Pinterest (who doesn’t love Pinterest?) to gather ideas and inspiration. Here is what I came up with:

Z Fold Butterfly Card

Z Fold Butterfly Card

A Z fold card is basically a normal card with its front folded back on itself. Imagine you’ve got your half sheet of cardstock – in this case you want the long, narrow half sheet – you score it and fold it in half. Then you take the right side of the card and fold it back over to the left hand side where the scored fold is. It’s not very tricky at all, but looks really great and a little bit fancy depending on how you decorate it. Most Z fold cards use something on the front to hide the sentiment inside – in this case I’ve used the largest Deco Label framelit and adhered only the left hand side to the front of the card.

I’m on a bit of a designer series paper (DSP) kick at the moment. I have a lot. A LOT. I’m trying to make the most of my craft supplies this year. Too often we put our pretties in the *can’t touch” basket and they sit there until we forget about them. Not this year! I’m using everything, no matter how pretty, no matter how much or how little I have of a particular product. I’ve bought them because I obviously liked them – so why not use them?

I challenge you all to use something you’ve put in your *can’t touch* basket this week. Let me know how you go!

Back to today’s card.

I’ve used the Pretty Petals DSP stack. The colours aren’t ones I’d normally use, but for some reason this past little while I’ve been drawn to this stack. I used to find Very Vanilla tricky to work with, but this DSP stack makes it really easy to work with. And a Z fold card uses as much or as little paper as you want. I’ve used a little bit on the left front of the card, then a tiny strip on the inside of the card. The main circle body of the front of the card has been stamped with images from the Butterfly Basics set in stamped off Pacific Point and Old Olive. Even stamped off the blue of Pacific Point looked a little out of place so I cut a circle of the Sale-A-Bration Botannical Gardens vellum stack (which you can earn for FREE until March 31st – ask me how!) and overlaid the stamped circle with it to mute the colours. It worked very well, I think.

The butterfly was cut using the Butterflies Thinlits, first the big filigree butterfly from Calypso Coral and then the smaller solid butterfly from the same Sale-A-Bration vellum stack. A few rhinestones down the centre and the butterfly is done. I’m not sure how well it shows up in the photo, but I’ve completely covered the Calypso Coral butterfly in Wink of Stella glitter. I’ve oversharpened the image to hopefully make it stand out a bit more.

Here’s the inside:

Z Fold Butterfly Card

Z Fold Butterfly Card

I had loads of fun creating this Z fold butterfly card, so much in fact, that I’ve already made another Z fold card and will be making more in the next few weeks.

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Global Design Project Challenge GDP024

Today I had a bit of free time and decided to play along with the Global Design Project Challenge GDP024.

The challenge this week is to CASE (there’s a few different definitions to this term, but I like “copy and share everything”, there’s also “copy and selectively edit”) a card created by one of their designers.

Here’s my card:

Global Design Project Challenge GDP024

Global Design Project Challenge GDP024

And here’s the card I drew inspiration from:

GDP024

GDP024

I took inspiration from the design itself. I knew I wanted a panel on the left. I knew I wanted patterned paper at the top and bottom, and I knew I wanted an image of some sort in the position of the butterfly in the card above.

I started with the Have A Cuppa designer series paper stack and went from there. Our designer series paper (DSP) stacks are wonderful things! I didn’t buy the matching stamp set and now I wish I had, it would have made creating this card a lot easier! Instead I used the cake from Endless Birthday Wishes, a set I really love and find to be very versatile with all the sentiments included. I created the panel using Lots of Labels framelits dies and because it was so narrow, I needed a sentiment that fit in nicely. I went with Hello and plan on adding a happy birthday of some sort to the inside of the card at a later date.

The card is finished off with our Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon and my favourite, favourite, favourite Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. Have I mentioned how much I love this pen? I’m pretty sure every single card I’ve made since I got Stella has had at least a little bit of glitter added to it. Yes, I’m calling her Stella – we’re on a first name basis now 😉 If you look closely at my card you should be able to see all the shimmery goodness that Stella created. I’ve oversharpened the image on purpose to make it easier to see.

I had fun playing along with the Global Design Project Challenge GDP024. I need to try to free up more spare time to get more challenges complete, they really boost my creativity. I’m also loving our designer series paper (DSP) stacks at the moment! This one has 48 sheets, 4 each of 12 double sided designs. So much choice and really good quality paper. And you have to love that they match all our ink and cardstock colours.

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Masculine Valentines Card

Masculine Valentines Card

Masculine Valentines Card

Valentine’s Day is over for another year and this year I couldn’t go past a Bloomin’ Love masculine Valentines card. The stamp set is gorgeous and the coordinating dies are awesome. For this project, however, the large heart die was just a little too big, so I had to fussy cut the intricate heart out by hand.

I have taken inspiration for this card from another stamper, but I cannot remember who that was, I’m so sorry! Thankfully in the stamping world, most of us are more than happy to have our cards CASEd (copy and share everything!) If this looks similar to your design, please let me know and I’ll give you credit.

I knew I didn’t want the traditional red or pink card, because I didn’t want it to be too girlie. I decided to go with Basic Black and Bermuda Bay. I love the clean, simple, elegant lines of the Stylish Stripes embossing folder. I also used the banner die from the Large Numbers framelits set.

The mat behind the heart is wrapped loosely with Silver Metallic Thread and sponged with White Craft ink. I wasn’t happy with the card without the white, but using it really made the heart pop.

I’m not sure how well it shows up in the photo, but can you see that shimmer? That’s our wonderful, amazing new Wink of Stella glitter pen. I am in love with it. I’ve used it so much in the last few weeks that I’m scared I’m going to run out. I’ll be buying a few more in my next order! It adds such a lovely effect to the card without glitter falling off, and is so easy to use.

In the end I was very happy with this card, but with all the glitter, I’m not sure how manly it turned out. Ah well, everyone needs a little sparkle in their life! I hope you like this masculine Valentines card, too.

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Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness

Eureka Stampers Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness

Eureka Stampers Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness

Welcome to the Eureka Stamper’s Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness blog hop! Today marks the halfway point of Stampin’ Up!’s biggest event of the year. During Sale-A-Bration you can earn FREE stamps, papers and accessories with qualifying orders over $90 (exluding shipping). This years FREEBIES are awesome! Click here to see the awesome freebies on offer. I’ve been lucky enough so far to earn all of the freebies so far! So far? YES! Today three new limited edition products were realeased for you to earn. I really love the Party Pants set and can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’ll be putting an order in tonight to get that one before it runs out!

You may have come from Mel Pagano’s blog, and I bet you’ve already seen some awesome projects!

I’ve decided to show you a few different cards today, all using Sale-A-Bration items.

Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness Thank You

Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness Thank You

This first card is one of my favourites and actually CASEs one of the cards in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. It features the What I Love stamp set, the Botannical Gardens vellum stack and the sadly no longer available Perfectly Artistic designer paper stack. That’s what this Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness  post is about, our halfway point marks when some of the limited edition products ended and new ones start. I haven’t got any of the new products to show you yet, but hopefully I’ll have them to show you next week! If you wanted to recreate this card you could use any other designer paper or even sponged cardstock to get a similar effect. I’ve also used the Lots of Labels framelits and some gold Stampin’ Emboss powder. I love this card and it’s going out to a special customer in the mail today!

Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness To You

Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness To You

This next one is a birthday card for a very special friend, also going out in the mail today. It’s little late, so I hope she doesn’t mind! I’ve decided to make a bigger effort to send out birthday cards this year. If you’d like one, please let me know and I’ll happily send you one in the mail! I’ll talk more about my plan for birthday cards in a new post soon.

I’ve used the What I Love set again for this card, because I just love it! I broke open my new Pretty Petals designer paper stack from the annual catalogue and thought this lower flower stamp was perfect to go with it. The sentiment comes from the Perfect Pairing Sale-A-Bration set and on the inside of the card I’ve stamped the matching Happy Birthday from the same set. If you look closely you’ll see that I’ve stamped the outline flower in Versamark on the card base. Then I went a little crazy with the new AWESOME Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. I’ll have to create a whole post on how much I love these new glitter pens, they are probably one of my new favourite things in the world. I just can’t stop glittering everything. I may have gone overboard on this card.

Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness You're So Nice

Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness You’re So Nice

This card showcases the Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection – wow that’s a mouthful! I knew I had to have this collection as soon as I saw it. It is so versatile! I used to be a scrapbooker, it’s how I got started in card making, but I haven’t done anything like that for a long time. I have no used any of our Project Life products yet, but I think I might just start in the next few months.

As you can see from this card, you can use our Project life card sets for so much more than memory keeping, though! I should have taken a before photo to show you exactly what cards I’ve used, but I was too quick for my own good! This card uses one of the larger cards and one of the smaller cards. I’ve used the geometric print that actually has a UV resist pattern on white card. I sponged it with Blushing Bride ink and the UV resist lines remain white, and then I cut it down. I love the effect! The other card I used was an printed acetate overly card. The white printed acetate heart is a great pair to the geometric print. I love that little tiny bit of the the new Watermelon Wonder Stitched Ribbon. A little accent of ribbon can go a long way. There’s only a tiny bit of stamping on this card, just the sentiment from the Botanicals for You Sale-A-Bration set.

From today we have three new limited time only products available for FREE with every $90 you spend. That’s right! If you spend $180 you get to choose TWO free products. Who doesn’t love freebies!

If you like what you see, I’d love for you to pop over to my online store and have a look at everything that’s on offer.

Next up is the gorgeous Simone Bartrum, I can’t wait to see what she’s created for us today!

 

Eureka Stampers Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness

Eureka Stampers Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness

1. Rose Packer

2. Carly Middleton

3. Julie Cocks

4. Linda Whalley

5. Lauren Meiklejohn

6. Heather McCarthy

7. Mel Pagano

8. Sarah McCallion

9. Simone Bartrum

10. Janine Rawlins

Petite Petals Birthday Card

Petite Petals Birthday Card

Petite Petals Birthday Card

It’s nearly January and I love getting a head start on all the birthday cards I’ll need for the upcoming year. It just happened to be colour challenge week at the Global Design Project, so this Petite Petals birthday card is my entry for challenge #GDP013.

GDP013 Colour Challenge

#GDP013 Colour Challenge

This week the challenge was to use Red Real, Old Olive and Crumb Cake. Immediately, my mind when to Christmas cards, but I wanted to play outside the box so used Petite Petals for a birthday card. I love that this set has a variety of small flowers to choose from. I also wanted to challenge myself to use products I haven’t used as much as I’d like. The Deco Label Framelits are gorgeous, and I think they work really well on this card – I’ll definitely be using them more often. I love that there are four nested labels in the collection, so they layer really nicely.

I’ve also used Butterfly Basics for the fern-like leaves and the sentiment comes from Sprinkles on Top.

It was a nice, quick card to work up, so would be a good one to use if you had lots of cards to make. You could even change out the stamped images and the sentiment for a completely different card.

I ran the Crumb Cake card base through the Big Shot using my Chevron embossing folder and then die cut the second largest Deco Label. I stamped the fern images from Butterfly Basics three times, with one of them being stamped off for a lighter green. I used scraps of Whisper White for the stamped flower images and the sentiment and I LOVE it when I have scraps that are just the right size! Pieces of Old Olive and Real Red finish of the card nicely.

Of course I had to pretty it up a bit with some bling – this time with some rhinestones and ribbon. I think I’ll be making a few more of this design, possibly in a lot of different colour combinations.

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Zig Zag Border with the Envelope Punch Board

Zig Zag Border with the Envelope Punch Board

Zig Zag Border with the Envelope Punch Board

I’ve always love scalloped edges on my cards, either as a border or as an accent. The scallop border punch was  retired this year so I wanted to try something new and I LOVE this! It was pretty easy to do once I figured out the math to line the zig zags up just right. This zig zag border with the envelope punch board is awesome and I’ll definitely be doing it again. In fact, I already have used this method to create accents on other cards. I figured with this fancy edge, it was best to leave everything else relatively simple. Some embossing on white and a little colourful accent with a scallop circle punch and a sentiment from the Work of Art stamp set was all that was needed. Oh, and some bling to set it off!

I really love this card and I can’t wait to send it to it’s owner.

I wrote myself a little tutorial so that I don’t forget the measurements for next time. There was a little bit of trial and error, but it was worth it in the end! This technique is perfect for Aussie sized cards.

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