#GDP045 – A Pop of Pink

Wow! What a bold colour combination for this weeks challenge over at Global Design Project.  I love how beautifully these colours go together and the impact it can have on a final design!

Here is the challenge for Global Design Project # 045:

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Great or what!  Here is the funny thing though…. when it said the link closes at 3pm AEDT, I didn’t check to see what timezone that was, so by the time I posted this, the link was closed LOL   Too late to add now 🙂  Oh well, I still had fun designing with these colours.

I’ve only recently begun to use the Botanical Blooms stamp set and Botanical Builders Framelits dies and felt the flowers from the Framelit set would be the perfect choice.  The flowers are arranged in a mixture of Melon Mambo and White with Basic Rhinestones added to the centres of the smaller ones.  With the largest Melon Mambo flower having a black centre already, I refrained from overdoing the embellishments on it.

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I had to get some Smoky Slate on the card somewhere while keeping a balance to my design. The designer series paper from the Neutrals Paper Pack was the best option to combine with my flower arrangement.

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If you look closely at the smallest Melon Mambo flowers you’ll notice they have some form to them.  I used a simple burnishing technique to achieve this.   Check out the video below for basic instructions.

You’ll have to forgive me… it has been a few years since I have made a video and this is the first time taking and editing a video on my iPhone.  It is quite simple but I’m sure I’ll get better as I use it more 🙂

When I die cut the stamped the Anniversary sentiment and die cut the frame from the Large Numbers Framelits, it looked a bit bare and plain.  I had the card completely assembled at this point and was worried I would ruin the card if I attempted to add some stitching and that it would end up looking bad, but I got lucky and I’m happy with the final result!

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Thank you so much for stopping by.  I do appreciate you visiting and the comments you leave.

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Repetition – Less is More Challenge Week 285

I had a bit of a rough day yesterday.  I was battling an ugly headache caused by a stiff neck and all I could think was that I needed to go home and get in my stamp room to de-stress.  I have been so busy working on my race car the past several weeks that I haven’t been able to squeeze in any stamp time.  So I made sure that I made time last night and I was so grateful I did.  While I’m still struggling this morning with my neck and headache, I was able to enjoy participating in some challenges.

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Today I’m sharing a card I made for this weeks Less Is More Week 285 Challenge.  I love that they make you focus on keeping things simple.  While I don’t often work with retired product as I like to share new and current items, I really felt like my “old” product needed some loving!  Everything used on this card except the stamp set (Work of Art) and the Whisper White cardstock, are already retired.

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This weeks challenge for Less is More was “Repetition”.  A simple image for repetition works great and the chevron from the Work of Art stamp set is perfect for this.  One of the first things I learned in card making was that uneven quantities are more appealing to the eye.  Keeping this in mind, as well as leaving sufficient white space, I stamped the image 3 times.  I used the 2013-2015 In Colours Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar – I still love these!  I really do hope they bring some of these back (like the Crisp Cantaloupe – love, love, love that colour)

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A few retired embellishments finished this card off and added the sweet sentiment it needed to be complete!

It’s always a great idea to keep an eye on the Clearance Rack as some great retired products are added every so often.

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Stampin’ Up! – Flourishing Phrases

I like to come up with my own designs.  I try not CASE from others but if I’m thoroughly stuck on a good way to use a stamp set, I’ll visit Pinterest for inspiration.  I have to be honest that with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and the coordinating thinlits, I really struggled to come up with my own ideas and designs.  I bought the stamp set because I like the messages.   While I will share a card with you at a later date that I CASE’d from Pinterest, today’s card is my own design.

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We have cute 2015-2017 In Colour doilies available in the new annual catalogue.  By cutting one in half, I was able to tuck the two halves side by side under my front layer.  I die cut the leaf flourish using the Flourish Thinits die from Basic Black cardstock and the flower was die cut from Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  With the sentiment stamped in Archival Black ink and the addition of a few rhinestones, including one in my flower centre, this card is complete.

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I did stress over this card for a good half hour but quite frankly, this card could be completed in about 5 minutes if you have all your supplies ready.  A great card to re-create over and over with different greetings stamped on it.

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Flower Blooms

Welcome to the start of another beautiful summer week!  We have been having super hot, humid weather with little rain.  While we certainly need the rain, I am grateful for all that the Lord provides us.  Many things are lacking the nourishment of rain, but other parts of nature still thrive without it.  God has given each part of nature a purpose and we have to trust that He will provide for our needs.

One of my needs in life is the ability to de-stress and for me card making is my outlet.   I know it is one of the wonderful gifts given to me from God.  I have grown and evolved so much in my abilities over the past 12 years in crafting and can’t imagine not making time to design and create.  It is a gift that I can use to comfort a saddened heart, celebrate a new life or simply a way to let someone know just how special they are.

I can just imagine how one might feel if they were to receive a card like the one I am sharing with you today.  We need some good in this world, even if it is a small gesture.

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With bold flowers from the Flower Patch stamp set and die cut with the Flower Fair framelits this card comes together quickly.  I’m all about the quick and easy cards.

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With Stampin’ Dimensionals and Basic Rhinestones to add extra depth and appeal this card is ready for a special someone!

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Paper Pumpkin Boxes – Upcycled

Originally when I received my Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail, I would remove the contents and throw out the box to save space.  That was until I discovered others were upcycling the boxes.

This is the first box I created and I realized after that it would have appeared so much better if I had turned it inside out first! However, this still turned out beautifully.

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I covered the outside edges and top of the box with patterned paper, created a pouch that I attached to the inside of the lid to hold envelopes and added a small pocket, also in the lid, to hold postage stamps!

I wanted to bling up the outside a bit more, so I created balloons and added a sentiment to reflect the purpose of the box  (birthday cards).

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All that was left at that point was to fill it with cards and envelopes.

This really makes a quick and thoughtful gift for friends, co-workers and family members!  Simply brilliant 🙂

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Hope Your Day Stacks Up

I love that Stampin’ Up! rolled the Sprinkles of Life stamp set over into the new Annual Catalogue!  This set is so cute and great for birthdays. With the coordinating Tree Builder Punch, it makes for quick cards that are creative and fun.

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We know that kids tend to like “the works” on their icecream and this triple scooped icecream cone is no different.  With a cherry falling off the top and sprinkles on and around this icecream, it is sure to delight any sweet tooth.

While this card isn’t fancy in the design of the layers, it has loads of appeal in the simple details.  A fun designer series paper from the new 2016 – 2018 In-Colour Designer Series Paper Pack, to the White Bakers Twine wrapped several times around the designer paper, and tied in a bow peeking out from the top layer which features the falling icecream!

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Oh and did you notice the top scoop of icecream was made from Vellum cardstock?

Fun and not overdone 😉

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Baby Duck

Happy Monday!  Thanks for joining me for more creative inspiration this week.

Hopefully you aren’t Swirly Bird’d out yet, as I have another creation to share with you featuring the versatile Swirly Birds stamp set.  This card features a cute yellow duck, fitting to welcome a newborn. Doesn’t the duck look sweet with his Mint Macaron bowtie?

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If you look closely, you’ll notice that I cut and popped up a wing and a tail feather.  Small touches like this can add lots of depth.

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You may wonder where I got the Peek-a-Boo Peach pearls…. here’s a little tip.  Apply Peek-A-Boo Peach ink to your Basic Pearls, cover in Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.  This allows you to create the pearls in any colour you need!

If you would like more tips or inspiration, be sure to like my Facebook Page.

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Serene Scenery – Quick and Easy

Sometimes we simply don’t have a lot of time to design and create a card.  The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper stack has some incredible pages that are just like a photograph and provide the opportunity to complete a card quickly and with little stress.

Take this card for instance.  I opened my paper stack, saw this paper and knew it needed little added to it to make it into a complete card.

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I stamped my sentiment using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set ink Archival Black ink and tied a bow using Basic Black Thick Baker’s Twine around the image.  I added it to a Basic Black card stock layer and then adhered this to my Wild Wasabi card base.

You can’t get much more basic than this for creating a beautiful and thoughtful card.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Wedding Anniversary: Non-Traditional Card

If you checked out Monday’s post you will know that yesterday was my second wedding anniversary.  I must say I am truly blessed and am so thankful each and every day for the gift that God gave me in my husband.  We have been together for a long time and have been through so much together but it has made us stronger.

I could have easily made a card that said Happy Anniversary and I’ll be honest, when I made this card I didn’t create it with my anniversary in mind.  However, when I finished it I realized it was the perfect sentiment to tell my husband what he is to me!

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I used the Sunshine Sayings stamp set and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits for the card. I wanted bold, fun colours which I must say there is no lack of with Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating products!  Using the new Sponge Brayer, I applied Daffodil Delight ink to the Irresistably Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. I die cut my flowers and Sunshine from Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight card stock.  I completed my sentiment by stamping “you are my” in Archival Black ink on Whisper White card stock and cutting the ends in a banner shape.

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If you haven’t tried the Fine Tip Glue, I recommend it for applying intricate die cut designs such as the flowers on this card.  It allows you to apply adhesive to very narrow strips of card stock.

I layered my designer paper on Basic Black card stock and attached this to my Watermelon Wonder card base. You might notice that this is one of the few cards I have created without some form of embellishment added.  Sometimes you have to leave things be, so as not to take away from the message.

Thanks for checking out my non-traditional anniversary card.  See you again soon!

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Many Manly Occasions – May Paper Pumpkin Kit

Happy 4th of July to my American friends and Happy Monday to all!

This is coming quite late but I wanted to share one of my projects from the May Paper Pumpkin kit.  Although the kit comes with instructions on how to create set projects, it is always fun to play with the kit and create alternate projects.

We are starting off this week with another shaker card.  While I love the intricate laser cut design in the card kit I needed to create a window for my shaker card and cut out the top portion of the card.  Keep these pieces as they are great to use for other alternate cards/ projects.

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When making alternate projects you often do require to have some other card stock and embellishments handy.  In this case I used some Pool Party Cardstock, Window Sheets, Brights Sequin Assortment and Foam Adhesive Strips.  Following the basic shaker card instructions from THIS POST, you should be able to create most shaker cards.

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Since the card needs to be popped up to allow space for the shaker items, I did cut the back base of the die cut card off and layered my shaker card onto a Pool Party base instead.

I saw this fantastic design on the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club page on Facebook.  If you are on Facebook and are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, I recommend joining this group to be able to participate in great projects and ideas!.

Tomorrow is my 2nd Wedding Anniversary and I’ll be sharing my non-traditional anniversary card I made for my husband, with you on Wednesday.  Be sure to come back and see what I designed for him!

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Affectionately Yours Blooms

Oooh how I love the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies!  I had the card base and DSP cut and ready to go and I knew exactly what I wanted to do on my card front, I just had to wait several days for the Framelits to arrive!  I get these ideas in my mind and then I don’t even have the product yet and I have to sketch my design quickly so I don’t forget!  Does this happen to you at all?

The pop of colour that the Watermelon Wonder lends to the Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake is fantastic.  I think the pop of Basic Black flower centres also helps to add to this colour pop.

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While it may be my imagination, I believe banners are “in” lately as well.  I can’t stop putting them on cards and I often see them on other creations I come across as well!

It definitely suited this card as I didn’t want to take away from the flowers or even the “white” space on the card.

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To complete this card, I added some Mint Macaron Enamel Dots.  I really like how they add that extra touch without being overwhelming.  If you haven’t tried them yet, I recommend that you give them a chance.

I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you again soon.

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Double Window Shaker Card

Lately I have been on a roll with shaker cards, trying out new things (for me) and today’s double window shaker card is one of those “new things”.

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I had the ladies create this at my Shaker Card class earlier this month.  I think they were afraid of it at first but really, it is just a lot of layering.  What you do on the outside is pretty much what you do on the inside, except for a second layer of Foam Adhesive Strip – you only need to do this step once.  For instructions on assembling the window/ foam part of the shaker card, please visit the Rose Garden Shaker Card tutorial I posted earlier this month.

I saw a card on Pinterest created by Debbie’s Designs that inspired me to CASE and create this card.  While you do tend to use a lot of Window Sheets for double window cards, they really do make for a WOW card!

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The balloons were stamped using the Balloon Celebrations Stamp set and the sentiment inside the card was stamped using the new Marquee Messages stamp set.  Not only did I add balloons to the outside layer and inside layer of the card, but I also added them in the shaker portion of the card between the two Window Sheets.  Have you looked closely at the balloons?  Did you notice they look speckled?  That’s because after I inked them, I spritzed them with a bit of water before stamping them on my card stock.

When the card is closed you may think that the stamped sentiment is just a layer on the other side of the first window sheet but then when you open it up…. Voila!  you realize you have just looked straight on through the card front!

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I am so grateful that Stampin’ Up! is a company that encourages us to copy and share our work with others.  While some days we may copy a card precisely as someone else has created it, more often than not we make slight changes to our cards to make them our own.  I love how my final design is similar to Debbie’s and yet different enough to truly make it mine.

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