Monday, December 5, 2016

HANG IN THERE GDP065

At Global Design Project this week we have Guest Deigner - Holly Stene joining us, which means it must be a colour challenge!  Holly's work is out of this world and I am delighted to be working with her on the 2017 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team next year.

I was automatically drawn to this colour combination.  I adore the Neutrals colour family and red is a favourite colour of mine, one I wear quite often as it goes beautifully with black, the other colour I wear quite often, lol.

I have finally broken into new product from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue.  As a demonstrator I get to order these wonderful new items a full month in advance of the catalogue release.  You can too when you join the Stampin' Up family, hopefully on my team (if you live in New Zealand), the Paper Diva's.  Who doesn't like to get new product ahead of everyone else, right?!

This beautiful stamp set is called Mediterranean Moments and in my opinion, was just made for water colouring!  It has four beautifully illustrated scenes to choose from.

I have actually cased one of my most pinned cards for this challenge.  You can see the original HERE.
The banner became my sentiment and I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Circles dies to frame my artwork.

I finished the card with a Linen Thread bow and Real Red Enamel Dots keeping it simple so I didn't overwhelm the artwork.  For once, this was a colour challenge I actually enjoyed from start to finish.  No struggles with this one!  Love it when a plan comes together!


I can't wait to see what you come up with this week too!  You might just be selected as our Guest Designer for the next colour challenge if you enter!  Good luck and see you at Global Design Project!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

CASE THE DESIGNER AT GDP064 - CONNIE COLLINS

It's time to CASE the Designer at Global Design Project.  This week, we are CASEing one of my personal favourite designers, Connie Collins.  I first came across Connie's work a few years back when she was first on the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design team.  She is also on the current team and her designs always take my breath away.

It's not without a little awe (and nerves) that I get to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) another of her beautiful designs.  When I "case", I take elements of the original design that have caught my attention.  It can be anything.  I have a good look at the original project, write down things about it that I love, then close the photo down, not to be looked at again.  Otherwise I am too tempted to copy exactly.  Why change perfection, lol.

This is actually my second attempt, btw.  I was going to use Jar of Love and flowers, but I just wasn't feeling the love and had no clear direction in mind.  After taking another hunt through my stash, I decided on Paisleys and Posies stamp, my most used stamp set from the Holiday catalogue.  The good news is that it is carrying over after that catalogue finishes - woop!

I used blues and yellows, like Connie, for my card and all the the little circle elements from the stamp set.  I think they look a little like fireworks going off!  I kept the embellishments to a minimum, using only Black and Gold Bakers Twine and the Metallics Enamel Dots to add just a touch of bling.

I hope Connie likes the card I have come up with using her original design for inspiration.  She has inspired me in many ways over the time I have known her and it is because of her that I had the courage to apply for the Artisan Design Team myself.  I was extremely honored when I was offered this position for 2017,  I look forward to bringing you yet more posts on this blog!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

LIFE'S AN ADVENTURE GDP063

Join us at Global Design Project this week for a fun theme challenge - Adventure!  So what do you think of when you think adventure?  It's a pretty broad subject and certainly open to interpretation.


A good friend of mine is a motorbike enthusiast and likes to hoon off for a "blat" every now and again.  I have had to sit though many, many bike stories, believe me.  Well, that to me is some adventure right there!  Just getting on the bike would be an adventure!  I am so short I would need a ladder, lol.

I couldn't think of a better birthday card for him than this adventure theme and it gave me a great excuse to use the fabulous "million" dollar stamp set "One Wild Ride".

I have used Shimmery White card as a base and added a very fluid, water colour background in Tempting Turquoise and Emerald Envy ink, before stamping the sentiment badge in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I stamped a second badge and fussy cut the  banner before adhering to my card with Dimensionals.

This card wouldn't have been complete without that bike image and it just works so well with the birthday wish on the inside of the card.  I love that I am able to make such a personal card for friends and family with stamping.

Back to my initial question.  What is YOUR idea of adventure?  Create a project and upload it to the Global Design Project gallery this week and it share it with us!

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