Monday, January 23, 2017

UP, UP & AWAY GDP#071

I have just returned from a weekend at a craft stall, which was just a tad challenging!  Poor old New Zealand has been caught in a huge weather bomb and as we know, paper and water don't mix!  Thankfully I was indoors, but that didn't stop the wind whistling through the auditorium!


We have a fun challenge for you this week at Global Design Project, just a little different from our normal challenges - Off the page or 3 dimensional.  With my craft stall to decorate, this was quite timely, as I have been wanting to try my hand at a Vintage balloon!

There isn't a single stamp on this project, the first time I can recall that ever happening.  But it did take many hours to make as I had to guess what to do next as I went.  I couldn't find a tutorial anywhere that I could CASE that would help me.  Here is how I created this fun balloon:

I started by finding a template for a balloon though, which I traced onto card and cut by hand, twelve times!  I folded each in half lengthwise and then adhered together while alternating the colours. I then found some Striped Grosgrain ribbon to use as my balloon bunting.  I punched a small hole near the top of each card and secured the "bunting" by tying coordinating Bakers Twine through the holes.

Next I cut two straws in half to stand the balloon on.  I cut a small slit in the top of each straw and slid the straws onto the side edge of the balloon pieces then applied some liquid adhesive to help secure them.  I created the "basket" by making a small box to fit a tea light and adhering burlap ribbon around the side.  I think it looks just like a basket and the tealight just like the gas flame to fill the balloon!

So what do you have in mind?  Check out the Design Teams fun projects at Global Design Project too.  Honestly, I think this has been my favourite challenge to date!

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please use January's host code W6ZTCYTU and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Friday, January 20, 2017

SEALED WITH LOVE - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

Welcome to the first official blog hop for the new 2017 Artisan Design Team.  We are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world and I am honoured to be representing New Zealand.  I take up from Susan Wong, who has been such an inspiration to me over the past two years that she has been on the team.

I still can't believe I am typing the words "Artisan Design Team".  I never dreamed that I would one day be part of this amazing team when I joined Stampin' Up! in 2009.  Back then, Demonstrators in the South Pacific couldn't even apply, so I used to look at all the amazing projects these girls made with stars in my eyes!  Thankfully, two years ago, that all changed and here I am.

Just a little bit about me.  I have been married to my sweetie for 24 years and we have one daughter, who no longer lives at home.   I work part time as a PA for an Accountant.  I have been stamping for a little over 8 years and have an amazing team called the Paper Diva's, many of whom have been with me nearly from the start!  I am extremely grateful I get to do what I love the most - card making and sharing the passion of creating with exceptional Stampin' Up! products.

My first Artisan project is all about Love!  The Sealed With Love stamp set is just full of such sweet images.  In particular, those lips!  I have used them to create a fun background on my card by repeatedly stamping tone on tone in Real Red.  I sponged around the stamped panel to darken the edges and create depth to the card.  The sentiment was perfect for a card so full of kisses.  The simple colour scheme of red, white and black gives a really crisp, clean look to this project.

I also stamped the envelope flap with the lips to create a play on words from the sentiment.  I love to decorate the envelopes of my cards anyway.  People know before they open it there is something special inside when the envelope looks nearly as good as the card!

No Valentine gift is complete without Chocolate.  The Sealed With Love stamp set has a set of coordinating framelits, Love Notes, which have been bundled up to save you 10%.  I have used these to create the super cute elements decorating the Sweet Jar.  I particularly like the love heart banner!

So there you have it, my first DT project for the year.  My dear friend Rochelle Blok is next on the hop, and I just know she will have a stunner project for you!


All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please use January's host code W6ZTCYTU and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Monday, January 16, 2017

BEST DECISION EVER - GDP070

Here is the sketch that we are inspired to play with this week at Global Design Project.

I have had the absolute pleasure to welcome two new team members to my Stampin' Up! team, Paper Diva's, this week, so exciting!!  I used the sketch challenge to design two cards welcoming them both.

I have used the sketch on a portrait style card rather than a landscape (you can do that!).  A 14.8cm card front was just a little too wide to get the gorgeous stamps from the SAB set Delicate Details to fit across the card front in one go and I didn't want an accidental break in the design.


I first heat embossed the lace images in White on Shimmery White card before adding a water colour wash over the top, using a palette of three colours on each card to create an ombre effect.  After trimming to size, I popped this piece up on the card front with Dimensionals.  I then added just a thin strip of card in one of the colours on the water colour panel above that, before then adding a ribbon in yet another of the three original colours I used.

The Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon was perfect for the blue card but I had to colour the ribbon myself for the purple card, using a Stampin' Write Marker and the White 1/8" Grosgrain ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack (Occasions Catalogue pge.15).  I love that everything in the Stamp' Up! range colour coordinates and if they don't have something in a particular colour, such as my ribbon, you can colour it yourself!

I then carried the ombre colour to the sentiment inside to finish off this pretty card.

This is a great little sketch this week and lends itself to clean and simple designs.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.  Be sure to link your entries to the Global Design Project page.  Have fun!

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live anywhere in New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please use January's host code W6ZTCYTU and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.