Monday, January 25, 2016

CASEING CONNIE - #GDP020


Connie Collins is one of my crafting idols.  I first came across her work when she was on the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team a couple of years ago.  I am pleased to say that I get to work with this brilliant lady on the Global Design Project team now AND she is back on the Artisan Design Team again this year too!  So why am I telling you this?  This weeks challenge at Global Design Project is to CASE Connie!!

There are many definitions of CASE, but at Global Design Project it means Copy And Selectively Edit.  This means anything about the original project may inspire you such as theme, layout, colour, stamps - anything!

I find CASEing quite hard because I tend to want to copy.  Normally it's because the project caught my eye and I want it for myself, lol.  Connie's card is really bold, with a definite theme and a huge focal point.  So I chose to do something quite different than what I would normally do when CASEing.

So I wasn't too heavily influenced to do the "same" as Connie, I looked at her card and wrote down three of four things that really struck me about her card, then I closed her project down, not to look at it again.  This way I felt I had a little more freedom to be creative with it!

I loved the bold stripes on her card, so I kept those and added lots of colour!  I did this by masking off sections and heavily sponging lots of colour on my card.  I also liked the Black (or Navy), White and Gold.  I still kept those, although made the gold just subtle pieces.

I also kept the bold focal point by using a large, bold font from the SAB set of the same name - Hello.  This set is for a limited time and only available until the 15th of February, so get your SAB order to me asap so you don't miss out!

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making this project by CASEing this way.  I wasn't lead so much by having a picture of her project constantly in front of me, but was still able to have the integral parts that struck me in the first place. I think I will be CASEing projects this way more often!

I hope you will join us this week with your own inspired work CASEing Connie.  Join us over at Global Design Project and see the amazing projects the rest of the team have created.
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Monday, January 18, 2016

IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE - GDP019



It's all about love at Global Design Project this week!  And why not?  Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away, it's wedding season, and it's just nice to be told you are loved!

One of my new favourite (they are ever changing, lol) stamp sets is Sky is the Limit, available for FREE from this years Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalogue, when you spend $110 from any current catalogue.  How lovely that Stampin' Up! want to reward us for indulging in our obessesion passion.  SAB is truly my favourite time of the year!  (This particular set is only available until February 15th, so place your order with me asap if you want to get one!)

Anyway, I digress.  How can you tell someone you love them any better than dragging a banner through the skies that says just that!  We have all seen it on telly and YouTube right?  This is my recreation of that since I couldn't really afford the plane ride.

I used Timeless Textures to stamp a grid background on my card base.  After sponging in my clouds, I adhered my panel to a black mat and popped it on my card front with dimensionals.  I stamped my sentiment and cut a fluttering banner freehand, then tied two pieces of black twine through one end before adhering the other behind the tail section of my plane.  I added a vellum circle and brad to my planes propeller to give the illusion of movement and then popped the whole thing on my card front with dimensionals.

This is a really looooong card, so a wee bit difficult to photograph and probably not one you want to send in the post either.  I think it is a fun way to tell someone how you feel, especially if that someone is your sweetie.  Valentine's Day sorted for 2016 - check!

I would love to see you join us at Global Design Project this week to share your love themed project with us.  We had a massive participation last week - it was totally awesome!!  Visit Global Design Project to see what my fellow Design Team members have made for this "love"ly challenge.  These guys and gals are seriously talented!
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Monday, January 11, 2016

THEY SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY - GDP018

In the past two months, I have had four 60th birthday cards and one 100th birthday card to make.  The new Occasions catalogue has a new bundle on page 10, called number of years.  I have used either the stamps or the dies on all but one card!  If you make a lot of birthday cards, this is a must have in my opinion!

I killed two birds with one stone when I made the final aged birthday card I needed, by fitting it in with the fabulous sketch at Global Design Project this week.  Everyone on the team has their own interpretation of the sketch, so hop over and see what they have come up with to inspire you.  I always take sketches literally - I just can't change them!

For this card, I used a window sheet overlay, which I repeatedly stamped a sentiment from Suite Sayings with White Staz On ink.  I then used the Balloon Celebration to create the repetitive background and balloon embellishment on my card.  I sponged in a cloud background before stamping the "60" over the top and framing it all in the circular window behind the window sheet.  I enjoy making cards for people I know and the birthday boy was delighted with his one off, original card!

I look forward to having you join us for this great sketch challenge and seeing what your interpretation of the sketch will be!

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Monday, January 4, 2016

TIMELESS TEXTURES FOR #GDP017


Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to a brand new year at Global Design Project!  I am so excited about the start of this year because we have the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues going live tomorrow, and I get to work with some of the most talented Stampin' Up! demos on the planet! It also meant I could use NEW product for this weeks colour combination!

I have to admit to a wee struggle making these colours work together and I had no clear plan of what I wanted to do, which is actually fairly normal for me anyway, lol.  One of my new favourite stamp sets in the Occasions catalogue is called Timeless Textures, which allows for a lot of layers and a grunge/vintage feel.

So that is exactly what I did with the Crumb Cake and Garden Green inks.  Layers and layers and stamping off to get lighter tones helped me create depth to my grunge background.  Then I took that great big, bold "Hello" from a new SAB set aptly called "Hello" and stamped it in Rose Red ink.  It sure makes a statement!  I finished with a gold metallic button and Linen thread to add just a touch of embellishment to a nearly single layer card.

The Global Design Project team members have been hard at work to create more fantastic projects with new product too, so pop over for a visit and get those creative juices flowing!

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Friday, January 1, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2016!


Happy New Year to you all! I always feel that January 1st is the fastest day in the year to disappear and I don't normally achieve much.  It takes a few days to register that the new year has begun, so I thought I would put my first post of the new year up today so I can say I actually achieved something!

I recently had the pleasure of making a very special birthday card.  It's not everyday I get to make a card for someone turning 100!!  I certainly felt the pressure to make it special and memorable!

One of the exciting new stamps in the Occasions Catalogue (you can begin ordering on the 5th of January!) is Rose Wonder.  It was just perfect for my needs and I broke out the sponges and post-it notes to really give it some "wow".  This wouldn't have been complete without a little bling and the new Blushing Bride Glimmer paper is divine!  I also added a touch of Wink of Stella (hard to photograph) on the outer petals of the roses for a very subtle shine.  So pretty!

Just four more days until the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues are released!  If you are anything like me, you will want everything!  I especially love it when I can get what I want at a discount.  I can help you with that too!  I am currently looking for people to join my team, Paper Diva's, the benefits are so worth it!  If you live in NZ, email me for more information!

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