“Enjoy” Party Favour Box for GDP009

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I’m so pleased to be able to share today’s project with you.  Although I love to make cards too, this (not so little) party favour box takes me back to my roots with paper crafting.  You see, the reason I actually joined as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator was because I am also a soap maker and I wanted the product discount so that I could make my own soap boxes!  But of course I fell in love with SU – the company, the products, the paper crafting community and the creativity, so although I still do make soaps, SU has become my main focus.

Anyway, on with today’s project.  Here’s the banner for the GDP009 colour challenge.  Click on the image to check out the designers’ inspiration and all the entries into this week’s challenge.


For this challenge I wanted to do a 3D project.  So I started with a Google image of a similar box and set to with pencil and paper and designed this cute favour box.  I used the colours for this week’s GDP challenge in the build – Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.

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I’m really pleased with the way it turned out and I intend to produce a video http://www.health-canada-pharmacy.com tutorial for those that are interested.  At the moment I’m still setting up my video gear but promise I’ll get to it ASAP, so check back to see that (subscribe if you don’t want to miss it).

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The box uses an A4 sheet of cardstock.  The final dimensions are 4″ W x 2½” H (to top of DSP panel) x 2″ D.  Total height of the box is 3½”.  I wanted to keep it simply decorated, so I just used some DSP from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack, the “enjoy” die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set, some Dotted Lace to close the box, and three tiny pearls for a little elegance.  The handle shape was formed by partial die cutting using the 5th smallest oval die from the Ovals Collection set, and the handle opening was cut with one of the dies from the Baker’s Box Thinlits set.  For the side slots I used my die tool and hammer.

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I have included a diagram of the box layout in lieu of a video until I get to record one.  I hope you like my project today and thanks for stopping by.








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Remarkable You Card for GDP008

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I didn’t think I was going to make the deadline for this week’s Global Design Project challenge. Phew! This week is CASE the designer week – with a twist. As you know, CASE means copy and share everything, but this week’s challenge is a little different. Kylie has challenged us to Copy And Selectively Edit.  The two elements that I chose to “selectively edit” are the colours and the floral focal image.

Here is Kylie’s card:


And here’s my interpretation:

I stamped the beautiful flower from the Remarkable You stamp set in Versamark ink, embossed it with Cherry Cobbler and then finished with some naive watercolouring in Cherry Cobbler.  I masked the flower and then stamped the background cross-hatch image from the You’ve Got This stamp set in Crushed Curry (stamped off).


The sentiment, stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink also comes from the Remarkable You stamp set. I finished the card off with a Very Vanilla banner layered with Cherry Cobbler cardstock which was then lifted up with dimensionals.  The panel was layered onto Tip Top Taupe, and then onto a Very Vanilla card base.


The inside was finished with a simple, stamped off flower.  Do you like it?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Click on the GDP image above to have a look at the other designers’ takes on this week’s challenge as well as all the participants’ entries on the Global Design Project website.

Thanks again to the GDP for hosting the challenge and to you for stopping by.








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Punch Art Retirement Card for GDP007

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Well this week’s Global Design Project challenge really challenged me.  I must admit I was well out of my comfort zone with this one!  But I’m very happy with the end result.


The challenge this week was to create a project related to the theme “Farm”. Here’s the banner for this week’s challenge: GDP007 All sorts of farm animals immediately popped into my head, but I decided not to use animal stamps, instead stretching myself to make a punch art card (not my usual style at all).  My little chicken quickly took shape and ta da! – I think she’s quite a cutie!  She was made from So Saffron card stock using the Owl Builder punch and her wings come from the Bird Builder punch.  I sponged her with some Cajun Craze ink and popped her up on dimensionals along with the sentiment.


Of course she’s the star of my card, so I wanted to keep the rest of the card fairly simple in composition and colour.  I gave her a rickety Woodgrain embossed fence to sit on, sponged with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, and some soft Cotton Paper grass (in case she falls off the fence with excitement!). The sentiment comes from the Wild About Flowers stamp set, embossed in white on Basic Black card stock.  I thought the DSP from the Pretty Petals DSP stack looked like chicken wire and fit perfectly with the colour scheme AND the theme.  Oh, happy day!



The inside of the card was finished off with more of the cute chicken wire DSP and the centre cut out using the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits. I hope you like my little chicken as much as I do.  What do you think? Thank you to the design team for organising this week’s challenge, and thank you for stopping by.

Update:  I’m so excited to share my news that this card was selected as a winner in the Global Design Project challenge.  Woot! Woot!  Thank you GDP!







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Sparkly Birthday with Embossed Lace Trim for GDP006

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Today’s card was designed for the Global Design Project challenge.  It’s sparkly, but soft and feminine at the same time.  And I just had to include my latest fave technique as an element on my card.  If you don’t know what the embossed lace technique is, have a look at my previous post here.


Here’s the Global Design Project sketch that inspired my card:



Whisper White and Perfect Plum were the dominant colours used for this card.  These go beautifully with the silver highlights provided by the embossing and the 1/8″ silver ribbon.  The focal image – the beautiful flower spray from the Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set – was stamped in Smoky Slate and watercoloured using Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder for the flowers, Always Artichoke and Wild Wasabi for the leaves and Smoky Slate for the background.  I didn’t think this card needed a “loud” sentiment, so the “happy birthday” from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set was perfect repeated across the bottom of the lace.

Here’s a close up of the card front showing the gorgeous silver embossed lace.  I used the Sahara Sand Lace Trim to get this effect.  Some Dazzling Diamonds in the centre of the flowers tied the image in with the rest of the card.



The flower spray was used inside the card as well to finish it off.


Thank you to the design team for organising the challenge, and thank you for stopping by.  I’d love to see your take on it, so leave me a comment with a link to your project.







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Embossed Dotted Lace Trim Wedding Card

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They say that necessity is the mother of invention and it’s true!  I wanted to make a wedding card using the “happily ever after” sentiment from the Big News Stamp Set embossed in gold and I also wanted to use gold lace.  You see my problem.  Although I absolutely adore the lace trims currently offered by Stampin’ Up! there is not one that comes in gold.  I sat ruminating for a while and then it came to me … that aha! moment every crafter loves.

I decided to try using some Dotted Lace Trim (which I also love) like a stamp and emboss it.  I literally ran to my craft room to try out my idea and to my delight IT WORKED!  I’m SO excited to share this technique with you.


I used VersaMark ink and generously covered the Dotted Lace Trim and placed it into position on the card front.  Then using a clear block I pressed down firmly to transfer the ink.  Embossed in gold and there you have it – gold Dotted Lace Trim!


My Very Vanilla card base is 5 x 11.5″ scored in half and then layered with a Gold Foil mat and another Very Vanilla mat, both cut 1/8″ smaller than the previous one.  To finish off, I added a length of the 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon and a lovely Antique Brad.

I like to finish cards inside too, so here’s a pic.  It uses a matching sentiment from the Big News Stamp Set embossed in gold, the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue and some gold sponging around the edges using Encore Gold Ink (retired).


I love this technique and I hope you like it too.  I’d love to see your take on it, so leave me a comment with a link to your project.



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