Bohemian Thank You Card

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KBs Int SU Blog Highlight

Welcome to another Crazy Crafters’ International Blog Highlight.  The theme is “thank you”.  Click on the banner above to see what everyone else has created and vote for your favourites!  Here’s the card I made, which will be going to my sister-in-law for her untiring help over the years.  Whenever I’ve needed her, she’s been there for me and my family.  Love you JoJo!


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I’ll be sad to see the Bohemian DSP and the Burlap Ribbon go when the new catalogue comes out on 1st June.  But then again, we have lots of fantastic products to look forward to.


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I’ve used the beautiful sentiment from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set – love this font!

Here’s the picture with the products used for this project.  Feel free to save and share it.


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I’m holding the last of my sneak peeks from the new catalogue over until the next post, so stay tuned for that.

You can make this card.  To purchase the supplies you need just click on any image from the Product List below to shop in my online store.  Remember to enter the current Host Code BAQND3W3 if your order is less than $250.  And don’t forget NOW is a fantastic time to join – get $235 of product for only $169, free shipping, AND you can include products from the new catalogue in your fully customisable starter kit!  How awesome is that?!  For more information on Stampin’ Up!’s best special offer, click here.

If you’re a customer of mine, make sure to check out my brand new Loyalty Rewards Program.  It’s awesome!  I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to spoil you!  And if you’re not already shopping with me,  this new Program may just change your mind!

I love hearing from you, so if you have any thoughts about today’s post please leave me a comment.  Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

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Art Deco Inspired Card and Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Brian King!

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CCBH w Brian KingWelcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper Brian King! This month we are excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by Brian.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Gail Davidson, or may have come from the person previous to me.  Be sure to click on the person listed under me further down the page to continue your journey on this blog hop.  We are thrilled that Brian said yes to playing along with the Crazy Crafters this month.  Thank you Brian!  I have created an Art Deco inspired thank you card for the hop today.  I hope you like it. 🙂

I chose to CASE this card of Brian’s:

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I love Brian’s use of circles and layers.  When I first saw this card it reminded me of the grand and bold geometric shapes of the ostentatious and elegant art deco style which I adore!  So I took that idea to Google and decided on the iconic art deco shape which forms the focal point of my card.  I also googled colours of the period and decided on the classic art deco colours of black and yellow/mustard, which when translated into Stampin’ Up! colours become Basic Black and Delightful Dijon.  I love the way Stampin’ Up!’s colour collections cater for all situations!  So here’s the card I came up with:


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I kept the layered circles for the sentiment as they suited the style of card perfectly.  I used the third smallest die from the Circles Collection Framelits, the 1 3/4″ circle punch for the black layer, and the 2″ circle punch for the largest layer.  The thank you sentiment from the Happy Happenings stamp set is one of my favourite go to images for thank you cards.  There are also 13 other images in this set for all sorts of occasions in gorgeous fonts.  It’s a great set to have in your stash.  I adore it.

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Happy Happenings stamp set by Stampin’ Up!®

The geometric background layers were constructed as a panel which sits behind the sentiment and showcases it.  For the bottom black layer I used the Curvy Corner Trio punch (one of the Weekly Deals specials!) to add the decorative edges which I thought also fitted the art deco theme beautifully.


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There’s a lot of dimension going on with this card.  The base layer, the geometric panel, and each of the sentiment layers are adhered using dimensionals, as I wanted this card to be bold and extravagant to reflect the art deco style.

Once I had adhered all the layers, I felt like it needed something more – there was too much blank black space.  I considered using Crushed Curry candy dots but they detracted rather than added to the sense of opulence I was going for because they were too bright.  So I took some White Perfect Accents (also one of the Weekly Deals specials!) and coloured them with a gold metallic Sharpie, and then adhered them so they draw the eye from the bottom of the card up to the sentiment.

I think these colours epitomise the classic elegance of the art deco style.  What do you think?  If you like them too, feel free to save this image and share it on Pinterest.  You’ll also find lots more colour inspiration on my Colour Snapshot Pinterest Board.


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As always, here’s the card image with the products noted.  Please download and share to Pinterest if you think it will be useful.


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I love hearing from you.  If you have any thoughts about today’s post please leave me a comment below.  As always, you can purchase supplies to make today’s project from the supply list below.  Please use the Host Code WX2DTC43 during checkout to receive a thank you gift from me (unless your order is over $250 then you become the host and receive Stampin’ Rewards).

To continue on the blog hop and see all the amazing projects, click on the name below mine in the list below.

Have a fabulous day!

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget this is the last week of Weekly Deals.  They end (forever!) on April 19.  You can see them all and shop here.

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Masculine Valentine Card for GDP022

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Sketch Challenge

With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day and a sketch challenge on over at Global Design Project this week, I thought I’d put together a Valentine’s card, but one that could be given to a guy – no flowers, no “feminine” colours, but still expressing love.  I think it’s still sweet and lovely (but don’t tell him that … shhhh).

Here’s this week’s sketch. Click on the image to head over and see all the fabulous inspiration from the design team and entrants, or to submit an entry of your own.

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And here’s my interpretation:

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Something Old, Something New

I set out to create a card with a bold design and when I was looking through my stamp sets the wavy line and dotted line images from the Sunburst Sayings set made me think of Australian Aboriginal art.  So I began with the band across the top layer.  I wanted a bold sentiment for the front as well and after searching through my collection decided on the “you & me” image from the Perfect Pennants set.  Embossed in clear over Early Espresso it is strong and bold – just perfect!

Non-traditional Valentine Colours

Usually the first colours that spring to mind when you think of Valentine’s cards are red and pink.  Well I made a conscious decision to not include red or pink on this card (or flowers either!).  I love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Early Espresso and teamed with Sahara Sand I think they work very well.

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Theme

The wavy lines and dots were carried through in the use of the dotted DSP (from the Neutrals DSP Stack) which I trimmed with the wavy blade on my Stampin’ Trimmer and the dots around the sentiment.  These were pierced using the Updated Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and then accented with a Stampin’ Chalk marker.  A few hearts from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers pack, backed with Mint Macaron cardstock provided the finishing touch.

Using Layers as a Design Element

Adding layers with differently sized borders can be utilised to add interest without “cluttering” a card with embellishments.  Used deliberately here, I wanted to highlight the colours on this card without overwhelming the other elements.  I think I succeeded.  What do you think?

XOXO Gail

 

White Wedding for GDP019

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Oooh, this week is a theme challenge over at the Global Design Project and the theme is LOVE! I have been itching to do a white on white card for ages now, and so this is the perfect time to showcase this beauty.

Here is the image link to the GDP challenge, so hop on over and see what the Design Team have come up with, and maybe enter your own project too!

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Lots of Tools

I used lots of tools and products for this card.  With a definite picture in my mind of how I wanted this gorgeous card to look, I went about using the tools (and lots of them!) and products that would give me the result I was after.

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Focal Image

For the focal image, I used the heart framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set and ran it through the Big Shot twice to emboss the image, moving it so that it overlapped slightly on the second pass.

I then took the Simply Scored and placed the diagonal plate on top and scored the “background”, being careful not to go through the embossed hearts.  To make the hearts stand out I outlined them with the smallest of the Basic Pearls and used the medium pearls in the centre of each place where the scored lines intersected.

Stitching – Yes please!

Part of my vision for this card definitely included some stitching (embroidery is one of my other “loves”).  I did some trial stitching using a variety of threads and stitches, but finally settled on feather stitch using silver metallic thread.  I know, I know, it’s not white, but the white thread just didn’t work.  I pierced the holes using the Updated Essentials paper piercing pack so that my stitching would be perfectly aligned with the edge of the cardstock.

Night-time Epiphanies and the Alphabet Rotary Stamp

I was reading a blog the other day and the blogger was talking about getting ideas for cards at night just as they’re going to sleep.  It made me chuckle at the time because I could totally relate to what they were saying, having only just had the same experience a couple of nights before.  That was when I came up with the sentiment for this card!  Spooky, huh?  Soooooo, Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have a sentiment that says “Two hearts, one love”, buuuuuuut – they do have the Alphabet Rotary Stamp!  I absolutely love this stamp and use it all the time for exactly this kind of situation.  Brilliant!

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2016 Occasions Catalogue Products

Up to this point, all the tools and products I had used came from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue.  I could have used several of the framelits in the AC to crop my sentiment, but I was taken with the cute frame stamp and matching framelit from the Rose Garden bundle in the OC.  My bespoke sentiment fit perfectly into the frame from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  They were both stamped in Smoky Slate as I wanted to keep the card as neutral as possible and this colour matched the silver metallic thread really well.  The sentiment was then cropped using the matching frame die from the Rose Garden Thinlits die set and finished off with a couple more of the medium pearls.

When it came to decorating the inside of the card, I used the gorgeous little heart image from the Blooming’ Love stamp set, also from the new 2016 Occasions Catalogue.

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I hope you like my white wedding card.  Although it isn’t a 5-minute card, I think you’ll agree that it was well worth the extra time and trouble fun it took to make it!  Oh, and I did warn you I used a lot of tools.  But then, that’s what they’re for, isn’t it?!

If you have the time, I’d love it if you would leave a comment and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail

 

Shine Bright Like a Diamond for GDP017

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Before I share my diamond shine card with you, I’d just like to say I’ve been a little quiet of late, but there is a very good reason.  I have taken the drastic step (well to me anyway) of resigning my Stampin’ Up! demonstratorship.  “Why on Earth would you do that?!” I hear you ask.  Well, you’ll have to stick with me to find out.  Until then, all I’ll say is I’m so excited for the future!!!  I’ll be announcing my happy news in the first week of March, but I won’t be posting to my blog on a regular basis until then.

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So, back to today’s project.  It’s a Global Design Project colour challenge.  The colours were chosen by Brian this week and they aren’t colours that I (or it seems, a lot of others) go to very often when designing a project.  They are however featured colours (along with Blushing Bride and Whisper White) in the new 2016 Occasions Catalogue suite called Love Blossoms.  This suite is gorgeous, floral and girly; designed for Valentine’s Day but also versatile enough for other projects too.

There’s lots of gorgeous projects this week from the talented Design Team and the equally talented participants, so just click on the GDP picture below to go to the page.

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Inspiration and Design Process

Although it would have been natural to design a project around the Love Blossoms suite of products, I was inspired by Kylie’s card that I’d seen a couple of months ago and wanted to use one of the masks from the Happy Patterns set in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue.  These masks are fun and easy to use and let you create unique projects.  I decided to use the diamond pattern.  Maybe subconsciously I associated diamonds with love!

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So after I’d sponged the background using the three challenge colours I flipped through the OC trying to decide what sentiment I would use.  Yep, this card was really created on the fly!  I got to the page where the Sunburst Sayings stamp set is pictured and the “Shine” sentiment popped out at me.  What a perfect complement to my diamond-background card!  So to continue the theme and tie the sentiment and background together I came up with the idea of using a diamond shape for the sentiment.  Happy day!

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I like that this card came together organically.  The process was very satisfying and I think that, although it is very simple, it’s nonetheless “complete”.  What do you think of my diamond shine card?

Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail