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.

Diamond Shine Card

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!

Diamond Shine Card

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!

Diamond Shine Card

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

Poinsettia Christmas Card for GDP013

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I have to confess that although I bought the Festive Flower Builder Punch when the 2015 Holiday Catalogue was first released, this is the first time I’ve used it.  I have no idea why but I’m so glad that I finally got around to it.  I absolutely love it!  I had so much fun making this Poinsettia Christmas card and the results are stunning. 🙂

The Crumb Cake card base is 5″ x 5″ and I’ve then layered Very Vanilla on top of Old Olive.  These quintessential Christmas colours look great together and just happen to be the colours for this week’s Global Design Project colour challenge.  Woo Hoo!!!  The DT really excelled this week with some awesome projects.  Click on the image below to check them out.  And why not have a go yourself?

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Poinsettia_Christmas_Card-1 Since the poinsettia is a traditional symbol of Christmas and the Reason for the Season Stamp Set also has a very traditional “feel” to it, my idea was to stay true to the style.  So I kept the glimmer and bling to a minimum, http://www.mindanews.com/buy-celexa/ with just a teeny yellow glimmer centre for the flower and a pearl to finish it off. Note:  The Reason for the Season Stamp Set and Festive Flower Builder Punch are available as a bundle in the 2015 Holiday Catalogue, saving 15%.  Brilliant! I just adore the font used in this greeting, which was stamped in Old Olive and clear embossed. Poinsettia_Christmas_Card-3 A strip of Home for Christmas DSP along the bottom adds a bit of nostalgia, and the Burlap Ribbon and Linen Thread frame the card and gives that gorgeous bloom a place to rest.       Poinsettia_Christmas_Card-2 I finished off the inside with a greeting from the fabulously versatile stamp set called … wait for it …. Versatile Christmas!  I absolutely LOVE this stamp set.  It’s been my “go to” set for Christmas cards this year.  Because there is quite a bit of dimension going on with this card, I pulled out my Envelope Punch Board and made an envelope with a custom liner too.  Easy peasy! Poinsettia_Christmas_Card-4 I hope you like my beautiful Poinsettia Christmas card as much as I do.  Thanks for stopping by today. XOXO Gail         Blog_End_Text  

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