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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