Grateful Bunch Notepad Cover for GDP021

Not a Card …

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for stationery.  I’m literally like a kid in a lolly shop!  So, for those of you who suffer from the same affliction, I have a real treat for you today.  For this week’s Global Design Project colour challenge I felt like making a non-card project.  I love notepads – little ones, big ones, skinny ones and tiny ones.  They’re handy to have around and if you can make them pretty, that’s even better!  So today’s project is a tall, skinny shopping list size notepad cover.

The colours for the challenge are bright and fun and I think my little notepad cover turned out the same – bright, fun and whimsical.  Here are the colours for the challenge:

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Click on the image above if you’d like to check out what the very talented Design Team have made, or to join in yourself.

Emboss Resist Technique

The emboss resist technique is a really easy one and gives stunning results and it’s also a wonderfully tactile medium.  It involves applying ink over heat embossed images.  For this project I used the beautiful lace image from the Grateful Bunch stamp set which you can find in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.  I also heat embossed and fussy cut a couple of the little butterflies from the same set.

It’s the Little Details …

I could have stopped there, but I wanted to delineate the sentiment from the image pattern.  And I could have just attached some ribbon around the cardstock, maybe added a bow and it would have looked okay.  But I wanted to emulate the circles of colour and tie all three colours into this element, so I layered some Melon Mambo 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon over the top of the Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon.  To that I added some Bermuda Bay sequins (from the Sequin Trim) and topped these off with some Melon Mambo Enamel Dots (from the It’s My Party suite of products in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue).  Of course I had to heat emboss the fabulous sentiment (also from the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set) in Bermuda Bay.  Can you tell I LOVE heat embossing?!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my little notepad project as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you.  Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail

Striped Hello for GDP020

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Inspiration

I have a super fun striped hello card for you today.  Inspiration comes from the Global Design Project Case the Designer Challenge and this week we are casing Connie Collins!  I loved Connie’s bold black stripes and decided to include that element in my card.  I also took inspiration from Danielle Flanders who made a card back in September using the split sentiment technique I’ve used here.  Here’s  Connie’s card:

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2016 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration Brochure

It uses the Hello Stamp Set from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure, only available until February 15th.  The flowers were cut from Tangelo Twist and Melon Mambo cardstock using the Blooming’ Heart Thinlits Dies, and for the little leaves I used one of the dies from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and cut three from Wild Wasabi.  Some Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the new two-tone Basic Black/Melon Mambo Baker’s Twine finishes it off.

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The sentiment was created by stamping in Versamark ink on Basic Black cardstock then embossing in white before cutting sections out of the Basic Black cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped again in Basic Black Archival ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Of course I had to decorate the inside:

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The flowers come from the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set.  I just adore all these new products in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration Brochure, don’t you?  I can’t wait to share some more projects with you, so stay tuned!

I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing my card today.  I love to read your comments, so if you have the time, let me know what you think.

Why not have a look at what the Design Team have come up with and join in the fun over at the Global Design Challenge.  Just click on the GDP image above to go there.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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

 

No Limits for GDP018

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Oh my gosh!  Where did last week go?  Another Global Design Project challenge has been and gone and I’m excited to tell you I was one of the chosen winners for GDP017 with my diamond shine card!  Woop! Woop!  Such fun!

A Sketch Challenge

This week’s challenge is a sketch:

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I’ve been wanting to use the adorable little bi-plane from the free Sale-a-Bration set called Sky is the Limit and had an image in my mind of the plane flying through the circle, so that’s where I started.  I did tweak the sketch a little but I think it’s still pretty close.

Choosing Colours

I have seen the plane stamped in black, blue, grey and brown and wondered what colours they are in real life.  So I Googled bi-plane images (as you do …).  I came across this image, which inspired my little red bi-plane:

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I love how the red plane and it’s white contrail stand out against the vivid blue sky.  I found my colours!  Pacific Point for the card base, Real Red for the plane and Whisper White are the colours I decided on.  Here’s my card:


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I stamped the plane in Real Red and used clear embossing powder to make it shine, added black to the tyres and silver to the propeller.  Although you can’t really see it in the photos, I also added some glitz to the propeller and the bottom of the clouds with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  It adds a lovely sparkle and it’s so easy to use.

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The “congratulations” sentiment comes from the perennial Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.  The “Sky is the limit” sentiment and the clouds are from the Sky is the Limit stamp set.

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If you’d like to enter the challenge or just soak up some more inspiration, click the GDP image above to go to the challenge webpage.

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

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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WDW #3 – Whole Lot of Lovely Card Using 2014-2016 In-Colour Markers

I had so much fun making today’s Weekly Deals Wednesday card.  It uses all the 2014-2016 In-Colour Stampin’ Write Markers as well as the Silver 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, two of the items on offer this week at a discount.  You can see them all here.

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I took the markers and basically doodled down the side of a panel of Shimmery White Cardstock, added the silver ribbon and accented it with strips of Basic Black and Tangelo Twist Cardstock.

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For the focal image, I chose the beautiful sentiment from the Hostess set A Whole Lot of Lovely.  I love this set with its tiny little flowers.  Heat embossed in silver and layered with some silver metallic thread loops sandwiched in between, I finished it off with some more colouring with the markers.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail

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WDW #2 – Stylish Stripes Christmas Card

Oooh!  I’m so late with this week’s Weekly Deals Wednesday project – apologies.  My daughter Sam had her high school graduation this week and boy has it been heckers!  But I’m sure you’ll agree today’s project is rather stunning and quite worth waiting for!

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It uses four of the five products on offer this week – the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and Brights Sequin Assortment.  You can check them all out here.

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I chose to use Pacific Point cardstock because that was the colour of Sam’s formal gown.  A Christmas card with non-traditional colours is a refreshing change every now and then and I love the combination of blue and gold.

This card was relatively quick to make, although I did take the time to add some special little touches like the piercing around the sentiment (from the Cup of Cheer Stamp Set – I LOVE IT!) and the gold embossing on the little banner part of the sentiment.  What do you think?  I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

 

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WDW #1 – Circle Flip Card & Banner Punch

Oooh!!! I’m so excited about today’s circle flip card project.  As you know, Stampin’ Up! offers a selection of products from the current catalogues at 25% off the normal retail price, and these change each Wednesday.  This in itself is fabulous – but it just got better – because each Wednesday I’ll be bringing you a project using some or all of those products!  Woohoo!!  Today’s project is the first of what I’m calling the “Weekly Deals Wednesday” (WDW) series. I’ve combined four of the five products included in this week’s weekly deals – the Circle Card Thinlits Dies, the Banner Punch, and Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pads to stamp the tiny hanging stars on the banner belly band.

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There’s a space inside to add a personal message (which I’ve noticed isn’t available on some designs), and also, http://www.besttramadolonlinestore.com because I’ve modified and extended the card itself from the original die design, there’s also room to include a gift card or cash!

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The DSP from the Merry Moments stack goes well with the accent colours and the gold embossed sentiments from the Cup of Cheer stamp set (front) and Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set (inside) add a bit of luxury, as do the gold Glimmer Paper accents.

WDW 20151111-3 The gold glimmer circles were punched with the 2½” circle punch and the Mossy Meadow circles (which I lifted up with dimensionals) were cut using the fifth smallest die from the Circles Collection Framelits dies.

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I hope you like today’s project and that you’ll give it a try.  Be sure to check out all of the Weekly Deals on offer this week.  Thanks for stopping by.
XOXO Gail

 

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“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.

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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.

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

 

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