Rose Wonder Sympathy Card for GDP032

posted in: Cards, Sympathy | 12

This week there’s a Case the Designer Challenge over at Global Design Project.  And this time we’re casing the lovely Krista Frattin.  To soak up all the fabulous inspiration this week, click on the image below to go the Global Design Project page.

GDP032

Krista’s style in soft and CAS, so I’ve taken that on board in my design for this challenge.  I also liked the simple pink and white that Krista chose for her card, so I’ve kept that too, as well as the stripes.


Rose_Wonder_Sympathy_Card-1

I started with a Whisper White card base and a layer of Pink Pirouette.  From some scraps of both colours I punched rows of hearts using the Hearts Border punch, keeping some of the punch-outs to use as embellishments.  The focal element is a flower fussy cut from the gorgeous Birthday Bouquet DSP.  I cut two extra flowers and layered them to give the flower dimension.

Rose_Wonder_Sympathy_Card-2

The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set, stamped in Basic Grey Archival ink.  I wanted the hearts to be elevated to give it a bit more interest, so everything was adhered with dimensionals.

If you like this sweet and simple colour scheme, please feel free to download and share the colour snapshot below.  You’ll find more colour inspiration on my Pinterest Colour Inspiration Board.


Post 2016 04 21

And there’s also an image to remind you of the products I used on this card.  Please feel free to download and share this one too.  Check out all my projects on Pinterest.


Rose_Wonder_Sympathy_Card-3

Before I go, I have a few reminders for you as there’s so much going on at the moment.  I’ve listed some links below where you can go to shop for some excellent bargains – up to 50% off but only while stocks last – and they’re going fast!  Please remember to use the current Host Code WX2DTC43 for all orders up to $250.

Here’s where the specials are:

Stampin’ Up’s best special is on the joining kit itself.  You can get $235 of product for only $169.  And there is absolutely no obligation to sell, so there’s nothing to lose!  And if you want to get your hands on products from the new catalogue early, join up here.

The Retiring Products List:  Click on the image to shop the retiring products until 31 May WHILE STOCKS LAST.

retiring-list

Clearance Rack:  Click on the image to shop clearance rack products – available WHILE STOCKS LAST.

OLO_Clearance_Apr2016

I’ll share some more sneak peeks from the new catalogue tomorrow, so make sure you subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss it!  If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I love hearing from you.  If you have any thoughts on today’s post, please leave me a comment.

Have a fabulous day!

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

Product List


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:

GDP021

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?!

Grateful_Bunch_Notebook-2

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

posted in: Cards, Friend | 16

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:

GDP020And here’s my card:

Striped Hello

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.

Striped Hello

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:

Striped Hello

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

posted in: Cards, Wedding | 8

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!

GDP019

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.

White_Wedding-1

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!

White_Wedding-2

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.

White_Wedding-3

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

posted in: Cards, Congratulations | 6

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:

GDP018

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:

BiPlane-1

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:


No Limits-1

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.

No Limits-3

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.

No Limits-2

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

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!

WDW2-1

 

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.

WDW2-2

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

 

 

 

 

Blog_End_Text

 

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog