It's time for a theme challenge over on the Global Design Project Challenge Blog this week. I have yet another card that I made for the displays at the November OnStage event in Atlanta. I have known for several weeks... Related Stories - ...

 

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Global Design Project #GDP079 Theme Challenge

It's time for a theme challenge over on the Global Design Project Challenge Blog this week.

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I have yet another card that I made for the displays at the November OnStage event in Atlanta. I have known for several weeks that this card would fit our theme this week, so I saved it for this challenge.

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I combined the Up & Away thinlits, Circle Layering thinlits and the Carousel Birthday stamp set to create this fun card.

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We would love to have you play along with us this week. Be sure to check out what the other talented designers/players have created for this fun challenge at the Global Design Project Challenge Blog.

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Global Design Project #GDP078 Sketch Challenge

We have a great sketch challenge this week at Global Design Project.

GDP078I was talking to a friend the other day and she commented that she loves the cards she sees on my blog, but that most are just too difficult to re-create. I don't intentionally make difficult cards...I actually try to come up with a variety of techniques and styles just to keep things interesting. However, I remember what it was like when I only had a few supplies to work with and how frustrating it could be. So as I was working on this sketch challenge, I purposely did my best to make a card that doesn't require any special tools but still has a great custom look.

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The supply list for this card is really quite modest. To keep it to a minimum, I cut a strip of Irresistibly Floral Specialty DSP into a 4.25"x9.5" strip and then scored it 5.5" from the end. This is a nice, sturdy DSP so it can double as a card base. Another great thing about this paper is that it comes with the design pre-printed on one side. This really helped me stretch my supplies without sacrificing quality. Next, I cut a piece of 4.25"x2" Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate. This acetate is more expensive than clear window sheets, but since it is pre-printed and reversible (gold on one side and silver on the other), a little goes a long way. I used some Tear & Tape Adhesive to attach the acetate to the card base. Next, I covered the seam with a piece of 1/8" silver ribbon. I tied the bow separately and attached it later with a mini glue dot. I stamped the greeting on the back of a scrap of the same paper so that the white would match the card base and then matted it on some silver foil cardstock. I attached the panel to the card base with dimensionals. This step also helped stabilize the acetate strip. To hide the adhesive, I covered the inside of the card with some matching paper. Finally, I added a few carefully placed rhinestones. The end result is a very classy, elegant card that is really quite easy to make. I hope I have inspired you to stretch your supplies without sacrificing quality. 

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We would love to have you play along with us this week. Be sure to check out what the other talented designers/players have created for this fun challenge at the Global Design Project Challenge Blog.

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Global Design Project #GDP077 Color Challenge

It's time for a color challenge at Global Design Project this week.

GDP077The weather here in Tennessee has been beautiful over the weekend and I almost forgot to post my project for this week. I have been busy spring cleaning and organizing which sadly means I haven't done much stamping...but thankfully I had this 8"x8" scrapbook page that I made for the Atlanta OnStage event back in November that I had never posted on my blog. This was the perfect opportunity to use it because it has all the colors of the challenge and a few additional colors as well.

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I combined the Up & Away thinlits, the Lift Me Up stamp set, and some Cupcakes & Carousels designer series paper to make this fun page of my son when he was just learning to walk. He is all grown up now, but my heart still smiles when I remember those precious times. Just in case you are wondering, I have always called him my "Sonshine" so  I didn't spell it incorrectly...LOL!

 

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 We would love to have you play along with us this week. Be sure to check out what the other talented designers/players have created for this fun challenge at the Global Design Project Challenge Blog.

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Global Design Project #GDP076: CASE the Designer

We are CASEing this wonderful card by my talented friend, Kylie Bertucci this week at the Global Design Project challenge blog.

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When I look at Kylie's card I see a great layout, flowers, and a fall color pallet. I decided to focus on the layout and the flowers. I have spring fever and I really wanted a bright and vibrant color combo, so that is where I deviated from Kylie's card.

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I used two different floral stamp sets on this card along with a greeting set. I don't think that the Birthday Blooms and You've Got This stamp sets were necessarily meant to go together, but they have a similar look, so it works. I stamped the flowers from both sets on Canson XL 140lb. Watercolor Paper* using StazOn Jet Black ink. I used a MISTI* stamp positioner so that I could stamp each image multiple times for a nice, clean, and dark image. It is really difficult to get a clean image on watercolor paper, so doing it this way works well.

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The amazing thing about water coloring is that you can get several intensities of the same color just by changing the amount of water you use. I started by using a very watered down wash of Melon Mambo ink refill and an AquaPainter (filled with water). After that dried, I came back in and added a medium intensity of the same color where I wanted the shadows to be. Finally, I added the most intense color in the areas that I wanted to appear the most recessed (the deepest shadows). I did the same thing with the leaves using Bermuda Bay ink. Then I moved on the the background and did a wash of Crumb Cake ink using basically the same method. Finally, I added a little Crushed Curry ink to the flower centers. The most important thing to remember is that you need to make sure that each color is dry before moving on to the next color.

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I did a little ink sponging around the edges of the panel with Early Espresso ink. Finally, I added the panel to a Bermuda Bay card base, tied on some Linen Thread, and added the sentiment from All Things Thanks.

We would love to have you play along with us this week. Be sure to check out what the other talented designers/players have created for this fun challenge at the Global Design Project Challenge Blog.

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Have a blessed day!

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Fancy Friday Blog Hop...Think Pink!

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Welcome to our Fancy Friday Blog Hop. Our theme this month is "Think Pink!". What do you think of when you think of pink? There are so many possibilities. For this hop we are allowed to use any shade, any shape, any greeting...anything!

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I kept finding myself wanting to make a Valentine's card, even though that is already past, so I had to regroup and try to come up with something different. I have been in spring cleaning mode, so the last thing I wanted to do was pull out a ton of supplies. I had a some things already on my desk, so I decided to see what I could make with that.

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I think I even came up with a new technique. For the background on this card I placed a paper towel on my craft sheet, randomly placed dots of ink refill on the paper towel and then spritzed the everything with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.  Once the ink had spread, I placed a piece of Irresistibly Floral DSP face down onto the towel and allowed the ink to absorb into the cardstock. The pattern in the paper towel was transferred to the cardstock and it was really pretty. I was so excited with the results, however it was a little too bold for the look I was going for, so I placed it behind a Whisper White die cut background (Detailed Floral Thinlits) to create a more subtle effect. I had already stamped the greeting from the All Things Thanks stamp set in Basic Black ink and die cut it with the Stitched Shapes die. It was the perfect addition to my card front. I stamped the flowers with the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set using tone-on-tone and then punched them out with the Petite Petals flower punch. It is much easier than fussy cutting and I love how the flowers look like they have veins.


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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I have been making encouragement note cards for a local women's shelter. So while I had out my supplies, I decided to whip up a few more of those too. They are 3.75"x2.75". Again, I used the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set for these cards. The background was made by stamping some of the flowers full-strength with Melon Mambo ink and others were stamped off first.

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And of course, I couldn't resist using one of my favorite color combos...Melon Mambo and Basic Black.

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I am excited to see what the other Fancy Friday team members have created. Now be sure to hop on over to visit my super talented friend, Marisa Gunn. She is amazing!

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