The color challenge this week at the Global Design Project challenge blog comes straight from the 2017 Holiday Catalog. More specifically, it comes from the Merry Little Christmas designer series paper. I love how the black, white, and olive look... ...

 

Global Design Project #GDP109: Color Challenge and more...




Global Design Project #GDP109: Color Challenge

The color challenge this week at the Global Design Project challenge blog comes straight from the 2017 Holiday Catalog. More specifically, it comes from the Merry Little Christmas designer series paper. I love how the black, white, and olive look so great together. Toss in a few gold accents and you have an truly amazing look that is traditional with a fabulous updated feel.

GDP109colorchallengeI decided to build my card base using stamps from the Tags & Trimmings stamp set. I thought that if I put both holly leaves on the same stamp that my stamping would go much faster...but for some reason I didn't get a good clean image when I tried it, so instead I stamped the large holly leaf first, followed by the smaller leaf, and then finally I added in three berries. I recommend starting in the center of the panel and working your way out to avoid getting any trapped white space. I had to practice the pattern a few times on some scrap paper before I got a pattern that I was happy with.

I make no secret about my love for all things gingham...so when I saw the Merry Little Christmas dsp I did a little happy dance. I couldn't wait to incorporate it into my projects, so this was the perfect opportunity. I didn't want to cover up the stamped background, so I only added a small strip down the center of the panel.  Next, I wrapped some gold thread around the entire panel before I adhered it to a basic black top-folding card base. I decided to cut a matching envelope liner using the Envelope Liners framelits. They are retired, but you can easily cut your own by tracing an envelope and then trimming down the sides and bottom.

 

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This gorgeous sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas set. This is such a great stamp set and very versatile too. I die cut the sentiment using the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies from the annual catalog. Finally, I added some basic gold sequins from the craft store to pull in just a bit more gold. I tried not to add too many layers to this card so that it would be easy to mail.

 

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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 #GDP107: Theme Challenge

We are counting our blessings this week over on the Global Design Project blog.

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I have so many things to be thankful for...good health, a wonderful family, great friends... list goes on and on. Sometimes there is special person in your life who needs to know just how thankful you are for them. That is what this card is for.

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I plan to mail this card, so I decided to keep it simple and elegant. To give some richness to the Cajun Craze cardstock, I dabbed a Cajun Craze ink pad on it several times. It is difficult to see in the photos, but in real life it almost gives the background a suede-like appearance. I had to let it dry completely before moving on. Next, I used an Embossing Buddy on the entire background piece and then stamped the leaves from the Vintage Leaves stamp set with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with Copper Embossing Powder. I mounted the panel on a top-folding Very Vanilla card base.

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I used a greeting from the All Things Thanks stamp set and heat embossed it with Copper Embossing Powder as well and die cut it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I cut a slightly larger square of cardstock with the Layering Squares Dies, dabbed VersaMark ink on the edges and heat embossed it with Copper Embossing Powder to layer behind the sentiment. I could have used Copper Foil cardstock, but this way all the copper elements on the card match. Finally, I used dimensional adhesive to mount the greeting on the card front.

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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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If you are in the United States and need a demonstrator, then you can order your supplies in my online store here.

Have a blessed day!

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Global Design Project #GDP106: Sketch Challenge

It's time for another great sketch challenge this week at Global Design Project.

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Here is my take on the sketch. I really struggled with this one for some reason. I think it was because I was hung up on a using a big piece of dsp below the image. It wasn't until I substituted the background stamp from the Hello Color stamp set that I started to feel like I was having some success.

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But even then, one measly little piece of DSP didn't do the trick. It wasn't until I added a second strip of Lemon Lime designer series paper and some flowers to the sentiment did I feel like I had finally created a share-worthy card. I am telling you this because I want you to know that everyone struggles with their designs from time-to-time.

My Project 4-001Things may look perfect on my blog, but what you don't see is how many times things end up half-finished on my desk, or worse yet, they end up in the trash. The one thing I try NOT to do is give up! When you are on a design team, it really isn't an option. If something doesn't work one way, try something else. I can't tell you how many times I just sit and stare at a card in progress. My husband likes to ask, "If you stare at it long enough will it talk to you?" "Why yes, sometimes it will!", I proclaim. But sometimes I have to walk away for a few hours, or maybe even sleep on it before I figure out what needs to be done. Sometimes, I just have to start over and go a totally different direction. In most cases, it is only paper and ink. There is no shame in trying something, finding out it doesn't turn out in real life like you imagined in your head, and then abandoning the idea. It may be something you can try again later using a different approach.

Another thing I do when I can't seem to figure out what is wrong with a card is take a picture of it with my smart phone. You would be amazed at how much clarity you get with this method. Often times it is a matter of balance. Taking a photo allows you to look at things from a different perspective. If that doesn't work, I send the picture to a friend and ask her advice. Of course, it helps if that friend is also a talented card maker who will be totally honest with you. I am blessed to have several friends whom I trust to offer helpful advice.

The most important thing is to stop trying to please everyone else! I can't stress this enough. If you like what you create and it makes you happy, then that is all that matters. Remember, not everything you design is going to appeal to everyone. People have different styles and tastes. For every person who likes your card there will be someone out there who doesn't. Since I am a bit of a perfectionist, this is something I have to remind myself of often. As long as your card follows good design principles and is well made (ie. clean cuts, neat stamping, good workmanship) don't worry about what others may think.

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Now back to my card for this week's challenge. Besides the background stamp, it uses the Colorful Seasons stamp set along with the Seasonal Layers and Stitched Layers die set. The papers used are from the Birthday Memories and Fresh Florals designer series paper stacks. I love how the bright colors pop off of the neutral Crumb Cake card base. Isn't this a great color combo as well!

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I hope I have given you some tips you can use. 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 GDP105 Color Challenge

We have a great color challenge this week at the Global Design Project challenge blog. One of the things that strikes me about this color pallet is the spring-like colors. You have to remember, this is a global team and while it is autumn on some places, it is springtime in other parts of the world. So, even though we are experiencing the beautiful colors of fall here in the USA, that just isn't the case for some of our other team members.

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that one of my favorite stamp sets in the Annual Catalog is Colorful Seasons and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits, primarily for the beautiful sentiments, but also for the versatility of the images. What first looks like a second flower in the set can also be used as leaves.


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If you look closely, I added some veins to the flowers and leaves with the fine tip of the coordinating Stampin' Write markers. It doesn't take much time and it adds a lot of visual interest to the finished card. I also used the Peekaboo Peach marker to add some splatters to the background. I love the fact that there are coordinating dies for the flowers and leaves. It makes it easy to add dimension.

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I love how the flowers just pop off the card front and the small rhinestone centers add just the right amount of sparkle.

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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.

 

I WOULD LOVE TO BE YOUR STAMPIN' UP! DEMONSTRATOR

If you are in the United States and need a demonstrator, then you can order your supplies in my online store here.

Have a blessed day!


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GDP104 CASE Challenge Meets August Paper Pumpkin

This week at the Global Design Project challenge blog we are CASEing this lovely card by Allison Okamitsu.

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Sometimes life just gets crazy and you have to step back and create something obvious. Not to make excuses, but between work, attending a funeral, and some other major family obligations, I just need to "not think". So, what do you get when you combine Allison's great sketch card with the August Paper Pumpkin kit?

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That's right! I basically stepped-up the August Paper Pumpkin kit by CASEing Allison's challenge card. I had to add a few additional items such as the navy gingham bow and a small rhinestone to the flower center. I also used a Peekaboo Peach Ink Pad to stamp the background.

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While I had the Paper Pumpkin Kit on my desk, I decided to throw in an bonus alternative project based on the CASE challenge. To create this box, I cut one of the card bases in half and made a box bottom with the white piece and a box top with the coral piece.  This is a very basic box. I scored 3/4" from the sides and snipped the corners.

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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.

I WOULD LOVE TO BE YOUR STAMPIN' UP! DEMONSTRATOR

If you are in the United States and need a demonstrator, then you can order your supplies in my online store here.

Have a blessed day!

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