CAS(E) the Designer for Global Design Project # 124
I just love the beauty of this flat stamp, free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration, and have used it a number of times. I’ve said it before, but it’s important to remember that you do not want to to over-ink this stamp for the best results. If you over-ink it, you will wind up with an ugly blob instead of a beautiful floral print. For this card, I used Basic Black and Pacific Point on Whisper White. I think this color combination is stunning, and it can also be elegant with the additional of silver metallic enamel shapes and silver thread for embellishments.
Copy and Selectively Edit for this CAS(E)
While I have been glancing at this sketch all week, this card idea literally popped in my head today. Nothing like last minute because the challenge link closes in 4 hours. Louise Sharp is this week’s designer, and her inspiration card follows:
The center element was created by cropping out the Bloom using the Layering Circle Dies, including the scalloped circle. Two layers of dimenstionals really allow this element to pop up off the cardstock. My first edit is with the thread, which I put behind the circle layers. My sentiment is on the bottom right corner instead of top right, mainly because it fit there. The silver metallic enamel shapes were a last minute addition because I felt the card just needed a little something.
Freshly Made Sketches # 323
FMS sketches are always clean and simple. I pulled out the Picture Perfect DSP for the sketch, and then decided to use the sentiment from Magical Day. Pieces were cut, mats were trimmed, circles cropped, sentiment stamped, card assembled, then I felt something was missing. Enter Party Pandas, and the sitting Panda holding the balloon seemed perfect.
Here’s my card:
I just love, love, love this 6 x 6 DSP stack, so much so that I’ve already ordered another stack. The two sides of this paper coordinated beautifully, as always. The circles on the left and chevrons on the right are very graphic and seem to balance each other. I left open space on the black mat which gives the appearance of matting without actually doing it. The peach scalloped circle was cropped using the Layering Circle die set from the bottom mat to cut down on carstock waste. Whisper White sentiment base was cropped using Stitched Shape circle dies. A Bermuda Bay Stamping Write marker highlights the stitching in the ditch of the circle. Stamping Dimensionals gave some height to the sentiment.
Last Minute Party Panda
Once I got everything together, I started to think that there was nothing connecting the sentiment to the card. I have thoroughly enjoyed using the Party Pandas, so I thought… why not here as well. What could be more magical than a sitting panda flying off the large senitment circle layers? I stamped him, then fussy cut him out and popped him up using the mini-dimensionals, which allowed the string to tuck under the sentiment.
I needed a special birthday card for my Dear Husband this week. I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do, but found exactly what I wanted with a YouTube video for a double z-fold card by Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts. Her video was so easy to follow and I kept pausing the video so I could cut along with her measurements. The card looks complicated, but it wasn’t at all and it was fun to create.
Here’s the card:
The first picture is of the closed card, second one shows the inside. The DSP is from the True Gentleman suite, and it is fabulously masculine without smacking you over the head with it. I used the Happy Birthday thinlit and cropped it for 3 layers. The bottom is Night of Navy, middle is Tranquil Tide, and the top is Wood Textures DSP. The bases are all Very Vanilla. I tend to have a difficult time with liquid adhesives with this thinlit, and I don’t trust myself to use snail adhesive with all these layers. Enter my Xyron machine for the save. The inside sentiment is from the Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set, another MUST HAVE suite. I used Chocolate Chip ink for the inside sentiment.
My DH was quite impressed and initially thought it took a long time to create. I was able to convince him it was not as complicated as it looks. I’ll definitely do this one again!
Have a Peachy day!
Global Design Project 121 is a color challenge this week using Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum. I’ve seen some beautiful two-color cards with Heartfelt Blooms (Sale-a-Bration catalog), and really wanted to use the stamp set, so I thought this challenge would be wonderful for the set.
Here’s my card:
There is a trick to using this gorgeous stamp, though, and I’m so pleased I saw some comments from other SU demos who shared the trick: less ink is better. You do need to cover the stamp with color, but don’t overload it. Definitely play around on scrap paper a few times before trying it on your cardstock (you should see the current sheet of grid paper on my desk).
Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach were easily covered with the bloom stamp, and I used peach for the sentiment, Bermuda Bay for the bottom base layer and the ribbon. I have Sweet Sugarplum just peeking out as a second layer and I cropped a Stitched Shapes circle to go behind the Pretty Label punch-out. I really wasn’t sure how the Sugarplum was going to work with the other 2 colors, but I am pleased with the contrast. Maybe I need to try the same card again with another main color combo…….something to think about.
Here’s the GDP challenge link:
Make sure you check out the cards from the design team, and especially from the guest designer, Julie DeGuia, for her adorable card!!
Have a Peachy day!
Stampin’ Up products for this card:
Pretty Label Punch
Sometimes a card comes out exactly the way I saw it in my head. This one is not one of those cards. I knew I wanted to use the Picture Perfect Party DSP stack. This DSP is fabulous, it’s actual pictures. LOVE it! I also knew I was going to use the coordinating Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set. The rest of the card just kind of evolved, and while I kept the sketch in mind, I did stray, but the spirit of the sketch is still there.
Here’s the card:
Here’s the sketch for a comparison:
I used the 2 inch scalloped circle punch for the large circle, the Bermuda Bay ribbon is for the strip going across the card, the sentiment is for the small circle shape, and the 2 candles for the 2 vertical strips. It’s all in the interpretation, right? The shapes are all represented, so it kind of matches.
Some of the SU products used:
Have a Peachy day!
Fab Friday #128 is a color challenge: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Emerald Green. I love Fab Friday challenges for a few reasons, one of which is that it’s a 2 week challenge. For this one, I need to think about what to do, and how to incorporate the 3 colors.
I kind of knew right away that the Emerald Green was going to be the base, then decided I’d go back to one of my previous checkerboard (inspired by Mary Fish @ Stampin’Pretty.com). DSP makes this card easier, and I decided on the In Color Fresh Florals DSP. Have to say, I wasn’t originally a fan of this paper but it’s growing on me. I used the Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst for the 1.25 inch squares, lined everything up in a dry run on the layers Whisper White and Emerald Envy, then used my liquid Tombow and craft tweezers to get the squares placed. That’s when I decided I really needed some black to calm the colors down, so enter the Basic Black cropped scalloped circle, the sentiment from All Things Thanks stamped in black (with the other part of the sentiment masked off), added a bow, and I was done.
Originally, the OCD part of me wasn’t a fan of the color variations in the patterns of a single sheet of the DSP, but I’m getting better about it. It really seems to just work with this layout.
Here’s the Fab Friday color challenge:
You’ve still got a week to play around with this challenge, so what will you do with it?
Have a Peachy Day!