Great color combo (PP450) and fun layout (GDP#198)

Global Design Project #198 Meets Paper Players 450

When I first saw the colors for the PP450, I thought that it would be difficult to put all these together on a card.  However, I was absolutely wrong!  LOVE the color combination of Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue, and Granny Apple Green.  WOW!  I already knew I wanted to play along with GDP#198’s sketch challenge, so I combined the two. Above the Clouds photopolymer stamp set and coordinating punch seemed to just jump off the shelf for this card. I must say, I am pretty darn pleased with the result.  

Here are the challenge banners:


Here’s my card:

The Process

While the colors are all current, the Blueberry Bushel In Color DSP comes from the 2018-2019 catalog.  I stamped the striped DSP in Basic Black then colored in the top and bottom scallops.  In order to get the separation showing between the balloon and basket, I realized I had to stamp it on white and then fussy cut the balloon.

Even though I knew from the beginning that the background needed to be Balmy Blue, however I really felt it needed some dimension.  Therefore, I stamped some of the clouds from the Above the Clouds stamp set in StazOn Opaque Cotton White.  Some of the clouds stamped very subtly, others came out somewhat darker.  However, I think it works.  

I chose the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  I’ve loved the fonts and sentiments from the sets release, and I think it will be one of my “keepers”.

The Granny Apple Green textured weave ribbon fulfilled the horizontal element from GDP.  I really think it finishes off the card.  Well, the ribbon and a bunch of dimensionals.  Dimensionals provide depth and interest for the Balmy Blue layer, the sentiment, and all 4 balloons. 

Happy Mail!

I already know to whom I am going to send this fun card and I can’t wait to get it out in the mail!  

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Hot Air Balloons for #GDP195

Global Design Project Theme:  Balloons

The challenge this week was to use balloons:  hot air, word balloons, or party balloons.  Tomorrow starts a new Stampin’ Up! ordering quarter, and the Above the Clouds bundle (item 151135) is on my list!  Isn’t it fabulous?


However, I pulled out the retired Lift Me Up clear mount stamp set, and started working.  I knew what I wanted to do, but I had somewhat of a problem bringing the whole card together.

Here’s my card:


Here’s the #GDP195 challenge banner:

Creating the Layers

I’m fairly certain that we’ve all started watching videos, click to another, then another, then another, etc.  I know I have, and in one of those video hops, I saw someone using a various circle punches to create a template for clouds.  Here’s mine using Balmy Blue:

  Please excuse my 18 year old, well-loved self-healing mat.  If I could find another one exactly like it, I would get it in a hot minute.

To create the layers of the clouds, I just kept turning and sponging, turning and sponging, starting at the bottom.  This is actually the back side of the first attempt, which turned out too dark so I started over.  I’m pleased with the layers of clouds and especially the lighter and white spaces that were left.

Next came the hot air balloons.  In order to be able to use my blends to color in the balloons, I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I used the light and dark blends in Calypso Coral, Highland Heather, and So Saffron.   Next came fussy cutting for the 3 balloons.  I chose the sentiment from the same stamp set and used the Pretty Label punch because I thought it looked like the clouds.  

When I dry-fit the pieces together, I knew it needed something, and not a ribbon.  I pulled out the SU rhinestones and used the string of small rhinestones on the Highland Heather balloon.  Then I had to walk away because I couldn’t figure out what else was missing.

During dinner, I had an ah-ha moment, so I stamped the three clouds from the same stamp set, and fussy cut them out.  I’m actually much happier because now there is an odd number of elements on the card.  Balance has been achieved.

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CASE the Designer for #GDP192

Botanical Buttlerfly DSP

I still get amazed with how beautiful this SAB DSP is for each and every pattern.   Since I knew I wanted to use this again, I let the paper guide today’s creation.  See my #GDP191 entry here, for whichI  just happened to earn an honorable mention.  I am truly honored!  

When I saw the following design for this week’s challenge, I knew I was going back to this wonderful DSP!  

Here’s the challenge card:

Here’s my card:

Do You See What I CAS’d?

First, the white background mat, although I used the Subtle TIEF to emboss the mat.  

Second, my sentiment is in the same position.

Third, I used the blue and yellow colors as inspiration for the DSP and mats.

Fourth, I used three pearls instead of the three enamel dots.  I know what you are thinking ~~ where did I get the Daffodil Delight colored pearls?  Those are the white SU pearls which I colored using the Stamping Blends.  That was more fun than I thought it would have been!  Try it, you’ll love changing the pearls to match your project.

Fifth, instead of the banner, I used a whole panel of the gorgeous butterfly DSP matted in Basic Black.  I really like the way the Basic Black makes the DSP pop right off the card.  

What I Used…..

The Botanical Butterfly DSP is the star, of course.  The colors on the card are Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight.  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala photopolymer stamp set. There are also dimensionals popping up the sentiment.  

All the elements of this card came together pretty quickly, and it was all because of the gorgeous DSP.  Slowly but surely I am working my way through the fantastic prints.

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Floating Frame Butterflies for #GDP191

I LOVE the Floating Frame Technique!

The first time I saw a floating frame tutorial on YouTube I thought that it looked pretty darn difficult.  Then I tried it with some stamped and cropped images, all on cardstock and found the process easier than I thought.  So, I tried it again with the butterflies for #GDP191, and I am so incredibly happy with the results, especially that two cards are created from each of the Press ‘n Seal start.

Here’s my card and the GDP challenge:


It Takes Patience

After punching out the butterflies from the DSP using the butterfly duo punch, I laid out the butterflies in a pattern I thought would work.  Since I used the duo punch, I had smalled butterflies which I used to fill in some too empty spaces.  Explaining the process would have been so much easier if I had taken photos of the process.  I guarantee there will be other floating frame cards in my future, and there will be photos of the process.  

I did find out that taking the Press ‘n Seal off DSP is a much more delicate process than cardstock, so my tip is to go slowly, very slowly, when pulling off the Press ‘n Seal.  

The following photo shows the dimension of the card, for which I purposely wanted the shadows to appear:

My second tip is to make sure you have loads of dimensionals and mini-demensionals on hand before beginning the card.  

The bottom mat for the card, and the smaller mat is Highland Heather, as is the sentiment.  Dandelion Wishes provided the sentiment.  

I thought the sentiment looked lonely on the white mat, so I used three of the smaller punched butterflies in the white space.  Even after adding the butterflies, I thought the card needed something else, so I used some of the retiring faceted dots from Share What You Love.

Next Time

I will take photos of the process.  It truly is easier than the results appear to be.  There are a number of YouTube videos, just search for either “floating frame technique” or “Press -n Seal technique”.  Try it!  You won’t be disappointed with the results.

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Under the Wire Once Again

Global Design Project and CAS on Friday # 154

Under the wire yet again for GDP#182, but I have time for CAS.  I completed this card earlier today, but needed to do lesson plans before I could do a blog post.  So, here I am on Sunday night, again, trying to get this card submitted.

Animal Expedition

I just love this bundle and I am praying it carries over into the new catalog in June.  Fingers are really crossed for this!  I started, and completed, a completely different card – different DSP, stamps, vellum, whole different card.

Somehow, and I have no clue how, I stumbled on the CAS on Friday challenge for a clean and simple baby card.   I needed a baby card, I really liked the GDP sketch, and I love this stamp set.  

Here are the challenge links:


Here’s my card:

The GDP inspiration is evident, at least I hope so.  My focal point is larger than the challenge, but the sentiment is under that adorable kangaroo and koala bear.  Have I said how much I love this Animal Expedition suite?!!  You can just see the giraffe and frog on the front of the envelope, and I did the same thing on the inside of the card.

I really think the sentiment, Welcome Little One, fits the kangaroo and koala perfectly.  I really took a chance on stamping these three stamps without the use of my Stamp-a-ma-Jig or Stamparatus, but I did.  Quite happily, it all worked out perfectly.  I doubt I would be able to get it all lined up again, though.  I used dimensions to pop up the sentiment on the Pretty Label Punch, and the kangaroo above it.

While I used Stamping Blends to color the kangaroo and koala, I knew they would bleed through the envelope and inside of the card.  Therefore, I used Stamping Write Markers for those adorable elements.

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GDP#181 Redo

Second Time is the Charm, I think

Last night I kept thinking about the card I made for GDP#181, and decided it needed a redo.  Therefore, this morning I created a very similar card, but it’s much brighter.  This time, I only used the Daffodil Delight to watercolor the base. I used the same mats in Lemon Lime Twist and Grapefruit Grove, and ran them through the Big Shot using the Subtle TIEF. 

I’m going to go back to the GDP challenge, delete my original card and upload my new card.  

As a reminder, here’s the GDP challenge banner:

Here’s my new card:

Subtle, and Not So Subtle Changes

Another change is that I used the thinner, more delicate, butterfly thinlet die.That’s the subtle change.

Not-so-Subtle change is the sentiment on the front.  I chose to use the Picture Perfect Birthday photopolmer stamp set this time.  I had to use the Stamp-a-Ratus and a Stamping Write Marker in Lemon Lime Twist, to color and stamp just the “celebrate” part of the sentiment.  The Rectangle Stitched Framelits fit the sentiment perfectly, and I then used the marker to color the stitches in the ditch.

While the ribbon is in the same position, I chose to punch a hole in the sentiment strip and carefully threaded both ends through the hole and tied it off.  The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals, just like the first card.  

Just a Comparison

Finally, here are the two cards side by side.  Which one is your favorite?



Thanks for stopping by again for the GDP#181.

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