Global Design Project # 144
This week’s challenge is a CAS(E) the Designer challenge, which includes a variety of options for CAS(E)-ing. While I could have CASE’d the card layout, used it as inspiration, pulled from the DSP, etc. I chose to sort of follow the layout, used the same DSP stack, the SWYL stamp set, and incorporated the doile.
The Share What You Love DSP is full of fabulous colors, gorgeous paper options, and all kinds of included accessories. I’ve already used this suite for a few cards, and thoroughly enjoy cutting the DSP up. I used Tranquil Tide for the base layer, So Saffron for the middle layer, and a piece of Berry Burst embossed using the Layered Leaves TIEF..
Here’s my card:
Here’s the GDP challenge card:
My Take on the Challenge
In addition to using the SWYL DSP, I also used one of the sentiments from the Love What You Do coordinating stamp set. The scripted fonts for all of these greetings are very versatile. I put the sentiment in the same spot as the challenge card. I started with a square piece of scrap Whisper White and used the trio punch to crop the corners. Since didn’t want a plain white background, I used So Saffron and one of the SWYL flower stamps. I stamped the flowers in full strength and then again without re-inking to give the background dimension. The sentiment was then stamped in Berry Burst.
There were already so many layers on this card, I didn’t want to add yet another one under the DSP strip. Therefore, I used the Tranquil Tide Stamping Write marker to outine the border of the paper. Mary from Stamps-n-Lingers shared this trick on one of her Sunday night FB lives, and I have happily used it quite often.
I cut the doile in half before adhering it to the back of the strip of DSP, and then popped it up on mini-dimensionals. Dimensionals also provided dimension for the sentiment element.
I really struggled with the ribbon, mainly because I am bow-challenged. Retired Berry Burst ribbon provided the bottom layer, and the current Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon. Bow challenged and layered ribbon: always a fun combination. Therefore I cheated and adhered the two layers together with glue dots and placed a flat layer on the card. Amazingly, I tied a square knot and wound up with the tulled on top. In order to hide the cheat, I used a small piece of Linen Thread to cinch the base ribbon and adhered the square knot using glue dots. Happiness abounds.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you are inspired to play along with the Global Design Project challenges, which are posted every Monday.
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Animal Outing Fun
When I first saw this product suite, I was sold! I ordered the whole suite on my last order and finally had time to play with it today. The theme challenge for Global Design Project # 143 is Love it, Live It, Share It. Well, I love this suite and will be sharing cards from it often.
Earlier this week, I stumbled across the Take Two Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge. I thought the sketch layout would work with the Animal Outing suite, so I combined both challenges.
Here’s my card:
Here are the challenge sketches:
Have to Love a Challenge Sketch
When I am able to combine a theme challenge with a sketch challenge, I am a happy crafter.
I used the Smoky Slate light and dark Blendabilities to color in this adorable rhino. While I knew I wanted some sort of color on the tusk, I didn’t want it to be Smoky Slate. I first colored in the tusk with the dark Blendability, and then realized my mistake. Therefore, I pulled out the Color Lifter Blendability and just kept un-coloring (is that even a word?) throughout the whole card making process. The cute bird is colored with Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Stamping Write markers, highlighting the colors in the DSP.
This Animal Expedition DSP pattern choice was made because I definitely wanted a bold contrast with the Whisper White base. I trimmed a piece of the DSP for the strip on the left side of the card. There is a border on the sketch, so I placed the DSP on a Smoky Slate background.
I pulled the Lemon Lime Twist color out of the DSP, and used it for the Stitched Sketch die cut and the base of the card. The Whisper White background was necessary for the clean look, but I didn’t want a plain white background. Therefore, I embossed it with the Leaf TIEF, which really creates a deep embossed image.
I really think the Stitched Shapes need some dimension, so I used the Lemon Lime Twist marker to “stitch” in the ditch. This simple stitching adds this finishing touch, so I do it very, very often with these dies.
The sentiment was actually an after-thought because I realized after getting the rhino and the DSP strip on the white background that I had forgotten a sentiment. I had that exact piece of DSP left from my first cut, so I turned it over and stamped the sentiment on the lighter side. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals, and I used the clear Wink of Stella to highlight just the letters.
Finding a balance on this card proved challenging. After adding the leaf ribbon, I decided that the card needed something else. I pulled out the Faceted Dots from the Share What You Love suite and started putting them on the sentiment, then in the upper right corner, then the large one on the bottom left. I might have gone overboard with the dots when trying to balance out the card.
My card layout matches the sketch challenge. I covered the GDP theme challenge by using what I love in the Animal Outing suite, and the sharing part from the Share What You Love pre-order.
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I Love Two-fers
When I am able to marry a color challenge with a sketch challenge, all kinds of happy things happen. This Paper Players #397 color challenge of Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, and Crumb Cake (other neutrals are also ok) has been rolling around in my head for a few days. I’d thought of doing thin stripes of the Coral and Lemon, but it wasn’t working.
I sat down today with the marble background stamp and pulled out the Stamparatus my card idea suddenly became clear. Since I was able to place both pieces of Whisper White cardstock in the exact same place on the grid, I was easily able to match up the stamp pattern on the Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist stripes.
Sounds confusing, but it really wasn’t. Here’s my card:
Here are the challenge sketches:
For this card, I took the sketch as it was with no rotation of flipping.
Matching the Pattern
I first cut both stamped images into one inch strips. Since each piece was stamped in the exact same place (thank you, Stamparatus), I was able to match up the patterns so it looks more like double time stamping.
I wanted a clean outline border on each stripe before I put it down on the Soft Suede. Therefore, I used my Stamping Write markers to lightly color the ends of the Whisper White.
I’ve enlarged and cropped a portion of the card to show the sublty of the outline of the stripes. It also shows how I used the Soft Suede marker to outline the scalloped oval cut from Crumb Cake.
Easier Than It Looks
While the two colored stripes may look difficult to line up, the Stamparatus was the key to getting both colors on exactly the same spots.
I’d love to hear what you think, or even see a picture if you try to CAS(E) this card.
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Global Design Project # 141
This week the color challenge is to use Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry. I’ll be honest and say I would never have put these three colors together, but when I saw the challenge post, I loved the combination. I’ve had these colors bouncing around inside my head all week; I’d think of an idea and then discard it, and think of another and discard it again. I finally decided I wanted the three colors included in one design. When I looked through my new stamp sets (TOYS from the 2018 – 2019 catalog) I decided on the Hand Delivered Hostess Set, and the balloons were what caught my attention.
Here’s the color challenge for GDP#141 so you can see these gorgeous colors all lined up:
Here’s my finished card:
I used my Stamparatus for this card. Since there is a problem when stamping too close to the hinges, I moved my Whisper White over to the right side. There is a SU logo on the foam mat included which allows for a straight line without needing the grid. When I line the right side of the cardstock up with the right side of the logo I have gotten a much cleaner stamping result.
With the three Bright colors, I needed the rest of the card to be clean and simple. My SU grid paper got quite a work out when planning this card. I stamped all the pieces on the grid paper and then planned the color placement so I (hopefully) wouldn’t mess up my mats. Originally I colored each balloon with my Stamping Write markers, but decided the card was too flat. Therefore, I stamped the balloons on a scrap of Pumpkin Pie, and another stamp on Real Red. Fussy cutting was pretty easy for these basic circles. Mini-dimensionals pop up the Pumpkin Pie balloons. Regular dimensionals pop up the Real Red balloons. The result is a 3D layering of balloons, giving depth to the card.
I stamped the woman’s skirt in Basic Black for the outline, and Rich Razzleberry for the striped overlay. I very lightly touched her blouse with Pumpkin Pie, and the collar has a deeper coloring. Real Red shoes finish off her outfit. Everyone coordinates their clothes with a bunch of balloons, right?
When I was “finished”, I realized I needed a bit of something something on the card. I didn’t want to add anything outside of the stamped/colored images in order to keep the card clean and simple. Therefore, I used clear Wink of Stella on the Rich Razzleberry balloons, but that didn’t really solve my problem. That’s when I pulled out my (retired) Brights enamel shapes. Each balloon recieved a coordinating star enamel shape. The greeting had room for just one Real Red enamel shape, but it seems to work. Now, this card was finished.
This hostess set is super cute and very versatile with greetings for graduates, birthdays, and congrats!
Here’s an image of this photopolymer stamp set:
Super cute, right?
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Springtime Foils DSP is phenomenal!
I should’ve ordered more during Sale-a-Bration so I could have gotten more of this DSP set. I’ve loved DSP before, but not like this obsession. I saw a FB live how-to video by Mary from Stamps-n-Lingers about the black ice technique with this DSP. Oh! My! Glory! I fell in love the first time I did it, and have done it many times since.
Bermuda Bay is my new favorite color.
I’ve done the black ice technique with Basic Black, and will share those beautiful results in an upcoming post, then with Pool Party. When I used Bermuda Bay on the Springtime Foils, I was in complete awe of the result. Absolutely stunning.
Here’s my card:
Global Design Project # 132 is a CASE the designer, the very talented Stesha Bloodhart, challenge this week. Here’s her card:
Stesha used the Petal Palette stamp and die set, and I used the same set. I didn’t want the bird to be the Bermuda Bay, but did want it to be in the same color family, so I chose to use the Pool Party Stamping Write Marker. The sentiment is also from the Petal Pallete set. I used the die set to crop the bird, the branches, the sentiment tag, and the “banner” under the Pretty Label Punch.
After punching the label from Bermuda Bay, I used the smallest flower stamp and Bermuda Bay ink to give the label some very subtle texture. After adding gold thread to the back of the punch, I popped it up on dimensionals, placed it over the black banner, and placed the sentiment over the punch. I added the bird to the top of the punch and thought the card needed some height, so I slipped the branches behind the label. Sometimes I really wish I would make those decisions before adhering the dimensionals just to make the whole process easier. Maybe next time. A small, black rhinestone (from the holiday catalog) finished off the bird.
Petal Pallette Birthday card
I don’t think the photo does the card justice because, in person, the depth of the Bermuda Bay ink is gorgeous. The silver and gold foil accents show up perfectly without distortion. I’m so looking forward to using every bit of this DSP until I completely run out. Usually I have a hard time cutting up gorgeous DSP, but not this time. The possibilities are endless.
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Global Design Project #130
This week’s sketch is full of fun layers. I used the reverse side of the Sweet Soiree foil and floral papers, mainly because I like the polka dots. The Marina Mist swirl paper is fun as well, and they both work well together.
Here’s my card:
Here’s the GDP#130 sketch:
Even though my card doesn’t have the second tilted layer, and my ribbon is around my toucan element, I still have the sketch at heart. Marina Mist cardstock provided the base and mat for the polka dot DSP. The swirled DSP (doesn’t it remind you of learning how to write in cursive?) is mounted on Daffodil Delight. I used the Stamp Write markers to color the toucan in Old Olive, Marina Mist, and Daffodil Delight then fussy cut him out.
The toucan and the matching sentiment are from the Bird Banter stamp set in the Occasions catalog. This 19 piece photopolymer stamp set is full of adorable birds, sentiments, and accessory stamps.
I stamped another toucan on the Daffodil Delight circle cropped with the Stitched Shapes thinlits so I wouldn’t have to fussy cut the toucan’s legs and feet. Mini-dimensionals provided the pop and dimension I wanted for the toucan. This time I colored the sides of the dimensionals with the Old Olive marker before I adhered it to the circle. The ugly side of this toucan follows:
I have to say, the sides of the dimensionals really soak up the ink. I mean really soak it up, so I had to color the sides multiple times.
Baker’s Twine around the circle
I used to have a terrible time putting twine under elements like this circle. Then I found that using double sided tape allows me the flexibility to play around with the placement of the twine or thread. I should have taken a picture, but I forgot to do that before I adhered the circle. Next time I will.
Love these colors and papers!
I love this combination so much that all the pieces of DSP and cardstock are just waiting for inspiration to hit. I am going to use the papers for another sketch challenge this week. Stay tuned!
I’d love to hear what you think about this card, stamp set, or DSP combination.
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