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.
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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CAS(E) This Sketch #278
This week’s challenge is super simple, but took me a couple of days to figure out what I was going to do. I knew I wanted to use Animal Outing DSP and finally decided exactly what I would do. As with the vast majority of sketch challenges with which I play along, I look at the sketch just a couple of times and then let it roll around in my head until I get an idea.
Here’s my card:
Here’s the CTS#278 sketch that inspired my card:
The trio of adorable animals and the sentiment banner were taken directly from the sketch. The sentiment, from the Animal Outing stamp set, was the perfect size for my banner. I stamped the sentiment, trimmed the length, and punched the banner, albiet non-symmetrical.
Kangaroo, Iguana, and Sloth ~ Oh My!
All three of the animals came from one sheet of DSP. This whole stack is absolutely adorable, and I had a difficult time deciding which three to use. In the end, it came down to which ones I could get out of a piece of DSP smaller than a 6 x 6 inch square. The animal print DSP is on the reverse side of the animals, and I thought it would calm down the Berry Burst in the mat and the strip of DSP (also from Animal Expedition) going down the front. In order to try to further calm down the DSP patterns, I matted the Berry Burst on Pool Party, also taken from the DSP colors.
After cropping out the squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits, I used the Soft Suede Stamping Write marker to color in the stitches in the ditches. Then I thought that trying to mat these squares would be just too much for this sketch. Therefore, I used a tip I picked up from Mary Deatherage, of Stamps-n-Lingers, during one of her weekly FB live videos. I’d always outlined the borders of paper by tap, tap, tapping it in the ink pad. Mary uses the broad tip of the markers to outline the borders. Winner!
Here’s a close-up of the kangaroo faux stitching in the ditch and the colored borders:
The colored borders really add dimension without adding another layer. I love this tip and have used it quite often since I saw it.
Dimensionals, Mini and Regular
These little pieces of dimensional happiness were the finishing touch to the card. I popped the sentiment on mini-dimensionals and tucked it under the sloth. Regular dimensionals provided the lift needed on all three animal squares. While I know the sloth needed to be upside down, I first placed it right side up. I realized my mistake and very, very carefully pulled up on the square, reapplied a couple of dimensionals, and then placed it down correctly. Yeah, me.
The simplicity of this sketch inspired my layers and mats. I wanted something to ground the animal squares, which is why I added the DSP strip.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge.
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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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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop!
Today’s Blog Hop today is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate birthdays. The opening line from The Beatles’ “Birthday” song ran through our heads as we joyfully created the birthday-themed creations we share with you today. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
Picture Perfect for Fab Friday # 131
Third time is a charm for this blog hop. I started two other cards, but neither card was working so I have those pieces set aside for another day. After calling it quits for the second card, I then pulled out this fabulous Picture Perfect DSP and matched it with the Fab Friday # 131 sketch.
Here’s my card:
I absolutely love all of the papers in this 6 x 6 stack. Absolutely.Love. The coordinating stamp set, Picture Perfect Birthday, is pretty fabulous as well, and that’s where I got the sentiment. It felt like this card was falling into place when I realized this sentiment would work with the Everyday Label punch. This confetti paper is all about party time, and the banner is from the Picture Perfect stack as well. While I matted the banner in Basic Black, I chose to really make the sentiment pop with a mat of Bermuda Bay. A base of Berry Burst and bow in Bermuda Bay were the finishing touches. I’m getting better, sometimes, with bows so I don’t feel completely bow challenged lately. A naked envelope just didn’t seem to fit with this card, so I cropped another piece of Picture Perfect DSP for the flap.
Fab Friday # 131
This sketch is simple and clean, which works well with this DSP. I just pulled the banner to the left of center instead of the right, and I was finally able to get a birthday card finished.
Here’s the sketch:
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Nina King at https://inkpapersequins.blogspot.com/. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Nina King at InkPaperSequins
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
- Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
- Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps