Global Design Project Challenge # 145
This week’s color challenge contains the trio of Grapefruit Grove, Fresh Fig, and Mint Macaron. Until this very second, I thought my card matched what I finally figured out in my head. Now, I am pretty bummed because I just realized I used Rich Razzleberry. UGH! I don’t know if I should go ahead and post it anyway or make another one using the correct colors. Decisions, decisions.
Anyway, when I first saw the colors I thought that it was an interesting combination, to say the least. But then again, I usually react that way to their combinations. It truly is a challenge, but it widens my color world, so it’s all good. Admit it, you wouldn’t have put these three colors together if not for a challenge. But look how gorgeous they are together.
A Couple of Firsts
First, I couldn’t stand knowing/thinking that I used the wrong color so I just finished another card for this challenge. In the original I actually used half Fresh Fig and half Rich Razzleberry. There are a couple of differences, and I will post my original card at the end of this blog post.
The original couple of firsts mentioned in the subheading refers to the first time I used two new stamp sets: the Bokeh Dots clear mount set and the Calligraphy Essentials set. Both are fabulous, but there are some tips I’d like to share regarding each set.
I’ve been participating in a couple of threads with demos on facebook regarding the Bokeh dots stamp. I have tried some of the tips and have found that the best results are achieved when the ink is rolled on the stamp using a brayer. I have a rubber brayer and it worked fabulously! Without the brayer, I was getting blotches instead of dots. Evidently, the stars stamp in this set doesn’t have an issue with ink.
For the Calligraphy Essentials, which really goes with the current lettering trend, I found the coloring really needs a light hand for the ink. I also practiced coloring in the letters a few times on my grid paper before coloring on the Bokeh Dots. I used the Fresh Fig Stamping Write Marker, but have also seen cards where the Blends were used.
Here’s the second card I created:
Here’s the challenge post:
I used the DSP from Share What You Love, which I love, love, love. There are so many different colors leading to seemingly endless combinations. Some of the papers almost able to be printed on Shiny Whisper White cardstock because they have a beautiful shine. For this card, I chose the words in this on point font in Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black. Just a little side not about the DSP. While I was working on the first card I found the word “florida” included in the various other words. I just kind of thought that was interesting since I live in Florida. Oh well.
I mounted the DSP on Fresh Fig cardstock and used the retired Fresh Fig ribbon as well. Since I am completely square knot challenged right now, I used a tip I saw somewhere; if it’s your idea, please let me know so I can give you credit. I’m including three photos to illustrate this tip.
First, tie your ribbon around a TomBow liquid glue container. When you slide the ribbon off, you have a loop, which you cut in half. Now you have your square knot, and then just play with it until you get what knot you wanted. Easy Peasy. Also, does the word “florida” pop out at you in the third picture.
For this card, I cropped two circles using the Stitched Shape framelits. Here’s one of the differences from the first card because I used an inner circle of Mint Macaron. You’ll see there’s no inner circle on the original card.
Stitching in the Ditch
One of my favorite things to do with the crops shapes from the Stitched Shapes framelits is to color in the ditch. I usually use the same marker as the color of cardstock. If I am coloring the ditch on DSP, I pull a coordinating color. I also used the Mint Macaron Stamping Write Marker to outline the sentiment piece, including the corners punched with the trio punch. After I added three Share What You Love Mint Macaron pearls, I popped the sentiment up on mini-dimensionals.
While the first card was definitely an evolution, I knew what I was doing for the second. Well, except for cutting the DSP in the landscape instead of portrait orientation.
Here’s my first card:
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InKing Royalty May Blog Hop
Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop! We are grinning from ear-to-ear with excitement over all the amazing, new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog – and you’re going to love what we are sharing today. Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects that offer sneak peeks at new products from the upcoming catalog, while also using some of the current products. What fun! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
There are a number of gorgeous DSP packs in the new 2018 – 2019 catalog, from which I’ve already pre-ordered a number of sets. There are still a number of DSP options as well as fabulous suites that I MUST have. My card this month is using just one of the beautiful patterns from the Tranquil Textures DSP pack. The colors are a mixture of current and new colors with Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Night of Navy, and Crumb Cake. For my card, I focused on the Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig, which I really wanted to emphasize.
Here’s my card:
Gorgeous Colors, Gorgeous DSP
Isn’t this color combination and DSP pattern fabulous? LOVE! There is a thin mat of Tranquil Tide right under the DSP, which is layered on Fresh Fig. I’d trimmed my papers incorrectly, but am pretty please with the final mat of Whisper White. I pulled the Fresh Fig for the Nature’s Twine (NEW!), and the larger Stitched Shapes circle, as well as the ink for the stamp. I think the darker cardstock colors really pull out the colors in the DSP.
Fonts and dies!
There is such a variety of fonts and stamps available in the new catalog, and this sentiment is from the new Love What You Do photopolymer stamp set. I can’t wait to place another order (pre-order??) to get more of these new fonts!
I did use the Stitched Shapes circle dies. I used the Tranquil Tide Stamping Write marker to outline the “stitch” marks in the ditch. I’ve been doing that quite frequently, mainly because I like the accented stitches.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller on Westside Paper Creations . There’salways lots of inspiration to be found in this group and today’s hop is another example of fabulous ideas. – So, sit back, relax with your favorite beverage, and then spend some time following this hop.
If you get stuck, please use the list below as a guide.
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- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Nina King at InkPaperSequins
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
Myths and Magic DSP is Magical!
I .love.this.bundle.and.DSP. I have a community service card club at the high school where I teach, and I originally bought this bundle for that club. Then I bought the DSP, and I have many a number of cards using the paper or stamp set. It’s fabulous, the bundle is from the Occassions catalog, and is only available until the end of the month. We will find out if the bundle and DSP carries over when the new catalog is released. Fingers crossed!!
I love playing along with Fab Friday
I have been fortunate and very honored to have been chosen for a Fab Five twice with this challenge. Fab Friday is a bi-weekly challenge, and they accept more than one submission, so if I change my mind, or come up with another idea, I can always submit it.
Here’s my card for FabFri133:
Here’s the Fab Friday sketch:
Isn’t the DSP fabulous? The colors, the touches of glitter, the designs, and all the characters are spectacular! Have I mentioned all the magical color combinations, which create a truly magical impression?
For this card, I used Tranquil Tide and Pool Party to mat the DSP for the base of the card. The mat of the DSP is covered in tiny Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide scales. So cute! I love the sparkly bubbles on this paper and could kick myself for not ordering the coordinating glitter paper. All the mermaids on the paper are sparkly as well, and their scales have great definition. Like I said, I love this whole suite.
The sentiment is from the coordinating Magical Day clear-mount stamp set and is one of two versatile sentiments in the set. I stamped the sentiment in Fresh Fig to match the focal mermaid on a Whisper White banner. Instead of matting the banner, I chose to use my Stamping Write Marker to lightly outline the edges of the banner. This subtle coloring gives the impression of a mat without the bulk or added layer.
The end of SAB is near!
I used a Sale-a-Bration free item for the bow because the banner needed something. It’s a shimmery Basic Grey ribbon and coordinates perfectly with this DSP. The other colors in the three ribbon set are Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay. If you love this ribbon as much as I do, your time to order is getting shorter by the day. SAB ends on March 31.
Comments are welcomed and I love hearing from you.
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Myths and Magic
This is my second post for today, but since my fearless (upline) leader is a founding member of this challenge, I wanted to play along.
The theme this week for Global Design Project # 127 is Sale-a-Bration. Since SAB is the same time period as the Occasions catalog, and the fact that I had all these pieces ready to go, I used the Myths and Magic DSP and coordinating stamp set.
My card isn’t crooked, but my picture taking skills are definitely crooked. However, I am supposed to be grading reports (UGH!), I need this break to post to be short and sweet.
I fussy cut the knight and dragon from the Myths and Magic DSP. Since they already have beautiful colors and sparkle, I didn’t have to color anything. I used the stripes embossing folder for the card background, and a piece of the DSP for the bottom part. This beautiful Fresh Fig and Basic Grey side has the fun clouds in Pool Party and Whisper White on the back side, which is the bottom layer of the circled sentiment.
Global Design Project
Here’s the board for this week’s challenge:
Like I said, this has to be short and sweet.
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It’s a Magical Day
The Occasions catalog is a plethora of have-to-have products, of which the Magical Day bundle is one! Between the very colorful DSP and the stamp set/die set bundle, the magical possibilities are endless. The sentiments, “Have a Magical Day” and “You are One of a Kind” can be used for birthday, all occassion, congratulations, and thank you cards. I’m really hoping that this bundle carries over into the new annual catalog.
Here’s my card for this challenge:
Paper Players 382 sketch
There are many times when I have a difficult time cutting into DSP I love. I have to almost force myself to not hoard all of the paper, especially when the patterns on the Myths and Magic DSP are so varied and perfectly coordinated. When I do cut it, I then have a very difficult time covering it up on a card. This card was no different. Love the paper, and very difficult to cover it up.
For this card, I used a variety of patterns of this special DSP, but really had to plan out exactly what I wanted to show on the final card. While working on this card, I found myself gravitating towards the dark Fresh Fig color, I realized I needed something to lighten it up. That’s when I decided to use the scales pattern in Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive for the back horizontal banner.
More possibilities for Magical Day
Now that I have taken the plunge with this DSP, it will be easier the next time. Look for more to come!
I welcome your comments, so please feel free to leave a comment.
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