Brightly Gleaming: ‘Tis The Season

I shared this card on my Instagram last week for the Global Design Project #202 Sketch Challenge. I had just received my 2019 Holiday Catalog pre-order and I couldn’t wait to play with all of the goodies inside.

Christmas is exactly 4 months away! What this means to me is that I need to get moving on my Christmas cards. I always have good intentions and then I start to see what everyone else creates and I get overwhelmed! This year I’ve created a project called “Sparkle and Stamp Christmas Camp” where each month I host a class revolving around 1 Christmas Suite from the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Its a really great idea and I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter if you want to hear more!

The above sketch was our inspiration for this challenge. This is a great sketch to use DSP and small sentiments with! Can you say Itty Bitty Greetings! Or Itty Bitty Birthdays! Or…wait for it…Itty Bitty Christmas from the 2019 Holiday Catalog (live September 4)! You’ll definitely see me use this sketch again.

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Forever Starts Today

I made this card for this weeks Global Design Project challenge #201 – Color Challenge. We were challenged to use Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot, and Pretty Peacock…and BOY! was that a challenge for me! Now, this is exactly why I love participating in these challenges. They help me pair color combinations or techniques or sketch elements that I wouldn’t normal consider.

For this card I used the Bloom and Grow stamp set and coordinating dies. I stamped my chosen floral image on vellum cardstock with versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Then I die cut the floral image and colored the back side of the vellum cardstock with my Stampin’ Blends to give it a faux stained glass effect.

Next I chose some DSP from the Perennial Essence colletion for my background. I’m really loving the non-patterned side of this DSP lately. I also chose the mat my background with Merry Merlot Cardstock to help fulfill that requirement, but to also help the flowers pop.

Before I put everything together I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder then fussy cut the sentiment. In hindsight the sentiment covers up all of the beautiful work I did on the floral image, but the card turned out lovely anyway. Finally, I added some of the mossy meadow linen thread from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo pack and some of the In Color Faceted Dots.

I’m super happy with how this challenge stretched my crafting skills. Each week I am taking more and more risks with my ideas and moving outside of my comfort zone. If you’d like to play along with the Global Design Project challenges you can subscribe to the blog here. Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to check back often to see what kind of crafting I’ve been up to!

A Little Lace

I made this card for this weeks Global Design Team Challenge (#GTP200). I was especially invigorated to participate again because last week I was chosen as a winner! You can see the announcement here!

This week we were challenged to CASE the designer. I’ve posted the card I was CASE-ing below so you can see what I changed. I used the basic sketch and tried to keep the colors similar, but I changed the stamp set used. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you know I can take a good sketch and run with it!

For my card I used the A Little Lace stamp set with Flirty Flamingo ink on Whisper White cardstock and also Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock. I embossed my Crumb Cake later with the Subtle Embossing folder. I added a little ink to my aqua painter to color in the medium sized flower and then fussy cut the whole flower cluster out. I put Linen Thread around my Crumb Cake later and popped up my flowers with dimensionals.

Then I spritzed my whole card with Frost White Shimmer Paint diluted in 70% rubbing alcohol. I love that you can really see the shimmer in this picture. Finally I added my sentiment stamped on Coastal Cabana Cardstock and “flagged” the ends. I put 3 medium rhinestones on to add more sparkle. I loved the sequins used in the original card so I’ve added those to my shopping list since I’ve been really into adding “bling” lately!

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You Make Everything Sparkle

I created this card for the Global Design Project Theme Challenge #199. The theme is for the love of craft and unless you’ve been living under a rock outside of the crafting world you’ve seen some awesome crafting themed craft items from all of the wonderful craft companies out there! This card features a bundle of products from Stampin’ Up!

I really like how this card turned out and I hope to play with this theme a little more over my next few crafting sessions! I used the Follow Your Art Suite from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog to create this card. I used the Stamp set (It Starts With Art) and coordinating Dies (Arts & Crafts Dies), the DSP (Follow Your Art), and the Embellishment Kit (Follow Your Art). I also used the Stitched Nested Labels Dies and the Glitter Enamel Dots to complete my card.

You can find all of the items I used to create this card in my Stampin’ Up! store by clicking on the SHOP! link above. Don’t forget to use my current Host Code when ordering to earn FREE Stampin’ Up! goodies from me!

If you want to join in on the Global Design Project Challenges you can find them here! There is a new challenge posted each week and you can share your creations with crafters from all over the world! Make sure you check out the challenge schedule and posting deadlines since this is a global group they do have timezone changes!

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Global Design Project #197

I made this card featuring the colors from the Global Design Project Color Challenge for last week. The colors are Seaside Spray, Terrecotta Tile, and Pear Pizzazz. I always seem to be about a week or two behind in creating for these challenges, but it doesn’t make them any less fun!

I used the Beautiful Friendship stamp set to create my image. I stamped the largest flower (I think it looks like a Hydrangea) in Seaside Spray, the clustered flower (likely wild roses) is stamped in Terracotta Tile, and the leaves were Pear Pizzazz.

I used Seaside Spray Cardstock for my mat and the die cut from the Stitched Labels Dies for the sentiment. I fussy cut out the Terrecotta Tile flowers and popped them up with dimensionals. I accented my card with Linen Thread and In-Color Faceted Gems.

I really love the versatility of this set! You can see another project I created using a vibrant color palate here. I also know that if you search Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Friendship on Pinterest you’ll see some amazing creations!

If you want to play along with the Global Design Project Challenges you can subscribe to the blog here. There is a new challenge each week and a rotating schedule of the type of challenge for each week. One word of caution the creators are base is Australia and the deadlines for entering the challenge is in AEST so make sure you know what time that means in your time zone!