Monday, March 19, 2018

Use the negative - #GDP130

I am back this week with my friends at the Global Design Project. Our challenge this week is this inspirational sketch ... 

When it comes to creating from a layout sketch, you can pull inspiration from any of the elements and make it your own. You will see that the sketch has a circle as the focal point, I chose to use a square on my card with the word "YOU" cut from the center of it.

This "YOU" was the negative scrap piece of paper that I had left over after I used the word on another project. I love using the negative from a cut!  

Click over to the Global Design Team to see what my fellow design team members have created for challenge #GDP130! You are welcome to stamp and share with us - read all about the challenge details over at the GDP.

Have a creative day my friends! Thank-you for visiting!!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Petal Palette Crafty Carrot Collective Blog Hop

Oh my gosh! After 4 and a half sold months of cold and snow, it is finally starting to feel like spring! Today we are sitting just above zero C and the sun is shining. It is the perfect weather for the Crafty Carrot Collective's Petal Palette blog hop!

The Petal Palette suite is featured on page 22/23 of the 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasion Catalogue and is comprised of a coordinating stamp set, thinlit dies, designer series paper, embellishments, textured impressions embossing folders and ribbon!

Our April online tutorial program will feature the stamp set, thinlits and designer paper. March is the final month to earn a free, exclusive, item for Sale-a-bration. We have paired the Petal Palette products with Amazing you Sale-a-bration procuts. If you are shopping with us this month, be sure to add these to your cart! (Subscriptions are also available, check the bottom of this post!)

The amazing thing about the Petal Palette Designer Series Paper is that you can change it to be any color combo you can dream of! All 12 of the double sided 12x12 sheets come in black and white patterns. For my project today, I dragged an ink pad across the paper to add the Powder Pink color.

You can also try adding reinker and 70% rubbing alcohol to a spritz bottle and spraying the paper.
Or, ink a Sponge Brayer, Stampin' Sponge, or Sponge Daubers to color the paper!

If you have other tricks to color this paper, comment below! I would love to hear from you!

Do you want a couple of bonus projects?! My stamp clubs created this card in February. I have clubs that scrapbook and create pocketed Memories & More layouts too. Here are those creations from our February club ...

I know, I know ... these layouts need photos! I am always behind at that job! Sigh.

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Be sure to keep hopping! Next is Susan Wong from New Zealand!

Thank-you for visiting! I sure hope that we will see you on the next Crafty Carrot Co. LIVE tutorial event! Have a creative day!

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Monday, March 05, 2018

I've got a girl crush - #GDP128

I have had a long time girl crush on the talented Steffi Helmschrott from Germany. Her projects wow me every. single. time! This week, the Global Design Project Challenge is to CASE Steffi! 

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CASE - Copy And Selectively Edit.

I CASE'ed Steffi's long skinny card size for starters. 

Cut Cardstock to: 11" x 3-1/4".
Score at: 5-1/2"

This size will still fit in our standard medium envelope size, it is just thinner than our traditional cards we create here in North America.

I also also to CASE Steffi's layout and watercolor design. A CASE challenge is always fantastic to follow. I had a sneak peek at the rest of the GDP Design Team creations this weekend and I can say that all of us chose something different to take from Steffi's card to CASE. Click over to our GDP site to see!

If we have inspired you to take the challenge this week, share with us and use #GDP128. We can not wait to see your CASE! (For challenge entry details visit the GDP).

Have a creative day,

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Monday, February 26, 2018

free feels good - #GDP127

We are just over half way through Stampin' Up!'s© Sale-a-bration promotion so today the Global Design Project design team wanted to inspire you by using some amazing free products from this promotion.

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1. Stamp your image with VersaMark ink on Glossy White cardstock.

2. No need to heat dry or add embossing powder, it is good just as it is.

3. Ink a Sponge Brayer with Classic Ink, I used Pool Party.

4. Roll the Sponge Brayer over the Glossy White cardstock until you have the desired color.

5. Watch as the image comes to life through the ink!

6. You can buff the image with a tissue to remove the ink and make it pop even more.

That is it - simple and sweet!

I used two free items for this project ... the Amazing You Stamp Set (level one) and the coordinating Celebrate you Thinlits (level two).

How can you earn these for free?? For each $60 CAD you purchase in Stampin' Up!© merchandise, you can choose one Level One item for FREE! New this year, there are Level Two items that you can select for FREE when you purchase $120 CAD in merchandise. These items are even better and bigger than the level one items!

My monthly stamp clubs created this card this month. I also have scrapbook and Memories and More© stamp clubs and they created a coordinating project. Take a peek:

This pocketed page can fit 2 photos at 4x6 and 4 photos at 3x4.
The task now is to get my photos from February into this layout! 

This pocketed page can fit one 4x6 photo and one 4x4 photo.

Confession ... it will probably take me a year or two to get photos into this layout! Do you do that? Comment below and let me know! Create a layout in a class of event and then take forever to get images into them?! It is such a shame, really, I put all that love and work into these and they really deserve photos. Maybe this needs to be on my resolution list!

The GDP invites you to take the challenge this week. Get crafty, take a photo of your project and share it with us!

Thank-you for visiting. Have a creative day!

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Basic Black Archival Ink
Pool Party

Stamp Sets:
Amazing You

Big Shot
Celebrate You Thinlits
Petals & More Thinlits
1/8" Handheld Punch
Sponge Brayer

Basic Black Bakers Twine
Silver Metallic Thread

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Beautiful Peacock - Fancy Friday Blog Hop

I am so happy to be back on the Fancy Friday blog hop! January was a whirlwind month for our family and I missed participating in the hop. Thankfully the stars aligned and I did not have to miss this months color challenge! 

This color combo had me at Pool Party but when I saw it paired with Night of Navy and Emerald Envy, I instantly was inspired to use the new Beautiful Peacock Stamp Set! 

This photopolymer stamp set is exclusively available to customers who purchase $60 CAD in Stampin' Up!© merchandise (before shipping & tax). 

The peacock was created by inking the stamp with Emerald Envy Ink. But before you stamp it onto Whisper White Cardstock, dab the stamp with a Sponge Dauber that has been inked with Night of Navy Ink. One last step before you stamp it ... huff on the stamp, like you would on your glasses if you were cleaning them, this will re-moisten the ink that may have dried - now you can stamp! Fussy cut the body out with Snips.

I stamped the bird a second time with Emerald Envy Ink and fussy cut out the wing to add more layers to the bird. Use Stampin' Dimensionals between the two.

Using a 1/8" Handheld Punch, punch a hole in the bottom corner of your cardstock. Hint: I did this after I layered all of my cardstock together. Thread Pool Party Baker's Twine through a Petal Passion Embellishment and the cardstock, tie in a knot behind. Leave the knot far enough up the twine so you can see it peeking out behind the scalloped Silver Foil Sheet.

The Beautiful Peacock Stamp Set has 12 stamps in the set, 10 of these stamps are flowers, branches/ swirls and greetings! Way more than just a peacock stamp set, right?!

Next on the blog hop is Jenn Picard. Click over to Jenn to continue on our blog hop!

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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