Thursday, March 29, 2018

Colorful Krista - Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Fancy Friday Blog Hop!!

Last week I was feeling like I was in a color rut. Looking at my recent projects and blog posts, I realized that I had a lot of blue and pink happening. My style tends to be softer colors and I was feeling the need for a challenge. I posted to Facebook for suggestions from my followers. I received so many amazing color combo suggestions. Thank-you!

The number one suggestion was Night of Navy ... it is a hot color right now! Brenda Nelson posted that I should try Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point. In general, everyone wants to see me try out some bright colors! Here is what I came up with ....

Okay ... I did not come up with this color combo. Our Fancy Friday Challenge this month is to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) and I picked these colors right from the paper itself.

Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper

The DSP that I chose is the Tutti-Frutti 6x6 stack. The 6" x 6" paper size is perfect for the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. They literally fit the exact size of the 6x6 paper. I added a circle thinlit to the center of the front of the treat bag for my candy window.

A happy accident - did you notice how the shark is facing forward in the treat bag and looks like he is peeking out of the treat container! swoon! But maybe I am the only one that would notice something cheesy like that!?

Are you ready to see more?! Click over to my dear friend Marisa Gunn
to see what she has created using DSP ... 

Thank-you for visiting us! Have a creative day!!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

The colors of Easter - #GDP131

With Easter less than a week away, the Global Design Project is sharing Easter projects with you! 

Apparently I do not stamp a lot of Easter projects, sitting down to create this week, I realized that I do not have one stamp set for the Easter theme!!  

When I went to my very first Stampin' Up! party, well over a decade ago, I fell in love with the colors. The paper matches the ink. The ink matches the ribbon. Bliss. Even better, the colors coordinate.

Have you ever purchased paper, ink and ribbon and they do not coordinate? The shade or hue is slightly off - it can drive a crafter batty! The ink colors from the Stampin' Up! Subtles Collection naturally group together for a spring combo that screams Easter!

Before Christmas, the Paper Garden reached out to me to do a blog post with their Embossing Folders and Stencils.

The Paper Garden embossing folders fit into my Sizzix Big Shot Machine and gave my cardstock a beautiful embossed finish. I am in love with this Curved Pennant  Embossing Folder!!! Banners always make you happy, right!?!

I have a tree stencil that I will need to create with soon and promise that another blog post will be coming! Thank-you to my friends at Paper Garden for contacting me!

Visit the Global Design Project to see what the rest the Design Team has created for out Easter theme! You are always welcome to create and share with us! Learn more at the GDP.

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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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