Grateful Bunch Cards

It has been a couple of weeks since I have participated in a card challenge other than WWYS. Taxes and chores have gotten in the way.  Taxes! Ug. I am almost done but am cutting it pretty close to the deadline. Just a few tiny items to track down and verify and then I can submit them. What a relief that will be!

I needed a creative break, I don't know about you but this is how I relax and unwind. I sat down this weekend and created two cards for two different card challenges: The Global Design Project and Color Throwdown. Anyone participate in card challenges like these? I'm always looking for others. It's like a game! I challenged myself to use a single stamp set from the Occasions catalog that I have not stamped with yet. I choose Grateful Bunch.

Grateful Bunch is a rather eclectic stamp set. The primary reason I purchased it was for the lace border and the 'You are Totally Awesome' phrase (which I say all the time). I wasn't initially a fan of the flowers (the shape) but after stamping with them I am totally swayed. Stamp, color and punch!

Grateful Bunch - Stampin' Up! GDP030

Grateful Bunch - Stampin' Up! GDP030

Global Design Project - Sketch Challenge #30

I love a sketch challenge. It takes all the hard work out of starting a project. For this card I started with all of the elements needed to replicate the sketch almost exactly. Then I start to play and remove or move things around to make it more of my own. This card ended up being fairly simple and almost one layer. I embossed the white lace piece with white embossing powder directly to the card front and then added little pearls to the lace for dimension.

I recently purchased a Mini Misti. Do you use one of these in your stamping? AMAZING! I needed to be sure my greeting ended up straight & exactly where I wanted it and this was the perfect tool! So much easier and faster than the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Boom.

Grateful Bunch CTD387

Grateful Bunch CTD387

Color Throwdown - #387 CTD387

The Stampin' Up! Colors I used to achieve this challenge are: Coastal Cabana (retired), Real Red, Tangelo Twist and Daffodil Delight.

I embossed the verse and the leaf stamp in white embossing powder on white watercolor paper and then added a bit of watercolor over the top to make the stamping pop. I love this technique.

Thanks for stopping by and continue to have a great weekend!

Hello Sunshine - February Paper Pumpkin Alternates

Alternates ... I finally pulled out my February Paper Pumpkin kit and played around creating a few alternate projects. First, can I just say this kit is awesome! I really love the Hello Sunshine stamp set and can see myself using it often. Second, this kit is packed with tons of supplies. I ended up making 5 projects and barely scratched the surface. I have so much stuff leftover.

Hello Sunshine alternate projects by Charlet Mallett

Hello Sunshine alternate projects by Charlet Mallett

This detail view is great as it really shows off the gold line flower embellishment.

I needed a birthday tag for a gift I was wrapping. Somehow my gift contents matched the colors in this kit exactly so I decided to tie up the contents with a simple striped ribbon and attach the tag. The presentation is so matchy, matchy and I love it. I pulled in the Metro Type alphabet stamp set to add a little customization to the tag with a J, and dotted the J with the flower from the kit stamp set. I attached the tag with a gold glittered clothespin. Fun stuff.

#GDP026 - Paper Pumpkin Feb 2016 Hello Sunshine Alternate

#GDP026 - Paper Pumpkin Feb 2016 Hello Sunshine Alternate

Always impressed by the folks over at the Global Design Project I created this alternate card inspired by the super cute sketch from this week's Global Design Project challenge. 

Hello Sunshine - February 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Hello Sunshine - February 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit