Carousel Birthday is the absolute perfect set to use for this weeks Global Design Challenge, Amusement Park. I've been up to neck in challenges lately but I haven't participated in a Global Design challenge in a while. Challenges are a fun and a great way to stay creative. This banner is super simple and uses minimal supplies, listed below.
I am a loyal paper pumpkin subscriber. I have a fondness for these kits that goes way back and so I was super excited to see the celebration of the 1 million kits shipped. So cool. In celebration, SU sent all subscribers a free stamp set. More COOL! That free stamp set is called All About Everything and I love it!
I decided to used All About Everything stamp set and the verse from the Lovely Little Wreath PP kit stamp set to create a Mother's Day card for this weeks Global Design Project GDP033 Color Challenge. I love a good color challenge, and this is a good one.
I've made a few Mother's day cards in the past few weeks. Now I need to decide which ones to use. :)
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!
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.
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!
Chris and I are in LA this weekend. I get to observe while he presents his final defense for his dissertation. He needed three Thank You cards to give to his dissertation chair so I decided to make 3 very different Thank You cards using the same stamp image from One Big Meaning.
Chris was in need of a few thank you cards to give to his dissertation chair. He defends today! I made three very different cards using one image from the One Big Meaning stamp set. I really like how all three turned out.
'Thank You' also just happens to be the theme challenge this week over at the Global Design Project. Woohoo! I submitted the above card. Check out all the other fabulous entries. It seems they get over 100 card ideas each week. Tons of constant inspiration!
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.
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.
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.