Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Global Design Project #GDP101 - Quilted Christmas Tree

I have a million 'must do's' on my list today so of course I jumped at the chance to avoid them and whip up a quick card for the Global Design Project this week. They have this gorgeous colour combination this week.
I thought this colour combination would be great for a fresh, modern Christmas card using the Christmas Quilt bundle that is in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue and will be available for purchase from September 1st. (Only 10 sleeps!)

I love this Christmas Tree - looks like a quilt top - and don't you just love that embossed background. It is made with the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and I can see I will be getting a lot of use out of it.

The Christmas Quilt bundle has so much versatility. I have stamped and die cut some of the quilt block pieces in Flirty Flamingo to form a banner under the sentiment.

The inside got some love too. I love this font and thought I'd add some modern looking holly in the colour combination.

Okay, back to my list .... unless I find some other distraction!


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Monday, 21 August 2017

What Will You Stamp? - #130 - Mixed Drinks

Welcome to this week's challenge at What Will You Stamp? Each week we feature a different stamp set and start off the challenge by sharing our ideas for using it and then it is over to you. So check out all of the Design Team projects and if you are up for the challenge you can add your projects too. You might even be chosen as our next Guest Designer!

This week we are showcasing Mixed Drinks.

As soon as I saw this set I thought of using Embossing Paste to make the beer foam!

And then I thought that the beer needed to go onto a coaster. I fussy cut one of the logs from the Wood Textures DSP. You may need to quint - it was a fabulous idea in my head!

Did you know that you can heat Embossing Paste with a heat tool to get a puffy, foamy texture?

I also heated the background strip to get a touch more height.

Add in a coat of glue from a fine tip glue pen to give a glass effect and some teased out copper trim for some interest and I was happy with the result. 

Make sure you check out all of the other projects from the other Design Team members and enter your project. We'd love to see what you create.


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Friday, 18 August 2017

Just Add Ink #373 - Just Add Stencils

Ready for another Just Add Ink Challenge? This week Karren has suggested to Just Add Stencils!

I had heaps of ideas for this challenge but decided to make my own stencil to use to colour some glossy cardstock. I love that you can make your own patterns and designs to make a truly original card.

This technique is incredibly easy and versatile. I used copy paper for my stencil. It is thinner than cardstock so you get a crisper line when you add the colour. I used the classic label punch to create the pattern, added a few bits of repositionable tape to the back and stuck it onto my glossy cardstock. I cut the glossy cardstock a bit wider than the stencil so I got a border. Before I added the colour, I stamped a few words in Versamark. This technique is called ghosting. Then I used sponge brayers to blend Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry inks. Roll lightly in the direction of the stencil and the colour slowly builds up.

Then carefully remove the stencil and create your card. The stencil is quite pretty now that it is coloured too. I wonder what I can create with that?

The Thoughtful Banners stamp set has lots of little words and phrases that you could use to create a card for a different occasion.

I cut 'birthday' 3 times in the different colours using the Happy Birthday thinlit. When I adhered them together I slightly offset each one to get a shadow effect. I raised my coloured panel with foam adhesive strips. The bottom of each letter is raised with a tiny bit of foam adhesive strip and the top of each letter has a glue dot underneath to secure it.

I added my practice strip to the inside of the card for a bit of fun.

Making your own stencils is heaps of fun. Next I am going to try circles and add some little ghosted images inside. Stay tuned!

I hope that you pop over to Just Add Ink and check out what the rest of the Design Team did with stencils. Why not enter the challenge! We'd love to see what you come up with.


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