Tuesday, 24 November 2015

White Christmas - Global Design Project #gdp012

'I'm dreaming of a White Christmas'...
This week, the 12th Global Design Project Challenge is 'CASE the Designer'. Check out the Design Teams creations - they are all so amazing.
Brian King is the Designer this week and he has created the cutest Christmas card to CASE!!!
http://www.global-design-project.com/2015/11/global-design-project-gdp012.html
Here is my card, and I hope I do Brian proud.
My card is a combination of the following:
Theme - Winter or Christmas
Layout - the layers with the diagonal slope
Colours - Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party & Whisper White
However, my stampset is called 'White Christmas'. 
That's why I was singing at the start of my blog post. I hope you joined in?
I don't know Brian personally, but I know he loves layers and fussy cutting. All those little branches have been cut out by hand.
Every. Single. One.
I then layered some Dazzling Details to the branches for a glittery, snowy effect. And the Cardinals sitting in the trees are a perfect addition with the snowman in his cute stripey scarf.
My card was inspired by friends who have recently moved to Chicago IL, from the West Coast (California). After seeing their photos of where they live, and their first snow fall and first snowman built this week - the inspiration came from them. It also reminds me of my first White Christmas spent in the French Alps. Oh, the memories.

Don't forget you can join in on the fun of the Global Design Project Challenge - you can see the Schedule here

Thankyou for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my creation for this week? I love hearing from you too, so please leave me a comment. D x

Below are all the products used for my 'White Christmas' creation. Click on a thumbnail to be taken to my Online Store. While you are there you can check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack. Have fun shopping. 

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Pillow Box & Gift Tags - Global Design Project #gdp011

Another week has flown by, and I am still giddy from the fabulous weekend I had in Melbourne for 'On Stage 2015'. Catching up with fellow Demonstrators and meeting beautiful creative souls. Also, getting to see and play with brand new products in the upcoming 2016 Occasions Catalogue ! It's all so exciting...

This week the Design Team for Global Design Project have a Theme Challenge:

Here is my creation:
A Square Pillow Box made using the 'Home for Christmas' DSP music sheet. I daubed the edges using Crumb Cake ink to give a Vintage feel to the Pillow Box and Embossed Circle. How gorgeous is this Designer Series Paper? And there are more beautiful designs within this 12 page series.
http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=139592

 I have also made some Christmas Gift Tags to go inside the Pillow Box. I love the Holly stamp from the 'Embellished Ornaments' stampset. And the Ornate Tag Topper Punch creates lovely Gift Tags with a vintage feel. The recipient gets to finish the tags with some Gold Baker's Twine - which is absent right now!
Whilst I was making and creating, I had a thought to make a Christmas bauble (or two). I have had a couple of empty baubles sitting around and seeing as I had all the paper and ink and stamps on my table, these ideas came to me...

I have fussy cut the Holly spray and I added a few teeny pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals to lift the holly inside the bauble. And a few dashes of Dazzling Details glitter for a little bling. (It was difficult to capture the inside, as the early evening light is reflected on the outside of the bauble.)
And another version, with fussy-cut holly and the beautiful stamp 'Silent Night' and the music notes from the 'Jingle All the Way' stampset.

I had fun making this weeks Christmas Theme projects. There is still time to join in on the Challenge, and I hope I have inspired you to get your Christmas creating happening?

Thankyou for stopping by, and I love hearing from you. D x

 Below are all the products used for my 'Pillow Box & Gift Tags' creations. Click on a thumbnail to be taken to my Online Store. While you are there you can check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack. Have fun shopping.
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Monday, 16 November 2015

Get 20% off Select Stamps and Holiday Retiring List

Hi there!
Today is the day for 20% off Select Stampsets. So hurry to bag a bargain from today until this Friday 20th November. There are a few Christmas stamps available so you can get crafting for your Christmas cards.
http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=120600
 
And there is some more news regarding Holiday Retiring List...
As of today until January 4th, 2016 (or while supplies last) we are saying goodbye to retiring products from the Holiday Catalogue.
http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=120400

To view the PDF of the Holiday Catalogue click here,
or you can click on the 'Holiday Catalogue' on the right of this post, to see all the products.
 
Be sure to 'Subscribe' to my get my posts sent to you via email. I will be back with more exciting news tomorrow, and update you on my trip to Melbourne for On Stage 2015 Convention.
 
Thankyou for stopping by. D x
 


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

'You're Sublime' hoppy birthday - Global Design Project Sketch Challenge #gdp010

It's week 10 over at the Global Design Project this week and it's a Sketch Challenge! I hope you get the chance to play along this week? - here is the Schedule and there is plenty of time to get your creative on. I don't know why, but I love a Sketch Challenge and here is this weeks sketch designed by the amazing Teneale Williams:
I had about 1 million ideas going around my head as to what to create, but I didn't have time to make 1 million projects! So, with all of the many ideas floating around my head, and altering the sketch by making my card square, this is what I decided on...
I had to make a 'Happy Birthday' card for my 7 year old Harrison, to give to his friend this week. Harrison chose the frog stamp, and the DSP for this cute card. And look at him right at home on his lilypad. I love this little guy! What's not to love? 
I altered the sentiment to 'hoppy birthday', just to make it a bit more cute! I placed a sliver of Washi tape over the 'a' on the 'happy birthday' and brushed the Tip Top Taupe Stampin' Write Marker over the sentiment. I then removed the Washi tape, and stamped the sentiment onto cardstock. Using the pen end of the marker I wrote in the 'o'.
*Don't forget to remove your Washi tape prior to stamping - otherwise you end up with a huge smudge.
I used the strip of stars from the 'Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies' to add to the inside of the card. There are 7 stars in the die, and Harrison's friend is turning 7. Perfect!
And a Cucumber Crush envelope made from the 2015-2017 In Colour Envelope Paper and the Envelope Punch Board for this little frog to hop inside. I just love him!!!
Below are links to watch Stampin' Up! videos on how to make your own envelopes, and to see the Envelope Paper and how to use it.
           Envelope Punch Board:

Envelope Paper:

Below are all the products used for my 'You're Sublime' hoppy birthday creation. Click on a thumbnail to be taken to my Online Store. While you are there you can check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack. Have fun shopping.
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But wait! There's more...
I couldn't resist and had to make 1 more card. Just one.
 I have made this 'Happy Anniversary' card for friends of mine celebrating their 35th Wedding Anniversary this Sunday. (I had to give the card, and permission to open earlier, as the post would be up before Sunday.) 
I have used the 'You're So Sweet' Bundle  consisting of the 'You're So Sweet' stampset and 'Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies' saving you 15% when you buy the Bundle.
The inside of the card reveals a strip of hearts from the 'Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies'. I love prettying up the inside of a card.
Plus an envelope to match from the gorgeous new Neutrals Envelope Paper, made using the Envelope Punch Board. 

Thankyou so much for stopping by. You can leave a comment as I love hearing from you, but most of all I hope to have inspired you. D x
Below are all the products used for my 'Happy Anniversary' creation. Click on a thumbnail to be taken to my Online Store. While you are there you can check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack. Have fun shopping.
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Monday, 2 November 2015

Colour Challenge Global Design Project #gdp009

Hello and welcome to my blog! 
I am completely and utterly on the edge of my seat, and Mondays are getting better! I was invited by the gorgeous Kylie Bertucci to be a Guest Stamper for this weeks Colour Challenge for the Global Design Project #gdp009. With less than 4 hours to complete a project worthy to be in the lineup of the most amazing and talented Design Team. Ever! 
Yep, I'm pinching myself right now!!! 
Wait until you see the colours we get to play with...
So, with some trepidation as to the timeframe to create and blog for this amazing challenge; I have done it:
A gift bag -  using the Gift Bag Punch Board, and the 3 colours from the 2015-2017 In Colour Collection which I might add, are a bit gorgeous don't you think? 
I used the 'Friendly Wishes' stampset which is a beautiful stampset for Chalkboard style creations. However, I found my trusty Stampin' Write Markers in Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron & Watermelon Wonder and went to work colouring the font and flourishes to stamp onto a Whisper White Banner.
To bring the gift bag together, I tied a lovely piece of Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim. The trim is so pretty and dainty and fine.
The gift bag dimensions are 20.3cm x 28cm or 8" x 11" using Tip Top Taupe cardstock. These dimensions make up a Medium Gift Bag. And when complete measures 16.5cm or 6.5" tall.
I made a handful of punched flowers in Watermelon Wonder cardstock and adhered Vellum punched flowers over the top to soften them. I then added a sweet pearl to finish my flowers. The leaves are punched using the Bird Builder Punch, in Mint Macaron cardstock. Underneath the Banner is some Tip Top Taupe Designer Series Paper. I do love the Polka Dots.

I want to share with you the Gift Bag Punch Board by Stampin' Up! YouTube video: a step-by-step instructional video and introduction to this amazing tool.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWd8p5V6VH4

Well, that's all folks! I am having a week that was, and feel awesome to be among such incredible talent as the Global Design Project Team.
Thankyou for stopping by and if you feel the need to leave a comment I will be one happy Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I have had the best time being here. D x

Below are all the products used for my creation. Click on a thumbnail to be taken to my Online Store. While you are there you can check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack. Have fun shopping.
*Australian residents only
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Creation Station Blog Hop 'Thankful'

 Wow! I could not be anymore excited. I was invited to join 'The Creation Station Blog Hop'. Yes, me!!! And I am surrounded by a lovely and talented bunch of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who collectively will inspire you as we share our creations with you every month.


The theme for this month is 'Thankful'. Whilst our Northern Hemisphere friends in the United States of America and Canada will be celebrating Thanksgiving at the end of the month, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia. However, there are many things that we are Thankful for and there is nothing better than saying 'Thankyou'.
I have chosen Lighthearted Leaves - the most gorgeous stampset going, and I have also used the Season of Cheer Washi Tape to complete my projects. I love the Pear Pizzazz Polka Dot Washi Tape (who doesn't love Washi Tape?), and I love how it has complimented my creations.

                          
I started with a card. A simple 'Thankyou'. With my Archival Black inkpad and Stampin' Write Markers, I had a colouring-in frenzy. I used Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz & Wild Wasabi Markers. They colour beautifully with their dual tipped brush and fine tip ends.
I framed the leaves using the Pear Pizzazz Washi Tape - lining the edge of Whisper White cardstock with the tape and using my Stampin' Trimmer to trim the tape into 8mm strips to make the frame. And a touch of Washi to the inside of the card too.
Then came along the Gift Tags - the Washi Tape was applied to the edge of some Whisper White cardstock before I punched the Circle tag. The Pear Pizzazz Cotton Ribbon and Linen Thread finish these little guys perfectly.
And then I thought the card needs an envelope. Enter the Envelope Punch Board! I used Crumb Cake cardstock for a sturdy envelope... and I prettied up the envelope with some stamping.
 My ideas kept flowing and I had a thought to make a mini gift box (using the Envelope Punch Board!), with a belly band and a touch of Washi Tape.
Here is the link for you to make boxes from the Envelope Punch Board. It's amazing! http://www.thecraftyowl.co.uk/boxbuster/
Then another colour combination came along; using Very Vanilla, Hello Honey, Pool Party & Tip Top Taupe. The 'Hello Honey' Washi Tape is from the Sweet Li'l Things set. So sweet! I was on a roll, and have I told you I love colouring-in? I really do... No stress here.


And I could make my own colouring-in pages using this stamp set? Now, there's an idea! 

Thankyou so much for being here on my very first blog hop, and for hopping on by. Make sure you keep on hopping to see all the other fabulous creations. It's as easy as clicking NEXT or BACK. 
D x
                          
http://www.becreativewithnicole.com/creation-station-thankful/


http://seeinginkspots.blogspot.com/2015/11/creation-station-thankful-blog-hop.html


Below are all the products used for my creations. Click on a thumbnail to be taken to my Online Store. While you are there you can check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack. Have fun shopping.
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