Whale of a time Card for the Global Design Project

Hello! So, I’ve been trying to spend a little more time in my craft room recently, which I have to say, isn’t difficult as it’s been a much under used space in my house in 2020. Crafting has always been my escape, and I’ve really needed that recently, but have really struggled to find anything to create. So I turned to an old faithful; the Global Design Project, and used their challenge for this week as my starting point.

This week’s challenge is to use a card by one of their Design Team members as inspiration. The card was stunning, and I chose to take the card layout; basically using the card as a sketch for a new one.

Love card using Whale of a Time and Whale Done from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I’ve been really enjoying the current selection of Designer Series Papers from Stampin’ Up! and the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper is no exception. For all this paper is a little more ‘theme-y’ that I would normally select, the patterns actually translate really well in small sections and aren’t all too fish-y. There are two separate pieces of the Designer Series Paper on this card; a small strip, and a 2″ punched circle.

I’m also really enjoying adding textures to my projects at the moment, and this card has a panel of embossed card stock using the coordinating Embossing Folder, as well as a piece of ribbon. When I’m embossing white cardstock, I tend to use the Thick Whisper White, just because it is slightly heavier than the standard and therefore gives a really crisp embossed finish.

Cute Love Whale Card using Whale Done from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The stamped Whale comes from the matching Whale Done stamp set. To get the ombre coloured effect I inked the stamp in Pool Party ink, and then added a hint of Shaded Spruce ink using a sponge.

This card is finished with a die cut seaweed from the Smooth Sailing dies.

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Global Design Project 140 | Just for you…

Pretty stamped Just for You card using stamps and embossing folders and Rooted in Nature from Stampin' Up!

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Global Design Team Case The Designer Challenge with Brain King

I haven’t taken part in the Global Design Project for AGES! You guys know how much I LOVE a good creative challenge, and this one is definitely one of the best…. This week’s challenge is a CASE the Designer; where you are actively encouraged to use a card by one of the super talented Design Team, as inspiration for another.

This is the point where I will admit that this is NOT the first card I made for this one, and I might well share the first one with you in a few weeks. This happens to me quite often, particularly when I’m creating for a challenge… I’ll make a card, and then go away for a few hours and better inspiration will strike, and a even better card magically appears on my craft desk. It is awesome!

How to make a pretty delicate Just for You card with leaves and flowers using Rooted in Nature from Stampin' Up!

I love the shape of the stamping on Brian’s card, but I choose here to make that shape smaller… and swap some stamping with some dry embossing. I also really liked Brian’s colour combination…although I have swapped the Basic Black for Grey Granite…. and the Flirty Flamingo for Berry Burst dots using a Stampin’ Write Marker. The floral element from Brian’s card becomes leaves too.

Global Design Project Case the Designer Just for You Natural Card using Rooted in Nature from Stampin' Up!

I’ve been sharing a few cards using the fabulous Rooted in Nature Stamp set recently… including my Facebook Live video from yesterday. I’ll be sharing that one here tomorrow, along with some fabulous Giveaway news too!

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Global Design Project 113 | Colour Challenge

Global Design Project Merry Christmas Card using Snowflake Sentiments from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Global Design Project 113 Colour Challenge

I have NO idea what has happened this morning, I wrote a blog post, I published it, and then it magically disappeared! I have no idea what happened, other than the fact that when I went to copy the link the post was gone! I know that you will already have had this post in your email inboxes….and I am sorry for it appearing again.

I LOVE this colour combination from the Global Design Project this week. It screamed Christmas at me and so a Christmas card is what I made!

Global Design Project Colour Combination

I have a bit of a thing at the moment for colouring Designer Series Paper, and I have recently pulled out all of the Designer Series Paper from the Autumn / Winter catalogue and put it on my desk so it gets used before it retires! So the top piece of paper was this fabulous pattern from Merry Little Christmas, and I took my Sponge Brayer to it with some Pear Pizzazz to create a fun ombre effect.

Merry Christmas Card using Patterned Paper and Die Cuts from Stampin' Up!

The die cuts are from Pretty Pines, and are die cut in the colours from the challenge. They are adhered to the card front with Fine-Tip Glue. I actually made this card twice (ironic seeing as I have had to blog it twice too!) as I wasn’t happy with the first sentiment. This version has the sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments stamped in Cherry Cobbler and punched with the Everyday Label punch, while the first one was in Pool Party.

Global Design Project Merry Christmas Card using Snowflake Sentiments from Stampin' Up!

The card is finished with a few loops of Silver Metallic Thread and a scattering of Cherry Cobbler and Silver Metallic Enamel Shapes.

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Global Design Project 112 – Colour Me Happy

Global Design Project Watecolour Colour Me Happy Card using Stampin' Up! products

StampinByHannah Global Design Project 112 – Colour Me Happy

Hello….

So, I had planned for this blog post to go live this morning, but for many many reasons yesterday was a total write off, and so this evening appears to be the time.

This week’s Global Design Project Challenge is a CASE the designer. CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything… or Copy and Selectively Edit, depending on your point of view. I LOVE the card that the GDP have chosen for this weeks inspiration, and just HAD to have a go this week!

Global Design Project Watecolour Colour Me Happy Card using Stampin' Up! products

This card looks really complicated, but really it only took a few minutes to put together… even with the watercolour!

The flowers are stamped in Archival Basic Black ink onto Watercolour Paper. I am loving this stamp set, its called Colour Me Happy, and its a limited edition set released to celebrate the launch of Stampin’ Blends. It coordinates with a lovely card kit, although I think I have used it more on its own than with the kit! Here the flowers are watercoloured in Island Indigo ink, with Tangerine Tango centres. The background is coloured with Crumb Cake ink.

Measurements:

Card Base – Crumb Cake – 29.7 x 10.5 cm, scored at 14.85 cm

Basic Black card stock layer – 9 x 13.3 cm

Watercolour paper  – 8.5 x 12.8 cm

So Happy for You Card using Colour Me Happy from Stampin' Up!

The thing that really stood out about Connie’s card was the accents… I have recently been taking the backing paper off of White Perfect Accents for a hint of something on some of my cards. Today though, I thought I would try and taking the backing off some of the Glitter Enamel Dots…. and you know, it works! Peel away the coloured paper backing, and you reveal clear, glitter dots, Perfect for an accent!

The sentiment is also taken from the Colour Me Happy Stamp set, it is heat embossed in White onto a piece of Basic Black card stock, and the end finished with the Triple Banner Punch.

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Global Design Project #109 | Just For You

Global Design Project Just For You Watercolour Card using Merry Little Christmas from Stampin' Up!

I had a busy day in my craft room yesterday… but was really struggling to get creative. So, I turned to an old favourite – the Global Design Project – for some fabulous inspiration.

This week they are featuring a Colour Challenge…. and what a great combination they are working with!

The Old Olive and Black colour combination immediately pointed me at the lovely Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper from the Autumn Winter Catalogue… this festive paper features just three colours (Basic Black, Old Olive and Whisper White) and a range of Christmas/Winter-y images and more generic patterns. This paper is paired with the Merry Little Labels bundle in the catalogue and I have also carried that through onto this card.

Global Design Project Just For You Watercolour Card using Merry Little Christmas from Stampin' Up!

This is one of those cards with lots of layers of detail; from the Old Olive watercolour wash, to the punched Vellum Pretty label, the Loops of Gold Metallic Thread to the Gold Heat Embossed leaves from Painted Harvest!

Global Design Project Old Olive and Basic Black Christmas Card using Merry Little Labels and Painted Harvest from Stampin' Up!

I have another project this week with this colour combination…. check back on Friday for something extra special!

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GDP #101 – Soft Birthday Blossoms Card

Modern Floral Congratulations Card using Birthday Blossoms from Stampin' Up! for the Global Design Project

I am making a big effort at the moment to be more organised, I have bought myself a new diary, and am attempting to plan my work days…. it already appears to have gone by the way side as I remembered at 3PM yesterday afternoon that I didn’t have a blog post written for today…. or even a card made! I know, it is shocking! But, its ok because the Global Design Project came to my rescue with instant inspiration in the form of a colour challenge…

Global Design Project colour challenge

I am loving this colour combination, paired with Whisper White its bright and fresh…. but I can also see some vibrant watercolour, or paper piecing with this one too. I’ve spent the past week or so prepping some Christmas projects for later in the year, so its nice to step out of Red and Green for a moment or two

Modern Floral Congratulations Card using Birthday Blossoms from Stampin' Up! for the Global Design ProjectThis very soft card was a nightmare to photograph! I think its the soft pinks with the bold Night of Navy…. and a lot of white space… but then that’s why I love this card! Birthday Blossoms is such a pretty, soft stamp set, its really girly…. and works really well with pink! The flowers are heat embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss powder, and then Flirty Flamingo ink applied with a Stampin’ Sponge, before I punched them out with the coordinating Pansy Punch.

Modern Floral Congratulations Card using Birthday Blossoms from Stampin' Up! for the Global Design ProjectThe rest of the card is equally as simple. A a trio of Bermuda Bay stamped leaves, the sentiment in Night of Navy and a splatter of Flirty Flamingo, along with a couple of wonky layers and a trio of White Perfect Accents to finish.


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Global Design Project #084 | Just for you Watercolour Wings

Global Design Project #084 Just for you card using Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up!

Oh my goodness, this might be my fastest make ever! I managed to get into my craft room, get inspiration and make this card in less than 20 minutes… which is good really seeing as I am writing this at 21:30 on Monday night!

This week’s Global Deign Project challenge is to CASE the designer…. and well, I’ve already CASE’d this particular designer once in the past week, but she is totally awesome! I am so proud to be a part of her wonderful team of stampers…. it is of course, the totally gorgeous Michelle Last!

I have taken a few elements of Michelle’s card to create my own… the neutral card base, embossed background and that square. Is anyone else a bit obsessed with the Stitched Shapes dies at the minute, or is it just me…. I can’t put them away!

Global Design Project #084 Just for you card using Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up!

The other element I have taken from Michelle’s card is a stamped and die cut image, but I have swapped the bird for a butterfly. This one is stamped from the Watercolour Wings stamp set, and uses Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and Rose Red, and I have curled the wings a little for a bit of added dimension

Global Design Project #084 Just for you card using Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up!

Short and sweet blog post from me today… like I said its 21:30, and I am ready for my bed! Hope you have a great crafty week and thanks for stopping by today


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Global Design Project #083 | Sparkle with Rose Wonder

Global Design Project Just Because Card using Rose Wonder from Stampin' Up!

I hope you had a great Easter weekend, and while you might be heading back to work today I thought I would attempt to brighten your day with my ‘sparkly’ entry into this weeks Global Design Project theme Challenge. 

I have subscribed to the GDP emails (it’s really easy, just hop over to their blog and pop your email into the ‘subscribe to our email’ box… what this means is that my Monday mornings at work are brightened by the arrival of a new challenge into my inbox somewhere around 10:30 ish. Which is lovely, and makes Monday’s much better! So, at break time yesterday morning I check my personal emails to find this lovely email in my inbox…. what’s this weeks challenge?! Sparkles…. right, ok! Now, normally ideas will form in my head pretty quickly, not this week. I got home at 5PM and I still had no ideas. All I had was that I wanted to use Shimmery White Card stock.

Global Design Project Just Because Card using Rose Wonder from Stampin' Up!

Shimmery White Card stock is super pretty, and sparkly… but trying to capture the sparkle in a photograph is tricky. I have created a video over on my Instagram to give you a closer look at the sparkle.

My favourite technique using Shimmery White card stock is watercolour. Because it is a bit thicker than Whisper White it is great for watercolour backgrounds. This one was super easy and quick to create, the trick is in the Aqua Painter and making sure there is plenty of water. I added a light wash of Melon Mambo to the card stock with the Aqua Painter, and dried it with a heat tool, before adding further light layers of colour to build this effect.

Global Design Project Just Because Card using Rose Wonder from Stampin' Up!

Once the card stock was dry, I added two stamped flowers from Rose Wonder in Melon Mambo and the sentiment in Basic Black. I played around with the die cut flower, initially it was in Shimmery White, then Basic Black, but I finally settled on Melon Mambo, and added two trios of Rhinestones to complete sparkly look.


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Global Design Project #082 | So In Love

Global Design Project #082 Just for you card using So In Love from Stampin' Up!

I am back in my craft room after spending 5 days in Amsterdam last week for Stampin’ Up! OnStage Live…. We had a great time and I cannot wait to show you the next Annual Catalogue (it is Awesome!!), but I am back, and seeing as it is Tuesday, it’s time for my entry for the Global Design Project.

I think this is a great sketch and had a great time making my card this week…. and it was a great kick start back into making things after spending 5 days talking about making things!

Global Design Project #082 Just for you card using So In Love from Stampin' Up!

I did start this project planning not to use purple…. but something happened and I was drawn to Rich Razzleberry! As the Retiring List was released yesterday I realised I hadn’t used enough of my Spring Summer purchases yet, and I love this stamp set… it’s called So In Love and it has the most beautiful set of dies that coordinate with it.

I stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry onto Whisper White, and then added some pretty leaves in Sweet Sugarplum stamped off once. This was then die cut using the second smallest circle die from the Layering Circles Framelits.

Global Design Project #082 Just for you card using So In Love from Stampin' Up!The stripe of Sweet Sugarplum card stock on the left hand side of the card is stamped using two stamps from the same set also in Sweet Sugarplum for a lovely tone on tone effect.

I finished this card with a length of Linen Thread wrapped around the card and a double bow (also in Linen Thread) added with a glue dot.

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Global Design Project #080 | You’re So Kind

You're So Kind card for the Global Design Project using Butterflies Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up!

Oh wow! I cannot believe that I got a Special Mention for my Global Design Project card last week! Totally made my Monday.

This weeks Global Design Project is to Case The Designer, and this weeks card is the creation of the lovely Louise Sharpe; Mrs GDP herself! You can check out the card inspiration over on the Global Design Project Blog.

Global Design Project Case the Designer Louise Sharpe Watercolour Kindness card using Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up! UK

I have used Louise’s card as a sketch, and the colour combo was inspired by my ribbon draw! I reached into my stash of ribbon because I knew I wanted to use ribbon as the horizontal element and the first ribbon I picked up was this lovely ruched example in Sweet Sugarplum.

The butterfly can be found in Watercolour Wings. It is made of 4 different stamps, that I have stamped in 4 separate colours; Sahara Sand (stamped off once), Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry.

You're So Kind card for the Global Design Project using Butterflies Watercolour Wings from Stampin' Up!

The tag is a 2″ wide piece of Watercolour paper that I have added a heavy wash of Sweet Sugarplum onto. I added different layers of watercolour (I love those hard edges in watercolour don’t you?) to create some more depth and texture. The sentiment is also from Watercolour Wings and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

I finished this card with a double bow of Linen Thread (one of my favourite elements of Louise’s card), Linen Thread is so easy to tie bows with, and I love this one where I cut a long length and folded it in half before tying the bow.

Have you joined in with the Global Design Project this week? I can’t wait to see everyone else’s creations!



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