Global Design Project 065 | Colour Challenge

Good Morning…

Welcome again to my Blog.

Its Global Design Project time again and this week is a

“Colour Challenge”



What a great colour combination with 2 very strong colours.

As soon as I saw this I knew what I wanted to do and these colours work with this seasons Christmas papers from Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).

My favorite stamp for this Christmas has to be the Merry Mice…they are just so adorable.


This card is a very simple and quick card to put together.

What you require is…

Base – Crumb Cake 10.5 cm x 29.6 cm (1/2 A4 cut length wise), scored 14.8 cm

Early Espresso 10 x 14.4 cm

Candy Cane Lane DSP 9.5 x 13.9 cm

Crumb Cake 5 x 13.5 cm

Real Red 8 x 10 cm

Shimmery White 8 x 10 cm

The little mouse was so easy to do..

  • Stamp image on Shimmery White and using the Early Espresso Ink Pad
  • With the blender pen gentle draw out the colour from the stamped image to give him some highlights
  • Using the Oval Layering Framelits – cut the largest scalloped framelit in the Real Red, then with the size smaller in the straight edge framelit cut out the mouse. This will sit perfectly on top of each other. Adhere these two pieces together, I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue as gives me the extra movement to get them both in the correct place
  • Use the banner Punch to cut a banner from the Crumb Cake and stamp your sentiment in Early Espresso
  • Layer the Early Espresso cardstock and DSP and adhere to the card front.
  • Glue the banner onto the card lining the top of banner with the top edge of DSP.
  • Add Dimensionals to the back of the mouse and adhere on top of the banner

Anther simple card to be sent to someone special for Christmas.


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Global Design Project #064 | CASE the Designer

At last a day I could sit down and make a card…

this week has been one of those weeks driving the boys around.

This week we are CASE-ing Connie Collins.

Have I ever told you that Blue is my favorite colour and its so fresh looking teamed up with the yellow.

I have wanted to do something in this combination for a while now and teamed with the spots reminds me so much of a country garden.


So today I’m going to Case this great colour combination…


The Stampin’ Up! stamp set is called “Baby Bear” and this is the first time I have used it. Its one of those “WOW” stamps and I loved the way it came out.

The Bear is a three step Stamp, this means you have 3 stamps you layer on top of each other to achieve the finished effect.

You can either  stamp off your stamps to get lighter tones of one colour or do as I have done and used three different yellows, starting with the lightest and working up to the darkest. The bow I stamped off and then stamped full strength with the second stamp (only a two step)

I used the largest scalloped square from the Layering Square Framelits, as he only just fits. I then cut a large square to go under him..

I think he’s so cute….don’t you!


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Global Design Project #63 | Theme Challenge – Adventure

We are going on an ADVENTURE!

What type of ADVENTURE would you like to take?

Would you go some where or do something different?

Would it be a BIG adventure?

When I saw the challenge that Global Design Project gave us this week, it sent me in a spin.



I have no Adventure stamps….

but I was thinking of those really BIG ADVENTURES like….

  • Climbing mountains
  • Traveling to other countries
  • White water rafting
  • plus more

All those once in a life time experiences

Then there was those everyday LIFE ADVENTURES

  • Having a new Baby
  • Going on a family holiday
  • Taking your children to the Zoo
  • Starting something NEW

There are so many…

So I had to bring myself down from the mountains and look at my life

and those smaller ADVENTURES I experienced with my children.

When my boys turn 7, my husband takes then away for a one on one holiday


They decided that when they turned 10, I would get to take them away.

Its their choice where we go as long as its only a 2 hr drive and

we stay over night.

When Robert turned 10, he wanted to go to Sydney…..

that was his BIG adventure.

He wanted to go to the Aquarium, Zoo and Bondi Beach.




And here is my card, reminding me of the


Robert and I shared.


How, did I do this card?

Stamp Set- Seaside Shore

Techniques- Watercolour, Faux Watercolour

  1. Using water colour paper I gave the background a wash of Pool Party, Island Indigo and Pacific Point – let dry
  2. Using the stamp that looks like a row of large dots I randomly stamped vertically with Pool Party ink. Then went over with the Aqua Painter for a Faux Watercolour look.
  3. When that had dried I stamped the Seaweed with Island Indigo (stamped off) and again went over with Aqua Painter.
  4. Stamped bubbles in Smoky Slate
  5. Coloured in the shells with Stampin’ Write Markers  Large Watermellon Wonder & Smoky Slate,                                                                                          Small- Calypso Coral & Daffodil Delight
  6. Masked the shells and stamped starfish in Tip Top Taupe


The Fish I stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock using Basic Black stamp pad and coloured with the Stampin’ Write Markers. Using colours- Crush Curry, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight. Hand cut and mounted with Dimensionals.

The sentiment I variegated the colours through each row of words using the Stampin’ Write Markers in colours Pool Party, Island Indigo and Pacific Point, then breather onto the stamp and stamped down.

I love the look of cards that are matted or with layers, so I have used two layers of matting.The cardbase is in Island Indigo with the next layer in Pool Party. The water colour paper was matted onto a piece of Pacific Point Cardstock with Fast Fuse and dimensionals attached to back, then this attached to the card front.


Thanks for reading …please leave me a comment as I love to hear what you think…have a beautiful day and enjoy life’s ADVENTURES!

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Global Design Project #062 | Sketch Challenge… Joy to the World

Joy to the world
The lord is come
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing

This is a song we sing at Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus…..

It is a song that brings JOY to my heart at the thought

of the coming of our King.

Christmas is not only about gifts and food

its about the JOY in knowing Jesus Christ was Born.


The challenge by Global Design Project this week is a Sketch Challenge.


My card today I have kept very simple.

 I love plaids in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack

(it must be the touch of Scottish in me).

And this card needed only a simple statement

“Joy to the World”.

  This stamp can be found in the Tin of Tags Stamp Set..

it is such a wonderful set which I have used a number of times.


I have kept the colour palette to the same colours as in the plaid,

using the black to add pop to the Garden Green and Crumb Cake.

The Dazzling Diamonds adds that bit of BLING!


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Global Design Project #057 | Colour Challenge

Here are the colours we are playing along with this week – such gorgeous colours!


“Spring is in the air” and you can really tell when you drive around the Southern Highlands.

Main street Robertson in springtime, Southern highlands
Main street Robertson in springtime, Southern highlands

The colours in this weeks challenge are reminiscent of these Spring Time Blooms.


Using a simple water colour technique, I stamped tree image’s from the Totally Trees

Stamp Set onto water colour paper.Then with an Aqua Painter going over the image with water.

The tree trunks and the sentiment from Laying Love has been stamped in Basic Gray Ink.

  The edges on the paper was sponged with Rich Razzelberry Ink.

“Enjoy the Little Things” such as spring and new growth.


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Global Design Project #053 | Colour Challenge

This week we are being inspired by colour.

Colour is something Stampin’ Up!® is very well known for and it is wonderful that we have

so many products that co-ordinate with one another.

The Design team this week have give us 3 beautiful colours to work with….

Gold, Night of Navy and Watermellon Wonder….


I have really enjoyed working with these colours and here is what I have come up with.


The Flourishing Phrase Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits are part of a Bundle,

buying these as a bundle gives you a 10% discount.


The Flourish in the back ground has been stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Sentiment also from the set I stamped with Night of Navy Ink. The Velum leaves soften the card and

 goes with the elegance of the card.

I love these beautiful Thinlits, they are elegant with the feel of old world yet still modern and

whats a card like this if it wasn’t finished with a bit of “BLING”.

I have added Dimensionals between the Watermellon Wonder and White matting to give depth

to the finished card.

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Global Design Project #052 | CASE the Designer

What a week…..

I have been sick all week with end of winter Flu/Tonsilites

but the best news of the week has been ….

Robert (my No: 3 son) has been chosen to be the next School Captain.

So proud of him.


But to the task at hand……

This week Global Design Project have given us another Challenge “CASE the Designer”

and it’s none other than the talented Teneale Williams.

I just love her cards…they are so beautiful.


I really like the layout of this card, so I have taken my inspiration from there.


For this card I have used the Cookie Cutter Bundle.

A great set for adults and children…a great way to get them involved in making this years Christmas cards

for family and friends.

Its a simple Stamp Set with some great images for Christmas and includes a Builder  Punch, which makes cutting out so easy..

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Merry Mice….and Global Design Project #050

Who feels like Christmas is just around the corner and is sneaking up on us?

I do!

Recently one of my friends posted on Facebook how many Fridays until Christmas….

and that was scary!

I haven’t even started thinking about gifts or anything as yet……

but Stampin’ Up! has……

and look what they have coming out on the 1st September

 the new

“Holiday Catalogue”.

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Global Design Project have given us this week a “Sketch Challenge”

And I thought why not give you a sneak peak at one of the new Stamp Sets from the Catalogue,

using the challenge. So here’s the Challenge.

sketch Challenge GDPAre you ready for it….


Isn’t it cute…its called “Merry Mice”

This is such a cute set and really great if you enjoy colouring in.

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So using the Blender Pens and the Stamp Pads I spent a lovely afternoon

colouring in and bring these little guys to life…..

Here are all three  cards for you to enjoy

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Now if you would like a your own copy of the “Holiday Catalogue” then just contact me

and I will get one into the post to you.



Global Design Project #035 | Theme Challenge

GDP035 theme

Project Life Challenge!

This is so exciting as at the moment I’m so into doing Project Life.

If you have been reading my previous post you would have know that I have been working on my Project Life Album

and that I have completed 2008 and now I’m working on 2009.

I have always taught it is better to work on the recent photos as they are still fresh in your mind.

But I’m finding Project life is great because it is so quick…slip a few photos into pockets

add some filler cards with journaling and its done. So instead of spending hours or days on

one page..I’m completing 4-6 pages a day.

This has made working on past photos really easy.

But…..with this challenge I decided to do something recent, photos from Mothers Day…last weekend.

For Mother’s Day my boys decided to take me to Sydney Drag Way at Eastern Creek.

Some may say “ODD” for Mother’s Day…..but I really enjoy the Drag Races.

I love the smell, the noise and excitement.

Mother’s Day was Ladies Day – Free Entry and I received a beautiful “Rose” .

Unfortunately it wasn’t a great day…a bit wet. Unless the track is dry the cars can’t run.

There was also a lot of smoke haze around from the back burning.

It did stop raining and the track did dry out.

And I loved it……and the boys wanted to go home before me.

These photo’s I took were of moving cars going 180 – 200 k over a mile length course.

So here is my entry for Global Design Project #35


I have a mix of pocket page layout and a single page layout.

As the photos don’t have a huge amount of colour I added the colour through the back ground papers.

I wanted a “Grunge” look with a bit of colour….well, lots of colour.

I made and stamped my own cards for the pockets to tie it all together.

Hope you enjoy my pages as much as I enjoyed reliving a great day.

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Global Design Project #034 | Sketch Challenge

Over the past couple of weeks I have been so absorbed in my Project Life Album that I ran out of time to do a

card for Global Design Project.

So I have really enjoyed jumping back in and coming up with this card.

The Sketch Challenge depicted a card with a wash of colour and a sentiment over the top.

It can be adapted in any way we choose…literally or loosely.

I have a tendency to complicate things

for myself but this time I have tried to stay true to the design.

GDP034 sketch

I have used three colours to achieve the wash on my card.

Those colours being Mellon Mambo, Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay.

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I have kept this very simple as I wanted the colour wash to be the “Hero” of the card.

The sentiment taken from the First Sight Stamp Set gives a wisp of whimsical to the card.

HINT: In doing the wash allow each colour to dry before adding the next colour.

Something I tend not to do as I have an idea in my head and I want it on paper.


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