Global Design Project #031 | Theme Challenge

This week the GDP Team have given us a Theme Challenge and it’s NATURE.


Wow…that’s giving us a broad scope….God’s Creation.

Many years ago…. before children even before my wonderful Husband.

I got the chance to travel to the Northern Territory with a group of friends (5 of us – five girls, one boy). It was great, my first real holiday.

We flew to Darwin, hired a car (thank goodness they up graded it for us, as 5 people in a small car plus luggage was going to be a bit squishy –

but that’s what you do when your young to keep costs down) and traveled down to Ayers Rock over a 2 week period.

So many stories I could tell…but today I only want to share one.

One of the places we stopped at was Katherine Gorge on Katherine River. A naturally beautiful place on the river.

Its made up of 13 gorges but my friends and I only saw the first three,well to be truthful they saw 3, I saw 2 and the beginning of the third.

We hired 2 x 2 man canoe’s and 1  x 1 man Canoe/ Kayak  ..which I used (I was much younger and fitter back them …much fitter)

In between each gorge was “Rock Bars/Banks”, which you had to get the canoe’s over and every time we had to get out of the canoe’s

I just fell out or rolled out. I ended up very wet…….but so much fun!

Anyway we got to the end of the second gorge and the rock bank had a lovely tree growing on it and a nice little spot to sit. So I let the others go

on as I didn’t want to go further to climb a cliff face and jump into the water…I’d fallen in enough..LOL!

But sitting there under the tree I relaxed and was fascinated by these beautiful “Dragonfly’s” all different colours….

 so beautiful and so much God’s Wonderful Creation.


So my card today reflects on this time…the friends I shared this time with and the beauty of NATURE.


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Global Design Project #030 | Sketch Challenge

Global Design Challenge has thrown out there another challenge…..

and its a Sketch Challenge by Teneale Williams.

Did you see the winners from last week…

if you haven’t HERE is the Link

Hope you get a chance to have a look as there were some wonderful cards entered.

Back to this weeks challenge – Sketch Challenge

Sketch Challenge

I decided to use the papers from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and

teamed it up with Balloon Celebration Stamp Set and Balloon Bouquet Punch.


The reverse of the balloon paper is this lovely little spot print,

so I’ve added the Blushing Bride in my matting to add contrast to the Mint Macaron.

The lace Dollie just peeks out between the two boarders in the banner.

The team on Global Design Challenge has asked whats our favorite Challenge.

I don’t think I have a favorite…I like them all. They all tend to make me think…just some

a little harder than others.

This particular one was simple as I knew what range of papers I wanted to use..once i choose what paper

then it just flowed from that.

Go have a look and give Global Design Challenge a go…

its so much FUN!

And that’s what I like is FUN.

Global Design Project #029 | Colour Challenge

“This week is most definitely a challenge for us all – we know that you are up it.

We can either thank or be frustrated with my husband Bruno Bertucci for coming up with this colour combo depending on how you feel about it.”

So this colour Combo was Bruno’s idea, Kylie………mmmmm!

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Interesting combination but once I started working out what I was going to do, it all came together.

With this card I wanted to keep it light and soft with a look of being Antique.

These 3 colours are such strong colours and can easily over power each other but they work so well together.

I have used Crumb Cake Card stock as my White because I didn’t want a stark bright contrast. The Crumb Cake softens and blends the colours.

The Rose image I stamped in Early Espresso and then used the Blender Pen to bring the colour out and give shading Adding a touch more Early Espresso from the stamp pad.

The edges of the Deco Labels Framelit was sponged in the Early Espresso.

On the card I stamped the texture stamp from “You’ve Got This” Stamp Set in the 2 colours overlapping them.

The ribbon used is the Seam Binding in Crumb Cake (discontinued), this was dampened by spraying with water and then

scrunching ribbon and stamping directly on top with the two colours….Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay.


Hope you enjoy this card

Keep on Stampin’ Up!

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Global Design Project #028 | CASE the Designer

This week we get to CASE the incredible Jessica Williams.

Jess is on the Stampin’ Up!® Artisan Design team and is from Australia

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With my card today I decided to use a floral paper instead of stamping an image.

I tend to use stamped images instead of the Designer Series Paper, so over the last few weeks I have been trying to add DSP to my cards.

With this card I have added an overlay of Velum and stamped a image on this along with the sentiment.


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Global Design Project #027 | Theme Challenge

The design challenge set for us this week by the Global Design Project Team is…..

“Thank You”

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Every time I think of the words “Thank You” I think of a song I used to sing at Church in the Youth Choir..(Sooooo many years ago)

Thank you for giving me the morning,

thank you for every day that,s new,

thank you for new things in store for me

and for work to do.

Thank you, I see your word has meaning,

thank you, I know your Spirit here,

thank you, because you love all people

those both near and far

Thank you for speaking to us,

thank you for telling us you care,

thank you, O Lord you came among us

bread and wine to share

Thank you, O Lord your is boundless

thank you that I am full of you

thank you you make me feel so glad and

thankful as I do


There seems to be many versions of this song, but this is the one I remember so clearly.



My card today I have made using the Botanical Builder Framelits and Wildflower Fields DSP,

The Botanicals I have cut out in Whisper White Card Stock and sponged in Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Hello Honey.

The Tag and Thank you sentiment come from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set and Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.

For me this card is soft, gentle and “Thankful”, just as the song.


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Global Design Project #026 | Sketch Challenge

It’s “Sketch Challenge Week”, love Sketch Challenge’s

because someone else has come up with the card design and I just have to add my design elements to it.

Well…..I can play around with it, its the inspiration.

This weeks Challenge was designed by Teneale Williams.

Sketch Challenge.Really like this one….so much you can do.

Here is my take on Teneale’s layout.


I have kept it very simple as I wanted the Water Colour to be the focus.

I have done this technique before and really love it, because you don’t know what you are going to end up with.

I  used a product called ” Frog Tape”, delicate surface , a painters tape which I purchased from “Masters”

My edges didn’t come out as crisp as I would have liked ..but I’m not worried as I think it adds to the beauty and flightiness of the butterfly.

It is a little fiddly cutting the masking and then placing it on the card stock, but I made my join down the middle to make it easy.

I love the richness of the colours and they worked well with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper.

Hope you enjoy…

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Global Design Project #025 | Colour Challenge

This weeks challenge from the Global Design Project Team is a …


and what are the colours they have chosen for us today…

Colour ChallengeInteresting…not colours I use a lot, but that’s good because it’s a “challenge”.

While I’m making this card I was watching last nights re-run of “My Kitchen Rules”

Did you see it? I’m enjoying this years show but anyway…

as I was putting this card together all I could think of was..

Is it Balanced?

Do I have all the elements?

The same questions the contestant’s where asking of them selves I was asking of me…..and these are also important not just for cooking but for any craft.

Always sit back and look at what you have created, sometimes squinting at it can help- it makes the obvious stick out as being wrong or not quite right. (an embroiders trick)


My card today I have water coloured the flower and leaves on Shimmery White card stock…remember to use Stazon Ink to stamp image……

my first one I didn’t and couldn’t work out why it was bleeding!  (silly, silly)

I then “Fussy Cut” my rose and leaves…..but years ago I learn’t a great trick…I use a glass plate and a scalpel (knife).

I have a piece of glass from a picture frame which I have folded masking tape to the edges to make it safe. This allows me to move

the paper freely while folding the scalpel and the blade doesn’t get stuck as it would if using a self-healing mat.

I then went around all the cut edges with a black marker to remove the white.

I balanced my card with a velum banner with the sentiment and some pearls coloured with the Blendabilities I still have.

The banner was adhered to the card with a glue dot under the pearl and under the rose.

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The inside of the card I have kept very simple and mounted the Whisper White card stock onto a piece of Smoky Slate and stamped the rose image in

Daffodil Delight.

Hope you enjoy this card as much as I had fun making it.

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Global Design Project #024 | CASE the Designer

This week we are CASing the Designer –   Copy and Selectively Edit.
The lucky designer is Michelle Last, love her card ….
Love BLUE….anything BLUE and I’m hooked and then with the butterfly added…
I’m in seventh heaven.
Have you seen it?
Here it is!
Isn’t it beautiful, so cool, so refreshing.ahhhhh! Love it!
To see the cards done by the rest of the Design team click HERE
I didn’t use blue nor butterfly’s…I decided to do something a little different.
I used the layout as it also caught my eye and I wanted to have a play with a new set I just bought.
So here is my card.
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Don’t know if it had to do with the weather as its very hot!
But I used what I would call warm tropical colours instead of the lovely cool blue tones.
Love this new set of Framelits – Botanical Builder Framelits Dies,
 the matching Designer Series Paper – Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper
and co-ordination card stock –  Botanical Gardens Cardstock Pack
 along with Mint Macaron.
The Happy Birthday came from Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set
The inside of the card I used a smaller flower and a strip of the designer series paper mounted on white with a Mint Macaron boarder.
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Hope you enjoyed my card….see you next week.
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Shhhhhh….Don’t tell Aaron! Global Design Project #023

This year my eldest son turns….21!

Wow! a major milestone for him…..and my husband and I survived!

One down and 3 to go!

I’m still trying to sort invitations and venues….then Global Design Project said this weeks challenge was…..


Now Aaron is an outdoor sort of boy, he’s been a Scout and now is a Leader, is a member of RFS- Rural Fire Service and is a diesel mechanic….

what great opportunity to make him a card.

I wanted to do something that had a masculine feel to it.

A CRATE…..with an EXPLOSION of BALLOONS coming out of it…

Had never done a Card in a Box before, this will be interesting!



I stamped my box and extra card stock with the Hardwood stamp and then cut it up to create the reinforced sides of the crate.

The balloons was stamped with Balloon Celebration and highlighted with Wink of Stella- Clear.

The large numbers cut from Glimmer Paper makes them pop out from amongst the balloons.

The Instructions for the box I used the You Tube clip by Tanya Bell.

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Global Design Project #022 | Sketch Challenge

Here we are again…..another wonderful challenge from Global Design Project…#022

and today the Designers have given us a Sketch Challenge.

By the way did you see last weeks winners, weren’t they great! Here’s a link go and have a look…..HERE

Why don’t you give it ago, I would love to see what you come up with.

Just go to Global Design to make it easy here’s a link  HERE

So for this weeks Challenge……


Coming up to Valentines I thought I’d do a card using the Bloomin’ Love Stamp set,

but I wanted it to be a card you could give to a friend and that could be used at other times in the year.


I wanted this card to be soft and pretty….something “GIRLY”

I sponged the floral heart in Mint Macaron and Crisp Cantaloupe (deleted colour).

With a bit of Mint Macaron Lace wraped around the card and a butterfly cut from vellum, with a row of pearls and a touch of gold thread

finishes it of as a beautiful card to give to that special friend on any occasion.

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