Monday, 23 April 2018

Designer Series Paper Love for GDP #134

Hands up all you Designer Series Paper hoarders. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who has sheets of DSP in their stash that they are "saving" for that special project that never seems to come along. 
I'm not sure why I think this way, what's the worst that can happen if I use up all my DSP? I mean if I run out I can always buy more, right? So in a bid to get over this I made a commitment to myself to start using up my DSP and this card is the first of what I hope will be many cards featuring my favourite DSP. 

This pattern from Delightful Daisy is my absolute favourite. The soft colours of Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Calypso Coral are so beautiful in this floral pattern. I'm also guilty of saving the pieces of the white wash woodgrain from the Wood Textures DSP stack but it goes so perfectly with the florals, don't you think?

My inspiration for this card came from this weeks Global Design Project sketch challenge (GDP #134)

This sketch is perfect for showcasing the beauty of the DSP. 
To see what the Global Design Project Team have done with this sketch head over to their blog here.

I also wanted to showcase one of my favourite retiring sets , Celebration Time. This cake image has been my go-to for many of my projects and I'm a little sad to see it go. 
Thanks for stopping by today. 
Tan xx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Just can't resist Petal Passion

Wow, it's been a big few days in the world of Stampin Up and there are a couple if exciting announcements that I'm busting to share. However, before we get to that I want to share my most recent project. 

If I'm honest the Petal Passion suite did not appeal to me when I first saw it. I'm not sure what it was, but I just didn't have that "I've gotta have that!" feeling. The one day I was browsing through one of my favourite blog hops, The Crafty Carrot Collective, and I was immediately converted and I ordered the whole suite. (Seriously if you don't subscribe to the Crafty Carrot Collective yet you need to join asap, the four amazing demonstrators who host the program are absolute design geniuses. Click here to find out how to join.)
So it's no surprise that as soon as the postie delivered my order I just had to get creating. 

The first thing I wanted to do was use a little emboss resist. I'd seem these flowers embossed in white and then watercoloured. Unfortunately in my excitement to get crafting I stamped the flowers on a piece of Whisper White cardstock rather than Shimmery White so instead of watercolouring I coloured the flowers with a blender pen. Thank goodness Stampin' Up! has so many colouring tools.

Then when it came to building the card I had another dilemma. In my mind I had envisioned a long narrow white card with some Petal Passion DSP and touch of Basic Black. However, in my initial design the white base was too white and the DSP was too black. Fast forward a bit and my problem was solved with a vellum circle to soften the black and white DSP and the embossing leaves from the Eclectic Layers thinlits to add texture to the white base.

Now to the exciting new Stampin' Up! has shared this week. 

The release of the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue also brings a Colour Revamp!!! 

Woohoo new colours to play with!!! 
However sadly to make way for the new colours some of our favourites will be retiring. If you have any of the colours listed below make sure you get in quick to order reinkers and some cardstock because once stock of these colours has sold out they will be gone for good. 

There are also lots retiring from the 2017-2018 Catalogue at the end of May. To say goodbye to a few of my favourites stay tuned over the coming weeks where I'll be playing with some of my favourite retiring products one last time.

Happy crafting
- Tan xx

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Vanilla Little One | Lets Get Hopping #8

Welcome to another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my very talented friend Tracy Bish. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around

This month's theme is a colour challenge of sorts, create a project that shows Very Vanilla to advantage.

Very Vanilla is certainly not a go-to colour for me so I really enjoyed going outside my comfort zone when creating this baby card.

Admittedly I needed a little more inspiration to get started on this project so I turned to my Stampin' Up! catalogue to get the ideas flowing.  It was when I turned to the Memories & More section that inspiration hit. As I've said many times before, the Memories & More range can be used for so much more than memory keeping and today I've used some of these Bundle of Love cards the same way I'd normally use DSP on a project. 

The little teepee from the Little One stamp set is my favourite stamp for baby cards at the moment, isn't just so cute? To add a little extra depth to my project I stamped teepee once on the Very Vanilla circle and again on a separate piece of Very Vanilla which I have fussy cut and adhered over the first image with Stampin Dimensionals.

Thank you for hopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Next up in the hop is the super creative Nina McMillan. I can't wait to see how she has used Very Vanilla in her project.   

 - Tan xx