Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Wish you were here handmade card - using Up & Away Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

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Today I am taking part in Kylie Bertucci's Stampin' Up! Blog Highlight. Our theme for this highlight is travel - looking at the new items in my crafty stash, I knew I just had to use my new Up & Away Thinlit Dies. I hope you like the project I have made with them?

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me in the last Blog Highlight a few weeks ago, I was very lucky to finish in joint 6th place and I have now been offered a place in a blog hop taking place next month, which is being organised by Kylie. It will feature creations from all of the top 10 winners, how exciting!

To make this card, I die cut 7 hot air balloons out of Basic Gray cardstock and layered them together to give the die cut image on this card lots of dimension. To do this I used Tombow adhesive and a foam brayer - just be careful not to get glue on everything!!!

For the card base, I have added a layer of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock on top of a layer of Basic Gray cardstock. I then used the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper for the final layer. I love these colours together.

I used the new Iconic Occasions Hostess stamp set for my sentiment "Wish you were here" - just perfect for our theme of travel. This hostess set is available until 31st May 2017 with qualifying orders of £150 or more (don't forget you get a FREE Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend!!). 

The Iconic Occasions Hostess stamp set can be found on page 3 of the Spring Summer catalogue and is also shown in the final image on this blog post. Not only do I love the font they've used for the sentiments, I also love the actual sentiments they have included in this set - I particularly like "Great job" and also "Get well soon", mainly as they are not available in any other the other stamp sets.

Whilst I love the sentiment on the front of the card, I decided not to add a sentiment to the inside of my card so there is lots of space for writing. Instead, I added a strip of the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper and a hint of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.

Voting is now live over on Kylie's blog and I would love, love, love it if you could click here to see what everyone has made and cast your votes. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop.

If you like my project, I would very much appreciate you voting for me. All you have to do is look up picture number 9, check it says my name Kim Price and click the heart in the top right hand corner.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Global Design Project entry for #GDP068 - CASE the designer Jess Williams

Today I am entering this week's Global Design Project challenge. The challenge is to CASE the designer and this week's designer is Jess Williams and she has created this lovely card for us all to case. 

CASE means Copy And Selectively Edit (and can also mean Copy And Share Everything). Make sure you click on the picture below to visit the Global Design Project and see what the other designers have made.

I hope you can see elements of Jess's project in my designs, I love the layout and have used this layout many times, so I knew I didn't want to change that at all. In fact I have very closely followed her design when thinking about it as a sketch. 

As my regular blog readers will know, I love using a simple colour scheme with only one or two colours, I've chosen to use Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride, they are such lovely colours paired with Whisper White.

I couldn't help but use the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits again for my project. They are so lovely and I really hope they go into the Annual Catalogue (make sure you get them soon in case they don't!). 

I created the background using a clear block and an old Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen refilled with water - I can't find my watercolour pens anywhere!!

I picked up a bit of Blushing Bride ink with the pen and released some of the water and swished it onto the block. Sometimes things like this happen for a reason as the water contained glitter so the effect is really quite stunning.

I then placed the block down onto the Shimmery White Cardstock and held it in place for a few seconds. The Shimmery White Cardstock is perfect for water colouring so don't always feel tied to using Watercolour Paper, I feel this sometimes can add too much of a rustic feel to a glitzy project.

I've embellished my card with Dragonflies die cut from Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and Blushing Bridge Stitched Satin Ribbon for my bows (they are so awful, I can't tie bows, sorry!) For the card above, I have added some Silver Metallic Thread underneath and on both cards I have added Rhinestones for some more sparkle.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my project and entry into the Global Design Project #GDP068,