Category Archives: Design Challenges

Happy Birthday Gorgeous for #GDP096

This week’s challenge at the Global Design Project is a colour challenge and I’ve used one of my favourite sets, Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  It is such a fun set and I’m sure you will agree that this card is poles apart from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous card I showed you last week.  The versatility of this set holds no bounds! Here are the colours we are asked to use this week… Read More »

Memories and More meets You’re Priceless for #GDP096

This week’s challenge at the Global Design Project is to case the very talented Tanja Kolar. I decided to create an Inspirational/Good Luck card using Perfect Days from our Memories and More range together with the fabulous You’re Priceless.  I particularly love this set because my own team of Stampin’ Up demonstrators are the Aces and Diamonds, so it’s just perfect for us! Here is the card from Tanja to inspire… Read More »

Pick a Pattern Kid’s birthday cards for #GDP095

This week’s challenge at the Global Design Project is based around the theme of Kids! Having four of the little monkeys myself, I find myself making kid’s birthday cards pretty often as not a month goes by without two or three party invitations coming in.  In fact, my son is attending one this weekend and one next weekend. Never one to make extra work for myself, I thought I would… Read More »

Pieces and Patterns Teacher Thank you for #GDP094 Challenge

I decided to throw myself into this week’s Global Design Challenge by using the Pieces and Patterns stamp set and co-ordinating Designer Series Paper to make a fun Teacher Thank you card. This week’s challenge was a sketch challenge. I first tried to think what else could I use in place of the stripes in the sketch. My initial thought was the pens from Crafting Forever as I was thinking… Read More »

Having fun with Embossing Paste for #GDP090

The sketch for this week’s Global Design Project is a layout I love and use often in my own crafting –  and I couldn’t resist trying out our new Embossing Paste. Here is this week’s layout sketch by guest designer Stesha Bloodhart   and here is what I came up with… It is the first time I’ve tried our new embossing paste and I really liked the results. It is so easy… Read More »

Sneak Peak for #GDP084

It’s been hard to blog over the Easter holidays but I’m back with a vengeance for the Global Design Project challenge where we are CASE’ing the very talented and very lovely Michelle Last. Here is her original card   I’ve used the same layout as Michelle but a sneak peak of a new stamp set (mixed with an old favourite) and a look at three of our brand new in-colours.… Read More »

Everyday Hero for #GDP079

Two  blog posts in one day!!! Wonders will never cease! I didn’t get a chance to show you this yesterday and today is of course, the Stampin’ Creative blog hop day, so I just had to blog twice!! This week’s  challenge at the Global Design Project was Fairground – but the images used in the title image teaser pictured below made me think more of circus with the Big Top… Read More »

Nailed it for GDP078

It was high time I got my creative juices flowing again with a challenge and over at the Global Design Project, they have a sketch challenge this week.  I immediately had an idea in my head so went straight to work.  Firstly, here is the sketch And here is what I came up with.  I still have the Urban Underground suite on my brain after my Mini Craft Day at the… Read More »

Global Design Project 072 – Lift me Up to Cloud Nine

I have neglected to join in on a challenge for quite a while now, so after seeing the latest challenge on the Global Design Project I decided it was time!  This week we are CASE-ing the very talented Krista Frattin and here is her original card.   It is my daughter’s ninth birthday tomorrow and ever since I spotted the sentiment in the Lift Me Up stamp set, I knew I wanted… Read More »

Quirky Christmas Twinkle Trees for #GDP049

It’s been a while since I played along with a challenge and when I saw the colour challenge over at the Global Design Project, I thought it would be perfect for a non-traditional quirky Christmas card. Here are the colours we were asked to play with this week. I’m sure you would admin that they wouldn’t be an obvious Christmas card palette, but it was the first thing that sprang to mind… Read More »

Male card using Hardwood for CC&S 175

This is my final card as guest designer for CC&S this month and Caroline has a great sketch for us. Admittedly, this sketch did stretch the old grey matter but I hope you like what I came up with as I tried a male theme this week. Here is Caro’s sketch and here is my male-themed card I’ve just noticed on writing this post that I might have my circles going in the… Read More »

Garden in Bloom for CC&S Design Challenge #174

I’ve really enjoyed being part of the CC&S team this month and I hope if you’re a regular viewer that you have enjoyed my creations.  This week, Caro had a sketch challenge for us.  I could have created a ton of cards with this combination as they make such a gorgeous colour combination.  Here they are:  Gorgeous, isn’t it?! It didn’t take me long to plump for Garden in Bloom… Read More »

Happy Times PL Kit for #GDP035

I had the incentive I needed to get back on track with my memory-keeping this week thanks to the Global Deisgn Project. Our challenge is to use Project Life by Stampin’ Up to create something whether it be a traditional scrapbook layout, a PL page or a card – I chose a PL layout. I used the Happy Times kit to document a family trip last summer where we camped in a… Read More »

Celebrate Today for CC&S

I must admit Caro’s challenge this week had me stumped.  I had an idea in my head when I saw it but it didn’t work out when I created my prototype and it was back to the drawing board.  Usually, a tweak here and there sorts it for me, but this time I had to think up a totally new card.  Here is the sketch we are working on and here… Read More »

Guest Designer – Best Thoughts for CAS Challenge #172

I was honoured to be asked to be this month’s guest designer for CAS Colours and Sketches.  This week’s challenge was a Colour challenge and uses three of Stampin’ Up’s retiring in-colours. This challenge screamed florals to me and though I would normally avoid doing the ‘obvious’, I really wanted to  use a set called Best Thoughts that I only recently acquired. It is retiring at the end of the month… Read More »

Stampin’ Up Timeless Textures for CAS Challenge #165

Just a quick post from me today, with a very Quick and Easy card for CAS #165.  This week, it’s a colour challenge – something I don’t always find very easy. However, I just received Timeless Textures and wanted to try it out. Here are the colours.   And here is the card I came up with using Timeless Textures. And a close up of the Heart… And one for… Read More »

Bloomin’ Hearts Thank You for GDP#027

The challenge from The Global Design Project is a timely one as I was just sitting down to make a thank you card when I had a quick flick over to the GDP challenge blog.  The theme was indeed thank you. I have a private class tomorrow for a very special lady and her friends.  This lady was one of my first customers when I started my Stampin’ Up journey… Read More »

Going Global Baby card for GDP#022

This week at the Global Design Project, it’s a sketch challenge.  Sketch challenges are my favourite as an idea seems to pop into my head with much more speed than when I see colours in a colour challenge… I normally make pretty much the exactmidea that pops into my head, but this time, my idea evolved a few times before the final card was completed.  A little bit of me… Read More »

Confetti and Balloons for GDP#021

I had a couple of free hours recently so tried a couple of challenges  – and this time I’ve hopped on over to The Global Design Project. This week, it’s a colour challenge I was stumped for quite a whileas though I like these colours individually, I wouldn’t normally put them together but in the end I went for a pretty colourful Birthday card. I’ve used the Confetti embossing folder… Read More »

Crazy about You Bundle for CAS#158

Firstly, thank you so much to the Design Team at CAS for picking my card as one of the winners in Challenge #155. I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t managed to compete in a challenge and have quite missed it, but am combining two challenges in one today with the CAS Colours & Sketches #158 and my own team challenge. Each month at our monthly get-together, after we’ve had… Read More »