Category Archives: Design Challenges

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 »

Birthday Blooms for CAS#155 and GDP#018

I’m loving Birthday Blooms  – for someone who doesn’t really like floral images, there is just something about this stamp set! I’ve decided to combine two challenges this week – a colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches and a sketch challenge at Global Design Project. Here are the criteria: And here is the card I came up with Now I do realise that Smoky Slate leaves are not exactly… Read More »

Birthday Blooms for #GDP017

January is a month FULL of birthdays in our house so when I saw this week’s challenge over at the Global Design Project, I had not only the project but the recipient in mind. It’s my mother’s birthday on the 14th of January and I don’t think she would forgive me if I let slip her age, so Mum’s the word on that one!  However, this will be her card…… Read More »

Last Card for #GDP016

Not last ever card, but last card for 2015!  This is it, the year ends in a few hours and I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year.  May you make all your dreams come true this year! Over at the Global Design Project, our challenge this time was to case the designer.  I loved Bibi’s card and it was going to be difficult to do her original any… Read More »

All Wrapped Up for PPA#279 and ATCAS#78 (Edited)

Only 13 days to go to the Big Day, as my kids keep reminding me!  So I thought I would combine two challenges this week and create a fun little Christmas card. Firstly, the colour challenge over at Pals Paper Arts screamed Christmas to me and Addicted to CAS have asked us to incorporate ‘JOY’ into our creations. And here is what I came up with I hope you like… Read More »