Welcome …. today I am re-visiting some of my favourite projects from the last few months, collecting them all into one post as an application to be a Display Stamper at Onstage in Sydney in April. Stampin’ Up! holds Onstage events every 6 months and they are possibly one of the best things about being a demonstrator. It’s an opportunity to get together with like minded people, be creative, laugh, catch up with old friends and meet new friends, recharge and relax!
Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper
This first card was created for one of Kylie Bertucci’s monthly blog highlights and features the delightful critters from the Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper. The fussy cutting was well worth it, and I have mixed in papers fromWhole Lot of Lovely and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper Packs.
The original post is here.
Fabulous Foil Designer Series Acetate
And while on the subject of cuteness, this memory keeping project was a joy to create. This 6″x 8″ layout features my gorgeous granddaughter Estella, blowing bubbles on a sunny Autumn afternoon. The gold spotted Designer Series Acetate has been used to create a frame for the main image and as accents in the other pockets. A different pattern in the acetate highlights the die cut large letters.
The original post is here (scroll down, it is the second project in the post).
Tree Rings Background Texture
This next card combines two of my favourite stamp sets, Oh So Eclectic and the Tree Rings Background stamp. The challenge for this card was to use texture, and while the texture over the Tree Rings Background is a little difficult to see straight on, it comes into it’s own as you tip the card … everyone I show this card to cannot help but run their fingers over the glossy texture.
Being a part of the Creating Kindness Design Team has been a highlight of my crafting year. It was an honour to be asked to hop each month with this talented group of paper artists, and creating a video to go with the hop each month has given me a whole new set of technical skills to show off my creative projects. Check out the original post (with a video showing how to create the textured background) here.
A Gift Bag for a Good Friend
This tall gift bag was a breeze to create using the Gift Bag Punch Board. A water coloured and emboss resist panel for the front make it extra special. The closure is a partial die cut created in the watercolour paper prior to attaching to the front of the bag with machine stitching.
The little surprise greeting hidden under the flap is a fun addition to the gift bag!
I have to thank Sara Levin for asking me to be a designer in her Stamping Sunday Blog Hop. We create a card project and a 3d item or memory keeping project each month for this hop, and the challenge has really helped me explore other options for creativity.
Inspired by Thailand
This next card project is a very special one to me. Created for Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight, we were challenged to create a thank you card “inspired by Thailand” as the Thailand Incentive trip was happening at the time.
I followed along with the achieving demonstrators holiday through Kylie’s posts and live updates … and the whole time I was creating this card, I was imagining myself sipping cocktails on a beach in Thailand. It is one of my favourite cards and takes pride of place on my mantle, reminding me that anything is achievable if you work hard and believe in yourself.
To see the original post on this one, click here.
Merry Snowflakes and Season’s Seashells
And last, but certainly not least, is a project that gave me immense delight as I was creating it. I was transported back to my childhood, creating little dioramas in cereal boxes.
The Mini Pizza Boxes in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue were perfect to create this diorama, my little bit of whimsy for Christmas 2017. I used a combination of Beachy Little Christmas (to represent Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere) and the Card Front Builder dies (for Christmas in the colder climates of the Northern Hemisphere).
The outside of the box was created by gluing two mini pizza boxes together ( you have to cut away part of the lids), and decorated with Cheers to the Years Specialty Designer Series Paper, and various Christmas Stamps. For more pics and info, go to the original post here. Again scroll down as this is the second item in this post.
What a lovely little trip down memory lane this post has been. All of these are my favourite projects from the last six months of the year. It has been an amazing time in my Stampin’ Up! journey. I have been challenged creatively and have learned so much, thanks to the support of a wonderful group of demonstrators around the world. What a fabulous family to be a part of.
Looking forward to the next year and all it brings.