Global Design Project #GDP138

Hello and welcome. Global Design Projects #GDP138 is a sketch challenge. I love the Global Design Project sketch challenges as you don't have to think as most of the work is done for you, just pick your colours and go.

I have created my projects for the challenge using the gorgeous designer series paper from the 'Share What You Love Suite'. This is my card.

I have had this grungy notebook for zonks it is my encyclopaedia for recording project ideas and measurements. I have always meant to cover it with some designer series paper to pretty it up. Sometimes I think we procrastinate for a reason. When I saw the elements box that comes FREE with the 'Share What You Love Bundle ' 2 & 3 and how prettily decorated it was I thought how perfect it would be for my notebook cover.  Even the Stampin' Up! Statement of the Heart stamp which is FREE with the 'Gotta Have It All Bundle' was perfect for the font cover sentiment. A constant reminder of what I love doing the most.

Here is the set together. 
For anybody joining my team this month you will receive this set as a gift from me. Sorry you will not get my grungy old notebook you but will receive a brand new one of your own.   

Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you find inspiration from my projects. You can order any of the early release 'Share What You Love' exclusive bundles from my online store. While most of the items will be available when the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is released at the beginning of next month the bundles including FREE products will only be available during May, 2018. For even more inspiration using this sketch design pop on over to the Global Design Project page here.

To purchase the products I have used today click on the product thumbnail below to take you directly to my Online Store. While you are there have a browse at the last chance products available. 
Have a fun time shopping. 
(SorryAustralian residents only).

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Stamping Dreams Blog Hop New Catalogue Sneak Peak

Welcome to the May, 2018 Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Karen Farquhar from Australia and this month's theme is 'New Catalogue Sneak Peak'. I hope you are inspired by my projects today.

Anxious to see what all the other stampers have created using the beautiful new products soon to be released in the 2018-2019 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue I have really been looking forward to this Sneak Peek Blog Hop.
One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is you get to view the catalogue ahead of time and you are able to place a preorder. 
I have chosen the fun bundle Sea of Textures for my projects today.
The images reminded me of the things you would see if you were looking through the glass of an aquarium so I have created a window card with a sea view.

I really liked the sentiment 'thanks for reaching out' so I had to use it with the octopus image on the inside of the card.

While doing a 'Spring Clean' of my craft room I found some little shell and sand shaker frames. I thought one decorated with some images from the Sea of Textures stamp set would make an ideal gift for my aquarium crazy grandson.

Thank you for being part of Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop I recommend following the links below for more inspiration. I can't wait to see everyone else's creations.

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Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges Theme: Sunshine Challenge #018

Hello and welcome. You are currently visiting Karen Farquhar from Australia for Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges #018 and todays challenge has the theme 'Sunshine'.

Considering that in the past few days we are just experiencing the first blasts of freezing winds and showers of the colder months of the year this really was a challenge for me. I took myself back to the summers of my childhood sitting on the back steps of our then family home with my sister surrounded by a full view of Lake Illawarra and the mountains to the west. Both of us eating watermelon and seeing how far we could spit the seeds. Disgusting I know but we were kids. 
So I thought of those watermelon days and designed my card around those days.

My watermelon was made using the Rainbow Builder Framelits dies from the Occasions Catalogue. I cut the half circles first then gave them a watercolour wash for a soft effect. I have also made some gift tags using the same theme depicting some summery sunshine images.

You are more than welcome to enter your projects for the Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges here and have a visit to see the projects other talented stampers have created. 
Don't leave it too late to get your orders in for any retiring stock, as once they have gone they are gone never to be available through Stampin' Up! again.
To purchase the products I have used today click on the product thumbnail below to take you directly to my Online Store. While you are there have a browse at the last chance products available. 
Have a fun time shopping. 
(SorryAustralian residents only).

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Global Design Project Colour Challenge #GDP137

 Hello and welcome. What a gorgeous colour challenge for Global Design Project #GDP137. Such a pretty combination.

Today is Mother's Day in Australia so I have created a Mother's Day card for my GDP submission. I thought the stamp set 'Flying Home' was so very appropriate with the mother bird feeding her three little chicks. I have 2 sisters and my mother is still always trying to feed us even though we are grown women with grown families of our own.

I have been meaning to try the Embossing Paste for a while now but have been putting it in the too hard box. Silly me though it is as simple to use as spreading butter on a slice of bread but with a more stunning effect and less calories. For my projects I have used the Shimmery White Paste but it also comes in plain white and silver.
I have heat embossed my birdies onto Shimmery White Cardstock, water coloured them for a soft effect, then fussy cut the image and attached it to Whisper White Cardstock.

Every Mother's Day I make a small gift for the mother's in my family. This year I have made some little gift boxes containing a scented candle using the colours from the challenge.

The stamp set I have used is the soon to retire 'Floral Phrases' set. You can find the instructions for these little gift boxes here at Flutter By Heidi. Thank you Heidi for sharing.

And a big thank you to you for visiting me today.

Below are the products I have used for my Global Design Project #GDP137 Colour Challenge.
Click on a thumbnail to take you to my Online Store.

While there have a look at the 'Last-Chance Products' which are the Retiring Products - available until supplies last.
Have a browse through the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.
And also the 2018 Occasions Catalogue - available now until 31st May 2018 or also until supplies last.
Have a fun time shopping.
(Sorry Australian residence only).

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