No More Hoarding Eastern Palace Designer Paper

I’ve had some of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper since late April. I’ve used lots of the papers from the packages. But It’s really called Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series paper for a reason. There are two very, very nice papers in the package that are special. Both have gold on them. Each time Stampin’ Up! comes out with a package like this, I end up hoarding the specialty paper till it’s ready to retire. Not this year. I decided to break out the most beautiful sheet yesterday. No 12-Step program for me!

I was inspired by a very special challenge. This week the Global Design Project is celebrating it’s 100th challenge. The task was to select one of the designers to CASE (Copy and Share). My favorite challenge! I decided to CASE Janneke de Jong’s beautiful card in a Mini Treat Bag. You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag! Here’s my card and Janneke’s.

Eastern Palace Designer paper, Eastern Bauty stamp set, #GDP100

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Here’s the logo for this week’s Global Design Project challenge. Be sure to click on the logo and go to the site to see all of the wonderful projects!

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Design Notes for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Most of the time, I have fun making the cards and projects I show. I LOVED making this one. So much gold!! The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits make the bag so easy to create. When you make one of these bags, be sure to use something like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape to assemble it.

My Eastern Medallions Thinlits got quite a work out for this project. I used three of them to create the flower at the bottom left.  The pull tab for the card part was made with one of the Layering Circles Thinlits and one of the pieces from Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

Just to give everything a little more sparkle, I added Wink of Stella to the petals of the flower and to the stars on the dry embossed piece. Finally, I used some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the flower.

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Supply List for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Remember – BUNDLE! When products are in a bundle, buy the bundle. You will save money and have no regrets! In this case, the Eastern Beauty stamp set is bundled with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. You might want to look at page 19 in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog to see the Designer Series Paper and other items that coordinate with the set.


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Oh So Eclectic Wedding Wishes

Yes, I am featuring the Oh So Eclectic stamp set again. I just can’t help myself. We made a card something like this is my classes this month and I tweaked it just a bit to create a wedding (or anniversary) card for the Global Design Project Theme Challenge.

Oh, so eclectic stamp set, Embossing Paste, Pretty Label Punch, GDP#099


Design Notes for Oh So Eclectic Wedding Card:

As much as I love playing with the stamp set, I think the part of the card that was the most fun, was using the Embossing Paste. I created a mask using one of the Thinlits from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and some Window Sheet. Then used it just like I would any other mask. The flowers were stamped in two steps, first the solid flower image where I used Sweet Sugarplum ink, then the details image with Berry Burst ink. I finished it off with some Wink of Stella. The “Marriage is a journey” sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. I love the sentiment for the inside from that set as well.

Oh, so eclectic stamp set, Embossing Paste, Pretty Label Punch, GDP#099


Supply List for Oh So Eclectic Wedding Card:

Good news, the Oh So Eclectic stamp set comes in both clear mount and wood. Even more good news, it is available as part of a bundle with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. BUY and SAVE.


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Special Company Gift Bag

Whenever I visit my best friend, she always leaves me some of my favorite candy on the nightstand (Angel Mints). Isn’t that sweet! She is coming to visit here next week so I wanted to make a little gift bag for her candy.

Gift Bag, Window Shopping stamp set, gift bag punch board, heat embossing,


I was also inspired by this week’s Global Design Project Color Challenge. (#GDP097) I love this color combination.


The bag itself was pretty easy to make with the Gift Bag Punch Board. I hadn’t used it in a while but it didn’t take long to recall how it’s done. The directions are right on the Punch Board.

Design Notes for Company Gift Bag:

I got to do two of my favorite things on this project. First, I did some heat embossing, probably my favorite technique. On this project, I used the Copper Embossing Powder then added some Copper Trim behind the tag part. The other really fun thing I like on this was using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. It’s just so easy to add a little touch of style and texture with those Framelits.

The little sprinkling of flowers was easier than it might look. I used markers to color the stamps so that the leaves were Wild Wasabi and the flowers Berry Burst. Then, I just fussy cut them out and used a glue dot to apply them to the gift bag.

All that’s left is to get the candy!

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Heartfelt Sympathy and a New Technique?

Fortunately, I guess, I don’t need a sympathy card at the moment. I decided to make some cards ahead of the need. Not always that organized. I love the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set. The font is so different. I decided to try something I THOUGHT I had read about, using  drops of ink and Wink of Stella. After I did the cards, and loved the look, I found out I hadn’t read very carefully and it was about Watercolor Pencils and Wink of Stella. Sounds interesting, I will try it. In the meantime, I might have invented a new technique! Do you like the look behind the dragonflies?

Sympathy, Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, Wink of Stella, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits

My inspiration for this card started with this week’s Global Design Project Challenge. This time the challenge was to CASE the Designer. If you saw my blog post a few days ago, you know all about CASEing. Here’s a link to that post and the video tutorial. You will also want to look at the Global Design Challenge and see how others have interpreted this CASE. Click on the photo to go to that website.

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Design Notes for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:

Don’t you love the card from the challenge?  It’s really not complicated but is really lovely.

For my card, I used the colors, (more or less) and the dragonfly elements. My background was created by putting a drop or two of  Soft Sky ink refill on a Silicon Mat. Then I took a clear Wink of Stella pen and squeezed it until a few drops came out. (You are generally, not supposed to do that!) I mixed the color in with the Wink of Stella brush and painted it on the front of the card. I’m calling this technique, Wink of Ink.

Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits, Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, Wink of ink

I also added some of the Wink of Ink to the Dragonflies. By the way, when you are cutting out the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, be sure to use a Precision Plate. In addition to making it easier to release the thinlit from the paper, it will extend the life of your thinlit by preventing it from bowing.

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Washi Birthday Wishes

I’ve been a bit behind the trend with using Washi Tape. My goal for the next few weeks is to create some cards and projects using Washi in different way. When I saw the Global Design Project challenge for this week, I decided to use it for the background. Here’s what I came up with.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Bloomin' Love stamp set, Washi Tape heat embossing

Here’s the logo and link for the Global Design Challenge page.

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So, it’s a pretty basic card, don’t you think. And, really suitable for just about anyone.

Design Notes for Washi Birthday Wishes Card:

There are four Washi Tape packages in our new catalog. I used a strip of each one of the  Basics Pack 3 Washi Tape. It features the colors Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim, Island Indigo, Night of Navy and Pool Party. All colors I love! Nonetheless, I used Marina Mist for the layer and for the banner. Go figure. I just liked the way it looked! The challenge sketch had a little accent next to the banner. I played around with some tiny flowers from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set but just couldn’t find the right place or color. When that happens, I go with, “leave it alone”. I had stamped the banner (from Bloomin’ Love stamp set) in Tranquil Tide to add another color and then added some Tranquil Tide Ribbon at the bottom. One, two, three, done.


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The Bloomin’ Love stamp set is actually a stamp set I ordinarily put aside for Valentine’s, but it was a day for stepping on the wild side.




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