Monday, September 5, 2016

An exciting announcement

Today is a big day for me, I finally get to let you in on a little secret that I've been keeping for the past couple of weeks.  As my regular readers will know, I love Stampin' Up! and I'm passionate about designing and creating projects for my readers using their products.  Unlike some designers, I take great care not to use retired items which means that if you don't already have something I've used in a project, you will be able to buy it.  There's nothing more frustrating than falling in love with something only to be told that it's no longer available!

From time to time I like to take part in design challenges and one of my absolute favourites is the What Will You Stamp Challenge.  This is where the Design Team select a current Stampin' Up! stamp set and challenge you to make something including an image from that set.  Each week they select a winner at random and that person is invited to be a guest designer for a future challenge.  I've really enjoyed taking part in the challenge when I could, and I've even won it a few times too.

This week it's their 80th challenge and one that I'm really excited about.  You see I was invited to become a permanent member of the What Will You Stamp Design Team!  I went through all sorts of emotions; humbled that they invited me, grateful that they feel confident in my design ability, scared that I might disappoint.  I love what I do, and I love sharing my work with others, but this was a big step.  So I thought about it and decided that I couldn't pass up this opportunity, if they had faith in me, I had faith in me.  I accepted and spent the rest of the day grinning like a Cheshire cat.  Christmas had come early for me.

So when I found out that my debut on the WWYS Design Team would involve the use of the Swirly Bird Stamp Set, I naturally came up with a Christmas card.  Well, wouldn't you?

This card all started with the large leaf vein image from the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set.  I used Garden Green ink to stamp it onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card and mounted the card onto this striped design from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).

I created a card base using my Stampin' Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Early Espresso Card, folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.  Then I added a second piece from the same Candy Cane Lane DSP, a sort of confetti design, with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).  Stampin' Dimensionals were used to attach my layered tree piece on top.

Now it was time to pull out the Swirly Bird Stamp Set.  I inked up the small circular swirl image on a Sweet Sugarplum ink pad and stamped it onto a piece of scrap paper, then I added a little more Sweet Sugarplum ink back onto the edges of the stamp using a Sponge Dauber.  I breathed on the surface of the stamp to remoisten the ink and then stamped the image onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Card.  Using the fine tip of a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker (from the Brights collection), I drew a fine line up from the top of the image.

Now I needed my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform.  I used the coordinating die from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to cut out the circle image.  Then I cut out a scrap of Gold Glimmer Paper using the star strip die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  Finally I used the 'dog bowl' die from the Home Sweet Home Thinlits and used it to cut out a scrap of Crumb Cake Card.

I fixed the Gold Glimmer Paper star to the top of my 'tree' with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow), and added the Swirly Bird 'ornament' (with the drawn line at the top) using a piece of Stampin' Dimensional.  Finally I turned the 'dog bowl' over into a plant pot and added that at the bottom of my tree (covering the two lowest 'branches') with another Stampin' Dimensional. 

The beautiful Merry Christmas sentiment comes from the Star of Light Stamp Set and was stamped onto a strip of Very Vanilla Card using Early Espresso ink.  I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach it to a strip of Early Espresso Card, and then trimmed the ends so that the layered sentiment would sit across the corner of my card front, held in place with Stampin' Dimensionals.

On the inside of the card I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to add a layer of Very Vanilla Card, and then added a narrow strip of the red confetti design DSP down the right hand edge.

The Very Vanilla Medium Envelope was also decorated with a narrow strip of the red confetti DSP fixed down one edge with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).  My Charlie Brown Christmas card was complete.

I must admit that this idea has been rattling around in my head for a little while (ever since I 'saw' the bare tree image) and I simply couldn't resist it any longer.  I hope you think it's a fitting start to my exciting new adventure as a permanent member of the What Will You Stamp Design Team.

If you have the Swirly Bird Stamp Set, I would love for you to create something and enter it into the WWYS80 Swirly Bird challenge.  You have until 9 pm AST on Saturday September 10 to enter, and you never know you could be selected to be a Guest Designer on the WWYS challenge two weeks later.

Even if you don't enter the challenge, please do visit the challenge blog and have a look at the projects created by the rest of the very talented WWYS Design Team.


To celebrate me joining the What Will You Stamp Design Team I'm going to send an extra gift to everyone who make a purchase through my online store this month.  Without your support and encouragement I simply wouldn't be able to do what I do, and for that I shall be eternally grateful.


If my project has inspired you, you'll find links to all the Stampin' Up! tools and materials I used in the table below.  Click on a link for more information and from there you'll be able to add the items individually to your online shopping bag if you wish.  As always, everything purchased through my online store can be shipped anywhere in Canada.

BUNDLE BONUS - The Swirly Bird Stamp Set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies used today can be purchased as a bundle saving you 10% off the cost of buying the same items separately.  You'll see the bundle and the separate items in my supply list so that you can investigate this option in more detail if you wish. 

The Home Sweet Home Thinlits can be purchased as part of a bundle with the coordinating Sweet Home Stamp Set (not used today), and the Star of Light Stamp Set can be purchased as part of a bundle with the coordinating Starlight Thinlits (not used today).  I will include links for these two bundles at the very end of the supply list in case you are interested in these.




Awesome card, Tracy. Congratulations on joining The What Will You Stamp Design Team!!

Posted by Cathy Miller on September 05, 2016 at 10:22 AM #

Congratulations! I check your blog every day and am always inspired by your creations! Marty

Posted by Marty on September 05, 2016 at 10:33 AM #

Way to go, Tracy! CONGRATULATIONS! Well deserved and you will be a real asset to WWYS. Now, about this card ... I LOVE IT!!! and I WILL be casing it furthermore! TFS your wonderful news & your project this morning!

Posted by geraldine homenchuk on September 05, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

I love this Christmas card idea.... I love the simplicity of it.... And more importantly, congratulations on being a permanent member of the team.... Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity....

Posted by Mz Cookie on September 05, 2016 at 02:52 PM #

Thank you everyone for your kind comments.

Posted by Tracy Elsom on September 05, 2016 at 08:05 PM #

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