Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Playing with Patterns!!

If you know me, then you know that I typically shy way from bold, busy patterns. They scare me. LOL. 

Slowly but surely, I am coming around to them and have happily stretched outside of my comfort zone with just a bit of prompting! This project features the Playing Patterns Suite that is featured on pages 102-103 of the Stampin' Up 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.

Once I got started, I couldn't stop! I was a ball of energy, on a roll, after teaming up with a group of fabulous Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from the Great Lakes Region under the leadership of Ms. Shannon West, who is amazingly awesome!
So, we each out to pick a Designer Series Paper (affectionately known as DSP) in Stampin' Up speak and do some projects with it. Simple, right?!?! Did I mention the UPS man rang my doorbell at 3pm on the day we presented our projects?!!? No pressure at all. I wasn't stressed. Do you read the sarcasm? 

 Ok, but all is well that ends well and this, my friends, went well. I made 5 cards in the course of the evening!!  Did you hear / read what I just said?  FIVE cards!  That's unprecedented for your girl right here because I am a s.l.o.w. creator!  LOL
This is the first card out of the five cards.  It's a clean and simple design featuring a sentiment from the Pattern Play stamp set on a stitched circle.  The Textured Textiles embossing folder gives the card an subtle background and the coordinating Resin dots ties it all together. The fun patterns of the DSP are showcased using flags created by the Triple Banner Punch.

The second card is a bit of a stepped up version of the first card.   It features the Playful Alphabet dies from the suite.  These tiny letters are absolutely superb!  The tip I shared on our Demonstrator presentation was to  re-purpose the plastic Extra gum containers to capture your small pieces and framelits while you are using your Cut and Emboss machine!

Now, this card is something fun!
It's a SHAKER card!
ALL of the Playing with Patterns Suite teams up to create this fun project!
I did incorporate the Field of Flowers punch to create my shaker elements! 
Shhh, I also used a few pieces of retired glitter elements for a pop of sparkle!

Ok!  Without further ado!  Are you ready for the stars of the show?
The Double Gatefold with Two Panel Cards!  💗

My projects were inspired by a Double Gatefold card with two panels that my friend Kim said she saw over on Splitcoast Stampers. I did change up the measurements in my project just a bit.  I loved this fancy fold design because I thought it easily lends itself to showcasing this beautiful Designer Series Paper!  The two cards below both use the Double Gatefold card design but look completely different due to the DSP's that were utilized.
These could be change up even more by using 4 pieces of the DSP on the project - one for each panel. 

Gate Fold Card with Two Panels Things you’ll need: 
Cardstock for base and mat
Patterned Paper (Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper - DSP) 
Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade 
Bone Folder 
Adhesive (liquid glue and dimensionals) 
Stamp Set (Beautiful Friendship and Ridiculously Awesome) 

Ready to create?
 Step 1: Use the score tool to score the 5.5” x 8.5” cardstock at 2 ⅛” and 6 ⅜” on the long side. 
Step 2: Fold the shorter panels in- make sure they are straight. Crease the edges with your bone folder. 
 Step 3: Use liquid glue to adhere each of the 1 3/4” x 5 1/8” pieces of DSP to each of the 2” x 5⅜” cardstock. (There will be two of each). You could consider making your panels at least ¼” shorter so that the base color also shows through when the panel mat is added. Step 
4: Adhere the two panels to the smaller panels on the card. 
Step 5: Decorate the two front panels. These measure 2” x 3 3/4”. Layer them onto the cardstock panels panels that measure 2 ⅜” x 4”. 
Step 6: Adhere the two matted panels to the gate panels on the card base. Adhere the top panel (dsp here) using liquid glue only on the top left-hand gate. The right-hand side of the panel is un-glued. 
 Step 7: Adhere the bottom panel (sentiment) using the liquid glue on the bottom right hand gate. The left-hand side remains un-glued. 
 Step 8: Embellish your card as your heart desires! 
 Step 9: For the inside of the card: The layering panels are 4” x 5 ¼” and 4 ⅛” x 5 ⅜”. Step 
10: Decorate your envelope to match.

This set is SO VERY versatile!
Treat yourself!  Treat your friends! Treat your customers to the Playing with Patterns Bundle!

If you don't have yet have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to help you create something fabulous!

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  1. Beautiful cards. I plan to try the Gatefold Card this weekend!!

  2. You really rocked those patterned papers. Good job getting out of your box!

  3. You really rocked those patterned papers. Good job getting out of your box!

  4. These are gorgeous cards, Nedine! I love all of them and definitely NEED that Designer Series Paper too!

  5. You worked those patterned paper like a pro!!