Thursday 4 September 2014

DSP make-over - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Thursday has come around again and I'm delighted to welcome you to another Stampin' Up Artisan design Team blog hop. Did you see the amazing ideas the team came up with last week? Wow! I know there's plenty more inspiration where those came from so let's get hopping to see this week's creations!

My own project came about when I opened the pack of Motley Monsters designer paper Stampin' Up had sent me and realised that it's full of gorgeous papers that are definitely NOT just for halloween! Come and see:

This paper for example, features bold trees with the odd pair of scary eyes peering out of the blackness between them! Cover up those eyes though, and you have a graphic paper design with a lovely autumn feel - perfect for making quick cards for the coming season's birthdays. I covered the eyes on my piece with this birthday banner from the Apothecary Art stamp set.

To up the birthday factor, I gave my leaves a little shine with Crystal Effects (I'm hoping you can see that in this photo!) and added a liberal sprinkling of gems.

And what about this paper?

There was a border of witches, cats and monsters on one end of this sheet but I trimmed that off and was left with this beautiful leaf design. Look at the way the leaves appear to be swirling round the card!

I used the Apothecary Art banner again and embellished the card with a bundle of leaves tied up with twine that I pulled off the new two-tone trim. The leaves have been stamped with a gorgeous new stamp set called Fall Fest and I tucked one of the fab new Autumn Wooden Elements embellishments in there too.

It was great fun taking these papers and jazzing them up a little! Are you ready for more ideas? Then you'll want to click the button below and see what the amazing Allison Okamitsu has made to inspire you!

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When my youngest son saw today's cards he said he really liked the sentiment. I thought he meant the gorgeous banner but it turns out that he liked what it said. "Never mind any old happy birthday," he said. "Oh no! Only the happiest birthday will do!"

We might be heading into the autumn here in the British Isles, but we're not finished with summer yet! I'll have something summery and gorgeous to show you tomorrow so do come back and see!


  1. That little bit of crystal effects makes a huge difference! Great projects Vicky

  2. Lovely use of the Halloween paper Vicky, it's very pretty used as birthday paper :)

  3. all you need is a pumpkin spice latte to go with the fab fall cards! lol

  4. Terrific! I love the way you always have a good look at the materials and then decide to use them in another way. xxx

  5. Who would have thought looking at that pack of DSP that you could make anything but Halloween cards - Vicky of course!!

  6. Gorgeous cards and a great way of showing the versatility of those papers
    Jackie x

  7. These papers are really ideal to make cards ! So cute !

  8. So clever covering up those peeping eyes! Love what you've done wit this DSP.

  9. You have such a unique way of looking at and using the product. I love it! So inspiring.

  10. Fab use of the DSP! What a great idea!

  11. Great cards Victoria, love how you've used the Halloween DSP in a totally different way...FAB!

  12. Love these ideas and cards, Vicky.

  13. great idea :-) i need to search my crystal effects ;-)


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