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AWH Blog Hop - Designer Series Paper

AWH_Blog_Hop_GraphicHi there

Today some of the ladies from the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of the new Stampin' Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit! This offer applies to the designs shown in the picture below.


You may have come to my blog from the lovely Rachel Woollard. Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case there are any broken links.

Using designer series paper on your cards provides a lovely focus point and does much of the 'heavy lifting', so your layouts can be quite simple, but still pack a punch. I decided to try a technique that I haven't used before, to create my card. It looks a lot like parquetry to me, with strips of DSP laid out to create a simple geometric design. This is a great way to use many of the designs in the pack. There is no right or wrong way, just place the colours and designs so they look balanced and pleasing to the eye. I have used the 'Presents & Pinecones' DSP for my card, but this technique would work with almost any set of DSP if it has a number of small prints. 

Stampin' Up! Presents & Pinecones DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

To maintain the focus on the DSP and layout, I have used the 'Noel' die cut in Gold Glimmer paper as the greeting. For the inside, I have used the Pine Bough embossing folder in the right hand corner and more of the DSP at the base with the Gold Glimmer trim to finish it off. 


Here is a close up of the paper parquetry and the lovely sparkly greeting.



Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Real Red, Gold Glimmer
 Ink None
Accessories None
Tools     Pine Bough Embossing folder, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot


My second project uses one of my 'go to' layouts for using designer series paper as the focal point of the card. It is clean and simple and it always looks great. Just pick out which colours in the DSP you will use as highlights and the rest is a matter of construction. This card uses the 'Candy Cane Lane' DSP with Early Espresso highlights.

Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane DSP & Cookie-Cutter Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I 've used Crumb Cake as the mat with some of the lovely spotty washi tape from the Candy Cane Lane set and a cute gingerbread man finishing it off.


Here is a closeup of the lovely greeting with the 3 thread bow of Candy Cane Lane Baker's twine and the cute enamel heart.



Project Details
Stamps Cookie-Cutter Christmas
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
 Ink Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Accessories Candy Cane Lane Washi, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, Brights Enamel Shapes
Tools     Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 Now it's time to hop over to see what the lovely Rachel Palmieri has to inspire you. Click on the arrow below.



Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so make sure you hop around to everyone and leave them some blog love.

1. Judy May   <----------- You are here!
2. Rachel Palmieri
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Ros Davidson
5. Monika O'Neill
6. Kate Morgan 
7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
8. Rebecca Jacovou
9. Claire Daly
10. Rachel Woollard


Thanks for stopping by!


Ros Davidson

Your cards are stunning as always Judy.


Love your projects Judy. Great to see you hopping with us.

Tina Gillespie

Oh, wow! I love your first card. I've seen the technique with the strips lying together and not really liked it, but the gaps between the strips make a huge difference! I may just have to try it now!

Rachel Palmieri

Both these cards are great examples of how to use DSP, especially leftovers. I'm fascinated by the first card, it certainly does pack a punch. I hope I am as successful using it as you were.

monika o'neill

Judy your cards are lovely, a lot of work in your first one :)

Kate Morgan

I love how you have not used any stamping in your first card Judy, but it is so effective. And the gingerbread man with the Candy Cane Lane DSP is very sweet. Thanks for sharing!

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