Be Inspired Blog Hop - Summer!

26 July 2023

Welcome to the Be Inspired Blog Hop for July! You may have hopped here from my fabulously talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid from New Zealand. Please hop around by clicking the next button at the bottom of this post. 

The theme for this months hop is 'Summer'. 
In the Southern Hemisphere we are all rugged up in our Winter woollies enjoying camp fires and roasting marshmallows (no we don't call them s'mores over here) and I have to admit I had a bit of a laugh to myself while making this card in my craftroom....wearing my pink fluffy dressing gown and ugg boots while the air conditioner is set on heating and the temperature 'feels like' 1.3°C (about 34°F)! However, that being said, I truly believe that ice-cream is for any season, and so this is the direction I went with!

I created this card using the icing top from the cupcake in the Circle Sayings stamp set on page 17 of the 2023-2024 Annual Catalogue. I created the waffle cone myself by making diagonal score lines using the Simply Scored (page 145) on a piece of watercolor paper and then used a black pen to create similar outlines as the cupcake. I watercolored both using the smallest pen from Water Painters. 

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is the amazingly talented Janneke Dijkstra-deJong from the Netherlands. I just adore her and her project this week! Hit the Next Button below:



Here's a snippet of some of our Winter nights here on the farm. We get the most beautiful winter sunsets and I wish I could capture the stars against the clear black skies just to share with you. In Australia our marshmallows are much smaller and it's not the same unless toasted on a stick you have carefully searched and chosen for this very purpose - and no, I don't like to share - my stick or my toasted marshmallows! 🤣

Thanks for stopping by, 
Louise xo
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Celebrating The Global Design Project

26 June 2023


#GDP400 - 
Hello friends! I am very excited to be playing along with the Global Design Project this week as the Challenge and Design Team celebrates the 400th challenge. Wow!! The Global Design Project was born back in 2015 when Kylie Bertucci and I decided to created a challenge that included Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world in an effort to showcase all the amazing global talent. Even though we have both now left the design team, we are thrilled that the GDP is still going strong and provides a great place to be inspired by exceptionally talented crafters from around the world.    

What does CASE mean? Copy And Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit. Put simply, we take inspiration from the project and make it our own.

My CASE Inspiration: I decided to take inspiration from both of our cards.
I took my inspiration from four different aspects of Kylie's card including the card layout, a fruit stamp set, the 'thanks' sentiment and the use of Designer Series Paper for the background. Kylie also loves geographic shapes, so this is also a nod to her style. I incorporated my love of watercolour with pink. I also used the hint of yellow on the tips of the green leaves, as I did in my original card. 

I haven't crafted in months *gasp* - and I really had to dig deep and find the motivation to get me into my craftroom and make a card. I actually thought all my creativity had dried up and left the building! When I was kindly asked to participate in the GDP Challenge, I panicked and wasn't going to play along...HOWEVER...I know from experience if I just start creating my enthusiasm for crafting returns and my mind buzzes with ideas. That's also why 'CASE-ing' is also such a great idea! 

You can view or play along with Global Design Project by visiting the blog: or follow on Instgram @global_design_project


Create a NEW project that reflects the current challenge
3 ways to play:
1. Post your entry to @global_design_project Instagram
2. Post your entry to Global Design Project Facebook page
3. Post to the Global Design Project Blog

Remember to and tag us with the weekly challenge hashtag and #globaldesignproject
Deadline for entries closes each Sunday at 6pm CET; 3am AEST

Happy crafting, 
Louise xo
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