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Monday, April 11, 2016

You're a Great Catch! - GDP031 and Guest Designer Eli!


I have a special treat for you today!  I have my youngest (and first) guest designer!  If you follow me here on Instagram, you may have seen my little Eli watercoloring with me last week.  We were attempting to make bubble stationary with soap, water and food coloring.  It was an epic fail - certainly didn't work out like I remember as a child.  So we decided to get some reinkers out with watercolor paper and do something different!  Eli had fun and I was so amazed by the job he did!


So this weekend I sat down and made a card with the paper.  I received the From Land to Sea stamp set in the mail on Friday and wanted to try it out.  I was really pleased with the card and was planning to blog about it today when I saw the new challenge at Global Design Project was "nature"... PERFECT!  Btw, I'm so honored that I was chosen as GDP29's pick!  Thank you everyone! <3

(Click on the image below to go to the site and see all of the other nature inspired cards)
I love the marlin in the stamp set.  When we went on the KLove Cruise with my inlaws in January, we stopped at a Guy Harvey restaurant and store in the Cayman Islands.  I had never heard of the guy "Guy" but his artwork is amazing.  Marlins are one of the things he paints.  So I was inspired to use the blue and purple from the paper Eli made and used the Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss for the marlin too.


I used corrugated paper to make it look like the fish was mounted on wood.  I thought the texture would look better than stamping the hardwood stamp in brown.   I colored the fins using the clear Wink of Stella and found the perfect sentiment from Settin' Sail.  (It's a current photopolymer set with SU!)


Because I stamped the image on Coaster Board, when I colored it using an Aqua Painter, the paper curled.  I wasn't at all upset about it - made it look like a real fish that was mounted!


Thank you for stopping by today! I hope that you are inspired to make your own background paper!  Be sure to head on over to Global Design Project's blog and see some more!

Blessings!
-Holly 





21 comments:

  1. A-MAZ-ING! I love this project and the fact that your son helped you with the background is even more wonderful. Thanks for joining us again this week at Global Design Project.

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    1. Thank you so much Connie! Love your leaves card!

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  2. WOW! Just WOW!!!

    Love your little guest designer, too!!!

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    1. Thank you Candee! Think the little designer loves his Aunt too!

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  3. I could do with an assistant that makes amazing backgrounds too Holly! I adore this card! The background is perfect, but it is also nice to see the Marlin for a change. I love the mounted look too, lol. Thanks for playing at Global Design Project this week.

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    1. Thanks so much Paula! K haven't seen too many cards with this set and I usually don't buy a set for one or two images but I'm glad I did. Thanks for leaving a comment! :)

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  4. Such a beautiful card Holly, and a gorgeous combined effort with your little guy. I love crafting with my boys too. D x

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    1. Aren't the kids fun? :) so delightful watching them create! Thanks for your kind words, Denita!

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  5. Such a Wow card! LOVE the background that your sweet little assistant created! It was the perfect backdrop for your corrugated die cut and beautiful fish! :)

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  6. Love the "team" approach to your card! That marlin is beautifully colored!

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    1. He's my favorite teammate to stamp woth other than my mom! Thanks Robin!

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  7. Super impressive. The colours are GREAT!

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  8. Love this Holly! Your little guy must have loved it too!

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    1. Thank you Carolynn :) he was proud for sure hehe!

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  9. I adore your background but the colouring of your swordfish is divine, thanks so much for joining us this week x

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  10. Such a gorgeous card, Holly! I love the background (and your super-talented background assistant). I love the way you've used the corrugated paper here - so smart!

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    1. Thank you Brian! And I know what you're thinking, and the answer is no - Eli cannot move to your fungeon and become the King's background assistant! :) Appreciate the comments as always!

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  11. Just delightful Holly ... wow, wow, wow!

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