Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday.
It's the fabulous Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a color challenge for us:
Those of you who have been visiting my blog for a while, know that color challenges are tough for me. I seem to stick with the same group of colors and everything else is outside of my wheelhouse. Orange - in any shade - is definitely one of those "challenging" colors - as is Early Espresso. Not that I don't like the colors - it's just that I don't gravitate to them. And that, is the reason that I LOVE color challenges - they force me to do something different.
I wanted to keep this card very clean and very simple. I also don't have anything that is Peach Peekaboo - to be honest, I don't think I have Peach anything! But I remembered that I did have some pearls. So, I had to find a stamp set that I could use the pearls with.
I remembered that I had a new, unused set from Altenew called Sweet Friend and that it had a lovely frame that I thought would work with the pearls. I stamped the frame in Crushed Curry and then used the little peach pearls in the frame - take a look. They look very sweet!
You can see that I HAD to add a little glimmer to the frame, too. It's amazing how much use out get out of a glimmer pen that I picked up at Michaels years ago on a whim!
This card came together so easily. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of my card base and then stamped the frame and die-cut it. I then used my thin foam strips from Stampin' Up! to raise the frame up from the card base. All I had to do was add a few pearls and some glimmer with my glimmer pen and I was done.
Here's my card:
I love the simplicity of the card - it allows the sentiment and the frame to take center stage and I think highlights the colors - they really do look good together and the peach lightens and lifts the earthy tones of the Early Espresso.
I hope you will join us this week and play along with Joanne's color challenge. If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than the creations from our fabulously talented design team:
On a personal note:
I had intended to post a couple of times during the week, but the events of last weekend in Vegas really bothered me. Especially on top of Harvey and Irma and Maria - and now this. I really do not understand what makes someone do something like that. I can only hope that there is some special spot in hell for people who do this. My heart and prayers go out to all those who were affected by these awful events. I agree with Colleen's comment... all I could do was feel numb. Consequently, I just couldn't post!
I will be back with more cards this week. I did manage to spend some time in my craft room today looking out at the autumnal colors starting to appear in the wetland. This morning was cold, wet and rainy - and really reminded me of England. It was the kind of cold and wet that got right into your bones and froze the marrow! However, this afternoon was absolutely glorious. The sun came out, pushed away the clouds, dried the rain and the golden, rust colored leaves looked like little jewels in the sun.
I'll be back tomorrow with another card. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Stamps: Sweet Friend - Altenew
- Inks: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry - Stampin' Up
- Die-cut: Sweet Friend die-cut - Altenew