Cherry Blossoms - Central Park style
Blooper Night

Friends in Orange and White

Hi Everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  I did manage to get to my stamping space to make 1 card.  I am always so pleased to be able to get the chance to do that. It's a fabulous thing as it makes me focus on something other than work.  Which is always a very good thing :-)

I decided to do a challenge tonight using one of my favorite SU stamp sets - Simple Friendship.  I haven't done a stamping411 challenge for a while, so decided it was time to do that.  I also wanted to continue my new year resolution of using colors and/or stamps that I don't often use.  So... tonight... oh boy... I so rarely use this color... in fact, so rarely that I didn't have scraps in my folder!  However, I have decided that I am in love with this color... ORANGE!  and it isn't even Halloween!  Also, it's a color I've used 3 times in the last week!

It was a pretty cool sketch - so pop along and check out the inspiration cards and the submissions.  You all know that I recommend doing challenges to take you out of your comfort zone - or to get you out of a funk.


I wanted to keep the card clean and simple, so kept white on white with just a pop of orange.  Unfortunately the pic doesn't show the sparkly butterfly!

Card recipe:

  • card stock:  whisper white, only orange
  • stamps:  Simple Friendship
  • Accessories:  Big Shot with perfect polka dots embossing folder for the vertical matt; grosgrain Orange ribbon; small half pearls; Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I love the fact that the polka dots echo the dots of the pearls on the butterfly
  • I chose not to take the polka dot matt all the way from the top to the bottom of the card, but leave a little white breathing space instead
  • I stamped the butterfly in Only Orange onto Whisper White card stock.
  • I then repeated it on to a scrap piece of Whisper White.  I used the rock and roll technique and inked the stamp with Only Orange classic ink and then rolled it in Ruby Red. 
  • Once I had stamped it on the scrap piece, I covered the image with Versamark and then ran it into the Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set it
  • I cut around the second butterfly with my paper snips and then mounted it onto the first stamped butterfly with snail.
  • I placed half pearls down the body of the butterfly
  • I stamped the sentiment in Ruby Red - to match the edges of the butterfly
  • Wrapped a piece of grosgrain ribbon between the sentiment and the butterfly

In the end, I was really pleased with the crisp clean feel of the card and am really in love with Orange.  So I challenge you to try a color combination you wouldn't normally use!

I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday - you all deserve it.  Thank you so much for your visit - you know it means a great deal to me.