Country Morning Inspiration
Best Wishes - Homage to Retiring Colors #8

Highlighting Eggplant and Birthday celebrations!

Hi Everyone.  Happy Wednesday night.  Oh yes... Friday is only a little way away.   I got down to my stamping room night.  I decided I HAD to take a break from work and go do something different.  Not just because I wanted to, but because I HAD to.  I was going stir crazy sitting at my desk, so I got up, took a walk to clear my head and get my joints moving, and then meandered down to my stamping space.

A huge thank you to all of you who commented, and a huge shout out to those of you who took up the challenge to try to determine the colors I had used on last night's card.  I know that many of you decided not to play along... BUT.. I'm guessing there was more than one of you checking out the guesses to see if they were right? :-)  More to come on that.

Tonight's card uses Close as a Memory.  I love this set.  I used the fabulous sketch across at stamping411 to create this card.

Before I show you the card though.... a HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT to Beverly and Ann.  Both of them celebrated birthday's in the last couple of day's.  In fact, if memory serves me right - Beverly's Birthday is today.  So happy, happy birthday to both of you.  Beverly, hope you got your goodies:-)

I sat down with this sketch, not quite knowing what I was going to do with it.  Or even what stamp set to use.  I always sit down with my catty and thumb through it until I find a stamp set that speaks to me.  Sometimes... I don't have the set, so just have to keep on thumbing:-)  I knew I wanted to use Elegant Eggplant, and decided that I would make a sympathy card.  I'm not sure about here, but purple is often used in sympathy wreaths, etc. in the UK.


As you can see, I used Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla and Black for this card.  I stamped the flower image in Elegant Eggplant and then used my Crystal Effects on the flowers and leaves.  I left that to dry whilst I worked on the rest of the card.

I used the striped grosgrain ribbon, but the black and white was too stark.  So, to counteract that, I took my marker and I "dyed" the white areas in Elegant Eggplant.  I just left the outer edges white.  This helped take the focus off the ribbon colors and also helped to tie the card together.

I decorated the inside of the card, too.  Often, when I make cards to send to friends as hello cards, etc. I don't decorate the inside... because I need the room to be able to accommodate my rather large handwriting!

Here's the inside of the card... just for you Trish 'cos I know you like to see the inside of the cards :-)


I stamped a partial flower image using Versamark in the bottom left and top right hand corners and stamped the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant.

The last thing I did - once the Crystal Elements was dry, was to stamp "With Sympathy" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, onto the front image of the card.  I loved using the sketch, especially as it is very versatile.  

So.... now... I know you have all been wondering what the colors were used in last night's card.  I really know how difficult it is, because the colors show up on the screens so differently.  However, you all did really well.  Many of you were OH... OH... so close.... but the blues and sometimes the greens threw you... and the red confused many of you... which shows you how differently these colors all appear on our different screens.  Also, the color used to "ground" everything really didn't show up correctly on the screens.

So.... I put all of your names into a little bucket and Bilbo Baggins assisted me to draw out a winning name......  but... before we get to that...what were the actual colors?

Card stock:

Night of Navy, Gable Green, Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, Whisper White


Certainly Celery (grounding color), Bordering Blue (for the big vase), Bashful Blue, Rose Red (for the red vase), Yoyo Yellow for the flowers.  Real Red for the centers of the flowers.  Always Artichokes for the stems.

The sentiment was white embossing powder.

AND>>>>  Bilbo Baggins chose Kadie as the spot prize winner!  Kadie, please could you email me your address and I will send you your goodies.

I'm thinking I might have another spot prize next week.  And don't forget, the rest of you are still entered into the draw for April 30!

As always, thank you for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  Your visits, your support and your support for each other - is greatly appreciated.  You all are amazing people.

I wish you a Thursday filled with love, laughter and a chance to dance and sing as though no one is watching.  Carpe Diem.

Trish.... you know we are all praying for you as you face this decision.




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Absolutely Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this wonderful card. Love the ribbon!

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