Hi Everyone. Happy Saturday. I hope you are all finally warming up!
The fabulous LeAnne has a great color challenge for us at The Paper Players this week
Now, I know you are all tired of hearing me say that the reason I do challenges is because, well, they challenge me and bright colors all together really challenge me. This color combo was no exception. So, I decided to go the whole hog and make two entirely different cards using the color combo! So, thanks to LeAnne for forcing me outside of my box and making me flex my creative muscle!
I had this idea in my head to use the "hello" from Four You and pair that with some new goodies from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration catalog. There is a Sweet Sorbet Accessory pack that has sticky backed pre-cut shapes and I thought that I could make use of those.
I took out the pack, picked some flowers and Copic markers to match Crushed Curry and Primrose petals. Oh, yeah! I won't have to buy contraband anymore considering that SU is now coming out with alcohol markers! I can't wait to play around with them.
Here's my card:
Two of the flowers are white underneath, so I managed to get a fairly good color match. However, the small flower is the natural cork color and it took the Primrose Petal color very differently, it looks more orange! If you look in the middle of the "orange" flower, you can see that it really is pink!
I stamped the leaves in Pear Pizazz and adhered the self-stick flowers over the top. I then stamped the "hello" using Coastal Cabana and some clear embossing powder to give it just a little shine. Once everything was assembled, I took some Basic Rhinestones and colored those to match the flowers. All that was left to do was to round the corners of the focal layer and then adhere it to a heavyweight card stock base.
You will notice that I used the Coastal Cabana as a highlight color. I think it works really well to make the sentiment pop without overpowering the other colors.
The design team really took this color scheme and rocked it. Check out their inspiration cards and then get out your inks and stamps and join us. :-)
On a personal note:
Well, it was back to the office and 14 hour days on Thursday and Friday. On top of that, I'm still trying to shake off the flu I picked up whilst on holiday. So, it has been very early to bed for the last couple of nights trying to recover and also get back onto US time.
It warmed up to almost 30 degrees here today and I swear you can hear the birds singing a sigh of relief. What a temperature jump though - from almost -40 to +30 in just a few days. It really is good to be back to watch the wetlands. I do miss it :-)
Cam - you asked me what a silicone craft sheet is. Ranger makes one. It acts like a non-stick pan in that you can use it like an artists palette and wipe it clean very easily. I use it a lot when I am crafting. You can't cut on it, but it's perfect for applying shimmer paint, watercoloring, etc. I found a video for you here.
Terri - you asked me about the Cricut vs the Silhouette. For me, no comparison! I really didn't connect with my Cricut and donated it to my local Ronald McDonald house years ago. I couldn't bear to spend all of that money on cartridges and I found it too restricting. The silhouette allows me to download images from MDS (if you have the right level of software for the silhouette!) It also allows me to size the images, cuts very intricate images, cuts stamps and all sorts of other things. That's the only reason that I bought it. I really think being able to export my MDS images and cut them is a great thing.
Marina - you asked about sentiments. I must admit, these are the one things that I buy as contraband. I like big, bold sentiments. Digital is fine, but sometimes, I just need ink. I do love the fact that Stampin' Up! does offer up some French language stamps.
I'll be back tomorrow with my other card using LeAnne's color challenge and details of some blog candy. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
- Card stock: Gina K 120#
- Stamps: Four You.
- Accessories: Sweet Sorbet Accessory from the SAB catalog
- Inks: Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz. Copic Markers
- Tools: Clear embossing powder. Double sided tape. 1" corner rounder