A thanks and a color challenge

You know those projects that just flow together perfectly? The ones where everything goes exactly as you imagined it? Yeah, this isn’t one of those.

I thought Paper Players Challenge # 235 would be easy peasy. But, I just couldn’t figure out how to put all four colors together.

Here’s Anne Marie’s beautiful pallette:


I pulled out card stock, inks and pens in all four colors. I dug out my DSP packs and pulled out sheets that featured these colors. I die cut banners and sayings, stamped flowers, embossed card bases. The most I could pull together were three colors at a time.

But, then I discovered the sunflower stamp in Petal Potpourri. I had used every other stamp in this set except for this one, so thought I would give it a try. I colored the stamp with So Saffron and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write markers and LOVED it. I like that it’s a sketched look, rather than all filled in, like the one I stamped to go under it.

From there, the rest of the card came together.

I had already cut out the word “Thanks” in Wild Wasbi while I was trying to get inspired. After playing with it a bit, I thought I could use it as the stem of the flower. The only problem was that the flower and sentiment together were a little too long for an A2 card. I remembered seeing another challenge that used a 4″ x 9.25″ card that would fit into a business envelope, so I thought I would try that.

I cut a butterfly in Crisp Cantaloupe, then stamped over it with my Something Lacy Background stamp in Whisper White. I embellished the body with Pearl Accents.

I thought it looked fine on a plain Crumb Cake base, but decided to see if adding a background would be better. I chose the Hardwood background in Crumb Cake ink, even though I would have to stamp twice to cover the long card. Can you say challenging? My finished product isn’t perfect, but I convinced myself that there isn’t such a thing as perfect wood. 😀

The sentiment seemed a little flat, so I cut two extra ones and layered them on top of each other. (Thanks, Brian King for that hint!)

I also wanted to raise the flower a little higher, so I stacked two Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of each other.

Color challenges really make me think differently, which is a good thing! I’m looking forward to more.

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3 thoughts on “A thanks and a color challenge

  1. I love how you combined the colours – everything hangs together really well and I think your extension of the Hardwood stamp is great – this is really tricky to do! The DSP butterfly is also beautiful. Thanks for joining us for our colour challenge over at The Paper Players this week!


  2. Such a creative card! I love how you used the word for the stem of the flower! So clever! The hardwood background is the perfect touch. Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Paper Players!


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