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ColorLab 53

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It is Monday….why are you posting the ColorLab Challenge??!!  Well, after one year of color challenges it was time for an update.  The ColorLab Challenge is becoming a monthly challenge posted on the 15th of each month.  See this week’s challenge post for all the details!

Now to this week’s colors.  Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede and a touch of More Mustard.  These are inspired by the beautiful Spice Cake DSP from the new Holiday Mini.  I am SOOOO happy I got this paper in my preorder!!  Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz are so nice together and the Soft Suede is a great neutral to add.  More Mustard adds the perfect pop of yellow!

When I looked closer at the colors, I immediately knew I wanted to use the new Hostess Set, Precious Butterflies.  This is such a quick and easy set to use.  I’m in love with the flower made of butterflies!  I stamped off the little More Mustard butterfly to keep him in the same pale palette as the flower.  I chose one of the patterns from Spice Cake DSP and added a Scallop Trim Border with a quick punch.  I popped the image up on Dimensionals but it was still missing something.  Ahhh, a Basic Pearl, of course!

You know (if you have spent any time reading my blog) that I am a huge fan of Baja Breeze but this Pool Party is kind of a summer version.  The more I use it, the more I love it!  Now you have a whole month to play the challenge so no excuses.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

I have been working busily on cards for some upcoming classes and a Holiday Mini Blog Hop starting August 26th.  You’ll get to see them eventually but I might not have much to post this week.  If I can get all my required stamping done, I hope to have some time just to play some challenges.  Thanks for stopping in today.  I will see you again later in the week!

Stamp:  Precious Butterflies; Paper:  Spice Cake DSP, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Pool Party, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard; Accessories:  Scallop Trim Border Punch, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 52

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Take one look at these colors and you’ll feel cooler!  Yep, I continue to be obsessed with the August heat and this palette is refreshing!  Pool Party and Not Quite Navy are a great combination and the addition of So Saffron works perfectly.  When I see blues and yellows together, I tend to think “French Country” so that is what I started with as a foundation for my card.

I stamped the big flower image from Elements of Style in Pool Party onto Very Vanilla card stock.  After some debate on the layout, I opted for a tried and true look.  The Framed Tulips Embossing Folder makes another appearance but as a square (I love how that it can do that!).  I wanted to add a few little touches but not get too fussy.  Victoria Crochet Trim to the rescue along with some Basic Pearls.  I added a additional little pearl to the Antique Brad for continuity.  I guess this is sort of French Country meets Clean & Simple.

I can’t wait to see what you do with the colors this week.  Thanks for stopping by and I will see you again soon!

Stamp:  Elements of Style; Paper:  Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Pool Party; Accessories:  Victoria Crochet Trim, Antique Brad, Basic Pearls, Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder

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ColorLab 51

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It is Thursday and it is time for another ColorLab Challenge!!  In this crazy heat, this color set looks beautifully fresh.  Almost like pink and yellow lemonade by the water.  Yep, the heat has frazzled my brain and all efforts around my house are about keeping cool!  Even the kids don’t want to be outside unless it involves water.  Fortunately, we have a new inflatable water slide that has bought me a little stamping time.  *smile*

I started with a layout from Stampin’ 411 and the card fell into place very quickly.  I knew I wanted to use the Berry Blossoms DSP print for my butterfly.  Isn’t he great??  The Daffodil Delight DSP stripes are from the Brights Designer Paper Pack.  I attached it with the Whisper White base and then ran it through my Big Shot using the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  The Baja Breeze Seam Binding and the Basic Pearls are the finishing touches.  This is one of those cards that just feels like summer is SUPPOSED to feel!

Tomorrow is the big day for the Stampin’ Addicts New Catalog Set Blog Hop so plan to drop by after 12p Eastern and then hop through some fantastic projects.  Have a great day and I’ll see you back tomorrow!

Stamp:  Short & Sweet; Paper:  Berry Blossoms DSP, Brights Designer Paper Pack, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Calypso Coral; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Mini Glue Dots, Crystal Effects (as glue for the butterfly), Basic Pearls

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ColorLab 50

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Nope, I didn’t fall off the planet, just been really busy with the boys and getting ready for a blog hop next week (new catalog sets…it will be fun!).  But today I am here with another ColorLab Challenge.  The fun with new In Colors continues with the addition of Lucky Limeade this week.  This color set practically says “use me with flowers!”  So I did.

Fruit & Flowers to be exact!  This is a great little flower that is perfect for quick cards (in fact this whole set is perfect for that).  The sentiment comes from Heard from the Heart.  Now what are those little score lines in the background on the Perfect Plum base??!!  They are the excuse to tell you one of the big things coming from Stampin’ Up’ Convention last week.  Stampin’ Up is introducing Simply Scored in the upcoming Holiday Mini!!!!!  Finally, a score tool that meets Stampin’ Up’s high standards!!!  So while I made these score lines with my paper cutter, imagine how much faster it will be with the new score board.

If you needed any more incentive than the $99 Starter Kit, you can also order the fabulous items from the Holiday Mini on August 1st if you are a demonstrator (including this Simply Scored tool set).  If you have ever considered becoming a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, this is the time to join!!

Well, off to swim lessons and, hopefully, to finish some ideas I have for the Stampin’ Addicts Blog Hop next week.  Don’t forget that my Ribbon Share is still running through next Tuesday.  I still have a couple of spots open in each share.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a swap card I made for a group of stampers from Stampin’ Addicts.  Thanks for dropping in today!

Stamps:  Fruit & Flowers, Heard from the Heart; Paper:  Perfect Plum, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White; Ink:  Perfect Plum, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red; Accessories:  Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1/8″ White Taffeta Ribbon, Subtles Buttons, Mini Glue Dots, Thread

ColorLab 49

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Take a look at the fabulous colors for this week’s challenge over at the ColorLab!  We continue New Colorpalooza with the addition of Island Indigo to this week’s group.  It is easy to deduce that I really love Baja Breeze and just wait until you see it with Island Indigo.  Wow!  I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about the Rich Razzleberry but, as usual, it turned out to be an awesome combination!

I pulled out my Brights Designer Paper Pack and chose two Rich Razzleberry designs.  My new Fruit & Flowers stamp set was calling out for ink and I thought this flower would be fun.  Love that it fits perfectly in the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch!!  I inked it with the challenge colors Stampin’ Write markers and then added a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The scallop circle is from the Perfect Pennant die (yes, you can expect to keep seeing these).  I tied on some Baja Breeze Seam Binding that has a bow cinched with a Razzleberry button to finish it off.

Don’t forget that I am running a ribbon share and this fabulous ribbon is in Selection 2.  More can be found in yesterday’s post.  The layout is my take on the Inkspirations Sketch Challenge this week.  Love this one (and all the cards the design team made)!

Wow, three posts in a row…and I haven’t even inked all my new stamps yet.  You can expect to see more next week with some of those!  Until then, I hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks for dropping by!

Stamps:  Fruit & Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Brights Designer Paper Pack, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink:  Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry; Accessories:  Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Die, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Regals Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 48

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The new catalog is live and the new In Colors are available so the ColorLab Challenge has included Wisteria Wonder this week.  Ooooh, it is so pretty and really is amazing with the Pink Pirouette!  I have to admit that the Cherry Cobbler threw me a bit but then I realized how pretty it is with the Pink Pirouette and I had my answer!

I inked up the big flower from Vintage Vogue with Pink Pirouette and then sponged some Cherry Cobbler around the edges.  For the Wisteria flowers, I inked them up with Wisteria Wonder and stamped them off once.  Then I sponged on some full strength Wisteria Wonder.  The sponging was all done with sponge daubers (love those things and your fingers stay clean!).  I cut out the big flower and popped it up on a Dimensional then added Basic Pearls to all the flowers.  The White Organza Ribbon is a beautiful compliment to the pearls so I tied a little bow to add on.  Finally, the sentiment is from the retired hostess set, Because I Care.

Speaking of retired sets, I’m getting ready to post my list of retired items for sale.  Keep an eye out for that to see if there are any that interest you.  Thanks for dropping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Because I Care (retired hostess); Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Wisteria Wonder; Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls, White Organza Ribbon

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ColorLab 47

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Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!!  Okay, in this case we have Red, Blue and Blue (with a little Naturals Ivory) but you get the point.  The ColorLab Challenge is timely, as usual…ready for the Independence Day holiday here in the U.S.  The stampers over at Stampin’ Royalty are celebrating their patriotism and this color selection fit right in for me.

You may have noticed that pinwheels are showing up everywhere so I decided to give it a try.  I took some Not Quite Navy card stock and sponged on Night of Navy ink to make it pop.  The DSP is from the retiring Jolly Holiday paper – one last showing!  You’ll notice that I threaded a thin strip through the buttons too.  Today is the LAST DAY to order any retiring items so don’t put it off any longer!!  The layout comes from the Fall-to Layout Challenge.

I hope you are ready for the new catalog to launch…my order is standing by (and getting longer).  With any luck, you’ll start seeing cards with some new products in week or so!  Off for some summer fun with the kids today!  Have a great rest of your week!

Stamp:  Inviting; Paper:  Jolly Holiday (retiring), Not Quite Navy, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Piercing Tool, Mat Pack

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ColorLab 45

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Look at the happy summer colors that the ColorLab has for you this week!!  As a seasonal stamper, this combination had so much appeal to me!  In fact, I went immediately to my Brights Designer Paper Pack and started pulling out designs to play with.  Melon Mambo is my favorite pink and it is wonderful paired with the sunny Daffodil Delight and the happy Tempting Turquoise.

I started with a layout from MojoMonday but ended up changing it just a bit.  My Fun Flowers die did the work again…amazing difference from my wedding card on Tuesday isn’t it??!!  Some 1/8″ Narrow Taffeta Ribbon provides the edging for the striped paper (and some extra dimension in person).  I created my own little tag and stamped it with a sentiment from the retiring All Holidays set.  Mini Glue Dots to hold the buttons and I was done!

I will be back tomorrow with a Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop so please stop back by!!  Also, tomorrow is the last day to win my Flag Day Giveaway so don’t forget to comment by noon!

Stamp:  All Holidays; Paper:  Brights Designer Paper Pack, Tempting Turquoise; Ink:  Tempting Turquoise; Accessories:  Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, 1/8″ White Narrow Taffeta Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine

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ColorLab 44

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I’m here with another ColorLab Challenge card and we have another fabulous group of colors!  I have a confession, I actually had another project made with these colors that I liked a lot more.  It was a set of cards boxed up as a teacher gift.  The problem…in my chaos to get out the door with the gifts, I forgot to take pictures!  ARGHHHH!!  I guess some days are just like that.

So I got home and pulled out the sketch from Splitcoaststampers SC336 to get to work.  I have only a few scraps of the Greenhouse Gala paper left but will find a use for every piece.  I have loved that paper!!  If you are a fan of Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz, make sure you get it before it is gone (it is retiring)!  I inked up the coordinating flower from Friends Never Fade, stamped it and cut it out.  The quote is from a retired hostess set, Of the Earth.  Hostess sets really are the gift that keep on giving!  This card is for a teacher and I can think of no better phrase to thank her!

Since I allowed other gift card sets out the door without pictures too, I’ll have a little less to show you tomorrow.  Fortunately, there is still one here!  Don’t forget to check out the projects from the rest of the design team!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Of the Earth (retired, hostess); Paper:  Greenhouse Gala, Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush;  Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush; Accessories:  Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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ColorLab 43

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This week’s ColorLab Challenge colors are courtesy of…!  The design team chose colors for the whole month and this is what I came up with.  I knew this palette would be awesome for Father’s Day cards and now is the time to get working on them!!  Of course the Last Chance lists came out yesterday (see yesterday’s post for more information) and that inspired me to pull out the Father’s Day stamp from All Holidays, one of the retiring sets.

This is one of those word stamps that provides focal point and sentiment all in one.  Then, I just let some accessories do the rest of the work.  The Early Espresso Baker’s Twine was cinched by tying on a Regals button (technically Cajun Craze but with the Not Quite Navy behind it, it goes perfectly).  The Not Quite Navy panel was embossed using my Big Shot and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I used the layout from the Fall-to Layout 142.

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the team has created with these colors and I look forward to seeing your creations too!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you again soon!

Stamp:  All Holidays; Paper:  Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red; Ink:  Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Regals Buttons, Dimensionals

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