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ColorLab 42

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Imagine my joy when I saw this color palette over at the ColorLab Challenges this week!!  These are some of my very favorite colors and I have been doing a lot with them lately.  I knew that I would have to use my Elegant Soiree DSP for this one because it is gorgeous and has these colors.  Of course, narrowing down to what I wanted to make was the hard part and I went to the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge to help out.

I pulled out my brand new Fun Flowers die for this one…it is fun!  Basic Pearls were the perfect finishing touch.

My WordPress is intermittent today so I’m going to publish this without any more details (this is my third re-type).  I’ll try to update with more if I can.  I’ll be back tomorrow (WordPress willing) with a “just for fun” card I was able to make this week.  Hope you enjoy this week’s ColorLab colors!!

Stamps:  None; Paper:  Elegant Soiree DSP, Soft Suede; Ink:  None; Accessories:  Big Shot, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Basic Pearls

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ColorLab 41

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If you are a purple and pink fan, you will love this week’s colors at the ColorLab Challenge!!  Just take a look.  Not sure I would have thought to put the Concord Crush and Perfect Plum together but they are really pretty, especially when you add in Blushing Bride.  All of the main colors are In Colors this year and they coordinate so well.  Within a month, we’ll be seeing next year’s addition to the In Color family with 5 more colors.  Don’t forget, though, this year’s colors are here for another year (yes, we will have 10 In Colors!).

I used the flower from Friends Never Fade since it is so fun to add multiple colors to it.  The coordinating Pear Pizzazz paper is from the Greenhouse Garden DSP and is one of my favorite prints!  I created my own Concord Crush Satin Ribbon by dying some Vanilla Satin Ribbon, dyed some of the new Baker’s Twine in Blushing Bride and tied on a button.  I am so glad that Concord Crush is staying around for another year.  It seems to take me a while to “warm up” to some colors and the more I use this beautiful purple, the more I love it!

I hope your week is going well.  The family is almost recovered from the stomach yuck, thank heavens!  I have another class tonight and then will have a bit of a break to stamp just for me.  Hopefully I’ll be posting a bit more regularly starting next week.  Thanks for stopping in today.  Can’t wait to see what beautiful things you create with this color palette!!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Whisper White; Ink:  Concord Crush, Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  Vanilla Satin Ribbon, White Baker’s Twine, Neutrals Buttons, Sticky Strip

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ColorLab 40

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Ooh, take a look at the pretty colors this week at the ColorLab!!  I love Not Quite Navy and it is really pretty paired with Rose Red.  As soon as I saw these, I knew I was using flowers and Seam Binding!  After all, I think I have Seam Binding in all the available colors and keep hoping for more.  What was that…it isn’t in the new mini??!!  Well, it is still available because it is on the carry over list.  YEA!!!

Actually this card is pretty much an advertisement for the carry over list.  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder…check, Beveled Windowpanes…check, Rose Red Seam Binding…check!  All of them are still available.  Now I am sure you are wondering (or maybe not), where is the Baja Breeze??  Well the challenge did call for just a touch and I put it on the largest of the flowers along with Not Quite Navy.  Apparently I blended too well and it is hard to see.  Oh, well…it is there (and only the barest touch).  I love Silhouette Sentiments with the Beveled Windowpanes and have seen this tying technique around lately.  It comes together easily and I’m certain I’ll be using it again!

Thanks for stopping in today.  I can’t wait to see what you make with these colors!  I’m finally catching up from the weekend with family and should have more to post next week.  I have a Mother/Daughter Stamping Class tomorrow night that has some fun projects.  Hope the rest of your week is great.  See you again soon!

Stamp:  Silhouette Sentiments; Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Whisper White; Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze; Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Beveled Windowpanes, Rose Red Seam Binding, Thread (non-SU)

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ColorLab 39

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Take a look at what the ColorLab Challenge has for you this week!  Aren’t they fun??!!  I’m not sure I would have thought to put Razzleberry with Pumpkin Pie but they are great together.  Who knew??  I found the Clean&Simple:137 sketch too good to not use this week so that is where I got my layout.

I had my Apple Blossoms set out for a Hostess Club project and it called out to be used for this too.  It is pretty self-explanatory with all images coming from that set.  The DSP is from the Brights Designer Paper Pack and all the accessories are Old Olive.

Spring break continues around here so I can promise this was a quick and easy card!  My vegetable garden is now planted and I got to put in some flowers too!  My oldest son helped me pick out the flowers at the nursery so I have quite an ecclectic collection!  All the better for inspiration in stamping!

Thanks for dropping in today.  Don’t forget to go see what the other Color Chemists have created this week.  Have a great week!

Stamp:  Apple Blossoms (Hostess); Paper:  Brights Designer Paper Pack, Old Olive, Whisper White; Ink:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry; Accessories:  Old Olive Wide Grosgrain, Bright Buttons Pack, Dimensionals, Thread (non-SU)

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ColorLab 38

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Look what the ColorLab has created for you this week!  A beautiful set of Easter egg colors!  You can just feel the breath of spring coming from these, can’t you??  I debated what to make to do these colors justice and I decided to go 3-D.  I’m sure you figured out by now that 3-D isn’t usually my go-to thing but I had favorited a project from the very talented Sarah Wills back in March.  She has a tutorial for an adorable little basket that I knew would be fantastic with the challenge colors.

Is this not seriously great (if I do say so myself)??!!  I pretty much followed Sarah’s tutorial exactly but I did use the box measurements for her plain (not scalloped edge) version.  Because I do not have the corner punch she used, I simply added the panels punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch behind the So Saffron basic box panels.  The DSP in this is a variety of papers (mostly retired).  The Certainly Celery butterflies are from Tea Party DSP (last year – retired), the So Saffron and Pink Pirouette papers are from Bella Birds DSP (two years ago – retired), and the little Baja Breeze butterfly is from Elegant Soiree DSP.  I love that the little chocolate eggs match the colors for the challenge (ok, I did actually look for them to match but there were lots of choices)!!

If you want to use this lovely tutorial, just make sure to tell Sarah thanks for all the details she graciously provided!  I plan on making a few more of these to use as teacher gifts this week…yes, they come together that easily!  Thanks for stopping in today.  I probably won’t post again until next week due to the Easter holiday.  If you celebrate Easter or Passover, I hope your weekend is filled with wonderful food and time with family.  Blessings to you all!

Stamp:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Bella Birds DSP (retired), Tea Party DSP (retired), Elegant Soiree DSP, So Saffron, Whisper White; Ink:  So Saffron; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Basic Pearls, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Sticky Strip, Jumbo Brads, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

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ColorLab 37

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I got to pull out my Rose colored inks this week for the ColorLab Challenge!  Aren’t these colors pretty?  Artichoke has been one of my favorite greens since I started stamping so it was nice to pull it out this week too.  I definitely went Clean & Simple (CAS) for the challenge because I was still cutting and preparing for my class.  I might be the slowest designer around when it comes to classes…I am always changing things right up until the last minute!

My project today highlights hostess sets, old and new.  The flower comes from last year’s set Of the Earth and it remains a favorite of mine.  The sentiment is from this year’s hostess set Apple Blossoms.  Hostess sets really are little gift that keep on giving!!  I sponged an oval using a mask cut out by my Big Shot with the Ovals die and simply stamped the flower on top.  The ribbon is that beautiful Always Artichoke Seam Binding.  Pictures never seem to capture how pretty that style of ribbon is on a card.  The layout is based on the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday sketch this week.  I changed it a little but it is mostly true to the sketch concept. 

Make sure you go see the lovely work of the other Color Chemists this week and I can’t wait to see what you make with this set of colors!  I’ll be back tomorrow with one of the projects from my “Those Wonderful Women” class.  See you then!

Stamps:  Of the Earth (Hostess, retired), Apple Blossoms; Paper:  Always Artichoke, Whisper White; Ink:  Rose Red, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Die, Sponges, Artichoke Seam Binding

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ColorLab 36

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Oh, how I love the colors for this week!  Crumb Cake and Espresso together with just about anything are my kind of colors.  The Poppy Parade with them works beautifully.  Something about the orange-ish tint of this red is fantastic with browns.  It was kind of a nice change from some of the pastels we have been doing lately at the ColorLab.

I was stamping with a dear friend last week and she was using one of last year’s hostess sets called Kind & Caring Thoughts.  When I saw the flower from the set, I asked her to borrow it for this.  I really LOVE it with the Poppy Parade!!  I stamped it onto Crumb Cake card stock along with a sentiment from Say It Simply.  This is still available in the Occasions Mini but not for long so make sure you get this useful little word set before it is gone.  I distressed the image panel and added some Log Cabin Smooch Spritz.  Just remember with the Smooch Spritz that you have to accept the variations in the droplet sizes.  For this, it works perfectly.  The paper behind the image is from the retired Deck the Halls DSP.  I am on my last pieces but it is nice to find a non-holiday use to finish it up.

The layout comes from a fun site called Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.  I love their layouts and this one came at the perfect time.

Today is the last day of my nephew’s visit and we have had such fun.  I’ll be back to more stamping next week…promise!!  Until then, I hope you have a great time with this color challenge.  Make sure you check out the fantastic projects from the other Color Chemists too.  Have a great rest of your week!

Stamps:  Say It Simply (Occasions Mini), Kind & Caring Thoughts (retired); Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP (retired), Early Espresso, Crumb Cake; Ink:  Poppy Parade, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 35

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This week’s ColorLab Challenge colors are really wonderful to use!  I think Elegant Eggplant is such a pretty purple and it is wonderful paired with Old Olive!  Of course, I love a brown for the neutral so this was pretty much tailor made for my stamping style.  I still had Inspired by Nature in my stamp area from yesterday’s project and decided it would work again here.    I love coneflowers and after I got this set, I planted a bunch of them in my garden.  I guess art inspired life in this case.

I used direct marker to stamp to ink up only the small flower.  One of the things I love about this set is that you can use the whole image for a lot of impact or only the small flower for a different scale.  The Old Olive DSP comes from the Brights Designer Paper Pack (what a handy pack of paper that has been!).  The scallop punches (Edge Border and Oval) are a perfect combination and I finished with some more of the retired Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon.

Glad you were able to stop by.  I can’t wait to see your beautiful projects with these colors! 

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Inspired by Nature; Paper:  Brights Designer Paper Pack, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive; Accessories:  Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired)

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ColorLab 33

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I am back with another ColorLab Color Challenge and these are so pretty together!

Marina Mist is such a pretty blue and it works so well with the Pear and Regal Rose!  The only problem…I am almost out of Marina Mist.  The horror!!  So my card today is primarily Pear Pizzazz and I am preparing another order for more supplies.  *smile*  Thankfully it is still Sale-a-bration and I can take advantage of the free products.

When I think of Pear Pizzazz, Greenhouse Gala DSP immediately comes to mind so I pulled it out again today.  I do love this paper!!  Natually, Friends Never Fade had to join it since they are designed for each other.  I used a layout from Splitcoaststampers that seemed perfectly suited to the flower stamp.  The flower was inked up using markers directly to the stamp.  Don’t forget to breathe on it after you finish inking to get a clear image!  I tied a little bow out of the Pear Pizzazz 1/2″ Stitched-Poly Ribbon and attached it to my banner using Mini Glue Dots.  Those little dots are seriously wonderful (and strong!).  I do apologize for the color on the picture being a bit washed out.  I did some editing but I just could not get it as clear as it is in person.

I’m so glad you stopped in today.  Don’t forget to go see what the rest of the design team has created.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a sweet little card I made last week.  Until then, have a great day!

Stamp:  Friends Never Fade; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Ink:  Marina Mist, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz; Acccessories:  Pear 1/2″ Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 32

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More spring colors this week from the ColorLab Challenge!!  Take a look:

Maybe because Lent has started officially, but they remind me of Easter egg colors.  Sadly, I don’t have any Easter egg sets so I had to get a bit more creative.  This also looks like a palette for a spring garden bed so I went off in search of the right flowers.  I found them in my trusty Fifth Avenue Floral set!!  I just love watercoloring these beautiful images!

Using my blender pen and Watercolor Paper, I swirled on some Blushing Bride and then touched on some Rich Razzleberry at the tips of the petals.  A little So Saffron direct to paper for the centers and the flowers were done.  I cut one out to pop up on a Dimensional for texture.  The sentiment is from the Occasions Mini set called Say It Simply…still love it because it is perfect for so many cards.  I embossed the Very Vanilla card stock with my Big Shot and the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder using the square technique shown here and added a bow with Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon.

I hope you have fun with these colors this week.  As always, I can’t wait to see all the creative things you do with them!  This card also qualifies for the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge 79, stamping with flowers.  Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great rest of your week!!

Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Say It Simply; Paper:  Watercolor, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron; Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Blender Pen

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