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ColorLab 31

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Today’s ColorLab Challenge brings us another taste of spring!  These colors are going to make you smile.

Aren’t they pretty??  Maybe it is just because Virginia has started having little signs of spring but I immediately thought flowers for these colors.  In fact, I thought that the new Blossom Petals Punch needed to be put to use!  And what comes with blooming flowers?  Butterflies!!  I love butterflies!  So out came my Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and my Beautiful Wings Embosslit too.

After playing around with some variations I finally realized that Clean and Simple (CAS) would be best…specifically a one layer card.  I stamped the punched petals and the Pink Pirouette butterfly with images from the Bliss SAB set and added Basic Pearls to finish the look.  The sentiment is from Elements of Style and works perfectly here.  All of the edges are sponged with their respective colors and I added a little Baja Breeze sponging on the white too.

I hope you like this one and have a great time playing with these colors!  Thanks for stopping by today.  Don’t forget to go see what the other Color Chemists made for you this week!

Stamps:  Bliss (SAB), Elements of Style (118611); Paper:  Baja Breeze (111352), Pink Pirouette (111351), Peach Parfait (119794); Ink:  Baja Breeze (111833), Pink Pirouette (111838), Peach Parfait (119783); Accessories:  Big Shot (113439), Beautiful Butterflies Die (114507), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138), Blossom Petals Punch (121808), Neutrals Buttons (119743), Basic Pearls (119247), Sponges (101610)

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ColorLab 30 – Happy Birthday!

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Spring is in the air…at least over at the ColorLab Challenge this week.  It was even in the air for a while here in Virginia but winter decided to make a return.  Oh well, soon enough I’ll be planting my garden!  Take a look at the wonderful colors we have for you:

Around this time of year, whenever I see pink and green as a color combination I think of cherry trees.  I LOVE cherry trees!  I have one in my front yard and it is spectacular when it blooms.  In fact, the blooms on my tree are pretty much Pink Pirouette.  With that on my brain, there was no avoiding the fact that I had to pull out my retired Branch Out set.  It is one of the all time great sets, in my humble opinion! 

It is so easy to give the “cherry tree effect” with this.  I inked up the tree in Crumb Cake, the stamped on the leaves in Wild Wasabi and Pink Pirouette.  The Crumb Cake  patterned paper might look familiar since it is from the recently retired Deck the Halls DSP.  The bow is my first attempt at Sharon Field’s Double Loop Bow Method.  While I do like the end result, trust her when she says to start with a wider ribbon (Satin Ribbon would be my suggestion).  This has a different look than my typical double loop bows and I think it is pretty for this card.

You want to know who this birthday card is for??!!  It is for Stampin’ Addicts, one of my very favorite sites!!  They are celebrating their 2nd birthday and I am participating in a virtual card shower.  You can see some other fabulous birthday wishes on the Virtual Card Shower Thread.  But just wait, starting tomorrow (Feb 25th) there is a Techniques Blog Hop to continue the birthday celebration.  You won’t want to miss it!!


Stamps:  Branch Out (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Deck the Halls DSP (retired); Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi; Accessories:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 29

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Razzleberry…hmmmm….what to do with Razzleberry??  This week’s ColorLab Challenge colors were interesting to me.  What do you think?

Now I must say that I love the idea of combining Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz since they are such sister greens so the Razzleberry became a little less intimidating.  When I am a little stumped with one element of a card, I usually go find a good layout.  For me, it helps me see what to do next.  Sure enough, there is a great basic layout over at Stampin’ 411 – SSC190.  Once I saw that I knew I wanted to use the Pear DSP from Greenhouse Gala for the bottom panel.  Putting Old Olive behind it looked great so then I layered everything with Rich Razzleberry.

  My image panel was completed last and I’ll admit this wasn’t the first panel created.  I was making it way too hard!!  I pulled out this wonderful flower from Friends Never Fade and inked it up with my Stampin’ Write Markers in the three challenge colors.  I knew I was on to something!  I added the phrase from Say It Simply (Occasions Mini) and was left needing one more element.  Given that I rarely use Rich Razzleberry, I don’t have any Taffeta Ribbon in that color.  But I can make any color I want!!  I dampened a piece of White Taffeta Ribbon and inked up the ribbon using my marker.  I then rubbed the color around a little to even it out.

Hint:  Unless you want Razzleberry fingers all day, you may want to use a paper towel or protective gloves when handling the damp ribbon (ask me how I know!).  For really saturated color, you may need to apply your ink twice.

Recently, I won some blog candy from Stampin’ Celebration and the little Olive clip was in my box of treasures.  I am so happy that I could use it for this!  I popped the image panel up on Dimensionals and I am happy with the result.  This is why you should try color challenges especially when one of the colors is “out of your box”.  You end up making a card you might never have considered.  Since I used my markers on both the flower image and the ribbon, this qualifies for Stampin’ Royalty’s Mark It Up Challenge this week.

Glad to see you today.  Make sure to check out the other fantastic work over at ColorLab.  I hope to have something else ready to post this weekend but I’ll definitely be back next Tuesday with the next SU Only Challenge.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Say It Simply; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive; Accessories:  White Taffeta Ribbon (dyed), Old Olive Library Clip (retired), Dimensionals

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ColorLab 28

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What a great set of colors ColorLab has for this week…just in time for your final Valentine’s Day cards!

These are such classic colors for the season but I went a little non-traditional.  I didn’t use one of my heart images.  Instead, I wanted to play with my new Sweet Summer set.  I just love the flowers and all the little stamps that go with them!  I saw the Friday Mashup Sketch for this week and knew that was just what I needed to get started.

I stamped my little flower and stem in Basic Black using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly align the stem.  Even though I have the clear mount stamps, the Stamp-a-ma-jig is a great help when you want to stamp something “just so” (it was made for type A people like me!)!  I pulled out the Real Red polka dots from my Play Date DSP (your prints from the Brights Paper Pack would be great here too).  After I did a basic look at the layout, I colored the flower in Real Red and the stem in Crumb Cake using my blender pen.

Hint:  When coloring on Very Vanilla or Whisper White, think like you are placing color with the Blender Pen instead of swirling on the color.  If you want to really blend and mix colors, use Watercolor Paper instead.

The sentiment is from Short & Sweet, one of the best sentiment sets ever!  I tied my bow and wrapped the ribbon around the DSP layer, popped the image up on dimensionals and done with the front.  I didn’t take a picture of it but I used the little butterfly on the inside (colored red also), along with the “happy valentine’s day” sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I’ll be making a few more of these and I think they are perfect for teacher Valentine’s from my boys.

So glad you joined me today!  I look forward to your creations with these colors and don’t forget to take a look at the other Color Chemists’ projects!  See you soon!

Stamps:  Sweet Summer (SAB), Short & Sweet, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Play Date DSP, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Real Red Wide Grosgrain, Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals

ColorLab 27

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Snow, bad weather for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, cabin fever…I have the solution!!  Bright, happy colors from ColorLab!!  At least your little stamping corner will have sunny weather.

As you can see from my previous card, the weather was affecting my stamping mood.  This color palette shook me right out of the icy colors.  After spending so much time with Funky Four on last weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts SAB Blog Hop, you would think I’d be done with that set.  But no…out it came again.  I’m so excited that you can earn it FREE with your $50 order!!  Of course, who can stop at just one of those free choices…believe me, I couldn’t.  My own free sets should be arriving later today so you can expect to see projects with them next week.

Ok, I digress.  Today’s card came together so quickly and is perfect for a little teacher note I need this week.  All I had to do was stamp the leaf image in the three colors and pop on a sentiment from the Apple Blossoms Hostess Set.  The striped paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack.  What a handy pack of paper to have!!  I seem to be using it all the time.  The final touch was a black button with a little bit of Peach Parfait thread.  Just take a little bit of white thread and color it with your Stampin’ Write Marker.  The sketch comes from the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge this week.  I love the off-center panel and how it steps up a basic layout. 

 I can’t wait to see what you do with the colors this week!  Don’t forget to go see what the other Color Chemists have concocted (say that three times fast).  I’ll be back next week with a new SUO Challenge.  Have a happy and safe weekend!

Stamps:  Funky Four (120438-C), Apple Blossoms (Hostess-120139-C); Paper:  Brights DSP Stack (117155), Basic Black (121045), Pear Pizzazz (119795); Whisper White (100730); Ink:  Melon Mambo (121074), In Color Markers (119801), Basic Black (100082); Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons (119743), Thread (non-SU)

ColorLab 26

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You are going to love, and I mean LOVE, using today’s ColorLab Challenge colors.  They are seriously beautiful together! 

The Perfect Plum and Basic Gray pair so nicely and I loved adding a pop of Bashful Blue.  I found another great sketch courtesy of the Operators over at Stampin’ 411 and got to work.  Something about this color scheme compelled me to pull out my Every Moment set.  I just knew the flower and the butterfly would be fantastic on this challenge. 

I started with a base of watercolor paper for my image and stamped the flower and butterfly in Black Stazon Ink.  Using my lightest color first, I colored my butterfly with Bashful Blue and then the flower with Perfect Plum.  I have Stampin’ Write markers in these colors so I used the technique of coloring a bit on a clear block and pulling the color from there with my Blender Pen.  I added Basic Gray to the flower center and stem, and then to the butterfly.  With the little left on my Blender Pen, I shaded a little around the images with Basic Gray.  I used the sentiment from Say It Simply (again!)…it really is a great little set!

For the rest of the card, I rolled out a frame on Perfect Plum with my Big Shot and the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  I did use some retired Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon and scrunched it using the thread pulling technique.  All you have to do is rough up the end a bit and pick a center thread to pull.  I did the same on the tails of the bow.  The bow is held together with an Antique Brad.  The team over at Pals Paper Arts have a Bow challenge this week…how fun!  Of course, I love a bow so I am thrilled to join in. 

I hope you love playing with these colors this week!  I can’t wait to see your beautiful creations!  I’ll be back tomorrow for the Stampin’ Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop.  I’ll be showing you projects with the SAB choice Funky Four.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamps:  Every Moment (120522-C), Say It Simply (122324); Paper:  Watercolor (105019), Basic Gray (121044), Perfect Plum (101889), Bashful Blue (105120); Ink:  Perfect Plum (100035), Bashful Blue (105111), Basic Gray (120966); Accessories:  Big Shot (113439), Framed Tulips Folder (121809), Antique Brads (117273), Blender Pen (102845), Basic Gray Taffeta (retired)

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ColorLab 25

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While my weather outside certainly doesn’t match, I am starting my “seasonal stamper’s disorder” color switch over to spring colors.  Good thing ColorLab has some colors just for me this week! 

Umm, Jen…Old Olive and More Mustard kind of feel like Fall, you are saying??  Not when paired with Pacific Point!!  Ok, and not when used with a fun little flower set.  I just knew that the Pacific Point HAD to be used for flowers and what better set that A Flower For All Seasons?  This is a set that never lets me down when I want a fun little note.  I just pulled out my blender pen and had this little image colored in no time.  I used my Watercolor paper to insure the best blending.  A little Old Olive on the Frog and the stems, More Mustard on the pail, the bright and happy Pacific Point on the flowers and a little more Old Olive to ground the image.  The sentiment comes from the Hostess Level 2 set Apple Blossoms.

That Olive DSP looks familiar doesn’t it?  It is from the Jolly Holiday pack…not just for Christmas!  I almost made this one without ribbon and a bow but then…well, I was compelled by the magnetic pull of my ribbon drawer to pull out my narrow Vanilla taffeta.  What can I say…I love a bow!

I hope you have time to join us this week over at ColorLab.  I’d love to see what you can do with these colors!  I hope you have a great end of your week.  See you again soon!

Stamps:  A Flower For All Seasons (111592), Apple Blossoms (118531 – W); Paper:  Jolly Holiday DSP (117159), Old Olive (100702), Very Vanilla (101650), Watercolor (105019); Ink:  Old Olive (100079), More Mustard (100076), Pacific Point (120968); Accessories:  Blender Pen (102845), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Very Vanilla 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (119960), Brights Buttons (119747), Dimensionals (104430)

CL24 – Blushing Blossoms

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The colors for today’s ColorLab Challenge 24 are really beautiful!  Just take a look:

These colors lend themselves to soft, vintage style cards.  While I would love to tell you that is what I made today…it wasn’t happening.  Believe me, I tried to make it happen but I had to cut my losses and make something else.  After over an hour of trying to force things, I pulled out my Apple Blossoms hostess set to see what came of it.  Thankfully, a much better card.  I inked up the big and little blossoms of the set with Blushing Bride and used a sponge dauber to add Rose Red around the edges.  How pretty they are together!  Soft Suede for the stems and the flowers were done.  The stem for the little flower is just the stamp for the stem done upside down.  I inked the words in Blushing Bride and sponged on the residual Rose Red to make the sentiment match.  My touch of Crumb Cake is the new Crumb Cake Seam Binding from the Occasions Mini.

While the colors are soft, they aren’t as soft as this picture looks.  I guess some days are just like that when you are stamping.  The layout comes from the wonderful team over at Stampin’ 411 and their SSC185.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I can’t wait to see the beautiful things you create with these colors!!  Don’t forget to go to this post to see the blog candy offered for my blog-iversary!  See you again soon!

Stamp:  Apple Blossoms; Paper:  Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede; Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Basic Pearls

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ColorLab 23

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Welcome to the first ColorLab Challenge of the new year!  Our first color combination is so beautiful, so spring-like, so….well you get the point.  I love it!  Take a look:

The new focus this year for the color challenges is to use the actual ColorLab as the inspiration.  If you ever wonder “what goes with ____ (color of choice)”, then this is the place for you!  We all have our go-to palettes but struggle with certain others.  This will help you put colors together that are sure to work! 

My card today was one of the last thank-yous that I needed post-Christmas.  I told you that my stamping resolution was to try to get cards out on time and I only needed one more.  Pretty good, given my normal track record.  I’ll say that this one came together quickly since I was definitely ready for a change of pace. 

Marina Mist is really a fantastic blue.  I admit that I hadn’t take a serious look at it until recently.  I was so excited to see Baja Breeze come back in the Color Revolution and then I was straight into Christmas stamping.  I can’t wait to use this one more (and to get more coordinating accessories…translated, taffeta and satin ribbon).  The grosgrain I used was a gift from my upline who knew I would fall in love with it.  The background paper is the Playdate DSP and the Pear Paper comes from Greenhouse Gala.  I inked up the flower from Friends Never Fade using my Stampin’ Write markers and used the sentiment from Say It Simply (Occasions Mini).  I love that the DSPs do all of the work and make the most of a basic layout! 

Don’t forget to go over to the ColorLab Challenge and see the fantastic work of the other designers!  I’m going to be un-decorating my house for the next few days but I have another fantastic project planned for Tuesday and the next SUO Challenge.  Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Say It Simply (Occasions Mini); Paper:  Play Date DSP, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Ink:  Marina Mist, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  Marina Mist Narrow Grosgrain, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 22

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Beautiful blues!!  That pretty much sums up the color challenge from ColorLab this week.  Take a look at this wonderful inspiration:

While I have to admit that it was really tempting to be literal with the challenge and use snowflakes (and I am certain that it would be pretty together), I really need a birthday card.  I also “needed” to finally pull out my new things from the upcoming Occasions Mini to put them through their paces.  I opted for the beautiful flowers from Fast & Fabulous (Hostess Level 2).  I initially inked the filler stamp with Baja Breeze and then sponged on Marina Mist and Pacific Point.  Then I inked the outline stamp with Night of Navy.  The new Framed Tulips Impressions Folder was used for the side panels.  Finally, I layered the Night of Navy Satin Ribbon with the new Baja Breeze Seam Binding and cinched the bow with a button.  The layout come from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 97

I hope the birthday girl enjoys this because she is a special niece.  I will be back next Tuesday with a new card from the SUO Challenges.  Until then, I hope that you enjoy a peaceful and joyous holiday season.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamps:  Fast & Fabulous, Elements of Style; Paper:  Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Ink:  Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Night of Navy Satin Ribbon, Baja Breeze Seam Binding (Occasions Mini), Neutrals Buttons, Framed Tulips Impressions Folder (Occasions Mini), Big Shot, Thread

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