March 7, 2015


I must admit that the card shown below was a true CHALLENGE of a challenge. For Fab Friday, the challenge this time was a color challenge: Calypso Coral, Hello Honey and Blushing Bride. Yeah, I might be comfortable using Calypso Coral and Hello Honey on the same card. But throw in the subtle Blushing Bride? Oh my.

Well, since it was a challenge, I decided to take them up on it. And went to work. With their color choices. Oh my again.

Grabbing my Petite Petals set, I used the most "realistic" of the flowers in my card, stamping each of them once in their own color. I wanted to set the flowers against a piece of music, but the flowers simply matted with Calypso Coral looked truly wimpy. When I put a narrow mat of Basic Black to work with the color of the music, it was much too stark. So I opted for skinny mats of Basic Gray. Which proved to be the right choice.

The cool thing though about my flower blocks is the technique I used on them. Wanting them to resemble ceramic tiles, after stamping the flower images, I covered each one of them with VersaMark ink. I then dumped onto the sticky flowers some of Stampin' Up!'s retired thick embossing powder. This gave the three squares the "tile" look. I think you can see what I mean in this photo:

This is probably the most challenging of color challenges I've ever participated in.. 

What are your thoughts, either on the color combo itself or how the card turned out? What would your take on the challenge have been?



  1. I really like the choices you've made here! That Blushing Bride really is tricky to make shine, but you've done an awesome job! Love your "tile" look, too - I have to try that! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

  2. So pretty Linda!
    I would love for you to stop by my blog and share on our link party Something to Talk About!
    Have a great day and I hope to see you there!

  3. It's beautiful. I might have to try this even if I don't have the same powder.

  4. So simple, yet so cute! Love it!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  5. Very neat look on your flower "tiles"! And I think you did a great job with the colors! I thought they were tricky too and had to give a large dose of a neutral on my Design Team card also! It's a challenge for a reasons LOL! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

  6. It turned out beautifully considering it was a challenge. I wish I had even half of your creative/artistic ability! ;-)

    Thank you for linking up with us at the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party! Hope to see you again at our next party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus
    Co-Host OMHGWW

  7. That embossing powder really did give it a tile look! Nice job, and I love the colors you chose! Thanks for linking up at Found & Foraged!

  8. Ahhh I love challenges, the colors are perfect, I wish I had stayed making cards.

    Thanks for sharing on Friday Features Oh My Heartsie Girl this week.
    Just pinned!!

    Hope you enjoy your weekend!


  9. Beautiful! They really do look like tiles :)

  10. I'm so charmed by the flower and sheet music combo. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.