April 14, 2015


I do love a challenge. Something that makes me step out of my comfort zone. Something that forces me to put on my thinking cap to fertilize the little Paper Seedlings that have been sown by a challenge thrown at me. A challenge that coerces me to work outside the box. One that makes me THINK. 

That is how I see this week's Paper Players Color Challenge. Not ever having been a fan of either Pistachio Pudding (too wan and washed-out, not enough zip) or Strawberry Slush (too much too soon), this truly was a challenge for me. It is Joanne's color challenge: Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and, one color I do love, Coastal Cabana. 

OK, I don't think I would have had a problem putting two of the colors together, namely Coastal Cabana with either one of the two. But, the three together?? Blecch. 

After lots and lots of trial and error -- mostly error -- this is what I finally ended up with. And, you now what? I really kinda like it. In fact, I think I love it.

For the center of the larger flower, I used one of the cute embellishments that I got for free in one of my Paper Pumpkin kits. The colors in this challenge, three of the five 2013-2015 In Colors,  will be retiring in about six weeks, and the embellishments are also in those colors, so it was fun to choose one of them to grace the center of the big blossom.

Thanks, Paper Players, for making me work so hard!



  1. I love your card. You made those colors work!

  2. Very pretty! Love the color combo!

  3. Linda I just LOVE this card - I'm glad after all your efforts you love it too! Those big, bold blooms are beautiful and the embellishment in the centre of the pink one fits perfectly! You have managed to balance the colours really well. I also like the detailing around the edge of the white mat layer - subtle, but it really finishes your card. Thanks so much for joining in with my colour challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  4. LOL, your honest response to our color challenge is great to hear. I am so glad you persevered and came up with this beauty. I love the bold flowers and the added border detail is fabulous! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  5. I so agree with your description of Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush - in fact I laughed and nodded my head when I read it! But you stuck with it and came up with a beautiful card that showcases these colors perfectly. Thanks so much for joining us at The Paper Players.

  6. As soon as I saw this on the link up party Pieced Pastimes, it caught my eye. This is so pretty. I am not actually a crafty lady, except 5 year old kindergarten crafts (I teach school) so this really got my attention. I love how the colors all came together and the detail of the whole piece. I like the embellishments you used. Nice job!

  7. Love the colors-real eye candy!
    Embellishment in the center of the big blossom is super cute :)
    Thanks for linking up this week.

    Mila (Idea Box)

  8. Oh my gosh...I love this! So cute!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  9. I adore the colors you put together! so bright and fun :) Thank you for sharing. I saw this on loulougirl link up party and I am glad I did.

  10. Hi Linda,

    I saw your card on a friend's blog - your card is so delightful!
    I'd love for you to share your talents at our Inspire Me Monday party - hope you'll stop by and join us!

    Create With Joy

  11. This is so pretty...I am featuring you tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! I hope to see you again tomorrow ... I love having you!! Pinned!

  12. Making colours work together can be a real challenge and half the fun! I love your final selection. Thanks for linking up to Two Uses Tuesday http://bitly.com/1DhE0Rp

  13. This looks so incredible! I'm always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls