Sunday, 5 April 2015

WCC21 -- Susan's Colour Challenge

It's time for Susan's Colour Challenge, and what a wonderful set of colours we have!  Since this is the Easter weekend, isn't it wonderful that the colours wound up being perfect for the occasion?

I had just about decided to use the dancing Easter bunny again but then decided to use the Sweet Laughter stamp set instead.  Luckily the background I had created worked perfectly either way.  Thank goodness for small mercies, right?

In describing my background, I would have to say it began one way and then "grow'd like Topsy"---to quote Harriet Beecher Stowe.  It really did grow without apparent design or divine intervention.  That said, I like the final results.  I'm going to try to explain how I got there.

I began with a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of Whisper White.  Before I began stamping, I stamped my lacy image from the Petal Potpourri stamp set onto typing paper a couple of times.  I fussy-cut the images even though I do own the matching punch.  I needed to have the images as close to the stamped size as possible since they would be the masks that allowed me to stamp over close-by images without  leaving a margin.  For my stamping I used Sahara Sand, Pool Party and So Saffron.

Once I was finished stamping my background, I knew I wanted something a bit more but wasn't quite sure what.  So I put the stamped portion aside and waited for inspiration.  That happened while I was in the kitchen cooking and so I turned off the burners and went back to my card.  I had though I might sponge some Pool Party around the perimeter of the stamped Whisper White but instead I followed my inspiration and used the striped Pool Party Washi tape from the Beach House package.  I used the tape along the perimenter and then made a "grid" by adding two lines of tape cutting up the 5 1/8" length and then added one line of tape, cutting the 3 7/8" length in two.

That left me lots of room to add my Calypso Coral On Film die-cut and all the rest of the embellishments.

That's also about the time I decided not to use the bunny but, instead, turned to the Sweet Laughter stamp set.  I love those two potted flowers and used the nice, bright Bermuda Bay for their petals.  I also used a Bermuda Bay matte for the sentiment to add a bit more of the colour to my card.

As the base for my card, I used the Sahara Sand and then added a layer of Calypso Coral before adding the stamped and decorated Whisper White layer.  I love the colours in this challenge and must say, I would use them again.  They really compliment each other beautifully.  Thanks, Susan.

I hope you'll join us for this week's Watercooler Challenge and link up your card for us to see.

I've also entered my card in the Just Add Ink photo challenge.


  1. I like your card, Heidi, but that doesn't surprise me!

    1. Thanks, Ter. You should link up your card for this colour challenge. I think you'd enjoy it. The colours are awesome.

  2. Wow Heidi...that's a lot of inspiration and thought that you put into this challenge project. And it really shows the fun you had with it as well. Once again my friends are enabling me. Now I have to try that Washi Tape and the patterning you created. Luckily I already have the Petal Potpourri or my budget would be in more trouble than it can handle. Washi Tape is reasonably priced after all...right...and with free shipping next week....hee, hee...a match made in heaven! Of course you are also enabling me to crave those On Film framelits too!
    Beautiful way you handled the colors. This card really pops! Not sure you should share this with your daughter. Not sure how she'd feel about Bermuda Bay hair (er petals). As a blond of course I can see you with that color rinse just for fun...though I'm not sure Khali would recognize you.
    Hugs, Blessings & Happy Easter my friend.

    1. Thank you so very much, Jean. The Washi tape is very reasonably priced which is why I usually buy the various patterns. We had the boys make Easter Egg cards using Washi tape today. I must send you a pic of that. My daughter loved the card and agreed that she is the taller of the two flowers. :) I trust you had a very happy Easter as well, Jean. *hugs*

  3. What a great use of that lacey patterned flower Heidi - love your use of washi too! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  4. What an interesting take on the inspiration photo at Just Add Ink this week - that doily flower stamp in the background really looks fab.

    JAI Design Team

  5. Thanks for the detail on how you did your background stamping Heidi. This card is amazing with all it's different elements and fits the colour challenge perfectly. Don't you just love those ah-ha moments and the flexibility to change directions when making a project!

    1. Thanks, Penny. I find myself constantly wandering along a fork in the road of creativity, heading in a direction I hadn't intended when I began.


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