Monday 11 January 2016

Fun with a new challenge - The Colour Tree

I found a new challenge today and got all excited about participating.  It's the Colour Tree Challenge which is Co-ordinated by Bronwyn Eastley, a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Australia.  Actually that's what really made me grin.  I popped back to her challenge site to double check on my spelling and was delighted to see that "colour" is spelled right.  That makes  it so much easier for me since I always stumble over the American spelling even though it should be easier with one less letter.  But habit is difficult to break.

Before I ramble on too much, let's get back to the challenge.  The colours which Bronwyn has posted are lovely colours on their own but I don't use them together very frequently.  Good practise, then, to force the issue and come up with something that isn't fully in my comfort zone.  I wanted the card to use new products from the newly launched Occasions Catlogue but I only have a scant handful of products at the moment.  My big order is somewhere between me and Utah.

The stamp set I finally decided to use is from the Sale-a-bration brochure and is a compliment to the gorgeous Botanical Gardens collection from the Occasions Catalogue.  While I don't have the collection on hand yet, I was happy to play with what I had.  For my base I used Very Vanilla followed by a layer of Perfect Plum.  I topped that with another layer of Very Vanilla which I first stamped with So Saffron using the grid pattern from the You've Got This stamp set.  Then I took the huge sentiment stamp from the Botanicals for You set and stamped it over the grid using Early Espresso ink.

Well, I had used all the colours in the challenge but the card looked rather bare.  I took the three sizes of blossoms from the Botanicals for You set and stamped them on Whisper White using Perfect Plum ink.  Then I fussy-cut those small blossoms, wishing my order had come in since two of the sizes have matching framelit dies.  I used one of the smallest blossoms in place of the dot for the "J" in just and then glued the others in a random pattern in the lower portion of the card.   To finish up the card I cut a solid Perfect Plum butterfly and a lacy So Saffron butterfly, layered them and then attached them half-way up the right side.

For more cards in this challenge, check out The Colour Tree Challenge.


  1. Thank you for linking up for the very first challenge at The Colour Tree. I have seen so many gorgeous cards made with that SAB set that I caved today and decided on that freebie with my order! I love your take on the colours as well as the extra detail with the gorgeous background stamp, cut out flowers and layered butterfly. What a stunner! Your free tutorial for a Spring Planter Box card has been sent just for joining in with TCTC 1. Hope to see you back again for another challenge.

    1. Thanks so much, Bronwyn. I'm sure you'll enjoy that SAB set. Thank you for the tutorial. I look forward to trying it out. I will definitely be back for more TCT challenges.

  2. beautiful card; some of my fav. combos of colour. TFS! You do such nice work.

    1. What a lovely thing to say. Thank you so much, Susan.


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