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Feb 8, 2008

BCG Wk 33 - Hope Springs Eternal

Today is of course, Friday and time for Week 33 on the Blogger's Challenge Group. This week we had a Color Combo challenge,

(Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Taken with Teal - White/Vanilla optional)

What an interesting combination. I realized right away that the colors were used for the Bali Breeze designer paper so I knew that I just had to use at least one piece for my card. It's really weird but when I start out to make a card my stamp room can be totally clean and by the time I'm finished it looks like a disaster area!

I also had no clue what I was going to do for my card and then I decided on using this cool bird image (bird images are really "in" right now) by Penny Black. I've had it for sometime but have only used it a couple of times even though I love it. The colors worked great for this image and the sentiment (also by Penny Black).

This year I'm trying to branch out (no pun intended) a little more and not always do a standard size card. Today's card is 4 1/8 x 1/2 and will fit inside a legal sized envelope.

My card base is Rose Red (distressed with Rose Red ink) with a layer of Old Olive stamped with the Canvas Background in Old Olive ink and layered with a piece of the Bali Breeze DP and a strip of Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain ribbon.

I colored directly on the stamp using SU Markers in the above color combination. I did have to use a Close To Cocoa marker for the tree branch. I lightly misted my card stock (Whisper White) and huffed on my stamp before stamping the image. The same procedure was done for the sentiment. It should have been moved down just a hair but I think it looks okay. I highlighted the bird with a Clear Spica Glitter pen (not sure if you can see that in the scan).

I used the ticket corner punch and layered this to Taken with Teal and added Old Olive brads and mounted my image with foam dimensional tape. Then on the side I added 3/4 punched circles of Taken With Teal and added an Old Olive button (I so rarely use buttons so this was another "Out of the Box" for me) with a tiny piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock as the thread. The buttons were glued down with glue dots and I mounted them with a piece of Sticky Strip so they would be sure and stay on the card.

So there you have it. I love Spring and find these colors very refreshing. I hope you do as well.

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  1. Love how you used the colors in this challenge, beautiful card & sentiment.

  2. Ida, this is gorgeous! I am so impressed how well you made these colors work together.

  3. Ida,
    Your card turned out GREAT. I especially love how you've layered the buttons! Neat idea...

  4. This is a great card. I love bird image and you did a fabulous job with the coloring. Great layout too.

  5. Ida, this is beautiful! I really like the layout. The image works perfectly with these colors, too.

  6. great card - love the long card too!! beautiful bird image!!

  7. Great card, I love the different colors on the bird!

  8. Love how you added the colors directly to the stamp! Beautiful card!!!

  9. Great card Ida - love the layout and how you brought the colors into your stamped image.

  10. Super cute card. Love the card size! My stamp room always looks like a disaster when I'm done stamping too!!

  11. Very pretty! Love the long card -- worked very well for you in this design! I am usually so stuck in a rut size wise! Great card!!!