September Color Challenge!

Hi Friends!

I’m excited to be hopping along this month with the Friends of Unity blog hoppers and this month we have a gorgeous color challenge palette for you to try! I absolutely love the softness of these colors together don’t you? They coordinate so beautifully! The “challenge” I ran into when coming up with projects for this month’s hop was that <gasp> I did not have ANY sage colored cardstock ! How could that be? Well, I will certainly be adding this color to my collection that’s for sure! I DID, however, manage to find some patterned paper that worked just as well! Let’s take a look and see, shall we?

For my first project I used one of my absolute FAVORITE stamp kits called : Difficult Roads. The sentiment is from the kit : Special Wishes

Difficult Roads/Unity Stamp Co

I started off my project with a kraft cardstock base cut 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 size. The patterned paper was cut 1/4 inch smaller and then glued to my base using Tombow liquid glue. This is my “go-to” glue as opposed to tape runners. I find it gives me more “wiggle” room to make sure my paper is even and it holds up much better over time.

The beautiful vase of flowers was stamped using watercolor friendly ink. I also discovered that not only do I not have sage color cardstock, I also do not have sage colored ink pads. What the heck? After scouring my stash of markers, I did come across a Stampin’ Up! marker that was VERY close ! Shew! ( I made a mental note that I really need to organize my stash of supplies. I truly have no idea WHAT I have. Can you relate?)

To color the flowers and the vase, I scribbled the marker onto one of my clear acrylic blocks . Then I simply dipped a paintbrush into a bit of water and picked up the color from the block to add to my project. I used Hammermill cardstock, not watercolor paper, so it’s really important that you don’t saturate the cardstock! A very little bit will do!

Once dried, I used my stitched oval dies from Gina Marie Designs and cut out my image to make it my focal point. I also stamped the sentiment from Special Wishes and used a rectangle stitched die to cut it out. To make the sentiment stand out a bit, I matted it onto a piece of scrap kraft cardstock (as shown). I never throw out my scraps! You never know when they will come in handy!

Using foam tape on both the flower image and sentiment, I popped them onto the card base and added a bit of bling! The rhinestones I used are SO sparkly! I ordered them from my crafty friend Stephanie. You can find them in her etsy shop!

I think this may be one of my favorite cards I’ve made so far! Now I need to remind myself to stock up on sage paper and ink!

For my next card I again pulled out my HUGE stash of patterned paper to help me out! If you haven’t noticed by seeing the projects that I create, I am fixated with patterned paper! It took me a very LOOONG time to get the nerve to chop it up but once I started I couldn’t stop! If you are like me, now’s the time to start using some of that beautiful paper you’ve been hoarding! Chop! Chop!

New to the crew

Who doesn’t love welcoming little one’s to the world? I’m at that age where..ahem.. my friends are starting to add grandchildren to their families! (not me! no, not me! My “little one” is still in highschool!) One day though! (But not now!)

I had this stack of patterned paper in my stash for awhile and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Thankfully, this month’s challenge gave me an opportunity to use it!

I started off with my base using Kraft colored cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and then chopped my pattern paper 1/4 inch smaller to use as my mat. I also used a piece of patterned paper that I had left over from my previous card above to use as an accent piece. (save your scraps! )

I stamped the adorable onesie image from the kit : New to the crew onto white card stock. As noted, I don’t have any sage colored ink pads, so using the Stampin’ Up! marker I colored the image using the brush end of the marker and then stamped the image. I did the same for the sentiment that was stamped in the center of the onesie. I cut the image out by hand.

I felt as if I needed the onesie to stand out a bit so I used a stitched circle die from Gina Marie Designs and cut out the circle shape using kraft colored cardstock. Both the circle and onesie were then popped onto my card using foam tape. I think I’m just as much in love with foam tape as I am with patterned paper!

For added interest I used some Nuvo drops in the upper left hand corner and also added them as “snaps” to my onesie. In searching for a sage marker, I discovered that I also have a collection of buttons! The alphabet block button, I thought, was the perfect addition to the card!

To tie it all together and to be ready to be popped in the mail, I decided to add a kraft colored ribbon, which I also seemingly have a huge collection of….. oh boy! (or girl! tee hee!)

I am so happy that you stopped by today! Please be sure to leave a little love before you go! I hope you were “inkspired” today to create something with this gorgeous palette of colors!

Be sure to add your creations using the colors challenge over in the Unity Show and Tell album!

Next up is the amazingly talented Dawn<—- Let’s show her some LOVE!

If you landed on my page first, please be sure to check out the talented Eileen <—— Let’s show her some LOVE!

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Have an INKredible day!

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31 thoughts on “September Color Challenge!

  1. Beautiful cards, April!! Beautiful soft watercoloring and I love the design of your first card! And I love that you used that scrap of pattern paper for the baby card… all the elements in the baby card are perfect! Love it!


  2. Wow the baby card is so cute! The layers are awesome and the cut out image is such a cool stand out attraction! I love the design and I need to start using more patterned paper, yours is great!


  3. Lovely to see the beautiful cards you can create when you don’t think you have the supplies you think you need. And even with using the same patterned paper on both, they each visually convey distinctly different mood and message. The kraft-coloured ribbon on the baby card is the perfect finishing touch.


  4. Beautiful cards, April! Difficult Roads is one of my absolute favorite stamps and one I consider a ‘must have’. You did a wonderful job coloring it and using it with this challenge. The second card is so cute! It seems like every week or so someone I know is having a baby join the family so this is definitely a good one to have on hand these days.


  5. I see that the cotton stem vase has become a favorite of yours too! I love it. Oh my, I absolutely adore everything about the baby card! I have that pattern paper and never use it! I love that you are a part of our FOU. 🙂

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  6. So soft and amazing! I really love your first card. Your coloring and that patterned paper match perfectly to the challenge colors. And that onsie card is darling. Thanks for the inspiration!


  7. I love both of your cards!!
    Love all the fun on the baby card
    I’m not a huge flower stamp lover, but this in a jar is very pretty!!
    TFS!! Welcome to Friends of Unity my friend!!


  8. Both cards are fabulous!!! I always love to see how you incorporate patterned paper into your creations – you do it SO well!


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