Friday, January 21, 2011

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #54 - Fussy Blossoms

It's Inkspirations Challenge time again & this week you have these gorgeous colours to play with:-

These colours work perfectly together!  I seriously think that Pear Pizazz is nudging Old Olive out of my "favourite green" top spot, it's such a pretty & versatile colour.

Anyway, this week I have created a little magnetic calendar & a matching tri-fold card:-

Now, I have two big thank yous here.  One to Christine for her sweet inspiration to make a calendar & one to Lynne for being such a wonderful friend & picking up & posting me some calendar pads.  I had trudged to shop after shop without success, & then discovered you could get them in her state! Thanks so much lovely ladies!

So here is the card opened up:-

& here is the calendar:-

Call me crazy, but I actually find fussy cutting quite enjoyable (or maybe I just thrive on a good challenge) & these blossoms were VERY enjoyable/challenging to cut out!  lol

I tried something different with these projects & that was watercolouring onto Very Vanilla cardstock instead of using watercolour paper.  It certainly needed a different colouring technique but worked okay. To stamp my outline images, I first inked the stamp with Versamark & then, before stamping, inked it again with Early Espresso.  I heat set the ink with clear embossing powder to get a raised outline.

The DT have some beautiful creations to show you, so pop along & have a peek:-
The Challenge Site



Card Components
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Very Vanilla
DSP: Pear Pizazz Patterns from 6x6 Hostess Pad
Stamps:  SU Elements of Style & Afterthoughts
Inks:  Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Versamark
Other:  SU Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Pear Pizazz Ribbon, Calendar


Lynne Armstrong said...

As always Helen, beautiful work...even if you are insane, fussy cutting those flowers LOL!!! I am givng you the title Queen of Fussy Cutting :) These are both gorgeous projects...and I love that colour combo.
Hugs xx

Christine Blain said...

Absolutely beautiful, Helen. I love how you've used "Elements of Style"; perfect with these colours. I like your idea of heat-embossing the Early Espresso image on Vanilla; very nice. Stunning projects, as always, my friend!

Beedubya said...

CRAZY LADY! Look at that gorgeous coloring and the cutting perfection. I scream it from the roof tops: CRAZYYYYY!

;) xo B.

Marisa said...

I have yet to make one of those wonderful cards. This one is fabulous and gorgeous!! Love the calendar to go with it and you are the queen of cutting out by the looks of it. Great sample for this week!!

Thanks for the lovely birthday card too (((hugs))). Have it proudly displayed on our mantle.

Fiona Harrison said...

Just lovely. That stamp suits the colours perfectly. I'm with you, I love Pear Pizazz, makes up for losing Kiwi Kiss. It is such a pretty green, and I'm not a green person at all usually. SU is making me like a whole bunch of new :-)
Congrats on the fussy cutting too, you've done a fab job. It drives me crazy, no patience lol.

Paula said...

All that cutting!!! But just look at the effect - stunning! Both projects are so beautiful and would be wonderful to give Mum on Mother's Day! The calendar might be a bit late in the year, but you could always susbstitute with sometihng else. Into my CASE file with these!

Carrie Gaskin said...

Holy smokin' scissors Batman - you were one busy girl. Both of these projects are amazing.

Cindy Major said...

What a lovely pair! I can't believe you handcut those flowers... Nicely done!

Renée said...

*gasp* LOVE how you cut those flowers, Helen!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards. I love making the tri-fold cards. But this is beyond anything I have ever made. How in the world do you cut around all those flowers?

Lee-Anne said...

So, so beautiful Helen. So much love has gone into the card and calendar with the beautiful colouring, and fabulous cutting. My goodness, I can just imagine how long that took. You have used the colours so well and created an amazing gift ensemble. Just gorgeous!!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

You have such a stunning "style" Helen! Do you ever make a dud??? Hugs xxaxx

Genelle Little said...

Helen, these are so pretty, and I agree with Lynne - you are definitely the queen of cutting out :) Just lovely.