Sunday, June 08, 2008

A Fun Card Layout

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Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! AustraliaI'm not sure where I originally saw it, but I've been making a few cards lately using this layout, including this one for the Elite Challenges Blog. I hadn't used this set, despite loving it the moment I saw it, and acquiring it quite awhile ago (I'm sure you can all relate to that!). It's the Level 2 Hostess Set "Spring Solitude".
This is also a Colour Combo that I hadn't tried before: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava and Wild Wasabi. Choosing the colours just came about as I was inking the stamps. I needed a brown for the branch, green for the leaves, and I wanted blue for the bird and something in a warm tone for the flower. Chocolate Chip is a lovely, rich brown, and the In Colours called me for the rest.
The bird has been stamped separately, cut out and mounted on Dimensionals. I did the Polka Dots with my Polka Dot Background stamp. This has been getting a work-out lately; it's soooo easy to use. I stamped the floral background using the 3-flower stamp, stamped repeatedly, and over-stamped in the bold flower in the 3 In Colours. Then, the whole thing looked too busy and bright, but instead of screwing it up and starting all over (which I was very tempted to do!), I put a piece of vellum over it to soften it, and voila, it was instantly much better!
The word 'friend' is from the set "Forever in my Heart", and has been punched out using the small Oval punch, and Mounted on the Large Oval.
I'll be interested to hear what you think of this card...I'm not sure whether I like it or not. It definitely wasn't what I had in mind when I started stamping with this set! But then, that's one of the things I like about never know what you're going to get (just call me Forrest Gump ;o)


  1. I've been reading your blog for a while, but I don't think I've ever left you a comment. I just HAD to leave a comment for this card - it's beautiful. LOVE those colours together, especially the soft sky and chocolate chip.

  2. Mmmmmm I love this set too Marelle, great to see what you are doing with it!

  3. Okay then like the background and how you softened it with the velum. What a good idea (keeping that in mind for later use). I have my eye on the polka dot myself as it looks quite versatile. Choc. chip is my favourite colour of all and doesn't it look absolutely spiffy in the dotty background? Oh did I say that I love this card? LOL. Thanks for showing it to us Marelle.

  4. Just gorgeous Marelle!! A really pretty colour combination and who knew about the trick with the vellum...filed away for future reference for sure!! Thankyou so much for sharing your wonderful creations.


  5. I love it Marelle. I've been playing with this set too - using Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip mostly. You've inspired me to "branch" out in my colour selection.

  6. I love this card. I think it is very creative and different. I just recently received this set and have yet to use it. You have certainly inspired me.


  7. I really love this card! I am so casing it! I enjoy your blog (daily) I don't always comment, but I always come visit and see what you've been up to. I am so going to miss the In Colors! Thanks for the beautiful card idea!

  8. I love your blog and I love this card! It is beautiful. The colors and your description of how you did are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    Denise G

  9. Love this card - very soft and sweet colors and overall feeling of the card is very spring, fun and beautiful. i enjoy coming onto your blog - even though I don't comment always - i always leave amazed at the beauty and elegance of your creations.

    truly beautiful card,
    best wishes

  10. I love it! Such a fun layout and awesome colors!

  11. It so pretty I would case it but I don't have that set yet just got in the spotlight .

  12. I love this card!!! I think the vellum definately makes it!



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