Thursday, April 5, 2012

Play Date Cafe 126 - Framed Flowers


Avocado, Blue Mist, Grey Wool...the new colors this week at The Play Date Cafe.  They seem so fresh and clean and of-the-moment, don't they?


As soon as I saw this color story, my mind went to the floral spray stamp from Artistic Etchings (SU).  Strangely enough, while I was on Pinterest (and really, when am I NOT on Pinterest), I saw a card in almost these exact colors, using this same stamp.  Someone beat me to it!  LOL  So I redesigned my card to make sure it doesn't look like I'm copying that person. ;)


The card base is Kiwi Kiss, embossed with the Tulip Frame folder.  I used a stiff sponge that had been part of packaging of some sort (I just couldn't bear to throw it away!  I knew it had life left in it) to apply Kiwi Kiss ink on the raised portions.  This is my first time trying the technique.

I spy a Cristabel hair!  Can you see it too?
I colored those flowers with Stampin' Up! markers, who had been feeling neglected because of my Copic love.  They came through with flying, er, colors.  Bad pun, I know.  ;)  I did use some cool gray tones of Copic markers to highlight the area around each flower and branch, though.

Want to join our color challenge this week?  Head over to The Play Date Cafe for all the details, and check out the gorgeous creations by my teammates.  Don't forget there is always a prize for one lucky winner, too!
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Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Elements of Style - SU
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray - SU; white - PTI
Ink: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss - SU; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko
Fibers: green satin ribbon from scraps
Other: pearls; Big Shot; Tulip Frame embossing folder - SU; Classic Frame, Scalloped Rectangle dies - Spellbinders; White Opal Liquid Pearls - Ranger; Stampin' Up! markers; Copic markers
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16 comments:

~Tammy~ said...

Beautiful! Love the framing and of course the pearls!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous job with the colors!!

Julia S-W said...

Love these colours together! Wouldn't normally have placed them on the same project but they work so well. Love the green background especially.
Juliax

nwilliams6 said...

Colleen, that lime green is wonderful on your frame and the sponging is perfect. I see the hair - how fun to play games like that with your card! This is really lovely and you captured the feel of the inspiration photos really well. Easter hugz to you!!!

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Bonnie said...

Sponging the raised embossing is very effective. I like the way it makes it stand out more. And your flowers are so pretty.

Marisa said...

Love how you used the EF around the card and then coloured it. Lovely job with the colours too. Have a blessed Easter weekend.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH, Col!!!! I've missed stopping by! Got your message on FB --but totally forgot to respond! I will email soon:)

This is a GORGEOUS card! LOVE the green--love the flowers--what a beautiful card! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Lovely card Colleen. That blue flowers are so pretty and I love the sponging!

Janny's Cards Creations said...

Lovely card Coleen. Spring colours. I have an candy on my blog. Greetings Janny

Benzi said...

Love those fresh colors and your card is gorgeous. I need to get that tulip folder..tulips are my favorite flower.
I would have never seen that your fur baby left its mark on your card is you hadn't mentioned it. :-)

Rema said...

Pretty flowers, great job...

Linda R said...

Such a pretty card. Love the way your framed up those pretty flowers.

Hugs, Linda

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful card! Lovely blue flowers and the green embossed and inked frame is awesome.

Jinny Newlin said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Col! I have that tulip border and just don't use it enough. You've inspired me to dig into my stash. Thank you!

Andrea Ewen said...

How beautiful...love the tinted frame and those gorgeously colored flowers. I have cat hair on everything, too...and I don't always catch it either! :)

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