Sunday, July 14, 2019

Above the Clouds for PP450

It’s Sunday and time for another fun challenge over at The Paper Players! This week, LeAnne is hosting a Color Challenge with an absolutely gorgeous trio of colors: Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green and Balmy Blue. Swoon! I just love bright and vibrant colors and this combo was so much fun to work with. I hope you will join us this week with your project! 
There are a couple of colors in the Stampin’ Up! lineup that work really well with a variety of color combos and Granny Apple Green is one of them. I tend to use this color a LOT! Boy, does it ever pop in this trio though. I don’t know about you but sometimes I see a color combo and a stamp set immediately comes to mind. As soon as I saw these colors I knew I wanted to use the Above the Clouds Bundle (stamps/punch) for my card.  
Once I started making my card, it dawned on me that I didn’t have ANY Designer Series Paper that would work well on my card. Shocking, right? So, I decided to create my own! I stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink on Balmy Blue Cardstock. Then, using a ruler, I drew in some additional color using the Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends marker. It reminds me of a flannel shirt! 

Next, I layered the homemade DSP on a piece of Blueberry Bushel Foil Paper (from the Noble Peacock Foil Paper pack) to add a little shine. I’m actually going to make a few more of these cards (with a swap of the sentiment) to have more masculine birthday cards on hand. I don’t know about you, but I never seem to have “guy cards” when I need them. 
The clouds in the background are stamped in Balmy Blue ink stamped-off once on scrap paper to make the color a little more subtle. I wanted to add some ribbon and went back and forth with a few different colors and styles. I felt like the 1/8” Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain Ribbon was TOO thin and then decided to wrap it around the Whisper White Layer twice to make it stand out a little more. 

Once the card was assembled, it needed a little something as a finishing touch and rhinestones/sequins/pearls weren’t going to cut it. The Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots were just right for adding that little pop of detail on the balloons.  

 Card Measurements: 

  • Blueberry Bushel Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock - 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Blueberry Bushel Foil Paper - 1-3/4” x 5-1/8” 
  • Balmy Blue Cardstock (stamped with Buffalo Check background stamp) - 1-5/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Scraps of Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake and Whisper White Cardstock for stamped, punched and die-cut images
  • Whisper White Cardstock (inside card) - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Balmy Blue Cardstock (inside card, stamped with Buffalo Check background stamp) - 1-3/8” x 5-1/4” 

Finally, here a look inside the card dressed up with a coordinating sentiment and a little more of the Buffalo Check homemade DSP. I colored the bottom of the balloons with a Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends marker and went over the top of the balloons with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share a project using this fantastic color combo. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday July 19th, 2019. 

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Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie

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  1. I loved these colors too. Your plaid is awesome with the coordinating colored balloons!

  2. Love those bright balloons Anne Marie and your custom plaid is fabulous! This is such a fun card.

  3. That plaid paper is AWESOME! This is one terrific card, it really pops with those fun balloons...but really....the plaid just knocks my socks off!

  4. Oh my gosh! The plaid paper is fabulous! I love how it pairs with the balloons! Great card!

  5. AM, I am in love with that plaid paper and it works so well with your balloons. Gorgeous card

  6. This plaid just makes me smile, Anne Marie! It looks amazing with these hot air balloons! You certainly made these colors shine with this amazing card! Have a great weekend, My Friend! XX


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