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10 October 2011

A Week of Challenges, day one

Hi all!

It's been awhile since I've played along with any of the fabulous challenges out there in blogland, so I decided to try to hit up a bunch of them, especially since I had a ton (a TON) of cards to make (mostly thank you cards) and very little mojo to make them with.

I think challenges are a great way to spark creativity...so away we go!

This first card is actually for a ColourQ challenge that expired, but I thought the colors were intriguing and way outside of my usual palette, so I gave it a whirl anyway:


Lavender-ish colors aren't usually my bag, but I thought this was actually really pretty! I find that when one part of a design (here, the colors) is tricky for me to work with, I compensate by relying on an oldie-but-goodie layout. Here's what I came up with:


Well, when a color is "pear pizazz," why not start with a pear? This one is from Unity's September Kit of the Month, All Seasons. I stamped it on watercolor paper and then used a water pen to blend the leaves a bit. Yes, I actually fussy-cut something! I replaced Wisteria Wonder with the now-retired Almost Amethyst and stamped my houndstooth bg, and added hits of chocolate and black in the sentiment, bling, ribbon, and mat. Layout-wise, I heavily leaned on the rule of thirds, a long-time go-to for me.

This particular card will go to my aunt, who sent me a birthday gift and has always loved purple. Score!

This is but one of a whole bunch of cards I have for you this week -- I may even {gasp!} blog daily! Wish me luck. ;)

Have a lovely day!

ETA: Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! May you eat well!

8 comments:

Meg said...

Wow, a whole week of challenges AND posting?!? That's setting the bar kind of high, don't you think? :)

The pear looks great paired with that houndstooth. Way to go stepping out of your color comfort box, too!

Jocelyn Olson said...

I hope you blog daily this week...I always love seeing your work! (No pressure, though!) The card is *gorgeous.* The colors look daunting, but you rocked it. I really like the watercoloring on the pear and that houndstooth? LOVE it!

Lindsey said...

A week of Angela cards? Sounds good to me! And I get to see a project with almost amethyst made by somebody other than me, too. ;) This card is so pretty, I love it!

scrapfool33 said...

Hi Angela - your card is pear-fectly mahvelous. That houndstooth bg looks great - and you've inspired me to try a little 'fussy cutting' of my own soon. Looking forward to a whole week's worth of your blogging-pressure's on! Super job once again!

Sue Althouse said...

That would not be my usual color palette either, but I love what you've done with it! Guess a card is a great way to try something a little outside your comfort zone.

Liz Michaud said...

Love how you used the background stamp here. It has inspired me to pull out two of the new ones I have yet to use. The pear is awesome too!

Emily Leiphart said...

You've been busy crafting! I love those colours, that pear and especially the background.

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

very lovely, great color combo.