Sunday, September 4, 2011

A tough one...

...that's what I thought when I saw this week's colour challenge at Pals Paper Arts.  The challenge was to use basic grey, calypso coral and riding hood red on a card.  That is not a colour combo I would EVER choose to use myself, but since I'm always up for a good challenge I gave it the ol' college try.  I figured I'd kill two challenges with one card by creating a gate-fold card for the Friday Mash-up as well.  They not only wanted a gate-fold, but also to use numbers somewhere on the card as well!  Talk about a week of tough challenges!  Anyhoo...here's what I came up with:
Gate-fold card for MU22 and PPA109 using the Creative Elements stamp set

Inside of card
So, who'da thought this colour combo would be one I really like???  I discovered while watercolouring the flower that calypso coral and riding hood red blend really nicely together!  The basic grey provides a rich looking base made even lovelier with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder.  I also love the richness of the basic grey satin ribbon and the subtle bling of the rhinestones.  Conveniently, the Creative Elements set includes that No.3 stamp, so it was easy to include the required numbers element for the Mash-up.  The only thing this card is missing is a sentiment!  I  just couldn't come up with a place to put one that worked with the layout.  When I am ready to use it I will stamp an appropriate sentiment for the inside...in the meantime it remains sentimentless!  I actually really enjoyed both of these challenges...they both forced me to think outside of my stamping box and try new things which, really, is why I love playing along!

11 comments:

  1. This is such a gorgeous rich card - inside and out. All your elements are wonderful too - I especially like how you too the Lace Ribbon border punch off the edge of the gate. Thanks for joining in the Friday Mashup!

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  2. Fantastic card Leena! You did a wonderful job with the colors and great job getting the number part of the Mashup challenge in :)

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!

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  3. Leena, I absolutely love your card. Everything about it is elegant and sophisticated. Gray is not a colour I thought I'd like in a stain ribbon, but it looks amazing on your card. So glad you entered the Friday Mashup challenge with your beautiful card.
    Cheers,
    Kasey ~ in Oz

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  4. Very pretty card. Love the trifold. Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts.

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  5. I think I will need to give this Challenge a try I love that color combo.. You used it perfectly. I really like your flower. The way you colored it in is so pretty! Sorry we gave ya a run for your money this week.. You pulled it off nicely. Glad to see you back this week at the Friday Mashup. Thanks for joining us.

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  6. I love when challenges encourage us to try something new! Your watercolored flower is fabulous. The whole card is so elegeant! TFS!

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  7. Outstanding work...totally gorgeous!

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  8. Beautiful. You certainly made the colors work together.

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  9. Gorgeous card! I may just have to CASE it!

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  10. For being a tough challenge, you NAILED this! ove the floral image, the embellishments... gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup!

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