colourQ #132

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by to check out the card I created with this week’s colourQ!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! We took a short trip to Leavenworth, WA — it’s set up as a Bavarian village. Scott was in German food heaven! We had beautiful weather for the weekend…I think Spring has finally arrived here in Washington (don’t let the snow on the mountains fool you)!

We loved seeing all of your creations with last week’s soft pastel palette…this week we’re switching gears and going BOLD! Here’s my card:
Supplies: card base, cardstock (Stampin’ Up!), ink (Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Only Orange – Stampin’ Up!; Graphite Black – Tsukineko Brilliance), stamps (Clever Girls set – aMuse Studio; A Word For You – Stampin’ Up!), adhesive pearls (KaiserCraft), embossing folder (Sizzix/Stampin’ Up).
It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to work the colors in for each flower. Because our colors for this week are all (what I consider to be) strong, I wanted to have a balance between them and the black and white. The layout of my card was inspired by one of the September 2011 card sketches at Page|Maps.

I print sketches that I like or want to try and keep them in page protectors bound with loose leaf rings to take with me when I craft. It helps a lot when I’m stumped on how to place elements on a card, or get stuck making the same design over and over! The same booklet contains two pages of Stampin’ Up color swatches to match with patterned paper, my Copic color chart, and a list of my upcoming DT assignments. 

So if you’re ready to play along with us, here’s our latest colourQ:
To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, April 15 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)
The other members of the colourQ Royal Court have created some fantastic projects with this week’s colors (as they always do)! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ! 

colourQ #131

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by to look at my card for this week’s colourQ challenge! It’s starting to feel a little more like Spring here, if not outside, then it’s definitely Spring in my crafting area! This card makes me smile!

I used some stamps from Paper Smooches and paper from American Crafts’ Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection for this week’s card:

Supplies: card base, image and sentiment stamps (Paper Smooches – Spring Fling), cardstock (Pear Pizzazz,  Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Blushing Bride – Stampin’ UP!), paper flower, clear button, jute twine, leaf punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), embossing folder (Sizzix), grass border punch (Fiskars), twill tape, patterned paper (American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Neapolitan mini pad), Copic markers, ink (Tsukineko Brilliance).

I paper pieced the bunny and carrot images, used Copics to accent some parts on the images and then colored the butterfly.  The flower was stamped on Blushing Bride cardstock, and then adhered to the grass. To make sure the center of the flower matched, I punched a circle from the So Saffron cardstock and adhered it to the button.

So, are you ready to get crafty? Here’s this week’s colourQ!

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen and Royal Court, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, April 8 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some sweet projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!

colourQ #130

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by to take a closer look at my card for this week’s colourQ challenge! Thanks to everyone who joined us last week! You all made some fabulous creations with our combo!

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring here in Washington! We had lots of sunshine this weekend…one day I  got to wear flip flops outside! WOOHOO!

Whatever the weather in your area, I know this week’s colourQ will put some “spring” in your crafting!
Here’s my card:
Supplies: card base, cardstock (Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and Melon Mambo – Stampin’ UP!), image and sentiment stamps (Paper Smooches – Spring Fling), Spellbinders circle dies, embossing folders (Sizzix, QuiKutz), glitter brads, ink (Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black).

and here’s our colourQ:

Ready to play along with us? Here’s what you need to know:

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, April 1 (no fooling!) at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some gorgeous projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!

colourQ #129

Happy Tuesday and welcome back for our latest colourQ challenge!
We had so many gorgeous green & grey entries last week! Thanks to all who joined us, and I hope you’ll find time to play along with us this week!
 I was inspired by our colour combo to create this card:
Supplies: image and sentiment stamps (The Craft’s Meow – In Tandem),  patterned paper (Echo Park Stripes & Dots – Homefront collection),  cardstock (Stampin’ UP! – Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder), glitter brads, mini brad, white satin ribbon, ink (Tsukineko).
I stamped the stem of the pinwheel onto the paper, then paper pieced the pinwheel and attached it loosely to the background before securing it to the card base so it can spin! (Although you can’t tell that it spins just by looking at the picture!)
The stamp set I used is by The Craft’s Meow…and coincidentally, TCM is celebrating its 1-year anniversary right now! They have lots of fun things going on at their blog…if you have time, please check it out! My dear friend Lisa (owner of The Craft’s Meow) would be so happy if you did!
Here’s our cool colourQ:

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, March 25 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some cool cards and projects with this week’s colors! You can see them all on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!

I’ll be back tomorrow with the regularly scheduled Flutter By Wednesday challenge!

colourQ #128

Hi, crafty friends! Hope you’re adjusting well to the time change! Thanks for stopping by to look at my card for this week’s colourQ! 
Since St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday, we’re inspired by shades of green! Here’s my card:
Supplies: heart stamp (Basic Grey – Pyrus stamp set), sentiment stamp (Lawn Fawn), cardstock (Stampin’ Up! – Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Glorious Green, Going Gray), watermark ink (VersaMark), clear glitter and white embossing powder, embossing folders (Sizzix), ticket corner punch (Stampin’ Up!), grosgrain ribbon, brads.

And here’s our colour palette for your reference:

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, March 18 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)
Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some beautiful projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ

colourQ #127

Happy Tuesday and welcome back for the latest colourQ challenge! We had so many fantastic entries last week, and all of us enjoyed stopping by to see what you created! 

This week’s colourQ reminded me of an argyle-pattern shirt that I have:


And that shirt inspired my card’s design:
Supplies: card base, cardstock (Stampin’ Up! – Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip), sentiment stamp (Paper Smooches – Word Salad), dotted line stamp (Paper Smooches – Santa Paws), white embossing powder, watermark ink (VersaMark), brads, ribbon.


For your reference, here’s our gorgeous colourQ:


To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, March 11 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)
Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some stunning projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ

colourQ #126

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by for a closer look at my card for this week’s colourQ challenge (#126)!
I decided to try something different this week — a circle easel card. My friend Sandy gave me one with my Secret Elf present at Christmas! You can see her post on it HERE.
Supplies: card stock (Bazzill Basics), patterned paper (Jillibean Soup – Dutch Mustard Soup paper pad), Nestabilities dies (Lacey Circles, Standard Circles Small/Large), image stamps (My Mind’s Eye), sentiment stamp (Paper Smooches), opaque white embossing powder, watermark ink (VersaMark), brown ink (Stampin’ Up – Chocolate Chip), embossing folder (Sizzix), grosgrain ribbon (Stampin’ Up!), rhinestone.
Beate Johns has an excellent tutorial on how to make circle easel cards on her blog. I’m sure she explains it in better detail than I would. Besides, I think in trying to reverse-engineer the card I probably didn’t set up the easel part right…but, it opens and stands, so I guess that’s OK!
Here’s our colourQ for this week! I hope you’ll be inspired to play along with us!


To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, March 4 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, The rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some amazing projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ! 

colourQ #125

Hi crafty friends! You’re just in time to discover this week’s colourQ challenge! I’ll admit, it was definitely a challenge for me! The colors are all so pretty, but I think I got thrown by the Basic Gray!

The border strip on my card is made of some funky netted ribbon that I found at the local stamp store, and I folded it over a few times to make the border. Now that I think about it, it probably would have looked fine just stretched across the bottom part where I placed the sentiment. I just didn’t realize how thick it would actually be!

The rest of the card is pretty simple. I embossed the top part and then layered three punched out butterfly silhouettes over the squares of matching card stock.  The sentiment was stamped, matted on a scrap of grey paper and I cut a thinner strip of matching paper to go underneath to make a banner.

Other supplies: sentiment stamp (Stampin’ Up!), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), embossing folder (Sizzix), card stock (Stampin’ Up!), ribbon (May Arts), striped paper (Echo Park Dots & Stripes).

 To recap, here are our colors for this week’s challenge! 
To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, February 26 at noon Central Time! Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.

Of course, The rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some phenomenal projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ! 

colourQ #124

Happy Valentine’s Day and welcome back for the latest colourQ challenge! Thanks to everyone who played along with us last week! We always enjoy seeing what you create!

Here’s my card for this week:

Supplies: card base, card stock (Stampin’ Up! Real Red), manila tag, patterned paper (pink – My Mind’s Eye “Love Me” mini pad; blue – Echo Park Dots & Stripes mini pad), stamps (The Craft’s Meow – In Tandem set), lace (KaiserCraft), heart rhinestones, ink (Tsukineko).
I kept thinking that I needed to add some ribbon, buttons or another embellishment, but I couldn’t decide, so I left it this way! I normally color the images on my cards, but I thought this one would look great without coloring. Both the image and the sentiment are stamps from The Craft’s Meow!
For your reference, here’s our colourQ:
To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, February 19 at noon Central Time! Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.

As always, The rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some gorgeous projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!

colourQ #123

Happy Tuesday and welcome back for our next colourQ challenge (#123)! 
I’m back home after my trip to Winter CHA! I’m so glad I got the chance to go! I met so many fantastic new friends and had loads of fun! One of the many fabulous people I met is Kim Hughes, the face behind the super-cute Paper Smooches stamps!
Here’s a picture of us at the Paper Smooches booth:

(left to right) Suzanne, Karolyn, Sparkle, Kim, and Stephanie!
And here’s my colourQ card for this week!
Supplies: sentiment stamp and watermarked circle stamps (Paper Smooches – Sugar Rush), image stamps (Paper Smooches – Wake Up), ribbon and cardstock (Stampin’ UP! – Poppy Parade, Regal Rose and Peach Parfait), gingham paper (aMuse Studio), white opaque marker, Spellbinders die, card base, Copic markers.
 And here are our colors for this week’s challenge! I hope you’ll find time to play along with us!

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, February 12 at noon Central Time! Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.

As always, The rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some sweet and lovely projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right under the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 

Because I was away last week, I didn’t get to comment as much as I would have liked to! I promise this week, I’ll do better! Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!