Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Paper Players # 86

Hello there!  I am a big fan of The Paper Players challenge blog and follow it avidly week by week (yes I spend a lot of time reading blogs!) and so finally I'm able to join in this week.  It's a colour challenge:
Now here's the silly thing... when I saw these colours I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, but when I actually tried it, it didn't work!  So I played and played and had practically every stamp out that I own, and then in the end, this is what I made:
The thing that's brilliant about these challenges is that they're helping me to learn about proportion, i.e. whether everything is to scale (you know what it's like when you have a tiny stamp that disappears on your card) and the way colours work together.  Years ago (yes, I'm quite old!) there was a brilliant book called Colour Me Beautiful which explained very cleverly about how to dress and keep colour and pattern in proportion.  It talked about main colours and accent colours, and was very interesting.  Of course that was talking about how we dress, but it applies to how we decorate our homes and it certainly applies to cardmaking.  I am having a lot of fun making decisions about what will be the main colour, how much to use of other colours, which colour will sit in the background and not wanting one colour to overwhelm the others, that kind of thing.  It's all part of the discovery/creative process, isn't it?   I really enjoyed making this card.  It was 'think, think, think,' all the way.  I've used my butterfly punch and Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and used the Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder colour to stamp and back them with (I've substituted Lucky Limeade, sorry, no Pear Pizzazz!)  What made me so slow was thinking I needed a dsp in Crumb Cake, but then I realised I could make my own, so I stamped the Crumb Cake cardstock with my background stamp from the Clearly For You set.
Here's a close-up of the butterflies:
Thanks for popping in today.  It's my birthday and I'm going to craft group later, so it promises to be a very good day.  I'm off to play with my new toys tools that hubby has bought me!
Back soon with a card using everybody's favourite dsp.
Jane xx

10 comments:

  1. I always look forward to seeing what you will create next. The card is gorgeous and the colour combination works so well. You are clearly loving your card making and really getting so much out of Stampin' Up (it's addictive isn't it?!).
    Hope you have had a great birthday and enjoyed your craft club x x

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  2. This is a brilliant idea Jane - I love the glimpse of colour behind the butterflies! Happy birthday and lots of good wishes for the year ahead. Vicky x

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  3. Happy Birthday, Jane, or what's left of it!

    You've got this card spot on, it's fab
    Margaret xx

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  4. Happy Birthday!!

    The butterfly card is truly inspired! It's lovely.

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  5. Beautiful butterflies...great idea!

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  6. Hope you had a great birthday! Your pretty little card is quite creative! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at the Paper Players!

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  7. Beautiful butterfly card and love how they 'pop' up...

    Anne

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  8. The card looks great and I love the butterflies. Happy Birthday!
    Thanks for playing with the Paper Players.

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  9. Lovely creation. Very pretty and dimensional xx

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  10. Oh, and belated birthday wishes to you too xxx

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