Friday, May 11, 2012

Definitely a Color... Challenge

As guest designer for the Friday Mashup this month (yay for me!) I'm privy to the challenges a bit early so that I can get my card ready for the challenge. In celebration of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday in the US, this week, the Friday Mashup Challenge #58 was to:

1) Make a project that's "patriotic or for remembrance"; or
2) Make a project with the colours "Whisper White, Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, and Daffodil Delight"; or
3) Mash it up and create a project that is "patriotic or for remembrance using the above colors";
4) Donate your card to a wounded soldier or that special service member in your life.

I don't really have any patriotic sets, and in Canada we have our Remembrance Day in November. So I opted to just do the color challenge. And boy, that was a challenge for me. It's not big secret that I've never really liked Poppy Parade (I am pretty sure this is one of the first times I've used the ink in two years...) and adding Daffodil Delight to the mix is just not me... But I'm pretty pleased with what I ended up doing:


I love how it turned out and especially love that Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon (available in the 2012-2013 catalogue!).

Tips & Tricks:

*The Itty Bitty Bits stamp set coordinates perfectly with the Bitty Punch Pack. Makes accessorizing and coordinating a snap!
*Do you love the Daffodil and Poppy 'thread' I tied in the buttons? It's very thin strips of card stock! Love this technique. I haven't done it in a while and I thought it was fun to alternate the Poppy Parade with Daffodil Delight.
*Don't know how to adhere your buttons? Use Glue Dots! Love those little sticky dots :)

Even though I had a bit of a hard time coming up with this card, I think it turned out beautifully. There is a fellow demonstrator in town who's son is in Afghanistan and I give her a lot of my cards to hand out to the men and women serving there. I will do the same with this card. 'Til next time, keep letting stamps bring out your creativity!



5 comments:

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

I know exactly what you mean when a challenge makes you use colours you wouldn't normally reach for. But....that's what a challenge is all about, stepping you outside your comfort zone! You discover so much when you do.

Fabulous card!

Cheers,
Kasey ~ in Oz

Kim P said...

Love the row of buttons! Bright and fun! I never fell in love with poppy parade either, but did use it a little. Now that it is retiring, I'll probably start liking it more...LOL!

Holly said...

This came out great.. I love what you did with the Buttons.. Great use of the colors from the challenge.

Heidi Baks said...

For not liking Poppy Parade, it came out very cute! Love all those buttons!

Rita said...

Monica, I think you did a great job with these bright colors. I like Poppy Parade, but it took me a year to warm up to it. Daffodil still scares me a bit though. :)