Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Buzzin' With Color!

Hi all! Are you ready for another trio of colors designed to inspire and give you a creative kickstart when popping in to make a card? Well, you've come to the right place! It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another edition of......

Imagine Marcella knowing where a garden sprouting with ideas might exist just like this one -- a whimsical wonder! This one is tucked away near the University of Illinois and is an "Idea Garden" full of the skilled handiwork of the Master Gardeners of Champaign County. It's a spot, they say, that's a "delightful place to walk, get ideas for your own garden, or just to relax in the gazebo with a friend." Ahh.... what a lush and colorful delight for the eyes! Breathe it in people! When Marcella shared this sweet photo on Intsagram, her eyes locked on those beautiful purple puffs that just appeared to stand at attention and said, "Ever-charming Allium Lollipops -- always stealing the show!" And, she's right! So, this is how our color palette sprouted with shades of vibrant violet, weathered grey, and leafy green. See? 

This is how my creation began! I used Power Poppy's Asters Abuzz digital stamp set and colored it up with my Copic markers using a mix of leafy greens in G21, G24, G28, YG00, a bit of vibrant violet using V00, V01, V04 and V06, and the grey, I saved for my card layout. You can see I used some light blue Copic markers to add some pop and fizz with some stippled accents! 

So, I have a confession to make. It's actually a tragedy to share! :-( So, I colored up this image above and decided that I needed to cut out this image with a die cut circle. So, I put my little image in my Spellbinders "sandwich" and started cranking! Well, when I opened it all up, I didn't see the die that had been stuck to the other side of my die machine plate. OH. MY. GOSH!


So, instead of throwing away my colored up and cut up image, I decided to make lemonade out of lemons! After staring at it for what seemed like an eternity, I decided the only thing I could do was to cut it up further with a 1-1/4" circle punch. So, with one eye closed, I worked to "save" what was left!

And this is what I came up with!

I have to admit, It was tough "recovering" from my mishap! HA! But, I actually do love how this turned out and made the image more of an accent to the sentiment than the other way around. 

Here's a closeup of those little fuzzy bumbles....

And, did you notice that my card is two-fold? This little creation also could be in the running for this little challenge!

So, my sweet stamping friends, now you have TWO ways to challenge yourself this week! Hues to Use.... and this month's Power & Spark Junebug Challenge, which urges you to add a little bug to your card or creation!

Thanks for stopping by my friends! I'd love to see you put vibrant violet, weathered grey and leafy green to the test! When you do, make sure to link up your creation below! I cannot wait to see what you come up with! Seeing you share your creative endeavors makes my heart smile! ;-)

Have a fabulous rest of your week creative peeps!


  1. I love this! What a great recovery!! (And I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one things like that happen to!)

    1. Ha! Yes Tricia -- you are not alone! :-)

  2. I just love how you cut your image out in circles and used it along the side of the card! Beautiful card -- genius design!

  3. You saved the day and it turned out fabulous!

  4. Great ide and you did save the day. You also gave me an idea for the next Mod Squad Challenge. I had a title , but no idea until now. Th ants!

  5. Julie, I wish my mishaps turned out as beautifully as yours! Your card is just stunning!

  6. Oh, Julie! I LOVE how you saved this giant WHOOPS and made something absolutely gorgeous with it. I can only imagine how you just stared...for what seemed like forever! Been there and done that...and probably almost cried. Haha! But in the end, it's stunning, and I love the DP that really makes these sweet and fuzzy bees and flowers pop! It's a real joy when something that we labor over ends up (finally) into something even more beautiful than we expected or planned. Thanks for a great post, and I love the fabulous Hues to to Use! Hugs! xoxo

  7. What a blessing happy mistakes are!! I LOVE the way this turned out, so beautiful that it is hard to imagine your original idea being better!! Funny, I was just using the same SU purple dot paper on a project today & ran out a little early!!! Wish I could borrow some of yours!! Here's hoping I can think quick like you and make something even better!!

    1. If you're ever in Montana Wendy, I'll give you a few of my scraps! Hehe!

  8. So very pretty! It turned out wonderful despite the ooops!

  9. I love how this has turned out after the mishap! Very beautiful coloring.


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