Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hues to Use: Summer Fade

Hello all! When it comes to this crazy little color combo challenge, expect to see a little more of the summer shades as summer fades. I am in denial folks. That's why when I was scrolling through Ms. Marcella's IG, I had to make this sweet shot the centerpiece. Ahhhh... say "hello" to Finn, Marcy's son who happens to not only love baseball, he plays the sport as well. Look at that swing, will ya? I bet it was packed with power! So, in honor of Finn's take at the plate, we look to the skies as he earned that hit and grabbed a wee bit of sunny peach, a splash of blue violet and a dash of warm yellow out of that killer sunset.

And guess, what? To show off this color combo, we have another fabulous guest designer in our midst! Say hello to this fine lady way from the 'Land Down Under!' I love that little sparkle in her eyes!

"I am a retired, married card maker from Australia, originally from central Victoria and now after many years of working and moving around Australia we are finally settled in sunny Townsville, on the east coast of Queensland. We have two adult children and four cats (that’s a story in itself). Our daughter is married and has two gorgeous daughters -- 2 and 4 -- that we get to babysit twice a week, and our son who lives with us. We’ve been back two years and renovated our old home, so now I have a room for my crafting. I’ve always loved textile crafts being inspired by my mum and grandmothers – I now hope one day to pass on some of these skills to the littlies.

About 25 years ago, I bought our daughter a rubber stamp and a variegated Colorbox ink pad for her birthday and my obsession (not hers) developed from there. I remember how impressed we were with gold embossing powder and for a time my heat source was our toaster – my how different this craft is now. I love making cards and trying new things and am so glad my friend introduced me to blogging about six and a half years ago – so many creative people and inspiration out there.

On to my creation! This is the first time ever using a digital image for my card. 

For my card I used just a portion of  the printed image from Power Poppy's Everything's Rosy digital stamp and I decided to go bold with the colours. I watercoloured the image and fussy cut the top edge and for some reason I left the bottom of it squared off. Then what to do??? Out came heaps of different shades of card stock. I'm terrible for trying to match colours and found this 'burnt orange' piece that I decided to run through the Cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder, which I sanded. This broke up the flat colour a bit and pulled together the white layer and bold white corner. 

Here's a closeup for you...

I hand dyed the ribbon with Distress Ink and added the bow to the bottom before attaching it to a mustard coloured card. To finish I re-sized the sentiment, die cut it and used foam tape to mount it offset on the card.

I enjoyed testing myself with the colours of this weeks Hues to Use. If you're needing to be inspired, check out any of the Hues to Use. They are ongoing and open, so you can always share your efforts."

Robyn, we couldn't agree more -- stretch yourself with new color schemes and link up your creation any time -- today or a year from now! I will say this isn't the only card Robyn created for this week's Hues. Click HERE to see the other stunning creation and give her some love in the form of a comment while you're there! We love to see how folks take these hues and let them flow through their creativity in new and vibrant ways!

So, what are you waiting for? Dig into these sunset-inspired shades and then, link up your creation below! And as we always say, your creation could spark an invitation for YOU to be a guest designer for one of our upcoming Hues to Use blog posts! We put you in the spotlight and you get a fun new digital image to create with. Sounds super fun, right?

Thanks for stopping by! We can't wait to see what you create!

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CherylQuilts said...

First of all, Robyn, congratulations on being Guest Designer today! I am delighted to read your bio and find it fascinating how you got into stamping through your daughter! I giggled when I read about embossing and remembered how I first tried it myself (using something other than a heat gun...ha!). I love how you've used this week's Hues to Use and love your coloring and beautiful layout! It's gorgeous! I have a dear friend in Australia, and we just love sharing together...so it was interesting to see where you live. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card, and sending hugs from the States.

Elizabeth Zaffarano said...

Genius use of an embossing folder Robyn! This something I'll have to keep in mind. Love your orange and yellow roses contrasting with that purple teacup. Very pretty card--thanks for sharing!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful colors. Love your card Robyn. Beautifully colored. Such a dramatic pic!

Camille Short said...

What a great use of the roses image. Love your embossed background and lovely colors! A lovely summertime card!

Wendy said...

Glad to meet you Robyn!! Love your card today & am on my way to your blog. Just wanted to congratulate you on guest designing and say how much I love your take on the color scheme. It's a difficult color combo for me, you really made it beautiful <3

Essie said...


This is a gorgeous card!! And I love the orange background balancing the white...and the flowers are STILL the star! How lovely!

Robyn Oliver said...

A little late with my return comment, but I would like to thank Julie and the team for inviting me to be a guest on Hues to Use - I was truly challenged with this colour combo, and loved every minute of planning and making my cards. Also like to thank everyone for their kind comments and encouragement - from an addicted Aussie card maker ... Cheers Robyn

Marcella Hawley said...

Robyn, we were absolutely thrilled to be able to feature your work — and what an outstanding example of this indeed complex color scheme. You brought it alive in very stylish fashion, and such a clever way you cut out only part of the image — highly effectual and NEAT looking! The asymmetry really works, and is especially nice with the tiny dot backdrop, it's just a cheery card and inspires us all! :) ~marcella