Creating With Color

I can't tell you how excited I am to be showcased on Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty Blog today. Because this is so special to me, I wanted to make today's post special. 

I didn't start with a picture as I normally do because today is the beginning of a series of posts throughout this week that I'll be both talking about and illustrating some basic card design tips. There are not one, not two, but four cards for you today, so sit back and I hope you enjoy.

The Neutral

Hello Mary1

Let's get right to it. Today is all about creating with color, however my showcased card really has no color and yet contains every color imaginable. I'm not getting nutty or anything like that. It's a fact!  White is the absence of all color and Black contains all color.

Black, white, gray and brown are all neutral colors and work with anything, so this card is Neutral and the colors convey a neutral mood. It can be masculine or feminine. No real statement or a big statement. It's mysterious (black) and simple (white).

What if I took away the black circle in the bottom right corner and replaced it with a bright Yellow circle… changed nothing else, but added the Yellow. Wow! The entire mood of the card would change. It wouldn't be neutral any longer. It would convey a totally different message… possibly bolder and friendlier.


So let's try taking the same card, the same layout, the same sentiment, the same embellishments and LET'S CHANGE ONLY THE COLORS…It'll change the mood and the subjective message of the card. Play along, it's fun!

Pay attention to how you feel when you look at the different color combinations. I would love to hear your thoughts.

The Subtle (Soft)


This card features Stampin' Up!'s "Subtle" color pallette – Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron. This card is friendly, sweet, feminine, calming and simple (lots of white space). So Saffron (yellow) is the accent color. The message conveyed here is very different from the neutral card above, but the design is identical. The color changes the mood and message.

The Bright (Bold)


This card features Stampin' Up!'s "Brights" color pallette – Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight. This one's fun, cheery, friendly, more feminine than masculine, but could be either, and simple (lots of white space). Daffodil Delight (Yellow) is the accent color. A very different message and mood in this card than in the one above. Did your mood change a little?

The Regal (Rich)


And finally, Stampin' Up!'s "Regals" color pallette – Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Crushed Curry. This one has impact. It's cheery, and vibrant; more masculine than feminine, but could be both. The color intensity is high, creating a depth and richness, but it's relaxed and simple (lots of white space). Crushed Curry (Yellow) is the accent color. What are you feeling with this one?

Color is a real science and there's tons of information on the subject. One blog post a day for a year wouldn't tell us everything about color.  Color is also very subjective and personal. We all have our favorites.

Understanding some basic color principles can help us all make good color decisions for our cards and projects.

Stampin' Up! has done most of that for us and given us beautiful color pallettes to work with that suit every mood and event. 

Each of Stampin' Up!'s color suites is designed to coordinate perfectly with each other. For example for a "subtle" card – any of the colors in the Subtles Collection would work well with any other color in the Subtles Collection plus a neutral and possibly a "yellow" accent. Remember…yellow isn't necessary, but will always work.

So the formula for a perfect color combination is – A Subtle (or bright, or regal) with a Neutral plus an accent will always be a winner, or…

Two Subtles (or brights, or regals) with a Neutral plus an accent will always be a winner.

and with Neutrals…well, anything's possible!

For even more color fun, inspiration, and information, try working with Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach. I use it often and am always pleased with the result.


Color Coach #130118

Thanks for stopping by, and thank you, Mary, for showcasing my card as your Pals Guest Stamper today. It's great fun to be a Stampin' Pretty Pal!

Please stop by for tomorrow's post where I'll talk about "Layout".

I sure hope you enjoyed today's post.




Trick or Treat fun Stampin’

Last night, I held my October Stamp Camp.

It's been quite a stampin' week… and still thinking about our Atlanta gathering… the Pals Blog Hop with Blog Candy, a new Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge and having some October fun with my stampin' group. 


Here's one of the cards we made. This was a CASE from Stampin' Up!'s blog…gorgeous colors, Basic Gray and Crisp Cantaloupe. The group loved this one.


…and here's our second project. I CASED this from Pal, Pam Morris. Pam gave a similar gift to all of us who attended our Pals Atlanta gathering. Thank you, Pam, we loved this project. The bags are in Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog and that Silver Glimmer Paper is absolutely stunning!

Inside is a set of four 3 X 5 note cards with envelopes. So here's what we did…

We played "Chopped Challenge" at our Stamp Camp. For any of you who don't know what that is, check it out here, and thank you again, Brian King!

Yep, I put a bunch of stamps, inks and embellishments on the table, gave them their blank note cards and said…"CREATE"!!!

It was FUN! FUN! FUN!

Below is another version of the bag's tag (Pumpkin Pie Ribbon) which, by the way, I think is outstanding…thank you again, Pam Morris!


The mood last night was definitely one of giving. I announced my Blog Candy Winner yesterday morning and had some Stampin' Up! Halloween goodies for my group. (I usually give them all a little something at the end, but yesterday was a little more special). Well, I didn't say a word to anyone about my surprise, and wouldn't you know it… each one of the gang brought something for everyone. It was like Christmas in October!

Once again, I want to showcase Georgia Egan's work… she's also a Pal and a very talented paper crafter. Georgia loves to create and design gifts. She made this little goodie box for each one of us and filled it with chocolates… 


I must say, I have a very special group of ladies. We decided that our November Stamp Camp will be all Christmas, and the consensus is that we do a little Iris Folding…a truly beautiful art. I'll be sure and post our projects then…and I have no doubt, Santa will show up!

Thank you for stopping by today, and happy stampin' to you!




Naturally Masculine!


What's more perfect for Freshly Made Sketches than "Naturally Masculine"… this card is fresh, clean and very natural.

Cindy Hall gave us a clean and simple sketch that encouraged me to pull out my Ovals Collection Framelits. 


  • I very easily cut the "negative" leaves image with the leaves framelit from the Secret Garden framelits;
  • Then I used my Ovals Collection framelits, chose the best size to comfortably frame the negative image, and cropped it into the oval shape;
  • I used the next larger Oval Framelit to frame it with some Chocolate Chip card stock – the stronger contrasting color helps the leaf image pop and gives the ovals nice dimension.
  • A little Soft Sky plaid Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, some linen thread and chocolate chip candy dots added the perfect finishing touches.


The colors, the linen thread and the natural fibers that show up in the Crumb Cake card stock give this card a very simple and natural look.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used – Card Stock – Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper. Tools – Secret Garden and Ovals Collection Framelits and Corner Round Punch. Embellishments – Linen Thread and Candy Dots.



Embellished Dahlias


Happy Friday!

Here's a Sneak Peek Catalog Case from the 2013-2014 Catalog. There's also a little mix of old and new. 

These are the cutest 3" X 3" note cards and they're featured in Stampin' Up's new catalog showcasing a great new "In Color", Strawberry Slush. I paired our new Strawberry Slush with an old familiar, Lucky Limeade…a pretty, pretty color mix!

Embellished Events is a stamp set that's been around for awhile and I can predict we'll see it stay around. It's definitely a "must have" for your stamp collection and I promise you'll use it over and over. The sentiment font is clean and the stamped images are versatile.

  • These little cards were a snap to assemble.
  • The Whisper White card base is 3" X 6", scored at 3" and folded;
  • The first layer is a 2 1/4" square with the corners rounded;
  • Stamp the floral image on the first layer and add the beautiful Dahlia embellishments;
  • The second layer is a 2 3/4" square with corners rounded;
  • I used my Floral framelits to crop out the center on the second layer;
  • Attached the second layer to the first using Stampin' Dimensionals;
  • I hand cropped my little flagged banner and stamped my sentiment in Midnight Muse.


Wanted to share this will you all…

I've been a little busy lately with preparations for my daughter's upcoming Bridal Shower and Wedding and it's taken me away from my blogging here and there, but definitely not my stamping. I will continue to post to my blog as much as I can for the next week, then things should be back to normal around here.

Stampin' Up!'s new catalog will be launched next Friday and what an exciting time it'll be for all of us stampers. The catalog features beautiful clean layouts and lots of samples for the sharing.

Please continue to check in.

Thanks a bunch for your patience and loyalty.



Embellished Events #126497 – Clear Mount 

In Color Dahlias #127556