Apologies and Kristina's colour challenge!

   The apology is for those of you who may have tried to visit my blog from the 28th to the 30th of April and not been able to....  I had a large spike in the number of visitors to my blog in April it would seem, and the traffic to my blog used up more than my allocated allowance on the server :(

Anyway, happily, it is now May, which means I am back and I have things to share!!

kristina colour challenge 7

If you have read my blog for a while you may be familiar with the name Kristina Werner - I am often inspired by her work and basically stalk her blog!

Recently she has started running colour inspiration challenges on her blog and this week I decided to play along - twice in fact!

Here is the picture that Kristina posted for colour inspiration challenge number 7 (I know, I'm a bit slow on the uptake - not sure why I never got in on 1-6, but nevermind!!).

kristina colour challenge 7.1And here is my first effort based on the colour combination of Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip! 

For some reason the colours look a bit weird and washed out in this photo - I couldn't get a picture that I LOVED, but I think you can get the idea...

I have used the Priceless set, along with the Basic Phrases set (I can just tell that this one is going to get a good work out!!) and the number-one-on-my-new-catalogue-priority-list Scallop Circle Punch.  Gonna get waaaaaay more than my money's worth out of that baby too!!

The striped paper is from the Prints Designer Series in Close to Cocoa,and I have used a Pewter coloured brad from my Hodgepodge Hardware in the centre of the circle element.

The rest is fairly self explanatory - a bit of ribbon here and some dimensionals there!  I'll post the complete recipe at the end...

kristina colour challenge 7.2My next offering (well I couldn't play on my blog, so I thought I'd give the challenge another go!) is this one.

The same combination (obviously!) but in different proportions.

This time I used some of the Au Chocolat paper (unfortunately retired, but perfect for this card!) and brayered Soft Sky ink over a piece of choc chip spotted paper.  This is a tip that I got from Marelle, who got it from Teneale - two of my absolute favourites and two amazingly talented stampers :)

The small star image is from Nursery Necessities and I have used Basic Phrases again too!

The really fun part is the big star embellishment on the right....  It combines the two different themes I have going on here - stars and spots.  Want a better look...?

kristina colour challenge 7.2 detail

Actually having said that, I'm not sure that this IS a better look!  Closer, but you can probably see the detail better in the first photo!

The detail that I'm talking about is the little raised (embossed) dots on the star.  I have always loved the dry embossed look and one of the huge attractions of the Crop-a-dile for me was that you can use it to make these little dots!  As an added bonus you can also set eyelets in a second without waking up your children!  But back to the embossing....  I knew that this marvellous tool could be used in this way, but I just couldn't seem to get it to work for me :(  Well after seeing this gorgeous card on fellow Aussie demo Nikki's blog, complete with two rows of perfectly spaced and delightfully raised dots, I begged her to tell me the secret!  Thankfully she obliged (incidentally the crop-a-dile setting you need is A-2 and used in conjunction with the piercing mat you ensure evenly spaced dots...) and away I went!  Here I embossed a square piece of card with the dots, then punched it out with my new large star punch and sponged the edges of the star.

So here ends my contribution to Kristina's Colour Inspiration challenge number 7.  I think I might challenge myself to have a go at a few more - it's fun!!

Birthday Wishes card:
Stamps: Priceless, Basic Phrases
Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa Prints DSP
Ink: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain, Hodgepodge Hardware (pewter brad), Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
To My Friend card:
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Basic Phrases
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Au Chocolat DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Accessories: Very Vanilla wide grosgrain, Large Star Punch, Crop-a-dile, Brayer, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals