Learning to love eggplant.....

....and I don't mean with my dinner!  I'm sure I'm not alone when I tell you that there are certain colours that are what I call my 'bogey' colours - ones I STRUGGLE with and just can't seem to get anything to work with.  Some cardstock colours I use with wild abandon and go through packs and packs of them, while others I have only ever got in assorted packs, and the few sheets I have ever owned remain intact (aside perhaps from a small circle punched out of one corner of one sheet for a colour chart!)  Well, for me Elegant Eggplant is one of those colours.  And it frustrates me as I see SO many people use it all the time and make it look beautiful (hi Chantell!) but for me it always looks horrible! Well having confessed my fear of eggplant to my friend, fellow demo and stampin' cousin Makeesha recently, what should turn up in her latest colour challenge but Elegant Eggplant in all it's eggplant glory?!  Keesh combined it with Pretty in Pink and Soft Sky for her challenge and I DO actually like the look of these colours together, but the question remains.....can I use Elegant Eggplant in a creation of my own and the result be even slightly visually appealing...?  Well friends, I have taken the challenge by the scruff of the neck, just this minute finished it and am actually not too appalled at the result...

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Here is a bit of a different angle on all the dimension that's happening on the centre element...

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I'm not sure that I'm converted enough to go doing anything silly like buying a bulk pack of 24 sheets of cardstock, but I am certainly prepared to see what I can do with the several remaining sheets that I have :) 

Now if anybody can suggest some delightful colour combinations using any of Handsome Hunter, Bravo Burgundy (I KNOW, another one that SO many people use with wonderful results but that continues to haunt me!) Glorious Green, Brilliant Blue or Yoyo Yellow I would love to hear them so I can dust off those few sheets as well!!

Incidentally, this card uses Carte Postale and the matching Leaves a la Carte Jumbo wheel, part of the Free Wheelin' promotion that finishes tomorrow!  Get your free wheels while you still can!!

Keesh's Eggplant Challenge! Stamps: Carte Postale, Leaves a la Carte Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink, Versamark Accessories: 1-3/8" Square Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Cherished Memories Rub-Ons, Soft Subtles brads, Stampin' Dimensionals