Saturday, October 16, 2010

Embellish Felt Color Challenge

The previous Embellish Color Challenge threw me for a loop and I couldn't put the colours together but HOORAY for Meg who won! When I saw that the current Embellish Color Challenge (shown at left) involved felt, I just couldn't resist. But have you seen the colours? I'm going to admit that I've been working on this challenge for days. Yes, days. This card evolved many times before I finally came up with something that worked and didn't look tacky. It's a very unusual colour combination with strong colours and if I wasn't careful I ended up with something for the recycling bin! LOL

I'm glad I kept trying though. Challenges are good because, well, they challenge me and I was really determined not to give up on this one. I ended up creating one of my favourite types of butterflies, with twine bodies as seen in my cards here and here. Since I had two of the required colours in felt, I used those for the butterflies. Then I used some of the buttons Meg sent me as a birthday gift to increase the colour quotient within each butterfly. Thanks, Meg!

The layout was calculated so that the yellow butterfly, pink butterfly and brown sentiment frame go from lightest to darkest on a diagonal. All the dark colours (the two pink butterflies and the brown frame) are grouped together, while the lightest colour (yellow butterfly) and darkest colour (brown frame) are furthest from each other and at opposite ends of the card. The dotted lines that anchor the butterflies were stamped in each of the three bright colours. I heat embossed the sentiment in sparkly white tinsel to complement the card base.

Well, I'm really happy that I was able to complete this challenge with some satisfaction and create something CAS in my own style. Will you be playing along? :)

Sources: GinaK 120lb pure luxury White cardstock; SU Early Espresso cardstock; PTI Top Ten; PTI Fillable Frames #4; PTI Butterfly Dreams; Vivid Red ink; SU Summer Sun & Pink Passion inks; SU Whisper White ink; PSX Snowflake embossing tinsel; Hobby Hot Boss; PTI Butterfly die; PTI Fillable Frames #4 die; QuicKutz Epic Six; PTI wool felt in Harvest Gold & Raspberry Fizz; PTI buttons in Sweet Blush & Pure Poppy; The Twinery baker's twine in Lemon Drop & Pink Sherbet; Stampin' Dimensionals

26 comments:

Cristina said...

Oh, I love how you do butterflies! Great use of white space, too. This is a fabulous card. (And thanks for your sweet comment!)

Alice Wertz said...

wow! this is fabulous. love love love it!

Shaz Wall said...

Super cute... I love the knots on the butterfly bodies!

Angela said...

Great take on these strong colors! Love your attention to design, and LOVE the way you used twine (of course!).

Karen B. said...

Well worth your effort as this card is fabulous!

Papiersalat {by Janna} said...

This is so cute, Emily!!!
Janna

Inge said...

Gorgeous card Emily, love the choice of colors and the the way you've used the knot on the butterflies is so clever!

Hugs, Inge xx

Sally Atkins said...

Oh this is just fabulous Emily! I love those felt butterflies, and the way you used the twine is such a great idea! x

mustavcoffee said...

This is superb Emily, the butterflies are pretty and the twine to make their bodies and antenna, perfect. Love it :0) xxx

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

So beautiful!!Unlike you I gave up thanks for the inspiration!!!!

Lynn said...

Emily, this is absolutely a stunner! I love how you have the dots behind the butterflies...and always love how you use your twine to make the antennae!

Meg said...

Hooray! Glad you got to use some of your birthday buttons! And for such a fun card, too! Love those twine/felt/button butterflies! The glimmery shimmery embossing is a totally cool effect, and I love the dotted butterfly lines. Good luck!

Mariana Grigsby said...

Wow, this card is fabulous. I love your CAS design! Thanks for playing along with us!

Jen Carter said...

This is adorable! Love those felt butterflies! Very cute!

Tracey said...

LOVE this Emily!!! NEVER NEVER give up LOL!! Thats my motto too! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog about the tri....you should give it a go next year!!

Lindsey said...

This is so sweetly pretty! I really like the way the brown frame goes off the edge. Nice way to work with those colours.

Tejal said...

Love this card..its soo fab..and i love the butterflies! any chance they would fly and come to me?
Hugs
Tejal

~amy~ said...

This is simply darling!!!!

Geri said...

Love this design! Simple, but so striking!!

Sarah Martina said...

I am SO head over heels for your card! :) So glad you played along with us at Embellish!

Monika Reeck said...

congrats on being the Winner Emily..your card really stunning...hugs

lostinpaper said...

Congrats - This is a wonderful card, love the design & colour!

Monika Reeck said...

Dear Emily may I ask you the name of the dots in a linie stamp what is the brand name?Love your explanation of your card you really think all of the design..great really great job...hugs

Sue McRae said...

Beautiful design!

Rae said...

Beautiful card! Congratulations!

Sunghee said...

heehee. i know i'm late. but congrats!!! beautiful card!!!