Friday, 1 July 2011

Colour coach blog hop

Hi and welcome to our Colour Coach blog hop. A bunch of us from over at the In Love With Stamping Forum have joined together to put on a major hop for you today. A big thanks to Anthea for organising this.

If you've joined me from my friend Teri's blog then thank you for stopping by (I love that bright and cheery combo and the handbag is on my CASE list now). If you're starting here then you'll be able to work your way around this loop of 11 blogs until you get back here and then you can skip to the other loop if you like (the links are at the end of this post). If you get here early then we may possibly have a few glitches with the links but please persevere or pop back later, it will be well worth it and we do get them all ironed out as quickly as we can.

Now if you haven't come across the Colour Coach before, I should just explain that it's an easy to use tool that helps you create great colour combos. You can find it on page 81 of the main catalogue.

I used the one of the suggested combinations:

Sahara Sand
Bravo Burgundy; and
Pink Pirouette

to create this card and gift basket duo:

Here's the card in more detail:

Stamp set: Because I Care (sentiment)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy
Punches: Corner Rounder, Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes
Bigz L Die: Fun Flowers
Embossing Folder: Square Lattice, Perfect Polka Dots
Other: Basic Rhinestones

The card is cut just 0.5cm short of an A6 landscape. It was cut short so that the embossing covers the full width. The top half of the card front was run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and then the right hand side corners were punched with the Corner Rounder and the sentiment was stamped in Bravo Burgundy ink. For the middle panel, one side of the Square Lattice embossing folder was covered with Bravo Burgundy ink using a brayer then a panel of Sahara Sand card was inserted and the sandwich was run through the Big Shot to get the coloured texture. Both the embossed panel and a mat of Bravo Burgundy were punched with the Corner Rounder on the right hand side before adhering them to the front of the card. The large and small flowers on the Fun Flowers die were cut from Pink Pirouette card and sponged around the edges with Sahara Sand ink. Sahara Sand card was used for the medium flower on the Fun Flowers die and this was sponged with Bravo Burgundy ink. These were adhered direct to each other and popped up on dimensionals on the card front. The largest of the Boho Blossoms was punched from Sahara Sand card and sponged with Bravo Burgundy ink. This was layered with the smallest Boho Blossoms flower punched from Bravo Burgundy card and the teeny many petaled flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes punched from Pink Pirouette card. These were adhered to each other and then popped up on another dimensional in the centre of the large flower. Finally a rhinestone was added to the centre of the flower.

Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
DSP: Subtles Patterns Stack, Regals Patterns Stack
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes
Bigz Die: Scallop Envelope
Sizzlits Die: Little Leaves
Embossing Folder: Square Lattice
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Clear Rhinestone Brads

For the basket, four Scallop Envelopes were cut from Sahara Sand and coloured and textured as for the panel on the thank you card. The scallop flap was cut again four times from Bravo Burgundy DSP and adhered behind the basket flaps in line with the perforated decoration. The envelopes were assembled into a basket shape and a square of Sahara Sand card was placed in the bottom to cover the small (approx 3-4mm square) hole that remains. A strip of Bravo Burgundy card was punched on each side with the Scallop Trim Border and then matted with strips of Pink Pirouette and Bravo Burgundy DSP. Two small flowers were created using the smallest Boho Blossom punched from Bravo Burgundy card and the many petaled flower in the Itty Bitty Shapes punched from Pink Pirouette card. These were secured through either side of the basket and the handle with Rhinestone Brads. Little Leaves were die cut from Bravo Burdgundy card and adhered direct to the front of the basket and more matching flowers (this time finished with Basic Rhinestones instead of brads), were added with glue dots.

Well I hope that you've enjoyed my creations and I'll pass you on to the next stop in the hop which is Sarah and she has some gorgeous butterflies waiting for you.

And if you'd like to take a look at the other loop then you can start here at Anthea's blog.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx


Sarah said...

Wow what a classy colour combo. I would never have thought of using these colours together (how i love the Colour Coach) but they are simply beautiful. I adore your card and LOVE the inking the embossing folder technique you have used. It is so effective, especially with these colours. xx

Airing cupboard stamping said...

Your basket and card are just stunning!!! The colours make it look very elegant thank you so much for sharing x

Sarah-Jane said...

Another colour combo I would never have used! Love this one, in fact I am loving Sahara Sand at the moment anyway, and I love the inked square lattice embossing, tfs :-)
Hugs xx

Jan said...

Oh, very pretty! love the basket.

Teri said...

Ohhh Sara ...... I luv this colour combo!!! And I love your projects! I haven't even tried my envelope die yet!!! I love the look of the square lattice embossing with it .... and especially with it inked - it's perfect for your lovely basket! xxx

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful Sara - I hadn't spotted this combination in the colour coach - but I will certainly be using it now. Love it. X

Anne-Marie said...

Beautiful Sara, I especially love how you inked the embossing folder it makes a great effect, I will definitely have to try it.

Anonymous said...

Loving this combo Sara. The inked embossing looks fab.

Anonymous said...

Oooh! Wow!! Your projects are lovely Sara! I wouldnt have looked at this combination before, so thank you for the inspiration.

Thanks for taking part!

Alison xx said...

Your projects are beautiful, I tried this colour combo last week and I love it too. A xx

Sassy Stamper said...

Simply Stunning projects. Just gorgeous

Karin said...

Lovely as always!! Really like the idea of inking up the embossing folder - amazing effect!

Kathleen said...

a couple of great projects. love the subtle colour combo. and love the details of your card.
kathleen mc x

simplyfairies said...

Gorgeous creations Sara...

Laetitia said...

Love all the textures and the colour combo is very pretty.
This flower is brilliant!!!