Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Colour Create and The Pink Elephant Challenges

Hello! My first post for the day is for 2 challenges- Colour Create and The Pink Elephant. Colour Create's Challenge is to use red, cream and chocolate. I love this colour combination though I've never used it before but will definately use it again now! The Pink Elephant's Challenge was to use circles and scallops.

So I've used my new stamps from Hero Arts alot here and am experimenting with a slightly new style. I wanted to try a style of using more stamps for backgrounds and focal points plus wording rather than using image stamps as the focal point all the time. There are a few people who have inspired me like Sarita and Kath who really make their stamps work hard for them!!

So first to the sentiment, this is from Hero Arts and was stamped using brown ink and double mounted. The scalloped flower was stamped using the same ink and cut around. I then used my Nesties to cut a circle of Laura Ashley paper to layer over the top. I then stamped the script circle on red card with brown ink and cut out again. The little matching chipboard embellishment on the top is also Laura Ashley and finally I added a sheer ribbon. The background is stamped using a stamp from the clear Friendship set. Hope you like the new stylee!

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Hero Arts); Assorted cardstock; Nesties; Ribbons (Laura Ashley); Embellishment (Laura Ashley); Hot fix crystals (London Bead Co.)

Onto my second card. I couldn't really enter this into any challenges as I have a confession to make! This is the first card I made using my new stamps. As this is all quite a new style to me, I was seeking some inspiration so I went onto the Hero Arts website. And there was this card that I thought looked just stunning so I had to try out the design- so here it is! I have altered the colours and made a few adjustments (adding hearts) but mainly it is the same design. Hope you like!

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Hero Arts); Assorted cardstock; Paper (Doodlebug); Ribbon (Poppicrafts)

PS As I am nearly reaching 50 followers, I'll be offering some blog candy soon so watch this space!!

24 comments:

LINANNA DESIGNS said...

Good morning Steph, i hope you are well hunny. These cards are both stunning, love the flower details! hugs Linda x

mar1ene said...

Stunning Steph, love them both :)
Hugs, Marlene x

Debbie said...

Fabulous cards Steph, great layouts & design and I love the colours and papers. Debbie x

Elle-phan-tastic cards said...

Pretty cards hun, hope you are well. If you would like to add anything to my ME blog I would like that x

Cherry said...

They are really gorgeous, Steph. Love the elegance that they have. XXX

Silli said...

Hello Steph. I love both cards... The colors are so beautiful... Have a wonderful day! Hugs from Silke

Robin said...

Both of these cards are just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for joining us at TPE this week!!

Littleted62 said...

These are both lovely hun, especially your very own design - mmm, I'm liking your new style! Nicki, xx.

Kelly said...

I like your new style! Both of these cards have such a classic feel to them. Gorgeous!
Kel x

mckinkle said...

Hi Steph, Im loving your new direction! Elegant and very inspirational! Makes a lovely change moving away from the popular images that are around at the moment.
Keryn x

Riet said...

What a gorgeous cards Steph.

Hugs Riet.x

Sharon said...

Fantastic cards Steph. I love these types of design - Sarita inspires me when I try to do this style. You have really nailed it - Love the use of colour and all the elements on your card. Thanks for joining the Colour Create Challenge.
Sharon xx

Marcea said...

Wow Steph, these are fab hun. Wish I could be brave and try a lovely new style like this .... you may have just inspired me to try!
-x-

Ann said...

Both cards are stunning. I love what you have done with your new stamps. Gorgeous really gorgeous. Love your Elyzabells card and PB one too - I noticed as I scrolled down.

Ann xxx
http://thepinkelephantchallenge.blogspot.com

LOUISE said...

Hi Steph, stunning cards. They are both beautiful. Love the detail in them. Hope you have a great day. Lou x

Trudi said...

Very pretty cards Steph! I love the pink! Thanks for playing along with us this week at TPE.

LORi said...

Super duper Pretty cards!!

Carol said...

Great cards, they're both fab but i LOVE the red & white one...very striking and perfect for our challenge, glad you could play :)

Hugs
Carol x

Elle-phan-tastic cards said...

Me again! I have left you something on my blog x x

Kathryn said...

WOW -- GORGEOUS cards -- LOVE the colors on both!!!

Dawn said...

Your cards are FANTASTIC!! Could I please have a morsel of your mojo to get me crafting?? lol.. Oh and I was the 50th follower of your blog....gratz!!

Chris said...

HI Steph, well I for one love this style of card and yours are so beautiful and very elegant! I've always loved creating my own backgrounds with stamps, it's a lot of fun. Perfect use of the colours for CC this week, they really are gorgeous. Hope you're having a great weekend. Hugs, Chris xx

Terrie B x said...

Hi Steph two `gorgeous` cards..love them both sooo pretty...TFS
Have a lovely Sunday:0♥

Michele said...

Brilliant cards Steph.

Michele
x