Hello stamping friends!   Our weather here has taken a bit of a turn; it’s cooled down, gone a bit gray outside with some rain showers expected.  Considering our lack of snow this winter, we can use all the rain we get, for our reservoirs.  It’s going to be a drryyy summer!

The colour challenge at Create with Connie & Mary helped perk up my morning 🙂  It includes one of my favourite In Colours, Blackberry Bliss!

Here are the colours that we are to use in our project for this challenge:

CCMC344 colours

Since I’m still in ‘birthday’ mode – we’ve had several in our family since the start of January – I came up with this card:

CCMC344 card

I started with a card base of Rose Red, then layered a panel of Blushing Bride on top of that, first using my 1″ Circle Punch to snip out two opposite corners.

I love using the Balloon Bash stamp set – it’s got lots of great sentiments and image stamps – and I love that cheeky little #your welcome at the bottom of this stamp!

Are you wondering how I got the perfectly shaped background to the sentiment stamp?!  Well, I used a trick that I learned from the Leadership convention – I inked up and stamped the reverse side of the stamp, in Blushing Bride!  That’s right – simply apply the stamp with the words side (the side you usually apply the ink to) against the block – then ink up the flat back, and stamp onto your card stock!  Then I reversed the stamp (after cleaning the back, of course) to the proper way, and stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on top of the Blushing Bride background.  I stamped the banner portion again on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, cut it out with my Snips, and layered it on top using Stampin’ Dimensionals, to add some extra pop to it.

I then stamped the 2 balloons onto the Whisper White panel in Rose Red, then stamped & embossed them again on scrap Whisper White card stock, cut them out & layered them, again using Dimensionals, so they look more like they’re floating.

I again used my 1″ Circle Punch to punch off the same corners as on the Blushing Bride, sponged the edges with a Dauber and Blackberry Bliss ink, and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add this layer to the card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed  this challenge card – I hope you’ll head over to the Create with Connie & Mary site and check out the other submission for this challenge, along with the great cards that the design team created for inspiration!

Remember to come back later today, for the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

See you then,

DebSmartSignature (1)


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

11 thoughts on “CCMC344 – Create with Connie & Mary Colour Challenge!

  1. This is a great background technique and it is just perfect with this stamp set (which looks wonderful in these colors!!). The balloons and other details really make for a lovely card! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Margaret! I was thrilled to learn this technique at Leadership – now I look at all my stamps ‘backwards’! 🙂

  2. I like how you used the technique that was shown at Leadership. What a great stamp to use it with! Thanks for playing Create with Connie & Mary this week!

    1. Wasn’t that technique just one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments, Debbie?! I’m looking at all my stamps backwards, now 🙂

  3. Oh, I’d forgotten that little nugget of information from Leadership! Great idea and perfect for that greeting image! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. Wow! That is SO clever stamping the back side of the stamp! Thanks for that fabulous tip! This is such a fun and pretty card! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the stamping tip, Deb! Thanks so much for visiting & leaving such a nice comment 🙂

  5. Oh my…how cool! I love the way you did the Blushing Bride background – AWESOME!!! What a great use of the colors! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

    1. How nice of you to take the time to comment, Mary! 🙂 This one really was a challenge for me – so glad you liked it. See you again in the next challenge.

  6. Fabulous!!! I really love the shadow you created with the back of the stamp, really makes the whole thing pop! Thanks so much for joining us for the color challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

    1. Thanks so much for leaving a comment, Nicole! I follow your blog, so it’s a treat to have you visit mine 🙂

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