I’m Honored to be the Featured Stamper for Color Throwdown #566

I’m Still Amazed

A week ago I was chosen as the Featured Stamper for the card I created for ctd564, which means I am now the guest star stamper for ctd566.  Honored.  Amazed.

Here’s the challenge banner for ctd566:

The colors for this week are orange, grey, and creme.  While the challenge banner is clearly for fall, I needed a card for my great-niece’s second birthday.   Here’s the card I created using Grapefruit Grove, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla:


These colors really worked beautifully together, and the whole creative process for this fun fold card really evolved more than being planned.

Evolving Process

When I started, I only knew the colors, that I needed a cute card for my great-niece, and I wanted to create a fun fold card.  After trying out a few different shades of orange, I decided on Grapefruit Grove mainly because of the DSP patterns for the 2018-2020 In Colors.  I played around with the patterns until I decided on the random polka dots and large gingham pattern.  

For my cute element, I chose this adorable elephant from A Little Wild stamp set and Little Loves die set.  I combined the elephant with the retired, but forever a part of my SU! products, Number of Years stamp set and die. As luck would have it, I had a piece of the Grapefruit Grove cardstock already embossed using the basketweave 3D embossing folder.  After running that piece through the Big Shot with the “2” die, I decided I needed a border.  I then cropped a piece of Smoky Slate using the “2” die.  

After stamping and cropping the elephant, I colored him using the Smoky Slate blends combo and the light Pumpkin Pie stamping blend for her toes and ears.

I used Smoky Slate for the base, and also for the sentiments on both the front and inside of the card.  The border of the 2 is Smoky Slate attached directly to the number.  I then popped the number up using dimensionals.  I thought the 2 needed a little something else without adding another pattern into the mix.  Therefore, I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and went to town coloring the textured basketweave.

Ever Evolving Process

Here are pictures for the inside, fully open, and close-up of the Wink of Stella on the “2” parts of the card:


Wink of Stella is difficult to photograph, which explains the odd angle of the photo.  There’s more Wink of Stella on the weave than shows in the photo, and I was pretty stinking pleased.

I knew from the beginning that I would be using Very Vanilla for the Stitched Nested Labels.  The nested die set creates perfect borders every time.  Love! 

I found that I needed an outline so the Grapefruit Grove label would pop off the DSP.  Therefore, I used the brush end of my Basic Gray marker to create an outline without adding bulk.

The New Wonders host stamp set provided the inside sentiments, which fit perfectly on this card.  I adhered the outside label first, then lined up the label on the inside so the inside and outside lined up.  

I tied a bow using the Smoky Slate stitched ribbon, and threaded it under the 2.  Once I had the ribbon in place, I easily lined up my elephant so she didn’t float on the label. 

When I opened the card so it laid flat, I realized the back of the elephant floated on the inside of the label.  I needed something to anchor her, so I used the leaf garland die from the Little Loves die set.  I adhered the Basic Gray leaf garland right under the elephant’s back feet, and hoped I’d completed the card.  

Finishing Touches

As always, I decorated the envelope using another piece of the Grapefruit Grove DSP on the flap.  Using Smoky Slate, I stamped “Happy birthday” on the front bottom left corner.  I decided I needed some little enamel dots, which came from from the Happiness Blooms dot. 

With that, I’d finished the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you.  Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.  

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A Little Wild stamp set, item #  144344

Little Loves die set, item # 143743

New Wonders host cling stamp set, item # 149426

Stitched Nested Labels Dies, item # 149638

2018 – 2020 In Color DSP, item # 149618

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Smoky Slate cardstock, item # 131202

Basic Gray cardstock, item #  121044

Grapefruit Grove cardstock, item #  146972

Basket Weave 3D embossing folder, item # 151797

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Smoky Slate ink pad, item #  147113

Smoky Slate blends combo, item # 145058

Pumpkin Pie light blend, item #  144578

Happiness Blooms enamel dots, item #  148805

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved my October Paper Pumpkin card kit on Friday!!   The November kit will be the coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072