Basic Black, Old Olive, and Gold ~ oh my!

#GDP109 is a color challenge this week using Basic Black, Old Olive, and Gold.  Let me start by saying I really am not a yellow gold person.  Silver – all day long.  Not so much with gold.

What better to create with these colors than a Christmas card?  I’d first made this card in Basic Grey, Cherry Cobbler, and silver thread and then again using the #GDP109 colors.  I used the Carols of Christmas bundle, Old Olive and Basic Black cardstock, the fabulous Merry Little Christmas DSP,  gold thread, Stitched Shape die set, and the Sheet Music stamp.  Ink was Basic Grey (for the Sheet Music background), and Basic Black for the sentiment.  After I put the gold thread behind the sentiment I realized it is so fine that it almost can be overlooked and therefore, the card needed more gold.  Enter my Wink of Stella pen, which I used as an accent on the trees at the bottom of the card and ditch surrounding the sentiment from the Stitched Shape square.

I love this stamp set, the whole bundle, the Sheet Music background stamp, and the DSP.  Who would have thought that Black and Old Olive would have made this alternative colors for Christmas person so happy!

Here’s my card:


Here’s the Cherry Cobbler one as well:

Deck the Halls, cherry cobbler

Here’s the #GDP109 challenge link:

Have a Peachy day!


InKing Royalty Blog Hop


Thankful Thoughts InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop!  There are so many ways to say, “Thank you!” – today’s blog hop is filled with projects that share our gratitude.  Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs (both the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog) are filled with so many fun products that help us show our gratitude – and we are excited to share our creations with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Here’s my grateful card:

To make the background paper I used the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I  first masked and stamped the leaf trio using Old Olive, and layered the details in Old Olive as well.  I then turned to the sunflowers using the Painted Harvest stamp set, I used only Elegant Eggplant by stamping off the first layer of the flowers.  I then used full strength for the second layer, and I am thrilled with the way they turned out.   When I finished, I realized I wanted to have a little extra something in all the white space, so I stamped off Old Olive and just used the detail part of the leaf stamp in just a few select places.

For this card, I pulled out Old Olive for the base and thought, eh ~ not the pop I wanted.  Then I put it on Elegant Eggplant and literally said “WOW” out loud (and to myself but  I didn’t answer, so it’s all good).   I punched out a Pretty Label from the base piece (no one will ever see all the ugly behind the Whisper White), stamped my greeting and cropped it so that the rectangle just shows the label on the top and bottom.  Added a piece of jute ribbon, some linen thread behind the label, and popped on a set of leaves from the Leaf Punch.  All kinds of mini-dimensionals were used.  Love those things!  A card with 2 layers of the minis will mail just as easily as a card with a single layer of the regular dimensionals.

My list of supplies, which I now realize sounds much more complicated than it was, is as follows:

Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Suede (center of flowers) ink pads

Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White cardstock

Painted Harvest and Paisleys and Posies stamp sets

Burlap ribbon, Linen Thread, Pretty Label Punch, Leaf Punch, and mini-dimensionals.

There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!  Thank you for hopping along with us.  The next blog is Shawn de Oliveira at you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up below as a guide.

Have a Peachy day!



  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Karen Browning at
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Racheal Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’

Fusion card challenge

The Fusion challenge for this week, as always, is a card sketch or color/greeting combination.  I picked the card sketch and was very happy to break out my brand new Colorful Seasons bundle of the stamp set and framelits.  I’ve seen so many cards made with this bundle and have been (not so patiently) waiting to be able to order it.  I also used the Color Theory DSP in Old Olive, the base is Berry Burst and I used the LAYERED LEAVES DYNAMIC TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER (try saying that 3 times quickly) for dimesion.   I used the die set to cut out the tree limb in Soft Suede, and the flowers were cut from Powder Pink and then stamped with the same ink.  I punched out tiny circles to go behind the cut out flowers in Fresh Fig to highlight the flower centers.  It’s barely noticeable, but it is a detail.  I stamped the greeting “just breathe” in Soft Suede.  Wrapped the card in SU thick bakers twine and I was done.

Here’s my card:


Here’s the Fusion challenge:

Have a Peachy day!


Color Throwdown #453

The generic colors for this week are a raspberry pink, green, and yellow.  I chose Berry Burst, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight, and went to one of my current fav stamp/punch bundle using the Daisy Delight set.

I had made my own background paper and colored daisy using this bundle for another challenge in different colors.  For this challenge, I wanted to keep it cleaner, even though the background is stamped, so I didn’t add an extra punched daisy.

Here’s my card:


I actually created a 5.5 x 8.5 sheet of this paper so I can make another card later.  I used the daisy stamp and alternated stamping off daisies for both layers to give the card a bit of dimension.  I used the leaf two-step stamps fromthe same set by stamping off the background and then using the detailed stamp full strength, again for dimension.  The center of each daisy is Daffodil Delight, as is the ribbon.  The greeting is from Beautiful Branches, stamped and punched with the Pretty Label punch, which was then mounted on Stitched Shape circle and attached to the card with dimensionals.  When I kept staring at the card thinking that something was off,  I realized I needed color on the right hand side by the label instead of all that white space.  I grabbed my Old Olive enamel shapes, which balanced the card to my satisfaction.

I am still struggling with bows right now, but at least I managed to get a little one for this card.  I like this card a lot because, while it has a lot on it, there is still a calming feel to it.

Here’s the challenge sketch:

 Colors just scream summertime, don’t they?

Have a Peachy day!