Last night I decided that I wanted to make some cards to send out as RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) to some fellow Splitcoast Stampers. I also have wanted to attempt some of the challenges that Splitcoast presents every week. So....I took a look at this week's Sketch Challenge( SC122) and Color Challenge(CC113) and tackled them all at once! The color challenge was to use Cool Carribean, Marigold Morning, and Taken with Teal together. The sketch challenge was a fairly simple and symmetric sketche with a single focal point in the center of the card.
Since this was my first color challenge, I didn't know how much I was "allowed" to stray from those colors. Were those the only colors I could use? Leave it to me to make it extra challenging on myself. I tried really hard to just use those colors, but it just needed something else....so I decided to add some orange to the mix with some extra highlighting on the flower and some orange ribbon.
So here's what I came up with. My Doodle This stamp set is still very new, so I still have lots more playing to do. I stamped the flower in Taken with Teal on some Whisper White. I watercolored using my blender pen and the Cool Carribean, Taken with Teal, Marigold Morning, and Only Orange ink pads. I framed the flower with Cool Carribean. I stamped the Teal cardstock with another Doodle This stamp using Teal ink. I rubbed the card base (Marigold) across my Marigold ink pad a bunch of times (direct-to-paper), and then stamped "happiness" from Warm Words in Teal ink. Before assembling everything, I added some orange and apricot grosgrain ribbon to the flower piece and then glued it all together.
I must say that my first challenge was a little difficult, but a lot of fun! I'm sure the more I do, the easier it will get. I encourage everyone to try the Splitcoast challenges. It really helps to have someone else give you an idea for a project, because sometimes when you've got tons of supplies to choose from, it's hard to know where to start!