Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thankful Thyme


Welcome to another week of my October challenges for Our Creative Corner! This week it's a color challenge: blush blossom, soft suede, sage shadow, and handsome hunter. I came up with this combo idea a while ago and this seemed like the perfect time to use it.

My first instinct was to make another Christmas card, but I decided to go a different route this week. I wanted to use a stamp set I hadn't played with much, and my eyes landed on Herb Expressions. I think these images and sentiments are so lovely. I chose the thyme image - I guess there was a little creative license since it appears that thyme flowers are white. But I covered up the name anyway, so it'll just be our little secret, right?

I colored the image with soft suede and handsome hunter markers, stamped it on very vanilla, and colored it with blush blossom and sage shadow markers. Then I cut and layered with oval Nestabilities and sponged soft suede on the edges. I wanted to use designer paper but didn't have a lot of options - the soft suede DP from Thoroughly Modern seemed perfect for the image, and the sage striped paper from Autumn Leaves (retired) added a nice contrast.

I wanted some kind of pretty bow and I played around with several different arrangements of ribbon. In the end I first put down a strip of soft suede ribbon with the solid side up, then the strip of the peachy color, then the dark green organdy bow. I have no idea what ribbons those last two are - just stuff I found in my stash! I left room for the sentiment (also from Herb Expressions), which I framed out using Frames with a Flourish. To finish off the card I added more sponging and lots of piercing - I toyed with other ideas of things to add but in the end I kept it simpler. Sometimes that really is better! :)

Be sure you stop by the OCC and check out the lovely samples from the rest of the team. And then come and play along - I'd love to see what you do with these colors!

9 comments:

jdmommy said...

What a gorgeous layout, Lori! the ribbon is a perfect match!! I think these were tough colors to put together, and you totally nailed it!! Great job!!

Silke Ledlow said...

Good Morning Lori....even though my head is still steaming I thought this is a beautiful color combo!!! Your card turned out beautiful - you rocked these colors!!! Hugs ~S~

Joycelyn Turner said...

Absolutely beautiful...perfect for these gorgeous colors...thanks for a wonderful challenge!!

the funkie junkie said...

Wow, Lori, this is gorgeous. When I first saw it, it took my breath away. The color combo, as it turns out, is really beautiful. Your card has a nice classic feel to it and the colors really make it pack a WOW punch! Thanks for a really wonderful challenge this week,

Wendy J. said...

Your card is just lovely, Lori! Thanks for the challenge. It was a challenge...but worked out in the end! Thanks for stretching my mind!

Mrs B said...

Beautiful card! Great challenge this week! I put me to the test!
CindyB

Melissa said...

Lori - this is just gorgeous! I love your bow, and use of ribbon! I love the layout and the stamp set you used! Gorgeous!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Beautiful card and design Lori! I LOVE the floral images and design using these colors. I had a bit of a hard time at first but was really happy the way my card turned out. Thanks for the fun challenge.

Have a fun week, Jennifer :)

Simone said...

Spectacular!!! It is absolutely beautiful!
Simone