Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Color Throwdown 193-With Gratitude

It’s time for another Color Throwdown! This week, Wanda’s brought us a pretty color palette to try—Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sunrise, and Marvelous Magenta. I added a little kraft to the mix as a neutral and came up with this sweet thank you card.

I used this week’s sketch from Retro Sketches along with the Trendy Tree Tops set from Papertrey Ink. The set’s tree is the focal image in the scene. I die cut the tree pieces, then stamped the matching image on the tree trunk and embossed the green tree top with a dotted pattern to add interest. The bird cut out in the tree top is backed with a scrap of magenta cardstock. I added the tiniest pearl I could find in my stash as an eye. The tree’s set on a piece of grid patterned paper—it’s hard to tell in the photo, but the grid lines are a magenta-like color. I attached a strip of grass made with a border punch to ground the image, then wrapped some green baker’s twine around it. A bright felt sun with a button center sits at the top of the panel.

I used a piece of dotted golden yellow paper for the panel at the right side of the card. It’s layered on a coordinating piece of solid cardstock and set on the kraft card base with the image panel placed over it.

The “with gratitude” sentiment is from the Lovely Leaves set. The patterned paper I used didn’t take the ink well and it got a blurry look the first time I stamped it, so I tried again with a small strip of the patterned paper and a different kind of ink. Fortunately, I was able to attach the strip to the panel by slipping the top edge underneath the grass strip so I could hide my mistake . . .

To play along, just create a paper crafted project using these colors as a starting point and add a direct link to your finished project using the linky tool found at the end of this week's CTD post. As always, if you don’t have exact color matches, something close works just fine. And, if you upload your project to an online gallery, use the keyword CTD193. Before you get started, here’s some inspiration from the talented Color Throwdown team and May’s guestie, Kittie Caracciolo:

** Barbara ** Broni ** Danielle ** Joan **
Kerri ** Lynn ** Tammy ** Wanda **
May Guestie Kittie Caracciolo

Materials Used:
Trendy Tree Tops and Lovely Leaves stamp sets, Bitty Dot patterned paper, Trendy Tree Tops dies, Orange Zest felt, Harvest Gold button (Papertrey Ink); Summer Sunrise, Garden Green, Marvelous Magenta, and Crumb Cake cardstock (Stampin’ Up!); Memento Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko); Brown Leather Satchel ink (Clear and Simple Stamps); Lush 2 Fuchsia Polka Dot designer paper (My Mind’s Eye); Polka Dot embossing folder (Cuttlebug); grass border punch (Martha Stewart); sun die (My Favorite Things); linen thread (The Cat’s Pajamas); baker’s twine (The Twinery); self-adhesive pearl (Recollections); corner rounder


  1. Lori this is so cute! So bright and cheery! Thanks for playing along at RetroSketches!

  2. This is adorable Lori! I love that tiny bird-so cute! Sweet little scene!

  3. Lovely card Lori, great colours this week and they work so well with the Trendy Tree.

  4. Looks like a few of us had trees on our minds this week...your's is sooo cute and I love how you added the little bird!!! The button on the sun looks awesome, too!!!!

  5. Great card for the challenges Lori! I like how you used the grid paper for your cheerful scene and your sunshine with button is very cute!

  6. Really FUN and happy scene Lori! The tree is darling!!! So glad you played RetroSketches this week!

  7. OMGosh, I WANT that tree die! TOOOOOO cute, Lori! Geesh, you guys are forcing me to go spend $$ at PTI!


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