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  1. September Challenge Heads Up!

    2018 September Challenge

    Hi All!

    Well, we’re about to put another challenge into the books! It’s time to get ready for next month’s challenge… “thinking of you”. Sometimes I use a “thinking of you” sentiment just because it seems to go with pretty much any design. However, there are definitely designs that really convey that you are thinking of someone. I’ll give you an example when we launch the challenge next week.

    There are still 4 days left in the August Monochromatic Challenge. Each upload gets you a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp!

    Good luck!

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  2. Clean and Simple Butterfly

    CAS Butterfly

    Hi All!

    Today’s card is mostly white, but it has a lot of different textures and elements… vellum, pearls, ribbon, stitching. I realized that I don’t have a lot of butterfly stamps. I pulled out my old Hero Arts Antique Engravings set. I bet a lot of you have this set – it was so popular for a long time. I don’t think you can get it anywhere other than eBay now.

    I colored the butterfly with Prisamcolor pencils. Here is a close-up:

    CAS Butterfly

    I rarely make a card without a sentiment, but I didn’t want to disrupt the white with a sentiment. If you wanted to incorporate one, I would probably set it just underneath the butterfly. I will probably use this card as a simple note card.

    Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Inside rectangle 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches 8.3 x 11.4 cm
    White strip 7/8 inch 2.2 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Prismacolor pencils used: Light Cerulean Blue, Canary Yellow, Chocolate, Beige Sienna, Black, White

    SSS Stitched Rectangles
    SSS Stitched Rectangles
    Prismacolor Pencils
    Prismacolor Pencils
    DB|AMZN
    Stampin' Up! Pearls
    Pearls
    Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
    Memento Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Bazzill 40lb Vellum
    Bazzill 40lb Vellum
    EH|SSS
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    EH|SSS
    Micro Glue Dots
    Micro Glue Dots
    EH|SSS
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  3. Mondo Monochromatic

    Mondo Sakura

    Hi All!

    Thank you for being so understanding about my vacation last week! All of you were so kind in the comments and I appreciate it so much. It was a great time… I added a few photos at the end of the post.

    I have another card for you in the spirit of the August Monochromatic Challenge. This time I’m using a Zig marker on some colored cardstock. It was such an easy card!

    I used the Mondo Sakura set on this card as well – it’s great for coloring.

    Here is a close-up of my coloring:

    Mondo Sakura

    Enjoy the video!

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    While we were in Colorado, we did a ropes course at the top of the mountain. It was so much fun! Plus the weather and scenery were fantastic. Here are all of us ready to go:

    Colorado

    The girl in the middle is a friend of the family who came with us. Here I am pretty much in control:

    Colorado

    And here I am not in control at all. Courtney is in front of me:

    Colorado

    All of us finished the entire course, which took several hours. I felt very accomplished afterward. πŸ™‚

    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Flower panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Zig markers used: Light Carmine, Black

    Mondo Sakura
    Mondo Sakura
    Kuretake Zig Markers
    Kuretake Zig Markers
    AMZN|SSS
    Versamark Ink Pad
    Versamark Ink
    EH|SSS
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    EH|SSS
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
    Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Stamp-a-ma-jig
    Stamp-a-ma-jig
    SSS|EH
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  4. Throwback Friday

    Hi All,

    On Monday I announced that I would be posting throwbacks on Wednesday and Friday of this week while I am on vacation. Thus, we have “Throwback Friday”. πŸ™‚

    I can’t believe I made this card 3 years ago! Time flies when you’re having fun. I chose this one because it’s one of my favorites. I love little critters, especially the front and back stamps. You’ll have to go to the post to see the inside of the card – you won’t regret it.

    Ruff Day

    See the post for details and a video. Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Throwback Wednesday

    Hi All,

    On Monday I announced that I would be posting throwbacks on Wednesday and Friday of this week while I am on vacation. Thus, we have “Throwback Wednesday”. πŸ™‚

    In the spirit of the Monochromatic Challenge, I thought I would throwback to a monochromatic card I made using a stencil blotting technique:

    Stencil Blotting

    See the post for details and a video. Have a wonderful day!

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  6. Background Pattern Stamping

    Pattern Stamping

    Hi All!

    Today I’m trying out some of my new Stampin’ Up! colors. I love them! The smooth coverage is beautiful. Be sure to use Stampin’ Up! cardstock with them – it really makes a huge difference with the quality of the stamping.

    I used my MISTI to get my stamps perfectly aligned for the pattern. I think back to when the Misti first came out. I was very skeptical about it. I thought it was just a luxury item and not worth the cost. Seriously, I was wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s one of my favorite tools that has lots of uses.

    Hope you enjoy the video. Have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Flower panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Bold Flowers
    Bold Flowers
    SSS Big Thanks
    SSS Big Thanks
    Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grape
    Gorgeous Grape Ink
    Stampin' Up! Balmy Blue
    Balmy Blue Ink
    Stampin' Up! Granny Apple Green
    Granny Apple Green Ink
    Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight Ink
    Daffodil Delight Ink
    Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
    Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
    Black Cardstock
    Bazzill 40lb Vellum
    Bazzill 40lb Vellum
    EH|SSS
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Scotch Foam Tape

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  7. Double Emboss Resist

    Double Emboss Resist

    Hi All!

    For today’s card, I heat embossed two images (the sentiment and the feather), then used Peerless watercolors on top of them. You could do this with any sentiment underneath a stamped image that has some solid parts to it. Go through your stamp collection and see what would work!

    Here is a close-up of the double emboss:

    Double Emboss Resist

    I used my craft-foam-trick for flattening out my watercolor cardstock. One thing I didn’t mention in the video is that this trick works well because I am using thin watercolor paper. As a result, the watercolor paper can take the shape of the foam.

    One oops – in the video I said the circle sizes were 4 and 4 1/4″. They are actually 4 1/2 and 4 3/4″. Sorry about that!

    Enjoy the video!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Watercolor circle 4 1/2 inches 11.4 cm
    Black circle 4 3/4 inches 12.1 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Peerless watercolors used: Gamboge Yellow, Butterflywing Blue, Viridian Green

    Golden Feather
    Golden Feather
    EH|SSS
    Thoughtful Messages
    Thoughtful Messages
    Peerless Watercolor Basic
    Peerless Watercolor Basic
    EH|SSS
    Peerless Watercolor Bonus
    Peerless Watercolor Bonus
    EH|SSS
    Nesting Circle Dies
    Nesting Circle Dies
    Size 12 Round Brush
    Size 12 Round Brush
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Versamark Ink Pad
    Versamark Ink
    EH|SSS
    Ultra Fine Clear Powder
    Ultra Fine Clear Powder
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
    Black Cardstock
    Masking Tape Roll
    Eclipse Masking Tape Rolls
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    EH|SSS
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  8. Monochromatic Wreath

    Turnabout Wreath

    Hi All!

    I’ve got another example of a monochromatic card for this month’s challenge. I went with all tones of red, along with kraft, black, and white. I used the Wreath Turnabout that I used on this card. I love that this set contains two completely different wreath looks. They are both so pretty!

    I used Distress Oxide inks because they work great on kraft cardstock. You can see another example of it HERE. A close-up of the stamping:

    Turnabout Wreath

    Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Wreath panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Wreath Turnabout
    Wreath Turnabout
    EH|SSS
    Sheltering Tree
    Sheltering Tree
    Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
    Linen Thread
    Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick
    Distress Oxide – Worn Lipstick
    EH|SSS
    Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry
    Distress Oxide – Picked Raspberry
    EH|SSS
    Distress Oxide - Candied Apple
    Distress Oxide – Candied Apple
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! White Ink
    Stampin’ Up! White Ink
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
    Crumb Cake Cardstock
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    MISTI Corners
    MISTI Corners
    EH|S.COM
    Masking Tape Roll
    Eclipse Masking Tape Rolls
    Micro Glue Dots
    Micro Glue Dots
    EH|SSS
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Scotch Foam Tape
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  9. August Challenge: Monochromatic Cards!

    August Challenge

    Hi All!

    Welcome to the next monthly Challenge! This month is about monochromatic cards… cards with one main color. You can include any neutral you want (black, white, brown, kraft, etc.), but you should stick with one actual color for the card. You can also use multiple tones of the color you choose.

    The last day to submit your entry is Friday, August 31st, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Saturday, September 1st.

    SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
    The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

    Okay, just to recap the main rules:

    • Use a single color in your card.
    • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
    • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
    • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. πŸ™‚
    • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced and your card must have been made in the current month.

    Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

    I chose purple for today’s card:

    Monochromatic card

    I used Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink, which allows you to get a unique, interesting look with multiple layers. My sentiment is popped up in the middle using craft foam. Here is a close-up:

    Monochromatic card

    Have fun with the challenge. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Side panels 2 1/8 inches 5.4 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    SSS Big Thanks
    SSS Big Thanks
    Thoughtful Messages
    Thoughtful Messages
    Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet
    Distress Oxide – Wilted Violet
    EH|SSS
    Clear Sequins
    Clear Sequins
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
    Black Cardstock
    Size 12 Round Brush
    Size 12 Round Brush
    Tweezers
    Tweezers
    EH|SSS
    Pick Me Up Stick
    Pick Me Up Stick
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    EH|SSS
    Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
    Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
    EH|SSS
    Glue Applicator
    Glue Applicator
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

    2018 August Challenge Entries
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    MFT musical Bunnies. Red!
    MFT musical Bunnies. Red!
    Maria Rodriguez
    Maria Rodriguez
    Card made with a Power Poppy set called "Orchids Rock", stamped with Versafine black ink and colored with a black, gray and white Prismacolor pencils.
    Thinking of You
    Thinking of You
    I made this for a guy (obviously) who is facing serious illness. The woodgrain is from ms. sparkle & co. (from JoAnnes bargain bin) and I have had the tree stamp forever - no idea where it is from.
    Maria Rodriguez
    Maria Rodriguez
    This card was made with the Power Poppy set called "Countryside Bouquet Delux", stamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white. I sponged the image with Picked Raspberries Distress Ink and then, went over the petals with a wet brush to remove some of the ink. I added a big of highlights with my white Prismacolor pencil.
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    ABFE55AF-19BA-4BBB-8C34-B0DFF30D083A.jpeg
    MFT stamp set, lots of yellow.
    Yellow roses
    Yellow roses
    I found the card design on Pinterest. The only info I could find was 1.bp.blogspot.com, which is not a valid url. I liked the yellow and gray combos that some people did in last month’s challenge, so I have it a go. My version is color pencil - half was done in Prismacolor , the other half in Polychromos. On this paper from Michaels, I think the Polychromos were brighter and had a smoother application.
    So Sweet
    So Sweet
    I'm afraid that this card borders on cheating. A sister of my best friend knitted the little baby sweater. I simply put it on some card stock and added the sentiment - a die by Sizzix. But is IS all one color...
    Maria Rodriguez
    Maria Rodriguez
    Card made with the Papertray Ink stamp and die set called "Feathery Finnery", heat embossed in black and white.
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    BF0CB635-EE24-4737-AC39-C430300BB260.jpeg
    Clearly besotted stamps. Green!
    Welcome Baby
    Welcome Baby
    Made this card with my sister, to welcome our new grand niece!
    A Beachy Hello
    A Beachy Hello
    Inspired by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Description on my blog. Pattyspassions.com
    Have a Jawsome Day
    Have a Jawsome Day
    Description on my blog. Pattyspassions.com
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    So Thankful.JPG
    I was inspired by a video by Melanie Muenchinger on Simon Says Stamp blog today. I chose peach tones. The stamps used are Gina K Designs Painted Autumn for the sentiment, and Sending Love for the floral vine stamp. I used watercolor paper, a waterbrush, and inks from Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn.
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    Sympathy card
    Monochromatic Blended Seasons.JPG
    Monochromatic Blended Seasons.JPG
    I am having fun with the SU Blended Seasons stamp set and dies. After watching Darlene's video with her large flower and Zig Clean Color markers, I wanted to try her technique. I am not that close, but I enjoyed coloring. I used SU Blackberry Bliss paper and marker. I used my Signo White Gel Pen for the center of each flower. I didn't add sentiment. Sometimes it is nice to leave it off and place it inside. Thanks for looking. Lisa
    Blue butterfly
    Blue butterfly
    I got this Stampin Up die and couldn't wait to use it. Paper background is from Hobby Lobby's Peaceful Meadows card-stock pad. Solid card-stock and rhinestones were from my stash.
    Thinking about you
    Thinking about you
    Larissa from Card-e-licious inspired me to make this card. I love these critters. They're colored with copics.
    Birthday Card
    Birthday Card
    Shades of blue! Die cut a window in the card and added patterned paper with a computer generated sentiment. Inside the balloons are on a pop up panel.
    Birthday Card
    Birthday Card
    Shades of orange...the background is patterned paper, balloons are die cut with the centers inlaid and embossed with white pearl embossing powder over spiced marmalade oxide ink. The chunky glitter is suppose to look like confetti (not to sure that I like the look :-() Creating monochromatic cards is a challenge!
    Maria Rodriguez
    Maria Rodriguez
    Card made with the sadly retired Stampin' Up! die set called "Botanical Blooms"
    Maria Rodriguez
    Maria Rodriguez
    Card made with another sadly retired SU die set called "Pretty Pines".
    Maria Rodriguez
    Maria Rodriguez
    I can't remember where the big die came from, the little Christmas ornament is from Memory Box.
    Pink and Silver Birthday
    Pink and Silver Birthday
    I made this card as a challenge to use scraps of SU papers given to me by my SU demonstrator. The sentiment is the top half of a die by Sizzix that says Happy Birthday to You,
    Sailboat Happy Birthday.
    Sailboat Happy Birthday.
    This is another card using a Jolee embellishment that I have had forever. The paper is from Peaceful Meadows paper pad - by Hobby Lobby.
    Monochrome Meercat Card
    Monochrome Meercat Card
    This Meercat Stamp was made from a drawing and purchased as a one-off on Ebay. I used neutral Prismacolor pencils to make it look as real to life as possible.
    Gold
    Gold
    Was asked to make a 50th anniversary card. Came up with this. Gold is a color, right?
    Mr & Mrs wedding card
    Mr & Mrs wedding card
    I really like the "less is more" concept here. Fun and easy to make. The words are computer generated.
    Blue Balloons
    Blue Balloons
    Stamp: Wonky Backdrop by Julie Ebersole Ink: Bold Summer Sky by Hero Arts (swiped on stamp) Die cuts: Avery Elle Glitter Paper: DCWV Sentiment: handwriting
    Thank you card
    Thank you card
    This was done using the new Ranger Alcohol Lift Ink.
    Butterfly Sympathy Card
    Butterfly Sympathy Card
    This card is all white and I thought it was beautiful to use as a sympathy card. I used the stitched rectangle dies, a Martha Stewart Butterfly punch and the rose embossing folder is from Stampin Up. the sentiment is SU Teeny Tiny Wishes.
    Monochromatic Sympathy Card
    Monochromatic Sympathy Card
    This card uses SU Mocha Morning designer series paper and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.
    Blue Sympathy Card
    Blue Sympathy Card
    This card uses the Altenew monochrome washi tape rolls and covers the whole background of this card. The sentiment is from SU Warmest Regards. I tend to use monochromatic cards for sympathy cards as I believe they are calming.
    Thinking of You Monochromatic Cards
    Thinking of You Monochromatic Cards
    These two cards use SU Because I Care stamp set and the sentiment is also from SU called Oval All.
    Wedding card
    Wedding card
    This all white card is hard to photograph with my camera. It is a glossy silvery white die cut on white card stock. I embossed the edge, Both the die and the embossing strip are by Cuttlebug.
    Masculine TV Birthday Card
    Masculine TV Birthday Card
    For this card I used the TV Shaker Die by SSS along with the sentiment by SU called Big Day. The background paper is by SU as well called Adventure Bound.
    Vellum flowers on watercolor
    Vellum flowers on watercolor
    Gansai Tambi watercolor background. Heat embossed on vellum flowers. SSS Beautiful Flowers Stamp.
    Party Like a Flock Star
    Party Like a Flock Star
    I love this background stamp. It can be used for so many things. It is Hero Arts, Brushstrokes Bold Print. Details on my blog, pattyspassions.com
    Butterfly With Sympathy Card
    Butterfly With Sympathy Card
    I created this card just to have on hand--no special need just yet! πŸ™‚ You can read all about it at my blog post, if you like: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2018/08/butterfly-with-sympathy.html. πŸ™‚
    Bee Strong
    Bee Strong
    I created this card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids. You can read my process at my blog here: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2018/08/bee-strong.html. Tfl! πŸ™‚
    Vellum flowers on Zig Clean Color
    Vellum flowers on Zig Clean Color
    Thanks to a suggestion by Patty and Andrea, I made a Christmas card. This background was made using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers with a tiny bit of blending with water. Image and sentiment are from Avery Elle Merry Flowers.
    Embossed stars
    Embossed stars
    Silver embossed stars
    Silver embossed stars
    Patterned Paper Starburst
    Patterned Paper Starburst
    Henna Flowers
    Henna Flowers
    Sympathy Card
    Sympathy Card
    Background is the Sizzix roses embossing folder with Abandoned Coral ink rubbed over the raise portion. The rose bouquet and leaves are cut on my electronic cutting machine. The leaves were colored with Abandoned Coral Oxide ink and the roses were colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. Sentiment from Our Daily Bread Sympathy stamp
    Sympathy Card
    Sympathy Card
    Background distress ink clean up from mat...not sure of the color. Flowers & shadow cut from electronic cutting machine; top layer colored with Antique Linen Oxide ink. Sentiment from Our Daily Bread Sympathy stamp & cut. Studio Katia gold crystals.

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  10. July Challenge Results!

    Hi All!

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the July Favorite Color Combos Challenge! I encourage you to check out the entries when you have some time.

    This month’s random winner of the Simon Says Stamp $25 gift voucher is entry #8 by Barb H. I’m highlighting another card by Barb below, but I like this one too – blue and tan. Congrats Barb!

    Onto the highlights…

    There were several cards that used blue and green – I love this combo! I especially loved this one by Annie A.:

    Annie A.

    I love the pattern she created, and I also love how she incorporated the same colored cardstock. Notice how the pattern turns white on the cardstock – such a great detail!

    Next is this pink, green, and turquoise combo by Caly:

    Caly

    I love Caly’s clean style. The balance of color with the white is awesome, and her shades of each color are the same degree of brightness – I’m not sure what the technical term is – maybe saturation? I don’t know – all I know is that it looks good!

    Another combo I really liked is this one by Barb H.:

    Barb H.

    I’m not sure I’ve used pink, orange and green together yet – I’ll have to add it to my list! Orange and green aren’t my favorite colors, but when you add pink, they suddenly are. πŸ™‚

    Finally, there were quite a few people who used yellow and gray together – I never would have put those two together in my head, but it’s a very soothing combination. Here are a couple… the first is by Alma and the second is by Maggi:

    Thanks again to everyone who submitted a card. I love seeing your creations. I’ll be back soon with the launch of the August Monochromatic Challenge. Hope you have a great day!

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