Color Throwdown Cakes

One of the nice things about challenges is that they help us grow as artists. Sometimes they jump start our creativity, while at other times they move us out of our comfort zones. I feel that I do my best work with rich and earthy colors, as opposed to those of lighter and softer hues. So when Color Throwdown posted this week’s color combination of Kraft, Baja Breeze, and Pink Pirouette, I was in a quandry. I love Baja Breeze, especially with Basic Black. But with Pink Pirouette and Kraft? I wasn’t quite sure what to do! Remembering the many times that I have encouraged my students in the classroom to stretch and challenge their minds, I decided that I would stretch and challenge my “muse”. I even added some “girly” glitter and swirly swirls to really move me outside of my creative box! Here’s the recipe for “Color Throwdown Cakes”:

  • Make a standard card base from Kraft and score at the side.
  • Layer it with Pink Pirouette that has been texturized using the Swirls Plate from Stampin’ Up Backgrounds I and the Big Shot.
  • Punch a Baja Breeze strip with the Eyelet Border Punch.
  • Punch a Kraft strip with the Scallop Border Punch.
  • Cut a strip of Dotted Baja Breeze Designer Series Paper.
  • Wrap a Kraft strip with Striped Baja Breeze Ribbon and form a bow.
  • Adhere all elements to the card base as illustrated.
  • Ink the “Wedding Cake” stamp from Fun and Fast notes with Basic Brown and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch out using Nestabilities and the Big Shot. Color using Blender Pens and ink pads. (Since I did not have Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette, I substituted Sage Shadow and Pretty in Pink, and used Sahara Sand for the pedestals and Certainly Celery for the leaves.)
  • For a bit of Wedding Day sparkle, I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter around the edge of the image!

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s slice of “Color Throwdown Cakes”!

The Stampin’ Schach Tip of the Day: Are you all out of Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette? Don’t be afraid to substitute! In most instances, members of the same Stampin’ Up! color families work well with each other. And if you are not confident in your own choices, try Stampin’ Up!s Color Coach (105796). It features coordinating and complimentary color suggestions for the Stampin’ Up! colors, as well as neutral and monochromatic color choices. At only $9.95, it is money well spent! And, if you have never participated in a challenge, I encourage you to give one a try! You may be surprised at what you can create!
Your comments are very important to me, so please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

Stamp Set: Fun and Fast Notes (113500)
Inks: Basic Brown (104315), Sage Shadow (102532), Pretty in Pink (101301), Sahara Sand (105208)
Designer Series Paper: Baja Breeze
Card Stock: Kraft (102125), Very Vanilla (101650), Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates (114512), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Standard Texturz Silicon Rubber (114615), Big Shot (113439), Blender Pens (102845)
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon


  1. This is just lovely! Thanks so much for playing the CTD!

  2. Deliciously clever. Wow, look at your reading audience. Well-deserved. Congrats! Hugs, Mary

  3. Beautifully done! I love the elegance that the embossed background adds! Thanks for playing along with us!

  4. I love the layered punches – SO cute!

  5. Wow. You did an amazing job. This is a beautiful card. Love the embossing and the colors.

  6. Very pretty, Ann! I am glad you were able to substitute colors and still play with us. Your beautiful embossed background has prompted me to try my texturz plates again!! And of course, the glitter is gorgeous!

  7. You did an awesome job with these colors.

    This is a classic stamped card. I am really drawn to the texture of it.

  8. Awesome glittered edges! Holy cow! That looks so cool!

  9. LOVE the 3-D that the glittered edge adds. I was SURE it was rick rack very carefully cut to fit just right!

  10. Ann this is so pretty! I especially love the glitter around the edges!

  11. Sweet, sweet card! Thanks for playing the Throwdown–hope to see you again next time!

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