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!
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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

Razzleberry Lemonade with Cupcakes

In today’s sneak peek of the versatile stamp set, The More the Merrier, we have cupcakes! I actually modified Splitcoast Sketch SC234 to accomodate a stack of these delicious goodies, which are frosted with a variety of new In-Color inks (with just a smidge of Certainly Celery)! Here’s the recipe for Razzleberry Lemonade with Cupcakes:
  • Prepare a 5-1/4″ by 5-1/4″ card base from textured Whisper White card stock. Layer with a selection of Melon Mambo print from the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Ink the Cupcake stamp from The More the Merrier with Basic Black and stamp onto Watercolor Paper. (Note: You will need to mask certain cupcakes, and you will definitely need to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig!) Watercolor the cupcakes as you desire using a Blender Pen and the following inks: Melon Mamba, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, and Certainly Celery. (Tip: I use the easy method of just touching the tip of your blender pen to the ink pad itself. This usually provides enough ink for small images.) Stamp a single cupcake of your choice to be used on the sentiment oval. Once again, let your creativity soar and color it any way that you wish!
  • Add a Bermuda Bay wash around the perimeter of the cupcake block. To accomplish this I used a Sponge Dauber to apply the ink, and followed with an Aqua Painter.
  • Mat the Cupcake block onto Melon Mambo followed by Bermuda Bay.
  • Prepare two 2-1/8″ by 1-1/8″ reactangular blocks from Melon Mambo and mat onto Bermuda Bay. Attach to the Cupcake block as shown.
  • Attach snippets of Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbons to the Cupcake block as shown. Position and adhere the Cupcake block with its attachments to the card base.
  • Adhere Certainly Celery buttons from the Fresh Favorites I collection to the rectangular blocks as shown. Mini Glue Dots are just the ticket to get the buttons to stick. (Tip: For “thread”, I used strips of Bermuda Bay.)
  • Punch a large oval from Melon Mambo using the Large Oval Punch. Punch a scalloped oval from Bermuda Bay using the Scalloped Oval Punch.
  • Ink the “Sweetest Ever” sentiment from The More the Merrier with Bermuda Bay, and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch out using the Word Window Punch. Mat onto the Melon Mambo oval followed by the Bermuda Bay scalloped oval. Attach to the card base as illustrated with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For a touch of whimsy, add a cupcake to the sentiment.

The nice thing about these cupcakes is that you can make as many as you wish…they are calorie free, and go quite nicely with Razzleberry Lemonade!

Time is counting down, and July 1st will be here before you know it! If you would like to join my group and receive demonstrator perks and benefits, don’t hesitate to contact me today! I would love to discuss what it means to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator with you!

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Stamp Set: The More the Merrier (Hostess Level 3 115322—Available July 1st)
Inks: Basic Black (101179), Melon Mambo (116656—Available July 1st), Bermuda Bay (115655—Available July 1st), Rich Razzleberry (115658—Available July 1st), Certainly Celery (105217)
Designer Series Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade (115675—Available July 1st)
Card Stock: Textured Whisper White (108693 Available in the Neutrals Assorted Pack), Melon Mambo (115320—Available July 1st), Bermuda Bay (115317—Available July 1st), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Large Oval Punch (107305), Word Window Punch (105090)
Embellishments: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115611—Available July 1st), Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115610—Available July 1st), Certainly Celery Buttons—Fresh Favorites I Collection (107421)

Rich Razzleberry Thoughts and Prayers

This year’s new In-Colors are definitely versatile in the flavor and tone that they impart to a card. They can range from bright and playful to deep and regal, as we see with today’s card, which features Rich Razzleberry. Definitely clean and classy in its design, this card highlights the beauty of the floral spray from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.
  • Prepare a 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″ card base from textured Very Vanilla and score at the top.
  • Ink the “Floral Spray” from Thoughts and Prayers using Rich Razzleberry and Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Markers. “Huff” and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Punch out using a scalloped rectangle Nestabilities and the Big Shot. Mat onto Always Artichoke followed by Rich Razzleberry. Round the corners of the Rich Razzleberry with the Corner Rounder.
  • Ink the “Praying for Friends” sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch out using a smaller scalloped rectangle Nestabilities and the Big Shot. Mat onto Always Artichoke followed by Rich Razzleberry.
  • Using the Scallop Border Punch, punch a strip from Always Artichoke. Using the Eyelet Border Punch, punch a strip of Rich Razzleberry.
  • Adhere the above elements to the card base as illustrated in the photo.
  • As a final touch, add a snippet of Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon!

As you can see, the new In-Colors can be coupled with our old favorites! And speaking of old favorites, please make certain to check out the Last Chance lists at the top of the right sidebar! You can order from my website 24/7!

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…

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Stamp Sets: Thoughts and Prayers (113252)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker (105113), In-Colors Stampin’ Write Markers—Set of 6 (116329—Available July 1st)
Paper: Very Vanilla Textured Cardstock (108693—Available in the Assorted Neutrals Pack), Very Vanilla (101650), Always Artichoke (105119), Rich Razzleberry (115316—Available July 1st)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Scalloped Border Punch (112091), Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Corner Rounder (109047), Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangles
Embellishments: Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115613)