A Little Love

A Little Love

Every month at our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator meetings we have a challenge for the next meeting. This month, I was “flying low” to get everything ready for the meeting. It was a special meeting, since one of our members was here from Japan and another was having a birthday, so I was bringing hot dogs, buns, and condiments for my part of the covered dish meal (aka “potluck” in some areas). Plus I was in charge of the Make & Take, and I had been babysitting almost up to the minute I had to leave. So I didn’t even think about a challenge for the next month.

As everyone was getting ready to pack up, I just threw out three colors for a color challenge for August. Hearing all the “wailing and gnashing of teeth,” I thought perhaps I had accidentally asked for everyone’s first born child as a sacrifice to the craft muses. It hadn’t occurred to me that last month’s challenge was also a color challenge (black, white, and a pop of any one color). So that caused some whining. Then there were the colors I suggested.

I think these are perfectly acceptable colors. They remind me of flowers. Or Easter eggs,. Or sherbet. Apparently Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight shouldn’t be paired together. (Who knew? And don’t tell flowers that.) Of course, a suggestion was, “Just do some flowers and add a little tiny pop of yellow to the center.” Well, yeah. You can do that. But I like to embrace the challenge.

Mike & I watch Food Network, and one of our favorites is Chopped. Contestants get a basket with four ingredients – like human hair, dust bunnies, leftover deli sandwich, and sofa pretzels – and they have to create a delicious and beautiful dish using all the ingredients plus anything from the fridge and pantry they want to add. I’m just kidding, of course; contestants have never had to use any of those items – except maybe the deli sandwich. The ingredients on the show are much harder to create with. In fact, most of the time, Mike & I don’t even know what they are.

Anyway, the Chopped contestants always rise to the challenge and create something with the ingredients. If they hide an ingredient (kind of like using Daffodil Delight only as a flower center), they lose points. So I decided to show off all three colors.

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This will not be my challenge card. It was just a test to see if it could be done, and I’m very happy with it. First – I used Painter’s Palette, a set I haven’t touched for a long time. Not only am I trying to use up all my ribbon and designer series paper this year, but I’m also going to use sets I’ve been ignoring.

I pulled out the retired Seasonal Decorative Masks, because A) I had never used them and they were sitting on the shelf looking neglected and B) the dots seemed to “go” with the color palette, and they made me happy. Using three dabs of Embossing Paste – each colored with one of the challenge colors, I covered the Whisper White layer with embossed polka dots. My only frustration was that the doily covered most of the Daffodil Delight dots.

I sponged the doily with the same three colors, and I inked the splatter stamp with Daffodil Delight and thumped with a Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker. The sentiment is Pool Party, and I used Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, which I just realized is also retired. I finally unpacked my workshop bag from the weekend, and the Pool Party ribbon was in the bag. I think it was supposed to be a door prize for something. But since it was on my table and worked with the card, I just cut and tied without thinking.

I didn’t use any colors other than the challenge colors (except the neutrals – Basic Black and Whisper White). I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I think the colors are definitely the star of the show. Not only did I not hide any, I used them each four different ways (embossed background, inked sentiment, doily, cardstock/ribbon).

So what do you think? Good combo? Bad combo? Indifferent? Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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