Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fab Friday Challenge # 2

Okay Miss Mindy set up a color challenge this week for the Fab Friday Challenge.
This was a color combination outside of my normal playing field. I was not really sure how to accomplish a nice looking card with such dull colors. I love each of these colors with OTHER colors but together?????

I wandered around looking for inspiration when I found another challenge, and decided to pair them (at least the starburst portion them together). So it was a 2 for 1 morning for me!

I am rather pleased with my outcome of my card for both challenges!
I happened upon this starburst design over at  and thought VIOLA! That is what will make these colors pop together. Julie gives a great informational tutorial how to achieve this starburst pattern, complete with photos. I will only recap what I did to create this card on my blog. Run over and visit Julie for the tutorial.
* DSP from the Neutrals Color Collection (Sahara Sand, and Basic Gray) and from the Subtles Color Collectin (So Saffron). I used all 4 pattern designs from these collections (or at least they are sitting on my desk to make a few more of these cards) cut 1.5" x 4" to form a rectangle. Then cut in half diagonally to create the starburst.
* Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 2 1/4" x 5" to form the base for the starburst
* DSP from the Neutrals Color Collection  (Dotted Basic Gray) cut at 2"  x  5"
* Very Vanilla cardstock cut 2 1/4" x 5 1/4" to form the mat
* Sahara Sand cardbase cut 4 1/4" x 11" - then folded along the long side at 5 1/2"
* So Saffron ribbon
* Scrap of Very Vanilla for the sentiment
* Scrap of Sahara Sand for the sentiment mat
* Stampin Dimensionals
* Stamp Set: Blessings from Heaven
* Inks: Sahara Sand for sponging,  Basic Gray for sentiment
Okay, let me confess about the matting around my sentiment. I reached in my scrap area for a piece of Sahara Sand. The scrap I pulled had previously been punched with the Decorative Label Punch. I decided to use that edge for visual interest.
Speaking about my scraps, have I ever showed you how I store all my lovely SU Paper?
I use those white cubes you can get at Walmart or Target. My wall is slightly different these days and my stamps are else where. Anyway, my wall of paper is right behind me at my work table. I simply turn and can reach each and every piece of paper to make my choices.
I use four of these 12 x 12 paper holders for each of my white cubes. I place 2 colors in one paper holder (so each cube has 4 paper holders and 8 cardstock colors). For instance, I put Daffodil Delight and So Saffron in the same holder. I arrange it Left to Right like this:
8.5" x 11" Daffodil Delight cardstock
12" x 12" Color Collection DSP in Daffodil Delight
12" x 12" Daffodil Delight cardstock
SCRAPBAG for Daffodil Delight  (more about this in a minute)
SCRAPBAG for So Saffron (more about this in a minute)
12" x 12" So Saffron cardstock
12" x 12" Color Collection DSP in So Saffron
8.5" x 11" So Saffron Cardstock
Okay to the left is a SCRAPBAG storage folder. It has 3 openings inside it. Each side has a small pouch for scraps and the center can hold up to a 12" x 12" piece of paper. This is how I store my usuable scraps. Been doing it this way for about 3 years. Find it works the best for me. I can always find the correct color scrap, I waste less paper, and it is neat and separates my 2 colors in my paper holder.  These bags do fit inside the paper holders (to the right) that we sell.
Also, let me point out I take my Color Collection DSP pads and put each color with the matching color of cardstock. I find it is easier to locate, I use more of the Color Collection DSP's, and it is so handy to have it together instead of searching if I still have a sheet or a scrap of a certain color. I keep the DSP scraps in the SCRAPBAG along with my cardstock scraps.
Soon as I get a few free minutes I will update my photos of my current scrapbook room. I lived in my house for 2 years before I hung anything in my scrapbook room. I wanted to get a feel for the room before I made that permanent decision. I love how I have it right now. There are 30 white cubes behind me on the shelf. Bottom row is retired DSP (and boy do I have alot of it!), 2nd and 3rd rows are SU current InColors, DSP and Cardstocks. The 4th, 5th and 6th rows have baskets in them that store all kinds of things (like ribbons, etc). That is only the wall behind my desk!

Across the room there are 20 more white cubes that store retired cardstock and my collection of other contraband companies for my scrapbooking needs (like Arkansas Razorback paper, Bo Bunny, Life Stories, etc.), and some have drawers that store my machines like Xyron, drawers with adhesives (okay I confess I use only Tombow and the tape for my ATG gun) and other sudries. There are catalogs and notebooks too.
Then I have one wall that holds my cricuts cartridges, my SU stamps (which take most of the space), my embellishments and at the very bottom my Dreamkutz machine and Circuit machine. Near my desk is a white bookcase that only holds sizzix dies.
There are 2 long tables with 4 really padded chairs for my stamping friends in the classroom area. I got new lightening in the room this summer. I call the lights, my airport runway lights! That room is bright even at night.
See I really do need to update photos of my space to share!


  1. Wonderful way to combine these colors...the starburst looks great! Also like the unique use of the negative punched piece. Thanks for sharing with us at Fab Friday!

  2. Wow! This card is simply amazing! I can see the amount of work you put into it. Great combo of the two challenges! Thanks so much for joining us at Fab Friday!

  3. Arlene, I love the starburst technique paired with this color combination. It works beautifully! I also really like the little notch cut out of the layer behind your sentiment. It reminds me of an open book.

    You have an amazing system for keeping your papers organized and within reach. Wow!

    Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday!

  4. Beautiful card Arlene!! Love the starburst, and the greeting looks like it's stamped on a dresser!! Love it!!

    What brand are the SCRAPBAGS? Those look like they would be wonderful!!

    1. Brenda, The scrapbags are from Cropper Hopper or you can get them from Hobby Lobby

  5. Love that card - I think those colours look amazing in the sunburst technique! Thanks for sharing with us at The Friday Mashup! (on a side note; LOVE your paper storage... how inspiring!)

  6. Great color choice for this starburst sketch, Arlene! Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

  7. Great job at combining the two challenges. I like those colors with the starburst; it makes them not so plain. Thanks for playing along with my challenge at The Friday Mashup!

  8. Arlene! I'm so happy you joined us! I love your card and the starburst! I know it was a challenging group of colors but you pulled it off perfectly! Thanks for playing at Fab Friday!