14 February 2024

Lovely Thoughts - Colour INKspiration Challenge #159


Hi there and welcome!

Today I have a card which I've created for the Colour INKspiration Challenge #159. Only three colours in our palette this time around, so nice and easy!  Our inspiration picture was chosen by  Crew Member, Nicole Wilson and our Guest Designer is the fabulous Donna Hardcastle.  I can't wait to go and see what everyone has created.

Picture credit - https://en.idei.club/57270-pink-sofa-in-living-room.html

My card uses quite a few different products but is simple in it's execution.  For my background I've used the Perennial Postage Dies and modified the Berry Burst 'postage stamp' and the Pretty Peacock 'postage stamp' to create custom sizes in Smoky Slate to fit.  You don't have to do this if you don't want to - just use the dies as is, it won't be perfect but then again, my version isn't either.  I did a little bit of stamping on the Smoky Slate pieces, tone on tone using different images from Notes of Nature Stamp Set for added interest. These were adhered to a custom-sized card base that measures 4 1/8" x 5 1/4" .

The image from Lovely & Sweet Stamp Set was stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper.  I love the extra bit of texture that it gives but regular Basic White cardstock would work just as well.  This was die cut and Smoky Slate Twine was tide around the stem.  I then attached this to the card front with Dimensionals and added three silver gems from the Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems.

To finish of the card I stamped the small leafy image from Notes of Nature in 2nd Generation Smokey Slate in top left and bottom right corners, matted this onto a layer of Smoky Slate cardstock and adhered this into the centre. 


  • Dies:  Perennial Postage
  • Bundles:  Lovely & Sweet
  • Stamp Set:  Notes Of Nature
  • Cardstock:  Basic White Thick, Basic White regular, Berry Burst, Pretty Peacock, Fluid 100 Water Color Paper
  • Embellishment/Trim:  Adhesive-Back Sparkling Gems,  Bakers Twine Essentials Pack
  • Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Cut & Emboss Machine 
  • Adhesives:  Tombow Liquid Glue,  Dimensionals

Feel INKspired to join the challenge? I would love for you to join us! It's a great way to have fun with different colours! 

If you'd like to join in with our Challenges, click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your Favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We'd love to see what you create with these gorgeous colours! You don't have to have a Blog to participate but if you do, you can link back to your post.

Just a reminder to use all the Challenge colours. If you don’t have the colours in our palette, feel free to use the closest Stampin’ Up! substitute - Shaded Spruce instead of Pretty Peacock, Melon Mambo instead of Berry Burst for example. We also allow Ivory, Bronze and Natural Tones in the Stampin' Blends and Neutrals such as Basic White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Metallics.

Thank you so much taking the time to drop in. I hope I have inspired you and if you like what I have shown or if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.   

Until next time, take care, stay safe and have a great day!  

Monica xx


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  1. Such an eyecatching card Monica! You have nailed the placement of the background pieces to showcase the lovely white floral feature! xxx


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