Tuesday is here again.  And its UDI Color Challenge day.  For those of us on the design team we actually create our projects the week before and send them to Gretchen so she can get the post ready to go for Tuesday.  Some weeks I cut right to the deadline (ok a lot of weeks) and other weeks I’m a little ahead of the game.  This week I made it ahead of the deadline and thought I had a pretty creative idea to share too.  I’ll see if you agree.

Here is the inspiration photo for this week –


Click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge blog.   There you can see the creations from the entire design team and add a link to your creation if you decide to play along.  So here is my card creation for this week –

I was very happy when I realized we had the Seam Binding ribbon in three of the colors in our challenge this week – Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, and Very Vanilla.  I wanted to use all three but couldn’t decide exactly the best way to do that.  I finally decided to try braiding the three colors together.  To start tie a knot with the three pieces together and then tape that down to the table to hold it still.  Then do a loose braid for the length that you need.  For this card I used a trick that one of my demonstrator friends, Joyce, reminded me of this weekend – I had seen it before but had forgotten.  See where the knot is right under there is a hole punched through the Very Vanilla card stock.  So to start come from the back and bring the ends of the ribbon through.  I used tape to hold the ends together while I worked.  Bring the ribbon (in this case my braid) around to the front of the card, all the way across, and to the back.  For mine I secured the end of my braid at the top edge and bottom edge with tape on the back side – and then un-braided what was on the back so it would lay flat.  When the end gets back to the hole on the back bring the other end of the ribbon through the hole.  Now both ends are in the front – put one on each side of the braid and then tie the knot around.  This keeps everything in place and everything secure.  Then I decided to fray the ends – I think that actually took the longest.  Trim just the very edge off each side of the ribbon and then pull out all the cross hairs until you are just left with the long pieces.  I did that 6 times one for each end of each color of ribbon.

The stamp set is Herb expressions.  I used sponging on the edges of the Very Vanilla and the Color Spritzer with the Stampin’ Write Markers.  The Rosemary image is colored in with the markers too.  I created a matching inside panel but forgot to take the picture of it.  I’ll try to add that later.  I hope you like it!

I hope you’ll visit the UDI site and play along with us this week.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Basic Gray, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Basic Grey, Stampin’ Write Markers in Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke
  • Stamp sets: Herb Expressions
  • Accessories:  Scallop Edge punch,Crop-A-Dile, Color Spritzer, Seam Binding: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Stampin’ Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

Monika’s Spring Bingo – here are the next two pieces for you:

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