Smelling Purple for PPA247

With a combination of Blackberry Bliss, Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum, this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge will have you smelling purple.  OK, that might not make sense right away, but….  Seeing red – makes sense.  Feeling blue – makes sense.  Since purple is simply a mixture of red and blue, then it seems there should be a sensory saying for purple.  I think “smelling purple” is really going to catch on!  Mark my word – you’ll soon see it everywhere.  Here’s my card:

Painted Petals, Petal Potpourri, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA247And here’s the challenge banner that inspired my project:

PPA247Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Lacy Petals.  When I ordered Petal Potpourri from the Occasions Catalog, I knew there’d never be a reason for me to use the lacy image from the set.  It’s not often that I use doilies or lace, so I dismissed it right away.  Not nice!  When I sat down to create a border for this purply card, this image gave me just what I needed.  The moral of the story?  Buy lots and lots of stamps – you never know when you’ll need one you didn’t think you needed.  You’re welcome.
  • Juicy Edges.  The first image I stamped on this card was the brilliant sentiment from Painted Petals.  This set features beautiful flowers that appear to be water colored and three GREAT sentiments you don’t want to miss.  I simply LOVE this one.  Anyway, I stamped it with a super-juicy Blackberry Bliss, so I ended up with blurry edges.  It wasn’t intended, but I liked it so I just kept stamping.  I wonder if I could recreate that look again.  🙂
  • Tall and Thin.  I do love a standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base, but I also love to mix things up with different card sizes every once in a while – what an exciting life I lead if that’s what keeps me on my toes, huh?  This card is 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  I create an envelope with my Envelope Punch Board and Regals Background Designer Series Paper Stack – the envelope is just a tad bit wider than necessary and opens at the top to coordinate with the layout of the card.

Stamp Sets:  Petal Potpourri, Painted Petals  Papers:  Blackberry Bliss, Perfect Plum, Whisper White  Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Painted Petals, Petal Potpourri, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA246

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge to see the cards by the other design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Shock ! I did a double take when I saw this lacy beauty on a card by you ! It is a pretty image and I have thought about getting this set because of that one flower .
    I think you did it proud with all that purple . In fact I think it smells like PURPLE !

  2. Tough challenge but you did it proud Brian! Love the springy (and bouncy) feel to it while it’s snowing up here in Maine this morning! 🙂

  3. Wow. I love this!!

  4. I can definitely Smell the purple, and I believe you just might be right on the catching on thingy, Brian! Purple is my favorite color, and you made a great looking tall card using these purple colors! Your double sided dp envelope really makes this card Shine!

  5. You are something else! perfect purple!

  6. The lacy petals totally keep that card from being overcome by purple haze! Very pretty!

  7. Marilyn Mae Thurber

    Smelling Lavender when I see Purple. What a Royal Beautiful Card. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Purplicious!

  9. Wow!! Absolutely a fabulous job Brian!! Everyone did such a great job with these colors!!

  10. Don’t you just love the purple family! This lace flower sets this set a cut above.

  11. OMGosh, Brian! I love the smell of purple and you did a fantastic job with that lacy flower! Hmmm, enabler! LOL!!

  12. Hi Brian:

    While purple is not my favorite color, Blackberry Bliss for some reason is! This card is just plain gorgeous! The petals and color combination work so beautifully together and the envelope you made couldn’t be any more perfect. Fantastic job as always. I just love it!

  13. Brian, pretty soon you’ll be collecting nickels for “smelling purple”!
    Lovely card.

  14. Looove this card, such lovely array of Purples, I can smell Lavender just looking at this card all the way up here, what a beautiful image and you played with this colors perfectly.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Wow! Perfectly all done up in purple…love it!!!

  16. Awesome card Brian! What a simple and effective way to get those colors in. Love it!

  17. My sister is this month’s hostess for my hostess club. Purple has been her favorite color for over 50 years. I just dumped a card I had planned and will be adapting yours for Saturday’s club. YAY!

    LOVE the smell of purple!

  18. Awww. I wish I had made this card! 😀

  19. Nice Brian! I love the clean and simple design! Beautifully done!

  20. i am glad this combo is keeping you on your “ties” because it is awesome! Love all the purples.

  21. Brian… you’ve done it again…. showed us how to turn lemons in to lemonade. Great job my friend!

  22. Wow, Brian, I love it! So light and lacy. Can’t figure out why I haven’t order this set now seeing what you’ve done with it!

  23. Love it! Gorgeous.

  24. Love the purples, and what a fantastic envie!

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  26. Beautiful Brian! You rocked this challenge!

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