A Beautiful Birthday: PPA154 Color Challenge

OK, OK.  I admit that I went a little overboard with my dark and dirty card yesterday. Today, though, the clean and classy papercrafter is back with a Pals Paper Arts Challenge: PPA154.  They offer up a combination of three colors, and we are challenged to make a project that features them.  I’ll confess I was a bit puzzled by the combination at first – Raspberry Ripple, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake – but the more I played around with the colors, the more I fell in love with them.  Here’s my card: stampwithbrian.com - Happy Birthday!

And here’s a link to PPA Color Challenge: PPA154Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Skip a Framelit.  The central focus of this card is this stacked and snipped birthday cake.  The cake is framed by layers of ovals.  The Raspberry Ripple border hugs the Whisper White oval, and the Crumb Cake oval hugs the Calypso Coral oval.  I skipped a framelit in the middle, though, to give the Calypso Coral a little more face time on the card.
  • Trim that sentiment.  As I flipped through my sentiments to find the perfect one for my layered ovals and birthday cake, I instantly knew I wanted to use the Happy Birthday sentiment from the You’re Amazing stamp set: 

Even on a 6″ x 6″ card, this sentiment wouldn’t fit the way it was laid out, so I stamped it and snipped it and positioned it the way I wanted it.  I also repositioned the flourishes.stampwithbrian.com - Happy Birthday

  • Build a band.  I knew I needed to anchor the ovals with a band across the card – you can’t just have such delicate images floating in the middle of the card!  I mirrored the color layers in the ovals on the colors of the band (ordering the colors from the outside in).  I really wish you could see the number of shapes, textures, ribbons and cutouts I tried before arriving at this – a simple layering of card stock colors. BUT, I decided to center the Crumb Cake and Calypso Coral bands but to set the thin Raspberry Ripple band off center.  What fun!  I may need to make some cards that just have stripes.  Stripes are cool!

Stamp sets:  Make a Wish, You’re Amazing  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Raspberry Ripple  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin Dimensionals, Chevron Embossing Folder 

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  1. A very nice card ! I like it !

  2. Love this card and the colors are perfect for it! #1 in my book for sure! Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. I agree, Brian, weird colour combo but you’ve made it work-as usual! Very calming after yesterday’s ‘outburst’!!!

  4. All Paper Player samples have been fantastic! I guess this color combination is a winner! Beautiful Birthday Card!

  5. I too love this color combination and your paper snipping is great. The band of lines looks amazing, I can only imagine you trying different combinations until you arrived at this fantastic one!! Thank you for sharing.

  6. I love this card! The colors aren’t ones I would have put together, but they look great together. You did an excellent job snipping. WOW, great job.

  7. Wow, this is great looking….you of course know how to “work it” to make something eh look FABULOUS. TGIF.

  8. LOVE what you did with the sentiment!

  9. Wow ! This is a good card to keep a copy of for the design factors….and I saw someone use this color combo yesterday and it`s not my color choices but, I have to say I will be using the CC and RR myself . It`s different and splashy and would look great on a couple of flower stamp sets I have in mind ….You have given me some good ideas …. as always ….now I am going to go look at everybody else`s PPA samples ….wheeee fun fun fun !!!1

  10. Who knew that color combo could look so great?! I love it….especially the “snipped” sentiment.

  11. Cheryl McAskill

    Great job with the color combo! This was hard…you did it good!

  12. You are a wonderful teacher! I learn from you every day. Love how you snipped and rearranged the sentiment and the snipped birthday cake.

  13. I agree with Sylvia, great teacher and a beautiful card. You’re a very talented guy. Thanks for sharing you’re talents.

  14. I love this! Great colors. Who’da thunk?

  15. Brian , I think there is never a job to big for you !! your always there to tackle it , so well ,
    great job , Teacher Brian !!! love it !!!

  16. Brian, you knocked this one out of the ballpark! Great, great card, wonderful tips.

  17. HUGE sigh of relief here! After yesterday I thought “oh no, Brian’s going grunge on me”! LOL Today’s card was an absolute breath of fresh air. I just love the color combo and the layers of ovals. As always Brian, a fantastic card.

  18. I can picture you trying all those layers and combinations before hiring on this beautiful card! I wish I lived close enough to learn some of this person.

  19. Patricia Stewart

    Brian, Love this card. The color combination is very “happy” and the details are very nice. I would love getting a card like this in the mail! Well done.

  20. Oh Brian…you never stop amazing me….I LOVE IT!!!! I was tickled with my card but now I wish it was not there!!! This is beautiful in all ways – what a great layout that could be utilized in many ways!

  21. Love the layout, love the color combo! This is one of my favorites of yours…. well, maybe for the porcupines. lol 🙂

  22. Great card Brian! I love the color combo and your layout is great too. I like the way you took the Happy Birthday and made it fit the card… Thanks for sharing..

  23. I am glad the ‘clean’ Brian is back today. It reminds me of sherbert with the RR and CC colors. Yummy! I admire you stepping out the norm and trying a different technique with the vintage look yesterday. I will be honest with you (as I always am) I didn’t care much for it. Have a great weekend.:)

  24. Yep! Me too… so glad Brian is back in town!! Gorgeous!

  25. NICLEY done!

  26. I can’t find the cake in our current stamps. Which set is it from?
    Love the card!

  27. Awesome job Brian! You did a great job of bringing the whole card together.

  28. Fantastic stack o’ cake and awesome flourishes around the sentiment. Thanks for playing at Pals Paper Arts this week.

  29. Love the repositioned flourishes!

  30. handy work with the paper snips and great use of the challenge colors! congrats on being a PPA pick. 🙂

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