Friday, 1 July 2011

Welcome to the Colour Coach Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Colour Coach Blog Hop!  There are 2 groups of 12 ladies taking part in this event so hopefully, you will get lots of inspration on putting colours together - something I used to struggle with all the time. 

The Hop goes fully live at 10am so all the links should be up an running shortly afterwards. Group 1 starts here with Anthea and group 2 here with Emily.

Hopefully, you will have arrived here from Vicky's blog here.

Here is a set of coordinating gift cards I have made using a colour scheme I would never have dreamt of using without the help of the Colour Coach - Cajun Craze, Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke.

I used the inlaid embossing technique and my Square Lattice embossing folder which gives fabulous texture on the cardstock.  Some of the hearts were cut and embossed using the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits die - its is the first time I have used it (I rarely do romantic cards) but it is so sweet. 

For this card I used the Embosslit folder to cut out the heart from Whisper White card and then added a strip of Perfect Plum card before running it card through the Lattice embossing folder and Bog Shot.  I added a strip of Organza ribbon around the area with the Perfect Plum strip and then mounted it using dimensionals onto a mat of Always Artichoke card. 

I attached a couple of Cajun Craze hearts cut using the embosslits die, again mounting on dimensionals, and then secured it to a mat of Always Artichike and the Cajun Craze card blank.  To finish I added basic pearls and a couple of punched jewelery tags to the know of the ribbon.

For this card I used the offcuts of card from using the embosslits die - the outside of one of the Cajun Craze hearts from the first card and the peice of Whisper White heart.

Two Always Artichoke hearts were punched out and attached to the whisper white card with a strip of Perfect Plum card.  This was then run through the Big Shot using the Lattice Embossing folder similar to the first card.

I realised that the Full Heart punch shape was slightly smaller than the embosslits shape so I secured it behind the Cajun Craze card, to leave a very thin border, and added a flower brad and two tiny tags.  To work out where to attach the whisper white heart I positioned the Cajun Craze & Perfect Plum off cut heart on the card glued the whisper white heart in place then mounted the off cut heart on dimensionals directly above.

A peice of whisper white 1/8" taffeta ribbon was wrapped around the mat before attaching to the Cajun Craze card blank.
This was the quickest and easiest of the cards with hearts punched from Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke card and attached to the top left and bottom right of the whisper white card before running through the lattice embossing folder.  A piece of Cajun Craze card was cut using the Heart ot Hearts embosslits die and then mounted onto the whisper white card. 

The sentiment is from Fresh Cuts and was stamped onto Whisper White card and then punched with the Curly Label Punch.  Two Always Artichoke shapes were punched out with the Curly Label punch, with both cut in half - these were glued to the back of the whisper white sentiment, with a little of the green showing to provide a border.

The mat was attached to a slightly larger peice of Always Artichoke card and a strip of organza ribbin attached to the corner before securing it to the Cajun Craze card blank.

The last card was made in the same way as the previous one, but the hearts postioned to the top section.  The border at the bottom was just made by punching along the strip continuously with the Curly Label punch.

The sentiment, again was made in a similar way to the previous one, but just one Always Artichoke punch (cut in half) was used.  I attached this to a Perfect Plum shape punched using the Decorative Label punch. Two tiny basic pearls were added to finish off.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my crafty rambling!?  I will now pass you over to Emily's blog here for you to continue your cyberspace tour.

Thank you for 'hopping' over to see me.
Jan x


  1. I've never tried the inlaid embossing technique. It is really effective. I am inspired by your makes. I love how your have used Tiny Tags and the matching flower brad too ;0) xx

  2. Your cards are lovely. This colour combo is fab thank you so mcuh for sharing x

  3. Another fab combo I wouldn't have thought to use, I love this hop! Great use of the square lattice folder and I love the border on the bottom card :-)
    Hugs xx

  4. Love the inlaid embossing ..... and the colours! xxx

  5. Hey - great going with the inlaid embossing! Heehee. Hmm, might have to get that heart die now.

    Sara xx

  6. OK, so you will have to explain the inlaid embossing technique to me. Or else I could get off my fat behind and go do some research on it! It certainly produces some lovely results! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Thanks for taking part in the hop, Jan!

  7. Great cards, I can't wait to try this colour combo. A xx

  8. Great cards Jan. I wouldn't have thought to put these colours together but they look fab :o) Lisa x

  9. lovely cards.
    kathleen mc x