In fact, that itself- designing without a given challenge- was a challenge. I have been so stressed and overwhelmed lately with LIFE that I really needed to stamp (it might have had something to do with the 5-girl slumber party going on in the next room too). So I pulled out my fabulous new SU Color Coach and was determined to close my eyes and pick a card... well, I closed my eyes and picked a few cards before I found one that really called to me. Then I got to work.
A few times, like a recovering addict, I reached for my mouse to bring life to my computer screen, then I reprimanded myself and dug deep to actually design ON MY OWN! If you are like me and haven't done this for awhile I highly recommend it!
So this is what a non-challenge challenge card looks like. The color combo is Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and Melon Mambo. When I first sit down to make a card I always start with my basket of well-organized scraps. Once my colors were chosen I found a full card base (prescored) in Elegant Eggplant but it had 2 small ovals punched from one corner. Instead of putting it back I just tore off that corner and didn't look back. That's how this came to be.
The Old Olive layer is embossed with the Finial Press Embossing Folder. I used the stamp set For All You Do just because. I also used narrow grosgrain, the scalloped square punch and a build-a-brad. Added a touch of Dazzling Diamonds to the center of the flowers then quit.
So after you're done reading this shut off your computer and go stamp something- anything! I CHALLENGE you! ;)
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Stamps: For All You Do
Colors: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Big Shot, Dazzling Diamonds, Finial Press EF, Elegant Eggplant grosgrain, Scalloped Squre punch, Build-a-Brad