March 16, 2011

Color Throwdown Wednesday & Sneak Peek 3

(This is my second post for today. Please scroll down to see my card made using Chicken Girl Designs)

Helloooo!! Today is Color Throwdown Wednesday! Today Kristin is our hostess and she chose a challenging set of colors for us to work with today.

I basically saw that there was purple and then ran with it..... in a completely different direction. I opted for a more pastel version of our colors this week and chose not to use the optional mustard. In my defense :) I made an entirely different pinwheel using darker colors more like our swatch and it just wouldn't come together. I think I'm in such a Spring mode all of a sudden that pastel just felt better and lemme tell was no easy change as I'm STILL cutting pinwheels by hand! More on that in a min. Here's my design...

Again, I ran with the purple and fit in just a tad of green in my embellishments. I found this decorative purple dotted paper from American Crafts and I knew I had to use it, but the other side was PINK! I'm finding I really like using double sided paper when making pinwheels. So what I did to change the pink was glue a piece of lilac card stock to the other side and then cut everything out.

Yes, I'm still cutting. Apparently there was a mix up at the manufacturers. Good thing I checked in with them. I've been waiting a week for them to call me for payment and they haven't even begun to make them yet! Whoopps! So a slight delay to my dismay, but I'm hoping to have them SOON!

Check out my layout! I managed to squeeze in this month's SFYTT from Jen del Muro. WOW!!

This was a toughie! Wooo doggie! But I did it!! I'm so proud!

Today's card features another sentiment from the Pinwheel Sentiments stamp set (also coming soon). I think this one might be my favorite, "Your generosity blows me away." I'm liking it I tell ya!

So a little more about the pinwheel die..... by itself it cuts a piece of paper or a shape that more resembles a worm than anything close to a pinwheel. But in each end there is a hole and when you cut six of these worm shapes and assemble the ends together they make your whole pinwheel. I love that this is a three dimensional pinwheel instead of something that is flat and one dimensional. But I have to say I'm finding it very mailable which is a great thing!

Enough blah blah...As soon as I get my hands on a die I will be making a pictured tutorial on how to make and assemble a pinwheel for yourself. It's super easy, but I'd still love to show you how. (note to self, manicure!)

In the meantime, I'd love to see you play along with us this week at the Color Throwdown Challenge! Visit the challenge blog to read up on all details and don't forget to stop by the blogs of my fellow design team members for loads of inspiration (actually) using the colors for this week!

Tammy Hershberger
Kristin Bueter
Broni Holcombe
Barbara Anders
Danielle Kennedy
Cathy Indelicato
LeAnne Pugliese
Keva Brown, March Guest Designer.

Have a great day!

Questions or comments on my new pinwheel die and stamp set? I'd love to hear from you!
Stamps: Pinwheel Sentiments(Lil' Inker Designs), egg hunt(PTI)
Paper: kraft(PTI), Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, vellum, Cottage Garden(SU!), purple polkadot(American Crafts)
Ink: ink jet printer
Accessories: Pinwheel die(currently in digi form)(Lil' Inker Designs), polkadot embossing folder(Cuttlebug), green twine(I Heart Papers), button(SU!)


  1. There you go with another one of those adorable pinwheels! Awesome design and a great take on the sketch, too! Love this!

  2. favorite unreleased set!! I just adore that pinwheel. Love the card. I like how soft the colors look here. Really pretty and great take on the sketch!

  3. I love the shades of purple, and that embossed paper is PERFECT! Hope you get all those manufacturing details ironed out----smack those people into shape!!!! Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

  4. Your card and pinwheel are adorable! I hate that there was such a mix up with your dies!! Still anxiously waiting!!

  5. This turned out adorable, Laura! I LOVE it with the SFYTT layout! Can't WAIT to get my hands on that die!

  6. I so love your pinwheels! I can't wait to get my hands on that die! And your sentiments are adorable! This is a very lovely card!

  7. GIRL!!! This card is frigin fantastic!!! I love the pinwheel and your bit of twine, wicked!


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