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Saturday, October 17, 2015

adventures with Cajun Craze

When Stampin' Up!® refreshed their colors some years ago, one of the best changes was from Really Rust to Cajun Craze - it's such a rich color, I love it, but I seem to love it best in autumn.  It's one of two colors in a great combination at ColorMe! this week, but I couldn't get them to work together while I was working with the Freshly Made sketch, so instead I kept the rest of the palette neutral and pulled out some retired ribbon so I could play along at Use Your Stuff without interfering with the masculine feel the rest of the card has. The only current ribbon I have that worked at all was lace and just didn't look right - I know, I tried it and removed it:
stamp sets: Tin of Cards, Serene Silhouettes; ink - Versamark, Cajun Craze; Stampin' emboss powder - Clear; card stock - Cajun Craze, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; specialty designer series paper - Typeset; ribbon - 7/16" Natural Trim (retired)
I thought it was going to be a Clean And Simple design, but the background is a little busy - it is an interesting toile-like look, isn't it?

I couldn't give up that easily on the ColorMe! combination, so I used this print from one of my random PC wallpaper screens as inspiration and tried again:
stamp set - Wetlands; ink - Hello Honey, Cajun Craze; Stampin' Write marker - Hello Honey; card stock - Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey; stampin' sponge
This time I think I got a Clean And Simple look that will work for the masculine challenge at Less is More, but if I had really thought it through, I might have been able to keep it to one layer.


Neets B said...

Cajun Craze is a lovely earthy colour, it looks great here on your first card. I love the peaceful scene you created on your second card, but please remember we like to see a little white space remaining on our entries.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Jen Mitchell said...

These cards are so pretty! I think you've created a wonderful toile pattern with your background! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jan Clothier said...

I really like the almost melancholy feel of the grasses in the wind. A lovely card!

Narelle Farrugia said...

This has has a such a lovely feel to it! I love your choice of colours and images. Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

Chrissie said...

Two lovely cards, I love the trees in the backdrop of your first card!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Julie Gearinger said...

Both cards are beautiful!! Love the peaceful scene along with the use of this week's challenge colors on the second card- thanks for sharing with us at Colour Me!

Anne said...

Gorgeous autumnal colours, which make great cards for a chap. Don't forget the all-important white space though :)
Thank you for joining us
"Less is More"