Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to the last Fusion Challenge of March! This week we are featuring Orchid Occasions with this gorgeous aqua and pink combo!
I absolutely love these colors and knew right away the papers I wanted to feature. Since it’s my last week with Fusion, the last day of March, and the end of a great company, Basic Grey, I made not one, but two cards to bid farewell to all three and go out with a bang!
My first card is a tropical twist on Easter! I spent quite a bit of time on the beach Saturday as it was in the 60’s and finally sunny. Beach living is always an inspiration, so that along with the colors in the photo and Easter holiday, prompted this piece.
All papers are from various Lilypad digital collections printed on Kodak matte photo paper.
The base paper is a tie-dyed design, which made me think of coloring Easter eggs! The pink and rose floral paper replicates the orchid’s colors perfectly with their dark pink centers.
The Spellbinders feathers, Savvy grass die, and Prima resin eggs round out my beach scene.
Now for the eggs! I originally had layered three ovals; however, I realized that these should be eggs, but I didn’t have egg dies big enough! What to do?
I am sure someone, somewhere has thought of this, but it was an a-ha moment for me! Your oval die cuts can easily be made into egg shapes of any size by using a circle die to cut the bottom. Then you just need to round off the corners with a little fussy cutting and voila, egg!
To give the eggs a little more depth, I adhered three layers and popped up the Happy Easter one with foam squares.
Card 2: Farewell Basic Grey
As many of you know, Basic Grey has ceased their paper crafting portion of the business and is focusing on fabric and digital prints. I was shocked to learn of this in January and am sad to see them move away from paper design because collections like Urban Luxe, one of the last released, Persimmon and Spice Market to name a few, really speak to me. Trendy, funky, and just plain beautiful, most of their collections were a must-have and entirely horde-worthy in my book! So for the next card, I incorporated some embellishments from the Urban Luxe collection.
Many of the papers in Urban Luxe would have worked with the inspiration photo, but I opted to stick with the Lilypad papers. I incorporated the sketch loosely in my card as well. If you look closely in the photo above, you can see how the flamingo bodies flow almost seamlessly into the pink floral lines of the underlying paper!
The gorgeous grey leaf, watercolor flower, and watercolor love sentiment are all from the embellishment pack. I love how they look against the aqua flamingos!
If you look closely, you can see the watercoloring on the black/white paper; it has blue washes throughout the print that are lovely. The inside is finished off with some geometric washi that echoes the lines on the papers.
That’s all for me! Hope this double dose of inspiration and the rest of the Fusion team spark your creativity! Thanks so much to Fusion for having me this month! It’s been an honor to be part of the team!
Thanks for spending some time with me today!