Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Apricot Appeal

It's been several months now, but I can remember blurfing one day and coming across a post where the writer mentioned her strong dislike of Apricot Appeal. I was so surprised, because I love this color! When it first came out, I even bought paint to match, thinking I'd paint my craft room. (My craft room is open to the rest of my basement, so to paint it, you almost have to paint the whole basement. Not so appealing on that scale ;) What do you think of Apricot Appeal??

This first card is a makeover of a card I CASED several years ago (I forgot to take the "before" picture), and only took 10-15 minutes to make. (That's lightning fast for me!) You don't see the torn edges much anymore, but I still like the look. I tried to update it by adding the scallop border, but honestly I'm not sure I like the scallops and tearing together. They just kinda don't go together. I stamped Stitched in white for the background, then stamped the flower from Baroque Motifs in Apricot Appeal. The apricot flowers on the sentiment panel are dotted with Stardust Stickles. Everything else is pretty straightforward.

While I had these colors out, I went ahead and made a card for this week's Featured Stamper challenge. I had printed out three of nutsymuhl's cards for a possible CASE, and ended up choosing this one to modify. And this is what I came up with:

If you haven't played along yet, be sure and take a look at Kim's fabulous gallery. She's got some fun stuff in there and lots of eye candy!

The flower on this one is from Doodle Flowers by Inkadinkado. I stamped in Onyx Black Versafine on watercolor paper, then colored with reinkers and an aqua painter. I went back over and added some white dots with a white gel pen. The black center is a 1/2" circle of Basic Black dotted with a white pigment pen. All the black pieces are cuttlebugged with Swiss Dots, and the white scalloped square is done with nestabilities. Lotsa dimensionals to add some depth.

Thanks for visiting today!

Mother's Day Card:
Stamps: All Holidays, Baroque Motifs, Stitched
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White craft, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: corner rounder, black gingham ribbon, paper piercer, Stardust Stickles
All supplies by Stampin' Up except the Stickles.

Doodle Flower Card:
Stamps: Doodle Flower (Inkadinkado); Stitched (SU!)
Paper: Papertrey White (for card base, it's sturdier than most whites); Basic Black, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko), Whisper White craft and Apricot Appeal (SU)
Accessories: aqua painter, white pigment pen, 1/2" circle punch, Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder, classic and scalloped square nestabilities, black gingham ribbon, dimensionals, photo corner punch, Apricot Appeal brads


Erin McKinney said...

stunning! I love the black and Apricot!

Amy said...

Hi Amy! I love your cards today! Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of Apricot Appeal either, for some strange reason. Typically, I'm a big peach/orange fan, but not so much of the SU! take on the color. I've had the cardstock in my drawer for a few years and have maybe used one or two pieces of it! Isn't that funny how we all have such different tastes?

BTW, I'm still waiting to get an email from you telling me you tried the Super Sketch Sunday sketch this week...I know it will be a stretch for you using designer papers! How about if you do my sketch, I'll make a card with Apricot Appeal....do we have a deal????


p.s. My middle name is Louise, what's yours? It seems like most Amy's I know have a middle name that starts with an L.....

Tammy said...

I like Apricot Appeal, but usually use it as an accent rather than the main color. BUT, that will change now--I absolutely love both your cards!!! The black looks so good with it!!

Alhambra Club said...

Two great cards, love the first card is it fatastic.

Tina said...

I like Apricot. I think the color has broad "Appeal". :)

LeAnne said...

I love Apricot Appeal, I love anything in the orange family!! These cards are great, especially with the black accents!

Stampin_Melissa said...

Amy, these are so lovely! I love Apricot Appeal, but have gotten away from using it. I think I'll pull it back out! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jessie/knightrone said...

I love Apricot Appeal, and you have made it look fabulous on both your cards!

Lori said...

I love how the apricot looks paired with the black--I never would have thought to do that!

Dawn Easton said...

Amy, you did a fabulous job on these cards! It's always difficult when we don't use a colour often but you made it work very well! I do like the look of Apricot Appeal but I only pull it out for a CC on SCS...lol!
Thanks for inspiring me today and always!

Anonymous said...

As usual, I love your work!!!!!!!!!

I love these cards.... yes, I am gushing :<)

CASE'ing big time!

Lillian S.

Anonymous said...

I love apricot appeal, especially with the black, how stunning!

Katy said...

Blurfing!?! Too funny...

Anywho, I'm OK with Apricot, but can you make me love Guava? Yuck!!

Cassie said...

I don't know how I feel about apricot! But I love torn edges!!

Unknown said...

I fell in love with this Apricot Mother's Day card on SCS and had to look at your blog. Oh how I wish there were more hours in my day to explore and translate the inspiration to creation.
As for Apricot - it's my favorite color after yellow.

Anonymous said...

Love both of your cards. They are beautiful, especially like the second one. The black goes really well with the Apricot.
JoAnn B. scrappingnana4@yahoo.com

Marie said...

I just found your blog via SCS and I LOVE it!!!! I am adding you to my Google Reader and can't wait to see what your future postings hold. I love your style, thanks for sharing it with us!!