Join Us For a Color Challenge at H2H!

Happy last day of February! Heart 2 Heart Challenges is featuring a Color Challenge this week.  The challenge colors are Gypsy, Creme Brulee, with a touch of Black.  Any ideas?  We would love to have you play along with us.

Here is my card.

I had an idea of what I wanted to do with this card when I started, but it kind of evolved as I was making it.  The only patterned paper I used was the Gypsy and Black patterned paper from Hooligans.  I have wanted to break out my Aspire Stamp Set since it first arrived at my door so I was just super excited to use it on this card.  Don't you just love my leaping dancer?  The verse on the inside says "If you don't leap, you'll never know what it's like to fly."  Isn't that just the coolest sentiment?  I just love it!

Well, let me tell you about my card.  I embossed my dancer with Versamark and Gypsy ink (with my clear embossing powder) on Creme Brulee Cardstock.  Then I stamped the music background stamp from Universal Backgrounds onto the Creme Brulee, covering the piece of cardstock.  Then I masked the dancer with a circle and with my trusty brayer, brayered Gypsy ink onto the Creme Brulee cardstock.  I wanted the leaping dancer to stand out and I love the way my dancer is spotlighted on my card.  Can't you just hear the applause?

At first I was going to use the pleated black ribbon from the Wings paper pack, but decided that it needed something daintier.  I checked out this tutorial on paper ruffles by Tresa Black and decided to make my own ruffles.  These ruffles remind me of a dancer's skirt, so it was perfect for my card.

Products Used
  • Stamps:  Aspire (C1455) and Universal Backgrounds (D1477)
  • Paper:  My Relections Hooligans Level 2 Paper Pack (X7129B), Creme Brulee Cardstock (X5754), Gypsy Cardstock (X5757), and Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Inks:   Gypsy (Z2109) and Black (Z2105)
  • Embellishments: Opaques Licorice (Z1335) and Black Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1100)
  • Other Products:  Adhesive, Sponge Dauber (Z726), Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad (Z891), Clear Embossing Powder (Z671), Craft Heater (Z555), and 3 D Foam Dots
Please check out the other design team member's projects:

Angela Parchey 

and then create your own project - anything, and I do mean anything, with our Challenge Colors.  Your projects must include CTMH products, but do not have to be 100% CTMH.  If other products are used, a list or description of what was used would be appreciated. Remember to post it on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog.  You could win some fantastic prizes from our March sponsors, Angela Parchey and Lori Brown.  Remember that you have until the end of the month to participate in our challenges.


  1. I really love what you did here, Melinda! The spotlighted dancer is wonderful, and so are the ruffles :o)

  2. I just love the spotlight on the dancer! And great ruffled paper too.

  3. I love the drama portrayed in your card!

  4. Hi Melinda,
    I really love this card, very inspirational. And the spotlight!
    "forgetaboutit". Love it!

  5. Beautiful card! I love the ruffles! Like you, they remind me of a dancer's skirt. Just perfect! *Ü*

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I absolutely love how every card you make has wonderful techniques incorporated. I was thinking that your pleated paper reminded me of a stage curtain!! Spectacular card :)

  7. Really like how you spotlighted the dancer.


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