Echoes of Kind Thanks

Stampin up echoes of kindness OCCC
These colors really surprised me.  The current color challenge from Our Creative Corner is to use Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue and More Mustard.  I almost held off on the Bashful Blue until I layered a piece of the Bashful Blue grosgrain over the rest of the project and colors.  I realized immediately it was going to look pretty snappy together.  TIP:  Keep an open mind 🙂

The floral stem is from Echoes of Kindness, a Stampin' Up! Hostess Level 2 stamp set.  Team up with a friend or throw yourself a little papercrafts party.  Free hostess stamps and merchandise begin with a product order of $150 (and available with an on-line order).  Click here for full details.

I inked the stem in Not Quite Navy and used a More Mustard Stampin' Up! Marker to add color to the leaves.  TIP:  Create a simple watercolor effect by using the large end of the marker and leaving areas of the petals white.  Four Not Quite Navy brads accent the corners.  The image was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to More Mustard and Bashful Blue card stock.

Peeking from behind is a layer of Not Quite Navy, dolled up with paper piercing.  The sentiment from Thank You Kindly was inked and matted on Not Quite Navy.  The Whisper White on the base was zipped through the Big Shot accompanied by a pretty Texturz Plate for a dry embossed finish.  The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 (scored at the top). 

Look what's happening:

Of course, I need to celebrate hitting 500,000 visits on Stampin' Pretty (occurred earlier today).   A Blog Candy Blowout is in the works and will be unveiled on April 1 (no fooling).  Watch for my "party" banner!


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Stamp Set:  Echoes of Kindness (113230, Hostess Level 2), Thank You Kindly (111700)
Paper:  Whisper White (100730), Not Quite Navy (101722), More Mustard (100946)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (103008), More Mustard Stampin' Up! Marker (100076)
Cool Tools:  Paper Piercer and Template (104310, Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (114512)
The Perfect Touch:  Bashful Blue 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109029), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Earth Elements Brads (106955)

Echoes of kindness

Thank you kindly


  1. You know what, it works! Love the way you put the colours together!

  2. What a gorgeous creation with that color combo!! Simply beautiful Mary!!

  3. Cheryl McAskill

    Never would have put these colors together. Now, I will. In a way it looks like the colors for a team, sans the bashful blue! The bashful blue does kick the team look up a notch!

  4. You’re a stampin’ genius! 😉

  5. That is a KNOCK OUT card! I love the embossed white background – that just makes it so classy! A similar combo I used a while back was NQN, Baja and Mustard on a masculine BD card and it looked great.

  6. Gorgeous card – Mary!!! You really rocked the Color Combo – thanks for playing along!!! Hugs ~S~

  7. Mary, congrats on the milestone! It’s no wonder, though…your blog posts ALWAYS inspire me!

  8. The color combo is quite unusual, but it turned out great! As always, Mary, very pretty!

  9. Beautiful card! I would not have thought this color combination would work. You make it look so beautiful.

  10. I love the water color tip. I would have gone and colored them all in! Great job. And those would not have been my color choices either. But they look good together.

  11. Gorgeous colors together, Mary. I’ve had a cast on my right hand/arm for almost 2 months and just got it off; I’m itching to get back to card making and I now know what colors to go for! thanks!

    Hi Kathy: I’m hoping that you had just the cast cut off? Welcome back to stamping physical therapy. Hugs, M

  12. Drum roll! I just noticed that you hit the 500,000 mark, what an accomplishment. You have many fans out there, and I know I’m one of your biggest. Go for 1,000,000.00. Is this just a little over a year that you hit this mark?

  13. I love the color combo. Who would think, but it came together. Great job!

  14. Neat color combination! Very snappy looking Mary! 🙂

  15. Very pretty card. I love that stamp set.

  16. This is a beautiful card. The colors are perfect together but then your take on it made it so. Good job! Love your tips each day. They are so helpful.

  17. great job with the colors mary!! beautiful flowers!! i’m glad you included the bashful blue!:)

  18. colleen kramer

    You are a braver woman than I! This color combo completely blue (ha!) me away! But your end result is proof that it can work. I absolutely love how you colored in parts of the image and combined both of your colors in some blooms. Another success!

  19. I love the card. I agree that blues are more difficult to mix and match than other colors, so contrast plays a big role. You nailed it! And I especially like the orientation of the flowers. Great design!

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