Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Less is More - Week 222 - Colour

Yikes, the current challenge over at Less is More is based on the colour wheel:
And, the twist is that you have to use colours which are opposite to one another.
After lying awake in the early hours of Sunday morning, unable to sleep, I came up with an idea. Back in August 2011, I posted this photo on here:
It was a double poppy (also known as a Peony or Shirley poppy). Much more vibrant in real life and Len had rescued it from a sports club he was in at the time as it would have been destroyed in some ground work that was to be carried out. We nurtured it for ages and finally it bloomed - and that's a bee you can see - going totally scatty over the pollen :)

Sadly, Fickle Phoebe as we called her, didn't reappear the following year - nor did the seeds we collected come to fruition. But the fabulous plummy/purple flower has stayed in my memory ever since - much deeper and vibrantly coloured in real life as I already said.

So, I came up with the idea of veering away from red and green for the poppies on this card and instead went for the paler of the two greens and the plummy/purple opposite on the colour wheel:
I used:

- A6 white card blank, tent style

- white card stock, embossed using SU's Textured Impressions 'Square Lattice' embossing folder then adhered to the card blank using Collall All Purpose glue

- next I used a Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites 'Poppy Patch' die - cut from a snippet of SU's 'Pistachio Pudding' a snippet of plummy/purple card with the poppy heads snipped off the purple die cut and added on top of the green die cut. Fiddly but made easier by using Stick-It adhesive sheet when die cutting the poppies

- the sentiment is from SU's 'A Word for You' set, stamped using Memento 'London Fog'

- then I just trimmed the image panel into a square and backed it with the same green and plummy/purple card stock before adding it to the card front using thin sticky pads

It's a wrap!



Carol L said...

This is wonderful Di, and it's in my favorite colors too! Love those floral dies!!

Unknown said...

This is really beautiful! How clever of you! That die is fab and the sentiment and background look really classy!
I always have card designs going round my head too hehe!
Lucy x

Unknown said...

That is a really cool embossing folder. I like the purple on the poppies. Very pretty.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

I have never seen a poppy like that - amazing flower - too bad it did not come back to life :( - but your card is wonderful!

Glennis F said...

Fabulous card Di, and in my favourite colours

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card Di love the embossing


Kath said...

A fabulous card and I love the colours you've chosen.
Kath x

Neets B said...

What gorgeous dies, and the colours you chose are so elegant, loving the embossed white space too. Such a shame your peony didn't re-appear, such a beautiful flower.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More GD

Sarn said...

OM goodness . . .that is just LOVELY Di. So pretty in those colours.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Beautiful card with this embossed background and the opposite colours for these pretty poppies!

Viv said...

a fab colour combo Di - love it. x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

That is a wonderful salute to Fickle Phoebe. Sorry you had to have sleeplessness to come up with your pretty creation, though.

Linby said...

of course I have this die as I love poppies and I love purple - perfect card for me! LOVE it.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

I love your little tale about the double poppy Di and I think you've copied it brilliantly in your card. Super CAS and elegant.
Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful, Di - both the card and the poppy that inspired it. Shame the seeds didn't come good for you, but console yourself with the thought that after the attentions of that bee they may well have not come true anyway ... well, you just don't know where he had been before he landed on Fickle Phoebe :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Karen said...

I have never seen a double poppy before - it's gorgeous and so gloriously lovely too! Love, love, love your card - lovely embossing and great details with the dies and then a great sentiment too! Hope you are both well huni and taking good care of yourselves Karen x

mamapez5 said...

It was fiddly doing all those flower head I am sure, but so worth it. I love your big shirley poppy too. Kate x

Liz said...

Love your colour choice, Di. What a gorgeous card! The flowers look stunning and the embossed background is just perfect. xx

Kathleen said...

Strange how we picked the same colour ways. Really lovely card, great die and the colours stands out well against the embossing folder.

Shame about the lovely poppy.

Kath x

Chrissie said...

This is fab Di, really crisp and just super
Thanks so much
Less is More

Pat said...

This is gorgeous Di and the poppy works so well in that deep plum colour and love the background embossing too. x

Lindsey said...

Fabulous card Di. Shame about the poppy - I sprinkle seeds every year and I've never had any come up, ever! X

scrappymo! said...

Wowzers! Love this great card. I am so going to try the purple for the poppies as I have that same lovely poppy die I won from you.

Will link back to this post once I give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration...