Our challenge was 'punches or dies.'
Believe it or not, I went for punches this time! You know I love that Big Shot, but my punches were feeling a bit neglected.
The card I made for my MIL was actually Real red and Tempting Turquoise, to match the cool gift box I bought her. It looked surprising good together! I had seen these two new In Colors together somewhere and decided to try the card with them. I love it! The colors are Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry. Razzleberry looks a lot like the original Eggplant from Stampin' Up! I love it! Now for the details: The base is made from Razzleberry with a layer of Bermuda over that. I stamped the scalloped medallions from Circle Circus with Razzleberry and punched them out with the scallop circle punch. Then I stamped the smaller circle from the same set with the Bermuda and punched those out with the 1' circle punch. I adhered the scalloped circles to the Bermuda, letting them hang over here and there, and then just trimmed them off at the card edges. The smaller circles are adhered with dimensionals. The awesome peacock is from this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set called, Very Thankful. I used the In Color markers ( love that we have there!!) to color directly onto the stamp, omitting the 'thank you' part. I stamped the birthday greeting with razzleberry, sponged the edges and stuck it all together. The fun part is that it is really dimensional! Because the circles are popped, I had to pop up the peacock and because it was popped, the greeting is actually double popped! You can't see it here, but there is a bit of glitter on the peacocks tail, just to top it off.
In other news, I started back to college yesterday. It is something I have been wanting to do for a long time, but I just couldn't find the time or motivation. Now, I have it and I'm going! It wasn't nearly as scary as I had anticipated! I wasn't the oldest person in the room at all. There is a great mix of ages in the students at community college. If all goes well, I should have my degree in a couple years. I had a blast! Mae is going to...but different classes for some reason....maybe I cramp her style? :o)