Wednesday, September 9, 2020



We're already 15 weeks into our efforts to showcase every Stampin' Up! colour, working through the list alphabetically!  I am loving taking part in these weekly Colour Creations Showcases, organised by Catherine Proctor.  It's a great challenge to use colours in a variety of ways.  This week the star of the show is Early Espresso, a beautiful, rich, dark brown.  I am particularly drawn to the Neutrals range, and love earthy colours, so enjoyed this week's "challenge" (not a challenge for me!).

Cathy has a list on her blog of all the participants in this week's Colour Creations Showcase.  We would love it if you worked our way through the list, visiting our blogs, and leaving comments for us if you feel inspired.

Do you ever dream about colour combinations, or wake during the night with creative ideas?  I know I'm not alone in this!  I keep a notepad and pen beside my bed, as quite often inspiration hits at the most inconvenient time ... I can quickly draw a card idea, a sketch, or note a colour combination, then go back to sleep.  I don't know if I dreamt up this combination, but I woke one morning with the conviction that for this week's Colour Showcase, I was going to team Early Espresso with Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay.  I decided to just run with it, and am pretty happy with the result. :)

I have used the Life is Beautiful stamp set, for the focal image.  The stamped piece was cut out with an Ornate Layers die, and mounted on some In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, that I'd embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder.  

I stamped the sentiment, from Here's a Card, on a piece of Whisper White card, using Early Espresso ink.  The decorative border running horizontally on the sentiment strip was cut with a Field Tiles die.  I matted the white piece on some Rich Razzleberry card, then added a sweet scalloped Crumb Cake edging, created with a Stitched Be Mine die.  Can you see the strip of delicate die-cut Early Espresso hearts, underneath the main white panel?  They were cut with another Stitched Be Mine die, and some of the solid hearts were glued at the tree base.

I didn't wrap my ribbon all the way around the Early Espresso embossed panel.  I used Tear & Tape to adhere the ribbon vertically, extending down only to the sentiment panel.  A few Woven Threads sequins added a colourful finishing touch to my card.

I have listed below all the products used to make this card.  They are available to purchase from my online store, which is open 24/7 for Australian residents.  

To see a full list of who's taking part in this week's share, please go to Cathy's blog.


Product List


  1. Christine your colour combination is stunning - how good does early espresso look with these colours! If it was a dream it was totally inspired. So many little details to love on this card too. Thank you for joining the Colour Creations showcase with your beautiful Early Espresso card xx

  2. I love these colours together Christine, beautiful card

  3. Yet another beautiful card Christine, Love it.

  4. Wish I had such luck with my dreams! Mine are definitely more boring.Having said that next weeks colour is causing me to toss n turn! As always it's all those little details in your creations that just make them so special. Like the little hearts, not continuing the ribbon the whole way and the crumb cake piece under the sentiment. Beautiful

  5. Such a gorgeous, warm card in this colour combination, Christine. Love the richness!

  6. Wow, not a colour combo I would have put together, but it works so beautifully!

  7. I wouldn't have thought to put early espresso with these colours but it works wonderfully.

  8. This is such a beautiful card, Christine! I love the stamp set and the colours you used, and I love the sentiment!!

  9. Lots of lovely details on your very pretty card, Christine. And a great colour combo too!