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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

AWHT Colour Creations #21 Gray Granite

Gray Granite with Festive Foliage & Merriest Moments

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 21st Art with Heart 2021-2022 Colour Creations Blog Hop.


This week’s Blog Hop is focussing on a grey with a tinge of tan called Gray Granite. Gray Granite is part of the Neutrals Colour Family and is a great colour that can be used in many ways.  


As a neutral it can combine with so many colours. Gray Granite is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Stampin Blends; the Neutrals & Bloom Where You Are Planted, In Good Taste, Simply Elegant, Peaceful Place Designer Series Papers; the Christmas Whimsy card kit; and Shimmer Ribbon. The cards below have used Gray Granite card-stock and Classic ink, plus a range of other bits and pieces.

Send joyful Christmas wishes this Christmas with that special touch of a hand crafted card.

This week's projects were initially inspired by an international blog hop, "Around the World on Wednesday", with a specific theme of creating 10 in 30, ie creating 10 cards or other projects in 30 minutes. The 30 minutes didn't include certain preparations, such as cutting card bases & matts and die cutting. I was intrigued and wondered about creating a simple card that could be created more quickly once it was designed and various bits and pieces were prepared. The initial idea I had in mind wasn't quite right so I kept fiddling & chose a different stamp set to go with the Festive Foliage background stamp. With the fiddling around I developed a card that would be extremely difficult to create 10 in 30, however, I decided to create the same card but use different colour combinations. As I was called into work I ended up only creating two versions. I will need to finish the other colour combinations later.

Send joyful Christmas wishes this Christmas with that special touch of a hand crafted card.

The cards are similar with the only differences being the colour of inks and card-stock and coordinating ribbons. They both started by stamping the Festive Foliage stamp in Gray Granite Classic Stampin' ink onto Basic White card-stock. The sentiment from the Merriest Moments stamp set was stamped in Evening Evergreen Classic ink and die cut with one of the smaller Scalloped Contours dies. The stamped backgrounds were mounted on either Polished Pink or Cherry Cobbler card-stock and then on to Gray Granite card bases.

Send joyful Christmas wishes this Christmas with that special touch of a hand crafted card.

The poinsettias from the Merriest Moments stamp set were stamped in either Cherry Cobbler or Blushing Bride with some Sponge Dauber-ing in Polished Pink Classic inks. The various leaves were stamped, using the same stamp set, in Soft Succulent with dauber-ing in Evening Evergreen (to go with the Cherry Cobbler poinsettias) or Mint Macaron also with dauber-ing in Evening Evergreen to go with the pink poinsettias.

Send joyful Christmas wishes this Christmas with that special touch of a hand crafted card.

Ribbon, either Cherry Cobbler & Gold or White Glittered Organdy that was coloured with a Light Polished Pink Stampin' Blend, was tied in a bow. All the pieces were arranged and adhered in place with either Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Glue Dots. Brushed Metallic Adhesive-backed Dots were added to the centre of each of the poinsettias. To add that extra bit of shimmer Wink of Stella was splattered across both cards (its such a pity that the camera doesn't capture it).

Send joyful Christmas wishes this Christmas with that special touch of a hand crafted card.

The card centres were stamped with poinsettias in the coordinating colour as were the C6 Basic White envelopes.

Send joyful Christmas wishes this Christmas with that special touch of a hand crafted card.

Send joyful Christmas wishes this Christmas with that special touch of a hand crafted card.

I'm looking forward to playing with other colour schemes that will blend beautifully with Gray Granite. I do so love this neutral. 

Thank you so much for calling in. I hope you found something to spark your interest.

Send joyful Christmas wishes this Christmas with that special touch of a hand crafted card.


If you live in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and or the July - December 2021 Mini Catalogue, then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you. Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 

There is more Gray Granite creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click on the "next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of a very special and talented friend, Rachel Palmieri. As always, I am looking forward to checking out Rachel's creation and everyone else's. I do love seeing everyones' projects - so many ideas and such great creations

Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring Highland Heatherand don't forget that the AWH Heart of Christmas Blog Hop is launched every Monday evening at 8pm AEST until mid-December.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea 💕🐾

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the full list of participants on Catherine Proctor’s blog, our amazing AWHT Colour Creations Coordinator.  Check out her amazing creation while you are there.

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8 comments:

  1. Just gorgeous, Andrea - I can't believe you made both of these in 30 minutes! Amazing!

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  2. Beautiful cards Andrea, I love that you've made them in different colour combinations

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  3. These are both really pretty cards, Andrea; I love your choice of stamps. The background looks great stamped in Gray Granite on white. My favourite of the two cards is the Cherry Cobbler one; I love the bold contrast between the grey and the dark red.

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  4. Haha, you ad I must have photographed our cards on the same day, no sunshine to show off the Wink Of Stella for us! Your cards are gorgeous, the layers are very pretty. I especially love the pink glittered ribbon - I will have to try colouring it.

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  5. Such beautiful elegant stamps Andrea. The pops of colour from the beautiful flowers look so great contrasting with the background stamp.

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  6. Gorgeous cards, Andrea. I actually really love the pink version, maybe just a little bit different for Christmas this year, but both are beautiful!

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful cards Andrea. Gray Granite is perfect for that lovely background stamp and I like both the red and pink versions although I love the large Cherry Cobbler and gold bow. A clever idea to colour the glitter ribbon pink too.

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  8. Andrea, this design is so elegant and I absolutely love the Polished Pink card, and that beautiful ribbon you coloured. The colours both work so well with the neutral Gray Granite and I’ll looking forward to seeing your other cards in different colours.

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