It’s the first of our Pennsationals Team Monthly Hops and what fun we are starting with! Its a colour challenge. And not a simple colour challenge – but one that really got the creative juices flowing!

You may have come from the wonderful Tracy Penn or be starting here – either way I hope you hop around and see all the fantastic inspiration everyone has for you.


I have really come to love playing along with design challenges.  I find they really help spur your creativity and get you thinking outside the box.

Take for example this colour challenge.  I would usually never put Blackberry Bliss and Island Indigo together – so that really had to get me thinking how I would use those colours and what my theme would be.  I haven’t really done too many Christmas Cards yet – so I thought this would be as good a time as any to start!

So here’s what I came up with….


And of course the inside had to have some silver embossing too!


I simply brayered a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with both colours. Staring at either edge every time I laid down colour, to give it a graduating depth of colour. I love the effect – don’t you!

Silver was the only option to choose to set this card off and I have wanted to use this gorgeous stamp from the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set ever since I first saw it.  The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the absolute quality of our Stampin Up embossing powders.  They leave such an amazing smooth and clear image. A few more embossed stars from the Jingle All The Way set and I was done.

We will be making a version of this card at an upcoming class next week – It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas – contact me if you would like to join the fun!

I really hope you like it and enjoy hopping around with the rest of the team.

Next stop is on to the lovely Jess at My Paper Caper. Her work is always inspiring so make sure you hop across by clicking the button 🙂 There’s a full list at the bottom in case you get lost along the way.



Happy Crafting.

Mel xx

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  2. Rebecca Scurr
  3. Tracy Penn
  4. Mel Pagano – you are here
  5. Jess Williams

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14 Comments on I Love a Colour Challenge – Pennsationals Blog Hop #1

  1. Oh Mel, this card is amazing! I’m SO glad someone did a background like this and I’m so impressed you whipped out the brayer. I would have cheated and sponged! It’s totally perfect with the silver. Just gorgeous! x

  2. This card is absolutely stunning Mel! The brayered background colours of Blackberry Bliss and Island Indigo combined with the silver elements are just perfect together. And who would’ve thought to use these colours on a Christmas card?! And they work so well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much Emma. I agree – not your usual christmas colours, but thats why I loved this challenge so much!

  3. Wow what a stunning card!!! I love the background. I might be tempted to try it with my brayer, I think I know where it is!! I love embossing as well, it always gives me a little thrill when I heat it up.

    • Thanks Bec. I really enjoyed pulling out the brayer and shaking off the dust! It is something I will definitely use again very soon!

    • Thank you Tracy 🙂 It was great to change up the regular colours for a christmas project. Wonder what else we can come up with!

    • Thanks Heather. You will be happy to know that I will show you in the Christmas class you are booked in for next week 🙂

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