Fusion Challenge: Aqua and Pink

Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to the last Fusion Challenge of March!  This week we are featuring Orchid Occasions with this gorgeous aqua and pink combo!03.31.16

I absolutely love these colors and knew right away the papers I wanted to feature. Since it’s my last week with Fusion, the last day of March, and the end of a great company, Basic Grey, I made not one, but two cards to bid farewell to all three and go out with a bang!



My first card is a tropical twist on Easter!  I spent quite a bit of time on the beach Saturday as it was in the 60’s and finally sunny.  Beach living is always an inspiration, so that along with the colors in the photo and Easter holiday, prompted this piece.

All papers are from various Lilypad digital collections printed on Kodak matte photo paper.

The base paper is a tie-dyed design, which made me think of coloring Easter eggs!  The pink and rose floral paper replicates the orchid’s colors perfectly with their dark pink centers.


The Spellbinders feathers, Savvy grass die, and Prima resin eggs round out my beach scene.

Now for the eggs!  I originally had layered three ovals; however, I realized that these should be eggs, but I didn’t have egg dies big enough!  What to do?


I am sure someone, somewhere has thought of this, but it was an a-ha moment for me! Your oval die cuts can easily be made into egg shapes of any size by using a circle die to cut the bottom.  Then you just need to round off the corners with a little fussy cutting and voila, egg!


To give the eggs a little more depth, I adhered three layers and popped up the Happy Easter one with foam squares.


Card 2: Farewell Basic Grey


As many of you know, Basic Grey has ceased their paper crafting portion of the business and is focusing on fabric and digital prints.  I was shocked to learn of this in January and am sad to see them move away from paper design because collections like Urban Luxe, one of the last released, Persimmon and Spice Market to name a few, really speak to me.  Trendy, funky, and just plain beautiful, most of their collections were a must-have and entirely horde-worthy in my book!  So for the next card, I incorporated some embellishments from the Urban Luxe collection.

Many of the papers in Urban Luxe would have worked with the inspiration photo, but I opted to stick with the Lilypad papers.  I incorporated the sketch loosely in my card as well.  If you look closely in the photo above, you can see how the flamingo bodies flow  almost seamlessly into the pink floral lines of the underlying paper!


The gorgeous grey leaf, watercolor flower, and watercolor love sentiment are all from the embellishment pack.  I love how they look against the aqua flamingos!

img_20160329_214845.jpgIf you look closely, you can see the watercoloring on the black/white paper; it has blue washes throughout the print that are lovely.  The inside is finished off with some geometric washi that echoes the lines on the papers.


That’s all for me! Hope this double dose of inspiration and the rest of the Fusion team spark your creativity!  Thanks so much to Fusion for having me this month!  It’s been an honor to be part of the team!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

8 thoughts on “Fusion Challenge: Aqua and Pink

  1. Spectacular ending to an awesome month, Kate! I couldn’t replicate any of your works of art if I tried … I am so totally satisfied watching you create, in total wonder! Pardon me while I stare …

  2. Fabulous cards, love the papers you have used and the layers and details are perfect. So great you were inspired by the ocean. It’s been fab having you as Guest Designer x

  3. Gorgeous! Lots of fun patterns in bold bright colors – a wonderful eclectic mix of papers and patterns! So clever to make your very own egg die and sad to see Basic Grey go too!

  4. ALL those wonderful layers, patterns and colours, such a treat to the eye! Ps thanks for the great tip on how to create an egg with the dies… I had a total ‘doh’ now why didn’t I think of that moment lol.

  5. Hi Kate, I love to beach comb. You never know what lovely little treasure you will find! Thank you for finding and sharing your way of creating eggs, that has now been stored away for future reference. The little eggs with feathers remind me of the Little Terns that arrive each year to lay their eggs up on the beach. Cheers!

  6. Two gorgeous creations Kate! I hadn’t heard that Basic Grey was stopping paper design – the ones you used today are certainly beautiful – your layers are wonderful and mix of patterns so pretty! thank you so much for joining us as Guest DT this month at the Fusion Card Challenge – you have certainly inspired us! Julia xx

  7. Beautiful, beautiful cards! I so admire crafters who can use patterned papers in a seamless way, as you have done here. A gorgeous mix of patterns and colors.

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