A Darling Donkey Triangle Trio For PP523

by Joanne James10. January 2021 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Ann to host this week and she has an interesting colour challenge for us to work with:


Now I know I said Ann had an 'interesting' colour challenge for us this week ... what I really meant to say was 'incredibly difficult'!! Or at least, it was for me this week! Whilst I don't mind any of these colours in their own, or even paired, as a trio I struggled with them. All three are featured in the new Dandy Garden designer series paper, and usually DSP would be my first port of call for a colour challenge, but the truth is I am not a fan of this pack! Or at least, I should qualify that by saying I'm not a fan of the sides with mixed colours - the monochromatic patterns in this pack are just lovely! Anyway, I had to call in help for this one, both in the form of this week's Paper Craft Crew sketch and a certain James Junior - take a look at what we came up with:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

A Trio Of Triangles - I was drawn to this week's PCC sketch with its three triangles, as I had been having a team chat this week with one of my team who has been using her stitched triangles as part of an ongoing challenge and I mentioned that I had bought these before Christmas but not yet used them and I thought the sketch would be a good way to remedy that. The trio would also enable me to work in this week's colours, so provided a great starting point.

A Darling Donkey - I then needed to decide upon my neutral colour; this is where Rebecca, the self-confessed 'brains' behind today's card, suggested I go with grey and a donkey from the super cute 'Darling Donkeys' stamp set, one of the sets that can be yours free with a £45 spend during Sale-A-Bration. So I coloured one of the funny kicking donkeys and fussy cut it out - perfect!

Hinge-Step HeeHaw - Finally, I just had to work out what to do use for the horizontal background panel. I decided to go with a tri-colour sentiment block, made up of alternating colours of 'heehaw!', one of the sentiments in the Darling Donkeys set. I used my Stampuratus and moved the plates up and down the hinge to perfectly space my words to create a seamless flow across the page. The Stamparatus made light work of the stamping, although 'the hands' (Rebecca's reference to my contribution!) were definitely not working as quickly as 'the brain' (apparently, since it was all her idea!!) I finished my card with a birthday sentiment and a trio of enamel dots. 

Despite my initial reservations about this week's colours, I'm actually pretty pleased with the end result. What do you think? Did Team James pull it off?! Do leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'll be linking today's card up over at SUO Challenges too where they have 'Designer's Choice' themes this week.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


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Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; I'm hoping to do a little crafting and maybe wrap up and brave the elements for a brisk walk - but I'll see what the temperatures are like first! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (20) -

VickyUnited Kingdom
1/10/2021 12:06:24 PM #

I agree that's not a colour combination I would have thought up but hey, that's what challenges are for! My verdict is that Team James did brilliantly on this design! Vicky x

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
1/10/2021 2:59:12 PM #

I agree...these colors were challenging, especially since that DSP is not in my stash (not one of my favs either), BUT....you managed to create a really, really cute card with them regardless! I love all the motion going on...the multicolored background is lots of fun and the addition of the triangles is brilliant!  And of course, the little donkey is as cute as can be!  I agree with Vicky that Team James did a great job!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
1/10/2021 4:34:41 PM #

Oh, Joanne! I think your card is adorable. I am so sorry that you hated my color challenge. I think you used the colors perfectly, and did a great job...

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
1/10/2021 4:44:43 PM #

that's so sweet! Love it

NancyUnited States
1/10/2021 8:47:10 PM #

Joanne, You made me feel a tiny bit better with your post as I too did struggle a bit with these colors.  As you said, alone they are lovely but together was a tad tough.  I think too, I went the wrong avenue with my card and should have picked something simpler. Anyhoo, You persevered and came out on top with your unique design and cute little donkey!  Love the words repeated in the background too! Have a great week!

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
1/10/2021 9:12:56 PM #

I love your mix of graphic elements with triangles paired with the whimsical of the donkey and background words!  I think the struggle was worth it!  Have a great week!

Chris Smith
Chris SmithUnited States
1/11/2021 3:24:52 AM #

I love the way you made these colors work! Thanks for joining in with us for this sketch over at the Paper Craft Crew.

Natalie Arnold
Natalie Arnold United Kingdom
1/11/2021 12:10:32 PM #

Wow Joanne love your darling donkey card. Considering you struggled with the colours I think you've done an amazing job of combining them together with the trio of triangles. The stamping you've done really finishes the card off fabulous. Thanks for taking part in the SUO challenge hope to see you next time x Natalie Arnold

LaurieUnited States
1/11/2021 6:13:26 PM #

You always say you struggle with color challenges but you always come away with a winner! This is awesome!! so cute too. Have a great day!

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
1/11/2021 7:14:56 PM #

Lol, I always find color challenges in general to be tough, but I think you aced this one!  So glad to see the donkeys out to play, what a great card!  Thanks so much for playing at SUO!

Jan Musselman
Jan MusselmanUnited States
1/11/2021 9:05:47 PM #

I absolutely love this card! Especially the Hee Haw! background. Thanks for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
1/12/2021 2:18:20 PM #

Joanne, I was drawn to this card immediately.  You used the colors perfectly with this sketch.  I love that little donkey and stamp set and you used those elements perfectly also.  Will see you in the galleries!

1/12/2021 9:37:45 PM #

Funcard, congrats 👏👏💐
Have a great day 😊

Penny Hanuszak
Penny HanuszakCanada
1/14/2021 7:27:56 AM #

Team James really pulled that Donkey through the finish line with this great collaborative card.  Can't say enough about the hinged words.  Loved your honesty about the paper pack.  Matches my feelings, although funnily enough something that starts out looking awful overtime could be the saving grace on some of your cards.  Great card and it got a 5 star from me!. Thanks for inspiring and sharing.

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
1/14/2021 8:11:29 PM #

This is really great! I like the way you've used the triangles to bring in the colours. I think the horizontal created by the tri-colour repeat stamping is masterful. You've taken a set I don't care for, with a set of colours that don't sing to me, and still created a card that I'm both drawn to and really like. Well done!! PS - I agree with you completely about the Dandy Garden DSP.

jaydeeUnited States
1/15/2021 2:54:28 PM #

Ah... Joanne.  The English and our use of adjective "interesting"!  Lou runs a mile when I use THAT word.  having said that... I am a HUGE fan of this card and you made the colors work together so well.  I am not a fan of this set (or the Dandy Garden DSP for that matter!)  BUT... your card makes me want to ink up this set.  James Junior made some great suggestions and brought the colors together beautifully.  Fabulous card

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
1/16/2021 1:15:24 AM #

Your card made me want to shout Hee Haw!!!!  That little donkey is the cutest!  I love the way you used the colors with the triangles!  So graphic and fun!  I think James Jr. was spot on!  Your card made me smile!  You would never know  these colors caused anxiety!  Have a great weekend, My Friend!  

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
1/16/2021 4:02:31 AM #

Just darling, Joanne! Love the stamped background and the trio of triangles. Love this fresh and fun take using the donkey set. Big hugs!

Cindy Coutts
Cindy CouttsUnited States
1/18/2021 9:16:53 PM #

Fantastic color combination, Joanne. I still haven't opened this one up yet. Thank you so very much for playing along with us at SUOChallenges.com and we are definitely looking forward to you joining us again tomorrow for our Love challenge!

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
1/19/2021 8:54:10 AM #

I love your hee-haw background and despite your difficulties with the color combination, you absolutely made it work for you!  Love the triangles too.  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges, hope to see you for our new challenge starting today!

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