Artistic Leaves with Design A Daydream And A Tribute To Her Majesty The Queen PP608

by Joanne James11. September 2022 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I've a colour challenge for you to work with:


I decided to change things up for this week's challenge and instead of providing a restricted palette, I would choose 6 complimentary colours that you could choose any combination of on your project. Once again I used Jen B's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for my layout this week and ended up creating a card that was completely different to the one I originally had in mind. Take a look and I'll explain:


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

Design A Daydream - The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the colours I chose for our challenge this week can all be found in Stampin' Up!'s 'Design A Daydream' designer series paper pack. This is a bumper paper pack at 48 sheets of 12" x 12" (the number quoted in the catalogue is a misprint) for just £17 - and it can be yours when you place an order that qualifies for Host Rewards. It contains many beautiful prints and patterns and I knew immediately that this paper would feature somewhere on my card today. I was originally going to use the floral pattern that is probably my favourite in the set, however when I came to make my a few days ago, the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had just been announced and I found myself in a more sombre mood,and was drawn towards the more tranquil Pool Party blue patterns, so changed tack.

A Sentiment Shift - I decided to use the simple leaf patterned paper and the two sketch panels enabled me to also showcase the reverse of this sheet for my second tag panel. I needed a sentiment and was drawn to this one from the 'Charming Sentiments' bundle; whilst not entirely unexpected, the death of the Queen was still a shock and has left us a nation mourning the loss of a unique and selfless monarch. Whilst this period of respect will continue for days to come, I thought this sentiment, with its implied acknowledgement of both a sense of loss along with the suggestion of hope seemed perfect to sum up the country's mood.

A Trio of Diecuts - Today's card is more diecuts than stamping: I used the Tailor Made Tags for my two panels and along with the die used to cut my sentiment (this is a great feature of the Charming Sentiments bundle) I used the detailed leaf branch from the Artistic Dies to add a simple accent and focal point. Just a few enamel dots as accents as I wanted to preserve the clean feel of my card:

I'm also linking today's card up with the team over at SUO Challenges where the current theme is 'Diecutting' and at The Alphabet Blog where they are at 'L is for Leaves'. 

I never had the opportunity to meet the Queen, however feel privileged to have lived through her reign and witnessed the selfless devotion with which she served this country. She was an amazing female role model and certainly an example of a life well lived. She will be much missed - rest in peace, your Majesty.

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


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

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!

Enjoy your day; we are out to lunch to quietly celebrate the second James family birthday of the month - lots of us are September babies - but are otherwise having an uneventful day. I'll be back soon with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (19) -

Jennie Maier
Jennie MaierUnited States
9/11/2022 3:57:30 PM #

Joanne, I thought of the Design a Daydream DSP right away too! And we both used the same sketch. Your card is simply so very pretty! And a wonderful tribute to the Queen. She leaves quite a legacy! Have a good week!

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
9/11/2022 5:17:30 PM #

That's beautiful Joanne - I've got my thinking cap on for these colours!  Life does feel a bit disorientated with The Queen's death - these are emotional days we're living through, but everything WILL be OK!  Thanks for sharing this with us at the Alphabet Challenge x

Bernie Kolar
Bernie KolarUnited States
9/11/2022 6:17:15 PM #

Hi Joanne,

Your card is lovely.  Too bad the DSP is a host product.
I am from the US but feel the loss of Her Majesty.  I cannot imagine what you countrymen feel.  She was such an amazing woman.  I am watching as much coverage as I can.  It is so sad for you and your country.

Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
9/11/2022 7:08:20 PM #

I really did enjoy these colors, Joanne. The designer paper is gorgeous. I love how you featured mostly the pool party and the bold blackberry for contrast. Your card is fabulous! I extend my condolences on the loss of Queen Elizabeth. I hope she was aware in her life of how loved she was but I guess things don't usually work that way. She deserves every tribute!

Tracy Grauer
Tracy GrauerUnited States
9/11/2022 10:11:26 PM #

Great colors for the challenge! Your card showcases them beautifully!  And yes, rest in peace Queen Elizabeth. Forever in our hearts.

Jen Brum
Jen BrumCanada
9/11/2022 10:25:46 PM #

What a pretty card!  I love those tags and the beautiful leaves!  Such a sweet sentiment as well!  Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  

Jacquie Southas
Jacquie SouthasUnited States
9/11/2022 11:16:15 PM #

Beautiful design with a fabulous color palette! Thanks for playing along with us at FMS this week.

Cindy Coutts
Cindy CouttsUnited States
9/12/2022 3:45:23 PM #

This is just stunning Joanne. You combined these colors great. Thank you so much for participating with us at and we always look forward to seeing you share your designs with us.

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
9/12/2022 7:34:59 PM #

Truly lovely, Joanne, such a well-thought out and fitting tribute for HRM!  I've been reeling here in Arizona, too, so hard to imagine the change - my gran was an English war-bride, and I was raised to honor the royal family by her.  You said it perfectly, not entirely unexpected, but still and always a shock.  The world has my condolences.  Thanks so much for sharing this at SU Only!

Melanie Hungerford
Melanie HungerfordUnited States
9/12/2022 9:30:08 PM #

That is a lovely card Joanne, love all those colors together, and it's always a great feeling when you are able to show off both sides of the DSP! Thanks for sharing with us at the Alphabet Challenge.

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
9/12/2022 11:54:23 PM #

I love the tag idea and oh you are clever using that DSP!  SO pretty!   I have been watching all of the coverage on the Queen - such an extraordinary woman - I am proud to be 50% English!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
9/13/2022 12:27:46 PM #

Your card is bold and beautiful!  Very striking with the black leaves, I love it!  I loved reading all about the queen and watched our PBS special about her not once, but twice!  She truly was an amazing woman....with big shoes to fill!

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
9/13/2022 2:37:29 PM #

Such a beautiful card, Joanne, and your Pool Party card pairs perfectly with the Queen's dress in the memorial picture.  I rather pity the Royal Family right now for having to be out in public so much while they're mourning the loss of their family matriarch, that has to be even more difficult than grieving privately.  Your card is beautiful.  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges.

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
9/14/2022 10:44:11 PM #

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dear Queen!  She was an amazing woman that served your country for so long with grace and dignity!  
Your color challenge is so fun and I love all the amazing entries.  The way you incorporated the Blackberry Bliss is stunning!  Such a fabulous card!
Warm hugs to you, My Friend!  

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
9/15/2022 10:22:26 PM #

Lovely colours you've chosen, Joanne and thanks for pointing out the host paper - it really is pretty. That die cut... it's an automatic stunner, isn't it?

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
9/16/2022 9:17:46 PM #

A beautiful card, Joanne! I loved this challenge. The designer paper you used for the tags showcases the challenge colors perfectly. The die cut is stunning. The world grieves with England at the loss of this amazing woman. May she rest in peace...

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
9/17/2022 4:54:23 AM #

Joanne, I loved your color palette this week! So many beautiful options and it was a fun twist for sure. Love your card, too. The tags make such a fun background.

jaydeeUnited States
9/17/2022 11:15:44 PM #

I wondered where those gorgeous colors come from!  I love the layered tags and how the leaf brings everything together.  Fabulous card!

cheiro urgia
cheiro urgiaSlovenia
9/18/2022 11:26:40 AM #

I like the colour scheme of your card, and I think you've done an amazing job by changing your intended creation into what you have shown here. The abstract foliage is such a wonderful motif, and combined with elements in different patternd and shapes it gives such a great depth to your card. Such a great sentiment, too, fitting for many different occasions in which one might need a little pick-me-up note. Thanks for joining the Alphabet challenge.

Hugs, Veronika

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