Monday, April 6, 2015

MM01-Mustang Monday Color Challenge April 6

Welcome to Shack Scraps first ever Mustang Monday Color Challenge.  While my Mustang Monday series will explore a different color each week, the Mustang Monday Color Challenge will only be hosted about every 3-4 weeks. This should give participants enough time to  get supplies ordered, create an amazing project, and submit it.  

Our Hostess Code for this challenge is:   YTKMKTGJ

Our first color challenge, MM01, will feature Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, and Old Olive.  Link up your card no later than April 24th, voting begins April 25 with winners announced April 27.  

The rules are as follows:  
  • Must use Stampin' Up! product (may be retired or current - so Clearance Items count!)
  • May combine with other challenges from other sites - but only 1 color challenge please.
  • Photographed card must be watermarked with the color challenge code listed in header.
  • Provide a link back to the Mustang Monday Color Challenge post from your blog or photograph description.
  • Share a Link using my SimplyLinked option below - link directly to an individual blog post or image on a image hosting site - such as Flickr
  • Only one submission allowed.
  • Must use the colors shown in the header image.
  • Entries must be linked up by the date indicated.
  • Top three winners will receive a Mustang Monday Color Challenge Badge that includes the color challenge code.
  • First place winner may also win hostess rewards - if any are collected during the challenge. To add to hostess rewards, make your Stampin' Up! purchases using the challenge hostess code provided.
And last of all... make sure you stop in a visit the other links shared and leave a comment - everyone loves to receive comments. Good luck and have lots of fun!

Vroom, Vroom!
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Share your Mustang Monday Color Challenge cards below by April 24. Be sure to read and follow the rules. I look forward to your shares! - Thanks, Wanda

Mustang Monday Color of the Week - Basic Gray

Welcome to my first Mustang Monday post. I'm sure your wondering what does paper crafting have to do with Mustangs… Well, let me try to explain. My favorite of all cars is the Mustang. And, since I am so totally not into mechanics or getting all greasy (I'd much rather get inky), I am going to look at the cosmetic side of cars - their paint job! There were 770 offerings of paint in all 52 production years of the Mustang. That's quite a lot of colors! So it stands to reason that one could probably closely match the colors in the Stampin' Up! palette with at least one of those 770 Mustang colors.

My goal with the Mustang Monday posts is to focus my paper crafting on one color per week and introduce you to some really cool color combinations. Hopefully we will learn a little about color in the process. We won't delve too deeply into color theory but feel free to youtube the subject if you aren't familiar with color theory - it does help with making pleasant looking cards but the scope is just too vast for this blog.

Every post will begin with a different color of Mustang as a color focus for the week. From there we will jump to the Color Coach tool provided by Stampin' Up! and explore the variety of color combinations we can come up with using our Mustang color.

Photo Credit: Get Wallpaper of Eleanor Here
This week's Mustang Monday focus will be on Basic Gray. Just take a look at the awesome image I found! What amazing inspiration! I'm pretty sure most of you will recognize this car as the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Eleanor car. Isn't she just awe inspiring!

I did a little studying to find out some interesting facts about Eleanor. Did you know that "Gone in 60 Seconds" (the one we all know and love with Eleanor, Nicholas Cage, and Angelina Jolie) was not an original movie? It was actually a remake of a 1974 independent film by H.B. Halicki which wasn't all that great. He originally used a 1971 Mustang Sportsroof restyled to wear a 1973 grille because it took Halicki 3 years to raise enough money to begin filming. Gotta love Mustang history… there's plenty of it out there.
Basic Gray

Basic Gray is a member of the Neutrals color collection. Neutrals are very versatile colors because they work well as both a main color and as an accent color. 

Using a neutral color with two strong colors can help tone down your overall design and prevent the viewer from feeling overpowered by too much color.

In addition, using neutrals as a main color can increase the emphasis and intensity of accent colors you choose.

The color coach tool shows that Basic Black and Basic Gray are a dynamic duo. That's what Stampin' Up! calls a monochromatic color scheme. Monochromatic projects are probably the most popular and easiest to design. According to our color coach, dynamic duos make the best two-step stampin' images however, not all Stampin' Up! colors have a dynamic duo.

This color combo really pops - Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray and Basic Black
I hope you have enjoyed my first Mustang Monday post and learned a little about the color coach and how neutral colors can affect other colors. Stay tuned as later today, I will be issuing our first ever Mustang Monday color challenge! 

Vrooom Vrooom!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Disclaimer:  I am a new Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I am working on replacing all my craft supplies with only Stampin' Up! product, but I will occasionally use some of my non-SU stash. Bare with me as I work to replenish my stash with only SU product. I will be highlighting new products as they come in and I will always point out great alternatives to my non-SU product that are Stampin' Up!. Thanks for understanding.