paisleys & posiesI created this card back in August for a demonstrator swap that I participated in for the new Holiday catalog. When I saw the various products in the Paisley suite, I totally plotzed! I have always been a huge fan of paisley patterns; I don't know why but it is definitely true. When shopping for fabrics for my other crafty love (quilting) I am suckered in every time if I see a paisley print.

I used this old color challenge for the combination of colors that you see in this card. I knew that I wanted to use Rich Razzleberry because I just had to incorporate that new ribbon into this card (the swap requirements include an embellishment). The colourQ site allows you to search for all combinations for a specific color, and I used that feature to find this gem. I deviated a little bit when I added some of the go-juss Copper Foil paper for the paisley die cut that you see on the finished card. That's what I love about using old challenges – there are no rules or requirements and I can let my creativity flow unconstrained.

I also drew inspiration from this sketch for the layout of my card. Again, this is a "historical" sketch so I was free to interpret as I desired. Acutally, the finished card is pretty darned close to the sketch layout, so I didn't deviate much at all. I looked at the cards that were submitted for the challenge when it was active and this particular sketch seemed to be especially popular. I have seen a lot of designs the last few months that have a diagonal component on them and it really is a great way to add some visual interest easily. Don't be surprised if you see me use this design again in the near future – I really do like it a lot!

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