Thursday’s challenge was to use the new Stampin’ Up! color Basic Gray. I love that color but admit I have hardly used it yet.


The card base is a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ black piece of cardstock folded in half.

I adhered a 4″ ticket corner punched square of Basic Gray cardstock and a 3 3/4″ ticket corner punched Groovy Guava Prints Designer Paper square on top of it. The Gray with this particular Background paper pattern reminded me of school uniforms. I was seeing plaid skirts in my mind.

I added faux stitching with my All in a Row Argyle stamp between the Gray and Guava layers and tied Gray Tafetta ribbon around them vertically.

For my central image I took a 1 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ piece of Shimmery White cardstock and stamped the saying from Flowers & Flourish with Black Stazon on it. I punched the corners with the ticket corner punch and layered it first on a 1/4″ bigger piece of Groovy Guava, then on a 2 3/8″ x 3″ piece of basic black cardstock.

Again I added faux stitching with All in a Row. I also added on silver brad on the top left corner.

I punched out a Basic Gray Round tab, but it was too wide for my panel. So I slid it back into the punch, lined it up and punched it a bit smaller. I added kind friend from Amazing to Zany to the top part of the tab,  and a black flower made with the Three for you Punch on the bottom left. A silver brad was placed in the center of the flower.

I stamped the big flower from Flowers & Flourish in Groovy Guava on Shimmery White cardstock, outlined it with my 03black Micron pen and cut it out. It was layered on  a paper pierced 1 1/4″ Shimmery white circle that sits on a 1 3/8″ Basic Black circle and a Basic Gray Scallop circle. I topped the flower off with another black flower punchout from the Three for you Punch with a silver brad in it’s center.

 The main panel as well as the circular accent were adhered with dimensionals.


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

32 Responses to “Ways to Use it Challenge: A Basic Challenge”

  1. Love the guava and basic gray together and that tafetta ribbon! Such a great sketch. Beautiful card.

  2. What a great card.

  3. Beate, this card is stunning. I LOVE the colors you used. Thanks for sharing.

  4. You just need to know that this is probably my favorite card that you have made. It is SO pleasing to the eye and just makes me melt into it! Gorgeous! I may have to get some of that Basic Grey paper and ink after all! :o)

  5. Hi Beate, Wow I love this color combination. Stunning! 🙂

  6. This card is stunning! I ordered the basic grey CS and ink after this challenge was posted and I started seeing such incredible samples! I can’t wait for it to get here.

  7. So pretty! I really like how you incorporate all those punches in one card! Just fantastic! And what about that colour combo?! Wow, just very well done.

  8. An absolutely GORGEOUS card! I love it!

  9. This is so pretty. I love basic gray and here is the terrible thing. I went to do the challenge and had a total brain freeze. After saying that it is my new favorite neutral. What’s up with that?

    I love the layout of this card. It is so pretty.

  10. Your cards always have such beautiful layers and the detail is amazing – love this colour combination. We had grey and emerald green for primary school !

  11. Very pretty, those colors look so good together!

  12. Oh man, this is an awesome card! You are the All in a Row zigzag master! I read you don’t use the SAMJ, amazing, ‘cuz your lines are so good! I use the SAMJ and still don’t do as good as you! I’m loving the basic gray, need to get it out, I forget about it too!

  13. Oh my goodness this is cute. Great job.

  14. Wow, Beate! These colors together are just striking. Love this!

  15. Great card, Beate! These colors are beautiful together! Love that dp 🙂 Mahalo for sharing.

  16. Just beautiful! Basic Gray is totally being added to my next order! 🙂

  17. Fabulous color combo, it’s so striking! Really like the layout too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Gorgeous Beate! Basic Grey looks great with Groovy Guava. I have to admit I haven’t used my Basic Grey yet. I need to pull it out and play.

  19. I love those colors together. They wee what I wore all through high school! LOVE IT!!!!

  20. Great now I have to get Basic Grey..thanks a lot Beate 🙂 This is gorgeous and I love it paired with the guava color.!!!

  21. Great card! You’ve inspired me to get some Basic Grey cs… just don’t tell hubby… he already thinks I have enough (one pack of almost every color)… men…they just don’t understand! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  22. unbelievably beautiful. I’m going to CASE immediately!! I never would have put these together because I thought I had a guava prejudice but WOW. I think that basic gray is my new favorite.


  23. What a beautiful card! I love those colors together…and of course the whole layout! Awesome!

  24. This card is absolutely stunning! I just love the look of the Groovy Guava with the Basic Grey. I haven’t bought Basic Grey yet, but the more I see it, the more I like it. I think it’s going to have to go in on my next order!

  25. All I can say is WOW!

  26. Splendid job, I love all the colors together!!! I’m in awe yet again!

  27. What an incredible combination- I have to go use this now. You are such an inspiration!

  28. Absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love that you add a bit of black to really show up the gray, wow, you’re a genius!! TFS.

  29. Wow! This is stunning!! Gorgeous colours and I love the layout. The touch of black really makes this pop!!!

  30. I just love the way your layouts are always so balanced, bold, and beautiful. Love the little flower on the round tab! :0)

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