I went with the rather obvious floral theme using the Color Throwdown colors and colored up a new-to-me set by MFT called Delicate Pretty Poppies. I've seen beautiful cards made with these flowers and finally broke down and bought the set and dies and this is their first outing. I colored the flowers with Copics, going for a dark and dramatic look. I placed them onto a die-cut rounded corner rectangle die, taken from Blueprints 14. The uppermost poppy is popped up on foam tape. I brought in the gingham for the Cardz for Galz challenge by stamping a gingham background stamp using Candied Apple distress ink - the brightest red ink I have. I then cut it out with a fishtail flag and layered that with a slightly smaller black flag.
What you can't see in the photo is that the card base has been embossed with a new embossing folder called Weathered by Taylored Expressions. It provides a wonderful texture but still keeps the CAS look. As a finishing touch, I colored the bud and the black flower center with Wink of Stella.
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Stamps: Delicate Pretty Poppies (MFT), Gingham Background (SSS)
Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid, Candied Apple Distress Ink
Cardstock: White, black, X-Press It
Dies: Delicate Pretty Poppies, Blueprints 14, Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT)
Accessories: Copics, Wink of Stella, Weathered Embossing Folder (Taylored Expressions)
Edited to Add: This card got a shout out at Color Throwdown.