Thursday, October 8, 2015

Inspired by Fall

October is my all time favorite month of all! The food is amazing. (Hello apple pie and pumpkin spice lattes!) The leaves are just gorgeous, and the weather is much more comfortable. Oh, yeah, and it's my birthday. Hee hee.

Anyway, I am always inspired by the fall foliage, which peaks in mid October where I live. I love the deep, rich hues. My card below is a tribute to beautiful color palette brought on by autumn in October.

Using the leaves from the Altenew Lacy Scrolls stamp set, I randomly stamped them on Neenah 110 lb. card stock in autumn colors. The sentiment is from the Label Love set also by Altenew. I mounted that onto a piece of cardstock that I ran through my Cuttlbug with a wood grain embossing folder. I like the added texture and I felt the wood went well with the leaves (because, you know, they both come from trees.)

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the inspiration brought on by fall!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge

My friend Virginia Lu hosts an amazing inspiration challenge called Virginia's View. Each month, she chooses a different theme. This month's theme is COLOR!

It's all about using color in your cards. That's not hard for me. I love colors. Virgina loves them, too. Check out this inspiration photo she posted. Do you see all those adult coloring books?

Those books are what me gave the idea for my card. I thought "Hey, why not create my own adult coloring page with stamps?" So that's what I did.

This card wore lots of masks, and despite it being October, I'm not referring to Halloween. Do you see how some flowers are in the forefront while others are in the background? I used the masking techniqe to create that effect.

After all my images were stamped, I removed the masks and started coloring. Using Copic markers, I carefully colored each flower and leaf. I then added some bling to the centers and finished it off with the sentiment.

All stamps are from three different Altenew sets, including Hennah Elements, Striped Florals and the sentiment is from Label Love. All the bling is from Eyelet Outlet.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a "colorful" day!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties October 2015 Inspiration Challenge

It's the beginning of the month, which means a new challenge is up for Paper Sweeties. This month brings pumpkins and pretty fall colors just like the inspiration photo.

My inspiration from this photo came from the burlap, wood and lace. I took some kraft card stock and ran it through my wood grain embossing folder. I die cut the burlap flowers using the die from the Pretty Posies Sweet Cuts and adhered them with some pearl brads. I stamped the sentiment from the You Are Fab set. Some lace tape and twine finished it off.

Please continue hopping along for more inspiration. Cheryl is your next stop. Then, when you're done, make a card or other project using Paper Sweeties products and enter the challenge!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
October Guest Designer:  Lisa Bzibziak

Friday, September 25, 2015

RIC 91

This will be the quickest  blog post ever! I am entering this in the Runway Inspired Challenge 91, which expires very soon! Yikes! It's been a busy week, but I'm determined to enter this challenge because I love it!

Here is the dress for this challenge:

And here is the card inspired by it:

I took my cues from the color palette, the solid flat colors (there was no shading or highlighting) and the bold black lines. I used the Painted Poppy set from Altenew and did lots of masking to make some flowers look in the forefront and some in the rear. The sentiment is also an Altenew set called Label Love.

Oh, I also want to quickly mention that I got the new Altenew inks and used several of them to make this card. They are amazing. They are nice and juicy and you get a crisp, clean image right from the start!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Whimsical Wishes

Now that I've cut back on design team commitments, I am having more time to create projects purely for the sake of creativity. This card is one of them.

To create this whimsical card, I first tinted embossing powder with some dye ink before spreading it across my stencil. Then, I layered a doily, some vellum, gold thread and a few pieces of paper I had previously die cut, but decided not to use. The sentiment is Superscript from Altenew. I finished it off with some enamel dots from Eyelet Outlet and voila - the card was done.

I think this will be an excellent birthday card for a young girl. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties September 2015 Inspiration Challenge #35

It's September, which means the kids are in school, fall is approaching and Paper Sweeties has a brand spankin' new challenge! The inspiration photo below sums up September perfectly.

Here is my interpretation of the inspiration photo:

I used a label die from the Beautiful Little Wishes Sweet Cuts, a sentiment from The Sweeties Wagon set and some sequins. The apple brads are from Eyelet Outlet.

More inspiration awaits. Please visit the rest of the design team's blogs for additional ideas. Then, create your own project and post it to the challenge for a chance to win a prize!!

Angel Johns
Annette Witherspoon<– you are here!
Nancy Penir
September Guest Designer: Jeri Thomas

Sunday, August 23, 2015

RIC 90

I love inspiration challenges and the Runway Inspired Challenge has to be one of my favorites. I love how cutting edge fashion can spark creativity using paper and ink as a medium. My card was inspired by this sweet, feminine dress designed by:

I used Fresh Cut Florals from WPlus9 stamps. It's an oldie, but a goodie. I consider this stamp set a classic. The sentiment is from Altenew's Label Love. Can I say, I love that set? Why yes, I can say it and I just did! There are so many basic sentiments. It's a must have!

I distressed a white doily in Mustard Seed and the printed vellum was something I found in my stash. I thought it went perfectly with that really light gray background.

Please consider joining the challenge if you're the card-making type. It's a lot of fun and a great way to stretch your skills!


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