Feb 20 2009

Bloggers’ Challenge – Inspiration

Today’s Bloggers’ Challenge was to use this photo as inspiration.  At first, I had a tough time picturing anything…the rust tones of this bedspread bring fall colors to mind instead of spring that I’m wishing for.  But, then I thought the Damask background from the new Texturz plates would be perfect for this Challenge.  And, I remembered a technique from Technique Junkies that is called Cuttlebug Smoosh…I just changed it to use the Texturz plates!  That is the background for my card.  (Technique class – will be doing this next month!)  I started with a base card of Really Rust, then layered on the Smooshed Blush Blossom/Damask layer. 

One of the Control Freaks swaps I received from Alice Erickson used the Sale-A-Bration set, Botanical Blooms, in a vase.  (You can get this set FREE with a $50 purchase…order online here!  #113812 and don’t forget to add it to your order!) 

I thought I’d recreate Alice’s vase idea, but changed the vase up a little by using the Large Oval punch and, of course, different colors and arrangement.  I stamped the Really Rust "vase" with the same outline flower stamp that I used for the bouquet and sponged around the edges with Chocolate Chip ink.  On Blush Blossom cardstock, I stamped Really Rust flowers and Old Olive leaves.  This was all layered on Really Rust cardstock.  Finally, I punched the slot punch on the bottom left and ran the ribbon around the Damask layer and tied with a knot.  I tried adding various other things…but everything I tried took away from the Damask background, so I left it simple.

I think it is pretty close to the Inspiration piece, don’t you?  

Set:  Botanical Blooms (FREE Sale-A-Bration set)
C/S: Really Rust, Blush Blossom
Inks:  Really Rust, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Other:  Big Shot Texturz plate, 5/8 Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, slot punch, Large Oval punch, sponge dauber, dimensionals


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18 People have left comments on this post

Feb 20, 2009 - 10:02:44
Lisa Martz said:

Very pretty, Connie! Great job!

Feb 20, 2009 - 10:02:00
Tiffany said:

This is so pretty!!! Great job with the inspiration!!

Feb 20, 2009 - 10:02:11
Kim Howard said:

Connie: The vase idea is awesome! I have many vase-less flowers and this is such a great idea. Love the card, resembles the picture perfectly and love the little hint of greens!

Feb 20, 2009 - 11:02:45
Lisa said:

Very pretty Connie

Feb 20, 2009 - 12:02:43

BEAUTIFULLY done Connie – Love the colors and your lay out!

Feb 20, 2009 - 02:02:54
Ida said:

Oh I like this. I love the patterns, colors, and images you used. They all work so well to make a very pretty card.

Feb 20, 2009 - 03:02:52
Nikki said:

Gorgeous! Love your take on the inspiration piece! {SMILES}

Feb 20, 2009 - 06:02:09
Marcia said:

Great job Connie, love your vase. Still to use this set but you have given me some inspiration of your own!

🙂 Marcia

Feb 20, 2009 - 07:02:58

Very pretty Connie! What a terrific technique! The vase is wonderful! 😀

Feb 20, 2009 - 07:02:44
Lisa B. said:

We did go on a similiar wavelength today, didn’t we? Yours is just beautiful; especially the vase and flowers!!!!

Feb 20, 2009 - 08:02:45

Connie I love this…and Blush blossom and Really Rust what an awesome combo..
connie paxman

Feb 20, 2009 - 09:02:34

Love it Connie! This will be cased for sure! TFS!

Feb 20, 2009 - 09:02:36
Rachel Hope said:


Feb 20, 2009 - 11:02:01

Beautiful background, Connie. Love the addition of the green!

Feb 21, 2009 - 06:02:41
Ilene Young said:

This is a very pretty card, Connie. I never would have thought of that color combination.

Feb 21, 2009 - 09:02:43
Patti Chesky said:

I love the idea of the vase for the SAB set. Very pretty Connie!

Feb 21, 2009 - 09:02:25

it is very close to the inspiration piece. I like that the vase in the middle looks like that pillow on the bed. Great attention to detail. A wow!

Feb 22, 2009 - 12:02:45
Lori said:

How pretty! I love the look of the embossed background and the stamping on the vase is the perfect detail.