Saturday, October 31, 2009

Inspired by Fall

My good Doubledog Dare stamping buddy, Anne (Itsapassion), was the hostess for the Inspiration Challenge over on Split Coast today and she asked me, along with some other of the DDC team, to make a card for her to link to the challenge as an example. She showed us a wonderful web store of beautiful ceramic creations.

Since I love bringing flowers from my garden into the house, I took a look at the vases and found this pretty leafy one, perfect inspiration for this fall season!

And here is my inspired card. I used a woodgrain designer paper from Dream Street Papers for the background to mimic the look of the vase. I embossed it with the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder but I don't think you can see that in the picture. It adds a little dimension IRL!

I stamped the label, cut it out with my Labels Four Nestability and then cut out the center with my Petite Oval Nestability. I stamped the sentiment on the oval and adhered it right onto the DP. I layered the frame over the sentiment with foam dimensionals.

I stamped a bunch of the leaves with several colors of ink, using the rock and roll technique on some of them (ink the stamp with one color, then rock and roll the edges on another color). I bent each leaf a little and attached them over the frame with foam dimensionals - adding a vintage wood button knotted with twine to the centers.

I rounded the corners and knotted the ribbon around the bottom edge. I was really pleased with how this came out!

The stamps I used are all from Waltzingmouse. The label/frame is part of the Very Vintage Labels #4 set (this set is presently sold out but Claire is keeping a wait list so get yourself on it!) and the leaves and sentiment are from the Blessed by You set.

Check out Claire's blog - she's doing sneek peaks for her soon to be released new stamp sets - and one of them is a secret set you'll need a password to get to see - how mysterious!!!!??? what's that all about???

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Very Vintage Labels #4, Blessed by You

Paper: Vintage cream, Bazzill Basics Brown, DP - Dream Street Papers/Sam

Ink: Adirondack - Lettuce, Watermellon, Hazelnut, Sunset Orange, Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: twine, Melon Berry Double Stitched Ribbon, vintage buttons - PTI, glue dots, foam dimensionals, Zutter Corner Punch, Labels Four and Petite Ovals Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Folder,


Claire Brennan said...

Julia, I'm running out of superlatives for you already!!!!!! lol THIS is a stunner!!

Busym1 said...

That is simply stunning! I've never seen anything like it! Your so good! Hugs, michelle

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Julia, this is sooo stunning!! Fabby design!! HUGS

jdmommy said...

What a faabulous and gorgeous card inspired by that lovely vase!! I love the ribbon and wood bg, the leaves, that label......guess I love it all!!! Not surprising, is it? Happy Halloween my friend!

Vanessa said...

Wonderful card!!! Love your inspiration and what you did with it!


Bonnie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Julia! Those colours are beautiful - great inspirational piece!

Jenny Gropp said...

This is lovely! That woodgrain DP is outstanding and a perfect choice for this card!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Beautiful inspiration piece, and quite the beautiful card!! WOW!

Anne said...

I'm so happy that you made a sample for me to use in the IC this weekend!! Your card inspired so many more to play!! The vase was such a lovely choice for an inspiration piece! What a gorgeous card it became with all the sculpted leaves!! I tell ya, you and those WM stamps are made for each other!!! Thanks again my friend!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Julia,
I am so glad I stopped by. This is so darn pretty! Go you!

Hope you had a Happy Halloween!


Curt in Carmel said...

Julia, this is gorgeous! I love everything about this card! Wow! Best, Curt

JulieA said...

Oh, that's so pretty! Love the leaves and the wood grain. You've captured this wonderfully!

anya said...

Julia, this is so beautiful! I love everything about it - I would love to try embellishing one of those great frames. Thank you for the inspiration!

Joan Ervin said...

FANTABULOUS!!!! Your design with the frame, leaves, beautiful colors and papers....absolutely gorgeous, Julia!!!!

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