Saturday, May 14, 2011

Inspiration Challenge and Speedy's Friends

True to its name, the Inspiration Challenge chose a very inspirational site this week -- Doodletart Glass. It was a beader's heaven, with beautiful hand made glass beads. I was so inspired that I actually did two cards.

My first card, inspired by this bead, was done in monochromatic blue colors for the Speedy's Friends' challenge over on the MFP blog. I realize that gerber daisies do not naturally come in blue, but asters (which look very similar) do. So maybe this is card should be called Blue Asters instead of Blue Daisies.

I used three different designer papers from Prima's Sweet Fairy collection, piercing the edges. To give a little interest, I did an out-of-the-box cutting of the image panel and added some stickles to the centers.

My second card, which actually was the first one I did, was inspired by a purple bead. I learned a valuable lesson when I made this card. Ultra smooth paper is not a good choice when coloring with Copic markers. The paper doesn't absorb the ink very well. I'll remember that next time! I cut the flourish using a Sizzix die and added some Prima flowers.

Because I donate lots of birthday cards to the assisted living facility where my mom lives, I like to make most of my cards into birthday ones. I used the same sentiment (from MFP Bearded Iris) on both cards.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Blogger has been rather wonky this week; so, if you didn't get a chance to check out the Mark's Finest Papers blog hop of brand-new sets, take the opportunity to go back and look at all the beautiful creations the Design Team put together for this release.

Card #1
Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers - Greet the Day With Daisies
Paper: MFP Premium Heavy White, Bang Up Blue; Prima Sweet Fairy DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Beau Arts Blue
Accessories: Paper piercing tool, Stickles

Card #2
Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers - Bearded Iris
Paper: Super Ultra Smooth Vanilla, August Greens; Prima Sweet Fairy DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distressed Milled Lavender
Accessories: Sizzix Flourish #2 die, Copic markers, Petite Ovals Nestabilities, Prima flowers, Brads, Sponge dauber, Pop dot


Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Beautiful cards, Lois! I love blue so I am partial to the first one...and no matter whether they are daisies or asters, they're gorgeous!

Winnie and Patty said...

Lois--both of these cards are beautiful, but the blue "asters" are really really lovely!!! It looks like you put something sparkly in the center of them. Thanks for playing along with us at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week!

redwasher1 said...

Lois, as always I love your cards!! The blue flowers are awesome!!
Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card with us at Speedy's Friends.

Liz Williams said...

Your blue aster card is beautiful.

Colleen Dietrich said...

LOVE how you matted and arranged those layers on your blue card, Lois! It's really elegant. Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends. :)

Janeen said...

great job on the blues, and what a beautiful inspiration.

Harriet Skelly said...

I love your monochromatic card with the daisies Lois - what a great layout! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Joanne (jojot) said...

both are beauties, but that blue one is so cool....thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends

Susan Raihala said...

I've never understood why some people get so picky about flower colors...your blue daisies are BEAUTIFUL! Love the use of DP here, soft and pretty! Thanks for playing along with Speedy's Friends!

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