Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Inspired by a Curtain Panel

I love it when I am able to come up with a concept of a card, create it, photograph it, and upload it to the blog within a couple of hours.  That is SUPER rare for me!  It helps that this is a clean and simple design; makes things move along much quicker.


My inspiration came from two things:
  • and a curtain panel from Bed Bath and Beyond:
On white cardstock, I used an Anna Griffin stamp three times - in Going Gray and Basic Gray dye inks, and in Versafine Onyx Black.  Tied on a recycled gift bag handle/ribbon, put on a sentiment and bling, and there you go.

I have to show you the amazing difference between dye inks and Versafine, in case you don't already know it:


The Basic Gray ink is in the top part of this photo and has a more 'puddled' unclear look when used with this stamp.  The bottom row uses Versafine, which is meant to bring out the details better in a stamp.  It sure does!  I was thinking "Oh, these Anna Griffin stamps (bought on eBay a while back) are no good!"  But with the right ink, well, that is a different story.  Guess I'll keep 'em! 

The sentiment is one I need to remind myself of allllll the time:


Thanks so much for being here!  I hope your day is a good one.  No, make that a GREAT one!

Colleen

Stamps:  sentiment - Here For You - Verve; design - Anna Griffin
Paper:  white - Mark's Finest Papers
Ink:  Basic Gray, Going Gray - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Other:  pink gem - Queen & Co; ribbon - recycled from gift bag

24 comments:

Debgem said...

Just wonderful! I do like the graduated stamping of the lovely image and the flash of pink in the ribbon and gem is lovely. Thanks for playing along with CR84FN!

Lisa said...

This is marvelous Colleen! Love that you showed the curtain panel too (very pretty by the way!). Isn't ink a funny thing...we sure need an assortment don't we ~ HA!!!

Benzi said...

Very pretty, Colleen...love the recycled ribbon, especially the beautiful color. And, yes, there is a big difference in those inks.

~Tammy~ said...

I always love when you share your inspirations! You have such a wonderful take on things and turn them into beautiful pieces of little art!

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful card, Colleen! I love that it can be made in a short amount of time!

Stella said...

I am honored to be your neighbor in the CR84FN gallery:) I love your fabulous and elegant design of this card. Perfect use of the colors. Oh my I need that stamp :)
Hugs and have a great day!
XX

Bonnie said...

I always love black and white with a splash of pink. I really love the way your borders have different depths of color and the sentiment is one we should all remember!

Barb said...

beautiful card. it's so pretty and elegant! love it.

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is gorgeous Colleen! Love the ornate look! The shower curtain inspiration is beautiful too! I hope to join this cr84fn this week too, I love this color scheme! The pink bow is perfect!

Donna Bowman said...

Beautiful card Colleen! I LOVE these colors and this is a great CAS design.

Linda Callahan said...

I love see where your inspiration comes from! And the pop of pink is wonderful on this card!

Marisa said...

Love that pop of pink! Fabulous take on the CC and well done on the shadowing of the stamp image. Great card :)

Marie said...

What a beautiful CAS card, love the graduated effect. Thanks for playing with us at CR84FN.

Emily Keaton said...

GENIUS! Oh, I SO love your "inspired by" creations. This is such a lovely and elegant CAS card. And it really *is* amazing the difference you can see between the Versafine and regular inks, right? Night and day. BEAUTIFUL work, Colleen!

Sue Lelli said...

Colleen, LOVE seeing the difference in the inks and LOVE that you were inspired by that curtain panel! YOUR card may be CAS but it is GORGEOUS! LOVE the recycled ribbon and that sentiment is one we ALL should remember! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

Andrea M said...

OMG Colleen! This is STUNNING! WHat a perfect CAS design! Love the gradient of the damask pattern using the different inks. What a great idea! Love that sentiment too :) Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN!!

Andrea Ewen said...

Gorgeous take on the colors...I love that flourish-y stamp! This card is so elegant!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Simply wonderful! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

Stephanie Kraft said...

Such a lovely card! Thanks for joining us at CR84FN!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHH! That curtain panel is GORGEOUS!! And I love love love your take on the color story! WOW! You nailed this card/inspiration pic! LOVE your style;) YOU ROCK!

Leslie Miller said...

I think I have this stamp. What a beautiful use for it! Aren't those curtains pretty, too? Oh, how I love your card, and more so that it was so quick and easy to create!

E.T. said...

Anna Griffin stamps are gorgeous and detailed. I have only one of her stamp sets which I got as RAK, and I was never able to use them with the local inks available here. They always give a puddled look and so does the penny blacks. I will get versafine now, thank you for this, I needed to know the right ink. Your card looks gorgeous even with the puddled stamp design.

Linda E said...

Love your inspiration adn your take on the color challenge! Beautiful card!

Julie Marshall said...

Oh I love everything about this: the colors, the design and your sentiment with the pink gemstone. So Pretty!

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