Thursday, August 9, 2012

Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge #21

Hello!  I'm playing in the new Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge, and here is the GORGEOUS inspiration photo --


Joanna always chooses the prettiest pictures!  This week we'd like to see a Garden Theme, using Pinks, Yellows and Greens.

I made two projects.  The first didn't 'wow' me, so then I made another.  When I showed both to my 14 YO critic, she actually liked my original project best.  I feel the opposite.  You be the judge....

Project #1 -


I've used Sweet Aviary, All Year Wishes I and Springtime Beauty II here.


Project #2 -


This one incorporates Delicate Doilies (as the sun) and Springtime Beauty II.

The paper pieced birds are dressed with My Mind's Eye 'Quite Contrary' papers, which were free with a UK crafting magazine a while back.


I love making doily suns.  Another recent post shows that, too.  :-)


I decorated the envelope, too.


Come play with us!  Just link up your creation HERE.  A new challenge begins every Thursday.  See you there!



Birds In Grass card:
Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Springtime Beauty II, Delicate Doilies - Inspired By Stamping
Paper: white - PTI; Garden Green, Pretty In Pink - SU; patterned - Quite Contrary - My Mind's Eye
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Summer Sun, Wild Wasabi, Pretty In Pink - SU
Fibers: Peapod twine - The Twinery
Other: Heart border punch - SU

Bird in Cage Thanks card:

Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Springtime Beauty II, Sweet Aviary, All Year Wishes I - Inspired By Stamping
Paper: white - PTI
Ink: Summer Sun, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirhouette - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Fibers: pink satin picot edged ribbon - Offray
Other: pink rhinestones - Michael's; Big Shot; Labels Four die - Spellbinders; Roses embossing folder - Cuttlebug

25 comments:

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

I'm wowed! I love them all. The bird in the cage is so adorable and the well balanced, love the colors and the cute design. Fabulous!!!

Linda R said...

Well that is one hard decision. They are both such lovely card. But I think if I had to chose it would be #1 and only because I have a thing for birdcages.. They really are both such fabulous cards..

Hugs~

Jennifer said...

Impossible to choose, I'd just buy them both lol. Love the first one, so pretty with the birdcage and delicate embossing. Love the second one with the sweet whimsy birds and doily stamped sun (borrowing that idea btw).

Paulette Manion said...

Absolute tie! Both cards are so charming and now I, too, will be making "doily suns"! I'm happy to see your "Operation Write Home" logo. Let's spread that word because troops love our cards!

Benzi said...

They're both super great. The first one is a beautiful breath of fresh air...so spring like. Love it.
The second one is adorable with the paper pieced birdies and grass.

So there you have it...no choosing. LOL

Jinny Newlin said...

They're just too different to pick a favorite, Col, but I love 'em both to pieces! The soft, girly look of the first, especially with your background embossing and fringed ribbon are AMAZING, but I also adore that sweet, little scene of your second. Your sunshine is just perfect!

Lin said...

Love those colors and love both your cards, Colleen, you always inspire me!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Way to be inspired by the photo! Both cards are awesome! I love the black birdcage with the pastels!

Annette said...

wow these are like master pieces...they are so pretty...love the designs and fun bright colors...

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE them BOTH! The bird cage is FAB on the first one and the birdies and grass and doily sun are FAB on the second one!

Rebecca Deeprose said...

Hi Colleen, I've been looking hard at both and really, truly they are both really good and two different styles so I'm glad you posted both ;)

Lisa said...

Well they're both wonderful Colleen, but I pick the first with the little bird cage as my favorite!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwww!! These are JUST GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeeeeee the colors and loving the birdcage!!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

BOTH are amazing! LOVE these cards--I love the softness of the first one! FAB x10!

Joanna M. said...

I too could not decide and had to post both of them on the IBSI challenge! They are just so sweet! I love your details and how you used the stamp sets! You are so creative Col! Hugs, J

Sandie Edwards said...

This is so quaint and pretty Colleen...

Donna Bowman said...

I think they are both great!! Love that little bird in the second one - too cute!!

Taking Chances said...

Both are fab! And I love the doily sun! Very cute. Made me smile....

Maria said...

Sweet summery goodness, Colleen! I love all the cards! So bright and cheery! The doily sun is super! Never thought of using a doily stamp for a sun...very clever! Take care and have a wonderful weekend, hugs!

butterfly said...

Tough call - the grass is so fresh and funky on the second, but I love the embossing and ribbon on the first! Brilliant matching envelope probably wins it for card no.2!!
Alison x

Michelle said...

I just love these stamps, Colleen! I also love the cards you created with them! Your'thanks' card is devine! I'm going to check out the challenge!

Carole said...

Wonderful cards Colleen and I love the paper pieced birds!

Kim Score said...

fantastic cards! the bird cage is my fave!

Stella said...

It's hard to pick a favorite because in my - humble:) - opinion you did a fab job on both beauties. But in the end; your 2nd card. It's bright, happy, showing us your amazing "doily"sun and puts a smile on my face. Besides the beauty....And I LOVE matching envelopes!
XX

Deb Hickman said...

Oooohh such pretty cards, they are so summery, love how you decorated the envelope too, great finishing touch. Deb xx

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