January 3, 2011

Inspired by...Karen!

This week's fantastic featured artist is Karen from Ontario! Her cards are real gems and I am thrilled to share some of them here this week. Karen's work is always so eye-catching, balanced, and fun--check it out on her PHOTOSTREAM, I know you'll be glad you did! :) Here's our first inspiration card by Karen:
There is so much I love about this card of Karen's that I don't know where to begin! Let's start with the bright, vibrant colors. They really do make me smile. :) I love how she has colored in those flowers, too. And speaking of the flowers, her stamping is wonderful. The way she has layered and masked really takes her design to the next level. Finally, the overall layout of this card is very inspirational. The center panel with the flowers around the bottom and sides lends itself to any card stamped with big flowers.
Here is my take. I was especially inspired by Karen's overall design, but I switched the colors up a bit on mine:

The flowers were stamped on white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and were colored using colored pencils. After coloring the flowers, I distressed the edges using Brushed Cordroy Distress Ink. The center panel was layered on top of a piece of white cardstock which has been embossed and lightly distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

Thanks for popping by! I can't wait to share Karen's next inspiration card. It's a total STUNNER!
All Stamps Hero Arts (F5429, CL156)

13 comments :

Joy said...

So gorgeous by you both, love your bright coloured flowers Jill, you are definitely a master at the pencils too, hugs!

Karen said...

Hey Jill...thanks again for being inspired by lil ole me!! Can't really believe I inspire anyone.
A real honour. Your card is gorgeous....as all your cards are.

Dotty Jo said...

Happy New Year Jill! Goodness, isn't that card of Karen's a stunner - must check out her photostream!!! Love your take - just oozing with your own gorgeous signature style! Jo x

Brenda said...

You're right Jill, this is a beautiful design! Love both cards so very much!

Lin said...

Love the cards today! Looking forward to more from Karen!

debbie said...

Both are wonderful! Looking forward to the rest of the week.

Barb said...

Love both cards! Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous, Jill!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Gorgeous cards! I really like the design! You've made me want to try it now! :)

Nancy said...

Woohoo...this is why I love Monday, the start of another fabulous week of inspiration! Really gorgeous flowers on these lovely cards, so wonderful!

Dawn said...

awesome take on Karen's card. Love the bright colours.

Francine said...

Wow!
I just discovered your site!
The cards are so beautiful. I feel the inspiration coming....will be busy this week!

Heather Maria said...

Happy New Year, Jill! Both of these cards are absolutely gorgeous!

Sharon D from Canada said...

WOW, Karen's card is stunning! And I love your gorgeous take on it, Jill - absolutely amazing colouring!