September 30, 2010

Julie, Day 2

Here is our next inspiration card by Julie:
This truly is a happy, happy card! I love how she has paired the bright red of the flower center with the warm yellow background. The fringe grass is a charming touch (yes, doesn't Julie always add those charming touches??!!) as is the striped red ribbon. Finally, I just can't get enough of that stitching along the side. So cute!
Here is my take:
Thanks sooo much for popping by! See you tomorrow. :)
Stamps: Flowers (Hero Arts CG170), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)

September 29, 2010

Inspired by...Julie

Hi everyone! I don't typically start an "Inspired by..." week on Wednesday, but our next featured artist's work is sooo amazing, I just couldn't wait!!! :) For the next five days, I will be featuring the work of the incredibly talented Julie Ebersole. I love how her cards always have that extra "something" that makes them completely fabulous. You can see lots more of her work on her BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM. Here is today's inspiration card by Julie:
Julie's card is butterfly heaven! I love the bright, fun colors of the butterflies against the white background. The light colors add such a fresh and airy look to her creation. And don't you just love how Julie has stamped the woodgrain on the left of the card?!! Finally, the little gems add just the right sparkle to this charmer!
Here is my take:
And do you see that script background on my card--it's a new fav of mine by Hero Arts (CG197 Old Letter). I love the larger size of the font. Thanks for stopping by!! See you tomorrow with another beautiful card by Julie.
All Stamps Hero Arts: CL342, CG118, CG197, CL383

September 28, 2010

Inspired Stamp Challenge Week, Day 7

Today is our final day of Inspired Stamp Challenge Week. I want to send a HUGE thanks to Jennifer McGuire for this fun opportunity! It's been such a boost to my creativity, my friend! And BIG, HUGE thanks to all of you who have visited and who have left such wonderful comments, too! I believe stampers are officially the nicest folks EVER!
Here is our final inspiration card: {Created by me, originally inspired by Vanessa, HERE.}
Our stamp selection today is the Hero Arts Artists Butterfly (H5426):And here's my card: And remember to pop over Jennifer's BLOG so you can drool over her next creation!
Thanks again for visiting. I hope you'll stop back tomorrow to see who our next "Inspired by..." stamper will be... :)
All Stamps Hero Arts (H5426, K5344, CL342)

September 27, 2010

Inspired Stamp Challenge Week, Day 6

It's day 6 of my fun challenge with Jennifer McGuire. :) This is our inspiration card today: {Created by me, originally inspired by Sasya, HERE.}
Jennfer and I are both using the Hero Arts Dogwood (S5362) today:Here's my take: I created the background on this card using Fired Brick Distress Ink and the Fired Brick Distress Ink Refill. First, I used the ink blending tool to apply a light layer of distress ink to white watercolor paper. Then I spritzed it with water. Next, I took the refill dropper in Fired Brick and applied small drops of ink at the top of the paper. I sprayed it heavily with water and the ink dripped down the paper. Once dry, I stamped the script (Hero Arts CG197) and added Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the background. I think I will be using this technique in the future--so fun (and so messy)!!!

And check out Jennifer's take on the challenge HERE. I can only imagine how beautiful it will be! :) See you soon for our last day of the Inspired Stamp Challenge. I must say, I'm sooo sad to see this coming to an end... :(
All Stamps Hero Arts: S5362, CL342, CG197

September 25, 2010

Inspired Stamp Challenge Week, Day 5

Soooo... if you thought Jennifer and I were done with our challenge, you are mistaken! :) Today is day 5 of 7 of Inspired Stamp Challenge Week. Here's our inspiration card: {Created by me, originally inspired by Donna, HERE.}
Hero Arts Three Sunflowers (S5420) is our stamp selection today: And here's my card. I must admit this may be one of my favorite cards I've ever created because blue and yellow were the colors in my wedding and our flower was the sunflower! :)
I added Distress Stickles in Antique Linen to the centers of the flowers for a little extra sparkle.Be sure to check out Jennifer's take on the challenge on her BLOG, too. I can't wait to see what she made with this sunflower stamp. I know it will be pure perfection!!!
All Stamps Hero Arts (S5420, CL272, CG125)

September 24, 2010

Inspired Stamp Challenge Week, Day 4

Hi! Thanks again for popping by my little corner of blogland! It's day 4 of Inspired Stamp Challenge Week with Jennifer McGuire and here's our inspiration card:
{Created by me, originally inspired by Debbie, HERE.}
Today, we are using Hero Arts Elegant Weeds (CG185): And here's my card:
Don't forget to go visit Jennifer. I'm sure she's got a M.A.S.T.E.R.P.I.E.C.E. to share on her BLOG!
All Stamps Hero Arts (CG185, CL156, K5344)

September 23, 2010

Inspired Stamp Challenge Week, Day 3

It's day 3 of my Inspired Stamp Challenge Week with Jennifer McGuire. Here's our inspiration card for today:
{Created by me, originally inspired by Michelle, HERE.}
The stamp for today is this versatile Tall Flower by Hero Arts (K5431):
Here's my take on the challenge:

Next, hop over to Jennifer's BLOG to see what's she's created using the Tall Flower. (I'm anxious to see myself!) HUGS!
All Stamps Hero Arts: K5431, CG197, CL342, CL428

September 22, 2010

Day 3 is coming!

Thanks for popping by- just to let you know that Day 3 of Inspired Stamp Challenge will be posted tomorrow. Hope you stop back! :) HUGS!

September 21, 2010

Inspired Stamp Challenge Week, Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of my pairing up with Jennifer McGuire for Inspired Stamp Challenge Week. For more information on the challenge, see THIS post. Here's our inspiration card for today: {Created by me, originally inspired by Kelly, HERE.}
Our stamp for today is Hero Arts Floating Garden (CG192). Isn't it lovely?! Here's what I created for today:
To create the oval, I stamped the Floating Garden image on cream cardstock using VersaMark ink. Then I embossed with clear embossing powder. Next, I applied Distress Inks over the embossed image. The backgrounds were created with Distress Ink (Broken China and Rusty Hinge - my new favorite combo).

Thanks soooooo much for stopping by and for leaving such encouraging and kind comments! You all have me smiling BIG! Now, be sure to hop over to Jennifer's BLOG to see what she cooked up!
All Stamps Hero Arts: CG192, CL272, CG125

September 20, 2010

Inspired Stamp Challenge Week

Good morning, my friends!
Welcome to any new visitors who have come my way from Jennifer McGuire's blog. Thanks for visiting!!
I must admit that I am SUPER excited about this week. For the next 7 days, I am pairing up with the incredibly talented (and incredibly sweet) Jennifer McGuire for an "Inspired Stamp Challenge Week." Here's how it will work: each day Jennifer and I are sharing a new card created using the same stamp and the same card for inspiration. The inspiration cards are mine so I hope you don't get sick of me!! :)
Here's the first inspiration card:
{Created by me, originally inspired by Els, HERE.}
And Jennifer and I both used Hero Arts Garden Star (F5429):Here is what I came up with: Now, be sure to hop over to Jennifer's BLOG to see her take on the challenge! I haven't seen it yet, but I know it will be over-the-top amazing!!! :)

See you tomorrow for Inspired Stamp Challenge Week, Day 2!
All Stamps Hero Arts: F5429, CL272, CG148, K5344, S5433

September 18, 2010

Joy *Day 5*

Thanks for waiting everyone! :) Get ready, your jaw will be on the floor as soon as you take a peek at this card by Joy: Wow, wow, WOW! I could look at this card forever, just to take in the amazing shading, highlights, and color choices! I love the pairing of the blue of the truck with the brightness of the flowers! Even the small blue border around the main panel accents the the gorgeous image. Finally, Joy always adds the perfect finishing touches, like the embossing on the craft card base!

Here is my take. Joy's awesome coloring inspired me to get out my Copics and do a little coloring, too. (But I must admit, it pales in comparison to Joy's Copic skills!) :Thanks again for stopping by to visit this week and for your lovely comments! BIG thanks to Joy, too, for playing along and letting me share your work this week, my friend. Remember you can always see more of Joy's work on her BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM.
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company, Hero Arts (CL272)

September 17, 2010

Coming Soon

Good morning everyone! Day 5 of inspiration with Joy will be coming soon. I ran out of crafty time this week, but TGIF! :) Thanks for your patience.

September 16, 2010

Joy *Day 4*

Quick post today, but I know you will love this card by Joy:

And here is my take:All Stamps Hero Arts (CL272, H5424, K5344)

September 15, 2010

Joy *Day 3*

Check out this GORGEOUS beauty by Joy: Where to begin???!!! Could this be more beautiful! Lets start with Joy's coloring- those pink dogwoods are so soft and pretty. I love how they seem to jump off the elegant script background. The distressed edges give this card a shabby chic feel and the gem stones are such a charming finishing touch!
Here is my take. I decided to switch up my colors for the autumn season: All Stamps Hero Arts (CL342, S5362, S5435)

September 14, 2010

Joy *Day 2*

Here's our next inspiration card by Joy:
I can't get enough of these bold colors!! They really "pop" against the fresh white background! The emboss resist technique is perfect here as the punched circles really highlight the stamped image. The sentiment tag is sooo cute and I love the little gems!
Here is my take: Thanks so much for visiting! See you tomorrow!
All Stamps Hero Arts (CL342, F5429, S5433)

September 13, 2010

Inspired by...Joy!

Hi friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. This week I am SUPER excited to announce that my featured stamper is Joy Taylor! Joy is such a talented stamper and she's super sweet, too. I've featured Joy on a couple of POD Saturdays which you can see HERE and HERE. But, since Joy is sooooo amazing, I couldn't resist featuring her for an entire week. :) If you haven't checked out Joy's BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM, you just must head her way! Here is our first inspiration card by Joy:
Joy is a master colorer and this beautiful purple flower is proof of this. It seems to glow and shine from within! I love the layers and dimension, too! I also love the way Joy has layered the die cut on the purple card base. Finally, the subtle Hero Arts Friend's Definition background stamp adds the perfect touch of texture to the main panel.
Here is my take: All Stamps Hero Arts: CL272, K5431, K5344, S5447

September 11, 2010


Here is another POD card inspired by some awesome flickr photography. My inspiration was THIS photo. And here's my card:Here are the Purple Onion stamps I used for this card:
Halloween Flight
Stems and Grass

Thanks for looking! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

September 10, 2010

Heather *Day 5*

Today is our last day of inspiration with Heather. It's been a treat to share her work this week. Remember, you can always check out more of her stylish creations on her BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM. Here's Heather's card for today:

Don't you just love these funky colors? That is the first thing that caught my eye about this card! I also love the various textures and dimension Heather has added using ribbon and the fern cut-out. The pink butterfly really "pops" and adds to the fun flavor of this card.
Here is my take: Thanks again to all of you who have stopped by to visit and comment this week. AND big thanks to Heather, too! See you tomorrow with a Purple Onion Designs card. :)
All Stamps Hero Arts (CG125, CL342)

September 9, 2010

Heather *Day 4*

Don't have a lot of time to type a lengthy post today, but I know you will love this card of Heather's: And here is my take. I was especially inspired by Heather's grey and green color scheme and her touches of bling:All Stamps Hero Arts (K5314, K5344, CL342), Wood Butterfly (Kaisercraft)

September 8, 2010

Heather *Day 3*

Check out this beauty by Heather:What's not to love??! Great coloring, sparkling butterflies, a pretty bow.... I could go on and on.... I love how Heather's creations are always so crisp and cheery. She has a knack for combining different images and unique color schemes. For example, I love the addition of the teal green bow with the grass green and blue papers.
Here is my take:See you tomorrow! HUGS!
Stamps: Flowers (Kaisercraft CS749), Papertrey Ink, Hero Arts (K5344)

September 7, 2010

Heather *Day 2*

Here is our next inspiration card by Heather:The first thing that caught my attention about this card is it's beautiful colors. I love the fern stamped in black against the crisp green background paper. The butterfly looks totally gorgeous in orange and adds an almost autumn feeling to this lovely card. Finally, the sentiment goes perfect with the entire design as the butterfly looks as if it is about to "lift off" and take flight!
Here is my take:Thanks again for popping in. We'll see you tomorrow with another beautiful CAS card from Heather!
Stamps: Hero Arts (CG125, S5154, E5388), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)

September 6, 2010

Inspired by...Heather

Welcome to another week of "Inspired by..." creations. This week's featured artist is a pro at creating clean and simple cards with a bold, graphic style. She also works wonders with color and takes lovely photos of her cards, too!! I am pleased to announce that this week's artist is Heather Pulvirenti (a.k.a. inglishrea to us flickr folks)! If you haven't been to Heather's BLOG, be sure to visit for lots more inspiration!! Here is our first card by Heather:
To begin with, I love these colors! The orange really pops against the aqua background. And did you notice the beauty of Heather's clean and simple style? The leaf images shine against the simple, textured background. Finally, I love the sentiment stamped with white on kraft--such a natural look!

Here is my take. I just can't get enough of distressing and stamping on sticky-back canvas!

Thanks soooo much for visiting! If I've said it once, I'll say it again- it means the world to me that you all pop by my corner of blogland! :) HUGS!
All Stamps Hero Arts: CL342, CL428, CG139

September 4, 2010


Today's Purple Onion Design card is inspired by THIS beautiful photo I found on flickr.

Those cute little pumpkins are so fun to color! Here are links to the POD stamps I used:
Thanksgiving Feast Sentiment Set
Stems and Grass Set

Thanks again for popping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend full of lots of creative time! HUGS!

September 3, 2010

Nichol *Day 5*

I'm sorry to announce that today is our last day of inspiration with Nichol. I know I said it before, but it has been an HONOR to share her work on my blog this week. Thanks again, Nichol, for playing along! Here's our last inspiration card:This card is so warm and rich! I love the golden colors. Once again, Nichol's Copic coloring has blown me away. Isn't that fairy cute? The ribbon and button embellishments are perfect along the bottom of this card. And I love the sentiment- perfectly paired with this image.
Here is my take. I decided to do a little inking and stamping on Sticky Back Canvas:Thanks again for stopping by!!! Remember, you can always check out more of Nichol's work and tutorials on her blog HERE. See you tomorrow with a Purple Onion Designs card. :)
Stamps: Hero Arts (CL342, CL428), Stampin' Up (Cute and Curly)