Sunday, June 14, 2009

Keesh's Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge # 8

Yesterday I had a wonderful time over at Kristy Young's place (aka Princess). It was her birthday last week and she decided to help celebrate the day by having a bunch of SU demos over for lunch and some stamping fun. While I was there I was playing around making some flowers and I came home having made a daisy using the Sizzix Flower, Daisies #2 die in Pink Pirhouette. I used an embossing tool to cup each of the petals for extra dimension - so easy but what a difference it makes! This morning I decided I would try and incorporate it into a card for Keesh's Inkspiration Challenge for the week.

I felt the challenge called for soft muted tones so I combined my pink daisy with some Sage Shadow leaves I paper pieced onto the stamped background - I used the leaves from God's Beauty - a hostess set in the American catalogue. The background is Kraft which is the colour of one of the pillows. The centre of the daisy is pencil shavings - an idea I got from Donna over at Butternut Sage - she has developed a version of Flower Soft and she explains it here. I think my shavings may be a bit too big but I love the rustic look. I also left my shavings natural in colour as I felt it went better with the natural feel of the whole card. I don't actually have a pencil sharpener that gives fine shavings so you can imagine my neighbour's face when I saw his and asked if I could have them - I think he believes I'm a little crazy - LOL.

The cushions in Keesh's Inkspiration picture are a fairly elegant with the satin embossed look - I've added a pearl to the "i" in the sentiment as my touch of elegance!

Now I must go and start some sewing - I'm making the costume for Titania in the High School's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - so apologies if my blogging falls behind for a few days.

xXx

31 comments:

Chat Noir said...

Love this flower... you're right, the curled petals really give it a lift. Not that it isn't quite beautiful by itself.

These are such lovely colours and I think your take on them is perfect. Now to see what size shavings I can retrieve from the bin.......

Happy sewing :-)

Cheryl Joshua said...

WOW,gorgeous flower and design....another stunner from you!!! I love it!
xx

Ali B said...

It is a beautifully elegant card...simple yet stunning.

Ramona Michaluk said...

Saw the daisy yesterday but today it looks even more wonderful on this card! Fantastic job - the card is gorgeous - love the greeting too.

Liam said...

Beautiful work Debbie. Love it.

Liam

Stamp and Smile said...

Just gorgeous Debbie!!! Your flower looks so real and elegant with the leaves... perfect match to the inspiration piece!! And I seen the white pearl on the "I" right away... sweet detail!

Hope all goes well in the costume making!! You are such a talented woman... I so admire that!! Have a super day as our Sunday just started! :)

Chantelle said...

It's so pretty Debbie. Lovely colours.
Enjoy the costume making - sounds like fun!

Sarah-Jane Kale' said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. That flower is divine.

Sarah
x

nessy said...

oh debbie this card is adorable ~amazing flower ~what an inspiration!!
vanessa xx

Nancy Riley said...

Gorgeous! I love the unique flower center!

Merry said...

This card is stunning...love the softness of it and the flower is amazing..thanks for the link on the shavings...what a wonderful idea.

Ange Kelly said...

How gorgeous is this flower Deb! love it!

Leonie said...

Oh, I love midsummer nights dream, one of my faves! Your card is just stunning, so much detail there! Perfect for this challenge

Dena said...

gee I must need to check out a Stampin Up catalog. Haven't seen one in ages. This flower is to die for pretty. So different and elegant looking. You used gorgeous colors too. Have a great week Debbie, hugs, Dena

Kristy said...

Gorgeous Debbie! Your so clever I was wondering what you were doing with this flower when you were making it Saturday! Just gorgeous and thanks again for coming and making my day a bit more special xo.
Kristy {Princess}

Christine H said...

Just beautifiul Debbie...looking forward to seeing it IRL! Hope the sewing is going well.

Margaret de Witt said...

Very pretty Debbie.

I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Lemonade Stand blog award. You can pop on over to my blog to check it out and pass it along to your nominees.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Oh goodness, Debbie, this is wonderful! I would never have guessed those were pencil shavings! And I'm loving all the die cut flowers I've been seeing lately. Yours stands out amongst the crowd as usual, dear girl.

Are you enjoying the sewing? I'm actually "this close" to getting my stuff out and making a baby quilt for my BFF Lisa who is expecting a girl in October. If I start now, I just might make it! LOL

Love and hugs,
Lisa

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

OOOhhh Debbie this is amazing! You always seem to know just how to approach Keesh's challenges with originality! Love this! Hugs, Andrea xxx

Chris (Wellnifty) said...

Gorgeous card Debbie, love the flower, pencil shavings look great

Chris xx

Lynda S said...

OMG Debbie.this is a one in a million super-stunning card. All of the little fancy bits come together so harmoniously. It's only when you look away fm the flowers centre that you can truly appreciate all your hard work.

AMY FLEMING said...

Debbie that is one detailed flower!!!!! It put my flower to shame, lovely work!!
Have a great week,
Amy

Tracey Old said...

Beautiful! Love the way the flower sits out.

Keesh said...

WOW that flower is stunning Deb! So pretty in the pink and what a fabulous finish with teh pencil sharpenings too! Love it. Thanks so much for playing! love Keesh x

Emily said...

OMG Debbie! I'm loving everything about this card!!!! Your color selection couldn't be more perfect. Those leaves look amazing and I think the shavings are perfect just the way they are. This is hands down the prettiest card I've seen with that die cut flower and I've seen some beauties on other blogs. I guess the colors really appeal to me. Thanks for the link to the Flower Soft...I'm off to check it out as I do have a pencil sharpener and plenty of shavings:))))

Christine H said...

Saw this card last night IRL and it is even more spectacular than the photo portrays. It is the prettiest card I have ever seen! Debbie, you are one talented stamper!

yvonne said...

ok, so I couldn't picture the whole pencil shavings thing when you were describing it to me on Saturday, but WOW how effective is it! What a stunning card and the flower is the Pièce de résistance!

Kellie said...

I swear I really thought I left a comment to this the day you posted it, now I feel awful. I must had been staring and drooling at it so long I got a tad confused, lol! I so love this, it's just amazing Deb, you have an amazing talent, a real wow factor, that is what I say with every card you post lately WOW! Can't wait for camp and you can show me all these things, I'm still working on the other flower you taught me, getting there.....
Kelx

Butternut Sage Designs said...

oh this is such a me card ! I just love the softness of it all....I am definitely gonna have to case this one! Thanks you fo showing it to us!!!

Kristine B. said...

WOW...this is so pretty! LOVE that flower!! REally nice color combo too :) Have a great weekend.

Kathie Bailey said...

Debbie, wow, what a beautiful creation! I love your flower and the shavings are the perfect touch.