September 1, 2011

FYI Challenge #13

Good day to all!

I'm SO excited!  Today begins our new term at For Your Inspiration, and we've got a couple new things going on.  First of all, I'm finally caught up enough to be able to participate in these challenges.  Before, I was just posting my designers' projects, but now I'm participating.  Yay!  Next, there are two new designers joining us for the next six months.  I'm sure you're going to love their projects.  They're amazingly talented and we're happy to have them joining the group.  And finally, and probably the biggest news, the first challenge of each month is going to be a sponsored challenge.  Yep, we've got some rockin sponsors who are being very gracious in providing some awesome prizes.  So, without further delay, I would like to introduce you to our first sponsor.

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is a Christian clear stamp and digi stamp company offering a wide variety of hand drawn designs and sentiments, perfect for any stamper or scrapbooker. Our images are from the hart and we they will inspire you to create beautiful projects from your heart. Check us out at: www.  The wonderful group over at Sweet & Sassy Stamps has generously offered a $10 credit to one lucky participant.  Some of the girls were lucky enough to get to use some of their wonderful digi images as well.

And now, here is this weeks inspiration photo.  For this weeks challenge, click HERE.

Isn't it gorgeous?!  I've never been to see the Eiffel Tower in person, but hope I get to, someday.  Here is the card I created based on the inspiration photo.

I used my distress inks to mimic the evening sky, and then stamped over it with my French script background stamp, spritzed with water.  I'm loving the effect.  I printed one of the beautiful butterflies from the New Creature digi set and colored it with my Copics.  I then cut it out and popped it up for more dimension.  As an added touch, I punched a piece of kraft cardstock with my Fleur de Lis border punch to incorporate more of the French feel to my card.  I adore how this turned out!  I've also included the following challenges:

Annabelle Stamps #41 - Sketch (I turned it on its side)
Speedy The Cats Friends Challenge #70 - Use lace 

So, are you inspired??  I sure hope you head over to the FYI blog to see what my Lovely Lotus designers have created for you and also to see who my two new designers are.  They are outstanding, and I couldn't be more blessed to have such an amazing group of ladies on my team.  Maybe you'll get to play along as well!

Have a wonderful day!


Kylie said...

Gorgeous card Steph! LOVE your distress ink background, and your butterfly and with your choice of trims and embellishments, just stunning!
Thanks for joining us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

Take care,
Kylie X

Sue Kohler said...

what a gorgeous take on the sketch Steph! love the lacy boarder and the fabulous butterfly!
Thanks for sharing at AnnaBelle's this week! :)

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog said...

This is just gorgeous!! I love those words, and your colours reflect them beautifully!
Thanks for sharing with us this week :)

Sara Mac said...

Steph your card is so elegant! I adore your bg distressing and stamping. I really need to remember to do that sometime. Love the lace and border punch. Just perfect.

Designing with Debbie said...

Gorgeous card. You picture is stunning. Love your sentiment and the butterfly is perfect. Thanks for playing along with Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week. Hope to see you again next week.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Love, love, love your card! Everything about it makes me smile. The sponged background, the script overstamped, the punched border/lace combo, the colors. Awesome!! THanks for playing with Speedy's Friends this week. :)

Cath said...

Beautiful card, Steph!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Wow, I just love how you shaded this card to look like the lights in the picture. That is just astounding. Your card is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for playing along with Speedy the Cat's Challenge. It is a pleasure to visit you to see what you made for us! Good luck in the drawing and hope you can play again with us next week.

Bear Hugs,

Marion said...

Wow...what a beautiful card with such a beautiful sentiment! Thanks for sharing your card with us at AnnaBelles.

Winnie and Patty said...

What a beautiful card and inspiring sentiment. Wonderful!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge.

Harriet Skelly said...

Your card is beautiful - I love how you created the night sky from the inspiration photo! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Bananastamper said...

Gorgeous Steph! Wow, your background is just amazing!!!

Marlena M. said...

Your work is stunning! I love everything about this card...the verse, the colors, the butterfly.... ;)

Debby said...

Beautiful use of colour Steph - your card really glows! Love all the details too.