Saturday, September 12, 2009

My Time To Inspire Challenge...MTTI06

Wow, I can't believe it has been a week already! It's time for the Lauren's My Time to Create Saturday challenge. This week we are hosting an inspiration challenge...check out this cute inspiration piece:

So the idea is to take from the piece whatever inspires you and create a project based on that inspiration. I took the colors, naturally, because they contrast! LOVE LOVE LOVE contrast. I also took the white flowers and the brown outlined flowers on the blue bedding as inspiration. Last but not least, I was inspired by those throw pillows! LOVE them too :O)

I decided I would make an ATC this week and post the before and after pics. Here's a shot of the ATC:

And here it is made into a full card:

The most unique thing about my card (to me anyway) is that I created all of the patterned paper! I rarely create patterned paper, but I was just feeling it for this project so I let the ideas flow. I created the striped paper using my Chocolate Chip and Bliss Blue markers and a ruler. The inspiration was based on that front throw pillow.

I couldn't get that brown pillow with the thatched look out of my mind, so I went to work to replicate the design on paper. I used a 3/4" square punch and cut out the sticky part of post it notes. I positioned them on my PTI Dark Chocolate cs in a checkered pattern and used the fine tip of my Versa Mark marker to draw lines using a ruler.

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Once I finished drawing the horizontal lines, I switched the squares and drew vertical lines.

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I created the daisy background using PTI's Floral Frenzy stamp set, Fresh Snow ink and SU! Chocolate Chip for the centers.

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Oh! I have to mention the popped up daisy. I don't own circle nesties, so I struggle sometimes to get the exact size circles I need. Well, for this daisy, I only have two hole punches that are within a 1/4 inch in size (the two displaying my popped up daisy). BUT, I wanted to use my three colors on this layer. What to do?! :O) I took an old circle stamp that was a little bigger than my smallest punch, and a little smaller than my largest punch and stamped chocolate chip on white cs. Result? 2 layers, plus 1 faux layer = 3 layers! Just had to share that tip :]

The rest of the card is pretty obvious, so I'll spare you the details :O) I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (MTSC38) for my layout. It was perfect for my ATC before and after!

Okay, so Lauren is SUPER swamped with the PTI release next week so she asked me to host today's challenge :] Speaking of which...have you seen her PTI projects this week? ULTRA cute!! She is the queen of creativity!!

If you can play along, be sure to post a link directly to your project using Mr. Linky (so that we don't have to search for it :). Also, use keyword MTTI06 in the online galleries so that everyone can view your amazing projects in one place! Oh and don't forget, you have a chance at being highlighted as one of Lauren's My Time to Shine Top 5 designers!
Hope you can play along and have fun with the inspiration piece. I have a feeling it will be one of the last "summery" type cards most of us will make this year. That's okay though because I think I'm finally ready for holiday cards. Maybe next week! You never know with me...just depends on my mood :]
Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's awesome projects! They always inspire me...each and every lady is so talented and uniquely creative in her own way! I love seeing what they come up with every Saturday... You will find links to their blogs in my left sidebar <--------

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful, RELAXING weekend!!


Unknown said...

GORGEOUS Kristin!! Love every detail -- the patterned papers, the layout -- ALL OF it. :)

Dana Gustafson said...

Wow! You totally captured the inspo picture! I couldn't figure out how to keep it clean and graphic when all I could picture was texture from fabrics,'ll see when I post in the morning ;)

I love your hand striped paper and the white on blue stamping is so light and airy. I think I just felt a breeze...wait...yes, I'm sure I was your CARD! Beautiful, once again.

AKiteFlier said...

OMGosh Kristin - you knocked this challenge out of the park with your card. Your handmade stripes and your textured weave are fabulous. I love that you did an ATC first then applied it to the card. What a great way to share. It is AMAZING and a card any person would be lucky lucky to receive! Rock on lovely hostess!!! :-)

Andrea M said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Your card is stunning! I absolutely L-O-V-E these colors :) Can't wait to get creating...

Maria said...

Beautiful Kristin! This is fantastic!

Lisa Kind said...

Wow! This is stunning! You always put so much into your creations! This is no exception!

Handmade by Odette said...

WOW! It's all I can say!
Your handmade stripes and your textured weave are simply fabulous! Great job girl!!

Unknown said...

what a beauty, kristin! i havent tried my hand at any atc formats, but i may have to now! LOL!

thanks for playing along with my sketch for this week, and i hope to see you again next week!


Pam Varnell said...

This is sensational. Love it. Thanks so much for playing along with us on the sketch challenge. Hugs!!

Cynde said...

What a beautiful card Kristen! Truly a very thought out and well put together card. Fresh and Fun...not to mention gorgeous! You knocked this one out of the park. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Silli said...

wow Kristin, your card is sooooo fab! Great work. I love the papers and the colors... Great combo... Hugs and happy sunday... I hope you are well...;-) Big hugs! Silke

Whimsey said...

Wow Kristin - you can call this one a GRAND SLAM - every single thing about your card rocks; love the patterned paper you made - the floral, the thatching, the fresh & clean.

Love it!!!


What's an ATC again?

Velta said...

This is by far one of the prettiest cards I have seen!!! Your match up is absolutely perfect! I Love your layers!!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful card! Great take on the inspiration photo :)

Lauren (mytime) said...

Oh my word! What a fab creation!! Love the paper you made too!!!

Whimsey said...

I've finally found a moment to post my creation...really late - but I did it! I've actually had it done since you posted this challenge - just haven't had time to upload it. LOL

Thanks for the inspiration; you rock!

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