Sunday, September 9, 2012

Inspired by Cloud 9

***Scroll down or click HERE to see my card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.***

I'm playing along with this month's Cloud9 challenge, featuring WPlus9 stamps.  i {heart} papers is sponsoring this month's challenge, offering a gift certificate for one challenge player.  You can find all the details on the Cloud9 blog.

This month's challenge was an inspiration one, based on the photo seen above.  I chose to focus my card on a small element in the photo, the small floral-filled vases on the pretty table. The blue one at the front of the photo caught my eye, so I designed my card around that, using the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout.

Instead of a vase, I used the small pocket image from the A Pocketful set to hold a pretty bouquet of flowers.  The pocket's stamped in blue ink and cut out, then attached with dimensional dots to a panel stamped with the set's flower and stem images.  It was easy to ink the flowers in two colors using dew drop shaped ink pads.  Each flower's center is dotted with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls for dimension and shine.

I used a strip of pink dotted paper for the panel that runs the length of the card.   To bring in a linen element like the tablecloth in the photo, I edged one side of the patterned paper with a pretty creamy colored lace.  The other edge and the image panel are matted with razzleberry paper for a bold pop of color.  Once the image panel was in place, I stamped the "birthday wishes" sentiment from the Happy Harvest set in a coordinating ink directly on the patterned paper panel to bring in a bit more of the deep purple color.  It's not the most literal interpretation of the inspiration photo, but I think it works!

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers:  WPlus9 A Pocketful and Happy Harvest stamp sets, Tsukineko Memento Teal Zeal, Angel Pink, Lilac Posies, and Pear Tart inks, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing-Lavender 6x6 paper pad, Ranger Petal Pink Liquid Pearls, May Arts cream crochet trim, Sticky Thumb dimensional dots

other:  Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White cardstock (Stampin' Up!)


  1. Such a cute card, Lori! I love the border and the color combination you used. Thanks for playing at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. Lori I was inspired by the flowers on the table too! Love how you incorporated the blue from the vase and your two color stamping of the flowers is so pretty! Love the lace trim too! A very lovely card!

  3. Wow .... such a pretty card .... love that lacey border and your pocket full of flowers is superb!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  4. Great card Lori! I love that little pocket - it is so sweet! What fabulous colours! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  5. Fabulous, Lori! I love that you focused on just one element of the photo for your card. Those shades of pink together are so wonderfully girly, too! Glad you could join us for this month's Cloud9 blog hop!

  6. So pretty and love how you have focussed on the flowers on the picture. Thanks for playing along with us @Cloud9:)

  7. Lori, I love how you drew inspiration from the flowers, especially their colors. Great layout too! Thanks for joining us at Cloud9!


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