Friday, April 1, 2011

Card Aisle Inspiration + PPD #35

My online friend and fellow Paper Doll Laurie is hosting a great challenge on her blog.  It's all about finding inspiration for our card creations from store bought cards.  Perfect timing for this challenge because I actually set aside one of my birthday cards for this very purpose.  Of course, who knows how long it would have taken me to actually make a card from it if Laurie hadn't issued this challenge.

Here is the store bought card from one of my best friends:

And here is my take on the above card.  Truthfully, I like the store bought one better.

I had a lot of fun figuring out what kind of flower I wanted to use on this card.  I finally decided to use my Spellbinders Blossom Two Nestabilities dies (largest and second smallest dies).  I grabbed some Royal Velvet scraps and went to work.  Here are some pics of the steps I did to make the flowers.  Click on the photos to enlarge.

1.  Die cut flowers

2.  Scored from petal tip to opposite petal tip

3.  Cut between each scored petal

4.  Folded each petal inward after cutting

I decided to flip the little flower over when layering it on the bigger flower.  I liked the dimension that it gave the blossom.  Since the flowers and the leaves were all cut from scraps I had in my scrap box, this fits Katie's Papertrey Paper Dolls challenge this week too!!  You can check it out HERE.  I could probably submit just about every card I make for Katie's challenge.  I'm so frugal that I make sure to use every last scrap I can before cutting into a new sheet of paper.

That's it from me.  Whew, it felt good to be crafty today.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia
Paper:  Spring Moss, Royal Velvet
Ink:  Spring Moss, Vintage Cream, Rainbow (memories)
Other:  spellbinders blossom two nesties, delightful dahlia dies, brad from Target $1 spot


Diane Jaquay said...

I LOVE that big, gorgeous flower! I think I might even have those dies, I'm going to have to try this!

Michelle said...

Wow, Sara! That's beautiful! I think you did a great job caseing the store-bought card. It turned out great!

I'm Renee said...

Sara...this is GORGEOUS!
I'm going to use those fabby together!
And your flower is beautiful...
love how you did it.
It adds "pop" to the front that the other...while beautiful...lacks.
Awesome card!

christy compton hall said...

Oh, WOW. What an incredible was to showcase royal velvet! The flower you created is just gorgeous, and the tutorial is amazing!! GREAT work Sara!

Mara... said...

That big flower is amazing!!! Such a fun focal point on your card, I love the colors too!!

Mad for Paper said...

Your card gets my vote. I love the big flower.

Lee Anne said...

That big flower really pops out! I love your card - it is beautiful!

Jen Carter said...

This is so fun and creative!! Wouldn't it be a joy to receive! Love, love the colors you used!!

Sue Ann said...

HAPPY DAY!!!!! This is beautiful Miss Sara~~ LOVE IT!! That flower is just fantastic!!!

Terri said...

I like yours better! Love that flower!

Laurie said...

Sara this is SO pretty! I love the colors and that flower is gorgeous! This is a fantastic take on the store bough card! Thank you so much for playing!!

Amy said...

Sara, what an amazing idea! I love this new take on flowers! Thanks for posting your tutorial too! The visual really helps! I love your version of the store bought card!

Eva said...

AWESOME flowers and great tutorial.

Nadine said...

WOWEE, what a gorgeous flower (and card!). Thanks for the photo tutorial on how to make our own. I especially love the color combo. I hardly ever pull out the Royal Velvet because I have no idea what to use with it. :o)

Kristin said...

I *love* LOVE this card!! What a fantastic idea. I love it waaaaay better than the store bought one!! I don't have those dies, but if I did, I would CASE this idea for sure :-)