Thursday, May 7, 2009

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #3

Welcome to the third installment of our inspiration challenge! I think we have a fun challenge for you this week. Take a look at these great outdoor pillows from Pottery Barn and I dare you not to think of summer!

This challenge inspired me to get out a color I rarely use - summer sun. I wanted to use lots of green so I combined it with both kiwi kiss and old olive. I cut three strips of kiwi dot paper (trying to evoke the stripes on the pillows since I'm apparently out of striped kiwi paper! horrors!) and layered them onto a summer sun panel, then onto an olive card base. (I used a lot of textured cardstock on this card.) For the main panel I cut kiwi and olive leaves with the Little Leaves die - this die is so cute. I'm going to use it all the time! Then I added summer sun flowers from Petal Pizzazz. Every time I get this set out I swear I'm going to use a different flower, but I never do. This one is just too fabulous. After I cut out the yellow flowers, I stamped them again in olive and punched out the centers to mount with dimensionals.

To finish I added a sentiment from Best Yet, punched out with the large oval and scallop oval punches. The button treatment was inspired by something I've been seeing on blogs and in magazines lately - such as on this card by Jen del Muro. I did a different version of this idea: I took the white satin ribbon from the mini catalog and looped the ends under, then tied linen thread through the button holes and around the ribbon to keep the ends secure. The hardest part was keeping the ribbon from slipping out while I tied my knot - it took a couple tries but I managed to get it right!

I think I need to get out my summer sun more often - I feel happier just looking at this card. Be sure to also check out the cards made by the Divine Divas for this challenge!






This just in: Chris is offering a great prize with this challenge. Visit her blog to read how you can get up to four chances to win your choice of two packs of SU designer paper, valued at $9.95 each! Thanks, Chris - that's an awesome prize!

Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC3. Have fun and look for the next challenge in two weeks!


Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Wow! This is fabulous, Lori! I love the dimensional flowers and the colors are so summery. Love the divided bg panels, too.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Love this Lori!!! Love the layout and the dimensional flowers!! Gorgeous!!

Me, My Stamps and I said...

I Just love this card!!!!!!Beautiful interpretation and you nailed the colors !!!!!!

Angela said...

Very pretty! I've been into Summer Sun lately too :)

coldwaters2 said...

Hi I follow Chris' blog regularly and saw this challenge and the invitation that Chris has given so I took the chance to create a card and have posted it on my blog at
Here hope the link works
Lorraine x

Keri Brown said...

This is beautiful Lori... I am so impressed with the cards that were made with this inspiration piece.. I had so much fun working on this card.. Great job here... :)

Anonymous said...

Mine is up and running---Embrace Sunshine---great inspiration. LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

Mine is up and running---Embrace Sunshine---great inspiration. LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

Opps--left of an h in my link!

it's really:

Sorry about that!


Judy Rozema said...

Lori, this is just wonderful! I love those colors you chose and the flowers are divine!

Jeanne Nielsen said...

Check out my card! I finally finished it! said...

Here is my take, I was inspired by the stripes and overall sunny color combo - I had fun playing along!

Maria Matter said...

Fabulous card!
Even though the new inspiration pc is up, I wanted to share my card inspired by these lovely pillows!
... Joyful Stamper: Pollycraft's Cherry Kisses!Blessings, Maria