Thursday, February 4, 2010

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #21

ETA: We had a little mix-up with the challenge link among the DT members. Some of us used a different photo for inspiration, but it's also really pretty. So just enjoy all the creations from the team and take your inspiration from where you find it!

Here's our first challenge for the month of February. I wanted to use something with a Valentine's Day theme and I thought these candy bars shown on the Better Homes & Gardens site were too cute to pass up - even though they are a papercraft item! I think there is plenty of room here to use hearts or not, so have fun with the challenge wherever it takes you.

For my card I pulled out from the inspiration piece the red flowers and bow, the pink stripes, and the use of text. My layout comes from this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I have to confess, it was kind of fun going over the top for Valentine's Day with this card!

I started out punching real red cardstock with the border and corner scallop trim punches. This was my first time using them together - I've been a little afraid after hearing the learning curve required to use these together. But I have to say, with the help of Gretchen Barron's awesome tutorial, it was almost painless. (I say "almost" because I pinched my hand in the border punch twice! OWWWW!) I used the Solid Stripes a la carte stamp (from the Occasions Mini) with pretty in pink ink and very vanilla cardstock for the smaller panel, and some of the Sending Love DP for the larger one. Then over the stripes I added this beautiful heart from I {Heart} Hearts with a pink corduroy button tied with linen thread.

I really wanted to feature words in the circle, and after trying a few ideas I settled on the I {Love} Love wheel. I used a Nestabilities circle to cut it out and created my scalloped circle with the border punch. I cut a slit between each of the scallops and folded them over to make a circle. I wanted to use the gorgeous red satin ribbon at the bottom of the card. I put the ribbon through the front of the card with the slot punch (something I rarely do - just one of those things I prefer to avoid, but I didn't want to add another layer). The bow is separate and was glued on top of the circle. So tell me... was all the effort worth it? I think this is one of those cards that unfortunately looks better IRL. I do like how it turned out, though.

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!

Anne

Chris

Donna

Julie

Kerri

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 online forums will be DDIC21. Have fun and look for the next challenge on February 18!

19 comments:

Donna said...

BEAUTIFUL card, Lori, and I have GOT to try your neat little trick of using a border punch to edge a circle!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...
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Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is so pretty Lori!! Love your take on the inspiration. The hearts, border, all the red, and design is so cheery and elegant. Perfect Valentine. Love the border!!

Patti J said...

What a beautiful card! I love that you went over the top with your Valentine colors for card! It's gorgeous! I've never been to this site - I'll be back!!!

jdmommy said...

What a fabulous card, Lori! Now to look at the tutorial (and hopefully NOT to pinch my fingers!)

jdmommy said...

Lori, thanks for letting me know the website picture was wrong. I uploaded the picture instead on my blog. take another look!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

This is over the top fab, Lori! I love all the pattern and the wonderful border punching. Will have to try that w/ the circle.

Kerri said...

Lori! I LOVE how it turned out!!! There are so many gorgeous elements on this card and that red satin ribbon is fab! I think it's kind of perfect how 3 of us used one photo and 3 used the other lol : )

Lauren said...

Here's Mine

Lauren

Chanda Stehlik said...

This is adorable! I love all the layers!

Chanda

Milnie said...

Yummie candybars and gorgeous card Lori!

hugs

crafterGM said...

Here is my Card Thanks Gloria M.

Denise said...

Thanks so much for a great challenge!! Here's my card.

Joyce said...

Here is my card

njburk said...

Wonderful card--finally got my same wheel. I LOVE the inspiration and know I'm going to have to play too--but I LOVE your card---well, we'll see how mine is different!
Hugs, nola

STAMPING SAM said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

My entry

Katie said...

Great card!
Here's my card

Hazel said...

my card is here x

Hazel said...

another from me here x