Thursday, April 15, 2010

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #26

To all our American readers, happy tax day! LOL! We will try not to "tax" you with the challenge this week. I loved the vibrant colors in these Herbal Waters from Sunsweet Naturals. I found these shown on the Lovely Package blog, which has become one of my favorite sources of inspiration.

I zeroed in on the first bottle, the lavender mint. I have hardly used my Herb Expressions set, so it seemed like the perfect time to pull out the lavender image. My layout (slightly tweaked) comes from a sketch blog that I visited for the first time, Sweet Stop Sketches. I'm sure I will be back to check them out again! If you are ever in need of a sketch, you can find lots to choose from on Allison Fillo's blog, Stampin' When I Can. She has daily postings of sketch challenges from all over. For my colors I kept the purple and green, and I decided to feature some of the colors that will be retiring with the new catalog: lavender lace, mellow moss and handsome hunter. I thought this was going to be a clean and simple card but I guess it didn't end up that way, LOL.

First I stamped the lavender image three times on naturals ivory cardstock, then colored it in with markers. With a dauber and mellow moss ink I added the "grass" underneath, then I used the color spritzer and mellow moss marker to add texture to the background. Finally I covered the whole panel with vanilla Smooch Spritz - a new product that will be available in the summer mini catalog. It's beautiful for a subtle sparkle - you might just be able to see it in the photo.

For the smaller panel I stamped the Cornish Heritage Farms Pretty Pattern backgrounder with lavender ink and cardstock. I added pearls from the Pretties Kit to the corners and a sentiment from the new set Watercolor Trio (also from the upcoming mini). The ribbon and bow use some champagne ribbon from my stash, a flower from the Blossom Party die (naturals ivory cardstock sponged with lavender ink), and a vintage button tied with hemp twine.

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






And for something special, this week we have a guest designer: my fellow OCC team member Sarah Gough! Her work is amazing so stop by her blog to be wowed!

Because I was ill last week I forgot about the card kit drawing. I am so sorry about that. In light of that, I'm going to extend the prize to count for this challenge as well, and I will pick a winner on Thursday, April 29.

The keyword for this week's upload is DDIC26. We hope you will come and play along with us - we always love to see what you create! Our next challenge will be on May 6 so be sure to come back then!


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh Lori!! The stamp set you used is perfect for the inspiration!! Such beautiful Flowers and design!! Gorgeous!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Lori, I just love the color combination of purple and green! Your card is wonderful, and the addition of the pearls is lovely!!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Beautiful, Lori! I love the herbs image (lavender?). Great colors and super layout.

Kerri said...

Yes, that set is perfect for this challenge!!! Absolutely gorgeous, Lori! I love the purple and green, and the ribbon treatment and pearls are beautiful accents! You rocked that layout too : )

Sarah Gough said...

Ohhhh what a perfect stamp! This is so soft and lovely! Thanks for letting me play along this week Lori, I had a blast!

Kathy said...

Beautiful card!!! Love the color combo and what a lovely image!
Thanks so much for playing along in the challenge!

Unknown said...

Just beautiful!! Thanks for playing The Sweet Stop sketch challenge! :)

Scrappy said...

What a fun challenge!

Here is my entry

Allison Rankin said...

Thanks for the shout-out! And oh my, that is one spectacular card (esp. the color choices!).