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!

Anne

Chris

Donna

Julie

Kerri

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!

10 comments:

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

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

jdmommy 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!
:)kathy

Joyce said...

Here is my card

Julie Masse said...

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

Scrappy said...

What a fun challenge!

Here is my entry

Allison said...

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