Saturday, June 11, 2011

Amy Butler Inspiration

Guess who is hosting the next two challenges at Our Creative Corner - me! It's always so much fun to see what everyone comes up with. For my first week I returned to something near and dear to my heart - an inspiration challenge. I hadn't done one in a very long time, and it really felt good. The inspiration photo is this book cover, and the author is none other than the fabulous fabric maven Amy Butler.

I put one extra little requirement with this challenge - I am asking participants to choose two elements from the inspiration photo to incorporate into their projects and describe what those two elements are. I find it so interesting to see what aspects of the photo grab people - they are never the same!

OK, here is my card. I thought this flower image looked a lot like the fabric shown on the left side of the book cover - it's not SU, it's by Savvy Stamps, but I just had to use it. Everything else is SU, though, and I included some new stuff. Yay for new stuff! Since there was orange in the inspiration photo I pulled out Calypso Coral. I will freely admit that I was not a fan of Cameo Coral - this color is much, much better. I don't know if it'll be my favorite new color, but at least it doesn't hurt my eyes. LOL. The green is another new color, Lucky Limeade. How does this green compare to other greens we've known and loved? Well, imagine if Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss got mixed together - it's very similar to the kiwi but is less yellow, and it's just a touch lighter than the olive. You can't go wrong with this green, I'm thinking! My other colors are So Saffron and Chocolate Chip.

What else is new... oh, the lace ribbon punch! Love, love, love it! I somewhat took my layout from the book cover by putting the embossed panel on the left, but it was better balance to put it in from the edge a little. What do you think of the punched strip on top of the embossing? I've never done it before and I kind of like it! The other new thing is the designer paper, which comes from the Flirtatious specialty paper pack. This is going to be a big seller because it has die-cut doily paper in it. Awesome stuff. The sentiment is from Hodgepodge Happiness - a retiring set, sniff! As a final touch I added just a bit of white 1/8" taffeta ribbon that I colored with the coral marker. We can't get the new In Color ribbon yet (you are going to love it) so I took advantage of supplies I did have and made my own!

OK, so you have your challenge - go stamp something! And make sure you visit the OCC blog to see the rest of the wonderful creations from our fabulous team!


Wendy J. said...

Great challenge, Lori! Your card is superb! I do love the flower and was looking all over for it--thanks for giving us the name. Love your ingenious ribbon (I never think to do that). Layout is great and I love the mat of the deep brown.

Rosa B. said...

I love this card! Great design and colors!
I shared a link to your post on my blog...

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

You have created such a fabulous inspiration piece, Lori! Everything about it is just perfect. I love the colors and all the layers, but my favorite part is the embossed panel with the paper lace overlay. Awesome challenge and awesome card!

Hope you are having a great weekend.


Sharon Wheet said...

Lori, I just LOVE your card! The flower is the perfect match! And I love the new colors you used! yeah for new stuff :) Great challenge, and super perfect submission!

Sarah Gough said...

gorgeous Lori - this was a fun challenge, thanks!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Thanks for a fun challenge, Lori! Your card (and that punch!) are fabulous! Hope all is well :)

sharon said...

Great card. The layout superb. The choice of colors is spot on.
Sharon L