Saturday, June 30, 2012

Grateful for Inspiration

I am SO incredibly grateful for the inspiration I gain by visiting others' blogs and seeing the beautiful creations they make.  It helps me so much to get a vision of what I want to create.  Last week, while visiting Melissa Phillips Blog I saw a lovely card she made using the Pretty Party line by Crate Paper.  I had also purchased this adorable line, but needed a push in the right direction.  One of her cards really inspired me, and it helped me to make this card.
I also added in some Echo Park and My Minds' Eye patterned papers as well as some hand-made scrunched seam binding and machine stitching.  I used a Verve stamp for the sentiment.

I got the inspiration for the layout for this card from a darling sketch by Dawny P. at Paper Take Weekly.  Here is a link to their fun challenge: - Paper Take Weekly Sketch #69 - Victorine Stamps Challenge #37 - Happy Birthday - Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog - Birthday Week - Hiding In My Craft Room - Freestyle/Anything Goes

I would love to hear your thoughts on this card, and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your creations.  I also hope you're all having a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  We are going ice skating tonight.  I know, that's kind of weird being that we live in the desert, but. . . .my son has been begging to go ice skating, so it sounded like a lot of fun.  I'd enjoy hearing what all of you are doing this weekend.

Thanks for popping by.



  1. this is so pretty! isn't Melissa always so inspiring? I love to pop by her blog just to sit and gaze at all of her pretties. ;)
    I think you did a fab job combining the different paper collections here. love it!

  2. Karen, your style of card making is wonderful and beautiful! The new design of your blog reflects the inner beauty that you have! I always love seeing the cards you make... Hugs, Dawn

  3. Gorgeous card,love the style of this card its really pretty and summery.... thank you for your kind comment on my blog am following yours now too! Jo xxx

  4. I love your take on the sketch Karen! This is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly :)

  5. This card is beautiful, Karen! I love the papers. Ice skating sounds wonderful right now to me with temperatures here at 97 degrees.

  6. This is gorgeous Karen - I love the whole design! the papers and layout are so pretty… and love the rich red bow with the gold pearl !!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  7. Pretty, thanks for playing @ CTO Birthday Challenge!

  8. What a beautiful card!!
    Did you have fun ice skating? I love to ice skate!!!

  9. Such a beautiful card! I love the pedistle for your presents and that wonderful birthday sentiment stamp! We've spent the weekend picnicing and having Bible studies with brother's in Christ from out of town. It's been Wonderful...even in all the rain!

  10. what pretty papers - a fabulous card
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week for our 3rd birthday celebrations
    Lisa x

  11. Beautiful card and great DP's! Thank you so much for playing along in our birthday bash at MAWTT :)


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