We are all inspired by different things. This past weekend, Mary Fish asked the Pals to share what inspires us. We filled one of our private Facebook forums with original projects and shared our inspirations behind them. For some members, projects were inspired by patterns and colors in home decor magazines, while others found inspiration in nature and holidays.
I find inspiration in many different places. I’ve been making and designing cards long enough to see patterns in the shape of a building front. “Oooh! That would make a cool layout!” I see colors in Stampin’ Up!’s color families. My coworker didn’t fully understand what I was talking about when I said I liked her Island Indigo and Pool Party necklace. As you already know, though, I find inspiration in a good challenge – I love to push myself. I love sketch and color challenges. I love self-imposed challenges – to use a stamp set I haven’t used or to try something new and interesting. I love competition shows like Project Runway and Top Chef where participants are challenged to create something amazing under bizarre or ridiculous constraints. This card was inspired by Project Runway:
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- Very Little Stamping. There’s only a little bit of stamping on this card. The image of the corset is trimmed from a piece of Etcetera Designer Series Paper. This piece is just large enough to pull in Night of Navy, Calypso Coral and [accent color] Baked Brown Sugar. The only stamped piece of this card is the sentiment – don’t you think this is a perfect sentiment for a Project Runway inspired tribute?
- Texture. While this card appears to be a simple layout with some glued down pieces of paper, there are actually a lot of textures included here. I used Core’dinations Cardstock, which gives the background of the card a lovely sheen and texture. The ribbon adds some ruffly goodness, and the boutique detail contributes a little visual intrigue. If I mail this card to you (which I might do), you’ll immediately want to run your finger over this card to explore its every surface:
- Boutique Details. This is the first time you’ve seen me use the 2013-2015 In Color Boutique Details. I pull them out every once in a while, but they always end up on the cutting room floor. I knew this card was “over the top” enough to add in the embellishment. I mounted the embellishment on a Night of Navy punch from Boho Blossoms – the perfect foundation for this little guy.
Stamp Sets: Million & One Inks: Night of Navy Papers: Night of Navy Core’dinations, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Night of Navy Accessories: 2013-2015 In Color Boutique Details, 3/8″ Ruffled Stretch Trim, Boho Blossoms punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Once I find a tiny bit of inspiration, my mind is uncontrolled until that bit of inspiration makes its way into a project in my Fungeon. Your kind comment every day on this blog inspire me to know how important my creations can be – and I don’t take this commitment to you lightly. I’m not saving the world here, but I’m inspiring others to inspire others. How cool is that?! What inspires you to create beautiful things?
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