Thursday, January 21, 2010

UDI Inspiration Challenge - DivaIC79

Wow, Thursday already! Where does the time go?
Did ya'll watch American Idol last night? How about that last guy to sing? Wow~! Great voice, great story - I love that he's trying to make something out of his life AND he's got the chops too! And what about the guy with the autistic son? Weren't you teary eyed when his little boy tried to follow his Dad into the audition room? Oh, man, that got me. I know the show producers do it on purpose, but I'm such a sucker for a touching story. I even cry at commercials sometimes. Mark laughs at me a little bit, but he says he loves me for it. Yeah, he's a good guy!

So the UDI Inspiration Challenge today is not only a cool photo, but apparently its a weather report for my area for the next few days! Ha!

Isn't that a great photo? Love the stuff Maria comes up with to challenge us each week. Here is my card project:

I loved the cool blues in the photo and went with that as my starting point. I used Brocade Blue cardstock as my card base, cut at 4 1/4" x 11". It's folded in half to make a standard A2 card. The white layer is Shimmer White cardstock, though you can't really see that in the photo too well. For the dsp layer I dove into my stash of retired papers and found the Brocade Blue Patterns dsp from one of the little hostess packs. Isn't that the greatest paper? I love choosing that as a hostess item!
The dsp was adhered to the Shimmer White then I used Whisper White Taffeta to create my bow accent.

The snowflake is cut with my Big Shot using Shimmer White cardstock and I added a Square Rhinestone Ice Brad to the center. To get it to lay flat, I bent the legs back and forth till they fell off (sounds like exercise!) and attached it to the center of the bow with a Mini Glue Dot. Another glue dot attached the snowflake to the bow and yet another attached the bow to the flat ribbon. Love me some Mini Glue Dots!

For the inside, I turned to two different stamp sets, Sweet Season, which is current, and Winter is Calling, which is retired.
The greeting is from Winter is Calling - I just loved the whimsical look of the font and of course the sentiment was perfect for this card!

I used my Brocade Blue Stampin' Write Marker to color just the inside of the snowflake stamp from Sweet Season and stamped it a few times on the Shimmer White cardstock to add the finishing touch.

This card came together really quickly and I just love it! You really don't have to stress over a project, just go with your gut and create! And the best part - if you mess it up, you can start over again! It's only paper and ink - like kindergarten! :)
So, why not try your hand at this challenge? And while you are at it, be sure to stop by the UDI Blog and see the other design team projects! I know you'll be inspired!

Have a creative day!


  1. gorgeous gorgeous card robin. simple, but very elegant. i think blue just does that somehow.


  2. Robin,
    I have been following your blog for several months. I have enjoyed your creations and the peak into your personal life. As a fairly new demo, I am seeing more stamping on the inside of the cards. Are you using cardstock? I would think with several layers on the front that it would get to thick to mail??? Thanks for your inspiration!!! Dawn

  3. Beautiful card Robin! Somehow I always overlook the snowflake stamps once Christmas is over, so glad you used one here to remind me how beautiful they can be! I did not watch AI yet, but did record it, now I can't wait!! Thanks :)

  4. yummy card! i do love blue and white!

  5. This is just gorgeous, Robin! I love the way you made the ribbon bow with the snowflake and rhinestone brad. So beautiful!


  6. This is gorgeous!! I love the blue and white!!!

  7. Even your simple stuff is darned pretty! I absolutely adore the elegance of this card. And yep, I'm a cryer too -- gotta love that American Idol...

  8. What a pretty card! I love the stamping on the inside and need to do more of this on my own cards as it adds so much to the card. I like the bling in the center of the snowflake as well. Really makes the card. TFS! Blessings!

  9. Your choice of dsp paer is perfect! The dots on the top make it look like falling snow! And the brad in the middle of the snowflake dresses it up so much - even though you broke his legs off.....hahahaaaa!!

  10. Very crisp looking card Robin! Love it :)

  11. Oh yeah Robin, when the little guy tried to go in there, so sad, but glad they picked him.
    This card is beautiful too!

  12. I just love your blog and your cards and all. You are amazing!

  13. This card is soooooo simple but elegant looking!!! I LOVE IT!!!!


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