Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UDI Inspiration Challenge #82 - A Rose for You

Welcome back stampin' peeps! It's Thursday and that can mean only one thing at this blog - I have a new inspiration project to show you! This challenge team I'm on is so much fun - I love being given a starting point for a project that allows me to just create from what I see, no restrictions, all creativity! This week, as soon as I saw the photo that Maria sent us to work with, I knew immediately what stamp I wanted to use. In fact, I'd been thinking about it the other day because it is so beautiful and I've not pulled it off the shelf in months!

Here is our inspiration piece:

And here is my card:

I've never done an all white cardstock card before, but after seeing the end result of this one, I'll probably be doing it again. I just love, love how this turned out, even better than I'd envisioned. Isn't it great when a plan comes together? :)

The rose image is from the Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set, which I originally purchased because of the gorgeous hydrangea stamp in the set. I have found however, that I turn to this image most often though. It just speaks to me in it's simplicity.
Now, you have to know that I'm not much of a watercolor person, in fact, I avoid it when possible because I'm just not confident that my skills there are the best - my Mom was an incredible oil artist before she gave it up and it's always intimidated me a bit. But, for YOU, I'll try again, ok? :)

I simply used my Aqua Painter and my re-inkers and colored in the image with Real Red by putting the most intense color on the shaded areas of the image (I'd stamped it first in Black Staz-On) and then moving the color outwards toward the edge of the petals. Not a ton of shading, but it IS a red rose, they seem pretty solid to me.
I used Always Artichoke for the stem.
There are 4 layers of Whisper White cardstock on this card, I mounted the focal image to a larger piece of white so it would have a subtle frame. This is popped up over the dry embossed piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I used my Big Shot and my Finial Press Embossing Folder to create this layer and it's simply mounted on a standard Whisper White card base. I did add an additional Whisper White insert to it to provide some additional stability to the card.

My favorite part is the bow:

I used the new stamp set Tiny Tags and the new Medium Jewelry Tag Punch to make the little tags and tied them around the Red Satin ribbon bow with some Linen Thread. A few Mini Glue Dots later and voila - it was done!

Please take a minute and stop by the UDI Blog to see what the other design team members have created this week - I know they will inspire you! I'm glad you came by to visit me today - I'd love to hear what you think about the card if you have time to leave a comment. It makes my heart happy to know you enjoy coming by here!
Have a great day everyone, stay warm and dry and come back tomorrow - it's Blogger's Challenge day and the theme is.....yeah, you guessed it, Valentine's Day!



  1. Simple but elegant. Love it. Thanks for sharing

  2. OMGosh!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!! TFS!

  3. OMGosh!!! This is absolutely gorgeous! TFS!

  4. I love all the beautiful white layers and the focal image. But, best of all is the bow and the tiny tags. Wonderful!

  5. Robin this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! The white on white came out great paired with such a bold color!!

  6. Beautiful, beautiful card!

    Cindy Ferenz
    Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

  7. my first thought was how elegant. beautiful job on the watercoloring. this card is just gorgeous!!!!


  8. STUNNING!!! Very pretty and elegant card.

  9. Lovely. Simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I will have to recreate this look soon.

  10. Beautiful card!
    "Stamping and chocolate are proof that God loves us" My thoughts exactly. If we knew each other personally, we'd get along just fine :):):):)


  11. WOW! This is just beautiful, Robin! How elegant!


  12. I LOVE this card. It is so pretty! Good job Robin ^-^.

  13. I love this set too.Simple yet elegant. Great job.

  14. Wow...this is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Now I think I'm going to have to "case".

  15. This is beautiful Robin. I love the white on white, especially with the embossing. I'll have to keep that in mind for elegant cards. Very nice!

  16. Stunning card! Absolutely beautiful!

  17. Fantabulous my friend! I LOVE your take on the challenge. I am so glad you joined the UDI Inspiration Team. I look forward to seeing your creations every week! Way to go girl ! x

  18. Robin,
    So sorry to hear about the damage to your local ice rink:-( You never think about risks like this until it happens. My thoughts are with you and your community.

  19. That is beautiful. I just love the colors. The red really pops. Very elegant. I love the tiny tags too.

  20. Every card I check out is sooooo beautiful! The red is so dramatic! I love it mounted on that particular embossing folder too!


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