Thursday, April 8, 2010

UDI Inspiration Challenge - Tiptoe Thru the Tulips!

So, as I mentioned yesterday, there hasn't been much stamping going on around the ol' studio this week, I've been working, you can count on that, but stamping - not so much! :)
However, here comes Thursday and I HAD to get creative for the UDI Blog Inspiration Challenge. Especially when I saw this photo that Maria chose for us to work from. I love the clean, crisp look of those brightly hued tulips against the white background - don't you?

As I was thinking about where to go with the photo creatively, I remembered a stamp set that I honestly hadn't used since Christmas 2008 - yes, really! I know, I could hardly believe it either!
So, I pulled out A Flower for All Seasons and was able to come up with this card here:

Do you likey? :) Me likey very much, I just hope my Mother-In-Law will!
Even though my card takes a more feminine, sweet turn than I had originally intended, I {heart} the end result! And the best part is that I got to use some supplies that I'd only glanced at since I'd bought them - with grand intentions mind you! Nonetheless, this is the first time I'd used either the Hugs or Kisses notes from the Mini Catalog and I for sure don't know what was holding me back - these are fabulous!

I stamped the basket of tulips with Black Staz-On on the little Kisses note with the help of my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and colored it in with ink refills and my Blender Pen. Refills are so important in stamping because you can do so much with them besides ink your pads. They are great for watercoloring, dying ribbon, coloring Crystal Effects for colored, glossy embellishments, I could go on and on..... but I won't!

So, after coloring my image, I used Stampin' Dimensionals to mount it on a Hugs note that I'd run through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots folder. I'd used my Horizontal Slot punch to make two slots for the ribbon - top and bottom - and threaded it through before mounting my stamped piece. The ribbon was then wrapped around the piece of Creamy Caramel cardstock that I'd texturized with my Big Shot and the basketweave looking Texturz Plate. I sponged it lightly with Creamy Caramel ink to give it depth and texture. Do you ever wonder what you'd do without your Big Shot? I sure do - how did I ever create without it?
Anyway, the white strip beside the ribbon is a piece of Whisper White cardstock punched with the Eyelet Border punch and I'd adhered it to the caramel carstock before the other layers went down.

The two finishing touches on this card are the bow, which I tied using my simple bow tying technique - you can view the video tutorial here - and the greeting. It is stamped with a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched out with the Word Window punch and layered on a piece of Melon Mambo punched out with the Modern Label punch. I love this punch layer combo!
And that's it for this card! It's a lot of steps, but really such a simple card to construct - maybe we'll do it at Just Cards this month, would you like that? Well be sure to let me know and be sure to RSVP - it's Tuesday, April 20th at either 10 am or 7 pm.

Now, go check out the other UDI Inspiration Team and see what they were inspired to create this week! My supply list is below if you'd like it!
Happy Stamping everyone,

Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Black Staz-On; Green Galore, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Lavender Lace, Ballet Blue, Creamy Caramel refill inks
Cardstock: Hugs and Kisses notes, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Texturz plates, Stamping Sponges, Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Ribbon, Mini-Glue Dots, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Blender Pen, Horizontal Slot Punch


  1. You nailed this challenge! SO many great techniques and products - where do I even start?! Very pretty - your mil should have no problem loving this card for Mother's Day!

  2. This is a fabulous card! I love the Hugs and Kisses notes and all the texture. Makes me want to go outside and smell the tulips!

  3. very pretty robin. all of the extra little details will be much appreciated by your mother in law. great job. xoxo

  4. Wow! Just stunning! I love absolutely everything about it! The Creamy Caramel layer looks just like a basket, too. :)


  5. Robin this is very pretty indeed. I am sure your MIL will love it.

  6. I love all the details! I really like how you used the textured plate to make the background look like a basket weave. That stood out to me right away.


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