Sunday, May 20, 2012

Photo Inspiration and Furry Pearls for Our Creative Corner

Hello there! I wanted to share this week's challenge over at Our Creative Corner. I am a day late with my card, because I had a crazy couple days leading up to the weekend. More on that, coming soon. But, I finally got my card finished and am so excited to share the current challenge with you. The fabulously talented Miehsia Liu is our hostess this week and she has a great photo and color inspiration challenge for us. Here are the challenge details in her own words: 

"We would love to see a color combination of orange and blue with tones from white, cream to a bit of brown." 
I based my card design on the wonderful sketch over at Stamping 411. I know I say it a lot, but I REALLY love their sketches and the fun inspiration on their site. Check it out, if you have never visited them before.Thanks, ladies! 
Here is a close up of this really thick, layered flower. I'm pretty sure this one will be hand-delivered to the recipient because it is absolutely not fitting in a standard envelope to mail. Oops! I sponged all of the edges with some Soft Suede ink to add some extra interest. It seemed like it needed a little distressing. As an added bonus, there is a random "fur-deposit" from one of my four-legged buddies stuck under one of the pearls. I am not going to tell you which pearl...I would hate to ruin the surprise. I attempted to edit most of it out of the close up photo below. Ugh...sorry about that. :/ 
Thanks for stopping by to visit. If you have a chance this week, I hope you can play along with us over at Our Creative Corner. Be sure to visit the rest of the gals on the Design Team to see their beautiful creations, too. 

Linda Coughlin- The Funkie Junkie
Vicki Burdick- It's a Stamp Thing
Sue Butler- Scrumplescrunch
Anita Houston- The Artful Maven Haven
Anne Marie Hile- Stampin' Anne
Wendy Janson-  It's All About Stamping
Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts
Holly Kean- Kean On Paper 
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) - Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu- Simply Paper Crafts
Tui Nathan- Stampin Time
Lori Rider- The Diva Stamper
Kristin Tierney- Lilly Beth Boutique
Sharon Wheet- Designs by Sharon

Our Guest Designer this week: 
Lin Brandyberry- Sending Hugs 
Have a HAPPY day today, 

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Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Perfect Punches
Paper: Everyday Enchantment DSP (ret. SAB), Peach Parfait, Pool Party and Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Peach Parfait and Soft Suede (for sponging) Classic ink
Punches: XL Oval punch, Boho Blossoms punch
Accessories: Designer Neutrals Buttons (new), Apothecary Accents Dies (new), Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls and Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Hello Anne Marie
    So glad you managed to make a card, it was worth waiting for. (hope you are feeling better).
    You have wonderful layers going on here, and the use of your papers connects well with the photo, if you had not mentioned the 'fur deposit' we would never have known, the card is just delightful.

  2. Anne -- I love all the colors and texture on this card. Great job for both challenges. Your little flower embellishment and the pearls are the perfect finishing touch. Thanks so much for playing along at Stamping 411! Blessings, Gretchen

  3. Wow!! This is gorgeous! I love all the texture and sponging! Great job!

  4. Anne Marie this is the PERFECT DSP for the color challenge. Love the layout and stacked flower is right up my alley! hugs.

  5. Classic design and warm coloration! This is perfect for any birthday!!!

  6. Beautiful card and beautiful showcase of that pretty DSP ... ooohhh some more dies to look forward to in the next catty (just hope they come down under) ... they are soo pretty ... fabulous sketch too!
    Hope you are feeling well... take care!!!

  7. What a great idea to use this DSP! Such wonderful layering on the flower and the sentiment! NEW DIES!!! Yay!! And of course, I had to LOL at the fur deposit! I am forever checking my projects to make sure they are Shadow-free!

  8. LOVE this Anne warm and cozy!!!

  9. So pretty, Ann. Love what you did with the photo challenge and how you showcased that pretty DSP! Hope you are doing better! Hugs!

  10. Oh, This is exquisite! You have such an eye for color and I'm always drawn to your beautiful cards!

  11. Hi, Ann Marie, this is such an elegant and lovely card.... :)

  12. Hello my friend! Love the colors and gorgeous layers. The sponged edges add so much. Wonderful and cheerful birthday card!

  13. Beautiful card Anne Marie, I love those colors together!! Love the birthday font and the frame for the title...very pretty.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment!

  14. These papers are fabulous together Anne Marie! Great job on this sketch.

  15. So pretty!! Wow - that flower is terrific!!
    So funny you visited my blog today bc I had yours open on my desktop, but went out to lunch before I could comment!!

    Never apologize for not visiting :) Life gets in the way of the computer sometimes :)

    Hope you have a GREAT GREAT weekend :)


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Anne Marie