Thursday, January 22, 2009

A New Challenge!

If you've followed the GSG group at all you may know that we have a blog but we haven't updated it since August 2008. That is until today. I don't know what got into me but I decided to post a new challenge. This is not only for the GSG gals, but for YOU too or anyone that would like to play!

Today's challenge is to let this amazing coat I found here inspire your next paper crafting project! I did and I'm so glad- now I want to buy the coat to go with my card.
I love the airy, natural, boutique-y look so tried to mimic that with the natural card base and the same beautiful colors. I also somewhat mimicked the coat by folding back a corner of my card and adding faux stitching with a marker. I used jumbo eyelets as buttons and tried to keep the same feel with my sentiment.

First I pulled out a variety of these realistic looking stamps of nature, including the hostess set Organic Grace that I just got from our recently retired catalog. I paired it with Touch of Nature and an old old set called Flowers of Gratitude. Now you know why I don't sell my retired sets, huh!

I watercolored each of these images with an aquapainter and my Watercolor Wonder Crayons. The sentiment is from Embrace Life, framed with Frames With a Flourish.

Inside I stamped the two fern leaves and the Mother's Day sentiment from All Holidays and was ready to quit when I noticed a big smudge right on the top fern! UGH! I HATE it when that happens. So, after considering it for a few moments I decided I had to use the dragonfly from the Organic Grace set and cover up the smudge. As they often do, this mistake ended up being a good one. I really like the raised dragonfly!

Anyway, here's the inside view and a list of the Stampin' Up! only supplies. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like it as much as I do!


Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Organic Grace, Touch of Nature, Embrace Life, All Holidays, Linen background
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Brown, Always Artichoke, Real Rust, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Stampin' Dimensionals, Always Artichoke Marker, Aquapainter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons in Real Rust, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie
ETA: better picture


  1. Wow, great inspiration. And I love what you did with it!

  2. This is gorgeous!! Great way to revive the GSG blog, I'll definitely play along with the challenge this weekend!

  3. how pretty love the little flap on the front

  4. Oh wow - what a great job with the inspiration challenge!! Beautiful card!

  5. This really is a beautiful card! I absolutely love that coat and see why you want to buy it!!! Me, too! tfs your beautiful card.

  6. This card is just beautiful!! I love how you folded the edge over to show the fern and dragonfly on the inside. Makes such a fun presentation!

  7. Breathtaking, Kristin! What a fabulous job you've done of packing tons of inspiration into this card.I love your combination of sets, awesome coloring and the clever idea to fold and pierce an edge to mimic the coat. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for getting the blog started again.

  8. Totally awesome, Kristen!! I just LOVE what you did here! Thanks, too, for posting the challenge!! I love Inspiration Challenges!! I'm so busy prepping for upcoming workshops, I haven't had a chance to do many challenges . . . but I may make time for this one!!

  9. Gorgeous card,! I will try to play along too.

  10. WOW! That is one beautiful design from the inspiration piece! Well done!

  11. Awesome! I love it! Don't know when I'll get to play along.

  12. you nailed this one! wow! hoping to play later today. Thanks for getting us up and running again! :)

  13. This is gorgeous! I just got that set too--haven't even put it together! What a beautiful interpretation of the inspiration piece!


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