Sunday, May 8, 2011

Bee Inspired

Aren't those little bees the bee's knees?  It's Sunday and on this blog that means it's time for a little inspiration. 

This week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge CIC110 is sponsored by Glitterbabe.  They've generously given the design team a choice of images to use.  They have such beautiful flower images that it was very difficult to make my decision. 

I ended up using the calla lilies.  I think they are gorgeous and elegant.  Since they come in a variety of colors I chose to make them yellow which is one of the colors in the inspiration photo.  The most dominant color in the photo is green so I used green patterned papers.  BUT I wasn't in the mood for bold bright colors so I picked a subtler shade of green. 

I was in a shabby mood so I dingied everything up, even the ribbon and lace.  I sponged  Ranger Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo all over the edges.  To keep with the shabby style I messed up the stitching.  I think that was the hardest thing to do.  If you've never distressed a card the whole process can be a bit terrifying.  After you've put your best efforts into making everything perfect how on earth can you rip it and stain it?  I'm not sure how to get you to take that plunge but I can tell you that once you try it, you'll probably like it.

Now it's your turn to make a project inspired by the cupcakes.  Need more inspiration?  Then click on over to the Cupcakes Inspiration blog to see what the rest of the design team has made.  You'll find all the challenge details there and the linkey thingy.

don't forget the inside
 Here's the deets:
stamp - Glitterbabe
ink - HP printer; Ranger "Walnut Stain" and Vintage Photo"
paper - K & Co. TC Cottage Garden; Recollections brown cs; Georgia Pacific white cs
miscellaneous - copics; charm; burlap twine; gold satin ribbon; brown grosgrain ribbon; lace; sewing machine; MFT die-namics "Layered Labels"

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC110 - photo
Totally Papercrafts #65 - recipe 1 image; 2 papers; 3 embellishments (fibers, pearls and charm)
Paper Play Week 18 - Show Us Your Style (I don't think I have a particular style, but this is my favorite style)
Raise the Bar - Flower Power
Stamp Something - digi day
Crafts and Me #33 - Swirls
Craft Us Crazy #7 - Mother's Day or Flowers
Stamp with Fun #109 - Lace or Ribbon
Digital Tuesday #109 - Ribbon and Lace (anybody else notice find the last two challenge numbers and themes a bit strange)
Really Reasonable Ribbon #23 - Double Dutch

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Now go get inky and create something for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.


  1. LOVE This! Gorgeous distressing!

  2. Great job on the distressing! Love the green & yellow.

  3. Gorgeous. Love the flourish and the ribbons. Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon. :)

  4. Beautiful card, Chris - lovely distressing and pearls. And those cupcakes look divine too!!

    Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week.

    Julie :o)

  5. oh i love what you did with the calla lily. it's gorgeous!

    hugs, stef (Glitterbabe)

  6. Lovely card and a great colour combo. Thanks for playing with us at Crafts and Me. Hugs...Mona

  7. Beautiful card, the colours are just fantastic with the image. Thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week!!

  8. Beautiful card!
    Thank you for joining us this week at Really Reasonable Ribbons Double Dutch Challenge!

  9. I love the worn and vintage feel of this card, Chris. Thanks for joining us at Raise the Bar this week, I'm just catching up on commenting now.


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