As I do every morning after checking emails and catching up on Google Reader (all done with my first cup(s) of coffee), I head over to Splitcoaststampers to see what the daily challenge is.  Saturday is always the Inspiration Challenge and sometimes I’m inspired . . . sometime not.  Today I was!  Of course, I also have in hand a new set of stamps that happen to work perfectly with one of the inspiration pieces.

Today’s Inspiration Challenge pieces are from Lang Calendars.  I cruised the Lang site, but still decided to use one of the pieces shown us in the thread:

Lang Inspiration Piece

It was the first one that jumped out at me!

One of the other sets I got from Artistic Outpost was Bluebird.  When I was looking at this set the day it came, I was already envisioning how I could use it and lo and behold, today’s challenge was perfect.


Because I wanted a different background for the main image (the birds), I made my own paper by wiping Broken China and Vintage Photo on my craft sheet, misting the ink with water, picking up the ink on my paper and drying it with my heat tool.  No iron this time.  I wanted the paper to be splotchy in appearance.  After lamenting over the card design and background for close to an hour, I decided to do the same for my background panel.  Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities were used to die cut the image and the layer behind it and for an added touch, Spellbinders Large Long Scalloped Rectangles Nestabilities were used to cut the edge to the side panel.  Instead of sponging the edges of the side panel like I did the image panel, I sanded it instead.  I must say that I do like the sanded look, especially over the embossed areas.  When stamping the sentiment, and even though I practiced first, I still got it crooked.  Too late however, because I wasn’t going to that background sheet another time.

  • Stamps: Bluebird and Serenity from Artistic Outpost
  • Paper: SU Very Vanilla and Not Quite Navy; 7 Gypsies Savannah and Nottinghill
  • Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Labels One and Large Scalloped Long Rectangles Nestabilities; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet and Mini Mister; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon; Sanding Block

Thanks for stopping by!

13 Responses to “More Artistic Outpost!”

  1. Wow, wow, Sherry! This is so beautiful! How perfect for that inspiration piece!

  2. Beautiful Sherry – works perfectly with your inspiration piece. Thanks for using the AO images!

  3. Sherry, the card is beautiful; the colors you chose match the inspiration piece well.

  4. Sherry, this card is gorgeous!! You really captured the essence of the inspiration. You rock!

  5. Beautiful Sherry!!

  6. OH!! This is the calander that caught my eye too!! Just lovely! Wow

  7. Absolutely stunning! I just love the colors you used.

  8. Love your background stamping and coloring, cool image stamp, can’t wait to see what you do with the other stamps from that set!

  9. Beautiful Sherry…this card is awesome!

  10. Oooh, I love it! Your rendition of the inspiration is so perfect. Love the BG paper you created. I actually just purchased that set and several others from Artistic Outpost, but haven’t used any of them yet. You have really inspired me.

  11. This is so fabulous! It reminds me so much of the Inspiration piece. I love how you did it!

  12. Love this card, Sherry — I never got a chance to play, but that was my fav calendar as well had I been able to!!! You did a great job!!! Also enjoyed your icy pics — that is a common condition here in the UP of Michigan!!! We have had -20 degree temps it seems forever and it is getting old, very, very old!!! LOL!!!

  13. Beautiful, Sherry! Love the look of your new stamps — the colors, papers, images — everything, very nice!

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