Nope, I'm not offering any! LOL! That is the name of the website Steff chose for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS today (actually it's Room Service Home). She always chooses the greatest inspirations and this one is no different! After looking at the entire website, I actually came up with three of my own to choose from. I settled on this one from the bath accessories category because of the background...look at it! I just got my Papertrey Ink order the other day and one of the stamp sets I purchased was Background Basics: Retro. I immediately recognized the background in the picture as one of the stamps from the set, so I had to go with this one! Here's the picture I chose. It was a dead ringer for PTI's Aqua Mist cardstock and SU's Close to Cocoa ink. That's where my colors came from. I looked at the flower vase and immediately thought of this vase of flowers from SU's Bloomin' Beautiful. Couldn't be more perfect!
I wanted to keep the stainless feel to the card, so I colored the vase with a Creative Memories silver marker I've had forever. It was even dried up and I had to really shake it to wake it up! I wanted to keep the flowers white, but had a hard time with that, so I used copic markers in different shades of the "E" line. I started with the lightest one and worked my way up for shading. I then took a white gel pen and inked up the centers of the flowers. I also popped up four of the flowers. I think if you click on the picture you'll be able to see that better. When all that was done, the flowers still looked dull. So I pulled out my Shimmerz paint and painted the leaves in celery and the shading on the flowers in sunflower. Still not enough, so out came the Sakura clear glittery pen and that livened things up! I wasn't sure what to do with the layout, but I knew I didn't want to clutter up the background seeing as that was my inspiration. So, in keeping with the shiny stainless feel, I went for a silver ribbon. What do you think about that? I was a little hesitant, but I think it looks fine. I went with a little sentiment from PTI's Mixed Messages.
On the inside I stamped the background stamp again in Close to Cocoa. The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets Sweet Kids and it's stamped in the same ink. I also used a small leaf from the set and stamped it inside the opening of the background in Aqua Mist. I'm sending this to my Aunt Vi who will be 89 on Monday. She's currently in a nursing home and my mom is ordering flowers to be sent to her. She'll love it, I'm sure!
On another note, I can't wait to see what Joanne (aka sleepyinseattle on SCS) chooses as her inspiration today. For the past three weeks, we have chosen the same inspiration! And there have been many pieces to choose from! I haven't looked yet, but she's in Seattle so she's a bit behind me in hours and she is probably just waking up and having her coffee! Well, thanks for looking today and have a great weekend!
Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful (SU), Mixed Messages and Background Basics: Retro (PTI), Sweet Kids (Crafty Secrets)
Paper: Aqua Mist and Vintage Cream (PTI), Close to Cocoa (SU)
Ink: Adirondack black, aqua mist, copic markers
Accessories: Ticket corner and circle punches, ribbon, white gel pen, Sakura glittery gel pen, Creative Memories silver marker, Shimmerz paint, dimensionals