Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Getting inspiration from the mail!

You know those days when you need a little jump start to get the creative juices flowing? Well, I was thinking about the card I was going to make today... thinking... and thinking. After thinking too hard, I decided to take a break and go run to the mail box when I reached in, got my mail and found my inspiration! My Pottery Barn catalog arrived and my eye went straight to this pillow. I loved the colors, the patterns and I even had the perfect stamp set!

I picked up my Floral Fantasy set from Flourishes. This set had the same feel. You know what else was in my mail box? A whole bunch of goodies from Shimmerz Paints! These paints are so sparkly. They are acrylic - so they can be painted on porous AND non- porous surfaces! And, the colors they come in are just fab. It's hard to see it in photos - but the shimmer is like a glitter gel pen only you can paint it on!

I stamped my floral images in Versamark ink, embossed with black embossing powder. and then started to paint! I only used four colors: Royal Red, Marigold, Celery and Key Lime. You can see that some of the colors actually mesh together. I just did that by adding the darker color while the lighter color was still wet.

Here's a close up...
I added a sewn edge, the word "Friend,"which is also in the Floral Fantasy set, added a loopy brad with some lucious black sheer ribbon and I was done!

Some of the other Flourish DT members inked up their Floral Fantasy sets too... You'll have to check out their creativity!

p.s. The Rock The Cover challenge at Deb and I's challenge blog -Y.OU K.NOW Y.OU R.OCK- is in voting phase! You have to check out the fab cards these ladies created! The mission was to make a card inspired by a CD cover. Click HERE to check out the entries and cast your vote! Voting ends August 14th at midnight!

16 comments:

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Soooo wonderful, Julie!!! And what a perfect inspiration pillow!!! You did a great job with this set and LOVE your shimmery painting!!! I have a little tub I have not yet tried, and this is very inspirationl -- thank you!!!

Diane said...

Wow Julie!That pillow is nice and colorful and a wonderful inspiration piece indeed! Love your card,the coloring is over the top girl! You keep amazing me with every card you make!

Lila H said...

Jaw Droppin gorgeous!!! love the stamp set!!! and those Shimmerz are - well, da bomb!!!

denise g. said...

Ain't junk mail grand? You were definitely inspired. Gorgeous card!!

Markie's Mom said...

I love it! Julie, this is such an awesome creation! Love the pillow inspiration, too!

Leslie Miller said...

A gorgeous card and a beautiful inspiration piece! What a find that was just when you needed it! Love the shimmery look of the paints and how the card frames your print so nicely. Fabulous piece of work, Julie--as always!

mochamama said...

Awesome job....I might have to look around my house and find something for inspiration. I am soooo struggling right now.

Jerri Kay said...

A very beautiful card Julie, your watercoloring is beautiful. The pillow is a beautiful inspiration piece and so perfect for this set.

Deb Neerman said...

Simply stunning, Jewels!!! LOVE it!

I really must try Shimmerz ... what a beautiful shine you've created on your flowers! Have any color recommendations for a Shimmerz beginner?

~Hugs!

Ann said...

WOW! Love this card; the colors are great! I love your "inspired by" cards.

Janine said...

As always just beautiful!! Everything here is great... Busy at work and trying to get all my chores done!!
Have a great day!

"Jany" said...

What a great inspiration and card you did! You did justice to the pillow and the stamps with your really wonderful creations. Great job!

Susan (rainy) said...

Julie this card is fabulous!! Your painting is so rich and beautiful. Love this!

Stac said...

I love Pottery Barn and I absolutely love this card. I can't wait to see what you do with the "new" Shimmerz colors.

Lovely gd. Cee said...

the card looks like you cut it out from the magazine. may i see it sometimes when you come to the store? it's really beautiful.

Simon Says Stamp said...

Julie, it is fascinating and fun to hear what inspires you. YOur work is so clean and beautiful, IT Inspires me!