Thursday, February 19, 2009


I'm back! Finally! I've been children/house sitting for the past 2 weeks for my SIL and her hubby while they were out of the country. I thought I would get to run home each evening to play and post - but out of the two weeks I only managed one post. I returned home on Friday afternoon sick with a sore throat, headache, fever & congestion which totally put me out of commission until Tuesday evening. These are the two cards I've put together since then.

The first card was inspired by this GORGEOUS card by Rachel Jakes. If you have never seen her work be sure to check out the link - SHE IS AMAZING!!!!

I was planning on keeping the same soft tones she used on her card - but I love this ribbon so I had to up the color in the main image.

Pink Pirouette Designer Papers
Half Pearls
White Gel Pen
Gentler Times Stamp Set
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Pretty in Pink Ink Pad
SU Markers: Regal Rose, Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink, Handsome Hunter
Whisper White Cardstock

I handcrafted the rose using a couple of SU punches, Pretty In Pink Cardstock and Ink Pad.

This card was made using this weeks sketch on Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge as well as a challenge being hosted by my Stampin'Up! Supervisor to use Sale-a-bration sets.

I'm not a huge fan of the color orange - in fall cards definitely - but using this color was definitely new for me. I tend to lean towards pinks, greens and earthy tones, But since I was challenging myself to use someone elses sketch I decided to get outside my comfort zone and stretch a little.

Botanical Blooms (Sale-a-bration set)
Ribbon (Sale-a-bration set)
Pumpkin Pie Designer Papers
Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White Card Stock
SU Markers: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Really Rust

I hope you enjoyed today's post and that something I've shown has inspired you to play. Don't be afraid to step out of the box and try something new - a new color combo, a new technique, a new idea. Sometimes (as in the case of my rose) - you'll surprise yourself at what you can do.

Have a great day and take some time today to count your blessings.



Rach said...

Hi Jill
you have made two stunning cards. they are gorgeous. Thank you so much for your kind words about my card, i am flattered that you were inspired by my card to make one of your own. I love the colours that you used by the way and that ribbon is delish... oh and not forgetting that gorgoeus handmade flower. very clever.

Mary K said...

Love your two cards. Glad your back hope your feeling better.

Marie-Josée Trudel said...

Very nice card, congrats!

Anonymous said...

WOWZER girl!! These cards are so beautifully gorgeous!! The flower is over the top!! You did a great job with that sketch too!! :) Sounds like you were one busy gal!!