Thursday, March 31, 2016

Birgit and Marcia's Monthly Challenge - March 2016

Hello friends.  It's that time of month where BIRGIT and I challenge each other, and this month we're using photos from Pinterest to inspire our cards.  I chose 3 photos, and have 3 cards to share with you.  My first card was inspired by a simple photo of some dark purple tulips:


I started with a sponged background using Smokey Slate ink, and sponging in strips to mimic what appears to be blinds in the background of the photo.  I used PTI's Tulip Time to stamp and die cut my tulips using Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, & Ripe Avocado inks.  My sentiment is also PTI from Think Big Favorites #3.  I left out the vase in my card as I didn't have anything close to use, and decided to just keep it simple.

Spring forward / photo by Cindy Loughridge:

I love all the photos of bicycles with flowers in a basket that are popular right now, and this one particularly drew me in as it was such a CAS photo, but still had a lot of visual interest.  I used SU!'s new Sale-A-Bration Pedal Pusher stamp set for my bicycle and sentiment, (bicycle colored with Copics) and the windows are die cut from a Poppy Stamps die (Small Madison Window).  I took a little bit of liberty for the building and used a brick embossing folder (Darice) and white ink. 

My last card is my favorite, and is a take off of a wedding invitation:

Pretty sure it doesn't get much better than this! Love Minted stationery. #wedding #invitations #foil

Isn't that just a beautiful wedding invitation?!!  I still have one daughter that's single (she just turned 21, so I'm ok with her still being single!), and if she decides to have a wedding, I would love to do something like this if she likes it!  For my card I started with a kraft background and stamped my sentiment in white and then overlapped my stamping again with Soft Suede ink.  The sentiment is from one of my newer favorite stamps sets from PTI called Phrases & Praises.  The flowers are from a PTI cover plate die from the Make it Market Mini: Garden Guild.  I used sponge daubers and various colored inks to color the flowers and leaves, and then glued it over the kraft layer.  Lastly I added a very thin frame of gold mirror card stock  over the edges of the card for a more finished look. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what inspired me lately, and make sure you check out what inspired my dear friend BIRGIT over on her blog too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!!  :0)


  1. Oh Marcia, love all of your cards. So beautiful. I think the third one is my favorite too.

  2. All three cards are fantastic Marcia! Great take on the photos! xx

  3. Oh my, Marcia! All 3 of these cards are stunning! And, you certainly captured the beauty from each of those inspiration photos perfectly!

  4. Marcia these are all so perfectly done! The tulips truly look velvety and beautiful. A perfect remake of that lovely photo. The bicycle card is as sweet as can be! I lust love your brick wall with the widows and two seater bike. So CAS and cute as can be! Your third card really is stunning! I absolutely love the double stamping of the sentiment! So beautiful with the elegant cover plate you used. You nailed this challenge Marcia! Sorry I haven't commented sooner. I've been without Internet access since Wednesday. I'm typing this on my cell phone before the battery dies. I've got lots of catching up to do when I get home! Talk to you soon.

  5. Amazing cards and amazing inspiration pieces too! You rock girl!

  6. What great inspiration you found and the cards are just beautiful. My favorite is the last one by far. I love them all and you did a superb job on all three!!!


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