"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Hello all! What a day today is. It's the world record inspirational blog hop hosted by Unity Stamp Co. If you are just checking in here first and want to hop around the hop, please start back at Unity's Blog to find the very beginning. You won't want to miss the wonderful inspirations all through the hop.
The first card I have for you features a scripture that I really like, and helps me through those very trying moments of life. The sentiment is from the Something within set from Unity. The background flower is from the grab bag and the pieced flowers are from the February kit of the Month. The printed papers are Stampin' Up papers from the Sale a Bration campaign. For the flowers, I stamped the flowers that are actually part of a journaling stamp four times and then cut them out and layered them on top of each other. The brads in the middle are some I had in my stash. The metal flower embellishments are from Stampin' Up! For the paper ribbon I created, I used my Stampin' Up! eyelet border punch and my scallop edge border punch. The corners are rounded on the lower edge of the front of the card. The layers in the middle were cut using my Nesties (how did I ever live without these things!! LOL).
The next card uses stamps from the March kit of the month and little buggers. It was a very simple card, but fun to make. In the background on the blue paper, I stamped with bleach the flower from the little buggers set. The topiary was stamped and colored with blender pens and then cut out and mounted on with dimensionals. The main image was stamped and colored with markers and then layered on scraps of the blue background and a piece of SU sale a bration paper and then mounted on with dimensionals. Then I used the photo corner punch to punch out the larger corner from more scraps from the blue background to layer underneath the main image so it doesn't get lost in the card base. The DSP behind this is from the sale a bration papers from SU as well. The felt ribbons are from Creative Imaginations. I used the three brads to add a bit of interest here and to help hold on the felt ribbon.
This card was a color challenge posted on Thursday's Unity blog hop as a challenge. The idea was to use purple, black and white. I already had these flowers bleach stamped into perfect plum so I ran with them and here's what I came up with. The color combo is stunning and I'm not at all a purple person. It's an okay color, but it's not one I tend to use much. So this was a bit of a challenge for me for that reason. The white strip along the bottom was a scrap piece from a cuttlebug embossed piece I used on something else. The sentiment is actually from SU in the Fresh Cuts set, but it went perfectly with this.
Then finally, this card was a lot of fun to make, and a bit of a challenge for me. It was also a challenge on Thursday's Unity Blog hop to make a spring-themed card. The bird is from Unity and the set is called Birds of a Feather. It's a beautiful set and is so elegant. The white paper behind it is embossed with the Cuttlebug and then sponged around the edges to make it pop out a little more. The background papers are SU! They are the new designer series cardstock papers called Parisian Breeze. For the bird, I stamped it on watercolor paper and then added a wash to the bird so it would look soft and smooth. Then I took the aqua painter and really wet the edges of the paper. After that I sponged them with baja breeze ink so it would be very soft and not distressed looking. The hardware is SU's silver hodgebodge. The sentiment is from the Best Yet set by Stampin' Up!
These last two card were done earlier in the week, but I didn't have time to post until now. I hope you enjoyed looking at these and that you found some inspiration. Thanks for taking the time to stop and look around here on my blog. Before you go, please be sure to leave feedback. I love feedback, whether it be favorable or something I could do better, but please be kind and constructive. Thanks! Now, moving along in the hop, please check out Shannon's blog for some more stamping inspiration.