16 Aug 2008

Inspiration Challenge

Today's inspiration challenge had me hopping excited for a second when I started to read it!

SmilinStef uploaded three of her favourite pictures of swimwear from Athleta Swimwear (it was at this point I started to think of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps!!) and we were to be inspired by the pictures, or we could have investigated further into Athleta Swimwear's website and chosen our own suit.

Alas, they were women's swimwear, which were beautiful in their own right, but no Phelps!! Okay - you can say it - dirty minded woman.....whatever!!

So I chose this suit

and from this suit I made this card!!

It really reminded me of Basic Grey Sultry designer paper and so I leafed through my reams of Basic Grey and found the Sultry and thank goodness I had one sheet left of the one I was specially looking for!!

I think I should have had a big pink bow instead of green now that I look at the two together! Aw, such it is anywhoooooo......

I used Gina K Designs Retro Boutique and paper pieced the purse and the perfume bottles!!

The rest of it I coloured with copics. I stamped the sentiment, cut it out and attached it to the side of the main image.

The ribbon is from The Paper Pickle in the HUGE vats they have right in front of the cash register! When I first discovered the Pickle (absolutely no disrespect - that's what Linda calls them!!) there was only one vat of ribbon - now the last time I went there were 5 vats!! So much luscious ribbon just ready for the picking!!!

Check out the cute little purse charm!! Isn't that cute??!! I have that, and so much more, left over from when I used to make jewellry! I love all the swarovskis and pearls - I just need to use them more!!

And also, just so you don't miss it, and I couldn't seem to get a good picture, but the purse has a small adhesive pearl for the clasp - too cute!

This is such a fabulous stamp set with so many options for embellishing!!

Don't forget that today is Saturday and that means there is a new SFYTT!! Hop over to Jen's to check out the new sketch and Jen and my design to match!

I must also apologize and say I have been so selfish in not mentioning any of the other fantastic ladies on Jen's design team!! I can only claim that the excitement blocked out any thoughts of anyone else - and yep - that IS selfishness!!

There is Amy S. {Pickletree} who is now the newest Dirty Girl on SCS!!Congratulations Amy!!, along with Amy R., Carole, Shannan and Susan.

You must travel to each of their blogs to check out their designs - always fabulous, always exciting!!


  1. The green ribbon looks nice. I thought you were going to use pink!? (Lucky Clucker put this card together at MY house this morning!) :)

  2. You totally crack me up (about the swimsuit website. lol) Super cute card! Love that little charm!!

  3. This is really cool! What a fun challenge.

  4. Ohhh.......I LOVE this!!! Yep....Basic Grey is the BEST dp!!! And that ribbon and charm are soooo perfect!!!!

  5. Great card for this suit challenge! You are a hoot! Deb

  6. Oh wow! The paper's just too pretty!!! Darling card! Love the layout!

  7. Nice card! Love the polka dot ribbon and the adorable charm!

  8. Gorgeous! You're right about the basic grey paper. The colors and details are so right. I LOVE that little purse charm.


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