Finding Inspiration

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Hello and happy weekend! Today I spent a lot of time sketching and balling up paper.  Seems to me that my cards are all beginning to look a like and usually I will do a tag or layout or something to help my brain work again but today that wasn't going to happen.

So the end result is I decided to just surf around and see where I could get inspiration.  Great idea, but my goodness there is just to much talent out there.  I love Graphic 45 so I hung out there for the longest and was amazed at what I saw.  I also downloaded all of their project sheets for future use.

Gloria Stengel and Denise Hahn are two of my favorite designers of Graphic 45 products so when I can I follow their tutorials to create some of my best work.

Anyway I have two cards to share with you that were inspired by two very talented ladies.

My first card was inspired by Loretta Lock.  Her work always jump starts my mojo, and sometimes I just find one of her projects so beautiful that I just have to case it, so I can admire it.

For this card I used Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante.  The digital sentiment was created by Create with TLC.

Both ribbons came from my stash of ribbon scraps and I think they were the Offray brand.  Did you notice that the basic foundation of this card is all about the paper.  Very little embellishments were added and no stamping.

The metal butterfly I removed from an unwanted charm bracelet that once belonged to one of my girls.  That's right, nothing is thrown away without my permission...(mini hoarder here)....who knows what I can do with it.

BTW I was rather proud of my bow although I did kind of destroy the tails while trying to make a pennant end.  Should have practiced before I tried.

Angela Crockett inspired my next card.  Her use of browns just caught my eye and off I went to follow her creation.

The designer paper is Basic Grey and the card-stock is Bazzill.  Again very few embellishments were used.  I added a few buttons and one scrap piece of ribbon. Spellbinders die was used to cut out the image once it was colored.

Edges were inked with Walnut Stain and I my image was colored with prisma color pencils and OMS.   The inside used the same basic layout as the front of my card.

Whew!!! surfing the net can be tiring.  If you're looking for inspiration check out the project sheets Graphic 45 offers, and their designers always give you instructions on how to create a lot of their projects.

Well I think I have had enough inspiration for one day.  I think I will stop here and clean up this mess I've managed to create in the last 6 hours.  A messy room means creativity is happening....I read that somewhere.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon. 
 Don't forget your comments are welcomed and appreciated.



ibalady said...

Wonderfully CAS.terrific combinations of papers. please come visit my blog and become a follower.

Sheila H said...

Wonderful projects, Lesia! The sentiments on both are great - I can especially relate to the first. It's something my friends and I say all the time!

Susan D said...

Wow, your first card is fabulous. Love Graphic's very vintage! Your second card is a very nice masculine card. Great sentiment on both.

MaxineD said...

Stunning cards Lesia - love the stunning simplicity of the second one.
To cut pennant ends to a bow, fold the ribbon in half lengthwise and trim the ends at 45 degrees. Practise on paper if you are not familiar with that technique.

Desire Fourie said...

Gorgeous creations. Love the earthy tones and designs.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards Lesia.
Your bow is great.
I love that Eagle and Biblevers.
Thanks for following me too.

Gr Elly

Beebeebabs said...

Absolutely beautiful cards as always!!!

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