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May 20, 2011

BC213 - Inspired by

Happy Friday and Happy Birthday to my Hubby!!! - He doesn't read my blog (sadly) but he knows I post his cards here though.

This week Lisa gave us this Inspiration Photo to work with for our challenge.

I love the Ocean even though I don't get to visit that often so this picture really was inspiring to me. The first thing that caught my eye was the Wall Paper in the center panel. My problem...no dp with a map on it and no Anchor stamps. What's a girl to do? - Why go shopping of course! I found some DP (DCWV-Tradewinds Matstack) that had a piece with a map on it so I was off and running.

Next up what stamps to use?...I do own several "beach themed" stamp sets and a Sailboat stamp but I really wanted something a little different. That's when I remembered that I had a stamp in my stash that hadn't been inked yet. It's a little $1 stamp from Inkadinkado.

Here's what I came up with using my paper & stamps:

I decided to stamp the image directly onto the patterned paper and color it with Copic Markers. I added a bit of White Gel Pen to the Seagull and some sparkle to the Sun with a Glitter Pen. You can see this better in the Close-Up
After coloring the image I mounted it on a distressed piece of Apricot Appeal card stock. - I was inspired here by the tones of color in the right hand panel of the Inspiration Photo.
To complete my card I added some Baker's Twine, Black Brads, a Punched Wave Border and an Anchor Charm which I just happened to have in my stash already!

This is going to be a Birthday Card for Hubby.
You can play along by linking your card below:

Card Details: Card Stock: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal (SU) Designer Paper-Die Cuts With a View
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers
Other: Baker's Twine, Black Brads, Anchor Charm,
Washed Ashore Punch-Fiskers
Paper Distressing Tool.


  1. Fab take on the inspiration photo! The image looks wonderful stamped and colored on the pattern paper! Hope your DH has a Happy Birthday!

  2. Great card Ida and happy birthday to your hubby as well. Love his card, the background with that image are great together.

  3. I love seeing what you come up with every week and this is just so fantastic. Love the distressing and the map background and of course the twine!

  4. Like your use of the "You are the Sunshine of my life" stamp. I have that stamp also. Thank you for the comments on my Patriotic card. I'm thinking of making a Pirate themed card since I'm a Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow fan and went this morn & enjoyed the new movie Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

  5. Gorgeous artwork. Beautifully created, Ida.

  6. Wow Ida you did a fabulous job with the inspirational photo! Love the detail on your card....stamping to the dp was a great choice and the distressed map is fabulous! Hope the Boss has a great Birthday!

  7. Oooo...I really like it Ida!

  8. I love the great patterned paper you found for the BG and the stamp is wonderful- perfect for the inspiration challenge!

  9. Great background paper and cool idea to stamp on the dp. Love the image and all the embellishments.

  10. You always have an eye-candy for us, Ida! What a gorgeous card! I really like how you stamped on the DP and colored it! How cool is it! And how perfect for the inspiration picture!
    Happy Belated Birthday to your husband! Hoep you had a very nice celebration! :)

  11. Perfect paper! Great with the punched edge and twine!

  12. I love that designer paper. Beautiful.

  13. Love what you did with the inspiration! Cute use of the stamp!

  14. This is really cool stamped directly on the DP like that!

  15. This is simply wonderful Ida! I LOVE the map paper that you used in the background! Beautifully done! :D

  16. what a happy card--I'm sure he loves it!

  17. This is great, and such a perfect card for your hubby! A $1 stamp? What a find! Happy belated birthday to your special guy!