Sunday, July 15, 2012

Inspired by Friends!

One of my favourite things about blogging is all the wonderful creative friends I've made in cyberspace. I feel like I'm constantly inspired by all of you, and occasionally that results in something pretty close to a CASE - like today. I have two! And their styles couldn't BE more different.

First up is Jenny, from Crafting in the Country. She's a talented design team member for CAS-ual Fridays, and the card I've made was directly inspired & CASEd from her watermelon card for a recent challenge. The link to Jenny's blog has the exact post! I was going through some of my 12" paper, and saw some watermelon seed paper from Imaginisce, and knew exactly how to showcase it:
Supplies: patterned paper from Imaginisce;
green cardstock from stash;
sentiment from Market Street Stamps;
Palette Noir ink;
Sharpie markers (black); Sakura Black Glaze pen;
standard small circle Nesties

I went over the sentiment & the watermelon seeds with the glaze pen. Shiny!
Watermelon is such a sunny summery treat, and I'd had this sentiment out (it was in the running for my CASology card). I was going to use letter stickers to say "thanks a melon" but thought this was perfect. As you can see from Jenny's card, I made the watermelons the same way, and took a bite out of one slice as well. I don't have any scalloped punches, so I carefully used my scallop scissors. It didn't turn out as evenly as I intended, but then, I make a mess when I eat watermelon too. I used a fat Sharpie to ink around the outside of the slices, and a fine-tip to ink the flesh part of the melon. 

My second inspiration comes from Tammy, at Creating Somewhere Under the Sun. She's a shabby chic girl, and a talented design team member for Inspired by Stamping. The links above take you to her creations that inspired my next card - on Tammy's blog, the third card in that post, using a die cut from K& Co; and on the Inspired by Stamping blog, Tammy's tutorial on Tissue Paper Spiral flowers. (Since I've pleated crepe paper, I'm also entering this card over at the Shopping our Stash #59 challenge, to use an extra fold OR pleats on a card. That challenge is open until Monday night.)

So here's my Tammy inspired card, using the same birdhouse die cut, and flowers made with her tutorial:
Supplies: die cut from K&Co;
patterned paper from Basic Grey "Konnichiwa;"
chipboard sentiment from Martha Stewart;
pearls from stash;
crepe paper in pink, yellow, and blue
Rather than using tissue paper, I used crepe paper in different colours, since that's what I had - and it worked just fine. 
Have you made anything inspired by your crafty friends lately? Leave me a link so I can see :) Don't forget to go check out Jenny & Tammy's blogs - you will definitely find yourself inspired too!



Jingle said...

These are great!!! I really love the watermelon card!

~amy~ said...

Don't you love being inspired?!!!! Way to fun!! love them both...the watermelon card is so sweet and your 2nd card the crepe paper!!!!

JJ Bolton said...

Cute cards today Jessi!! That watermelon card is adorable! Isn't Jenny the best?

Your birdhouse card is cute too! Love the crepe paper accents. Your little flowers are so cheery!I bought a bunch of crepe paper once and every time I take it out, I make a huge mess.

Have a good one hon!

CarlaKH said...

Too cute! Love how you used this paper! I had some in my stash until this week- I think I might have used it all up! Thanks so much for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

lostinpaper said...

Totally too cute! LoVe that watermelon!

Marie said...

Delightfully delicious watermelon card, Jessi. Those seed look so real. Love the birdhouse on the second card. Great cards to CASE.

Deena said...

gorgeous the pleating of the crepe paper... Thanks for joining in with Shopping our Stash this week.

Debbie said...

Ooh! I love them both but I have to say, the birdhouse card is amazing!!!!

~Tammy~ said...

I am so honored Jessi! I love your versions of both cards and your crape paper flowers turned out amazing! Isn't it fun to shop your stash!

You make the die-cut look amazing! You rock girl! You inspire as well! Keep it up!

Big hugs! :-))))

Melissa Craig said...

Super yummy watermelon card! I love the paper piecing.

The birthday card is so sweet - fun colors.

Jenny said...

Hi Jessi,
I recovering from the lurgy!!! But had to come and say how chuffed I am that you CASE'd my watermelon card :0)
That 'pippy' paper is just ideal and so is the bite out too..... Two fab cards.....I'll just crawl back to the sofa now and feel sorry for myself :0(
Jenny x