Thursday, 17 November 2011

For Your Inspiration #18


Welcome to my contribution to For Your Inspiration Challenge #18. Another beautiful photo has been chosen by our fearless leader, Steph. From this photo I was struck by that beam of yellow sunlight shining in the middle of the photo and the fluffy blue-ish clouds. When I pulled out my cardstock to try to put some of the colours together, I loved the colour combo created with the rust, orange, yellow, and blue. It took me by surprise how nicely they all went together.

The photo inspiration:
How can you NOT be inspired by this. Come on, my friends, come and join us and submit a card inspired by this beautiful view. I'd love to see  you there!

My card:
The photo was taken in the middle of the night, so there are a few shadows there, and I had an interesting time trying to edit this back to true colours! Cream cardstock turns yellow under artificial light, and any auto-fixes turn the card BLUE, grrr!

I used Papertrey Ink Snowflake Serenade, PTI Vintage Cream card base, SU! Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana ink and Daffodil Delight satin ribbon.

Go take a look at what the rest of the design team have come up with. They always do beautiful work, so it is worth taking a wander through their blogs.


On another note, this morning I went to our interview for my littlest girl's school place. She is starting in Prep at the end of January in 2013, when she will be 5. Our eldest daughter is already at this school, and we love it. The little girl did some drawing, some writing, some puzzles, answered a few questions, and did us proud. I can't believe we still have to wait another year before she starts school, it will be an interesting year. Luckily for us, she is in a good Kindy programme, otherwise I think she'd drive us crazy, LOL!  The good news is that we had a good interview and it looks like she'll be offered a place, yay! My baby is growing up so quickly, ooh it will be a wrench when I have no more pre-schoolers in the home. I still have a year to get used to the idea...

For those of you curious to know what I am doing with the advice you gave on Big Shot accessories. I have Swiss Dots embossing folder (thanks Cassie!), I have ordered Nestabilities Circles set (all four sets), I am looking at PTI linen/canvas impression plate (and maybe woodgrain, and maybe more...), I think I HAVE to have the new PTI alphabet die set, I'm thinking of MFT Die-namics mini rolled roses, and my wishlist is ever expanding! I will eventually buy all of the Nestabilities basic shapes, I think, but it will take time as I allocate my limited hobby budget to the most important (desired) things first. Thank-you all for your wonderful advice. I truly appreciate that you took the time to give me the benefit of your experience.

Thanks for dropping by. Leave me a comment to let me know you were here, and I'll visit back as quickly as I can.



Jenny said...

What a wonderful take on the photo, love the coloured border strips and it makes a lovely change to see a Christmas card in non traditional colours :)
Sounds like you're getting to grips with all the gorgeous dies out there! If only we could produce money on the big-shot ;)
Jenny x

Keva said...

This is gorgeous! I love the way the ribbon seems to mimic the sun in the photo. Really nice, Michelle!

StephC said...

Gorgeous card! Love the non-traditional Christmas look.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh I love all the colors you used!! Well done~

dstandard said...

Gorgeous card - love the stamping!

Marlena M. said...

Michelle, I love your unique Christmas palette...lovely card! ;)
I missed the Big Shot question (and always feel the need to put my 2cents in...LOL...)
I got a steal on a texture plate Starter kit( outlet...I checked, there's a set avail.). It has the rubber and impression pad (which separately would be $$$). Those plates are OK...the one that they cover a bigger surface than folders...but they are less intense in texture. I use that rubber and impression plate with the Nestabilities (and multipurpose platform...which usually comes with the BigShot). I don't know how it compares with the tan...
There's my 2cents...take or leave. ;)