Thursday, 1 December 2011

For Your Inspiration #19 - Brisbane!


For Your Inspiration Challenge #19 is VERY EXCITING for me, because of the inspiration photo.  Take a look:
Yes, it is beautiful purple... but more than that... this is my home... BRISBANE...yay!

Now another reason to celebrate, is that we have a sponsor for this challenge. One of our lucky participants is going to win two rubber stamps from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps. There are some very cute images over there - go take a look quickly and then pop back here for the rest of my post.

A beautiful photo of Brisbane to inspire and the chance to win a prize, what more motivation could you need?

In celebration of the fact that the photo inspiration is Brisbane, I went out taking photos in my lunchtime at work yesterday, so that I could show you the Story Bridge in the daylight, and a little bit more of Brisbane. I will go out again, it was a really nice way to spend my lunch time - wandering along the river with my camera.

Before I get to my photos, I will show you my card.  It had to be purple, of course. I couldn't get past the purples and pinks in the photo. I didn't quite have the makings of the "city silhouette" that I had in my mind, but I feel that I captured some of the "twinkling lights" feel. Here it is:
My card base is Soft Suede, which is about the exact colour of the Brisbane River. The Brisbane River is tidal and it is ALWAYS brown, unless the blue skies are reflecting off the surface, LOL!  I used Hero Arts Dots and Flowers to clear emboss the background panel.  I used my yellow rose to represent the yellow lights on the bridge.

The rest of the Design Team have also come up with some beautiful projects, so go take a look at their posts, too:
Rochelle - welcome to the team, Rochelle!

Now, once you have read this post, please come along and play at FYI#19. It would be lovely to see you there. 

Are you still with me? Come and take a look at some photos of Brissie...
This is looking back at the Story Bridge from the opposite side to the inspiration photo.  I'm standing in Riverfront Place here (I think). I love those stair/ramps in the foreground, great design (very functional) and fun. That tall building to the left in the background with the crane on top is going to be Brisbane's tallest building. I think it is already the tallest, and it isn't finished yet.
Looking up. I like the contrast of the different buildings against each other.
Still looking up, but a bit more abstract.
Walking further along the river walk. It was raining on me. You wouldn't know it from the photo.
A City Ferry. These little ferries are small, noisy, and smelly (of diesel fuel), but very convenient to hop from one side of the river to the other. The trees along the river's edge in Brisbane are mangroves (quite stinky if you get too close).
A City Cat. These BIG ferries are sleek and fast, and if you ever come to visit Brisbane, you MUST jump on one and take a cruise up and down the river. It's worth it. 
And to finish off, a Moreton Bay Fig. This tree is amongst a group of figs that sit in the middle of a busy intersection in Brisbane City. I love these trees. There are quite a few scattered around Brisbane, and they are always spectacular to look at.

Are you still with me? Are you inspired?  Leave me a comment to let me know you were here. I promise to visit back as soon as I can. And I look forward to seeing your entry over at FYI.



Cassandra said...

I thought the bridge looked familiar!! I really like your photos too, keep the arty photos coming they are terrific.

The card is pretty terrific too.

Sara Mac said...

Thanks so much for that little tour of Brisbane Michelle. It looks so beautiful. Can I come and visit for a while? LOL!!

Your card is a wonderful interpretation of the photo. You captured the colors and the twinkling lights perfectly.

Rochelle Sodipo said...

Michelle! I love the little flower and the background is to DIE for! Lovely card. I feel like I've been to Brisbane now! Thanks for the lovely photo tour!

Keva said...

Wow, great photos. Thanks for sharing. Of course, I love your FYI card. The colors in the middle look awesome and I love the kraft base.

Jenny said...

Wow those small flowers and the inking really do look like twinkling lights Michelle, fab card :)
Great photos and that tree in the last one is just amazing...are those vines like pieces growing up or down??? I bet they are really old!
Jenny x

StephC said...

Beautifully done! I love your interpretation of the photo.

It was wonderful to get a better peek at Brisbane as well!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeous take from the inspiration!! Mine will post on Thursday - a reminder card :)

Marlena M. said...

Your card captures the lights perfectly, Michelle! I love the yellow flower.;)
Wow, those pictures are amazing...I love the stairs too! That tree looks so much like the trees near the zoo in HI that I used to hide in...