Friday, June 24, 2011

CSAYL - Be Inspired

Hello again,
This week's challenge over at the CSAYL blog is to be inspired using this gorgeous photo:

As soon as I saw it I loved the colour combo but knew I didn't have any background paper to match so I set about creating my own! I got the inspiration for this background from the latest issue of Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine, where copics can be used to create a check/plaid background. I have also decided to enter this card into the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #122 using this sketch:

I used Tempting Turquoise cardstock for my base and layered a colour I never use - retired Gable Green and then added my background layer on top. I created the background by ruling up my lines lightly with pencil first and then using my copics to draw in the thin and thick lines. This was so much fun and I LOVE the result and will be doing this much more in the future.

I stamped the Joy image from Taylored Expression's Wings Of Joy set in Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it in with my copic markers, adding some Glossy Accents to the berries. I then cut and embossed this with my circle nesties. While still in the die, I sponged some blue pigment ink around the edges.  I then adhered some Hawaiian Shores ribbon and mounted my main image on top. The front was finished off with some AnnaBelle Stamps sprinkles.

On the inside I stamped the bird image from Wings of Joy in Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it in with copics. I then added the Merry Christmas sentiment in Old Olive ink.

The CSAYL girls have come up with some wonderful creations, so be sure to have a look over at the CSAYL blog.

I am now officially on two week's holidays so hopefully, fingers crossed, I will be able to have some more regular posts on my blog and stop chasing my tail!

Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Wings Of Joy (Taylored Expressions)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White (PTI); Tempting Turquoise, retired Gable Green (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Old Olive (SU); blue pigment ink (Martha Stewart)
Accessories: Hawaiian Shores ribbon (PTI); circle nestabilities (Spellbinders); copic markers; sprinkles (AnnaBelle Stamps); Glossy Accents (Ranger)


  1. Lovely card....nice idea to create your own plaid DP. You get the colours you need that way.
    Joyce xx

  2. Oooh, love the self-created paper! This is so cool! What a great way to perfectly color-coordinate your card to the inspiration! Love it!

  3. WOW, love the self made paper...brilliant idea and beautiful card. Love it. :)


  4. super sweet Kerry, the paper is amazing- colour selection- awesome!! I saw it in the mag too and must give it a whirl! :)