Monday, July 4, 2011

H2H Challenge: Be Inspired

Welcome to the first Heart 2 Heart challenge for July! Today is an extra-special H2H day because we are welcoming a new Design Team! Please be sure to stop by the H2H blog to check out our new members and their fabulous inspiration for you. Welcome Brenda, Cheryl, Debi, Michelle, and Pamela! We also have a guest DT, Tracy, joining us. Jody, Mary, and I are so glad you're on board.

For all my American friends, happy Independence Day! I hope you're enjoying your holiday and find a little time to play along with us. You have the entire month to play along with this month's challenges, so let's get started!
We have this gorgeous photo trio to inspire you. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to create something inspired by this photo. It can be a card, a layout, a home decor item, or anything else under the sun, as long as it uses Close To My Heart products. Did I mention that there are prizes for playing along too? Our two prize sponsors are Sandra and Tonya. Be sure to visit them and leave them a little love for sponsoring H2H this month.

My card came together very quickly. I was inspired by the beautiful flowers, the colors, and all the beautiful "white space" is the inspiration photo. I grabbed my favorite floral stamp set, Treasure Life, and some bright, fun inks: Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Pear, Sky, and Sunny Yellow. I inked up the different flower stamps using the rock 'n roll technique to add multiple colors to one solid stamp. I also stamped some of the flowers and leaves in second and third generation (stamping again without reinking) to give the card a softer, muted look. I finished it off with quite a bit of bling from the various CTMH sparkles collections. Although my card ended up being bolder than I anticipated, I like how cheery it is. (I really did mean to leave more white space on it!)

Before saying au revoir, this inspiration piece also reminded me of this quotation:
"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers."
~Veronica A. Shoffstall, "After a While," 1971

Create something beautiful today to decorate your soul (and don't forget to link it up to the H2H blog)!

All supplies from Close To My Heart: Treasure Life stamp set; Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Pear, Sky, and Sunny Yellow inks; Cotton Candy card stock; scraps from the Olivia and Hooligans paper packs; assorted sparkles


  1. I love that you stamped in 2nd and 3rd generations.

  2. Wow! Love the beautiful color combinations. So bright and cheery. The flowers really stand out with the crisp white cardstock. Great job. Thank you for sharing your talents.
    Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~S`andra V.

  3. Beautiful card - and it has just the right amount of white space, from my viewpoint!

  4. Haley, I love this card! I've been using this set lately, so may have to lift a bit :)

  5. Beautiful card! one of my favorite stamps too! You really made it stand out with the colors.

  6. One of my favorite stamps sets - and you don't see it used with these colors too often. Perfectly lovely!

  7. I love this card, Haley!! I don't have that stamp set yet...hmmmm...thanks for the enabling. And I love the know I'm all about the bling! :-)

  8. Haley, love, love, love this one! The colurs are gorgeous together! The is one of those stamp sets I keep looking at...I guess I have a last chance at it!

  9. This is one of my favorite stamp sets the card!

  10. Love, love, love this card! Exactly what I had in mind to create from this photo but then ran out of time - darn houseguest! LOL
    Beautiful work, Haley!

  11. Very pretty. I always love the flowers. Great creation.


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