Taking my Inspiration Cues from the Pros

Sometimes, I pleasantly surprise myself when I sit down to make a card, and that’ s what happened here. I saw the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches design team and immediately envisioned how I could turn that sketch into a card. I just used the Doily Builder Framelits together with the Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet Punch Bundle (you can see that card here) and I am totally in love with both bundles! So I knew I wanted to used those two bundles together again. What I didn’t know was what color palette I wanted. I’ll get to that in just a minute.

First, here is the sketch that inspired me:

I knew the Doily Builder Framelit die and butterfly would be perfect for the ‘any shape’ image and the “Hello Beautiful” sentiment was just begging to be used on the strip. And I’ve been wanting to challenge myself to use more vellum and that seemed to fit beautifully into the card I envisioned in my mind.

I pulled out my package of Botanical Butterfly DSP (a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration Reward). I knew that the butterfly images on this paper could be cropped perfectly with the Butterfly Duet Punch. What I didn’t know was how beautiful Grapefruit Grove looks when paired with Highland Heather! I seriously don’t think I ever would have put those two colors together. But a wise person once advised me, (and I’ll pass along that wisdom to you) that the artists employed by Stampin’ UP! are experts in color theory and design, as well as trend setters. Many times I’ll take my que from the color combinations in DSP patterns. And that’s just what I did here. I cropped out a butterfly from this sheet of DSP

When I studied the butterfly, I discovered the key colors were Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather and Black. So I decided to pull out cardstock in those colors.

And this is my final result!

I just love this card! I am totally in love with the color combination, and really how all the elements came together! I love the Butterfly Gala stamp that I used to create the background for my Highland Heather card base. I love that I actually used Vellum and it looks good; like it belongs there! I love the Grapefruit Grove Doily layered on top of the Basic Black and the Basic Black sentiment strip. I even love that the card is square (it’s 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″). And I love that I actually cut up my Botanical Butterfly DSP instead of hoarding it! #LoveItChopIt

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Nancy Gleason. Stampin' UP! demonstrator, teacher, and blogger
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5 thoughts on “Taking my Inspiration Cues from the Pros

    1. I totally slipped in at the last minute! Thank God for a bank holiday 🙂 I wanted to play along with this sketch all week and this was the first chance I had to write a blog post and link to your challenge. I’m so glad I was able to join you. I had so much fun making this card.

  1. Lovely! I totally agree that the grapefruit and heather is wonderful together. I love how you accented the butterfly with the little doily! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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