Monday, April 30, 2012

Guest Design And A Challenge for YOU!

I’m absolutely delighted to be be sharing my projects with you today. When I got the invite from Yvonne Yam (Do more with Less) to be her guest designer for her blog, I had little idea what I like to share. So instead of focusing on stamping techniques and styles, I though it will be fun to share my projects from the inspiration that I got from shopping! Yes, window-shopping!! It’s FUN and it’s FREE! Stationary and life style stores are my all time favorite places to visit.
I am presenting you...

Virginia’s Shop-Inspiration
Let’s start shopping for inspiration....
Inspiration #1
Are these bags gorgeous? I took the inspiring design and decorated a paper bag! 
 Do More with Less GD 3
Creative prompt-Kraft paper, ribbons, nature theme, simple layered stamping
note: for the flowers, I stamped in two shades (bright yellow light brown). That way the flowers will look even fuller in bloom.
Inspiration #2 
You see all the trendy colors and patterns in these photos. I took a few small stamps and created three thank –you cards
Do More with Less GD1
Creative Prompt: create background with a small stamp, emboss, resist emboss, repeated stamping
Inspiration #3
 The colors are so simple, yet the patterns and textured background make the design a stand out. I decided to stamp on sticky back canvas and made two cards.
 life is good
 Just Saying Hello
Creative prompt: textured background, distressing, monograms, stamping on canvas
 
I hope you can join the challenge with me and Yvonne. You can use the above creative prompts to make any projects that strike your fancy. I am offering a gift certificate of $15 from The Crop Stop to the winner of this challenge. I can’t wait to see what inspires you!! Lastly, thank you, Yvonne, for this opportunity to host a challenge with you! It definitely gives me a push to be extra creative!!

Please link up your project to Do More with Less. You have plenty of time to create. the challenge close on May 18!  I can't wait to see your take!  

48 comments:

Kerry said...

I love all of these. I especially love the effect of stamping on canvas. I take pictures on my phone of things I want to use for card inspiration. Beautiful cards, Virginia!

Laura B. said...

Holy Moly! That's a lot of awesomeness for one post, Virginia!!! I love the stamping on canvas, too!! That looks really fabulous!

MommaSue said...

Lovely as always, Virginia! I have to say, I think the gift bags are my favorite.

Barb said...

WOW!! What a fab post, V! Love the way you were inspired to create all these fantastic projects! Once again I'm using the words "clever" and "creative" when visiting your blog! Love your work, my friend! :)

Angi said...

I love inspirational projects. These are fabulous!

Anita Recksiedler said...

Wow Virginia that is some inspiration! Wow love them all and love all your cards! I really hope to be able to play along!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Wow Virginia! The less you have to work with the MORE you seem to make!!! Fabulous ideas and inspiration!

pcm said...

love those thank you cards!

Lindsey said...

Your inspiration pics really do offer a lot of ideas... and your inspired projects are beauties!

Brenda said...

Ooh! Love your inspiration photos and what you did with them! I especially love the ones on sticky back canvas!

Chunyuan said...

wow, fabulous cards and very inspirational post. Congrats on being a guest designer with Yvonne. She is the sweetest. What's the leaf stamp in the Merci trio card set? Thanks!

Rachel W K said...

what a fun post, and the cards you made with all the pattern inspiration is AWE-MAZE-ing! you just keep on rockin it

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Alice Wertz said...

you are an inspiration, V!!! these are so fun and beautiful! thanks for the inspirations and congrats on the GD spot! so well deserved! =)

Jenny said...

Oh wow what a visual feast Virginia.... I love to window shop too for inspiration and patterns. Your cards are gorgeous, I especially love the bold graphic patterns :0)
Jenny x

Gayatri said...

First of all, Congrats on your GDT position. Secondly, wow! what beautiful inspirations and you have outdone your inspirations, Virginia! Love love your take on all of them especially the canvas card is so beautiful. Thanks for the inspirations. I hope I can play this afternoon :)

Annette said...

Congrats on your Guest Blogger spot with Yvonne...she is just amazing and she always finds amazing talent...All of your creations are amazing...

Wida said...

I need to get me some canvas! love those cards!!!

Cindy C. said...

Oh my goodness these window shopping inspired projects are absolutely amazing! Thanks for the inspirations.

veronica said...

my fav is your last card! very cool!
but i also love your green/cream leaf card. cool inspiration pics too.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Your creations are AMAZING Virginia!! I loveeeeeeeee your challenge!!

Lynn said...

Wowzers Virginia! Such gorgeous cards...and fabulous inspiration photos. The middle ones are my favorites, but they are all beauties!

Sue McRae said...

What a fabulous assortment of cards and congrats on your guest designer spot!

paula said...

Congratulations on your Guest spot, it's well deserved. All your cards today are amazing. Plus I love where you have gotten your inspirations from

Kelly Griglione said...

Way to go, guest designer! Lots of cards to pick from. Love seeing your inspiration, Virginia. The thank you cards are my favorite

LittleSunday said...

Beautiful work! Congrs!

Simone said...

WOW!! Virginia you are such an amazing designer!! I LOVE all of thise projects - they are just absolutely stunning! Love the inspiration photos too!

Dawn said...

congrats of your guest spot Virginia. You certainly have the a way with using your inspiration ideas. Love all your projects.

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

wow you are incredibly talented! I will be window shopping in a different way now.

Anni said...

Thank you so much for sharing!
Was für ein toller Einblick in deine Inspiration und deinen Schaffensweg!
Tolle Projekte und wunderschöne Anregungen!
Hugs, Anni

joy said...

Your creativity knows no bounds, Virginia! Congrats on the guest designer spot - so well-deserved!!!

Bethany said...

Wow- I love the way you drew inspiration from all those things! Your cards are gorgeous!!! Looks like a fun challenge :) Maybe I'll play along!

Brenda said...

Wow, wow, wow, that's a lot of inspiration. These are stunning projects!

Kathy (krolski) said...

I love your gift bag and the textured background on the cards. Beautiful projects!

alexandra s.m. said...

What an amazing post Virginia!
So rich and inspiring!
I hope I can catch up with everything here so I can join the challenge!

Thank You <3

Linda R said...

WOWZER.. What a yummy post. So much inspiration here my friend.. I LOVE the stamping on the fabric. Looks amazing..

Hugs, Linda

Melissa Shea said...

Wow Virginia! Talk about finding inspiration everywhere! Love how you translated the pics of shopping to GORGEOUS cards!

Susan F. said...

Oh my word Virginia, these are all stunning! This post in itself is a lesson in how to find inspiration everywhere. Thank you!! Wow!

Lisa A. said...

Wow...Virginia...these are all so GORGEOUS!!!!! What absolutely beautiful cards...such an array of inspiration....just may have to try my hand at the challenge:)!!

MarcyK924 said...

OH MY Virginia!! A feast of eye candy and inspiration! WOW, would I love to go shopping with you! A valuable lesson you are teaching here - to be inspired by THINGS you find beautiful. I must keep that as my mantra! It certainly works for you, my sweet friend! Hugs, Marcy

yyam said...

You are amazing Virginia! I love how you've taken inspiration to new heights! I love your creativity and I'm so glad you agreed to be my guest! Can't wait to see the inspired creations! :)

Melanie said...

Virginia--these projects are fabulous! Oh, I just love every one of them :)

Lyndal said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning cards Virginia :)

Ann said...

Wowza, these are ALL amazing!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Love the cards stamped on canvas! beautiful and inspiring.

Lisa Arana said...

oh my gosh, your cards are STUNNING!

chrystinanoel.com said...

I really love the uneven edges of the center rectangular piece, it adds character :)

Angi said...

I just linked up over on Yvonne's blog. What a fun challenge. :)

~jan said...

Im lifting your "Life is Good" card for my Celebrity Lift featyure on my blog! :) Thanks for inspiring us card makers, Virginia!