Thursday, September 20, 2012

inspired by... AUTUMN! ♥

by now i expect everyone knows that one of my all time favorite challenge sites is inspired by which of course is hosted by the lovely laurel seabrook. so you can probably guess how excited i was when that good lady asked if i'd like to guest design with her some week. "just tell me *WHEN*!" i said immediately; turns out, it's today!

so without further ado, here is the inspiration photo:

and here is my card, which is absolutely, completely, totally, 100% UNLIKE what i was planning to do:

(vintage: book paper for leaves (using cuttlebug dies); woven rattan background: the paper co; pumpkin clip art: from t'internet; patterned paper: authentique, scenic route, 7 gypsies; journaling card: basic grey; happy rub-on: my mind's eye; flower stickers: martha stewart; other: denim from an old pair of shorts (xyroned onto index stock); inks: colorbox; adhesives: staples brand glue tape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)

you see, i had thought i'd make a "guy card" for my brother-in-law. i figured i'd start with a fabulous antique truck image and then build up from there, working in some of the textures from the photo-- metal, wood, etc. great idea, right? yeah, i thought so too! with ALL THE VINTAGE stuff i have... wouldja believe... i could not find even *ONE* truck photo, drawing, or illustration??! NUTHIN'! so instead i went MEGA-literal with the colors, the pumpkins, and the general fall goodness. i really like how it came out, and it's perfect for my aunt marilyn's birthday in mid-october; but i'm still feeling a bit vexed at bein' thwarted, lol! :) :) :)

so what elements of that gorgeous photo are speaking to you right now? the colors? the textures? the pumpkins?? why not start with one... or all of those... but with the idea in mind that you're willing to follow wherever the inspiration takes you?!

another great place to begin is over at inspired by, where you can see laurel's project and read all the details for linking up your own! ♥ 


  1. Wow! Love what you've come up with for that awesome pic. Looks so Fall like! Wonderful creation as always my friend! Yeah!

  2. I just love your card, love those pumpkins! Thanks for being a guest!

  3. Many congrats on your Design spot ... your card is absolutely lovely! ... You were obviously meant to go down this route ... Aunt Marilyn will be thrilled!!

  4. I'm glad you went on this direction because this card made me drool. However I would love to see a boy card too because I need such help with those and your cards are always fabulous inspiration. So get to it !

  5. I absolutely LOVE this; from the denim (that texture works beautifully) to the piece pumpkins and then the leaves from a book - so cool. I'm not surprised, you don't seem thwarted but you've inspired me to be more creative!

  6. love it!!! you rocked the GD gig girl :)

  7. Congrats on the guest designer spot!

    Triple WOW on this! LOVE that pumpkin and that wonderful deep blue background! Outstanding!!!

  8. Looks amazing.. And of course they would want you as a GD. You work is awesome girlfriend.


  9. Lauren - You always crack me up! Sounds like your muse had different ideas for this card huh?? Mine frequently does and she refuses to help with anything until I humbly submit to her ideas....which tend to be pretty amazing. Looks like your muse was having a great day with this one! Second....your in in NJ???? Why did I think you were in Canada??? We're practically neighbors! I really don't know how to color but anytime you want to stop in we can break out the Prismas and have some fun ;)
    Have a great weekend!!

  10. 1st fall card...holla!!! love it. I love the pumpkin pp patterns. Its so pretty.

  11. You do realize that you will IMMEDIATELY find not one, but DOZENS of truck images to add to your stash. Vexing, indeed.

  12. I love the variety of patterns on the pumpkins~gorgeous work!


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