Friday, July 3, 2009


I've been keeping a little secret that is a pretty big deal to me ... I'm the July Guest Designer for Makeesha Byl's Inkspirations Challenges! Makeesha is an incredibly talented stamper and Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Australia ... you didn't know the international stamper I'm becoming, did you?! LOL!

This first challenge was just that! I can't tell you how many times I stared at this photograph! At first I was completely focused on the painting hanging on the wall which made me think of lighthouses, nautical, etc. I live in the Arizona desert, so I don't own a whole lot of nautical images! I then started focusing on the food and tea on the table - only to realize that I don't own a whole lot of food images either. I ended up going with the overall "feel" of the whole photo which reminded me of a quaint bed and breakfast. The blue and pattern of the tablecloth led me to the Bella Bleu Designer Paper. I chose one of my favorite sentiments from All Holidays as my main image, and was thrilled to have a reason to use these cool Jumbo Brads!

I hope you'll play along with this week's Inspiration Challenge #9 ... I'd love to see what you come up with !!!
Stamps: All Holidays
Paper: Bella Bleu DP, Not Quite Navy, Kraft, and Very Vanilla CS
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8" Jumbo Brads
Supplies: Stampin' Dimensionals


Debbie said...

Congrats on being the July Guest Stamper, how exciting!! Not surprising though, you have oodles of talent! :-)

I really wish I had some of this dsp, you've created a beautiful card with it!!! Love the layout and the jumbo brads are perfect.

Debbie said...

sorry, I meant July Guest Designer!!! not stamper. :-)

Renée said...

Congrats Nancy!!! Love your inspired card, those jumbo brads look awesome!

Lorri said...

Nancy this is beatiful! You captured the feel of the sketch and created in TRUE NANCY STYLE! I think you did an awesome job on this! See you lost sleep for nothing! WAY TO GO GIRLFRIEND! Congrats on being guest designer superstar!

Stacey Schafer said...

Yes, Bella Bleu...a perfect choice! Love what you've done with the inkspiration! Congrats on being Makeesa's guest designer:) Have a great 4th!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

LOVE this Nancy! This is still one of my fav stamps ever! AWESOME card!!

Karen said...

Gooooooood morning from Australia Nancy - you blog stalker has returned! lol

I absolutely LOVE what you've done with the card and how you came about making it simply by going with the 'feel' you got from the image! It's perfect!

You have no idea how excited this little aussie gal is about having you be apart of our DT team this month - I seriously love your stuff! lol

Luv Karen

Cindy Major said...

Hey, Nancy

Welcome aboard! It is so nice to have you as the guest designer this month. I cannot wait to see everything you'll have to share!

I smiled when I read about your creation process. The thing I find most fascinating with challenges is how we can all start from the same picture and end up with such different results. Your card is a great example of that - I have never even noticed there was a blue tablecloth on there before you pointed it out! :D

Great job with the challenge - I am loving this row of big brads and am thinking I might like to get some for myself after all...

Have a great weekend!
Cindy :)

Michelle said...

How exciting Nancy - that's fabulous that you're Keesh's guest designer! Your card, as always, is just gorgeous! Congrats!

Angie Tieman said...

This is lovely!!!


Hi Nancy!!!! So excited that you will be our guest designer this month!!!! Woohoo..... Beautiful card I am loving that DSP paper!!

Debbie Pamment said...

Fabulous card and soooo lovely to see you part of Keesh's DT for July - 2 of my favourite bloggers together - what a fantastic mix!
This is some of MY favourite DP too!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is the colors!!

Chantelle said...

Congrats on making Keesh's DT member for this month - so excited for you. I LOVE your card - so pretty and perfect. Great job with the challenge. Your blog is just inspirational.

Makeesha said...

Hey Nancy! SO great to see your creation, after not being sure where to begin. I truly love that fact that you ran with your feeling, and I think this really captured the feel of the image! Great job, and thanks so much for your inspired creation this week.....I think July challenges are going to be a blast, and it is good to see the other DT gals, welcome you aboard too! Have a great week, Love Keesh x