Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kara's Friday Inspiration File

I absolutely wanted to participate in Kara's Friday Inspiration File challenge in celebration of her 300th week of inspiration!!  Each week, she picks a few of her favorite cards and pins them here.  I have re-pinned so many of her pins into my own inspiration file and I have also discovered so many cardmakers and blogs by checking out her picks each week.  I can't believe it's week 300.  (BTW - Kara is in inspiration herself!!)

I've wanted to play along from the day she posted a week ago, but life gets in the way.  With the husband recovering from surgery, the teenager not getting his driver's license until next week and with the auditors in at work - it's been a very long couple of week.  I give you this sob story because I only had a half hour window to make this card and it's extremely rare that I can make a card in half an hour.  First of all, it takes that much time just to find the stamps and dies!!  Second, I'm a brute force cardmaker, I'm not a visualizer. I just keep experimenting - - - what about this pattern? what about that color? what about a different placement?  Even with the inspiration, I ran out of time on this one! Don't get me wrong - it's going to be perfect for my husband for Valentine's Day, but it does not do justice to the inspiration!

I was inspired by Shona with this card that Kara pinned on week 289.  This is Shona's card.  It is truly lovely with a floral background and a soft blue "hello".

I followed her inspiration exactly except I made it masculine.

Friday Inspiration File

Thank you to Kara for the weekly inspiration.  Thank you to Shona for the gorgeous card - it's staying in my own inspiration files!

I{heart}U dies - Verve
Woodgrain - Stampin' Up
Always - MFT Label Maker Love and dies


  1. This card is still on my inspiration list as well Kim!
    And even if you think it doesn't do the inspiration card justice, I LOVE it and think it's beautiful!

  2. Sorry, but I have to disagree with you; your card certainly does do justice to Shona's, as it showcases *your* special twists and interpretation. Masculine marvelous, in my books! Glad to know I'm not the only one who takes a while to create cards, although my distraction is spending too much time in front of the laptop, 'looking' for ideas, rather than just getting going with ideas of my own. Creativity doesn't come naturally to me...sighhh! Now...of to case your xoxo card...

  3. such a great card!! so glad you could participate!! love it!

  4. This is so cool and a great take on Shona's card!

  5. Wonderful CASE Kim, this is pretty!!

  6. The snow storm we had yesterday gave me the time I needed to do some CASEING of my own at last! Love your take on Shona's card. Sometimes I can put a card idea to paper in a short time, but usually I experiment along the way like you described. Either way, it's pure enjoyment!


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