Jeanne Streiff posted today’s challenge. She wanted us to get inspired by this purse:


The purse immediately reminded me of the gorgeous Tres Jolie paper I bought when I went shopping back in San Antonio with Jenn. I love that paper and can’t wait to get more when Joy and Daisy finally stock it in their store!!!

I pulled out the paper and decided to put it on my entire card front. I  needed a relatively big image to make the stripes not look overpowering. The sweet Inky Attics turtle I got from Jennifer as a birthday present was still sitting on my table. Rebecca made her birthday invitations yesterday with that image (and lots of bright gel pen colors and big amounts of glitter….she called them their wacky turtles).


I cut out a circle out of watercolor paper, stamped the turtle with black Palette ink and sprayed the paper with my water bottle to wet the paper a little. Then I colored the image with Stampin’ Up!’s classic reinkers. For the bottom part I mixed a drop of bordering blue with a drop of taken with teal to try to match the color of the paper.

My card base is a 5 1/2″ x 11″ chocolate chip retangle folded in half. The front is scored one inch in and folded over. I stamped the fold over with Paisley background in chocolate chip. I used the cutting tool kit from Stampin’ Up! to distress the edges. On the inside of the card is a  5 1/4″ square of the same paper as in the front. It is double sided and I used the other side for the inside.

I paper pierced around the image and on the right side of the inside to tie in the stitches on the purse. The paper piercing looked a little sad on the main image, so I decided to add a kind of Morse code border.

I had planned to place the flower on the right hand side of the image and the saying on the bottom left. Well….while taping the turtle image down I smudged the image with  some chocolate chip ink I had on my fingers (ARRGGHGHHH). So I switched it around. The flower went on the top left of the image, and I had to move the saying to the right. I decided to make a buckle card. I used a 1″ x 3″ strip of watercolor paper, rounded the edges with the round tab punch, stamped paisley with bashful blue and then watercolored over it with the same color. Once it was dry I stamped Thinking of you (Wordsworth) on it. The buckle is only held by the ribbon, which is…of course…May Arts ribbon.


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

10 Responses to “Inspiration challenge”

  1. dang that’s cute! I have that turtle. Maybe I’ll show him your card to inspire him???

  2. This is just awesome! That turtle is so stinkin’ cute!

  3. Really cute card….and the paper matches so perfectly to that purse!! Oh…and by the way…thanks for my new May Arts ribbon obsession!! Now that I’ve got a taste for it, I can tell I’ll be ordering it LOTS now! :-)


  4. OMG! This totally rocks girl, you took the inspiration and ran with it! Great card!

  5. Wow…that paper looks just like the bag! I love those IA turtles too. This is so very cute!

  6. I love that little turtle. It looks like the paper matches the purse exactly!

  7. I knew you would create something awesome with that turtle. I love it!!!!

  8. this is so adorable, what a cute turtle… your paper matches so close to your challenge purse too, very cool!!

  9. Wow! How perfect is that paper for the challenge! Love your primas and that turtle too! Too cute!!! 😉

  10. How ADORABLE…and I can definitly see how you were inspired by that perfect little handbag. The paper is a perfect match! Great job!

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