Runway Inspired Challenge 148

Hello friends!

Today I killed a bug and then felt sorry for killing it with a spray. Trust me, you don’t want to hear the description of the bug or how it died. I thought afterwards that it would have been better if I had the courage to crush it in one go, maybe it would have suffered less…sorry, I must be creeping you out!! I am not really a story teller, it is Wida’s blog where you should go if you want to read a lighthearted funny/sweet little story. I wanted to give it a try in her honor, as today will be her last post with the Runway Inspired design team! We started as fierce competitors, then we guest designed together, and then we were both on this team! I love your work Wida, and I am going to miss your presence on the team!

For today’s challenge, we have this beautiful inspiration:


The pattern on the dress is so pretty. As usual, I went to the site, zoomed in and looked at all the detail. The dress has some whimsical watercolor drawings along with patches of silver baroque patterns. It really looks like a piece of art!

I had an image of what I wanted to design in mind, but I didn’t find any stamp in my collection that would help me create that design. So I decided to get  bold and try my hand at water coloring. Here is the result:

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I first drew some whimsical flowers and leaves with a pencil. Then I applied water color (Distress ink+water+liquid pearl) over the flowers. Once it was dry I drew the outlines with a 0.3 Prisma black sketch pen. I was quite surprised at how quickly it all came about. I started with a larger panel, so I trimmed it down to 4×6 inches and adhered it to a card base. I used 120lb card stock as I didn’t want the panel to warp due to the water.

Finally, I used a Dymo label maker to write the sentiment. I was thinking of my sister-in-law and her family, whose amazing contributions to the world always inspire me!

Thanks for joining me here today, and I hope you will stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge to see more inspiration and play along!

Runway Inspired Challenge #47

Hello friends!

It’s time for the next Runway Inspired Challenge. We have a beautiful and bright inspiration:


I really liked the cluster of flowers on the shoulders and how they seem to spill out of the dress.

I tried to recreate that look with some flowers die cut out of crepe paper.

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It may not be very clear from the photo, but there are two white strips each lined with gold embossing along the edges. It would have looked more prominent had I raised them on foam tape, however I wanted the emphasis to be on the flowers, so I just glued down the strips. To make them I first cut out the strips, then aligned a ruler along the edge leaving out a very tiny strip, which I lined with a Versamark pen, then embossed with Gold. I repeated twice on each edge for a fuller and thicker look.

The flowers were die cut and punched from Crepe paper as I just mentioned. I had these papers from long time ago (school days so more than ten years old). I bought them when I lived in Saudi Arabia, but I think the pink one is exactly the same as this one.

The center of the flowers were die cut out of Gold foil paper. For the small ones I punched twice using this paper punch, and the swirl is just another tiny punch from Michaels similar to this one. The sentiment is stamped in SU! Chocolate chip ink and is from the Hero Arts All Occasion Messages set.

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp, and the winner will get a $15 gift certificate to their online store!

I hope you will join us for this Challenge. Make sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge and check out the gorgeous project from the rest of the design team.

Thanks for stopping by!

Runway Inspired Challenge #46

Hello Hello!

We have a super cool and funky inspiration photo at Runway Inspired Challenge this week! and an equally amazing Guestie! (I am not suggesting she is anything like the model!) But I am sure you will love what she came up with, for it is none other than Jocelyn Olson from Red Balloon Cards! I simply ADMIRE her work 🙂

Ok, here is the inspiration photo:


When I went to work to make a card, all I thought of generation stamping with Black ink (inspired by the beautiful patterned skirt) and a bright orange element. And here is the card after seven several tries:

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The Rose (or what should look like a Rose) and the sentiment are stamps designed by me. I have been trying my hand at drawing in Adobe Illustrator, and decided to order some samples to see how they would look 🙂

Do stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge, for as usual, our team has come up with astounding projects along with our star guest designer Jocelyn!

Thanks for visiting today!

Runway Inspired Challenge #43

Hello there!

Before I introduce you to the new Runway Inspired challenge, I want to point out that I have recently added two new pages to this site. Cards for Healing and Classes. So if you have some time, go check them out 🙂

Now on to the challenge, we have a fabulous inspiration photo this week; one I particularly like as it has square/grid elements!  Check it out:


Well, I was a bit unimaginative and just went ahead and cut out a number of 3/4″ yellow squares to work with.

Here is my second card that I made with those squares:

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The grid pattern is a free digital from Mel McCarthy. You can view all her sets here at flickr.

The execution of this card was quite simple; I adhered the yellow squares to a piece of square clear sheet, then glued the black die cut on it. Added the label maker sentiment, then adhered my square panel with foam tape. Done within about 15 minutes.

I just mention that this was my second card. The first card had a similar design concept, but was a lot more time consuming; definitely not a practical way to make a card!

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Here I first adhered the squares to a scrap grid panel and cut out the negative of the die. Then I adhered all the yellow pieces to a black panel. The tiniest of all pieces was the one at he bottom left corner of the top right square.

I stamped the Thank you (from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Words) on gray card stock, trimmed and adhered to the black panel. Once again, the entire panel was raised with foam tape.

This week, the winner’s prize is a $15 gift card to Simon Says Stamp!

Make sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge to see the challenge details and the amazing projects that the te rest of the design team created!

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for stopping by!

Runway Inspired Challenge #42

Hello Hello!

It’s time for a new Runway Inspired Challenge. And we have a terrific guest designer; Teri Anderson from PaperCrafts Go-to Gals!!

I can’t wait to see what she has created using this Fab inspiration photo:

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I must confess, despite the great patterns and colors, I was seriously stumped with this one!

After at least three tries, I finally came up with this card:

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I drew the pattern that I wanted for the background on a 5.5″ x 4.25″ piece of white card stock and cut it apart. I then adhered each piece on a piece of clear sheet of same size (5.5″ x 4.25″), which in turn was adhered to the card base with foam tapes.

For the butterfly, I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers. I simply dabbed the tip of the marker randomly to create the splotchy look.

Markers Used: YR16, YR18, Y19, B04, B26 and B39

The prize this week is a $25 gift card to Ellen Hutson!

Make sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team created!

Jen | Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida (on break this week)

Runway Inspired Challenge #38

Hello Hello!

It’s time for a new Runway Inspired Challenge, and we have the sweet and super talented Iwona Palamountain joining us as our Guest Designer!!

Here is this week’s inspiration:

The first thing I noticed was the skirt. It looked like embossed metal to me!  So I decided to use embossed foil paper. I made my own foil paper by adhering aluminum foil to white card stock and then embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

After that I was a little stuck with what to do with it! I started rummaging in my stamps and saw a huge ornament stamp that looked a little like the pattern on the shirt. I stamped it in Distress ink milled lavender, and from there I was able to use my foil paper embellishment:

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As you can see, I cut a circle out of the embossed foil paper and covered the center part of the ornament. While wondering where should the sentiment go, I noticed the circular sentiment from mama elephant. Good thing I did, for I don’t know where else I would have put a sentiment. It is embossed in white on bright orange paper.

Here is another view of the card where the embossed pattern is more visible:

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This week’s sponsor is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will get a $25 gift certificate to her online store! So make sure to play along!

For more inspiration and ideas please visit the rest of the design team:

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for stopping by!

Runway Inspired Challenge #37

Hello there!

A new Runway Inspired challenge, and we have a FUN inspiration photo for you this week!

Check it:


Pretty hip and cool, right? (not that I would ever wear it! ) and yes, I think  the model is holding a stuffed animal! I was inspired by the 3-D letters and the red and black over white.

This challenge is sponsored by Paper Smooches, and Kim was so nice to send us each a set to work with. I got the Metropolis set, and here is what I came up with:

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Here is a close up of how the sky scrapers are stacked:

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I stamped and colored the skyline three times; first on the base (colored in black) then twice on separate card stock, colored in black and red respectively. I also stamped the road underneath the black skyline. I trimmed them and glued them slightly offset to mimic the 3-D letters. The red body of the card is covered with glossy accent for shine.

I hope you can join us this week! As usual, there are no product restriction, just create a project inspired by the Runway Photo.

Please visit the rest of the Design Team and see what they have come up with!

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Runway Inspired Challenge #36

A new Runway Inspired challenge is here, and we have a guest designer! One of my personal favorites…and I am sure many others’ as well…she is non other than…DEBBY HUGHES!! I can’t wait to see what she has made with this inspiration photo:


I must say, I was a bit stumped with this one. There were a lot of triangle patterns in my head, but nothing fresh and concrete. Then I was torn between whether to use stamps or keep it all paper as I usually do. In the end I settled to use a unit of the pattern from the model’s sweater. I translated it to my square card base with paper pieced card stock:

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Got to give a tribute to all that red in the picture…at first I was thinking of a flower but it didn’t seem it would go well with the graphic base. Then I thought the pattern looked a little like an envelope! So came the heart (Stampin’Up! punch) and the sentiment (Simon Says Stamp All Occasion Banners).

This week’s sponsor is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will get a $25 gift certificate to their online store.

Make sure to visit the rest of the design time for an amazing doze of inspiration!

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for stopping by!

Runway Inspired Challenge #35


I am back again with a new Runway Inspired Challenge. This week’s inspiration photo:


Despite all the stripes in this photo, I was drawn to the handbag. Initially I had designed my card with a black striped washi tape, but it just didn’t fit right, so I redid it with a solid black strip. Here is the card:

Polka dots & gold

The foliage is die cut out of gold shimmery vellum. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture the beautiful shine from the golden elements. Here is a close-up picture:

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I hope you can join us again this week! Our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp, and the winner will get a $15 gift card to their online store.

Don’t forget to see what the rest of the design team has come up with this inspiration photo. I tell you, there are some amazing cards!

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for stopping by!

Runway Inspired Baby Shower!

Hello hello!

We have a surprise baby shower challenge today for our Runway girl Aga! Earlier this month Aga gave birth to the beautiful baby Helena, and we have all decided to make cards based on this super-cute inspiration photo:

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Jennifer had mentioned that she imagines Aga would dress up Helena in something like this outfit, and I completely agree 🙂 It is so classy and so cute!

And here is my card for the little princess:

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A little on how this card came together (no stamps used):

  • The dotted background is printed from Mel’s free digital patterned paper sets. You can find them here. I chose to print in Kraft.
  • For the bow, I printed the outline, trimmed and assembled with a pearl brad in the center.
  • For my lack of good baby stamps/sentiments, I printed out the sentiment strip using white font against brown background.

I hope you can play along, for you don’t want to miss the prize! The winner will get to guest design with us for an upcoming challenge!! How exciting is that?! Can’t wait to see your entries!

And here are the cards from the rest of the design team:

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t  forget to play along!

Runway Inspired Challenge #34


It is time for another Runway Inspired Challenge! And joining us as a guest designer this month is….Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love!! I admire her style very much, and am so excited to see what she has created based on this gorgeous Inspiration photo:


I would wear that dress!!….except…I am neither tall nor skinny :/

But aside from that, this dress is absolutely elegant. I just love the way the floral design wraps around the dress. Given all that, I still had a hard time deciding on a design for my card. To cut the story short, I finally decided to make a black glitter flower as my focal point. Here is the card:

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You could probably buy black glitter paper, but since I didn’t have any, I just made my own by adhering black glitter on black card stock, I used my Xyron machine for an even application of adhesive.

I punched out the petals using Stampi’Up! Blossoms punch, bent and shaped the petals by hand and arranged them around a large glue dot on a punched circle. For the flower center, I punched out a 3/8″ circle from silver paper and adhered some silver textured beads using a large glue dot.

I used the Memory Box Honey Blossom spring die for the floral design.

At first I had made a bigger flower using the larger petal punch, and since it wasn’t the intended size, I had to redo it with the smaller petal. However, I decided to make a card with the larger flower as well:

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I am not a pro like Laura when it comes to large flower cards (she makes it look so easy!) but I tried my best. It is not clear in the photo, but the background was stamped in Versamark and colored with various light shades of shimmery chalk.

Once I made the smaller flower, this is the card I had first made:

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Here I used shimmery silver vellum for the floral die cuts. I was quite happy with it, except I wondered how it would look like with the floral in black. I think I like both versions, but the black one is definitely more striking and more fitting the inspiration photo. What do you think?

I hope you can join us this week. We have a $25 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson’s online store for the winner!

Please check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration:

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for stopping by!

Runway Inspired Challenge # 33


Time for another Runway Inspired Challenge! This week we have a *delicious* inspiration photo, check it:

This picture speaks “sweets” to me. First of all that yammy yellow color makes me think of ice cream, but do you notice all the sweet goodness in that whimsical background? I absolutely love that backdrop, so for my card I tried to have a whimsical background:


I used a background stamp from Rubbernecker and stamped in Hero Arts Soft sand shadow ink. As for the lollipop, I used one of Joscie’s flairs which she so generously gave us from her shop Bossy Joscie.

For the  stick, I rolled a piece of off-white paper and cut it to size. Then I tied the tiniest bow and placed it on the stick with a glue dot. I used glossy accent and foam tape to adhere the “lollipop” so it would stay secure in place.

I hope you can join us at the Runway this week!

Make sure to visit the other team members to check out what they came up with:

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for stopping by!

Runway Inspired Challenge # 32


We had some great submissions for the last challenge, and it was quite tough to choose the winners! If you haven’t already been there, head over to Runway Inspired Challenge to find out who made it to the winners list.

This week we have a super star guest designer; one of the best CAS designers out there…it’s Milie Belles herself!!

and we have another fun outfit to inspire us:


Black and hot pink? Striking! There are so many possibilities with this one.

Given the satin skirt, I wanted to use some satin ribbon. I had a lot of different design ideas, but for me if there is ribbon, it has to be a wedding themed card! So in the end I settled with this card:


I made the ring by cutting three rings out of silver metallic paper (they are very thick paper) and stacking them together. I applied Glitz stardust glitter on top using a regular tape runner.

As for the diamond, at first I had cut out one freehand (stacked and glittered in a similar fashion), but after taking some pictures I realized something looked odd. The diamond was too small/narrow compared to the ring! and it definitely did not have the “ideal” cut. So then I Google searched for diamond cuts and found an image comparing different cuts. I printed out the ideal cut and used it as template to make my diamond 🙂

The sentiment is embossed in silver. And the ribbon, well, it is really simple; just two pieces holding on to each other!

I would like to share another one of my cards inspired by this outfit. Here I didn’t use ribbon, and the background was inspired by the pattern on the floor.

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The chevron arrow is supposed to be pointing to the inside. Just  a note, I used my Xyron machine to apply even adhesive on a piece of paper, which I used to apply the glitter on. I stacked the right heart on some thicker card stocks.

I hope you can join us this week, for we were quite blown away by your submissions at the last challenge!

Our sponsor this time is Ellen Hutson and the winner will get a $25 gift car to her online store.

Please make sure to visit the rest of the design team to see their amazing creations!

Aga | Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for stopping by!

Runway Inspired Challenge #31

Hello there.

We have a super fun inspiration photo at the Runway Inspired challenge this week!

check it out:

Do you notice her “Taxi” shoes?! There is so much to draw inspiration from, but I decided to go with the prominent colors/pattern on this one. Here is my card:

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I wanted to get the look of her T-shirt with my central panel. Do you notice how the stripes show through? But I didn’t want to use vellum or copy paper…so ended up using the same card stock as the card base. However, Jennifer did get the look! So you should definitely check out her card!

I had made another card before making this one. I wasn’t too “thrilled” with it, but wanted to share it anyways:

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It is supposed to be a Birthday card. The stamp and sentiment is from an Inkadinkado stamp set. I think it’s a pretty bad joke (I didn’t find it funny)…but it kind of went with the gesture of the girl! 🙂

The sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp, and the winner will get  a$15 gift card to their online store!

For more inspiration please check out the rest of the design team. I promise you, you will be amazed!

Aga | Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, and as always, thanks for visiting!

Runway Inspired Challenge #30

Hello there!

It is time for a new Runway Inspired challenge, and joining us as a guest designer is none other than Jennifer Mcguire!!

Here is the inspiration photo:

Well, we have something a little different this time, two sets of outfits instead of the usual one.  My first take was the scattered flowers which are present in both outfits. Initially I wanted to use a black grid against yellow as background for my flowers (outfit on right). However, my flowers being very light in color were not looking prominent enough against a busy background, so I decided to back them with navy blue (left outfit) and came with this:

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I decided to mimic the rusty looking wall for the background of my panel. I applied distress ink (frayed burlap)  with a sponge applicator on a piece of white card stock. I wasn’t being careful to blend it well so it came out pretty quickly. I then sprinkled some water droplets all over.

To make the roses, I used this flower punch. You can watch this video on YouTube to see how to make them.

I used white card stock to punch out the flowers, and applied ink to the edges of the outer petals. I left the innermost one completely white. The leaves are die cuts from this Memory box die.

This week’s sponsor is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will get a $25 gift card to her store!

Please visit the other team members to check out their amazing work!

Jen |  Laura | Nina | Pamela | Virginia | Wida

Thanks for visiting!