I’m so happy that I was able to play along in Beate’s “Be Inspired” Challenge this week! Just look at this gorgeous inspiration piece.

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Here is the card I made for it.


First I chose a designer paper with a floral pattern and colors similar to the inspiration piece. I think the embossing helps to complete the look of the frosting. I thought this beautiful image from Flourishes “Fantasy Floral Garden” set was a perfect match to the paper, too. I colored it with SU! markers and a blender pen, a white gel pen and Sakura’s Stardust Pen. I love this Stardust pen. It is so much easier to use than other glitters as it is so easy to control where you want the sparkle to go. And it dries really quickly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve added glitter in the past only to smear it as I’m trying to do something else with the card!

Hope you can all play along today! Check out the other cards made by the Inspiration Challenge Team:

Charmaine Ikach

Danielle Lounds

Dawn McVey

Jennifer Buck

Stamps: Flourishes “Fantasy Floral Garden” and “Flourished Words”
Papers: Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, DCWV Textured Mat Stack, K & Company DP
Inks: Always Artichoke Classic and Markers in Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Bordering Blue, Ruby Red
Accessories: Ric Rak, Brads, White Gel Pen, Stardust Pen, Cuttlebug, Birds & Swirls Embossing Folder



This Thursday there is a Copics class being offered here in Seattle that I am going to. I have wanted to try coloring with Copics for some time but have been too scared to try them on my own. I hope Marianne doesn’t regret her decision of “No Experience Necessary” for participants. I have warned her that she may change that policy after having to deal with a certain “coloring challenged” student in this Thursday’s class! But I’m really excited and really looking forward to it!! And I think there may still be a few spaces available if you live in the Seattle area and you have been wanting to try these markers. Here is Marianne’s blog I Like Markers.

37 Responses to “Beate’s Tuesday Inspiration Challenge #18”

  1. This is absolutely beautiful, Susan! WOW!

  2. OHHHHHHH! I love this cake! I have been tracking everyone down who made a card and SHHHHH…. this one is my fave!! I don’t usually play with this challenge but this one is too hard to resist!

  3. Very nice! It’s so pretty! I love it! 🙂

  4. Gorgeous card, Susan! And what an inspirational photo – love that cake!!!

    I’m so jealous of your coming Copic experience! Have fun!

  5. What a pretty card!

  6. This is sooo gorgeous, Susan!!! I love all of the texture and elements you’ve used!! Fabulous inspiration sample!!

  7. This is some card! Gorgeous!

  8. This card AND the cake are unbelievable! Sooooo pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a stunning card! Love all the texture and the colors are divine! 🙂

  10. Oh my, that’s fabulous! TFS! XO, Mimi

  11. ooh, pretty Susan! I never thought about coloring direclty on textured cardstock – love the dimension of it

  12. Oh Susan, your card is beautiful!! I love that cake too, wowsers!! And I am SO JEALOUS that you are going to Copic class – I am crossing my fingers Marianne comes down to Texas someday!! I have no doubt you will be a quick learner, you are so talented, there’s no way you won’t pick it up with no problem!! Can’t wait to see what you create with them!

  13. This is gorgeous!!!! I love it!!!

  14. WOW!! Susan this card is GORGEOUS!! The colors and textures are fabulous!! And that flower on the textured paper, highlighted with the white gel pen……Wooooeeeee!!!

    I’m also envious of your copic class!! A dream of mine for sure!! You are a natural artist, so you will not have a problem at all!! Have fun!!!

  15. This card is gorgeous!!! I love all the details you added!

  16. Gorgeous card Susan…love the texture!!

  17. Wow! This is just beautiful, Susan!

  18. WOW !!! Just gorgeous!

  19. I love everything about this card! All of the elements you chose are perfect!

  20. This is really beautiful.

  21. WOW! I love your take on the inspiration piece…it is SO wonderful. I love the way you used the ric-rac, the colors, the textures….perfect!

  22. Susan, this is just gorgeous. I love everything about this card! The colors work so well together, and each embellishment adds a beautiful touch. Beyond fantastic!

  23. Absolutely gorgeous. The image looks like you needlepointed it on canvas. Your coloring is just fantastic. I don’t think you have anything to worry about at your Copic workshop! Bet you could show them a thing or two!

  24. Susan, this is a brilliant and beautiful card. Just stunning! You matched the stamp and the paper perfectly. It all works and is the whole package. Excellent!

  25. Oh my gosh, this Fantasy Floral Garden card is just to die for!!! Totally fabulous!!!! YES, that flower IS a perfect match to your paper and I LOVE the rick rack!!! Bravo to you — great job!!!

  26. You certainly have taken Inspiration thru Implementationn to absolute Perfection. Your attention in choice of papers, then the texture set the stage for the great image you use…the details on your image certainly make it the main focus of a stop in your tracks….the best I have seen in this series.

  27. So, so gorgeous! Love the image on the textured paper, great layout and interpretation of the inspiration piece!

  28. This is one of the most beautiful cards I have seen. What kind of paper did you stamp the flower on? It looks like you have done counted cross-stitch on it.

  29. Gorgeous, I thought you cross stitched that main panel! Love the colors, the embossing…….

  30. Susan, I love this card and the dp matches this stamp perfectly. I would love to be near a location where I could take that copic class. I have alot of the markers, but I have not been able to master blending them…you will have so much fun…


  31. Definitely the prettiest card yet with this flower! I’m surprised to see such perfect stamping on the textured paper. I love it! It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  32. That cake is gorgeous (leave it to Martha) and your card is just beautiful. Wonderful take on the inspiration!

  33. WOW…this is gorgeous!! LOVE the white pen highlights and that you stamped it on textured c.s. It sooo goes with that background dp too. GREAT CARD! 🙂

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  35. Wow… this card just takes my breath away… so very beautiful.

  36. This is so, so beautiful…love your colors and all the little details.

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