Beate is back and so are her weekly Inspiration Challenges!  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge.


Here is the inspiration piece.  It is by Jo Moulton from Coldwater Creek.


I used Flourishes “Poppy Patch” for the main image.  I stamped the floral images on Basic Grey’s “Ambrosia” designer paper and then colored them in with LuminArte’s Pure Mica Powder in “Real Gold”.  Nancy Kirk has made a wonderful tutorial for using these beautiful powders.  The background is brayered using SU!’s Rose Red, More Mustard, So Saffron, River Rock and Always Artichoke.

Check out the cards made by the other Inspiration Challenge Team members:

Charmaine Ikach

Dawn McVey

Jennifer Buck

Silke Ledlow

Stamps: Flourishes “Poppy Patch”; (Sentiment Unknown)

Papers: Basic Grey “Ambrosia”; SU! Very Vanilla, Basic Black

Inks: Versafine “Onyx Black”; SU! Rose Red, More Mustard, So Saffron, River Rock, Always Artichoke

Accessories: LuminArte Pure Mica Powder “Real Gold”; GG Ribbon; Raffia; Brads; Gel Pen; Fiscar Oval Cutting System


I had such a wonderful time with my son and his family on their visit.  But yesterday was very strange.  All day I kept hearing the girls’ sweet little voices.  And then I would remember that they had returned home.  But I do have some pictures.  Here’s one of our visit to the Seattle Aquarium. I had no idea that starfish were so squishy!

I have four sons and no daughters.  Consequently my whole experience in buying clothes for my kids has always been all boy stuff… certainly no pink roses! Well you can imagine my delight to have twin granddaughters (and another one on the way!)!  I took the girls shopping, and we found these fun clothes.  They humored grandma and dressed up for me.


Hope everyone finds some time today to laugh and love and count your blessings.  Happy Tuesday!!




37 Responses to “Beate’s Tuesday Inspiration Challenge #20”

  1. Gorgeous card, Susan! I LOVE your take on the inspiration piece. . and look at those adorable girls! 🙂

  2. This is so pretty, Susan! What a beauty! 🙂

  3. Gorgeous card Susan. I have to hunt down that mica powder. The girls pictures are darling as usual!

  4. Breath taking card Susan! Simply stunning! Your GD are just adorable. You have 4 boys, wow! They have another one on the way that is wonderful, CONGRATS! I only have the twins and yes all boy sometimes get old. lol I like the pinks here and there too. hee hee Have a blessed day. Hugs

  5. This is a really beautiful card! I loved this inspiration peice!

  6. Ohh, the card is gorgeous! And the little girls are adorable!

  7. WOW Susan, I just love your card, and how you added the 3D to it…. will keep that in mind….love also the BG and how the colors change – great!
    …..and your granchildren look so sweet in these dresses, you must miss them.

  8. Susan, your poppy card is wonderful — love the brayering as well as how you’ve done the poppies!! And those little girls — oh my — how FUN to buy little girl things — I guess I must wait for granddaughters!!!! Just like you — TFS — and glad you had time to spend with them!!!

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  10. Wow! Susan, your card is beautiful! I love everything about it.
    Your little granddaughters are sooo adorable.
    Hugs and smiles

  11. Susan, you granddaughters are so dear! Love the fun outfits. Don’t be surprised if you hear they want wear the their special dresses to church, school and every special occasion. TFS the pictures!!!
    Your card is such a beauty. I just love it! I think you did a spectacular job on the challenge.

  12. Beautiful card as always!!!

    Glad you had such a great visit with your family! The photos are wonderful! 🙂

  13. Love your card, it is a real beauty and who would not love to have two adorable little granddaughters like that. That’s what makes it so hard for me , having mine live all the way in Montana and me in Michigan. Thanks for sharing the pictures of those little sweeties. Pat

  14. Ahhh… what a delightful card (beautiful background and colors!) and what adorable grandkids! 🙂

  15. My goodness, Susan!! This is stunning!! I love those gorgeous flowers and your colors!!

    Your granddaughters are just adorable as well!! My daughter saw me checking out your blog, and said “Wow….they’re princesses”. I told her “Yes they are!” 😉

  16. This is beautiful!! I love that background!!!

    BEAUTIFUL main image and the gold details–thanks for the link!!
    Your grandaughters are so sweet! My dd (five on Friday) practically lives in dress-ups.

  17. Wow! Your card is fantastic! It reminds me of last night’s sunset here — spectacular but probably because it was the eve of the kids going back to school! It made them feel bad — such a marvelous night but signifying the end of summer to them. My baby started Middle School this morning! Anyway, back to the card … I absolutely love it. I’ve been planning to do a brayered card today and I’m going to CASE these colors! jeannie

  18. Susan, your card is over the top gorgeous! Your little grand daughters are simply adorable…I just came back from seeing mine this past week. My oldest grand daughter started the first grade in VA this past week! They grow up too fast…


  19. Wow, this card is stunning! Gorgeous Susan, love your brayering. Your granddaughters are sooooo adorable, I know you’re enjoying them. Congrats on the new grandbaby on the way! I hope someday to have granddaughters as cute as yours are!

  20. Your card is gorgeous — I love the images stamped on the paper! The brayered background is just beautiful, and the stitching is a perfect touch!

    No wonder you’re having so much fun with your granddaughters — they’re adorable! 🙂

  21. What a gorgeous card — love the shimmery poppies (and especially the one on the outer edge of the oval) and the brayered background. Very beautiful!

    And your granddaughters are just adorable, Susan! And you’re right — it’s a lot of fun to have little girls to buy clothes and things for. 😉 Glad you enjoyed your visit with them.

  22. Awww, the girls look adorable all dressed up! …and holy SMOKES, your card is gorgeous. I could lose all track of time looking at the detail on it. LOOOOVE it!

  23. stunning card! and your grand daughters are beautiful!!!!

  24. Well that’s perfect! It helps to have a poppy image when working with a poppy inspiration! hee hee! And its’s such a beutiful card!
    The girls are adorable!

  25. What a beautiful card, Susan! Your brayered background is gorgeous–all the warmth of the setting sun. I’m so happy to see these pictures of your darling granddaughters, too. They are the most adorable little sweethearts!

  26. Pretty card; I like the brayered background colors.

  27. Your card was well worth waiting for!! How beautiful!! I love the colors and design – just stunning!
    I’m so glad you were enjoying the time spent with your precious granddaughters. I know they enjoyed their time with you, it shows in those great smiles on their faces:)

  28. Stunning card, your granddaughters are so cute…looks like they had fun with grandma!!

  29. What tresured memories for you and your precious grandaughters, Susan! They are adorable.

    Love your card, and colors. Love the bit of rafia detail! Have a great weekend!

  30. Beautiful card!! I love the color graduation! And what darling girls!

  31. Love, love love your cards, and those girls are darling. Twin Grandaughters how lucky. I have twin Grandsons, and they are so much fun.

  32. That card is absolutely beautiful. Love the coloring and all the highlights in the flowers.

  33. Love the pics of your granddaughters. How cute! I’m also a huge fan of Coldwater Creek, but I like your card better than their image. Very nice job! I have the privilege of having all 8 of my grandkids here this week, including having the 3 new babies ages 2,4, and 6 mos. all together. Lots of fun!

  34. This card is STUNNING and so are your granddaughters!!! What cutie-patooties!!

  35. They are so darn cute and precious and so are the cards of course! TFS

  36. Susan – I’ve totally missed this card last week – sorry!!!
    It’s absolutely gorgeous and so are your darling granddaughters!!!

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