Beate’s Inspiration Challenge today was the perfect chance to use my new SU! set called “Eastern Influences”.  Here is the inspiration photo.


And here is the card I made that was inspired by it.


The image was made by coloring directly onto the rubber with markers and then spritzing with water before stamping.  After stamping the flowers were colored in with a Pretty in Pink marker.

I wish that SU! made brown brads.  With each new catalog I search to see if they have finally decided to carry them.   But they still don’t, so I make my own.

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Using the antique brass brads and a pair of tweezers, I push them into my Chocolate Chip Craft stampin’ spot.  Then I quickly and lightly spray them with Clear Finish.  I push them into the stampin’ spot again then use my heat gun to dry them.  I love the matte finish it creates.  But I’m still hoping that the next new catty will be the one!

See what the other challenge team members have created today using this beautiful photo as their inspiration.

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

Hope you get a chance to play, too.


All products are made by Stampin’ Up!.
Stamps:  Eastern Influences
Papers: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, DSP Parisian Summer
Inks: Close to Cocoa Classic; Chocolate Chip Craft; Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom Markers
Accessories: Taffeta Ribbons in Kraft and Very Vanilla, Brad, Flower Fusion

29 Responses to “Beate’s Tuesday Inspiration Challenge #25”

  1. This card is so peaceful in nature and the colors are wonderful! Thanks for the great tip on coloring brads. I’ve colored mine with embossing powder before, but never thought to do them this way!

  2. Susan! This is so very pretty! I love it! Great take on this piece! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Love this card, and that SU! set. Beautiful colors. Great tip on brad coloring!

  4. Fantastic card, Susan. It’s beautiful indeed!
    Thanks for your tip on how to make your own chocolate brad. I got tired of embossing mine. It seemed the embossing peeled off to easy. Love the alternative you offer. Although I have to say I am to lazy and buy contraband. I hope SU will get with it and offer Chocolate Chip brads soon.
    Hugs and smiles

  5. This is such a beautiful take on the inspiration piece. Love the overall design and the Asian theme.

  6. Susan, that is gorgeous! And yes, that stamp set is perfect!

  7. Just lovely Susan, perfect take on the inspiration!

  8. Love the card, love the brad tip, LOVE IT, just love it!!!!! The ribbon with the flower is great!!! TFS!

  9. I love your card Susan! Perfect for the insp. piece! Thanks for the tip on changing colors on brads!!

  10. Susan your card is beautiful! Thank you for sharing how you create your chocolate chip brads! Fantastic idea, let’s hope that SU! will start making brown & white brads soon!!!!


  11. Stunning!!! I just *love* the Asian inspired design. So peaceful!

  12. Nice tip with the coloring of the brads…. thanks… and your card turned out so, so beautiful…. just love everything in it!!

  13. WOW! That is one beautiful card, Susan!! My card “pales” in comparison!! TFS!

  14. Hi Susan – oh my world your card is sooooo gorgeous!!! Love how you used the new Set – perfect inspired card!!! Great way to make your own colored brad too ~tfs~

  15. This is a gorgeous card! ITA about the brown brads. I had a few strays from a DCWV kit lying around and I used them up and wished right away for more! I’m impressed that you make your own. Will have to try that!

  16. Gorgeous take on the inspiration piece. Beautiful card!

  17. What a beautiful card, but of course, it’s a Susan card.
    Believe it or not I did find brown brads in a packet at Michael’s that had some really dark colors in it. But I have made my own also. I press the brad onto a versa water mark pad then sprinkle it with the embossing powder and heat it up and it’s made. Have a great week. Pat

  18. I needed a break from blog land so I came to your blog – and it was so great to see all of your creative juices are still flowing! I came back from a visit to Mecca with a giant box filled with handmade cards from my sister…I needed a birthday card yesterday and after looking through all of those cards she’d given me, I decided that I’d rather buy one than give one away…is that sick or what?!?

  19. Beautiful card! Love the colors and what a great tip for coloring the brad… I keep wishing SU! would carry brown ones too… and some white white ones!

  20. So gorgeous Susan, love the colors and DP!!

  21. Oh my…this is as it says…..Beautiful! Striking colour combo, gorgeous execution and I absolutely love the way you did the ribbon with the flower. I’ll say it again. Beautiful!

  22. Beautiful Susan! I love your card, wonderful soothing color combination, you nailed the challenge!

  23. Your inspiration card is GORGEOUS, Susan!! Thanks for the brad tip too!!

  24. Fabulous card! Really love the effect you achieved using this stamping technique! Very beautiful papers and what a clever way to find a way creating new brad!
    Thank yo ufor visiting my blog!

  25. What a beautiful card. I love the way you painted the branch and flowers and the bow with the flower and brad is just really creative and pretty.

  26. That is stunning!

  27. Very pretty — love the colors you used! And thanks for sharing your creative tip on how to color your brads. I’ve done it using embossing powder before, but never with ink. tfs

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