Thursday, October 18, 2007

Blogger's Challenge Friday #17

It's inspiration week on the blogger's challenge group!

In addition to being a stamper, I am a knitter and I'm almost done knitting a log cabin blanket for the baby. The pattern is from Mason Dixon Knitting and that leads me to this week's inspiration. I absolutely love the Buncha Squares blanket that Kay finished up this summer which was inspired by Denyse Schmidt's fabric quilt design called What A Bunch of Squares. Click this link to check out Kay's beautiful afghan. Since knitting this blanket would probably take me 1-2 years, I decided to be inspired in the stamp room instead. ;)

I love the large spans of natural colored yarn in the blanket that is sprinkled with the squares of fresh colors. I chose the colors groovy guava, certainly celery, soft sky and always artichoke from one of the squares as my inspiration. I also decided to run my layers through the cuttlebug to bring some more squares into the design. The Traffic Jam embossing folder especially reminded me of the Buncha Squares blanket.

The layout is this month's dirty dozen fan club on splitcoast stampers. (The link won't work if you aren't a member of the fan club. Sorry!) After I picked this layout, I wasn't sure what to put in the focal circle. Then when I was sitting at my stamp table, I just grabbed this leftover scalloped circle from the mass-produced thank you notes of a couple weeks ago. It was perfect -- even the right color. That means this card took a total of 5 minutes to put together and that included digging out my cuttlebug! Not too shabby!!

I hope you enjoyed my entry this week. Don't forget to check out the other Blogger's challenge entries! You can find links to all of their sites in my sidebar.

Stamps: Seeing Spots, Short & Sweet
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Soft Sky
Paper:
Ivory Naturals, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Accessories: Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon, Pop-up glue dots

Tools: 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, scallop circle punch, Blender Pens, Traffic Jam Embossing Folder, Tiny Mosaic Texture Embossing Folder


15 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

These colors are wonderful together. I admire your ability to knit...I love all things hand-made, but especially blankets and quilts. They represent the love and comfort that the maker intended in her project. Great job with this week's challenge.

MJ said...

Very nice. The colors are great. Love the simplicity of it.ha

Lauren (mytime) said...

This came out great!! Love the embsooing folder and colors.

I use to quilt and my first few were log cabin style! I had no idea you could knit log cabin pattern! Very cool!! My first quilt was for my son :D It came out awesome as Im sure your balnket will-problem was I hated letting him "use" it!

Lisa said...

Wonderful colors for a baby card Stef, you'll need to mass produce these to have on hand when the baby comes.

Connie said...

BEAUTIFUL! Great idea to use inspiration from knitting...love it!

Connie

Lisa Bohler said...

Gorgeous colors, Stef!!! Love your card and wow! You can knit, too!!! You are my hero!

Basement Stamper said...

5 minute card, now that's impressive!!! Very cute card but I love the colors of it!

Ida said...

Great card - Knitting is really fascinating to me but not something that I'd be good at. My grandma tried to teach me but my being left handed presented a problem. I like the way you used the cuttlebug folders on your card.

amycara said...

Knitting AND stamping? You really are multi-talented! Great take on the challenge!!

Lori said...

Great card. Love all the embossed pieces.

Lila H said...

Cute and such a great color combo!! I too would rather stamp than knit...

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

WOW... gorgeous design, and I bet it's extra wonderful in fibers too!

maggie fellow said...

THe inspiration was fantastic and I loved your interpretation. I have been knitting dishclothes of late to use up yarn. They take forever, imagine the time in that blanket!

Karen said...

very nice Stef!! love the color combo!!

rozie640 said...

Great card Stef, I too am a knitter and crocheter. I can feel the texture of your pieces and it does remind me of my other hobbies. Great card!!!