Summertime Inspiration Challenge

Hellooo, summertime! I hope that wherever you are, reading this, you’re enjoying some wonderful weather! And if not, hopefully it’s on it’s way to you soon 🙂  This week, the Paper Craft Crew has an awesome Summertime Inspiration Challenge for you – have a look:

Summertime Inspiration Challenge

How fun is this!? I love the graphics that Pam used for this challenge.  No BBQ is complete without the ants! Since I don’t have any stamps directly related to a BBQ (would you believe, it was just last week that I sold my much cherished ‘King of the Grill’ retired stamp!), this is what I came up with.

Relaxing Under the Stars

Summertime Inspiration Challenge

Everyone who knows me, knows that I DO NOT like camping! My idea of ‘roughing it’ is if the hotel isn’t 5 stars!  I do, however, love to sit by an evening campfire, relax with a glass of wine, and perhaps toast some marshmallows 🙂  But once the mosquitos come out – I go in! Seriously; I’m one of those people who mosquitos just gravitate to.  And mosquito bites make me ‘welt’ up 🙁


To create the scene, I started with panel of Glossy White cardstock.  I’m so glad that we’re carrying this again – it’s brilliant for sponging and creating techniques.  I used Sponge Daubers and Classic Ink pads in Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie and Night of Navy. I sponged a bit of Archival  Black ink around all of the edges afterwards.

To create the moon and stars, I used my pre-ordered Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies with my Big Shot.  You’re going to love using these when you get them in August!  Next I die cut 2 of the chairs using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  To create the fire, I used my retired Festive Fireplace stamp set, and coloured it with Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used a combination of Markers and Blender Pens, in Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Basic Grey.  Die cutting was done with the retired Festive Fireplace Framelits. I’m so sad that these are retired, but happy that I’ve kept my bundle!

Putting it Together

I wanted the moon and stars to shine, so I layered a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper behind the die cut area. The chairs and fire were attached using Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sponged panel was attached to the Basic Black cardstock layer, then attached to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock base.

Summertime Inspiration Challenge

I had a LOT of fun creating this card – I hope you can tell! Bonus – no ants or mosquitos! 🙂

Join the Summertime Inspiration Challenge

Are you inspired? I hope so – and I hope  you’ll join in the challenge!  For more inspiration, check out what the rest of the Design Team have created, on our Paper Craft Crew blog page. Grab the link, and who knows? You may be our next Top Pick!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

7 thoughts on “Summertime Inspiration Challenge

  1. This card is adorable, Deborah. I love your mosquito story You are the kind of person I like to hang out with at night because all the mosquitos hang around you instead of me. My son, Sam, is the same way.

    1. Happy to help in any way I can, Susan! 😉 So glad to hear that you like my card – thanks so much for your comment!

    1. So nice to find a kindred spirit, Buffy! We camped all through my childhood, so I’ve thoroughly had enough! Thanks for your comment 🙂

    1. Sounds like a great weekend, Bev! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your comment 🙂 I really appreciate it!

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