Friday, January 25, 2013

Muse Challenge #1

I've started following a new blog called Muse and here is the card I've made for their first challenge.

Here are the simple rules for the Muse Challenges:
  • Use What you have in your stash, don't purchase anything new for your Muse cards.
  • Explain your interpretation of the Muse inspiration card and link back to Muse.
  • Provide supportive comments to at least 3 of your fellow member's submissions.
  • Vote for one of your fellow member's submissions that you find inspiring.
Here is the inspiration card by Amy Kolling and while mine looks little like it, there are some aspects that inspired me for my card.

The white raised layer and the stamped leaves inspired me to do the die cut leaves to show the green patterned paper underneath. I was also keen to try this technique after seeing a card by Angeline Yong Jeet Leen in Paper Crafts' "Die Cutting for Paper Crafters".


The embossed frame That Amy used (which is totally gorgeous!) was why I used an embossing plate to score around all edges of my white layer. It is foam taped onto the card, but the foam pads aren't very thick and that's why it's hard to tell it is in fact raised.

I chose the green and brown for my card as these colours are reflected in Amy's card.

Anyway, this has been an interesting challenge, but it's fun to be experimenting and trying out new styles, techniques and sources of inspiration.

Bye for now,

P.S. The cutting die I used was Lorelai Leaf from Poppy Stamps. The butterfly stamp was from Kaisercraft's Flora and Fauna stamp set and the green patterned paper was from a free paper pad from We R Memory Keepers. The sentiment was from HOTP Labels and Frames stamp set. Enjoy.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you. I hadn't even finished fine tuning my blog before you had your comment posted. It's great to see enthusiasm like that. :)

    2. I had this week off work so I have had a bit of time to leave comments. I like getting comments on my blog so I try to leave comments on others who have joined the same challenges.
      If you have time come over and join the challenges on Feeling Sketchy.
      I started joining their challenges to get ideas for the cards I have to make and I was very lucky to be picked to be on their design team this year.
      Best wishes, Margaret

    3. Congratulations on your inclusion in the Feeling Sketchy design team. I know what a huge honour it is. Well done!

  2. I like the fun die cut. Wonderful take on the Muse challenge.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

    1. Thanks Terri. It always great to hear from fellow crafters.

  3. Hi Janelle! I LOVE that inspiration card as well! The Lorelei leaf die is perfect here! That butterfly looks amazing layered over your frame. Thanks for joining the Muse Card Club! Hugs!

    1. Thanks Amy. It was a treat to be inspired by you. Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. Hi Janelle,

    I saw your card on Muse and love how you used the negative die cut and patterned paper-it looks great,

    1. Thanks Sandi. I checked out your card and liked what I saw - well done!

  5. Hi Janelle,

    Oh wow, that butterfly is so intricate, love it! The negative leaf cut is really pretty too!!!

  6. Love your card! The butterfly and the leaf panel is outstanding!


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