... I was fortunate to be selected Lovely Lotus with my FYI10 card and my prize is to be Guest Designer for For Your Inspiration #13. Once again we have a simply gorgeous photo for your inspiration:
I was delighted when I saw this photo - it's not just fabulous, Paris has some very special memories for me, so it was perfect. After meeting Jonathan, our first trip away together was to Paris - a city known for romance. We stayed in at Hotel California on Rue du Berri, just off the Champs-Elysees. We went in April, the weather was a bit mixed, but that didn't stop us having the most wonderful time. So my card has been inspired both by the picture and by my memories of a wonderful break.
I started off by stamping the Eiffel Tower and embossing it with clear powder. Then I masked off areas above and below my image area. I stamped a variety of images that I associate with Paris - travel tag, postage stamp, french writing - in pale lavender and then I started to sponge colour onto the card. I tried to keep as close to the sunset colour scheme as I could. I added a few more image in darker inks and added deeper shading. After removing the masks, I added a simple sentiment - Together Always. This card is for Jonathan, my husband and best friend.
Stamps: Creative Expressions - Travel set; Llewllyn-Bowen - Venaissence; Waltzingmouse - Fancy Phrases
Inks: Distress - Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick; Stampin' Up! - Bashful Blue, Night of Navy; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: Card and embossing powder from stash
Thanks so much to the team at For Your Inspiration - I've really enjoyed being Guest Designer!