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Thursday, April 23, 2009

From Courtney's Closet #40 - an inspiration challenge

(ETA: Photo of Courtney added! I'm also leaving the one of just the outfit, since it shows the details much better - you should be able to click on it for a larger view. And I just have to add, why oh why won't my sweet girl ever look at the camera and smile?? *sigh*) Welcome to another week of From Courtney's Closet, where my card inspiration (and hopefully YOURS?!) comes from one of my daughter's cute little outfits. So I don't know if you've noticed this, but I have a little self-imposed "rule" on my FCCC posts. I am a big fan of challenges - I often have trouble making a card without relying on a sketch or color challenge! But for FCCC cards, I don't allow myself to play OTHER challenges. These cards have to be "all me". Well... this week I'm breaking that rule! :-) This card is my take on *my* favorite blog challenge, the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge! This week the movie was The Lion King. I hadn't planned to feature this outfit for a while yet - Courtney hasn't actually ever worn it - and I even forgot to put her in it today to get a photo!! I'll edit in a photo of her wearing the outfit tomorrow...! But when I saw that the movie was The Lion King, I just had to pull out this outfit and play along!!! I just LOVE this one - it's another hand-me-down from our friend Rachel, made by Gymboree, and I loved it back when I saw Rachel wearing it!! So cute! The giraffe and zebra stamps I used on my card are from an *old* Stampin' Up set called Wild Things. The bird is from Wild About You. And FYI, I also have SU's In The Wild!! Can you tell I love animal stamps?? Especially safari-themed animal stamps made by SU?? LOL! And even though the type of animals in each are virtually the same, the look of each set is completely different, so there's no way I'm ever getting rid of any of them! I cut out the tree on the card by hand, and ran the green parts through my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for a little more dimension. I also used the Distressed Stripes folder on the vanilla panel, and sponged it with brown ink. I tried to mimic the sun with my sentiment circle. So what do you think? Feel like making an African safari-themed card this week? Or is there anything else about this outfit that inspires you? If you make a card, link it up in my Mr. Linky below!!

Last week's cards were all *SO* amazing!!! I really struggled to pick my favorite, but I think it has to be Betty's card. I just love her fun little scottie, and that funky tree, and the cool papers she used! Betty I'll email you the sidebar blinkie that says you were featured here, and would love it if you choose to put it on your blog!Thanks to everyone who played last week! And thanks everyone for stopping by today!
  • Stamps: Wild Things, Wild About You from Stampin' Up, sentiment from Inkadinkado
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, K&Co Marcella DP
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Memento Coffee & Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug & Swiss Dots, Distressed Stripes folders, circle punch, Janome Sew Mini & brown thread, CTMH rick-rack, sponge


  1. Oh my, I just love this! I love that outfit and the card that you made using if for inspiration!

  2. Super cute! OK, I dont' have any animal sets (which is clearly the focus) so I'll have to somehow improvise!

  3. Oh that clothing and your card...... so sweet.

  4. OMG!!! I wish we lived closer....I want to babysit and get my baby fix - LOL! She is sooooo adorable and that outfit is too too cute!! Okay, I AM playing along...I know, I know, empty promises...LOL! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  5. I love this outfit and my sweet little niece looks so cute in it!! I love your card and I love how the distressed striped look kinda like zebra stripes! I don't think I have any animal stamps so I may need to borrow one of your billion sets!

  6. cute outfit and adorbable Courtney, Libs. Hey I'm honored to have my Scottie card featured on your blog!!! Of course I'd love to sport your little 'blinkie' on my blog!!! Thanks Libs!!!

  7. Drop by my blog Libs I have something for you on my blog click HERE

  8. Cute, cute, cute, cute, cute card...and adorable model with adorable outfit!

  9. Oh she looks just so adorable Libby!! I'm going to try and play this weekend...if I can ever come up for air!!
    And HUGE congrats on being a featured stamper for Melanie's new set. I'm LOVING the samples I've seen!

  10. That is so cute! I love everything about it! The sewing, the animals, everything! Great job!

  11. Terrific little all the embossing!

  12. First of all - Courtney is SOOOOO cute in her little outfit!!! And I love your card!! Seriously beautiful!!! The way you did the tree and the bird is awesome!!

    Thank you for playing the CSCC challenge!!! It always makes my day to see your awesome creations and to read your guesses and to see you on FBK!!!!

    Hope you and the fam are doing great!!!

    Big hugs,
    Sankari :)

  13. Super cute photo!! Love the outfit too. So glad I got the chance to play this week.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Another great outfit this week! Such a cutie. Had fun with this one. ~chris

  15. Oh such a cutie you have! I have been wanting to play your challenges for the longest, and finally got a chance, what fun! Thanks for the inspiration and your card just ROCKS!!


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