I love getting inspiration from lots of different sources when I sit down to make cards. Each Saturday at SCS, an inspiration challenge is posted. Today the inspiration challenge was to make a card inspired by a Safari Birthday Kit. The kit is pictured at the bottom of today’s post.

As soon as I saw the kit I knew I wanted to use my two by two animals stamp from an old retired set called Noah and Company. My daughter, Kari, wanted this set for her birthday when she was five. She had learned all about Noah’s Ark in Sunday School that fall so as soon as she saw this set in my catalog, she was just all over it! I can still picture her with green eyes sparkling as she awkwardly held up the catalog to show me the set.

Unfortunately, the sweet animal images are a bit small and I didn’t want a lot of color to over-power them so I decided to go with a brushed gold metallic card stock as the base and then layer a panel of gold-toned wallpaper over the top of that. I used a lot of Vintage Brads to give the animal panel some extra pop and carried that over into my sentiment panel. But . . . I still wanted some COLOR! Hmmmmm . . . off I went to look in my drawer of odds and ends and guess what I found . . . a trim piece with LOTS of color! It reminds me of the colorful streamers decorating the bottom of parade floats. It gave my card the “punch” I was looking for!

Supplies:

Stamps: Noah & Company from 1999 (retired), All Year Cheer from 2002 (retired)
Paper: Brushed Gold, Naturals Ivory, Wallpaper
Ink: StazOn Black
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua-Painter, Vintage Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Trim, Foam Tape