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Sentimental Sundays Challenge #43 - photo inspiration

This week at the Sentimental Sundays challenge we have a photo inspiration challenge. The inspiration is a photo taken by my brother at the lighthouse in my home town. Isn't it an awesome shot?

Kenosha's North Pier Lighthouse

(If you like the photo, you can leave him a comment in his Flickr gallery here.)

I was inspired by the colors and texture of this photo. I used a light blue paper with a swirl pattern and added some lace to mimic the texture of the ice and spray.

I hope you will join us for the Sentimental Sundays photo inspiration challenge. Be sure to tell us how you were inspired by the photo and don't forget to include a sentiment! This week the challenge is also being inspired by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Check out all the great images, papers, and SVG files in her mygrafico store. Also stop by the Sentimental Sundays blog to see all the beautiful creations from the rest of the DT and download your free sentiments from Raindrop Echo Designs.

Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Posh n Trendy by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff (on, Handwritten Notes by PaperTrey
  • Papers & CS: PaperTrey white CS, Georgia Pacific CS, Close To My Heart Miracle paper pack
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Crystal Blue, Stampin' Up Real Red
  • Tools: Close To My Heart edge distressing tool, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: The Twinery Marischino & Carribean bakers twine, Close To My Heart pearl paint, Sakura Gelly roll pens in silver, red & clear glitter, misc button & lace, Flower Soft (white but colored with copics)




Your Brothers photo is AwEsOmE!!! Really Beautiful!! and your card is a perfect match!!
Shelly Schmidt said…
Very nice card! love the lace and the twine accents!
Cheryl said…
oh this is one gorgoues card hun adore the lace and twine hugs cheryl xxxxx
Carol S. said…
Love the colours and layout of your card. Thanks fo joining us at Little Claire for our first blog challenge. Carol S. LCDT xx
Wow - what a FABULOUS picture!! He must be so proud of that shot!!!

I love your take on it. I can see the swirly background paper and obviously the colors!

Love that bicycle built for two! How cute!!!

Have a restful Sunday :)
Karen B. said…
Your selective pops of red are amazing.
Your card is as beautiful as the inspiration photo. I love those icy blue colors on the paper and how you shaded around the matte of the bike. I love the pop of red against the blue as well. Great card! Thanks for sharing it with us at Sugar Creek Hollow. Hope to see you again soon.
Cec said…
Fabulous card. I love the image and your wonderful colouring. That little cord bow in the button is such a perfect addition. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Tracey said…
Fabulous card Cheryl, you rocked this challenge!

Karin said…
Wow, what an amazing photo! So you are not the only talented one in the family :) Thanks so much for the up close and personal view of this beautiful card! I had to run out and get a silver glitter pen on Friday for myself, it's the perfect touch on that bike...
Margie said…
Wow! Your brother took an amazing photo! And your card is beautiful, too-I can see the inspiration!
Anonymous said…
This is adorable, I love how you used the colours as your inspiration, it looks fantastic!
Micki said…
wow that photo is awesome. As is your card. love the lace ribbon and that Flower Soft (I'm sooooo intimidated by that stuff) is perfect. Love the red bike!!!!
Dawn Edwards said…
Fabulous Card. I love the layout and colors and such a Fun Image. The bakers twine was a perfect accent. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week.
Marlene said…
Kudos to your brother for an amazing photo.

Kudos to you for a cute "bicycle built for two" card, too!
Motherhen3 said…
A super bright and cheerful design. Love the photo too.....thank you for joining Little Claire's first blog challenge. xxGaynor LCDT
Heide said…
Oh my goodness, this reminds me of going to Mackinaw Island which is in Michigan. All they have is bicycles and the picture inspiration is also so perfect for the Island.
Your card is fantastic and I love your lace!
Great work.
Thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Hugs, Heide
Great talent in the family! :) That is an amazing shot and your card takes in the colors and the texture perfectly.
1CardCreator said…
I love the photo your brother took and this card really captures the feeling and colors so well. That bg paper is beautiful and I love the twine and lace. Fab card as always Cheryl.
Gorgeous sentiment and stamp combo! Thanks so much for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty this week!
Merry said…
This card is so the colours and the image is so fun. Thanks for taking part in the Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - Distressing.
marsha said…
This is such an adorable image! Love your colors, your papers and that gorgeous lace. Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow challenge and we hope you will come back and play again next week!
Tracy said…
Not only do I love this image, but the colors are my favorite too. This really has a vintage feel to it...I LOVE IT!!! We appreciate you taking the time to join us at Sugar Creek Hollow. would love to have you back again for next weeks challenge. Blessings, Tracy--SCH Owner
Anita said…
Your card is beautiful Cheryl. I love the soft blue with that punch of bright red. Very pretty lace too. Your brother's picture is magnificent!
Pat (mspfd) said…
Amazing card and photograph, Cheryl! The colors and coloring are fabulous. Love your design.
Audrey Pettit said…
Oh, adorable! wonderful card, Cheryl! Love that bicycle built for two and love the colors and design. Really sweet!
Carol Ann said…
A very pretty card Cheryl I like that image and your sentiment goes so well with it. Thanks for playing along at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days.
Carol Ann xx
what a fun card! I always wanted to ride on a tandem! The lace along the bottom is a lovely touch! :-) Amy
Joanne Gilch said…
Love your interpretation of the inspiration!!! You have such a knack for putting the non-obvious together and making it soooo obvious!!!!KWIM?
Mandy said…
Beautiful Photo and card...Love the image and lace...Thank you for sharing with us at A Gem of a Challenge....
Mandy x
Ann English said…
Didn't realize you had such a personal connection to this amazing photo. I do love it! And your the way you took this-gorgeous!
Rebekah said…
Your card is a superb representation of that photo just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing at a gem of a challenge hugs rebekah xx
Anne Marie said…
Wow, your brother captured an amazing photo! How cool that it is the inspiration photo, too! Love what you did with your card. The soft blues are so pretty and the little pops of red really stand out. Adorable image, too! :)
Love this card Cheryl - it really is beautiful and a great take on the inspirational photo. Thanks for your lovely comments, and sorry I haven't visited this last couple of weeks - have been laid low with a rather nasty 'flu bug. Hugs, Sylvia xxx
seedlings mum said…
So love your inspiration pic and your card rocks - and thanks for joining in our challenge.
love this card... that bike is adorable..
Anonymous said…
Amazing photo and your card is such a great take on it.Love all the details.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
Lisa x
Woooow, this card is stunning Cheryl, I love the background paper and the red bike is fab!
Shirl said…
I love the way your mind works with cards this is truly a beautiful creation.
Hugs Shirley x x
Tameko said…
Very nice. Your coloring is so pretty.
Sharon Basel said…
Such a pretty card Cheryl. I love how the red of the bicycle just pops off that ice blue background. And the lace and twine are perfect touches here. Thanks for joining the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this week!
Cheryl, this is just beautiful, love the distressing work you did and also that lace is just stunning!! Thanks so much for playing along this time at CARDMADFAIRY'S DIGI DAYS:)
Christine said…
Gorgeous creation love the colour combo great take on the chall. thanks for sharing & joining us at A gem of a Chall this time.

smiles Christine xx

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