Springtime in Paris

I’ve been searching for a little inspiration lately. I needed a bit of a break so I took it, but for some reason, this time it’s been really hard to get back to designing again.


What to do?

Well, I turned to some of the things I’ve done in the past.

  • took some more time away
  • took some time for myself…I’ve started going back to the gym
  • bought some new crafting goodies
  • cleaned up by craft space (well, mostly!)
  • found a challenge that inspired me

It wasn’t any one of these things on their own but probably a combination of all of them. And so finally, I’m back in my craft room making things. I hope it lasts!

Part of what got me designing again was a challenge. I love the CASE Study Challenge Blog and it’s been awhile since I’ve participated so it was one of the first places I went for inspiration. What clinched it was the muse for March is my good friend Julie Ebersole. Julie has been inspiring me for YEARS and I just had to play along with this challenge. This weeks inspiration piece is just stunning so please, check out the card and the challenge here.

I was inspired by the beautiful white embossing on Kraft cardstock and her stunning use of the pop of warm vibrant color. The simple layout is basically the same too.

To change it up, I’ve created my card in my own shabby, embellishment cluster style. I couldn’t resist a new Hero Arts stamp I just ordered that arrived in the mail. I just adore that Eiffel tower and this card design is going to find it’s way to my sweet daughter. She loves mail and all things Paris so I know she’ll enjoy it.

The embellishments are an eclectic combo of many different colors, manufacturers and items. I always find it so fun to play around with seeing what will mix and match together.

Happy creating!



13 responses to “Springtime in Paris

  1. When you come back, you do it in style. I love this card. So creative and gorgeous!

  2. What a beautiful card!!!!
    I’ve experienced the “creative slump” on more than one occasion — but it’s always nice to be back at it again!

  3. Julie, your card looks so effortless, I would have never guessed that you struggled with inspiration . That cluster of embellishments is simply delightful! So glad to know that we gave your mojo a kick start! xoxo

  4. If you can loose your mojo, then anyone can! This gorgeous card bring you back with a BANG!! Best wishes for a beautiful and a happy spring.

  5. Your card is GORGEOUS! And, I hear ya on the mojo coming and going! I took a whole year off!

  6. Beautiful card, Julia! I just adore your style!

  7. very very pretty Julia!

  8. Oh I love the embossing on kraft paper..looks adorable….Beuatiful card…

    I see your card on CASE Study, I am also joining the challenge on CASE Study, my card is number 33, would you mind to see it on my Blog?I would be so glad if you leave me some love too 🙂 Many thanks before. Hugs, Monika from Munich.

  9. WOW!!! This is just stunning. Thanks for playing at CASE Study this week.


  10. OMG Julia – all those yummy embellies??? I’m just drooling over here!

  11. JULIA!!! OH MYLAAAANTA!!! …………..THUD!!! It is incredible!!!

  12. Beautiful Card!! Love your take on the challenge!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  13. Oooh, SO pretty! Love the Eiffel Tower and your cluster of perfection! Your card inspired me! Thanks for joining us at CASE Study!

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