"For Challenge 16 we want to see what are you "INSPIRED BY". Create something inspired by someone you admire... it can be anyone – and it doesn't have to be art related. For example, Carla admires Thomas Merton; and she might make a collage of his quotes. You could do something inspired by Tim Holtz, by techniques or... even the gorgeous view out your window. The possibilities are endless!"
Now you would think that with a challenge as open as this one, I would have no trouble at all coming up with a project. Well, you would be wrong! There are so many people and things that inspire me and I really wanted this to be a special tribute to my inspiration. So, for over two weeks I mulled over different ideas and quite honestly on Friday morning, I still did not have a clue what I was going to do. Finally I pulled out my quotes journal. I actually started this as my very first design team project for ABAC. As I find quotes that inspire me, I write them on post it notes and place them on a page in the journal. Then as I find time or inspiration, I complete a page and write the quote somewhere on the page. I came across the quote, "Hurry always empties the soul." by Ann Voskamp and thought "Hmm...how appropriate that here I am at the last minute trying to come up with a project and run across this quote." My soul should be quite full since I waited until the very last second to create my page! :)
After finishing this, the thought struck me that not only did the quote inspire me to do something, but ABAC inspired me to start the journal in the first place. So here is my Inspiration Project quite fittingly inspired by ABAC!
As I was looking through my stamps, I came across the Hello, Doily image. The intricate doily struck me as something that would take immense patience to create, especially for someone with no knitting or crochet skills. I decided it would be the perfect background. After stamping it, I remembered a very special box of goodies I won from my dear blogging sister, Lisa. Among a wonderful collection of Christmas goodies were some lovely crocheted snowflakes. I chose one that seemed quite 'doily-like' and proceeded to grunge it up with some inks (hope you don't mind, Lisa!). I also added a button and some linen thread to complete the whole hand crafted theme.
I hope you enjoyed my little tribute to inspiration and that no matter what your inspiration is please consider sharing it with us at Anything But a Card! Happy crafting!