Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Photo Inspiration

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Welcome, welcome. It’s my favourite time again, the monthly Paper Adventures Team blog hop. I love seeing how my teamies come up with such different and interesting projects every month. This time I’m particularly interested to see what they come up with as the photo inspiration is one of my own photos. These beautiful Grevillias grow in my garden and I am always fascinated by how much colour they have when you really look closely at them. From a distance they look like brushy red things but up close they are delicate and there’s such variation in colour. My favourites are actually these which look pink until you get close and see just how much is going on.


And yes, the bees absolutely love them. They also attract lots of small birds. Bees, by the way, are really hard to photograph. Those little things are so busy and move so fast! I always seem to get lots of shots of slightly out of focus bee butts.

Using this photo as crafting inspiration this month took me in a totally different direction from where I first thought I was heading. I love the bees and was going to make something bee and flower themed but in the end it was the colours in the photo that really grabbed me. I see Grey Granite, Real Red, and Gold.


Of course when you start thinking red and gold that leads you down the path towards Christmas, so it was a Christmas card I ended up making. I love this tartan pattern from the Under the Mistletoe DSP so cut a large piece to make the main panel.


The front panel was another happy accident. Inspired by Kelly’s recent stunning creation (see it here) that looks like native Australian flowers, I stamped one of the flower images from Happy Birthday Gorgeous on some scrap in Old Olive and coloured the tops in Real Red, intending to cut a circular piece from the stamped image. But I loved the way it looked on the side of the scrap piece so much I ended up keeping it that way.


The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the set Better Together. It’s a good thing there is a holiday catalogue on the horizon because I discovered making this card that I only have two current Christmas themed stamp sets! I’m going to have to do something about that.


I love gold heat embossing and how it gives a card a real “letterpress” look, and it’s so simple to do.


A new gold favourite is this beautiful gold cord from the Annual Catalogue. It is surprisingly easy to work with yet gives such a luxurious feel to a project. Available in both black and gold I’m sure these will make their way onto more of my creations.


So there we have it, I ended up with a little Christmas in July flavour from an Autumn photo of an Australian native shrub. Amazing where one picture can inspire you to go! To see what the gorgeous Sheila has made this month click the next button below to check out her creation on Facebook, and if you started here make sure you keep hopping all the way around to see what all the Paper Adventurers, and our guest Sharon Dalton, have to show you.


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From High Trees House,





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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop July 2018 Participants

Sharon Dalton (guest designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – You are here!!
Sheila Pybus (Facebook) –


9 thoughts on “Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Photo Inspiration

  1. Narelle - Eleventh Hour Stamping says:

    I love your card! I was hoping to see some projects using inspiration liberally rather than literally 😀 And my focus was all on the colours of the gorgeous flower, I missed the grey granite around the edges. So many ways to interpret and take inspiration! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photo with us.

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