Thursday, September 20, 2012

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Nature Inspired

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a card inspired by nature.

This idea popped into my head a few weeks ago, and I had to try it out - a nest on a branch. I snipped across the wreath die and shaped it, then used the roundish center cutout as a base for my nest, cutting to the center of it first, and overlapping the edges slightly into a shallow cone. The 'eggs' are paper beads, rolled from an elongated triangle of designer paper.

The flowers on the branches are made with the Fence Border die - you can find a tutorial for this fun technique HERE.

These are the dies that I used:

Fence Border

Twig Wreath (4 dies)
Bare Branch
Circle Shaker Frame

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Daniela @ For the First Time
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Julie @ Out to Impress
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Needless to say I think the nest made from the wreath is genious and simply adore how you used it with the branch. The eggs are precious.

  2. It's all so clever...and gorgeous too !

  3. What an innovative way to use the fence die! Your card is Brilliant!

  4. UN-BE-LIEV-ABLE!!!!! I am speechless......

  5. This is just beautiful and so original!

  6. Francie (Montreal)9/21/2012 10:53 AM

    It's lovely and so darn clever. I love it!

  7. this is an amazing, fantastic idea to use this wreath die this way! I love it! so Beautiful!

  8. OH MY GOLLY!!!! Seriously does that brain of yours EVER turn off??? Dina! This is freaking AWESOME!!!! I LOVE that but would have to say OH HECK NO to the fence flowers! LOL

  9. Lovely Dina and that nest is real clever crafting! creative greet Miranda

  10. Really cool card! So beautiful. I love what you did with these dies, the wreath and fence die, to make the nest and flowers. Also love those blue eggs. Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

  11. This is awesome! Nice eerie feeling and GREAT background!

  12. Oh WOW. I have a friend who I'd love to make a card like this for. The tiny eggs are the icing on the cake for me.

  13. Love this wonderful idea for the nest and the eggs. Beautifully done! Hugs, Lesley