One of the many inspirational crafters I have followed for a long time is Nellie Van leeuwen. Nellie originates from Holland, she creates the most amazing backgrounds and her stamping is one of the best around. If you haven't stopped by Nellie's already, please do.
Nellie also hosts her own challenge site every Friday called "Make a Moo or Two"
Some more examples of the fantastic backgrounds Nellie creates. I love her ability to blend/shade colours so perfectly.