Saturday, October 14, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #68 featuring Sandy Mathis

Hello and welcome to Inspired By All The Little Things! This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week we feature a wonderful photograph and fabulous designers to inspire you!

Nance here, as your hostess, and this week I have invited a dear friend and wonderfully creative artist...Sandy Mathis!  Sandy and I are DT mates on The Paper Players (another Lesley challenge blog!) and I've always admired her mad coloring skills and seemingly effortless style.  She makes the most beautiful florals so I knew this photo would get her mojo running!

 Sandy Mathis


I asked Sandy to share a bit about herself...

1.    What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?

I have always loved crafts of any sort, and when a good friend introduced me to card making I was instantly hooked. In addition to the joy of creating with paper and ink, I was amazed by how welcoming and supportive my fellow crafters would be. I started my blog, stampwithsandy.com, as a way to share my creations and connect with my new-found friends in the paper crafting community.

2. What is your style of card making?
Though my style is always evolving and I like to try different things, for the most part I would define my style as clean and layered. I love some ‘white space’ in a card, but I also love layers, patterned paper and enamel dots. I especially love to color, particularly florals.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
All of you! My fellow paper crafters are an endless source of inspiration and I’m grateful for you all. I love to sip my tea early in the morning and visit your blogs (too many to list), watch You-Tube videos, and search Pinterest for ideas. 

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?

I love playing along with challenges, especially those that persuade me to try something new. I’m also inspired by textiles, such as the colors and patterns on a pretty silk scarf.
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

My parents owned a nursery, garden center and florist shop, so I grew up surrounded by plants and flowers, hence my love of florals. I even have a picture of myself in a baby seat in the greenhouse with my mom, and my dad used to call me his little petunia! 

Here is Sandy's gorgeous card using this week's inspiration!
The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration.  I love to see how they interpret the challenge prompt each week.  I hope you will play along with us--we would love to have you join us!

Kimberly Lackenbach

LauraJane 

Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs

Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow

Wanda Cullen

We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Friday, October 20th at 11:55am. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes, you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!

Inspiring Standouts for Challenge #67

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge #67!  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects!

I would like to thank Bonnie Klass for being our Creative Guest this week! 
Bonnie and I have chosen the submissions we feel have earned 
a special Inspiring Stand Out badge this week!

Bonnie's choice as Inspiring Standout is #11 ~ Colleen Foelker

I'd love Colleen's arrangement on my table or mantle! I love the 
white pumpkins with the fall leaves and how she put the candle in 
the hurricane globe just like in the inspiration photo!

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My choice as Inspiring Standout is #5 ~ Christine Miller

Christine used the colors of the inspiration photo in such a graceful way 
with these finishes, patterns, and tonesI love the sweet flowers and 
how she balanced the layers of her beautiful and inspiring tag card design!

Congratulations, Colleen and Christine! 
Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog!
Thank you again to everyone who played along with us this week! All the entries were lovely!

We will be back in one hour with a brand new challenge at 5:00 am PST.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #67 Featuring Bonnie Klass

Hello, welcome to Challenge #67 of Inspired By All The Little Things
This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week
we feature a wonderful photograph to inspire you! 
This week we have a lovely fall theme!

Each week we also feature a designer who inspires us as an artist!
This week the guest and friend I have invited is the very talented

I asked Bonnie to share a bit about herself...

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?

The name of my blog is Stamping With Klass
My first blog post was November 14, 2009.
(I had to go back and look it up because I couldn’t remember.)

I had been posting and checking out cards at Splitcoaststampers and I’d wonder, “How’d she do that?” I was always excited to see a blog link and would visit and find out how. That made me want to share what I did too.

Incidentally, in looking back I can see a BIG difference from then to now!  My photography skills have gotten a lot better IMHO!

2. What is your style of card making?

I’m pretty much a CAS (Clean And Simple) gal.  But I like to add some layers, too.  The past couple of years, I’ve been inspired to try new styles and techniques.  I still stick to CAS, but I like to incorporate some new ideas too.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

I’m inspired by so many designers! I think I gather inspiration from every blog I visit and every card I see.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?

I never know what’s going to pop out and inspire me!  Sometimes a picture in a magazine or catalog jumps to my attention.  Or I might be totally inspired by something another card designer has done.  And I’m always inspired by the beauty that God has placed around us!
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

I really had to think about this one!  Here goes, my deepest, darkest secret ... when I start a card, I rarely have a completed design in mind.  I start with a stamp, die, or technique in mind, decide on colors, and let the Spirit move me wherever it wants.  The finished card is quite apt to be a total surprise!

Here is Bonnie's stunning card using this week's inspiration!
Thank you so much, Bonnie

The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration! These ladies just inspire me SO much!!! I hope you will play along with us this week! 
We would love to have you join us!

Kimberly Lackenbach

LauraJane 

Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs

Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow


Wanda Cullen

And one from me ...
Darnell Knauss

We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 11:55 a.m. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!


Inspiring Stand Outs Challenge #66

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #66.  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects. 



These are the submissions that have earned a special Inspiring Stand Out badge this week. Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog!

A special thank you to Anita for being our Creative Guest this week! 



Anita's choice:

#7 - Hannelie



Like the inspiration, Hannelie’s card is bold and striking … the subtle variation in colour created by the layered stencilling adds a wonderful depth to her gorgeous bloom … and the flourishy, scripty sentiment is such a delicious contrast to the graphic style of the flower!



Tracey's Choice:

#9 - Rosemary



Rosemary pulled just the right shades of pink and peach from the Dahlia in the inspiration photo for her poinsettia to create a beautiful and elegant Christmas card. The gold embossing and vellum sentiment added additional wow. 


Challenge #67 goes live in one hour here on the Inspired By All the Little Things Blog.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #66 featuring Anita in France

Hello Tracey here and welcome to Inspired By All The Little Things! This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week we feature a wonderful designer who inspires us as an artist!


This week I have invited...




I asked Anita to share a bit about herself...

1.  What is the name of your blog … when and why did you start it.

I blog at My Papercraft World … and started it because I couldn’t figure out any other way to play along with an online paper crafting event that I’d signed up for!  I’d been dabbling in card making for a short while up till then, though hadn’t discovered the amazing, welcoming, warm and outstandingly friendly world of blogland  Once that discovery was made, I was well and truly hooked … and have been making the most wonderful friends, having fun and learning in the five years since!

2.  What is your style of card making.

It’s mostly Clean and Simple … I’m a bit of a minimalist, so the uncluttered look with lots of open space suits me.  Occasionally I’ll throw in a bit of whimsy or some interesting techniques … and though these cards tend to be a little busier than classic CAS, I still like to keep them crisp, fresh and under-embellished.

3.  Who inspires you as a designer.

There are so many … where would you like me to stop??  For a long time now, I’ve loved to watch, be inspired by, and learn from Therese Calvird at Lost in Paper … seems she can turn her hand to anything … her delivery is just so relaxed and easy (even after a stint on night duty!) … and if I could colour even a smidge as well as she can, I would be a happy soul!  I’m also awestruck by the creativity of an eclectic group of designers (naming just a few of the many) … those who share my love of CAS, (Bev, Hannelie, Laura, Laurie), others who use techniques to perfection (Jennifer, Loll, Shirley),  more who make quirkiness and the unexpected into an art form (Cornelia, Darnell, Maria), and those whose designs always have that certain pizazz and je ne sais quoi (Barb G, Marybeth, Michele).  There are more!  

4.  What sort of things inspire you as a card maker … photo’s, sketches, other designers.

All of the above … plus colour palettes, adverts, packaging, nature, interiors, textiles, furniture … almost everything I can lay my eyes on!

5.   Share something about yourself we may not know.

I’m probably one of the very few people in the world that doesn’t own a mobile phone … had one for many years in the corporate world … and now really don’t feel the need for one!




The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration! These ladies just inspire me SO much!!! I hope you will play along with us this week! We would love to have you join us!


Kimberly Lackenbach


LauraJane 



Leigh Penner 



Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs



Sheri Gilson



Silke Ledlow



Wanda Cullen


...an of course one from me.



We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, October 6th at 11:55am. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #65 Featuring Amanda Bodine


  
  Hello and welcome to Inspired By All The Little Things! Veronica here, with big thanks to everyone who played along with our first challenge after the summer break.  This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week we feature a wonderful designer who inspires us as an artist!




This week I have have invited: 

 

I asked Amanda Bodine to share a bit about herself...

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?

The name of my blog is RutabagaPieDesigns, named for my Uncle Ned, who called me, "My Little Rutabagapie" when I was a little girl. I felt very special about that nickname he'd given me, it seemed the perfect name for my blog all these years later, in honor of him. In addition, my uncle was a WW2 war hero, awarded the Navy Cross "for heroism beyond the call of duty" during the Pearl Harbor attack.

2. What is your style of card making?

BOLD coloring.. It doesn't seem to matter what type of ink, I just love the look of bright, vibrant color! I enjoy working with nature scenes and florals most. Other than some enamel dots or sequins, I don't tend to add many embellshments.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?


Omgosh, I could list 100 names here. So many designers inspire me all the time! I think the one who's had the most influence on my card making would be Kelly Latevola of You & Your Big Dreams. I'm in awe of her amazing coloring and scene building skills and have learned so much from watching her videos.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?

I get inspired by new product and how design teams create with it. I love to shop and look at home decor and colors that compliment one antoher. And I especially am influenced by the change of seasons. Right now I'm all about those fall colors!

  5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

Something most people might not know about me is..I LOVE to cook from scratch. In fact, my specialty, at least as far as my friends and family are concerned is homemade pizza. From the flavorful slow cooked sauce to the crunchy thin crust, it has evolved into everyone's favorite. Someday I hope to have my own brick oven, my husband has promised to build for me. Who knows, maybe I'll open a restaurant someday?!


Here is Amanda's card using this week's inspiration!






The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration! These ladies just inspire me SO much!!! I hope you will play along with us this week! We would love to have you join us!

Kimberly Lackenbach

LauraJane 


Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs


Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow



Wanda Cullen





We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, September 29 at 11:55am. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:

  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!

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